Month: March 2014
Busy bloggers like us at Team LC are constantly on the go. Between writing endless articles, staging photo shoots, and crafting the latest DIYs, there is hardly time to sit down for a relaxing meal during the week (thank goodness for the weekends). When I’m rushing out the door in the morning, the last thing I want to do is slave over a time-intensive meal. That said, I’ve recently been researching a few ways to make a delicious and quick breakfast for on-the-go girls like myself… My belief is that if you’re going to eat breakfast on the move, at least whip up one that’s healthy—and tasty too! Today I’ll be sharing 3 of my favorite tried-and-true busy girl breakfasts. Check out the recipes below and let me know which one you’re going to try…
Good Eats: 3 Busy Girl Breakfasts
1 cup raw spinach
1 cup frozen peaches
1 cup frozen pineapples
1 teaspoon organic flax seed
1 teaspoon dried coconut flakes
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon of your favorite protein powder
Add spinach, peaches, banana, and pineapples to your blender.
Add your flax seed, almond milk and protein powder into the mix.
Blend until smooth.
Sprinkle coconut flakes on top and enjoy!
1. Blend a green smoothie. Some mornings in the LC offices, there are homemade smoothies sitting atop nearly all of our blogger’s desks. Which just goes to show that busy girls love starting the day on a healthy note—with some nutrient-rich, blended goodness. We love this revitalizing kale smoothie recipe. But my newest favorite smoothie recipes combine fruits, veggies, a light protein powder, flax seeds, and dried coconut flakes. Try it out below! Just pour it in a to-go cup, add a straw and sip away. Good Eats: 3 Busy Girl Breakfasts Ingredients 1 cup raw spinach 1 cup frozen peaches 1 cup frozen pineapples 1 teaspoon organic flax seed 1 teaspoon dried coconut flakes 1 cup almond milk 1 teaspoon of your favorite protein powder ½ banana Instructions: Add spinach, peaches, banana, and pineapples to your blender. Add your flax seed, almond milk and protein powder into the mix. Blend until smooth. Sprinkle coconut flakes on top and enjoy! 2. Enjoy some overnight oats. This popular favorite has always held a special place in our hearts. Chilled overnight oatmeal can be easily transported from the kitchen to the car to the office. Plus, you can customize your oats with your favorite fruit toppings too. Click here to check out Lauren’s overnight oats. Or try this new version of an old favorite with the recipe from Oh She Glows below:
1/3 cup regular oats
1 cup of milk of your choice
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 ripe banana, peeled and smashed
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon peanut butter
pure maple syrup
Mix your oats, almond milk, chia seeds, banana, and vanilla together in a bowl and put it in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, remove the bowl of oats and add the peanut butter and pure maple syrup
Mix it all up, serve cold, and enjoy!
Posted by Allison Norton April 17th, 2013
Posted by Allison Norton April 17th, 2013
Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin
Don’t have time for intensive skin care? Pamper yourself with the basics. Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.
1. Protect yourself from the sun
One of the most important ways to take care of your skin is to protect it from the sun. A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.
For the most complete sun protection:
- Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. When you’re outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours — or more often if you’re swimming or perspiring.
- Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest.
- Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.
2. Don’t smoke
Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health. Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin its strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.
If you smoke, the best way to protect your skin is to quit. Ask your doctor for tips or treatments to help you stop smoking.
3. Treat your skin gently
Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:
- Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
- Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
- Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
- Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
- Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.
4. Eat a healthy diet
A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn’t clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.
5. Manage stress
Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.
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Good skin care — including sun protection and gentle cleansing — can keep your skin healthy and glowing for years to come. By Mayo Clinic Stafff
What does it mean to have sensitive skin? For many, this overarching, and often vague, term can mean a number of things and cause some confusion. You may have asked, “Are there different types of sensitive skin?”, “Should everyone with sensitive use the same products?” The answers are that there are different types of sensitive skin, that only a dermatologist can confirm if you do have sensitive skin, and that only your doctor can determine which types of products are best to help your skin reach optimal health.
