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Pomegranates May Fight Breast Cancer by Jennifer Warner, reviewed by Louise Chang, M.D. Eating pomegranates or drinking pomegranate juice may help prevent and slow the growth of some types of breast cancer. A new study shows a group of phytochemicals called ellagitannins found in abundance in pomegranates inhibited the growth of estrogen-responsive breast cancer in laboratory tests. "Phytochemicals suppress estrogen production that prevents the proliferation of breast cancer cells and…
Step 3: How to Treat Dandruff? Two factors should be considered when you treat dandruff: Your age and the severity of your dandruff. Your aim will be to stop the dandruff by slowing down the reproduction of skin cells, and/or counteract the yeast production that might be the cause. Shampoos and Scalp Preparations Shampoos and products for the scalp are available over-the-counter (OTC) at most supermarkets, pharmacies, and many corner…
Menopause by Rebecca Hulem Menopause is a normal, natural stage of life that affects everyone differently. In the U.S., an estimated two million women enter menopause annually. Over the past five years, I have used my own menopause experiences to educate women and clinicians about the choices available for symptom treatment. What are Typical and Atypical Symptoms? Typical symptoms include: hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, irritability, sleep disturbances, confusion,…
Dealing with Teenage Acne by Jaskiran Brar The teenage years are wondrous days filled with new discoveries, fun, and friends. For a number of kids, these years are also filled with acne. In addition to causing painful whiteheads, blackheads, and red lumps, acne can leave scars and affect self-esteem during those critical adolescent years. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, between 85 – 95 percent of American teenagers develop…
Cranberry Facial Mask and Scrub Recipes: Cranberry Sugar Oatmeal Face Scrub Recipe Ingredients: ½ cup frozen cranberries ¼ cup coconut oil ¼ cup sugar 2 tbsp (+ more if needed) oat powder or ground oatmeal Instructions: In a food processor, process all ingredients for 30 seconds. Apply to body with gentle circular motions. This recipe makes enough for one body scrub. Copyright© NaturalFacialRecipes.com Cranberry Facial Mask Ingredients: ¾ cup fresh…
The Health Benefits of Cranberries and Cranberry Juice: Avoid Urinary Tract Infection: Cranberry juice is very effective against urinary tract infections. 100 percent cranberry juice produces hippuric acid in the urine, which acidifies the urine and prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder. Drinking one glass of cranberry juice daily reduces the risk of infections and prevents cystitis. Cranberry juice also contains the chemical compounds called proanthocyanidins,…
History of Cranberries The cranberry, along with the blueberry and Concord grape, is one of North America's three native fruits that are commercially grown. Cranberries were first used by Native Americans, who discovered the wild berry's versatility as a food, fabric dye, and healing agent. Today, cranberries are commercially grown throughout the northern part of the United States and are available in both fresh and processed forms. The name "cranberry"…
Survival of the Fittest by Christine Cowheard, founder/CEO of A Natural Difference Skincare Suppose you had to choose just one fruit for your overall health and skin care regimen. Would you not select the only one that could assist in repairing and preventing sun damage, enable moisture retention, improve cellulite, disable bacteria, provide a healthy scalp with shiny hair, and possibly reduce cancerous tumors? Cranberry does all of this and…
Fish Oil Linked to Reduction in Breast Cancer Risk A recent study suggests that regular use of fish oil supplements may reduce the risk of breast cancer. These findings were published in the journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center recently evaluated what, if any, impact specialty supplements have on breast cancer risk. In this study, more than 35,000 post-menopausal women completed…
Bra wearing habits: In a study by Singer and Grismaijer in 1995, three out of four women studied who wore a bra for 24 hours a day developed breast cancer compared to one out of 168 who wore a bra rarely or never. That is a huge difference, and the implication is clear. Your first line of defense in preventing breast cancer is to severely limit how many hours a…
Breast Cancer and Nutrition Vitamin E: Women consuming other forms of vitamin E called tocotrienols have been found to have dramatically lower risk of contracting breast cancer – 50 percent less risk for women without family history of breast cancer, and as much as 90 percent for pre-menopausal women with family history. Copyright© 007 Breasts Flaxseed: Also known as linseed, Flaxseed is an ancient grain that may have originated in…
Cancer Report Card Reveals Decline in Disease and Death The new Cancer Report Card offers some good news for everyone in 2010. The decade-long decline in U.S. diagnosis and death rates from breast, colon, and ovarian cancer in women continues. So does the decline in U.S. diagnosis and death rates from lung, prostate, and colon cancer in men. The good news related to the decline in breast cancer rates is…
