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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!

Prepping Your System For Cold and Flu


Woman receiving a flu shot.
Just the other night, Adele had to cancel one of her shows because of a cold.  She posted a video of herself red eyed and teary eyed apologizing to her fans and assuring them that it was absolutely necessary to take the night off so that she would be able to carry on with her tour and that she would make it up to them.  Poor Adele!  Poor fans!  If only Adele had prepped her immune system!

 Now that the summer is more or less in the can, we all need to start thinking about winter fun and kissing is no fun with a runny nose!  But take heart!  With a little preparation, you can keep your winter fun and healthy!

Get Your Flu Shot
The CDC recommends a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. Because flu season usually occurs between October and May, it is best to so it by October, but better late than never!  Hate needles?  This year the shot will be offered in nasal sprays and needle-free forms.  Even if you don’t have a primary care physician, you can get a flu vaccine in a health department, pharmacy, or urgent care center.

Make Sure You’ve Got The Gut
Your gut helps your body digest food, as well as regulating your metabolism, hunger, weight and immune system. Dr. Frank Lipman of  the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York  says, “…probiotics keep your gut humming.”  Probiotics are bacteria that help reduce inflammation and prevent infection and may also reduce the severity of cold and flu.  Fermented foods, such as unpasteurized sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir are all good for probiotic health.

Healthy women drinking orange juice

Think Zinc!
When we get hit by colds and flu, most of us reach for the Vitamin C, as we should.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects and antibiotic quality. But, studies show there’s a new nutrient on the block.  Zinc has immune boosting and protective effects that can stop the replication of cold cells.  If only Adele had taken 25 mg of zinc per day, she might have been belting it out the other night.  Zinc can be found in pumpkin seeds, Spinach, oysters, nuts, and beans.

Use Lavender Oil as a Hand Sanitizer
Lately, we have added hand sanitizer to the list of things we don’t want to leave out home without.  However, hand sanitizers contain triclosan, which has been shown in studies to cause hormone disruption in animals.  Dr. Lipman says,”The antibacterial craze has created harsh products loaded with toxins that increase the risk of creating resistant bacteria (and) over-dry and crack the skin, making transmission of viruses ….easier.”  Lipman advises using plain old soap and water and try lavender oil as a hand sanitizer and moisturizer.

Get Your Z’s and exercise
Exercise boosts your immune system.  If you feel well enough, you can even try and get some stretches in while your blowing your nose!  Research shows that moderate exercise leads to fewer colds, but don’t skimp on sleep! Sleep is essential for a strong immune system.  Aim for at least 7 hours and go for a 20-minute power nap if you fall short.

Keep Surfaces Clean
The easiest way to get to the flu is to touch a contaminated object and then put your fingers near your mouth and eyes.  Surfaces with the most germs include phones, computers, and desks,  Tea tree oil makes a great disinfectant cleaner.  it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that has been shown to treat psoriases, nail fungus, and acne.

If only Adele had known!  But you do and Adele would probably want you to do everything you can so you can stay healthy this season.  So sleep, eat well, exercise, take your zinc and your flu shot and you can be belting it out with Adele all winter long!

Get Glowing Skin

Woman with glowing skin

Sometimes the youthful glow and soft, supple quality of skin you so desperately seek may feel like a wild goose chase. You’ll hear all kinds of tips and tricks that are supposed to give you flawless skin, but prove to be nothing but duds when put to the test. Don’t worry, though, because we’ve got your back. We’ve compiled a list of tested, proven ways to get the beautiful, glowing skin you want, no myths, no lies, no nonsense. Only the ones that actually work. For best results, do as many of these as possible.

Skincare
Of course, direct care for your skin is one of the most necessary and vital components to achieving and maintaining radiant skin. Certainly, it’s not the only thing to keep in mind, but it’s one of the most important. Make sure to exfoliate regularly. The dead skin cells on the surface of your epidermis will come off eventually, sure, but if you want to avoid dullness and encourage radiance, weekly or twice-weekly exfoliation is best.

Make sure your daytime moisturizer has SPF, as well, specifically broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher. After all, few things are less radiant than skin cancer. You may also wish to use a night cream with retinol in it, to soften your skin and help prevent wrinkles. Finally, just remember to experiment to find what works best for you, personally. Everyone is different, and everyone’s skin is different. What works for someone else may not work for you. Keep trying until you find the perfect products for you.

