Four Tips to Help With “Maskne” Breakouts

The pandemic brought its fair share of problems, one of which could be lurking on your face. “Maskne” may sound cute, but the breakouts due to mask-wearing are far from funny. We have to protect ourselves and others, so wearing a mask is a must, but the pimples popping up are a problem we weren’t quite expecting. If you have been noticing that your skin has been suffering since COVID-19 struck, you are not alone. Maskne is part of this “new normal,” and while it’s peanuts compared to what some people are dealing with, it still sucks. Here’s how you can banish these bothersome breakouts and reveal nice-looking skin underneath your shield.   Keep It Clean                                                        If you have the type of mask meant for repeated use, be sure to clean it daily. Follow the instructions, use a mild, chemical-free cleanser, and allow it to dry completely before putting it on again. If you keep wearing the mask without cleaning it, not only are you putting yourself at risk COVID-wise, but you are doing your skin a disservice. Oils, dirt, makeup, etc. begin to build up on the fabric, and as this comes into contact with your skin, it can irritate, clog your pores, and so on. A clean mask may not be foolproof, but it’s far better than wearing a mask that’s filthy or full of germs. Use a disposable one to save time. Along with cleaning your mask, keep your skin fresh and clean too. Before putting on your mask, clean your face with a gentle cleanser, and after you remove it, wash up again. Don’t overdo it, as too much washing can be drying, but be sure to make it a habit to maintain good hygiene.   Minimal Makeup If you wear makeup regularly, now’s the time to keep it light, or avoid makeup altogether, specifically on the skin that’s beneath the mask. Play up your eyes if you can’t go without makeup entirely, but lay off the foundation, concealer, bronzer, etc. on your skin. You want your skin to breathe, and your mask is already preventing the normal airflow to hit your skin. Makeup only adds another layer to the mix. Embrace your natural beauty and you’ll have a better chance of avoiding breakouts.   Take A Break…Safely Whenever you can do so safely, remove your mask to allow your skin to breathe. Be sure to only do this when you are not around others. Some of us must wear a mask all day for work or due to lifestyle, but there is always an opportunity to take a breather and remove the mask, at least for a few minutes. Use this time to splash some water on your face, or use a face wipe to refresh the skin. Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with cucumber and sage extracts are especially invigorating, and they are gentle on the skin.   See A Dermatologist If your maskne breakouts are particularly problematic, your [...]

2021-01-05T13:25:15-08:00By |

The Best Way to Hydrate Dry Lips

What could be worse than cracked peeling lips that are as dry as sandpaper and feel like they’re on fire? Not only are dry lips uncomfortable, but they are obviously unattractive. I never let my lips get dry, thanks to my regular routine which keeps my pout perfectly pretty. It is so easy to maintain, mess-free, and one of the most important steps of my beauty regimen. Here is how I keep my lips well-hydrated, even in the dead of winter when cold temps can have their way with them. If you are dealing with dry lips, don’t frown – it is simple to solve the problem and get those luscious lips you have been longing for.   Don’t Lick If your lips feel dry, you may have the inclination to lick them to add moisture. This works temporarily, but the common habit actually leads to even more dryness. Break the cycle and apply a lip balm instead. I look for balms made of natural/organic ingredients, like Honest or Burt’s Bees. Burt’s Bees’ Vanilla Bean Lip Balm is amazing. Just don’t be tempted to taste it! Natural ingredients such as cocoa butter, shea butter, aloe vera, and coconut oil are terrific for hydrating, so keep your eyes open for these elements when you’re selecting a lip balm. Applying hydrating balms as an overnight routine is one of the best ways to maintain your lips, as you have hours for your lips to absorb the treatment products and repair. Don’t skip this evening routine, and by morning, your lips will be luscious. Without interruptions like eating/drinking, talking, kissing, etc., your lips get the biggest benefit as you drift off into your sweet dreams.   Drink Up Your dry lips could be a reflection of your body’s overall hydration situation, or lack thereof. Be sure to stay well-hydrated – drink at least eight glasses of water per day. When you don’t get enough fluid, your skin…including the skin on your lips will get dry. The flaking is no fun, so get your generous gulps in pronto. This inside-out treatment is beneficial in more ways than one.   Exfoliate A lip scrub will slough off the dry and peeling skin that is making your lips look less-than lovely. You need to be extra-gentle, and once your lips are silky smooth, use the aforementioned balm to keep them that way. Again, Burt’s Bees is winning the lip game with their Conditioning Lip Scrub. Made with honey, it is super soothing and smells sweet. You can also whip up your own DIY batch at home using some honey, granulated sugar, and a little olive oil. Mix together and use your fingertips to gingerly rub away those nasty flakes, adding much-needed nourishment to your lips along the way.   SPF Just like the rest of your skin, your lips need to be carefully protected from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Be sure to apply a lip-safe sunscreen before heading out, especially [...]

