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5 Tips for Radiant Skin!

I love She Knows… they have some great tips on keeping your skin healthy and glowing! They broke down 5 ways to have your skin radiant in no time!

Exfoliate.

Sure, you’ve heard that exfoliating your skin is important, but to achieve glowing skin, it is a must. Try exfoliators that contain alphy hydroxy acids such as glycolic acid. Try this: Givency Peel Me Perfectly Tri-Performance Skin Polish ($45), a triple-action scrub that contains glycolic acid to promote natural exfoliation and clay extract to cleanse skin and tighten pores.

Make a note: At-home peels are another effective path to smoother, more even-toned skin and generally contain up to 30 percent glycolic acid, whereas a dermatologist can use up to 70 percent concentrations for more dramatic results.

Detox your body.

It is true: The outside of your body reflects what’s going on on the inside. Skin conditions develop when the skin can’t do its job of eliminating toxins efficiently, which happens because the other eliminative organs are overloaded as well. Talk to a natural health care professional to find a detox program that works for you, or take a load off your system – and benefit your skin by doing the following:

  • Drink warm lemon water each day to help flush toxins from the body.
  • Cut out sugar and alcohol for a few days (at least 5) to give your body – and skin a break.
  • Up your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables to boost the amount of skin-saving nutrients you’re getting.
  • Limit salty snacks which can cause swelling and water retention.

Eat and apply antioxidants.

Antioxidants help fight free radicals and protect the skin from environmental damage. Some popular topical antioxidants include vitamins C and E, coenzyme Q10 and green tea, and there are many more. They can counter the damaging effects of the sun, reduce wrinkles and improve skin tone. Eat fruits and vegetables that contain these vitamins, as well, so you get them internally and externally. Fill your grocery cart with the following:

  • Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries
  • Dark, leafy greens (kale, spinach, collards)
  • Orange fruits and vegetables (mangos, squash, sweet potatoes)

Try coconut oil.

Virgin coconut oil has the ability to restore and rejuvenate damaged skin. It heals, repairs and leaves your skin radiant. Coconut oil has excellent antioxidant properties and helps to destroy free radicals. It can also even out your skin tone, giving it a more healthy-looking texture and a subtle glow.

Use radiance-boosting makeup.

Try the celebrities’ secret to glowing skin and that “lit from within” look: Apply an illuminating cream under your makeup. Check out Nars Illuminator ($29) to easily take your skin from dull to bright and healthy. Bronzers are also excellent for creating a healthy glow. Choose an illuminating rather than matte shade and apply everywhere the sun hits your face: forehead, nose and cheeks.

Answers: What’s the right thing to do if you get a sunburn?

No matter how hard we try to follow the rules of sun safety, sometimes we still get burned. Some days, we don’t reapply SPF often enough; on others—like an overcast afternoon (“the most dangerous day at the beach,” according to dermatologist Margaret Weiss, M.D.)—we don’t even realize the sun is out. Vogue asked the experts for their best tips for finding instant relief—and getting ahead of the damage cycle.

Here are all the tips you know from skincancer.org via Vogue:

POP A PILL
At the beach, by the pool, “if you start seeing red while you’re still outside, you’re in trouble,” says Weiss, assistant professor of dermatology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As a preemptive strike against swelling and inflammation, she suggests immediately taking an ibuprofen.

CHILL OUT
To lower overall body temperature after a scorcher, Elizabeth K. Hale, M.D., clinical associate professor of dermatology at New York University Langone Medical Center, suggests a cool bath or shower, or better yet, a cold milk compress. The protein and fat in milk—whole milk, especially—will help to ease discomfort better than plain water, she says.

SEE A DERM
For patients with blistering skin, derms like Robert J. Friedman, M.D., suggests over-the-counter topical steroids (hydrocortisone); Dr. Hale puts some patients under infrared LED lights to help reduce redness. “[For sunburns] it does take out some of that inflammation, and this could potentially decrease long-term damage to the skin,” she says.

