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Getting a fabulous tan this year may be healthier than you think. Instead of booking a trip to the Caribbean, try heading out the local grocery store and stocking up on carrots, sweet potatoes and mangoes. Doctors have encouraged improving our diets for years but with great skin as an added bonus, who can resist?

So what is research telling us now? Studies are showing that people who eat more fruits and veggies (rich in carotenoids) have healthier looking skin. Carotenoids are vital in reproduction and immune responses. They are commonly found in red and yellow vegetables such as red or yellow peppers, spinach, apricots and melons. As an added incentive, these fruits and veggies are rich in antioxidants which offer protection against the damaging effects of the sun.
Your skin looks its best when it is healthy and working properly. This means that skin cell production is nourished by nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants. When new skin cells develop, they are affected by the diet we maintain. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits will increase the carotenoids in our bodies and give the skin a healthier more yellow or golden tone.
Interestingly enough, when participants in these studies were asked to choose which skin looked better, tanned or cartenoid rich, participants consistently chose those with lovely tans from their veggies and not the suns rays.
So here is a great reason to listen to your doctor and protect your skin from the sun this year. If you are still craving that “sun glow” and veggies just aren’t enough, try a sunless tanner to get all the benefits without any of the UV damage.
Happy tannins (and eating)!

We know, it sounds strange, but the benefits of Retinol for the skin are pretty amazing! You may be wondering what the heck Retinol is and how beneficial could it be if you haven’t already heard of it but trust us, you have! Retinol is the fancy name for Vitamin A and we know you’ve heard of that!

Vitamin A is actually one of the most beneficial vitamins that can be used in skin care because its small molecular structure allows it to penetrate the outer layer of skin and reach those deeper layers where problems can develop. Anti-aging skin care products utilize vitamin A for this very reason because it can help restore collagen production, increase skin elasticity and provide a healthy, glowing complexion.

The retinol is actually assisting in revitalizing normal cell renewal. As the body ages, cells can become misshapen and altered, making your skin develop fine lines, wrinkles and early sagging tissue around the eyes, cheeks and throat. This is where Retinol becomes so valuable because it can reverse damage while helping new and healthy skin cell development to prevent further damage. Pretty great, right?

Vitamin A is not only important in healthy skin care – it is important for growth, development and good health for your entire body. In fact, a deficiency in Vitamin A can lead to serious health risks so be sure to watch your vitamin A intake carefully (note: vitamin A in extreme quantities can lead to severe health problems – consult with a nutritionist or dietician if you need further information).

Many products containing Retinol are serums or creams that are formulated to be rubbed directly onto the skin. Continuing use of products containing Retinol should result in the diminishment of fine lines and wrinkles and improve the overall texture of your skin. You skin may be more sensitive to the sun when using products containing Retinol – be sure to protect your skin by using a SPF 30 sun block. It is important to pay attention to potential interactions with other skin care products; you should avoid using multiple skin treatments containing Retinol.

Many Cosmeceuticals companies (including Bellanina) have been making the transition to paraben free formulas in their product lines and proudly announce “paraben-free” on their labels. To someone with a background in cosmetics and chemistry this statement may have a tremendous influence on their purchase but how does the elimination of paraben’s affect the average consumer? Understanding what something is and its potential negative effects on your health and your body is the first step towards making an informed decision as a consumer. To understand why paraben’s were used in most cosmetics in the first place, it is important to understand what they are.

What is a paraben?
A paraben is a type of preservative that has been used in many products such as make up, lotions, hair care products and pharmaceuticals for years. The most common parabens used in the cosmetics industry are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben The paraben is made up esters of the para-hydroxybenzoic acid and these can be found in nature or more commonly produced synthetically. Parabens are added to reduce the chance of microbial growth which will protect both the consumer and the product.

How Does a Paraben Impact You?

Parabens are considered to be well tolerated by the human body. Although parabens exist in several food products and can enter the body via ingestion, the major concern in most studies is absorption through the skin. Since many skin care products use parabens in some form, the increased amount the average person is exposed to on a daily basis has been called into question. It is the responsibility of the government and individual companies to frequently re-evaluate the chemicals used in products and determine any potential risks to a person from exposure.

Many studies have been conducted to evaluate the safety of parabens in the Cosmeceuticals industry. It has been found that, in small quantities (up to 25%), parabens can be used in cosmetics and other skin care products with no ill effects to the human body. Most products available today use between 01 to .3%. If any type of paraben is used in manufacturing process, that product must include the type used on the ingredients label for consumers to check. Many products produced without parabens will be labeled as “Paraben-Free”.

You may be wondering why many companies are changing their formulas to remove the need for parabens if they are so harmless. This is a good question and is the result of recent questions regarding a link between the use of parabens and breast cancer. In 2004 a study was presented that noted higher levels of parabens in breast cancer tumors. This was thought to be the result of the ester-bearing form of some parabens. Despite the results of this study however, the American Cancer Association has not found any definitive link between the development of breast cancer and the use of parabens.

In an effort to recognize our consumers concerns as well as protect the integrity of our skin care products, we are updating product ingredients when capable to paraben-free formulations. Though not every Bellanina product is paraben-free, we do have a wide range of products with this option.