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21
JUN

7 Beauty Tricks from Grandma You Aren’t Using (But Should Be)

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 12:04 pm | By: Monica Weymouth

Grandmothers are known for their folksy fixes—some of which are more legitimate than others. Have a cold? Chicken soup may actually reduce inflammation, so go ahead and take her up on a nice big bowl. Have a fussy baby? Think twice before opening the “magic teething whiskey.” Have a bad hair day? Start taking notes, friend.

Yes, grandmothers are the original beauty hackers—from skincare shortcuts to blowout-saving secrets, they know a thing or two about looking good for less. Here are seven simple, straightforward and thrifty vintage beauty tricks the experts (and, likely, your grandma) still use today.

7 Beauty Tricks You Need to Know

Matte Magic 
Don’t tell your gloss, but shine-free lips are having a moment. The low-key matte look, which first surfaced on Instagram and runways, is now officially out in the wild. If you’re not quite ready to trade in your favorite cream shades, try the trend using this old-school trick from Elizabeth Johnson, co-owner of Delaware-based cosmetics boutique Houpette.

“After applying the lipstick, place a tissue over your lips and let it stick,” she says. “Then, brush setting powder on top of the tissue over your lips. It will mattify the lip color and make it more long-wearing.”

Brow Know-How  
These days, a brow pencil is a beauty basic. But before beauty megastores and one-click shopping, a little repurposed eye shadow did the trick just fine. Despite the hundreds of options available in 2018, Johnson still finds herself subbing in shadow when she wants to perfectly match a client’s hair color.

“There are so many more shades available!” she says. “Take an angled brow brush and apply the eye shadow starting in the middle of the brow arch, working back toward the start of the brow and then, finally, through the brow to the ends.” (Eye shadow is messier than a pencil, so make sure to tap any excess pigment off the brush prior to applying.)

Have unruly brows? Skip the specialized brow gel and use Johnson’s quick fix: lip balm. Take a small amount on your fingertip, dab through your brows, then comb through gently with a clean spoolie brush.

Grease Be Gone 
Dry shampoos are a great way to freshen up your hair between washes. But, as your grandmother would be obligated to point out, the main ingredients are baby powder and corn starch—both of which were used to extend expensive salon blowouts long before dry shampoo (and hand-held hair dryers) hit the market. Simply sprinkle some powder or starch at the roots, comb through, and be on your way.

Bright-Eyed Bluff 
Dark circles have never been in style. Although there are endless illuminators (and, ahem, filters) on the market, take a cue from Old Hollywood makeup artists and try using red lipstick to brighten things up. Johnson recommends opting for a coral shade and dabbing a tiny bit under the eye where the purple undertones are prominent, keeping the application light and sheer. Then, top with your usual under-eye concealer and setting powder. “Voila—dark circles no more!” she says.

Something to Smile About
Before modern teeth whitening treatments, Hollywood stars turned to their kitchen cabinets for a brightening boost. Baking soda, which is still used in many whitening toothpastes, releases free radicals that break down stains on tooth enamel. Brush it on a couple times a week, rinse thoroughly, and smile often.

The Magic Eraser
Grandmom used petroleum jelly for everything—including removing her eye makeup. As strange as it sounds, petroleum jelly swipes off makeup like magic, and at a fraction of the cost of specialized makeup removers.

However, petroleum jelly can easily clog pores and lead to acne, depending on your skin type. And, as a byproduct of the oil refining industry, it’s an unsustainable resource with varying degrees of purity. For a gentler, more Earth-friendly alternative, try coconut oil, suggests Philadelphia-based makeup artist Deanna O’Hanna. Simply whip the coconut oil in your palms to get it to an almost liquid state, then gently rub onto your face, paying special attention to any areas that have more makeup (such as your eyes). Rinse with warm water, pat dry, and say goodbye to those wasteful makeup wipes.

A Freezing Facial
Legendary screen queen Joan Crawford was known for her high-maintenance beauty routine. While we wouldn’t recommend her “secret” to a sculpted jawline—chewing gum, constantly, to strengthen the muscles—her DIY facial stands up today. After removing her makeup, Crawford would splash her face with ice water 25 times to reduce puffiness and tighten skin. Model Kate Moss still swears by the trick and takes it one step further, filling a sink with ice cubes and submerging her face for a quick refresh.




4
JUN

A Closer Look at Collagen: Types and Sources

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 5:04 pm | By: Monica Weymouth

As they say, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Case in point? Collagen.

