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For Good Skin, Avoid These Foods

Jul 18th, 2016 Beauty, Staying Young 1 min read

I love food! But I know certain types of foods do my skin a disservice. Here’s a list of foods to avoid, or at least minimize, if you want good skin. Sugar. Eating excessive quantities of sugar (including milk sugars) forms advanced glycation products (abbreviated, appropriately, to AGEs), which causes malformation and stiffening of protein fibers in the body. Look for hidden dairy in food, too….

What Happens to Skin as It Ages

Jul 11th, 2016 Beauty, Staying Young 2 min read

It shows when you don’t take care of your skin. Just look at a picture of your mother today, and hold it next to a similar photo from twenty years ago. Barring any expensive cosmetic surgery, you’re probably looking into the eyes of a very different person. Even the healthiest of people will begin to show their age in their skin eventually, but proper skincare can…

Different Skin Types and Their Needs

Jul 5th, 2016 Beauty, Staying Young 2 min read

Knowing your skin type is very important because it allows you to know how take care of it the right way. The quality and type of your skin is genetically determined, but there’s a lot you can do to improve it, so even though you may think your skin type isn’t the best, just remember that the beauty and health of your skin is also…

Treating Hyperpigmentation

Jun 27th, 2016 Beauty, Staying Young 1 min read

Hyperpigmentation literally means excess color. This means brown spots that show up on your face due to acne scarring, excess sun exposure and melasma. Some, like acne scarring fades eventually, but others, like sun spots can remain indefinitely due to regular sun exposure. Is there anything else you can do besides cover up with a good foundation? Luckily, there is. Depending on the level of…

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Common Beauty Myths

Jun 14th, 2016 Beauty 1 min read

We’ve heard all sorts of beauty myths over the years: chocolate causes acne, you can reduce your pores, you need gallons of water for hydrated skin. Some of these have been disproven yet still persist from generation to generation. Here’s a list of beauty myths you can toss out along with your expired products! Taking a break from makeup will allow your skin to breathe. There’s…

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How Much Sun Protection Do You Really Need?

May 30th, 2016 Beauty, Staying Young 1 min read

With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer, many mature women start thinking about increasing the sun protection they use. But how much do you really need? Should you up your SPF from 30 to 100 during hot summer months? Not necessarily, say experts. False sense of protection. While SPF 30 sunscreen blocks 97 percent of sunburn rays, SPF 100 blocks 99 percent, a mere…

Sleep and Skin

May 19th, 2016 Beauty, Staying Young 1 min read

We all know that getting a good night’s sleep can help our skin rejuvenate itself while we sleep. But what other ways can sleep help us get the best skin possible? Check out some of my sleep tips that have helped my skin look healthy and vibrant. No matter how tired you are, always wash your face! Not only will it get rid of the…

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Anti-Aging Benefits of Deep Breathing

May 2nd, 2016 Staying Young 1 min read

Deep breathing has been touted by yogis for thousands of years, and more recently by skincare experts. Why? Deep breathing is good for you and benefits your entire body, not just your mental state when you’re stressed. Your skin also positively gains from taking time out to breath. A few of the benefits regular deep breathing can provide include: More restful and less interrupted sleep….

Common 50+ Skin Solutions

Apr 18th, 2016 Beauty, Staying Young 1 min read

As we get older, we experience skin problems we didn’t have to deal with in our 20s and 30s. Blame hormonal changes that not only result in menopause, but in a host of undesirable skin issues. Estrogen levels drop, which means inflammation increases. (Estrogen is naturally anti-inflammatory, so when you have less of it, the resulting inflammation affects your skin.) Unfortunately, inflammation is the major cause of aging,…

Yoga’s Anti-Aging Effects

Apr 7th, 2016 Staying Young 1 min read

Yoga has been around for thousands of years, and has offered both spiritual and physical benefits. Of course, with physical benefits come anti-aging ones! If you’ve never really gotten into yoga, maybe the fact that it’s a natural ways to slow down the aging process will get you into the down dog position sooner than you expect. Here’s a list of six ways yoga can…