New Superfoods Part 2: Fruits and Vegetables

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Today marks part 2 of our series on new superfoods.  We’re taking a look at lesser known fruits and vegetables that are phenomenal additions to your diet.  While most fruits and vegetables are nutritious, these new superfoods are particularly exceptional choices.

Moringa:  With nearly 100 phyto-nutrients, Moringa is a mighty superfood.  The leaves can be eaten raw or it can be consumed in powder, capsule, tea or liquid oil forms.  Moringa has been known to increase energy, support the cardiovascular system, boost mental clarity and emotional stability, and protect cells from the natural aging process.

Seaweed:  You’re probably used to seaweed in sushi but how about a seaweed salad?  This veggie from the sea has a ton of antioxidants and calcium that does a body good.

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Lucuma:  Native to South America, lucuma is a sweet fruit packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fiber and carbohydrates.  From the outside it looks like an avocado and the inside is mango-like.  Lucuma is great for the immune system, boosts energy and also has an anti-aging and anti-inflammatory effect.

Baobab:  This fruit of the African baobab tree may be the latest smoothie ingredient to hit the market.  It has a smooth, sweet flavor and is rich in antioxidants, calcium, potassium and magnesium. It’s also a wonderful source of fiber.  Try it raw, mixed with yogurt or blended in drinks.

Jackfruit:  As the largest tree fruit in the world, jackfruits can weigh up to 100 pounds each.  The tropical superfruit contains lots of protein, iron, vitamin B and potassium.  It has hundreds of seeds and its appearance and texture is both leathery and spiny.  Jackfruit can be eaten raw, dried, roasted or turned into flour.

Fermented Vegetables:  Here’s a little known fact – when you pickle a vegetable, the fermentation process generates healthy probiotics that help the flora in your gut.  Not only will fermented veggies help digestion, they may boost your immune system as well. The more nutritious the vegetable, the more powerful it will be when pickled.

Banana Flour:  Sweet and nutty, banana flower is a gluten-free baking and cooking alternative made from green bananas.  It is highly absorbent so less is required for the same results as using other flours.  Banana flour is known to improve blood sugar levels and help support the colon.

Black Raspberries:  Different than blackberries, black raspberries are believed to have three times the antioxidants in raspberries.  We all know that berries contain phenomenal immune-boosting, disease-fighting properties.  Black raspberries just happen to be a little more supercharged than most.

We hope you enjoy these sweet and savory new superfoods.  Check out our last installment of our new superfoods series next week when we’ll be talking all about superfoods you can drink!

What Your Nails Say about your Health

what your nails say about your healthMost people don’t realize that their nails are a surprising indicator of the condition of their health.  While symptoms of illness, infection and disease don’t always show up on nails, they very often do.  Without noticing nail changes, many people are left unaware of the warning signs of something very serious happening in their bodies.  Today we’re examining what your nails say about your health.


Brittle and Cracked Nails may simply be due to changes in the weather like when the air becomes dry in wintertime.  Or it may be related to over-stimulating nails to certain cleaning chemicals, dishwashing soaps, nail polish remover or chlorine during swimming.  In some rare instances brittle, cracked nails are an indicator of a thyroid malfunction called hypothyroidism.

Blue-Tinted Nails are a sign of poor oxygenation in the body.  It may be caused by improper circulation, or a lung or heart condition.

Ridges in your Nails may be caused by several factors.  Horizontal ridges on multiple nails are usually a sign that the body is fighting a complex sickness and doesn’t have extra energy to produce strong nails.  They also may be due to potent drugs that are helping fight off serious illness.  Vertical lines, however, are generally part of the normal aging process.

Bitten Nails are not hard to figure out.  Usually when someone bites their nails it is a sign of anxiety or stress. Although biting nails is not good for you, the underlying reason why someone bites their nails is usually much worse.

