Are you a frequent flier or making a long haul flight for business or pleasure? If you are, know that flying can age you. De-hydration, reduced oxygen, confined space, bad food and over-exposure to too many people and their germs takes its toll on your face and body. Here’s what you can do to protect yourself. Continue reading →
Are you one of those people who hasn’t bought a jar of coconut oil yet? Are you stuck on the idea that coconut oil is a saturated fat? If the answers to these questions are yes, then you have failed to do your research!
Coconut oil is almost 90 percent saturated fat, but not all sat fats are created equal. “The saturated fat in coconut oil is mostly lauric acid, a medium-chain saturated fatty acid that appears to have a more neutral effect on heart health when compared to longer-chain saturated fats found in meats and dairy products,” says Wendy Bazilian, R.D., author of The SuperFoodsRx Diet.
This makes sense considering citizens of nations that consume prodigious amounts of coconut products, such as Sri Lanka, have lower rates of heart disease than Americans. Some research even suggests that coconut oil can paradoxically improve cholesterol numbers by revving up enzymes in the body that breakdown fats. Continue reading →
So many girls I know won’t eat avocados out of fear that they will make them fat. But eating avocados is like feeding eggs to a show dog. Everything will gleam apres! I eat avocados daily and am far from fat!
Avocados contain the kind of fat that is critical to anti-aging and great skin – polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. These fats help your skin to retain moisture. Without moisture our body functionality and metabolic processes are reduced leading to inflammation, puffiness and a decrease in the release of toxins. But avocados contain even more beneficial advantages: Continue reading →
Our skin is our largest organ. What we put on it is, in a sense, “eaten”. So how many of your skin creams can you eat? I worked for an internationally famous cosmetics company when I first moved to NYC. I spent time at their labs. I worked on the formation of new products and their marketing campaigns. Most savvy consumers know they are paying for perfume, packaging and advertising.
Those tiny, well crafted, jars of creams where the container usually weighs more than the product are filled with promises. Promises that you will look like the woman in ad – who probably heard about the cream the day she arrived at the shoot. I have handed interesting new creams to my chemical engineer friend (always useful to have!) who threw them on his desk with scorn. How can they possibly stabilize this or that so it enters your skin before oxidation and acts aggressively and effectively? How can these so-called lipids penetrate the outer epidermal layer? It’s impossible. Bullshit! And what about all these chemical binders they have injected in here so the cream will blend and have a smooth, creamy look? What about the chemicals used to make the cream smell good? If fragrance is so necessary rub some rose petals on your body! What about the chemicals used to preserve it for a long shelf life? Continue reading →