Malaysia’s largest newspaper wrote not long ago about the beneficial effects that plant enzymes have on keeping skin healthy and beautiful. They mentioned that plant enzymes work as a tool to maintain radiant skin, as well as repair adverse skin conditions such blemishes, spots, discolorations and excessive sebum production.
The article confirms why we are using plant enzymes in our products since 2009. We also write about it for several years.
How does papaya work in skincare?
As we age, the glue that binds dead cells to our skin hardens and that make it more difficult for us to get rid of dead skin. Regular skin exfoliation is essential in order to remove dead skin cells allowing the skin to produce new, healthy cells.
Since 2009, we are using various types of plant enzymes mixed with coconut water extract in all Paul Penders skin and body care products because plant enzymes are considered great super cleansers for skin. Plant enzymes’ effects are beyond the effect of a cleanser, as enzymes are gently proteolytic exfoliants that expel the dead cells from the skin.
They also help in regulating the sebaceous flow, following the needs of your skin. Plant enzymes help creating an extraordinary smooth skin and a refreshed, clear and youthful complexion
“Beauty,” they say, “is not just skin deep.”
To be beautiful, we can’t just rely on beauty products — our diet is very important too. Did you know that eating salads can help to moisturize your skin, boost your energy and improve your overall appearance? And that salads don’t have to be boring?
Low calorie, high fiber content – eating raw foods in salads gives you beneficial vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that can be destroyed in the cooking process. A vegetarian friend recently said something that really got me thinking, “Name an animal that cooks their food.” Of course, there aren’t any others – only humans insist on cooking their meals. Why is that?
The best way to hydrate your skin is by eating salads, suggest many health and beauty experts. According to studies, iceberg lettuce and cucumbers are both about 96% water while a red tomato contains about 94% of that wonderful H2O!
The basics of a typical ‘American salad’ (like the one in the photo) are lettuce, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Or you can make salads as exotic as the one that visitors from France made for me with cold rice topped with vegetables, fruit, and nuts, all sitting on a bed of lettuce. Note that in many countries, “salad” is the word used as a name for lettuce.
Sprinkle flax seeds on top for intestinal health; add walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia or other nuts for both flavour and texture. Or make a fabulous salad like the one I had at the “Red Tomato” restaurant on Langkawi, Malaysia. Their chef starts with rocket lettuce, then tops that with tomatoes and cucumbers, then adds slices of mango and avocado and spills handfuls of cranberries over it all. To finish it off, he offers a choice of proteins from the menu of chicken, salmon, or tuna. The ‘secret’ dressing melds the flavors.
Speaking of dressings…One of the healthiest dressings is a simple mix of Spanish or Italian olive oil with apple cider or balsamic vinegar. Another ‘secret’ of a chef I know is to add a spoonful of honey and/or a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime. Spice it up with seasonings: salt, pepper, and herbs like thyme, rosemary, and basil make it “Italian;” soy sauce and mirin rice vinegar turn it into an Asian dressing.
The famed Mayo Clinic offers a number of salad recipes online to encourage people to eat healthy foods. According to research posted on their site, “Americans are making salads for less than 10 percent of meals — a decline of 20 percent in the past 15 years.” No wonder there’s an ‘obesity epidemic!’
Best foods for your skin…
Mayo Clinic dermatologist Dr. Lawrence Gibson lists the following “best foods for healthy skin:”
- Carrots, apricots, and other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
- Spinach and other green leafy vegetables
- Beans, peas and lentils
- Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish
Throw all those things together in a bowl and just think of all the healthy anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and oils you’ll be eating! The olive oil alone will do wonders for your skin and hair – inside and out!
Salads don’t have to be boring!
Let yourself be inspired by the cuisines of many countries and create your own. Of course, if you’re not in the mood for the ‘crunch,’ you can throw your salad in a blender, add some yogurt, and make a great smoothie! You can have salads at almost every meal!
Oh no! You’ve been out in the sun all day and you forgot the sunscreen! You were gardening and somehow the odours that smelled so good outdoors are just too aromatic once you get inside. You just checked the mirror and that pimple is now twice the size it was last night. You just came out of the pool and your hair has turned green. What’s a girl or guy to do? Tomatoes to the rescue!
