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COFFEE BENEFITS ON THE SKIN:

  • Skin Exfoliation. Coffee grounds work great as a face scrub because their texture helps exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. …
  • Skin Softening. …
  • Cellulite Reduction. …
  • Treating Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes. …
  • Anti-Oxidation. …
  • Skin Tightening. …
  • Skin Brightening. …
  • Anti-Inflammation.

Caffeine also has several properties that are good for your skin, doing everything from diminishing under-eye circles, reducing inflammation and redness, and doing away with cellulite. If you want to reap the benefits of coffee for skin, add it to your skin care routine and find out how your complexion improves.

ANTI-INFLAMMATION

Caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a great way to get rid of any redness and swelling on your face and skin. It works so well that a study has even shown that its performance is already comparable to that of aspirin when it comes to minimizing puffiness, at least on rats. Another experiment that involved testing the effectiveness of coffee as an added ingredient to anti-inflammatory creams yielded significant positive results, proving once again the benefits of coffee on the skin.

SKIN SOFTENING

Easier and cheaper than a salon facial treatment is a coffee-cocoa face pack, which can quickly be made even in the comforts of your home. Simply mix two spoons each of cocoa powder and ground coffee, then add to three spoons of milk and a spoonful of honey. If your skin is oily, you may want to use yogurt instead of milk. This mixture can then be applied directly on your face. After about 30 minutes or so, you can wash off the face pack with clean water. The benefits of this face pack include softer, healthier, and hydrated skin. It can also tighten your pores.

CELLULITE REDUCTION

Another one of the great benefits of coffee on the skin is reducing cellulite. This is so because the caffeine in coffee dehydrates your fatty cells, causing the cellulite to appear diminished and making your skin look much smoother. In fact, studies have shown that skin creams which listed caffeine as an ingredient are up to 17% more effective when it comes to cellulite reduction. To make your own body scrub, just mix together coffee, pure aloe vera gel, and vitamin E oil in a 2:1:1 ratio, then apply the mixture and massage onto your skin. Make sure that the coffee you use is finely ground to achieve the best results.

TREATING DARK CIRCLES AND PUFFY EYES

Yet another advantage of coffee is its ability to reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark under-eye circles. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, caffeine can minimize the accumulation of blood under your eyes, therefore preventing dark circles. It is so effective that almost every product marketed as a way to erase dark circles has a certain amount of caffeine in its formula. However, take note that dark circles and under-eye puffiness can be caused by a number of factors, including dehydration, sleep deprivation, and allergies. Although it can remedy excessive blood flow, caffeine cannot remove dark circles that are caused by hereditary factors.

SKIN EXFOLIATION

Coffee grounds work great as a face scrub because their texture helps exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. The benefits include a smoother and cleaner face, and as an added benefit, the coffee also helps prevent dryness on your face. To use, simply make a scrub out of half a cup each of brown sugar and ground coffee, along with a quarter cup of olive oil. Mix well until it turns into a fine paste and applies it directly to your face, massaging in circular motions. When you’re done, rinse thoroughly and apply moisturizer for best results.

ANTI-OXIDATION

Coffee is very rich in antioxidants and surprisingly has a far higher content than even fruits and vegetables. This makes it a great remedy for skin damage caused by UV rays from exposure to the sun. Research has proven that applying coffee on the skin provides a layer of protection from harmful radiation. It does this by inhibiting a certain protein enzyme, thereby reducing the risk of getting skin cancer. Moreover, coffee’s diuretic properties make it great for treating a condition called Rosaceae, relieving the discomfort caused by redness and irritation due to sun damage.

SKIN TIGHTENING

Adding to the long list of benefits of coffee on the skin is its properties that allow for skin tightening. Caffeine is great for minimizing the appearance of fine lines around the face, and can also diminish puffiness in certain areas of the face. It is not a surprise that once again, coffee is added as an ingredient to many anti-aging beauty products that aim to tighten skin and reduce fine lines. Most importantly, caffeine has been shown to hinder the development of cancer cells in the body.

