Get Beautiful Skin in 5 Minutes or Less

Get Beautiful Skin in 5 Minutes or Less

I know we all tend to love a lit­tle instant grat­i­fi­ca­tion, and I want­ed to share with you some of my favorite tips for achiev­ing beau­ti­ful, smooth, glow­ing skin in just 1 min­ute (plus some bonus treat­ments that take a bit longer). Have fun! 1 Minute to Beautiful Skin One of the most com­mon things I see is that peo­ple think they are wash­ing their skin well, when in fact, they’re only tak­ing may­be 15 sec­onds to hap­haz­ard­ly mush some foam on their face. I invite you to use a timer and cleanse your skin for a full min­ute. That is thor­ough enough to remove excess sebum, dirt, make­up, bac­te­ria, and dead skin so as to pre­vent rough skin tex­ture, dull­ness, flakes, black­heads, and pus­tules. Bet­ter yet, use a Clar­ison­ic, which gives a gen­tle yet deep clean and times the cleans­ing for you. I use the Clar­ison­ic Mia (with the soft­est sen­si­tive brush head) with a few dif­fer­ent incred­i­ble cleansers that I keep in my beau­ty cab­i­net on rota­tion. My favorites to use with the Clar­ison­ic are Kahi­na Cleanser, One Love Organ­ics Easy Does It, and SIRCUIT Super­mild. assets biz2­cred­it sayseasy per­son­al loans no cred­it check Ice and green tea are my favorite do-it-your­self tools for elim­i­nat­ing puffi­ness, red­ness, and inflam­ma­tion. For a pim­ple, apply an ice cube or a cold spoon (put a met­al spoon in the freez­er) for 1 min­ute direct­ly to the pim­ple (if your skin is sen­si­tive, wrap the ice cube or spoon in a tis­sue). Cold con­stricts blood ves­sels, and in the case of a pim­ple, it reduces inflam­ma­tion, there­by shrink­ing the pim­ple. To reduce over­all red­ness, shrink a pim­ple, or de-puff...
Puffy Face? Here’s How to Fix It

Puffy Face? Here’s How to Fix It

Did you wake up this morn­ing with some extra puff in your face? Nev­er fear! I have com­piled a few of my favorite tips to help you fix a puffy face quick, and of course, pre­vent it in the future. If you have a chron­ic puffy face, or tend to retain flu­id in oth­er parts of your body as well, see your physi­cian, since you will want to rule out any issues with blood pres­sure, hor­mone imbal­ance, or any kid­ney or liv­er issues. ELEVATE. Sleep with two pil­lows (or use a spe­cial pil­low – I use the con­toured pil­lows from Sleep Inno­va­tions) so your head is slight­ly high­er than the rest of your body. This dis­cour­ages flu­id from drain­ing into your face and just “hang­ing out” there. MODIFY WHAT YOU EAT. Sodi­um, alco­hol, and car­bo­hy­drates can all con­tribute to “puffy morn­ing face syn­drome” (ahem, yes, that’s the super sci­en­tific term). If you fre­quent­ly have a puffy face in the morn­ing, try this: for your last meal of the day, exper­i­ment with eat­ing nat­u­ral diuret­ics and/or potas­si­um-rich foods like cran­ber­ry, cel­ery, banana, cucum­ber, pars­ley, water­mel­on, or aspara­gus. Incor­po­rate them into your din­ner. Essen­tial­ly, we want to ensure we get an ade­quate intake of cal­ci­um, mag­ne­sium, and potas­si­um through our food to coun­ter­act the water-retain­ing traits of sodi­um. SUPPLEMENT. Appar­ent­ly, a tall glass of fil­tered water mixed with 1–3 tsp. of acero­la vit­a­m­in C pow­der (or a few acero­la vit­a­m­in C cap­sules) tak­en before bed can help pre­vent a puffy face in the morn­ing. I haven’t seen any stud­ies on this, it’s just a tip I have heard and use myself. And if noth­ing...
May Lindstrom Skin Review: Dirt, Dew, and Damn Fine Skin (GIVEAWAY!)

May Lindstrom Skin Review: Dirt, Dew, and Damn Fine Skin (GIVEAWAY!)

