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Treating Your Skin From the Inside Out! Part II

Posted on January 25th, 2010 | no comments

satin facial scrub mintYoung Living has a great selection of natural skincare products that will help invigorate your complexion. Products like our ART® Skin Care System and Satin Facial Scrub™ Mint are free from harmful chemicals and reap health benefits that go way beyond just skin deep.

To complement your skincare regimen, make sure you are giving your skin the nutrients it needs. Here are some additional foods that will help you treat your skin the right way:

  • Safflower Oil

    Safflower oil is rich in omega-6 fatty acids, which can provide the ultimate moisture treatment for painfully dry and flaky skin. They keep the cell walls supple, allowing water to better penetrate the skin. If you have excessively dry skin, shoot for an amount that gives you 5–10 percent of your daily calories.

    Possible substitute: Cooking oils like borage, soybean, or corn oil.

    • Spinach

      It’s thought that the folate in spinach may help and repair DNA, bolstering cells’ ability to renew themselves. The water in spinach also penetrates cell membranes, which makes for plumper, more resilient, and less wrinkled skin. Definitely an extra reason to follow Popeye’s lead!

      Possible substitution: Collard greens.

      • Sweet Potatoes

        This vegetable packs a big vitamin C punch, which is essential for collagen production. The more collagen in your skin, the better and less wrinkled it looks. Consuming the vitamin C in just half a sweet tater a day could significantly decrease the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

        Possible substitution: Carrots (1 large or 16 baby), orange juice (6 ounces).

        • Tomatoes

          Lycopene, the phytochemical that makes tomatoes red, helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by UV rays. Your body gains the most sun shielding benefits when the vegetable is heated. Just a half a cup of cooked tomatoes or pasta sauce has 16 milligrams of lycopene; along with the ample amount of sunscreen, this daily dose will help keep your skin out of the red. Spaghetti anyone?

          Possible substitution: Watermelon.

          • Tuna

            Tuna is a good source of selenium, which works to preserve elastin, a protein that keeps your skin smooth and tight. It is also believed to buffer against the sun and stop the free radicals created by UV exposure from damaging cells. Just three ounces or half a can daily can do wonders!

            Possible substitution: Brazil nuts (about 12), turkey (1 cup).

            —Rebecca Jarvis

            Product Manager, Essential Living

            Young Living Says Farewell to 10 ml Bottles

            Posted on January 19th, 2010 | no comments

            Currently, Young Living Essential Oils offers four essential oils in a 10 ml bottle: Believe™, Highest Potential™, Longevity™, and St. Maries lavender. Due to the rising costs and difficulties in sourcing a 10 ml bottle, Young Living will now offer these oils in our standard 5 ml or 15 ml bottles.

            New sizes and US pricing* are as follows:


            New Size

            New Item Number






            15 ml






            Highest Potential

            5 ml







            15 ml






            St. Maries Lavender

            15 ml






            *Pricing and new bottle sizes take effect on or before February 19, 2010.

            Treating Your Skin From the Inside Out! Part I

            Posted on January 19th, 2010 | no comments

            Young Living has a great selection of natural skincare products that will help invigorate your complexion. Products like our ART® Skin Care System and Satin Facial Scrub™ Mint are free from harmful chemicals and reap health benefits that go way beyond just skin deep.

            ARTTo complement your skincare regimen, make sure you are giving your skin the nutrients it needs. Try including these foods as part of your healthy diet:

            • Almonds

            Almonds are stuffed with vitamin E, a potent sun blocker. Vitamin E acts an antioxidant that helps protect skin from UV light and other environmental factors that generate cell-damaging free radicals. Consuming about 20 almonds a day will boost your skin’s natural defenses.

            Possible substitution: Two tablespoons peanut butter or a half cup of broccoli.

            • Carrots

            Carrots are packed with vitamin A, which is good for clearing up breakouts. It helps reduce the overproduction of cells in the skin’s outer layer were dead cells and sebum can clog pores. Add nibbling on half cup of carrots a day to your snack routine and reap these benefits!

            Possible substitution: One cup milk or one slice of cheddar cheese.

            • Dark Chocolate

            As if we needed another reason to eat chocolate! Flavonols, the antioxidants in dark chocolate, can reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage. It only takes a few ounces a day to get this antioxidant in your system—what a sweet benefit!

            Possible substitution: Blackberries, cherries, blueberries, or raspberries (although you would have to eat a large amount).

            • Flaxseeds

            These seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, known to diminish age spots and erase fine lines. Consuming just over two grams (just a teaspoon) will help prevent irritation and redness in the skin as well as contribute to better hydration. Try just sprinkling a teaspoon over oatmeal or veggies to get your daily dose.

            Possible substitution: Flaxseed oil (1 tablespoon with sautéed veggies), salmon (4 ounces), or walnuts (1 ounce or about 14 halves).

            • Green Tea

            When green tea is hot, it releases catechins, a type of antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties. These antioxidant powers fade as it cools, so drink it while it’s hot. Only two cups a day will help cells’ resilience to sun damage, and may even help reduce sun damage.

            Possible substitute: White tea.

            —Rebecca Jarvis

            Product Manager, Essential Living

            Essential Oils and Humidifiers

            Posted on January 8th, 2010 | no comments

            A member of Young Living’s Facebook community recently asked a question about using Thieves® essential oil blend in a humidifier. This is a common question, so I’d like to share my response:

            Young Living does not recommend putting essential oils in a humidifier for two reasons:

            • First, too much oil in the humidifier system can clog up the unit—and they really aren’t made to clean.
            • Second, many essential oils have what’s called a “flash point” or a point at which the oil combusts; different oils flash at different heats. If a significant amount of oil comes in contact with a hot enough surface, it may ignite.

            essential oil diffuser

            While a humidifier is probably considered safe, as a general rule, it’s better to run a nebulizer in the same room with the humidifier.

            —Toby Palmer

            Product Manager, Essential Oils

            Aroma and Fullness

            Posted on January 6th, 2010 | no comments

            shafer_YL_031109_1805If you’re like me, there was more good food this holiday season than you could eat. And even though I tried to balance my diet each day, sometimes my eyes were bigger than my stomach (especially when it came to my grandma’s pumpkin pie). For me, feeling full has always been a source of satisfaction—a feeling of completeness.

            Though I don’t have any New Year resolutions to change my diet, I am always interested in ways to feel full without increasing calories. I recently came across a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry describing how certain aromas can give a feeling of satiation, or fullness.

            Synopses of the article can be found in The Washington Times and Popular Science.

            The idea of this study was that certain aromas can trigger processes in the body that create the feeling of fullness. It surprised me that there was more to being “full” than just how much food you consume. The research said that the nasal process has much to do with the sensations experienced while chewing. The research also suggested that more complex aromas can add to feelings of fullness.

            The research didn’t test essential oils specifically, but it got me thinking about certain oils in the Young Living collection that could add complex aromas before eating. Some suggestions may be to try a drop of peppermint or grapefruit in water during a meal. What about adding more complex aromas such as oregano or basil to a pasta dish? Here are some other Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oil singles oils to try:

            I would love to hear if you have had success balancing your diet with aromatic essential oils!

            —Toby Palmer

            Product Manager, Essential Oils