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General

Foods For Your Skin

According to dermatologists, what you eat can have as significant an impact on your complexion as any skincare products you use. While skincare products can expose your skin to chemicals, eating healthy and including these specific nutrient-rich foods in your diet is a natural way to keep your skin looking and feeling good. Some foods can even help your skin build up a natural barrier against harmful free radicals found in the sun’s rays. Tomatoes, green tea, kale, and yellow and orange vegetables all have nutrients in them that will help protect your skin from the sun. The lycopene found in tomatoes (especially cooked ones) improves the skin’s natural SPF levels, and the carotenoids (antioxidants) in yellow and orange vegetables (such as carrots, peppers, and pumpkin) can help decrease skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Kale is widely known as one of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, which...

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General, Lifestyle, Travel

Summer 2017

With the Labor Day weekend and the end of summer fast approaching, I took a moment to reflect on everything that has happened this summer and what it has meant for me both professionally and personally. This summer brought with it new beginnings and opportunities, as well as some calm, tranquil moments to reflect on the changes of the past season. My family and I just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Greece where we visited the historic sights in Athens, soaked in the Santorini sunsets, and enjoyed the authentic, beautiful landscapes of Crete. The genuine people, fresh foods, ancient ruins, architecture, and majestic Mediterranean Sea were all breathtakingly beautiful. Although travel with kids can sometimes be hectic and challenging, I did my best to find moments where I could sit quietly and reflect on what's around me, the gratitude I felt in my heart for the present...

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General, Lifestyle

Ali Hendi M.D. Interview With NBC4 Washington | Melanoma Monday: 4 Things You Should Know

Dr Ali Hendi, Co-Founder of luminora™, was recently interviewed by NBC 4 Washington. In his interview with NBC 4, Dr Ali Hendi spoke about keeping safe from the sun, and skin cancer prevention. It is estimated that one in five Americans will get skin cancer, making it THE most common cancer. Skin cancer cases outnumber breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancer combined! The most common skin cancer, Basal Cell Carcinoma is slowly growing and rarely fatal. It grows within the skin and typically does not spread (metastasize). The second most common skin cancer is Squamous Cell Carcinoma, which can be fast growing, and has the potential to spread. However, melanoma is the deadliest and accounts for the majority of deaths from skin cancer; luckily it accounts for less than one percent of all skin cancer cases. UV exposure from the sun, or tanning beds, is a known carcinogen that accounts for the most preventable...

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Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel

My journey to luminora™

With the launch of luminora™ fast approaching, I’m constantly being asked “how did you make the leap from being an attorney/wife/mother to becoming a fashion designer?” My answer: While design is an important aspect of my new business, and a great creative outlet, it is only a small piece of the puzzle I’m privileged to work on daily. My biggest challenge is finding ways to create a business that is innovative, socially responsible, and serves a greater need for women all over the world. I also don’t see myself as a fashion designer, but rather as an advocate for health conscious women who value freedom, self-expression, authenticity, and cultivation of joy through travel and new experiences. As a wife to a skin cancer surgeon,  with a passion for traveling to beautiful sunny destinations, and a love for exercise and the outdoors, I found that my lifestyle was in conflict with...

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