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Friday, July 31, 2009

Horsetail and Skin Rejuvenation

Once the favorite health food of herbivorous dinosaurs, the primitive horsetail plant has been known for its healing properties since Greek and Roman times. Throughout the centuries, Ayurvedic, Native American, Chinese, and European herbalists have prized the nutrient-packed stems of this fern-like perennial as both a medicine and a cosmetic.

The same properties that make horsetail an effective wound-healing agent and rash treatment also help restore youthful radiance and firmness to mature skin. In addition to reducing inflammation, horsetail strengthens veins and capillaries, stimulates cell renewal, and smoothes and softens the skin surface. Its rich supply of silica, potassium, magnesium, and other minerals further improves the appearance of aging skin by promoting collagen formation. Horsetail is also a gentle natural astringent that cleanses and tones the complexion without drying it out. With so many skin-rejuvenating properties, it’s no wonder horsetail is often called the Beauty Herb!

The purity and safety of the ethically grown and tested horsetail extract in LaVie Organique™ toner, serum, and other Original Formula products is guaranteed. Certified by qualified third-party inspectors, this 100% organic ingredient is free of all pesticides and other harmful chemicals. So, you can enjoy the revitalizing benefits of my horsetail-enriched formulas with complete confidence.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

COQ10 and Aging Skin

Now that so many ads for skincare treatments are touting the benefits of COQ10, my clients have been asking me for information about this increasingly popular anti-aging ingredient. The name may sound like something out of science fiction, but COQ10 is actually a natural substance produced by our bodies. An anti-oxidant like vitamin E, this valuable micronutrient counteracts the damaging effects of free radicals on the skin. Recent studies suggest that COQ10 can help reverse the appearance of aging by strengthening the collagen and elastin in skin cells.

So why do we need to buy something we can already make ourselves? The fact is, COQ10 levels start diminishing by the time we’re in our late 20s. The COQ10 in my LaVie Organique serum and day, face, and eye creams helps impart a fresh, healthy glow, while diminishing fine lines—and it’s safe for virtually all skin types.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Acne and Diet

Doctors and other scientists have long insisted that diet has no effect on acne. Yet many of us can't help wondering why our skin has a tendency to break out when we've been overindulging in pizza, chocolate, and sodas. Now, the link between over-consumption of these guilty pleasures is getting a second look from medical researchers. An article in the New York Times recently reported that some scientists now suspect that diets heavy in sugar and white flour may boost levels of insulin and other hormones that contribute to inflammation, decreased cell turnover, and clogged pores. Other studies suggest that dairy products may cause similar hormonal changes. Although the research on the relationship between acne and food is not yet conclusive, there's substantial evidence that diets low in sugars and saturated fats and high in fiber help optimize circulation, digestion, and hormonal balance. And when all our internal organs are in peak form, they can nourish our largest and most visible organ--the skin--more efficiently.

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