SKIN BRIGHTENING

The key to having beautiful skin is to have healthy skin, and the best way to achieve this is to make sure that you are protected from viruses, fungi, and bacteria that can harm your face and affect your skin. To give yourself a radiant glow, mix coffee grounds and Epson salt in warm filter water and use this to wash your face. Afterward, use the same coffee grounds to massage and exfoliate your face, rinsing again with the same coffee water.

ANTI-INFLAMMATION

Caffeine has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a great way to get rid of any redness and swelling on your face and skin. It works so well that a study has even shown that its performance is already comparable to that of aspirin when it comes to minimizing puffiness, at least on rats. Another experiment that involved testing the effectiveness of coffee as an added ingredient to anti-inflammatory creams yielded significant positive results, proving once again the benefits of coffee on skin.

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BENEFITS OF COCOA ON THE SKIN:

  • High in antioxidants Cacao blocks harmful free radicals in the body. …
  • Cacao has a good amount of vitamin C and magnesium, which helps in protecting the skin and keeping it healthy.
  • Cacao contains omega 6 fatty acids, which helps in cellular healing.

The supportive properties found in cocoa are not just abundant internally, they also provide many of the same effects externally. Just as the antioxidants help stop the premature breakdown of cells in plants, it does the same for your skin. The use of raw cocoa on the skin help to protect skin from free radicals and help combat acne.These properties help to soften, clear and detoxify your skin. It can also increase the elasticity of your skin, which helps with fine lines, wrinkles and reduces the appearance of scars.

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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RETIN-A AND RETINOL CREAMS?

VITAMIN A AND PROMOTE FASTER SKIN CELL TURNOVER.

Tretinoin is Vitamin A, is available by prescription and tends to be a bit more aggressive than retinol. … Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A and it is a bit more suitable for those with sensitive skin. Retinol products tend to also contain moisturizers or emollients to reduce the possibility of irritation.

Retinol is a weaker, over the counter version of tretinoin, a prescription vitamin A derivative that is highly effective in reversing sun damage and signs of aging.

Tretinoin decreases fine lines, evens skin color, improves texture, tightens pores, and stimulates blood flow and collagen production.

Retin-A (tretinoin) is a form of vitamin A that helps the skin renew itself. The Retin-A and Avita brands of tretinoin are used to treat acne. The Renova brand of tretinoin is used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles and mottled skin discoloration, and to make rough facial skin feel smoother.

In truth, retinol, which is also known as vitamin A, is a cell communicator that can help damaged skin cells return to their normal function. … This allows those cells to retain more healthy collagen and elastin, which keeps wrinkles from forming.

Prescription-level retinoids fall into these groups:

  • Tretinoin, including the brands Atralin, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, and Renova
  • Tazarotene, such as the brand Tazorac
  •  Adapalene, such as the brand Differin

All three groups prevent the buildup of dead cells in the skin’s pores and follicles, and all three promote the growth of healthy cells. Common side effects include dryness, redness, irritation, and skin peeling as well as making skin more sensitive to the sun.

Neither retinoids nor retinols should be used by breastfeeding or pregnant women.

You can find retinol creams and serums in concentrations of 0.075 to 2.5 percent. Manufacturers of these products suggest that retinol will help get rid of or improve the appearance of wrinkles. However, retinol does not have much direct effect on the skin, because it must first be converted by enzymes into retinoic acid. The conversion rate of retinol to retinoic acid is quite slow and varies among individuals.

For aging skin a 2.5 percent retinol is great! If you have sensitive skin Anis Lacerte, medical licensed esthetician, highly recommend the Retinol 2.5 organic cream.

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WHEN I FIRST HEARD ABOUT THE USE OF LED LIGHT THERAPY AS A TREATMENT FOR REJUVENATING SKIN, I WAS INTRIGUED. IT SEEMED LIKE AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET GLOWY AND YOUNGER-LOOKING SKIN WITHOUT NEEDLES—PLUS, CELEBRITY FACIALIST JOANNA VARGAS FAMOUSLY CREATED AN LED LIGHT BED THAT’S VOGUE-APPROVED AND SOUGHT-AFTER BY A-LISTERS, SO IT HAD TO BE GOOD!

