Category Archives: Beauty

The Benefits Of Almond Oil

Almonds, almonds, almonds, or at least almond milk. Now, it’s all about almond oil. While almond milk has been the alternative to milk that doesn’t use soy or rice, almond oil has found its way into soaps, lotions, facial scrubs, and hair treatments. Almond oil is the big it thing for beauty and other products. The truth is that almond oil products have been around since before we really remember. It just hasn’t been as publicized or trendy until now.

Dr Soheil Simzar, a Santa Monica dermatologist at Ava MD has seen many benefits, and she says, Almond oil, coconut oil, and essential oils are hot topics because they are known to be multi-tasking beauty products and great for most skin types. Almond oil is hydrating and won’t clog pores. It works great as makeup remover, and the monounsaturated fats in the oil keep cell membranes healthy, reducing the appearance of aging.

Experts believe that literally anybody could benefit from almond oil, even if you have sensitive skin. Almond oil provides a rich source of magnesium, which is common in hair products, and it can help you to repair split ends and make your hair shinier.

Almond oil is natural, not synthetic. Synthetic ingredients may cause irritation to the skin and make matters worse. It’s always better to use Mother Nature’s ingredients.

Simzar recommends a small dime-sized amount of organic almond oil directly to your skin before you go to bed at night after washing your skin. It will feel a bit greasy at first, but your pores open up at night, and therefore, they can better take in things like almond oil without clogging the pores. It can really soak in for long term benefits.You can also try a tablespoon for your dry split ends, leave it overnight, and rinse in the morning.


Will Collagen Supplements Improve Your Skin

About 15 years ago, I was in Korea, and we ended up picking up a box of collagen supplements. By this, I mean collagen pills. They told me years ago that these were good for the skin, and if you look at many Asians, they have something going on. They look young for years and years, and their skin is often a big part of it.

Of course, you can get collagen from things like chicken, but for vegans, collagen pills may be the only way (or of course there are skin creams as well). The question is, are they really worth it? If you’ve ever looked for collagen pills (especially those marketed specifically for the skin), they get expensive.

Collagen, as you may know, is one of the major building blocks of the skin. It is a protein, that along with elastin, keeps the skin young, and it also keeps the bones well built. It is found in bones, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and skin. Hair and nails are also filled with collagen, but it’s not as simple an assumption as you might think to simply say that you should take collagen and fix all your problems.

Collagen is a larger protein, and when we take it in through supplementation or food, it gets broken down into smaller proteins and amino acids to be absorbed into the digestive tract. The body can then use those parts of collagen for its necessary purposes.

Yes, we do have less collagen in our bodies in general as we age, which is part of the aging process (inside and out). However, it’s not necessarily because we don’t have the building blocks in our bodies to make sure. It’s more related to our DNA, which doesn’t build proteins the way it used to. So if you bring more building materials in, those same DNA molecules that just can’t work as hard aren’t going to be able to work any harder to break down more raw material.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t eat a healthy and balanced diet. On the contrary, that’s the first thing you should keep in mind. I just wouldn’t expect more than one nutrient or supplement is actually going to give you.

15 Expert Beauty Tips

There are plenty of ways to get beautiful skin ranging from expensive skin creams all the way down to using your morning urine. Yup, you heard me right. It happens. Anyway…..there are a few things that you can do for yourself that might actually be a little better and more proven than the average skin cream that you might pay $60 for.

  1. No makeup for a weekend – I’m not asking you to go bare all the time. Some of us need a little makeup to help our complexion. Once a month, I’m just saying give your skin a little time to breathe. For skin, and even nails, it helps.
  2. Get rid of your old makeup – I know, you’ve been holding onto your old makeup for sentimental value. More likely, you just forgot about it, and it has been sitting there too long still the same. When you find that you have old makeup, especially if it has expired, you might want to consider tossing it and replacing it. It’s not good for your skin believe it or not.
  3. Drink more water – Hydrating and moisturizing are different, but we’ve all heard the old adage drink 8 glasses a day. Los Angeles facialist Kate Somerville, who has helped celebrities like Katy Perry, says, Hydration is getting water into your skin cells, while moisturizer locks it in. The best way you can hydrate is to drink more water. However, taking things like fish oil and flaxseed oil can also help to keep your skin moisturized.
  4. Get a facial each season – Yes, the pampering part of it is definitely nice. When it comes down to it though, this type of pampering can also help you to get rid of dead skin cell buildup. Mona Gohara MD, an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine says, When dead skin cells build up on your face, your skincare products can’t penetrate. Getting a facial 3 to 4 times a year deep-cleans your skin in a way you can’t do at home. Plus, it gives you the chance to discuss your skin with an expert.
  5. Moisturize in the afternoon – We’re so used to moisturizing morning and sometimes night, but a moisturizer doesn’t necessarily last all day. The truth is that unless you’re extremely oily skinned, your skin could use that midday booster. Many popular moisturizers and skin creams can deliver plenty of moisturizing effects, but they dry very quickly, more quickly than you might think, or for that matter hope.
  6. A mental health bath – Maybe you haven’t heard of it. Giving yourself 10 minutest to unplug and relax can give your mind the ability and time to regenerate and relax. Slip into a tub, add a few scoops of Epsom salt, and let it soothe your muscles. Drop a couple drops of lavender essential oil, which can be calming, and just think of it as something you get to do rather than a luxury.
  7. Sunscreen, Sunscreen, Sunscreen – Of course. This seems so trite and not something a lot of people would expect. Of course, there are those who would just rather not go outside, but do you really want to live that kind of life? Instead, when you do go out, remember to take a good quality sunscreen, at least 30SPF, and reapply regularly.
  8. Wipe down your phone each night – Your cell phone touches a lot of things, and as you can imagine, it can become a breeding ground for a lot of bacteria. This type of bacteria could easily cause acne, which is of course a bad sign for your skin! So try wiping your phone down every night before bed.
  9. Wash your pillowcases and towels regularly – Like your phone, you might find that your pillowcases and towels tend to collect quite a bit of bacteria. Change your bath towels and pillowcases every week to keep your pores from clogging with excess oil and bacteria. You should also clean makeup brushes and your brushes once a week or month.
  10. Deep condition – Every week, Sunday night, Monday night, whatever you choose, take some time to deep condition your hair. This will strengthen your hair, and it gives you the proper deep treatment if you are using the right kind of conditioner of course. You can even use leave it on your hair under a towel for 30 minutes afterwards for extra deep conditioning.
  11. Brush your hair before you shower – Your wet hair can be more tangled and harder to brush. You can therefore create frizz and other issues. Instead, try brushing out and detangling your hair before you shower and get it wet.
  12. Skip the shampoo a few days a week – This can really help, even if you have super oily hair. Try using dry shampoo now and then instead of the lather, and your hair will end up softer and shinier. In addition to this, your color will last longer according to professional colorist Jennifer J.
  13. Exfoliate from head to toe once a week – Your body, just like your face, can get bogged down. Your pores can get clogged with dead skin cells, which is never a good thing. Try doing a full body exfoliation just once a week to keep things fresh.
  14. Use your facial mask on your neck and chest – That facial mask you use isn’t just for exfoliating and cleansing your face. You can and should also use it on your neck and chest. It can give those areas a nice refresher and prevent nasty skin.
  15. Night Creams: Moisturize as you sleep – If you have dry skin anywhere, make sure that you are applying a good moisturizer before you go to sleep. Your skin pores open up at night, they absorb more heavy moisturizers, and they can significantly benefit. If you do it right, you will find that again a good moisturizer can keep you smoother and happier.