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...

Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Hey every­one! I get a lot of ques­tions relat­ed to under eye issues like puffi­ness and dark cir­cles, so I thought I would address the puffy issue since I have already cov­ered dark cir­cles. Here are some of the caus­es of under eye puffi­ness and how to treat them…Epic Beau­ty style. 😉 First, know that there are two types of puffi­ness. One is essen­tial­ly water (flu­id) – they are quite squishy and tend to fade or flat­ten out on their own as the day goes on. The oth­er type are actu­al­ly fat­ty deposits – they are hard and do not fade or flat­ten, and are usu­al­ly a result of not treat­ing under eye puffi­ness ear­ly on. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the fat­ty type is hard­er to get rid of and there are only two solu­tions I know of: 1. face mas­sage such as Tanaka, done dai­ly and con­sis­tent­ly to help remove fat from the area, and 2. cos­met­ic surgery. Of course, I rec­om­mend you try mas­sage first. Wait at least 2–3 months to see any change, though the time varies from per­son to per­son. If you have the watery type, keep read­ing. {Common Causes of Puffy Eyes & Under Eye Bags} Lack of sleep or qual­i­ty sleep Exces­sive sodi­um intake or sug­ar intake Stress and result­ing adren­al fatigue Over con­sump­tion of alco­hol and/or caf­feine Hor­mon­al changes or imbal­ance Changes in weath­er or tem­per­a­ture Sinus prob­lems or allergies Water reten­tion Med­ica­tion side effects Like all things in our lives, the above caus­es are inter­con­nect­ed. For instance, if you are stressed, your adren­a­ls become less effi­cient, which can lead to hor­mon­al imbal­ance, which can lead to water reten­tion and…dun...

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 — the world is not going...

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 reclin­ing...

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...