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How Much Does Water Really Help Your Skin?
Thursday, June 28th, 2012
For decades, it’s been common knowledge that drinking several water bottles a day (about two litres) will keep us healthy, and as a side effect keep our skin healthy. New studies are revealing that this may not be the case.
 
The leading belief regarding water and your skin is that the more water you drink, the more elastic your skin is and therefore is less susceptible to wrinkles. This is a fantastic theory, until you stop and realize that water goes through a good portion of your organs before it ever reaches the skin.
 
In addition, skin is designed to reject excess water that it doesn’t need, so drinking more water than you can absorb or your body can use is completely fruitless. Studies such as this one have found that drinking more water doesn’t make your skin more elastic or healthy.
 
Now, we’re not saying that you shouldn’t drink water. Your body does need water to operate at a healthy level. Just keep in mind that the extra glass of water you’re drinking just to keep your skin a little healthier might not be doing the work you think it is.

Tagged As: water, skin, health, moderation, elasticity


The Value of Sleep for Your Skin
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
Sleep is an essential part of your body’s regeneration process, and likewise an essential part of keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Allowing your skin to heal itself and regenerate for 8 hours a night will lead to a better glow and a healthier look, not to mention more energy and the likelihood of living longer.
 
Here’s some ways to put your skin to work while you sleep:
 
Make sure it stays clean
Cleaning your face before bed helps moisturizers set in and gets and built up gunk off. Cleaning is also a good habit to just fall into because clean skin is healthy skin.
 
Sleep on your back
Sleeping on your back helps you to avoid wrinkles from squishing your face against the pillow. Simple, but it works.
 
Use facial moisturizers before going to sleep
Keeping your face moisturized gives it a better fighting chance to renew itself in your sleep. Make sure you do this after you clean your face, as the moisturizer will set in easier.
 
Use a humidifier
A humidifier will have the same effect as the facial moisturizer and, it will work for you even longer. It also helps your whole body, not simply your face.

Tagged As: sleep, skin, health, healthy, radiant, regeneration, rejuvenation


Why Paraben is terrible for your health
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012
Parabens are man-made, chemical preservatives commonly found in pharmaceuticals and beauty products such as shampoo, makeup and deodorant. Now, it’s general knowledge that we take in a large amount of preservatives, but Paraben in particular has been linked to several issues that you really shouldn’t ignore.
 
The biggest issue with Paraben is that it is thought to be linked to cancer – breast cancer specifically. Since paraben mimics hormones, especially estrogen in your system it works it’s way through your body very effectively. A Cornell University report indicated that a high lifelong exposure to paraben can increase breast cancer risk. As if that weren’t enough, a University of Reading study found high concentrations of parabens in breast tumors.
 
Parabens have also been thought to contribute to early puberty – a rising problem in the US. As we mentioned earlier, parabens mimic hormones in your body. This creates an endocrine disruption, which releases hormones into your system and can cause early puberty.
 
We highly recommend that you watch out for any product that contains Paraben. In fact, we only sell paraben-free Laskin products. 

Tagged As: Laskin, preservative, paraben, paraben-free, beatu, skin care


The Benefits of Krill Oil
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
There's a tiny little abundant shrimp-like critter in the ocean that feeds off of phytoplankton. They are most commonly used for fish bait, aquarium feed, and other rather plain activities. But, krill are also the source of the amazing krill oil.

Krill oil is one of the best alternatives to fish oil that we have found. It's extremely high in Omega-3 (as much as 50% higher!) and can be 54 times higher in anti-oxidants than fish oil.

In addition, krill contains no mercury or toxins like fish oil can, contains omega 6 and 9, has the antioxidant astaxanthin, and has none of the "fishy" taste of fish oil.

Some of the many benefits include:


Tagged As: krill, oil, skin health, health, substitute, skin


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