Dark lines beneath Nails is a reason to see your doctor immediately.  These dark stripes are most commonly a form of melanoma or skin cancer.  Those with darker skin may notice more intense dark lines.

Yellowish Nails usually indicates a fungal infection in the nails.  That’s the best case scenario.  Occasionally yellow nails may be a sign of a bigger problem such as diabetes, a thyroid disorder or lung malfunctions.

Pale Nails are typically a symptom of malnutrition or anemia (lack of iron).  They can sometimes predict severe heart and liver conditions.  Extremely white nails are the biggest sign of liver problems including hepatitis.  But don’t confuse white spots with solid white nails.  White spots may simply be nail trauma and in rare cases it is due to calcium deficiency.

Rippled Nails most commonly means inflammation.  This may be caused by psoriasis, arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.

Were you surprised to find out what your nails say about your health?  Next time you see anything out of the ordinary on your nails, don’t dismiss it too soon.  Consider what it may be saying about your health.

New Superfoods Part 1: Seeds, Grains and Pulses

New Superfoods

With the expansive list of foods on our planet, it’s incredible to think that there are so many we have not tried.  Food is both a cultural and social experience and diversity in the diet is essential to a healthful lifestyle.  As more research emerges about foods around the world, new superfoods are periodically touted for their amazing nutritional value.

Today begins our three-part series on new superfoods.  We’ll explore phenomenal foods that you’ll probably see pop up in markets near you soon.  We’re starting with wholesome seeds, grains and pulses that can be used in a variety of ways to increase flavor, nutrition and excitement in your diet.

Teff:  This fine gluten-free cereal grain is terrific for eating plain or baking.  It’s common in Ethiopian food and is rich in protein, fiber and the antioxidant Vitamin C.  If you can’t find it raw, look for teff flour and try it in your next baking project.

New SuperfoodsSorghum:  Although you may have never heard of it, Sorghum is the fifth most popular grain in the world.  It is grown mostly in the warmer climates on earth and in the U.S. is primarily fed to livestock.  Like teff, sorghum is gluten-free and is versatile for baking, adding to soups and salads or eating straight-up.

Amaranth:  Quinoa has risen in popularity in past few years and amaranth may be on the same trajectory.  Like quinoa, it is a seedy grain that cooks quickly and is high in amino acids that are the building blocks of protein.  It makes a great side dish and can be flavored with a variety of spices.

Sacha Inchi:  This star-shaped nut-like seed is chock full of omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber.  The raw seeds can be eaten as healthy treat. Recently Sacha Inchi oil has become a hot ingredient in many beauty products because it has age-defying effects.  The oil can also be used for cooking and preparing foods.

Pulses:  This is not just one food but a category of foods that includes lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas.  These foods are high in protein and fiber, making them terrific for lowering cholesterol, cleansing the body, stabilizing blood glucose levels and assisting in weight loss.  Get creative with your pulses.  Add them to salads and smoothies, or try purees or roasting them for an on-the-go snack.

Next time you’re bored with your go-to seeds, grains and pulses, look for these new superfoods at your grocery store.  Until they gain popularity they may only be available in specialty stores.  If you cannot find them in their whole, raw format, look for powdered versions that offer the same great health benefits.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more on new superfoods including fruits, vegetables and drinkable superfoods!

How to Write a Letter to your Mom for Mother’s Day

Expressing your love and gratitude for your mom may be something you do often, or you may be remiss in telling her how much you care.  While each mother-daughter relationship is unique, all moms enjoy feeling appreciated, especially on Mother’s Day.  That’s why it’s a perfect holiday to tell mom exactly how you feel about her.  Today we’re going to help you tap into your inner-scribe and go over how to write a letter to your mom for Mother’s Day.

