Chia seeds are quickly becoming a popular superfood. They are readily available, boast an incredible amount of health benefits, and are easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Here are just a few reasons why we absolutely love chia seeds!
Let’s talk skin. While it’s important to practice good hygiene, use products appropriate for your skin type, and protect it from the elements… don’t forget to nourish your skin from the inside-out! Here are our top 8 foods to feed your skin.
+ Avocado – packed with biotin to battle dry skin and brittle hair and nails
+ Pomegranate – this antioxidant-rich food helps builds collagen and speed healing
+ Walnuts – the omega-3 fatty acids make skin smoother and hair healthier
+ Green Tea – the polyphenols in green tea provide photoprotection, aka a natural barrier against the sun’s harmful rays
+ Beans – the amino acids in beans help to repair and regenerate collagen
+ Tomatoes – high in lycopene, an antioxidant that helps slow down cellular damage and fights free radicals
+ Salmon – contains astaxanthin which improves skin elasticity and battles fine lines
+ Eggs – the protein in eggs helps repair cells that have suffered from free radical damage
What are your favorite skin beautifying foods?
You probably wouldn’t think twice about spreading some peanut butter on your morning toast or maybe even eating it right out of the jar… but have you ever considered it’s undervalued colleague, sunflower seed butter?
Sunbutter packs a powerful punch when it comes to health benefits… high levels of unsaturated fat [the good kind of fat], zinc, magnesium, and vitamin E to name a few. A tablespoon of sunbutter contains around 100 calories, similar to peanut butter. It also contains similar amounts of protein and sugar, however, it contains less saturated fat and twice as much fiber.
The skinny on fat: While saturated fats can lead to heart disease among other things, unsaturated fats can lower cholesterol and help to fight inflammation. At 9 grams of fat per tablespoon and nearly 90 percent of those fats being the unsaturated kind, sunbutter can be a great way to incorporate healthy fats into your diet.
Sunbutter also contains high levels of vitamin E. Just one tablespoon contains 25 percent of the recommended daily intake. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that fights free radicals and battles inflammation. Vitamin E promotes circulation of the blood which is wonderful for your skin and hair.
Magnesium is extremely important in order for your body to function properly. Over 300 metabolic processes depend on it. Magnesium can help to fight osteoporosis, relieve PMS, and improve the parathyroid function. It also protects against cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Magnesium has been proven beneficial in the battle against diabetes. It can also help with migraines, insomnia, and depression.
All in all, sunflower seed butter can make a great addition to your diet. It is packed with so many health benefits and it’s tasty too. It’s a wonderful alternative for people with various nut allergies. Remember this post about MUFAs? Sunflower seeds are loaded with omega-3s making them a wonderful option. Pick up a jar at your local health food store. You and your body are in for a healthy treat.
Sleep. We all love it… but are we getting enough of it?
You have probably heard that, ideally, you should be getting about 8 hours of sleep per night. Unfortunately, our busy schedules don’t always agree.
The nervous system is composed of both the sympathetic system and the parasympathetic system. The sympathetic system is in charge during our waking hours, but it’s the parasympathetic system that runs the show while we sleep and allows your body to repair itself on the cellular level.
While we are sleeping, blood flow shifts to the skin meaning the skin is receiving more oxygen thus allowing repair mechanisms to kick into gear. These repair mechanisms a.) deliver amino acids to the skin allowing for collagen synthesis, and b.) drain many of the toxins that were accumulated throughout the day.
Simply stated, during sleep our skin isn’t under attack from the elements. This makes it the perfect time for some TLC.
So what happens if you are not getting enough sleep?
Without enough rest, your body does not have the opportunity to repair and restore itself. You may begin to retain more water because you are not giving your kidneys adequate time to flush this excess fluid. In turn, you may appear puffy, especially around the eye area. Too little sleep can also spark inflammatory responses triggering disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and other not-so-nice skin conditions.