The Five Steps of a Breast Self-Exam Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Here is what you should look for: Breasts that are their usual size, shape, and color Breasts that are evenly shaped without visible distortion or swelling If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor's attention: Dimpling, puckering,…
Part 2: What Causes Dandruff? The exact cause of dandruff, also known as scurf or Pityriasis simplex capillitii is unknown. However, most experts do agree that it is not caused by poor hygiene. Causes may include, but are not limited to: Not enough hair brushing: People who do not comb and/or brush their hair regularly have a slightly higher risk of having dandruff. This is because they are not aiding…
NPA Products 300 strong Consumers who care about the quality of their personal care products now have hundreds of reasons to look for the “certified natural” seal of approval on their purchases. The Natural Products Association (NPA) is pleased to announce that more than 300 natural personal care products have been certified through its two-year old natural standard certification program. Under the NPA’s program, to merit bearing the seal, products…
De-Stress with Herbs For physical and mental well-being, it is crucial to find ways to slow down. Herbal rituals: A teatime, a long soak in an herbal bath, and a restful slumber with an herbal pillow can help soften the pace. Herbal Tea Time Whether you need to relax before climbing into bed, de-stress after a busy day at work, or even get your day off on the right (calm)…
Fall Tips by Cat Tatman, Director of Marketing for gloProfessional Make sure your clients are wearing the proper shade of foundation. During the warmer months, skin is typically a little darker; however as we move towards the cooler months complexions will get lighter, which means a slightly lighter shade of foundation is needed. This does not mean looking pale and pasty though, simply use bronzer and contour certain areas of…
Part 1: What is Dandruff? What are the Symptoms of Dandruff? Dandruff is: The presence, in varying amounts, of white or gray scales in the hair of the scalp, due to excessive or normal branny exfoliation of the epidermis -according to MediLexicon's medical dictionary Dandruff, also known as scurf or Pityriasis simplex capillitii, affects the scalp and causes flakes of skin to appear - it is a common condition. Our…
New Survey Finds Rosacea Worsens With Exposure While many adults still look forward to summer as eagerly as school children, new survey results show that increased exposure to sun and hot weather can wreak havoc on those with rosacea, a widespread, red-faced skin disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million Americans. The survey also found that a variety of common heat sources can affect the condition year-round. In…
Did You Do Your Posture Exercise Today? – STEP 2 by Renee North, Certified Posture Exercise Professional (CPEP) and personal trainer (NASM) The first step to strengthen your posture was discussed, in the July 2010 issue of DERMASCOPE Magazine. STEP 2: Do Posture Strengthening Exercises All exercise is not created equal. Exercising with poor posture can train you to stand and move poorly. Yoga, Tai-Chi, and Pilates are all great…
Skin Exfoliation: Does Pain Equal Gain? The Science behind this Question: by Dr. Diana Howard Lactic acid and glycolic acid are the front-runners in the world of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliation. So, which ingredient works best to reveal a newer, fresher you? Independent research studies on AHAs have determined that: Glycolic acid, the smaller molecule of the two, penetrates the skin more readily than lactic acid, and as a…
Unsung Heroes of the Healthcare Industry A doctor you never meet may be the one who saves your life. Pathologists, doctors who specialize in the diagnosis and classification of diseases by analyzing cells under a microscope and through medical laboratory tests, often detect a disease in its infancy. "Being able to treat a malignancy in its early stages increases the chance of recovery," says Dr. Hollenberg of Acupath Laboratories, a…
Facts About Honey Natural honey has been used by mankind for the past 2,500 years, all over the world. Honey contains about 69 percent glucose and fructose enabling it to be used as a sweetener. Honey provides about 64 calories per tablespoon. Though honey has more calories than sugar, when consumed with warm water it helps in digesting the fat stored in your body. Honey and lemon juice and honey…
Honey Facial Mask Recipes: Honey has many positive skin care properties. The most prominent is that honey is a good moisturizer. Therefore, it is a wonderful ingredient to use to fight dry skin and to help rejuvenate the skin, which leads to less fine lines and fine wrinkles. Below are some facial mask recipes containing honey. Unless otherwise indicated, apply the facial mask to a freshly washed face and let…
