The Best Kept Secret in Anti-Aging Skincare Is In Ageless La Cure: Lingonberry Essential Oil

 
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  "EXCELLENT MOISTURIZER"—The Swiss Skin Test Institute's Highest Score

"EXCELLENT MOISTURIZER"—The Swiss Skin Test Institute's Highest Score

Lingonberry essential oil is a key unique ingredient in Ageless La Cure organic certified Extreme Hydrating Cream which has been rated "Excellent Moisturizer," the highest score, by the Swiss Skin Test Institute. Lingonberry contains high levels of a variety of phytonutrients and is hailed for its anti-aging properties. For these reasons it is considered a superfruit, is valued for its antioxidant potency and is utilized as a skin conditioner and humectant in discriminating cosmetics. 

The lingonberry is also known as the mountain or alpine cranberry, cowberry or bilberry (to name only a few) but it’s far more potent than the mere cranberry, containing five times the level of type-A procyanidins as cranberry. (Procyanidins are a sort of super-antioxidant with the powerful ability to scavenge free radicals, strengthen capillaries and connective tissues, reduce inflammation and suppress allergies while restoring skin's elasticity.)

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Red alfa lingonberry is used in Ageless La Cure products as an anti-wrinkle agent by giving the skin what it needs to retain hydration, elasticity and density and to heal, regenerate and revitalize. Lingonberry is very soothing to the skin. You can enjoy the benefits of lingonberry essential oil in Ageless La Cure’s Extreme Hydrating Cream.

Sometimes referred to as arctic berries because they are native to the boreal forest and Arctic tundra of the northern hemisphere, lingonberries contain plentiful organic acids, vitamin C, vitamin A (as beta carotene), B vitamins 1, 2 and 3, and potassium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Lingonberry is extremely rich in Omegas 3, 6 and 9 (for moisturizing and anti-aging action) and in tocotrienols (antioxidants more powerful than vitamin E) which facilitate cell growth. Rich in gamma linoloeic acid (GLA) which is vital in helping the skin to maintain its balance of moisture, Omega 3 contributes to glowing healthy skin while Omega 6 fights inflammation and supports circulatory energy. All these components of lingonberry are essential to lingonberry’s own survival in temperatures as low as minus 50°C.

Used medicinally for centuries, Alaskan native Americans have used lingonberries as remedies for headaches and sore throats. In folk medicine, lingonberry has been used as an apéritif to stimulate appetite, an anti-inflammatory, an astringent, an antihemorrhagic, an anti-debilitive, an antiseptic, a diuretic, and a nervous system tonic. In traditional Austrian medicine, the lingonberry jelly or syrup is taken internally for gastrointestinal and urinary tract infections and to treat fever. 

Lingonberry is widely slightly more known for its culinary uses. They’re shaped like blueberries but are acid like cranberries and are pleasantly tart when eaten ripe. They’re high in benzoic acid so they have a long shelf life in the kitchen and though they can be eaten raw, most people enjoy their sharp distinctive taste more in sauces, preserves, jams, jellies, syrups, candies, ice creams, pastries, cocktails, wines and liqueurs. 

In Scandinavian countries lingonberry sauce and relish are mainstays served with pancakes, omelets, puddings and meats. And after reading this article, just imagine the nutrition they’re getting! 

One final note: many Pinterest boards talk about lingonberry for weight control and blood sugar and cholesterol management. They point to the positive effects lingonberry has on a high fat diet. One statement says: “Lingonberries almost completely prevented weight gain.”

The stories posted may be purely anecdotal. We did not find the data to support these claims in all the research we did to write this article. Nevertheless, the number of boards on the topic seem to say there may be something to it!

Sources:

Winter, Ruth. A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, 7th Edition: Complete Information About the Harmful and Desirable Ingredients Found in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals. Three Rivers Press, 2009.

Jain, Parag, et al. Inflammation: Natural Resources and Its Applications. Springer India, 2015.

Small, Earnest. North American Cornucopia: Top 100 Indigenous Food Plants. CRC PRESS, Boca Raton, FL, 2014.

