Shelley Burns

Elimination Effect

Beauty From The Inside Out

Do you often wonder why a skin blemish has not resolved or why acne outbreaks continue in spite of countless therapies? If so, you may need to dig a bit deeper and look inside—inside your body, that is. Good digestive health and the health of your colon can mean healthy skin.

The question is, how?

Both the colon and skin are responsible for absorbing and releasing chemicals, water, and other metabolic products. The colon is the largest internal organ in the body. Its function is specifically to absorb food, nutrients, and water.

White Out

A Flour That’s Not So Pretty

Have you ever wondered if that piece of fluffy white bread, slice of moist cake, or sample of flaky piecrust affects your skin? Why would you? After all, these are just baked goods. The concern with many of these foods is they are prepared with white flour. White flour can cause many skin conditions, including premature aging and acne.

Hydrogenated Fat

The-Not-So-Good Fat

It is very easy to get caught up in today’s craze for convenience. It’s easy to think we don’t have time to cook healthy meals and must rely on fast food to survive. What some people don’t realize is convenience foods are full of saturated fatty acids, especially in the form of hydrogenated fats. Hydrogenated fats are produced when hydrogen is injected into unsaturated fatty acids, the process used in converting vegetable oil to margarine.

Fight Free Radicals

A Rainbow Guide to Antioxidants

You may have heard that free radicals are external insults that can affect our bodies internally. Some of these external factors are cigarette smoke, air pollutants, and various toxins we ingest, such as some cholesterol-lowering medications, oral contraceptives, and anti-inflammatory medications. But most free radicals are actually produced within our own cells as normal by-products of the conversion of food to energy.

Shea Butter

From Tropical to Topical

Shea butter comes from the nut of the shea tree (pronounced shay) found in the tropics of Africa, primarily West Africa. It offers many benefits as a topical moisturizer for skin and hair, and improves other skin problems and appearance.

As well as providing relief from minor dermatological conditions like eczema, lesser burns, and acne, shea butter can be used as a natural sunscreen and for stretch-mark prevention during pregnancy. Other benefits include the evening out of skin tone, reducing blemishes, and restoring skin elasticity.

Green Tea

Skin Care in a Cup

A longtime Chinese elixir, green tea has been used historically to treat head- aches, body aches, poor digestion, and improve life expectancy. And it’s also good for skin.


Not Such a Sweet Story

Most people have no idea just how much sugar is in the foods Americans consume. However, this sweet culprit may be behind many health issues, including skin problems. Here’s why.

Vitamin E

The Essential Antiaging Nutrient

A good skin care regimen is comprised of an antioxidant-rich diet and vitamin/mineral supplementation that includes vitamin E — an essential key to a healthy complexion. Vitamin E is unique in that it’s not one vitamin, but a family of eight fat-soluble antioxidants, including four types of tocopherols and four types of tocotrienols — alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Alpha-tocopherol is the most common and most potent form of vitamin E.

Coenzyme Q10

The Wrinkle Cure

Air pollutants, toxins, cigarette smoke, cell metabolism, exposure to the sun, and other environmental factors initiate free radicals, which can cause dangerous reactions that destroy cells and damage DNA, proteins, and fats. Free radicals also interfere with collagen production and integrity, resulting in loss of elasticity and, ultimately, aging skin. Although this is a natural and unavoidable by-product of metabolism, an overabundance of free radical damage can cause premature aging and wrinkles. Fortunately, there’s a nutritional way to fight the elements.