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News, advice, and infographics on keeping your skin clear. And some laughs along the way!

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.... read more

Prevention Tips: Makeup & Acne

Who’s excited for the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1? The much anticipated film has everyone buzzing about it! We’re excited to see our favorites, especially Katniss, Peeta, Haymitch, and the wonderfully eccentric Effie Trinket. Which got us thinking… How does Effie’s skin stay blemish-free with all that crazy colorful make-up? Seriously, that stuff is caked on! While make-up can help cover blemish and make us feel confident, it is not always a friend to skin. The wrong make-up can clog pores and lead to even more acne. This week, let’s take a closer look at how you can prevent acne caused by your make-up. Here are six tips: #1: Opt for make-up products that list the following: non-greasy, non-comedogenic (or non-acnegenic), hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and oil-free. #2: Certain ingredients may cause irritation and may clog pores easier than others. Fortunately, Acne.org shares a great list of ingredients to avoid. Familiarize yourself with this list and be sure to read labels when choosing products! #3: Avoid products that have fragrance. This may irritate some skin types, especially sensitive skin. #4: If you notice that your skin is itchy and/or irritated after using a product, stop use immediately. #5: Stay clear of concealers and cover-ups that are heavy on the skin. #6: Clean your make-up brushes! These bad boys are loaded with dead skin, dust, and who knows what else. If you are not going to clean them, replace them! Did you get all this down, Effie? We’re ready to take a page out of your skin care guide, anyways! We hope that this information has been helpful, and we hope that... read more

Skin Care in a Cup: Chamomile Tea

Kicking off your day with a quality cup of tea may be one of the best ways to wake- up, not to mention the healthiest. There are hundreds of types of tea out there, each one with its own set of amazing health benefits. One type of tea that is exceptionally great for skin care is chamomile tea. You could call it “skin care in a cup!” View image | gettyimages.com   Check out these skin benefits: Instilled with healing, anti-oxidant, and cleansing moisturizing properties Can be used as an all-natural skin bleach, helping to lighten complexion Can promote and accelerate the healing process of minor wounds Antioxidants found in chamomile tea can help fight acne Soothes skin irritations and sunburns Tea bags can help reduce under-eye circles and puffiness Retains youth by protecting skin from free radical damage May help to reduce swelling and fight bacteria (for example, eczema) Aside from skin, there are a number of other benefits to reap: Treat the common cold by mixing chamomile oil with water to make a vapor Mild sedating properties for a good night’s sleep Muscle-relaxing properties (relief from menstrual cramps, upset stomach, etc.) Can help sooth pain associated with stomach ulcers (regular consumption) Has anti-bacterial properties, boosting the immune system Can be used to soothe and treat hemorrhoids (using cooled tea) Can reduce gas formation in the body May help rid of migraines So what are you waiting for? Pour yourself a hot mug of tea and enjoy these benefits today. Are you a tea drinker? Share your favorite cup with us – tweet... read more

7 Superfoods for Your Skin

You’ve heard the term superfoods before, right? This word has been quite the buzz over the past few years. Everyone wants to know how to cook and consume super foods for SUPER health benefits! As your trusted friends, we are here to deliver. We have put together a list of seven superfoods that can promote healthy, glowing skin. So, without further adieu… View image | gettyimages.com #1: Flaxseed. Flaxseed contains omega-3 fatty acids, which can make your cell membranes stronger. This helps to prevent those harmful toxins from being absorbed. The healthier the membrane, the plumper and younger your skin will look. Add flaxseed oil to your favorite smoothie recipe. #2: Avocado. This antioxidant-packed fruit can help you fight off wrinkles. It is high in potassium, vitamin, and (good) fats. In fact, the monounsaturated fats in this fruit can protect your skin cells and prevent wrinkling. Toss an avocado in your salad, add it to your sandwich, include in a smoothie, or simply eat it with a spoon. Yum! #3: Green Tea. Ah, green tea. It really is a magical drink. The polyphenols contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which protect against damaging ultraviolet rays. Steep your own tea for skin care in a cup. #4: Berries. Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, oh my! Their antioxidant content makes them a strong contender on this list. They can help protect the skin against sun damage and have anti-inflammatory properties. #5: Dandelion leaves. No, not the yellow weed part! Eating its greens leaves can help your body cleanse the toxins out. Add a handful to your normal salad! #6: Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are... read more

Banish Acne! 10 Tips for Clearer Skin

If you have been struggling with acne for some time now, this post is for you. It’s time to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH to acne and hello to clearer, healthier skin. Okay… this may be easier said than done. While results take time, it is important to start somewhere. There are a number of tips and tricks that can help you to achieve the complexion you have always wanted. Let’s take a look at 10 tips that can help you banish acne. #1: Keep your hands, fingers, and palms off your face! This is a bad habit that is hard to break, but trust us… it is an important one to conquer. Bacteria, germs, and dirt can make your skin problem much worse. #2: Clean your cell phone at least once a week. All that chatting is fine, but having your face pressed against the phone is not good for your skin – especially your cheek and chin. #3: Change your pillowcase at LEAST once per week. It is a bacteria breeding ground and if you don’t clean it, guess what you are lying face first in? #4: Always wash your face at night. In fact, you may want to establish a nightly skin care routine. #5: Dry your face with a soft t-shirt versus a towel. Truth be told, some towels may be too harsh on skin and could cause cuts. Bacteria can enter the body through these cuts. #6: Got “bacne”? It may be your shampoo or conditioner that is causing it. Always make sure to rinse your hair completely. Once done, wash your back to ensure that no residue is left to clog pores. #7: Try eliminating both sugar... read more
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