Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Some examples of green foods:

Alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green cabbage, celery, cilantro, collard greens, kale, lettuce, parsley, green pepper, watercress, wheatgrass, green apples, green tea, etc.

Juice Recipe:

2 green apples
3-4 leaves kale or a bunch of spinach
2 sticks of celery
A bunch of parsley
¼ lemon
½-inch ginger

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

How to avoid dry skin

The Suspects: AlcoholCoffee, Poor Diet
In the short term, alcohol can cause dehydration, which can cause dry skin.
“For women, the recommendation is no more than two standard drinks a day on average,” says dermatologist Ann-Maree Kurzydlo, who recommends limiting consumption and alternating alcoholic drinks with water. “One or two alcohol-free days should be had per week.”
Caffeine is a diuretic and can also lead to dehydration of the skin - so steer clear of energy drinks as well as tea and coffee.
Meanwhile, dietitian Dr Joanna McMillan says diet can also play havoc with skin.
“A lack of fats in the diet can lead to dry skin, whereas good fats such as oily fish, avocado and olive oil deliver fat-soluble nutrients, are anti-inflammatory and promote skin health,” she says.
“Certain nutrients are important for the skin including vitamins A, C, E and many antioxidants. A diet rich in plant foods – veg, fruit, nuts, seeds, legumes and wholegrains – boosts intake of these factors.”
Discover more way to eat your way to healthy skin.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Homemade Sunscreen

Monday, 19 June 2017


Reparative Moisture Emulsion has become a favorite iS CLINICAL product, and for good reason, with all its extra benefits! Reparative Moisture Emulsion is a powerful anti-aging moisturizer that helps to instantly smooth and hydrate the skin while helping to prevent and rejuvenate skin damage over time. It has even won acclaim with Hollywood makeup artists!

Friday, 16 June 2017

The Ginger Gene


Ginger gene is just as bad as 21 extra years of sun exposure when it comes to skin cancer

Monday, 12 June 2017

All Natural Mosquito Repellent

  • Lavender oil
  • Tea tree oil
  • Cooled boiled water
  • Witch hazel
  1. Take spray bottle (8 ounces) and fill it with the boiled water.
  2. Then, add half a teaspoon of witch hazel.
  3. Next, add tea tree oil (15 drops).
  4. Then, add lavender oil (15 drops).
  5. Spray when needed.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Top 5 Safe Cosmetics Tips

No one wants to learn that their trusted personal care products are made with hazardous chemicals. Thankfully, safer alternatives are available and there are steps you can take to reduce toxic exposures in your home and protect the health of your family.
1. Simplify
Choose products with simpler ingredient lists and fewer synthetic chemicals. Avoid synthetic fragrance by skipping products with “fragrance” on the label, and use fewer products overall.
2. DIY
Some personal care products are easy to make yourself, and this can be a great project for a party. Make your own sugar or salt scrubs or body oils, using simple, organic ingredients.
3. Research Products YourselfSince the beauty industry is largely unregulated, it’s up to you to do your own research to find the safest products. There are no legal standards for personal care products labeled as “pure,” “natural” or “organic,” so look beyond the marketing claims and read labels carefully.
4. Use apps like Think Dirty
To find out whether your go-to products are safe or not, try Think Dirty’s shop clean app. This easy-to-use resource ranks the safety of specific products on a scale of 1-10 and offers up cleaner solutions.
5. Get Involved
While it’s possible – and becoming easier – to reduce toxic exposures in your home by buying safer products, it’s not possible to shop our way out of this problem. Even if they’re not in your home, toxic chemicals from personal care products can still end up in our air and drinking water, and in the homes of people who don’t have access to safe products.
The solution: help us change the rules of the game! It shouldn’t be legal to sell cosmetics that contain dangerous ingredients. We’re working to pass new laws that protect our health and give consumers better information to make smart choices.
Stay informed, speak up and spread the word—all in our Take Action section.
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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

10 health benefits that prove the power of kiwi fruits on our skin and bodies

Packed with more vitamin C than an equivalent amount of orange, the bright green flesh of the kiwifruit speckled with tiny black seeds adds a dramatic tropical flair to any fruit salad. 

