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What’s Great About the Kitavan Diet

Let’s take a moment to travel to a timeless, magical place; a place where the water is crystal clear and telecommunication is non-existent. A remote idyllic tropical island, of coral reefs, of Skull Caves, Orchid Gardens, and smiling faces. Welcome to Kitava Island, off the coast of Papua, New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean. While many find the quaintness of the island its most charming attraction, others may argue that Kitava is way ahead of its time. You see, Kitava, New Guinea may not be a leader in technology, but they do have something far superior and way ahead of the times as compared to most other places in the world. It has the Kitavan Diet.

Kitavan diet

Kitavan Diet
Perhaps the most noticeable thing about the Kitavans is what they don’t have; there is practically no diabetes, acne, cardiovascular disease, dementia, or blood pressure difficulty. What they do have, however, is an abundance of food. But, despite this abundance, they do not suffer from obesity, and they all have low diastolic blood pressure.

Research finds that the good health in Kitava is due to the local foods. Fresh fruit, tubers, coconut, and fish make up a good percentage of the Kitavan diet, with an extremely low consumption of Western food. The diet is also virtually absent of dairy products, coffee, tea, and alcohol, and contains very little margarine, oils, sugars, grain, and cereals. The most commonly eaten tubers are yam, sweet potato, cassava and taro, while banana, papaya, guava, pineapple, watermelon, and mango top the list of fruits. The fat intake is low, and most of the fat that is consumed is saturated fat or omega-3 fat from seafood.

Foods with Low GI
Another thing common to the foods found in the Kitavan diet is their low rating on the glycemic index, a measure of the ability of food with carbohydrates to raise glucose, or blood sugar, levels. A diet rich in high GI foods can tax the body, leading to excess body weight, heart disease, increase of diabetic symptoms, high cholesterol levels, and lack of energy. Tubers, which play a large part in the Kitavan diet, are among the islander’s primary source of carbohydrates and have a relatively low GI rating.

Sweet potato

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin C and beta carotene, both known to be powerful antioxidants which protect against aging and cancer. They are also known to increase levels of adiponectin, a protein hormone which offers health benefits to diabetics and pre -diabetics and may also protect against atherogenesis, the abnormal formation of fat deposits within the arteries; this would explain the low incidence of heart disease and diabetes on the island.

Coconuts
Besides having anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, the triglycerides in coconut may promote weight loss. A study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Metabolic disorders found that coconuts increased calorie burn and decreased storage of fat in overweight men. Another study found that the fat consumed in coconut oil could increase the metabolism of fat and calorie expenditure in women.

Coconut

The Kitavan Diet and Acne
In 1990, Swedish general practitioner, Steffan Lindeberg, performed health examinations on more than a thousand Kitavans, age 10 years and older, with 25% of the subjects age 15 to 25 and found not a single case of acne. This is likely attributable to lifestyle and diet, rather than genetic factors, since Pacific Islanders with similar ethnic backgrounds living in more westernized societies were found to have a higher prevalence of acne.

What do you think about the Kitavan diet? Have we got something here? Weigh in with your opinions. We value them highly.

Staying Active Defends Against Aging

Vine vera Staying Active Defends Against Aging

Mick Jagger became a father again at the age of 70. While some spend their golden years in recliners in front of the TV, Jagger prances across stages and impregnates women half his age. If that isn’t proof positive that staying active keeps you young, I don’t know what is. Of course, while touring the world is not on the agenda for most of us who qualify for the senior discount at Souplantation, there are certain steps we can take to make sure we don’t resign ourselves to a fate of stagnation and inactivity. Here’s the low down of how staying active can defend against aging.

Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

Less Grumpiness
We have all heard the stereotypes about grumpy older people, and we certainly wouldn’t want to turn into one. A study in the Cognition and Emotion journal found that, when exposed to negative emotional stimuli, active people bounced back far more easily than sedentary ones. So stay active and stay positive!