When you’re young, this premium, does-it-all protein is abundant, binding cells and tissues together with ease and aplomb. Collagen—which is derived from the Greek word for “glue”—is essentially a tightly wound bundle of amino acids, and is responsible for everything from healthy joints to shiny hair to rosy cheeks. That fabled “youthful glow”? You’re admiring the handiwork of good old-fashioned collagen.

Unfortunately, nothing gold can stay, and your body produces less and less collagen as you age. In the past, weaker bones, achy joints, wrinkled skin and brittle hair due to lack of collagen was inevitable. But now, some studies show that supplements can boost your body’s levels of this highly-coveted protein.

If you’re thinking of adding a collagen supplement to your diet, there are some important factors to consider.

Why Supplement with Collagen?

Much of the research about collagen supplements is preliminary, but there is evidence that consuming collagen derived from animals can help the human body restore diminished levels.

Tara Nayak is a naturopathic doctor who practices in Philadelphia. Although she first attempts to support her patients’ natural production of collagen, she recommends supplementing when it matches an individual’s needs. “Collagen is recommended for those looking to improve skin elasticity, support joints and heal wounds,” she says. “There is also some evidence for its use in hair loss and cardiovascular disease.”

Hair and skin health are two of the most common reasons that people reach for supplements, and studies suggest that the benefits are significant. A double-blind 2014 study found that when women ingested collagen once daily for eight weeks, they experienced improved skin elasticity, moisture, and smoothness (1).

There’s also evidence to support supplemental collagen’s role in improving joint health. A study published in the International Journal of Medical Sciences showed that patients suffering from osteoarthritis pain enjoyed more mobility and increased comfort after ingesting collagen (2).

Collagen Types and Sources

If you decide to use a collagen supplement, choosing one can be overwhelming. From pills to powders, broths to bars, protein shakes to gummy chews, there’s no shortage of options. To make matters more confusing, dozens of different types of collagen exist in nature, and many supplements make the distinction between what types they contain.

Most commonly, supplements contain type 1, type 2 or type 3 collagens. There is some research suggesting that different types provide different benefits—for example, types 1 and 3 are associated more closely with hair and skin, while type 2 is aligned with joint health. However, Nayak recommends not reading too much into this just yet. “There are some claims of the differences between these, but there is still much research to be done to differentiate which works best for what,” she says.

Instead, Nayak advises her patients to be more vigilant about the source of the collagen than the particular type. Collagen is derived from animals—primarily the bones of cows and chickens and the scales of fish—and there is, at the moment, no vegan alternative. “I would first make sure that your source of collagen is organic and grass-fed if beef, pasture-raised if chicken and wild-caught if fish,” she says. “Because these come from animal sources, we want to make sure the animal was raised in a clean, humane manner with minimal chemical additives.”

Other Collagen Considerations

Although collagen is generally considered to be safe, supplements can be problematic for those who suffer from conditions including allergies and kidney stones.

“Anyone with sensitivities to the animal source of the collagen should absolutely avoid a collagen supplement made from the animal,” says Nayak. “I would also hesitate to use these supplements in someone with a history of stone formation due to collagen’s tendency to raise calcium—increased calcium makes an easy breeding site for kidney stones.”

Regardless of your risk factors, it’s important to talk to your doctor before adding any supplement to your diet.




31
MAY

I Tried a Jade Roller and Here’s What Happened

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 1:25 pm | By: Monica Weymouth

They say you can tell a lot about a person by their eyes. And these days, that worries me.

For starters, although I sometimes forget I’m not 25, my eyes don’t—they remember each and every one of their 33 years, and have some pesky fine lines to prove it. There’s a little extra damage thanks to a history of fake-bake tans (forgive me—I went to prom in 2002) and one Legitimate Wrinkle that I blame on a super-stressful “Game of Thrones” finale (I call him Jean-Luc—he’s actually kind of charming once you get to know him). As for the puffy dark circles, I suspect those have something to do with my 10-month-old daughter, who has endless amounts of energy despite napping once every other week.

I do what I can. I get the occasional facial, moisturize on the regular, mask on the weekends, and recently bought a very expensive “miracle broth” lotion from a very expensive-looking French woman. That said, there’s plenty of room for improvement—which is how I ended up with a jade roller.

What Is a Jade Roller?

