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Monthly Archives: May 2016

About Vitamin E

Vitamin E, you can slather it on your skin or swallow it in a capsule. Praised as an antioxidant, vitamin E also helps your body in a number of other ways, such as helping your immune system and helping keep vessels healthy.

There are claims that vitamin E, as an antioxidant, fights a host of conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, age-related vision loss, wrinkles, and even certain cancers. And cosmetic shelves are loaded with goods that contain vitamin E that claim to reverse age-related skin damage. The real benefits behind vitamin E are found in the seesaw balance of free radicals and antioxidants.

Free Radicals and Antioxidants

Free radicals in the body are oxygen molecules that lose an electron, which makes them unstable. These unstable molecules interact with cells in the body in a way that can cause damage. As the process snowballs, cells can be damaged and you are made vulnerable to disease.

Free radicals can be created by our bodies as we age, or by everyday factors like digestion or exercise. They’re also caused by exposure to external things like:

  • tobacco smoke
  • ozone
  • environmental pollutants
  • radiation

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by donating the missing electrons that destabilize them. Antioxidants are found in many foods and are also made in our bodies using the vitamins and minerals found in foods.

How Much Vitamin E Do You Need?

 Vitamin E can increase your risk of bleeding. You should avoid taking excessive amounts of the vitamin if you have a bleeding disorder or take blood thinners. Vitamin E is also associated with a greater risk of stroke.

Unless your diet is very low in fat, it’s likely that you’re getting enough vitamin E. But smoking, air pollution, and even exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun can deplete your body’s stores of the vitamin.

According to the National Institutes of Health, teenagers and adults should get about 15 mg of vitamin E a day. Pregnant women should get the same, and breastfeeding women should up that to 19 mg.

For children, they recommend 4-5 mg for infants, 6 mg for children between 1-3 years old, 7 mg for those between ages 4-8, and 11 mg from ages 9-13 years.

You don’t need capsules and oil to get vitamin E. Many processed foods, especially cereals and juices, are fortified with vitamin E. It’s also found naturally in many foods, including:

  • vegetable oils, especially wheat germ, sunflower, and safflower oils
  • nuts and seeds
  • avocados and other fats

Exposing the Myths

Since their identification, free radicals, vitamin E, and other antioxidants have been subject to research for their ability to prevent a number of diseases.

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is the primary cause of blindness in people age 55 and older. A study conducted by the National Eye Institute found that taking high levels of antioxidants and zinc can decrease your risk of getting advanced macular degeneration by as much as 25 percent.

1. Heart Protection

It’s believed that people with higher levels of vitamin E are at reduced risk of heart disease. But one study that followed over 14,000 U.S. males for eight years found no cardiovascular benefit from taking vitamin E supplements. In fact, the study determined that vitamin E was associated with a higher risk of stroke.

2. Cancer

Another study that followed 35,000 men for five years found that taking vitamin E supplements had no effect when it came to lowering any type of cancer risk. A 2011 follow-up found that study participants who had taken vitamin E actually had a 17 percent higher risk of developing prostate cancer.

3. Skin Healing

Vitamin E is widely touted as a salve that helps speed healing and reduce scarring. While there have been a few studies that support this, the greatest body of research indicates that vitamin E does not help skin wounds heal faster.

One study found that slathering vitamin E oil can actually worsen the appearance of scars, or simply have no effect at all. About a third of participants developed contact dermatitis, which is a type of skin rash.

The Vitamin E Paradox

The rush to supplement our diets with antioxidants, including vitamin E, may not be the best course of action. Some experts argue that taking large doses of any antioxidant has no real preventative or therapeutic value unless deficiency is your problem.

In March 2005, researchers from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions published an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which claimed high doses of vitamin E may significantly increase mortality by all causes. Their findings, based on a review of 19 clinical trials, unleashed a firestorm of rebuttals, but little in the way of scientific proof.

So, should you use vitamin E oil? It’s not likely it will have positive effects on your skin, and carries a high risk of skin rash. As for taking vitamin E internally, if you take the recommended dose, it’s considered relatively safe. Excessively high doses of vitamin E are not recommended.

