Celebrate Chocolate for the Skin

dark chocolateIn honor of National Chocolate Day this month, we have to point out some of the key benefits this craved sweet delivers to our skin! Products containing cocoa are known to hydrate the skin and smooth fine lines resulting in younger looking complexions. So be guilt free – this indulgence packs a powerful beauty punch!

In an article titled “19 Amazing Benefits Of Dark Chocolate For Skin, Hair And Health” on StyleCraze.com it states “dark chocolate is also packed with potent antioxidants and contains various essential nutrients which help you to stay healthy and beautiful. Powerful antioxidants like flavonoids help avoiding cardiovascular disorders and reduce risks of strokes.”

In addition to health benefits, skin benefits are realized as well. In the StyleCraze.com article, 6 skin benefits are provided from using dark chocolate.

  1. Dark chocolate is a skin-friendly ingredient that helps keeping your skin healthy, glowing and just flawless.
  2. As mentioned above, dark chocolate hosts a range of potent antioxidants. These antioxidants protect your skin from free radical damage; keeping it soft, supple and juvenile for long.
  3. With great sun protection properties, it shields your skin against detrimental UV rays and thus helps preventing conditions like sunburns and skin cancer.
  4. Regular consumption of dark chocolate helps you achieve a smooth, problem free complexion. It also keeps your skin moist and well nourished.
  5. Dark chocolate makes an excellent skin-detoxifier in combination with caffeine. It sloughs off the dead skin cells and allows the newly exposed, fresh skin to breathe freely.
  6. Stress is a huge beauty bummer. If not checked, it can ruin your entire personality. Dark chocolate boasts wonderful stress-relieving qualities and work wonders in getting you a glowing skin by reducing elevated stress hormones.

A Reader’s Digest article concurs as it featured an article titled “3 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate”. It believes dark chocolate can protect the skin. “German researchers found that the flavonoids in dark chocolate absorb UV light, help protect and increase blood flow to the skin, and improve skin’s hydration and complexion.”

So when reaching for the chocolate, select the dark chocolate though as it has a much higher concentration of the beneficial antioxidants that deliver results to the skin! So whether a tasty treat, a chocolate spa treatment or a topical skin care cream with chocolate, go ahead and splurge! After all, it’s National Chocolate Day!

An Apple a Day

An Apple a DayIt turns out that there’s a lot more to that old Welsh saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” There’s growing evidence to support the notion that apples are, in fact, one of nature’s superfoods. According to Medical News Today, apples are one the top ten health foods. Apples are loaded with antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavanoids, and fiber. With these and other nutrients, evidence suggests that apples may help to prevent or reduce cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

Studies have shown that a diet including apples has neurological benefits (Journal of Food Science, 2008). They can reduce cellular death that is caused by oxidation and inflammation of neurons. Also, drinking apple juice can increase the production of the essential neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain, which has been shown to increase memory in mice with Alzheimer-like symptoms.

This also suggests that apples can help to prevent dementia in humans.

A study involving 9,208 people over a 28-year period showed that those who had the highest apple content in their diet had the lowest incidence of stroke.

There’s also growing evidence that apples can help to prevent breast cancer, according to research conducted by prominent researcher Rui Hai Liu of Cornell University

In another study, published in the Journal of Food in 2014,. Apples were shown to have a positive effect on obesity in mice. Seven varieties of apples were compared, and Granny Smith’s were found to have the most beneficial effect on good bacteria in the gut, mitigating the circumstances that tended toward obesity.

The Florida State University found that older women who ate apples everyday had 23% lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, and 4% more HDL (good) cholesterol, after just six months.

The key to proper consumption of apples is to eat them in their entirety at mealtimes. Snacking on them throughout the day could damage one’s teeth, due to the acid content. Also, eating the skin is recommended, rather than peeling it and throwing it away; it contains most of the apple’s nutrients.

As it happens, right now is apple harvesting season. Several varieties are in season, including Gala, Honey Crisp, Paula Red, and Soergel Special (according to http://soergels.com/apple-chart/).

Maybe you should consider planting your own apple trees. They grow between 10 and 30 feet tall, and almost as wide. They’re a worthwhile investment, as they can live almost 100 years. Apple trees bloom in the spring, and take between 100 and 200 days to reach harvest, depending upon the variety of apple.

With the myriad positive effects apples have on various major illnesses, the old adage seems more timely than ever.

What Every Woman Should Have at Her Wedding

What Every Woman Should Have at Her WeddingWhat does every woman want? To look in the mirror and like what she sees. She wants her skin to look smooth and supple, and her face to look radiant. This is especially true on her wedding day.

She wants the process to be as smooth, quick, and trouble-free as possible. The last thing a woman wants to stress about on her wedding day is her appearance!

As we enter the fall season, it’s important to recognize that different beauty regimens come into play. The care that a woman’s skin needs during the frigid winter months is quite different from the care that it needs during the hot summer. Therefore, a bride-to-be must plan accordingly, ahead of her wedding date. In what season will her wedding take place, and what skincare regimen will she be following at that time?

Fiafini has a solution to this problem. It’s called Naturally `SASĒ Skincare. Based on the principle of “Simple is More,” it’s a 4-in-1 system that comes in a single bottle, with one application. It comprises moisturizer, serum, eye cream and neck cream. Instead of engaging in 4 separate beauty regimens that may or may not complement each other – or worse, actually sabotage each other – to say nothing of the time consumed, a bride-to-be can apply this system quickly and efficiently, in one step.

And she can do so without worrying about having a negative on either herself or the environment. All ingredients in the Naturally `SASĒ Skincare system have been thoroughly researched, and established to be safe and effective, and in compliance with environmental standards.

There’s also a convenient Travelux travel set that is perfect for the honeymoon. The travel sizes can fit in a cosmetic bag, and can be taken aboard a plane, or tucked away nicely in a suitcase.

With this sort of convenience, what does a bride have to worry about? Certainly not her appearance.

By the way, all you brides-to-be, don’t forget that you are what you eat; that plays an important part in how you look, as well. Make sure that superfoods are part of your diet. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, grapefruit, cucumbers, tomatoes, and kale. Also, drink plenty of water.

