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8. Age-Defying Skin Care

Eby, Myra Michelle Basic Health Publications ePub

I have always been surprised by the popularity of the term anti-aging. It seems like an odd thing to promote. Aging means to change with time. Sure, we would all like to slow down the aging process or age gracefully with as much vitality as possible, but I’m not sure it is appropriate to say that we are “anti” aging. I prefer the term healthy aging.

If you search the term anti-aging on the Internet you will get millions of hits. As it turns out, to be “against” aging is big business. There are antiaging academies, networks, guides, creams, supplements, procedures, books, and countless other ways to supposedly stop the aging process. Baby boomers throughout the world are desperate to live longer and look younger. Most of us want even more than that—we want to feel younger.

We have all seen people who have had undergone Botox treatment or plastic surgery: They have smoother skin but they don’t necessarily look younger (for more information on Botox, see page 118). That’s because they have merely ironed out their surface wrinkles; they haven’t done anything to address the underlying issues of aging skin. The solution is not a quick fix; it’s a comprehensive approach that supports and heals the infrastructure of the skin. Before we examine the solution, let’s take a closer look at the problem.

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6. Effective Acne Treatment

Eby, Myra Michelle Basic Health Publications ePub

Most people are surprised when I tell them that more than 60 million people are affected by acne. After talking with many people about their skin over the years, I am not surprised at all; however, there was a time that I would have been shocked.

As a teenager and young adult, I suffered with acne. Every morning my acne stared back at me as I looked in the mirror. It was not only physically disfiguring, but also emotionally depressing. I would never have believed there were 60 million other people just like me. When you have moderate to severe acne, you feel as if you are the only one in the world with pimples. I felt alone and isolated, branded with bad skin that everyone noticed. It was the first thing I saw in the morning and the last thought I had at night. I felt helpless and ugly, and always shied away from the camera.

But I am persistent. I was determined to heal my acne and I did not stop until my skin was clear. Since that time, I have perfected my acne treatment plan and I have seen it work on thousands of people over the years. I hope it can help you, too.

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4. The Solution

Eby, Myra Michelle Basic Health Publications ePub

In the first chapter I gave you an overview of the skin. In this chapter, I’d like to delve a little more deeply into the science of the skin it relates to bioactive skin care ingredients. Understanding the skin i scientific perspective helps us understand how we can achieve both safe and effective results from cutting-edge technology and nontoxic ingredients.

There is a widespread misconception that if a product is natural, it is not effective—that it’s not strong enough to do the job. Conversely, some people feel that if a product is effective, it can’t be natural—that it’s more of a drug than a natural product. Research demonstrates that not only are many natural and nontoxic ingredients safe, they can also be very effective. In most cases, these ingredients are even more effective than toxic chemicals. Typically, chemical ingredients are chosen merely because they are cheaper than the natural, nontoxic alternatives. The fact is, we don’t need drugs to keep our skin looking and feeling healthy. Nature, when combined with the best science has to offer, can provide us with everything we need.

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7. Sun Care

Eby, Myra Michelle Basic Health Publications ePub

The sun fascinates me. Sunshine is vital to life and yet its power can do so much damage. Although most of us like to spend time outdoors, the sun is your skin’s worst enemy. Sun exposure is the primary cause of premature aging, brown spots, wrinkles, and skin cancer.

If you are a trivia buff, here are some interesting facts about the sun you can share at your next dinner party.

The sun is located 93 million miles from the earth.

If you could drive to the sun from the earth at sixty miles per hour (97 kmph), it would take you 176 years to get there.

It takes more than eight minutes for sunlight to actually reach the earth once it leaves the sun.

The sun is so far away and yet some days it appears as if it’s right on top of us. With such an expanse between the earth and the sun, how can it do so much damage? The power of the sun should never be underestimated. The sun itself is sixteen times hotter than boiling water. But it’s not just the heat: It’s what else the sun emits that can do the most damage—ultraviolet (UV) radiation. There is no question that ultraviolet radiation from the sun is dangerous. The ozone layer near the Earth’s surface can deflect ultraviolet radiation; however, it cannot absorb all the radiation emitted by the sun. In addition, pollution (greenhouse gases) continues to deplete the ozone layer, exposing us to more ultraviolet radiation than ever before.

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3. The Meaning of Natural

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For more than two decades I have been involved in the natural health industry. Even before I started working in the industry, I was committed to maintaining a natural and holistic lifestyle. Thanks to my mom, when I was just twelve years old, I started eating a healthy diet. Because of her influence, I was a granola-eating, organic-food shopping, supplement-taking hippie at a very young age. I do spring cleanses, I drink wheat grass, and I buy organic whenever it’s available. Over the years, I have supported the natural foods industry while trying to get even more people to embrace natural approaches. So eating natural foods and adopting disease prevention strategies are huge parts of my life.

Yet, I have been asking myself recently, what does it really mean to be natural? The word has become a cliché—almost devoid of meaning. It’s sad when I think of the power and influence the word used to have. To me, natural is synonymous with nontoxic. Today, however, it’s vastly overused and has been hijacked by manufacturers who don’t even know what it means to live a natural life. Remember one of the product labels in the last chapter? That well-known brand manufacturer decided to jump on the “natural” bandwagon by adding minuscule amounts of jojoba oil and vitamin E to its moisturizer. And yet, the product still contains numerous ingredients that are toxic. Product ingredients are listed in the order of greatest to least amounts used in manufacturing the product, with the most prominent ingredients at the beginning of the list. The jojoba oil and vitamin E are listed far below the chemicals. The reality is, upon close inspection, that product isn’t natural at all. Don’t feel bad: I myself was a victim of these so-called “natural” products, thinking I was using safe, effective skin care preparations. No more!

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