Less Brain Fog
A study published in the journal PLOS One concluded aerobic activity can improve mental clarity, as well as mood. According to the study, it is not the amount of intensity or activity that makes the brain sharper, but the fitness of the lungs and heart. So you don’t have to commit yourself to a rigorous workout, just focus on keeping those organs pumping! Studies show that just you can cut risks of mental confusion in half by simply gardening or dancing.

Doctors have also found that aerobic exercise can improve the “executive function” of the brain, which is the cognitive ability controlling flexibility, attention, and working memory to help you focus and get through your day.

Woman stretching

Benefits of Resistance Training

Stronger Bones
Weak and brittle bones are one of the most common problems associated with aging. Studies show that just six months of resistance training can lead to significant increase in bone density, while one year can lead to even greater benefits. Researchers found increased levels of osteocalcin, a bone-building protein, in subjects who participated in resistance training for one year.

Liver Health
Your liver is detox central for your body. It sorts out toxins, cholesterol, and more. When fat builds up in the liver, it becomes less effective and toxins begin to attack other organs.

Israeli researchers found that resistance training 3 days a week can lower levels of fat and cholesterol in the liver of subjects. This means lower risk of disease and better overall bodily function.

How Much Exercise Should You Get?
Healthy adults should aim to get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week. You can do it in exercise classes, but brisk walks can be just as effective. Include movements that work your major muscle groups twice a week and do a range of motion exercises 2 to 3 days per week to improve flexibility.

If 150 minutes sounds a bit overwhelming, do it in small chunks. A ten-minute walk or even cleaning the house for ten minutes can make a dent. The simple goal is to try and include a half hour of moderate exercise on most days.

Remember, we can’t all be “Stones,” but that doesn’t mean we can’t get “rolling.” Tell us what you do to stay active and stave off aging!

The Benefits Of A Sprinkle Of Chia Seeds

SNL enthusiasts may recall the ‘Chia Head” sketch, featuring Kevin Nealon, Chris Rock, and David Spade as balding men who have “tried everything” and failed miserably in their futile attempts to regrow hair. The commercial spoof shows the actors throwing ineffective hair products in the garbage only to be pleasantly surprised by the discovery of “Chia Head.” This product, much like the “Chia Pet” novelty, requires the men to rub the gloppy formula on their heads, only to wake up the next morning having sprouted plantlike follicles in varying afro-like shapes – the most hilarious of which is probably Chris Rock’s Marge Simpson-inspired beehive-like do.

Funny as the sketch was, it is perhaps more amusing to realize that hair growth is one of the many health benefits of chia seeds. If only the SNL alum had known; a little sprinkle of chia really could’ve gone a long way.

Chia seeds

High in Nutrients, Low In Calories
It’s no accident that “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for strength. These tiny black seeds, related to the mint, contain 11 grams of fiber, 4 grams of protein, 5 grams of omega-3s, as well as a decent percentage of calcium, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorous. Chia seeds are a gluten-free, GMO-free, whole grain food, and one ounce contains a low 137 calories and one gram of carbohydrate.

Antioxidant Rich
The antioxidants in chia seeds prevent the production of free radicals that can cause damage to cell molecules and contribute to cancer and aging.

Fiber Rich
Although chia seeds have 12 grams of carbs per ounce, 11 of those are fiber, which means that these 11 grams are not digested by the body, do not raise blood sugar, and don’t require insulin for disposal. The high-fiber content means that the seeds can absorb as much as 10 to 12 times their weight in water, thereby increasing fullness, slowing food absorption, and decreasing feelings of hunger. Chia seeds are one of the best fiber sources in the world, helping to feed good bacteria in the intestine and promoting proper digestion.

High In Protein
Chia seeds are about 14% protein by weight and contain a good balance of amino acids, which assists in helping our body to process the proteins in them. High protein can reduce appetite and is shown to lower food cravings by 60% and the need for nighttime snacking by 50%.

