Archive | November 2016

Healthy Skin Care for Teens

by Jacquie Carter

Healthy skin promotes self-esteem.

There’s no better time than the present for teenagers to learn about healthy skin care practices.

Skin care isn’t something that can be neglected. It needs to be part of your daily routine. It needs to be part of your daily routine. It is something that should be as common and important as taking a shower and brushing your teeth. As adults, we tend to recognize and understand the importance of cleansing, moisturizing, treating and protecting our skin. However, have you taken the time to explain the importance of healthy skin care practices to your teenagers? If not, then there is no time like the present.

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Many teens struggle with skin conditions that are totally influenced by their hormones. They tend to have oily skin and experience blemishes and breakouts. Educating your teens on the basics of a healthy skin care regimen and other daily practices can have lifelong effects. Think about it – did anyone every sit you down and explain the basic how-to’s of taking care of your skin? Well, if not, let’s make sure that you do it for your children. Being a teenager is challenging enough and unfortunately, so much of their self-esteem is directly related to their appearance. Let’s take a diligent approach to teaching the basics so they too can reap the rewards of healthy, youthful looking skin. Here are a few healthy skin care tips just for teens:

Use a Facial Cleanser, Not an Ordinary Bar Soap

Teens must understand the importance of washing their face every morning and every evening before bedtime. Cleansing helps remove excess oils from the surface, along with dirt, makeup and other pore-clogging debris. Cleansing the skin is non-negotiable! So, let’s make sure we are providing them with the necessary tools. Get them started on a healthy cleansing routine using a facial cleanser specifically formulated to target oily skin. Choose a sulfate-free cleanser for a gentler approach and be diligent on reminding them to cleanse twice a day. Clean skin can help put your teen on the path to clear skin quickly. Make sure they pat their skin dry and never rub post cleansing. Remind them to use only a clean towel to dry and never reach for the family hand towel. Any towel that isn’t clean is a breeding ground for bacteria. Yuck!

Teach the Importance of Sunscreen

Teenagers spend a lot of time outdoors. Between hanging out with friends, sports programs or simply walking to school and back, they are exposed to the damaging UVA/UVB rays of the sun. All teens need to realize that even minimal exposure to the sun can cause long-term damage, including burning, aging and skin cancer. Teens need to understand that they should always apply sunscreen, or a moisturizer with sunscreen, before heading to school in the morning. A product with a minimum of SPF 30, that is both water and sweat resistant, is ideal. Inform them that even on a cloudy day, in the dead of winter, that the sun’s rays can still cause damage to the skin. If we instill in our teens the importance of using sunscreen, it will become an everyday practice that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Hands Off

Picking at a blemish is a major no-no for everyone, not just teens. Make sure to tell your teens to never pick at a pimple! If they do, it can aggravate the condition even further and lead to permanent scarring. Explain why in general we need to resist the urge to touch our face. Our hands can be riddled with germs and bacteria and the last place we want these germs to end up is on our skin.

Moisturizer is a Must

Now is the time to get your teen to use moisturizer. Moisturizer keeps skin hydrated and elasticized. For the face, choose a product containing UVA/UVB SPF 30 protection. For the body, look for a product that contains Aloe vera and shea butter. They are great, natural hydrating ingredients. Look for label claims stating that there are no added parabens, the product is dermatologist tested and there is clinical testing available to support the claims. Remind your teen to apply every morning!

For Our Teenage Girls

There are a lot of makeup trends and products geared specifically for teenage girls, however, buyer beware. Talk to your girls about the importance of making the best product choices in the name of healthy looking skin. Plan a girls’ day, go to the store together and check out beauty products to make sure that they are selecting the right products for their skin. Look for oil-free cosmetics so they won’t encourage or aggravate any skin conditions. Inform them that while makeup may look nice, too much of it can cause breakouts and result in skin imperfections. Be sure to reiterate the point that if you wear makeup, washing your face before bed is MANDATORY! Makeup left on the skin while sleeping is a catalyst for clogged pores and breakouts. Also, remember that teens who have acne should use approved products to treat that condition in accordance with their labeling and seek the advice of their doctor for serious conditions.