Sometimes, however, there’s no substitute for a session at your favorite beauty salon. So don’t be afraid to pamper yourself. And don’t feel guilty about it, either.

Hey, it’s your wedding day. Make it a day to remember.

The Benefits Of Squash For The Skin

The Benefits Of Squash For The SkinSquash is an amazing vegetable. It has an impressive array of nutrients, and comes in many varieties. Among those varieties are: Summer, Winter, Spaghetti, Acorn, Butternut, Hubbard, Pumpkin, Zucchini, Patty Pan, Delicata, Yellow Crookneck, and Tromboncino.

Squash can be considered a superfood. It provides a variety of health benefits to the human body, including the bones, the eyes, the colon, the prostate, the digestive system, and the immune system.

Its nutritional value lies in the vast array of vitamins, minerals, organic compounds, and other assorted nutrients that it contains. These include vitamins A, C, E, B6, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and folate.

Yellow squash can help to reduce heart disease, since it has negligible fat, and almost no cholesterol.

Summer squash is good for weight loss, being fat-free and very low in calories Read Full Article. Additionally, summer squash has a high concentration of antioxidants, which help to eliminate free radicals from the body. The high level of beta-carotene provides protection from the pollutants that cause cancer.

And squash can be of great benefit to the skin. The antioxidants it contains can guard against free radicals and cancer-causing pollutants.

The vitamin C, for example, helps to prevent signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation problems.

Converted from beta-carotene within the body, the powerful antioxidant vitamin A is essential for maintaining proper skin health and integrity.

Of course, the skin benefits of squash would be meaningless without all the benefits provided beneath the skin.

Potassium, calcium, and magnesium, 3 important electrolytes found in butternut squash, aid in the contraction of muscles, and help to stimulate nerve impulses. These minerals are of great help in alleviating cramps.

Potassium also helps to start the electrical impulses that regulate your heartbeat. In conjunction with sodium, it helps stimulate muscular contraction. Calcium also helps heart muscles to contract; on the other hand, magnesium helps muscles to relax.

Squash also helps to protect against the sun’s damaging effects, and combats dehydration.

End Morning Skincare Mistakes

morning skincareAs we assess our daily beauty regimen, many are incorporating products and processes to slow down or reverse aging effect; but, actually there are some morning beauty steps women are taking that can be doing the opposite.

In an Oprah.com video “Morning Skincare Mistakes That Make You Look Older”, celebrity skin expert Nurse Jamie discusses the two major skincare mistakes women make and how to avoid accidentally adding years to your complexion.

  1. Using retinol in the morning is a mistake. Nurse Jamie recommends using at night as retinols make you light sensitive. Adding SPF on top does not make it safe for daytime use.
  2. Not rinsing properly after women cleanse. Those who don’t rinse properly can result in a cleanser residue that can lead to clogged pours and dry skin.

But these are not the only beauty mistakes women are potentially making. In an Allure article titled “The 10 Beauty Mistakes That Add 10 Years” other bad choices are exposed including wearing heavy foundation that ages you versus selecting a tinted moisturizer or sheer foundation. When it comes to foundation wearing a hue that is too light for your skin can accidently age you too. “Foundation that’s paler than your natural skin tone exaggerates fine lines,” according to Allure article.

Trying to cover up dark circles under the eye too heavily with a concealer can age you as well. “The skin under the eyes gets thinner as we age, making thick cover-up look like concrete,” the article continues.

Lots of emphasis on the eyes! Next time you apply mascara, consider skipping the lower lashes. “It highlights crow’s-feet. And dark circles. And it just generally looks bad,” believes Allure article.

An application mistake many make when applying moisturizer is rubbing or applying in a downward motion…this pulls on the skin downward, emphasizing sagging skin. Apply products in an upward position – lift your skin!

We all fight hard to have healthy, youthful appearing skin. Don’t sabotage your good intentions!

Summer Rays – Choose a Healthy Alternative

sunless tanning While the summer sunshine and hot temperatures may be tempting you for basking in the sun to work on your summer tan, take pause for a moment and consider a sunless tan option that provides a healthy alternative to harmful ultraviolet A rays!

For those especially looking to stop the aging clock and realize the irreversible damage the golden sun can do, they still crave a sun kissed glow!

In an article titled “Sunless Tanning Techniques” in Neonline.com, spray tanning and hand application are two methods to help achieve a summer golden glow. However, regardless of which you pick, there are a few do’s and dont’s before and after treatments.

Pre Treatment tips from Neonline.com include:

  • Shower pre treatment using a mild soap with minimal fragrance and oils
  • Exfoliate skin to ensure longer lasting tan
  • Shaving day of treatment is ok; however, waxing should be done 72 hours prior to avoid skin irritation
  • Dress wearing dark clothes to avoid color transferring to lightly colored clothing
  • Avoid applying lotion prior as that can prevent sunless tanning products from fully absorbing

Post Treatment tips from Neonline.com include:

  • Avoid perspiration
  • Don’t wear a bra
  • Immediately wash palms of hands and avoid splashing water on forearms to avoid streaking
  • Wipe bottoms of feet with wet wash cloth or baby wipes to ensure tanning solution does not tan this area
  • Wait 6 to 8 hours to shower post treatment; if possible sleep in your new tan
  • Avoid hot showers, hot baths, hot tubs and chlroninated pools as these can decrease life of tan while drying out the skin
  • Avoid a pedicure or manicure immediately post tanning treatment (avoid any water contact)
  • Don’t panic if when you do shower you notice color washing off as this is just the bronzer in the solution
  • According to an article titled “Sunless tanning: What you need to know” featured on MayoClinic.org, “The active ingredient in most sunless tanning products is the color additive, dihydroxyacetone. When applied, dihydroxyacetone reacts with dead cells in the skin’s surface to temporarily darken the skin. The coloring typically wears off after a few days.”

Sunless tanning products might or might not contain sunscreen, the Mayo Clinic article continues. “If a product does contain sunscreen, it will only be effective for a couple of hours,” the article states. “The color produced by the sunless tanning product won’t protect your skin from ultraviolet rays. If you spend time outdoors, sunscreen remains essential.”

