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Natural, Organic, Cosmeceuticals – Oh My!!
August 18, 2014, 8:13 pm
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You can’t pick up a skincare product without seeing one of these words on the label but what do they really mean?  Is one better than the other?  I get confused too so here’s the skinny….

The truth is that in cosmetics and skincare, these terms can mean many different things.  So my advice – Buyer Beware!

The closest you get to regulation is “Organic”.  The US Department of Agriculture’s “National Organic Program” certifies food grade ingredients (honey, avocados, etc.) which may be used in cosmetics.  If the ingredients are farm-raised, the USDA has jurisdiction and can certify the crop as organic, allowing the use of the “USDA ORGANIC” seal.  The caveat though is “farm raised” – essential oils and plant materials are not USDA regulated.   

To make matters worse, the term Organic has four flavors when it comes to skincare labeling:

  1. Organic Ingredients– this is the broadest…

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The name of the game for beautiful skin….
September 5, 2013, 3:40 pm
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TheraVine™ Signature image 3 sized small The name of the game for beautiful skin is “Neutralize Free Radicals”.  How do we do that?  Flood your skin with potent anti-oxidants as a preventative measure against aging.  Anti-oxidants can prevent new wrinkles from forming by counteracting free radicals.  What’s the number one cause of free radicals?  The sun, which causes photodamage at any age, any where on your body. 

Gone is the slathering on of baby oil and baking in the sun with a reflective foil to increase your tan.  Hello sunscreen and anti-oxidants, your new BFF!   While sunscreen can help diminish the amount of penetrating rays, it does not entirely prevent them from reaching your skin.  Once they do the UVA rays let loose free radicals which spin off out of control and like a witch’s spell, cast their sights on creating fine lines, wrinkles and making your skin age prematurely.

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What’s the answer?  Along with stylish sun protective clothing like Solaire Wear ( and sunscreen use year round, make sure to introduce anti-oxidants.  Since the human body does not manufacture antioxidants, they must be supplied.  Retinol (Vitamin A), Alphahydroxy Acids (AHAs) and Peptides will work to renew and repair the skin from our arch enemy, the free radical.  These ingredients help your skin look and act younger.  A free radical counter attack should contain both antioxidants and repairing agents to prevent and treat signs of aging.


Polyphenols are anti-oxidants found in the fruit and seeds of grapes. Grape seed polyphenols are twenty times more powerful than vitamin C and 50 times more powerful than vitamin E in fighting free radicals.  One of the anti-aging secrets of the French, red wine, contains the polyphenol Resveratrol.  When used in skin treatments Resveratrol has been proven to even out skin color, improve elasticity and stimulate cell regeneration.  Featured on CBS’60 Minutes program, Resveratrol is also anti-inflammatory. 

j0182690Check out Theravine™’s body and skin care line, based on the superior anti-oxidant polyphenols of the South African Pinotage wine grape.  A cross between the Pinot Noir and Hermitage varietals, Theravine™ uses grape skins, grapeseeds, grapeseed oil and vine leaf extracts to keep skin looking and acting healthy. 


Theravine™'s Ultravine Advance Range

Theravine™’s Ultravine Advance Range

Theravine™’s newly launched Ultravine™ Advance range uses cutting edge technology to revolutionize the fight against aging.  Ultravine™ Advance products contain a tetrapeptide that promotes skin’s DNA repair and better yet, prevents future damage caused directly or indirectly by UV radiation.  The result minimizes photo-ageing from the sun, smooths deep lines and wrinkles, gives skin superior hydration and reverses some of the damage caused by unfriendly ROS/RNS/RCS free radicals. Visit our website for more information on products containing the ingredients mentioned here.  You owe it to yourself …. After all, it’s the only skin you’ve got!

Green with Envy – The Beauty of Limes

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Limes….not just for cocktails anymore!  Limes are a refreshing summertime treat, used in gin & tonics, margaritas, and Mexican beer.  But what about spa treatments?  If there’s citrus on the menu it’s usually standard lemon, orange, or grapefruit.   Limes however, can bring you great benefits so get ready to refresh yourself all over.

Limes contain even more antioxidant properties than their citrus cousins.  Remember your history, limes were eaten MP900387874[1]onboard ships to prevent scurvy because they offer twice the Vitamin C of lemons!  Limes can naturally lighten, brighten, exfoliate and purify skin, as well as nourish and tone.  They have astringent properties which can be helpful for oily or acneic skin issues too.

