Red Marine Algae Benefits for Hair and Skin

Algae mask

While algae may not be the most popular clothing material, perhaps it is not so odd that the Little Mermaid chose to put it on her skin; perhaps it is more puzzling that she did not apply it to her entire body. After all, marine ingredients like algae turn up in so many cosmetic ingredients and are known for their myriad of health benefits, namely for their beneficial effects on skin and hair.

Algae
So what is it about this slimy green stuff that makes us look so beautiful? Randy Schueller, a cosmetic chemist and editor-in-chief of The Beauty Brains reports that one study showed that algae can “stabilize minerals that aid in skin moisturization,” and, “Another claims that seaweed provides anti-acne properties without the irritation of over the counter drugs. And yet another type of seaweed may help with skin lightening.” Dr. Marcene Alexiades-Armenakas, cosmetic engineer has a theory as to why these plants are so good for the skin. She says, “These creatures (algae) have spent millions of years on the sea surface and evolved mechanisms to protect their DNA from UV damage. These mechanisms are conserved cross species, meaning they work in human skin as well.”

Red Algae Extract
Because it can easily process sunlight, red algae is known to provide antioxidant protection to skin. It has high levels of peptides, carotenoids, sulfated polysaccharides and fatty acids which may contribute to the reason red algae extracts are able neutralize free radicals in the environment. Algae extracts also function as thickening agents in skincare products improving texture and spreadability.

Brown Algae Extract
Brown algae, or kelp, is used as an emollient to soften skin and for anti-bacterial purposes. It is frequently found in serums, toners, lotions and moisturizers as extract as lamaria, extract of algae, or kelp. Benefits of brown algae include hydration, maintenance of skin’s moisture, detoxification and increased elasticity. Its amino acids are credited with renewal of tissue and its fatty acids are shown to fight inflammation. Additional studies by the Science Daily News suggest that substances extracted from brown algae may also protect against skin cancer caused by excessive sun exposure.

BENEFITS OF ALGAE 

For Acne Prevention
Need a natural zit zapper? The anti-inflammatory agents in algae make it capable of soothing acne related inflammation.

For Hair Growth
The omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in seaweed is known for thickening and boosting hair growth and the iron and zinc can help maintain hair production and combat the thinning of hair caused by a deficiency if iodine. When applied directly to hair, iodine can fight of microscopic fungus and bacteria that eats away at hair follicles causing thinning and loss, The highest content of iodine is found in brown algae, with dry kelp containing 1500-1800 ppm. At this rate, just one gram of dried brown algae could cover the daily recommended adult requirement.

For Reduction of Toxins
Toxins can cause your skin to look lifeless and dull. Applying seaweed to your skin draws out excess fluid, dead cells, and toxins and makes skin smoother. It is also useful in eliminating toxins from the scalp and promoting healthy hair growth.

For Fighting Cellulite
Algae can be an effective weapon in the endless fight against cellulite. Seaweed can make skin more supple and elastic, helping to smooth skin and restore resilience.

For Adding Moisture
Who couldn’t use a little extra moisture on their skin? The fatty acids in algae not only lend moisture to your skin, but prevents it from losing its natural hydration.

So are you prepared to test the merits of algae. The Little Mermaid did it and look at her!

Natural Mood Enhancers For Shorter Days

Woman looking out of the window

Norwegian winters can be quite punishing. For much of winter, Earth’s northernmost cities, receive sunlight for only a few short hours. In fact, on December 21, 2014, Oslo, Norway only experienced 5:54 hours on sunlight. If the longer nights and shorter days are affecting you adversely, there may be reasons for that and natural mood enhancers that help fight depression.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
According to the book “Winter Blues: Everything You Need to know about Seasonal Affective Disorder” by Norman E. Rosenthal, M.D., SAD affects approximately 14 million Americans. Sufferers may even find it interfering with simple daily tasks like bill- paying or housecleaning. Although the reason for the condition is not completely known, it is often linked to the disruption of serotonin and melatonin levels caused by short days with less sunlight.

Woman tired

Symptoms
If you notice any of the following symptoms in the thick of the fall season, you may be feeling the effects of SAD.

Low Energy
Common effects of low energy include carbohydrate and sugar cravings, unusual trouble leaving your bed in the morning, despair and sadness, anxiety, lack of interest in doing things you love and trouble concentrating.