2021-01-05T12:54:57-08:00By |

Tricks to Help with Eye Bags

The only bags I want come with a designer label. All kidding aside, undereye bags are anything but glamorous. The puffiness, sagging, discoloration, and so forth put a damper on my look and have me hiding under dark sunglasses. If you’re anything like me, you don’t want your eye bags front and center, drawing attention away from your otherwise fabulous face. They make us appear worn out, weary, and older than we feel. So, what to do? Luckily, there are ways to prevent and get rid of those annoying bags and look refreshed and rejuvenated. Thank goodness for these gems, otherwise, I would be hiding under a wide-brimmed hat half the time!   Catch Some Zzzs Lack of sleep is one of the most common causes of eye bags. When you are overtired and out of whack, it shows up uninvited on your face. Since the skin underneath the eyes is so thin, signs of sleepiness come through easily. Just like pesky dark undereye circles, eye bags are exasperating, telling the world you’ve been awake ‘till two in the morning. Those puffy pouches are longing for pillows! Get around seven to eight hours of sleep per night, and those bags won’t bother you before breakfast.   Skip the Salt Too much salt in your diet can cause water retention, leading to allover bloating, even on your face. The undereye region is delicate, and the excess fluid can gather there too. Check nutrition labels for sodium and choose foods that are within the daily recommended allowance for salt intake. Refrain from adding table salt to your meals as a matter of habit or preference. Instead, choose herbs and spices to liven up your dishes. They’ll be healthier and taste even better. Be sure to stay well-hydrated too, allowing your system to function at its peak, flushing out excess salt in the process.   Chill Out and Cover Up If you wake up with bags the size of balloons, you can count on a cold compress to help them simmer down. Use a cold damp washcloth, refrigerated wet tea bags, specifically lavender, fennel, rooibos, or chamomile, which have anti-inflammatory properties, chilled teaspoons, or slices of cool cucumber over your closed eyes for some relief, and after about 10-15 minutes, you should see some noticeable improvement. While this method may not make the bags completely disappear, they won’t be nearly as obvious. You can camouflage what’s left with some undereye concealer, preferably in a shade lighter than your skin tone. Dab lightly, as too much makeup could draw attention to the bags. Think about using a de-puffing cream as well, which can be useful as part of your beauty routine. Olay makes an amazing eye cream designed to reduce puffy eyes, dark circles, and wrinkles. It contains vitamins and peptides, so it nourishes at it works wonders. See Your Doctor Your eye bags could be a sign of allergies. Get yourself checked out to rule this out or [...]