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LED Light Therapy is simple to use, non-invasive, with a long-standing history of therapeutic benefits. Light Therapy, in the form of LED Light, combines ancient wisdom with the best of today’s technology.

If you follow any celebrities on Instagram, chances are you’ve come across a picture of an LED treatment before. You know, that strange-looking serial killer mask that retails for about $2,000? That’s it. Or perhaps you’ve thought of trying one of the many at-home handheld devices, such as the Quasar MD Plus that Kim Kardashian uses (apparently, she’s “really big on laser facials”). Or maybe you’ve seen someone wearing funky protective eyewear at a medispa or doctor’s office and all kinds of bright lights were involved? Yep, that would be it as well. LED skin treatments all the rage nowadays. Here’s what you need to know about them.

According to Joanna Vargas, “LED light therapy is simply the best thing that has ever happened in the beauty industry. It builds collagen in quantifiable percentages and corrects surface damage like sun damage, wrinkles, and large pores. These were all issues that could only previously be corrected with a laser or chemical peel. But now I can give my clients a series of LED light therapy facials without any side effects and see significant results.”

BLUE LIGHT OR RED LIGHT?

There are various kinds of LED facials available on the market today, and the technology is rapidly evolving. Some skin treatments involve the use of blue light, while some only use red light.

The basic premise of LED skin therapy is that different colors trigger different reactions beneath the epidermis, and penetrate the skin at varying depths. Blue light is generally used to kill the bacteria that causes acne, providing an effective treatment for blackheads and whiteheads, whereas wavelengths of red light are normally used to speed up healing and stimulate collagen production, simultaneously shrinking enlarged pores and tightening the skin.

The use of light and color for healing and health dates back thousands of years. Ancient civilizations of Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Native Peoples of the Americas, China, India — across the globe — all respected the power of light and color and recognized its healing properties.

DERMATOLOGIST AND MEDISPAS USE LED SKIN TREATMENTS, SOMETIMES CALLED PHOTOREJUVENATION, TO MINIMIZE FINE LINES, WRINKLES, SUN DAMAGE AND ACNE.

RED LIGHT FACIAL MASK: INDUCING 5 TIMES OF COLLAGEN, TIGHTENING OUR SKIN

Promoting the proliferation skin fibroblasts and collagen, which is helpful for skin whitening, pores shrinking, and even for spots diluting; meanwhile, providing cell activation energy, promoting effectively the metabolism of aging facial epidermis, and reducing the risk of acne and pimples relapse; by pupil stimulation, increasing the melatonin hormone secretion to maintain the body’s melatonin level in the young state and adjusting and restoring the circadian rhythms not only to deepen our sleep and improve the sleep quality, but also to improve body’s functional state and defer senescence, which is more important.

BLUE LIGHT FACIAL MASK: RESTRAINING ACNE, REPAIRING ACNE DAMAGE

Inhibiting bacteria of facial acne wound to breed effectively, reducing the possibilities of causing acne wound scars and lightening skin inflammation; especially effective to skin injury caused by inflammatory acne; with special blue light source, promoting the skin to metabolize those metabolic waste which darken the skin such as bilirubin in the blood in order to brighten our skin and by pupil stimulation, improving concentration and brain activity and removing melatonin, main cause to somnolence, more quickly, which can help long-distance travelers or those who lead a life day and night reversed to adjust time difference.

Green light:
Effective reduction of melanin cell, decreased pigment formation, adjustment of skin gland function, adjustment of skin gland function, reduction of grease gland excitation.
Yellow light:

Yellow light:
Improving cell’s oxygen alternation function, promoting microcirculation, decomposing pigment, promoting lymph position discharge, curing skin roughness, red spots and deficient circulations.

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Vitamin C is probably the most powerful anti-aging ingredient there is because it is the one ingredient, that from an anti-aging point of view, directly stimulates collagen.

