Posts Tagged ‘Green Tea’

WAYS TO BOOST YOUR METABOLISM

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

It’s a frustrating scenario: you eat right and exercise daily and you either gain weight or plateau. While you may have inherited your mother’s slow metabolism, the good news is that you can overcome it.  Research shows you can trick your body into burning calories more efficiently, especially if you hit the gym. “By strength-training just a couple of times a week, for example, you’ll reverse 50% of the seemingly inevitable metabolism slow-down that comes with age, says Dr. Christopher Calapai, a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine. Here Dr. Calapai shares 7 Metabolism Boosters that don’t require a prescription or even a visit to an endocrinologist.

1. Value food as fuel and eat

If you want to weigh less, you’ve got to eat less, right?  Wrong! If you take in too few calories, it can cause your body to lose muscle mass and decrease your metabolic rate. Plus, when you skimp on calories, your body slows the calorie burn rate to conserve the fuel it’s got. “Under-fueling is just as risky as over-fueling,” says Dr. Calapai. “In an attempt for quick, noticeable weight loss, many people wrongfully believe that eating as few calories as possible is the best solution. Not only can this lead to numerous nutritional deficiencies as the body is getting less food overall, it can actually have the opposite effect on weight loss.”

 2. Mix up your workouts

When it comes to the best workouts for weight loss, neither weights nor cardio can completely move the needle on their own. Interval training is the best way to shed pounds, increase your metabolism, improve your cholesterol profile, and improve insulin sensitivity. Turn your favorite aerobic exercise (running, biking, even walking) into an interval workout by adding periods of intense speed (start with 30 to 60 seconds) followed by periods of rest (normal speed) for the same amount of time. Do this six to 10 times to complete a fat-slashing workout. As you get better, slowly increase the amount of time of increased intensity. (more…)

FOCUS ON FACIAL MASKS!

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

With so many at home face masks on the market, choosing one can be overwhelming. Often we purchase a face mask to address one skin issue but then start to ask ourselves, are we using it correctly?  How frequently should it be used and is it even worth the time and money?  Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a board certified dermatologist and clinical professor at Mount Sinai in New York City, offers some fast facts to help us get the most from a face mask.

EXPENSIVE ISN’T ALWAYS WORTH IT
When it comes to face masks, the products with the most expensive price tags are not necessarily the best. As consumers, we are often swayed by sleek packaging and seductive advertisement. We are also more attracted to expensive products, because we associate a higher price with a superior product. “Do your homework before making a purchase. Read reviews if available. Also know that certain face masks work best for certain specific skin conditions or results, so look to see what kind of face mask will work best for you,” advises Dr. Papantoniou.

LOOK AT THE LIST OF INGREDIENTS
According to Dr. Papantoniou, “face masks definitely serve a very useful purpose but in order to get the best result it’s important to know what ingredients address certain skin issues.”  For acne-prone skin, she recommends a mask with charcoal, kaolin, or salicylic acid, which help to draw out impurities, excess oils and unclog pores.  For those who struggle with rosacea, masks which contain green tea, caffeine, hyaluronic acid, sulfur, and aloe vera can help soothe and reduce redness.  A rejuvenating mask is great for more mature skin, where wrinkles are a concern.  A hydrating mask with antioxidants can help to plump lines and rehydrate skin cells; look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, rosehip oil, vitamin C, CoQ10, retinol, vitamin E, coconut oil and glycolic acid.

CLEANSE — NOT EXFOLIATE — BEFORE USE
Applying a mask to a clean face is a requirement.  Dr. Papantoniou suggests using a gentle facial cleanser such as Cetaphil, Ceravé, or Vanicream, which will not dry out the skin.  However, if a mask is applied to skin which has remnants of make-up or product, a barrier can be created and the mask will not work effectively. “You want to make sure your face is clean so the mask can fully penetrate. Exfoliating prior to applying a mask will be too irritating on the skin, and the chemicals and active ingredients in the mask may be too intense, remember that the mask will be staying on your skin for a while,” advises Dr. Papantoniou.

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SWAG ALERT: PURIFYING FACE WASH FROM JAPAN!

Monday, January 16th, 2017

Last year we shared one of Japan’s best beauty secrets, Mirai Clinical.  Founded on the holistic Japanese practice of “less is more” (i.e. the fewer products you use, the healthier your skin will be), Mirai Clinical, develops cosmeceuticals that fuse traditional Japanese ingredients, including those sourced from the sea, with advanced science to provide superior quality personal care experiences.  The brand’s Purifying & Hydrating Face Wash with Antioxidant Astaxanthin & Green Tea gently cleanses, while hydrating and softening the skin — without stripping the skin of its natural oils.  Infused with all-natural botanicals, star ingredients feature antioxidant-rich green tea and Astaxanthin (derived from micro-algae, it is 800 times more effective than CoQ10), soothing aloe, rosemary, chamomile, and lavender, hydrating coconut oil and silk protein, and refreshing grapefruit oil.  The concentrated formula, housed in an airless pump, is free of sulfates, synthethic dyes, fragrance, and preservatives.

Mirai Clinical is offering thirty lucky Beauty Undercover Subscribers an opportunity to SWAG its Purifying & Hydrating Face Wash with Antioxidant Astaxanthin & Green Tea (retail $25) simply by following them on Instagram or subscribing to their YouTube channel  (if you don’t have Instagram) and entering  here. This SWAG Alert is open to Subscribers 18 years or older with a valid US mailing address only.  Delivery is anticipated within 3-4 weeks from notification.