Summer Skin: Safe, Healthy and Hydrated

Summer Skin: Safe, Healthy and Hydrated
14 Dec

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Make sure to have a plan before leaving home.

Summer is here! That means plenty of outdoor events and activities. But be careful, and don’t let the summer fun become a summer nightmare.

Make sure to get the family involved in the planning before leaving home, this way everyone will be aware of wearing the proper clothes, protecting the skin from the sun and staying hydrated.

It is essential to wear the proper attire during summer days to avoid sunburns and rashes. Try to find clothing made from jersey or cotton. These are breathable materials that help to keep the body cool during hot days. Make sure to avoid clothing made of polyester or nylon because, even though they may look nice, they are not breathable materials. Look for light colored fabrics when choosing outdoor attire like pastels, as they will absorb less heat than a darker color. There are numerous great options in the marketplace that provide UVA/UVB protection to enjoy the outdoor summer fun without the worry.

To avoid sunburns during a summer day, make sure to apply a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen on every family member 30 minutes before sun exposure, this will allow the product’s ingredients to fully bind with the skin. Wear a hat and shades between 10 am and 3 pm, when the sun is at its strongest, and don’t forget about the hidden areas on the body like the back of the head, ears, hands and feet. If planning strenuous or water activities, use a product that is water resistant, and make sure to reapply every two hours. Strenuous activities during summer months can lead to substantial water and electrolyte loss. To prevent dehydration from happening, it is essential to keep the body hydrated. Don’t leave home without the cooler full of hydrating drinks and foods. Plain water is good, but adding a little low-sugar hydrating powder or fresh fruit to cold water will infuse flavor, and it might encourage the family to drink more often. Don’t forget that eating fruit is also an excellent way to stay hydrated. It is crucial to stay away from sugary drinks like sodas, as they can act as a dehydrating agent and increase thirst.

Once the family gets home, make sure to remove any sweaty or wet attire as quickly as possible. This will help prevent body rashes and skin irritation. Make sure to use a body wash free of harsh sulfates, parabens, added colors and dyes, as these types of ingredients can irritate the skin. Look for products with soothing ingredients like aloe vera and shea butter, which will soothe the skin and make it feel amazing after a long, fun, active day. Summer months are always a fun time to spend with family and friends, and these simple tips will keep the body healthy and safe all summer long.

Protein Shakes: Healthy, On-The-Go Nutrition

16 Aug
Posted by Susan Bowerman, M.S., RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND – Senior Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training 0 Comment
Customize your shake with fruits
and veggies.

Protein shakes can do more than just provide balanced nutrition. Getting into the shake habit just might improve your eating habits, too.

There are plenty of reasons why protein shakes are popular. They can provide you with balanced nutrition that can replace a meal, they’re quick to make, and you can get creative and customize them with all kinds of add-ins. Those are all great reasons, but there are other ways that protein shakes can improve your diet and eating habits.

Including protein shakes in your diet can also address many common obstacles to eating well, as well as help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Protein Shakes Can Help You…

Count your calories accurately.

Keeping track of your daily calorie intake is an important key to weight management. But it’s not easy to do; most people underestimate their calorie intake by 20% or so. Part of what makes calorie counting difficult is that it requires you to accurately weigh and measure everything you eat. Plus, you need to account for all the little details, like how the food is prepared or what condiments you eat with it. The beauty of protein shakes is that they’re usually made up of just a few ingredients that. are easy to measure. That allows you to get an accurate calorie count of the finished shake.

Include more fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Customizing your protein shake by adding fruits and vegetables allows for almost endless variety—and you can easily add a serving or two to your shake. To make this quick and convenient, keep a variety of frozen fruits on hand in your freezer. And try adding veggies such as fresh or frozen spinach, carrots, kale or winter squash to your shake.

Establish regular mealtimes.

Many people have erratic eating patterns because they just don’t make time to plan and prepare what they’re going to eat. As a result, they may end up skipping meals or snacking more. There are few things that are easier to prepare than a protein shake. When you’ve got your protein powder, your liquid “mixer” and maybe some fruits or vegetables to add, you’ve got balanced nutrition in a glass in minutes—and no excuse for skipping meals.

Control portion size at meals.

A protein shake is naturally portion-controlled, which can help you in a couple of ways. First, when you use your protein shake as a meal, your portion is defined for you. Having a protein shake at one meal might also help you control your portion size at your next meal, too. Also, if your shake is nutritionally balanced and provides protein and carbohydrates to keep you satisfied from one meal to the next, you won’t be famished when you do sit down to eat. And that can make it much easier for you to control how much food you put on your plate.

Meet nutritional needs.

No matter how careful you are with your food choices, it isn’t always easy to make sure you get all the nutrients your body needs every day. A protein shake made with milk or soy milk and the addition of a fruit or vegetable can help you meet your needs for several nutrients, including protein, calcium, vitamin D and fiber. And many protein shake mixes have vitamins and minerals added, which boosts nutrition even more.