There’s a natural receptor for it, which is a unique receptor. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, which protects the collagen we have from breaking down from free radicals and it directly blocks an enzyme that leads to melasma and hyperpigmentation.

It really does make the skin look fantastic so you know there’s room for improvement and innovation, which is where I come in.

Ideal for those with sun damage, fine lines, and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation who want even-toned, smooth, and soothed skin.

Why is vitamin C the wonder ingredient?
It undoes photodamage and works on the realigning and thickening of collagen. Collagen formation needs to have ascorbic acid (a.k.a. vitamin C) to function. If you don’t have it, you get something called scurvy.

But you’re also into it for its sun protective qualities?
If you put Vitamin C on your skin and go out in the sun, you get a little less sunburn than if you didn’t. Add vitamin E to the equation, you get even a little less sunburn. Now, if you put C, E and melatonin on, you’ll get exponentially less sunburn. That said, I could not determine specifically how the melatonin works to activate the C. It enhances it, they work symbiotically, but no one knows how because the sum is so far greater than the parts. Melatonin is an antioxidant as well but somehow when it’s put together with C and E, it’s terrific. Both are in my C Boost Serum.

Niacinamide is another interesting ingredient (it’s also in Boost). There have been a whole bunch of studies that prove it offers enormous protection against basal cell carcinoma when ingested. It’s been this year’s top story in the medical news. We don’t know if it works topically, but it doesn’t hurt and it was no big deal to add to the formulation. I actually felt a few years ago that most products on the market didn’t do a damn thing, but now they actually do.

How does melasma start?

It starts with an insult of some sort, okay, physical or chemical. It could be the excess of to much sun. It could be irritation to something, which is actually technically called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, but sometimes it occurs without the inflammation so it’s something that some people…it’s just something they applied to their skin didn’t agree with them and then there’s a hormonal aspect to it, where birth control pills and pregnancy and puberty and high estrogen levels seem to be a trigger as well.

It’s the ancestral secret of Japanese youth. Kobido, also referred to as Japanese facial massage, aims to rejuvenate your face by putting elasticity back into your skin. It originates from the traditional Japanese massage anma and is a combination of face and neck massage.

Kobido kicks off with an energizing phase, stimulating the energetic points of your face, and it finishes off with lymphatic draining (sliding movements) to get rid of toxins. So yes, a younger face is possible without surgery!

This technique lies in a mix of fast and slow hands’ movements to improve the deep circulation of the face, neck and upper chest part. To massage with different speed levels is essential since it permits to destroy dead cells and to foment elastin and collagen production, both so useful for our skin health. Like that, it is possible to obtain a real rejuvenation effect: wrinkles are smoothed, volumes are restored and of course, skin is brighter. After the first session, you already can see some results which increase in the medium and long-term.

LOOKING FEW YEARS YOUNGER IS NOT THE UNIQUE BENEFIT THAT KOBIDO FACIAL MASSAGE CAN PROVIDE. IT HAS OTHER BENEFICIAL POWERS FOR THE HEALTH:

  • Fights stress
  • Provides a complete relaxation and wellness
  • Reduces bruxism effects
  • Relieves headaches
  • Avoids facial rigidity
  • Decreases some digestive system problems
  • Improves the eyesight

Benefits: Kobido stimulates blood and lymphatic circulation, and consequently improves the quality of your skin. It liberates your face of muscular tension that’s responsible for the formation of wrinkles. In addition, your skin’s purified and moisturized.

Price: From $40 to $100 for 60 minutes, depending on where you go. This awesome treatment is very popular in Japan and France.

Not recommended if you use Botox or have skin inflammation.

What is kombucha? It is a sweetened tea that is fermented with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. The name supposedly originates from a Japanese physician named Kombu, who first brought the drink to Japan from China, and the word “cha,” which means “tea” in Japanese.

