You (almost) Can’t Have Enough Vitamin D

You (Almost) Can't Have Enough Vitamin D

Good news coming from researchers at the Mayo Clinic this week on Vitamin D and the potential for toxicity we’ve all been worried about. As information correlating sun exposure and skin cancer has been widely disseminated, and the use of sunscreens with SPF of 30 to 50 and more are increasingly used, Vitamin D levels have been seen to decline. The easy fix is to take Vitamin D supplements, but the fear of how much is too much has gnawed on my conscience. [Read more…]

The Precious Layers of Our Skin and Why They Need Protecting

I’ve just returned from a visit to my Dermatologist, and started to think about the different layers of our skin and how skin cancers or age spots form. What is each layer made up of and what does it do? We know there are three main layers – the Epidermis (top layer), the Dermis (middle with everything that keeps our face “up”) and the Hypodermis (the base).  Although this may be a little scientific to understand, I hope to provide a description of what each layer of our skin is made up of and how our skin protects us!

Mammal skin diagram - 2001 by fatboygotsick

Human Skin is composed of 3 distinct layers, the Epidermis, Dermis, and Hypodermis, each of which plays a vital role in maintaining healthy skin structure and function!
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Secret Beauty Ingredient of an Ancient Chinese Princess!

Secrets of ancient beauties may still be useful today! One such beauty was Empress Lu Zhi, who was known far and wide for her beautiful skin. When asked what her secret was, she would reply “Tremella”.

“Empress Lü Zhi (241BC-180BC), wife of Liu Bang, founding emperor of  the Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220), set great store by Tremella fuciformis. Both in civil life and as empress, she started each day with a bowl of soup made from this edible jelly fungus.”

As I’m feeling a little more ancient with each year,  a little ancient beauty secret is just what I’m looking for!

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