There are many skin conditions that can include aspects of sensitive skin — acne, rosacea and contact dermatitis (due to allergies and irritants) — and they all have one characteristic in common: inflammation1. To determine which type of sensitive skin you have, your skin care physician looks at several indicators, including the following conditions2:
Skin reactions such as pustules, skin bumps, or skin erosion
Very dry skin which doesn’t properly protect nerve endings in the skin
A tendency toward blushing and skin flushing
In addition to a number of skin reactions that signify sensitive skin, there are also a number of contributors. Causes of sensitive skin include1:
Skin disorders or allergic skin reactions such as eczema, rosacea, or allergic contact dermatitis
Overly dry or injured skin that can no longer protect nerve endings, leading to skin reactions
Excessive exposure to skin-damaging environmental factors such as sun and wind, or excessive heat or cold
Genetic factors, age, gender, and race differences in skin sensitivity are less well-defined but still may play a role in the severity of skin reactions
Each sensitive skin concern has its own treatment. That’s why working with a professional to determine which type of sensitive skin you have is so important. As you and your skin care physician work to address your sensitive skin, there are certain ingredients you should be aware of that can help calm sensitive skin and some ingredients you should avoid.
Sensitive skin care DOs:
Use Kinetin and Zeatin essential plant-derived growth factors found in our Gentle Rejuvenation System*, which is specifically designed for those with sensitive skin. Kinetin and Zeatin are proven to gently, yet effectively, improve skin’s appearance.
Use natural ingredients such as oatmeal to protect and soothe contact dermatitis; and other calming ingredients including licorice extract, caffeine, chamomile for rosacea1.
Sensitive skin care DON’Ts:
Avoid scents. Added fragrances can irritate the skin.
Avoid self-medicating. A helpful ingredient for one type of sensitivity may irritate another. Ensure you know which type of sensitive skin you have before using any of the suggested ingredients to treat your condition.
The first step in dealing with your sensitive skin is to visit your skin care physician. Obagi recently introduced the Gentle Rejuvenation System, our first system specifically designed for sensitive skin. Packed with gentle yet powerful ingredients, including Kinetin and Zeatin, the Gentle Rejuvenation System contains essential products to cleanse, calm, correct, and protect sensitive skin – ask your physician if it’s right for you.
In addition to a skin care regimen designed to treat your sensitive skin, be sure that you are using non-irritating cosmetics, protecting your skin against harsh elements, especially the sun, and avoiding foods or fabrics that may further irritate your skin.
References: 1. Sensitive Skin. American Academy of Dermatology Website. Accessed January 20, 2014. http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/s… 2. 20 Common Questions About Sensitive Skin. WebMD Website. Accessed January 20, 2014. http://www.webmd.com/beauty/sensitive-skin-20-questions
This column appears in the May 12 issue of The New York Times Magazine.
Exercise science is a fine and intellectually fascinating thing. But sometimes you just want someone to lay out guidelines for how to put the newest fitness research into practice.
An article in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal does just that. In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.
“There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,” says Chris Jordan, the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Fla., and co-author of the new article.
Work by scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and other institutions shows, for instance, that even a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding.
Interval training, though, requires intervals; the extremely intense activity must be intermingled with brief periods of recovery. In the program outlined by Mr. Jordan and his colleagues, this recovery is provided in part by a 10-second rest between exercises. But even more, he says, it’s accomplished by alternating an exercise that emphasizes the large muscles in the upper body with those in the lower body. During the intermezzo, the unexercised muscles have a moment to, metaphorically, catch their breath, which makes the order of the exercises important.
The exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, while, throughout, the intensity hovers at about an 8 on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10, Mr. Jordan says. Those seven minutes should be, in a word, unpleasant. The upside is, after seven minutes, you’re done.
A version of this article appears in print on 05/12/2013, on page MM20 of the NewYork edition with the headline: The Scientific 7-Minute Workout.
Stand firm in the face of gravity.
