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Environ Youth Essential Eye Gel

Environ Youth EssentiA Vita Peptide Eye Gel

Environ Youth EssentiA Vita Peptide Eye Gel is the eye product that I use on a daily basis, and it is by far one of the best eye products I have found. I favour a gel/serum texture as it absorbs quickly, doesn’t feel greasy and doesn’t cause puffiness. The benefit of such a lovely light texture is that you can apply this all over your eye lid and underneath the eye, right up to your lower lashes. I see so many people who have never applied any sort of product on the upper lid, this can lead to premature ageing and lead to drooping, heavy looking lids through sheer neglect.

Environ Youth EssentiA Vita Peptide Eye Gel (formerly known as C-quence Eye Gel)  contains a variety of Vitamins, antioxidants, and peptides to help improve the appearance of fine lines and hydrate the skin around the eyes. Environ’s star ingredient is of course Vitamin A, in the form of Retinyl Palmitate, this is in low levels so won’t irritate the delicate eye area and helps normalise and repair skin cells.

Peptides have the ability to slow down ageing of the skin

The other stars of the show are of course “Peptides”, in the form of Matrixyl, Dermaxyl and Argireline. These trio stimulate Collagen and Elastin production, stimulate Cermamide production and relax facial tension to reduce lines and wrinkles (the Argireline does this). I have found that peptides have the ability to “SLOW down Ageing of the skin”, so cumulative, consistent use will build results.

What are Peptides? well they act as messengers between the cells and tell them to get on with the job of making Collagen and Elastin.

Advanced Nutrition Programme Skin Collagen Support

Skin Collagen Support Supplement

I recommend Skin Collagen Support by the Advanced Nutrition Programme to help support your healthy Collagen from the inside. Supplements are just as important (if not more) as your topical products as they are able to get to the Dermis, so do not dismiss them!

The Superfood Curry

Gurpareet Bains is an Anglo Indian Chef, and claims to have created “The Worlds Healthiest Curry”! The Chicken and Blueberry Curry with Goji Berry Pilau Rice is full of some of the most potent Superfoods around.

Gurpareet claims that his spicy chicken curry can help the fight against cancer, as each serving contains the nutritional equivalent of 49 helpings of Spinach, 23 bunches of grapes or nine portions of Broccoli –  it has taken him 2 years to perfect the recipe!

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A Guide To Youthful Nutrition

Nutritious, wholesome food provides the building blocks for great skin, and of course feeling well and preventing disease. I am passionate about food and leading a healthy lifestyle. I have been researching the impact of foods for many years  and while it is naive to believe that changing the way you eat is going to wipe out your existing wrinkles, it is just as naive to think you can eat what you want without any effect on your skin – you cannot eat junk and rely on a pot of face cream for healthy skin.

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The Polyphenol Powers of Tea

Tea is the most widely consumed drink aside from water and is grown in over 30 countries worldwide.Black Tea, Oolong Tea, Green Tea and White Tea all come from the same plant “Camelia Sinensis” but each type is processed differently. Green Tea leaves are withered and steamed, Black Tea and Oolong Tea leaves undergo a crushing and fermenting process, White tea is steamed and dried.

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Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a substance found naturally in our bodies. It is one of the most powerful anti-ageing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatories available. Alpha Lipoic Acid is found inside every cell inside us, as it is needed by the body to produce energy for our normal bodily functions, but as we age it becomes depleted.

The Universal Antioxidant

Alpha Lipoic Acid is both fat and water soluble, and is known as the “Universal Antioxidant” and is broad spectrum.

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Resveratrol – Grape Expectations?

Resveratrol is the latest hot topic in the beauty industry right now. Resveratrol is a powerful Antioxidant and a member of the “Flavonoid” family and has shown to have 17 times greater antioxidant activity than Idebenone (this is the main ingredient in “Prevage”). Resveratrol is produced by several plants when under attack from bacteria and fungus, it’s part of the plants defence system.

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Vitamin C Rejuvenation

Vitamin C is a Major Player in Anti-Ageing Skincare.

Vitamin C is one of the many super vitamins with powerful antioxidant and age-defying effects. It is an important Vitamin to be taken  internally and also to apply the most stable/non-irritating form of Vitamin C topically to our skin.

The best known form of Vitamin C is “L-ascorbic acid”, this is the most widely used in vitamins and skincare products, however it is water soluble and cannot penetrate the surface of the skin, it is also rather acidic and can be  irritating to some skins.

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The ORAC Score

ORAC is an acronym for “Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity“, and is a way to measure different foods antioxidants. Foods with high ORAC values are more desirable for their ability to neutralize Free Radicals, so will greatly inhibit the cell damage that is done by Free Radicals.

The ORAC Score is a Valuable Tool in Nutritional Science

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Know Your Onions!

Onions are a true Superfood and we should try to include some in our everyday diet. Onions, Shallots, Chives, Leeks and Garlic belong to the “Alium” family and contain some potent properties reputed to cleanse your system and have unique anti-bacterial properties. Onions also contain naturally occuring antiseptic oils “Allyl Disulphate” and “Cycloallin”, research has found that Cycloallin helps the walls of blood vesssels dissolve clots that can form inside of them – this chemical is still found even after high temperatures, like frying.

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Dr Weil’s Food Pyramid

Dr Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Food PyramidDr Andrew Weil is a health and ageing expert, he has developed a common sense eating guide that is Anti-Inflammatory and therefore anti-ageing.

 The Anti-Inflammatory food pyramid is a practical eating guide for people of all ages to follow, to stay healthy and reduce the risk of age related diseases. You will also look better and have more energy!

“Following an anti-inflammatory diet can help counteract the chronic inflammation that is a root cause of many serious diseases, including those that become more frequent as people age. It is a way of selecting and preparing foods based on science that can help people achieve and maintain optimum health over their lifetime.” 

 Quote by Dr Weil – visit his website  and view the full Food Pyramid – print it out and don’t forget it!