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Youthful Looking Eyes in 6 Steps

If eye wrinkles, puffiness or dark circles are bothering you, skip the invasive procedures and try these effective, natural techniques for firmer, brighter eyes!

  1. Don't resort to invasive procedures for youthful-looking eyes - try these simple steps:
  2. Wear sunscreen. Ultraviolet rays can weaken collagen, causing premature wrinkling and sagging.
  3. Invest in quality sunglasses. Look for ones that block out UVA and UVB rays.
  4. Don't smoke. It affects the blood supply that keeps skin tissue looking healthy and supple.
  5. Use a moisturizer for hydration.
  6. Consider a vitamin A cream, which can help prevent wrinkles and minimize ones you already have.
  7. Cool down inflammation around your eyes. Puffy eyes can be addressed with cucumber slices, cold spoons or chilled teabags.

 

Warning: Sunbathing May Be Addictive

While you were basking on the beach, researchers have been trying to figure out why it is so hard to convince people to break the skin cancer-causing sunbathing habit. One theory: ultraviolet (UV) light can be addictive. Some studies have found that giving an opiod blocker to frequent tanners produced withdrawal-like symptoms, results that imply, but don't necessarily prove, that opiod pathways and reward centers in the brain are involved in their tanning activities. The latest evidence in support of the UV addiction theory comes from a study with mice at Massachusetts General Hospital. Researchers there exposed a group of lab mice to a daily dose of UV light equivalent to the exposure of fair-skinned humans to 20 to 30 minutes of midday Florida sun. The dose was calibrated to tan, but not burn, the shaved backs of the mice. Within a week of daily exposure, feel-good beta-endorphin levels in the mice’s blood increased significantly, and didn’t drop until the UV exposure ended. When treated with a drug that blocked the opiod effect, the critters went into mouse withdrawal, complete with shaking and teeth chattering.

Sources:
David E Fisher, et al, ”Skin β-Endorphin Mediates Addiction to UV Light,” Cell, doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2014.04.032

How Often Do You Use Sunscreen? (Poll)

A recent Q&A discussed sunscreen and the best forms of sun protection while outside: Sunscreen Snafu? Check out the article and let us know when and how often you use sunscreen.

Vitamin D: Are You Deficient?

Vitamin D deficiency is common in the developed world, and according to at least one study, people with very pale skin are most likely to be seriously deficient. Researchers at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom took the vitamin D levels of about 1,200 people. They found that 730 had lower than optimal levels, and those with fair skin had significantly lower levels. The possible reason? People with very fair skin tend to avoid the sun because they burn easily, making it difficult for their bodies to make sufficient "D" from sun exposure. This suggests that if you have fair skin and tend to avoid direct sunlight, supplementing may be especially important for you.

Regardless of your skin color, humans need vitamin D to facilitate bone mineralization, as well as for protection against a number of serious diseases. You can get vitamin D through foods such as full-fat cheeses and plain yogurt, eggs, salmon, tuna and mackerel. For people with pale skin, seniors (the ability to synthesize vitamin D decreases with age) and anyone who isn’t getting enough vitamin D through food and sun, I recommend 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily in the form of D3 (cholecalciferol) rather than D2 (ergocalciferol).