The latest gadget to hit Instagram #selfcare vanities, jade rollers are hand-held facial massagers crafted from their namesake gemstones. Although the origin story is hazy, according to Internet beauty lore, women in China have been using them since ancient times to promote circulation, increase lymphatic drainage, and stimulate anti-inflammatory properties in the skin. More recently, celebrity makeup artists began name-dropping jade rollers a couple of years ago, citing the tiny tools as the secret behind bright, youthful eyes (see also: Botox). Fast-forward to 2018, and they’re on the beauty VIP list.

These days, you can buy a jade roller pretty much anywhere with a decent assortment of skincare products. Big-box stores sell versions for under $10, while higher-end department stores stock models that run close to $75; I chose a mid-priced $25 roller with impressive online reviews. Made from natural jade, it promised to “help reduce fine lines, minimize pores, and tighten the skin” as well as “assist the lymphatic system by helping drain lymphatic fluids and toxins.”

Putting the Jade Roller to the Test

I’ll try anything once—especially for $25—so I was excited to put it to the test. The instructions recommend using it in the morning and evening for up to 10 minutes per session, which is a little longer that I usually devote to skincare (as in, 9 minutes longer). But in the name of science—and Jean-Luc—I resolved to commit to the routine for a week.

First things first: I washed my face and applied my usual eye serum and moisturizer (some say jade rollers massage these in deeper so your skin soaks up the benefits). Then I got to rolling. Starting at my neck, I rolled upward and outward as recommended using gentle pressure. Allegedly, this motion best stimulates circulation and toxin removal, but toxins or no toxins, common sense dictates that you never want to pull down the skin on your face—especially in your mid-30s.

Although 10 minutes was a bit of a stretch, I immediately bonded with my new jade roller—as it turns out, my face has been begging for a massage. My skin didn’t look any different after one session, but my entire face felt refreshed and relaxed. Even my forehead and eyebrows—which are always conspiring to furrow—took it easy for the morning.

About halfway through the week, I began popping the roller in the fridge, as many advanced beauty buffs advise. The idea is that the cool stone will better treat puffiness, similar to how ice reduces swelling. While I can’t say that I noticed any immediate difference, it did feel amazing, especially in the morning, and my jade roller earned a permanent spot next to the orange juice.

By the end of the week, I had to admit what I had begun to suspect: the aesthetic difference was minimal. I did notice a slightly more even skin tone immediately after rolling, but that didn’t seem to last into the day. My eyes may have appeared a little less puffy, but an extra hour of sleep probably would have done a better job.

To confirm, I asked my boyfriend the question that every man dreads: “Do you notice anything different about me?” He panicked, took a long scan of my face, and told me my hair looked great. Was it a bad answer? No. But it wasn’t a great endorsement for my jade roller, either.

Despite the time commitment, I enjoyed jade rolling—so much so that I only missed one session, which is more than I can say for every other step of my haphazard skincare routine!




2
FEB

3 Ways To Boost Collagen Naturally

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Health Foods,Supplements at 4:26 pm | By: Guest Blogger

When it comes to the health of your skin and bones, collagen is incredibly important. If you would like to maintain a fresh and vibrant appearance at all times, your body needs to continuously produce the correct amount of collagen. Sadly, factors like being out in the sun for too long or smoking cigarettes can have negative impacts on your body’s ability to produce the right level of this useful protein.

If you believe your skin could use a bit of a boost in regards to collagen production, now is a wonderful time to consider a few useful tips. Taking the right supplements and engaging in healthy daily practices can do wonders for enhancing your body’s natural ability to produce collagen. Consider these ideas and see what tactics might be the most useful for your goals.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a vitamin with a lot to offer the body, assisting with the functions of the immune and digestive systems. On top of this, Vitamin C has also been shown to have a huge effect on repairing and restoring specific tissues. When your body does not seem to be producing collagen at the rate you require, then you might find it useful to consider Vitamin C supplements.

Not only does Vitamin C aid in the process of repairing sensitive skin tissue, it can also provide an improved level of protection against certain environmental elements. Sun damage is one of the larger concerns to stay mindful of when it comes to the health of your skin. Though you should always use sunblock to protect your skin from conditions like melanoma, taking Vitamin C supplements can be the extra line of defense your skin requires.

Snooze Away

Most people understand how important sleep is to health and wellness. As you drift off into slumber, your body begins a restorative process to counteract the damage done throughout the day.  When you do not get enough sleep, it dramatically decreases your body’s ability to tackle this goal. Those who do not get a full night’s rest of about eight hours are likely to see an increase in inflammation from increased stress hormone production. These hormones are produced when the body is struggling to stay awake and can stand in the way of your body generating or repairing collagen.

