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Take a look at what’s happening in Sally’s Pollinator Garden this spring. In spring three years ago, this native plant garden became real. Dreams do come true. Nature, of which humans are part of, not apart from presents us with comfort, beauty and drama if we take the time to learn what it needs.  As you can imagine, the garden is the first thing I gaze at from my bedroom window every morning, During the day, I stroll in it, pulling weeds as relaxation when I take a break and give it a final good night before I turn in.

First, I would like you to meet Edgar, pronounced Edgaar…he moved onto the back porch when we put food out there at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.  We now have five cats living with us. The other four enjoy looking at Edgar through the windows, he is the strange and exotic visitor. He enjoys knowing he has a family nearby.

The garden as it was just waking up in April.

Hydrangeas love the rainy days.

But heavy rain put brand new delphinium seedlings under water. I prayed for them and they were okay when the water receded. I sent the universe a message, “I asked for a swimming pool, not a swimming hole!”

The Jacob’s Ladder appeared in the woodland.

The golden ragwort shot up and already has lots of tiny bees buzzing. Its growing like crazy and we gave lots away!

The sedge is like little water fountains in its lush circle under the cherry tree. The cherry blossoms seem like pink snow falling all around it.

The Iris Christata is adorable, it’s been in bloom for three weeks already!

Virginia Bluebell, the ephemeral is supposed to appear and vanish, it has been in bloom for three weeks and exhibits enormous self confidence. It’s not disappearing so fast!

Our teenage Zen Weeders, Emma and Raime come to help plant the rare Trillium Grandiflorum, Trillium Luteum and Goldenseal in the deer exclosures. Sorry deer.

Our natural beauties Raime and Emma.

It seems that the plants are planting themselves outside of the formal beds where we put them; letting us know they have a mind of their own. They mixed themselves in with each other and spread into the walkways. Isn’t nature so abundant, generous and pushy? We have a surplus of seedlings to give away to friends.

The girls and their dad left with a bounty of seedlings for their garden. The butterflies and bees will have another home to visit in town.

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Take a look at what’s happening in Sally’s Pollinator Garden this spring. In spring three years ago, this native plant garden became real. Dreams do come true. Nature, of which humans are part of, not apart from presents us with comfort, beauty and drama if we take the time to learn what it needs.  As you can imagine, the garden is the first thing I gaze at from my bedroom window every morning, During the day, I stroll in it, pulling weeds as relaxation when I take a break and give it a final good night before I turn in.

First, I would like you to meet Edgar, pronounced Edgaar…he moved onto the back porch when we put food out there at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.  We now have five cats living with us. The other four enjoy looking at Edgar through the windows, he is the strange and exotic visitor. He enjoys knowing he has a family nearby.

The garden as it was just waking up in April.

Hydrangeas love the rainy days.

But heavy rain put brand new delphinium seedlings under water. I prayed for them and they were okay when the water receded. I sent the universe a message, “I asked for a swimming pool, not a swimming hole!”

The Jacob’s Ladder appeared in the woodland.

The golden ragwort shot up and already has lots of tiny bees buzzing. Its growing like crazy and we gave lots away!

The sedge is like little water fountains in its lush circle under the cherry tree. The cherry blossoms seem like pink snow falling all around it.

The Iris Christata is adorable, it’s been in bloom for three weeks already!

Virginia Bluebell, the ephemeral is supposed to appear and vanish, it has been in bloom for three weeks and exhibits enormous self confidence. It’s not disappearing so fast!

Our teenage Zen Weeders, Emma and Raime come to help plant the rare Trillium Grandiflorum, Trillium Luteum and Goldenseal in the deer exclosures. Sorry deer.

Our natural beauties Raime and Emma.

It seems that the plants are planting themselves outside of the formal beds where we put them; letting us know they have a mind of their own. They mixed themselves in with each other and spread into the walkways. Isn’t nature so abundant, generous and pushy? We have a surplus of seedlings to give away to friends.

The girls and their dad left with a bounty of seedlings for their garden. The butterflies and bees will have another home to visit in town.

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We love the natural beauty of flowers. So when those flowers lend some of their lush exquisiteness to help better our beauty, Che bella! Take, for example, the nutraceutical lutein, which is found in the beautiful yellow, orange, and red-orange petals of the marigold.

