Skin

Healthy skin can be easier than you think. Learn the latest hints, tips and tricks for healthy radiant skin on the NorthStar blog on skin health.

  1. Feds admit: Skin-protecting sunscreen might be POISONING your body!

    The feds just issued a HUGE confession.

    They admitted that the sunscreens they’ve been URGING you to rub all over your bare bod are shockingly… horrifically… and demonstrably unsafe.

    The FDA now admits that common sunscreen chemicals… including some linked to CANCER and other risks… can penetrate the skin and slide inside your body.

    And they can rapidly reach alarming levels.

    Fortunately, you’ve got another option – a way to get TOTAL sun protection WITHOUT the risks.

    The TRUTH about sunscreen and sun ‘safety’

    Chemicals including oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octocrylene can surpass what’s formally known as the “Threshold of Toxicological Concern,” often many times over, and in as little as two to six hours.

    These are levels that are SUPPOSED TO require more thorough human testing BEFORE being put onto the market, even under industry-friendly government guidelines.

    I can’t help but wonder: Did they REALLY just figure this out now in 2019?

    You can bet your sunburnt bottom they didn’t!

    They HAD to know there would be something wrong with slathering an endocrine-disrupting chemical all over the skin… every 2-4 hours… all summer long.

    I can only guess at the reason they’re finally coming clean

    But I bet it’s NOT about giving you honest science (as usual).

    The problem is probably worse than they thought. Quite possibly, they’re sitting on some research that’s about the explode.

    So today, I’ve got the alternative plan to keep you burn-freeall summer long – and any other time of year – without the use of harmful chemicals.

    And better yet, you can STILL get some safe and essential sun exposure, which will help your body produce vitamin D… stimulate your immune system… and trigger the release of artery-opening nitric oxide.

    Here’s the 3-step plan I follow:

    1. I don’t slather on ANYTHING. Not at first. I make sure I go out and bask, getting 20 minutes of clear exposure, both sides, on as much skin as I dare to show without risking someone calling the cops.
    2. Still no slathering. I cover up with a decent shirt, pants, and hat or sit under an umbrella/on a patio with some shade where I can kick back and enjoy the weather without direct sun exposure.
    3. OK, now I might slather. If I’m out longer in direct sun – like hanging out on the beach – I use sunscreen.

    The feds now say zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the safest options, and maybe that’s what you want.

    Personally, I still use the old PABA-based sunscreens.

    The stuff is awesome: When we were kids, we used to pat each other on the back with it all over our hands, and by the end of the day there would be a really well-defined handprint on the other person’s back.

    Modern art!

    It does stain clothing, though, so you gotta be careful with it. But it’s certainly a heck of a lot safer than the chemical goops that we now know penetrate the skin and slide inside the body.

  2. 14 Dull Skin Remedies Your Ancestors Used

    remedies dull skinThere are commercials for wrinkle reducers and skin tighteners, but you rarely see dull skin remedies.

    Which doesn’t make sense because wrinkles and sags aren’t the only skin issues you deal with as you age.

    At some point, most people are going to look in the mirror and see something…different. It’s hard to identify what’s changed at first.

    There are no new wrinkles. Nothing’s sagging more. But your skin seems duller. Gray. Flat. It’s not your imagination. Your skin does lose its glow the older you get.

    And that’s why you need dull skin remedies, as well as wrinkle reducers and other anti-aging suggestions.

    Luckily, there are dull skin remedies. Ways to counter the dullness and reclaim your youthful glow. And many of them have been around for centuries…

    Masks and Scrubs

    1. Coconut oil. While loved for centuries, coconut oil is only now becoming recognized as a mainstream dull skin remedy. When skin cells die, they become dull and lifeless. Coconut oil helps promote new skin cells, so that your face glows. Use it solo as a moisturizer, or combine it with honey for a fifteen minute face mask.

    2. Honey and oats. The truth is that you can combine honey with just about any of the dull skin remedies in this list and boost their benefits. It’s because honey is an antiseptic, as well as an antioxidant. It may even help reduce swelling and puffiness! For this mask, simply combine two tablespoons honey, three tablespoons powered oats, and an egg yolk. Apply the paste to your face and leave for fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

    3. Milk. Perhaps the best known of the ancient dull skin remedies, Cleopatra was renowned for her milk baths. You can retain your glowing skin without a full bath, however. Simply mix ¼ dry milk powder with just enough water to form a paste. Spread on your face, and let it dry. Rinse with warm water.

