Are Mini Beauty Fridges A Waste Of Money? The Experts Weigh In...

Mini skincare fridges have become the new #topshelfies when it comes to skincare product posts filling up your feed. You’ve probably seen beauty editors casually storing their jade rollers and sheet masks in their tiny office coolers, for a midday moisture refresh (or lymphatic drainage sesh). And of course, influencers stocking their candy-colored iceboxes with serums, mists, and other tiny skincare treasures that garner all the likes. But what’s the #realtalk on this new trend? Are cooler temps even good for your products? We polled a few derms to find out.

Why You Need A Mini Beauty Fridge

“Most products are designed and tested to be stored in a cool dry place, but the products that are best kept in a cold environment are combination products, including prescription products that combine a topical antibiotic (like clindamycin or erythromycin) and benzoyl peroxide,” says Dr. Doris Day, celebrity dermatologist and author of the book Beyond Beautiful. “This will help the products last longer.” Other skincare ingredients that can benefit from a colder temp when applied to the skin? Antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and Retinol, according to Day.

Clearly, any beauty-loving babe in the know has stashed a de-puffing eye serum or stick in the fridge to banish the dreaded am bags, but if you feel a bit weird reaching for your skincare products next to last night’s leftovers, we hear you. That’s where these genius skincare-specific storage units come into play. Our obsession deserves its own home, after all!

Dr. Howard Sobel, NYC-based cosmetic dermatologic surgeon, and director of Sobel Skin also points out that natural formulas (or anything with a relatively short shelf life) can benefit from being kept in colder temperatures. “Refrigerating serums to help with inflamed acne, and aloe-based products for a refreshing and soothing feel are also recommended. The lower temperature does add a nice calming effect to certain products such as face masks, moisturizers, and creams, which are especially helpful when treating irritated or reactive skin,” he adds.

The only things that should ideally remain out of the fridge? Makeup, oils, and balms as these can either separate or turn into solids, says Sobel. “It’s also important to keep in mind that exposing products to fluctuating temperatures can potentially lead to instability of the formula and make it ineffective.” AKA what can be refrigerated should stay in there and what shouldn’t (see above ) should be left out. Pivoting your skincare products between hot and cold temps all the time isn’t good for them – or your skin. Shop a few of our skincare mini-fridge faves below!

Our Fave Mini Beauty Fridges

Cooluli Mini Beauty Refrigerator, $60

Urban Outfitter’s fridge comes in five cute colors (including a spotted version) and won’t put a major dent in your wallet. Perfect for cooling your crystal rollers, serums, and creams and keeping eye patches and masks slightly chilled for hungover AF mornings. It has an interior door section, along with one shelf, and it’s super compact so it won’t take up a ton of space.

Teami Blends Skincare Beauty Fridge, $120

Teami is the cult favorite amongst the beauty blogger/influencer set, but their well-designed fridges are a bit of a splurge. This chic beauty fridge comes in a luxe marble finish and can hold up to 10 liters of liquids and other skincare must-haves though, so it’s kinda #goals. It also has a door pocket for masks, gua sha tools, and other skinny tubes of stuff that just feel better cold on the face. Multiple shelves let you stack jars of beauty prods and having one of these is basically like having a small spa in your bedroom or bathroom.

The Beauty Spy Cool Skin Mini Fridge, $60

Also on the budget-friendly spectrum is this HSN exclusive that has retro vibes and an icy interior. With just one shelf, it easily stores your taller vials and bottles on the bottom and other shorter skincare necessities on the top. Another perk? It comes with too-cute “Beauty Spy” stickers you can apply all over the front like this is your locker and you’re back in high school. Take that, #minifridgeshelfie ‘grams. And at four pounds you can obvs take this portable fridge with you jet-setting, thanks to a convenient handle. Because all hotel rooms would be that much better if they had mini-fridges stocked with grab-and-go mists for the pool, right?

FaceTory Fridge, $99

Repeat after us: need, not want. Available in coral or mint, FaceTory’s skincare fridge cools sheet masks and other skincare products – and prolongs product shelf life at the same time – at 41-48 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the lowest it goes is 32°F. Perfect for on top of a makeup caddy, desk, or vanity, it’s a winner. As evidenced by the 4.7-star reviews.

Would you guys buy a beauty mini-fridge? Let us know in the comments below.

8 Low Carb Foods Alternatives for High Carb Food Items

Low carb food is often recommended by dieticians and health experts when you ask them about weight loss. For people who are confused about various low-carb options to include in their diet, we have come up with 10 delicious low carb food items that you can add as replacement to high-carb food stuff in your diet. Having a low carb diet not only helps you shed some weight, it also has amazing health benefits. Cutting down on carbs reduces hunger pangs, which eventually leads to weight loss. According to studies, low carb diet is more beneficial over low-fat diet if you want to seriously into losing some weight. This article might just change your life! I mean your wardrobe! We are listing some deliciously healthy and low-carb food alternatives to try ASAP!

