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Stress and Skin

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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:

- Glacial Cleansing Cloths (take them to the beach!)
- Arctic Face Mist (replenishes skin with those vitamins depleted by stress)
- Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels (to reduce puffiness in TEN minutes)
- Antidote (a cooling lotion that decongests, detoxifies and calms stressed skin)
- Pure Cloud Cream (great for replenishing, healing and soothing sun burned skin)

When we look better, we feel better.  Have a healthy, stress-free summer.


Helping Hands

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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.

Products with Shea butter and Sodium Hyaluronate can infuse moisture and give hands a soft supple appeal. StriVectin-SD Volumizing Hand Treatment is a super-charged formula that fights 5 signs of aging in hands. Also NIA24 Sun Damage Repair for Décolletage and Hands is also a nutrient-rich cream that visibly diminishes age spots and discolorations.

Using a hand treatment that renews and resurfaces can be a lack luster fingers new found friend. DermaQuest Skin Therapy SkinBrite Hand and Body will achieve luminous skin on your hands and body with this pigment-reducing cream.  Another option is Dermelect Timeless Anti-Aging Hand Treatment to restore the youthful appearance to your hands.


Speedy Makeup Tips

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Always running late? Keep these time-saving makeup tips in mind and you’ll be beautiful in no time!

Simply dust blush on the apples of your cheeks for a healthy glow. Pick a pretty pink for flirty appeal. We love Too Faced Full Bloom Cheek Ultra Flush Blush Sweet Pink.

Taupe shadow makes eyes brighter and is a universal flattering shade. You’ll look put together without all the fuss. Try bareMinerals Glimmer Eyeshadow- Queen Tiffany.

Be bronzed and beautiful. A few strokes of bronzer works wonders! Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzing Powder is the perfect shade of tan for all seasons.

Lastly, lip stain is an easy apply and forget about it product. It withstands a full day at the office and even extends into happy hour! We like Stila Cherry Crush for beautiful berry stained lips.


How to Get Stronger Nails

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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!


Summer Proof Your Hand Bag

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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.

Colorescience Pro SPF 35 Sunforgettable Lip Shine – Natural based gloss with a high grade sun protection of SPF 35 and a refreshing hint of spearmint in every shade. Provides your pout with a subtle shimmer and continuous hydration.

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.

Dr. Michelle Copeland SPF 40 Lotion Mist Sun Block -This unique transparent formulation of Zinc Oxide provides an undetectable broad spectrum of protection with a potent blend of antioxidants and soothing Aloe Vera.

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!!!


Heat and Skin Care

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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!


Gym Bag Staples

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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!

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Quick Hair Refresher

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We want hair that’s fast and easy, and beautiful at the same time! Products need to enhance the hair and also work promptly after application. From day to night and casual to fancy, you can find relief in the Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo products. These will soak up excess oil from the scalp, freshen the hair and even reshape your hair style. Just watch how easy it is to refresh and add fluff back into your hair given a few key products:


Jump Start Your Weight Loss!

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We all know that exercise is crucial to losing weight or maintaining the results you’ve worked so hard to achieve. But, what is the best and most efficient way to burn fat? Cardio, cardio, cardio. Well yes, but there’s more to it than that. Recent studies have found interval training is the fastest and most effective way to lose weight (along with a healthy, low calorie diet of course). Interval training is simply a short span of intense exercise followed by brief periods of rest.

*A recent study by the University of New South Wales in Australia has concluding evidence to support this theory. A study group of 45 overweight women sprinted for eight seconds on an exercise bike followed by 12 seconds of light cycling, rotating for twenty minutes. While a second group of women exercised at a continuous, steady pace for 40 minutes. The speed interval group lost three times as much fat as other women who exercised at a continuous, steady pace.

So, the next time you hit the gym to shed some pounds kick it up a notch! Mix intervals of high intensity cardio with lower intensity periods of rest. By not allowing your body to become accustomed to a steady pace you’re burning more calories and fat.

If you’re looking to jump start your results we suggest supplementing your exercise routine with Thalgo Slim LC Capsules. Slim LC Capsules aid to achieve maximum weight loss. A potent blend of algae, green tea, caffeine, guarana and chromium help to boost energy levels and helps to speed up metabolism.

Sources:

Boutcher S, Director of Fat Loss Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Optimal Fat Loss Program, January 2007

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Top 5 Beauty Tips From Mom – Fact or Fiction?!

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1. “Never pop a zit, it will cause a scar and get infected – FACT.  By popping a zit you may end up forcing pus (thick yellow fluid) out of your pore. The problem is that this can cause a tear in the skin leaving you more susceptible to infection. The other risk is that while popping a zit you may end up forcing the fluid downward and inward, further spreading infection and causing more breakouts at a deeper level.
2.) “Don’t tweeze your eyebrows in the opposite direction”; it will cause your brows to grow back in the wrong direction” – FICTION. Eyebrow hairs should always be tweezed in the direction of the hair growth. Tweezing in the direction of the hair growth will maximize your results in removing not just the hair shaft but also the root! Tweezing against the direction of hair growth only lessens effectiveness.
3.) “Never shave your facial hair off; it will cause thicker hair to grow” - FICTION. Shaving facial gives the tip of the hair a more coarse prickly feeling especially when the hair grows back above the surface of the skin. Shaving however will NOT stimulate hair growth. If this was true, all balding men who shave their heads would suddenly have hair growth! Excess facial hair growth for women is usually related to a hormonal imbalance. While shaving may be quick and easy, stubble quickly returns and can leave that 5 O’Clock shadow. Instead consider waxing, cream depilatories, or laser removal.
4.) “Wearing make up causes bad skin” – Could be FACT, could be FICTION. Bad skin is not caused by wearing makeup. Skin issues such as wrinkles, scaling, redness, sun spotting, and overall poor skin condition are usually caused by environmental factors and lack of skin care regimen. However a combination of too much makeup and poor quality makeup can lead to clogged pores and break outs. Try to avoid liquid or cream foundations with mineral oil. Instead try mineral based or water-based foundations or foundations that say “non-comedogenic”.
5.) “Polishing your nails is bad for them and it will make them yellow” – FICTION. Applying polish and clear coat to your nails can help to strengthen your nails and prevent problems such as cracking, chipping or peeling. It is a good idea though from time to time to give your nails a break. Remove all base coats, polish and topcoats and give your nails a day or two to relax and breathe. Some polishes especially dark red polishes have a tendency to stain the top layers of the nail giving them a yellow appearance. While this can be frustrating it is easily remedied by removing all polish with an acetone based polish remover. Use a 3 way nail buffer to remove any surface ridges, smooth out the nail and then buff it back to a shine, follow with cuticle oil. Doing so should remove any of the yellow staining left behind by red polish. Try our SPARITUAL nail line- it’s vegan and free of chemicals!

Do you have any fact/fiction tips from mom? Do share! We’d love to know.

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