2021-01-04T19:09:22-08:00By |

Three Tricks to Get That Gorgeous and Natural “No Makeup” Look

A full face of makeup has its time and place, and the “glam” look is always gorgeous. That said, for the everyday, an overdone makeup job is just too much for grocery shopping and picking up the kids from soccer practice. Even a day at the office doesn’t require too much effort in the makeup department, especially when you look fresh and fabulous letting your natural beauty shine through. I’m all for a major makeup makeover every so often and a professional application when I’m doing photo shoots or for a special occasion. But I am just as happy with a no-frills face, which takes far less time and is much easier to manage. With the right care and techniques, a “no makeup” look is lovely. Here are my tips to getting it right, and no, you won’t feel “naked!”   Save Your Skin Your skin is your “canvas,” so you have to keep it smooth and supple. We can’t control aging or even an occasional breakout, but if you care for your skin daily, you’re sure to maintain a youthful and dewy complexion. Use a mild cleanser, exfoliate gently, and use all-natural, organic products that won’t irritate the skin. Don’t rub or tug, never squeeze, and moisturize morning and night. Be sure to wear sunscreen when you’ll be outdoors and invest in a luxe facial mask for big events or just when the mood strikes. When your skin looks sublime, you don’t need much makeup to look like a million bucks.   Behold the Brows Your eyebrows play a big role in the overall balance of your face, framing your features as a focal point. If you overpluck or happen to be less-than blessed in the brow department, fill them in with pencil, powders, or try serums designed to grow your brows faster. A bold brow is powerful and pretty, and don’t get too concerned if they’re a tad bushy or big. You can always tame them with brow gel or get them professionally shaped. When your brows are even and shaped well, they truly stand out. They will make your eyes pop without the need for a ton of eye makeup. Plus, thick brows give off a youthful appearance, and we all want to look bright-eyed and vibrant.   Enhance Without Much Effort The “no makeup” look isn’t meant to be literal. Some makeup helps enhance our features and brings out our beauty in the best way possible. Rather than rummaging through your makeup bag for heavy concealers and bright colors, take things down a notch and use highlighters and bronzers to give a sun-kissed glow that’s subtle and simple. You can use bronzer all over your face – as eyeshadow, blush, and even for a bit of contouring. Dab some highlighter on your cheekbones, over the bridge of your nose, and wherever else you want to give some “oomph” without working too hard. Finish off with some nude lip gloss and you’re [...]

2020-12-23T18:56:13-08:00By |

Three Tips to Get Great Looking Lashes

Nearly any celeb you check out on social media seems to be blessed with luxurious lashes. Sure, they could be due to some photo enhancing apps, but many of these gals (and some guys) don’t need a filter for their lashes to be front and center. Are they blessed by nature? Perhaps some of these famous faces hit the gene pool jackpot, but the rest of the influencers and idols either go for false lashes or grow theirs to the max with some help from the pharmacy. For those who use false lashes, extensions, etc., wouldn’t it be nice to say you “woke up like this?” I’m all for faking it for photo shoots and appearances, but when they’re all mine, it’s even better. These three tips to getting great looking lashes are simple, yet the results can be outstanding. Don’t expect an overnight miracle, but with some patience and perhaps a few prayers, you’ll see your lashes grow right before your very eyes (literally!)   Castor Oil Go for an all-natural lash-growth remedy with the perks of castor oil. It may sound strange, but the beauty industry swears by this oil’s many fine qualities, including the way it can get lashes to look longer, thicker, and more abundant. The “trick” is the ricinoleic acid in the castor oil, which has been studied to reverse hair loss. Apply pure castor oil to your lashes at nighttime, preferably with a Q-tip for precision. A little goes a long way, especially since you don’t want the castor oil to get in your eyes. For obvious reasons, doing this during the daytime wouldn’t be ideal. Try this out for a few weeks and see if it works for you. Naturally, if you experience any irritation, discontinue this process, and try another technique.   Supplements I’m a big believer in taking daily supplements, not just for lash growth, but to benefit my entire body from the inside out. Certain vitamins, minerals, and the like aren’t always abundant or sufficient in our diets, so getting all we need may have to come in pill form. Even those who eat super healthfully could be missing out on the essentials. As for lashes, certain supplements are stronger than others. Go for iron and Omega-3s, to transport oxygen to the hair follicles, Vitamin B to ward off brittleness, and Vitamin H for maximum growth potential. Generally speaking, maintain a healthy diet; don’t rely on supplements solely. This daily routine can jumpstart lash growth and strength, and you’ll probably feel healthier and more vibrant as a “side effect.”   Lash Serums Lash serum sales are soaring, mostly because they’re easy to use and many do yield impressive results. I, for one, tried Latisse, and it was a glam game-changer. Since it is FDA-approved and highly reviewed, the product is safe and effective. Latisse promises to deliver full effects by 16 weeks, so apply as directed, and count down the days. Hopefully, you will enjoy [...]