Can Improve Athletic Performance
A recent study was conducted to find out if there was truth to the legend that Mayans and Aztecs used chia seeds as high-performance fuel. Six participants were given carb-loaded Gatorade or a mix of Gatorade and chia seeds. After a workout involving an hour on the treadmill followed by a 10-kilometer run, it was discovered that both groups performed equally well, suggesting that the chia seeds were just as effective as Gatorade in fueling athletic performance.

Incorporating Chia Seeds In Your Diet
Chia seed can be eaten raw or added to puddings, porridges, and baked goods. They can be sprinkled on yogurt, cereal, vegetables, and rice and can even be used as egg substitutes because of their ability to absorb water and fat. Recommended dosage is 20 grams, or about 1.5 tablespoons, twice daily.

Do you have any chia-seed recommendations for us? We’d love to hear from you!

Woman smiling

Supplements That Nourish Skin From The Inside Out

TV watchers will no doubt have been inundated by a variety of vitamin and supplement commercials. You may have heard pitches for skin restoring supplements with phytoceramides and lipowheat for “maintaining healthy skin hydration” or the multi-collagen protein capsules that “contain 5 sources of potent collagen including Types I, II, III, V, and X.”

Perhaps you’ve even been offered a complimentary sample of the skin and total body dietary supplements to “support cognitive skills while enhancing the look of your skin.’
In short, when it comes to choosing supplements for your skin, it can get pretty confusing, but it all really comes down to the basics.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is important for helping to prevent colon, esophageal and great cancer and activates your immune system to fight infection. Unfortunately, according to Michael F. Holick, MD, PhD, of women over the age of 50, less than 10% are getting their proper Vitamin D intake. Good sources of vitamin D are fatty fish, milk, egg yolks, cereal and sunlight It is recommended that you get 1,000 IU of Vitamin D per day. Vitamin D can also strengthen muscles and relieve bone and muscle aches in pain sufferers.
Red supplement tablets

Calcium
Calcium builds and preserves strong bones and is crucial for the nerve and muscle function. Unfortunately, when you hit 50, your bone tissue breaks down faster than it is being built, which is why you need more. Try and get 500 mgs up to two times a day. Calcium can also decrease risks of developing polyps that lead to colon cancer.

Magnesium
Lack of magnesium puts you at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, according to the Harvard’s Women’s Health Study and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that older adults have a lower ability to absorb it from food. In addition, diuretics and antibiotics can also hamper your absorption, Try to find a multivitamin with 350 mg of magnesium. You may also find it lowers your blood pressure, as indicated by preliminary research.

B Vitamins
Studies suggest that B6, B12, and folate may all lower risk of stroke and heart disease, according to David L. Katz, MD, MPH, director of Yale Prevention Research Center. As you age, the quantity of acid in your stomach goes down, and that acid is necessary to release B12 from foods. Because of this, between 10 and 20% of older Americans have trouble with B12 absorption. Try and find a multivitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid, 2.4mcg of B12 and 1.5 mg of B6 and get ready for trouble from the cops about being too young to drive.

What supplements do you use to nourish your skin? Let us know!

Melt Away Holiday Stress

If you are looking for the perfect gift this holiday season, look no further than the stress relieving Hanukah balls. Whoever said that holidays were supposed to be peaceful never tried frying latkes while worrying that the kids didn’t burn the house down lighting the menorah. If no one was thoughtful enough to buy you Hanukah stress balls this year, there are alternatives. If the holidays have made you feel less than thankful this year, here are some other ways to relax.

Woman relaxing

Make Time For You
While the holidays are often a time for pleasing others, don’t forget about yourself. Give yourself a gift this year, after all, no one knows you like you do! Read a book, watch a TV show, or take a shopping detour to enjoy a coffee to tea and do some people watching.

Worship
Sometimes you need to remind yourself what the holidays are really about. Even if you don’t attend a mass or ceremony an empty temple or church is a great place for reflection.

Play a Prank
Humor is a great way of relieving tension. You can pull a few pranks right at your holiday party. Serve some chocolate covered Cheetos and see if anyone comments or put a plastic bug in the punchbowl.