The kiwifruit is a small fruit approximately 3 inches long and weighing about four ounces. Its green flesh is almost creamy in consistency with an invigorating taste reminiscent of strawberries, melons and bananas, yet with its own unique sweet flavor.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Sunscreen’s Impacts on the Environment and Our Health – Stream2Sea Answers, “What is Reef-Safe,” as the Only Mineral-Based Brand Tested and Proven Safe to Coral Larvae

Wauchula, FL, April 27, 2017 --( Dr. Craig Down’s of Haereticus Laboratory
 conducted extensive research analyzing the impact of sunscreen products on coral
reef systems. His work, presented at the Coral Reef Symposium in Hawaii in June of 2016,
 brought researchers, formulators of personal care products, marine
biologists, and divers to a greater awareness of this growing concern. These findings, now well-documented, were a part of the impetus that motivated a group of Hawaiian legislators, including state Senator Will Espero to propose a bill which would ban products containing chemicals found to be harmful to coral reefs and marine life.

The chemical most often referenced in this list of chemicals is “Oxybenzone.” It has become the buzz word over the past several months in news reports and among producers of products that contain the UV inhibitor as an active ingredient. Publications continually surface with titles such as, “Is your sunscreen oxybenzone-free?” It is a benzophenone, an endocrine disruptor and has been proven time and time again, even in student science fair projects, to kill corals as well as sprouting plants, and is the most common UV inhibitor used in sunscreen formulations.

It is not, however, the only benzophenone on the block. There is another named, “Avobenzone,” which many companies use in an effort to state they are “oxybenzone free,” yet it also carries risks. It too
should be avoided in formulation and use. To be truly reef-friendly, other
ingredients to avoid include:

Octinoxate / Octyl methoxycinnamate
Cylcopentasiloxane / Cyclomethicone
Camphor Derivatives
NANO particle Titanium Dioxide
NANO particle Zinc Oxide
Dispersions of zinc sometimes called ClearZinc as they May contain nano-particles,
 or micronized which can be agglomerated nano-particles

Mineral-based Stream2Sea sunscreen and body care products, are formulated
 by Autumn Blum, a cosmetic chemist and certified dive instructor who has been
 an ambassador to the oceans and marine life throughout her award-winning career.
 She created Stream2Sea specifically to protect the coral reefs, marine life, shore life,
waters (both fresh and salt) and the health of people.

During formulation it was her goal to prove, beyond a shadow of doubt that her
 products were truly safe in these environments. She began with formulations
 using popular natural standards and then submitted to third party testing.
For every formula that was found harmful, she went back to the drawing board
and started over. Not until she had products that were proven safe in an
 aquatic environment, safe to down to C.elegans and coral larvae and
readily biodegradable, did she release them.

Currently, Stream2Sea is the only mineral-based brand that has submitted
its products to this level of rigorous testing and standards. The health of the
planet is the primary concern for Stream2Sea, focusing much of their work,
research and efforts in clean-water standards, purity, and the understanding
 of water toxicity. Stream2Sea strongly believes that consumers have the right
 to know how the ingredients in the products they use can impact them and the
 world around them. They carry a policy of total-transparency in ingredient disclosure
 and packaging. They also package their products in sugar cane resin tubing to
 reduce their carbon footprint by avoiding petroleum-based plastics.

Stream2Sea’s concern for the environment extends to their employees as well,
wanting to work with individuals who have studies, work history or volunteer
 efforts towards environmental issues. Heather Lahey-Jeffries, Director of
 Consumer Outreach, has been invited to participate on a discussion panel
in Washington, DC on May 9, 2017 at the Blue Horizon Summit for sunscreen
and coral reefs. Her background in engineering working with water treatment
plants, power plants, public water and environmental writing opened the door
 for this honor. Other esteemed members of this panel include Dr. Craig Downs
and Joseph DiNardo, VP and Chief Scientific Officer of Priori.

Stream2Sea has set a new standard for EcoConscious sunscreen and skincare.
 Along with standard human safety and SPF tests, Stream2Sea products are
 proven to be biodegradable in both salt and fresh water. Formulated with
powerful antioxidant blends and certified non-nano titanium dioxide to protect
skin from sun damage. The product line includes sunscreens, conditioning
shampoo and body wash, leave-in conditioner, nourishing body lotion and
 lip balms. Stream2Sea products are currently available online at
 or ask for them at your favorite health food store, dive shop or outdoor retailer.
 Connect with Stream2Sea on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube as
 @Stream2Sea or call (866) 960-9513.
Contact Information
Heather L Jeffries
863 473 4223

Friday, 5 May 2017

Neauvia Restore System

Neauvia Restore System -- Whitening Treatment (Second Session)
- Base Mask
- Active Vial P
- Systemic Vial HP
- Systemic Vial RG

