What do preserves, juices, pies, ice cream, milkshakes and a potential natural skin care miracle product have in common? Keep reading – we’re not going to tell you yet!
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The Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry is a peer-review scientific journal. It was first published in 1953 by the American Chemical Society. Last year, The Journal printed 1,648 articles about various topics surrounding the chemistry and biochemistry of agriculture and food. One of those 1,648 articles could potentially have a significant impact on the natural skin care industry.
Polyphenols are plant derived compounds. It has already been widely established that these compounds have amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Both of these tools are vastly important in the anti-aging skin care battle. But it was recently discovered that polyphenols can help the skin in one more way.
The ResearchThe Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry recently published the findings of a remarkable experiment. Several researchers were interested in the possibility of using polyphenols in natural photoprotective creams (sunscreen) to protect the skin from sun damage.
During the experiment, researchers discovered that the polyphenols from strawberries protected cultured skin cells from UV radiation.
These magical fruits helped increase cultured skin cell survival and health while protecting the DNA in the cells.
The ImplicationsUltraviolet radiation is invisible to the naked eye. However, we feel the evidence of these rays with our summer suntans and sunburns. Ultraviolet radiation – and the free radicals that come with it – is one of the biggest enemies of youthful skin. UV rays breakdown the precious collagen fibers in our skin while increasing our chance of skin cancer.
A natural photoprotective cream made from strawberries could revolutionize the skin care industry. We could toss out all our less-natural, topical oils that leave us feeling greasy and chemically saturated. While protecting our skin from the sun’s damage, we would also be pampering it with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Now, more than ever, it is important to pay attention to the ingredients in our skin care products. Even with the growing consumer awareness, there are still tons of products with toxic ingredients. Whether they are regular products or products that claim to be “all-natural,” or “the highest quality,” we need to be extra cautions about what we put on our skin.
According to The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health *, there are nearly 900 toxic chemicals used in cosmetic products. Just think, those chemicals that we put on our skin enter our bodies through the pores and then travel to every organ in the body via the circulatory system.
Regular skin care products have been linked to allergies, headaches, rashes, asthma, hormonal imbalances, cancer, reproductive complications and much more. On the other hand, natural products are derived from plants that are composed of the same vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, enzymes and hormones that we are.
Therefore, it is safe to assume that a photoprotective cream derived from strawberries is a win-win situation. And fortunately, the main ingredient in this natural product isn’t in short supply! Strawberries have been around since a Frenchman crossed an eastern North American plant with one from Chile in the 1750s. Since then, strawberries have been a staple in the diet of nearly every country of the world. Just last year, the USA produced 1.3 million tons of strawberries and was the world’s highest producing country. Meanwhile, the rest of the world chipped in another three million tons!
Hopefully, some day soon, the skin care industry will be revolutionized by these natural photoprotective creams. When that day comes, look for a cream with a strawberry extract concentration of 0.5mg/ml or higher. Then, enjoy your time in the sun, knowing that you aren’t risking your youthful, healthy appearance!
This is a guest post by blogger, Brenda Habben is one of those people who regularly slathers on tons of oily sunscreen. She and her husband build and sell official cornhole boards, so they both spend lots of time outside. While she isn’t willing to go without protection and risk damaging her skin, she is extremely excited about the possibility of exchanging her toxic chemicals for strawberries!
*Source: National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health information from Amelia Hill, Observer, April 7, 2002