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...

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...

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...

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...

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...