However, not all sunless tanning options are perceived as “safe”. The Mayo Clinic article advises against sunless tanning pills, “which typically contain the color additive canthaxanthin. When taken in large amounts, canthaxanthin can turn your skin orange or brown and cause hives, liver damage and impaired vision.”

Yet, topical sunless tanning options are considered safe as long as they are applied as directed. Be sure to protect mouth, eye and nose areas when applying these products.

So while hitting the beach or pool this summer, be sure to cover up and protect your skin from harmful rays and unnecessary aging. Sunless tanning products have come such a long way in a more realistic look than what used to be perceived as orange and splotchy. Just think you can achieve a sun kissed golden look year-round and at your convenience with no strap lines that you can be proud of and know that you got the glow without harming your skin!


Skincare Mistakes to Avoid: Dirty hands, Lack of Hydration & Wrong Type of Hydration

moisterizing dry handsDespite a strict daily beauty regimen to take care of and protect your skin, you could still be making some errors that might be hindering your flawless results. In a NewBeauty video titled “3 Skin Care Mistakes to Avoid for Flawless Skin”,

First mistake NewBeauty lists is not washing your hands prior to cleansing your face. “You’re putting all of that dirt, oil, and not to mention bacteria from your hands directly onto your skin,” according to the NewBeauty.com video. Using an anti-bacterial soap prior to washing your face with your hands reduces contamination.

A second mistake NewBeauty highlights is “not getting enough hydration.” “One of the biggest reasons you might notice lines and wrinkles around your face is the lack of hydration in your skin,” the video illustrates. To test skin hydration levels, use your forefinger and thumb and gently pinch the skin around your face. “Depending on how quickly it ‘snaps back’ will indicate how hydrated and how much elasticity your skin has.”

The third mistake to avoid is “not getting the right type of hydration.” NewBeauty recommends looking for a product that “hydrates from the inside out.”

According to a Real Simple article titled “True or False: Drinking Water Will Hydrate Dry Skin“, there is a fast fix to hydrate skin. “A good moisturizer is best at instantly improving the look and feel of dry skin, and applying one twice a day can help heal serious dehydration,” the article states. “The three key ingredients to look for include stearic acid (a fatty acid), emollient ceramides, and cholesterol.”

While quenching your summer thirst, don’t forget to give your skin a drink!

Beauty “App”lications are a Tap Away

Beauty “App”lications Looking to enhance your beauty routine? Think the solution might be in the beauty aisle or even at the beauty counter? Think again…beauty tips are just an app away on your smartphone. Not to mention the tutorial videos and how-to photos available on YouTube and Pinterest. Inspiration for the beauty addict awaits!

In a Harpers’ Bazaar article titled “10 Must Have Beauty Apps“, apps allowing you to “virtually trying on makeup to ordering a hairstylists to your doorstep, these are the best beauty apps to download now.”

From virtual dermatologist appointments on Spruce, to scheduling a personal pampering session at your home with Priv (available in NY and LA), these apps add an ease of convenience to beauty and health issues.

For those who love to shop for beauty products, it has never been easier than with Keep Shopping app. “So now your beauty products from Chanel, CVS, Sephora and more can all be purchased at one time through the same cart, making for a seamless shopping experience,” the Harpers’ Bazaar article outlines.

For a personalized beauty profile, upload a selfie and try Visada. “The app breaks down an assessment of your skin and eye care, offering up suggestions on how to improve your beauty regimen,” according to the Harper’s Bazaar article. “For makeup and hair, Visada offers product suggestions in specific colors and shades to help you perfect your beauty routine to a tee.”

L’Oreal has developed an app offering the convenience at home to virtually try on various makeup looks and cosmetic shades. “This app has a real-time camera that allows you to virtually try on any beauty product or shade,” adds the Harpers’ Bazaar article. “The camera acts as a mirror and allows you to try on different beauty looks, showing the makeup on your face as you move.”

Here is a useful beauty app – Mirror. “It turns your front-facing camera into a mirror that is actually usable,” according to BuzzFeed Life article titled “17 Amazingly Useful Apps Every Beauty Addict Needs.” With Mirror, you can take a closer look at any small detail with the digital zoom.

Beauty apps are even designed with idea of saving money. Pop Sugar outlines their recommendations in an article titled “36 Free Beauty Apps You Need to Download Now” including SuperDuper – a pocket essential for beauty junkies on a budget. “This download allows you to find drugstore dupes for your favorite luxury nail polish brands. Love Chanel lacquer in Expression? Try Wet n’ Wild Red, Red for $17 cheaper.”

Beauty has never been more accessible and creative to showcase new looks, give ideas for new products, convenience for scheduling appointments or conducting virtual beauty and medical consultations.

Beauty Advice: True or False?

Beauty Advice Secrets Beauty advice has been passed down from generation to generation and some of the tips, while they sound true, are just myths. Have you heard the one about reducing pore size? Or what about the one to eliminate cellulite? Like the Wizard of Oz, it is time to pull back the curtain. Here is some truth to these timeless shared tales.

In an article in Harper’s Bazaar titled “Debunking 9 Common Beauty Myths”, they tackle a few beauty myths including what happens to hair when you shave, damaging hair by brushing or wearing hair ties, getting wrinkles as a result of how you sleep and more.
Here are two beauty myths from Harper’s Bazaar set straight – one false, one true:

  1. Hair grows back thicker, darker and faster when you shave it.
    False: “Shaving hair is just cutting the end, so it has no effect on root and therefore no effect on growth,” says Dr. Heidi Waldorf, the director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “But shaved hair may look different because the ends are blunt, not tapered.”
  2. Wearing hair ties damages your hair.
    True: “If they’re too tight, they can pull out too much hair and strain and damage the follicle, causing hair loss. Also, wearing them for long periods causes headaches,” says Farel, who warns against sleeping in hair ties.

What about causing wrinkles while sleeping? Unfortunately, this one is true from a few sources. Beauty sleep expert and creator of the Wrinkle Prevention Pillow Patty Colman has one big “no no” while sleeping: Don’t sleep on your face (wrinkles result).

