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Helping Decrease Rashes

Posted by Nancy Ray on

Helping Decrease Rashes There are many different kinds of rashes that have various causes. Some rashes are associated with fever and/or serious illnesses and should be brought to the attention of a healthcare professional immediately. Here we will mainly focus on more common rashes not typically associated with fever. Rashes generally cause the skin to change color and can be accompanied by inflammation, itching (pruritus), blisters, swelling and pain. Many rashes are nonspecific. They can last from 5 to 20 days and can be associated with problematic issues such as irritations, sunburn, allergies, eczema, infections (including yeast infections), cancer, autoimmune...

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Protecting the Skin Microbiome

Posted by Nancy Ray on

It’s estimated that approximately 1000 different species of bacteria are included in the 1 billion microorganisms that live on each square centimeter of our skin. It is now becoming quite clear that the skin microbiome (collective set of microorganisms and their genetic material) modulates skin diseases, influences metabolic processes and is important for skin immunity. The diversity of the skin microbiome is influenced by various factors including transient microbes, genetic predispositions, location and environmental characteristics. In 2007, the National Institute of Health provided funding for a Microbiome Project Consortium to characterize the human microbial communities present at specific body locations...

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Polyphenols, Endothelial Function and Wound Healing

Posted by Nancy Ray on

The normal wound repair process is divided into four overlapping phases of coagulation, inflammation, migration-proliferation, and remodeling. This complex process involves the interplay of different cell types including keratinocytes, fibrobrasts and endothelial cells. Endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress that can occur for example with type 2 diabetes or as a result of radiation exposure (during cancer radiation therapy) frequently contributes to impaired wound healing and skin repair. Oxidative stress typically leads to inflammation and results from the inability of cells to eliminate free radicals known as reactive oxygen species (ROS) using the natural defense system that includes enzymes such as...

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Fight Cancer with Sleep

Posted by Kyle Hilsabeck on

Most people would agree that nothing really beats a great night of restful sleep. Most cells in your body would also agree that they appreciate a good night’s rest. However, there are certain types of cells that cannot stand it when you get a full night of great sleep – and those are cancer cells.  We know that sleep is important for feeling rested and energetic during the day, improving mood, immunity, work performance, heart health, cognition – more things than can possibly be imagined. But would you believe that the quality and amount of sleep you get could actually...

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The Extraordinary Benefits of Aloe Vera in Skin Health and Wound Healing

Posted by Nancy Ray on

For centuries, aloe vera has been prized for its medicinal properties that include the enhancement of skin health and healing. In fact, aloe plants have been used for over 2000 years in the treatment of skin diseases; ancient Egyptians called it “the plant of immortality” and early Greek physicians considered it a universal panacea. Aloe vera contains at least 75 components, many of which that are known to promote skin health and wound healing such as beneficial vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Vitamins that come from aloe vera include important B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E. Aloe vera also...

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Keeping Skin Healthy

Posted by Nancy Ray on

Even though many holiday activities have been keeping everyone very busy, it’s important to remember how vital skin health really is. It’s getting colder, and we’re all bundling up to keep warm. As the saying goes, out of sight out of mind. When you don’t look at skin as often, it’s easy to forget that skin requires special care. Skin needs proper nourishment, hydration, and protection. As the outermost barrier defense for the body, skin is constantly exposed to irritants including harsh chemicals and pollution, as well as damaging detergents and dehydrating sanitizers. Nourishment including antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins...

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Antioxidants and Skin Health

Posted by Nancy Ray on

The skin is the largest organ of the body and is the first line of defense against various external threats including temperature changes, dehydration, invading microbes, harmful chemicals, pollution, and ionizing radiation. These threats are potentially damaging because they can alter biological homeostasis (or the maintenance and regulation of stability required for proper functioning). One very important aspect of skin homeostasis involves maintaining the balance between the production of free radicals, known as reactive oxygen species (ROS), and the skin’s oxidative defense system. Toxic chemicals, pollution (including cigarette smoke), ionizing radiation (including UV), and extreme temperature change can all cause...

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Providing Penetrating Nutrition to Promote Skin Health

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The small-molecule technology found in Viniferamine® skin and wound care products delivers penetrating nutrition to epidermal cells to promote skin cell repair and skin renewal. In fact, Viniferamine® skin and wound care products provide nutrition to the epidermis to strengthen the skin barrier and enhance overall skin health. Small molecules under the molecular weight of 500 daltons are able to pass into the stratum corneum (uppermost layer of the epidermis), which is known as the “500-dalton rule.”   The small nutrient molecules contained in Viniferamine® skin and wound care products that include antioxidants, amino acids and vitamins, enter the skin,...

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