Prevent Fungus by Tammy Taylor Some Examples: Having a pedicure done with dirty implements, or a dirty spa tub. Having a manicure done with dirty implements. Slamming nails in a door. Pulling nails backwards on car door handles. Picking off artificial nails instead of soaking them off. Using a drill on top of the naked natural fingernail, causing heat and friction. Any puncture to the Hyponychium. Wearing toenails too long…
One reason we love olive oil is because it is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids and powerful antioxidants. A diet high in olive oil is said to protect against heart disease, gallstone formation, and many forms of cancer; lower blood pressure; and ease ulcers and gastritis. Now a bumper crop of olive-lovers are bringing the benefits of the olive to skin and body care in new olive-rich salves and spa…
Decade-by-Decade Plan for Women to Anticipate the Different Life Stages by Dr. Jennifer Wider 30s - According to the National Cancer Institute, this year approximately 12,000 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer. The good news is that through thorough screening the disease is highly preventable. At age 30, ask your doctor to have the HPV test performed with your routine pap. The test can be performed on the same…
Did You Do Your Posture Exercise Today? – STEP 1 by Renee North, Certified Posture Exercise Professional (CPEP) and personal trainer (NASM) Take a look at how hours of computer hunching, slouching while cell phone texting and video-game slumping is affecting your posture. It is not just kids with backpacks or cane-carrying seniors – studies show poor posture is a major cause of back and neck pain for all ages…
Key Finding in Breast Cancer Research Researchers at Drexel University College of Medicine have discovered that a certain type of sugar found naturally in the body is elevated in breast cancer cells and is critical for cancer growth and movement. When researchers reduced and normalized the levels of this sugar, they were able to slow the growth of the cancer cells and block invasion. The findings, published in the March…
Pumpkin Facial Mask Recipes If you are looking for a way to use leftover pumpkin and you do not want to make a pie, there is an option you may not have considered, making a pumpkin facial mask. Varieties of the recipe are available for regular, oily, or dry skin – all depending on the secondary ingredients that you add to the mask. Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A and…
Facts about pumpkins… Pumpkins contain potassium and vitamin A. Pumpkins are 90 percent water. A pumpkin is really a squash. It is a member of the Cucurbita family which includes squash and cucumbers. Pumpkin seeds are considered a super food for the male system. Pumpkin seeds are also considered a great solution to increase and re-build energy. Try eating ¼ to ½ cup daily by sprinkling on salads or soups,…
We may often take the humble pumpkin for granted, but did you know that autumn’s generous gift is a real miracle for our skin? It is an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins, and essential elements the skin needs. Pumpkin is not just for carving and eating - it makes for a wonderful facial or body mask! All parts of the pumpkin, including seeds, can be used in creating amazing skin…
Summer Makeup Tips While the number one trend for summer makeup is always “less is more,” every beauty junkie wants to know the colors and trends that are new for 2010. Makeup artist Christopher Drummond has his predictions in for summer makeup: Shimmer: The key is to pick an eye shadow that is good quality with finely milled mica. This means it will illuminate the skin and look sophisticated and…
Salon/Spa Performance Fueled by continued improvements in service and retail sales along with higher customer traffic levels, the Professional Beauty Association's (PBA) Salon/Spa Performance Index (SSPI) hit a record high in the first quarter of 2010. The SSPI stood at 103.1 in the first quarter, up 0.5 percent from its fourth quarter level. "Across the board – improvements were reported in the first quarter, including an increase in service and…
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Your genes can play a major role in melanoma, but the disease may often be triggered by intense, occasional sun exposure – the kind you get, say, on a beach vacation, when you come home sunburned. If melanomas grow for too long, they can spread and become deadly. However, if a melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always…
Evonik launches anti-cellulite active from Indian sandalwood by Katie Bird Evonik's extract from sandalwood seeds can help minimize the appearance of cellulite, according to the Germany-based chemicals giant. Tego Xymeninic is based on xymenininc acid, which is extracted from the seeds of the Indian sandalwood tree (Santalum album). According to Evonik, topical application of the ingredient can help boost cellular detoxification and alleviate symptoms of skin inflammation. Studies performed by…
One blistering sunburn in childhood or adolescence more than doubles your risk of developing melanoma later in life.
