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Pomegranates – The Fountain of Youth?

Pomegranates taste good, but will they really make me look younger? I decided to stop wondering about the hype and actually do some research to get some answers. Here’s what I found out about this interesting little fruit, enjoy!

Pomegranates – The Fountain of Youth?

Photo credit: Canida

Where do pomegranates come from?

The term pomegranate comes from the Latin phrase pomum granatum, which means “apple of many seeds.” The pomegranate is a small fruit-bearing tree that originated in Persia. It is one of the world’s first cultivated fruits.

What are the health benefits of pomegranates?

Pomegranates have been valued for their nutritional benefits for more than 4000 years. They have been called the “miracle fruit.” Their health benefits include:

  • Prevents cancer
  • Supports immune system
  • Prevents heart disease
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attacks, strokes, & kidney disease
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves sex life
  • Improves depression symptoms
  • Increases bone mass

Do pomegranates help with anti-aging?

Yes, a glass of pomegranate juice a day helps keep the wrinkles away! In November 2011, researchers at the ProbelteBio Laboratory in Murcia, Spain discovered that pomegranates slow down the aging process of DNA. This study examined the pomegranate’s rich supply of antioxidants, which prevent age-related cell damage. Subjects were given an extract of whole pomegranate fruit in a capsule form daily for one month. Researchers then found a significant decrease in a specific marker (8-Oxo-DG) linked to cell damage. This marker can have numerous detrimental effects, including aging of the skin. This decrease slows down the natural oxidation (or “rusting”) of DNA in cells that occurs over time. The lead researcher, Dr. Sergio Streitenberger, concluded “the study demonstrates that regular consumption of this new pomegranate extract can slow down the process of DNA oxidation.”

Pomegranates – The Fountain of Youth?

HOW do pomegranates help with anti-aging?

The pomegranate is the most powerful antioxidant of all the fruits. Pomegranate juice has almost three times the antioxidant potency of green tea or red wine. Antioxidants neutralize damage from free radicals, which are highly reactive chemical substances that damage the body’s cells. These chemical substances have been linked to accelerated aging and major degenerative illnesses.

The pomegranate is the best anti-aging food for softening the skin because it is loaded with vitamin C, which helps protect skin from the wrinkling effects of sun damage. Pomegranate juice contains ellagic acid, which fights free radical damage. This juice also contains punicalagin, a supernutrient that increases the body’s ability to preserve collagen, which makes skin look plump and smooth.

How much pomegranate should I eat?

Jackie Newgent, a nutritionist based in New York City, recommends eating 1 cup of pomegranate seeds every week.

Pomegranates – The Fountain of Youth?

This week I made a delicious spinach salad with pomegranate seeds, after watching a helpful tutorial on how to cut a pomegranate.  Thank you to my dear husband who patiently waited to eat dinner while I photographed the pomegranate seeds and salad!

Spinach and kale are the best anti-aging foods for firming the skin because they contain phytonutrients, or antioxidant compounds, which help protect skin from damage caused by the sun. Spinach is packed with beta-carotene and lutein, two nutrients that improve elasticity of the skin. Newgent recommends eating 3 cups of spinach or kale every week.

After doing some research, I have concluded that pomegranates really are the fountain of youth!

Do YOU like pomegranates? Please share your favourite recipe ideas!

References:

  • Cohen, Tamara. “Pomegranate helps fight heart disease, relieves stress and improves sex life – now it’s nature’s elixir of youth, claims study”, Dailymail.co.uk, November 11, 2011.
  • Collins, Danica. “Pomegranate Benefits – The Elixir of Youth Hidden in an Anti-Aging Superfood”, UndergroundHealthReporter.com, accessed October 25, 2013.
  • Dr. Fuhrman. “Secrets Revealed: The Powerful Health Benefits of the Pomegranate”, DrFuhrman.com, accessed October 25, 2013.
  • Fitness Magazine. “The Best Anti-Aging Foods”, FitnessMagazine.com, November 30, 2010.
  • Greens & Protein. “Pomegranate, The Fountain of Youth”, GreensandProteins.com, November 11, 2011.
  • Hazell, Kyrsty. “Drinking Pomegranate Juice Slows The Ageing Process, Says Study”, HuffingtonPost.co.uk, November 11, 2011.
  • Holistic Health News. “Nature’s Perfect Fruit: The Pomegranate”, hhnews.com, accessed October 25, 2013.
  • Magee, Elaine. “Pomegranate Power – Colorful, delicious fruit packs a powerful antioxidant punch”, WebMD.com, accessed October 25, 2013.
  • Stylist. “The Origins of the Pomegranate”, Stylist.co.uk, accessed October 25, 2013.
  • Swanson, Lee. “Pomegranate Health Benefits, Antioxidants and Anti-Aging”, SwansonVitamins.com, accessed October 25, 2013.
  • Z News. “Pomegranate juice good for kidney disease patients”, ZeeNews.india.com, November 13, 2011.

