Retin A and Cancer

I’ve been hearing comments and questions about cancer risks and sunscreens  and since I am such a heavy  user, I needed to get solid answers.    The health concerns focus on the the risk of retinol palmitrate, a common ingredients in sunscreens. Retinol Palmitrate ( RP)  is a storage form of Retin A.  In a sunsreen  its used both  as an  antioxidant and  preservative.   In lab studies ( eg a test tube)  when RP is exposed to UV rays, it can  produce free radicals… which can mutate cells.  Still with  me? 

However in mice treated with  RP and then exposed to UV rays, there was no cancer.   Retinoids  have been used on the skin  for over 40 years and there is no increase in skin cancer in people that use them.  In fact, oral forms of retinoids ( Accutane)  has actually been shown to  prevent skin cancers.  There are   many factors in our environment that  definately cause cancer– … Continue Reading…

Salt, Aging and the Supermarket

I was really shocked to see the salt content of so many seemingly non-salty foods.  Cutting back on sodium is such a simple and affordable anti-aging strategy, its important  to identify the stealth salt in your food.  I asked a few  friends and neighbors for their weekly shoping list ( and a few  lunchtime fast foods) and came up  with a  list  of commonly eaten foods.  Can you estimte how much hidden salt  you are getting daily?  Remember max salt intake   should be  less than 2000mg.

*1/2 cup canned peas—- 308mg

*1/2 cup canned corn —–170mg

*1/2 cup canned mushrooms— 536mg

* 1/2 fresh mushrooms ———2mg

* 1 cup tomato juice ————-700mg

* 1 slice white bread —————150mg

* 1 potato—————————-8mg

* 100 calorie bag of chips——-200mg

* 1 cup cornflakes—————–325mg

* 3 pancakes———————–600mg

* 1 cup canned chicken noodle soup- 1100mg

* 1 cup tomato sauce ————700mg

*1 tablespoon unsalted butter–7mg

* 1  tablespoon … Continue Reading…

#1 Beauty Diet Tip– Watch Your Salt

Salt–its everywhere.  It makes everything, even desserts  taste better.  But  our love of salt ( or sodium) comes with a big price.  You probably know that too much dietry salt  has been linked to heart disease, high blood ressure  and an increase in asthma symptoms.  Now it turns out that salt  can make you ugly.

Here’s how it works:  Salt attracts water and more more salt attracts more water.  In the short run, the extra fluid will make the face look puffy  can increase undereye bags.  Did you ever notice that after a chinese meal ( redic high in sodium) that your rings are tight and  under eye shadows are   darker. Its the sodium.  In the rest of the body, a big sodium load makes  blood circulation more difficult.  The slower circulation  makes growth and repair of skin cells slow down–  decreasing collagen and elastin production. So in the long run, … Continue Reading…

Retinol vs Retinoid

Retinol and retinoid  sound so similar, its easy to think they are the same thing.  Not really.  Retinoids , available only by prescription,  have been proven to  change aging skin, starting deep in the lower layers of the skin.  Countless studies  have shown that retinoids can both prevent and reverse UV damage, increase circulation and reduce aging inflammation. Because retinoids make organic changes in the skin they can  unwanted albeit temporary problems including flaking and redness.

By contrast retinols are a much milder form of retinoids.  Applied to the surface of the skin, they slowly are converted into true retinoids, but at a much lower concentration.   The good news is that are much less irritating.  The bad news?  They  produce less dramatic improvements.    I have read that retinols have about 1/4  the strength of retinoids.  This means that a .4%  Retinol is equal to a .1% Retinoid.   However most of the drug and department  store products with … Continue Reading…

The True Beauty Oil

Linoleic Acid ( LA) is found in vegetable oils including safflower, sunflower and corn oil.  Its an “essential oil” which means  its one of two fatty acids that are  necessary for  good health.   Linoleic acid  hs been  shown to lower risk of heart disease, cancers and  reduce diabetes complictions.   When it comes to aging,  lack of linoleic acid  can cause dry skin, hair loss and slow wound healing. 

The NHANES study found that   women who had the highest levels of linoleic acid intake had  fewer signs of skin aging.   Its so easy to increase linoleic acid,  its stupid.  Use safflower  or cornoil  to saute food or prepare salad dressings.    Safflower based mayonaise  and margerine  will supply the same beauty benefits.  How easy is that?

But don’t  overdo it.  Fat is fat … Continue Reading…