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Gray Winter Days and Vitamin D

Posted on: December 26th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

If you’re a 122618b-01skin care fanatic, chances are you avoid the sun. After all, too many rays can lead to premature aging and even skin cancer. There are benefits to limited sun exposure, however, and some of these are critical to human health; for example, we humans overwhelmingly rely on sun exposure for our bodies to produce ample Vitamin D. But did you know that according to a study published in Nutrition Research, as many as 41.6% of Americans are deficient in Vitamin D?

Here’s why that matters: Vitamin D is used by the body to help absorb essential phosphorous and calcium from the food we eat. These are used constantly to replace bone tissue and repair muscles including the heart. So a lack of Vitamin D can result in weak teeth, bones, and muscles. (more…)

3 Ways to Squeeze in Holiday Exercise

Posted on: December 5th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

120518 b-01It’s tough enough to hit the gym on an ordinary day – throw in the holidays and making time for fitness can seem impossible. While your athletic club may wonder what’s become of you, there are other ways of keeping a baseline of activity during this busy time of year. Our tip? Get a 2-for-1 punch when you combine exercise with another activity you have (or want) to do anyway. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Spruce Up Your Yard. Company’s coming, and you still haven’t shoveled snow, bagged leaves, orpruned back those sad perennials. Bundle up and get outside to make your home’s façade more presentable –and use new muscles in the process. (more…)

The Case for Winter Sunscreen: Why SPF is Important Every Day

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Winter Sunscreen

If you’re like me, you wouldn’t dare step out on the beach mid-summer without a hat, sunglasses, and a heavy coating of broad spectrum SPF from head to toe. But it’s easy to overlook sun protection in the winter. Although most of your body may be covered by clothing, it’s no excuse to overlook exposed skin. In fact, the sun can be more intense in the winter than in the summer months.

Reflection off snow and ice can intensify the effect of winter rays, giving you a double dose of cancer and wrinkle causing sun exposure. What’s more, UV radiation increases by around 5% for every 1,000 feet of elevation gain. That means that time on alpine slopes can damage your skin far more than equal time at sea level. (more…)

Citrus for Your Skin: 3 Healthy Reasons to Enjoy this Winter Treat

Posted on: January 19th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Citrus for your skin

The silver lining of winter’s gray, dreary days is that citrus season is in full swing. Ripe now in the northern hemisphere, citrus fruits offer more than just a sweet and tangy taste of sunshine – citrus is packed with health benefits. Take a look at my top three reasons to make this winter treasure a part of your diet:

Vitamin C

You probably already know that citrus is high in Vitamin C – one small orange contains 53 mg of the recommended 75 mg US RDA. But did you know that Vitamin C helps produce collagen, which offers structure and elasticity to your skin? (more…)

Planning a Winter Staycation: Ideas to Boost Your Body and Soul

Posted on: January 12th, 2015 by Elysiann Bishop

Winter StaycationHere in the depths of winter, you may be dreaming of a tropical vacation or alpine getaway. But life can get in the way – maybe you can’t get away from work or family commitments, or for one reason or another you can’t allocate the finances. If that’s your predicament, a winter staycation may be the perfect solution.

In fact, a staycation can offer a more relaxing experience than a traditional vacation that involves travel. You won’t have to pack, spend money on transportation and lodging, or suffer the stress and jetlag of covering long distances. In short, a staycation at home can be great for rejuvenating the body and soul – (more…)

Rehydrate Your Skin

Posted on: February 7th, 2013 by Elysiann Bishop

If your skin has been very dry lately, you’re not alone – winter is the worst time of year for dry skin. Indoor heat, outdoor wind and cold, and lower humidity are the primary causes of dry winter skin. When your skin becomes dry and flaky this time of year, there are several ways you can combat the problem – from the inside, from the outside, and with professional help. Let’s take a look at each of these:

Hydrating from the Inside

Winter conditions are ideal for dehydration of the body. Fight back by drinking plenty of water – keep a reusable water bottle with you at all times and sip often. In addition, (more…)

Hydrate and Protect Dry Winter Lips

Posted on: January 24th, 2013 by Elysiann Bishop

During cold winter months, we may bundle up in a coat and wear a hat and gloves, but our lips are generally exposed to the elements. Dry winter air parches skin all over the body, and with particularly thin skin, lips are especially vulnerable to damage. With a few simple precautions, you can enjoy smooth, supple lips through the year’s harshest months.

Keep that lip remedy handy

Whatever product you choose to protect and condition your lips, keep it nearby and buy several. When you keep one in your purse, your car, your desk, and in the bathroom, you’ll be more likely to use (more…)

Don’t Forget the Pumpkin

Posted on: November 19th, 2012 by Elysiann Bishop

PumpkinIt’s good for your body – inside and out!

While most of us may long for grandma’s pumpkin pie this time of year, we may not have stopped to consider the many health benefits of this gourd-like squash. Pumpkin not only packs a nutritional punch for healthy skin when consumed, but also offers skincare benefits when applied topically. First, let’s look at the health perks of eating pumpkin:

* One cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 200% of your RDA for Vitamin A – critical to vision, especially in the dark.

* It’s diet friendly – one cup contains (more…)