Getting Your Body Back In Balance
If a trip to the Caribbean is out of the question, here are a few more realistic alternatives to beating the wintertime slump.

Woman enjoying sunshine

Get Plenty Of Sunshine
If you’re like most of us, you wake up at six or seven in the morning when the sun is merely a dim light in the sky and work until 5 or 6, at which point it has already begun to set. How can you get your vitamin D infusion? If going on sunrise walks or taking lunch outside is an appealing option, go for it. However, if the cold gets in the way of your solar enjoyment, you may want to look into purchasing a light therapy box which simulates sunlight without UV exposure. Results of one study found these boxes to be more effective than antidepressant drugs.

Exercise
In a group study, women who pedaled on a stationary bike for 60 minutes were found to have the same uplifting results as those who received light therapy. If the cold weather prevents an outdoor workout, you can always do some yoga or pilates at home or join a local gym or zumba class.

Get More Omega-3 Fatty Acids
The American diet is often criticized for having too many omega-6 fatty acids and not enough omega-3s and omega-3 deficiency can contribute to depression. Flaxseed, chia seeds and hemp are among the best plant- based sources of omega-3 fats, and you may also want to consider an omega-3 supplement.

Woman meditating

Meditate
Although it may not be a direct way of preventing the root causes of SAD, meditation has been shown to alleviate anxiety, stress, and depression and may help to get you feeling back in the swing of things.

Avoid Stimulants
Although a cup of coffee or an alcoholic beverage may seem like the perfect way of dealing with symptoms of depression, the ups and downs caused by stimulants can have harmful effects. Drinking caffeinated drinks close to bedtime can disrupt sleep patterns and create next day jitters and anxiety. You may want to try an herbal tea as an alternative.

And, in parting, never hesitate to talk to a professional if you find your problems increasingly overwhelming, and talk to us! We love to hear all about how you’re coping with the lack of sunlight and feel free to send us your reflections.

How Dropping Temps Effect Eczema

Woman with skin issues

Late comedienne Gilda Radner was once quoted as saying, “I base my fashion sense on what doesn’t itch.” What may appear as a beautiful wool sweater to some, may take on a very different connotation when seem through the eyes of an eczema sufferer. With the cooler weather approaching, the potential for eczema flare-ups increases, and the wearing of warmer clothes in greater amounts is only part of the problem. Change in humidity, temperature, dry air, and central heating are other eczema symptoms can cause this season to turn into a eczema sufferer’s nightmare.

Margaret Cox, CEO of the National Eczema Society says, ” Eczema is individual and we all have different triggers and a change of temperature up and down is very common. Most of us find summer rather than winter worse, but there are others who are completely the opposite.”

What is Eczema?
Eczema is a condition affecting the barrier of the skin and causing abnormalities in the skin’s usual allergy and inflammatory responses. Itchiness is the main symptom, along with dry, itchy, red skin that tends to ooze or become crusty, thick and scaly. Because the skin of eczema patients produces fewer oils and fats, it can’t provide effective protection from irritants and bacteria, which makes everyday substances like detergents and soaps potential triggers for breakouts.

HOW TO PREVENT FLARE UPS 

Stay Cool
Dr. Cox says, “With eczema, the skin barrier isn’t working as it should. As well as protecting from allergens and irritations, the skin barrier is an important part of controlling the body temperature. People with eczema suffer from being too hot and when you get too hot, you itch and you scratch.” The best advice? Comfy clothes made of gentle fabric like cotton.

Keep Temperatures Constant
When the cooler weather comes, we face constant temperature change as we move from warm houses to the cold outdoors. “As the temperature drops, so does the humidity and, obviously for those of us with eczema, our skin is already lacking in natural moisturizing factors, so you’ve got a double whammy there.” Cox advises avoiding the “double whammy” by wearing layers that can be removed or added to keep your temperature level.

Woman holding moisturizer

Moisturize
Dr. Cox advises reevaluating your moisturizing routine. She says, “Consider how you’re using your medical moisturizers and emollients. It may be that during the winter months if your skin is drying more you need to use something heavy duty or moisturize more frequently. The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) suggest washing with moisturizer instead of soap and avoiding bubble baths, detergents and shower gels. The association recommends moisturizing three times daily applying a non-perfumed greasy moisturizer. To prevent contamination, you should not place your finger back in the jar of moisturizer after smoothing it on. Rather, remove the amount you will need with a spoon and set it aside.