Woman doing yoga meditation
Meditate
If you can’t find outer peace this season, you can always try to get some inner peace. Just sit in a stabilized posture and focus your mind inward. Zen teacher Bodhin Kjohede, director of the Rochester Zen Center says mindful mediation and simple breathing exercises can provide highly effective stress relief.

Yoga
Overcooked the ham? Don’t worry! Go into the other room and get into a yoga pose. Yoga stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system, reduce heart rate and help slow the mind for increased clarity.

Spa Day (Pedicure, Blow Dry, Massage)
It was once said that the nicest thing one person can do for another is to give them a foot massage. You can go for a pedicure with all the fixings. Get a pedicure fit for a queen complete with soothing scents, hot- water soak, and the all important foot massage.Or, if you want some royal pampering, why not try a therapeutic shampoo and blow-dry? Start with a hair washing followed by a scalp massage and then let your hair be curled, styled, or straightened under luxurious warmth.

And for the icing on the cake? Have your body turned to jelly by some strong hands on your shoulders, back, neck, and arms in a cozy relaxing room. You’ll feel like a million bucks!

And, if none of those work, there’s always Hanukah stress balls! Tell us how you handles your holiday stress this year. We love to hear from you!

Cold Weather Tips for Clean Skin

If cleanliness is close to godliness, does that imply that dirtiness may be close to sexiness? Lately, that seems to be the case.The Japanese have practically made an art form out of looking disheveled in their new makeup trend aimed at stimulating the facial signs of a rough night. And lo, heroin chic has always had its appeal. But, before you start looking at the You Tube tutorials of recreating the effects of a hangover, remember the holidays are coming and a squeaky clean face is definitely in order.

Certain cleansing practices can dry skin and, in the cold, you have the extra challenges of dry air and low humidity. However, by with the right tips for clean skin, you can cleanse your skin without the chapping , itching, and redness associated with dry, winter skin.

Woman exfoliating face
Exfoliate
To keep skin as hydrated a possible, beauty expert Julyne Derrick suggests moisturizing freshly exfoliated skin to ensure you are penetrating the deepest layers of your skin and not just the peeling outer layer. When you do exfoliate, do so often, and try to use products with natural ingredients like olive oil and sugar.

Avoid Water
Think like the Wicked Witch of the West and stay away from the H2O, even cool water. According to Prevention Magazine, water upsets the balance of skin causing dryness. Those at the magazine suggest keeping contact with water to a minimum, washing hands and face as quickly as possible and choosing lukewarm water to avoid stripping too many oils.

Use a Simple Soap
If you are looking to retain moisture, you probably want to skip fragrance based soaps and go for cleansing bars with a petroleum base.

Keep Lips Moist
You never know who you will meet under the mistletoe! Keep lips exfoliated with a mixture of olive oil and sugar and use lip balms with avocado oil, shea butter, coconut butter and olive oil.

Woman using face product
Use the Right Cleanser
If your current cleanser contains glycolic or salicylic acid, it may be extremely drying to your skin. Try switching it up with a more hydrating product with moisturizing ingredients. It is also a good general rule of thumb to moisturize within 30 seconds of cleansing to avoid dehydration. Hydrating toners are also a good idea.

Moisturize Immediately
Moisturizers work best on damp skin, so you’re best advised to slather it on directly after washing to seal in hydration. Keep a bottle of it within arms reach of your shower stall.

Choose The Right Moisturizer
Make sure your moisturizer is oil- based and has natural ingredients. Beware of petroleum and water based solutions that can actually dry skin out. Look for hydrating ingredients like chamomile, lavender, and jojoba

Remember, you can still be a dirty girl (or boy) with a clean face. We’d love to hear from all the dirty people out there. Let us know how you clean up for the holidays!

