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Tip Of The Day!

8 Mar

9 days to younger, healthier-looking skin

If it hasn’t happened yet, it’s coming. It’s that pivotal moment when you look in the mirror and discover the first signs of aging: wrinkling, creasing, dryness and drooping. According to Amy Wechsler, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and psychiatrist, it’s mainly tension—not time—that’s causing the lines on your face. In fact, stress can add three to six years to the look of your skin, she says.

In her book The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Reverse Stress Aging and Reveal More Youthful, Beautiful Skin, Wechsler discusses how reversing the physical signs of stress aging are possible by slowing down and focusing on you. Her nine-day renewal plan gradually introduces new focal points (like sleep habits and diet choices) that should be maintained throughout the remaining days and ideally for life.

Why nine days? “I wanted to mimic a week-long vacation, which is two weekends book-ending a week,” says Wechsler. “I think it resonates with most people when they come home from a week’s vacation, look in the mirror and they feel and look much better. I was trying to recreate that experience.” While you can start on any day of the week, she recommends Saturday for day one.

Day 1: Simplify
• Establish daily face-care habits
With loads of products on the market, it’s not always easy to know what’s right for your skin. Wechsler recommends sticking to the basics with a gentle cleanser, a moisturizer with sunscreen for the day and one without for the night and a gentle exfoliator.

• Begin a regular sleep schedule
Wechler notes that most people think of sleep as a luxury, not a necessity—something that you might want but don’t necessarily need. But this is not true, she says: we need eight hours of sleep “in order for the body to restore and heal.”

Day 2: Relax
• Book a massage, connect with friends and/or have sex
Surround yourself with people who put you at ease, Wechsler suggests. There’s nothing like a simple coffee break or an afternoon at the spa (or in the bedroom) to put things in perspective.

• Focus on daily breathing exercises
Take a few minutes to appreciate your breath and actually listen as you inhale and exhale. This can help keep cortisol (a.k.a. the “stress hormone”) levels in check.

Day 3: Go green
• Get out in nature and take in your surroundings
A brisk 20-minute walk in the sun (even when it’s chilly) will give you some much-needed vitamin D and boost circulation.

• Drink green tea
If you’re going to take up one habit this year, make it green tea. It not only hydrates like water, but it’s loaded with flavonoids (known for their antioxidant activity).

Day 4: Eat clean
• Choose nutrient-rich whole foods over processed
To keep blood sugar levels steady and skin happy, opt for whole grains and complex carbohydrates like brown rice, bulgur and whole wheat pasta, which are rich in fatty acids that have skin-smoothing properties.

Day 5: Make a move
• Get active by scheduling at least 30 minutes of exercise
Any activity that gets your heart rate up and makes you breathe a little harder than you would sitting at your desk is a step in the right direction.

Day 6: Get social
• Plan a dinner with friends and family
It’s time to take a trip down memory lane. Call up your friends and spend an evening sharing great stories that inspire and make you laugh.

Day 7: Fight stress
• Learn to meditate
“Meditation not only helps you better cope with stress, but it may also help you keep your brain young and functioning optimally,” says Wechsler.

Day 8: Sleep more
• Take a nap
There’s a reason Spaniards love their siestas. While you’re counting sheep, your body is busy at work lowering your risk of heart disease and repairing cells. You may even notice a happier disposition and an increase in stamina.

Day 9: Pause
• Reflect on your week and think ahead
Take a few moments to reward yourself for the changes you’ve made. Decide what elements had the most impact and consider ways to implement them into your daily routine.

“There’s something psychologically amazing about starting to do something for you, taking back some control and focusing on yourself,” says Wechsler. “It feels great, and it’s liberating.”

Tips for Healthier Skin

Tip Of The Day!

5 Mar

How exfoliation helps your skin

Exfoliation makes your skin glow and may even help to prevent wrinkles.

Many of us know the benefits of exfoliation in whisking away complexion-dulling dead skin cells. But it does more than that, says Holly Sherrard, education manager for Dermalogica Canada. “Exfoliating increases cell turnover to reveal newer, healthier skin cells, plus it decreases blackheads, minimizes hyperpigmentation and fine lines, and imparts an all-over healthy glow.” It also helps with hydration. “Cells transitioning from below the skin’s surface to the topmost layer bring with them essential lipids and moisture,” she says.

That’s good news for your face. And what better time than spring to bust out the exfoliants for the body and feet, too? If you’re planning on using a self-tanner, you need to exfoliate to avoid uneven patches (although simply shaving your legs will also exfoliate them).

Whatever you do, don’t take the word “scrub” too literally—especially on the face—because over-exfoliating will result in red, irritated, flaking skin. “Gently massage exfoliants into skin using light pressure,” advises Sherrard.

The beauty aisles tempt us with scrubs laced with essential oils, boosted with moisturizers, and using everything from natural pumice to jojoba microbeads to pulverized grapeseed for refining your skin.

But you can always go back to buffing basics and save some bucks in the process by exfoliating with a humble washcloth or a loofah. Mixing up an easy homemade recipe (like the one below) for skin-softening salt or sugar body scrubs will give you a little spa-at-home moment. And rubbing sand and oil onto your bod the way Brazilians do is about as natural as it gets.


Blend 1/3 cup (75 mL) brown sugar with 1/2 cup (125 mL) oil, such as sweet almond or grapeseed (canola will do in a pinch). Add a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender for calming or lemongrass for energizing. Or, instead of essential oil, add minced ginger, which stimulates circulation, add a drop or two of vanilla extract.


Tip of the Day!

25 Feb



1. Low fat yogurt …

Low fat dairy products are full of vitamin A. This essential vitamin does wonders for our skin. If you have a thyroid problem or diabetes that’s another reason for you to stock up on organic law fat yogurts!

2. Berries…
I am talking about strawberries, blueberries and blackberries (No, not the phone!). These berries have a great antioxidant capacity which means – the more of these we have, the longer our skin will look youthful and healthy!

3. Essential fatty acids…
Our skin needs essential fatty acids. If fish isn’t your thing (like salmon), try walnuts, flax seed or canola oil. All these will give you an amazing result! Omega 3 and Omega 6 may sound like a Sci-fi flick, but these fatty acids are a must for a beautiful, well moisturized skin.

4. Green tea…
This drink contains polyphenols which have anti-inflammatory characteristics. And despite what they say, a good tea will not dehydrate your body, it will only work as an anti-oxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent that’ll keep bacteria at bay and will fight off those free radicals that make our skin age early.

5. Water…
Did I even need to mention it? 🙂 Good hydration is our skin’s best friend, right? And I’m talking about good bottled or filtered water in its purest form and not sodas or energy drinks. So ensure that you’re getting at least 8 glasses of water a day for your beautiful skin.

6. Avocados…
Avocado is rich in B-complex vitamins and essential oils and works like an anti-inflammatory agent. It also soothes skin that is red, irritated or blotchy. You can even mix it with yogurt and berries to add some flavour!

7. Mangoes…
Yum! I’m glad this one’s on the list. Lots of vitamin A is in store with this skin do-gooder! This fruit will repair your skin cells so that your skin doesn’t look flaky. It has only 70 calories per serving so it’s ideal for your weight loss program as well.

8. Almonds…
Vitamin E helps to moisturize your skin from within. It also protects your skin from damage and premature aging. Eating almonds can help your facial tissue stay in its best shape for years!

9. Cottage cheese…
Apart from calcium, cottage cheese is great for selenium and it’s an essential mineral for a youthful, glowing skin, Ladies!

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