The answer here is clear: get consistent and appropriate sleep. Your body will produce collagen naturally but you definitely need to do some of the work yourself. While you might feel like you have too many obligations and responsibilities to hit the hay at a normal hour, you will find that it is far more beneficial to your health to make the time to get a full night’s rest.

Balanced Diet

This might seem a bit obvious but what you eat is also going to hold sway over your body’s ability to generate collagen. In order for you to see the glowing skin you desire, you are going to need to make sure that you are getting the right nutrients in your daily meals. Lycopene is an antioxidant that has been shown to counteract some of the damage done to the skin by environmental factors like pollution. Often, the skin takes on damage simply by being exposed to polluted air.

Eating foods rich in lycopene can help to keep your skin fresh, so be sure to stock your cart with tomatoes the next time you hit the grocery store. You can also explore lycopene supplements if you don’t think you’ll be able to swing extra fruit in your daily diet. It might also be a good idea to focus on foods containing Vitamin A. This vitamin is responsible for keeping organs functioning properly and your skin is considered the largest organ of your body. Sweet potatoes are a delicious and effective source of Vitamin A.

 

Article written by Joe Palinsky

Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.




4
JAN

7 Foods That Have Anti-Aging Benefits

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Health Foods at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Getting old is inevitable but you don’t have to feel or look old! That explains why anti-aging supplements and products are top-selling items across the country. Did you know that some foods can also help slow down the aging process? Let’s look at 7 foods that have anti-aging benefits.

1. Grapes

Known for its anti-aging properties, resveratrol is found and extracted from the skin of grapes. Research suggests that resveratrol counters inflammation and several anti-aging supplements contain this powerful ingredient.

2. Collagen Protein

The most important and abundant protein in the body, collagen is responsible for keeping you healthy and young. Plus, marine collagen, with its high antioxidant content, has been used in beauty products in order to repair or prevent damage caused by environmental factors or aging process.

3. Blueberries

Known to delay aging and promoting longevity, blueberries are rich in anthocyanins, a compound credited for its anti-aging effects, limiting cellular damage caused by free radicals and preventing a large array of ailments.

4. Salmon

Salmon contains high amounts of astaxanthin, a super antioxidant and carotenoid known for its unique anti-aging benefits. Studies have shown that astaxanthin inhibits oxidative damage to DNA by reducing C-reactive protein and strengthening the immune system.

5. Oats

Oats contain a natural plant chemical that helps prevent damage to skin cells and soothes skin irritation. Plus, oats are low-glycemic and good for you, unlike high-glycemic foods which are known to cause acne and wrinkles.

6. Nuts

Nuts are loaded with both monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and both compounds have been associated with reduced heart disease and type 2 diabetes risk. Because all vascular factors have been related to cognition, nuts have the potential to slow cognitive decline in older adults.

7. Oranges

Citrus fruits are considered excellent anti-aging foods as these fruits are loaded with water which helps hydrate your skin and cells, and are high in vitamin C, which helps make collagen to keep your skin supple.




21
JUL

Skin, Hair & Nails Advice From Over 18,000 Dermatologists

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Supplements at 9:15 am | By: Guest Blogger
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Want the best advice on skin, hair, and nails? Follow these simple tips from The American Academy of Dermatology, one of the largest organizations of dermatologists (over 18,000 dermatologists) in the world.

Best Tips for Your Hair

  • Match frequency of shampooing to your hair type.
    If your scalp is oily, wash it once a day. For chemically treated hair, wash it less frequently. As you get older, your scalp makes less oil so you may not need to shampoo as often.
  • Concentrate shampoo on the scalp.
    When washing your hair, concentrate on cleaning primarily the scalp, rather than washing the entire length of hair. Washing only your hair can create flyaway hair that is dull and coarse.
  • Use conditioner after every shampoo.
    Using a conditioner can significantly improve the look of damaged or weathered hair by increasing shine, decreasing static electricity, improving strength, and offering some protection from harmful UV rays.
  • Choose a shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for your hair type.

Best Tips for Your Skin

  • Apply sunscreen when outdoors.
    Use a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 (or higher), and water resistance.
  • Resist the urge to scrub your skin clean.
    Never, ever, scrub your skin. It irritates your skin and can actually worsen any skin condition, including acne.
  • Wash your face gently.
    Wet your face with lukewarm water, apply a mild cleanser, and use a gentle, circular motion with your fingertips. Rinse and gently pat your face dry with a clean towel.
  • Always wash your face when waking, before bed, and after sweating.

