Two Simple Things to Reverse the Clock on Aging

- By: Aimee Regur

The soft supple skin around the eyes is often the first to show early signs of aging. The eyes have the thinnest and most fragile skin on the body. Unlike the rest of our facial skin it is lacking in sebaceous glands, collagen, and elastin fibers. The skin around the eyes is under the strain of 22 muscles in perpetual motion and 10,000 blinks per day. This is why the eye contour is the first area to show signs of aging and is the focus of Pangea’s Turkish Rose and White Tea Eye Cream.

There is a lot we can do internally and topically to reduce the effect of premature aging. A plant based diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and EFA’s (essential fatty acids) will help speed up skin cell recovery and help straighten the skin tissue. Try to stay away from acidic foods and stick mostly to alkalizing foods.

Here is a great list to get you well on your way to beautiful skin and improved wellbeing:

Ranked Foods: Alkaline Foods to Acidic Foods

Highly Alkaline Forming Foods

Lemons, limes, watermelon, cantaloupe, baking soda, sea salt, pumpkin seed, sprouted lentils, seaweed, kelp, sea vegetables, onion, taro root, lotus root, sweet potato, nectarine, persimmon, dates, figs, mango, papaya, parsley, raspberry, tangerine, and pineapple, celery, seedless grapes (sweet), watercress. These are the best alkaline foods to consume!

Moderately Alkaline Forming Foods

Apples (sweet), alfalfa sprouts, apricots, avocados, bananas (ripe), currants, dates, figs (fresh), garlic, grapefruit, herbs (leafy green), leafy green lettuce, nectarine, peaches, pears, peas (fresh, sweet), pumpkin (sweet), beans (fresh, green), beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carob, cauliflower, ginger (fresh), oranges, peaches (less sweet), peas (less sweet), potatoes (with skin), pumpkin (less sweet), strawberries, squash, sweet Corn (fresh), turnip, vinegar (apple cider), kiwifruit, passion fruit, pineapple, raisins, umeboshi plums, and vegetable juices, apricots, spices, kombucha, unsulfured molasses, soy sauce, pepper, parsnip, garlic, asparagus, kale, parsley, endive, arugula, mustard greens, ginger root, grapefruit, olives, carrots, and mangos are also good alkaline foods.

Low Alkaline Forming Foods

Most herbs, green tea, mu tea, apple cider vinegar, sake, quail eggs, primrose oil, sesame seed, cod liver oil, almonds, sprouts, potato, bell pepper, mushrooms, cauliflower, rutabaga, ginseng, eggplant, pumpkin, collard green, pear, avocado, apples (sour), blackberry, cherry, peach, and papaya, almonds, artichokes, cherries, coconut (fresh), cucumbers, eggplant, honey (raw), leeks, mushrooms, okra, olives (ripe), onions, pickles (homemade), radishes, sea salt, spices, tomatoes (sweet), chestnuts (dry, roasted), goat’s milk and whey (raw), olive oil, sesame seeds (whole), soy beans (dry), soy cheese, soy milk, sprouted grains, tofu, tomatoes (less sweet), and nutritional yeast.

Very Low Alkaline Forming Foods

Ginger tea, umeboshi vinegar, ghee, oats, quinoa, japonica rice, wild rice, avocado oil, most seeds, olive oil, flax oil, brussel sprouts, beet, chive, cilantro, celery, okra, turnip greens, squashes, orange, banana, blueberry, raisin, currant, grape, and strawberry.

Very Low Acid Forming Foods

Curry, koma millet, kasha, amaranth, brown rice, pine nuts, canola oil, spinach, fava beans, black-eyed peas, string beans, wax beans, zucchini, chutney, rhubarb, coconut, guava, dry fruit, figs, and dates.

Low Acid Forming Foods

Vanilla, balsamic vinegar, cow milk, aged cheese, soy cheese, goat milk, spelt, teff, kamut, farina, semolina, white rice, almond oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, tapioca, seitan, tofu, pinto beans, white beans, navy beans, red beans, adzuki beans, lima beans, chard, plum and tomatoes.