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Why Write a Letter

Telling your mom your true feelings is wonderful and we highly encourage you to do it often.  But on special occasions like Mother’s Day, putting your thoughts and feelings on paper is something she can keep with her and revisit often.  Also, writing letters allows you time to thoughtfully express exactly what you want to say with time constraints, losing your train of thought or other distractions that may be an impediment during your Mother’s Day celebrations.  Whether you type it or hand-write it, your mother will surely love receiving a personal letter from you on Mother’s Day.

What to Say to Mom

Before you write a letter to your mom for Mother’s Day, spend a few minutes brainstorming what you want to express to her.  You probably want to start off by thanking her for all the wonderful ways she’s helped you and shaped your life.  From caring for your every need as an infant, to helping you through challenging times in your life, your mother has probably done a lot for you.  Make sure she knows how much you appreciate that unwavering love and support throughout your life.

In your letter, celebrate your mom’s wonderful qualities.  Is she kind, caring and compassionate?  Is she edgy, sarcastic and witty?  Is she smart, clever and resourceful?  Whoever she is, tell her that you love those terrific aspects of her.

Acknowledge what you’ve learned from your mother as well.  Mothers want to know that their influence has guided their children’s ideals, values and successes.  This shows her that her innate qualities and all the hard work she did in raising you were completely worth it because she molded the wonderful person that you have become.

Also, give specific examples of how she was a super mom to you.  This is a personal letter recognizing your intimate relationship with your mom.  If you wanted to praise her generically, you can buy a card.  But expressing your personal feelings should include examples from your personal interactions.

A Few Reminders

Not everyone is flowery and sentimental and that’s OK.  Chances are, your mom knows you well enough to know if you’re being authentic in your letter so don’t go overboard if that’s not true to who you are.

Also, your letter doesn’t have to be a novel.  A few paragraphs is all it takes to make mom feel incredibly special and loved on Mother’s Day.

Feel free to write letters to other mothers in your life too, not just your own mom.  This gift of all gifts is fabulous for grandmothers, aunts, sisters and friends as well.

We hope you find these tips helpful as you write a letter to your mom for Mother’s Day.  We wish you a very happy Mother’s Day!

Celebrate Mom Friends

When you become a mother you join this amazing club of moms.  More than most other experiences in life, motherhood bonds women in incredible ways.  Celebrating joys and victories, overcoming struggles and challenges, navigating the various stages of your children’s lives – these are the moments that mom friends share.  So on the day of showing love and gratitude towards moms – Mother’s Day – don’t forget to celebrate mom friends too.

If you’re like most new moms, you’re making a lot of new friends through your kids.  Yes, your kids are sort of like “wing men,” so to speak because you’re “picking up” new mom friends as you experience the world with your children.  Moms often meet other mom friends with kids the same age through baby and toddler classes, school or daycare, neighborhood play groups or participating in other activities in your community.

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Sharing common experiences with moms that have children around the same age as yours is an important part of motherhood.  Women especially need emotional connections and to share what is happening in their lives along with their feelings about these experiences.  Because most women have this desire, leaning on other moms in a similar place in their lives is a way moms can meet this need.  Just like moms are comforting to their children, mom friends are comforting to other moms.

Mom friends are also wonderful problem-solvers because they can impart knowledge and wisdom about their own experiences in similar situations.  Even if their advice isn’t perfect for your own issues, at the very least moms can sympathize and commiserate with you because they’ve been there themselves.  And as all moms know, sometimes we don’t need someone to fix our problem as much as we need someone to listen and care about them as deeply as we do.

So this Mother’s Day, take time to celebrate mom friends.  If your day allows, spend time with your mom friends doing what you like to do.  Maybe you can slip out for a glass of wine, go shopping or catch a movie matinee.  Perhaps your entire families meet up for a picnic at the park or pool so the kids can be involved too.  Or if you can’t get together on Mother’s Day, try planning something before or after the holiday to celebrate mom friends.