    4. Strawberries and honey. Another great dull skin remedy that includes honey, you’ll want to mash up fresh strawberries to go with a few drops of honey. The antioxidants in this combination will banish dullness. Apply a thick layer to your face and leave for twenty minutes. Rinse with cool water.

    5. Sugar scrub. Even if you’re trying to eat less sugar, you can still reap the benefits from a sugar scrub! It exfoliates without harsh chemicals – and it’s easy. Stir together one tablespoon of brown sugar and one tablespoon of white sugar. Add just enough water for a paste. Rub over your face, using a circular motion. It will remove the dead, dull skin, leaving glowing, beautiful skin behind. Wash your face as usual.

    6. Vinegar. According to legend, Helen of Troy – the face that launched 1000 ships – used vinegar to tighten her skin and keep it bright. Stir one cup apple cider vinegar into one cup of clean water. After you’ve washed your face, apply the solution with a cotton ball and let dry. Who needs a store-bought toner?

    7. Yogurt. The same milk proteins that make milk an effective dull skin remedy make yogurt one, too. Take plain yogurt – you don’t want flavors or fruit on the bottom for this – and coat your face with it. Let it stand for twenty minutes, then rinse.

    Healthy Habits to Do Away with Dullness

    Masks and scrubs can only do so much. Modern women can follow in the steps of their ancestors – and embrace what we’ve learned in the years since!

    8. Clean your face. Every single night. The most important thing you can do to keep your face and skin looking younger is to wash the day off before bed.

    9. Exercise. Working out isn’t just good for your heart and your waistline. It’s also an excellent dull skin remedy! Working up a sweat rinses out toxins and pollutants that have built up, making you look older than necessary.

    10. Exfoliate. The purpose of at least two of the above dull skin remedies is exfoliation. Don’t skip them just because you prefer another option. Exfoliation is key to beautiful skin because it clears away the dead, dull skin that’s giving you a flat complexion and allows new, younger looking skin to shine through. Choose an exfoliating dull skin remedy at least once a week.

    11. Hydrate. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, and healthy skin is beautiful skin. It’s really not hard. Drink plenty of fluids, and love what you see in the mirror.

    12. Moisturize. If cleaning is the most important thing you can do for your face, moisturizing is the second. Luckily, most of the dull skin remedies here will leave you with soft, supple, moisturized skin. Even if these masks take too long for daily use, find a good moisturizer and use it at least twice a day.

    13. Sleep. Your body uses the time when you’re asleep to restore and rejuvenate dry, dull skin. Make sure it has the time by getting the sleep you need. Aim for seven to eight hours per night, every night.

    14. Supplement. Work from the outside in to keep your skin looking gorgeous by taking a supplement that’s specifically designed to help do away with dullness – Lumivella, our anti-aging supplement that works all day, and all night, to keep you looking your very best for years to come.

    Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to get gray and lifeless. Love how you look again, with these dull skin remedies!

  3. Tasty Beauty Recipes Revive Your Skin’s Glow

    recipes beautyTopical ointments can only do so much to help revive your skin’s glow, so it’s important to work from the inside out, too.

    Which means diet, beauty recipes, and supplements are vital to looking your best.

    But what if you’re not the greatest in the kitchen? Or just don’t enjoy making elaborate meals?

    That’s when it’s important to know which foods work to help protect your skin – and have a few simple, delicious beauty recipes you can reach for.

    Mix and match any of these foods to create your own beauty recipes, or try one of ours, as is or for inspiration. Continue reading

  4. 9 Surefire Ways to Fade Sunspots

    sunspots fadeAt this point in your life, you know to wear natural sunscreen and stay in the shade as much as possible.

    But what about the sunburns you got when you were younger, and either didn’t know or, let’s be honest, didn’t care?

    Is it possible to fade the sunspots that are on your skin?

    The answer is yes! Absolutely!

    And it doesn’t even require peels, or chemicals, or anything that has to be done in an office.

    These ways to help fade your sunspots can be done right at home, with all natural ingredients that you may already have.

