I Dream of Wrinkle-Free Aging

While aging may be an inevitable part of life, this does not necessarily mean that you have to deal with wrinkles and fine lines. By stepping up your anti-aging efforts from now, your dreams of wrinkle-free aging could very likely come true.

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Antioxidants
In addition to UV rays, the sun also emits infrared radiation, and studies carried out over recent years point to the way in which IRA is able to penetrate the skin even deeper than UV rays. However, just like with UV rays, IRA creates free radicals within the skin, which damage cells in many different ways. The best way to neutralize these free radicals is through the use of antioxidants, as they provide free radicals with the electron that they are missing, meaning that they no longer have to attack skin cells in order to acquire this electron. Vitamin C is the very best antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals, but try to ensure that the product that you use also contains vitamin E, as this helps to stabilize the vitamin C, keeping it potent for much longer. You should also be incorporating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, as these are packed with a whole range of skin-boosting antioxidants.

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Sun Protection
Studies have shown that UV rays from the sun are responsible for up to 80% of skin aging, meaning that if you want to put a stop to the development of fine lines and wrinkles, you need to put a stop to the amount of sun exposure that your skin receives. There are now many different options out there when it comes to choosing a sunscreen, and you are bound to be able to find one that works for your lifestyle. For those who use skin care products, whether it be lotions or creams, that already contain an SPF, this may be sufficient, but you need to ensure that you apply a thick layer of it onto your skin in order for your skin to be fully protected. Otherwise, your main choices lie between a chemical or a mineral sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens create a chemical reaction, turning UV rays into heat and then emitting this heat from the skin, while mineral sunscreens sit on the surface of the skin, deflecting UV rays away. Each will have their own pros and cons, so look into these carefully before making your decision.

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Keep It Clean
Your skin comes into contact with so many pollutants on a daily basis, and it does not take long for these to cause your skin to begin prematurely aging, bringing about deep wrinkles far sooner than you expected. From air pollutants to the bacteria that surrounds you every day, each of these can degrade the skin’s collagen supplies, as well as blocking future collagen production, and, without this protein, the skin is not able to maintain its firm and tight appearance. The best way to prevent this is by ensuring that your face is always kept clean. This means regularly cleansing it every evening, as well as doing a deeper cleanse, whether this may be professionally or at home with a facial mask, on a weekly basis. You should also be exfoliating a couple of times a week, and taking steps to minimize the number of unclean surfaces that your skin comes into contact with.

Wrinkles are a part of aging that everybody dreads, but these are not inevitable. By using effective products and keeping your skin protected from the sun from as early on as possible, you really will be able to enjoy wrinkle-free aging in the future.

Can a Daily Cocktail Slow Aging?

While the consumption of excess amounts of alcohol can drastically speed up the aging process, there are certain concoctions that can actually do your body some good. From the age-defying antioxidants of a sangria, to the UV-protecting qualities of a bloody mary, these cocktails could quite possibly help to slow down the rate at which you age.

Bloody mary

Bloody Mary
The Bloody Mary is a truly classic cocktail, with tomato juice and carrot juice giving it its distinct flavor. Tomatoes are known for containing an antioxidant called lycopene, which has fantastic UV-protecting properties. In addition to this, carrots are packed with beta-carotene, which is not only incredibly effective at repairing damaged skin, but is also able to transform the vitamin A in your body into a form that is more easily accessible. By mixing in some freshly cracked black pepper, which is considered to be one of the healthiest foods in the world, you will also be enjoying an extra dose of iron, manganese, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin K.

Green Tea Martini
Green tea is known for having some incredible anti-aging properties, and can be used to make a number of different cocktails. A green tea martini is a refreshing drink, and only contains a few ingredients, making it easy to whip up at short notice. Rather than using a standard vodka, opt for Shochu instead, which is a Japanese vodka that is much lighter than western varieties. Mix this with your brewed green tea, adding a touch of Manuka honey for some sweetness, as well as for the many health-boosting properties that this wonder food brings.

