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  • Mar 5

    Your Skin and You by Bea KinnearThe best anti-aging ingredients in skincare post is from Bea Kinnear, a lady who has spent a lot of time researching skincare. Bea is the author of Your Skin & You 5th Edition

    I was watching a favorite T.V. show today, like all shows it seems to me, they advertise yet another skin care product with “amazing” ingredients. Naturally they all sound like they discovered a special ingredient and that no one else has anything which could perform like theirs.

    I decided to go through the best anti-aging skincare ingredients and point out some “amazing” ingredients for you.
    Well I never realized what a tough job that was going to be. Thus I decided to select only a few. Well that didn’t work as you will see because I picked one, then the next one was just as important and excellent so it was hard to decide just which ones I would list.

    The following were chosen because they really do assist in “anti-aging”, smooth beautiful skin as well as healthy skin. Although sunscreen ingredients are the best anti-aging ingredients, I did not list those because you already know that. So, here is my list of the fantastic ingredients that helps towards antiaging when used daily.

    Algae Extracts: These marine plant extracts helps to diminish visible signs of aging. A blend also helps to enhance skin firmness.

    Bearberry Extract: It is a skin brightener and helps to enhance a healthy skin tone and appearance.

    Bisabolo: A natural ingredient that is soothing and has a strong calming effect on skin.

    Shea Butter: A natural moisturizer that actually also has some sunscreen ability. It absorbs quickly, has a softening effect on skin and helps to restore an even tone.

    Calcium PCA: Calcium PCA strengthens our skin’s protective barrier to help guard against the harsh environment.

    Green Tea: Green tea has many benefits but the key ones are the forms of Antioxidants like vitamins C & E. It has amino Acid, that is naturally found in our skin and green tea is also known for its soothing properties.

    Gotu Kola Extract: This extract tightens the skin and increases its elasticity. Its calming agents can speed cell reproduction ( a bonus for the older generation).

    Ceramide 3: This ingredient has been found to reduce roughness, increase water content and protect against irritant-induced dermatitis.

    Irish Moss: Is a rich emollient with hydrating properties. Excellent as a skin softener.

    Cyclomethicone: This has strong moisturization and humectant properties.

    Cyclodextrin: This is what we call an “active” ingredient that acts to help deliver healthful compounds to the cells.

    Decyl Glucoside: This is another blend of some natural ingredients that releases skin surface tension so the foreign substances are easily rinsed away. It is another form of cleansing.

    Disodium EDTA: Metallic ions may remain on our skin from our water, this ingredient is important to neutralize these offending ions.

    Coneflower Extract: This extract is rich in Vitamins A, E, C, iron, iodine and copper. It has strong skin-firming ability and a powerful MMP inhibitor.

    Glucosamine HCL: A derived marine source that firms skin and has calming exfoliating agents.

    Glycine: One of three main amino acids found in collagen. It is a strong moisturizer that can also help stabilize Vitamin C.

    Licorice: Powerful oxidative-stress inhibitor, natural skin brightener and has soothing properties.

    Meadowfoam Oil: Rich in Vitamin C.

    Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: Water-soluble Vitamin C It creates smoother and firmer skin.

    Mallow: Reduces the visible sign of aging. This extract has soothing and nourishing ability.

    Mango Butter: Contains nonessential fatty acids naturally found in the body. It is an excellent lubricator and skin
    moisturizer.

    Olive Leaf Extract: Powerful extract of antioxidants that can help reduce the visible signs of aging while it soothes and moisturizes the skin.

    Panthenol Vitamin B5: Helps to eliminate dry, scaly skin patches and provide fullness to the skin.

    Avocado Oil: Wonderful hydrating oil for dry skin and mature skin.

    Sea Plankton extract: Has calming properties and is considered a cell revitalizer that enhances the skin’s complexion.

    Clary Sage: This extract clarifies, soothes and relaxes the skin.

    Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: Oil-soluble vitamin C. Fights free radical damage, diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A skin firming agent. A highly efficacious vitamin C.

    Threonine: A Natural Moisturizing Factor (NMF) that has antioxidant properties and wound healing.

    Tocopherol: Scientific name for Vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant and deep moisturizer easily absorbed by skin.

    Undecylenoyl Glycine: From Coconut oil this glycine is a major constituent of dermal-structure proteins.

    Urea: Naturally found in skin and is a NMF. It fosters the skin’s absorption of other nourishing ingredients.

    Grape Extract: A proanthocyanidin (strong antioxidant) that is known to improve, brighten, nourish and enhance skin color.

