April/May Favorites: Anti-Aging Retinoid, Killer Workout, Samurai Nail Clippers, and Best Cod Liver Oil Evahhh

April/May Favorites: Anti-Aging Retinoid, Killer Workout, Samurai Nail Clippers, and Best Cod Liver Oil Evahhh

Holy cow. I have enough half-fin­ished arti­cles lined up to cause an inter­webs melt­down. I have def­i­nite­ly been slack­ing on EBG, what with plan­ning the wed­ding, uni­ver­si­ty class­es, and work. Whew. 😉 Here’s one hot off the press­es. 1. SIRCUIT Skin Infu­sion-A Inten­sive Retinoid Serum, $80. For sev­er­al years I have been wait­ing for effec­tive retinoid prod­ucts that are for­mu­lat­ed in base of nat­u­ral, “clean” ingre­di­ents. I was impa­tient and even con­sid­ered start­ing a skin care line just to for­mu­late those prod­ucts, but SIRCUIT stepped up to the plate recent­ly and intro­duced a natural-product-lover’s retinoid buf­fet. Imag­ine if you could use some­thing as effec­tive as a “tra­di­tion­al” retinoid with­out the petro­le­um deriv­a­tives, parabens, or side effects like peel­ing and flak­ing. In fact, if you could use just one top­i­cal anti-aging pro­duct, a retinoid would be it. And the younger you start using one, the bet­ter. Retinoids are one of the few anti-aging sub­stances backed by strong sci­en­tific stud­ies and show obvi­ous clin­i­cal results of improved skin appear­ance (e.g. reduced wrin­kles, improved elas­tic­i­ty, pre­ven­tion of col­la­gen break­down, improved skin tone, reduc­tion of age spots and sun dam­age, etc.). It espe­cial­ly excit­ing because it is excel­lent for every­one and effec­tive on every­one — and if you can start using a retinoid in your ear­ly 20s (or even late teens), it will be your best top­i­cal defend­er again­st sag­ging, wrin­kling, and sun dam­age. I am all about pre­ven­tion, and your three best lines of defense again­st los­ing col­la­gen (after all, it’s much eas­ier to pre­vent los­ing it than try­ing to add it back in lat­er) are: excel­lent diet, pre­vent­ing sun dam­age, and...
March Must Haves: Lily Organics, Skin Apotheke, Sprout Skin Care, JumpSport

March Must Haves: Lily Organics, Skin Apotheke, Sprout Skin Care, JumpSport

Hey every­one! I want to update you on a few things I’ve been using for the last 2+ months, with which I have fal­l­en in love/lurrrrve. Absolute must haves! In no par­tic­u­lar order, I give to you… 1. Lily Organ­ics Kukui Sen­si­tive Facial Oil Treat­ment (Unscent­ed), $28.99. I can sum this one up eas­i­ly: WOW. I received this luxe oil to try out about 2–3 months ago and noticed a dif­fer­ence after the first night. The area around my eyes gets dehy­drat­ed eas­i­ly, and I want to keep it free of fine lines (no wrin­kles, thank you). The oil feels light and silky, and has no dis­cernible scent. I like that it absorbs quick­ly, so as not leave any marks on my pil­low­case. It com­plete­ly hydrat­ed and smoothed out my dehy­dra­tion lines – I have zero now. Zero. I love that the ingre­di­ents are “clean” and sim­ple, and they make use of the nat­u­ral form of vit­a­m­in E (d-alpha, not dl-), which is a potent antiox­i­dant and skin lov­in’ hydra­tor. I have a sneak­ing sus­pi­cion this one will end up on next year’s Epic Beau­ty Awards. 2. Skin Apotheke Wild Rose and San­dal­wood Mask, $15.50. You may be won­der­ing why Skin Apotheke keeps pop­ping up in my “favorite” prod­ucts lists and in my skin care rou­ti­nes over the past sev­er­al years. Well, ask Ria (SA’s own­er and skin care magi­cian). I just can’t help that this wom­an keeps churn­ing out mirac­u­lous hand­made for­mu­las. This mask is no excep­tion. One, I love the incred­i­ble deep red col­or of this mask. Two, I love the deli­cious, earthy rose smell. And three, I love...

My Diet & Exercise Routine — June 2011

Hey every­one! This has been such a long time com­ing and I have received plen­ty of emails ask­ing for an update on what I eat and what I do for exer­cise, and all kinds of details. So here it is! IMPORTANT! This is what I do for my body, and what I do may not nec­es­sar­i­ly be what is right for your body. Exper­i­ment, be smart, be con­sis­tent, and see what works best for you. Check with your doc­tor before try­ing any new diet or exer­cise rou­ti­nes, espe­cial­ly if you have a pre­ex­ist­ing med­ical con­di­tion. {MY DIET} Some things have changed since the last time I post­ed about my diet, and I go into those details in the next sec­tion. I used to be vegetarian…then vegan…then raw veg­an, all for about 5 years. For the first 6 months being raw veg­an, I felt amaz­ing. How­ev­er, this dietary lifestyle did not work for me in the long-run and I became lethar­gic, gained weight, my hair got thin, my skin was act­ing up, my blood tests showed that my cho­les­terol was too low (which is not good, espe­cial­ly since we need cho­les­terol to reg­u­late our body sys­tems, includ­ing hor­mones), and I was defi­cient in iron and B vit­a­mins. My diet was total­ly “cor­rect” accord­ing to a few veg­an “gurus” and con­sist­ed of fruits, lots of veggies/leafy greens, nuts, seeds, and sea veg­gies. So I had to bite the bul­let and re-eval­u­ate my diet com­plete­ly. I learned the hard way that not all dietary lifestyles work for all peo­ple. Here’s an inter­est­ing fact: indige­nous cul­tures have zero inci­dents of acne and my goal...

How to Get a Model Body — Naturally and Healthily

Every­one has a dif­fer­ent idea of the “per­fect” physique – whether it is curvy, lean and toned, skin­ny and sinewy, mus­cu­lar, or super buff. I find many types of bod­ies attrac­tive, but for my own body, I like a long, lean, toned look — no added bulk, and def­i­nite­ly no bulky arms! “Bulky” also means dif­fer­ent things to dif­fer­ent peo­ple. When I hear fit­ness experts say it is impos­si­ble for wom­en to get bulky, I just raise an eye­brow. Have they ever seen a woman’s fit­ness com­pe­ti­tion or some of the female Olympic ath­letes? Grant­ed, it does take YEARS (and often some assis­tance from testos­terone or steroid injec­tions) and speci­fic bulk­ing rou­ti­nes to get like that. So what caus­es the bulky look ver­sus the lean and toned look? While genet­ics play a role, it also depends on train­ing and diet. There is no deny­ing that dif­fer­ent activ­i­ties build dif­fer­ent-look­ing bod­ies. You can always tell who is a swim­mer, a pow­er lifter, a bal­let dancer, or a yogini. There is a cor­re­la­tion between how you want to look and what form of exer­cise you need to do to achieve it. So if you want to be mod­e­lesque (long, lean, and toned all over), then you need to know how to get there. Enter Justin Gel­band, fit­ness train­er to Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illus­trat­ed super­mod­els Iri­na Shayk, Miran­da Kerr, Can­dice Swanepoel, Erin Heather­ton, Lily Aldridge, and more. We have all seen the long mus­cles and lean physiques of the­se wom­en. Each one has worked hard to achieve that mod­el body, and he is the design­er behind them. Justin’s super­mod­el clients do not look...