Walnut Chocolatini
A walnut chocolatini is ideal for satisfying any sweet tooth out there, and brings with it some fantastic anti-aging benefits. Walnuts are known to be able to dramatically halt the aging process, fighting free radicals while keeping the body looking and feeling young. To make this cocktail, spread out your crushed walnuts and wet your martini glass, turning it upside down so that the crushed walnuts stick to the rim. Pour in a well-mixed concoction of Irish cream liqueur, dark chocolate liqueur, and vodka, before sprinkling some high-quality dark chocolate shavings on top, to enjoy the health benefits that dark chocolate is known to bring.

Sangria

Sangria
A classic Spanish summer beverage, sangria is primarily made from red wine and fruits, but there are many different versions out there that you can experiment with. When it comes to creating an anti-aging sangria cocktail, be sure to pack in a wide variety of different fruits. A strawberry and peach sangria will ensure that you are consuming your daily allowance of vitamin C, which does wonders for slowing down the aging process, while the peaches will also provide you with plenty of vitamin A. Berries contain a whole host of age-defying antioxidants, so try to use as many as you can. When choosing which wine to use, opt for a high-quality red wine, as this will contain several antioxidants, including resveratrol and quercetin, that have been proven to help fight cancer and heart disease.

 

While the majority of cocktails will only accelerate your aging process, there are most definitely some that will play a helping hand when it comes to anti-aging. Whether you choose to make a fruity sangria or a creamy walnut chocolatini, be sure to strictly regulate the amount of alcohol that you include, and pack your drink with more of the health-boosting ingredients instead.

Photo Aging – Wrinkles, Age Spots, Uneven Pigmentation

Photo-aging refers to the damage caused to skin cells by solar radiation. While the sun’s UVB rays damage the DNA and other parts of the epidermis, the UVA rays penetrate even deeper into the skin, causing damage to collagen, elastic tissues, immune cells and blood vessels. This damage usually becomes more obvious with age, as the amount of sun damage that the skin has experienced begins to accumulate, resulting in wrinkles, age spots and uneven pigmentation.

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Preventing Photo-Aging
The most effective way to prevent photo-aging is by regularly applying a broad spectrum sunscreen, as this will protect your skin from both the UVA as well as the UVB rays. Even on a cloudy and overcast day, 80% of the sun’s rays are still able to penetrate into your skin, making sunscreen a necessity on a daily basis, even if you may think that you don’t need it on certain days. You should also try to stay out of the sun at its strongest hours, usually between 11 AM and 4 PM, although this does vary depending on your location. Finally, there are certain fabrics that you can wear that will offer your skin optimum sun protection, such as tightly woven cotton blends.

Repairing Photo-Aging
No matter what the visible effects of photo-aging on your skin may be, from wrinkles to age spots to uneven pigmentation, the damage can still be repaired to some extent, so it is important to make this a priority in your skin care routine. Antioxidants are vital when it comes to this, as they are able to enhance the way in which skin cells are able to repair the damage. Vitamin A has also been proven to be highly effective at treating photo-aging, because it is able to reduce large wrinkles and age spots, while stimulating the production of collagen. There are also many retinoid products targeted towards tackling uneven pigmentation. Alpha hydroxy acids can also be used to minimize the signs of photo aging. They work as an exfoliant, increasing cell turnover which allows your body to shed the damaged cells.

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Light-Based Technology
If your symptoms of photo-aging are more severe, then you may want to consider some of the newer treatment methods that have become available. Photodynamic therapy involves applying a specific formula to the skin and giving it time to penetrate before using a light-sensitizing machine to activate the ingredients in the formula, resulting in an increase in collagen production. Intense pulsed light is another light therapy technique that is especially effective when it comes to smoothing out uneven pigmentation. Laser therapy can also be used to treat a number of the issues that result from photo-aging, such as reducing age spots and wrinkles, as well as minimizing blood vessels.

The sun’s UV rays account for 90% of premature skin aging, so it is necessary to tackle photo aging as soon as possible. Since photo aging is unavoidable to a large extent, it is important to recognize the damage that the sun does to your skin, even if it may not yet be visible to the eye.

Holiday Foods That Are Actually Good For You

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With the festive season upon us, we are all likely to end up indulging in our favorite holiday foods, maybe making a small effort to stay away from the unhealthiest dishes of them all. However, some of your favorite foods are absolutely packed with nutrition and health benefits, making them worth the extra helping! Let’s take a look at some of the traditional holiday foods that are actually good for you.