In an article in Cosmopolitan titled “Beauty Myths, Debunked” readers are set straight on a few untrue stories believed in beauty world. Here are two passed down beauty “truths” uncovered. First myth: DRINKING WATER PREVENTS SKIN DEHYDRATION. “Huge myth. It’s oil that keeps skin moisturized, not water. In fact, too much water on your skin will dry it out,” according to the Cosmopolitan article. Second myth: CROSSING YOUR LEGS GIVES YOU VARICOSE VEINS

Wrong. In fact, it’s more about standing too much. If you have a job or do an activity that requires you to stand all day, your veins work overtime to pump blood from legs to your heart, which results in pooling of blood and puffy, dark blue veins

Two of the most untrue beauty myths passed down for decades now is that tanning beds are “safe” and a base tan prevents you from burning. Both could not be further from the truth.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a tan does not provide enough protection against the sun. “Actually, a tan is really like a big scab,” says the CDC. “When skin cells are damaged due to exposure to UV rays, the response is to produce more pigment.”

Regarding tanning beds, dermatologists from across the county will stand in line together to state that they are not safe. “In fact, even just one session in a tanning bed increases your risk of melanoma,” stated in a DivineCaroline.com article titled “13 Beauty Myths Debunked”. “When it comes to getting some color, the only safe option is self-tanner. “

What other myths have you been falling for? From crossing your legs causes varicose veins to chocolate causing acne, to toothpaste is an acne healer to majority of sun damage being caused by the time you are 18. Or what about the one that lack of sleep results in dark circles? Time to stop falling for hearsay and separate fact from fiction.

There are so many other widespread myths out there. It is important to research these claims before starting a new practice or stop doing something that could actually be beneficial for you because you have “heard” that is bad.

Spring Forward with Classic and Eclectic Beauty Tricks

Woman with a  secretJust turning the pages of a beauty magazine this time of year and readers might easily become overwhelmed with all of the new spring color palettes and beauty must-have products. However, to help you spring forward there are several beauty secrets that can be integrated into your daily regimen that result in younger looking skin, easier to use cosmetics and great hair.

In a Huffington Post article titled “50 Best Beauty Tips: The Only Beauty Advice You’ll Ever Need” the “do’s”, “don’ts” and even more obscure beauty advice is provided. We have picked our top five beauty tips that you can easily implement into your beauty routine.

The first tip deals with your cosmetics. Freeze your eyeliner. “Does your eyeliner constantly crumble while putting it on? Our friends at You Beauty recommend leaving it in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to applying your makeup,” recommends the Huffington Post article. “It should glide along your lash line seamlessly after that.”

A twist on a tip that might be familiar – rinse hair with beer or vinegar. “Rinsing your hair with beer helps restore moisture to your locks while using vinegar will up the ante in shine,” the Huffington Post article continues. “Soak your hair in either liquid (not at the same time) for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water.”

Warmer temperatures are starting to spread with spring’s arrival. Turn up the heat is our third favorite secret from Huffington Post. “For curlier, flirtier lashes, the experts at You Beauty recommend heating your lash curler with a hair dryer for five to eight seconds before curling them.” In fact, in an InStyle article titled “The 25 Best Star Beauty Tips of All Time”, Isla Fisher also recommends to blow dry eyelashes. “To make lashes curl better, take a hair dryer to your eyelash curler for one or two seconds before using it,” recommends Fisher in the InStyle article.

Now here is a twist on anti-aging product and it’s one you have readily available in your kitchen. Use ice cubes to keep fat, acne and wrinkles at bay.The experts at You Beauty recommend massaging an ice cube over your face until it melts. Do it every night before bed and keep fat cells, acne and wrinkles under control,” reports Huffington Post.

You might have heard about using Preparation H under your eyes to reduce swelling, but did you know that you can soothe your stomach and your face with Pepto-Bismol? “Apparently Pepto-Bismol isn’t just a stomach soother, it can also be used as a facial mask. It contains bismuth subsalicylate, which is commonly found in facial creams,” Huffington Post details. “In an interview with Reader’s Digest, Dr. Frances Jang, a dermatologist at Skinworks, recommended spreading two teaspoons of Pepto-Bismol on your face, then letting it dry for 15 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.”

Bonus secret is an oldie but goodie beauty tip from Woman’s Day’s article “75 Beauty Tips, Tricks and Hacks”. The concept of beauty from within is not a new one – in fact, it’s decades old from September 1961. “Beautiful skin stars from within,” the Woman’s Day article states. “Include lots of vegetables, fruit and water in your diet.” Not bad advice!
What’s your timeless beauty secret that has been passed down from generation to generation or one that you have invented yourself?




Time to spring clean the makeup drawer or bag

makeup-bagSpring cleaning your house is an annual ritual – for many it is the one time during the year when serious deep cleaning happens. When is the last time you cleaned out your makeup drawer or bag? Just like purging your refrigerator, there are certain cosmetic items that should be tossed after a period of time to avoid contamination.

In an article on EverydayHealth.com titled “When It’s Time to Toss Your Beauty Products”, Jessica Wu, MD, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California and a dermatologist in private practice in Los Angeles explains that “Most beauty products are designed to stay fresh and stable only for a limited period of time.”

Mascara, make up sponges, foundations and other beauty products all have a shelf life. Just because your mascara tube might still be nearly full, it is highly recommended to replace your mascara every 60-90 days due to germs and avoiding any eye infections. Foundations might be one of your more expensive beauty regimen products, so luckily, this item has a longer shelf life compared to other cosmetic items – typically liquid foundation lasts 6-months to 1-year.

Potentially serious infections can occur when using outdated foundation. Within months bacteria can being to grow that present health risks to your skin, according to EverydayHealth.com. “Some analyses of old makeup have found traces of staphylococcus and streptococcus, both of which have been known to cause potentially serious infections,” the article states. “Strep, for example, can break down the superficial layers of your skin and get into your soft tissue and blood, which can lead to life-threatening conditions including toxic shock and necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease).”

Eye makeup is especially vulnerable to bacteria and can pose a health risk, so start here when reviewing your makeup cache for expiration dates, according to the EverydayHealth article. “You use mascara near your eyes, it’s liquid — which tends to grow more bacteria — and you double dip every time you re-insert the brush into the tube, all of which increase the risk of eye infection,” Dr. Wu explains. “Mascara has the shortest shelf life of all beauty products and should be discarded two to three months after opening.”