Yes, that’s right. The lowly tomato, that extra bit of color in salads and soups, is your friend for a surprising number of life’s minor emergencies. Grab a tomato to:
- alleviate the sting of sunburn
- shrink pimples
- restore normal hair color
- mask odors, and more!
Although not considered nutritionally essential, the American Cancer Society notes there may be real benefits to eating tomatoes as a cancer preventative. Tomatoes have the highest concentration of the anti-oxidant lycopene of any vegetable.
Tomato home remedies? To cool a sunburn, mix and mash with buttermilk, yogurt, or mayonnaise, then apply. You may be amazed to find how quickly skin returns to normal.
Your hair or skin smells awful? You’ve just chopped onions and the guests will be arriving in half-an-hour. Quick! To get rid of the onion smell, rub tomato paste through your hair, then head for a fast shower and shampoo. You just spent the evening with friends who are among the last of the heavy smokers and your clothes reek. Give them a soak in tomato juice before tossing them in the washing machine.
Or worst case scenario: (this really happened to me and a boyfriend), you were taking a leisurely walk through the woods (preferably with someone who loves you) and you got skunked. I’m here to tell you that the “old saw” does work: really bad smells can be masked, if not eliminated, by a bath in tomato juice.
Chlorine-green hair? Mash up some tomatoes or open a can of tomato paste and give yourself a 10-minute treatment. The weak acid in the tomato can counteract the alkalinity from the pool water to restore a proper pH balance. Rinse it off and you’ll probably see the “green” go down the drain and your hair color return to normal. Follow up with a good shampoo and conditioning afterwards.1
While the idea of applying a tomato mask to your face may seem a bit strange, many people swear by it. For those with oily skin, tomatoes will absorb surplus oil and may help to get rid of pimples and clear away blackheads. If your skin is dry, you can add some day-old curd, mayo, or yogurt to the tomato paste.
A few words of caution: Before applying tomatoes to your skin – as with any mask or lotion, always try it out first on a small patch of skin to check that you are not allergic or reactive. Do be extra careful with tomatoes – they are a member of the nightshade plant family and some people may have strong allergic reactions.
As far as anti-aging products go, tomatoes rank high on the list.
Rich in anti-oxidants, high in Vitamin C, and high in water content, tomatoes have been shown to reduce the number of free radicals in your body. The lycopene in tomatoes is one of the most powerful carotenoids / anti-oxidants — as well as what gives tomatoes their red color. Unlike the beta-carotene in carrots, lycopene does not convert to Vitamin A in the body.
Interestingly, scientists have found that the cooking process increases the availability of lycopene to the body as long as it’s served with a bit of oil or fat – so enjoy your spaghetti sauce and shake on the kétchup!
Feeling pale and washed out? Eating tomatoes regularly is said to give you a pink and glowing complexion, so enjoy a tomato today! Tomatoes to the rescue!
1 Many of the ideas for this article were adapted from http://www.gogreenstreet.com/beautiful-tomato-secrets-one-of-natures-beauty-boosters/ by Veronica Davis, accessed on 4/25/2012.
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By Teviot Fairservis.
Whether we maintain a healthy sense as we get older is determined by how often our minds are challenged throughout life.
As early as 30 years old you can look at a cross section of a brain and see indications of plaque. Plaque is the distinguishing feature of Alzheimer’s disease. Although the plaque is there, the person is not sick because the brain can compensate for whatever loss there is.
But as this person grows older, it’s important to not let the brain sit idle. To prevent cognitive decline, the brain needs stimulation. It needs to be constantly challenged with new and interesting things.
Our brain is a lazy organ.
Whenever it has the chance to reach some conclusion without making any effort, it will always do so. The one thing which helps our brains circumvent the need for effort is experience. It can draw on past experiences to find solutions to current problems.
Older people have greater amounts of experience. They have seen, heard and done many things several times. There is never really a need to think again and the brain becomes inactive.
