Air travel in particular takes a toll on the body- especially the skin. However, there are some simple steps you can take to ensure you arrive looking fresh and radiant.
Preparing for the Flight:
- Increase your normal intake of Omega-3 fish oil supplements. In addition to helping hydrate you from the inside out; these natural anti-inflammatories help to prevent blood clots, which have higher chances of happening while flying.
- Give yourself a deep cleanse and exfoliate before the flight. Instead of using a harsh scrub, apply Blue Plasma and follow your normal evening skincare routine. This will enable whatever moisturizer you’re applying the day of the flight to penetrate better and hydrate skin more effectively.
During the Flight:
- Use a slightly richer or heavier moisturizer during the flight. A more nourishing formula with dimethicone will help seal in moisture and slow water loss that occurs in a dry cabin.
- If your skin is dry, apply a hydration-binding serum that contains sodium hyaluronic acid, like Chia Serum or Deep Wrinkle Serum, before your moisturizer. This step will infuse skin with moisture and plump lines.
- Hydrate with pure mineral water and plenty of hydrating foods such as: cucumber, tomatoes, cantaloupe, celery, radishes, spinach and strawberries.
- Get up whenever possible and avoid crossing your legs, which can impede circulation.
- Avoid diuretics like coffee and alcohol during flights which dehydrate skin and can restrict blood flow.
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This is a great recipe for a holiday side dish combining Dr. Perricone’s favorite winter squash, with anti-inflammatory powerhouses turmeric and cinnamon.
- 1½ pound butternut squash, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, halved crosswise, then cut lengthwise into ¾-inch-wide wedges
- 1 fennel bulb, trimmed, cut lengthwise into 1-inch-wide wedges
- 1 large onion, root end left intact, then cut lengthwise into ½-inch-wide wedges
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- Position rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 450°.
- Combine squash, fennel, and onion on heavy large rimmed baking sheet. Add oil and toss to coat.
- Mix all spices in small bowl to blend. Sprinkle spice mixture over vegetables and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and generous amount of pepper.
- Roast until vegetables are tender and browned, turning once, about 45 minutes. Transfer to shallow dish and serve.
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One of the biggest tell-tale signs of aging is lack of that plump, youthful cushion of youthful skin. To combat this sign of skin aging, Dr. Perricone has harnessed the power of the eggshell membrane, which is the thin layer between the egg white and the egg shell and combined it with retinol, to create the ultimate collagen- regenerating treatment.
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This hearty, vegetarian recipe features some of the most healthy staples from the anti-inflammatory diet, including super foods from the allium family (garlic and onion), omega-3 rich-walnuts, and one of the healthiest greens on the planet, kale.
- 2 bunches Lacinato kale (1½ to 2 pounds total)
- ½ cup Extra-Virgin olive oil, divided
- 6 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock (water can be substituted for vegetarians)
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced (approximately 3 cups)
- ¾ cup raw walnut halves, chopped
- ½ cup crumbled goat cheese
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Thoroughly wash Kale and shake to remove excess water, leaving some water clinging to leaves. Cut leaves in one inch, bite-sized pieces.
- In large pan, heat ¼ cup of olive oil over medium heat, until oil is shimmering. Add minced garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add chicken stock and vinegar; raise heat to high. Begin adding kale by the handful, pausing to stir and wilt as necessary, until all kale is in the pot. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, until kale is very tender, about 25 minutes.
- While kale cooks, add ¼ cup olive oil in a separate medium-sized saucepan, over medium heat until shimmering. Add onions along with pinch salt and pepper. Cook until lightly browned, stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes. Add chopped walnuts and cook 5 minutes more.
- Stir onions, walnuts and goat cheese crumbles into kale. Season to taste with salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot.
This recipe was adapted from seriouseats.com.
Vitamin E is a traditional fix for dry skin and found in plenty of cosmetics. However, there is a much more powerful form of Vitamin E that not only provides relief to stressed, dry skin- it actually helps to prevent the inflammation and inhibit the free radical damage that can lead to the signs of aging.
Vitamin E: The Background
Vitamin E is actually a complex substance made of 8 different components. The two forms we’ll focus on here are: tocopherols (the older form of Vitamin E) and tocotrienols (the newer, more effective form). When the antioxidant capabilities of vitamin E were studied more than 30 years ago, scientists found that alpha tocopherol was the most efficient form of Vitamin E for protecting the fats in our cells (lipids) from free radical damage. Later it was discovered that tocotrienols had significant therapeutic benefits in preventing heart disease when taken orally. The connection seemed to be the tocotrienol’s ability to affect a certain enzyme in the body.
This led Dr. Perricone to wonder if tocotrienols would have greater antioxidant capacity than conventional forms of Vitamin E in terms of healing skin. Since his skincare research had always focused on the effect that any given antioxidant could have on the cell membrane, he tested tocotrienols and found that they inhibited peroxide formation (free-radical damage) much more efficiently than alpha tocopherol. In fact, he discovered that tocotrienols were 40 to 50 times more powerful than other forms of Vitamin E, dramatically increasing the protection of the body’s cell plasma membrane. This is thanks to tocotrienols’ unique ability to disperse in a cell membrane and “scoop” up free radicals far more quickly than traditional vitamin E. Tocotrienols are best for healing redness, repairing severely chapped, dry skin and fighting inflammation in the skin.
