Eat To Look Young: Prevent Wrinkles with these 9 Foods!

Here is another informative Blog post from Healing Anthropology, our favorite natural skincare product line that we carry at ilumina. We can’t stop time, and nowhere is this more visibly discerning than on the surface of our largest organ, the skin. Why does the skin appear to age so rapidly? As we grow older, skin cells regenerate more slowly, making if difficult for the epidermis to repair itself. We also produce fewer hormones with age, which thinks skin, leaving it more vulnerable to damage. What more, oil-producing glands become less active, resulting in dry, fragile tissue. These effects are exacerbated by too much sun exposure, which accelerates the visible signs of aging, including discoloration, sagging and fine lines.All that aside, there is still good news. You can grow old gracefully while still be proactive in keeping your skin as healthy and happy as possible. This does not include fighting aging with chemical creams, Botox, and other unnatural methods. What is does include is exercising, healthy skincare and eating right. Eating right is even more important then previously presumed. New research shows that a diet rich is certain nutrients can prevent and reverse skin aging more effectively than expensive treatments.Stock up on the following foods to help your skin stay smooth, supple and young, no matter what your age.Kiwis-super high in Vitamin C which is crucial in the production of collagen (eat 2 a day)Berries-excellent source of ellagic acid, an antioxidant that helps protect skin against sun damage and reduces inflammation. Also rich in polyphenols which protect skin from free-radical damage (eat 1/2 cup per day)White Tea-blocks enzymes that break down collagen and elastin (drink at least 2 cups a day)Flaxseed Oil-contains Omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids which decrease skin roughness and scaling as well as build membranes around cells which helps keep skin moist and supple. (1-2 Tbsp a day on cold foods or used after cooking, heat kills its goodness)Spinach-very high in vitamin K inhibits calcification. Calcification limits skin elasticity which leads to wrinkles. (eat 1 cup at least 3 times per week)Dark Chocolate-rich in flavonols that protect skin from harmful UV light. (eat 1 oz a day)Tomatoes-amazing source of lycopene which stabilizes a volatile form of molecular oxygen that causes the skin to age. (aim to eat 1 cup cooked tomatoes with olive oil several times per week)Carrots-rich in vitamin A which serves as a barrier, providing a healthy surface lining to prevent bacteria from entering the body. (eath 1-2 cups carrots or other bright-orange foods every week)Avocados-rich in vitamin E and lutein which reduce harmful effects of the sun and help combat collagen breakdown. (eat 1-2 per week).ilumina Healing SanctuaryScottsdale, Arizona

Natural Skincare at ilumina

Now FeaturingHEALING ANTHROPOLOGY: NATURAL SKIN CARE LINEWe are proud to announce the newest addition to our retail line here at ilumina.  Healing Anthropology is now exclusively available at our location.  This all natural skin care line offers wonderfully rich, effective products completely free of any toxins or chemical preservative.All Healing Anthropology products are blended in small batches by a clinical herbalist and ethnobotantist.  The use of solely natural and organic ingredients such as cold-pressed essential oils, healing herbal extracts and reparative antioxidants makes the products as luxurious as they are safe.  The Rejuvenating face care line combines anti-aging ingredients that have been used for thousands of years with modern natural nutriceuticals.  The Nourishing Body Cream and Soothing Calendula Salve contain wonderfully emollient ingredients and essential oils that heal even the driest, most damaged skin and are excellent for eczema and psoriasis.  The Nurturing Baby Line is especially delicate and calming with organic calendula, lavender and chamomile.The product line will be available at the clinic beginning October 20, 2010.  Look for the November 1, 2010 Newsletter for more in depth details on this exciting new line.

Safe(r) Sunscreens

I have lived my life in the sun. When I was young we used to survive the summer heat by spending days at the pool or beach. Baby oil was the tan enhancer of choice to get our skin tan as fast as possible. As I got older I realized that maybe I should start using sunscreen. I remember my sunscreen enlightenment so clearly, I was a student working on my undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona and heard: if you live in Arizona long enough you will develop skin cancer. Yikes!

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