Turkey for a holiday dinner

Turkey
Turkey is a fantastic source of protein, with one serving providing half of the recommended daily amount of folic acid, as well as plenty of vitamin B, potassium and zinc. Eating a high-quality protein such as turkey also triggers satiety, meaning that you will feel fuller, faster, making you less likely to indulge in the unhealthier options. Unless your turkey is deep fried or smothered in gravy, this meat is actually quite good for you, although we would recommend trimming off some of the skin before eating, as this is where most of the fat and calories are contained.

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Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes, unless they’re covered in butter or marshmallows, are one of the healthiest vegetables out there. We suggest roasting them, as this gives them an intense flavor without the need for unhealthy fats. Sweet potatoes are packed with fiber, potassium, vitamin A and phytochemicals, all of which help to keep aging, arthritis and cancer at bay. They are also an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, so be sure to have a sweet potato dish on your table this year!

Cranberry sauce and chicken breast.

Cranberries
In addition to being low in calories and rich in fiber and potassium, cranberries also contain powerful disease-fighting antioxidants. They also contain unique compounds that have antibacterial properties, enabling them to prevent urinary tract infections. However, since cranberries are naturally low in sugar and have quite a tart taste, most recipes that utilize them require quite a large quantity of sugar to be included. We suggest replacing the sugar with a healthier alternative, such as honey or even other fruits.

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Cocoa
There is nothing quite like a mug of hot cocoa on a cold winter night, and this experience is now going to be even more enjoyable with the knowledge that cocoa is actually good for you. Experts advise that a small piece of chocolate each day, usually about 30 calories worth, significantly lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. We recommend using dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids, as these contain much higher levels of the antioxidants that bring about these brilliant health benefits.

Now that you are aware of the holiday foods that are actually good for you, you won’t need to feel bad about that extra slice of turkey or that extra helping of sweet potatoes. Don’t forget that there are many other popular holiday foods that also have some great health benefits, from cinnamon to pecans to green beans, and with a little bit of planning, it won’t be too difficult to make your holiday feast the healthiest, but tastiest, one you’ve had yet!

Summer Nutrition Tips

Barbecues in the sun, an abundance of ice cream and vacation indulgence all make it that much harder to stay healthy in the summer. However, the summer is also when fresh, seasonal produce is more widely available, and our bodies could definitely do with the extra boost of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, to help it cope with the change in temperature and the dehydrating heat. OROGOLD brings you some useful summer nutrition tips to help you to stay healthy during these warmer months.

Grilled chicken with fresh salad.

Light Meals
Lighter and smaller meals are much better for your body than large, heavy ones, and, with the abundance of fresh produce available during the summer, it is the perfect opportunity to lighten up your diet. Summer fruits and vegetables are naturally high in a whole range of antioxidants, as well as fiber to aid digestion, and this is desperately needed by the body in order to cope with the extra stress that the summer months place on it. However, those same fruits and vegetables lose many of their nutrients the more that they are cooked, so OROGOLD recommends eating them raw, or just lightly cooked, as much as possible.

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Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated during the summer months may seem obvious, but it is still something that many fail to sufficiently do. Not only does drinking plenty of fluids keep away the chance of heat stroke, but it also improves metabolism, helps digestion, and plays a huge role in the health of your skin and hair. For those of you who find it difficult to pack in the recommended amount of daily water, or simply just prefer something with a bit more flavor, try adding fresh fruit slices to your bottle of water, as well as some mint leaves, to create your own fruit-infused water. OROGOLD also recommends that fruits and vegetables with a high water content, such as watermelon, cucumber, citrus fruits and spinach, should also be added to your diet.

Sweet potato made with herbs and onions

Potassium-Rich Foods
Due to the extra sweating that the body does during the summer months, your potassium levels can quickly become depleted, impacting your muscles and nerves. To keep this from happening, try to fit in as many potassium-rich foods into your diet as possible. These include bananas, winter squash, sweet potato, white beans and yogurt. OROGOLD suggests using these ingredients to create snacks that you can pack and take with you during the day, so that you are less tempted to purchase processed snacks and more likely to stay as healthy as possible. If potassium loss is something that really worries you, OROGOLD recommends doing some research on cooking methods, as with potatoes, for example, baking them gives you double the amount of potassium than you would get if you boiled them.