Furthermore, chronic sleep deprivation compromises the immune system and has a negative impact on more than your outward appearance. It can seriously increase your risk of other, more serious diseases.
What can you do about it? Try to make sleep a priority, a non-negotiable as you would with going to work, picking the kids up from school, eating, breathing. Getting a proper night’s rest is so crucial to your health. Do your best to get 7-8 hours a night, budget your time accordingly, and reap the beautiful benefits of a good night’s sleep.
For more information about sleep and the impact it has on your health please visit the National Sleep Foundation.
This week’s featured product is SkinMedica’s incredible Vitamin C+E Complex. This product improves the appearance of the skin’s tone and texture while increasing firmness. High concentrations of vitamins C and E work together to provide extraordinary antioxidant protection while fighting free radicals caused by aging, pollution, and other atmospheric stressors such as the sun.
Vitamin C+E Complex contains key ingredients such as Ascorbic Acid and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (try saying that 5 times fast). These are both highly absorbable forms of Vitamin C. Tocopheryl Acetate and Tocopherol are forms of Vitamin E that are incredibly active free radical scavengers.
Vitamin C+E Complex’s time release formula delivers vitamins to your skin throughout the day providing you with continuous antioxidant protection. This product is ideal for all ages and skin types.
This complex is a customer favorite and has been featured on The Today Show and in various magazines such as InStyle and Marie Claire.
Due to the high concentration of vitamins C and E, this product only needs to be used once a day. Apply a single pump every morning to the face and neck after cleansing and toning but before applying moisturizer and sunscreen. Fans of this product start to notice amazing results such as radiant, youthful looking skin in just a few short weeks.
To learn more about SkinMedica’s Vitamin C+E Complex please visit their official website.
Is your skin stressed, dull looking, and just a little tired? Over time dirt, oil, and impurities can build up on our skin making it look and feel a little less than perfect. Enter… SkinMedica’s Rejuvenative Toner. This amazing product helps to remove said dirt, oil, and impurities along with dead skin cells that build up along the skin’s surface.
What makes this toner so amazing? It contains key ingredients that pack a powerful punch including alpha-hydroxy-acid (AHA) which improves skin tone and texture while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Willow bark extract provides mild exfoliation while green tea leaf extract fights free radicals. Witch hazel acts as an antioxidant and helps to reduce the appearance of pores.
Apply SkinMedica’s Rejuvenative Toner to the face twice a day after cleansing and before moisturizing and applying additional products. For more information on this product please check out SkinMedica’s official site.
Each week we will be discussing a product we love and why we think you will love it too! This week it’s all about SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum.
TNS Essential Serum is one of the company’s most popular (and most miraculous) products. It has been featured in magazines such as In Style and on shows including The View.
TNS Essential Serum is often referred to as “the hero product”. It is an all in one treatment to rejuvenate your skin and many people feel if they could have only one product this would be the one! Here are a few reasons why this product is so incredible.
This product contains growth factores and antioxidants that minimize the visible signs of aging, brightens, and helps to restore youthful looking skin. The dual chamber offers TNS recovery complex on one side and APS corrective complex on the other, so essentially you are able to use two incredible products at once. The TNS recovery complex contains growth factors, proteins, soluble collagen, and antioxidants while the APS corrective complex supplies your skin with antioxidants, peptides, and specialty ingredients that help to fight free radicals and rejuvenate the skin.
TNS Essential Serum improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, enhances skin tone and texture, and reduces the appearance of age spots and discoloration. Some see a difference in as little as 4 weeks, however, noticeable benefits are typically seen after 90 days.
It is important to properly use this product in order to reap the maximum benefits. Before use tap the bottle against your hand a number of times to prime the product. Press down in the center of the pump to dispense to product onto the back of your hand. This will leave you with a dollop that is half orange (TNS Recovery Complex) and half white (APS Corrective Complex) due to the dual chambers. Apply the product evenly to the face, neck, and decollate. TNS Essential Serum should be applied morning and evening after cleansing and toning but before applying other products.