Few things are as inevitable as gravity’s toll on your skin. One day, all of a sudden, reality stares you square in the face. You might initially think it’s because you did not sleep well the previous night, but eventually you admit that an afternoon nap is not going to solve this issue. It’s a bona fide eyebrow droop!
Non-surgical methods to treat laxity of the face and neck are among the most sought-after solutions in aesthetic medicine. Many technologies to tighten the skin have been introduced in the past, and a variety claim to achieve skin tightening. Yet none have been shown to be consistent and reproducible, and many patients leave dissatisfied. Enter Ultherapy: a novel technology and a quantum leap from other non-surgical, energy-based devices used to tighten and lift the skin. This technology combines ultrasound imaging with acoustic energy to visualize tissue under the skin followed by the precise delivery of energy to the desired depth.
Ultherapy: A Non-surgical Breakthrough
As we get older, our faces sag and wrinkles appear due to gravity and sun. Until recently, the main approach to the improvement of skin laxity was a facelift – an effective but invasive procedure associated with downtime plus a risk of scarring and side effects. Ultherapy using ultrasound is a novel device that delivers energy that tightens the skin without cutting. No scalpels, no needles, no cutting. Ultherapy, however, is not a facelift and does not give the same results as a facelift. A facelift stops the clock. Ultherapy slows down the aging process by creating new structural collagen. As a standalone treatment, Ultherapy may be optimal for surgical candidates who are unwilling or unable to undergo facial surgery or for those candidates who wish to postpone surgery.
The beauty of Ultherapy is that there is no downtime. There is no swelling, bruising or crusting and patients can return to work the same day. It’s aptly called the “lunchtime lift.” Ultherapy uses ultrasound heat to set collagen production into overdrive deep below the skin’s surface. As it kicks in, the brow firms, the jaw line becomes well defined and the neck lifts. It’s a lunchtime lift without any surgery. Even more alluring is that Ultherapy provides an immediate smoothing effect. And since the collagen continues to grow, results actually improve over the course of a few months. More than 90 percent of patients notice improvement in tone, texture and some tightening within a few weeks, and are even more excited with the results after three to six months, when the deep wrinkles become fine lines and eyes appear more open.
The duration of response after a single treatment is estimated to last about 1.5 years. The ideal candidate is someone between 35 and 60 with early signs of laxity. These patients see results within three to six months with a single treatment. Patients over the age of 60 may require a second treatment in six months. Many patients are looking to stay competitive in the workforce, which they believe is tied to their appearance. Whether improving their appearance to look more vibrant or for the associated confidence boost, people perceive this to be important and they come into my office looking for help.
Stand Firm in the Face of Gravity
Ultherapy has been extensively publicized in the media as a safe and effective procedure for lifting and tightening of the skin. You may have seen Ultherapy through Dr. Oz, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or other fashion magazines. Once it was featured on the larger talk shows, the floodgates opened and our phones were ringing off the hook. Be aware that every procedure has risks and side effects if not done properly. With Ultherapy, the heat from the procedure could make you wince, and transient numbness along the jaw line is possible, though temporary. It is, therefore, important to locate an experienced physician to perform the procedure.
Ultherapy offers a distinct advantage over other non-surgical alternatives. Most non-surgical, energy-based devices currently on the market treat only the skin’s surface. Ultherapy goes deeper, providing a different dimension to rejuvenation; depositing energy at very precise depths because it sees and treats at the same time. Treatments can also be individualized according to each patient’s concern. Because the effects occur below the surface, treating specific facial areas individually is certainly possible with Ultherapy. However, most patients select full-face treatments as the best option for a more uniform result.
Newport Beach MedSpa, is proud to offer Ultherapy treatment in any of our 2 locations in Orange county in Newport Beach, CA. Feel free to contact us at 949.631.2800 or http://www.newportbeachmedspa.com/services/laser-skin-rejuvenation/ultherapy/
Ulthera in the media
Written by Dr Shehla Ebrahim
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