7 Must Have Products For A No Makeup Look

I love all the “no makeup” and reduced makeup looks we’re seeing right now (thank you Alicia Keys!). Especially here in Dallas, where Fall ushered in triple digit temps! Sweat and heavy makeup is NEVER a good combo. The fact is…if you’re going to go with less coverage, then the quality of your skin needs to be flawless. I’ve discovered some really great products that plump, reduce pore size, even skin tone and add just a hint of natural color.

1. Glotrition Collagen Peptide Drink Mix. Yes, I’m biased towards my own products, but it is absolutely imperative to feed and hydrate your skin from the inside, period. If you’re not starting your regimen with this, you’ll never get the sort of flawless skin results you’re looking for. The collagen peptides in our mix plump, strengthen and reduce those fine lines that Summer inevitably delivered.

2. Glotrition Age-Defying Serum. This is not only a mega-moisturizer, but it boosts elastin, evens skin tone and reduces pore size. It also delivers a really nice matte finish so you skin glows without an oily look. Use it evening and morning under makeup.

3.Xen-Tan Face Tanner Luxe. Add this to your skincare regimen morning and/or night. It adds a natural, gradual tan look while delivering skin-loving antioxidants. No more pasty, sickly looking winter skin!

4. Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe. Ok, once you get past the sticker shock ($175/ 2 oz.) you will totally see why I switched out my heavier Le Mer foundation for this amazing lightweight product. I use Shade 2, as my skin has a little yellow undertone. The color is beautiful and there is just the right amount of shimmer to achieve that Jlo glow! Retinol and SPF 18 make this one a winner. Really though…it won a Neiman Marcus Beauty Award!

5. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow. When I’m doing a more natural look, I ditch the blush for bronzer and highlighter instead. I like this one because there’s not as much glitter to it. It delivers a really natural healthy glow when applied correctly.

6. Ofra Liquid Lipstick in Bel Air. Besides bronzer, great skin really only needs a dash of lip color and a swipe of mascara. I’m in love with these liquid lipsticks by Ofra. Specifically this color, Bel Air. It’s matte coverage with just enough satin that it doesn’t feel chalky. This color is very peachy pink natural.

7. Benefit “They’re Real” Lengthening Mascara. So, I used to be a slave to eyelash extensions. I tried falsies that frustrated me to no end, I have also used Latisse which I just don’t have the patience for. Enter They’re Real Mascara by Benefit. I’ll never use anything else. My itty bitty lashes look long and full with just a few swipes.

I hope these recommendations work for you too! Here’s to au natural with just a little cheating. 🙂

xo

Lisa

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The Best Way To Boost Collagen Levels

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Collagen is an important protein found in our bodies that helps in maintaining the elasticity of the skin to keep it looking firm and youthful. However as you age, the collagen levels within the body start to decline, resulting in sagging skin and the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. That’s why so many anti-aging products and procedures focus on ways to boost collagen levels within the body. In order to choose the best collagen product for your skin, it’s important to first understand some basic facts about this important protein.

Collagen is a specific type of protein that not only helps to connect cartilage, bones, muscles and tendons but is also responsible for holding them together. It features a fibrous structure that has great strength and elasticity. It not only helps in keeping the skin healthy but also plays an important role in healing wounds. Collagen combines with the elastin present in the body to make the body tissues firm, with more flexibility and strength. When the collagen levels within your body start to decline, the skin and the muscles begin to sag and lose their flexibility.

The best way to slow this process is by taking a collagen supplement. Unfortunately, applying collagen topically in the form of creams or lotions does nothing to actually increase collagen production deep within the body. Collagen is too large of a molecule to be absorbed this way.

Taking collagen orally is the best way to help boost collagen to the appropriate levels and delay the aging process. However, make sure the supplement you choose is clinically studied and contains clinically effective amounts of a proven collagen peptide. Of course, we love Glotrition Collagen Peptide Drink Mix. It’s delicious and, because it is to be mixed with water, it helps with hydration levels…another bonus for beautiful skin!

When Should You Start Taking Collagen Supplements?

You might be surprised to learn that your body starts loosing collagen as early as age 25. While the rate of depletion is only about 1.5% per year, this rate gradually grows with age reaching a maximum of 30% per year by the time you turn 45! What?!?

Yes, I had the same reaction! It’s why I developed Glotrition. Cheers to firm and beautiful skin no matter your age!

xo

Lisa

 

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Collagen Supplements – The #1 Way To Blast Cellulite

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Collagen Supplements For Cellulite

Let’s face it… we all battle a dimple or two (or a hundred) on our backside. The condition is so common, we’ve even given it a catchy little name: Cellulite. But what is cellulite, why do we get it, and can collagen supplements really help us avoid it? The answers to these questions lie deep within our connective tissue.