Best Tips for Your Nails

  • Keep nails clean and dry.
  • Cut nails straight across, then “round off.”
    Use sharp nail scissors or clippers, then round the nails slightly at the tips for maximum strength.
  • Keep nails shaped and free of snags by filing with an emery board.
  • Do not remove the cuticle as it can damage your nails.


What to do when all else fails!

Tried everything, and nothing seems to work. You’re not alone. Fortunately, skin, hair, and nail researchers have identified a compound that’s been clinically proven to increase skin elasticity 89%, thicken and strengthen hair by 13%, and strengthen and clarify nails dramatically. The compound “choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid” (ch-OSA®) can be found in a product called BioSil® Hair, Skin, Nails from Natural Factors. BioSil is one of supermodel Christie Brinkley’s secrets to looking youthful, beautiful, and healthy!




12
JUL

How To Choose A Resveratrol Supplement

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Ask The ND,Supplements at 3:10 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
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Some of the biggest buzz words in science, as well as the wellness world right now, are anti-aging, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Everyone is looking for ways to stay healthy and live longer. Enter Resveratrol. For years now, researchers have been studying resveratrol trying to find the exact mechanisms in which it may help promote a longer healthier life. Resveratrol belongs to a class of plant-derived chemicals known as polyphenols—which have been studied with growing interest due to their antioxidant and anti-aging properties. In plants, polyphenols are responsible for the vibrant colors and help to prevent against ultraviolet radiation, pathogens, oxidative damage and any harsh climate conditions.

Benefits of Resveratrol

  • Strong antioxidant
  • Promotes anti-aging effects on the body.
  • Protects the cardiovascular system in the following ways:
    • Improved health of blood vessels (endothelial lining)
    • Improved circulatory system function
    • Improved cholesterol/lipid profiles
    • May protect heart muscle
  • Improves nitric oxide availability
  • Promotes anti-inflammatory mechanisms
  • May protect the nerves against degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
  • May help offset effects of obesity and poor diet/lifestyle choices
  • May have cancer-preventing benefits
  • Can help improve blood flow to the brain
  • May improve exercise endurance.

Where can you find resveratrol in foods?

  • Peanuts, grapes, purple grape juice, red wine, Japanese knotweed and a variety of berries such as blueberries and cranberries are great sources of resveratrol.

How much resveratrol do you require?

  • The standard dosage ranges from 250mg-500mg, but many researchers recommend anywhere between 100mg to 500mg per day. The best route to take is speaking with your health care provider to find the proper dosage for your body before starting any resveratrol supplements.

What’s in your supplements?

  • When choosing a resveratrol supplement, it’s best to look for supplements that use whole grape skins. One of the best sources of resveratrol in nature and for supplementation are muscadine grapes, as they tend to have the highest concentration of resveratrol.
  • Resveratrol comes in two forms, the cis form and the trans form, both of which refer to its chemical structure.
    • The trans form is regarded as the more biologically active form. If possible look for supplements that list the percentage of trans resveratrol the label.
    • The cis form is still active, but more research has been conducted on the trans form. As a result, we have not seen all of the benefits in the cis form that can be seen with the trans form.
  • Many professionals believe that the purity level of trans-resveratrol should be around 98%.
  • Look for products that explicitly say “resveratrol” on the label and not “red-wine complex” or proprietary formula. 300mg of resveratrol is not the same as 300mg of red wine complex.
  • Try to avoid supplements with fillers and additives.
  • Always read the ingredients label before purchasing any supplements!

Other Helpful Information

  • Resveratrol may inhibit platelet aggregation, which means it may increase the risk of bleeding in individuals who are on anti-clotting medications.
  • Although red wine is a good source of resveratrol, it is important to not drink large quantities as alcohol may have toxic effects on the body.
  • It may be best to take your resveratrol supplements in the morning as they may be slightly more bioavailable vs. in the afternoon or evening.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should not take resveratrol as it has not been well studied as safe.
  • Some supplements such as quercetin can work in conjunction with resveratrol and may boost its effectiveness.




28
APR

Vitamin E May Help Reduce Metabolic Syndrome

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Vitamins and Minerals at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
New research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that people with metabolic syndrome, a condition that’s often related to obesity, need significantly more vitamin E.

