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JANUARY 25, 2018

Catch Some Rays the Healthy Way!

January 25, 2018

Catch Some Rays the Healthy Way!

We know all about the hazards of too much sun exposure - premature aging, skin cancer, and sun spots, to name a few.  Most of us slather ourselves and our children with sunscreen to protect ourselves from the sun, but what about the chemicals in all of those sun care products? Our skin is our body's largest organ and what we put on it can have a major effect on our health, both good and bad. I talked about this in my monthly Healthy Bites Newsletter but thought it was an important enough subject to address in multiple forums. Many...

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JANUARY 19, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Kukui Seed Oil

January 19, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Kukui Seed Oil

We’re nuts about this ingredient! Aloha to Kukui Seed Oil! It’s made from pressing oil from the nuts/seeds, from the Kukui tree (also known as candlenut.) It’s been prized and used by Hawaiians for centuries. The Kukui is such a valued part of Hawaiian culture that the Kukui tree is the official state tree.  While Hawaiians have long embraced the benefits of Kukui Seed Oil, I was new to the party. So when I learned about it from some Hawaiian skin care friends I was eager to try it. And when I was creating our Three Sixty Five SPF 28...

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JANUARY 15, 2018

5 Sunscreen Myths We Don’t Subscribe To

January 15, 2018

5 Sunscreen Myths We Don’t Subscribe To

Myth #1: Having a darker complexion means I don’t need as much sunscreen.  Although it is true that fairer skin is more susceptible to sunburn than darker skin, it doesn't mean that UV light damage isn't occurring in people with darker skin types. Darker skin types are susceptible to UV damage too. Myth #2:  I don’t need sunscreen on overcast or cold days. When the weather isn’t so special, we often forget that the sun is still emitting damaging UV light on our skin. Our Earth's atmosphere naturally blocks some UV radiation, but approximately 80% of the radiation still reaches...

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JANUARY 12, 2018

Broccoli: Superhero of Superfoods

January 12, 2018

Broccoli: Superhero of Superfoods

Shaped like green mini-trees, broccoli is a real superhero. It is loaded with a powerhouse of nutrients beneficial for digestion, heart health, and the immune system. It's also high in fiber vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A and B6 and research shows that these nutrients, along with other compounds in broccoli, have anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing properties. Broccoli is packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants. These amazing substances influence cancer-fighting activity within our bodies, such as stimulating the immune system, stopping substances we breathe or eat from becoming carcinogens, reducing inflammation that makes cancer growth more likely, and even slowing the growth rate of cancer...

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JANUARY 09, 2018

The power of being seen: Mellicia Marx

January 09, 2018

The power of being seen: Mellicia Marx

This essay was written as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance. Mellicia is the founder of Poplin Style Direction, which provides hassle-free styling for women based on budget, body type & personal style to give clients a renewed sense of self that reflects who they are in a way that makes them shine. ******************************* My...

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JANUARY 08, 2018

Five-Minute Mindfulness Walking – Douglas Baker

January 08, 2018

Five-Minute Mindfulness Walking – Douglas Baker

“I accept each moment and each step as it is.” We’ve probably all heard how beneficial meditation can be. But if you have a hard time carving out time or if you get too antsy for a sitting meditation, this book offers ideas on another approach. “Mindfulness is a way of being present and focused on what’s happening in your life, with less struggle. A key part of mindfulness is letting go of resistance and trying to control. Stress happens when we try to control or change things we can’t, including how a mindful walk will be.” “Five-Minute Mindfulness Walking”...

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JANUARY 08, 2018

3 Easy Tips for Choosing the Right Sunscreen

January 08, 2018

3 Easy Tips for Choosing the Right Sunscreen

One of the most important beauty rules: always wearing sunscreen. The UV rays can do some serious damage, so make sure to have protection on before walking out the door – even on cloudy days. Here are 3 easy tips for choosing the right sunscreen to keep you protected all year long.  1.) Go Broad-Spectrum There are two types of damaging rays to consider when choosing a sunscreen: UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin to break down collagen and elastin and cause premature aging on the skin, a process called photoaging. UVB rays are burning...

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JANUARY 08, 2018

Secrets for a Healthy Heart

January 08, 2018

Secrets for a Healthy Heart

Long before the ancient Greek surgeon Galen carried out meticulous dissections of the heart, the Egyptians wrote about health and disease in relation to how the heart "speaks in vessels" with the rest of the body. Today, physicians may not associate the heart with the soul (or soul mates), but many credit early Egyptian medical knowledge of the heart as a precursor to modern cardiology. The Heart: Powerful, but Vulnerable A key element of a healthy body is a healthy heart. The heart is the center of our cardiovascular system and beats an average of 100,000 times per day supplying...

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JANUARY 01, 2018

84% of All Women Skip Sunscreen

January 01, 2018

84% of All Women Skip Sunscreen

Can you believe it? According to a recent survey we conducted, 84% of women aren’t doing one of the easiest things to prevent photoaging, wearing sunscreen, despite the fact, ever-present UVA rays have been linked to skin aging*. Here’s the thing – both UVA and UVB rays are damaging, though in different ways. The easy way to remember it is – UVA (aging) and UVB (burning). UVB rays can cause reddening and burning and are the most intense in bright sunshine, which is why people tend to wear sunscreen during the sunny summer months. UVA rays, however, are present daily, even when it’s cool...

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DECEMBER 27, 2017

Kick off the New Year with a new Attitude: Gratitude!

December 27, 2017

Kick off the New Year with a new Attitude: Gratitude!

If you’re looking for something that will improve your life that isn’t the usual “eat better/exercise more/declutter, how about this: try to practice gratitude every day. It’s free, needs no special equipment and anyone can do it. If it’s improved well-being you’re after (and who isn’t?) consider this: “A 2015 article in the Scientific American reported that the single best predictor of good relationships and emotional well-being is gratitude.” Plus, it’s been shown that people who regularly practice gratitude may experience lower stress levels, less depression, and even better sleep. Best of all, they develop better connections and relationships.  “The...

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