What is it?
Lutein is a carotenoid, and like some other carotenoids we love, think beta carotene, lycopene, and astaxanthin, it’s a powerful antioxidant. You can find lutein in dark green veggies like spinach, kale, zucchini, Brussel sprouts, and broccoli, as well as in kiwi, carrots and avocados. Eat it and wear it! To harness lutein’s topical benefits, use products like EB’s VitaminCells Skin Care.

History of healing
Before we dive into the specifics of lutein itself, let’s talk about the lovely little flower it comes from. The awesomeness of the marigold flower isn’t a new revelation. Marigold has been used since the dawn of time (okay, maybe we’re exaggerating a little!) to treat burns, sunburn, bruises, and more.1 In modern times, a study that examined the effects of marigold on venous ulcers found a statistically significant acceleration of wound healing in the group receiving treatment with marigold, when compared to the control group.2   

Blue Light Shield
We’ve all heard about the risk of UV exposure from sunlight. But the sun may not be the only source of harmful rays. In fact, one study suggests that blue light emitted from our electronic devices may penetrate skin more deeply than the sun’s UV rays3. That means sitting in front of your laptop screen or catching up with Instagram before bed could be aging your skin. Bring on the lutein! This nutraceutical is widely recognized as a blue-light filter4.

Speaking of UV exposure
Lutein may provide protection from UV rays, too, which have been shown to cause 75% of all skin aging. A research team used a double-blind, placebo-controlled study to measure the ability of lutein and lycopene to reduce UV damage to the skin. The research team studied skin biopsies for signs of damage. They found that the group who had supplemented with lutein and lycopene showed significantly less damage than the placebo group5.  Further, an observational study found that diets high in lutein-rich, plant-based foods was associated with a reduced risk of cutaneous melanoma6.

Healthier skin
Lutein’s work isn’t done! Other studies have shown an increase in skin hydration7. In one double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, participants taking a lutein supplement showed lighter, less damaged skin scores, and higher levels of skin elasticity when compared to the placebo group8.  

Ready to tap into the benefits of this superstar ingredient? We want to make it even easier for you to get started. If you sign up for our EB Newsletter today, we'll give you 15% off. Don't stop there! Sign-up for our EB Rewards program to continue earning rewards.

So, go ahead: register, save, and splurge! Just make sure you snap a picture of your order when it comes in and share it with us on Instagram. We want to see what you got! Remember to tag @eccobellabeauty and use the hashtag #EBVitaminCells

1 Plants used to treat skin diseases. Nahida Tabassum and Mariya Hamdani.
2 Results of the clinical examination of an ointment with marigold (Calendula officinalis) extract in the treatment of venous leg ulcers. Duran V, Matic M, Jovanovć M, Mimica N, Gajinov Z, Poljacki M, Boza P.
3 Blue-Violet Light Irradiation Dose Dependently Decreases Carotenoids in Human Skin, Which Indicates the Generation of Free Radicals. Staffan Vandersee, Marc Beyer, Juergen Lademann, and Maxim E. Darvin
4 The Role of Phytonutrients in Skin Health. Julie A. Evans and Elizabeth J. Johnson
5 Molecular evidence that oral supplementation with lycopene or lutein protects human skin against ultraviolet radiation: results from a double‐blinded, placebo‐controlled, crossover study. S. Grether‐Beck, A. Marini, T. Jaenicke, W. Stahl, J. Krutmann.
6 A protective effect of the Mediterranean diet for cutaneous melanoma. Fortes C, Mastroeni S, Melchi F, Pilla MA, Antonelli G, Camaioni D, Alotto M, Pasquini P.
7 Beneficial long-term effects of combined oral/topical antioxidant treatment with the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin on human skin: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Palombo P, Fabrizi G, Ruocco V, Ruocco E, Fluhr J, Roberts R, Morganti P.
8 Overall skin tone and skin-lightening-improving effects with oral supplementation of lutein and zeaxanthin isomers: a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial. Vijaya Juturu, James P Bowman, and Jayant Deshpande

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With love and joy we are announcing that Ambassador Glenda Pietri is getting married on 11/24/2018 off the coast of Venezuela, Margarita Island.

“Thank you for following my journey to the altar. I really love Ecco Bella Skin Care products. They are made of nutraceuticals protected by liposomes to provide extraordinary results! They actually recharge your skin with a youthful, healthy glow. I recommend it to every bride who is getting married. Once you’re ready to start making your wedding dreams a reality follow their Ultimate 8-Week Bridal Beauty Timeline and My 4-Week Skin Care Routine.” - Glenda Pietri, EB Brand Ambassador

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Sally's Pollinator Garden - YouTube

Hey there, it’s Sally Malanga, founder of Ecco Bella and I just wanted to share a recent labor of love with you. My eco-friendly pollinator garden.