Another beauty product that can be a bacteria culprit is the eye liner. While eye pencils have a longer shelf life — about a year — old stubby pencils should be tossed out and replaced, recommended by EverydayHealth. “One of the best ways to extend an eye pencil’s useful time is to sharpen it before each use,” Dr. Wu advises.

Use this spring cleaning time to inspect your makeup brushes. Have you cleaned these in the past month? If not wash these to again avoid “recycling” your makeup on your face. It is recommended to clean these weekly. There are many brush cleaners available. Regular disinfecting will prevent bacteria buildup. If the bristles are loose or there is an odor, consider replacing.

In an article on PopSugar.com titled “Chances Are You Used Expired Mascara This Morning” it states “since expired cosmetics can cause skin irritation and eye infections, it’s important to replace them before they go south. Unlike food, though, cosmetics aren’t required to have an expiration date on their packaging. Instead, you’ll have to keep track of when you opened them.”

A popular beauty product that might be overlooked is the must-have lip gloss. Not only does springtime provide an opportunity to possibly update your seasonal color palette, it also allows you to toss a potentially dangerous product. “Cold sores are one of the most prominent health risks associated with old or contaminated lip products. “If you get a cold sore, toss whatever product you were using,” Wu says. “Like mascara, lip gloss is a beauty product you double dip, so you should only keep it for about six months.”

There are probably many other beauty products hiding in your drawer or cosmetic bag that need to be trashed. Think of a rule often used with clothing – if you have not worn it in a year, time to get rid of it. Not a bad guidance for your makeup. Think of beauty spring cleaning as an opportunity to freshen up your look and try the hottest new item you’ve seen reviewed. Not only might you discover a new favorite shade or product, but you are also reducing clutter and helping your overall health.



Rejoice in spring’s bounty with top superfoods

super foodsSpring’s arrival not only brings flowers and showers but it also contributes to boosting moods and energy. Being able to get outside and escape the snow piles certainly helps; however, time to shop for spring’s superfoods that we can fill our plate with and feel good. Spring is blooming in the produce department with superfoods this season.

In an article in Health Magazine titled “10 Superfoods for Spring,” foods are featured that claim to boost mood, energy, memory and metabolism. First on the list for improving one’s mood are walnuts. “Walnuts are packed with tryptophan, an amino acid your body needs to create the feel-great chemical serotonin,” according to the Health article. David Katz, MD, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center, also contributes to the article and these superfoods. Regarding walnuts, Dr. Katz says “They’re digested slowly. This contributes to mood stability and can help you tolerate stress.”

Another mood booster this spring is asparagus due to its folate, “a B vitamin that could help keep you out of a slump,” according to Health. Folate also is known to fight heart disease and is great for pregnant women. Asparagus is also a great source of fiber and vitamin C and even contains protein.

To help with weight loss, spring garlic is recommended because it has a milder and sweeter taste and contains allicin, which is the culprit to garlic’s smell. “Allicin may keep you from overeating by stimulating satiety in the brain,” says Tara Gidus, RD, a dietitian in Orlando, Florida, in the Health article.

Beans are also a known food to boost fat loss. “Beans are one of your best bets if you’re trying to drop pounds, says Health Magazine source Joseph Colella, MD, a bariatric surgeon at Magee-Womens Hospital in Pittsburgh. “Your body has to work to break down the bean to get through the fiber, so you’re actually expending energy to digest it.”

Perhaps you might be starting a garden and growing spinach – another spring superfood – because it is a great source for iron, which is a key component in red blood cells that fuel our muscles with oxygen for energy, according to the Health article. Or another energy power food item is the artichoke, which peaks in the spring. “They’re loaded with magnesium, a mineral vital for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body—including generating energy,” says Forrest Nielsen, PhD, a U.S. Department of Agriculture research nutritionist in the Health article.

Salmon and strawberries are recommended to improve skin health and must-eat items to improve memory are eggs and blueberries.

Savor the spring colors when putting together your plate too – a colorful plate tastes good and is good for you. Whether you grow some of these items or stroll through a farmer’s market or even purchase at your local grocer, spring is the time to go green and benefit from these foods including improved health and even the bonus of shedding some pounds.

Choose your foods wisely — avoid key culprits to escape beauty flaws

Choose your foods wisely — avoid key culprits to escape beauty flawsYou are what you eat! The foods we select can have beauty benefits or beauty blunders.

In an article on Oprah.com titled “The 4 Worst Foods for Your Skin” it details that dairy is often associated to a poor complexion click for info. “In 2010, an influential research review published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found an association between dairy consumption and acne,” the Oprah.com article states. “Now the AAD suggests that acne sufferers talk to their dermatologist about limiting dairy to see if that helps.”

Another culprit linked to poor skin is sugar. “Eating a lot of sugar (raisins, soda, honey, agave nectar) or simple carbs (bagels, pasta, cupcakes) can throw off your insulin levels, which can lead to inflammation both inside the body as well as on your face,” explains Alan Dattner, MD, a holistic dermatologist who practices in New York and a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in the Oprah.com article.

Think again before heating up the grill when temperatures warm up. While grilled meat might be a good protein, it also known that “heating meat at high temperatures produces a chemical reaction between the fat and protein that results in compounds called ‘advanced glycation end products’ (AGES),” according to the Oprah.com article. This can lead to aging of the skin.

A fourth food type to avoid is those items heavy in sodium, such as chips and popcorn that albeit might satisfy the salty craving it can result in skin puffiness and lead to water retention.

According to Dr. Julie Pena, a dermatologist who practices in Tennessee, in her video blog “Foods that impact acne”, she states that “foods with a high glycemic index are white breads, white rice, pretzels, popcorn, melons and pineapples.” Foods that are low in glycemic index include wheat, oatmeal, sweet potatoes, beans, peas and lentils, Dr. Pena continues. “So if you are worried about acne, definitely eat foods in low glycemic index and consider cutting down on milk,” she advises.

When selecting foods, a nutritious diet in low sugar fruits and vegetables will help aid to keeping not only your inside healthy but your skin glowing too; but on the contrary, a poor diet can lead to skin issues.

