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Cheers to SPF and Age-Perfected Anti Aging Serum

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Human skin – it’s a funny thing. Of the many purposeful uses and all that the soft tissue must encounter each day, one might think we’d come equipped with full armor. But, no, we burn, bruise, puncture, bleed…wrinkle, freckle, splotch and sag.

As moms, the attention we give to protecting this fragile attribute of our children is insurmountable…and evident in the budget allotment for sunscreens, floppy hats, kneepads and Scooby Doo band-aids. No doubt, we spend a little on our own skin as well…nigh creams, mud masks, foundations and whatever the “new thing” might be.

Human skin is similar to that of other mammals except for the fact that it is not covered by a protective “pelt.” Nope, just the garments we place on our bodies, and *no* the pelt argument is not sufficient for furry, frivolous purchases – particularly if an animal’s life was taken for such a product.

If all the blemishing and aging weren’t enough, we’re susceptible to skin cancer too. Yep, we can die because of damage to our skin. Not only are we at risk; it’s the most common form of cancer in our country! One in five Americans will develop some form of skin cancer in their lifetime.

Most common cause of skin cancer: Ultraviolet (UV) light exposure #sunlight.

Prevention: protect vulnerable skin from Ultraviolet Rays:

Use sun block to absorb, reflect and scatter UV rays.

  • Reapply every two hours.
  • Include all exposed skin: ears, neck, legs, the part in your hair, etc.
  • Choose an appropriate level of protection based on the amount of time in the sun (SPF numbers 10, 30, 75 correspond to the number of minutes in the sun.)
  • Wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection.
  • Throw out sunscreen older than 3 years and keep it out of extreme temperatures.

SPF properly applied? Time for a glass of wine.

I have no doubt that red wine is good for the heart and soul, but can you believe it’s good for the skin too? Red wine, particularly when coupled with dark chocolate – ok, so the chocolate is my opinion, but it does offer healthy antioxidants – contains beneficial substances called polyphenols, including resveratrol, which aid in the fight against age-related diseases. The antioxidants perform a helpful task, absorbing harmful free radicals inside the body.

And, there is also the argument that wine drinkers deflect some of their aging from stress with a glass of wine. Sounds sufficient to me.

A word of advice from WebMD, “Drinking a glass of red wine a day is the single most important thing you can do other than nonsmoking, from an anti aging point of view, but you can have too much of a good thing.”

There is an element of criticism in these studies – that they have been performed on animals. I don’t know if that’s fact or myth, but just in case animals are suffering from hangovers; I’m going to volunteer to conduct a home study…in moderation. Consider this my commitment to science, cheers!

Anti aging effects sound wonderful, but what if wine could help protect against cancer too?

Red wine, even without alcohol, has polyphenols that may protect against various types of cancer. Polyphenols are potent antioxidants, compounds that help neutralize disease-causing free radicals.” –Cancer Cure Foundation

Resveratrol and other helpful antioxidants may be something we see more of in the future, but you can find it in foods you already enjoy! Blueberries, red grapes and cranberries all contain healthful polyphenols. 

Polyphenols provide benefits in the following ways:

Reduces Signs of Aging
Fights Obesity
Helps Utilize Carbohydrates
Reduces Effects of Heart Disease
Regulates Metabolism
Balances Cholesterol Levels
Increases Energy
Boosts Stamina
Assists Blood Vessel Health
Reduces Inflammation
Prevents Blood Clots
Minimizes chances of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases
Reduces Tumors
Prevents Cancer
Extends Life Span

This summer, take the necessary precautions to keep you skin radiant and healthy…and have a little fun in the process!

photo: Something About Mary

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Comments
  • comment avatar Kailyn H. May 27, 2011

    Sometimes I forget how important sun block is… lol

  • comment avatar Lori Lavender Luz May 27, 2011

    I’ll drink to that! lol.

    Thanks for the prompt to use both sunscreen and wine. One applied liberally and one in moderation. Just hope I can remember which is which or there might be a red whine.

    (that was bad, wasn’t it??)

  • comment avatar Jaime Swartzendruber May 27, 2011

    Well, Lori, not to respond with a glass half empty answer (and I’m not talking idioms) but LOL! Love it!

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