As an added benefit, the scent of lime can energize and rejuvenate your mood.  Lime provides clarity not only physically, but mentally as well.  It is uplifting, cheerful, mood enhancing, and may have anti-depressant properties.  So if you’re looking for a brighter complexion, to clarify breakout prone skin and to rejuvenate your mind and body, look to limes for your answer.

Some of my favorite lime spa treatments are Theravine™’s Crushed Pinotage Honey & Lime Buff exfoliating scrub.  I can’t get enough of the scent, it is the most delicious and intoxicating scrub I have ever experienced.  It’s refreshing and a true mood enhancer while exfoliating my skin and making me soft and smooth all over.

t521_NIF gentle_foaming_cleanserAlso in the zesty lime range is Theravine’s™ Gentle Foaming Cleanser.  This cleanser is sure to put a smile on your face each and everytime you use it.  It will help your problem skin and help you face the day ahead.  Limes, not just for cocktails!

Sunscreen – When is enough?

Fact:  1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime
Fact:  1 in 50 Americans will develop melanoma by 2015
Fact:  The most common form of cancer among American women is non-melanoma skin cancer
Fact:  Most people don’t apply to enough sunscreen to be effective

How much sunscreen do you apply daily and to what parts of your body?  How much do you apply when you are going boating or to the beach?  How often do you re-apply sunscreen?   The answer is –not nearly enough to be effective.   Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone who applies the correct amount of sunscreen, often enough, including me and I know better!

Sunscreens are carbon based chemical sunscreens that absorb the UV rays and differ from sunblocks, which are mineral based zinc or titanium dioxide options.  For sunscreens, 1 to 2 oz per application is needed to be truly effective in limiting those harmful UVA and UVB rays.  That is one to two SHOT GLASSES full and you need to apply them 30 minutes before going into the sun.  For your face and neck, you need to apply a quarter size dollop to get the correct amount of coverage.   You need to reapply after swimming or every 2-3 hours.

So what happens if we don’t apply the correct amount?  If you use ½ oz (or ½ shot glass full) per body application of an SPF 50 sunscreen, your actual SPF coverage will be an SPF 7.  If you use the same amount of an SPF 15, you get SPF 4 coverage.  Hmmmm…let’s think about that since the recommended lowest sunscreen coverage is SPF 30 these days…..

What about spray sunscreens?  That is more difficult to measure, but make sure you use a continuous spray sunscreen and you need to apply 2 coats every hour to be effective.

Sunblocks like zinc or titanium dioxide are micronized particles that offer a different method of protection since they reflect the sun’s rays.  Because of the reflective method of protection, you can actually use less sunblock to be effective.  For body coverage, you can work with 1 Tablespoon, or ½ oz to get full SPF coverage.  For the face, a pea size application should do it, but try to dab multiple dots around your face and then smooth it so get an even layer without any white spots.  Since these chemical free sunblocks are reflective, coverage starts immediately upon application so no need to apply early.  You still need to re-apply every 2-3 hours.

Remember, that 6 oz spray or 8 oz tube should only be lasting you a maximum or 6 or 8 applications.  This means if you’re in the sun 4-6 hours at a time and reapply correctly, that sunscreen should be empty after 2-3 days in the sun.  If not, you know you aren’t using enough!

Other options?  Combine your time in the sun with sun protective clothing to minimize the amount of sunscreen you need and make  sure you are protecting your skin exactly where you need it most.  For some versatile UPF 30-50+ options that work well on a boat, at the beach, and do double duty as daily wear, see UVG by Valerie Graham available at  Your skin is the largest organ in your body and it’s the only skin you’ve got!  Why not protect it?

August 28, 2012, 10:49 pm
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  • Humans can survive for several weeks without food, but you can only survive for a few days without water.
  • 71% Earth’s surface is Water
  • Fish provide 1/5 of the animal protein eaten worldwide.
  • Lakes, Rivers, Seas and Oceans provide us with 50% of the oxygen we breathe, and our waters absorb 50% of our carbon footprint. (A carbon footprint is the measure of the impact our daily activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc.)


Good News:

  • Coral reefs are being studied to provide important pharmaceutical breakthroughs in areas such as antibiotics and cures for cancer, heart disease and asthma.

