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Research Finding New Properties of Vitamin C Supporting Youthful Skin Renewal

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Everyone’s always looking for healthy ways to look better. Well, here’s some research that might make you consider increasing your citrus intake, and maybe adding some beauty products containing vitamin C to your regiment.

In a collaborative study, researchers from the University of Leicester in England and the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology in Portugal found a form of vitamin C that helps promote wound healing and also helps protect the DNA in skin cells from damage.

In the vitamin C research, Dr. Tiago Duarte said the study analyzed how the human dermal fibroblasts (large flat cells in the connective tissue that secrete collagen and elastic fibers) are effected by “sustained exposure to a vitamin C derivative, ascorbic acid 2-phosphate.”

A researcher with the IMCB, Duarte added, “We investigated which genes are activated by vitamin C in these cells, which are responsible for skin regeneration. The results demonstrate that vitamin C may improve wound healing by stimulating fibroblasts to divide and by promoting their migration into wounded areas.

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White Tea Outperforms 22 Other Plant Extracts as Best Wrinkle Fighter

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Many synthetic cosmetics try to cover up skin damage, but the truth is that the best way to give ourselves a clean youthful complexion is to feed our skin with the nutrients and anti-aging compounds that nature has already provided us with.

Mankind has yet to outdo Mother Nature in this department, as the scientists at the School of Life Sciences at Kingston University, London, found out at the end of a recently concluded study. It found that out of 23 plant extracts, white tea has the highest concentrations of antioxidants that minimize wrinkles.

“We’ve carried out our tests to identify plant extracts that protect the structural proteins of the skin, specifically elastin and collagen,” said Professor Declan Naughton, who led the university team that worked in conjunction with Neal’s Yard Remedies, a maker of natural and organic bath and beauty products, which provided the study with all of the plant materials that were tested.

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Dark Henna Tattoos: A Risk in Beauty

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Dark or black henna tattoos are popular all over the world. They are beautiful and temporary, but recently a number of clinical reports have come out about cases of allergic reactions to the dye when containing Para-phenylenediamine or PPD. This chemical is often added into the product to make the color darker and speed up drying.

“PPD is a known skin sensitizer. This isn’t a huge concern when used in hair dyes because the material comes into contact with the skin only briefly. The real danger—many dermatologist are reporting patients with severe allergic reactions from dark henna (also known as mehndi) temporary tattoos,” said the Cosmetic Ingredient Review.

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Study Says: Many Major Personal Care Products Getting Safer, But Not All

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There is good news to report about some of the world’s leading personal care products. The Organic Consumers Association has released a study showing safety improvements for 23 products from the last time they were examined a year ago.

At the time, the results showed potentially dangerous levels of the contaminant 1,4-dioxane. A byproduct of using ethoxylation, a cheap shortcut process that provides mildness to harsh cleaning ingredients, 1,4-dioxane isn’t found on the ingredients label of any product.

The danger is that 1,4-dioxane is considered a possible carcinogen to humans by  many health agencies including: the International Agency for Research on Cancer; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“When laboratory animals were tested with 1,4-dioxane at the lowest part per billion level over the animals lives, they developed cancer,” according to the OCA.

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Jiade Organic’s Motto: Make Cosmetics That Are Food For Your Skin

Courtesy of Jiade Organic Cosmetics.

PORT COQUITIAM, British Columbia- Jiade Organic Cosmetics Inc., a new company with the philosophy that cosmetics should be food for your skin, will be releasing two new serums this month.

“The serums are made only of organic compressed oils and essential oils,” said Eva Savova, the company’s vice president and chemist. The company’s president, Walter Dullemond, is also a microbiologist. The two develop and manufacture all of their products in their small laboratory.

Jiade is currently awaiting certification from Oregon TILTH, which provides a system that combines strict production standards, on-site inspections, and legally binding contracts to protect the producers and buyers of organic products.

“We make everything by hand. We don’t have any line equipment. Everything is made in very small batches and quality control of the products, the raw materials, and the way we do things is very high,” added Ms. Savova.

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