Eat better, even on the run.

When you’re on the run and hunger strikes, you might be tempted to dart into your local fast food place for quick satisfaction. But it can be challenging to find a healthy, balanced meal when you’re on the go. If you let yourself get too hungry, you’ll probably just grab the first thing you can—which may not be the healthiest thing. The fact that protein shakes are portable is a huge plus. Once your shake is blended, it’s ready to go—whether you’re on your way to work or school, running errands, or heading back to your desk at lunch. Protein shakes can be quick, healthy, convenient and delicious. What more could you ask for?

What You Can Do to Maintain Healthy Skin

14 May

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An even tone indicates good skin health.

There are many different tests that we can take to determine heart health, brain health and overall health. But what about skin health? The last time you went in for your annual checkup, did your doctor give you an update on the overall health of your skin? Probably not. Sure, we can get our skin evaluated in search of abnormalities to proactively defend against skin cancer, but what is healthy skin? And what does it look like?

Just about every marketing campaign we see for skincare products focuses on healthy, beautiful, radiant, younger-looking skin. Of course, we all want that. But how do we know exactly what to look for to ensure we’re on the right track? Do you know how your skin stacks up on the healthy meter? Here are some signs of both healthy and not so healthy skin that you can look for.

Identifying and Maintaining Healthy Skin

Your Largest Organ

When your skin is healthy, you don’t even realize that it’s there. Sound crazy? Your skin is your largest organ and when it’s healthy and functioning at its best, you truly don’t even think about it because you just don’t feel it. But when your skin becomes itchy or tight, you notice it. If you’re experiencing a burning or stinging sensation, then you know things have gone awry. But don’t panic just yet. There are several things that could be the culprit.

The weather and extremes in temperature could cause discomfort. Think icy cold wind or sunburn. Perhaps it’s a new skincare product you’re trying for the first time. Sometimes your skin is allergic to certain ingredients, and in some cases those ingredients are just too harsh. There are skin conditions, such as eczema, rosacea or psoriasis that can cause uncomfortable sensations as well as visible redness, rashes or even breakouts. If you find your uncomfortable skin condition not improving or worsening, you should consult your doctor or dermatologist so that they can help you get to the root of the problem.

How Does It Feel?

If your skin is healthy, it’ll feel soft and smooth to the touch. It will have a glow to it that gives it a radiant appearance. It’ll be free from skin conditions like acne, blackheads and clogged pores. It won’t be overly dry, and it won’t be too oily. When you’re trying to achieve a smooth texture, it’s a good idea to always properly cleanse your skin twice a day. And to help with the overall softness and smoothness, exfoliating is a must. Choose a facial exfoliating scrub that contains gentle ingredients like Aloe vera and antioxidant vitamins. A good scrub will help to decongest clogged pores and remove the dead skin cell build-up from the surface. The result? Softer, smoother and healthier looking skin.

How Does It Look?

When you’re examining the color of your skin, it’s important to note that it’s less about the actual color of your skin or your skin tone than the consistency in the color. You want to pay attention to any skin spotting. If you see lighter patches or darker patches, then you know your color consistency is out of whack. If you notice any dark spots on the skin, or dark circles under and around your eyes, then you know your skin needs a bit of help. There are several things that can contribute to your skin coloring, including allergies, unprotected sun exposure, hyperpigmentation and hormonal influences. And remember, your skin does its best regenerating while you’re resting, so get plenty of sleep. Remember, it’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason.

How Do You Feel?

The appearance of your skin can be a direct reflection of what’s happening on the inside of our body. It’s a reflection of your overall health. What you put in your body and what you put on your body are equally important. The healthiest skin always starts on the inside with a nutritious diet. Foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as blueberries and strawberries, aren’t just delicious. They are fantastic for your skin. So are walnuts due to their fat content, which make for a great snack. And, of course, green leafy veggies are high in nutrients and contain antioxidant vitamins as well. It’s important to eat as healthy as you can, and avoid junk food at all costs.

We also need to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Kick the bad habits once and for all. Don’t smoke or drink too much alcohol, as these habits can be damaging to the skin. Get plenty of exercise, always wear SPF when going outdoors and drink plenty of water to keep your body and your skin well hydrated. If you’re healthy on the inside, you’ll look healthy on the outside.

Everyone wants to have healthy, youthful-looking skin. A healthy diet, an active lifestyle and healthy skincare habits are imperative to the overall look and health of your skin. You’re never too young and it’s never too late to start using antioxidant-enriched skincare products to keep your skin looking and feeling its absolute best. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin every morning and evening before bedtime can positively impact the overall appearance of your skin. So, in the name of healthy-looking skin, get started today. Remember, healthy skin is always the most beautiful skin.