1. Sweet potato over potato: They are nutritious, healthy and delicious root vegetables that can be added to your diet. Sorry potato; your journey with me ends here! Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, it also contains good source of carbs, protein and antioxidants. You can boil, bake or grill sweet potato. It contains around 24gm of carbohydrates whereas potatoes have 37 gm of carbs.

2. Brown Rice over White Rice: Brown rice is considered as a whole food and considered healthy as it is less processed than white rice. During the price of making brown rice, rice bran and germ is not removed, which makes it nutrient rich compared to white rice. They are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It is also known as a heart-friendly food because it contains certain compounds which help reduce heart-related diseases. You can consume one cup of brown rice per day without thinking twice about gaining weight.

3. Eggs over cereal: Eggs are termed as “super food” and are considered as one of the healthiest foods on the planet because they are packed with nutrients, egg contains Vitamin A, Folate, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B12,Vitamin B2, Phosphorus, Selenium, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium and zinc. Each egg contains around 77 calories, 6gm of protein and 5 gm of healthy fats. Eating two whole boiled eggs daily can be highly beneficial for your health and maintaining weight.

4. Almond milk over regular milk: When we talk about cow/buffalo milk, it contains high calories compared to almond milk. Also, almond milk is not only low in calories and carbs, it has more nutritional value than regular milk. Almond milk is surprisingly low in calories, it also strengthens bones and helps to reduce certain heart diseases. It also has a good amount of vitamin D and is naturally rich in several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E. Jacqueline Fernandez recently revealed in her Instagram account that she consumes homemade almond milk for better looking skin and body!

5. Fruit smoothie over canned juice: One cup of packaged juice has roughly 132-160 calories and 32-40 carbs. Also, they come loaded with sugars and preservatives etc., which should be totally avoided if you are trying to lose weight. We recommend trying out fruit smoothie prepared at home for best results. There are so many healthy fruit smoothies to add to your breakfast, they comparatively contain low carbs, low calories and are sugar free if you use Stevia. Banana oats smoothie, chikoo+apple, mango+kiwi etc are a few good options to try!

6. Strawberry over Banana: Undoubtedly, bananas are super healthy, but they also contain a good amount of calories and carbs. An average banana contains 90 calories and 23 gm of carbohydrates. Whereas 100gm of strawberries contains 33 calories and just 8g of carbs. Also, they contains high amounts of vitamin C which acts as a skin food. If you really want to control your carbs we recommend choosing strawberry over banana.

7. Spiralized vegetables over noodles: Noodles are usually made from refined flour (maida) which is not only harmful for health, it would increase your body weight quickly. White flour is a complete “no no” when it comes to weight loss. These days, spiralized vegetables are getting quite popular. Not only they taste good but are super nutritious and weight friendly. You can use carrots, zucchini, cabbage and sweet potatoes to make sparilized noodles.

8. Regular yogurt over flavoured yogurt: One cup of flavoured yogurt contains 200 calories and has 40g of carbs. This is just like eating a dessert or ice cream. It will only harm than doing good. In place of flavored yogurt, consider a cup of homemade fresh yogurt with no sugar. It contains 150 calories and 11g of carbs. It promotes bone health, aids digestion. Also, it contains probiotics which keeps intestine healthy. Also, our grannies always believed that one cup yogurt daily can improve skin and hair quality!

Let us know your favourite low carb replacement in the comment below! Eat healthy; stay healthy!

Deer Can Give You Tuberculosis: CDC

Sept. 30, 2019 -- According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention people can get a rare type of tuberculosis, called bovine tuberculosis, from deer.

Such was the case of one 77 year-old Michigan hunter, who most likely got sick by inhaling the germ while removing a dead deer's infected organs, CNN reports.

The patient had been hunting in an area where two other hunters were infected more than 15 years ago.

Bovine tuberculosis makes up under 2% of all tuberculosis cases in the U.S. Although mostly eliminated in cattle, it's still found in wild bison, elk and deer, the CDC said.

The infection is usually gotten by eating or drinking unpasteurized dairy products or having direct contact though an open wound while hunting or slaughtering an infected animal, CNN reports.

Symptoms include severe cough, fever, weight loss, chest pain. The treatment is antibiotics, the CDC said.

Although rare, anyone working closely with animals that might carry the germ or eating raw dairy should get screened for TB, CNN said.

Stress of U.S. Politics Taking Mental, Physical Toll on Americans

By Dennis Thompson

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. politics has been incredibly divisive in recent years, and will likely only grow worse as President Donald Trump faces possible impeachment over the Ukrainian scandal.