Wanna Hair Grow Faster?, Follow This Tips

Hair Grow FasterDo you dream of having Rapunzel-length locks? If it seems like your hair just isn’t growing as quickly as you’d like, look no further than your hair care routine. And then try these pro-recommended tips to get longer, stronger hair in no time.

1. Get frequent trims — yes, really.

It may seem counterintuitive, but if you want long hair that’s actually healthy, you need to get regular trims. “While haircuts don’t make your hair grow any faster, they get rid of split ends that break your hair,” explains celebrity hairstylist Michael Dueñas. “Eliminating the breakage gives the appearance that your hair is growing faster.” After all, a split end that breaks can lead to your hair losing length — not to mention shine, volume, and smoothness. Not sure how often to trim your hair? We’ve got a guide for that.

 2. Spread the wealth that is your hair’s natural oil.

Going to bed with unbrushed hair may seem tempting when you’re tired, but giving your hair a few quick strokes can be great for its health. “Starting at the scalp, use a boar bristle brush to distribute your scalp’s oils evenly onto your hair so it stays naturally moisturized,” recommends Eva Scrivo Salon senior colorist and hair educator Meri Kate O’Connor. Bonus: This simple step each night helps increase circulation, which helps make your scalp healthier. Which leads us to…

3. Keep your scalp healthy.

Think of your hair like a tree: If the soil and roots aren’t taken care of, the tree can’t grow tall and solid. “Hair growth starts with a healthy scalp,” explains celebrity hairstylist and WEN founder Chaz Dean. “When you cleanse and treat your scalp with healthy ingredients, you product strong, beautiful hair.” If you’re not sure how healthy your hair is, Chaz recommends doing a “root lift test”: At the crown of your head, hold up a section of your hair. Healthy hair should be the same thickness root to end, but if your ends are thinner, it’s time to rethink your haircare regimen.

4. Start from the inside by eating the right foods.

Having long, strong hair doesn’t just depend on which products you put on your hair, it also depends on what you put into your body. “To promote hair growth, you need to ‘feed’ the hair from the inside,” explains Dr. Francesco Fusco, dermatologist and CLEAR Scalp & Hair expert. “Try increasing your protein intake with foods like fish, beans, nuts, and whole gains.” If you’re not a meat-lover, be sure to maintain a diet high in protein — Dr. Fusco warns that women who don’t get enough of it often experience “more shedding.”

5. Stop abusing it with heat styling tools.

The biggest culprit that’s ruining your hair: damage from hot tools. “Stop over-styling your hair,” warns celebrity hairstylist Ken Paves. If you must use heat, Paves recommends decreasing the temperature and always using a heat protectant — otherwise, you risk damaging your locks, leading to breakage and frizz.

6. Skip the daily shampoo.

Good news: Your hair care routine just got a whole lot simpler. By now, you’ve likely heard all the testimonials attributing great hair to going “no ‘poo,” but do you know why it actually helps your hair? “Shampooing your hair two to three times a week is a general rule,” says Paves. “This allows your natural oils to penetrate your hair, allowing it to hydrate and repair itself.” But just be sure not to let too much buildup occur — Dr. Fusco warns that this can lead to a surplus of oil, itching, and dandruff.

7. Add a vitamin to your morning routine.

If your diet isn’t supplying you with enough nutrition, a supplement could make a world of difference. “Look for a multivitamin that’s formulated and labeled ‘For Hair, Skin, and Nails,'” advises Dr. Fusco. “Those contain important vitamins like biotin, vitamin C, and B vitamins that support hair health.” Bonus: You’ll get better skin in the process!

8. Finish your shower with a cool rinse.

A super steamy shower isn’t just bad for your skin — it’s also rough on your hair. “Turn the water temperature down when cleansing,” recommends Paves. “And rinse with cool water to help seal the cuticle and strengthen your hair before styling it.”