Face Cleansing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

01 May

 Posted by Jacquie Carter – Director, Worldwide Outer Nutrition Education and Training  0 Comment


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Wash with lukewarm water for best results.

Are you using the right products and methods to wash your face? Here are some ways you can improve your face-cleansing routine.

When washing your skin, you need to make sure you avoid mistakes that can ultimately do more harm than good. Improper face cleansing can lead to dry, oily, irritated skin, or even break outs. Here are some common face-cleansing mistakes you may be making, and some simple ways to make a difference in the appearance of your skin.

Five Face-Cleansing Mistakes

Choosing the Wrong Cleanser

The skin on your face is delicate, so you want to avoid products that are too harsh or loaded with irritating detergents and deodorizers. Keep your bar soap for your body only and look for a facial cleanser that specifically targets your skin type. Oily, dry, sensitive, breakout-prone, you name it, there’s a cleanser available for you. The right cleanser will help remove dirt, oil, makeup and impurities without compromising your skin’s natural barrier. It won’t strip away healthy oils and, as a result, your skin will feel smooth and hydrated post-cleansing.

Using Cleansers with Irritating Ingredients

Read product labels and know what is and isn’t in your cleanser. Avoid products with known skin irritants, including parabens and sulfates. Sulfates can cause dryness, redness and irritation. In fact, many people are allergic to sulfates and don’t even realize it. Look for soothing and hydrating ingredients like Aloe vera, as well as antioxidant vitamins.

Cleansing with Extreme Temperature Water

The best water temperature for your skin is lukewarm. Extremes in temperature can result in unwanted effects on the skin, including capillary damage. Hot water can disrupt your skin’s moisture barrier by stripping away protective oils. When this happens, your skin can become dry or have the reverse effect and kick your sebum production into high gear, resulting in oily skin.

Rinsing Incorrectly

When your cleanser isn’t rinsed away, it can build up on the surface of your skin. This buildup leads to clogged pores and breakouts, and your skin may feel dry, irritated and tight. So, be sure to give yourself extra time to thoroughly rinse off your cleanser.

Not Moisturizing

Serums and moisturizers should be applied immediately after cleansing and toning your skin. Toner helps restore balance to your skin, while serums and moisturizers help restore much-needed moisture. Apply your products while your skin is still damp. If you wait too long and your skin becomes dry, it makes it more difficult for your moisturizing products to sink in. When this happens, you may notice your skin feels oily or even sticky to the touch.

Bonus Tips:
    • When applying cleanser to your skin, massage in a gentle, circular motion. This will help remove debris from the surface and stimulate circulation.
    • When drying your skin with a towel, pat, don’t rub. You don’t want to pull or tug at the skin, as this can cause redness and irritation.
    • Use a clean towel, not the family hand towel. Germs and bacteria on the skin can wreak havoc with your complexion.
    • When showering, save facial cleansing for last. By waiting until the end of your shower, you will be sure to remove all traces of shampoo and conditioner that may have been deposited on your skin.

Here’s to healthy, youthful-looking skin.

7 Face Cleansing Tips for Healthier Skin

01 Apr

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A clean face leads to healthy-looking skin.

You know my mantra: cleanse, cleanse, cleanse! Achieving beautiful and clear skin can sometimes be as simple as having a clean face.

Having a clean face is vital for clear skin, and I cannot stress the importance of cleansing enough. Here are seven tips for a clean face that will help put you on the path to clear skin in no time. We don’t just need to wash away the surface grime—we also need to slough dead skin cells!

How to cleanse your way to healthy-looking skin

    Cleanse your skin twice a day: every morning and every night before bed, no matter what. Just because your skin looks clean, that doesn’t mean it is. Chances are it’s covered with invisible impurities that can harm the skin. Get rid of them.
    Avoid ordinary bar soaps and stick with facial cleansers that are gentle and designed for your skin type.
    Never dry your skin with the family hand towel. If it’s not clean, you could be transferring bacteria onto your fresh, clean face. Try a quick sniff test. If your towel doesn’t smell like it’s fresh from the laundry, then you might want to ditch it and grab a clean one.
    Only rinse with warm water, never with water that is too hot or too cold. Extremes in temperature may irritate your skin and cause damage.
    Exfoliate at least once a week. Gentle exfoliation buffs away dead cells on your face, resulting in smoother, brighter skin. Just like you would for a cleanser, make sure to find a scrub that’s suitable for your skin type.
    Invest in a facial once in a while. Just like you would go to a dentist for a teeth cleaning, your skin needs a deep cleansing, too. Frequency of facials depends on skin type. Work with your aesthetician to determine how often a deep cleaning is needed.
    Be gentle when cleansing around your eyes. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your body. Handle with extra care.

Do you already do all of these things? Good for you. We’re all busy and sometimes it’s the simple things that start to slip, but a clean face and clear skin will help give you confidence.