So it's no wonder the stress of ugly national politics has started to affect the emotional and physical health of some citizens, as a new study suggests.

Nearly two out of every five Americans say politics is stressing them out, and one in five are sleepless or have had friendships damaged over politics, the researchers found.

"A surprisingly large number of American adults perceive their engagement in politics as having negative effects on their social, emotional and even physical health," said lead researcher Kevin Smith, chair of political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Tuesday that the House of Representatives will begin impeachment inquiries, accusing Trump of a "betrayal of his oath of office" in asking Ukraine's newly elected president to investigate a Democratic rival for the U.S. presidency.

Things only intensified Wednesday when the Trump administration released a memorandum of his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump pressed his counterpart for an investigation of presidential candidate Joe Biden and offered U.S. assistance for such a probe.

The new survey of 800 people nationwide, conducted prior to these latest revelations, indicated that politics are creating a burgeoning public health crisis in the United States, Smith said.

Among the survey's other findings:

  • More than one in 10 people felt politics had adversely affected their physical health.
  • Nearly one-third said they'd been driven crazy by media outlets that promote views contrary to their personal beliefs.
  • Three in 10 Americans said they'd lost their temper over politics.
  • A quarter of people said that politics has led them to hate some people, and to think seriously about moving away from their community.
  • About 22% said they care too much about who wins and who loses.
  • About 15% said they wish they would have restrained themselves more in political conversations or have posted things online that they later regretted.

FDA OKs New Pill for Type 2 Diabetes

By Steven Reinberg

FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A new pill to lower blood sugar for people with type 2 diabetes was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday.

The drug, Rybelsus (semaglutide) is the first pill in a class of drugs called glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) approved for use in the United States. Before Rybelsus, the drug had to be injected.

"Before this approval, patients did not have an oral GLP-1 option to treat their type 2 diabetes, and now patients will have a new option for treating type 2 diabetes without injections," said Dr. Lisa Yanoff in an agency news release. She is acting director of the Division of Metabolism and Endocrinology Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

GLP-1 is a hormone often found in low levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Rybelsus acts by slowing digestion and preventing the liver from making too much sugar, which helps the pancreas produce more insulin.

In clinical trials, Rybelsus significantly lowered blood sugar.

After 26 weeks, 77% of patients taking 14 mg of Rybelsus daily saw their HbA1C drop below 7% compared with 31% among those receiving a placebo. HbA1C is a measure of blood sugar.

Rybelsus, made by the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, is not recommended as the first choice for treating diabetes, the FDA said.

The drug has potential risks. It may cause certain thyroid tumors. Patients who have had thyroid cancer or have a relative who has had it are advised not to take Rybelsus.

Rybelsus is also not for people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis. The drug label also warns about inflammation of the pancreas, vision loss, low blood sugar and kidney injury.

The most common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, decreased appetite, indigestion and constipation, the FDA noted.

Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 574 - Makeup and Beauty Blog

Tabs’s relationship with birds was complicated. On one hand, he deeply believed, to the core of his being, that he was a birder.

Not a mouser, but a birder 100%.

This, of course, was all fine and good till he actually had to work with birds. I can’t imagine how challenging it must have been to pose alongside a coworker, while also wanting to gobble them up.

But Tabs was a consummate professional. He never actually ate a bird on set…that we know of.

I’ve been thinking about him a little more than usual today because we have a woodpecker issue. The exterior walls of our condo are being pecked into Swiss cheese by a gang of angry woodpeckers!

OK…I don’t actually know if they’re angry, but I think they are.

I don’t think Tabs would have viewed them as his enemy though. During his golden years, he was kind of like the cat equivalent of the Dalai Lama, and he was all about zen and living peacefully with other creatures, including ones you want to eat.

Oh, how I wish I could evolve to that state of enlightenment with these woodpeckers…

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

10 foods that may impact your risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes - Harvard Health Blog

Could just 10 foods substantially impact your risk of dying from a cardiometabolic disease (CMD) like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, or stroke? Maybe.

A study published in JAMA provides some insight into the degree to which 10 specific foods and nutrients affect the risk of dying from CMD. The study found that in 2012, eating suboptimal levels of 10 foods or nutrients — too much of some and not enough of others — was associated with more than 45% of deaths due to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

10 foods associated with nearly half of CMD deaths

The researchers developed a risk assessment model that combined and analyzed data from three sources. They estimated dietary intakes of foods and nutrients using self-reported data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES); they used studies and clinical trials to estimate associations of the 10 dietary factors with CMD; and they estimated deaths due to CMD in 2012 from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Optimal consumption levels for the dietary factors were consistent with the lowest disease risk in research trials and with major dietary guidelines.