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A diverse source of omega-3 rich foods are recommended for optimal health and glowing skin. Omega-3’s are called essential fatty acids, because our body cannot make them, meaning that we must obtain these vital fats through dietary sources. This can prove difficult for vegetarians at first glance, however, there are a number of vegetables and seeds which have high levels of ALA, a form of Omega-3 fatty acids, in addition to beneficial fiber, antioxidants, and minerals. Here are some of the richest sources of vegetarian Omega-3s:
- Flaxseed: Flaxseed, both ground, and in oil form, are one of the most widely recommended vegetarian sources of Omega-3s. Just one tablespoon of flaxseed oil has 7,980 mg of Omega-3s. Add ground flaxseeds to yogurt, oatmeal and smoothies.
- Chia Seeds: Even richer in Omega-3’s than flaxseeds, these seeds also pack an incredible amount of fiber, as well as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, iron, niacin and zinc. Try adding chia seeds to your yogurt, oatmeal, smoothies, tea and even water bottle. When left in water, these seeds form a gel, which helps to increase feelings of satiety when consumed.
- Hemp seeds: Vegan and gluten-free, these seeds have a perfect 3:1 ration of omega-3 to omega-6. They’re also high in protein minerals and polyunsaturated fatty acids like gamma linoleic acid (GLA), which is recommended for break out prone skin. Use hemp seeds as you would with flax and chia seeds.
- Brussels sprouts: One serving contains 430 milligrams of ALA fatty acid. Steam them lightly to help keep the vitamins and minerals in tact.
- Purslane: This lesser known green with a peppery taste has 400 mg of Omega’3s per serving and is also high in Vitamin A, calcium, potassium and iron. Try adding purslane to your salads, stir fries and omelets.
What are your favorite Omega-3 rich foods?
Beauty Blogger Maree of alittlebitetc.com has been a faithful devotee of Blue Plasma for since it’s release (“I use it every day without fail!”). Now, she shares the results she’s seen with Blue Plasma Orbital, specially formulated for the eye area.
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Moisture bumps under the eye, known as milia are tiny white bumps that can commonly occur on the lash line or lids. Milia can form at any age and sometimes disappear on their own. If you’re experiencing these pesky bumps, follow these tips:
- Milia are formed when keratin gets trapped under the skin, so avoid heavy eye treatments, especially those made with mineral oil.
- Look for oil-free concealers if prone to milia.
- Thoroughly remove all makeup at the end of the day with an antioxidant-rich cleanser.
- Exfoliate the area using an enzyme-based exfoliator, such as Blue Plasma Orbital. In Consumer Study Results, 75% of users felt Blue Plasma Orbital smoothed the appearance of small bumps around their eyes.
- Avoid granule-based exfoliators, which can cause micro-scarring, especially on the delicate eye area, which has no oil-glands and very little subcutaneous fat.
What are your questions about milia?
Our skin, the body’s primary defense against the elements, is easily damaged by both external factors, such as sunlight and pollution, as well as internal factors such as a diet lacking in nutrients and stress. Even with a near perfect diet and rigorous sun screen application, there are other biological factors that can lead to dull skin.
To better understand one of the most common contributors to dull skin, let’s examine the very outer layer of skin, the epidermis. The epidermis is surrounded by a layer known as the stratum corneum, which is thinner than a sheet of paper. This layer is a protective coating made of dead skin cells that forms when new cells are made in the skin’s deeper layers. These cells are pushed to the surface, flatten, and die. This outer layer is continually sloughed off as new cells are generated. In a young person, cell turnover occurs every 28-30 days. However, as we age the process slows and can take from 45- 50 days which is one of the main reasons skin appears dull and lack luster in our later years.
To help encourage healthy cellular turnover at any age, exfoliation is key. The right type of exfoliation is crucial, as granule based scrubs can actually cause more damage than good. Exfoliating with a non-abrasive, enzyme-based formula, such as Blue Plasma will gently help to encourage cellular turnover that may have slowed without redness or irritation. As an added bonus, treatment products perform better on freshly exfoliated skin.
What are your favorite products for brightening dull skin?
If you’re going to indulge, do so wisely, with anti-inflammatory foods. This dessert combines fiber-rich pears, omega-3 rich walnuts and cocoa, one of Dr. Perricone’s super foods. To reap the many health benefits Cocoa can confer to the body and skin, choose extra dark chocolate- preferably 70 to 85%. When possible, look for “non-dutched” cocoa, as the process of “dutching” cocoa significantly reduces the amount of flavanols in cocoa.
makes 8 chocolate covered slices
- 6 tablespoons dark chocolate
- 2 pears
- 4 tablespoons chopped raw walnuts
- Waxed paper
1. Clean and slice pears in quarters, omitting core and seeds.
2. Melt chocolate over low heat in a small saucepan, stirring frequently, about 3 to 5 minutes.
3. Dip pear slices until half is covered. Sprinkle dipped side with raw walnuts. Place on wax paper.
4. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
What are your favorite healthy desserts?