2020-12-23T16:29:08-08:00By |

4 Great Tricks to Getting a “Salon Look” with a DIY Dye Job

Let’s face it: collectively, our hair(s) is having a tough moment. Salons, if they’re still open, have long waiting lists for appointments and have to be vetted for safety measures. You wouldn’t think --- at least I didn’t back in March--- that this would be a huge issue. After all, with a global pandemic happening, we haven’t really been going anywhere but to our Zoom meetings and the supermarket. The economy is forcing us to tighten our belts and make certain sacrifices, some of which are easier to swallow than others. (I don’t know about you but eating at restaurants suddenly seems like an unnecessary luxury to me. Going to the movies is another story, but …) When everything started, I figured a few things: One, I’d have gray roots and split ends for maybe a month or two, tops. When two months turned into four, and four turned into six, I realized I had to take matters into my own hands and do some research. Everyone knows that box dye and box dyed hair is anathema to stylists, but these are unprecedented times, and as we are all learning so well, those call for unprecedented measures. Besides, not all box dyes are alike. There are some high-end versions that have extras like keratin or online shade matching services. Below are a few tricks to getting that prized ‘salon look’ via a DIY dye job right from your very own home.   1. Get Real Let’s talk color. I’ll start with the bad news: now is not, I repeat NOT, the time to make a drastic change to your hair color, and by drastic, I mean going from black to anything or going from anything but blonde --- to blonde. In other words, if you want to go lighter safely and without risk, make that appointment with a professional. However, if we’re just talking root coverage or a half shade adjustment color refresh, there’s no reason why you can’t DIY it up. Take it from a woman whose grays started saying hello when her age began with a ‘2’ and ended with a ‘6’. Gotta love genetics.   2. Build your perfect DIY toolkit So, what are the essential ingredients when it comes to a successful, salon-worthy home dye job? Well, that depends on what you’re looking to do. If you want to cover up those gray roots, check out dpHue’s Root Touch Up Kit, which is super gentle and simple to use. It even comes with its own bowl, gloves, and brush. If you want longer-term coverage, go with a traditional box dye like Nice n’ Easy by Clairol or Revlon Colorsilk. This InStyle article includes a detailed list of customized box color offerings depending on hair type. The main decision rests in how long you’d like the color to last. Demi-permanent hair color is ammonia free and does not penetrate the strand, generally washing out gradually. Permanent color is less forgiving, but lasts [...]

2020-09-28T12:49:59-07:00By |

How to Feel Good In Your Skin: 7 Powerful Lessons on Beauty

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” ~Proverb   I struggled with body image for years while I was living in Europe because I have a very fair complexion, oily skin, and thin hair. During my childhood, people would look at me and comment on how pale I looked and ask my mother if I was anemic. Later on, as I was growing up, people who met me would ask if I was ill, or they would say that I look exhausted, tired, and weak. It was most difficult during the summers, when there was always a social pressure to get a tan, as I heard a lot of negative comments then. I didn’t perceive myself as beautiful, nor did I think I would ever, until I came to India for the first time. In India, bright skin is synonymous with beauty (beautiful means fair!), and everyone complimented me there, telling me how beautiful I am, that I am “bright like the moon.” They also admired my silky, smooth hair and oily skin—in India, they call it “glowing skin” and appreciate it because skin can get very dry, with the hot weather. Indian women would ask me over and over to share the secret behind my glowing skin, and they wouldn’t believe that it was naturally so oily; they’d think that it must be some cosmetic product from Europe that I didn’t want to tell them about. Suddenly I realized why all my Indian friends, who lived in my hometown back in Europe, would not leave the house without the sunscreen, why they’d always tell me that I’d be considered very pretty in India, and why they’d joke that I’d get married quickly there! I was shocked when I realized how much money people, both men and women, spend in India for fairness beauty products. Some women even bleach their skin with hydrogen peroxide-based cosmetics. Yet, in Western countries, people spend a ton of money on tanning products and solariums to get darker skin. I realized in India how beauty is socially constructed and started feeling beautiful in my own (fair) skin for the first time in my entire life. Or, I should say, I discovered how beautiful I am, with all my Western “imperfections.” For last two and a half years, since I’ve been living in India, people who knew me for a long time comment on how I look much more beautiful now and ask me to share my secret. I don’t deny that Indian vegetarian food and the abundance of tropical fruits, together with natural beauty products with neem, heena, herbal oils and sandalwood, are part of the equation. But I believe the major reason is that I started feeling beautiful and good in my own skin. Here are seven things I learned that can help us all feel better in our skin, with all of our “imperfections.” 1. Beauty is socially constructed. This was one of the biggest aha moments [...]