In 2012, 702,308 CMD deaths occurred in the United States. The researchers estimated that 45.4% of these deaths were associated with suboptimal intakes of the 10 foods and nutrients they had studied.

Too much, not enough, or just right?

Not eating enough of the following foods and nutrients was estimated to contribute to the corresponding percentage of CMD deaths:

  • nuts and seeds (8.5%)
  • seafood-based omega-3 fats (7.8%)
  • vegetables (7.6%)
  • fruits (7.5%)
  • whole grains (5.9%)
  • polyunsaturated fats in place of saturated fat or carbohydrates (2.3%).

Eating too much of the following foods and nutrients was estimated to contribute to the corresponding percentage of CMD deaths:

  • sodium (9.5%)
  • processed meat (8.2%)
  • sugar sweetened beverages (7.4%)
  • unprocessed red meat (0.4%).

A word of caution

As with any study, there are some limitations. The comparative risk model is not a cause-and-effect model, and it does not prove that changing intakes of these foods and nutrients would reduce CMD disease risk.

In addition, the particular health effect of each food or nutrient on any individual could be affected by a number of factors including other dietary habits, age, sex, level of physical activity, and genetics.

Still, it’s safe to say that everyone has some room for improvement in their diet.

Eat more of these foods and nutrients

Nuts and seeds: Goal = 1 ounce (1/4 cup) per day. Add to oatmeal, whole grain cereal, or salads. Try 1/4 cup as an afternoon snack.

Seafood: Goal = 12 ounces per week. Make a sardine or tuna sandwich during the week. Grill or broil seafood kabobs for dinner. Order fish when you eat out.

Vegetables: Goal = 5 servings per day (1 serving = 1 cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked veggies). Steam, grill or stir-fry vegetables to preserve all their nutrients, or eat them raw. Fill at least half your plate with vegetables.

Fruits: Goal = 4 servings per day (1 serving = 1 medium fresh fruit). Try to have fruit at each meal or between meals. Frozen fruit is also a good option.

Whole grains: Goal = 4 servings per day (1 serving = 1 slice whole grain bread or 1/2 cup cooked whole grains). Try a variety of whole grains such as barley, millet, quinoa, bulgur, brown rice, or farro. Make ahead, keep refrigerated, and heat for a warm side or add cold to a salad.

Polyunsaturated fats in place of saturated fat or carbohydrates: Goal = replace at least 11% of calories from saturated fat or carbohydrates with calories from polyunsaturated fats (the equivalent of about two tablespoons of a healthy oil for someone consuming 1,800 calories per day). Try heathy oils such as canola or olive oil in place of butter. Eat a small spoonful of nut butter instead of a piece of white toast for a midmorning snack.

Eat less of these foods and nutrients

Sodium: Goal = less than 2,000 milligrams per day. Limit intake of processed, packaged, and fast foods, as well as condiments such as soy sauce, bottled salad dressings, and barbecue sauce. Cut back on the American Heart Association’s Salty Six: breads and rolls, pizza, sandwiches, cold cuts and cured meats, soups, and burritos and tacos.

Processed meats: Goal = 0 servings per day. Put chicken or tuna in your sandwiches instead of bologna, ham, salami, or hot dogs. Or try plant-based fillings like beans or nut butters.

Sugar sweetened beverages: Goal = 0 servings per day. Instead of sports drinks, sugar-sweetened coffees and teas, or soda, infuse a large pitcher of water with slices of oranges, lemon, lime, or berries. Plain tea, coffee, and seltzer water are also great substitutes.

Red meat: Goal = less than 4 ounces per week. Use red meat more as a side and not as the main attraction (a small amount of lean meat in a veggie-heavy stir fry, for example). Go meatless one night per week.

How To Do A Spa-Level Facial Massage At Home

If you’ve ever admired your skin after a facial and thought, “That glow, though!”, we’re about to let you in on a little secret. One of the keys to a glowing, ageless complexion is a well-executed facial massage. Massaging the face not only relieves tension, it also boosts circulation, gives your skin an instant lift and even helps your products absorb better. If you can’t make it to the spa, read on to learn about the benefits of facial massage and how to give yourself one at home.

What Is Facial Massage?

With roots in China, Mexico, Hungary and Sweden, facial massage has evolved greatly over the years. Eminence Organics International Trainer Brian Goodwin says: “Therapeutic massage began approximately 4,500 years ago and has expanded into the discovery of facial lifting massage, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, Swedish-style and other techniques.” Facial massage takes the principles of body massage and applies them to the muscles of the face. This not only reduces facial tension (a contributor to fine lines and wrinkles) but also increases blood and lymph circulation to rejuvenate the skin.