Avoid Germs
The British Association of Dermatologists also warns that illness, viral, and bacterial infections are common eczema symptoms as well. Try to avoid coming into contact with germs or people who are infected.

Humidify
Central air systems can dry out the air in your home. Humidifiers can help compensate by bringing lost moisture back in the air. Keep the humidity level in your home to between 45 and 55 % to prevent skin from drying out. Clean the humidifier regularly to stop the grower of mold. Humidity above 55% may cause dust mites to grow.

If you are suffering from eczema, we hope this helps. Let us know how you handle your eczema when the temperature drops.

Selecting The Best Oils For Dry Winter Skin

Does anyone remember the 1986 Vaseline intensive Care commercial which starts with a woman saying “Sometimes your skin gets so dry, you can actually scratch the word “dry” right on your hand?” Then the camera pans down, and sure enough, there it is; D-R-Y written plain as day right on the woman’s flaky skin. Is that actually possible? If you’re suffering from dry skin this winter, it is not necessary that you put this barbaric practice to the test to realize it, but hopefully, you are able to do something to relieve it. Let’s talk about the best oils for dry winter skin.

coconut oil

Coconut Oil
Among the many benefits of coconut oil are its abilities to soothe sensitive skin and eczema and to moisturize dry hair. Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist recommends it to her clients, straight from the grocery store as a body oil, adding that, “It’s fatty acids make it helpful for anyone with eczema.”

In addition, according to Perry Romanowksi, a Chicago cosmetic chemist, “It’s 12-carbon fatty acid structure allows it to penetrate the hair cuticle and provide flexibility and strength,” He instructs clients to use it on dry ends, to prevent flyways or for deep conditioning in the shower.

Argan Oil
Argan oil is best at banishing dry skin, dry hair, and reducing fine lines. Extracted from the fruit of Moroccan argan trees, argan oil is packed with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E. Joshua Zeichner, assistant professor of dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center explains, “The fatty acids help our skin cells make healthy collagen, reduce inflammation, and promote healthy collagen.”

Avocado Oil
The emolliency of avocado oil makes it the perfect weapon against irritated, dry, and sensitive skin Jennifer Linder, MD, says, “The oil is high in Vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which helps proper cell function and decreases inflammation.”

Lavender oil

Lavender Oil
A fragrant way of helping the acne or irritation prone skin, lavender oil helps to control the production of sebum and soothe skin irritation and also makes an excellent partner for other skin products. Linder says, “It is thought to help aid in the absorption of active ingredients into the skin.” he adds that lavender oil is also, “a natural antiseptic and disinfectant.”

Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil has high levels of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which makes it great for the heart, as well as the skin. Dr. Howard Sobel, MD., recommends it for his patients with sensitive irritated skin, or skin condition like dermatitis and eczema. He talks of its anti-inflammatory properties and mention studies that show that, “if taken daily, it can improve skin conditions such as eczema in just three months.”

Jojoba Oil
Pronounced ho-Ho-ba (accent on the Ho), jojoba oil is technically a wax. However, because its chemical structure is so similar to the natural oil in our skin, it is absorbed easily. It is best for general dryness and contains vitamins B and E, as well as mineral like copper and zinc to make skin stronger.

Olive oil

Olive Oil
Best for those with very dry skin, olive oil, especially extra virgin serves as a great all around natural moisturizer. Dr. Sobel says, “Its super rich in fatty acids and vitamin E. It is also well absorbed by our skin because of its similarity to our natural skin oils and studies show that it may be helpful in prevention of skin cancer.

Get your natural glow on this winter and tell us how you keep your season bright! We love to hear from you!

Enjoying the Season of Thanks

Family enjoying dinner

How can you prevent your Thanksgiving from turning into four hours of ‘awkward?’ The key is in the planning. Have some go to conversation starters to keep things from getting sticky and focus on enjoying the time with your family. Here are some tips for a foolproof holiday!

Reminisce
And not about the time that your sister came home with a tattoo. Arrive with happy memories that you can share with your parents and siblings that will bring laughter. Think of bonding moments, like when the cat got the handles of a paper bag stuck on his neck and ran around the house trying to get away.

Brainstorm Fun
Talk about things you’d like to do in the future, like visit a nude beach in the South of France or drink frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity 2 in New York. It tends to be safer than talking about the past and present.