KOMBUSHA BENEFITS:

  • Skincare – Because kombucha is a fermented product, the nutrients are broken down and more easily absorbed by the skin. For people with sensitive skin, it may help with less irritation than other products because of fewer preservatives. Due to the probiotic, enzymatic, and acidic concentration, a benefit for acne and rosacea may also be seen.
  • Digestive health – Most people choose to drink kombucha because it contains probiotics, which may help improve digestion. It can also possibly remove harmful candida yeast from the gut.
  • Detoxification – Kombucha can also have a detoxifying effect on the body because it is rich in enzymes and acids, which can aid your pancreas and liver. Some people claim that its detoxifying powers, along with other lifestyle changes, have even helped to ward off disease.
  • Immune health – This fermented tea also contains antioxidants, which are known to give your immune system a boost. Since it also contains B and C vitamins, it’s an especially welcome pick-me-up during the winter months when cold and flu rates are at their highest.
  • Joint health – Kombucha also contains glucosamine, an amino sugar which is said to both repair and prevent joint damage by preserving collagen in the joints. This can be especially helpful for people with arthritis.

Kombucha has been touted as an elixir for almost 2,000 years – and we don’t think its popularity will be going away anytime soon.

Some call it mushroom tea or “elixir of life,” but no matter what you call it, kombucha is one of the hottest trends in health beverages. The fermented tea drink has been around for centuries but recently became popular in the U.S. because of its purported health benefits. Regular drinkers of the tonic claim it aids digestion, sleepweight loss and detoxification; stimulates the immune system, prevents cancer, stops hair loss, and improves liver function.

I personally just switch from drinking wine to Kombucha only, I serve it in a martini glass with fruits and it is delicious and a bit bubbly!

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My Kombucha Recipe:

1. Combine hot water and sugar in a glass jar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. The water should be hot enough to steep the tea but does not have to be boiling.   

2. Place the tea or tea bags in the sugar water to steep.

NOTE: Using a metal tea ball to contain loose tea for making kombucha is acceptable. The tea ball should be removed before adding the SCOBY and starter tea, so the tea ball will not come into contact with the SCOBY.

3. Cool the mixture to 68-85ºF. The tea may be left in the liquid as it cools or removed after the first 10-15 minutes. The longer the tea is left in the liquid, the stronger the tea will be. 

4. Remove the tea bags or completely strain the loose tea leaves from the liquid.

5. Add starter tea from a previous batch to the liquid. If you do not have starter tea, distilled white vinegar may be substituted.

6. Add an active kombucha SCOBY.

7. Cover the jar with a tight-weave towel or coffee filter and secure with a rubber band.

8. Allow the mixture to sit undisturbed at 68-85°F, out of direct sunlight, for 7-30 days, or to taste. The longer the kombucha ferments, the less sweet and more vinegary it will taste.

9. Pour kombucha off the top of the jar for consuming. Retain the SCOBY and enough liquid from the bottom of the jar to use as starter tea for the next batch.

10. The finished kombucha can be flavored and bottled, if desired, or enjoyed plain.

KOMBUCHA INGREDIENT RATIOS

One-Quart Batch:

 1½ teaspoon loose tea OR 2 tea bags

 ¼ cup sugar

 2-3 cups water

 ½ cup starter tea or vinegar

Half-Gallon Batch:

 1 tablespoon loose tea OR 4 tea bags

 ½ cup sugar

 6-7 cups water

 1 cup starter tea or vinegar

Gallon Batch:

 2 tablespoons loose tea OR 8 tea bags

 1 cup sugar

 13-14 cups water

 2 cups starter tea or vinegar

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That’s because the sun gives off ultraviolet (UV) light that damages your skin and causes sunburn. Over time, these rays can lead to wrinkles, dark spots, and other problem areas. The result: You can add years to your looks. Research shows that UV exposure is the reason behind 80% of your skin’s aging.

To protect itself from the damaging effects of the sun, your skin increases its production of the dark brown pigment called melanin. The extra melanin makes your skin look darker or sun-tanned. In some cases, the sun causes an uneven increase in melanin production, which produces irregular coloring (pigmentation) of the skin. The sun can also cause a permanent stretching of small blood vessels, giving your skin a mottled, reddish appearance.

