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?
Here are 14 reasons you may want to make apple cider vinegar ( aka the ultimate health and beauty elixir ) a staple in your health and beauty routine for 2014.
– can clear a stuffy nose
– soothes a sore throat
– relieves body cramps
– controls blood sugar
– boosts metabolism
– lowers cholesterol
– maintains bone health
– relieves arthritis pain by preventing calcium build up in the joints
– reduces swelling in the body
– a natural, brightening skin toner
– whitens teeth, removes stains, and kills bacteria
– fights age spots due to it’s natural sulfur content
– improves circulation in the body, thus lessening the appearance of varicose veins
– clears skin… acne remedy, anti-bacterial, and pH balancing
There are so many great ways to incorporate ACV into your daily health and beauty regimen. Give it a try and let us know your favorite ways to use this natural health and beauty elixir!
We are thrilled to be carrying SkinMedica’s Lytera Brightening System. Lytera is a non-prescription cream that brightens the skin, improves it’s overall condition and tone, and reduces the appearance of skin discoloration and dark spots all without the use of hydroquinone.
Lytera users have noticed an improvement in their skin in as little as four weeks with significant improvement after only twelve. Lytera is appropriate for all skin types and is formulated to improve clarity, evenness, and the skin’s overall appearance. Apply Lytera twice daily after cleansing and toning to the face, neck, and chest. Sun exposure should be limited while using the Lytera brightening system and those who are pregnant or lactating are not encouraged to use this product.
– Hexylresorcinol: Helps to brighten the skin.
– Tetrapeptide-30: Skin brightening peptide.
– 4-Ethoxybenzaldehyde: Helps even skin tone and brighten skin.
– Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract: Natural extract, rich in glabridin, a highly effective antioxidant with excellent skin brightening qualities.
– Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: A stable, lipid-soluble ester form of ascorbic acid (vitamin C).
– Niacinamide: Vitamin B3 improves skin moisturization and helps to enhance the barrier function of the skin. Helps promote even looking skin tone.
– Ethyl Linoleate: Essential fatty acid ester helps promote even looking skin tone and helps support barrier function.
– Squalane: Mimics the lipid content of skin and helps support the skin barrier and is skin’s first line of defense against water loss.
– Retinol: Lipid-soluble vitamin A helps smooth dry, thick and rough skin by enhancing exfoliation. Helps even skin tone.
– Dunaliella Salina Extract: Natural colorless carotenoids of phytoene and phytofluene extracted from unicellular algae. Colorless carotenoids help quench free radicals and brighten the skin.
Agave is often touted as a super healthy alternative to sugar. We have been told over and over again that it is raw, all natural, does not contain glucose, does not spike blood sugar, and so on… however, these claims are not necessarily true.
Agave nectar is indeed made from the agave plant… but not the actual nectar. Agave “nectar” is actually made from the starchy root of the plant. It is combined with inulin, a complex carbohydrate comprised of chains of fructose molecules through a highly chemical process. By the time we consume this “nectar” it is in the form of a highly indigestible fiber. Furthermore, it contains 70% (or higher) fructose. To put this in perspective, high fructose corn syrup (also not on the “healthy sweeteners” list) only contains 55%.
Why is fructose frowned upon? Fructose in moderation, and in it’s natural form (i.e. fruit) is not the issue. The problem is when it’s ingested in high quantities. Fructose is metabolized for energy by the body and stored as adenosine triphosphate, or ATP. When your ATP levels are high excess fructose will be converted into fat and stored by your tissues for future use. In our society, we rarely need to call upon these fat reserves, as new calories are constantly being ingested, stored as energy, etc. Not only is fructose stored as fat, an abundance of fructose can be very damaging to the heart and liver.
In short, agave syrup is highly refined, highly concentrated, and highly unnatural. Don’t fret! There are many healthy alternatives to satisfy your sweet tooth. Opt for coconut nectar, palm sugar, or stevia in place of agave. Your body will thank you.
Fall may be in the air… but that doesn’t mean skipping the SPF. Most premature aging is caused by the sun and daily use of sunscreen is your best defense in minimizing skin damage. Remember our recent post about UVA and UVB rays? UVA rays are always present even on cold, cloudy days. They also have the ability to penetrate more deeply, so don’t fool yourself into thinking your safe just because the sun isn’t shining.
SkinMedica’s Daily Physical Defense SPF 30+ is unlike other sunscreens that use chemical agents as a form of protection. These chemicals seep into the skin and absorb the sun’s rays. Daily Physical Defense is a mineral sunscreen that sits on top of the skin and rather than absorbing these harmful rays, it reflects them.
This sunscreen utilizes Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These minerals are skin friendly and provide impeccable, broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection. Green tea leaf extract and caffeine team up to provide powerful antioxidant protection. The high concentration of antioxidants and polyphenols help prevent damage caused by free radicals.
Apply this product daily to the face, neck, and decollate. It’s sheer, oil free formula makes it perfect for every day use. Apply after all other products in your skin care regimen and before applying your makeup.
Doctors recommend this sunscreen for all skin types including those with sensitive skin, patients that have experienced allergic reactions to other types of sunscreens, those who are acne prone, and even those who have had a recent peel or aesthetic procedure because this product is so gentle in nature.
Daily Physical Defense SPF 30 + is also recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation. In fact, a portion of all proceeds go to further skin cancer education and awareness.
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.
SkinMedica’s TNS Eye Repair is the company’s most popular eye cream and it’s easy to see why. It contains the same patented growth factor blend as their TNS Essential Serum. These growth factors work alongside peptides and antioxidants to dramatically reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles while hydrating delicate skin in the eye area and increasing firmness.
TNS Eye Repair was voted “Best Luxury Eye Cream” on Good Morning America. If you have dry or mature skin, this product is a must! Specialty ingredients makes the skin around the eyes appear brighter and more firm while high concentrations of vitamins A, C, and E along with antioxidants enhance elasticity.
TNS (Human Fibroblast Conditioned Media) → A physiologically balanced, naturally secreted and stabilized combination of multiple natural messenger proteins.
Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 → apeptide that helps improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Palmitoyl Oligopeptide → a tripeptide that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate → a lipid-soluble form of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)
Tocopheryl Acetate → a form of vitamin E (considered the most important antioxidant and free-radical scavenger)
Retinyl Palmitate → a lipid soluble form of retinol
Hydroxysuccinimide and Chrysin → a combination of ingredients that combats dark circles
Boron Nitride → a light diffuser which lessens the appearance of dark circles making the eye area appear lighter and brighter
To use TNS Eye Repair apply a thin layer around the eye area twice daily, focusing on the under eyes and the corners of the eyes to help protect against crow’s feet. To learn more about TNS Eye Repair please visit SkinMedica’s official website.