Tip: Go with your teen to the cosmetics counter at your local department store and get a makeover from a professional. They can teach the ins and outs of the products and make sure your teen is getting the best products for her skin. You will both leave looking fabulous. It’s a great way to bond while educating your teen and having fun.

For Our Teenage Boys

Most boys start shaving in their teen years. Use this time as a teaching opportunity – this is a great time for a dad or an older brother to take the lead. Explain the different types of razors on the market. Electric razors are a great place to start with a newbie, while disposable razors are effective for a closer shave. This all depends on the teen. It’s important to walk your teen through the basics of shaving so he can learn how to carefully avoid nicking his skin. If your teen is suffering from blemishes, nicking the skin can be painful and can lead to further irritation. So educating them on how to shave, including choosing the right razor and shaving cream, will be a valuable lesson. In addition to shaving procedure, make sure you educate them on the importance of cleaning their electric shaver and when to use a fresh blade.

Take the time to teach your teens the importance of daily hygiene and best skin care practices. These are lessons that will provide them with wonderful, lifelong results. Remember, the healthiest skin is always the most beautiful.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife. 

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Clean Up Your Diet – Clear Up Your Skin

by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND

Good nutrition means good complexion.

So many changes take place as kids move from childhood to adolescence that it’s hard to keep up. For one thing, their diets – which you might have had a little more control over when they were young – now leave a little something to be desired. At the same time, pimples and breakouts start to literally rear their ugly heads. So it’s no wonder that the food-pimple connection seems to be a no-brainer.

Pimples and acne are largely due to hormonal changes, but that’s not to say that diet doesn’t play a role. The latest research tells us that there is a likely connection, but one that’s a bit more complicated than most people think.

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Common wisdom has pointed the finger at greasy, fried foods – stuff that isn’t usually lacking in a typical teenager’s diet, like chocolate, pizza and French fries. But when it comes to connecting any of these individual foods to breakouts, studies have come up short.

The focus has shifted instead towards the overall quality of the diet – in particular, the relationship between skin eruptions and a diet heavy in refined carbs and sugars. And it looks like a diet that’s heavy in these ‘bad carbs’ – ‘white’ foods like white bread, pasta, potatoes, white rice and sweets – may be partly at fault.

When the diet is overloaded with refined carbs, it can lead to a condition of persistent, but mild, system-wide inflammation – a kind of slow simmering fire in the body that has been linked to all kinds of problems, including pimples and acne.

So it’s not simply the French fries that are the problem – it’s the fries coupled with the white bread burger bun and the sugary soda that lead to a heavy carb burden on the system.

Turning down the heat is pretty easy, it just requires a good nutritional offense. The focus should be on two things: healthier carbohydrates, and more anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats.

Clear out the refined ‘white’ carbs and sugars as much as possible. Occasional desserts are fine, but encourage your kids to cut down on sweets, especially sodas that dump tablespoons of sugar into the body in one gulp. Keep more of the ‘good’ carbs around – like fresh fruits and veggies, and whole grain bread, pasta, crackers and cereals instead of the usual white ones.

Kids can get their omega 3s from tuna – the one fish that many of them will actually eat.

Written by Susan Bowerman. Susan is Director of Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife. Susan is a Registered Dietitian and a board-certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics.

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Tips to Help You Get Your Beauty Sleep

by Jacquie Carter

6 Tips to Help You Get Your Beauty Sleep

Sleep “N” Beauty! Do you skimp on sleep? We all know how important good nutrition and a healthy, active lifestyle are for our health and our appearance. But do you know how crucial a good night’s sleep is?

They call it “Beauty Sleep” for a reason and, for me, that phrase is a guilt free excuse to sleep in and catch as many Zzzzz’s as possible. But sometimes it just isn’t that easy.