While elaborate gifts aren’t necessary, consider doing a little something special for your mom friends.  Giving them a potted plant, a copy of your favorite book or baking their favorite dessert are terrific ways to show your mom friends you love them and appreciate their friendships.  If you have a group of mom friends you hang out with regularly, organize gift exchange so everyone gets one nice item as a Mother’s Day gift.

As you’re bonding over diaper blow-outs, leaky breasts, impossible tantrums, picky eaters and sleep deprivation, you are forming incredible friendships that are an invaluable part of motherhood.  Don’t forget to celebrate mom friends along with all of the other moms in your life this Mother’s Day.

How to Slow Down and Enjoy Life

enjoy life__1460039892_162.206.228.38Life is hectic…downright crazy sometimes.  Juggling all that life throws at you can be stressful and cause you to lose sight of yourself and things that are important to you.  With the dawning of a new season it’s time to stop and “smell the roses” this spring.  Today we’re offering tips on how to slow down and enjoy life.


Recognize your stress. Then stop and change the scenery.

No matter how we adjust our lives, there is probably always going to be something that stresses us out.  It’s a product of human nature and our modern desire for productivity. When you do find yourself rushing about, being short tempered, obsessing over details or otherwise feeling stressed, react immediately.  These feelings are perpetuated when we allow them to continue.  Instead, stop in your tracks, take a few deep breaths and redirect yourself.  You may need to ask yourself why you’re feeling the way you are.  Is what you’re upset about really that horrible?  If you’re late somewhere, is it the end of the world?  When you let the stress get the best of you, you can’t slow down and enjoy life.  But if you take a moment to calm down and revaluate, you’ll have a better shot at getting a whiff of what’s beautiful in life.

Be present.

If your mind is constantly wandering towards your schedule or to-do list, you probably are not enjoying the current moment.  When you have something important on your mind, write it down so you can get it off your chest, so to speak.  Then go back to what you were doing and try your best to focus on the present.  This will help you form better relationships, be more creative, be more productive and have more fun in life.

Turn off electronics.

Many times we’re not enjoying ourselves because we’re caught up in our electronics.  Periodically checking your mobile phone is one thing but being buried in it while you’re spending time with family or having lunch with your girlfriends will consume you.  Keep your phone, tablet and laptop away when you’re trying to enjoy people or an activity so you won’t be tempted or distracted.

Spend time outdoors.

Nature can be very relaxing and help us all reset.  Plus, it’s certainly a place where you can literally “smell the roses.”  Nature is inherently balanced, which has a soothing effect on us.  Find what is most peaceful to you about nature and take time to enjoy it often.  For some, that’s water, which may give you a sense of figurate weightlessness and causes you to move slower.

Eat slower.

We’ve all been guilty of gulping down food too fast sometimes.  Eating is a time to relax and enjoy nourishment.  While not possible in every circumstance, do try to embrace your meals by eating slower.  It will help you savor flavors, aid in digestion and give you an overall sense of calm in an otherwise chaotic day.

Lose your inhibitions and play.

The free-spiritedness of children is something we can all embrace.  Experts agree that even adults should play every now and then.  If you have children, let them be your guide into imaginary worlds, new games and creative play.  When it’s adults only time, find a hobby that allows you to let loose and play without being consumed by your daily tasks and responsibilities.

Do less and schedule time for nothingness.

We often don’t have time to slow down and enjoy life when our schedules are packed to the brim.  Learn how to say “no” when non-mandatory requests come up if it would cause your plate to be too full.  Also, mark off time on your calendar for nothingness.  This will allow you to be spontaneous and do whatever strikes you at that time.  Hopefully whatever you choose will involve smelling the roses.