I live in West Orange, New Jersey, a busy suburban town close to New York City. Our home has a big lawn, but a lawn is a monoculture field that does not support diversity. It's a food desert for insects and birds. Once a week, the roar of lawnmower engines disturbs the peace, frightening the animals, setting everyone on edge; in an endless quest for order. It's also kind of boring.

But after attending a lecture on creating a pollinator garden, we engaged the expertise of Kim Eireman of Eco-beneficial to help us transform our lawn of 20 years into a selfperpetuating, semi-formal home for butterflies, bees and birds.

We rented a sod cutter and our landscaper Kevin Pritchard with his team rolled up swaths of lawn and brought them to the compost center.

Inexpensive native seedlings arrived from North Creek and Prairie Moon Nurseries as well as larger potted plants from Hardscrabble Farms and Rosedale Nursery

We made some agreeable policies for this new venture:

No pesticides as 95% of all insects in the garden are beneficial. Holes in leaves are a good sign, that means there are insects for birds to eat.

Use 95% native perennials, shrubs and trees. Many of which were not found in local nurseries! Hopefully that will change.

Amend the soil only with compost and no tilling.

Accommodate plants that like wet areas and those that like dry, the same for sun or shade.

Leave the plants to overwinter as habitat for birds and animals.

Since we created the pollinator garden, upon awakening, I walk to each window of my bedroom and gaze out at the tall plants to see what is in bloom, how the sunlight casts its rays on the leaves and mulch, noticing what’s vivid and what is hidden in shadow and wondering how the pollinators found this garden.

Please join me in recreating the milkweed route from Canada to Mexico for the Monarch butterflies, the only species that flies the entire journey. Are you in? Report your sightings at Journey North. Join me in following The Grand Exodus of the Monarchs here.

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There's more to cosmetics than meets the eye, not every tube of lipstick, powder compact, or bottle of perfume is created equally. Living a cruelty-free lifestyle involves more than just what you eat; everything you use on your body matters as much as what you put in it.

Ingredients Matter

Many of the chemical components found in common beauty and skincare products are toxic—gross! These ingredients are unhealthy for us, our animal friends, and for the planet.

For example, two ingredients commonly found in cosmetics, Triclosan used in anti-bacterial soap and Dibutyl phthalate, used in fragrances and lotions are known to be toxic to aquatic life. They can change animals' body chemistry and prevent them from reproducing. It's a cycle of destruction that affects all living beings; plants, animal, and humans.

Another concern is product packaging, which often ends up as pollution. Pollution contributes to the destruction of wildlife habitats and is ingested by animals who can't differentiate it from their normal food sources.

Compassionate Beauty

Ecco Bella's products use only natural ingredients, never any harsh chemicals or animal byproducts. Our cosmetics won’t harm your skin or the environment. By infusing products with real vitamins and ingredients from nature, Ecco Bella is equipping you beauty-lovers with the best tools possible to make your true, beautiful selves shine. We use pigments from fruits and vegetables to enrich our skin care and we use mineral pigments to add color to our products, but our favorite is our Flower Cutins that come from flower petals that protect the skin and maintain your own natural moisture.

We strive to use eco-friendly packaging, such as our refillable paperback compacts. Because they’re refillable, EB compacts can be used over and over again. And, since they’re made of compressed paper, they can easily be recycled after years of daily use.

Once you peer past the surface of many cosmetic brands, it's not very hard to see how the products made with compassion are also the ones doing the best work for you. The next time you head to the store to shop for some new beauty products, remember: compassion is the most natural form of beauty there is!

Ready to infuse your beauty regimen with more compassion to help the planet? We want to make it even easier for you to get started. If you sign up for our EB Newsletter today, we'll give you 15% off. Don't stop there! Sign up for our EB Rewards program to continue earning rewards.

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We’re happy to announce EB Ambassador Danielle Leiner and Tommaso Chiarini’s marriage on the 4th of August, 2018 in Arezzo, Italy!

