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...

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...