Benefits Of Facial Massage

As Brian says, “The true benefits of massage lie in massaging what is beneath the skin.” He likens the structure of the skin to a house: It has a roof (epidermal tissue), framework (dermal tissue) and foundation (subcutaneous, adipose and muscle tissue). Skin concerns and conditions don’t just affect the roof; rather, they extend all the way down to the foundation. When we apply active and targeted pressure to the muscles of the face, we are able to treat conditions in the skin from the foundation up, leading to better and longer-lasting results. 

Here is a closer look at the benefits of facial massage for the skin.

Increases Blood Circulation

A 2018 study revealed that stimulating the skin with a five-minute facial massage increases blood flow for as long as 10 minutes. With greater blood flow comes more oxygen and nutrients - both of which are essential for the skin to carry out key functions. 

The short-term result of greater blood flow is an immediate glow; as blood rises to the surface, the skin is infused with radiance from the inside out. The long-term result is greater and more efficient collagen and elastin production; over time, this contributes to a stronger and more resilient complexion.  

Activates The Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system functions as the body’s garbage disposal: It helps remove waste and toxins from bodily tissues, including the skin. But, as Brian explains: “Our lifestyles tend to block the lymphatic system from doing its job because of the stagnant nature of our lives.” When it becomes sluggish, toxins build up and block our lymph nodes, causing the skin to look puffy.

Lymphatic drainage is a gentle massage technique that encourages the movement of lymph fluids throughout the body. This type of massage targets the lymph nodes under the ears and on the neck, helping to drain toxins and remove excess waste. This, in turn, minimizes swelling and helps to “de-puff” the skin. 

Lifts & Plumps Skin

We hold plenty of tension in our faces, from furrowed brows to pursed lips and clenched jaws. When the muscles under our skin (close to 43, to be exact) are young and strong, they can bounce back quickly from facial tension. However, as Brian explains, “These muscles lose tone over time and the foundation begins to slip. When the foundation slips, we see jowls form, loosening of the tissue around the eyes and an overall drooped appearance for the entire face.” As these folds deepen, fine lines and wrinkles can also begin to develop (we’re looking at you, forehead lines).

These muscles lose tone over time and the foundation begins to slip. When the foundation slips, we see jowls form, loosening of the tissue around the eyes and an overall drooped appearance for the entire face.

Facial massage functions like a non-surgical face lift, helping to tone the muscles under the skin. Like the rest of the body, the more you exercise these muscles, the stronger they become. With time, facial massage (and even face yoga) can improve the skin’s strength and resilience, helping to smooth out wrinkles and keep it tight, firm and lifted. 

Improves Product Absorption

Massage also helps to increase the penetration of the active ingredients in your favorite skin care. The heat that is created through the warmth of your hands and the activation of facial muscles make the skin more amenable to product absorption. This increases the efficiency and effectiveness of key ingredients as they can more easily reach the deeper layers of the skin (the foundation) to target specific skin concerns and conditions.

How To Do Facial Massage At Home

Convinced but can’t make it to the spa? Follow these facial massage steps to give yourself a spa-level massage at home.

1. Cleanse Hands & Face

Always (always) start with a clean base. Prep your skin by cleansing and removing all makeup. And, ensure your hands are clean so you don’t transfer bacteria to your just-cleansed complexion. The last thing you want is to massage dirt and grime back into your skin.

2. Warm Product In Hands

The key to a successful facial massage is slip. You never want to feel as though you are pulling or dragging your skin. A small amount of serum, oil or concentrate helps your fingers move more smoothly across your face - and ensures the actives reach the deepest layers of your skin. Simply apply a small amount of product into your palms and rub the formula to evenly distribute it over your hands and fingertips. Our pick: Rosehip Triple C+E Firming Oil.

3. Use Gentle But Firm Pressure

You want to apply enough pressure that you can truly feel and move the muscles beneath the skin. Brian advises: “Work with muscle when it comes to massage, not just the surface of the skin, and use pressure with purpose.” That said, don’t go too hard on your skin. A facial massage is not a deep tissue massage: Use firm pressure, but keep it gentle.

Work with muscle when it comes to massage, not just the surface of the skin, and use pressure with purpose.

4. Start By Massaging The Lymph Area

Begin by activating your lymphatic system. Using the tips of your fingers, massage the lymph nodes under your ears and along the sides of your neck. Use wide circles, sweeping from under your ears, down toward your throat and back up along your jawline. This will encourage the build-up that is causing you to feel puffy or swollen to keep moving. 

5. Knead The Sides Of Your Face

Next, target the sides of your face. Use circular motions to massage the perimeter of your face, along the sides of your jaw and up over your cheekbones. Remember to push your skin up and out - not down. This will help to lift sagging skin and prevent the skin from drooping further. Repeat for two to three minutes, concentrating on the areas where you hold the most tension (typically around the jaw).