Chocolate delivers beauty benefits

Chocolate delivers beauty benefitsChocolate is abundant this time of year for Valentine’s Day to show someone you care, but you can also show yourself you care utilizing chocolate into your beauty routine. So go ahead and indulge this season and reap the health and beauty benefits of chocolate!

In an article titled “Beauty Benefits of Dark Chocolate” on YouBeauty.com, it points out that some chocolate can have significant beauty benefits. “The not terribly bad news is, the only chocolate that can deliver these benefits is dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content—which doesn’t apply to most treats found in the candy aisle at the grocery store, so choose wisely,” the article states.
It has been found that cocoa contains flavonoids that actually benefit the heart.

According to Kristin Kirkpatrick, R.D., M.S., Wellness Manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Lifestyle 180 program, and YouBeauty Nutrition Advisor, “Dark chocolate relaxes blood vessels, which in turn reduces blood pressure. Several studies suggest that it may also be a feel-good treat that increases production of mood-enhancing neurotransmitters.”

However, dark chocolate also helps combat beauty’s public enemy number one: Stress, according to the NewBeauty.com article. “Cocoa helps reduce stress hormones, which means less collagen breakdown in the skin, and fewer wrinkles.”

The type of flavonoid found in chocolate is flavonols and these help skin look its best. “Flavonols are antioxidants that help your skin protect itself from UV damage (hello, fewer wrinkles) fight free radicals (so long, sun spots) and increase blood flow (i.e. dewy glow!),” the NewBeauty article continues. “In one study, flavonols in dark chocolate even improved skin hydration and thickness—both mega important for young-looking skin.”

In a StyleCraze.com article titled “19 Amazing Benefits of Dark Chocolate for Skin, Hair and Health” other beauty benefits result from dark chocolate consumption. “Regular consumption of dark chocolate helps you achieve a smooth, problem free complexion. It also keeps your skin moist and well nourished,” according to StyleCraze.com article. “Dark chocolate makes an excellent skin-detoxifier in combination with caffeine. It sloughs off the dead skin cells and allows the newly exposed, fresh skin to breathe freely.”

But not all chocolate is created equal. You want to be sure you indulge in chocolate with a minimum of 70% cocoa. It is the cocoa bean itself that provides strong antioxidant benefits when ingested.
Another way to realize skin benefits from chocolate is a DIY chocolate facial mask. In an article on BeautyandTips.com titled “TOP 4 CHOCOLATE HOMEMADE FACE MASKS” here is our favorite from the article:

Regenerating homemade face mask with the use of chocolate

Mix 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate with 1 teaspoon of almond oil and 1 teaspoon of rose hip oil. Make sure that your mask is lukewarm and comfortable to touch. Add 1 drop of essential oil of the rose, mix all the ingredients very well and apply the mask on your face for 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. The oils will help to regenerate your skin cells and chocolate will help tone and hydrate the skin.

“Making a homemade chocolate mask is easy. In an article titled “Are chocolate face masks bad for your skin?” on HowStuffWorks.com Dermatologist and author of Feed Your Face Dr. Jessica Wu, she reveals all you need is dark cocoa powder and plain yogurt (use cream instead of yogurt if you have sensitive skin). “The cocoa powder is high in antioxidants,” says Wu in the HowStuffWorks article. “And the yogurt contains lactic acid to help unclog pores.”

The article continues to advise to combine 2 to 3 tablespoons of dark cocoa powder (70 percent cacao or more) with 2 to 3 tablespoons of plain yogurt to make a paste. “Depending on the type of yogurt you use, add more or less until you get the consistency of brownie batter,” the article states. “Apply with fingertips to clean, dry skin (be sure to wear an old t-shirt since it can get messy) and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes; rinse with lukewarm water.”

For those with dry skin, the article recommends adding a teaspoon of honey or mashed avocado to help lock in moisture and add hydration. For those suffering from sun damage, consider adding a teaspoon of olive or almond oil for an even more hydrating punch!

Go ahead and delve into chocolate this Valentine’s Day – just be sure to go for the type that delivers a beauty benefit in addition to a delicious taste!

Soak in the Sun for Vitamin D

Soak in the Sun for Vitamin DIf you live in Northern latitudes, limit your sunshine exposure during winter months or follow a strict vegan diet, you could be at risk for Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D, often referred to as the sunshine vitamin, is naturally produced in our bodies when exposed to sunlight and the production of this essential vitamin in our bodies is also naturally produced through some foods including fish, egg yolks and fortified dairy and grain products.

According to Laura Power in an article titled “VITAMIN D – THE WINTER DEFICIENCY”, “new research shows that many people in northern latitudes are deficient in Vitamin D, because sunlight is insufficient during the winters to stimulate the production of vitamin D in skin.” This includes people living in Washington, DC due to its latitude coordinates.

Vitamin D levels have fallen in many populations around the world, particularly northern climates. “In northern California 80% of clients tested during winter months demonstrate Vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency,” Powers states. “This is primarily due to changes in diet and lifestyle. Few people spend the day outdoors anymore, and most who do wear sun screen.”
Even wearing sunscreen when outdoors, which is meant to protect our skin, can be harmful in the effect the body does not receive the necessary sun exposure. “You need sun exposure daily in the summer between 11 am and 3 pm – without sunscreen or windows for 15 – 20 minutes,” Power adds.

Too little Vitamin D can cause health risks and the symptoms are not always apparent. Bone pain and muscle weakness can be one alert sign for possible deficiencies. Vitamin D is essential for strong bones as it helps the body use the calcium from the person’s diet, according to an article titled “Vitamin D Deficiency” on WebMD.com.

There are other benefits associated with Vitamin D. “Research suggests that vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including type1 and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis,” the WebMD.com article states.

On MedicineNet.com, it states Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. This means that it is stored in our fat cells for use when it is needed. It is constantly being used for calcium metabolism and bone remodeling.