Generally, since the fresh produce available during the summer months is so high in nutrients, the body needs less food than it does in the colder months. If you are relatively active during the summer, then it is important to keep replenishing your body’s lost potassium and sodium, as well as to remember to stay hydrated.

Top Night Care Tricks to Wake Up Gorgeous – OROGOLD Reviews

Everyone has their own morning beauty regime, but there are always those mornings when you’re strapped for time and can’t spare the 20 minutes it takes to get your face ready. OROGOLD brings you some of our top night care tricks to help you wake up looking radiant and gorgeous, saving you precious time in the mornings.

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All-in-One Makeup Remover
After a long day, it is all to easy to crawl into bed and forget about taking off your makeup, as well as cleansing your face. However, this can have consequences, as any makeup and dirt that is on your face will sink into your pores, stretching them out and making them much more visible. To make things simpler at nights, look for an all-in-one makeup remover, that not only removes makeup but also cleanses your face at the same time. Not only will you wake up with fresh, glowing skin, but your skin will also be much more receptive to any products that you use the next morning.

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Retinol-Infused Facial Oil
Oils are able to penetrate the skin much better than other products, meaning that their active ingredients are much more potent. For a boost of overnight radiance, try applying a drop of a retinol-infused facial oil to your face before sleeping. Retinol, which comes from vitamin A, increases cell turnover, meaning that dry, dead skin is shed faster, leaving you with glowing skin beneath. OROGOLD recommends only using an intensive retinol product at night, as retinol can often make the skin more sensitive to the sun.

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Eye Gel With Green Tea Extracts
In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, green tea also boosts the circulation and blood flow, making it the ideal extract to use around the eyes. In addition to this, green tea also reduces inflammation, meaning that you wake up with bright eyes, feeling more refreshed than ever.

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Sleep Mask
An overnight sleep mask is a great way to give your skin the attention that it deserves, and most likely needs. While you sleep, the skin repairs more cells than while you are awake, meaning that any products that you use at night are likely to be more effective than if you were to use them during the day. Rather than going through your night time beauty routine every night, choose a few nights a week where you simply apply an overnight face mask after cleansing your face. OROGOLD suggests looking for a mask that contains avocado oil, as this will not only thoroughly hydrate your skin, but will also give your body a boost of powerful antioxidants.

Your skin is something that you should always be taking the best possible care of. However, here at OROGOLD, we completely understand that all too often, people end up too busy and too tired to give their skin the attention that it requires. Our night care tricks will not only have you looking absolutely gorgeous in the mornings, but will make sure that your skin gets all of the nourishment and hydration that it needs.

Healthy Ways to Detox Your Body – OROGOLD Reviews

Detoxification is all about eliminating toxins from your body, whilst giving it a rest and some much-needed nourishment at the same time. The body cannot survive without detoxification, and although it can usually regulate this itself to some extent, it often becomes overwhelmed due to the increasing amount of toxins that we put into our bodies everyday. Luckily, there are some simple and healthy ways to detox your body, which you can easily incorporate into your daily skin care routine to maximize the many health benefits that detoxification can bring.

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Room Temperature Lemon Water
A glass of room temperature lemon water is a good way to start your day, as lemons are not only full of nutrients, but also give a huge boost to the immune system and curb hunger cravings. Lemon also stimulates the liver, helping your body to flush out toxins. Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of water, and wait for 15 minutes before drinking it. It is important to make sure that the water is room temperature, as cold drinks slow down the digestion process.

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Green Tea Instead of Coffee
The idea of drinking green tea instead of coffee may seem horrifying to the serious caffeine-addicts, but even if you replace just one cup of coffee with green tea, it will make a big difference. Green tea contains important antioxidants, and still has some caffeine, meaning that you can still get your much-needed caffeine boost but in a healthy way, encouraging your body to naturally detox.

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An Organic Plant-Rich Diet
Foods that come in boxes or packets are never going to be as good for you as fresh produce. A diet that is rich in plant-based foods, containing organic fruit, vegetables, whole grains, seeds and nuts, will again help your body to naturally detoxify. While it can be hard to only eat organic foods, there are some foods where this is now a necessity, due to the vast quantities of toxic chemicals that are sprayed onto the non-organic varieties. Generally, if you are going to be eating the outside of a fruit or vegetable, such as with strawberries or tomatoes, it is best to buy organic, as no amount of washing is going to fully eliminate the chemicals.

