Sweeten Your Holidays

Sometimes we feel all of our efforts to stay in shape and eat healthily during the summer are slowly trumped by temptation of the holiday season’s treats and sweets.

Nutritionist Tiffany Dalton

Nutritionist Tiffany Dalton

Sugar can be the single ingredient in our diet that separates us from our skinny jeans. Since we would all like to have our cake and actually eat it too, here are some sugar alternatives that will help you alleviate the extra pounds, and better yet, may even provide a healthy dose of nutrition.

Stevia is a zero calorie, natural sweetener that can be used in anything from morning coffee to pumpkin pie. This is an ideal option for those who struggle with diabetes or blood sugar issues. Stevia comes from a plant, so is natural in origin; however, some packaged sources are not as healthy as they seem, as many commercial brands mix it with unnatural ingredients. Real stevia is a green leaf ground up into a powder which sometimes can have a bitter after taste that some don’t like. Improvements were made over the years to remove bitterness, resulting in a liquid extract. Sweet Leaf, a non-GMO brand with no additives, is my favorite and comes in different flavors to make baking even more fun.

Raw honey provides many health benefits. Used in many ancient medicinal remedies, it contains powerful antioxidants called polyphenols which help heal the body, anti-inflammatory properties, and even antimicrobial compounds that fight off bacteria, especially in the mouth.1 Take note that not all honey is the same. Manuka honey is ideal for most of the medicinal properties. If Manuka is out of budget, raw honey sweetens recipes and supplies high antioxidant content. Locally sourced, raw honey has been long thought to help with seasonal allergies and the immune system. Avoid regular store brand honey which is usually processed, as it is void of the health benefits and acts just like cane sugar.

Dates are the greatest source of nutrition of all the above-mentioned sugar alternatives. Dates supply calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. This autumnal fruit also contains vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, folate, and vitamins A and K. Dates have been reported to help with constipation as they also have high fiber content. Dates are not considered low in sugar by any means, but from a nutrition perspective, they beat plain sugar any day!

Coconut Sugar is the easiest replacement for white sugar in any recipe. You simply swap sugars in equal amounts. Derived from coconut water, it supplies electrolytes and is high in potassium and other nutrients. Since it also scores low on the glycemic index, you can keep blood sugar more stable and increase your nutrition at the same time.

Please know that if you are using regular sugar in your baking and cooking, the majority of today’s sugar usually comes from genetically modified beets and corn. Artificial sweeteners are no better, as they are toxic to the brain and body.

This season, create a more nutritious version of “treats you can’t say no to” by using one or a mix of these healthier options.

Tiffany is a certified nutrition consultant and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner and can be reached at (760) 285.1221. www.GlutenFreeWithTiffany.com

Bright Eyes: More Than a Fresh Look

Interpersonal communication is such an important part of life. And we are naturally drawn to people’s eyes as the focal point. The eyes provide visual and emotional cues and other non-verbal information and are vital in communication. Thus, we naturally want our eyes to look and feel their best.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery restores your natural eyelid contour and refreshes your appearance; however, this common surgery does more than enhance your looks.

The eyelid skin is very unique, as it is the thinnest and most delicate on our body. Eyelid skin is normally smooth, but with time, the eyelid tissue stretches, the fat bulges, and the muscles weaken. These changes are most often caused by age, heredity and sun damage. Dermatochalasis, the medical term used for excess eyelid tissue, occurs in both the upper and lower eyelids. When the upper lid is affected, you may have a feeling of heaviness and the redundant tissue may interfere with your peripheral vision. You may experience forehead fatigue as your body attempts to use these muscles to lift the excess upper eyelid skin out of your field of view. Some may note the urge to tilt their chin up in order to see more clearly, or have the sensation that their eyes want to close on their own while reading. An upper eyelid blepharoplasty (eyelid lift) can help to alleviate these symptoms while also improving your appearance.

Some patients may also have ptosis (“toe-sis”), or a drooping eyelid. The muscle used to lift the upper eyelid is very delicate. With time, its attachment may become loose, causing the lid to droop. This drooping can be addressed with a ptosis repair. The repair can be performed with an incision on the inside of the upper eyelid, or through a skin incision. Your surgeon will help you determine if you have ptosis, and if so, which approach is most appropriate for you. At times, upper lid blepharoplasty or ptosis repair may be medically indicated if the patient meets certain criteria. A visual field test must be performed in the office to determine medical necessity.