Helping Your Skin Deal With Gravity and Free Radicals

In the book, Nature Stories, by Balachandher Krishan Guru, it reads, “Gravity is the force that attracts everything towards the center of the earth. Who or what is the cause of this force of gravity?…The best answer I can come up with is Mother Nature….Similarly, the sun shines on everyone regardless of any form of discrimination. By the way, what is the sun? It is just another part of Mother Nature.”

Ok, Guru, so it may be true that gravity and the sun are two great gifts, but, appealing to Mother Nature as a woman, why did she have to provide us with the two biggest natural components of premature aging?

Woman looking at skin
Effects of Aging on Skin
The aging of skin depends on various factor including diet, lifestyle, personal habits, and heredity. Smoking is an example of a personal habit that can produce free radicals that damage cells and cause wrinkles. Other things that cause aging? Stress, facial movement, obesity, sleep position and, of course, gravity.

Changes Occurring with age
As the skin ages, it is common to experience roughening of skin, development of lesions and benign tumors, slackening of skin and the loss of elastin tissue, increased skin transparency caused by the thinning of the epidermis, increased fragility caused by the flattening of the part of the skin where the dermis and epidermis meet, and, lastly, tendency to bruise more easily.

Changes may also occur beneath the skin. There may be a loss of fat beneath the skin in the temples, nose and eye area resulting in a sunken eyed, skeletal appearance. Bone loss, usually occurring after the age of 60, may become apparent around the chin and mouth causing the skin to pucker around the mouth. Loss of cartilage in the nose may cause the nasal tip to drip and enhance the nose’s bony structure.

Woman in the sun
Sun and Skin
Ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun damages the skin’s elastin, causing skin to stretch, sag, and lose its resilience. It also bruises and loses its ability to heal quickly. Sun exposure early in life may lead to damage later in life. The best ways to protect yourself from skin cancer and sun exposure are by covering up, wearing a hat, applying sunscreen, and staying out of the sun in general.

Other Changes
Secondary factors contributing to changes in skin are facial movement, gravity, and sleep. As skin elasticity decreases, gravity leads to drooping of the eyelids and eyebrows and the looseness go the skin under the jaw, chin, and earlobes. Facial movement causes lines to become more visible and may appear vertically over the root of the nose, horizontally on the forehead or as curved lines on the upper cheeks, temples and around the mouth.

The position in which you sleep may also influence the way your skin ages. Sleep creases are most commonly found not the side of the forehead, above the eyebrows to the hairline and on the middle of the cheeks. Sleeping on your back may be one way to prevent them, or stop them from becoming worse.

Bottom line: gravity and free radicals are bad news for your skin! Stay away from cigarettes, protect yourself from the sun, eat well and sleep on your back! Let us know how you resist gravity! We love to hear from you!

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!

Choosing the Right Cleanser

women shopping for cleanser.

You are choosing your new facial cleanser. This is a big deal for you.  You’ ve had some very good experiences and some very bad ones. The good ones have been positively life changing and confidence boosting.  The bad ones have made you want to stay home and cry.

You decide to look at reviews.  Oh, the cleanser looks good.  It got 4.5 stars and 3070 customer reviews.  You look at the breakdown. 73% gave it five stars, that’s pretty good, but 5% gave it one star and 4% gave it two stars.  What if you’re in the 5%? Unfortunately, you really won’t know until you buy it and use it, but here are a few helpful guidelines.

The Right Cleanser For Your Skin Type
Bar soaps are generally considered bad for skin because they contain harsh detergents that strip everything from your skin, even things you don’t want to be stripped.  However, if bar soaps are the way you want to roll, gentle bar soaps like Dove Beauty Bar is fine for your skin, although it is not really a soap.  Since they do tend to be drying,  bar soaps would be a better choice for people with oily skin.

Foaming
Foaming cleansers also have a drying effect and are better for people with oily skin.  Since you only need a small amount to work up a good lather, foaming cleansers last the longest.  You may want to avoid a foaming cleanser if you have dry or irritated skin, as they may be too drying for you. However, foaming cleansers are available in gel or cream  and the cream forms may contain oils and emollients that may be less harsh.