Woman applying makeup

Makeup
While covering up your flaws with makeup isn’t necessarily the healthiest solution, “fake it ’till you make it” definitely applies here. After all, changes to the skin itself take time. While you’re waiting for your revamped skincare routine to kick in, you can use makeup to compensate in the meantime.

Dabbing and blending highlighter along your jawline, with a careful, steady hand, can certainly help. Using illuminating and radiance-boosting foundation can also go a great deal. Play around and find what works for you.

Remember to Catch Some Zs
Sleep! No, seriously, sleep deprivation makes your skin look dull and unflattering. It’s not called beauty rest for nothing. Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep every night. If you’re getting less than seven (or more than nine—oversleeping is bad too) reevaluate your sleep habits and make changes to your schedule if necessary.

Woman eating healthy food

Nutrition
Remember how we said skincare is one of the most important means to achieving glowing skin? Well, the other most important aspect is probably nutrition. That old adage “you are what you eat” is actually pretty accurate on a number of fronts, including your skin. After all, consider that the material for replacing and maintaining your body’s cells—what your entire body is made of—comes from what you put in your mouth.

For good skin, drink plenty of water. Keep water nearby at all times and sip whenever thirsty. Further, eat lots of dark, leafy greens and a variety of different fruits, vegetables, and protein sources. Finally, consider taking a daily multivitamin, and especially make sure you get 100% daily value of B-vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium, and Iron.

Soothing Scents to Try – Vine Vera Reviews

When you’re feeling stressed out and a bit overwhelmed, your first thought is probably not of aromatherapy for relief. But maybe it’s time to rethink your strategy to stressful events. Your sense of smell is the strongest of all five senses in your body. Your olfactory bulbs are part of your limbic system. This means that your olfactory bulbs (how you are able to smell)  are directly linked to areas of the brain involved in processing emotions and learning. You probably have noticed that there are smells you react to by remembering a particular moment or time in your life, and the connection to emotional responses in the brain is why. When you need something soothing during your hectic day, Vine Vera recommends you to try one of these calming scents.

Lavender oil with lavender flowers on a wooden table.

Lavender
Lavender is probably the most well-known scent for reducing stress and promoting a calm, peaceful scent. It is a very popular addition to many sleep products such as eye masks or sprays for your pillow. Lavender has several important benefits. First, lavender contains calming properties that are able to control your stress levels. Secondly, because lavender is so calming, it can help you get a good night’s sleep even in the most stressful times. Lastly, the benefits of lavender are not limited to your emotional concerns, lavender can also help relieve nervous tension and soothe physical ailments such as tension headaches and migraines.

Jasmine oil with jasmine flowers on a wooden table.

Jasmine
Jasmine is much more than a pleasant scent, it has excellent mental benefits for times when you need to just relax. Like lavender, jasmine helps to provide stress relief by calming your nerves. However, jasmine is not just a perfect scent for calmness, it is also recognized as having anti-depressant properties. Jasmine is used to help with issues such as mental blockage and sadness. It is an uplifting scent that gives you increased feelings of confidence and optimism. Additionally, jasmine can help soothe you while providing you with a bit of refreshed energy.

Lemon oil with cut lemons on a mat.

Lemon
You may not immediately associate this yellow fruit with stress relief, but don’t count it out. Lemon is the perfect scent for times when you need to calm down, but remain productive and alert. The scent of lemon helps boost concentration and helps you slow down negative feelings such as stress and anger. At the same time, lemon also induces positive, happy emotions. Some studies using the scent of lemon suggest that it definitely has an impact on your mood and it does indeed improve cognitive function.

So, how do you benefit from these scents without having to lug around bags of lemons and flowers? The most commonly used method of aromatherapy is through the use of essential oils. There are tons of ways to use essential oils no matter where you are. One of the easiest ways to use oils is to grab a small glass and simply add a few drops of your chosen scent. You can also apply essential oils to your body. Doing this is especially helpful on pressure points such as your temples or the inside of your wrists. Lastly, you can buy a diffuser that uses water and the oil to emit a soothing vapor in your surroundings.