This syndrome is defined by diagnosis of several conditions, including abdominal obesity, elevated lipids, high blood pressure, pro-inflammatory state, a pro-thrombotic state and insulin resistance or impaired glucose tolerance.

An estimated 92 percent of men and 96 percent of women in the United States fail to get an adequate daily intake of vitamin E in their diet and is no surprise that more than 30 percent of the American public are obese, and more than 25 percent of the adults in the United States meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome, putting them at significantly increased risk for cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes.

Some good dietary sources of vitamin E include almonds, olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, spinach, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, nuts and whole grains. However, vitamin E is one of the more difficult micronutrients to obtain by dietary means and supplements are still the best way to get higher quantities.

A powerful, fat-soluble antioxidant important for cell protection, vitamin E affects gene expression, immune function, aids in repair of wounds and the damage of atherosclerosis. Additionally, E is important for vision and neurologic function and can rejuvenate your health as well as beauty as it’s known to improve hair and skin. Vitamin E boosts the production of collagen that adds elasticity to your skin, and is helpful to minimize wrinkles, age spots and other signs of aging. Vitamin E has the power to reverse the damage done by harmful solar radiation and the free radicals in our environment.




16
JAN

The New Trend in Skincare You Need to Try

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 2:16 pm | By: Jessica Justh
facepeelsThe days of mixing masks and clogging sinks with mud are mercifully coming to an end. In the wake of their demise, peels made with plant essences, vitamins and nutrients are popping up all over the natural scene. Try our favorites below to get that glow, naturally.

Lost Baggage Eye Emergency Repair Masks

It’s time to say goodnight to under eye bags and dark circles. The skin under your eyes is very delicate so it’s important to use gentle and natural products that get the job done without causing any irritation.  Lost Baggage repair masks contain a restorative infusion of peptides, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E and doesn’t contain any parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and triclosan. Even better, it’s cruelty-free so you can feel good about getting results the humane way.

BioMiracle – 20 Minute Miracle Mask Coenzyme Q10 Collagen Essence 

Do you have 20 minutes to spare to reduce wrinkles? If so, than we’ve got Twenty Minute Miracle Mask from Bio Miracle for you. It firms, rejuvenates and moisturizes which gives an instant lift effect after just one use. Defy the hands of time with this mask that fights free radical damage and smooths away fine lines and wrinkles by pumping your skin with collagen essence and CoQ10.

Andalou Naturals – Brightening Instant Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask Vitamin C

Lighten, tighten and brighten with this mask from Andalou Naturals. The Instant Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask targets UV sun damage by activating collagen for a smooth and silky complexion. This peel is great for targeting skin problems such as dark spots, uneven tone, texture and dryness, plus it’s totally sustainable, too! The mask’s ingredients are sourced from fiber grown in responsibly managed forests, which should make feel good inside and out.

Relaxus – Spa Bamboo Charcoal Facial Mask

Charcoal and tea tree oil are the main attractions in this mask from Relaxus. Both are tough on toxins leaving your skin feeling clean and refreshed after every application. Anyone who has ever tried a charcoal mask knows they can be quite messy to apply and clean off, but not this pre-moistened one, which easily unfolds for mess-free applications and removals. Simple, clean and easy!




13
JAN

What Happens To Our Skin As We Age?”

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak
Aging is an inevitable process but have you even wondered what actually happens with our skin as we age?

The skin appearance deteriorates as we age and this process can be divided in two different types: intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging.

Intrinsic aging refers to the natural aging process that, unfortunately, we cannot do much about. As we age, we get lines in our skin, particularly in our faces, and the skin tend to lose its youth, firmness and fullness. The skin is likely to become thinner and drier and isn’t as smooth or tight as it once was. Additionally, the skin gets more fragile and can bruise more easily due to loss of support around blood vessels walls, which normally happens as we age.

Extrinsic aging is the second type and this one we actually have some control over. This one refers to other factors that affect our skin such as the environment and lifestyle choices. By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects this type of aging has on our skin and possibly prevent our skin to age prematurely.

The sun plays a major role in prematurely aging our skin and sun protection is essential at all times. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages certain fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to snap back after stretching, making you look older than you are.

In addition, healthy lifestyle habits are extremely important to maintain healthy skin. Drink plenty of water, avoid smoking and alcohol, and eat a well-balanced diet. Those are important tips to reduce the aging of the skin.