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Melanin is the dark brown pigment in the top layer of skin (epidermis) that gives skin its color.

This pigment protects the deeper layers of skin from sun damage. The more melanin in the skin, the darker the skin appears and the more protection it has against sun damage.

People with medium or dark complexions naturally have more protection than do people with lighter complexions. But they still can experience sun damage. This man’s face shows signs of sun damage — increased areas of irregular pigmentation and wrinkles.

Ultraviolet radiation breaks down the skin’s connective tissue — collagen and elastin fibers — that lies in the deeper layer of skin (dermis). Without the supportive connective tissue, the skin loses its strength and flexibility. This condition, known as solar elastosis (e-las-TOE-sis), is characterized by vertical creases, deep wrinkles, and loose or sagging skin.

Melasma

Also referred to as “mask of pregnancy,” melasma (muh-LAZ-muh) is a brown darkening of facial skin. Melasma likely occurs from a combination of factors, including exposure to sunlight and an increase in the female hormones estrogen and progesterone.

Melasma often affects women who:

  • Have dark skin
  • Take oral contraceptives or hormone therapy
  • Are pregnant

The dark patches usually occur on the cheeks and forehead. Melasma usually fades during winter months in northern latitudes but returns in spring. It also tends to fade after pregnancy or when you stop taking oral contraceptives or hormone therapy.

Lentigo maligna

Lentigo maligna is a type of growth that develops in areas of long-term sun exposure, such as your face, hands or legs. Lentigo maligna starts as a dark flat spot that slowly darkens and enlarges. Eventually the spot may develop into a melanoma, a type of skin cancer that begins in the top layer of skin and then invades the underlying skin layer. See your doctor if you notice a:

  • New skin growth
  • Bothersome change in your skin
  • Change in the appearance or texture of a mole
  • Sore that doesn’t heal or a bruise that fades and returns

Photoprotection. Vitamin C limits the damage induced by ultraviolet (UV) light exposure. Vitamin C is not a “sunscreen” because it does not absorb light in the UVA or UVB spectrum. Rather, the antioxidant activity of vitamin C protects against UV-induced damage caused by free radicals.

When the skin endures ultraviolet ray exposure from the sun, burning and cell damage occurs. The skin attempts to repair by releasing melanin, the chemical that produces skin bronzing. Skin cells undergo DNA repair but depending on the severity of the sun damage, new cells may have alterations in coloration or texture. Irreparable DNA damage may lead to the abnormal cell reproduction commonly associated with skin cancer.

NIACIN (VITAMIN B3): THE SCIENCE OF REPAIRING DAMAGED SKIN

Laboratory studies indicate that Vitamin B3, also known as niacin, niacinamide or nicotinic acid, stimulates and ensures healthy DNA repair while increasing the rate of cellular reproduction. The vitamin also decreases the amount of healing time, interferes with melanin production and release. The result of applying B3 containing products includes the development of healthier, younger-looking skin.

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Scientists found that these regenerative properties do not only aid in the healing of sun damaged skin. By directly encouraging skin cell reproduction, Vitamin B3 deters the effects that accompany the natural aging process because cellular reproduction decreases with age.

The vitamin also enhances general skin appearance by encouraging lipid production, which acts as a protective barrier that retains moisture beneath the skin. Besides providing a better general appearance, properly hydrated skin becomes less susceptible to damage or irritation. Further investigation of Vitamin B3 also suggests that the vitamin acts as a natural exfoliant by encouraging the removal of accumulated dead skin cells that affect skin color and texture.

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How young is too young to start an anti-aging regimen? 

A solid preventative routine established in your 20s can go a long way toward protecting and maintaining healthy skin cells through your 30s.

“When you’re buying a product, absolutely read the label and know what you’re looking for,” she says. “You want to optimize and give your skin the building blocks we had in our youth.”

Anti-aging ingredients every woman should know about by age 30—and beyond. “It’s never too late, and the changes to your skin will be measurable and enjoyable!

