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What’s Really Stressing You Out? Tips from Dr. Murad to Manage Stress

 

Stress can damage your health at the cellular level, Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, has determined through clinical research and found that managing stress is a critical part of an Inclusive approach to optimizing health as it promotes and protects cellular integrity. In his book The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger (Wiley, September 2010), Dr. Murad explains how Emotional Self-Care is key to mental and physical well-being. Take a look at several factors that can stress you out and some tips on how to manage the stress!

What is Stress?
Stress is typically felt by most people who experience it by irritability, heart racing, and their face feels hot, headaches or upset stomach, an impending feeling of doom and even the smallest factors can irritate most. Studies show that when subjected to constant stress, humans can develop certain life-threatening afflictions, including heart attacks and strokes.

What is Cultural Stress?
Studies have shown that people who live in “blue zones,” places where people live long, lean lives into their 90’s, all have a common dominator – a low-stress lifestyle. Some cultural stressors include work, supervisors, children, tardiness, technostress, and constant e-mail. Dr. Murad discovered throughout his studies of more than 50,000 patients, that using the Water Secret to create healthy, hydrated cells, helps the body fight aging and disease and more importantly, the ruinous effects of Cultural Stress.

Health Impacts from Stress
Studies show that stress releases neuropathies directly damage cellular membranes. It causes our cells and connective tissue to break down, which in turn prevents our heart, lungs, brain, and other organs from functioning at optimal levels – all of which become apparent when you look at the skin. The best way to keep stress at bay is to learn how to manage it so it affects you less.

Tips to Manage Stress and Cultural Stress:

Get Connected: Get involved in community events, exercise classes, professional groups or associations, book clubs, potluck dinner nights with your friends, charity events at your children’s schools or volunteer at a nearby nonprofit or take a class at a local community college.

Disconnect: There’s an odd duality to being attached to machines that allow us to connect with others around the world in an instant. In a nutshell put down your phones! Take time at least twice a week to not check your phone or email. It’s a healthy mental break.

Start Your Day Off Right: Deficiencies in B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium stress out your body and trigger and increase in cortisol levels, not to mention food cravings. Many people skip breakfast and can easily find themselves lacking these critical nutrients and in turn rely on caffeine to stay alert and productive throughout the day. Try eating a handful of berries (vitamin C), six to eight ounces of low-fat yogurt (calcium and magnesium), and a slice of whole grain toast with natural peanut butter. Whole grains are loaded with B vitamins, while peanut butter contains fatty acids that can decrease the production of stress hormones. Peanut butter will also keep you satisfied longer.

Eat “Brain Food”: About two-thirds of our brains are composed of fat, and the protective sheath around communicating neurons is 70 percent fat. In essence, we need fat to think and to maintain healthy brain function, as well as normal growth and development. The omega-3 fats in salmon (often called “brain food”) as well as other cold-water fish, walnuts, flaxseeds and olives have numerous proven health benefits, including those that protect your heart. It is also important to limit your intake of processed foods!

Exercise: Exercising regularly nourishes the skin with oxygen while sweating flushes out toxins. It will also improve digestion and increase one’s metabolism and endocrine function so that the entire body is functioning at an optimal level.

According to Dr. Murad, “Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness.” When the body is at optimal health, the skin will follow suit. Through a three-pillar approach, Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health philosophy focuses on internal, external and emotional elements. Help regulate stress by following the Inclusive Health philosophy!

I love Murad products, they are gentle yet very effective. Check out Murad.com to find the right products for your skin care concerns!

Get The Look: Claire Danes Old Hollywood Glamour at the 64th Annual Emmy’s

Claire Danes at the 64th Primetime Emmys
Look by: Matin Maulawizada, Global Artistry Director for Laura Mercier

Matin describes his inspiration for Claire’s look as a “casual nod to old Hollywood glamour.”

EYES: Claire’s smoky, seductive eyes were the focal point of the look.

· Matin used Laura Mercier Eye Pencil in Extreme Black ($20) to define Claire’s eyes.

· He then heavily lined her eyes using Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil in Black Gold ($20). The pencil’s golden base colour complemented the star’s electric yellow dress.