Ask to Hear More History
Ask your parents about what they did when they were younger, even if you’ve heard it 100 times. Ask your Mom about the Beatles or Woodstock or how she used to iron her hair every night when she was your age so her bangs wouldn’t frizz up.

Talk About Movies and Pop Culture
Celebrity gossip is always safe because its not about “us” You can spend the first half of the meal on the Branjelina breakup and not even mention Gwen and Blake until after dessert.

Express Concern of Kids and Health
And we’re not talking about how heavy little Natalie has gotten or whether of not Junior ever graduated middle school. Keep track of family health and achievements. Remember what they enjoy doing.

Ask About Their Plans For Black Friday
But don’t leave the table and go shopping and definitely don’t pull out your i-pod and start buying your online gift list. Be appreciative of the time you get to spend with family and friends and do Thanksgiving the way it should be done!

Happy Thanksgiving, good luck and best wishes to all. Let us know how your Turkey Day turned out! We love to hear from you!

Bringing EVOO to The Table

Olive oil

Evoo is the new Free Dictionary term for Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and one could say that it certainly has “arrived.” When it comes to olive oils, EVOO is the undoubted emerging superstar. However, fame has its downsides. As happens so often to those who have made it, there is the likelihood of imitators. EVOO is no exception. Shockingly, a large percentage of what is labelled as “Extra Virgin Olive Oil” or even “Certified” is not. More than 700 million consumer dollars a year is spent on olive oils, but many on the market are, in fact, cut with cheap vegetable oil. Let’s investigate.

What Is Real Extra Virgin Olive Oil?
Extra virgin olive oil the finest of olive oils on the market. It is made from 100% fresh olive juice. EVOO can come only from olives that are milled within 24 hours of being harvested and must be extracted mechanically, and not by using chemicals and heat, nor can it be chemically treated in any way.

Olives, which are fruit, contain antioxidants that naturally preserve the plant. As the olive tree ages, its level of antioxidants increases. Trees producing EVOO are often hundred of years old and extremely rich in antioxidants.

Tips for Getting Real EVOO

  1. Don’t buy light olive oil or an olive oil blend.
  2. Beware of EVOO costing less than $10 a liter.
  3. Real EVOO is only available in dark bottles to protect form oxidation.
  4. Real EVOO should have a seal for the IOC (International Oil Council)
  5. There should be a harvesting date on the label.
  6. It will have a fruity taste towards the front of the mouth and a peppery taste at the back.

Nutritional Benefits
Olive oil traditionally contains more monosaturated fat than other vegetable oils, increasing the good cholesterol (HDL) and lowering the LDL, or bad cholesterol. If has no trans fat, carbohydrates, or cholesterol and has less saturated fat than butter. Olive oil contains Vitamins E, A, and beta-carotene along with other antioxidants.

Olive oil consumption has been linked to lower risk of cancer and helps protect against gastritis and ulcers. It is well received by the stomach and lowers the likelihood of formation of gallstones. In addition, the ingredient has been shown to lower the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease by reducing LDL and has been known to lower risk of diabetes and delay the onset of diabetes related complications.

Are you in on the EVOOlution? Let us know your fave EVOO recipes and whether or not it will be on your holiday table this season. We love to hear from you!

Creating a Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving table

It may be hard to believe, but there will probably be a lot of tacky Thanksgivings this year. “But what could possibly go wrong with a turkey and corn theme?” you think. Do you need to be reminded about the rice crispy turkey legs someone made for the kids last year? Or what about the cheese ball with the cat face and pretzel whiskers? If your hosting Thanksgiving this year, we know you want to keep it classy. So leave the crochet turkey in the closet and hang the Gobble Gobble apron on the hook in the kitchen. Here’s some tips for a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape.

Feathers and Dry Florals
You can bring a wild and natural look to your tale this year. Fill up a vase with dry florals like cattails, bromeliad, queen portea and red broom corn. Complete the look with some rustic plate ware topped with feathers and some seagrass tumblers. Keep the linens light to keep the look fresh and clean.

Black, Gold, and Green
Go black this holiday season. Use a black table or tablecloth for your background. Set out some mixed metal silverware and plate ware and set out a produce filled centerpiece using baby watermelon, artichokes and pears. You can eat it when you’re done.

