by Lisa Matsuda

I’d like to welcome my niece, Lisa Matsuda as a contributor to the HollywoodBeautySecrets team. Thank you Lisa.

What are parabens?

Parabens are widely used in the cosmetics industry as a preservative and as an anti-microbial agent that prevent mould and bacteria. There are three types of parabens in cosmetics products that are widely used: methylparaben (methyl paraben), propylparaben, and butylparaben. They can increase the shelf life of products by years, not just months!

Parabens are found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving gels, personal lubricants, topical/parenteral pharmaceuticals, spray tanning solution, makeup, and toothpaste, and they are also used as an additive in processed foods.

Why they are dangerous:

Parabens enter the human body either through contact with the epidermis (skin) or via the gastrointestinal tract and blood. Paraben esters can be found in the blood stream in as little as one hour after application!  One study found that the higher the use of commercial lotions, deodorants, and other personal care products, the higher the level of parabens found in the bloodstream.

Recent studies have linked parabens to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and skin irritation. They have also been found in human breast milk and are thought to cause damage to sperm DNA as well.

A 2012 study from the University of Reading in the UK discovered 99 percent of tissue samples collected from women contained anywhere from one to five different types of parabens.  These compounds mimic estrogen, and elevated levels of estrogen have been linked to the development, growth, and progression of breast cancer.

Not only bad for you, but also bad for our oceans:

Parabens have also been found in ocean mammals. Another study done by the US government which studied 8 different species of marine life from Florida to Alaska found parabens in each species tested, no matter their location. These parabens were found to be synthetically sourced and not naturally occurring. Methyl paraben and a metabolite of methyl paraben called 4-hydroxybenzoic acid (4-HB) were the most commonly found paraben in the samples taken. As in humans, these chemicals act as estrogen in a mammal’s body.

While the exact affect these chemicals have on the oceans is still being studied, the fact that these mammals are being affected by, not only plastics and waste, but by our choice of personal products should inform our decisions when choosing our skin care.

Is it too late?

Fortunately, it is not too late to change! A study done by UC Berkley on the effects of chemicals in cosmetics showed a 45% reduction in parabens in the blood stream after just 3 days of switching to paraben-free products!

The less demand for these chemical laden products, the less they will be made. Hollywood Beauty Secrets is committed to providing SAFE, EFFECTIVE, paraben-free products for your beauty routine. Join the thousands of women that have made the switch!

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Fats are vital to good health and we should take in a variety on a daily basis for our body to function effectively. It’s an essential nutrient for utilizing the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K). Furthermore, our diet contains fat that assists with the development and growth of the brain as well as the skin, nerve function, and bone structure.  They also act as security and a cushion for the vital organs of the body. However, not all fats are identical or offer comparable health and wellness advantages. Food consisting of them have a differing combination of saturated, monounsaturated as well as polyunsaturated.

Whether the fats you consume are liquids such as oil, or solids such as margarine, they end up being broken down by your body and transformed into fatty acids and glycerol. The human body takes these and converts other lipids in the body. The remaining lipids are stored as a triglyceride.

Differentiating between saturated fats, trans fats or unsaturated fats?

Good-Fats-Vs-Bad-FatsFats  are classified as either saturated or unsaturated. This is determined by the number of hydrogen atoms connected to each carbon in their chemical chains. The more hydrogens connected to the chain, the more saturated the fat is. Should there be hydrogen atoms missing, the fatty acid is referred to as unsaturated.

Saturated Fats

Saturated fat is related to causing the liver to produce more cholesterol in addition to LDL cholesterol.

Food Sources: Meats, Butter, Whole milk, Poultry, Coconut oil, Palm oil

Unsaturated Fats

There are two categories of unsaturated fats; monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated are regarded as being the healthier and more useful as opposed to saturated fats or trans fats. Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) are related to reduced LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, but concurrently raising the production of the “good” cholesterol, HDL cholesterol. Fats in this category normally are in liquid form and at room temperature.

Food Sources: Sunflower oil, Canola oil, Olive oil, Peanut oil, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Avocados

Polyunsaturated fatty acids

This type of fat activates lower blood/ serum cholesterol in addition to lower levels of LDL production. Interestingly, these fatty acids tend to reduce HDL production. Similar to monounsaturated fats, they can be found as liquids at room temperature.