To learn more about TNS Essential Serum and to view incredible before and after photos please visit SkinMedica’s website.
We have all heard about the many dangers of the sun’s rays, along with a few benefits (hello Vitamin D!)… but do you know the difference between UVA and UVB rays? Here’s the low down.
UVA rays are always present during daytime hours, even on a cloudy day. They have the ability to penetrate more deeply than UVB rays. Have you ever gotten a suntan through your car window? You can thank UVA rays for that.
The problem with UVA rays is that we can’t always see or feel them. This gives us a false sense of security. Anyone who has gotten the dreaded ski goggle tan knows that looks can be deceiving. It may be cold and cloudy out, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to use sun protection.
UVA rays damage cells deep beneath the surface of your skin. You may not always notice this damage right away; unfortunately, it may become more evident later on in life in the form of sunspots and wrinkles.
UVB rays are not as prevalent as UVA rays; however, they are quite powerful. These rays are more dominant during the summer months when the sun is shining. They are strongest at mid day, making it extra important to protect your skin during this time.
Sunscreens were originally formulated to protect against UVB rays, as these were originally thought to be the most damaging. Now in days most sunscreens are formulated to protect against both UVA an UVB rays. Just check the label for “UVA/UVB” or “broad spectrum” that way you know you are covered (literally). We love Skin Medica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+. It is sheer, oil free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic [<– this means it won’t clog your pores]! This product is perfect for everyday use and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation.
For more information on the sun’s rays, potential sun damage, and sun safety please check out the Skin Cancer Foundation’s website.
Summer heat can bring on a variety of skin problems including dry skin, acne from an increase in oil production, and worsened rosacea from excessive heat. One of the keys to keeping your skin healthy is letting it breathe. Unfortunately, the makeup we use to cover up, even out, and make our skin look flawless can contribute to these conditions by causing a barrier, thus trapping sweat, dirt, and oil beneath our skin.
Luckily, you needn’t sacrifice beautiful looking skin for truly healthy skin. Oxygenetix is a full coverage, non-comedogenic, oil free, hypoallergenic, organic, and truly breathable foundation. Not only does Oxygenetix allow your skin to breathe, it actually drives oxygen into your skin’s cells using a breakthrough oxygen complex known as Ceravitae. Ceravitae is infused with oxygen, meaning it proliferates collagen production in the skin.
This foundation was formulated by doctors for post-procedural care. This product is actually beneficial to both patients recovering from cosmetic surgery and burn victims. It has been shown to speed up recovery time and minimize scaring. If you are looking for a foundation with unparalleled benefits, Oxygenetix may be the perfect fit. For more information and incredible before and after pictures please visit their official site.
We all know that exercise is beneficial to one’s health; cardiovascular health, pulmonary health, and overall health. What you may not know is that exercise is extremely beneficial to your skin’s health! Exercise promotes healthy circulation and increases blood flow. Your blood caries oxygen and vital nutrients to your body’s cells, including your skin cells.
Yoga has proven especially beneficial for boosting oxygen levels and reducing stress and inflammation, both of which have negative effects on your skin. Exercise can also aid in carrying away waste products such as free radicals from your skin’s cells. All of this is very nourishing to the skin.
Another benefit of exercise is the effect it has on the body’s collagen production. Collagen is the main component of our body’s connective tissue and makes up approximately 25% – 35% of our bodies. Collagen cushions your joints and helps them to move smoothly. Collagen helps to hold your muscles in place and connect your tendons, bones, ligaments, cartilage, etc. Keeping collagen levels high is one of the keys to arthritis prevention. Collagen also helps your skin retain a subtle appearance and that youthful glow.
Just 30 minutes of physical activity a day can boost your health in countless ways; so get out there and get moving. Walk, run, ride, dance, stretch… find something you love and stick with it. Your body (and your skin) will thank you!