8 Steps to Flawless Skin

I love fashion and all the theatrics that come with it during Fashion Week, and I was inspired to write this post after seeing the flawless, airbrushed look of the models on the runway. I believe this is the first time I’m mentioning makeup, but I get a lot of requests for natural makeup and concealing imperfections, so I figured I should write a post about the 8 steps to flawless skin. Here are my 8 steps to get you looking gorgeous in the morning (if you’re a guy, feel free to skip the makeup part, even though it’s not weird if you want to use concealer). 1. Streeeeetch. Stretching, yoga, and short cardio circuit training are an excellent way to keep your skin glowing. The reason why is because circulation is super important to keeping our skin nourished, healthy, and vibrant. Do a few minutes stretching or yoga right after waking up to get the blood moving in your whole body. It feels great, it’s good for your skin, and it energizes you for the day. 2. Eat well and hydrate. Diet plays a huge role in how healthy your body and skin will be. Choose organic produce over conventional produce as much as possible to avoid ingesting pesticides that will burden your liver and potentially cause hormone imbalances. Choose organic and/or grass-fed meats, and organic dairy (or cut out cow dairy altogether). It’s a huge topic, and I suggest reading my other articles or my guide book for exact details on good food options and what foods to eat/avoid for flawless skin. In the morning, drink a...

Grow Your Hair Longer & Thicker

online payday loans direct lenders no credit checkwww.lulufashioncoach.com/scripts/ This is a favorite topic of mine because I have fine hair that is naturally curly, and I’ve always been interested in making my hair longer and thicker. This is all the information I have gathered for the last several years. I also just discovered an awesome YouTube channel yesterday called YouTips4U, with some great information on growing and caring for long hair, so definitely check her out when you get a chance. Here’s the YouTube video if you want to watch: {A LITTLE FACT} Everyone’s hair is different, and the following tips will simply help you to maximize your hair growth potential. The average hair growth per month is 1/2″ though some people may grow 3/4″ or 1″ per month. Don’t stress if your hair grows the average of 1/2″ — this is genetically predetermined, but you can do a lot to prevent breakage and stimulate healthy, thicker hair growth. {TIP #1} Get your protein. Your hair keratin grows from the inside out, so your protein and overall nutrition intake is of utmost importance. After much trial and error with my diet, I discovered that without a doubt, including some grass-fed animal products gives me thicker, healthier, shinier hair. On the other hand, I have one friend in particular that was completely vegan for several years and still grew a thick mop of hair. Pay attention to your individual needs — one size does not fit all! I compiled the following list of protein-rich foods for you (I purposely excluded protein-rich foods that are unfriendly to our hormones, weight, and...

Get Flawless Skin With No Makeup – Part II

If you haven’t read Get Flawless Skin Without Makeup – Part I, I definitely recommend you read that first. So now that you’ve read STEP #1 and are ready to incorporate some Flawless Skin Foods into your daily routine, I have 5 more helpful tips to get you on your way to soft, smooth, dewy skin. {STEP #2} Move Your Body. “Exercise” is a dirty word to many people, but moving your body is going to keep you young, healthy, and ensure you have lovely skin. The key is moving daily. Everyone has time to exercise 15 minutes per day, and your body will begin to crave the movement. Your circulation will improve, your skin will receive nutrients much faster, and you will have that healthy glow. Just get started! Exercise Can Mean Many Things Walk for 30 minutes outside Do a 15-20 minute cardio workout (I love doing Zuzana’s workouts at BodyRock.tv) Take a yoga class Take pilates class, or check out Kristin McGee’s DVDs Swim Bike ride Horseback ride {STEP #3} Get Some R&R. Resting and relaxing is something we don’t do much of anymore, but it’s extremely important for the health of our skin. It seems everyone is stressing out about something — and then their skin breaks out. I used to be pretty wound up about everything, easily stressed, little things would worry me, blah blah blah. So below I wrote what really helped me to become someone who is relaxed, relatively worry-free, and enjoying the health and skin benefits that go along with it. Stress Less Checklist Know that it’s okay to do nothing...

Is Wanting to Be (and Stay) Beautiful a Bad Thing?

I go to Bodyrock.tv to workout with Zuzana every day, and her video/blog post two days ago was really lovely — it made me think about how we perceive others and their quest to be attractive. Here is an excerpt of what Zuzana wrote: “To me it’s almost unreal that there are actually people who are not ashamed to tell you that taking care of your health, body and appearance is bad. Do they really think that they are better people for saying these things to others? When I hear something like this, I just think to myself how miserable and unhappy these people must be. … all that negativity from others comes from negative feelings like jealousy. There is nothing more pathetic then jealous and envious people who strike out in order to hurt others. Personally I avoid negative people as much as possible. I just ignore them and let them deal with their own frustrations. That’s why I read every comment that I get, because I don’t want my blog, which I consider my personal space to be polluted by frustrated, unhappy and jealous people. Criticizing and judging others for whatever reason will not bring you your own happiness. Keep focusing on being a happy, healthy, fit, strong, loving, friendly and beautiful person. We can each be all of these things, but we have to allow ourselves to feel this way.” Is wanting to be beautiful and healthy a bad thing? Well I bet you can guess my answer. It’s no, of course. A big fat no. Now, if all you think about is yourself and how you...

Banish Dark Circles For Good! Part I

I started seeking an under-eye circle solution as soon as I was old enough to realize I had these hereditary little nuggets. At age 15, I started wearing concealer and if I didn’t, I would invariably get a question like, “Oh my goodness, are you sick?” No, but thanks for the concern, that’s just the veins showing through my incredibly pale, thin under-eye skin thankyouverymuch! Then at 19, I discovered that dermatologists and plastic surgeons were able to correct certain types of under-eye circles with lasers. I went for a few consultations, and one doctor wanted to inject ass fat under my eyes to thicken the skin a bit. No thanks. Another doctor suggested Restylane to fill in the area just above the veins so they wouldn’t show through. Uh, no again. Especially since the injection methods would have been risky to my eyesight (the needles are fine and can accidentally be injected into a vein, which could lead into your eye, which could cause temporary or permanent vision problems). So I finally settled on my dermatologist, who was regularly using laser to close off little veins. I was her very first under-eye circle patient. Now, there are many veins surrounding the eye, and I wanted to get rid of the more obvious ones so that I didn’t appear sick or beat-up. What the laser would accomplish is closing off the more obvious veins, whereupon they would re-route themselves deeper under the skin. The laser procedure was pretty simple. In the room were two assistants, my dermatologist, my mom, and, of course, me — laying quite still on the...