Do you need to Breakup with your Makeup?

Is your makeup hindering your skin from clearing up? You’ve probably heard at some point that wearing makeup is bad for your skin and causes breakouts. The average foundation alone can contain as many as 24 chemical ingredients- add that to your daily skin and haircare products- and you’ve got a lot of substances going on! View image | gettyimages.com   Studies have shown that each day our bodies come in contact with hundreds of chemicals. A majority of chemical exposure comes from the health and beauty products we use on a daily basis, so knowing how to use these chemicals is vital to keeping your skin clear. Why do people say that makeup is bad for your skin? Many formulations of makeup contain heavy oils, which can get stuck in pores, causing inflammation. This inflammation may irritate current acne or kick-off the development of new pimples. Avoid trying several different types of makeup or products at once. This way you can easily recognize a new element that may be causing your skin to breakout. If you notice a pimple develop after adding something to your skin regime, stop using it ASAP! To avoid acne flare-ups from makeup, use products that are oil-free and fragrance-free. Also look for terms like hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic. Like healthy food, healthy makeup should have an expiration date. Know when to throw away makeup. Look for the expiration date, or write the date of purchase right on your makeup, so you know its age. When foundation has a funny smell, thickens or becomes chunky- that is a sign that it is harboring bacteria. Powder...

Fact or Fiction: Junk Food & Acne

Everyone knows junk food is not healthy, and for a long time there has been a media attack against my favorite food group of all time. Rumors that chocolate, pizza, and french fries are responsible for acne. Researchers continue study the link between foods we eat and the appearance of acne, and the jury is still out on some specifics, but before I give up eating my beloved chocolate cupcakes and pizza nearly everyday- I need some cold, hard facts about my favorite foods. View image | gettyimages.com Chocolate Chocolate induced acne is probably the longest running urban myths of skin care. It’s not so much the cocoa (the actual essence of chocolate) but it is actually the sugar that is to blame. A diet high in sugar triggers your body to produce more insulin, which then ramps up your skin’s oil production, contributing to clogged pores and clogged hair follicles. Ehk! Now that we know it’s the sugar, be weary because sugar is hiding everywhere! Replace sweet snacks with something like carrots or cucumber slices. Try to avoid sugary drinks and instead drink water or naturally flavored, no sugar seltzer. Chocolate is ok to eat, but opt for a small piece of high quality, dark chocolate to appease your cravings. Pizza, Pasta, and Bread Ummmmm. That’s basically all I eat- so you’re telling me I can’t eat? These foods contain “simple carbohydrates”. Your body reacts the same way to simple carbohydrates as it does with sugar. Try to limit these items in your diet, instead of heading for chips, try a handful of almonds. Substitute starchy pasta with...

Ch-ch-ch-chia! More Than Just a Child Memory

When you first think of chia, you recall those fuzzy green chia pets that we all knew and loved. Gone are the days of the chia pets! Say hello to the new chia in town… the chia seed. #98210131 / gettyimages.com Chia comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico. It is an edible seed that contains healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and all that good stuff. Since they are unprocessed, they make a great whole-grain addition to any diet. This week, we want to share some of their amazing health benefits with you. We hope that these benefits will encourage you to add them to your lifestyle! Great source of omega-3s, which can help reduce inflammation and high cholesterol Plenty of fiber, which can regulate bowel function Fiber also keeps you full, which makes it a great addition to a midday snack Rich in antioxidants, to help protect body from free radicals, aging, and cancer Two tablespoons contain 24% for magnesium, which can help prevent hypertension Benefits those with type-2 diabetes, as it can help slow down digestion Has 18% of the recommended daily intake for calcium – great for bone health Great source of protein for vegetarians or vegans, with 4.4 grams per serving So, how can you incorporate these seeds? There are plenty of ways! Smoothies Yogurt parfait Veggie dishes Rice Oatmeal Cereal Baked goods Salad And much more… Are you ready to get your chia on? Us,...

Tips to Avoid Acne

According to research from Brown University, approximately 17 million in the U.S. have acne. With a number that high, it may seem impossible that anyone is able to avoid acne. Hey, I guess they say it happens to the best of us, right? We’ve put together some helpful tips that may help you avoid being another statistic. View image | gettyimages.com Cleanse. It doesn’t matter if you have acne or not- everyone needs to wash their face. Your face may not even seem dirty, but over the course of the day oil, dirt, and bacteria build up. Start every morning with a fresh face and don’t go to bed before taking everything off. Use a mild cleanser, warm water, and a fresh clean towel- using an old towel will spread bacteria. Overwashing may be harmful, so try to keep your routine to twice a day, or after activities like going to gym or cooking in a hot kitchen. Moisturize. “Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!” Some people think moisturized skin will lead to acne- but that is not the case. Keeping your skin well moisturized maintains oil balance and prevents breakouts. Look for an oil free or “noncomedogenic” (which means, unlikely to cause acne) moisturizer. Prevent. Only you can prevent breakouts! Look for products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or lactic acid, which curb bacteria and dry excessive oil from skin. Start with a small amount at first. Use these products with caution if you have sensitive skin. Makeup. Cake is for eating- it is not a makeup technique. Avoid caking the makeup over a breakout- this may worsen...

Caring for Winter Skin

During the winter months, dry skin can leave you feeling itchy and flaky! If you have not been taking good care of your winter skin, your skin may be suffering. This week, we have some tips to add to your skin care routine. Healthy, moisturized skin CAN survive the winter! View image | gettyimages.com #1: Use a moisturizer. It is so important to choose an oil-based moisturizer for your face, body, hands, and feet. It helps to seal the skin, preserving the moisture in the low humidity. #2: Wear sunscreen. Yes, sunscreen is still a must in the winter! Protecting your face is especially important when you are out and about. Make sure you choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher. #3: Shower like a skin care pro. Did you know that showering/bathing everyday can strip your body from its natural oils? In the winter, you may want to wash up every other day. If you can’t do that, use warm water (hot will dry out your skin faster!) and limit your session to 10 minutes or less. When you get out, moisturize while you are still damp to preserve the moisture. #4: Cure cracked hands and feet. Hands and feet are usually the first to suffer from the cold! Aside from using your oil-based moisturizer, you should also protect your hands with mittens while out and wear warm, comfortable socks and shoes to keep your feet toasty. We’ve got a few more weeks of winter ahead. Use these tips to your advantage now and your skin will be feeling healthier in no...

Thanksgiving Recipe: Pecan Sweet Potatoes

Looking for something sweet to add to your Thanksgiving spread? Look no further! This week, we are switching up the content and bringing you one of our favorite recipes for the holiday season. Check it out! View image | gettyimages.com 8 sweet potatoes (peeled, halved, and sliced thin) 2 tbs olive oil Salt and pepper to taste 2 tbs butter 2 tbs brown sugar 1/3 cup pecan pieces 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper To make this dish: Preheat oven to 400 degrees Toss potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper – divide on two separate baking sheets Bake until potatoes are tender, with an occasional toss – 30 minutes Once tender, take out and sprinkle with butter, brown sugar, pecans, and cayenne Bake again until sugar is carmelized – about 10 minutes Toss and serve! This recipe serves 8 people, so half or double as you see fitting....

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