Drink Your Sunscreen?

Sun damage, sun protection, Vitamin D deficiency and skin cancer are health topics being discussed every where you turn. We are told to slather on sunscreen (SPF 30 is sufficient), wear protective clothing, stay out of the sun at peak hours, yet our bodies need enough natural sunlight to assist in making Vitamin D, which has great influence in our immune systems.
Although the treatment of skin cancer is very effective, the best treatment remains prevention. Preventative measures include sun exposure avoidance, protective clothing, and full-spectrum sunscreen.” http://dermatology.cdlib.org/133/reviews/DNA/scheinfeld.html
Scientific research is beginning to look at ingredients that, taken internally, can provide protection from ultraviolet damage. One “Internal Sunscreen” ingredient is Polypodium leucotomos, also known as Polypodium extract.

One study, “Orally administered Polypodium leucotomos extract decreases psoralen-UVA induced phototoxicity, pigmentation, and damage of human skin“, produced these findings:

Clinically, phototoxicity was always lower in PL-treated skin after 48 to 72 hours (P<.005), and pigmentation was also reduced 4 months later. Histologically, PL-treated skin showed a significant numeric reduction of sunburn cells (P=.05), preservation of Langerhans cells (P< or =.01), decrease of tryptase-positive mast cell infiltration (P<.05), and decrease of vasodilation (P< or =.01).”  J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004 Jan;50(1):41-9.

In simple terms, over a 4 month period of time, study subjects ingesting Polypodium were less inclined to sunburn, preserved their healthy new skin cells, and decreased the effects of sun burn two to three days after sun exposure.

I have been hearing testimonials from those drinking Polypodium in Lifeoxylin Cellular Defense Elixir who are reporting very little, if any, sun burn after hours of summer sun exposure. The nice thing about drinking your sunscreen is that you can now get your daily dose of sunshine to help your body make Vitamin D, and not have to worry as much about sun damage to your skin, the affects it has on accelerating your skin’s aging appearance, and developing sun/age spots. Who doesn’t want more protection from skin cancer if there is any chance.

While there is still more research to be done, I will drink my sunscreen every single day!

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What Does Sleep Do For Your Skin?

Beautiful skin as you age comes from great skin care routines, protection from environmental factors that accelerate skin aging, good nutrition, adequate hydration, and getting plenty of sleep. Wait a minute….. Sleep affects your skin?

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“Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer agrees. “During hours of sleep, cortisol and insulin production inversely peak so that collagen 1 production is accelerated,” he says. Collagen 1 production firms the epidermal/dermal junction so evaporation is reduced and water retention is maximized, he adds.”

While you sleep, your skin produces more collagen which gives it the support to counteract the forces of gravity. During the night, you may have a radiant heater or air conditioner running, resulting in your skin’s evaporative water loss.  This contributes to dry skin, especially if you don’t use a high quality night cream, or you don’t keep yourself hydrated throughout the day by drinking water.

“As the body settles into the fourth and deepest stage of rest – often called Delta Sleep (which precedes REM, the last stage of sleep) – growth hormones peak and initiate cell and tissue repair. Limited or restless sleep can cut into this crucial restorative process. “Intermittent waking sleep is nowhere near as beneficial to skin health,” Lancer says.”

In order to give your skin the greatest opportunity to repair, rejuvenate, produce collagen and stay hydrated you need a good 6 – 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. There are a few things that can help you get the best night of sleep:

  • Try to go to bed and awaken at the same time each night and morning.
  • Avoid foods and drink that contain stimulating ingredients such as caffeine.
  • Create a comfortable environment in your sleeping area – sheets, blankets, room temperature, low noise, and minimal lighting.
  • Perform activities that promote relaxation several hours before bedtime like reading, a warm bath, a little yoga and meditation are great for creating physical and mental calmness.
  • Thinking positive thoughts and looking forward to something good.

What did I miss????

What do you do to relax before your fall asleep?  Do you have a special routine or something you drink or eat that helps you get a good night’s rest? Leave a comment and share!

May your nights be peaceful and your sleep rejuvenating!

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