A blepharoplasty may also be performed to reduce excess fat and skin in the lower eyelids. The surgeon makes incisions (either on the inside or on the skin of the lower lid) and excess tissue is removed. Incisions made inside the eyelid are not visible; incisions on the skin are barely visible and generally fade over time. The goal of surgery is to provide a more rested but natural appearance. Your surgeon will help you determine which approach is most appropriate for your surgery.

Eyelid surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Patients may have the surgery with local anesthetic only, or they may receive intravenous sedation (twilight sleep) as well. Pre-operative preparation includes a thorough review of your medical and ophthalmic (eye) history as well as a review of your medication and over-the-counter supplements. After surgery, swelling and bruising are alleviated with ice packs. Most patients experience minimal down time and are able to return to many activities within a week. The results of surgery are generally long lasting, leaving patients looking refreshed, seeing clearly and feeling lighter and vibrant.

Dr. Hui is the founder of The Eyelid Institute in Palm Desert. She is an Oculoplastic surgeon and has a special interest in helping patients with eyelid, lacrimal and orbital conditions and can be reached at (760) 610.2677.

Beauty Tips to Remember

Are you often confused when buying beauty products? Do you reach for that product which advertises the most therefore capturing your attention? Or, do you head to the counters to buy the secret potion that a friend recommended while sharing that her wrinkles had disappeared overnight?

Whatever reason motivates your beauty purchase or anti-aging investment, here are some simple things to remember:

  • The most expensive on the market is not always the best. Many times products can be extremely close in formulation but just packaged differently. Some products have cleaner ingredients and a better delivery system.
  • Buy your skincare when there are free gift promotions so you can try free samples first to make sure you have no allergic reactions.
  • A facial once a month not only forces you to sit still; it gets the blood moving which is very good for your skin.
  • Our diet shows up on our faces, unfortunately! Watch what you eat and avoid diet drinks and fast foods. Think about the old saying, “You are what you eat.” It’s true!
  • Sleep is the cheapest form of an anti-aging product! Make sure you get your 8 hours of sleep if you can.
  • Alcohol, medication and cigarette smoking can promote early signs of aging as well.
  • Our Moms used items from the kitchen before there were fancy products available at the cosmetic counter. Sometimes just a little olive oil or coconut oil can ease the pain of dry hands or feet.

My favorite “go to” resource for beauty information is euromonitor.com. Below are some consumer industry trends I’d like to share. The beauty survey referred to in this article can be found on their website in its entirety.

The beauty space is turning green, and smart companies are taking part. Green features are secondary only to efficacy, suitability, and a quality-price balance in consumers’ decision-making, and are actually more important than low prices and strong brand names, according to the 2016 beauty survey results. So what are the best “shades” of green? In particular, “all natural” product claims matter to 50% or more of green-minded buyers in all markets, while other factors, like water efficiency, 100% organic, or botanically-derived ingredients exhibit regional appeal. 

It’s all about me! Consumer demand is moving from ‘suitable for me’ towards a ‘made for me’ level of customization. This is achieved through individual product formulations, digital consultation on brands’ and retailers’ websites and smart devices and applications that provide near constant feedback on efficacy. At the same time, consumers’ expectations for a healthy and extended youthful appearance continue to hold strong across many age groups.

Michele McDonough is a Strategic Consultant and Executive Recruiter in the field of health and beauty. She is also co-founder of Women’s Power Circle and can be reached at [email protected]

Guidelines to Your “Perfect Diet”

We would all love to find a convenient way to follow the “perfect diet,” after we figure out what that actually looks like. Many studies agreed on the same healthy diet philosophy. The most popular was published in 2014 by Yale University and identified ‘the best human diet for health’ was to simply eat whole foods.1 This traditional nutrient-dense approach to diet has proven to be effective for those who follow it. However, due to information overload in our society and lack of clear guidelines, implementing a whole food approach on a day-to-day basis can feel overwhelming and unattainable for many.

Here are some easy guidelines to simplify the process of mastering your optimal diet, despite your lifestyle:

Lower carb meals. Aside from some athletes, many health professionals suggest approximately 80% of your meals should lean towards having a lower, or ‘slower’ carbohydrate content.2,3 Slow means the carbohydrates have high fiber content which slow blood sugar spikes. A typical low carb lunch may consist of a large salad, chopped vegetables and beans or chicken. Tip: Don’t skip the healthy fats like olive oil-based dressing or added nuts and seeds.