Eye Cream – Fact or Gimmick?

Do we really need a different moisturizer for the delicate skin around our eyes?

In my previous post Healthy Skin Needs Daily Maintenance, I left you with a gut-wrenching skincare cliff-hanger:  Do we really need a different moisturizer for the delicate skin around our eyes?  In today’s post, I will finally reveal the answer.  Whew!  Drumroll please…..

Yes, we do need a different moisturizer around our eyes, which is the first area on the face to show signs of aging (lines and wrinkles).

Skin around the eyes differs from other facial skin in several ways:

  1. It is thinner, which makes it more delicate and vulnerable.  As we age, the skin around the eyes becomes thinner and more transparent, resulting in more visible dark circles.
  2. It is more prone to dryness.  It does not contain oil glands that secrete sebum, the skin’s natural moisture barrier.  Dry skin is more prone to wrinkle development and makes fine lines appear more prominently.  Eye creams contain more emollients (moisturizers), which fill the spaces between skin cells, causing skin to swell enough to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  3. It gets a much greater workout.  Because our eyes are so expressive, the skin around them is constantly subjected to creasing when we laugh, smile, and squint, in addition to stretching due to puffiness.  When the skin around the eyes is void of hydration, the constant creasing of the skin will result in fine lines that can later develop into deeper wrinkles if left untreated.  Eye creams are thicker than facial moisturizers, so they will remain on thin, mobile skin better.  As we age, our skin produces less collagen, which is a protein that keeps skin strong and helps smooth out wrinkles.  Eye creams contain collagen-boosting ingredients (eg: retinol, antioxidants such as Vitamin C, and peptides).
  4. It is more prone to allergic reactions.  Facial moisturizers may contain ingredients (eg: sunscreens) that are too strong for the delicate skin around the eyes and cause stinging and burning.  Eye creams tend to be gentler than facial moisturizers.
  5. It is more prone to environmental damage.  Smoking as well as exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun can encourage the formation of wrinkles.

An effective eye cream should have the following properties:

  • An effective moisture barrier to prevent loss of hydration
  • A moisturizing complex to maintain the skin’s optimal moisture reserves
  • Ingredients to boost the production of collagen and elastin, the skin’s natural building blocks
  • High concentrations of multiple antioxidants to fight environmental aggressors and oxidation

BeautiControl’s BC Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme (16236) contains all of these components, along with an exclusive delivery system that allows each of the ingredients to penetrate into the layers of the skin where they will be most effective.  It helps maintain the skin’s hydration, prevent future damage, and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin.  This cream is paraben-free and contains Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, which are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally present in our skin and joints.  Hyaluronic acid has been shown to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles by plumping skin and adding extra moisture.

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References:

Jaracz, Jill. “Do You Really Need a Different Moisturizer For Your Eyes?”, health.discovery.com, accessed September 2, 2013.

What’s All the Hype About Clarisonic?

This article is based on what Clarisonic has to say.  I’ll share my personal opinion in a follow-up article.

What is Sonic Cleansing?

While cleansing is the first step in any skin care ritual, it is often overlooked.  Typical manual cleansing can leave behind dirt and oil trapped in pores.  This build-up can damage the appearance and health of your skin and keep your skin care products from working like they should.

Used and recommended by spas and leading dermatologists, Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems use a patented sonic frequency of more than 300 movements per second to gently, yet thoroughly remove makeup 6X better than cleansing with your hands alone.  Cleaner skin is the first step toward healthier looking skin.  And healthier looking skin is smoother, more radiant, and more beautiful.

The Clarisonic skin brush goes beyond the skin’s surface to the deeper layers of the pores.  On account of its deep cleansing properties, the Clarisonic skin brush results in a visible reduction in the size of enlarged pores, leaving skin smoother and younger looking.  It helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as helps reduce oily areas, dry skin patches, and blemishes.  The Clarisonic skin brush is waterproof and rechargeable, and has customizable brush heads.