In an article by Dr. Marcola titled “7 Signs You May Have a Vitamin D Deficiency”, the following signs are provided:

  1. You have darker skin: “African Americans are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiency, because if you have dark skin, you may need as much as 10 times more sun exposure to produce the same amount of vitamin D as a person with pale skin!”
  2. You feel blue: “Serotonin, the brain hormone associated with mood elevation, rises with exposure to bright light and falls with decreased sun exposure.”
  3. You’re 50 or older: “As you get older your skin doesn’t make as much vitamin D in response to sun exposure.”
  4. You are overweight or obese: “Vitamin D is a fat-soluble, hormone-like vitamin, which means body fat acts as a ‘sink’ by collecting it. If you’re overweight or obese, you’re therefore likely going to need more vitamin D than a slimmer person.”
  5. Your bones ache: “Often, people who see their doctor for aches and pains, especially in combination with fatigue, end up being misdiagnosed as having fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome.”
  6. Head sweating: “One of the first, classic signs of vitamin D deficiency is a sweaty head.”
  7. You have gut trouble: “Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means if you have a gastrointestinal condition that affects your ability to absorb fat, you may have lower absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamin D as well.”

If you are at risk, you can also consider taking a Vitamin D supplement. According to the Vitamin D Council, “This is a good way to get vitamin D if you can’t get enough sunlight, or if you’re worried about exposing your skin. Vitamin D3 is the best kind of supplement to take. It comes in a number of different forms, such as tablets and capsules, but it doesn’t matter what form you take, or what time of the day you take it.”

When the sun is shining, take advantage and soak up the sun for your health – in safe dosages!

Before Applying, Read the Label

Before Applying, Read the LabelJust as we carefully read our food labels to avoid certain harmful ingredients or those that might cause an allergic reaction, we should take consideration into what goes into our beauty regimen products. When we formulated Fiafini products, we carefully hand selected ingredients known to not irritate skin – especially those suffering from extreme sensitive skin. However, we also ensured we avoided other ingredients viewed to be harmful including fragrance, parabens and sulfates.

In an Examiner.com article titled 10 Toxic Beauty Ingredients to Avoid, it states “There are thousands of chemicals in your products, many of which are being absorbed into your body. These companies have cart blanche to use any ingredient or raw material without government review or approval.”

Among the 10 ingredients identified, parabens despite its usage to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products, it is actually one to avoid because, according to the article, “Parabens possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. They can be found in makeup, body washes, deodorants, shampoos and facial cleansers.”

Fragrance is another taboo ingredient as the Examiner.com article believes “as the consumer you could be putting on a concoction that contains tons of chemicals that are hazardous to your health.” It also notes that fragrance mixes have been associated with illnesses including allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and even potential effects on the reproductive system. Beware as fragrances can be found in products outside of perfume, the article cautions. It can also be found in skincare moisturizers.

In our top three to avoid, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), rounds out the list. “This surfactant can be found in more than 90 percent of personal care and cleaning products (think foaming products),” according to the Examiner.com article. “SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen.”

The skin is the body’s largest organ and absorbs a very high percentage of the products we put on it. “It’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic chemical, but you can do your part in limiting the amount of toxins your body is exposed to,” the article states.

Do your due diligence when selecting your next skincare line – be sure that in addition to fighting wrinkles, it is not delivering harmful effects you did not bargain for.

New Year’s Secret: The Pomegranate Superfruit Packs Powerful Punch to the Skin

Pomegranate Superfruit Packs Powerful Punch to the SkinA New Year’s solution to youthful skin and to help slow the aging clock down might rest with one particular super fruit. The pomegranate is not just packed with nutritional benefits but it also packs a powerful punch for skin health. This bold red fruit with the small juicy seeds can be purchased in the produce section by themselves, as a whole fruit or just the bottled juice. This fruit is often thought of as a “secret potion to get a healthy, vibrant and youthful skin,” according to an article on StyleCraze.com titled “17 Best Benefits of Pomegranate Juice for Skin, Hair and Health.”

Derived from the French word pomme garnete or “seeded apple”, the pomegranate is high in vitamins and antioxidants. It actually contains about three times more antioxidants than green tea, red wine and oranges.

“Drinking pomegranate juice benefits our health and skin in a myriad of ways. It is one of the few fruits whose juice is as beneficial as the fruit itself,” according to StyleCraze.com. “This is because the peel contains the maximum amount of antioxidants which are released in abundance when the fruit is squeezed while juicing.”

A single glass of pomegranate juice can provide you with 40 percent of the daily requirement of folic acid and vitamins A, C, and E, according to StyleCraze. “Freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, being completely unprocessed, triumphs over packaged juice any day, as it retains the maximum number of vitamins.”

To avoid excess sugar, which is not good for the skin as it can result in inflammation and can counteract the positive health benefits of the pomegranate, be sure the juice is unsweetened.

Five key skin health benefits the pomegranate delivers include:
Anti-Aging Benefits: “Pomegranates protect against premature aging by helping reduce the signs of skin aging caused by sun damage and exposure, such as wrinkles and fine lines,” according to an article on About.com titled The Skin Care Benefits of Pomegranates. “Pomegranates also help prevent hyperpigmentation and age spots.”

Suited for All Skin Types: Pomegranate juice works wonders for all skin types including oily and dry skin. “Its small molecular structure penetrates deeply into the skin to provide ample moisturisation and hydration to the skin,” according to StyleCraze article. “Thus it soothes dry and irritated skin. Its content of punicic acid, an omega 3 fatty acid keeps the skin constantly hydrated by sealing in the moisture.” For oily skin, the pomegranate juice contributes toward preventing acne outbreaks.

Helps to Heal Scars: Pomegranate helps in the regeneration of cells in the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin. “It has an ability to hasten the process of healing of wounds. Even the oil of pomegranate seeds is loaded with skin friendly nutrients which are beneficial for the strengthening and regeneration of the epidermis,” the StyleCraze article explains. “It also protects the skin from sun burns and heals the damage caused to the skin due to constant exposure to the sun.”

Improves the Texture of Skin: “Pomegranates are also known to extend the life of fibroblasts which are responsible for the production of collagen and elastin that tighten the skin and prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles,” according to StyleCraze. “Collagen and elastin provide strength and support to the skin.” This super fruit also is known to help lighten the skin tone and result in a glowing skin tone.

Prevents Skin Cancer: According to StyleCraze, the pomegranate contains anthocyanins and hydrolysable tannins which possess strong anti-oxidant and anti-tumor promoting properties. “When applied directly on the skin, ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant found in pomegranates inhibits the growth of cancer of the skin.”

