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When we think about how to best take care of our skin we usually think in terms of what serum or moisturizer will give us that coveted glow. While what you use on your skin is important, supplementing your skin care with a healthy diet will do wonders in helping you put your best face forward.
Water: Drink up!
Few things can rival water in terms of what it can do for your skin. Our bodies are made of up to 60% water, so keeping hydrated isn’t just about what you put on your skin, it’s about what you put in your body. Water keeps skin hydrated, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps cells take up nutrients and get rid of toxins. Getting up to pour yourself a glass right now? Go for it, because water also helps circulation and blood flow, giving you the coveted dewy glow we all crave.
Selenium: Boost Your Immune System
Selenium is a trace mineral that is essential to good health. The antioxidant properties of selenium help to prevent cellular damage from free radicals. In case you’re not in the know, free radicals are natural by-products of oxygen metabolism that may contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Selenium can also help regulate thyroid function and play a role in boosting the immune system. So how do you get your fix? Foods such as shrimp, lamb, snapper, halibut, tuna, and salmon are all excellent sources of selenium. Those foods not on your favorites list? Don’t worry. Beef, oysters, sardines, crab and whole wheat pasta are also good sources of selenium.
Coenzyme Q10, or CoQ10, is a powerful antioxidant made naturally in your body. That’s great news right? Sure, but the problem is that production decreases with age. CoQ10 protects sin and other body cells from the damage caused by…you got it…free radicals. CoQ10 can be found in a variety of topical serums and creams, and is reported to improve the appearance of wrinkles and the signs of aging. Rich sources of CoQ10 include fish, poultry, and whole grains. Dr. Beer is currently developing new products loaded with CoQ10, so stay tuned and check here often for information on new formulations and exciting breakthroughs in skincare.
Vitamin A: Repair Your Skin and Slow the Signs of Aging
Vitamin A is used in many forms to help with a variety of skin issues from repairing tissue to helping reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Topical creams such as Retin A help with acne while retinols, vitamin A derivatives, help to reduce the signs of aging. We love Scientific by Dr. Kenneth Beer’s Daily Hydrating Cream, which helps the tone, texture and pigment of the skin. When you’re looking for foods rich in vitamin A, grab an orange, carrots, leafy greens, eggs, and low-fat dairy.
Vitamin C: Protect Your Skin
Vitamin C helps protect skin from the sun. It also helps to undo damage done by free radicals, which destroy skin-firming fibers such as collagen and elastin. Excellent sources of vitamin C include red bell peppers, citrus fruits, papaya, kiwi, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Of course, eating Vitamin C alone won’t protect your skin from the Sun’s harmful rays. Use a broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sun block for optimal results. We like Shelter Broad Spectrum SPF 30 by Philosophy. This antioxidant-rich, broad-spectrum sun protection formula incorporates the anti-aging benefits of peptides as it moisturizes and soothes the skin. EltaMD UV FACIAL SPF 30+ is another favorite that Dr. Beer recommends often to patients.
Essential Fats for Your Skin
Omega-3 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids. They are necessary for human health but the body can't make them, you have to get them through food. help produce your skin's natural oil barrier, keeping dry skin and blemishes at bay. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in fish such as salmon, tuna, and halibut as well as in algae, krill and nut oils.
To get skin that really glows from within the solution is simple: put good products in and put good products on. What do we mean by that? We mean eat well and use products with good ingredients on your skin. Ingredients such as selenium, CoQ12, vitamin A, vitamin C, and omega-3 fatty acids. Beauty starts from within, so go ahead and eat your way to healthy, glowing skin.
It’s officially Winter. If you’re lucky enough to live year round in a tropical or warm-weather climate, this could mean only minor changes to your skin care regime and thebest skin care products for you. But for many people, winter means drier skin that is exposed to increasingly extreme weather elements. How will you keep your skin healthy all winter long? Read on for tips on how to maintain healthy, glowing skin even in the harsh Winter months.
Get Hydrated: Inside and Out. For much of the world, drier, cooler air results in dry, flakey, red, irritated skin. To maintain beautiful, healthy, glowing skin despite mother nature, it’s critically important to hydrate both your skin and body. Use a moisturizer each time you cleanse your skin. We like Scientific by Dr. Kenneth Beer’s Daily Hydrating Cream. In addition to providing a skin barrier from environmental stressors and pollutants, this incredible formula draws in and retains moisture to help keep your skin hydrated. With daily use, ferulic acid (a potent anti-oxidant) helps stop oxidative damage while retinol helps improve the tone, texture and pigment of your skin, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While keeping your skin hydrated on the outside is important, it’s equally important to hydrate from the inside as well. Drink plenty of water and make sure to eat foods that hydrate you as well. “What’s that?” you ask? “Foods can hydrate you too?” Oh yes! Check out this article inMensHealth Magazine for a list of foods that let you “eat your water.”
