What Works for Her Won’t Work for You

So there is this girl in history class who has the most beautiful skin … like ever!  I swear I’ve not seen one pimple on her glowing face.  So I finally got the courage to ask her what made her complexion so utterly and disgustingly perfect. She was kind enough to share with me all the products and regimens she uses to keep her mug as exquisite as a porcelain doll. So what did I do? I went out the next day and blew my piggy bank on all of the products she uses.

I bolted home, ripped open the boxes and diligently began applying, wiping, pinching and smoothing all those Imageglorious products on my face. After my regimen was complete I went to bed dreaming of the new face I would awake to in the morning. Well, as you can imagine, THAT didn’t happen. I was itchy and red – even my left eye was puffy and half open!  My face was reacting to all those products!  It was a nightmare and took a few days to get back to normal – or at least to “my normal.” So to make a long story even longer, I realized that what was good for her skin did not fit the needs of my skin.  I needed products that made sense for moi and only moi! Once I found these particular products, my skin started glowing as well!

Outer Beauty Tips: Lesson learned: There are so many products out there, why not find the perfect ones for your skin and your skin only instead of trying and applying everyone elses recommended products. This will save you the time, money and effort wasted!

Inner Beauty Thoughts: Just like this beauty product analogy, what works for her in her life might not always work for you in your life. It takes some courage to follow your own path. You have to make the choice for yourself and yourself only.  Maybe she runs a marathon because she is built with the longest legs ever. You might not be able to run a marathon but you can get the same amount of cardio and exercise doing something that makes more sense for your body type. At the end of the day, you both are using different methods, but the beautiful and empowering part is that you’ll both reach those goals!

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Big Girls SHOULD Cry: 3 Health Benefits from Tears

You know that fun song Fergie sings,”…and big girls don’t cry,” well…she’s lying.  We ALL cry!  Yep, it is in our female chromosome to just let it all out sometimes in a mess flowing mascara and runny snot. Did you know that on average women cry 47 times a year and men a mere seven (that explains a lot!)?  So don’t feel like you have to hold it all in.  There are reasons we have tears, 3 reasons actually, so let me break it down for you…

1) Emtional/Stress-related Tears

There is an important chemical difference between emotional or stress-related tears and those simply caused by physical irritants like cutting onions. Emotional tears actually contain certain protein-based hormones that act as a natural painkiller which is produced by our body when under stress.

2) Basal Tears

These are the tears that we need all the time because they are “in partnership” with our eyeball. Basal tears consist of the layer of protective fluid covering our eyeballs. Without it our eyes would be in danger of drying out and become susceptible to bacterial attack and/or eventually go blind.

3) Reflex Tears

These are the tears that protect our eyes from irritants and foreign bodies, such as dust or getting rid of the acidic fumes when cutting onions. These tears wash away the irritant and drain it from the eye.

Inner Beauty Thoughts: Crying can help to wash chemicals linked to stress out of our body, one of the reasons we feel much better after a good cry. Higher levels of adrenocorticotrophic (ACTH) have been found in emotional tears (compared to reflex tears). Removing this chemical from the body is beneficial because it triggers cortisol, the stress hormone – too much of which can lead to health problems associated with stress.

When you’re upset and stressed, you have an imbalance and build up of chemicals in the body and crying helps to reduce that. So go ahead and choose a safe place, find the courage to face those emotions and go ahead and let it all out…you’ll love the inner beauty cleanse once the tears wash away.

*Remember that  frequent crying is not always good for you and can be a sign of more serious conditions, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and postnatal depression. If you are experiencing more than a ‘good ol’ fashion cry’ every now and then, please reach out to a professional to get you back on track.

Outer Beauty Thoughts: If it looks as though a giant mosquito mixed with a bag of onions ambushed your eye area after crying, then follow these tips to reduce those cried-out puffy eyes:

  • Apply cool damp teabags to your closed eyelids. Regular black tea reduces swelling better than herbal tea does. Leave the teabags in place for at least 15 minutes to reduce inflammation.

  • Apply cool cucumber slices to your closed eyelids, a traditional remedy for puffy eyelids and dark circles. Cucumbers have anti-inflammatory properties and nutrients that help soothe irritated skin around the eyes. If you don’t have a cucumber on hand, you can use cool potato or apple slices.