9. Stop doing trendy “cleanses.”

Diet companies may try to convince you that a “cleanse” will turn your whole life around, but Dueñas strongly advises against them. “Doing a cleanse is terrible for your hair because you’re depriving your body of nutrients,” he warns. “After doing a cleanse even for a week, you’ll notice slower hair growth and lackluster locks.”

10. Sleep on a silk pillowcase.

Getting better hair in your sleep is possible — all you need is to switch up your pillowcase. “Silk is easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage,” says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M.D., a physician from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. The less breakage your hair experiences, the longer your locks will be.

11. Pay attention to how your skin feels after using hair care products.

It’s easy to see shiny locks initiallyand assume a product is working for you, but Dean recommends taking a closer look (and feel). “What the formula is doing to your skin is generally what it’s doing to your hair,” he says. “Does it make your skin f eel dry, stripped, heavy, waxy, sticky, or greasy? Or does it feel soft, hydrated, silky, and supple?” Treat your hair the way you would treat your skin — after all, it’s another part of you! If your hair follicles are clogged and congested, there’s no way it can grow as efficiently.

Healthy Hair Tips

A woman’s hair is her crown, and it’s no secret that if you love how your hair looks, you’ll feel like you can take on the world. Though it’s virtually impossible to never have a bad hair day again, there are some quick, every day tips that will help to keep your hair looking good the majority of the time. Whether you’re trying to get your hair healthier, wondering about whether or not to color or you’re simply searching for ways to make styling your hair easier, below are 20 of the best hair tips you’ll ever read.

1. To keep fly away at bay, spray hairspray onto a clean toothbrush and brush back any rogue hairs.

2. If you have a hair color appointment, use a deep conditioning mask about three days beforehand so that the color can really be absorbed into your strands.

3. Growing out your hair? There are certain foods that will help your hair grow faster, like salmon, yellow peppers, eggs and more.

4. For static-y hair, run a dryer sheet over your head to prevent your hair from getting clingy.

5. Thinking of a major hair makeover? Try on the new hairstyle you want in our Virtual Makeover salon before making a big commitment you may regret.

6. Never use a brush on wet hair. Stick to a wide toothed comb to avoid breakage when your hair is wet.

7. Instead of drying your hair with a towel, use a t-shirt. Rubbing hair with a terry cloth towel can cause friction, leading to frizz and breakage, but with a cotton t-shirt, excess water is absorbed without any friction.

8. The textured side of the bobby pin is actually the side that should rest against your head for optimal hold.

9. To make your blowout last longer, hit your hair with your blow dryer on the cool setting once you’re done styling. Heat styles hair, but cool air sets it.

10. Dry shampoo not only absorbs excess oil in your hair, it also gives it volume. Even if your hair is squeaky clean, apply dry shampoo at the root to give it an extra lift.

11. Help protect your hair color and make it last longer, by using a UV-protection hairspray and use it before heading outside year-round, not just in the summer.

12. To get your bobby pins to really stay in place, spray them with hairspray before putting them in your hair.

13. When applying hair serum, stick to the ends of your hair, not the roots. By applying at your ends, you’ll help smooth out any dry, split ends.

14. If you’re going to color your hair at home, only move two shades away from your current color, whether it be lighter or darker.

15. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can help to decrease the amount of breakage happening to your hair when you toss and turn throughout the night.

16. To keep blonde hair color pure, use silver shampoo.

17. While you’re at the gym, use three stacked hair elastics for your ponytail instead of one, which will help keep the lengths of your hair off of your neck.

18. When styling your hair, keep in mind that dirty hair holds style better. If your hair is clean, use products like texturizing spray and root powder to give it better hold.

19. Know what your hair type is, and style accordingly. Many women believe they have thick hair when it’s actually fine hair and vice versa, but once you diagnose which hair type you have, you can take care of it properly.

20. A low heat setting on a hot styling tool can be just as dangerous as a high heat setting, because on a lower heat you’ll be passing over your hair more frequently. Set your tools on a medium temperature to keep things in moderation.