By Claudia Maghidman- Free radicals are atoms that have an unpaired electron. These are usually formed when oxygen reacts with certain molecules. Without going to deep into the chemistry, the problem with free radicals is that they can attack our healthy cells and cause damage to them. They are one of the main reasons our body goes through the aging process. Free radicals occur naturally, but we can accelerate their effects on us by doing harmful things to our bodies, like smoking. One way to combat free radicals is through antioxidants. Antioxidants include vitamin C, vitamin E and several other substances. A healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables should help us get the antioxidants we need, but there are a few foods that are rich with them that we should definitely add to our diets. Berries, such as strawberries, blueberries and grapes all contain what are known as flavonoids. Flavonoids are a type of phytochemical found in mostly in fruits and vegetables. Berries in particular are great for flavonoids, because they also contain vitamin C. This forms a potent combination that can help your immune system and can help lower the risk of heart disease. Another great food we should consider eating more of are nuts. Nuts of all varieties not only provide healthy doses of fat, protein and carbs, but depending on the type can have different antioxidants. In particular, an antioxidant called resveratroll is present in peanuts and walnuts. Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant that promising research has shown that it can help prevent several diseases like Alzheimer's and diabetes. Dark green vegetables are an excellent source of both vitamin C and E. Veggies like broccoli, kale and spinach contain an antioxidant called lutein, which is likely helpful for things like macular degeneration and cataracts. They also contain kaempferol, which is an antioxidant that helps prevent some forms of cancer. Of course, too much of a good thing can become bad. That is why it is important that we have a proper diet. Too much vitamin E, for example, can cause mess with our blood's ability to clot. So instead of going out and buying a bunch of supplements, it is much better to simply eat a balanced diet that contains plenty of fruits and vegetables.
By Claudia Maghidman A highly versatile and natural product that can be used by virtually anyone, coconut oil has a vast array of benefits for the skin. A product that is most commonly used for cooking and baking, many are unaware of the profound effects that coconut oil can have when used topically. A miracle oil with a myriad of uses, ignoring the many benefits of coconut oil can actually be to your own detriment. With that said, the following is an overview of the lesser known uses for coconut oil as far as body and skin care are concerned. Deep Conditioner- One of the best ways to utilize coconut oil is on the hair. A great substitute for oils and conditioners, by applying coconut oil to your hair and scalp, covering it with a plastic cap and shampooing the substance out after allowing it to set overnight, your hair will realize an increased level of moisture and sheen. Eye Makeup Removal- Another great way to utilize coconut oil is as an eye makeup remover. By applying a bit of coconut oil to a cotton ball and gently wiping around the eye area, you can remove all types of waxy eye makeup including waterproof editions. After removal be sure to wash the eye area with a mild facial cleanser to avoid oil residue from going inside your eyes. Body Scrub - Yet another little-known way to utilize coconut oil is as a body scrub. By simply melting the coconut oil, adding some brown sugar and essential oils, you can make your very own natural sugar scrub that will leave your skin feeling soft, supple, and invigorated. Skin Shaving Cream- In addition to that, another way in which coconut oil can be used is as a shaving cream for the legs and the rest of the body. By simply applying the oil to your legs and other areas to be shaved, you will create a shaving cream with its own soothing properties that leaves the skin well-moisturized. A Natural Lip Gloss- For the times that you've run out of lip gloss or chap stick and happen to have some coconut oil handy, you can use this alone or mixed with shea butter for a formula that will leave your lips soft, shiny, and well-conditioned. Overall, there's a vast number of ways to use coconut oil on the skin and body. By using the tips and tricks within this overview, you're well on your way to uncovering the assortment of uses for one of nature's best-kept secrets.
By Claudia Maghidman- We have all struggled with acne at some point in our lives. From the bright red pimple that unexpectedly pops up on a first date to the deep-seated cyst that hurts and scars, we have experienced it all. And we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to let acne win. You can control it and get the beautiful skin you’ve always wanted. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths regarding acne, and it can be difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of some of the most common myths surrounding acne. Dirt Causes Acne – You Would Have Clear Skin if You Cleanse More No, no … absolutely no! Dirt does not cause acne. Acne is actually caused by a certain type of bacteria that grows in your sebaceous glands or oil glands. When you scrub your face too much, you stimulate your pores to produce more oil, which causes bacteria to flourish. While cleansing is necessary, too much of a good thing can actually cause you to break out more. You Have to Squeeze the Puss Out of Zits You don’t have to squeeze pimples to get rid of the puss. Your body has the natural ability to remove pockets of puss from your skin, which is exactly what pimples are. Popping and squeezing zits can actually cause the infection to move deeper into your skin, which can lead to further complications, such as infection, pitting and scarring. Your Beauty Regimen Doesn’t Matter – If you’re Prone to Acne, You Will Have It A proper beauty regimen can mean all the difference between clear skin and acne-riddled skin. So don’t believe this one! Not only should you follow a faithful skincare routine, you should select non-comedogenic products that are specifically formulated for your skin type. Cleanse, tone and moisturize your skin once in the morning and once right before bed for the best results. You should also think about getting a facial at least once a week. We also recommend the occasional chemical peel since they eliminate pesky red spots and scars. If you’re not sure what products to use, we at Health and Skin Center of Miami are excited to help you get into the most beautiful skin of your life.