Persimmon and Eggplants
Create a table fit for a king (or queen) with persimmon and eggplant accents, Add a fragrant garland bursting with magnolia leaf. Mix in some color contrast with elegant green goblets and black, white, and gold dinnerware for a fresh take on Thanksgiving.

Pottery and Pears
Go natural with this ‘less is more’ look. Delicate flatware can be mixed with unfinished textures like linen napkins and wooden cheese boards. Use some mini red pears as a centerpiece and place one on each plate next to the place cards, garnished with fall leaves.

Pear and Purple Cabbage
Purple cabbage flowers are a beautiful and original option for your table with a dark jewel toned velvet tablecloth complete with gold and marble tableware. Pears make a creative contrast to the scene, placed on a slate cheese board or on a candle holder.

Linen and Walnuts
Think feathers for your Thanksgiving display, in dove grey tones or golden hues. A bowl full of walnuts gives the setting a Scandinavian rustic, complimented by sprigs of herbs and Belgian linen.

So much better than the cupcakes topped with miniature turkeys, don’t you think? So think minimal this year with fresh clean spaces, and write to us and tell us all your Thanksgiving Past and Present. We love to hear from you!

The Dangers Of Niacin Overload

Woman holding energy drink

Every decade had its defining drug. The 50’s had alcohol and amphetamines, the 60’s had LSD, the 70’s were the peak of cannabis use, and the 80’s ushered in heroin. The 1990’s gave us ecstasy, while the 2000’s gave us cocaine. So what’s on the plate for the 2010’s? Red Bull anyone?

According to Webster’s Dictionary, an energy drink is, “a usually carbonate beverage that typically contains caffeine and other ingredients… intended to increase the drinker’s energy.”
Compared to the heavy hitters of the past, energy drinks may see like child’s play, but they can be pretty dangerous. Though usually villainized for their high caffeine content, energy drinks have also come under fire lately for another ingredient: niacin.

Risk of Hepatitis
You may have heard the recent story of a 50 yr. old constructions worker who entered the emergency room with abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and lack of appetite. His eyes and skin were yellow and his urine had turned a dark color. After being diagnosed with hepatitis C, a viral infection causing liver inflammation, baffled doctors looked for a cause in the man’s decidedly clean health record; one behavior began to stand out. The man drank four to five energy drinks per day in the weeks prior to his hospitalization.

The report stated the levels of serum folate, or folic acid, and vitamin B12, both of which are found in energy drinks, “exceeded quantifiable limits” in the patient and that his condition was “directly subsequent to excessive consumption of energy drinks and resolved on discontinuation of the products.”

Beyond Recommended Dosages
Although caffeine levels are often a subject of concern when examining energy drinks, the quantities of vitamins may not be taken into consideration. The patient’s energy drink contained 200% or 40 mgs of the recommended daily value go niacin. Other energy drinks contain large amounts of B6 and B12. Drinking more than one of these energy boosting drinks per day could bring levels of B-vitamins to over 1000 times the daily need. Although many people believe these ingredients to be harmless, an overdose of vitamins can be very serious.

Avoiding Niacin
It should be noted that of all the vitamins found in unusually high levels in energy drinks, only niacin is capable of liver damage. Niacin can cause an indicator of liver damage called transaminitis in as much as 20% of consumers who receive 500 mgs of niacin daily. However, the presence of all vitamins and nutrients in huge quantities present a risk for toxicity and harmful accumulation.

However, before you go pouring all your Red Bulls down the toilet, consider that although there has been one other report of the consumption of energy drinks linked to acute hepatitis, there is still no conclusive evidence linking the two. However, a recent report directs physicians to “inquire about energy intake in otherwise healthy adults who present with unexplained acute hepatitis.”

So take caution with your drug d’jour! You know what they say about too much of a good thing! Let us know what you think! Death cocktail or relatively harmless energy booster?

Alternatives To Stress Eating

If you want to see the most dire examples of stress eating, you need look no further than the 1980 classic, “Fatso.” Fatso documents the tale of Dominic DiNapoli, played by the late, great Dom DeLuise who is brought up by a mother who offers him comfort by feeding him whenever he becomes upset. To say Dominic grows up with a love of food would be an understatement.

Woman eating junk food If all this sounds like normal behavior to you, you may be looking to find alternatives to padlocking your refrigerator. Well, before you go to Home Depot, you may want to read further.