Tips to Allergy-Proof your Home

allergies__1460040180_162.206.228.38Spring brings many wonderful things but one not-so-fabulous part of spring is allergies.  Over 20% of people suffer from one sort of allergy or another.  Between pollen, ragweed, pet dander, mold, mildew and dust particles, spring can be a real sneezey, coughy, watery eyed, sore throat, itchy season for many of us.  Help reduce your tendency for allergy symptoms with these tips to allergy-proof your home:

Avoid Allergen Traps

Bedding, drapery and carpet are three of the largest areas where dust, dander and pollen get trapped.  When allergens are literally covering you when you sleep or thriving beneath your feet every day, you will surely continue to suffer from symptoms.  You can help get rid of some of these allergy culprits by eliminating spaces where they reside.  Here’s how:

  • Shield your mattress, box spring and pillow cases in allergy-proof covers.
  • Put away the winter comforter and use a lighter quilt and sheets.  Wash them often.
  • Replace carpeting with wood, tile or other flooring that won’t attract allergens and can be wiped clean easily.
  • Wash rugs regularly.
  • Use shades or blinds instead of fabric curtains that collect allergens.
  • Select wood, leather or other materials for your furniture rather than fabric.
  • Keep pets in spaces that are less likely to trap dander.  Especially keep them out of bedrooms of family members who suffer from allergies.
  • Ask family members and guests to thoroughly wipe their feet before entering your home. Or better yet, have everyone remove their shoes before entering.

Protect Your Air Space

Beyond surfaces that trap allergies, many allergens are airborne.  Keep these strategies in mind so your air space remains as clean as possible:

  • Keep windows and doors shut during high pollen season.
  • Don’t use fans because they can blow around allergens from surfaces.
  • Change your air filters regularly.
  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter that will collect more allergens and not blow particles back into your home.
  • Wear a face mask when cleaning to avoid breathing in allergens.

Bust through the Mold & Mildew

Mold and mildew are other common allergens that can affect people in their homes.  Don’t let these creepy multipliers cause you to suffer by employing these tips:

  • Use a mold and mildew-fighting cleaning solvent in bathrooms and your kitchen.
  • Place dehumidifiers around your home, especially in your basement.
  • Fix leaks and cracks immediately to avoid standing water in your home.
  • Never leave wet clothes in the washer as they can quickly grow moldy.
  • Turn on exhaust fans in bathrooms and your kitchen to eliminate moisture from the air.
  • Limit the number of indoor plants you have in your home as their soil can become moldy.

While you can’t avoid all allergens, you can use these tips to allergy-proof your home, reduce your allergy symptoms and enjoy spring again.

12 Easy Habits to Save the Earth

earth day 4__1458740213_162.206.228.38Tomorrow is Earth Day, a day to celebrate all of the glorious gifts our planet has to offer.  It’s also a time to give back and think about our global impact.  How can we be better at reducing our ecological footprint?  If you’re trying to find ways to be a better environmentally-friendly citizen, check out these 12 easy habits to save the earth:

Take public transportation.  Taking your car off the road saves on gas, oil and emissions.  Each of these has an impact on our land, water and air. Even taking a bus or train just a few times a week can save on resources and reduce pollution in big ways.

Turn off the water.  Leaving water running while brushing teeth or for a long round of dish washing can be wasteful.  Similarly, baths use much more water than a quick shower.  Make a point to use as little water as possible.  Invest in low flow toilets and shower heads that conserve water.  If you are bathing your kids in a tub, have them bathe together.  You and your spouse can also shower together to save water.

Unplug electronics.  Keeping computers, chargers, lamps, appliances and other electronics plugged in constantly pulls a lot of unnecessary electricity.  Unplug items that you aren’t using.

Buy Thrifty.  One gal’s junk is another gal’s treasure. Shopping at thrift stores for you and your family members is a terrific way to reuse consumer products.  Plus, you’ll save money and find unique items.

Subscribe electronically.  Opt in to email newsletters and bill paying to reduce the amount of unnecessary mail you receive.  Not only is snail mail a waste of paper, it is also taxing on the environment to produce and deliver it to you.