6. Smooth Forehead Lines

Now for those pesky forehead lines. Press your fingers between your brows and slowly slide them up your forehead. Repeat this motion across your forehead, gently pulling the skin up and out. Massaging against the lines (rather than with them) will help to smooth them in the right direction.

7. Take Extra Care Around The Eyes

Next up is the eye area. As always, be extremely delicate with this area, where the skin is thinner and more fragile. Position your fingers on either side of your nose and gently run them upwards toward your temples. This action will help to combat puffiness, lift sagging skin and “wake up” the eye area.

8. Finish With Your Neck & Decolletage

Finally, target your neck and decolletage. Use light, vertical strokes to massage skin from your chest, up your neck and to your jawline. This will help to reactivate the lymphatic system and smooth out any fine lines that have collected in this oft-neglected area.

9. Follow Up With A Contouring Mask

Enhance the lifting, toning and de-puffing effects of your facial massage with a contouring mask. Eminence Organics Snow Mushroom & Reishi Masque is formulated with paracress extract, a stimulating active that minimizes the look of wrinkles and gives skin a tight and firm appearance. Pro tip: Use this creamy mask in place of your favorite oil or serum to add slip to your facial massage.

Should I Use Massage Tools?

You can certainly use devices like jade rollers and gua sha to perform your facial massage, but we’re partial to using the hands. This allows for greater control over pressure and the ability to use your fingers to zero in on areas that are particularly tense. The exception: Your eye area. A cool jade roller - or the stainless-steel rollerball of our Hibiscus Ultra Lift Eye Cream - can work wonders for puffy, tired eyes. Simply pop it in the fridge before application for a super-soothing eye treatment. 

How To Add Massage To Your Skin Care Routine

The secret to long-term results is to practice facial massage regularly. Beauty experts recommend adding a facial massage to your skin care routine two to three times per week. This can be beneficial in boosting circulation, softening tension and - over time - lifting and toning your complexion. Whether you choose your morning or night time routine is up to you. We suggest before bed to give your skin an extra boost (it does, after all, perform the majority of its key functions while you’re asleep).

Are you ready to try facial massage? Amplify your results with a professional facial massage by a licensed esthetician. Use our Spa Locator to find an Eminence Organics partner spa near you!

How To Get Your Best Hair Ever In 3 Steps (It Reaaally Works)

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We recently sat down with our go-to hairstylist, Eduardo Bravo – the man behind the hair of models like Joan Smalls and Ashley Graham – and he shared some of his expert need-to-know hair care rules. Ever since, we’ve been following them religiously, and honestly, it’s transformed our hair. What was once damaged, brittle hair is sleek, soft and healthy. So of course, we wanted to share his haircare wisdom with all of you.

Eduardo’s most important rule for having healthy hair? “A healthy and clean scalp is the key to thick, shiny, gorgeous hair. If your scalp is unhealthy, inflamed and full of toxins, imagine what quality of hair will grow; dull, thin and weak [hair] that falls out easily. My philosophy is simple; transform, optimize and protect. Think of each as building blocks to reach optimal scalp health and hair growth in which all three systems are used to cleanse, restore and prevent hair loss/damage from internal and external stressors,” Eduardo tells us.

Here’s Eduardo’s three-step process to reviving your mane to supermodel status.

Step 1: Transformation

Eduardo believes “Transformation is at the foundation and the most important step. This is about detoxifying your scalp to rejuvenate and renew the hair follicles and create a perfect environment for hair growth. Eliminating toxins include removing buildup from products, sebum, pollutants like smoke and pollution without stripping your scalp from its natural moisture.”

How To Detox Your Hair While Washing

“While you wash your hair, start at the back of the neck and work your way up to the top of your head using gentle but firm circular strokes. Then continue from your temples to the top again. Repeating this scalp massage for at least a minute. Doing so will improve scalp circulation, bringing nutrients and oxygen to the roots of the hair, help regenerate hair cells, unclog hair follicles so hair can grow without any hindrance, and most importantly, it improves the health of your scalp, which is the bedrock of your hair follicles,” explains Eduardo.

Detoxing Products

Eduardo says to always look for “Products with high-performance ingredients that will help restore your scalp and get rid of toxin build-up to promote healthy new growth.” Here are two of his faves:

Source: Act + Acre & Omorovizca

Act + Acre Scalp Detox, $42: “This cold-processed oil removes build-up and balances the scalp. Formulated to stimulate the scalp, supporting long term health for your scalp and hair.”