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  5. 12 Tricks to Naturally Boost Your Body’s Collagen Production

    production collagenWant to know an anti-aging secret? There is no anti-aging secret.

    That’s right – when it comes to preventing and minimizing wrinkles, researchers have known what to do for generations.

    The key is to boost collagen production. It’s collagen production that keeps your skin smooth, plump, and wrinkle-free.

    And when you’re younger, your body makes all of the collagen it needs.

    As you age, collagen production slows down, just like so much else. But if you can boost collagen production, you can practically turn back the hands of time.

    No shots, no fillers, no harsh chemicals. Just the natural collagen your skin has depended on your whole life. So start here –

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  6. 5 Unknown Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

    hyaluronic acid benefitsThere was a time, not long ago, that the only people who could reap the benefits of hyaluronic acid were people willing to risk painful, temporary injections.

    Luckily, that time has passed. Now, everyone can benefit from hyaluronic acid.

    The only problem today is that so few people know they should be considering the benefits of hyaluronic acid!

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  7. 10 Nighttime Beauty Tips to Help You Age Gracefully

    gracefully ageIn an ideal world, how young you look would reflect how young you feel.

    Reality, though, is rarely ideal, which means you have to worry about how to age gracefully every day.

    But don’t just focus on every day – pay attention to every night, too!

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  8. 8 Tips and Tricks to Remedy Uneven Skin

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    skin unevenUneven skin can mean different things to different people.

    Sun spots and beyond. But the steps to clear up uneven skin are the same! Continue reading

  9. Living With Psoriasis: How to Treat Your Skin Naturally and Avoid Flare-Ups

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    psoriasis living withLiving with psoriasis can be a roller coaster.

    Flare-ups can last months – and then it can just clear up on its own.

    You may feel fine one day, and have a flare-up the very next one, with no warning.

    When you get frustrated, it’s important to remember these two facts:

    1. While there is no cure, there are treatments that can help.

    2. While a flare-up may sometimes appear out of nowhere, there are triggers, as well. Once you identify your triggers, living with psoriasis can become easier. Continue reading

  10. Avoiding Sunlight Could Hurt Your Health: 7 Benefits of Sunlight

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    Maybe you’ve wised up over the years.

    Or maybe it only took one good sunburn to teach you a lesson.

    Either way, you’re probably spending little to no time at all in the sun any longer.

    Because the benefits of sunlight just don’t outweigh the dangers.

    Except…  what if that’s not completely true?

    What if there are benefits of sunlight that you’re missing by staying out of the sun so religiously?

    Because that’s what we’re here to discuss today.

    The ways you’re actually harming yourself, not helping, by avoiding the sun completely – and just what you can do about it! Continue reading

  11. How to Balance Your Hormones for Better Skin

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    hormones balance yourWe all know that teenagers deal with skin problems. Acne, dryness, oiliness, all of it.

    But not many of us realize that the reason teenagers are dealing with skin problems is actually the same for mature people dealing with skin issues.

    The underlying cause isn’t too much chocolate – it’s hormones.

    Just as teenagers are dealing with hormonal fluctuations, mature adults are as well.

    Which is why you could have had clear skin for decades, only to now be feeling like you’re 16 again.

    There’s good news, though. If you balance your hormones, you can have better skin!

    And want even better news? You don’t have to go through any scary hormone replacement therapy to balance your hormones. You can balance hormones and get better skin simply by eating the right foods.

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  12. The 12 Shocking Foods That Can Cause a Bad Complexion

    You haven’t been a teenager in more years than you may want to admit.

    So why does your skin look like you’re a hormonal high schooler?

    Or maybe having a bad complexion means something different to you.

    Maybe you’re dealing with dullness and fine lines.

    Or maybe you’re one of the lucky few who gets to deal with breakouts and wrinkles.

    But no matter how many cleansers and toners and lotions you use, your bad complexion only gets so much better – and never as clear and youthful as you’d like it.

    The problem may not be how you’re treating your face on the outside, but how you’re treating it from the inside.

    Check out these twelve foods that can cause a bad complexion and see if any of these may be the source of your problem…

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  13. 13 Dangers of Botox: Why You Should ALWAYS Avoid It

    botox dangers ofYou want to look your best, regardless of your age. The tell-tale fine lines and wrinkles in your mirror can be frustrating.