Simply put, cellulite forms when fat cells start to push through connective tissue. This happens predominately in the hips and thigh area. It’s what causes that lumpy, or “orange peel” effect. Women are more prone to cellulite, and it can get worse as we age. Interestingly, even “skinny” people can have a problem with it. No matter the size of your fat cells, they can still show through weakened connective tissue. So, could the key to reducing the appearance of cellulite be strengthening connective tissue? Yes!

In our skin, connective tissue forms a sort of scaffolding that holds everything together. It’s made up predominantly of collagen fibers. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body…and it makes up 75% of our skin! Did you know that, for women, once you hit age 21 it’s all downhill in the collagen department? From that point forward, we lose approximately 1% of our collagen every year and we never get it back. Additionally, our natural collagen production slows down as we age, so we are left with sparse, lax connective tissue. Perfect conditions for cellulite to form, not to mention saggy, wrinkled skin.

Here’s the good news: there is a way to strengthen connective tissue by boosting your body’s natural collagen producing mechanism with collagen supplements AND protecting collagen fibers from free radical damage with a targeted antioxidant regimen. In a clinical study, 114 women aged 45-65 were given 2.5g of Verisol® Bioactive Collagen Peptides for 4-8 weeks. They showed a 65% increase in procollagen I, the precursor to actual collagen production. This means that this particular collagen supplement literally pushed their bodies to start making a large amount of new collagen! That leads to stronger connective tissue which then leads to a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. I also mentioned antioxidant support. When it comes to preserving collagen, this is a vitally important step. Free radicals, those pesky little mutant molecules, LOVE to eat up collagen fibers. Antioxidants reduce free radical damage, thereby protecting the collagen you still have and the new collagen you are now building.

So what products to use? Try Glotrition’s Collagen Boosting Drink Mix collagen supplement. Each daily serving contains 2.5 grams of Verisol® (the exact amount used in the clinical study) AND a proprietary blend of powerful antioxidants for maximum collagen protection. Just add a packet to water twice a day. It tastes like a delicious berry Sweet-Tart, and it helps you to easily get your daily intake of water to stay hydrated…another key component to healthy skin.

XO,

Lisa

 

 

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Tired Of Looking Older? 5 Easy Ways To Fix It Now.

Botox, fillers, lasers…they are all interesting options if you’re looking to treat the exterior effects of aging on your skin, but these things are invasive and they cost real money. When it comes to looking younger, there are some simple things that you can start doing RIGHT NOW that will make a huge difference in the way you look and feel. I’ve listed my 5 favorite tips here, along with some product recommendations. Enjoy!

1. Hydrate

There is an interesting debate going on in the scientific world about whether drinking water actually helps the health of your skin. Frankly, I’m shocked that this topic would ever be up for debate. If we are being extremely literal, does drinking water instantly erase a wrinkle? Of course not. But, in the bigger picture, there are few things more important to health and longevity than proper hydration.

Every cell in the human body needs water to function. As we age, our cells start to deteriorate and lose water in the process. This makes it much more difficult for our cells to work efficiently in fighting off free radicals, the #1 cause of aging. Hydration also aids in digestion, helping to eliminate toxins from our system, another cause of cellular aging. Ever feel bloated? Your body will retain water when it’s dehydrated, the same way it will go into starvation mode when you severely cut calories. Our bodies are always working to achieve a balance when it comes to nutrition and hydration. Balance = healthy cells = younger looking and feeling you.

So, how much water do we need? The truth is, we actually get a fair amount of hydration from all the things we drink and eat over the course of a day. Does wine count? Yes. Coffee? Yes. BUT… alcohol and caffeine also dehydrate, so best to stick with good ‘ole H2O. Personally, I aim for 72 ounces a day, give or take. Hate drinking plain water? Join the club! I always think caffeine free iced tea is a good option if you are a tea drinker. To be clear, I’m talking natural unsweetened iced tea, not the pre-mixed, sugar and preservative laden stuff. Flavoring your water with something that also delivers essential vitamins is a great double whammy. Of course, I’m addicted to Glotrition’s Collagen Peptide Drink Mix, $85 found here. All-natural, sweetened with Stevia Leaf Extract and loaded with antioxidants and collagen peptides. (More about the skin benny’s of collagen in a later post)

2. Exfoliate

I’m always surprised to learn how many women don’t routinely exfoliate their skin. Gentle exfoliation is one way we can help our skin to shed dead cells, more quickly uncovering fresh, new cells. As we age, this natural process of shedding the old and replacing with the new slows down considerably. All the more reason to give the process a boost!