    Yucca Extract: Rich in Vitamins A,B-complex, C, as well as calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese and cooper. An
    amazing natural cleanser with a high saponin content.

    Have a Sensé-tional Day!
    Bea Kinnear, Author
    Note: You can find all these ingredients and more in my book Your Skin & You 5th Edition

    All these amazing ingredients and more can be found in one skincare range. If you would like more information regarding this skincare range I can help you. Please go to Contact Helen and leave your request and details.

  • Sep 12

    Many health problems originate in our gut. How much time do we give to chewing our food properly let alone prepare healthy food in this rushed world we live in? A healthy digestive system is a multi-faceted process; one important part being getting the nutrients from our food to supply our cells needs and another part is elimination.

    The GI tract is the largest part of the immune system because it deals with eliminating toxins and filters fungi, bacteria, viruses and parasites. The GI tract is sometimes referred to as the ‘second brain’.

    Having optimal health means living pain free and not having to suffer with digestive issues like constipation, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, coughing, phlegm, reflux or bloating.

    From a supplement point of view there are three things that aid the digestion of our food and support the health of our GI tract.

    1. Liver support

    It is so important to keep our livers healthy for without them, we die. Our liver is part of the detoxification process and is vital to keeping our bodies clear of the toxins we accumulate from our food and environment. Milk-thistle is a key ingredient in liver health and works as an antioxidant. Green-tea extract, turmeric and broccoli extract provide further antioxidant protection.

    2. Healthy gut flora

    Probiotics are millions of viable good bacteria that help to maintain healthy gut flora, they have been clinically proven to survive transit through the acidic environment of the stomach and to reach the intestine alive.

    Probiotics Promote Balance: Your gut is host to both beneficial and potentially harmful bacteria. When balanced properly, these bacteria, also known as microflora, aid healthy digestion. Stress, illness, antibiotics and/or medicines, poor diet and hydration, lack of rest, and harmful environmental conditions, however, may endanger the fine balance of the intestinal flora. This imbalance can result in the reduction of beneficial bacteria in the gut, which can lead to digestive concerns that may not only be physically uncomfortable but also possibly harmful to your health.

    Not all probiotics are of sufficient quantity of high-quality bacteria strains to survive stomach acidity and enter the intestinal tract alive to be effective. Look out for strains of probiotic bacteria that have been clinically proven to survive transit through the acidic environment of the stomach, and promote a natural balance of beneficial microflora in the gut.

    3. Bowel health
    Prebiotics are made up of multiple sources of soluble and insoluble dietary fibre including Psyllium and Inulin which promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract.

    Prebiotics promote good digestive health, and aids in normal bowel regularity, which helps move wastes and toxins out of the colon. Undigested food material and metabolic waste build up in the body due to slow elimination, which may contribute to other health problems.

    Psyllium is a rich source of soluble fibre, and a bulking agent. It has been widely used to promote bowel movement.

    Inulin is a special type of indigestible fibre that serves as a fertilizer to healthy bacteria in the digestive system, which in turn assists in the absorption of nutrients and the breakdown of foods. If undigested food material and metabolic waste build up due to slow elimination, it may contribute to other health problems.

    How much fibre do we need to consume?
    According to the Nutrient Reference Values for Australia and New Zealand (developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Department of Health)…
    • adult women should eat at least 25 grams of fibre daily
    • men should eat at least 30 grams
    • pregnant women over the age of 18 should consume 28 grams of fibre every day
    • New mothers need 27-30 grams each day.

    We still need to consciously eat a healthy diet and to eliminate sugary drinks to avoid putting toxic stress on our body’s cells. By ensuring that our digestive system is in healthy working order, we can then utilize all the nutrients from the food we eat, as well as feel comfortable in the downstairs department. Please feel free to contact me if you need any help choosing products to support a healthy digestive system.

    Please note: Symptoms of ovarian cancer are nonspecific and mimic those of many other more common conditions, including digestive and bladder disorders. A woman with ovarian cancer may be diagnosed with another condition before finally learning she has cancer. Common misdiagnoses include irritable bowel syndrome, stress and depression. Read more…

    The digestive process is described in great detail in Suzanne Somers’ book ‘Breakthrough’ Step 4 “Create a Healthy GI tract”. According to Ms Somers, some of the diseases that start in the gut are arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, Alzheimer’s, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Macular Degeneration.
    Get your copy of “Breakthrough” now from Amazon.com

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