The Bad News:

  • Higher acidity level of the oceans and seas are a direct result of increased carbon levels. This is causing shells not to form properly resulting in a loss of shellfish.
  • Islands of plastic debris as large as the State of Texas are floating in the Pacific Ocean, called the North Pacific Gyre. As the plastic is ground down by the force of the oceans, the plastic particles are consumed by fish, and ultimately by us.
  • Coral Reefs are dying off at increased rates – almost 50% are already gone. Bleaching of coral reefs in the past 20 years is now attributed to higher water temperatures, UV radiation, and water pollutants including sunscreens. The use of chemical sunscreens is having a toxic effect on the aquatic ecosystem and is being banned in certain marine eco parks across the world
  • Do you know that sea turtles, which have been swimming our waters for millions of years are in fear of becoming extinct? Unsafe scallop dredging practices and bottom trawlers catch and kill baby sea turtles.
  • Sharks populations are dwindling and dying due to human intervention, not even eco environment factors. Sharks play a vital role in maintaining a healthy marine eco system and are strong indicators as to the ocean’s sustainablility. Shark finning and bycatch are endangering shark populations to the verge of upsetting the aquatic eco system balance.

Water Cycle
Our oceans contain almost 97% of the world’s water supply and play an important role in our water cycle, eventually giving us clean non-salinated drinking water. The water cycle involves the movement of water across different locations, through the processes of evaporation, condensation, freezing, and melting.

It begins with our rivers which flow into our oceans. Water in the ocean then evaporates into the atmosphere. The water in the atmosphere condenses in the clouds. This condensation falls back to earth in the form of rain or snow, which replenishes the water supply in rivers, lakes and groundwater. Our drinking water may come from rivers and lakes, but the majority comes from groundwater. All of these are connected to the ocean through the evaporation and condensation process. If this process is hindered in any fashion, so is our supply of drinking water.

Save the Ocean – Save the Planet
August 7, 2012, 9:36 pm
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Living in the 21st Century, we find ourselves facing major challenges as a global community. One of the most serious of these is the pollution of our oceans. We must stop the madness now! We have to find workable solutions immediately, stop being apathetic and blind to our blatant disregard for our beautiful life giving oceans. As individuals, we must take responsibility by taking action. Education is the first step to change. Our oceans are the lungs of the planet. If we do not act now, WE will not survive.

One of the main problems humans are causing to destroy our oceans is chemical contamination. PCB is one of the major contaminants to our seas, and more is waiting to escape from transformers and capacitors across the world. PCB is a general term when referring to oil, gas, or other pollutants. PCB’s are not water-soluble and when released into the atmosphere they accumulate into the fat cells of living organisms. Marine mammals are said to have 10 million times more PCB’s in their fat than in the water they exist in. That’s a shocking number to compete with if you ask the average person. Does that make you wonder how much PCB’s are in your fat cells? How much oil do you swallow when you take a sip of water? This is the kind of water our oceanic wonders are forced to live in. As a result many of them are dieing, becoming extinct, or getting very ill. If human kind is going to survive we have to make relative changes in our production technologies. So, in other words the best way to eliminate pollution is to change the way we live, Produce, and exist on planet earth.

Does this mean that we now need to outlaw oil and gasoline to end oils spill destruction? That might be the only answer. Once oil is spilled into the ocean the damage that is caused is irreversible. The oil rig companies use one layered tanks that are unsafe for transporting liquid murder through our exhaustible oceanic environment. Tankers “accidentally” dump oil into the ocean and a countless number of ships going to and from Central and South America dump trash as soon as they get far enough away from port that no one notices. You know the saying “What happens in New Orleans, stays in New Orleans” well at sea no one notices the infractions, no one is there to ticket, fine or revoke these blatant criminals. The public does not see the damage till dead, oil-suffocated carcasses wash ashore. The attitude of oil tankers is similar to that of the entire political world, brushing “accidents” under the rug and hiding evidence, although the evidence in this case is hard to hide.

An estimated 8.8 million tons of oil enter the ocean each year as a result of human activity. The ocean contains 280,000 tons of tar balls. Our oceans that seem an unlimited resource for us to take advantage of, are now showing their limits. These chemicals cannot be filtered out or washed clean from our most valuable natural resource. Ultimately we will destroy our ocean, and without the oxygen created by the ocean, the human race will cease to exist.