Getting a good night’s sleep, no matter how tired we are, can be difficult. We have so many things to do, and so much on our minds, that sometimes it’s hard to shut it all down and get some quality sleep. The fact is that without sleep we tend to look tired, run down and I hate to say it… OLDER!

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Here are a few quick tips to help you unwind and drift off into dream land for a good 8 hours of beauty rest.

 – Exercise

Samantha will be the first to tell you that exercise will help keep stress hormones from interfering with our sleep. Even if you only have 20 minutes to take a brisk walk, do it! It will definitely help you sleep better at night.

 – Don’t eat too late in the day

Try not to over-indulge just before bedtime. Large meals late in the day lead to an active digestive system that can definitely disrupt your sleep. And avoid caffeine. Coffee, non-herbal teas, some soda, chocolate; all can contain caffeine – a stimulant that can definitely keep us awake much longer then we would like. Try to avoid caffeine at least 4 hours before bedtime. Instead opt for a nice chamomile tea which is perfect for bedtime.

 – Use your bed for sleep

Time to turn off the TV, put down the electronic games and close that laptop. Our beds are for sleeping not for working. If we use our bed for sleep and not as a substitute couch, we will definitely reduce the risk of developing sleep disorders.

 – A cozy bedroom is key

My bedroom is my favorite room in the house. It’s comfy, it’s cozy, and it’s calm. The three main things we all need for a night of pure beauty sleep. Be sure your bedroom lighting doesn’t resemble interrogation lighting by keeping it soft.Do what you can to eliminate excess noise and keep the temperature at around 68F or 20C if you can. A bedroom that is too hot or too cold will result in a lot of tossing and turning during the night.

 – Develop a beauty ritual

Consistency is key when it comes to a good night’s sleep. If possible, try to go to bed around the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Take a relaxing bath; listen to some music, read your favorite magazine. Choose stress-free activities that will encourage relaxation. Scary movies at bedtime … not a good thing.

 – Get it all out

One thing that helps me out tremendously is writing things down. Sounds silly but if I can make a to-do list, vent my frustrations or simply journal about my day, I can definitely sleep better at night. Take the thoughts from the brain to a notebook and you don’t lie awake thinking about all of the things you forgot to do or wish you had done. Clear the head to make way for some sweet dreams.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.

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Get Clean Skin by Breaking These Bad Habits

by Jacquie Carter

Get Clear Skin

Who isn’t in pursuit of clean, healthy looking skin? I know I am! We all strive for skin that is soft, smooth and glowing. Are we doing everything we can to keep our skin looking and feeling its absolute best? Are we taking every precautionary measure possible to age well?

There is nothing like a big, red pimple to ruin your day. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that can make the biggest impact. And, when it comes to our skin, this is definitely the case. There are many little changes we can all make on our quest for clean, more youthful looking skin. And all we have to do is turn our bad habits into good ones.

Here are a few habits we all need to break immediately in the pursuit of clean, healthy looking skin:

Don’t Touch

No matter how difficult it may seem we need to keep our hands away from our face. Every time we touch our skin, chances are we are transmitting something that isn’t all that great. The dirt and oils from our hands can easily be deposited onto our skin if we aren’t careful. So a hand’s off approach is always best. This rule also applies to pimples. No matter what you must resist the urge to pop or pick at your pimples. We can transmit bacteria this way, which could lead to infection. It’s a vicious cycle. So break the habit of touching and picking at your skin immediately.

Change Your Pillowcases

Every one has their own personal schedule when it comes to laundering their sheets and pillowcases. It’s definitely not my favorite household chore. When it comes to keeping your skin clean, however, changing your pillowcase as frequently as possible is important. When we sleep at night our hair and skin are all over our pillowcase. Hair oils and product are rubbed onto the pillowcase and they ultimately end up on your face, shoulders or even back. If you aren’t diligent about removing your makeup every night, that’s a cause for concern, too. Keep those pillowcases clean if your skin isn’t as clean as you would like it to be. If laundering is not always an option, turn your pillowcase inside out or flip your pillow over to help keep impurities from collecting on your skin.