  • Avoid eating salty food after crying. Although you might be tempted to indulge in a big bag of potato chips for food therapy, salt makes the body retain water and works against your goal of preventing puffy eyes.

 

 

When Life Gives You Lemons…

Make ‘lemonade’ for your skin!  What I am REALLY saying is that you can really turn anything around and make it good. You can even use this ol’ cliche – literally – by using a lemon for the benefit of your skin!

Did you know that the Lemon, “Citrus limon,” has a reputation for lightening skin, fading age spots, removing excess oil, tightening pores and removing redness from blemishes on the face? The active ingredient in lemons is citric acid. When we use the vitamin C as topical use, a key ingredient in lemons, it helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Here are some tips on how to use lemon juice for your skin:

For acne: Extract juice of one lemon and mix with equal quantity of rose water. Apply this mixture on the face and let it stay for about half an hour. Wash the face with fresh water. About 15 days application helps cure acne, pimples and reduces blemishes and scars.

For Wrinkles and Dark Spots: If you apply a little bit of lemon juice to your face, approximately 2 to 3 times a day, it is highly effective at fading away both skin blemishes as well as wrinkles, fine lines and other signs of aging, such as dark circles. You can purchase a lemon and just squeeze a bit of juice onto your hands, and then apply it to your face (or neck) by rubbing it in gently.

Inner Beauty Thoughts: It’s all about choice, courage and empowerment! When life gives you lemons, make lemonade… yep! even for your skin.

Outer Beauty Tips: Beyond using lemons for the skin, there are a ton of other ways to use lemon juice around the house and then some!  Skip the harsh cleaners and check out these 24 handy lemon tips to get you and your house on its way for a healthier, cleaner lifestyle.

Exorcise the Toxins!

Did you know the food you eat directly affects your appearance? Let me sum up years of research for you in this one sentence:  To improve bad skin, avoid sugar! Sugar is the worst thing for your skin. Every doughnut, candy bar and soda adds to a toxic excess of blood sugar or glucose that shows up on your face. Frequent consumption of refined carbohydrates (any white food such as potato chips, white rice, white bread, pasta, etc) which show up everywhere in the American diet, can bump up cortisol levels. This can interfere with hormone balance and increase inflammation.

Another toxic food to avoid is alcohol because it causes the skin above and under your eyes to puff up. Puffiness is also increased if you aren’t drinking enough water.

As you begin to exorcise these toxic foods, why don’t you go ahead and exorcise those toxic people out of your life as well. Toxic people, like toxic food, can take a toll on your emotional well-being. If you don’t know the signs for a toxic person-here are a few:

1) Is always complaining
2) Is always negative
3) Talks badly about people, especially behind their back
4) Never reciprocates a good deed
5) Takes advantage of you or what you might have
6) Definitely is the opposite of the saying, “A breath of fresh air”
…You get the idea.

How do you stop those toxic people from remaining in your life? Well, you gotta get some courage and get a little feisty with your own boundaries. You can still be polite and cordial, but you don’t have to let them in past that first gate.  Talk about the weather, remain polite and MOVE ON. If they start inquiring as to why you’ve backed off simply let them know that you are on a toxic diet – and the diet specifically states that you must avoid any temptations, including food, drinks, cats, dogs and humans, that may lead you astray from your goals :).

Inner Beauty Thoughts: Put your emotional well-being on a toxic diet.  Put up a polite boundary with toxic people in your life. Make sure that boundary is strong and clear so the feisty doesn’t have to come out! This will empower  you to create healthier and stronger relationships!

Outer Beauty Tips:
Avoid toxins and drastically improve your skin’s appearance with this ‘non-toxic list:

  • increase your intake of lean protein
  • increase your intake of foods high in omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 oils (fish, nuts, seeds, dark green vegetables, olive, flax and hemp oils)
  • use only the highest quality (and darkest) of oils when cooking
  • include antioxidants in your diet: these free-radical fighters help keep sugar from attaching to proteins, so replenishing their supply by eating more antioxidant-rich fruits, nuts, and vegetables (i.e. cranberries, walnuts, and red bell peppers) and having antioxidants in your nutritional supplements is the correct route toward younger looking skin.
  • keep added sugar to no more than 10% of total calories
  • control stress – stress can also lead to elevated cortisol levels, so controlling oxidative stress is also crucial in reducing skin wrinkling and puffiness.