2020-10-02T10:31:59-07:00By |

4 Great Hacks for Shiny Hair

We all want shiny hair, and we want it yesterday. It seems simple enough. We aren’t asking for the moon here, we just want the luscious, lovely locks we grew up with. Is that too much to ask? Here’s a sad thing: as we age, our hair loses its natural luster. I know. Yet another lovely thing about getting older. But before you shave your head or get a drastic cut, hear me out. There is hope, and it’s not expensive or hard to find. Having shiny hair is an easily attainable goal, if you use common sense and a bit of creativity.   Get your nourishment It’s important to make sure that you’re getting your essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to stay healthy. Our bodies often express lack of something via external appearance --- for example, when our bodies lack adequate calcium, it often shows up in our nails, making them weak and brittle. Make sure you’re taking a multivitamin every day, and that you’re getting the proper supplements based on your dietary needs and restrictions. When we eat a strictly plant-based diet, for example, we miss out on things like vitamins B12 and D3. Salmon and walnuts provide omega-3s, and carrots and spinach have vitamin A. Believe it or not, you can get all your vitamins through food. You just have to know which foods meet what nutritional guidelines. And don’t forget biotin. This supplement strengthens your hair and keeps it healthy.   Lay off the heat and stay hydrated I always feel more ‘done’ when I’m able to blow out my hair--- but my scalp and locks pay a big old price for that feeling. Every so often, as often as possible, try and skip the blow dryer or the curling iron and let your hair air dry. Constant exposure to high levels of heat dries out the hair follicle and makes you more prone to scalp inflammation and frizz. Every few weeks, treat your hair with a mask—this can be an all-natural concoction (egg wash, olive oil, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar rinse--- even mayonnaise---just make sure to wash and rinse thoroughly following) or a salon-worthy one such as glazes, glosses, and hair masks.   Scalp Care Our scalps are sensitive and need TLC. Washing your hair too often or too infrequently, harsh or heavy products, excessive heat styling--- even the wrong kind of hairbrush-- can trigger scalp flakiness, dandruff, or general scalp distress, which contributes directly to lackluster hair. Exfoliate once a month with a scalp scrub. Use a clarifying shampoo to tackle product buildup. And when you wash and condition, be gentle--- our hair is much more fragile when it’s wet.   Choose topical wisely When it comes to choosing topical products, you have to know your hair. For example, thinner, finer hair textures need a lighter serum or mist as opposed to an oil or cream to avoid that weighed down, greasy look.   One last pro tip? [...]

2020-09-25T14:43:18-07:00By |

5 Hacks for Great Looking Brows

Brow trends come and go, but what never goes out of style are trimmed, neat, natural but tamed, ‘done’ but not overly done brows. Does this sound impossible to you? Me too. Here’s the thing: the brow trends for 2021 are quarantine friendly. Meaning, they’re low maintenance and emphasize working with what you have. It’s a beauty Christmas miracle! But wait. How do I work with what I have when I have barely enough (sparse brows) or too much (bushy brows)? Below are a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of whatever you’ve got above those peepers.   Tweeze smart Remember the 90s? Let’s not, no not ever, redo that. Instead, tweeze only those errant hairs that you find on the outskirts of the brow line. The ones that seem… a little lost. Try to avoid using a magnifying mirror when you’re shaping your brows, otherwise you’ll lose sight of the big picture, and might (definitely) get tweezer happy, and we’ll be right back in your parent’s bathroom with the corner bath and beige … everything.   Tint safely Brow tinting is an easy way to get your brows looking beautiful with relatively little fuss. Just make sure you have the Vaseline, step by step instructions, and the right shade and type of tint. If you’re willing to follow the safety rules, it can be quickly done at home, a very valuable option today’s “COVID times” when salons are less accessible.   Stay in (your) shape Find the natural shape of your brow first. Using a spoolie, brush the brows upward, then use brow scissors to trim. If you’re not sure whether they’re true outliers, get thee a brow stencil kit for added support in the process. Try to avoid tweezing any hairs in the middle of your brow and leave the heavy-duty shaping to a professional if you’re uncertain or want a new look that diverges from the natural shape of your brow. Try to avoid using a magnifying mirror when you’re shaping your brows, otherwise you’ll lose sight of the big picture, and might (definitely) get tweezer-happy.   Take care Nourish your brows if you’d like to help them gain a little weight. The skin underneath your eyebrow hair can get flaky. Exfoliate to open any clogged follicles, and then dip a Q-tip in castor oil and coat your brows with it every night for 6+ weeks. This old wives tale is actually proven to be effective. Be careful to avoid dripping or getting too close to your eye as you do this. Why castor oil? Because of something called ricinoleic acid, which while it might not be responsible for hair growth, it absolutely keeps the scalp and hair follicles healthy, which will affect hair growth positively.   Check your tool kit These are the items to include for proper “brow grooming”: Tweezers Brow scissors Dermaplaning tool Spoolies Brow powder (one shade + two shades lighter than your natural [...]