Pucker Up and Hydrate Your Pout! One of the most neglected areas of the skin is the lips. To keep them kissable this season, make sure to don a lip treatment with SPF often. We like Burt’s Bees Sun Protecting Lip Balm SPF 8. Winter already nipped at your lips, leaving them dry and flakey? Try an ultra moisturizing lip treatment like Deep Renewal by Blistex. Ingredients such as coenzyme Q10, hyaluronic filling spheres, and SPF 15 make this product the perfect on-the-go solution to chapped lips.
Exfoliation= Hydration. Already beginning to see the flakey, dry skin you dread? Not to worry, just remember this: exfoliation=hydration. When you exfoliate the skin it allows products to penetrate deeper. We love Scientific by Dr. Kenneth Beer’s White Bamboo Exfoliator. This clay-based scrub for all skin types warms upon contact with water. This deep-cleansing formula helps purify skin, minimize pores and balance excess oils. Microsifted White Bamboo crystals gently resurface the outer layers of skin while four powerful antioxidants (Acai Fruit Extract, Green and White Tea as well as Ferulic Acid) aid in correcting daily environmental damage. Once your skin is exfoliated, use your favorite moisturizer and feel the difference.
Ante up on Antioxidants. Antioxidants are always important, but in the winter when we tend to eat less fresh fruit and vegetables containing antioxidants and vitamins, getting an extra boost from your skin care products can help keep skin healthy. We like Scientific by Dr. Kenneth Beer’s Brightening Serum. Seaweed Extract and Hyaluronic Acid promote hydration and Emblica Fruit is a powerful antioxidant that all work together to help reduce oxidative stress and create a more even skin tone and brighter complexion. It’s essential to continue eating seasonal fruits and dark green vegetables, but augment the delivery of antioxidants to your skin with topical skin care products.
Get your block on! While many of us think of sun block or sunscreen as a summer skin care essential, the sun doesn’t entirely disappear in the winter! In fact, winter can often mean double damage thanks to direct UV rays from the sun plus reflected or diffused UV rays from the snow. Make sure when choosing a sun block that it contains broad-spectrum protection. This means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. We like EltaMD UV FACIAL SPF 30+. Sun damage happens as frequently in December as it does in June, and the effects on your skin are just as lasting.
Winter is a beautiful season for spending time with family and friends, but it can also be hard on your skin. Stay healthy, happy and glowing by following the tips above.
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FDA Says Breast Implants May Be Linked To Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma.
ABC World News (1/26, story 7, 2:10, Sawyer) reported, "An important health warning tonight from the FDA about a possible link between breast implants and a rare form of cancer." ABC (Stark) added, "The government says they may be linked to a rare form of lymphoma. ... There are 60 cases worldwide, in as many 10-million women with implants."
The Washington Post (1/27, Stein) reports in "The Checkup" blog that the FDA on Wednesday announced it had "detected a possible association between saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL)" The agency said most women with implants "do not have to have them removed or take any other steps," but they should "immediately seek medical care" if they develop "unusual problems," such as "swelling or pain around the implant."
According to the AP (1/27), the FDA based its warning on a review of "scientific literature going back to 1997 along with information provided by international governments and manufacturers." Most of the cases were "reported after patients sought medical care" for problems "around the surgical site."
HealthDay (1/21, Mott) reports that "seemingly healthy pets can carry parasites, bacteria or viruses that cause mild to life-threatening" illnesses in humans, according to a report in journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Of the 250 zoonotic diseases, "more than 100 are derived from domestic pets," said co-author Dr. Bruno Chomel of the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine. Although disease transmission is "low in comparison to how many people sleep with their pets -- more than half of all US pet owners," Chomel said the "risks are still there." Other infections transmitted to people after sleeping with domestic animals, "kissing them or being licked" by pets include "hookworm, ringworm, roundworm, cat scratch disease and drug-resistant staph infections." The elderly, children "younger than five years" old, and people "with HIV/AIDS" or cancer are at the greatest risk.