How to exfoliate? Every beauty expert has a different recommendation, so here is mine. First, understand your skin. My routine may not work for your skin and vice versa. If you’ve never visited a dermatologist, this is a good reason to do so. A doctor can give you a detailed assessment of your skin type and make personalized recommendations that will work for you.

Personally, I like to mix up my exfoliation routine. I’ve used Retin-A in the past, but I found the shedding and peeling to be too unpredictable. It led to some scary mornings in front of the TV camera! Instead, I use a facial scrub every other night. I’m currently loving the Cellular Renewal Treatment by Beauty Bioscience, $75, found here. I am also a little obsessed with a product from the Jack Black line. This is marketed as skincare for men, but it’s one of the only over the counter products I’ve been able to find with a higher amount of glycolic acid, one of the best exfoliating ingredients available. Warning: test this stuff first. 8% glycolic can be a little harsh, but it works! Find Line Smoother by Jack Black, $30 here. When exfoliating, don’t forget about your body! There are so many salt scrubs or sugar scrubs out there. I’d suggest using one with a higher level of skin nourishing oils in it. I like this one from L’Occitane, $36.

3. Sleep

Let’s just say, there’s a reason they call it “beauty sleep”! I think I aged the most when I was working as an early morning news anchor. Up at 2:30 am, and usually in bed by 9pm. I was routinely operating on just 5 1/2 hours of sleep every night. Not only did I pack on about 5 extra pounds, but my skin really started to take a hit. It’s no surprise, really. Next to hydration, 8 hours of shut eye is key to a youthful appearance.

The science is strong in this department. If you are sleep deprived, your body produces more of the stress hormone cortisol. This not only wreaks havoc on your complexion, it’s likely the reason I gained weight when deprived of sleep. Your body also increases blood flow to your skin while you sleep. When well rested, you’ll wake up with a rosy glow. Most importantly, your body builds collagen when you sleep. This keeps your skin firm and youthful. As we age, the ability to build collagen lessens. Add a lack of sleep to the equation and you’ll likely begin to look older faster. Give your body a helping hand in the collagen department here.

If you have trouble sleeping, there are some tricks that I use. First, make sure your room is completely dark. There’s some interesting research about ambient light and sleep patterns. Use an eye mask if you need to. And don’t knock aromatherapy. Spraying my pillowcase with a relaxing nighttime blend really works for me. I was at a spa show recently and sampled the Lavender and Eucalyptus Pillow Mist by European Spa Source, $36. It’s now my fave. Find it here. Try their Shower Mist too. Amazing.

4. Cut Sugar

This is a tough one. It seems there is hidden sugar in just about everything these days. But, once you understand the toll it takes on your appearance I bet you’ll become more diligent about avoiding it, I know I did.

Did you know that sugar is one of the top killers of collagen? Yup. Just like losing sleep, eating sugar speeds up the breakdown of collagen fibers thanks to a process called glycation. This is the sugar in your bloodstream attaching to proteins. It results in new molecules called advanced glycation end products, AGE for short. Coincidence? These nasty little AGE’s head straight for your collagen. Once damaged, collagen fibers become dry and rigid, leading to wrinkles and sagging. As mentioned earlier, collagen depletion gets worse as we age, so why give the process a boost? AGE’s also deactivate your body’s natural antioxidants. Hello free radical damage! And, as if that’s not enough, your body will naturally burn the sugar in your system before it ever even thinks about burning fat. Cut the sugar. Cut the sugar now. In the meantime, help build back up antioxidants and collagen here. 

5. Have More Sex

Why does that scene from When Harry Met Sally pop into my head? Yes! Yes! While Meg Ryan nailed the perfect fake orgasm, turns out a real one can literally help you look younger. Orgasms improve blood circulation, which increases oxygen flow to the skin making it brighter. Having sex keeps your hormones in check too, specifically increasing estrogen. Estrogen is key for supple, younger looking skin, and our levels nose dive as we get older. A tumble in the sheets can also increase anti-inflammatory molecules like oxytocin and DHEA, a hormone that can not only produce healthier skin, but can boost your immune system and lower your chance of depression. What about wrinkles and sagging skin? Here’s the anti-aging kicker…Sex also boosts collagen production!

What are some of your tips for looking younger?

 

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