What else can you do? Washing your face at least twice a day, especially after sweating heavily as perspiration irritates the skin. Exercise frequently as it can improve circulation and boost the immune system. Apply a facial moisturizer every day, even better, before bed time as night cream products seem to provide the best results.




6
OCT

Why Your Skincare Routine Should Include Argan Oil

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 9:22 am | By: Jessica Justh
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Give your skin a boost naturally with argan oil. It’s high vitamin e content, antioxidants and loaded with unsaturated fatty acids. Argan oil is the perfect solution for problem skin and can help fight wrinkles, repair damaged skin, minimize scars and stretch marks and clear up acne. Oh yeah, did we mention what a lush skin hydrator this stuff is? No greasy, filmy residue here.

Wrinkle Fighter

Wrinkles have met their match with argan oil. It can help improve skin elasticity with its high fatty acid content which helps combat the telltale symptoms of premature aging.

Sun Spots

You probably know by now how antioxidants fight against free radicals in the environment. Yup, those same annoying guys that cause sun damage to your skin. Well, the antioxidants in argan oil help to protect skin and prevent damage from UV radiation.  Try applying some to fade sun spots, heal skin and promote the regeneration of healthy cells.

Scars & Stretch Marks

When the dermis level of your skin stretches, white lines known as stretch marks appear. And nobody wants that!! Dehydration contributes to the further breakdown of collagen and elastin, which is a big deal because these structural proteins are what helps keep your skin firm and tight.  A nightly application of argan oil to your stretch mark problem areas can help rejuvenate your skin at the cellular level by restoring balance to your collagen and elastin reserves.

Acne

Argan oil’s high linoleic acid content helps to reduce acne’s inflammation and heal damaged cells.  Here’s a tip from us: add a few drop of tea tree oil to a quarter-sized amount of argan oil. The high content of argan’s antioxidants pairs perfectly with tea tree’s anti-bacterial and anti-bacterial properties, which can help wipe the floor with even the worst case of acne, naturally, without any harsh or abrasive alcohol-based treatments.

 




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4 Supplements for Joint Health

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Health Concerns & Ailments,Superfoods at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
There are many different causes of joint pain and people feel it in different areas of the body. Knees, ankles, hips, and elbows are the most common areas but luckily, with many options available, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a good supplement that works for you. We present you 4 supplements for joint health.

1. Glucosamine

One of the most popular products for joint support, glucosamine has the ability to give relief for mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis as well as other joints too. A natural chemical compound in the human body, glucosamine levels drop as you get older and supplementation can help maintain healthy levels. If you struggle to feel the results, try liquid or powder form as some people may not absorb much from tablets and capsules.

2. Collagen

Collagen supplements may provide beneficial effects on bone metabolism, especially in the calcium-deficient condition such as osteopenia. Collagen represents 90% of organic bone mass and cartilage consists of a single cell type made up of two major components: type II collagen which imparts tensile strength to the tissue and aggrecan that provides the ability of cartilage to resist compressive force. Regular synthesis ensures and maintains the biochemical characteristic of the cartilage but during osteoarthritis, this regulation is disrupted by the expression of pro-inflammatory molecules. These enzymes degrade aggrecan and collagen, resulting in the loss of cartilage and function.

3. Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring carbohydrate found in the human body in connective tissue, joint fluid, skin and cartilage. Responsible for maintaining the body joints lubricated as well as keeping your skin smooth and elastic, HA is also produced by the human body but production tends to deplete as we age, which may lead to several joint issues such as osteoarthritis. In order to replenish healthy levels of this important body fluid, hyaluronic acid supplements may be one of the best ways to minimize joint pain and discomfort.

4. MSM

The nutrient MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring sulfur compound found in all vertebrates, including humans. MSM is already well-known for its joint health benefits as it delivers sulfur to the body in a useable way. Sulfur helps maintain the structure of connective tissue by forming cross-linkages through disulfide bonds. Critical to good joint health, sulfur strengthens the tissues that make up the joint.




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Green Goddess Spirulina Mask

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care,Superfoods at 8:00 am | By: Jessica Justh
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Does Spirulina for your face sound crazy? Well, this power-packed superfood isn’t just for smoothies anymore. Here’s the magic behind this refreshing and impossibly easy rejuvenating mask…

Those already familiar with Spirulina probably know it best in its dark-green, powdery, supplement form, but it actually begins its life in spectacularly unglamorous fashion as blue-green algae. That’s why you don’t judge your algae by the trail of slime it leaves behind! It may not sound appetizing but Spirulina is one of the richest sources of vegetarian protein, chlorophyll, essential amino acids and antioxidants, and helps minimize acne, reduce sun damage and keeps skin feeling soft and supple.

