How To: Have Smooth Skin All Winter

December 10, 2012 at 3:38 pm , by

It’s human instinct to want to hole yourself up in a hot-hot shower for five hours when the temps outside get chilly. Warm water hitting cold skin just feels lovely (add L’Occitane Ultra Rich Shower Cream) to the mix and you’re in heaven). But according to Beverly Hills based dermatologist Stuart Kaplan, M.D., long, hot showers could be doing more damage to your skin than good. The longer and hotter a shower is, the more natural oil it removes from your skin, making it dry and itchy. Instead, take 10-minute (MAX!), luke-warm showers. Pat (do not rub!) your skin until it is just moist, and put on an emollient cream like Eucerin on to seal the moisture into your skin.

5 Takeaways from Juice Cleansing

January 9, 2012 at 9:59 am , by

I’ll admit it, I was definitely a bit nutso to embark on a three day juice cleanse at the height of holiday party happiness. But following a major OD on Thanksgiving yumminess, I needed a fresh start. There are tons of cleansing options out there, but Cooler Cleanse seemed like a good choice. It’s recommended that you sort of wean yourself off of meats and dairy in days leading up to the cleanse, and honestly that was one of the hardest parts of going through with the whole thing. But after it was all said and done there were definitely some lessons learned from the whole experience.

The juices actually taste good! Seriously, the thought of drinking kale juice was nauseating, but surprisingly when mixed with apple juice and some other good for you greens, it was pretty tasty. And Brazilian nut milk? Who knew?!
You don’t feel hungry. On the first morning of the cleanse all I could think about was a big bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich. Instead of giving in I just sipped away on my juices and by dinner I surprisingly wasn’t at all famished.

You’ll realize how much you overeat. Once the cleanse was done I had thought up what my first solid meal was going to be, but when I woke up, instead of feeling incredibly hungry I actually wasn’t. Apparently one of the more known benefits to juice cleansing is a curbed appetite. That right there is enough incentive to do it again.

Leave the work to someone else. It takes a lot of discipline and will power to get up prepare six juices everyday. Seriously, who wants to do that? Also factor in the creativity needed to think up juice combos that are filling and taste good. Uh yeah, I’ll pass on that. So when three days worth of fresh squeezed and packed meals were delivered to my door, I was totally sold. It was all numbered so that I knew the order that I should drink them in. It’s all pretty genius.

It’s a good jump start: The first question people asked when I finished was if I lost weight. I actually wasn’t doing it to lose weight so I didn’t weigh myself beforehand. I was more interesting in the skin cleaning benefits. I feel a lot better even though the outside results weren’t major. My waist felt  trim, but that was likely from the water weight that I shed in 3 those days.


Fall Foods for Glowing Skin

October 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm , by

Originally posted on Gloss Daily

While fall fashion and makeup trends are cool, what we really look forward to are all of the seasonal foods now lining grocery store shelves (yep, we are total foodies!). But who knew many of these munchies are also good for the skin. According to Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Robin Barrie Kaiden, MS, RD, CDN, CSSD, pumpkin, cranberries, and brussels sprouts are packed with the vitamins and nutrients needed to boost radiance in skin. Like we really needed another reason to indulge.

PUMPKIN is high in…

-Beta carotene, which decrease UV-induced damage, inflammation, and oxidative stress.

-Vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects the skin from environmental pollutants and toxins, while aiding in collagen production.

-Vitamin E to help protect skin from UV light and free radical cell damage.

-Zinc, which protects against oxidative stress and fights acne.

-Omega 3′s that maintain healthy cell membranes, making sure moisture and nutrients remain in the skin, while toxins are kept out.

CRANBERRIES are a great source of…

-B vitamins that reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, which means your hormones remain balanced and you breakout less frequently.

-Selenium, which protects skin against sun damage and improves elasticity.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS are packed with…

-Vitamin K that promotes healthy blood circulation to the skin, which heals skin discoloration, improves the healing of scars, and minimizes the appearance of spider veins in the face.

Calling all cooks! Robin gave us this skin-friendly side dish to try. Share your own recipe in the comments box below.