“Thank you Ecco Bella for such great product. I am following the Ultimate 8-Week Bridal Beauty Timeline and Glenda's 4-week skin care routine and my results are amazing. My face is feeling and looking great.” – Danielle Leiner

Follow EB Ambassador Danielle Leiner’s journey to the Altar!

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As a Natural Beauty, you recognize the power of plant-based ingredients to boost your heath. By now, you also recognize that many of the same nutraceuticals you consume for health benefits are also great for your skin. One of those is CoenzymeQ10, or CoQ10 for short.

What is it?
Your body naturally produces the antioxidant CoQ10 and uses it for cell growth and maintenance. As you grow older, production slows down. CoQ10 is an important nutrient for your skin. You’ll find concentrations of it in the stratum corneum, or outer layer, of your skin. Its job there is to protect the deeper layers from UV damage, which can manifest in the form of wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and—worse. .
The good news is that you can find small amounts of CoQ10 in spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, and legumes (think peanuts, lentils, and soy beans). For topical applications to benefit your skin, use products like EB’s VitaminCells Skin Care.

Smooth out those wrinkles
As we get older our skin gets thinner and drier, and it loses its elasticity. The result? Wrinkles. These lines and creases are a natural part of the aging process, but does that mean you can’t slow down their appearance? In one clinical study, researchers found that the topical application of CoQ10 across a five-month period reduced the appearance of wrinkles, as observed by a dermatologist.1 A team of German researchers noted a reduction in crow’s feet (wrinkles at the corner of the eye) with long-term application of CoQ10.2
Another study examined the effect of CoQ10 oral supplementation on the skin. Their 12-week, double blind study tracked 33 subjects in a placebo-controlled experiment. At the end of the study, the research team noted “significantly reduced wrinkles and microrelief lines, and improved skin smoothness.”3

Correct discoloration
Skin discoloration can be another sign of aging. The same environmental effects that cause wrinkles to appear can also lead to hyperpigmentation and blotchiness. A research team in Hamburg, Germany was able to demonstrate that topical application of CoQ10 penetrated the skin and reduced the level of oxidation, which in turn reduced the signs of photoaging.4 Another study compared the effects of this nutraceutical on human dermal fibroblasts from three individuals and reached the same conclusion: CoQ10 was able to reduce melanin content in B16 cells and therefore may have depigmentation effects for skin.5

Return to youthful skin
We’ve covered wrinkles and discoloration, both indications of aging skin. Additional signs include dryness, dullness, and roughness. CoQ10 can address these signs, too. In fact, another clinical study looked at the impact this nutraceutical had on the skin of 37 woman aged 35-60. Participants applied a moisturizer containing CoQ10, among other ingredients, twice a day (morning and evening) and were evaluated after the 4th, 8th, and 12th week of the study. By the end of the study there was a statistically significant improvement across the study’s parameters, which included fine lines and wrinkles, clarity and brightness, visual roughness, tactile roughness, evenness of skin tone, and overall appearance.6    

Ready to tap into the benefits of this superstar ingredient? We want to make it even easier for you to get started. If you sign up for our EB Newsletter today, we'll give you $10 off. Don't stop there! Sign-up for our EB Rewards program to continue earning rewards.

So, go ahead: register, save, and help your skin with CoQ10! Just make sure you snap a picture of your order when it comes in and share it with us on Instagram. We want to see what you got! Remember to tag @eccobellabeauty and use the hashtag #EBVitaminCells

1 Mechanisms of inhibitory effects of CoQ10 on UVB-induced wrinkle formation in vitro and in vivo. Inui M1, Ooe M, Fujii K, Matsunaka H, Yoshida M, Ichihashi M.
2 Modulation of oxidative stresses in human aging skin. Blatt T, Mundt C, Mummert C, Maksiuk T, Wolber R, Keyhani R, Schreiner V, Hoppe U, Schachtschabel DO,  Stäb F. Paul Gerson Unna Forschungszentrum Beiersdorf AG, Hamburg.
3 The effect of dietary intake of coenzyme Q10 on skin parameters and condition: Results of a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind study. Žmitek K, Pogačnik T, Mervic L, Žmitek J, Pravst I.
4 Coenzyme Q10, a cutaneous antioxidant and energizer. Hoppe U, Bergemann J, Diembeck W, Ennen J, Gohla S, Harris I, Jacob J, Kielholz J, Mei W, Pollet D, Schachtschabel D, Sauermann G, Schreiner V, Stäb F, Steckel F.
5 Coenzyme Q(10) enhances dermal elastin expression, inhibits IL-1α production and melanin synthesis in vitro. Zhang M, Dang L, Guo F, Wang X, Zhao W, Zhao R.
6 An Open Label Clinical Trial of a Multi-Ingredient Anti-Aging Moisturizer Designed to Improve the Appearance of Facial Skin. Herndon JH Jr, Jiang L, Kononov T, Fox T.

