Glowing Skin with New Year’s Champagne

Happy New Year’s Day! I thought this was the per­fect time to share a quick tip with you, using your left­over New Year’s cham­pag­ne: CHAMPAGNE FOR GLOWING SKIN Grapes have long been used to fight wrin­kles, both top­i­cal­ly and inter­nal­ly, due to the high antiox­i­dant lev­els (mean­ing: they con­tain com­po­nents that fight free rad­i­cals — which cause inflam­ma­tion, wrin­kles, you name it). Wom­en in Italy use a sim­ple wine and milk mask for smooth, age­less skin; and cham­pag­ne is often used for clar­i­fy­ing the skin while pro­vid­ing a healthy dose of anti-aging and light­en­ing prop­er­ties. The­se light­en­ing prop­er­ties come from tar­tar­ic acid, which is present in cham­pag­ne and wine due to the juice of grapes (the acid is also found in bak­ing pow­der and cream of tar­tar) — so if you have unwant­ed pig­men­ta­tion or want to even out your skin tone, cham­pag­ne is a won­der­ful solu­tion. Plus, the tar­tar­ic acid may help clear up blem­ish­es (it has anti-bac­te­ri­al prop­er­ties). Annnnd, the love­ly bub­bling action of cham­pag­ne brings micro-cir­cu­la­tion to the skin, giv­ing you a pret­ty glow and and a dewy com­plex­ion. READY TO TRY IT? The only thing you have to be wary of is the alco­hol con­tent. If your skin is extreme­ly sen­si­tive or over­ly dry, you may want to try it on a small patch of skin first. If your skin does well, then do the cham­pag­ne treat­ment (see below for instruc­tions) and fol­low-up with a nice nat­u­ral mois­tur­iz­er. My skin is very dry in the win­ter, and I found cham­pag­ne to be a won­der­ful treat­ment. LET’S BEGIN! 1. This is best used after fresh­ly washed skin,...

Get Naturally Beautiful in One Night (Plus 10% Off Silk Pillowcases Until December 31st)

I think it’s pret­ty safe to say that most of us prefer to have good things arrive quick­ly and stay forever. Nat­u­ral beau­ty is no dif­fer­ent — we desire it to be there our entire lives. It can be with us since birth, but leave quick­ly in our young adult years due to inter­nal and exter­nal neglect. Or it can come to us lat­er in life, when we first learn how to real­ly take care of our­selves and unleash the beau­ty that’s been hid­ing. Either way, one thing is eter­nal­ly impor­tant to nat­u­ral beau­ty: Sleep. Yes yes, you sleep by default, but sleep­ing prop­er­ly will bring you infinite­ly more ener­gy, health, and there­fore, beau­ty. We have all been taught to “get your 8 hours of sleep!” but with­out any decent expla­na­tion. Sleep is restora­tive to our brain and every cell in our bod­ies. Whether you are a monopha­sic or polypha­sic sleep­er, the amount of time you spend sleep­ing is a chance for your body to work on repairs and gen­er­ate an even chem­i­cal play­ing field for your brain. Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley and Har­vard Med­ical School have com­plet­ed stud­ies indi­cat­ing that a good night’s sleep reg­u­lates your mood and helps you cope with the chal­lenges of your wak­ing hours. Well-rest­ed peo­ple are hap­pier, less-stressed, and more con­sis­tent with their moods. They also tend to smile more, be friend­lier, and because their brains are bet­ter equipped to deal with stress, there is less silent impact on their cells (i.e. inflam­ma­tion, oxidation/free rad­i­cal dam­age), and there­fore their out­ward appear­ance is more nat­u­ral­ly beau­ti­ful. Oh, and I almost for­got to men­tion: less...

1 Simple Thing You Can Do to Live a Long & Healthy Life

I’m sure we’ve all seen the mil­lions of potions, pills, diets, and meth­ods aimed at increas­ing our lifes­pan and keep­ing us young fore­vah­h­h­hh. And, as we also know, most of it is bull­dust, but I recent­ly came across one thing for a healthy life that isn’t. It’s sim­ple, it’s cheap, and accord­ing to stud­ies and inde­pen­dent feed­back, it works (!). Check it out and let me know what you think (espe­cial­ly if you’ve done it). IT’S IN THE GENES In a new and eas­ier twist on clas­sic caloric restric­tion, the “Alter­nate Day Diet” is a method of eat­ing pro­posed by Dr. James John­son, M.D. The idea is to cut your calo­ries every oth­er day, instead of dai­ly, to help acti­vate a gene known as SIRT1, a “repair bot” of sorts that goes after dam­age caused by free rad­i­cals, pre­vents our cells from dying before their time, and caus­es them to pro­duce more ener­gy sim­i­lar to that of young cells. SIRT1 also inhibits fat stor­age, increas­es metab­o­lism, and there­by reduces the risk of a heart attack, stroke, dia­betes, arthri­tis, and osteo­poro­sis. The gene also reduces inflam­ma­tion and oxi­da­tion (a.k.a. oxida­tive stress), which means few­er free rad­i­cals and slow­er aging. Sounds like a good deal to me. I’m not one for “new, cure-all” diets, but this caught my atten­tion because I have been research­ing caloric restric­tion and prac­ticed it for near­ly 1 year, but found it to be too easy to become mal­nour­ished (and no, I wasn’t eat­ing muffins). Plus, I hon­est­ly didn’t like how long-time prac­ti­tion­ers of the diet looked bone-thin and defi­cient. How­ev­er, you can’t ignore the evi­dence that caloric restric­tion pro­duces...