April 28, 2014

Currently Obsessed With: Environ's C-Quence Retinol Cream

Bye, bye, dull skin! The C-Quence retinol cream by Environ is a great option for anti-aging...without skin irritation! It comes in four different strengths, so there's one for everyone!

April 21, 2014

The Fizz Facial: A Great Mother's Day Treat!

My favorite facial of the month is our Fizz Facial! This exfoliating and soothing facial is great for anyone, and it would surely be a relaxing treat for mom this Mother's Day! This treatment is known for it's unique champagne bubbling-like effect! Get a gift card for your mom today! 

Learn more about the facial here! 

April 15, 2014

SKIN DETOX: Go Gluten-Free...the Right Way

In 10 years you'll think about gluten the way you think about cigarettes. 

Gluten is a protein found naturally in many foods. It is also mixed into processed foods. While gluten intolerance is commonly associated with Celiac disease, many people do not realize that sensitivity to gluten is common among many people without Celiac disease, and has been linked to many other health complications. Gluten intolerance is a growing epidemic.

The human body has a difficult time breaking down gluten; however, attributing symptoms to gluten intake can be difficult for people because it has become a staple in the American diet. Recurring stomach pain, rashes, or fatigue should not be ignored; heart disease, Alzheimers, inflammatory bowel disease, and autoimmune diseases are only some of the health problems which gluten intake can cause. Eliminating gluten from the diet entirely is the only way to prevent its complications.

Gluten intolerance is often associated with stomach discomfort and digestive problems, however, it can also cause other symptoms without causing severe stomach upset. Other symptoms have frequently been linked to the following skin conditions:
- Red skin rashes on the face that burn or itch
- Acne
- Red skin blemishes resembling acne

If you suspect that you are sensitive to gluten, eliminate it from you diet completely for at least two months to see if symptoms improve. Consult with your primary care physician or dietician prior to starting your new diet to ensure that you will be still be able to consume essential vitamins and minerals.

Understanding which foods have gluten is CRUCIAL to avoiding it entirely. Some food labels mention that gluten is included while others do not; gluten is often “hidden” within other ingredients listed on nutrition labels, so be sure they are truly gluten free before eating them!

Foods that are allowed:
Most dairy products
Unprocessed legumes (beans, nuts, seeds)
Fresh meats
Fresh fish
Fresh poultry
Corn and cornmeal
Rice flour
Soy flour
Corn flour
Potato flour
Bean flour
Pure apple cider vinegar
Pure balsamic vinegar
Foods to avoid:
Breads and rolls
Processed lunch meats
Seasoned rice mixes
Salad dressings
Potato chips
Tortilla chips
Malt, malt flavoring, malt vinegar
Durum flour
Graham flour
Cakes & pies
French fries
Imitation meat or seafood

April 8, 2014

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an important factor in the integrity of the skin and some inflammatory diseases can be caused by vitamin D deficiency. Some of these diseases include psoriasis, Crohn’s Disease, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and systemic lupus erythematosus.

How do you get it?

Vitamin D is most commonly absorbed by exposure to the sun. It can also be absorbed from certain foods and through supplements. You may have a vitamin D deficiency if you do not spend much time out in the sun, such as in the winter, or if you have a skin condition or history of skin cancer that restricts the amount of sun exposure you can have. Dark skinned people are also prone to having low levels of vitamin D from sun exposure. Vitamin D deficiency may also be due to low intake of foods rich in vitamin D.

How do you get vitamin D without exposing yourself to the sun?

Eat a diet high in these foods which contain a high amount of vitamin D:
egg yolks
beef liver
fortified milk
fortified cereals
fortified orange juice
fortified yogurt

Vitamin D Supplements

Supplements are a great way to boost your levels of vitamin D. There are two forms of vitamin D available in supplements - vitamin D2 or vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 has been proven to increase levels of vitamin D better than vitamin D2 does. It is recommended that you take at least 600 to 800 IU of vitamin D3 per day. If you have extremely low levels of vitamin D or trouble absorbing it, then you may need to take a higher dose. You should contact your physician to assess how much per day you should take.

April 4, 2014

You have to be a little “high” maintenance... to look "low" maintenance

If you like running out of the house looking perfect with just a little mascara and lip gloss, it takes effort...lots of what I call “behind the scenes effort.”

Get your brows shaped by a professional
Your eyebrows frame your face, so get them waxed or threaded by an expert who will tailor them to your face shape. Plucking daily is time consuming and often leads to little mishaps which can lead to an untidy look or an overplucked arch.  Perfect brows allow you to wear little or no eye makeup. 

Tint your brows or lashes
Rather than fussing with mascara or eyebrow pencils each every day, get your lashes and brows tinted by a professional once every month. Tinting your brows and lashes will save you time each morning, provide a polished and natural look, and will prevent unruly makeup smudging. 

Get facials regularly
Not wearing foundation is not easy, but you can go without it if your skin looks healthy. Makeup and bacteria clog your pores daily so your skin needs an occasional deep clean and exfoliation. Deep pore facials or microdermabrasions gently cleanse, exfoliate, and rejuvenate your skin. Treatments like these will give you a healthy and natural glow so you can stop the primer, foundation, and primer routine.
Maintain a healthy hair-washing schedule
Broken and dry hair looks old. It is also difficult to style. So, for that “just out of bed” hair you need extra time for hair care. Use serums or hair masques to moisturize your hair and to prevent frizziness. On days that you skip a wash, use a dry shampoo to prevent an oily look. Regular trimmings and coloring the greys will also keep your tresses polished. Taking biotin supplements will improve the strength of your hair, while fish oil supplements will encourage hair growth!

Wear sunblock to prevent brown spots
Sun damaged skin is old, leathery skin. Sunblock should be a part of your daily routine. The only way to prevent freckles, sunspots, and skin discoloration is by protecting yourself from the sun. A broad-spectrum sunblock with SPF 40 or more with UVA and UVB protection will save your skin in 10 years. Prevent excessive sun damage by also wearing wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and tinting your car windows.