Cut Back on Snacking
The best way to cut back on the amount of snacks that you consume is to make sure that you are having three full meals a day. By eating all your nutrients in one go, and then not eating again until your next proper meal, your body will be able to fully digest the food and then focus on cleaning out the toxins once your digestive system is resting. When planning your daily meals, try to include as many herbs and spices as possible, such as turmeric, ginger and cinnamon, as these all help your body to reach its natural saturation point much quicker, whilst being extremely cleansing at the same time.

Integrating a simple but regular detoxing program into your lifestyle will give you a huge array of health benefits, allowing your body to look and feel its best. In addition to clearer skin and more energy, regularly detoxifying your body will also help your major organs to function better and improve the circulation of the blood in your body.

OROGOLD is Berry Beautiful

Various berries and mint leavesRadiant skin, healthy nails, beautiful looks, alluring eyes, luscious lips and healthy nails – isn’t this what every woman dreams of? The skin care market is full of products that promise to offer you with all of the above and then some. But how many of those products actually work? Well, it’s not about the product and it is definitely not about the brand. It’s about what’s in those products. Ever gone through the list of ingredients for your favorite skin care products and cosmetics? Ever noticed berry extracts being mentioned in there? Surprised to see berries being mentioned? Well, if you didn’t already know this, berries are an excellent way of improving the way you look. So lets try and analyze exactly which berries help you to look beautiful and how.

Strawberry

Strawberries are known to be full of flavanoids, antioxidants and numerous other phytonutrients. They are also rich in Vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber, calcium and folates. Strawberries are known to reduce the free radicals in your system by boosting your antioxidant levels. This helps you to gently refresh your skin, reduce your fine lines and wrinkles and negate the environmental damage. Don’t believe us? A study conducted on the importance of strawberries in skin care by Dr. Gene Spiller confirmed strawberries helped in boosting the antioxidant levels in the body within 30 – 60 minutes of entering the system.

Blueberry

Blueberries are full of Vitamin C and a number of antioxidants that help you to boost your collagen production and ensure that your skin remains supple and smooth. Blueberries also combat the free radicals and other toxins present in the body which in turn prevents your skin from aging prematurely.

Cranberry

Cranberries are known to rank among the healthiest foods in the world because of the fact that they are loaded with antioxidants. Cranberries also offer the system with a range of essential nutrients such as Vitamins C and K, manganese, fiber, magnesium and calcium. Furthermore, cranberry is an excellent anticlotting agent as well as an anticarcinogenic agent. This helps you to get rid of your toxins, counteract the signs of aging and ensure that your skin remains soft, supple and beautiful.

Raspberry

Raspberries are full of cancer fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants. They also offer a constant stream of manganese, Vitamins B complex and C, fiber, magnesium, copper, potassium and folic acid. Raspberries are known to be an amazing way to lose your weight because their high fiber content makes you feel fuller. Moreover, the magnesium also increases the basal metabolic rate, i.e., the energy burned by the body while resting, i.e., weight loss. Simply put, a fitter you always results in a more beautiful you.

Acai Berry

Acai Berry is full of antioxidants and is also known to have one of the greatest ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) when compared to all other berries. Furthermore, Acai berry improves your mental clarity, digestion, reduces your bad cholesterol, improves the immune system and also improves your vision. The fact that it is full of Vitamins B complex and C, calcium, iron and potassium doesn’t hurt either.

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Strawberries, blueberries, blackberrys, cherries, berry, berry, berry and more berries! These fruits are the ultimate beauty bites. Want to look good? Want your skin to glow and shine to the highest capacity. Have some berries! Packed with antioxidants, berries are the ultimate power house!

Blueberries & Blackberries:  Studies show these low-profile berries where ranked number one in antioxidant activity by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The antioxidants in blueberries and blackberries protect you from premature aging.

Strawberries: This berry is packed with antioxidants and alpha hodroxy acid which gets rid of dead skin cells so that youthful skin can be revealed. Just imagine when a snake’s skin peel. Only to be replaced by a shiny new layer. As per Care2.com you can also open a strawberry, rub it on a wet face, leave it for a couple of minutes and rinse it off. Your skin will be smooth as a…

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