Glowing Complexion: How to Achieve It

April 20th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Have you noticed how some peoples’ skin looks really clear and glows as if from within, while in others it appears to be dull and almost lifeless? For the most part, the difference in appearance is due to the different amount of light that reflects from the skin to the eyes. The more light is reflected, the more beautiful the skin tone appears to be.

The Glow Comes from Within

Therefore, if you think about it, the glow really does come from within. Consider the layers of your skin: you have the stratum corneum as the most outer layer, followed by the translucent epidermis and then the dermis, which contains collagen. When the skin is young and healthy, about 90% of white light penetrates the stratum corneum of the skin, hitting several light-absorbing molecules called chromophores, such as hemoglobin in the blood, melanin in the epidermis, and collagen. Collagen is responsible for reflecting the light back to the eyes, while melanin and hemoglobin modify the color of the light. The diffused light radiates off the surface of the stratum corneum, giving that coveted, luminous glow. Read the rest of this entry »

Avoiding Age Spots on the Raw Food Diet (Updated)

February 6th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Avoiding Age SpotsMost people assume that these dark brown spots are harmless, not realizing that age spots are an indication of an accumulation of waste products in the cells known as ‘lipofuscin” and damage to the skin’s collagen-producing cells that leads to free radical intoxication. They signify a more serious, underlying health problem. but it can be helped with the raw food lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »

Solutions for Stretch Marks

January 14th, 2014 by Tonya Zavasta

Stretch MarksWhen switching to the raw food diet, many of us start to become more aware of our bodies. As the nutrient-rich food we intake helps mold us toward our ideal weight and shape, one issue keeps coming up that many readers write me about, especially those who have shed a lot of extra pounds by going raw: stretch marks! Read the rest of this entry »

Anti-wrinkle Injections: You Must Know the Facts

December 14th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Anti-Wrinkle InjectionThanks to our culture’s buy-in to modern pharmaceutically based medicine, we’ve inherited  the notion that if something is injected through a needle wielded by someone in a lab coat, it’s a good thing…or at least a safe thing. Read the rest of this entry »

Cosmetic Procedure Went Wrong: Letter from Miss F.

December 1st, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Cosmetic proceduresThis lady contacted me and agreed to share her journey over the last few years. May we all learn from her experience…

“First I want to say how happy I am that I found you by coincidence. Thank you for sharing your knowledge! Not only with your books and products but also with the free information on your website. I know you are a very busy woman. But I really hope you can make some time to read my story … Read the rest of this entry »

Health and Beauty: When Natural and Unnatural Practices Clash

September 2nd, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Difficult choiceThis email brought up a very good point…

I have a problem…I was prescribed Botox treatment and nasolabial fillers by my dermatologist. Like you, I’ve never had any such thing done. I’m still all natural, but I am already showing some aging features. As I’ve been practicing “face yoga” for about four months, I’m hesitant: Will it be possible to resume my “face yoga” after the prescribed treatment?… Read the rest of this entry »

Skin Tags: Cure and Prevention

June 21st, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

skin tagsMedically, you can call them by a host of names: acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tag, fibroepithelial polyp, fibroma molluscum, fibroma pendulum, papilloma colli, soft fibroma. You likely know them simply as “skin tags.”

Even if not by that name, you certainly know them: those (usually) tiny, roundish flaps you find here and there on the body, protruding above skin level. Common locales: armpits, neck, shoulders, crook of the elbow or knee, though they can occur just about anywhere, especially where skin rubs on skin. They look like little extra bits of skin, often dangling on a small stalk. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Tactics to Get Rid of Cellulite

April 16th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

CelluliteWhat is cellulite? Cellulite is what happens when fat that’s just under the skin protrudes into the skin’s dermal layer, resulting in that undesirable hills-and-valleys appearance. Changes in metabolism, hormonal and genetic factors, stress, weight gain, sedentary lifestyles and possibly certain toxins—they’re all suspected culprits in bringing about this condition. For many who endure cellulite, probably several of these suspects are conspiring together. So what can be done?  Read the rest of this entry »

Cupping Therapy…Skin Toning and Tightening

April 12th, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

Cupping TherapyWhat is Cupping Therapy?  

If you know only a little bit about “cupping therapy,” you may suppose, as many do, that it’s some sort of latest trend in holistic health.

On the contrary… Cupping therapy is an ancient alternative form of medicine, long popular in China and Russia. You’ll find it mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest medical texts in existence. Cupping was used by the ancient Egyptians, by Hippocrates, and was known across Asia and Europe.

People in many cultures have used this method to not only deal with various internal ailments, but even for correcting structural misalignment. And recently cupping has become increasingly popular as cellulite, stretch marks and overall skin rejuvenation solution.
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Does Sensa Really Work?

March 23rd, 2013 by Tonya Zavasta

SensaThese days  Sensa is on the news, TV talk shows, in big-time newspapers.

So what is Sensa?

It’s a patented blend of crystals you shake onto your food. The purpose: to lose weight.

How does Sensa work?

Here’s the idea…It works with your sense of smell. Certain smells are known to turn off your body’s “hunger switch.” Shake Sensa onto your food…and the crystals’ aroma makes your body react as if you’ve eaten more than you actually have—one hamburger instead of two, for example. Use Sensa on everything, the company claims, and you can lose up to 30 pounds in six months—all, of course, “without dieting” or “changing your lifestyle”. The mechanism: tripping the satiety center of your hypothalamus gland. Read the rest of this entry »

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