Monday, 1 May 2017

Monday, 24 April 2017


According to research, there are many benefits of salicylic acid and skincare.
Derived from the bark of a willow tree, salicylic acid is a naturally occurring beta hydroxyl. With the same medicinal benefits of aspirin, salicylic acid can relieve skin redness and inflammation in unsightly skin conditions.
While the ingredient comes in many doses and forms like gels, wipes, creams and sprays to treat less invasive skin conditions, patients who suffer from oily skin that deeply clogs pores are often given a potent peel with straight salicylic to clean out the skin.
Noted for the same anti-inflammatory ingredients as aspirin, WebMd warns consumers of possible dangers, stating “people who are allergic to salicylates (found in aspirins) should not use products with salicylic acid,” especially when pregnant since it enters the bloodstream. The popular medical website explains that while dermatologists can prescribe salicylic acid, the cure can also be purchased in lesser doses over the counter.
Available in different percentages and most often found in cosmetic astringents and applied topically, salicylic acid also acts as an exfoliator for psoriasis and seborrheic skin conditions. A report states “salicylic acid is a beta hydroxyl that is effective when used for exfoliation and there are several ways to use salicylic acid.”
After suggesting acne creams that contain salicylic acid, the report cites Revolution Health’s claim that salicylic acid “exfoliates skin and can improve texture and color of the skin. It penetrates oil-laden hair follicle openings and as a result, also helps with acne.”
By cleansing follicles of excess naturally produced oils in the skin, salicylic acid has been found to wipe out whiteheads and break down blackheads. Promoted on television, Proactiv has stood its ground for almost a decade, curing millions of unsightly skin. The popular product promotes lactic acid as well, claiming the decongestant alpha hydroxyl acid helps clear out skin of unwanted oils.
Though it doesn’t burn, National Institutes of Health (NIH) information service MedlinePlus article explains that skin may become dry or irritated at the beginning of acne treatment with salicylic acid and, if so, should be applied less often. That is why it is so important to contact one’s dermatologist or physician before deciding to interject the ingredient into a daily skincare regimen, rather than find out too late that salicylic acid is too hot for you to handle.
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017


What is dermatofibroma ?
  • It is a benign condition
  • It typically appears in females 9 times more often than in males.
  • It is also known as superficial benign fibrous histiocytoma.

What is it caused by ?
  • The exact cause of its development is unknown.
  • There was an inital theory that it was a reaction following an insect bite. It is also hypothesized to be a neoplastic growth.
  • Hypothesis: The female predominance and its occurence in young age suggests that hormonal factors may play a role.

What does it look like ?
  • It presents as dermal bumps which are typically present on the legs.
  • It displays the dimple sign when compressed laterally: the lesion becomes depressed.
  • The nodules can be dark-coloured. This is because of the deposit of hemosiderin. (In those cases, it can mimick malignant melanoma)
    Pigmented Dermatofibroma
    Pigmented Dermatofibroma
When examined by a dermatologist with a dermoscopy, the most typical pattern is a stellate white central pattern surrounded by a rim of hyperpigmentation. At the surface, a pigmented network may be present.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

The one vitamin that helps repel mosquitoes all summer long + 4 other tips

Thursday, 30 March 2017

What can be done to treat adult acne?

What can be done to treat adult acne?

Not a week goes by when I don’t hear numerous patients complaining of adult acne breakouts. Fortunately, my patients have been getting great results with Sciton’s Forever Clear Broad Band Light (BBL). It’s a genuinely innovative alternative to topical antibiotic treatments. In one 15-minute session, a blue light wavelength (420 nm) is passed over the affected areas to attack acne-producing bacteria in the pores. The treatment is completely customizable – if a patient’s skin is inflamed and reddish in the area around the acne breakout, I’ll include another treatment utilizing green light (560nm) to reduce or remove any redness. I might also use orange light (590nm), which can minimize the production of oil if patients have cysts.
Dr. Mark SchwartzI suggest that patients undergo a series of six to eight weekly treatments, with occasional touch-ups every six months. These treatments are easy to tolerate, with only minimal discomfort and almost no down-time. Most patients are red for an hour or two immediately afterward, but they can always just apply a bit of makeup to the area and go on with their daily routine.
Dr. Mark Schwartz, MD, FACS, Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, New York, NY

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

RejudiCare Synergy 2CRM Vitamin C Serum

Skin Protecting Anti-Wrinkle Serum with Vitamins C and E

  • Protects against external aging factors (vitamins)
  • Helps reduce the signs of aging
    - Fine lines and wrinkles
    - Skin appears firmer and healthier
    - Evens Skin Tone
    - Smoothes skin texture
  • Lightweight, fast-absorbing and cosmetically elegant
  • Custom, hypoallergenic fragrance
  • Compliments any anti-aging system

Friday, 24 March 2017

Trauma Oil --

Trauma Oil is very therapeutic all by itself for conditions that affect the joints and muscles. 

