Nothing makes us look older than we are (even balding) than dull yellowing teeth. Despite the rewards of having a gym body, having used all the latest skincare products, sporting those sexy new sunglasses, wearing the hottest new trends in apparel, or having that full head of hair… a yellow smile makes us look OLD!
There’s no doubt that yellowing teeth are not only unattractive, but they send the message that we’re older than we really are. Not Good! Brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist on a regular basis are essential in keeping your teeth in great shape. Not smoking or drinking coffee is another great way to cut back on the premature yellowing.
But what happens when we’ve done all this and our smiles just aren’t as radiant as they used to be…a smile and a wink to that special someone doesn’t get you playful response anymore?
There are so many products and infomercials out there claiming their product can achieve results better, faster, and cheaper!
The first thing is to check with your dentist and make sure the product you choose is safe for you. Make sure the product is FDA approved and comes with some sort of return policy if you’re not pleased.
SkinStore offers some excellent products to help you brighten your smile at home safely.
GoSMILE 9 Count Speed Whitening System – “GoSMILE will give you the white teeth you’ve always wanted, quickly and effectively – with none of the mess, hassle, or discomfort of some other whitening systems. It’s so easy to use, you can’t help but smile! Simply flip, pop and whiten your way to a bright, fresh new look.”
GoSMILE Touch Up Fresh Mint – Freshen your breath and keep your smile clean in between brushing. “Use these ampoules to help polish teeth after and between whitenings. Just open, squeeze and apply to teeth after eating and drinking to help keep stains from setting on teeth.”
Now go out and charm your date with those dimples and pearly whites!
Stress wreaks havoc on our bodies and on our skin. When you’re stressed out, your skin may break out in painful cysts, your body may experience ailments like headaches, joint pains, stomach aches, ulcers, and numerous other disorders that are typically the cause of inflammation caused by hormonal imbalance. When we’re under stress we produce a number of hormones, like epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol. Cortisol stimulates metabolism to produce energy which in turn stimulates insulin, which then in turn results in an increased appetite. A surge of cortisol is necessary in life-or-death situations; it’s our ‘primate hormone’ that helps us function under the most extremely nerve-racking situations, but when we put our bodies under constant stress the production of cortisol is continuous and demands for us to supply the body with fuel. Chronic release of cortisol causes us to feel hungry all the time, causing us to overeat and gain excess weight.
Take measures to reduce stress in your life. Wind down with chamomile tea, take deep breaths, practice yoga. Incorporate exercise (which helps to produce endorphins- aka happy hormones). Do things that make you happy and put you at ease. Eat a balanced diet, and incorporate stress-relieving foods into your meal plan. Carbohydrates help the body to produce serotonin, a calming hormone that helps to fight anxiety (this is why we crave pasta and pizza when we’re stressing!) Give in to the craving but choose healthier alternatives (complex carbs instead of simple carbs) like oatmeal, which will provide fiber and balance your blood sugar. Antioxidant rich foods help to ward off oxidative stress and free radicals (the cause of inflammation) so to prevent aches and pains that are caused by stress incorporate plenty of veggies, fruits and nuts into your meal plan. Get plenty of essential fatty acids from omega-rich food sources like salmon, nuts, and flax. Omega 3, 6 and 9 reduce inflammation and promote healthy cardiovascular function.
Winter… It comes around every year and brings us those windy, cold, and rainy days. As your skin type is affected by these weather changes, so are your lips. Your lips can easily become dry, cracked and even more sensitive during this time. It is important to remember to tend to them just as you would your normal skin care regimen around these seasonal changes.
You can easily prevent your lips from drying by following a simple set of steps. First exfoliate your lips about one to two times a week. This will remove the dry, rough skin sitting on the surface of your lips and make room for soft lips. A lip scrub that is great for the lips is Philosophy’s Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub. Then make sure everyday to apply some kind of a treatment or conditioner. It doesn’t matter if it is just a hydrating lip balm, lip gloss or actual lip treatment product. Most of these items will have ingredients in them to not only prevent damage but to maintain lip health and nourish them. For already damaged lips we suggest NUXE Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm; made from natural ingredients with a delicious taste of honey and grapefruit. With that said, everyone should be able to find a product specific to keeping your lips smooth, moisturized and lively!
Beauty starts from the inside. How we handle stress varies from person to person. Some of us eat more, others eat less, and some of us binge on sweets while another might turn to caffeine or alcohol. Both stress and poor nutrition can suppress the immune system. So the next time you reach for a quick fix to combat stress, remember, now is not the time to short change your diet.
In addition to sleep, exercise and drinking water, nutrition is critically important to relieving stress, boosting the immune system and maintaining healthy skin. I get asked so often ‘what can I eat to help relieve stress and improve my beautiful skin? The answer is A LOT…here are some quick tips:
“The Do’s and Don’ts of Eating When You’re Stressed”:
Don’t reach for carbohydrates when you’re stressed. They release serotonin in the brain and literally make us feel better. Instead, reach for healthy comfort foods like air popped popcorn (with a bit of canola oil spray, salt and spices), raw almonds or cashews, multi-grain snacks, green tea lemonade (my personal favorite!) and berries (high in antioxidants. Great for breakfast too!)
