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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!

Max Factor Signs Gwynnie.


Gwyneth Paltrow at the ad shoot for Max Factor.
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Gwyneth Paltrow has a new beauty gig as the “creative inspiration” for Max Factor’s makeup artists. The Procter & Gamble Co.-owned makeup brand said Thursday that Paltrow will star in a six-month Max Factor campaign that launches in November, in which she’ll model looks created by the brand’s makeup artists to reflect the different aspects of her life.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of Paltrow signing as the ambassador for Hugo Boss’ new women’s fragrance, Boss Nuit Pour Femme, this summer. P&G also holds the license for Hugo Boss Fragrances, through its P&G Prestige arm. A spokeswoman for Max Factor said the firm’s relationship with Paltrow will be a “long-term” one. The upcoming campaign will span television spots, shot by Tom Munro, and a print campaign, lensed by Craig McDean, along with content on Max Factor’s Web site.

Pat McGrath, global creative design director for Max Factor, has curated the campaign. “I tasked 11 of our national makeup artists to create three glamour statements for Gwyneth,” said McGrath. “These were to be inspired by her life and the different roles she has to play — model, actress, mother, singer.” McGrath then took those ideas and created seven different looks, which will appear in the campaign. Each look will be based around three “hero” Max Factor products.

The campaign will launch globally, with the exception of Japan and North America, where the Max Factor brand isn’t present.

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Would You Mirror Fast?

Women fed up with the constant pressure to look good are embracing a new trend – ‘mirror fasting’. They are trying to avoid the obsession with youth and beauty by not looking at their reflections for anything from a few days to a year.
Participants avoid reflections in shop windows, wing mirrors and even mobile phones – and those who try it report feeling liberated.

Followers of ‘mirror-fasting’ believe it helps improve body image and take focus from obsessing about appearance and looks. The trend is believed to have started, inevitably, in the United States where New York beauty writer Autumn Whitefield Madrano, 36, tried it for a month last year and wrote about her experience. She said she realised she had developed a ‘mirror face’, sucking in her cheeks and posing when she looked at herself, and added: ‘It made me feel really vain.’

Miss Madrano went on: ‘I wanted to see how much my mood was affected by the way I perceived my looks.
‘I was surprised at how quickly I stopped worrying about how I looked, and if I wasn’t thinking about it She did not shun mirrors entirely, however.

Miss Madrano allowed herself a hand mirror so she could apply her eye make-up and put a piece of paper over another mirror so she could style her hair occasionally without seeing her reflection. Miss Madrano has since completed another month-long ‘mirror fast’ and hopes to do it annually. She said: ‘It’s my way of checking in with myself, to remind myself that I don’t need to know how I look every minute to be a fully functional, capable human being.’

But Dr Phillippa Diedrichs, a psychologist at the Centre for Appearance Research in Bristol, said ‘mirror-fasting’ was another way of obsessing about appearance.She added: ‘When working with people who have issues around body image we encourage the “mirror exposure technique” – to look in the mirror and take a less critical approach.’

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Janelle Monáe is the newest COVERGIRL!

 

Working with Janelle, COVERGIRL is encouraging women to channel their artistic powers to play, change, and transform their style…and with Janelle’s individual artistic spirit and signature style to guide them, women will be newly inspired to rock their own unique COVERGIRL.

Janelle is known for her creativity, beautiful spirit and artistic “superpowers.” And, like COVERGIRL, believes in empowering women to use their beauty and strength to change the world around them. Stay tuned for more excitement from this partnership, including a LIVE Twitter chat with Janelle, in the coming weeks.

The COVERGIRL brand believes in helping women tap into what’s uniquely special about them and working it with confidence – celebrating a style that only they can rock. So it’s fitting that the beauty brand that’s all about “doing you” authentically is partnering with Janelle Monáe for an exciting new chapter of her life journey. The celebrated artist, once called a “different kind of diva” by Vogue, just wrapped her first COVERGIRL advertising shoot, which is scheduled to debut in the September issue of that publication next week. Monáe, who is already a renowned style icon with her signature black-tie wardrobe and striking hairstyle known as a “Monae,” becomes the newest COVERGIRL today, and she is on a unique mission to encourage women to use all their artistic powers to play, change, and transform.
“I believe it’s time that women truly owned their superpowers and used their beauty and strength to change the world around them,” said Monáe. “One of my core values is to help redefine what it means to be a strong and beautiful woman in the music and fashion worlds and to empower the wonderful things that make us unique. Becoming a COVERGIRL is truly an honor and a gift: it opens up a new platform for me to inspire women to feel stronger, braver and more beautiful inside and out.”
“Ever since Janelle made her electrifying arrival on the music scene, she has captured our imaginations, stirred our souls, and made us all move our feet,” said Esi Eggleston Bracey, VP and General Manager, COVERGIRL Cosmetics. “Janelle is a true force of energy and a beautiful spirit who truly delights in her creative journey, not just the destination. We’re elated and can’t wait to show the world another dimension of her artistic ‘superpowers’ as a member of our COVERGIRL family.”

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