Omorovizca Revitalizing Scalp Mask,$75: “This is a pre-shampoo treatment to revitalize and detoxify. The key ingredient, Hungarian Moor mud is rich in calcium and magnesium to draw out impurities. A multitude of ingredients soothes the scalp while gently exfoliating to unblock follicles, topped off by a conditioning oil, which leaves the hair soft and silky.” Check out our DIY detox hair mask for an affordable option that works amazingly well to detox and balance the scalp.

Step 2: Optimization

“Optimization comes next” states Eduardo. “This step is focused on prevention. The aim is to keep your youthful shine by using products that revitalize follicles and improve blood flow while preventing premature hair aging (and hair loss) by combating inflammation.” To thoroughly ‘optimize’ the hair, you need to focus on cleansing and conditioning:

Cleanse

“Focusing on a good scalp cleanser will balance out the hair by removing pollutants, debris, and oil. When using harsh shampoos, you may “over-cleanse” causing the follicles to produce more sebum to compensate, leaving you with oily hair a few hours after you’ve washed it.” To cleanse, Eduardo recommends these products:

Source: Dr. Alkaitis, Tropic Isle & Ace+Acre

Dr. Alkaitis Herbal Shampoo, $18: “This shampoo nourishes and balances scalp and hair roots to encourage growth. Plus, it works for all hair types.”

Act + Acre Hair Cleanse, $28: “This is amazing as it rebalances and nourishes while washing your hair. Rich in antioxidants, this gentle formula naturally protects your hair from free radical damage.”

Tropic Isle Living Strong Roots Red Pimento, $11: “Shampoo with red pimento, coconut, jojoba, and essential oils cleanses and removes buildup while adding volume and moisture to dry or damaged hair. Red pimento is a key ingredient in aiding hair growth by gently cleaning and detoxifying the scalp.” You can add a fee drops to your shampoo if you can’t find a shampoo that contains these ingredients.

Condition

“After cleansing with the right shampoo you will find that your hair does not need conditioner as much. But when it comes to conditioning; different hair types need different degrees of moisture. Whether you’re looking to boost shine and softness, minimize frizz, eliminate tangles, or preserve and brighten your color. I recommend that you “listen” to your hair and condition accordingly” says Eduardo. Here are his go-to conditioning products:

Source: Innersense & Sangre De Fruta

Innersense Hydrating Hair Masque, $35:” If you’ve got curly, kinky, or coarse hair; adding a hair mask to your routine in the shower is a great way to amp up the shine even more.”

Sangre de Fruta Botanical Conditioner, $52: “If you’ve got a fine texture, a light cream or lotion conditioner will give you shine without weight.”

Step 3: Protection

Finally, the third step: protection: “Protection is at the top of the pyramid, which means it’s not a big part of the system but it’s the most important because this is how damage to our skin, scalp, and hair happens at a cellular level, ” Eduardo tells us. Put on your science coat for the next part, it’s about to get real technical: “Telomeres are the tails at the end of our chromosomes. When we are young, the tails are long, and as we age they shorten. Which means the key to anti-aging is to maintain a healthy long telomere. Environmental stressors like UV radiation, pollution, ozone, infrared and free radicals all accelerate DNA damage, which leads to aging. Using quality SPF broad-spectrum ingredients, antioxidants, and DNA repair enzymes will slow telomere aging leaving you with thicker, stronger hair.”

Eduardo’s top products for protecting your mane:

Source: Uma & Tropic Isle Living

Uma Nourishing Hair Oil, $67: “Clarifying extracts of grapefruit and lemon remove impurities and nourish the hair for a truly healthy mane, enhancing elasticity and strengthening hair from root to end. Potent botanicals such as hibiscus and yerba de tago revive hair that has been stripped from over-processing and environmental pollutants, while Indian gooseberry and cypriol help the roots and add strength and deep nutrition for hair that shines.”

Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil, $14: For extra dry ends, apply hair oil once you’re out of the shower while hair is still damp.

Source: Lavett and Chine & Coola

Lavet and Chin Leave On Conditioner, $15: “This leave-in condition works for all hair types and protects the hair from heat styling.”

Coola Scalp and Hair Mist Organic Sunscreen SPF 30: Spray directly on the scalp and on hair that is wet or dry to stay on top of sun safety from head to toe without leaving an oily residue.

For more nourishing products, check out these 8 products that’ll give your hair like Rapunzel.

Pain on Top of Foot Update for Runners - Run Eat Repeat

Hello! Well… here’s an update on my foot pain and after a lot of research I have a list of websites to share. It was hard to find information that was relevant to my foot pain because I think it’s a running related injury. Most of the first search results were general foot maladies and not applicable.

PLUS some of them were scary and stressful!

Do I have gout?

Do I have toe cancer?!

Hammertoe??

Is that when you’re bitten in the foot by a Hammerhead Shark!??