Eat less meat.  Raising and feeding cows for meat takes up a lot of land, food and natural resources.  Cows also release a good deal of methane gas that contributes to global emissions.  Skip the red meat and replace it with vegetarian options every now and then for a cleaner, more eco-friendly diet.

Bring your own water bottle and coffee cup.  Rather than popping open a new disposable water bottle every time you need refreshment, refill a washable bottle.  Do the same with your coffee cup.  Some coffee shops will even give you a discount for having your own cup.

Adjust the lights.  Your mother probably told you to turn off the lights you aren’t using and she’s right.  Also, swap out your most frequently used lights for LEDs.  They are more expensive but can last for up to 10 times longer than other light bulbs and they produce less heat reducing the need for air conditioning.

Wash your clothes with cold water and air-dry them.  Heating water to wash clothes takes a ton of energy.  When possible, use cold water.  Also, skip the dryer and let your clothes air dry.  You’ll probably enjoy that fresh breeze natural scent too.

Tune up your car.  When your car doesn’t work efficiently you may be doing more damage than you think.  Maintaining your vehicle will reduce emission pollution, require less gas and keep you driving it for longer.

Wrap creatively.  Skip the wrapping paper and use recycled materials to wrap gifts creatively.  Or simply tie a bow around your present and hand it over letting the recipient know that part of the gift is helping the environment.

Reuse, recycle and donate.  Play your part in saving the earth by reusing as much as possible, recycling what you can and donating any items you no longer need or want.

Happy Earth Day!

The 5 Full Figure Bras Every Woman Should Own

You don’t don the same outfit every day, or do the same activities every day, or see the same people every day.  Therefore, you shouldn’t wear the same bra every day.  This is especially true for full figure bras that have specific comfort, fit and support features for various occasions.

For every shade of you there is a perfect full figure bra pairing.  While we’re all for having a favorite bra, might we suggest having 5 favorite types of bras instead?  Here are the 5 full figure bras every woman should own:

molded_padded_seamless_underwire_full_figure_bra_5028_The “Ready-for-Anything” T-shirt Bra

You’re going from work, to lunch with the girls, to your kid’s soccer game, to dinner with your guy.  Finding the perfect outfit (and shoes!) for that day may be challenging but the perfect bra is a piece of cake.  It’s our Molded Padded Seamless Full Figure Bra that comes in wirefree or underwire options and a multitude of colors.  With lightly padded cups and straps for comfort, flexibility with adjustable straps, 4 hook-and-eye closures in the back, plus an ideal fit, this bra takes you everywhere without missing a beat.  And it will help you keep a smooth and flattering silhouette in whatever it is you decide to wear.

lace_cup_underwire_full_figure_bra_5408_The “Happy to See You” Bra

Dressing up from head-to-toe includes your bra.  So make sure you have a super sexy special occasion bra in your intimates drawer at all times.  Our Lace Cup Underwire Full Figure Bra is just the ticket.  With soft lace cups in a plunging v-cut shape, your breasts will be dressed to the nines like the rest of your body.  But looking this gorgeous doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice comfort and support.  This bra not only looks hot, it feels amazing too.

ultimate_sports_bra_5430_The “Ultimate Fitness” Active Bra

Squeezing in a cycling class, power walk or weight lifting session is hard enough. Don’t let your sports bra hold you back.  Our Ultimate Sports Bra is a full figure woman’s dream come true.  It lightly compresses and supports your breasts to prevent bounce and features weight-dispersing adjustable straps that convert from regular to racerback.  The breathable, sweat-wicking fabric makes it ideal for your light-to-moderate workouts.  Did we mention it looks cute too?  Once you try it, you’ll never hit the gym without this bra again.

wirefree_full_figure_bralette_5403_The “Cross Function Versatile” Bralette

Versatile and comfortable – two very highly-rated qualities in a full figure bra.  You can check off those boxes with our Full Figure Bralette.  The wirefree design is uber comfy and supportive for a variety of outfits and activities.  You may just forget you’re even wearing a bra!  With lace trimming, it doubles as a camisole that can show under blouses and dresses without adding an extra bulky layer.  This winning bra is a multi-tasker, just like you!