Lime Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pumpkin Seeds

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or olive oil cooking spray
  • 16 ounces Brussels sprouts, halved
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons roasted, shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9×13″ baking dish with olive oil or cooking spray. Add brussels sprouts in a single layer. Mist lightly with spray, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 20-25 minutes.  Remove from oven, and mix in lime juice.  Sprinkle evenly with pumpkin seeds. Return to oven for 5 minutes, remove, then serve! Makes 4 servings.

What 7.5 Million of You Have in Common with Kim Kardashian

August 1, 2011 at 11:34 am , by


Whether we’d openly admit it or not, many of us watched last week’s episode of Keeping up with the Karadashians, and learned—along with Kim—that she has psoriasis. Her seemingly earth-shattering diagnosis is shared by as many as 7.5 million Americans. With KK’s nuptials fast approaching (August 20th to be exact)—we asked Dr. Marta I. Rendon, founder and medical director of the Rendon Center for Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine in Boca Raton, FL, to clear up some questions about psoriasis—and to share some insight on what Kim can do if a flareup afflicts her on the big day.

LHJ: What is psoriasis?
Dr. Rendon: Psoriasis is a disease of the immune system and is NOT infectious. It is characterized by red scaly plaques—mostly on the elbows, knees and scalp, but any area could be affected.

LHJ: Is there a way to tell if you’re prone to psoriasis, or if you have the psoriasis “gene”?
Dr. Rendon: Psoriasis is a hereditary condition. To determine if you have the genetic predisposition, you would need a very specialized blood test that’s not done routinely.

LHJ: What are the symptoms and warning signs of this condition?
Dr. Rendon: Lesions appear on the skin and a dermatologist can diagnose the disease.
Symptoms are dry, scaly areas on arms or legs. It can affect any part of the body including face and scalp. Some people have severe itching. OTC hydrocortisone creams can provide minimal relief at first.  The next step is to see your dermatologist.

LHJ: Are there any preventative measures that help prevent flare-ups?
Dr. Rendon: There are several exacerbating factors such as alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, sun tanning and stress, so try to avoid any of these things as much as possible. Also, don’t scratch, rub, or pick at the lesions. It helps to apply an ointment after showering.
Try Cetaphil, Cerave, Aveeno, even Vaseline. Apply to very rough areas such as elbows and knees. Ointments are more occlusive than lotions or creams and are usually more potent. Cold compresses can help, too. Stress-prevention measures such as exercise can help stabilize the disease.

LHJ: What can Kim Kardashian (or anyone with a really crazy-busy life)  do to control her flare-ups?
Dr. Rendon: Topical prescription creams are available. There are also laser and phototherapy treatments that can accelerate healing.

LHJ: What’s the best way to quickly control or cover up psoriasis?
Dr. Rendon: I recommend applying an ointment after showering, cold compresses, and a mineral-based makeup to conceal any patches.

LHJ: Will her red patches ever completely go away?
Dr. Rendon: Absolutely!! Yes, with a good treatment plan determined by a dermatologist.

Backstage Beauty: Soft Skin Is In

September 11, 2009 at 6:56 pm , by

Vaseline Sheer Infusion Official Skincare Sponsor L.A.M.B. 2010 Spring Fashion PresentationHere’s my beauty take on fashion week. You spend a lot of the time appreciating interesting, yet unrealistic trends. On occasion, you fall hard for a few amazing looks (and immediately try them out the next day). And once in a while, the only appropriate response is to scratch your head and say, “huh?”.

I’m experiencing a combination of all three reactions from Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. show. I love the crisp, winged eyeliner shape that M.A.C. makeup pro Donald Simrock created. (Personally I’ll try it in navy or black, but I appreciate his fun, splashy palette. The rest of the makeup is soft and neutral so it works.)

With all the bare shoulders and exposed necklines, one may argue that smooth, glowing skin counts as another bona fide beauty look for spring. (Here’s where I start scratching my head–isn’t moisturized skin a given?) But then again, don’t you love the idea that applying a great lotion (the L.A.M.B. models used Vaseline Sheer Infusion) can make you feel prettier and on-trend?

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