    Especially when you don’t feel any older than you used to. But here’s the truth: the dangers of Botox simply aren’t worth it.

    Sure, it’s marketed as “safe”. You’ve been told it’s a quick, easy procedure that can show nearly immediate results.

    It’s understandable that you’re tempted. But beyond the marketing, underneath the spin, are the real dangers to Botox.

    Dangers that get minimized or swept under the rug, or simply flat out ignored.

    Let’s take a real, objective look at the dangers of Botox. Then you can reevaluate just how tempting this so-called “safe” procedure really is.

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  14. The Shocking Link Between Gluten and Skin

    skin and glutenYou’ve most likely heard a lot about gluten recently.

    Maybe more than a lot. And yet, there’s still so much that isn’t talked about.

    Like how gluten may affect your skin. Had you even heard that there was a link between gluten and skin? Probably not…

    So in this article, we’re going to look at the link between gluten and skin, but we’re going to do more.

    We’re going to look into who needs to be worried about the link, and if your skin might be at risk from gluten – and what you can do about it! Continue reading

  15. 13 Natural Remedies for Wrinkles

    wrinkles natural remediesLet’s be honest – aging really does have its benefits.

    Confidence, wisdom, self-awareness… there are a lot of good things that come with being around for a while.

    Wrinkles and saggy skin, however, don’t happen to be on that list. After all, you don’t necessarily want to look like you’ve been around a while.

    So put all that hard-earned wisdom to good use and fight back against the signs of aging with these natural remedies for wrinkles!

    Think about natural remedies for wrinkles in three categories: behaviors, what to put on your body, and what to put in your body.

    Pull at least one – or more! – from each category and you’ll love the results. Continue reading

  16. The Ultimate Skin Diet: 16 Foods to Help Rejuvenate Your Skin

    diet skinWhen you’re looking for a skin diet, you’re not looking for one or two ingredients that might help your skin stay looking good.

    You’re looking for an entire diet for your skin. To stay radiant. Glowing. Youthful.

    That’s why we’ve come up with the ultimate skin diet – sixteen foods, from entrees to side dishes, drinks to desserts – that will keep you loving what you see in the mirror. Continue reading

  17. What’s REALLY Causing Bags Under Your Eyes

    Under your eyes bagsSome mornings it feels like it’s not even worth getting out of bed.

    You know the ones – the mornings where the bags under your eyes might as well be suitcases, and it feels like you hardly rested at all.

    If you find yourself hiding from the mirror more mornings than not, you’ll be pleased to learn there may be something you can do to reduce the bags under your eyes.

    But first, it helps to know what causes them!

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  18. 10 Quick Tips to Soothe Dry Chapped Hands

    Winter brings snow…and hot cocoa…and cuddling by the fire…and dry, chapped hands that you just want to hide.

    Dry, cracked, maybe even bleeding hands are more than unattractive.

    They hurt! And exposure to the dry indoor heat and cold temperatures of winter will just make it worse.

    But you don’t have keep your hands hidden beneath the blankets or behind mittens!

    Soothe your dry, chapped hands with these ten quick tips that will do the trick and have you back to holding hands in no time.

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  19. Alcohol and Skin: What Everyone Should Know

    skin and alcoholMost people have the occasional beer, glass of wine, or cocktail.

    But what happens if you have more than that?

    It’s easy to think that, so long as you don’t have a drinking problem, alcohol isn’t a health issue.

    After all, it’s even recognized that a glass of red wine a night can be good for your health!

    The truth, though, is that alcohol can have a real impact on how quickly you age.

    And alcohol especially affects your skin and how old – or young – you look.

    So much so that alcohol and skin health are directly related. Continue reading

  20. Ease Your Dry Winter Skin with 9 Simple Treatments

    Skin winter dryIf you have sensitive skin, then you know that dry winter skin is the worst.

    Because, let’s be honest, dry skin the winter is no fun even if you don’t have sensitive skin.

    The cold, dry air outside and the hot, dry air inside work together to make your skin dry, cracked, and itchy.

    Not only is it uncomfortable, but it’s unattractive as well.

    Luckily, there are nine simple ways that can work together – or separately - to ease dry winter skin. Continue reading

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