Food Sources: Flaxseed oil, Corn oil, Sesame oil, Sunflower seeds and sunflower oil, Fatty fish, i.e. Salmon, Walnuts

Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Omega-3s are specific polyunsaturated fatty acids found in meat sources. In non-meat sources, our bodies’ process alpha-linolenic acid into usable omega-3s. This fat is to be specifically healthy and beneficial the body due to the fact of their linkage with enhancing the immune process, rheumatoid arthritis, vision, brain function, and heart health. They’ve are known to reduce both triglyceride and total cholesterol levels. Most experts recommend the consumption of foods rich in omega-3s on a daily basis.

Food Sources: Seafood including High fat mackerel, albacore tuna, sardines, salmon, lake trout

Seed, Nut, Vegetable, and other Oil Sources: Flaxseed oil, Walnuts, Pumpkin seeds, Peanuts Soybean oil, Canola oil, kale, spinach, brussel sprouts, watercress and parsley

Vegetable oils offering Omega-6 fatty acids

Omega 6 rich foods also fall into the category of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega 6 fatty acids are identified with lowering heart disease risk by reducing LDL cholesterol levels. Likewise, they’ve been known to also reduce HDL levels.

Food Sources: Most vegetable oils, Sunflower seeds, Pine Nuts, Trans Fats

Trans Fats

Trans-fats are those we must avoid. Manufacturers use trans-fats to prolong the shelf life of foods such as breads, cookies, crackers, chips and other processed foods. Trans fats include hydrogen in their chemical makeup. Hydrogen causes the fat in the food to be firmer and more saturated, this causes a postponing of the rancidity and prolongs freshness. The adverse effect is that the hydrogens cause the food to become more saturated and hydrogenated resulting in trans fats. This additive is cheap – which is why manufacturers use it. But it is also very unhealthy.

Avoid trans fats! If we all stop buying food laden with trans fats, manufacturers will have to rethink and will have no choice but to start producing healthier foods for our families. Read labels on packaged foods to ensure they are free of transfats. Stay healthy.


You’ll notice that beta-carotene is one of the ingredients in our Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex (our top moisturizer) and our Beyond CP (nightly serum for oily skin or those with broken capillaries and scars). There are many skin and health benefits of this colorful red-orange pigment, also found in plants, fruits, and colorful vegetables.

Our bodies transform beta-carotene into vitamin A (retinol). Vitamin A can be derived from beta-carotene-rich foods or with supplements. The benefit of the dietary form is that the human body only modifies the amount it requires as needed. Vitamin A in excess quantities can be toxic. Toxic Vitamin A amounts can arise by ingesting a large quantity of the supplement form. If your source is from food, toxicity is preventable. We require Vitamin A for beautiful skin, a healthy immune system and vision, and to produce mucus membranes.

beta-caroteneWhy beta carotene is essential?

Beta-carotene is regarded as an antioxidant and is also a predecessor to vitamin A. This compound promotes healthier skin while is also crucial to the overall health of the lungs, heart and eyes. In fact, beta-carotene consumption can help decrease coronary artery disease, strokes, macular degeneration, and other age-associated conditions.

Other health benefits of beta carotene:

For skin wellbeing, there is proof that beta-carotene, itself or combined with other carotenoids or antioxidant vitamins can safeguard the skin from damaging UVA/UVB sun rays. However, it is always recommended to apply a broad spectrum sun screen daily (snow, rain or shine). I like Evenly Radiant Day Crème. It’s nano-particle-free so it refracts harmful rays away from the skin. Find it at my shop in the sunscreen section.

Studies reveal that eating at least 3-5 servings of veggies and fruits loaded with beta carotene could help reduce lung cancer. See a list of foods below. It is not apparent if these results can be associated to beta-carotene by itself. For heart health, a variety scientific research studies have connected high blood levels of dietary beta-carotene and alternative carotenoids with a reduced danger of developing illnesses which affect the heart or blood vessels.

For eye health, research indicates that foods containing high levels of beta-carotene and other carotenoids could assist in reducing the advancement of The Beauty of Beta-Carotene 1age-associated macular degeneration (degradation of the macula, a portion of the retina responsible for central vision) and cataracts (which cause the eye lens to cloud) leading to loss or reduction of vision if untreated. Also be sure to wear polarized sun glasses to help prevent the onset of cataracts.

For a healthy immune system myriad scientific studies note that beta-carotene and carotenoids, can help prevent some infections.

Which foods are rich in beta-carotene?

