August 28th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
I received this email from a reader:
At age 52, I have been using Copper Peptides for almost one year and added Retin A, two months ago…. I don’t believe in store or commercially bought anti-aging products anymore, but find the research and track record of Retin A and the seeming trustworthiness of Dr. Pickart (CP’s) hard to resist. Both claim to “remodel” skin, and I wonder whether I’d be missing out, long term, not to use them. What do you think?
Nowadays many women, like my reader above, are reaching for the latest discoveries such as Copper Peptides and Retin-A, two patented products promising unique, unrivaled benefits. Retin A chemically exfoliates, while copper peptides assist in wound healing and recovery. Both promise to “remodel” your skin, and they do—after a fashion. But once you understand the science behind it, you’ll see there are easier, cheaper, and healthier ways to do the same job. How do I know? Because I’ve been doing it for the last fifteen years with great results.
What is Retin A?
Let’s take a more careful look. As the product’s name suggests, it is a retinoid, a chemical compound derived from Vitamin A, and is only available by prescription. This by itself sends up red flags for me. Read the rest of this entry »
August 16th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
Flakes! You’ve seen them, either on your own head and shoulders, or on someone else’s. They’re skin flakes, to be exact. Big, white, fluffy, clingy. If you’ve ever had dandruff yourself, you’ve hated seeing those flakes fly as you comb your hair. And you remember the itchy, irritated scalp that came with the deal. Dandruff knows no cultural, ethnic, or territorial borders, and seems to affect about one 1 out of 5 people in the world.
What Causes your Scalp to Shed More Skin Cells than Normal?
One of the causes of dandruff is overgrowth of yeast-like fungi. Our scalp, like the rest of our skin, hosts panoply of fungi and bacteria which feed on skin oil (called ‘sebum’). Normally, these wee beasties live in a state of symbiosis with us, and don’t cause us much trouble. But when things get out of whack…that’s when dandruff (or worse) befalls us. Read the rest of this entry »
August 11th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
Dr. Hauschka’s is one company whose products and methods are very popular with health-seeking, beauty conscious people. A number of years ago, I used and recommended their cosmetics myself. Recently one of my readers pointed out some differences in our approaches to skin care. Her email prompted me to review carefully Dr. Hauschka’s famous “7 facts that will change your skin.”
Hauschka’s philosophy differs slightly from mine. (Or shall we say mine differs from his? After all, he’s the doctor!) I don’t disagree in every respect, but there are a few tenets that I feel compelled to challenge. Read the rest of this entry »
July 4th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
In my book Quantum Eating I present abundant scientific research on how not eating in the late afternoon or later will give you ideal weight, youthful energy and put a powerful break on the aging process. Not eating at night gives our digestive system a chance to rest, letting our whole body use the available energy for regeneration, damage repair, and cleanup in all its nooks and crannies. But there’s one organ I encourage you to feed at night—your skin. Read the rest of this entry »
June 26th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
Healthy eyelashes, seemingly insignificant parts of our features at first glance, are normally short durable hairs that grow on the edges of both upper and lower lids. Eyelashes are there to keep your eyeballs healthy by protecting them from dangerous, foreign substances and causing you to blink when necessary.
Not only that, but if you are also taking care of the skin around your eye area, long luxurious lashes can transform a pretty pair of eyes into stunning peepers. Read the rest of this entry »
March 22nd, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
The very word parasite strikes horror in the heart of any determined health seeker, bringing a shudder at the thought of your body entertaining these beasties. And how, exactly, do you go about dealing with this issue?
What are parasites?
Parasites are organisms which live upon a host. But we’re not talking about what’s called a symbiotic relationship, in which a living thing lives off the host and provides a benefit in return. This is rarely the case with parasites.
It is estimated that currently in the West at least one out of every six people has parasites of some sort. Parasites are so prevalent that it’s surprising the subject is not more openly addressed in North American culture, as it is in other countries. Read the rest of this entry »
March 15th, 2012 by Tonya Zavasta
Recently I watched the movie My Sister’s Keeper. The story focuses on two teenage girls, one of which, Kate, has leukemia. She’s in a hospital, where we see her aunt at her bedside painting the girl’s nails with a bright nail polish to cheer her up. The scene proclaims defiantly a girl’s gotta be a girl, deathbed notwithstanding. I squirmed: The doctor’s standing right there not objecting to this procedure.
It’s not that I have no sympathy with the urge to wear nail polish. I’m a girl, too. I used to wear that stuff. No more. Read the rest of this entry »
December 24th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
Have you ever watched people brushing their teeth? What you’ll most likely see is this: Grab the toothbrush, apply a great fat wad of white or blue toothpaste, poke it in the mouth and keep poking in and out, brushing horizontally across the sides of the teeth, spit-rinse-spit, and done—the whole affair taking, for most adults, 30 to 45 seconds or even less. Not good enough.
Whether you’re still using ordinary commercial toothpaste or you’ve graduated to a higher quality dental balm, the principles of good brushing remain the same. Some tips to help make sure you’re doing it right… Read the rest of this entry »
November 15th, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
We all get concerned when we see a chemical-sounding name among ingredients in our cosmetics. Since I have been eating raw foods without anything added to them for the last fourteen years, when creating my own cosmetics, I wanted them to be as pure as possible. Preservatives in particular became a focus of my most scrupulous investigation.
Reviewing hundreds of cosmetic products, I discovered that some cosmetic companies don’t disclose preservatives as well as other ingredients, such as emulsifiers or stabilizers, that sound chemically unfriendly to the untrained customer. I prefer the truth. Here are the top 4 cosmetics myths you must become aware of: Read the rest of this entry »
November 2nd, 2011 by Tonya Zavasta
In recent years with my busy schedule, I rarely have the time to make homemade cosmetics. This was one of the reasons I developed my own facial cosmetics line. But for those of you who are interested in creating your own cosmetics, these are the best recipes that we could find.
This idea is as simple as it gets! Just like the lady in the picture, you can place pieces of fruit on your face for an easy and effective skin treatment. Regular applications will help moisturize and nourish the skin, improve circulation, provide antioxidant protection, and the fruit acids assist with exfoliation. Besides the pictured fruits, try applying papaya, strawberries and bananas.
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