Vitamin C Situation

We all know vitamin C is one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts. After all, it’s an antioxidant that can help prevent heart disease, reduce blood sugar levels, boost our immune system, and assist in preventing iron deficiencies. If that’s not enough, it also provides incredible benefits for the body’s largest organ….the skin!

Remember, one of the most essential functions of the skin is to act as a protective barrier. Adding vitamin C to your daily skin care routine cannot only help fight against the signs of aging, but prevent future damage caused by the free radicals that lead to skin aging process. The goal is to protect our epidermal (outer layer) of skin from pollution and UV-induced photodamage. Best case scenario, we also improve hydration levels, even out skin tone, decrease discoloration, and increase the quality of the collagen by implementing a vitamin C serum into our routine.

Cleansing first, then applying a vitamin C product can help prevent that rough, wrinkled and aged skin we’re all trying to avoid. Wash your face and apply at night (as well as in the morning) to maintain a even, hydrated, and youthful look. 

There are plenty of these serums on the market. If you’re like me and find it hard to focus while in the skin care isle, start by making sure the products you find contain Ascorbic Acid (AA) and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (THDA), as they’ve been said to be the most effective ingredients.

New Dermalogica: biolumin-c serum

Benefits

– Exfoliates and reduces unbalanced pigmentation.

– Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

– Prevents and corrects free radical damage.

How to Use  Dispense a full dropper and smooth over cleansed face and neck morning and night, after toning and before moisturizing.

Quick Tip  Use morning and night to brighten, firm and reduce the appearance of fine lines and help skin defend itself from oxidative stress.

 

Extra Credit: Can you guess which food can naturally give you the most vitamin C bang for your buck? According to Dr. Axe – it’s not oranges! See below for the top ten rated rated to carry the most vitamin C!

  1. Black Currant — 1 cup: 203 milligrams (338 percent DV)
  2. Red Pepper — 1 cup: 190 milligrams (317 percent DV)
  3. Kiwifruit — 1 cup: 164 milligrams (273 percent DV)
  4. Guava — 1 fruit: 126 milligrams (209 percent DV)
  5. Green Bell Pepper — 1 cup: 120 milligrams (200 percent DV)
  6. Orange — 1 large: 98 milligrams (163 percent DV)
  7. Strawberries — 1 cup: 89 milligrams (149 percent DV)
  8. Papaya — 1 cup: 87 milligrams (144 percent DV)
  9. Broccoli — 1 cup, raw: 81 milligrams (135 percent DV)
  10. Kale — 1 cup, raw: 80 milligrams (134 percent DV)
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Fighting Razor Burn One Underarm at a Time


RAZOR BURN. 

No matter where it’s found – it’s literally the worst. However, finding it in my underarm area is probably the most annoying and bothersome. It’s summer, so we’re all wearing less clothing, out and about, trying to look our best. But if you’re like me and go to the gym all year round, underarm razor burn can be a constant issue and takes practice to hide all time! So how do we get rid of it?

After much research, I started to realize the first mistake I’ve been making during my shaving routine is waiting until the end of my shower to do so. Apparently, the optimum time frame for shaving upon entering the shower is only about 10 minutes!  

According to Ed Grabianowski, writer for HowStuffWorks, “The moisture in the shower softens hair slightly, making it easier to shave. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to shave in the shower. For one thing, you want to get the shaving done early in the shower. After about 10 minutes, the heat and moisture of the shower make your skin swell. If you shave it then, you won’t get a very close shave. Later, when the skin dries out and returns to its unswollen state, there will be stubble.

ASK YOURSELF:

Am I applying shaving cream? This may seems obvious, but applying shaving cream or gel is one of the most important factors when trying to avoid razor burn. Because underarm skin is so  sensitive, it needs product to help the blades gently glide over the surface while shaving.

Am I applying the right brand of shaving cream? If you feel like you’re doing everything else right but continue to experience razor burn, it could be that your skin doesn’t agree with your brand of shaving cream or deodorant you’re currently using. Most antiperspirant products are loaded with chemicals, perfume, and alcohol – all of which can cause irritation or allergic reactions in the underarm area.

Am I applying too much pressure? It’s true some amount of pressure has to occur in order to get a clean shave. However, applying too much pressure can cause even the tiniest of cuts. Which may or may or may not hurt or seem like much to be concerned about, but applying deodorant afterwards can irritate your underarm skin and cause razor burn.   

TIPS: *Wait about 30 minutes after your shave before applying deodorant OR shave at night before going to bed OR start waxing the underarm area*

Shaving in the right direction? Remember to shave in the direction the hair is growing!

Exfoliating at least twice a week? This can remove dead skin cells which helps jumpstart the process of drawing out congestion. BUT ALSO –  Gently exfoliating under your arms can prevent ingrown hairs and make hair removal easier.

SOME OF MY FAVORITE EXFOLIATORS:

Trader Joes – Body Scrub Trio

LUSH – Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub

Dermalogica – Gentle Cream Exfoliant

OR – LEARN HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN:

Crafting Body Scrub

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Smoothie Solution

Being your healthiest-looking self starts from within.

Originally, I began my smoothie journey in an attempt to lose a few pounds. I figured blending a mixed salad with fruits and vegetables would make for a lighter and healthier meal, instead of putting my stomach to sleep every night filled with meat and potatoes. Turns out, not only did I lose weight – I also started to notice a positive, healthy, and glowing difference in my skin! Note to self: give your body the nutrients it needs to function properly.

Our bodies need foods that are filled with nutrients. REAL nutrients. Have a bag of chips laying around? Take a look at the ingredients….finding it hard to pronounce half of them? Then there’s probably not much nutritional value or reason for you to be ingesting. Think about it like this –  how do the foods you eat on a daily basis serve YOU?

According to Ashley Koff, R.D., author of “Mom Energy,”  The nutritious combinations of fruits, vegetables, proteins, and good-for-you fats in these healthy smoothies are especially good for your skin. They are packed with essential fatty acids, which calm puffiness and redness. They’re loaded with antioxidants, which keep wrinkles and sagging to a minimum. And many of the ingredients here are also alkalizing, which helps the body release skin-irritating toxins.”

TIP: Shop at SPROUTS for these items. Can’t beat the price for good, organic fruits and  veggies!

TOP 7 Favorite Ingredients:

AVOCADO: Contains vitamins C, E, K, and B-6, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, and potassium. They also provide lutein, beta-carotene, and omega-3 fatty acids! Known to  hydrate the skin.

CELERY: vitamin A, B2, B6, C, K, molybdenum, calcium, phosphorus, copper, pantothenic acid, and magnesium. Is an antioxidant, anti-Inflammatory the helps with digestive tract support and cardiovascular support!

CILANTRO: dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Lowers blood sugar levels and protects against Cardiovascular Disease.

DANDELION ROOT: Contains thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and copper. Beneficial for weight loss and promotes eye health!

GINGER ROOT: Contains vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate, riboflavin, niacin, iron. Reduces pain, nausea, and inflammation.

KALE: Contains vitamins A, C, K, folate, Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. Also a tons of minerals: phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc. Super food here – removes toxins!

PARSLEY: Vitamin A, C, K, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium. Has antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Add your favorite fruits for flavor and flax/chia seeds for even MORE nutrients!

 

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