· Matin completed the dramatic look by applying Laura Mercier Metallic Crème Eye Colour in Burnished Copper ($22) and Laura Mercier Sequin Eye Colour in Black Ice ($22) to Claire’s lids.

LIPS: Nude lips modernized the glamorous look.

· Matin layered Laura Mercier Lip Pencil in Praline ($20) and Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Angelic ($26) to achieve Claire’s soft, matte lip colour.

FACE: Matin chose to enhance the expecting star’s natural glow and created a “healthy flush using bright pink blush.”

· To achieve a flawless face, Matin first applied Laura Mercier Moisture Suprême Foundation in Sunny Beige ($43).

· He then covered imperfections using Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC-3 ($30).

· Laura Mercier Crème Cheek Colour in Oleander ($22) was then heavily applied to Claire’s cheeks.

· The look was set with Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent ($34).

Get The Look: Cat Deeley at the 64th Annual Emmy Awards.


So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley wowed the crowd when she stepped onto the red carpet tonight at the 64th annual Emmy Awards. Makeup Artist Amy Strozzi was the visionary behind the nominated host’s stunning beauty look. Amy put the focus on Cat’s eyes, layering a wet coffee shadow over a blend of multiple mocha shades for a modern take on the classic smokey eye. Amy then upped the drama by smudging a dark brown liner on both top and bottom lashes and swiping black mascara on lashes for the finishing touch.

To offset the intensity of the eyes, Amy kept the rest of Cat’s face simple: she gave Cat her signature sunkissed glow using Glow Powder Bronzer and added a rosy flush of color on Cat’s cheekbones using True Color Blush. Amy finally opted to give Cat a nude lip, which she achieved by applying a neutral lip liner over the entire lip and then swiping a matching lipstick.

EYES:
True Color Eyeshadow Quad in Mocha Latte ($9)
True Color Eyeshadow Quad – Femme Fatale Collection ($9)
SuperSHOCK Max Mascara in Black ($9.50)
Ultra Luxury Liner in Dark Brown ($6)
Glimmersticks Waterproof Liner in Brown Chocolate ($7)

FACE:
Extra Lasting Liquid Foundation in Cream Beige and Nude ($12.50)
Glow Powder Bronzer in Light Bronze ($11)
True Color Blush in Earthen Rose and Classic Aura ($8)

LIPS:
Ultra Luxury Lipliner in Neutral ($6)
Ultra Color Rich Lipstick in Sparkling Nude ($7)

All Avon products mentioned above are available on Avon.com.


New from L’OCCITANE!

A beautiful rose scent, that will have you hooked! The newest line from L’OCCITANE, Rose des Champs  is fresh, delicate,  fruity and spring-like. I can’t stop breathing it in, truly a great scent.

L’OCCITANE Rose des Champs  A rose with a slightly rebellious nature reigns over the fields of Provence, carrying an air of freedom. Like these wild and fragrant fields, the new Rose des Champs collection captures the heady sensation of freedom in a floral, pastoral and colorful scent. All of the products in this collection contain a wild rose extract from Provence and fragrance absolutes of small meadow flowers.

The collection includes; Eau de Toilette ($45), Solid Perfume Charm ($12), Silky Body Gel ($25) and Pearl Hand Cream ($10).

I adore the new Bonne Mere scent! I had the chance to try the Gentle Body Wash and the milk and honey scent is downright intoxicating. My kids might be getting a few more baths than usual just so I can inhale the sweet scent on them at story time. I also like to add a little to my bath it makes the bathroom smell great and leave my skin smelling fantastic. 

L’OCCITANE Bonne Mere : In Provence, Oh Bonne Mere! is often used in speech to express surprise, relief, joy, a stroke of good luck or, most importantly, kindness. The products in this vintage-inspired collection feature creamy textures and hypoallergenic formulas. Bon Mere’s gentle Body Washes, Hand Washes, Creams and Soaps are perfect for grown-ups and children with even the most sensitive skin.

Each piece in the collection is available in a milk and honey scent, and includes; Gentle Body Wash ($34), Creamy Hand Wash ($20), Gentle Cream ($22) and Soaps ($7).

L’Occitane products are available at usa.loccitane.com and in over 170 boutiques throughout the U.S.

 

Disclosure: Complimentary samples were sent to MHU for an honest review, all opinions are 100% our own.