Apricots, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, kale, Chinese cabbage, chives, dandelion leaves, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, ketchup, onions, peas, peppers, plums, pumpkin, spinach, squash, herbs and spices including chili powder, oregano, paprika, parsley.

DHA Article

Did you know that poor memory and depression may be a sign that you are lacking in DHA? In fact, several studies have revealed that DHA can offer many additional health benefits.
Consuming a daily supplement of DHA can:

– lower anxiety and anger and help uplift mood,

– help reduce post-partum depression, bipolar illness and schizophrenia,

– prevent brain shrinkage (which occurs as we age)

– help fight off brain plaque. Brain plaque is associated with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and brain fog.

If you are challenged with any of these issues, check with your doctor about taking DHA which is found in fish oil. However, as you may have read in my AGE-PROOF book, I have not been a fan of fish oil supplements for quite some time since discovering that many fish oils can cause inflammation. Many studies, including one from Yale University researchers and alternative health physician, Dr. R. Rowen, uncovered some startling facts about fish oil in early 2010. They revealed that many fish oil supplements were tainted with mercury and other toxins (prior to packaging). While several others, when exposed to oxygen or heat, became rancid!!

Did you know that ingesting rancid fish oil triggers many serious health issues?! They include weight gain, high insulin levels, blood clots, sore joints and inflammation. And we all know that Inflammation causes us to age faster and look older and is associated with many diseases.

In addition, omega 3 fish oil supplements are high in unsaturated fat and not easily absorbed by the body. By taking fish oil in the amounts noted on most supplement bottles, many women and men have experienced a weight gain of 10 or more pounds as well as cravings for simple carbohydrates such as breads and sweets. Eating these types of carbs also cause inflammation, rapid aging and disease. In addition, many individuals report that they feel ‘blue’, look older than their years, and have been experiencing joint pain. Rancid fish oil may be the reason.

DHA/Omega 3 Alternative

We know it’s important to consume omega 3’s (fatty acids). They help support our respiratory and heart health. So taking them daily and especially during cold and flu season is very important. The good news is you can get DHA/EPA Omega 3s in a much safer, non-rancid form. It’s called Vectomega®. It’s a whole food that offers omega 3 DHA/EPA with unique bioactive salmon peptides for superior brain and heart health.

Vectomega is:

– not a fish oil therefore will not cause fish burps,

– cold processed salmon – extracted without chemicals, solvents or excessive heat,

– omega-3 from salmon as nature intended, never chemically altered so is the best form for brain health,

– offers five types of heart and brain healthy phospholipids (great for brain support and especially good for those challenged with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or brain fog,

– offers zero rancidity

– third party tested for purity – no concerns with toxins, heavy metals or contaminants,

– hexane-free

– just one tablet a day

Find it at your local health food store or contact me if you need a source.

How to Slow Aging, Brain Fog & Dementia
According to a report from Life Extension, “it’s estimated that 75%-90% of visits to primary care physicians are now related to the effects of stress”. According to the report, stress shortens telomeres (the caps on the ends of chromosomes). Shortened telomeres are linked to accelerated aging, brain fog and dementia!!
bacopa-extract-powderIf you are challenged with stress or adrenal exhaustion, you may also be experiencing irritation or frequent “melt downs”. Taking oral supplements such as natural adaptogens can help to greatly relieve the effects of stress, calm the mood and prevent stress-related weight gain. I’ve noted many adaptogens in my book, “AGE-PROOF: Beauty Alternatives You Need to Know” such as 5-HTP, gaba and a few others.  But recently, I uncovered another highly effective adaptogen called Bacopa Extract that can not only help relieve stress, it can do many marvelous things as noted below.
Bocopa contains brain-repairing neurons called saponins. Researchers reveal that Bacopa can enhance memory, recall ability and concentration. It may even help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies in the USA report that a small dose of Bacopa (approx.. 450 mg daily) for 12 weeks improved information recall, agility, alertness and enhanced the ability to grasp information and skills more quickly. It has also been proven to reduce depression, stress and anxiety. A 12 week study conducted in Australia, revealed that subjects taking Bacopa scored higher results on cognitive tests and memorization skills. In many countries, Bacopa is used to treat stress, anxiety, depression, epilepsy, attention deficit disorder, Alzheimers and mental deficiency.
If you have any of these issues be sure to check with your health care practitioner before using Bacopa. The brand I have tried as a de-stresser is by Planetary Herbals®. You can get it at Nutritional Warehouse in Venice, CA. and select health food stores.