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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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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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2. The Problem

Eby, Myra Michelle Basic Health Publications ePub

In a fairly short period, we’ve managed to saturate our world with toxic chemicals. According to a report by Laura Orlando in Dollars & Sense magazine, before World War I, half of the United States’ industrialized products were made from renewable plant-, wood-, and animal-based materials. By 2002, a whopping 92 percent of the materials used to make our products were synthetic and not renewable. Not only are many of these human-made materials dangerous to our health, the process used to produce them creates additional toxins.

“Few people understood the dangers to life that these new chemicals presented,” explains Orlando. “Sickness and death among chemical manufacturing workers was sometimes the first indication that the material they worked with was toxic.” Orlando also reports, “Among the most lethal of these products were synthetic pesticides.”

Worldwide, pesticide production continues to be big business. The United States accounts for more than 20 percent of pesticide production and more than 25 percent of herbicide production. In the United States alone, more than 1.2 billion pounds (500 million kg) of pesticides are used each year. And that figure doesn’t include wood preservatives and other toxic chemicals. It also doesn’t include other harmful substances like lead, solvents, xenoestrogens/estrogen mimmickers (foreign estrogens), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and the many chemical by-products that are so liberally introduced into our environment, our water, and our food supply on a daily basis. Estrogen mimickers are especially harmful because they can cause cancer. They disrupt normal estrogen metabolism by occupying reserved estrogen receptor cites on our cells. This can lead to an excess pooling of estrogen in the body. There is a direct link between excess estrogen and certain cancers including breast, ovarian, and prostate.

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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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