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Caring For Your Skin: An Inside Job

“Truly healthy skin is not something we can find in a bottle or a jar. It’s an inside job. It begins with health…It’s time to put down the concealer and pick up the fork.”

(Nadia Neumann)

When I turned 13, my mother, who has always been fanatical about caring for her skin, decided that it was time to teach me to care for my complexion. She took me to A&S department store (I’m dating myself, as A&S hasn’t been around for quite some time!) and had me consult with a skincare professional at the Clinique counter. I learned that I had combination skin and was taught which products to use and how to use them. Although I no longer use the Clinique products, I don’t think that there’s been a day since then that I haven’t adhered to my skincare regimen. I have a morning skincare routine and an evening routine that I follow, religiously. I’m often complimented on my skin and I’m extremely grateful to my mother for impressing upon me, from such a young age, the importance of caring for it. But, I now realize that there’s much more to great skincare than what we knew back then…

While I firmly believe that understanding our unique skincare needs and using products that are well-suited to our needs is imperative to keep our skin clear, healthy and beautiful, I now know that products are only one part of the picture. Just as important as what we put on our skin – and some would argue that it’s MORE important – is what we put into our bodies, as there is an intimate connection between our overall health and our complexion.

My understanding of this fact deepened as I read Nadia Neuman’s book Glow: The Nutritional Approach to Naturally Gorgeous Skin. Neuman’s book is based on scientific evidence supporting the idea that the state of our skin reflects our internal environment: hormonal imbalances, inflammation, impaired gut health, blood sugar dysregulation, and lack of adequate nutrients/nutrition.

Neuman’s goes on to identify a number of dietary principles to assist us in nourishing our skin from the inside out. While I was already aware of much of this science from my training as a Health Coach, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the many recipes that Neuman’s included, as a way to incorporate what she refers to as the “glow-getting superfoods” into our diet. I highly recommend her book!

Below are the principles she outlined in the book. You’ve likely heard most of these tips before, as they are tenets of good health, but it serves as a good reminder that our skin will most definitely benefit from this, as well.

  1. Eat real foods (mostly plants and lots of leafy greens, in particular).
  2. Eat a variety of real foods in a variety of colors to insure that you’re getting a wide range of micronutrients.
  3. Make sure you’re getting enough high quality macronutrients:
  • Proteins are required to build and repair skin cells
  • Carbohydrates provide cells with energy
  • Fats are a necessary component of cell membranes. Healthy cell membranes create healthy cells and healthy cells create healthy skin. Note: an adequate ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are important; Most of us have plenty of Omega 6 and not nearly enough Omega 3, so an Omega 3 supplement is recommended for many people.**

4. Limit refined sugars and avoid artificial sweeteners, soda/soft drinks, alcohol, fried foods (these are definitely glow-killers!).

5. Eliminate (or at least, limit) gluten.

6. Increase consumption of probiotic rich foods and/or add a probiotic supplement to your diet.**The integrity of the gut lining greatly impacts the skin, as it’s directly related to the amount of inflammation in the body and the skin.

7. Support the liver for proper detoxification by increasing your intake of fiber and incorporating liver supporting herbs, teas and foods (like grapefruit and beets) into your diet.

8. Make sure you’re drinking enough water (everyone should be drinking ½ his/her body weight in ounces) and diuretic beverages, including green tea.

9. As much as possible, remove physical and emotional stressors to regulate cortisol levels. Hormone regulation is directly related to the health of the skin.

10. Get enough sleep. Here’s a link to a recent post on this topic.

Note: Be sure to check with your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet.

I dog-eared several of Neuman’s recipes and intend to try them soon. I’ll be sure to report back to you and, perhaps, post some of my favorites for you to try!

In the meantime, glow-on, girlfriends!

xo,

Karen

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Weekly Wellegant Find: PerioBrite Toothpaste

There is no beauty treatment that will instantly brighten up a woman’s face like a big, warm and sincere smile. I’m always drawn to people who smile frequently and I most definitely notice it when people don’t!

Recently, I read (I wish I could remember the source but, alas, I can’t!) that studies show that, when meeting someone new, the first thing most people notice about him/her is the mouth (even more so than the eyes, which I found surprising!). Seems like a great incentive to to make our smile a spectacular one, no?

Well, before you reach for the teeth whitening strips (most of which contain a variety of irritating chemicals), you may wish to try a tube of PerioBrite toothpaste by the brand Nature’s Answer. I found this toothpaste a while back and, now that I’ve been using it for several months, I can attest to the fact that it’s a fantastic, natural alternative to the teeth whitening treatments out there. I’ve purchased it at the supermarket and, also, on Amazon.

I hope that this tip serves you and that you’ll feel all the more confident and motivated to flash your grandest, whitest, brightest, most magnetic smile all over the place!

Be Wellegant,

Karen

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Summer Beauty: The Natural Look

When temperatures rise during the summer months, many of us move away from a “full makeup” look in favor of a lighter, more natural face. Now, don’t get me wrong…lighter and more natural doesn’t necessarily mean makeup-free. Makeup-free might work when we’re in our twenties but most of us…(ahem) over 40 gals, find that a little makeup goes a long way toward making us look and feel our best. And that, after all, is the whole point: we want to feel good during the hot summer months, knowing that (1) our skin is cared for and healthy, (2) our makeup isn’t heavy and sliding down our faces throughout the day, and (3) we’ve enhanced our features in a way that looks natural, yet gives us that extra boost of confidence that cosmetics provide.