2020-10-02T15:05:49-07:00By |

The Top 3 Ways to Strengthen Your Nails

When it comes to easy pick-me-ups, a good manicure can do wonders. I always leave the nail salon feeling like a boss lady, even if I’m in a sweaty workout outfit (I have been known to make a quick stop at the salon on my way home from yoga or a run.)   I always walk out feeling like I can handle whatever life throws at me. Now, with Co-Vid restrictions, trips to the nail salons are few and far between. It is becoming more necessary to be able to practice “self-care” on your nails from home. I’ve learned to simplify my nail needs. I don’t need nail art or jewels. When it comes down to it, my nail needs are basic: I want Hulk-strong, baby smooth, beautifully shaped nails that won’t break after I do the dishes or zip up a coat or carry a few items around the house (hey, we’re all being called to do new things right now). Turns out, if I follow a few simple rules, these demands might actually be attainable. Read on if your trips to the salon are scarce and your nail standards are not.   1. Strengthen and Lengthen Naturally You may feel tempted to use a chemical hardener on your nails if you feel like they’re tearing every five seconds, but there are gentler, less harmful ways to encourage your nails to become long and strong. For one thing, I never knew that waiting to shower 24 hours after getting my nails done would allow the polish to harden sufficiently and lessen chipping and/or peeling. After all these years of marveling at the wonders of Gel manicures and then peeling that same chipping gel off two weeks later, it’s good to know this very simple insider tip. I’ll skip the gel next time, thanks! Second, if you decide to deep clean your house, please wear gloves. And particularly now, in the age of necessary but endless hand washing, moisturize. Get one for (each) purse, one for your car, one for your home office, one for your nightstand… because hand sanitizer is everywhere, and everyone is using it, which means everyone’s hands are absorbing that 90+ percent alcohol content. Which means? Lubriderm or Aquaphor it up, my friends. In the morning, in the evening, in the noontime.   2. Essential Vitamins for Great Nails If you want strong nails and you’re not getting the proper vitamins/nutrition, no amount of topical hardener is going to help you. Start from within, and make vitamin D, collagen and biotin part of your daily vitamin regimen. Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption, which strengthens not only your bones, but your nails and teeth, too! Taking collagen daily prevents nail breakage and helps them grow, while biotin strengthens and prevents brittleness.   3. Nail Growth Products Vitamin E oil is your best friend once those temps start shifting from sultry to brisk. Keep a little bottle on hand to give an extra oomph [...]