HEAL—DON’T PEEL!
Once burned skin starts to peel, the urge to “help it along,” says Los Angeles derm Karyn Grossman, M.D., can be irresistible. However, picking away dead layers or using exfoliants or treatment products (even your usual AHAs or glycolics) can make matters worse, exposing raw, fragile skin to the elements. Instead, says Grossman, “let it gently come off on its own. Keep skin super-hydrated with plain products like CeraVe or Cetaphil. Use Aquaphor on blisters at bedtime.” Weiss advises patients to avoid anything containing topical Benadryl (“or anything that ends in ‘dryl’—caladryl for instance”), which can potentially further sensitize skin or cause a rash. And, make sure to stay hydrated, drinking plenty of fluids.

7 Ways to Naturally Whiten Your Teeth!

Want whiter teeth this summer? Don’t want to break the bank buying expensive over-the-counter products? AOL Healthy Living offers up 7 natural ways to whiten your teeth!

Bleached, bright-white teeth seem to be everywhere — and while traditional treatments like whitening toothpastes, at-home trays and in-office procedures are an effective way to get there, they can sometimes cause tooth sensitivity and pain. For those hoping to steer clear of chemical treatments, there are a few techniques that can possibly help your smile to sparkle naturally.

The first step is good oral hygiene. “Health and beauty are intertwined,” says Arthur Glosman, D.D.S., a cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills. “If something is healthy, it’s going to look beautiful. If it’s sick, no amount of white teeth is going to make it look good.”

Beyond that, here are a few remedies that do (and don’t) work for a whiter — and maybe even healthier — smile.

1: Crunchy fruits and vegetables!

Crunchy, crispy fruits have an abrasiveness that can help to lift stains from the teeth and give the illusion that they are whiter. “They’re like nature’s toothbrush,” Glosman says.

Try munching on apples, celery and carrots, which have enough abrasiveness to clean tooth surface without posing any harm to the enamel, says Emanuel Layliev D.D.S., a cosmetic dentist at the NY Center for Cosmetic Dentistry. “The crispier the better,” he says.

2: Floss!

“People underestimate how important staining is that happens in between the teeth,” Glosman says. “If you just floss, you can remove so much of the staining that’s in between the teeth that your teeth will already look whiter.”

And no matter how bleached your teeth are, they won’t look healthy set up against red, puffy and receded gums, so he recommends continuing to brush at least twice a day on top of a daily flossing.

3: Cheese

There’s a growing body of evidence indicating that eating a small amount of cheese after a meal can potentially help to prevent tooth decay and promote enamel re-mineralization, Glosman says.

Along those same lines: “Milk and yogurt keep teeth sparkling and cavity-free because they contain the minerals calcium and phosphorus, which promote the remineralziation of tooth enamel,” says Lisa Drayer, M.A., R.D., author of “The Beauty Diet: Looking Great Has Never Been So Delicious.”

4: Sugar-free gum with xylitol

Xyoltol is a natural sweetener that can actually help to prevent plaque. While plaque feeds on regular sugar, it can’t digest xylitol. Xylitol also neutralizes pH levels in the mouth and increases saliva production. “Saliva is like the natural cleaner that we have in our mouth,” Glosman says. “It spills through all of the cracks and crevices.”

But bear in mind that this works both ways — while saliva can wash away food and debris, it can also carry bacteria throughout the mouth, meaning twice daily brushings and low sugar intake are just as important.

5: Consider it: Chocolate covered strawberries

There’s a small amount of evidence (largely anecdotal) that has indicated strawberries may promote whiter teeth. On top of that, chocolate can act as an antibacterial element because of the cocoa bean husk, says Layliev, meaning that it can reduce the amount of bacteria. The drawback, of course, is that this treat still has sugar, so don’t indulge excessively.

6: Skip it: Baking soda

While there are properties in baking soda that can remove surface stains, it’s not the ideal long-term tooth whitener, says Kimberly Harms, D.D.S., consumer advisor for the American Dental Association, as it can be too abrasive on teeth and ultimately damage the enamel (which can actually make teeth appear even darker). Instead, she suggests sticking with whitening toothpaste that has a clinically tested, safe amount of abrasive properties. The American Dentistry Association looks at appropriate abrasiveness levels, among other factors, when handing out their ADA Accepted seals.

7: Skip it: Vinegar and lemon

Glosman has heard of people using apple cider and vinegar to whiten teeth, but cautions that it may possibly damage enamel. “I wouldn’t want to go down that route,” he says.

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The 5 Biggest Skin Sins!

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