Small changes can be made in our habits as individuals and also as a Global Community. Such as: recycling or reusing plastic, paper, glass, and aluminum, proper disposal of engine oils and toxic chemicals, limiting water usage, and reduction of the use of plastic. It is non bio-degradable. Plastic does not break down, it photo-degrades, which means it breaks into millions of tiny pieces over several years, these bits are called plastic polymers. This plastic, in large pieces like bottles, or in microscopic bits like Styrofoam, will kill oceanic prosperity as we know it.

Through utter disregard for our environment all of these materials are ending up in our oceans, which have become a personal liquid grave for anything unwanted. Plastic not only kills our marine animals it also acts as a sponge for DDT’s, PCB’s, and other oily pollutants. Discarding our lives into the ocean will only kill off our species (and many others) even more quickly. Things like plastic should be used wisely and disposed of properly. There are advantages to it but plastic can become a disadvantage when not used properly. Obviously keeping plastic out of the ocean is extremely important. At the rate of its growth in our oceans it may have already created an island of plastic. Not exactly the vacation retreat you had planned for right? Well the change needed to save our ocean, starts at home.

The problem is that these days we humans do not use anything properly, (excluding the Laptop, and cellular phone.) Humans are making up the rules as we go and ignoring the examples set by pollution damage thus far, for instance, the hole in the ozone layer, which only grows more and more each day. Fisheries send divers out to poison or seas with cyanide and bomb our coral reefs, to provide fish for our fish tanks. Unable to catch life on the rebound, our marine ecosystem could be depleted. To prevent this loss of biodiversity in our oceans we must vote to implement no-catch zones and Marine reserves. Our ocean is a massive, almost unending, body of life. Our beautiful earth is just crumbling before our eyes, while we blatantly ignore the consequences. With such a big prize at stake, isn’t it time to take the initiative?

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Experience and Learn How to Save the Ocean

People learn more effectively if they experience something first-hand. That’s why educational institutions these days provide experiential learning programs for young students, along with grown ups, who want to learn about ocean facts.

The major oceans on the planet are home to distinctive ocean creatures. These animals are simply not just the usual fishes or whales, but also cephalopods, crustaceans, plants, and birds. Some of these creatures are on the brink of extinction and many are endangered.

Individuals, as well as some organizations, have contributed greatly in the efforts to save the ocean. While their works are helpful, they can’t do it alone. People have to do their part in protecting this diverse ecosystem.

So, what can individuals do in order to help save the ocean? First, we could encourage awareness by studying ocean facts. Education and learning will encourage awareness, which in turn will promote its preservation. Academic institutions and institutions have conducted substantial studies of different oceans, and information is widely accessible for those who want to learn more about this.

In addition to that, it’s always best to start them young, that’s why parents and teachers should take their kids or students to educational institutions that are focused on this kind of cause. These field trips offer useful and fun ocean facts that students will find incredibly interesting.

These educational institutions concentrate on experiential learning as students understand more about ocean creatures not only in the classrooms. Learning is much more successful in the actual setting itself, which in this instance is the ocean.

Such educational institutions provide different activities for the kids of different ages. Year-round programs are tailor-made for the kids who are only 2 years old. Kids, as well as parents and teachers, can get up close and personal with the ocean’s creatures when they board on historic ship replicas. It is an adventure that could be educational and enjoyable for everyone.

For many who are interested in learning more about the ocean, getting on a modern day marine vessel can definitely be worthwhile. The marine vessels used by these institutions have its own devices that will aid in teaching guests about the dynamics of the ocean biome. The equipment may include computer systems, fish tanks, microscopes, and also other high tech devices.

These devices help guests in learning about diverse ocean creatures, such as plankton, whales, and fish. The vessel is also employed to analyze the deepest regions of the ocean and the species that reside there. Moreover, exceptional programs are also included in this cruise that’s held during the night or during the migration season of different whale species.

These educational institutions frequently have exhibits that are accessible to anybody during certain parts of the year. Priority is given to kids that will visit on schooldays, however. In addition to that, festivals celebrating marine creatures such as sharks and dolphins are held at these institutes. Kids can collect unique ocean facts from these programs to help them understand the significance of saving the ocean.

Progress doesn’t necessarily mean destroying a life for the advantage of another. That’s why it is crucial for everybody to do their part in preserving the oceans while there is still time. Education and learning can help men and women understand more about this habitat and cause them to contribute their own little acts of kindness to help preserve this planet that people share with these creatures.

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