Do eat foods high in Essential Fatty Acids to reduce internal inflammation (this is increased by stress and leads to disease and aging). You can take Omega supplements (Nordic Naturals is the best choice, especially Omega-3 fatty acids, which our body does not make), or incorporate foods into your diet such as salmon, trout, raw nuts and flaxseed.
Do cut back on white bread, refined sugar and pasta. This will help lower the secretion of Cortisol, which contributes to breakouts and is the hormone we release when we’re stressed. Plus, you can add beans/legumes to the diet, which are high in Zinc to further decrease the inflammation, which contributes to inflamed acne.
Do channel a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil, tomatoes and red wine (in moderation) because it is high in antioxidants, which help block the chemical reactions that lead to sun damage in skin. (We have to think about environmental stress on our skin, too). This can help prevent melanoma.
Don’t forget to drink lots and lots of water to detox the body and keep skin hydrated!
Do eat a diet high in antioxidants and minerals. A deficiency in vitamins or antioxidants such as beta-carotene, selenium, and vitamin C makes us more susceptible to disease. Without enough essential minerals, like magnesium and zinc, our immune system is compromised. Reports show vitamin and mineral levels dropping up to 33% during a stressful week, despite an adequate diet.
After you have taken care of the inside, don’t forget to care for the outside with skin care products to relieve the visible signs of stress on your skin (aging, acne, sensitivities). Did you know that when you are stressed your body temperature increases? Skyn ICELAND products go on with a cooling sensation to bring skin back into balance and to bring back the youthful glow you left behind! Great for summer are:
With all our hands do on daily basis it is so important to give your hands a hand. Washing dishes, gardening, typing, and any other prehensile manipulation can leave the hands feeling rough and dry. Hands can suffer from a loss of volume, the skin becomes thin and loose. The brightness can disappear and discolorations set in.
If you are anything like me, you love your nails to look good but those trips to the nail salon get quite expensive! After hearing such great reviews about the Trind Natural Nail Repair, I had to try it for myself. Within a couple of weeks I was in love! Talk about clear, strong nails. This formula tightens the protein-molecules while leaving space for the natural moisturizers, which makes the nails stronger and healthier. Anyone with brittle or dull nails can definitely appreciate a product like this. Very easy to use, for the first 2 weeks apply one coat daily directly to the nails. The following day, remove the former coat with nail polish remover. For maintenance you only need to use it once a week. Once you see how great your nails look with just this one item, try incorporating in some of the other Trind products for magazine worthy nails!
I LOVE SUMMER. And I know I am not the only one out there. When it comes to those beloved sun shining days, a girl has got to be prepared to beat the heat. Here a few product staples to stow in your purse to keep you looking fab all summer long.
Jane Iredale POMMISST Hydration Spray – Rehydrate and energize those slumping skin cells with a light spritz through out your day. Pomegranate extract awakens and protects the skin from any environmental UV damage.
Rene Furterer Protective Summer Fluid- Forgot your floppy beach hat? Not to worry, this waterproof and oil- free spray protect your tresses. Enriched with sesame oil this fluid keeps your stands hydrated with out weighing them down.
Boscia Fresh Blotting Linens- Glowy is good, oily is not. With these blotting linens you’re always equipped for absorbing excess oil and perfecting your polished look.
What’s in your summer bag?! Share with us in the comments below! & Enter into our GIVEAWAY!!!
When the temperatures begin to rise, we often have concerned customers calling in about their products arriving hot to the touch and how this may or may not affect their efficacy.
All products undergo a heat/cool and freeze/thaw test in order to make it to the consumer market. Products are tested under extreme temperature changes for extended periods of time. These tests ensure that the active ingredients and overall product composition are not compromised even under extreme temperatures.
Rest assured that if your products are exposed to heat while on the delivery truck or left on the porch, the efficacy of the product is not compromised. Simply, bring the product inside and let the product go back to room temperature by storing it in a cool, dark place. Make sure to let the product go back to room temperature before using it. Some products have to be shaken or stirred before use if the ingredients separated. Natural products may also change in color, but the efficacy will remain the same.
We hope this information is helpful, enjoy your summer!
After 8 hours of work its now time to hit the gym. Packing your bag with these few essentials can take you from work to the gym in a snap.
Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Cleansing Wipes – These on the go cleansing wipes are gentle and soothing but also contain the added benefits of Vitamin C and CoQ10.They smell fantastic and can quickly remove your makeup in prep for your spin class.
Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation- Anti-aging, color adjusting tinted foundation that is designed to give a natural glow and soften the look of any fines lines and enlarged pores. Perfect right before and after the gym to give your skin instant healthy radiance.
Blinc Maraca- Tiny water resistant tubes form around the lashes, and will not run or smudge. Perfect for the physically active, contact lens wearers or those looking for a mascara that will last all day with out flaking.
SpaRitual Infinitely Wise Vitalizing Fragrant Mist- Spray on for immediate relief from metal and physical exhaustion. Organic Lavender Essential Oil balances the crown chakra that represent seven forces within the body that work synergistically to boots energy and alertness.
What do you carry in your gym bag? Share with us in the comments below!