Anti-Aging Hormones: Little or No Benefit – High Risks In the wake of the American Medical Association’s Council on Science and Public Health’s recently released report “The use of hormones for ‘anti-aging’: a review of efficacy and safety” a leading medical authority has criticized the use of anti-aging hormones. Dr. Thomas T. Perls, Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine has long spoken out against the promotion…
Milkweed May Hold Natural Sunscreen Potential by Katie Bird The modified oil of the milkweed seed may help protect the skin against UV rays, according to scientists with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Investigations into the commercial applications of Asclepias syriaca, native to much of North America, have always focused on the potential of the plant’s silky floss as stuffing, but now Rogers E. Harry-O-Kuru believes it might…
The medical term for a mole is Nevus. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the majority of moles show up during the first two decades of a person’s life while about one in every 100 babies is born with moles.
No Matter What You have Heard, Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives by Carlisa Dorsey The past year has been filled with news questioning the effectiveness of cancer screenings; here is something everyone needs to know: Colon cancer screening can detect the disease early and save lives. The American Cancer Society wants to emphasize that regularly scheduled colon cancer screening starting at age 50 can save lives and help create a…
Once forbidden, now revered by Rhonda Allison, Founder/CEO of Rhonda Allison® Clinical Research for Skin At one time apples were considered the forbidden fruit, but now they are relished as a healthful source of polyphenols and rich antioxidants. Research has shown apples to help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and heart disease, control cholesterol, maintain healthy weight, and deliver antioxidant compounds to the body. If apples are…
Stretch Marks by Marlene Katz According to the book Stretch Marks, From Their Clinical Aspects to Their Treatment, written by Dr. Nina Roos and Dr. Anny Cohen-Letessier, stretch marks are extremely common and develop before the age of 50. They affect more than 40 to 50 percent of the young population, mainly Caucasians, essentially female (60 to 80 percent women compared to 10 to 30 percent men.). They mainly develop…
Spa Tips to Reduce Cellulite by Marlene Katz Tip 1: Bath and Shower Ruins of ancient beauty baths are reminiscent of the now popular healing water therapies found in spas across the world. Using water to renew the body is easy to do at home. Just fill your tub with warm to hot water, add in a cup of Epsom salts and bathe until you work up a sweat. Then…
Four Tips To Get More Skin Care Customers from Google by Paul Matthew 1. Provide Google with pages of industry relevant text: If Google were a spider that crawls the Internet, then the words on your website are the strands its eight cyber-legs crawl upon and memorize. The more pages of text you provide, the more you increase the chances that someone searching on Google will be shown your website…
Wedding Hair ‘Do’s by Antonio Prieto A wedding is one of the most memorable experiences in a lifetime. With photos and videos lasting generations it is an important day for your hair to look fantastic. For Long Hair: Long, loose locks are super sexy and give a natural look. Take a 1-inch curling iron and 1-inch sections of hair, then wrap the hair around the outside of the iron. Make…
Bridal Beauty By Philip Luque, Director of Artistry & Education, Youngblood® Mineral Cosmetics When it comes to weddings, hair and makeup are just as important as the dress and guest list. Bridal makeup trends vary from season to season, but they also share similar styles throughout the year. Here, are three different looks for three different skin tones: fair, medium, and dark. When picking a foundation, always be sure it…
The Phone: The First Impression by Tammy Taylor This might seem too simple to be important, but it could be the difference between getting a new potential customer or not getting a new potential customer…"We never get a second chance to give a first impression. Have you ever over-heard someone talking on their cell phone too loud, or rudely, and it makes you cringe? With so many people using their…
Eat Your Water Howard Murad, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad, Inc., is encouraging everyone to “eat their water.” According to a report released by the California Department of Conservation in 2009, billions of empty water bottles are causing serious environmental problems, with more than one billion water bottles winding up in the trash annually in California alone. Instead of seeking hydration from plastic…
The color of skin depends primarily on a pigment called melanin. It is also influenced by the blood flow through the skin. Melanin is a pigment produced by special cells called melanocytes that manufacture packets of melanin called melanosomes and transfer them to the skin cells of the epidermis the keratinocytes. In white people the darkest area is the upper thigh and the lower back is the lightest. In black…
Lemons may give you lemonade, but they also deliver beautiful, healthy skin! Fresh, clean and invigorating are all words invoked by this citrus dynamo. Lemons are popular for their astringent and purification capabilities and also deliver a healthy dose of skin essential nutrients. Lemons have been used for beauty and medicinal purposes since ancient times and continue to be one of the most popular ingredients around. In fact, they are…

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