We don’t have to remember how to multiply because we have calculators on our cell phones who do it for us.. We don’t have to remember how to multiply because we have calculators on our cell phones that do it for us. We don’t have to learn landmarks or orient ourselves to a new city when visiting a location because a device tells us where to go. These are opportunities for the brain to think and problem-solve but technology has taken its place.
We know that challenging the brain keeps it in better shape. We also know that these challenges have to have an element of novelty to them, and the right level of challenge for each individual.
Regular mental exercises help maintain optimal brain function
Yes, but there are limitations. After doing Sudoku a few times you can become an expert. But when you have become an expert, it becomes a useless exercise because your brain is relying on past experiences and there’s no need to actually think.
What the brain needs above all else is novelty.
The only way our brains register new information is by establishing new contacts between neurons that were not connected before. This is building the network of the brain. Every new experience does this.
Intellectual hobbies like reading interesting books, learning to play a new instrument or speak another language are all fantastic for the brain. Even going to a new place and trying to orient yourself using a map or learning new landmarks is beneficial.
LevensESSENTIE Gold ® is the beauty secret to every Paul Penders product. It’s a concentrated extract of 22 certified organic herbs, of which was the start was pioneered by Paul’s grandmother some 100 years ago in Holland.
The today’s version of this unique, concentrated, organic herbal extract is made from a mixture of eastern and western herbs from USA, China, Europe and Malaysia. LevensESSENTIE Gold ® has been proven to provide a healthy complexion.
Its extraordinary anti-aging ingredients, such as vitamins A, B, C & E, enzymes and phyto-tocotrienols counteract the early signs of aging and sustain a healthy skin.
Pegaga is a characteristic rainforest herb with anti-bacterial and healing properties.
Pegaga is native to Langkawi Geopark and an essential part of the LevensESSENTIE Gold ® herbal extract that is used in all Paul Penders products. Pegaga is known as ‘miracle hero’ of the rainforest because it helps to heal the body in many wondrous ways.
It is a traditional medicine used to alleviate fatigue and depression, but also known as a ‘beauty herb’ because it clarifies skin for greater radiance and glorious fresh looks.
Pegaga has been used since ancient times, especially in the ayurvedic medical system of India and in Chinese traditional medicine. Pegaga is even recommended by the World Health Organization as one of most important medical plant species to be conserved and cultivated.
Coconut water has been used for medicinal and cosmetic properties in Southeast Asia for thousands of years because it is rich in lipids, lauric acid and glucids as well as vitamins, nutrients and minerals. For generations, Asian women have used fresh coconut water to cleanse the face, and coconut fruit in moisturizers that keep the face and body young. Coconut water regenerates, revitalizes, moisturizes and softens the skin. All Paul Penders products (excluding lipsticks and powder products) include coconut water.
Loaded with anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals, enzymes are catalysts for cell renewal. By capturing free-radicals and thus preventing damage caused by pollution, bacteria and sun, enzymes are capable of effecting changes such as wrinkle reduction and a healthier glow. Together with liposomes, the enzymes in Paul Penders skincare products can open blocked skin pores to prevent whiteheads and blackheads; hydrolyze oils for smoother skin finish and remove dead skin cells.
Enzymes create finer skin texture and reduce pore size when used over time. Papaya (papain) and pineapple (bromelain) enzymes are strongly beneficial to beautiful and a fresher looking skin.
Paul Penders cosmetics stop the decline of natural ceramide levels of our skin by using a liposome-based delivery system. A decline in the skin’s natural ceramide levels, over time, results in the familiar signs of aging, however skincare products with added ceramides increase the skin’s total moisture content.
Utilizing a liposome-based delivery system, ceramides and other anti-aging ingredients can readily target skin locations most in need of protection.
No Heat during Processing
The effectiveness of our skincare products, containing many fragile bio-active ingredients, would be minimized, or even destroyed, with the typical hot manufacturing process. Paul Penders uses a cold blending technology where products made in small batches are not heated above 35°C.
Paul Penders herbal skincare containing LevensESSENTIE Gold ® herbal extract with added ceramides, liposomes and coconut water, as well as various vitamins offer effective and powerful results. The “cold-blended” manufacturing system ensures that all bio-active ingredients remain at full strength making our products most effective as possible.