Honey is another key ingredient, not just for this particular recipe, but in literally dozens of other natural beauty regimens. Thanks to its naturally-occurring trace amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and amino acids, you’ll want to keep a second jar in your medicine chest!

Lastly, aloe vera – hero to chapped and burned sun worshippers everywhere – revitalizes dry, irritated skin, and helps seal the moisture in where it belongs.

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon raw honey

1 tablespoon spirulina

1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel

 

DIRECTIONS

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl

Apply to face evenly

Leave on 20 minutes

Rinse with warm water




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5 Great Natural Ingredients to Moisturize Skin

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak
If you are looking for an effective moisturizer product but want to have only natural ingredients, it’s important to know which ones are considered efficient. With many options available, we give you a little help and present 5 natural ingredients to moisturize skin.

Honey

One of the best natural moisturizers, honey has the ability to lock in moisture to help maintain skin soft and smooth. Honey contains lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and antimicrobial properties which are essential to moisturize the skin.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains fatty acids that make up for any loss of moisture from the skin. One of the best ingredients to treat dry skin, you can easily find multiple products with coconut oil as an ingredient. You can also apply warm coconut oil by itself to make your skin soft and smooth.

Olive Oil

Loaded with antioxidants and healthy fatty acids, olive oil can help soothe and condition dry skin as well as reduce cracks and improve overall condition.

Aloe Vera

Particularly good to recover skin from sunburn, aloe vera has soothing, antiseptic and antifungal properties that can help dry, irritated skin and prevent flaking. Aloe vera works by forming a protective layer that will keep your skin free from any kind of impurities.

Milk Cream

Another popular ingredient in lotions and creams, milk cream is an excellent moisturizer because it has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. It contains lactic acid which helps to exfoliate dead, dry skin and increases the skin’s ability to retain moisture. The soothing nature of milk cream also helps preserve the skin’s delicate pH levels.

 




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The Power Of Vitamin C For Your Skin

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Personal Care at 8:36 am | By: Guest Blogger
Giving her skin all it needs

Abracadabra. Now you see it. Now you don’t.

Vitamin C isn’t magical, or mystical, but it is essential for overall skin health and protection, and defending against the signs of aging. The most effective type of Vitamin C, L-Ascorbic Acid is the only active form available for use in skin care products. This transformative, multi-tasking ingredient is also the only antioxidant able to simultaneously enhance skin’s natural renewal process, while reducing the appearance of fine lines, dark spots, and post-blemish discoloration.

Maybe Vitamin C is a little bit magic?

C Behind the Curtain

When selecting a Vitamin C-focused skin care product, those that are clean and made without toxic ingredients are recommended. The MyChelle Perfect C™ products contain some of the beauty industry’s highest levels of stable L-Ascorbic Acid, allowing the user to “C” a visible difference in their skin within minutes and with continuous use. The company’s use of new plant stem cell technology, Plant C-Stem™, derived from the Mung Bean, helps boost skin’s natural environmental stress defense, while increasing Vitamin C’s brightening power.

C the Difference

  1. Perfect C™ PRO Speed Peel

This one-step, one-minute facial peel is formulated with a strong 10% dose of L-Ascorbic Acid, 1% L-Lactic Acid, Plant C-Stem™, Retinal, and a stimulating 25% Citrus Fruit puree. It is a professional-strength peel that retexturizes while gently exfoliating. The peel can be used once or twice a week in the evening and can be layered with a moisturizer.

  1. Perfect C™ Radiance Lotion

Get a complete daily dose of Vitamin C with this nutrient-rich lotion that combines 12% L-Ascorbic Acid with Plant C-Stem™ and Licorice Extract to help restore and protect skin for a smoother complexion. Pair this ultra moisturizing lotion with the Perfect C™ Serum for maximum, long-term brightening effects.

  1. Perfect C™ Serum

Formulated with 17% L-Ascorbic Acid and Buddleja Plant Stem Cell, this potent facial serum reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; brightens; and minimizes the visible signs of aging. When layering serums, apply the Perfect C™ Serum first, followed by a moisturizer.

For optimal results, use Vitamin C or any combination of the products above consistently, as part of a healthy skin care routine. There won’t be smoke, but you may be pleasantly surprised with the reflection in the mirrors!