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Vitamin C is a ubiquitous and popular vitamin for skin care, yet we all need to be taking much more of it.

Derived from fruit, this powerhouse promotes collagen production, protects skin cells and supercharges its pal vitamin E so that it too can work more effectively. That’s just the highlight reel, though. If you really want to understand the value of vitamin C, keep reading.

What is it?
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin found in plenty of scrumptious fruits like oranges, guava, kiwi, strawberries and papaya. Green and red peppers are also loaded with vitamin C. Your body uses vitamin C for the growth and repair of tissues, as well as for the formation of collagen. As an antioxidant, it can limit or prohibit damage caused by free radicals and it can lend a helping hand to your immune system1.

Sun warrior providing photoprotection 
Vitamin C doesn’t absorb UV rays, but it can limit the damage caused by UV light exposure—and that’s a fine thing! One team of researchers found that a topical application of a solution containing vitamins C and E provided “substantial UV photoprotection for skin.”2 The team applied a solution containing vitamins to human skin over the course of four days. Each patch was then exposed to UV rays in a solar simulation and the following day evaluated for indication of UV damage. The team found that this combination was especially beneficial in reducing thymine dimer mutations that are linked to skin cancer. This result was repeated by another research team3 that also found “appreciable photoprotection” from the combination of vitamins C & E. Here’s the good news for you: EB’s VitaminCell Skincare line has both of these and more!

Smooth operator reducing the signs of age
Laugh lines are a sign of life well lived, but if you want to slow down their arrival, make sure you’re consuming enough vitamin C.  Researchers4 surveyed over 4,000 women ranging in age from 40 to 74. Participants were evaluated by dermatologists who noted signs of aging such as wrinkles, dryness and atrophy.  The researchers found that woman who reported a higher intake of vitamin C, and lower intakes of fat and carbs, had younger looking skin.

Another team of researchers5 found similar results with the topical application of vitamin C. Their double-blind, randomized trial was conducted over the course of 6 months and compared the application of a vitamin C cream vs a placebo after 3 months and 6 months of use. They found “clinically apparent improvement,” including a decrease in wrinkles, in those participants who had been given the vitamin C cream.

Quench your skin’s thirst
Are you enjoying the outdoors (as you should!) but finding that your time out in the elements is leaving your skin feeling a little parched? Vitamin C can help with that, too. In the aforementioned study4 that looked at vitamin C’s impact on signs of aging, researchers noted a decrease in dry skin. What if it’s applied topically? One three-month, randomized, double-blind study6 looked at 19 people between the ages of 36 and 72 years old. Study participants who used a daily application of vitamin C experienced significant improvement in roughness, a sign of dryness, among other benefits. 

And that’s just the beginning
There is no shortage of studies illustrating the benefits of this dazzling vitamin. From fighting acne7 to its role in wound healing8, 9, vitamin C has proven its value as part of your diet and your beauty routine. Ready to tap into the benefits of this superstar ingredient? Well, we have one more thing that will widen that gorgeous smile of yours even more. If you sign up for our EB Newsletter today, we'll give you $10 off. Don't stop there! Sign-up for our EB Rewards program to continue earning rewards.

So, go ahead: register, save, and splurge! Just make sure you snap a picture of your order when it comes in and share it with us on Instagram. We want to see what you got! Remember to tag @eccobellabeauty and use the hashtag #EBVitaminCells