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Infrared Protection: Hype or Hope?

We all know that the sun emits harmful UVA and UVB radiation that can damage and prematurely age the skin, but these days there’s a lot of hype about infrared (IR) protection for the skin. Should we be concerned about IR, and if so, what can be done about it? 

The Spectrum and IR Light

The electrom­agnetic spectrum (see The Electrom­agnetic Spectrum and Skin Penetration) is a term used by scientists to describe the range of light arranged according to frequency and wavelength. We can use this tool to see how the various types of light we are exposed to each day affect our skin based upon how deeply the light penetrates, and with how much strength. IR accounts for 50% of a typical person’s exposure each day, as compared to just 7% coming from UVA and UVB.1 Let’s take a look at what exactly IR to determine if it is something we should be concerned about.
As part of the electrom­agnetic spectrum, infrared light is emitted along with other frequencies including gamma rays, x-rays, UV rays, visible light, microwaves and radio waves. For the purposes of discussing IR’s effect on skin, there are two levels of IR light the average person should know—IRA and IRB.
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IRB, or short wavelength infrared, penetrates just at the epidermal layer. Although this can stimulate some pigmentation, it is not our biggest concern. IRA, or near infrared, goes down to the hypodermis, the place where new skin cells are formed and nutrients are delivered to the skin.2 This deep penetration creates reason for concern because of the extensive damage it can inflict. Recent research suggests that IR radiation induces inflammation, premature skin aging and cancer.3 —three big reasons for concern. What’s even more challenging about exposure to IR is the fact that IR rays come from places other than the sun. Common household appliances such as hair dryers and television remotes also emit rays along with many industrial, high heat generating types of equipment, which most of us are not exposed to on a regular basis.
The good news is that there are ways to protect and counteract the harmful effects of IR radiation. The human body has an amazing ability to adapt and protect. Our bodies react to environmental exposures by using elements found in our own chemistry to fight toxic invaders. In the case of IR exposure, the body utilizes antioxidants to neutralize the free radicals created in the skin after contact with light.

Dietary Antioxidants and IR protection

As a clinical nutritionist, I can’t write an article on skin health without bringing food into the conversation. As usual, there’s an inside-out story here too. Ingesting dietary antioxidants will also offer protection for all kinds of solar radiation. Antioxidants are substances that prevent oxidation, also referred to as oxidative stress. They are nature’s way of protecting cells from damage. In this process of oxidation, free radicals cause damage to the skin tissues and speed up the aging process. Antioxidant-rich foods are plant based and many times referred to as phytoche­micals. Scientists at the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have developed a scale for measuring an antioxidant food’s ability to neutralize free radicals called Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC). The higher a food’s ORAC score, the more powerful it is in combating age-related degeneration and disease. Foods with the highest ORAC scores include spices, cocoa powder (unsweetened) and richly colored fruits and vegetables.
There are some specific nutrients that have been studied and shown to have strong protective properties against light exposure. Some of the best choices include the following.
Carotenoids. This category includes lutein and zeaxanthin found in dark green leafy veggies and corn; beta carotene found in carrots and sweet potatoes; and lycopene found in cooked tomato products and watermelon.
Vitamin E. This vitamin is found in wheat germ, nuts and seeds.
Vitamin C . Peppers, cantaloupe, citrus, and berries are all great sources of vitamin C.
Polyphenols. Food sources of polyphenols include green tea, dark chocolate, coffee and spices
These foods have been shown to offer antioxidant and light protection when consumed on a regular basis.4 This is yet another great reason for everyone to eat a rainbow of fresh fruits and vegetables every single day. For optimal health, aim for 7-9 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables every day, focusing on eating a variety of colors. This ensures that you have covered all of your bases and in essence creates an “internal sunscreen.”