Clean Your Phones

There’s hardly a day that goes by when someone doesn’t ask me why they are getting blemishes down one side of their cheek. Assuming that there is no other skin condition, this might be a quick fix, actually. Clean your telephones! Whether it’s a mobile or a landline, if the phone is touching your skin it is depositing something onto your face and taking away other things that will remain on your phone until cleaned. Yuck! Clean your phones and screens regularly and turn this into a daily habit. I love to use spray hand sanitizers or antibacterial wipes because they will clean the phone and kill germs in the process. When all else fails, try to use your speakerphone or headphones to avoid contact.

Pull Back Your Hair

One habit that needs to be broken applies to men and women with longer hair. Our hair is loaded with all kinds of debris, oils, product, scents, you name it. It’s like flypaper and it tends to catch everything it comes into contact with. These germs and impurities reside in your hair and unfortunately get transferred onto the face, shoulders and back every time they come into contact with each other. Break this habit and start pulling your hair back when you sleep, when you are at the gym or even if you are just lounging around on the couch reading a book. If you can keep your hair away from your skin you will begin to see an improvement in the appearance of your skin.

Remove that Makeup

We all know that removing our makeup is not merely an option. It must be done every single night before we go to bed. So if you have gotten into the habit of neglecting this important beauty tip, then break it right away. There is absolutely nothing good that can come out of sleeping with makeup on your face. But it’s not just about sleeping. If you are working out you need to cleanse your face pre- and post-workout in the name of clear skin. Makeup will mix with your sweat and oils during your workout and can unfortunately lead to clogged pores. So be sure to cleanse pre- and post-workout and keep facial cleansing cloths on hand to make it a simple habit to incorporate.

No More Alcohol

If you are using skin care products that contain alcohol, break this habit, too. Skin care products containing alcohol tend to dry out the skin. If you are already prone to dryness, the result could lead to skin that looks dry, flakey and even chapped. No one wants this. Dry skin tends to look a bit older then skin that is on the oily side or that is properly moisturized. So drop the alcohol-infused products and look for alcohol-free products right away.

Do Hair Before Applying Makeup

This was the hardest habit I personally have had to break. I have always applied my makeup first and then went on to tackle the hair. Little did I know I wasn’t doing my skin any favors. If you apply your makeup and then reach for the blow dryer, the heat from the dryer can cause your makeup to melt and transfer. Unfortunately, this can cause makeup to settle into your pores, which could ultimately lead to breakouts. Try switching it up. Admittedly it was a hard habit for me to break, but now I get it!

Pay Attention to Your Glasses

I have glasses for reading and I have glasses to protect my eyes from the sun (or perhaps they are more for a fashion statement). Either way, if you notice breakouts on your nose, temples or upper cheeks, your glasses could be the culprit. Not unlike your phone, you need to practice the healthy habit of cleaning your eyeglasses and sunglasses regularly. Wipe down the glass, the arms and the nosepiece every day to ensure you are removing germs, makeup, oils and debris. Clean your glasses and sunglasses with rubbing alcohol or spray hand sanitizer and wipe them down with a soft cloth. This one little habit could be the difference between dirty and clean skin. Give it a try.

Don’t Neglect the Body

If you only wash and moisturize your face, you are doing yourself a huge disservice. Breakouts can definitely occur on other areas of the body – think Bacne and shoulder acne. So to keep your skin clean, be sure to wash from head to toe and use a moisturizer. Post workout, try to get your sweaty clothes changed to clean clothes immediately. And always pat your skin dry with a clean towel. Never reach for the family hand towel.

If you are interested in treating acne and blemishes, remember to use products formulated and labeled as anti-acne products. Remember that the healthiest skin is always the most beautiful!

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.

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