Moderately Acid Forming Foods

Milk protein, cottage cheese, barley, corn, rye, oat bran, pistachio seeds, chestnut oil, lard, pecans, green peas, peanuts, snow peas, other legumes, garbanzo beans, pomegranate, bran, butter, cereals (unrefined), crackers (unrefined rye, rice and wheat), cranberries, dried beans (mung, adzuki, pinto, kidney, garbanzo), dry coconut, egg whites, eggs whole (cooked hard), fructose, honey (pasteurized), ketchup, maple syrup (unprocessed), milk (homogenized), most nuts, mustard, oats (rye, organic), olives (pickled), pasta (whole grain), pastry, and wheat bread (sprouted organic).

Highly Acid Forming Foods

Artificial sweeteners, All meats, pork, poultry, fish, seafood, beer, wine, liquor, processed cheese, fried foods, breads, sugar, carbonated soft drinks, cereals (refined), cigarettes and tobacco, coffee, tea (black), flour (white, wheat), jams, jellies, maple syrup (processed), molasses (sulphured), pasta (white), pastries and cakes from white flour, pickles (commercial), white bread, vinegar, and yogurt (sweetened).

If you stick mostly to the upper 50% of this list you may notice weight loss, improved metabolism, increased energy, better brain function, and of course clearer, more vibrant skin!

Pangea’s Turkish Rose and White Tea Eye Cream

One of the best products Pangea produces for the supple skin around the eyes is our Turkish Rose and White Tea Eye Cream. This eye cream is scientifically formulated to reduce puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles all while leaving your skin soft to the touch and vibrant.

One of the key ingredients is CoQ10. CoQ10 (in a skin cream, for example) can be helpful. Levels of CoQ10 in the skin of most people over thirty are below optimum, resulting in less ability to produce collagen, elastin, and other important skin molecules. CoQ10-depleted skin may be more prone to damage by free radicals, which are omnipresent in the skin since it is exposed to the elements. CoQ10 may boost skin repair, regeneration, and reduce free radical damage. At Pangea we believe in not only formulating with amazing, nutrient-dense ingredients, but we also strongly believe in only using bioavailable ingredients. CoQ10 is a small molecule that can easily penetrate into skin cells.

Another great ingredient is Organic White Tea. White tea is the least processed type of tea and has the highest catechin content. It is made of young tea leaves or buds and steamed immediately after harvest to inactivate polyphenol oxidase, the enzyme that destroys catechins. As a result, white tea is richer in catechins than green tea. Furthermore, since white tea is made of leaves harvested at an earlier growth phase its composition may differ from that of green tea in other important ways as well. Many studies conclude possible skin benefits of white tea such as protection from UV damage, anti-inflammatory effects, and skin matrix protection.

Ginkgo Biloba is the oldest known living tree species with fossils dating back 270 million years. These trees can now be found growing around the world. It is one of the most widely used herbs in the world with health benefits raging from preventing memory loss to warding off dementia. Ginkgo provides many antioxidant benefits in skin care products, in part to its high levels of quercetin, a common and powerful antioxidant. Its anti-inflammatory and defensive properties are also particularly strong and it has been discovered to help treat acne, eczema, and other types of facial redness and inflammation. This may be because of Ginkgo’s properties as a vasodilator, increasing circulation, improving sebaceous secretions, and decreasing capillary hyper-permeability.

Rose Otto Essential Oil is one of the most revered oils on the planet. Rose Otto is not to be confused with Rose Absolute essential oil which uses a solvent called hexane in its distillation process. Rose Otto is created using simple steam distillation and the oil is extremely precious in that it takes an acre of rose buses to create just a few ounces of oil. Rose Otto is the most amazing oil for softening, smoothing, and bringing life back into tired skin. It is essential in strengthening the collagen-elastin network. This network is what keeps your skin soft, supple, radiant, and young.

How to use the Eye Cream

I recommend warming up a small lentil-sized drop between the pads of your two ring fingers and rolling the cream in an upwards motion along your ocular bone after cleaning, toning, and hydrating your skin morning and at night. Between this ritual and a healthy diet you will quickly see the new, more vibrant you emerging!

Remember the fountain of youth is an ocean of knowledge.

Enjoy the Vitality!

Try Pangea’s Turkish Rose and White Tea Eye Cream today!