Topical Protection Against IR Radiation

In terms of a topical skin protectant, the most commonly accepted and widely effective is the use of mineral sunscreens, makeup and lotions with zinc and titanium based ingredients in their composition.3 These compounds reflect the light away from the face, preventing it from penetrating and causing damage. It’s quite simple, yet effective.
In addition to minerals, botanical antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, copper, grape seed extract and lingonberry are effective choices as well. Just about any high quality antioxidant will work to neutralize free radicals, but some do perform better than others.
When it comes to antioxidants, the key factor is to ensure that the ingredient is delivered in a way that prevents oxidation of the compound before it reaches the skin. Sunlight and air can easily neutralize an antioxidant, and this is where emerging ingredient science has brought us better ways to deliver protection to our skin. Innovations in the way the nutrients are encapsulated, packaged and delivered are helping to prevent oxidation and assist with penetration in the skin. In my opinion, the application of topical botanical antioxidants and a mineral sunscreen are a must to counteract the inevitable UV and IR exposure that each of us will face every day.

IR Protection Regulation

The U.​S. Food and Drug Administ­ration (FDA) has clearly identified UVA and UVB radiation as dangers to human health and has issued sunscreen guidelines accordingly. This has taken years of collective research and public outcry. At this time, there is no FDA or other public policy statement that helps interpret the dangers of IR and its impact on skin and health. That does not necessarily mean that there is no reason for concern, as sometimes the research takes time and not every study supports what seems like the obvious conclusion. In a 2016 study evaluating the need for IR protection in sunscreens, researchers compared the IRA exposure of steel and glass workers who work in extreme heat to that typical sun exposure. They concluded that the IRA levels were similar and found no notable skin damage in the industrial workers and thereby concluded that IR protection was not needed in sunscreens.5 This is contrary to the conclusions of a 2009 study, which showed that IRA exposure from the sun caused decreased collagen in the skin and damage similar to that of UV light.6 In another, more well designed double-blind, randomized study conducted in 2015, a simple sunscreen formulation was compared to a formula that contained an antioxidant cocktail of vitamin E, C, grape seed and CoQ10. The antioxidant enriched formula showed significant protection against IRA, whereas the sunscreen alone did not. It should be noted that the sunscreen was a chemical sunscreen, not mineral. This is another good reason to choose mineral formulas over chemical, which do not protect as well, and can cause skin inflammation.3
Unfortun­ately, we can’t always trust research. The challenge is around the quality of the studies being conducted. We need to ask ourselves who is funding the study and what their personal goals might be. We need to consider the structure of the study—was the design smart and scientific? Does it eliminate confounding variables and test the hypothesis accurately? It seems that for every study that draws a positive conclusion, there is one that draws the opposite conclusion.

Future of IR Protection

It takes a great deal of time and money to come to a point where the appropriate amount of financial investment and high level of science is being applied to an issue. Just because research has not been done on IR protection does not mean that it is not a good idea to take preventative measures to protect ourselves, especially if the intervention has no negative consequence. The great thing about combating IR damage is that the preventative steps are things like eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day and applying natural minerals and botanical products to our skin as protection. We really can’t go wrong by taking those preventative measures. In my mind, infrared protection is not hype, but rather another good reason for great nutrition!
  1. AM Holzer, The Other End of the Rainbow: Infrared and Skin, J Invest Dermatol 130(6) 1496–1499 (2010)
  2. WM Haynes, CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 92nd ed., CRC Press: Boca Raton, FL 10.233 (2011)
  3. S Grether-Beck, A Marini, T Jaenicke and J Krutmann, Effective photopro­tection of human skin against infrared A radiation by topically applied antioxidants: Results from a vehicle controlled, double-blind, randomized study, Photochem Photobiol Jan-Feb 91(1) 248-50 (2015)
  4. E Fernández-García, Skin protection against UV light by dietary antioxidants, Food Funct 5(9) 1994-2003 E1 (2014)
  5. B Diffey and C Candars, An appraisal of the need for infrared radiation protection in sunscreens, Photochem Photobio Sci 15(3) 361-4 (2016)
  6. P Schroeder, C Calles and J Krutmann, Prevention of infrared-A radiation mediated detrimental effects in human skin, Skin Therapy Lett Jun 14(5) 4-5 (2009)
Ginger Hodulik
Ginger Hodulik Downey, MS, is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition. She has worked in clinical practice and wellness program development and implemen­tation. Currently, she serves as co-owner and VP of R&D for DermaMed Solutions.
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