Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Omega 5 oil can offer significant sun protection benefits -- from my mom to yours...

Sun damage is cumulative and shows up later as signs of skin aging, or in worse case scenarios, as skin cancer. 95% of all skin cancers are found on light-exposed areas such as the face, top of the ears, neck and chest and exposure to the sun is responsible for almost 90 percent of all skin cancers. Because over a million new cases of skin cancer in the U.S. are diagnosed each year (plus, the large numbers that go unreported), protecting yourself every day with sunscreen and clothing is more important than ever.

Unfortunately, there is no statute of limitations on burns. A single childhood sunburn may be the trigger for skin cancers many years down the road and just because a person is not tan (another indication of sun damage) or sunburned, it does not mean that such person is out of harm’s way.

One serious sunburn can increase the risk of skin cancer by as much as 50%

Primitive versions of physical sunscreens have been around for centuries. Chemical sunscreens have been in use since the early 1920s but early versions were greasy, irritating, staining, and could not be made into water resistant formulas

On line publications teach us that most sun damage occurs from incidental exposure during day-to-day activities, not at the beach. Wherever there is light, there is UV (ultraviolet) radiation. And where there is UV radiation, there is the potential for harm to the skin. In urban and suburban landscapes, we are exposed to more than just sun light itself. Light also reflects off of metal, glass and concrete. Exposure from going indoors and out, exposure from light coming through building and car windows (unless they’re specifically treated with UV filters), and even exposure thin clothing, all adds up.

While you may like the look of “healthy” tan, it’s actually your body's attempt to protect itself from damage. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, frequent visits to tanning salons increase your exposure to ultraviolet radiation as well as your risk for skin cancer.
No matter what the season, incorporating a good sunscreen into your daily regimen will reduce the signs of premature aging and rescue your skin from serious skin damage. Because ordinary sunscreens only offer a basic barrier against the sun, you may still experience inflammation, dryness, and even some skin damage. To keep your skin soft and healthy all year long, be sure to look for a sunscreen that has broad spectrum VA/UVB protection, anti-inflammatory benefits, moisturizing quality, and is an antioxidants.

Topical sunscreens provide us with the ability to enjoy the outoors. However, in our hurry to get outdoors, we often forget to apply protection to delicate skin areas, which leads to damaging sunburns. Can then SPF taken orally? An exciting new study has shown that when, potent antioxidants called polyphenols are taken internally, they can increase the SPF (sun protection factor) of topical sunscreens by up to 25%! Pomegranates have the highest levels of polyphenols found in any food substance and they provide a powerful antioxidant protection against the signs of premature aging.

Experts believe that 80% of what we perceive as the signs of skin aging – and this includes fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sallow color, loss of elasticity, uneven texture, and more – are caused by free radical damage.

Free radicals are unstable molecules that erode tissue through a process called oxidation. (When an apple slice turns brown or a steel beam rusts, those too are examples of oxidation.) Free radical formation is not just an isolated event either, because free radicals generate more free radicals, thus establishing a cascade of deterioration. Environmental damage, sun exposure, pollution, and stress are the most common triggers for free radical formation on the skin.

Omega 5 oil as an anti-aging antioxidant

In order to repair, diminish or prevent the signs of aging, you first need to neutralize damaging free radicals. This is done using substances called antioxidants that work to stabilize free radicals, render them harmless, and break the cycle of decay.

For skin health and protection, some antioxidants work better than others. Omega 5 oil is a source for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Pomegranates contain the extraordinarily powerful polyphenol ellagic acid, a highly efficient free radical scavenger. Ellagic acid has also been studied for its healing benefits and anti-cancer benefits. Noted for its versatility, pomegranate seed oil offers antioxidant benefits and protection both topically as well as internally in supplement form.

The pomegranate is as natural SFF, see:

and “Ellagic acid from the peel, juice and seed extract, and punicic acid, found in the seed oil, are key ingredients to Extracts & Ingredients’ Pomegranate Seed Oil. According to company literature, the product imparts excellent moisturizing and nourishing properties—including boosting the restoration and repair of skin, evening skin tone, aiding in collagen production and acting as a natural SPF booster.

To summarize -- In addition to its healing benefits, pomegranate seed oil- whether applied topically or taken internally - has the unique ability to improve the SPF power of sunscreen.

Stay out of the sun.

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