SunburnWill Ferrell can make sunburn look funny, but it can be a very serious issue. Prolonged and excessive exposure to the sun can lead to sun poisoning, accelerated signs of aging, and life-threatening skin cancer. Melanoma is the most common form of skin cancer.

Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays by using sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or more. We recommend Hanna Isul’s Vita C SPF-30 sunscreen and skin protectant. It provides excellent protection from the damaging effects of the sun for up to six hours. It moisturizes and nourishes the skin. The product’s light smooth consistency and sensational feel make it unique from all other sunblocks.

Other ideas for maximum protection include avoiding the sun’s rays when they’re strongest, covering up with long sleeves and pants and a broad-brimmed hat, using a lip balm with sunscreen, and knowing if you are using medication that increases your risk of sun damage.

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Green Tea and Mushrooms

Addressing the health of our skin involves the health of our body, on the inside and the outside. The skin is our largest organ and the skin is our first line of defense in our immune system. The common cold and allergies lead to people coughing and sneezing all around us. Two of my secret weapons to stay healthy also make my skin stay healthy and look fabulous. They are green tea and mushrooms. These two foods enhance the immune system and have healthy skin benefits.

You can find green tea and mushrooms in a variety of skin care products, including cleansers, serums, moisturizers, exfoliants and masks. They can also be found in supplements. Green tea and mushrooms can yield powerful results when used internally and externally. Both ingredients can be found in Chinese medicine.

Certain mushrooms and teas have been used for thousands of years for their immune-enhancing and energy supplying effects. In the last 30 years, researchers have confirmed the antiviral, antimicrobial and anti-cancer properties of many varieties of mushrooms. These include Shiitake, Oyster, Reishi and Cordyceps mushrooms. My favorite for immune boosting properties is the Reishi mushroom because it contains polysaccharides that have been shown to enhance our immune system by suppressing the growth of tumor cells and increasing T-cell and macrophage counts. The Cordeceps mushroom is great for increasing energy.

Teas are found in several varieties. The amount of steaming and fermenting processing the harvested tea goes through determines whether it becomes black, green or white tea. Most studies have been on green tea, but all teas have therapeutic benefits.

Green tea can reduce swelling and inflammation. In clinical studies, green tea has demonstrated the ability to prevent, or at least postpone, the onset of cancer and heart disease. I drink cold-processed green tea from Kyoto, Japan and take supplements made from the potent tips of the green tea leaf as a part of personal weight management. I also chew green tea “pearls” throughout the day for energy. My daily skincare regimen includes using serums and moisturizers with green tea ingredients, which have been scientifically proven to stop the signs of aging and restore skin to a healthy state. The reason they are so effective is because they are packed full of anti-oxidants called catechins. The most powerful is the epigallocatechin (EGCG), which is found in green tea, not black tea. Green tea catechins are synergistic with other anti-oxidants like vitamin E and vitamin C. The epigallocatechin (EGCG) has been found to be much more effective than vitamin E in neutralizing pro-oxidants and free radicals that cause the body to age intrinsically and extrinsically.

Hippocrates said “Let thy food be thy health”. So have a cup of tea and put some mushrooms in your next meal. Enjoy good for you foods. The best therapeutic benefits green tea and mushrooms are when they are used in supplements to your regular diet. I prefer pharmaceutical grade nutraceuticals made from natural ingredients. Not all supplements are created equal, so do your research. I enjoy the benefits of looking and feeling fabulous in my 50s. So can you, at any age.

Banya

As an anti-aging skin care specialist, I feel compelled to stay young and healthy looking. This is good business for me. I love sharing all the wonderful things that I learn with people who also care about healthy living.

I’d like to share with you a few anti-aging tips that I believe are important to fighting the appearance of aging.

The easiest and most sensible thing that anyone can do is use sunscreen. It’s the only true anti-aging product. All the other products are simply damage control. Exposure to the sun not only can speed-up the aging process of your skin, but it can also lead to costly and life-threatening health problems, like basal cell carcinoma and melanoma skin cancers.

Exercise is another way that you can combat the aging process of your skin. There are ways that you can accomplish this that are easier and less stressful than the traditional types of exercise that are common. You can actually trick your body into thinking that it’s exercising. Once a week I visit a super-hot sauna called a Russian banya that combines high heat and steam. This is the best way to detoxify the body and lose or maintain body weight without going to the gym every day. You can also combine the high heat with a cold plunge pool. This will increase your heart rate and exercise your circulatory system, which benefits your skin. This gives your body the benefits of a five mile run without the stress on your heart and joints.

Another thing that you can do to strengthen your circulatory system is to use a dry brush on your skin several times a week. Gently brushing the surface of the skin with a boar’s hair and copper brush removes dead skin and stimulates the millions of cells and capillaries. This not only improves your circulation, but also reduces the appearance of cellulite by stimulating the lymphatic system.

I highly encourage you to try these anti-aging skincare tips. They aren’t expensive or time-consuming, but require regular attention and diligence.