Here is a Pomegranate Face Mask for Glowing Skin*:

Powered Green Papaya
Grape Seed Oil
Grape Seed Extract
Pomegranate Juice

Instructions: Mix 1 teaspoon each of powdered green papaya, grape seed oil, and grape seed extract with 2 teaspoons of pomegranate juice and apply it on the face. Leave it on for about an hour and wash it off with lukewarm water. You can also use a cotton ball to apply pomegranate juice directly on the face after cleansing.

So, this year, raise a glass of pomegranate juice to your skin! Cheers!

*Recipe from StyleCraze.com.

Visions of Sugar Damage the Skin

Visions of Sugar Damage the SkinVisions of sugarplums dance in our head, tempting desserts line every party table, and extra holiday cocktails full of sugar are everywhere this time of year. The temptations are at every turn we take. We might think, “oh I’ll work out more in the New Year buy cheap cialis online.” But the indulgence we might take in now can affect our skin too.

In a Prevention article titled “Face Facts About Sugar” it states “experts now believe that a lifetime of overeating sugar can make skin dull and wrinkled.” In the article Fredric Brandt, MD, a dermatologist in private practice in Miami and New York City and author of 10 Minutes 10 Years is quoted saying “Besides damaging collagen, a high-sugar diet also affects what type of collagen you have—another factor in how resistant skin is to wrinkling.”

Why does sugar age the skin? According to Prevention, “At blame is a natural process that’s known as glycation, in which the sugar in your bloodstream attaches to proteins to form harmful new molecules called advanced glycation end products (or, appropriately, AGEs for short). The more sugar you eat, the more AGEs you develop.”

Not only can your sugar addiction lead toward wrinkles and sagging skin, but sugar can also cause skin breakouts because it increases inflammation.

It is not too late though to reverse the sugar effect. “The good news about sugar-damaged skin: It’s never too late to turn back the clock,” the Prevention article states. “One way is to build new collagen with products that contain retinoids. To keep this new collagen supple, prevent AGEs from forming by taking steps to minimize the damage sugar causes to your skin.”

In a Huffington Post article titled “Why Sugar Is Just As Bad For Your Skin As It Is For Your Waistline”, it explains when taking in sugar, the body breaks down these carbohydrates into glucose, which in turn raises your insulin levels. “Simple carbohydrates, like refined sugar, white bread and soda, cause your insulin levels to spike,” according to the Huffington Post article. “Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles.”

It is recommended to also use nutrition to benefit your skin. Cutting back on sugar in your diet is not necessarily easy as even whole grains, fruits and vegetables turn into glucose. The key is to limiting added sugars, Prevention recommends. Other tips include watch for hidden sugars in foods, and avoid high fructose corn syrup.

The Huffington Post article recommends avoiding the following foods as they have damaging effects on the skin. “Simple carbohydrates are your skin’s enemy, since they rapidly break down into glucose and result in insulin spikes,” the article states. “Avoid foods that are proinflammatory, high-glycemic or high in saturated fats like: white bread, candy, fried food, ice cream, fruit juice, pasta, ketchup, cream cheese, jam, pizza, sugar (white and brown), packaged snacks and sodas.”

You can kick your sugar addiction with steps according to an article on DailyMakeover.com titled “How Your Sugar Addiction Is Ruining Your Skin.” First on the list is to exercise along with getting enough sleep and taking a daily vitamin. “Exercise also helps to reduce tension, boost your energy level and decrease the need for a sugar lift,” according to the article.”

Adding substitutes like cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander and other spices help reduce the sugar craving too and the article recommends watching for hidden sugars.
“Although a little sugar won’t kill you or completely ruin your skin,” the DailyMakeover.com article states, “all three experts (interviewed in article) do recommend eliminating most of your sugar intake.”

Before grabbing the extra sugar cookie, think twice and leave them for Santa instead.

Before raising a glass this holiday season, consider water instead

Raise a  glass‘Tis the season to celebrate and with all of the holiday parties, cocktails are sure to be in abundance. Before you raise a glass to toast the season or the New Year, consider the effects alcohol has on the skin and your overall age appearance.

In an article on StyleList.com titled “The honest truth: How alcohol affects your skin”, “Alcohol’s effect on your skin is similar to its effect on the rest of your body: it steals the good (hydration) and leaves the bad (dryness, bloating, redness),” the article continues. “When you drink alcohol, it hinders the production of vasopressin — an anti-diuretic hormone. This causes your kidneys to work extra hard to remove excess water from your system, sending water to your bladder (and you to the restroom!) instead of your organs.”

Drinking an excess amount of alcohol dehydrates the skin. According to Dr. Oz in a Q&A on ShareCare, “In order for the skin to protect our bodies from UV radiation, microorganisms and toxic agents, it must be kept adequately hydrated. Hydrated skin will remain flexible and allow our protective barrier to remain intact,” he continues. “If skin is broken, environmental factors can damage our bodies and cause exacerbated water loss, feeding a cyclical pattern of more damage due to further dehydration.”

Not only does a cocktail contribute toward looking older than you are due to wrinkling occurring as it can when skin is dry; but a libation also robs your body of Vitamin A. “[This vitamin is] essential for cell renewal and turnover, so your skin could take on a dull gray appearance,” the StyleList article mentions. “Staying hydrated will obviously have opposing effects: smoothing out wrinkles, leaving your skin looking bright, young and fresh. Drinking water is the only way to combat the drying effects of alcohol, hydrating from within.”

Alcohol is also known to worsen rosacea, contributing toward blood vessels in the face to dilate and sometime burst resulting in broken capillaries. And yes, while there are studies showing that an occasional drink has health benefits – red wine due to antioxidants – this same beverage also has correlations to flaring up rosacea.

The key is distinguishing between occasional versus overdoing it. According to StyleList, for women, binge drinking is 4 drinks within two hours.

“Alcohol seriously affects your appearance, but it also wreaks havoc on your insides if you drink too much,” the StyleList article states. “And don’t assume that this doesn’t apply to you: even if you have a few drinks a week, you should take note of how the alcohol may be affecting your skin.”

Celebrate the holidays but take care to also drink water and keep your skin hydrated and protected.