Broad Spectrum Sunscreen with SPF 30 or Higher
“This should be the core of your regimen, and it’s imperative you pick a broad-spectrum formula with SPF 40 or higher. You want a physical component that reflects light—micronized zinc has teeny microscopic particles that do that—as opposed to a purely chemical sunscreen that absorbs it.”

You want a physical component that reflects light—micronized zinc has teeny microscopic particles that do that—as opposed to a purely chemical sunscreen that absorbs it.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids
“A lot of the time in your 20s, you’re still contending with acne. Glycolic acidlactic acid, and other alpha hydroxy acids gently exfoliate the skin to give it a smoother, brighter appearance and stimulate new collagen. You might start with a light glycolic toner or wash in your 20s and switch to a serum with antioxidants and glycolic acid in your 30s.”

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Antioxidants
“Antioxidants are crucial for anti-aging, to protect our skin, our collagen, and our elastin from free radicals that cause damage to the DNA in our cells. Not all antioxidants are created equal—you get what you pay for with certain things, and antioxidants are a splurge-worthy product. You want a serum specifically formulated with about 15 to 20 percent vitamin C to be absorbed properly. Resveratrol, which we find in certain red wines, is a great antioxidant, as well.”

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Niacinamide
Niacinamide is a vitamin B3. It’s a great brightener, but also a very good moisturizer. It helps with pigmentary conditions, evens the skin tone, and brightens the skin. You want to look for products where these are the top five ingredients, that’s where you want to get your value.”

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Lipids and Oils
“Our skin can get dry and dull, and we want re-infuse it with lipids to get that plumpness back—they’re essentially the mortar between your skin cells that help maintain your skin barrier as you age. Lipids are often listed as ceramides and fatty acids. Ceramides are essentially the skin barrier molecules deficient in dry skin. Fatty acids help drive the production of cholesterol and ceramides, and might be listed as sunflower or other oils.”

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Lots of Minerals 

These are called phytonutrients or phytochemicals.”Phyto” refers to the Greek word for plant. These chemicals help protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats. Fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients. Other plant-based foods also contain phytonutrients, such as Whole grains.

 

DRAGON FRUIT SMOOTHIE

Also known as pitaya, these fun-looking fruits contain around 60 calories each and are rich in numerous nutrients, including vitamin C, B vitamins, phosphorus, protein, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants. Dragon fruits are proven to lower blood sugar levels as well as blood pressure, strengthen bones and teeth, promote healthy blood and tissue formation, strengthen the immune system, heal bruises and wounds faster and prevent respiratory problems.

Eating dragon fruit can help the body maintain such normal function as ridding the body of toxic heavy metals and improved eyesight. Like other red fruits, dragon fruit contains lycopene, which helps protect against cancer and heart disease.

The flavor is mildly sweet, like a blend of kiwi and pear, and it has a crunchy texture. It’s so  refreshing.

Dragon fruits may not be readily available at your neighborhood grocery, but you can usually find them in Chinatowns around the country. When choosing a dragon fruit, look for a specimen with bright, evenly colored skin. If it has too many brown blotches, or if it has a dry, shriveled stem, it’s probably overripe. If the fruit is very firm, let it ripen a few days until the flesh gives slightly.

How can all these benefits be taken advantage of in this visually beautiful, exotic fruit? While it may seem a little strange at first, it’s easy to get to the fruit. Simply slice lengthwise and either scoop out the flesh or quarter it and peel back the leathery skin.The flesh inside can be white or red, depending on the variety. It’s best eaten chilled, chopped into cubes and added to fruit salad or blended into a refreshing drink or smoothie.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 frozen banans
  • ½ dragon fruit, peeled
  • 4 large strawberries
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ½ lime juiced
  • Toppings:
  • 3 dragon fruit slices
  • 1 tsp pumpkin seeds
  • ½ tsp shredded coconut
  • 5 grapes halved
  • 1 plum halved
  • raspberries & strawberries

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