With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list of my summer beauty essentials. These are the products that I turn to when I’m going for that “less is more” look during the carefree days of summer.

Bear in mind that nothing helps us to achieve that look better that taking excellent care of our skin, so be sure to check out these tips for  skincare during the warmer months. Once we have a healthy “canvas” to work with, it only takes a few products and a few minutes to create a gorgeous summer glow. Here’s how I do it:

  1. Tinted moisturizer: During the winter, my skin tends to be dry and I need a richer moisturizer which I follow with foundation. In the warmer months, however, my skin isn’t quite as dry and I prefer to use a tinted moisturizer instead. The advantage of a tinted moisturizer is that it’s a lighter product that (a) won’t clog your pores and (b) allows your natural skintone to shine through.
  2. Bronzer: I try not to get any sun on my face at all. When I’m in the sun, you can be sure that I’m not only covered in sunscreen (this one’s my fave!), but I’m often wearing a sun hat (and here’s my favorite hat). So when I want my face to have that sun-kissed look, I rely on bronzer. A little on the forehead, nose and cheeks – just the areas where the sun would kiss you – gives you the look of a light, healthy suntan.
  3. Neutral eye shadow: For a daytime look, I keep eye shadow very simple and rely on a basic neutral (I prefer a light tan shadow), which I use to cover the eyelid. I often skip the step of adding a darker shade to the crease. A light neutral shadow and some eyeliner is enough to enhance the eyes, while keeping the look light and natural.
  4. Liquid or Gel Eyeliner in a dark brown shade: Liquid and gel eyeliners tend to go on and stay on better than pencils during the warm and humid days of summer. I also suggest going with a dark brown shade, as opposed to black, because I find that brown almost always looks more natural.
  5. Mascara: The same rule applies here…dark brown tends to look more natural than black but, of course, be guided by your skin tone, hair color and personal preference. And you may wish to switch to waterproof mascara during the summer months, as well.
  6. Cream Blush: A cream blush is a nice way to keep the skin moist and give the cheeks a dewy look. It also blends nicely, giving a natural, rosy glow.
  7. Highlighter: I only recently started using highlighter and I’m totally hooked! This one by NARS is the one I use. A little goes a very long way, so be sure to use the slightest bit, rubbed between the pointer fingers and tapped onto the tops of the cheekbones, the inside of the eyes, the bridge of the nose and the forehead. I use a big, fluffy brush to blend it in. It brightens up the whole face and also creates a dewy look (which is very youthful!).
  8. Lipstick/Gloss/Stain in a Mid-tone Coral: In the summer, I love a medium coral shade – not too dark/bright and not too soft. This is a shade that compliments every skin tone and adds just the right pop of color on a neutral face. Summer-sexy, to be sure!

This makeup routine takes only about 10 minutes and makes me feel far better than going out bare-faced. We all know that the brightest and most beautiful glow is the one that comes from within but, for most of us, the extra bit of confidence that comes from feeling “put together” helps us shine a little brighter.

Shine on, my loves!

Karen

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Get Your Glow On: Transition Your Skincare from Winter to Spring

After months of harsh winter weather, spring has finally sprung here in the Northeast. Hallelujah! Spring represents the perfect time to clean out and lighten up; the home, the garden, the wardrobe, and even our beauty routines seem to call for a bit of a refresh, as we make the transition from winter to spring.

Just as we must modify our skincare products and treatments when the cold weather hits, we must also make adjustments to our products and routines in springtime, so that the change in temperatures, sun exposure and moisture levels don’t wreak havoc on our skin. This is the perfect time to get your glow on and here are eight ways you can do it:

  1. Get rid of last year’s products. Many people hold onto products from one year to the next, however, the shelf life of most beauty products and cosmetics is only 6 months. Beyond that time, they are (a) not as effective and (b) likely to be contaminated by bacteria, which can prove dangerous. That means that those lotions, potions and palettes from last spring should be discarded and replaced. Consider it part of your spring cleaning!
  2. Commit to good cleansing. Dry skin conditions in winter is likely to result in flaky skin and clogged pores. Continue to use a gentle cleanser, but spring is the perfect time to do more exfoliation to clear away those dead skin cells. Add in a gentle exfoliator 2-3 times per week, preferably something with glycolic acid, lactic acid or citrus extracts.
  3. Transition to a lighter moisturizer, preferably one with vitamin C, which brightens up the complexion.
  4. Add sun protection (at least spf 50) into your skincare routine, either in the form of a moisturizer with spf or a sunscreen layered on top of your moisturizer (Here’s a natural sunscreen product that I like very much).
  5. Don’t forget the décolletage. As you get ready to bare more of the neck and chest area, be sure to moisturize and protect these areas as well.
  6. Possibly reintroduce Retinol products in the springtime. Retinol products can be very drying, so many women opt not to use them in winter. If you want to reintroduce them into your skincare routine, spring is the perfect time to do so. But remember, retinol products are photosensitive and should ONLY be used at night.
  7. Indulge in a facial/skincare treatment, either a salon treatment or an at-home facial.
  8. A good exfoliation, followed by a soothing mask is not only a great way to treat and condition the skin, but it’s a treat for the senses!
  9. Take an omega fish oil supplement (if you’re not already taking one), which will help the body maintain hydration and improve skin tone and elasticity.

And since this time of year gives us so much to smile about, add your mega-watt grin and you’ll be absolutely radiant!

Happy Spring!

Karen

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