I first heard about May Lind­strom and her apt­ly named skin care line, May Lind­strom Skin, in June of 2012. I researched the line fur­ther and was deeply impressed with May’s skin care phi­los­o­phy. Her firm focus on sim­plic­i­ty, results, and the expe­ri­ence of rit­u­al have com­bined to form a fine­ly edit­ed, high-end organ­ic skin care range. All the prod­ucts are made in small batch­es by May her­self, using her own care­ful­ly devel­oped for­mu­la­tions. Since May has extreme­ly sen­si­tive skin that reacts poor­ly to harsh ingre­di­ents and syn­thet­ics, she devel­oped the line with sen­si­tive types in mind. Some of the ingre­di­ents had me wor­ried at first (with all the spices and so on) but I should have feared not. My skin pos­i­tive­ly rel­ish­es her prod­ucts. “I have tru­ly poured my heart and soul into deliv­er­ing a beau­ti­ful expe­ri­ence with this line. I want­ed to cre­ate some­thing spe­cial — gor­geous potions that feel incred­i­ble to use and provide an excuse to cel­e­brate your­self every morn­ing and night. I insist on prod­ucts that deliv­er seri­ous results. The bot­tles are love­ly, but what’s inside is remark­ably pow­er­ful.” –May Lind­strom Obvi­ous­ly, I had to con­tact her, and it turns out May is even more awe­some than I expect­ed (and I was already expect­ing a high lev­el of awe­some­ness). May grew up in the woods of Min­neso­ta and began con­coct­ing skin potions (mud? water? check!) as a lit­tle girl. She is down-to-earth, gen­uine, and full of heart. She puts all this good­ness into her prod­ucts and makes a con­cert­ed effort to assist oth­ers in their skin care jour­ney. Not only is she a delight­ful, kind...
How I Keep My Skin Clear Part III — Sleep, Movement, & Skin Care

How I Keep My Skin Clear Part III — Sleep, Movement, & Skin Care

This is the final install­ment from How I Keep My Skin Clear. If you haven’t seen the overview, check it out here. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2. There’s a Reason They Call it Beauty Sleep. I love my sleep, and being well rest­ed is one of the most impor­tant things in keep­ing my skin look­ing great. I am not 100% well rest­ed every sin­gle night, but the vast major­i­ty of the time, I get a great night’s sleep. It makes a huge dif­fer­ence to stress, skin tone, mus­cle tone, hydra­tion, and under-eye cir­cles. Sci­en­tists are real­iz­ing it’s not so much about how many hours you get, but when you you get them, as well as the qual­ity of those hours (for exam­ple, if you have sleep apnea you will not get qual­ity sleep). I get to sleep around 10 or 11 pm almost every night, though I occa­sion­al­ly lapse into my night owl habits and hit the sack at 2 or 3 am after a lengthy WoW raid. But here’s the kick­er: the lat­er I go to sleep, the less rest­ed I feel the next day, even though I get the same num­ber of hours as my usu­al ear­lier sleep times. My dietary habits help me enjoy qual­i­ty sleep every night, as well as my ade­quate vit­a­m­in D intake through sup­ple­men­ta­tion (3,000 IU Vit­a­m­in D3 every day, per my doctor’s orders), food (mush­rooms — the legal kind, eggs, salmon, and occa­sion­al­ly goat milk prod­ucts), and sun­shine. I also sleep with black­out cur­tains on my win­dows to pre­vent any light from leak­ing through. Light tells the brain to...
How I Keep My Skin Clear Part II — Food

How I Keep My Skin Clear Part II — Food

This is Part 2 from How I Keep My Skin Clear. If you haven’t seen the overview, check it out here. Click here to read Part 1. I Eat Well. Really, Really Well. Study­ing nutri­tion, biol­o­gy, bio­chem­istry, phys­i­ol­o­gy, and neu­ro­science is a major pas­sion of mine. My idea of enter­tain­ment is read­ing med­ical jour­nals and attend­ing my uni­ver­si­ty labs. (I know, nerd alert.) I have been apply­ing what I know to my own body for over 7 years now, and not only have I amassed a wealth of knowl­edge from the lit­er­a­ture, but also on an anec­do­tal lev­el, both from myself and from my beau­ti­ful, inquis­i­tive read­ers (you). You can step into the Epic Beau­ty Guide time machine and read past posts that men­tion my for­ays into veg­e­tar­i­an­ism, veg­an­ism, raw food, Tim Ferriss’s slow carb, and every­where in between. I love exper­i­ment­ing and I nev­er do any­thing half-ass. Raw food you say? 100%. Right now. Let’s do it. I dis­cov­er a lot along the way, and the process always leads me back to cen­ter, back where the san­i­ty and prac­ti­cal­i­ty hang out. What I have learned in the­se 7+ years of research and per­son­al exper­i­men­ta­tion, is that there are a set of food guide­li­nes that I MUST fol­low in order to be and look my best. This is not to say that I am fixed in a speci­fic “diet” (read: not “diet” in the weight loss sense of the word). I make adjust­ments and play with vari­ables as part of an ongo­ing process called life, and it has become sec­ond nature. Most impor­tant­ly, I unwa­ver­ing­ly hold true this one belief: a...