Non-Foaming
Nonfoaming cleansers are usually recommended for people with sensitive skin or eczema.  These cleansers are available in lotion and gel forms and are known to be a little gentler; some say too gentle.  Nonfoaming cleansers have often been blamed for being unable to remove sunscreen and makeup.  However, many people swear by gels like Cetaphil, which is known for its suitability to sensitive skin.  It is also good for dry skin and in the morning.

Ingredients
When you do buy a new cleanser, you should definitely check the ingredient list.  Sodium lauryl sulfate can be quite drying, whereas sodium Laureth sulfate is milder and gentler, although it may irritate some people.  However, keep in mind that if the ingredients are listed toward the bottom of the list, the amount may be negligible.

Keep in mind that some people use two different cleansers. They may use lighter cleansers during the winter when skin is dry, and stronger cleansers in the humid summer months.  Some use Lighter cleansers in the morning and stronger cleansers in the evening, when they need to bring in the heavy duty.

In parting, Yancy Lael, author of Glowing:  Soulful Skincare says, “don’t rely on labels to give you the information you need.  Trust only the ingredient list in your gut.”  This may be the soundest advice of all.

Tips For Reducing Skin Inflammation

Women examining her skin

You feel it before you see it.  That familiar burning and stinging feeling. You dread looking in the mirror.  Your reflection confirms your dread.  Your skin is puffy, swollen and covered in red blotches.  This can’t be happening today.  You need to be in work in an hour for a major presentation.  The mere thought of applying any kind of make up to your tender skin  makes you cringe.  Would it be too noticeable if you showed up to work in a ski mask?  Damn that new perfume you bought!  Ok, deep breath, you can handle it.

Believe it or not, inflammation is really a good thing. It’s a sign that your body is protecting itself against bacteria, viruses, and injuries.  However, when the cause of the inflammation is gone, so too should be the inflammation.  Unfortunately, this is sometimes not the case, and chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, Alzheimers, arthritis and even cancer.

Why Has My Skin Betrayed Me In This Way?
There are a lot of possible explanations for skin inflammation, Stress, lack of sleep, unhealthy pollution, second-hand smoke, and sun exposure are all noted causes.  The “stress hormone”  cortisol can also cause inflammation and so can saturated fats, fried foods, refined sugar, and carbohydrates.  But, no matter the culprit,  the root of inflammation is sensitive skin.

The Four Types of Sensitive Skin
  Dermatologist Leslie Bauman M.D. and director of Cosmetic Medicine and Research says there are four types of sensitive skin:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Burning and Stinging
  • Contact dermatitis (allergies and irritants)

Though each of these have different symptoms, there is one commonality:  they all cause inflammation.

The Quick Fix

Green Tea

Green tea is a natural anti-inflammatory that brings down redness and puffiness.  It can be applied to your skin in two ways:

  • Boil water and steep 4-6 tea bags for 5 minutes.  Soak a washcloth in tea and rub the cloth on your face.
  • Squeeze water out of teabags and put them directly on your face.
  • You should notice a difference after 5-10 minutes of application.

Oatmeal
Oatmeal has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds which will take the redness out of your skin and soothe itchiness.  It will also fight dryness, reduce pore size, and moisturizes. Here is a good recipe for an oatmeal mask.

  • 2 tablespoons colloidal oatmeal ground into powder by coffee grinder/ food processor
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey

Mix ingredients and let sit for 5 minutes.  Apply to the skin as a mask, leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse it with warm water.

For The Long Term

  • Avoid Hot Water and don’t spend too much time in the shower.  It will strip skin of natural moisture. Apply toner and moisturizer immediately after you get out.
  • Avoid Soap Swap them for soap- free cleansers with nourishing ingredients.
  • Avoid fragrances and chemicals These can  be irritating to the skin.  Also, check the amount  skin products your using daily.  If it’s more than 4, consider scaling back.

Now go out there and Enjoy your lovely skin!