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Beautiful Blueberries: Summer Fruit Promotes Skin Health

Posted on: July 27th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Beautiful BlueberriesOne of the best things about summer is the abundant fresh produce – and juicy berries top my list of favorites. July is National Blueberry Month, making it a fitting time to put the spotlight on this culinary and nutritional gem. It turns out that blueberries not only taste amazing, but pack a healthy punch as well, both for the skin and the entire body.

Powerhouse blueberries rank number one among all fruits for antioxidants – those free-radical fighters that protect your body’s cells from damage. That means that blueberries have the potential to help stave off skin damage and reduce signs of aging. Antioxidants have also been shown to boost the immune system and keep infection at bay. (more…)

Beach Yoga: Transform Vacation Time into Fitness Time

Posted on: July 20th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Beach YogaHitting the beach this summer? Whether ocean or lake side, it can be tough to find the motivation to exercise when a chaise lounge and frosty beverage are calling your name. There’s another way to relax on vacation that will not only help you bank some exercise, but also make the most of that sandy shoreline – and that’s beach yoga.

A sandy beach provides an ideal, uneven surface for yoga practice that will help you strengthen your core and improve balance. And the scenery and coastal breezes are an added bonus! You can practice any poses you like on the beach, although some prefer to avoid poses that involve too much full body contact with sand. (more…)

Summer Skincare Mistakes: 4 Changes to Make Now

Posted on: July 13th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Summer Skincare MistakesIf you’re reading this, you may consider yourself a skincare devotee who does whatever it takes to care for your precious epidermis. But even those of us with the best intentions may be unaware of the impact of some habits. Check out these four ways you may be sabotaging your skincare routine:

Improper sunscreen application: Sure, you use a high SPF, broad spectrum sunscreen. But are you doing it right? Always apply sunscreen generously, and let it sit for 15 minutes before sun exposure or swimming. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a full shot glass for the entire body, and possibly more, depending on your size. Don’t forget about reapplication. Read your labels – even waterproof (more…)

Simple Summer Makeup: 5 Tips to Look Great All Summer

Posted on: June 29th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Summer Makeup TipsSummertime is vacation time – so why not give your skin a break from your usual makeup routine? These tips will not only save you time, but will help you defy the heat and keep a fresh face all day long.

Swap out foundation for tinted moisturizer with sunscreen: Most of us spend more time outdoors in the summer, which makes sun protection all the more important. Traditional foundations may be too heavy on the skin this time of year, so try a tinted moisturizer with SPF. Many cosmetics companies offer BB and CC creams with SPF, which offer light hydration for parched summer skin.


4 Sun Exposure Myths Debunked: Know the Facts to Protect Skin from Aging and Cancer

Posted on: June 22nd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Debunk Sun mythsIf you’re reading this, you’re probably a skin care devotee. At the very least, you’re concerned about your overall health. This time of year, as we spend more time outdoors, protecting skin from harsh rays is paramount. Proper skin care and protection from UVA/UVB rays can make the difference between healthy skin and premature aging or even skin cancer. Do you think you have the facts straight when it comes to summer sun and your skin? As we take a look at four top sun exposure myths, we’ll reveal the brutal truth.

MYTH #1: You can’t get sunburned on a cloudy day.

FACT: How your skin feels outdoors on a (more…)

Four Summer SuperFoods for Healthy Skin

Posted on: June 15th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Summer SuperfoodsSummer offers a bounty of fresh and delicious seasonal foods, and it’s hard to go wrong nutritionally when you indulge in any of them. But there are a few standouts that offer exceptional benefits for skin health. Here, our top four peak-season choices offer a boost of vitamins, antioxidants, healthy fats and more for glowing skin all summer long.

Watermelon: Emblematic of summer, juicy watermelon offers 90 percent water content for optimum skin hydration in a sweet, fiber rich treat. It’s also packed with Vitamin C, which aids in collagen production, and also makes it great for combating aging free radicals.

Salmon: Fresh caught, wild salmon is (more…)

Hydrate With Flavorful Spa Water: A Healthy Alternative to Soda

Posted on: June 8th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Stay HydratedWe all know we should drink more fluids – especially in the summer months when heat saps moisture from the skin and body. Sometimes, though, the temptation is to grab a soft drink or other unhealthful choice. After all, it’s so tempting and easy to reach into the fridge for a frosty, refreshing can.

It’s just as easy, however, to whip up a pitcher or two of spa water. Instead of soda’s artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives, you’ll be getting pure water with a healthy infusion of fruits, veggies, or herbs. We think it’s a superior way to hydrate the skin and body for a healthy glow.

Making spa water is easy. Simply fill (more…)

Self Tanner Tips: Get a Natural Glow with Right Product and Application

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Self Tanner TipsAs temps warm and fashions expose more skin, it’s tempting to throw caution to the wind and let skin tan to a golden hue. But with a natural tan come fine lines, wrinkles, general skin damage, and the potential for skin cancer. The good news is that some modern self-tanners do a great job of emulating a natural suntan without harming the skin.

Actifirm Firming Self Tanner not only tans the skin with natural botanicals derived from beets and sugarcane, but its proprietary Actimatrix formula helps to firm skin. In addition, natural pigments offer a “color guide”, which allows you to see where you’ve applied for even coverage and imparting an instant natural glow as color further develops over (more…)

Hydrate Inside and Out: Two-fold Strategy Best for Hydrated Skin

Posted on: May 25th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Hydrate inside and outAs temperatures warm, we tend to put concerns of skin hydration on the backburner. But while the dry skin of winter may be behind us, summer offers skin challenges of its own. Cold weather typically brings lower humidity, which saps moisture from skin. Warm weather, on the other hand, dehydrates skin through heat.

Summer dehydration should be dealt with two ways – from the inside and outside. To hydrate from the inside, drink plenty of fluids. While the old 8, 8-ounce glasses of water a day rule is a good place to start, there are many variables that affect how much water you need – including your size, activity level, the air temperature, and more. Many experts suggest that the color of your urine is a good indicator of whether you’re getting enough water. If urine is dark, more fluids are needed, while a light color indicates ample hydration. (more…)

5 Ways to Help Crow’s Feet: Strategies for Easing This Sign of Aging

Posted on: May 18th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

5 Ways to Help Crow's FeetCrow’s feet…while these fine lines and wrinkles at the corners of the eyes may also be known as laugh lines, there’s nothing funny about them for most of us. These lines are caused by a combination of factors, repeated facial expressions, sun exposure, and smoking being among them. While we don’t suggest that you lose your sense of humor or live in a sunless cave, there are some simple measures you can take to minimize this sign of aging.

Use sunscreen. This one always tops our list, but many of us avoid the eye area when it comes to sunscreen due to sensitivities. Look for natural sunscreens that are free (more…)