1 Vitamin C:  https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002404.htm
2 A topical antioxidant solution containing vitamins C and E stabilized by ferulic acid provides protection for human skin against damage caused by ultraviolet irradiation. Murray JC, Burch JA, Streilein RD, Iannacchione MA, Hall RP, Pinnell SR.
3 UV photoprotection by combination topical antioxidants vitamin C and vitamin E. Lin JY, Selim MA, Shea CR, Grichnik JM, Omar MM, Monteiro-Riviere NA, Pinnell SR.
4 Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance among middle-aged American women. Cosgrove MC, Franco OH, Granger SP, Murray PG, Mayes AE.
5 Topical ascorbic acid on photoaged skin. Clinical, topographical and ultrastructural evaluation: double-blind study vs. placebo. Humbert PG, Haftek M, Creidi P, Lapière C, Nusgens B, Richard A, Schmitt D, Rougier A, Zahouani H.
6 Use of topical ascorbic acid and its effects on photodamaged skin topography. Traikovich SS.
7 Sodium L-ascorbyl-2-phosphate 5% lotion for the treatment of acne vulgaris: a randomized, double-blind, controlled trial. Woolery-Lloyd H, Baumann L, Ikeno H.
8 Efficacy of vitamin supplementation in situations with wound healing disorders: results from clinical intervention studies. Ellinger S, Stehle P.
9 Supplementation of vitamin E, vitamin C, and zinc attenuates oxidative stress in burned children: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study. Barbosa E, Faintuch J, Machado Moreira EA, Gonçalves da Silva VR, Lopes Pereima MJ, Martins Fagundes RL, Filho DW.

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The same component that gives carrots their rich orange color can do wonders for your skin. Beta carotene a precursor to vitamin A, makes your skin look younger, healthier, and more radiant. That’s why it’s one of the super nutraceuticals we include in our VitaminCells Skin Care products.

What is it?
Beta carotene is a member of the deeply pigmented carotenoid family. If you’re keeping track, other nutraceuticals in this group include lutein, lycopene, and astaxanthin. Beta carotene is responsible for that gorgeous orange and yellow color found in fruits and vegetables. Dietary sources include carrots (carotene is Latin for carrot, after all!), sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, winter squash, pumpkins, orange bell peppers, and apricots.

More than skin deep
When you apply a product like our Natural Age Antidote Day Skin Cream to your skin, the beta-carotene in it penetrates into your skin and boosts retinyl esters. Before we go further, let’s define that term and talk about why it’s good for you. Retinyl esters are the storage form of retinol, a derivative of vitamin A. Retinol can stimulate the production of new skin cells and help fade dark spots on your skin. In a 2004 study1, topical beta-carotene led to a 10-fold increase in epidermal retinyl esters.

Speaking of dark spots
Melasma is a common condition that causes skin discoloration, usually on the face, particularly on the areas that get a lot of sun such as the spine of your nose, forehead, chin, and cheeks. In a study2 of 31 adults clinically diagnosed with melasma, topically applied beta-carotene helped reduce or sufficiently eliminate the discoloration. Researchers tracked 26 patients who applied beta-carotene lotion daily for 8 weeks, and 9 who continued treatment an additional 16 weeks. In both groups, participants saw improvement, with more pronounced changes apparent with the longer treatment cycle.

Melanoma risk reduction study
A team of researchers3 studied nearly 70,000 individuals in Washington State to see if retinol supplements reduced the overall risk of melanoma. The study spanned over 5 and half years and illustrated a strong correlation between retinol intake via supplements and a reduced risk of melanoma in women.  

Let’s talk more about UV protection
A team of researchers4 reviewed studies pertaining to the effects of carotenoids like beta-carotene and lycopene (another of our favorite nutraceuticals) in protecting your skin from sun damage. What they found was that people who had carotenoid-rich diets, or who regularly took supplements containing those vitamins, enjoyed photoprotection from UVA and UVB exposure.  Another team5 evaluated seven studies published through 2007 and found that beta carotene supplements taken for a minimum of 10 weeks led to a reduced risk of sunburn.

Ready to tap into the benefits of this superstar nutraceutical? We have one more thing that will widen that gorgeous smile of yours even more. If you sign up for our EB Newsletter today, we'll give you $10 off. Don't stop there! Sign-up for our EB Rewards program to continue earning rewards.

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1 Topical β‐carotene is converted to retinyl esters in human skin ex vivo. Christophe Antille, Christian Tran, Olivier Sorg, Jean‐Hilaire Saurat
2 Efficacy of beta-carotene topical application in melasma--an open clinical trial. Kar HK
3 Association of Vitamin A and Carotenoid Intake with Melanoma Risk in a Large Prospective Cohort. Maryam M. Asgari, MD MPH, Theodore M. Brasky, PhD, and Emily White, PhD
4 β-Carotene and other carotenoids in protection from sunlight. Stahl W, Sies H.
5 Protection from sunburn with beta-Carotene--a meta-analysis. Köpcke W, Krutmann J

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