2020-09-25T10:19:29-07:00By |

4 Steps to Glassy Smooth Skin

There are a million and one skin care fads, but one trend that’s held fast is the K-Beauty skin care trend: holistic, all-natural ingredients, and intensely customizable according to skin type. If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard all about the glass (or “dewy”) skin look, and you’ve thought it sounded either unrealistic or wayyyy too shiny. (Dew is one thing—oil slick-shiny is quite another, am I right?) I’m here to debunk the myth that glass skin means--- and looks--- sweaty and oily. Also, glass doesn’t have pores. The term glass skin, according to popular beauty bloggers, is a way to describe flawless skin that’s so clear and smooth that it resembles glass. Instead of a shimmering pool of oil, think of a clear mountain lake very early in the morning. Do you feel the difference? Let’s dive in.   Step 1: Exfoliate and De-Puff This step is crucial when it comes to the glass skin look. You can do this using a physical (scrub) exfoliant, or a chemical exfoliant (in the form of a peel or serum). You can also go the extra mile and do a little dermaplaning, but if you choose this route, please first be sure you know exactly what you’re doing and be safe (scars will take you further away from the glass skin you’re trying to achieve, k?). Now that so much of our skincare is done at home, you might want to purchase a face massager or roller such as this one. Facial massage actually helps with lymphatic drainage, diminishing puffiness and promoting firm, supple skin.   Step 2: Mask Up Yes, you should always wear a mask when you go outside now. However, the mask I am talking about right now is my favorite volcanic clay mask. It clears out my pores and prevents acne flare-ups. If you’re smart, and you have pores that you’d like to say goodbye to, start using one of these once a week. But always follow with a moisturizer, even if you’re oily—as clay masks can be drying. Anything with hyaluronic acid, that moisturizing superstar ingredient, will do.   Step 3: Nourish Your Insides Remember the 3 S’s: Sleep, Sweat, Supplements (and don’t forget diet)! Be smart. Drink lots of water, get 8 hours sleep, exercise regularly to increase circulation and cleanse out toxins, and take those skin supplements: mindbodygreen makes one of these that is specifically formulated to help your skin become its healthiest and most flawless. Youth in a bottle? I’ll take it! Make sure your supplement is giving you nutritional support as well, because healthy skin is supported by certain vitamins, namely A, C, E, D. Last but not least, don’t forget your daily collagen supplement. These have been proven to help with aging skin issues such as elasticity, texture, and hydration, all of which contribute to healthy, youthful-looking skin.   Step 4: Less is More The focus here should be on prepping your canvas, not using a lot [...]

2020-09-30T17:23:55-07:00By |

4 Natural Tips for Slowing Down the Aging Process Once You Pass 40

As a middle aged, working mom, my priorities have shifted when it comes to anti-aging and longevity. In my 20s and 30s, I thought about health in terms of my appearance. I exercised and ate a (mostly) healthy diet to fit into that two-piece. I slathered on anti-aging creams to avoid wrinkles, which I truly believed would pass me by until at least 55. At least. I worked from the outside-in when it came to my skin- and self-care routines. Since then, I’ve found that beauty really is an inside job. And living according to what feels good naturally tends to look good, too. So, what are the four important tips to slow down the aging process once you pass 40? If you’re like me, you want easy, but powerful. Natural, but effective. High-quality, but affordable. Read on for the four ways I stay young--- in mind, body, and spirit.   1. Customize Your Anti-Aging Skin Care Routine When it comes to products, an effective anti-aging skin care routine should have four things. Every product you use should be tailored to your skin type. Depending on things like stress levels, hormone fluctuations, and environmental factors, your skin type tends to change with time, which means you might want to switch things up every so often--- using a different eye cream formula as you get older is just one example. That said, everyone should use the following:   Cleanser: Make sure this isn’t overly drying. You don’t want to strip your skin of its natural oils; particularly as skin becomes more dehydrated as we age. It is also best to use organic skin care products whenever possible because all-natural products are safer and healthier for the skin. Moisturizer with SPF: Ultraviolet rays break down collagen, cause sun damage in the form of freckles and hyperpigmentation, not to mention wrinkles! Use it daily. If you can find a moisturizer with SPF already in it, all the better. Mild exfoliant/retinoid: Manual exfoliants will scratch and damage the surface of our skin. Using a night serum with either lactic acid or a natural retinoid alternative like Rosehip seed oil, will clear away dead surface cells to reveal brighter, smoother skin. Eye cream: The richer the better. Retinol-based eye cream formulas have multiple benefits due to retinol’s ability to diminish crow’s feet and fine lines. Remember: pat, don’t rub!   2. Amp Up Your Supplements Make sure that your multivitamin has sufficient levels of iron (which we need less of once we approach menopause), calcium (to fight bone density loss), vitamin D (to better absorb that calcium), omega 3’s (to promote brain health and mood stability), fiber (to stay heart-healthy), and collagen (for our skin, nails, hair and joints), among others. Taking a collagen supplement helps prevent sagging and fine lines caused by collagen and elastin loss. Adding a collagen supplement also helps keep our gut and bones healthy. Who knew? Collagen supplements will also help keep your digestive tract [...]

2020-09-23T17:50:29-07:00By |