Emotional Eating
Emotional eating is usually used as a way to soothe or suppress negative emotions caused by anything from major life changes to the hassles of day to day life. They can include work, financial pressures, and relationship, and health problems among others. Eating can serve as a distraction to take the focus off a painful situation, or it a may be more of a reflexive response to strong emotions, resulting in an impulse binge, wolfing down food without enjoyment. However, whatever the cause of your emotional eating, it is almost never a satisfying solution, with emotions returning along with added guilt over your recent calorie intake.

Preventing Emotional Eating

1. Start keeping a food diary. Keep track of what you eat, how hungry you are, how much you eat, and how you feel after eating it. You will begin to see how your mood is connected with your food intake.

2. Lower stress. If stress is a big factor in your overeating, try to manage it with techniques like mediation, yoga, and deep breathing.

3. Check your hunger. If you ate recently, your hunger is probably more emotional than physical. if your stomach’s not rumbling, give yourself some time before eating to see if your craving passes.

Woman eating sweets
4. Avoid temptation. If you don’t keep the ‘go to’ comfort foods in your house, you are less likely to need to padlock the fridge. Also, avoid emotional food shopping and save grocery store expeditions for less temperamental periods.

5. Try not to deprive yourself. If you limit your calories too severely, you may just increase your cravings. Try instead to make healthier choices, eating more satisfying portions of lower calorie foods, allowing for the occasional treat.

6. Prevent boredom. Overeating is often a side effect of lack of stimulation. Try to distract yourself with things besides food, like a book, a movie, or the computer.

Or, you can always distract yourself by writing to us! Tell us how your feeling and what you’re eating or trying not to eat. We love to hear it!

Tips To Help You Get Your Beauty Sleep

Woman sleeping

Apparently, some consider the hungover look a badge of honor. In the latest trends hitting Japan, women are actually deliberately simulating under eye circles and red puffy skin in an effort to look as if they were, well, recovering from a rough night. This trend, known as “byojaku,” or “sickly” is cropping up magazine covers in the Eastern hemisphere and is beginning to infiltrate western culture as well in the form of YouTube tutorials instructing young women to go heavy on red blush under the eyes and even providing information on creating puffy eye bags with shading and tape.

While this may have a limited appeal, most of us still seem to prefer looking rested. If you are among the many who still value the results of a good night’s sleep, read on for tried and true methods for achieving it.

Use Silk or Satin Pillowcases
Not only will these fibers prevent you waking up with eggbeater hair, they will also soften fine lines and wrinkles. Silk and satin cause less friction between your skin and the pillowcase than other rougher materials. Says Jesleen Ahluwalia, MD, “Silk is easier on hair-it helps avoid tangles and breakage. It’s also better for the skin because the material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles.”

Woman sleeping
Sleep On Your Back
If you can avoid crawling into fetal position every night, you may be able to stop wrinkles before they start to form. According to Ahluwalia, ” a person who sleeps on one side may even have more set in wrinkles on that particular side compared to the other.” Elizabeth Tanzi, MD advises using an extra pillow for elevation, warning that, “When you lie flat fluid can gather around your eyes.”

Moisturize
We all know the importance of proper moisturization. Look for a night cream with hyaluronic acid to attract water to skin and smooth wrinkles. Dr. Deborah Jaliman, a New York City dermatologist also recommends an application of lip balm before going to bed and moisturizing eyelashes with lash conditioner to get the maximum benefit from the nightly “repair cycle of the skin.”

Sleep with a Humidifier
Hydration is a crucial component in keeping skin healthy and a humidifier is a crucial component in nightly hydration. This is especially important in the drying season of winter.

Change Pillowcases
Chicago makeup artist Alle Connell instructs you to, “Wash your pillowcases frequently so you’re not resting your lovely skin on top of bacteria nests for eight hours a night.” Dr. Ahluwalia also recommends changing pillow cases two times a week and flipping pillows regularly.

Keep Hair Our of Your Face
The oil from your hair can wreak nightly havoc on your complexion, but pulling it up too tightly can cause hair to break. While Connell suggests wrapping hair in a scarf, Ahluwalia says a loose, high ponytail is the way to go.

Remember to practice these for the ultimate beauty sleep. Keep in mind that if you think you look too healthy when you wake up, you can always watch a byojaku tutorial and let us know how that goes for you. We love your comments and suggestions!