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How to Be Irresistible at Any Age

No one is young after forty, but one can be irresistible at any age. –Coco Chanel
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Graceful aging is a trending topic wherever you look. Rather than resist, embrace the benefits of accruing years. You can do this so resiliently by taking the advice of the 12 tips listed in column 1, below.

  • Develop and maintain good skin. This involves your entire cleansing, nourishing and moisturizing regimen. Let Ageless La Cure skincare take the guesswork out of it for you. This organic certified complete skincare line is designed to address all the issues slightly more mature skin experiences (lines and lack of tone, for example). Get 25% off when you buy the whole line at once. And be sure to join our email list to receive a steady flow of creative holistic beauty tips from Ageless La Cure’s maker, PHYTO5.

  • Stay away from plastic surgery and other medical artificial procedures. Be authentic. In older age, it’s actually more attractive to bear the lines of years of experience with a face that can express itself rather than a face paralyzed by botox.

  • Make the most of your natural good looks; accentuate your best features. 

 

  • Use your body well—it wants you to use it! With physical movement and exercise we keep our lymph circulating. When lymph flow stagnates, toxins are not able to be flushed from the body as efficiently as they need to be which can show up in toxic, congested looking skin. Walk, dance, rebound, practice yoga, run, do calisthenics (remember them?!), learn a martial art, bicycle. Just make sure it’s a form of exercise you love so you’ll follow through consistently. Commit yourself to 15 minutes a day several days a week.

 

  • Cut the bad habits! Keep everything in moderation: alcohol, drugs, caffeine, sugar, white flour, prepared foods. Smoking cigarettes is always bad for your skin and your health and is certainly a habit we advise everyone to refrain from 100%!

 

  • Get your proper amount of “beauty” sleep.

 

  • Put thought into your hairstyle. Even if you’ve got some facial lines, a sassy well-d0ne hairstyle that truly suits you and your personality will detract from the signs of aging on the face. 

 

  • Embrace your individual style. Create a signature style you’re known for. Is it a scarf you always wear uniquely? Sparkling broaches and pins? Or a Chanel-style layered manner of dress? Build out your style and have fun with it.

 

  • Always try to look your best even if you’re only going to the grocery store—it will do more for you than for anyone else.

 

  • Nurture your relationships. They will sustain you and keep you happy and when you’re happy, you’re beautiful. If current relationships aren’t satisfying or uplifting, put yourself in places where you can possibly develop new ones. Loving relationships actually help us keep our immune systems strong and healthy.

 

  • Get involved in life. Don’t just lie down and give up. EXPLORE, LEARN, GIVE!

 

  • Develop a fantastic attitude about life and living and then carry it off. Find role models to emulate if you feel you need some inspiration.

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What Women of Influence Say About Beauty and Graceful Aging:

Sophia Loren:

Loren believes her life of love and family fuels her inner beauty. When asked about the secret behind her enduring look, her answer was simply this:

"I'm happy! I live a wonderful life.”

 

Helen Mirren:

“I’m a good actress you know. That is what it is all about, you just act your way through it. You are not the only one who is going to suffer great self-doubt and insecurity.”
“I hope I can inspire other women towards greater confidence by making the most of their natural good looks.”

 

Raquel Welch:

Raquel Welch says she likes to think of aging gracefully as if it’s a game.

“We might as well make up our minds to play it or just bow out and be spectators,” she says. “Sitting around doing nothing is far from the best option. Just as you maintain your home, your car, your garden, you should look after your greatest gift: your body.”

 

Cindy Joseph, celebrated makeup artist:

“The good news is… If you have abused your body, or gotten sick and your health has been going downhill— you can rejuvenate! Whether it’s through fasting, cleansing, eating the right diet, getting more sleep or exercising—it’s proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that you can always get healthier.”
“Right now, you can start to take care of your emotions and your psychology.”
 

Georgia O’Keeffe:

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing that I wanted to do.” 

 

Barbra Streisand:

When Streisand was recently asked about what she believes is most important for “anti-aging,” she said:

“We are all a work in progress. It’s important to never stop learning and challenging yourself.”