* Scroll down for a link to resources for RUNNERS with Foot Pain. *

First… since this is my blog and my foot hurts and I have no friends to share this with – I’ll give ya an update on my foot.

Check this post for My Foot Pain part 1 – we left of on Sunday.

Monday: Despite getting aggressive with the RICE method on Sunday – I woke up Monday and was in a lot of pain. It was very painful to walk. The ibuprofen, ice and elevation didn’t seem to help at all.

I called my doctor but couldn’t get in until Tuesday. And when I made the appointment they said there isn’t an x-ray machine at the office so I’d need a referral for that.

So I decided to go to Urgent Care.

At Urgent Care they took x-rays of my foot and didn’t see anything.

As in… I don’t have bones??!! I’m a slug?!

No.

I mean they didn’t see a stress fracture – which I knew was going to happen from my research. Stress fractures are really hard to see on x-ray in the little bones of the foot. Several websites said they often don’t appear in x-rays and I’d need an MRI.

The Urgent Care doctor said not to run and try other activities. If it still hurts in a week – call my doctor.

I limped back to my car… I was still in pain, couldn’t walk on it, no diagnosis and now I was also getting depressed.

I continued to Rest, Ice, Elevate my foot. I didn’t do the ‘Compression’ part of the RICE method because my foot was swollen and sensitive to pressure. As it is I needed to loosen my shoes as much as possible!

Tuesday: Doctor’s Appointment – I told my doctor about the x-ray and she agreed that it wouldn’t show a stress fracture. An MRI would be able to show more information about what’s going on inside my foot guts but it’s expensive and she felt like it wouldn’t change treatment.

Basically, she thinks it’s a stress fracture and we should treat it as such. I can’t do anything on my foot when I’m in pain so getting an official diagnosis wouldn’t that. I can’t run as long as it hurts. I need to ice it, wear a boot and rest.

I think it might be tendinitis though. (I also saw it spelled as tendonitis.)  Unfortunately, most of the info on tendinitis in the foot is about Plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. So it’s been hard to figure out the difference between a stress fracture and tendinitis the top of the foot area.

Boo.

I continued to Rest, Ice, skipped Compression, Elevate. And I took Diego to my friend’s house because I can’t walk him right now.

Wednesday: I remembered a while back I went to acupuncture when I stubbed my toe twice in one day. OUCH. I thought I broke it and wanted all the help to get it back to 100% as fast as possible.

When I went to the acupuncture appt the practitioner used a tuning fork on my toe to see if it was broken.

I JUST REMEMBERED!!!

So I left a message on their voicemail to see if they still do that / the guy is still there that did that / can I get an appt? <- check back for that.

As of right now… I’m sad and stressed that I can’t run. But I’m trying to handle it with perspective and think about the big picture.

Yes, I have a lot of races coming up – it’s the Fall Half and Marathon season!! There are several races on my calendar!!

But what can I do?

I can’t run on an injured foot.

It wouldn’t really help me to force myself to run on it – since it would make the injury worse and recovery take longer. I’d rather not run for 2 weeks and get back to it with solid mileage than try to run again tomorrow… get in 2 miles and have to quit from pain… then run 4 painful miles this weekend and wake up with it worse the next day and extend my time off even longer!!

Yes, I need to train if I want to run the half marathon in October and full marathon in November.

But I don’t want to be injured. And I don’t want to fight with foot pain for the next 3 months dragging it out because I didn’t let it heal. I want this to be fixed so I can run a lot of races and put it in a good training cycle to run a faster marathon!

I think there are a few ways I can look at this situation: 

A. You can’t run for 4 to 6 weeks. But once that time is up and you’re not in pain – you can start a new training cycle and choose a marathon at the end of that! Pick another race further out so you have time to train. 

B. If you don’t run for 2 weeks you’ll lose fitness, gain weight, get slower and have to start over. Take a few days off and then try to run again asap!! You’re not going to be ready for your upcoming races!

And I want to focus on WHAT I CAN DO not WHAT I CAN’T DO.

  • I can do strength training.
  • I can do yoga. (That doesn’t hurt my foot)
  • I can find a gym with a pool and swim.
  • I can do some cardio crying.
  • I can use the time I usually use for running for another hobby that makes me happy.
  • I can consider starting a food blog called Meat Eat Repeat that’s all keto recipes?

My point is…

I’m still sad and stressed that I can’t run. But I want to be smart about how I’m handling it physically and mentally.

Posts Mentioned: 

My Foot Pain part 1 (previous post)

Help I Broke My Toe

What Finally Helped My Broken Toe

Healthy Toenails Tips for Runners

 

*I’ll be back soon with a list of the resources and websites that were helpful in learning about what’s up with my foot.*

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