Sonic Cleansing Benefits

  • Cleanses Better ~ Sonic cleansing is the essential first step in a healthy skin care ritual. Gently gliding across skin while cleansing thoroughly, the sonic micro-massage loosens and removes dirt, oil, and makeup from pores.  Trusted by dermatologists and aestheticians, the sonic action clarifies and revitalizes the skin without harsh chemicals.
  • Healthier Looking Skin ~ Without proper cleansing, drying detergents, pollutants, oil, and bacteria can damage the appearance and health of your skin.  Using Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems helps to remove impurities and clear pores.  And because there are no harsh abrasives or chemicals, Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing Systems are a gentle, natural way to cleanse your skin.
  • Gentle ~ Sonic cleansing is the natural way to thoroughly cleanse all skin types – even skin affected by complicated conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea, and acne.  Unlike many skin treatments that use harsh chemicals, the micro-massage action is effective, yet gentle enough to be used twice a day.  The Clarisonic brush is extremely mild even on very sensitive skin.  Those diagnosed with rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema find that they can use this product with virtually no irritation to the skin.
  • Prepares Skin For Other Products ~ Without proper cleansing, pollutants, oil, and bacteria accumulate on the skin, clogging pores and causing blackheads, blemishes, and dullness.  This may prevent creams, serums, and moisturizers from performing to their fullest potential.  Sonic cleansing better prepares your skin for skin care products.  Compared to manual cleansing, using the Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System allows for up to 61% better absorption of Vitamin C.  Better absorption allows creams, serums, and moisturizers to work their best.

Directions

Gently move the brush using small, circular motions.  Use on forehead (20 seconds), nose/chin (20 seconds), and both cheeks (10 seconds each).

Tips

  • Prior to the first use, charge the Clarisonic handle for 24 hours.
  • Once a week, remove the brush head and wash the handle using warm soapy water to remove any residue buildup.
  • Replace your Clarisonic brush head every 3 to 4 months.

Which Clarisonic System is Right For You?

Mia

  • $119Clarisonic Mia white set
  • A great introduction to sonic cleansing
  • One-button, compact size
  • 1 speed (normal)
  • 1 Sensitive or Normal brush head
  • Rechargeable battery life is 24 minutes
  • Universal voltage charger
  • 1 year warranty

Mia 2

  • $149
  • Separate buttons to control speed & powerClarisonic Mia 2 passionfruit set
  • One-minute pulsing T-Timer tells you when it’s time to cleanse the next area of your face
  • Protective travel case
  • 2 speeds (low & normal)
  • 1 Sensitive brush head
  • Rechargeable battery life is 24 minutes, in normal speed
  • Universal voltage charger
  • 2 year warranty

Aria   (NEW)

  • $199Clarisonic Aria white set
  • Separate buttons to control speed & power
  • T-Timer is adjustable to 1 or 2 minutes
  • Drying stand that converts to a charging station
  • 3 speeds (low, normal, & high)
  • 1 Sensitive brush head
  • Rechargeable battery life is 28 minutes, in normal speed
  • Real-time battery life indicator
  • USB-enabled charger
  • 2 year warranty

Which Clarisonic Brush Head is Right For Your Skin Type?

  • Normal:  Perfect for normal skin, shaving prep, and for use on the decollete and body.
  • Deep Pore Cleansing:  Ideal for oily skin, large pores, or hard to reach areas of the face.  Gentle enough for daily use.
  • Acne Clarifying:  Extra-plush bristles provide gentle cleansing for sensitive, acne-prone, rosacea, and post-procedure skin.
  • Sensitive:  A great starting point for sensitive to normal skin types.
  • Delicate:  An ultra-soft brush for those with delicate or extra-sensitive skin.
  • Body/Spot Therapy:  For cleansing areas of the body needing extra care and attention, including the hands, arms, elbows, and feet.  Works with Clarisonic PLUS and PRO models.

Stock Your Beach Bag for Summer

Beauty Store Depot has a sale on until July 1 ~ Save 15% on all orders over $25.  That’s a savings of $22.35 on the Mia 2, which I chose because it has 2 speeds.  I like the option of having a low speed.  I’ll let you know what I think of my new Clarisonic after I’ve been using it for a while.  So far I’m liking the sale price because it’s basically like getting a free replacement brush head.

Have you tried a Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System?  What do you think of it?  I’d love to hear your feedback.