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    Happy New Year! Time To Detox


    Just like jingle bells and mistletoes, late nights, over-eating, and over-drinking all come along with the holidays. Now that it’s officially the New Year, it’s time to detox. Below we share tips on how to rid your skin of impurities, and some recipes to help you make up for having one too many eggnogs!

    DETOX YOUR SKIN

    If your complexion is looking sallow and dehydrated, it’s probably the result of too many long nights and getting in too late to take your make up off before bed.  But don’t worry. Getting your skin on track for 2016 is an easy New Year’s resolution to achieve. The answer is seaweed, which was just named by Well + Good as a top wellness trend for 2016! One of the reasons why we love seaweed is because of how detoxifying it is for your skin. Seaweed helps stimulate circulation and increase the flow of oxygen to deeper layers of your skin - this helps eliminate toxins and increases the flow of nutrients to your skin! Seaweed is also a great way to get your skin’s fix of essential nutrients, as it is composed of an abundance of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids and anti-oxidants.

    So how do you get your fix? Two ways: Head to the spa for a seaweed facial and seaweed body wrap, and start using seaweed-based products, like our C-Serum Seaweed Filtrate or Seaweed Bath, as part of your beauty routine!

    DETOX WITHIN

    Detoxing your body within is also important, and is probably much-needed at the moment! To get on track, you don’t need to go on a specific diet. Instead you can try giving your body a cleanse by incorporating more liquids into your diet. Here are some tips:

    BREAKFAST/LUNCH – For these meals, opt for a shake over solid foods like eggs and bacon. A shake made with some of your favorite fresh/frozen fruits, almond milk, and protein powder is a lighter option that will still help keep you full. You can also try a juice recipe, that is both detoxifying and energy-boosting! 

    DINNER – Opt for soups over solid or large meals. Choose homemade soups, or those with low sodium content.  Compared to solid foods, soups are lighter and digest easier. Here’s one of our favorite recipes from our educator, Natalie Fedorchenko:

    Kale, Lentil, and Butternut Squash Soup (Gluten-free, dairy-free) 
    Ingredients:

    • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, chopped
    • 1 cup dry red lentils
    • 1 cup butternut squash, cubed
    • 1/3 cup chopped kale
    • 1/3 cup finely chopped cilantro
    • 2 cups water
    • ½ (14oz) can coconut milk
    • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1 teaspoon curry powder
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

    Salt and pepper to taste

    Directions:
    1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Cook onion and garlic until onion is soft.
    2. Mix lentils, squash, kale and cilantro into the pot. Add water and stir in tomato paste and coconut milk. Season with curry powder and cayenne pepper.
    3. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until lentils and squash are soft.

    Red lentils are low calorie high protein food that is also rich in iron and antioxidants. Kale is a high fiber, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant green with a wealth of vitamin K in it to strengthen capillaries. Butternut squash is a great source of vitamin A to get your hair and skin glowing.

     

    How do you get your skin and body on track for the New Year? Share with us all below!

     

    How to Prevent Turkey Neck

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    The only one that should have to deal with turkey neck this Thanksgiving is the Butterball in your dining room table! No one should have to deal with “turkey neck” - the sagging, discolored skin that forms in your neck area. Although it comes about in your early forties, and is more noticeable around menopause, there are things you can be doing now to prevent it!

    Diet

    A big contributor to sagging skin in the neck area is weight gain or weight gain followed by extreme loss. It’s okay to cheat on Thanksgiving and around the holidays, but from day-to-day, a healthy diet/exercise ritual should be maintained to keep a healthy body fat ratio.  The American Council of Exercise recommends the following body-fat percentage for men and women:

    Percent Body Fat Norms
    for Men and Women

    Description

    Women

    Men

    Essential Fat

    10-13%

    2-5%

    Athletes

    14-20%

    6-13%

    Fitness

    21-24%

    14-17%

    Acceptable

    25-31%

    18-24%

    Obesity

    >32%

    >25%

    (From the American Council of Exercise)

    If you fall in between these recommendations, you’re less likely to have excess skin sagging.

    Protection

    As you know, providing your face with SPF protection is going to help prevent early skin aging in the form of wrinkles and dark spots. The key is to remember to bring this protection down to your neck and also your décolleté area each and every time you apply your protection! Skin on these areas is thinner than on your face, meaning light can cause collage in your skin to break down, making neck skin more susceptible to wrinkles and damage from the sun.

    Hydration – Serum + Moisturizer

    You should also be applying your face serum and moisturizer on your neck as well! Skin that is dehydrated or dry (we’ll be discussing the difference between the two next week) is more susceptible to early aging – so don’t forget to layer both products onto to your neck area. Remember, no matter how well you’re taking care of your face, if your neck is not treated – you’re not fooling anyone of your age! Watch how to give yourself a facial massage on your face, neck and décolleté, your nighttime moisturizer.

    And for those who are experiencing turkey neck, you should start to follow the tips mentioned! For skin hydration, try using an anti-aging serum and anti-aging moisturizer  with peptides to help firm the skin and reduce the appearance of your wrinkles. You can also seek a little help through your makeup – a slightly dark foundation or powder can be applied under your chin area. This helps create the illusion of a slimmer jawline.

     

    Have any other tips to help prevent the dreaded turkey neck? Experiencing turkey neck and found a regimen that is helping your skin? Share with us all in the comments below!

    5 Easy Ways to De-Stress

    Holidays can be a stressful time. Between party planning, gift giving, and figuring out which side of the family to go to this year, things can become a little chaotic. Here are 5 ways to help you de-stress, and take a breather…

    1. Turn off your phone.

    We know it’s, easier said than done, but it’s worth it. Let your friends and family know you may be M.I.A. from group chats for a while, and just click the power off button for a period of time. Studies have shown the positive correlation between stress and your smartphones, so do yourself a favor and put yours away from time to time!

    2. Meditate.

    What is meditation exactly? It’s as simple as shutting off your phone. Sit down, close your eyes, and pay attention to your breathing – not random thoughts of what you’re going to wear to a party or what gifts you need to get for your family. Meditate for just 10-15 minutes. According to Women’s Health Magazine, meditating “affects your brain the way exercise affects your body.”

    3. Take an anti-stress bath.

    Not only does taking a bath at home after a long day on your feet feel amazing for your body, but it can reap the benefits for your brain. Taking a bath will help you unwind and is a natural sleep aid to help you fall asleep faster and get a better quality of sleep. (Click here to find out all you need to have the most relaxing bathing experience.)

    4. Get a facial.

    Not only will facials help address any skin concerns you have, but facials are a method of stress relief. Like meditating, facials give you time to unwind, be to yourself, and not be affected by other distractions. The massage portion of facials in particular helps you relax, and studies have shown that it helps decrease in levels of the stress hormone cortisol and arginine vasopressin, a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. (Source: NYTimes)

    5. Take a walk.

    Exercising is good for us for so many reasons. Exercise helps us stay in shape, is a natural method of antiaging, and  helps us manage stress. Don’t be scared and think that it takes a lot of effort to reap the stress-relief benefits of exercise. “Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever,” (Source: Mayoclinic). Go for a 20 or 30 minute walk a few days a week, or do a full-body workout if that’s your thing, and watch as your stress levels decline.

     

    What other ways do you de-stress? Tell us in the comments below!

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