cotton_front_closure_leisure_bra_110_The “Lazy Sunday” Leisure Bra

For those days when you never slip out of your pajamas, you’ll need the perfect sleep/leisure bra.  That would be our Cotton Front-Closure Leisure Bra, aka, “The Most Comfortable Bra in America.” This leisure bra is great for sleeping or lounging. Soft cotton fabric, full coverage cups and cute colors and prints will make it your weekend go-to choice.  With front-closing hook-and-eye clasps, this full figure bra is a cinch to take on and off.  Although, you really never need to take it off…it’s just that comfortable.

So, do you have these 5 bras in your intimates drawer?  If not, what are you waiting for?  Click on over to our full figure collection and start shopping!

Skin Care Myths

skincare myths__1458740810_162.206.228.38When it comes to your skin, you probably have some firm beliefs.  But there are many rumors swirling around the beauty-sphere about things that are good or bad for your skin.  Today we’re debunking some common skin care myths to keep you in the know on how to protect your skin and keep it looking vibrant and youthful.



Myth:  Double SPF in sunscreen means double the protection.

The most effective sunscreen will offer broad spectrum UVA (rays that penetrate deeply and induce a tan) and UVB (rays that cause sunburn, cancer and photoaging) protection.  But SPF 30 is not twice as good at SPF 15.  In reality, there is only a 4% difference.  SPF 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays while SPF 30 blocks 97%.  Dermatologists recommend at least SPF 15 protection daily and sunscreen should be re-applied every 2 hours.

Myth:  The shade completely protects you from UV rays. 

Up to 80% of your ultraviolet radiation exposure is atmospheric.  That means that just walking around – whether you’re in the shade or sun – you are being exposed to harmful rays.  Therefore, sunscreen is always necessary even on cloudy days or days when you’ll be outdoors in a shaded area.

Myth:  Washing your face more often will clear up blemishes.

Washing is important but over-washing can actually damage your skin.  Your skin produces natural oil known as sebum oil that acts as a protective barrier.  Sebum oil shields your face from microbes as well as some UV rays.  So don’t go overboard on scrubbing away your body’s natural defenses.

Myth:  Junk food causes acne.

No studies have clearly indicated that eating junk will make you break-out.  However, some research shows that foods that cause inflammation, including those with refined sugar, can lead to blemishes.  So if you’re going to eat sugary foods, counterbalance them with anti-inflammatory foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes.

Myth:  Make-up with SPF counts as sunscreen.

You would have to apply over 10 times the normal amount of make-up to qualify as facial sunscreen.  Don’t fall prey to this marketing ploy.  Always wear sunscreen under foundation or powder.

Myth:  You should pop your pimples.

Popping pimples often pushes the bacteria that caused them deeper into skin layers.  This usually results in more pimples in the same general area within a few days.  Avoid popping and picking at blemishes and allow them to dissolve naturally.

Myth:  Expensive anti-aging products work better.

Most anti-aging skin care products contain very similar ingredients, plus or minus a few elements that are part of the latest skin care fad.  Drug store brands often work just as effectively for a fraction of the cost.

Myth: Anti-wrinkle creams permanently remove wrinkles.

In general, anti-wrinkle creams help hydrate skin to fill in fine lines and wrinkles temporarily.  Their perceived effectiveness only lasts as long as you use them and your skin remains hydrated.  Retinol and Vitamin C are two ingredients that have the best track record for reducing signs of aging.

Myth:  Skin aging is completely genetic.

Your lifestyle choices and habits contribute to your skin’s outlook.  Eating anti-oxidants, exercising and not-smoking are all good skin choices. Also, avoid squinting, piercing your lips and sleeping with your face smushed into your pillow to help keep your skin looking its best.

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