1/2 plate full of vegetables. Your carbohydrates should come from mostly vegetables. This means replacing your bun and fries with lettuce wrap and a double side of sautéed broccoli. Easy!

Protein. The absolute best appetite suppressant known to date is protein. It also repairs tissues and sustains energy like nothing else. Prioritize and budget for high-quality of protein, especially if from an animal source. Plant-based proteins like beans, lentils, and seeds count too!

Nothing from a bag or a box. Probably not new advice to you, but track how many snacks you consume that are pre-packaged…replace those with veggies and dip, boiled eggs, homemade low-sugar trail mix…real food.

Limit alcohol to 2 days per week. Especially for fat loss; 1-2 drinks max. Nothing thwarts fat loss like alcohol. As a sugary additive to our diet at an average 7 calories per gram, it can easily put your body into fat-storing mode.

The secret behind the above guidelines is not so much that it is offering you the “perfect diet” (still worth following since perfect doesn’t exist!), but it is actually setting your body up for better digestion, increased metabolism for fat burning, and enhanced detoxification. When we provide the body with the optimal nutrition from real food, along with healthy lifestyle habits like exercise and well-managed stress, we can make it easy to manage detoxification, blood sugar and even an occasional ‘off the diet’ splurge.

Diet is at the root of health, so it must be a priority. Thankfully, unlike some life situations and environmental toxins, it is something we can control. Keep these simple guidelines in mind to easily improve and maintain your health.

Tiffany is a certified nutrition consultant and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner and can be reached at (760) 285.1221.

1)http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-032013-182351 2) http://lowcarbdoctors.blogspot.com/ 3) http://drhyman.com/blog/2015/08/20/slow-carbs-not-low-carbs-the-truth-about-low-carb-diets/

Summer Beauty Tips

Use non-comedogenic products. Non-comedogenic beauty products are designed not to clog pores which can lead to irritation and blemishes. This is important to remember for sunscreens, but may impact you more if you moisturize often and are prone to acne – especially in the summer. Hot and humid weather leads to sweat which takes a longer time to evaporate off your skin. Combining that with oily products isn’t exactly a party for your pores. Go the oil-free or non-comedogenic route to ward off pimples.

Stay moisturized with good clean/organic products. A faithful moisturizing routine can do so many beneficial things for your complexion. Your skin is a barrier that protects you from environmental factors like pollution, bacteria and moisture loss, and keeping it moisturized helps keep that barrier working properly. Dry skin is unhappy, damage-prone skin, so apply a light moisturizer to protect it from summertime drying agents like sunburn, salt and chlorine.

Exfoliate at the right times – and don’t overdo it! Not only will it help you maintain a fresh fake tan (when your dead skin cells flake off, the old tan will come off with it), but gentle facial exfoliation will help keep your skin free of clogged pores and create a better canvas for makeup application. However, keep in mind that exfoliation reveals new, sensitive skin that can be more prone to burning in the sun. Reserve your exfoliating habits for the evening (and not right before a special occasion), or for days when you aren’t heading straight from the shower to the pool.

Aloe can be your new best friend during the summer. It is a known anti-inflammatory that also provides moisturizing relief. Applying products containing aloe vera after sun exposure will calm and soothe your skin, leaving you far less likely to experience that awful scaly dryness that comes with summer. It’s also said to contain antioxidants that can help repair damaged skin and prevent free radicals from doing their undesirable work. Keep an aloe plant in your backyard or even your kitchen and use when needed!

Invest in moisturizers that work on wet skin when best absorbed. Don’t skip the after-bathing rehydration! Many brands now make body washes that provide hydration via their oil ingredients with many that you apply even before you towel off.

Buy quality sunscreens. Look beyond the SPF and buy quality sunscreens with safe ingredients. Reapply every hour or so, and if you take a dip in the water, reapply when you get out. Water attracts the sun (like snow), creating a glare that can cause sunburns.

Michele McDonough is a strategic consultant and executive recruiter in the field of health and beauty. She is also co-founder of Women’s Power Circle and can be reached at [email protected]

Benefits of Collagen: More than Skin Deep

The word “collagen” is derived from the Greek “kolla,” meaning glue. It is the most abundant protein in our body forming the musculoskeletal system and all connective tissue. Experts often refer to it as the fountain of youth. As we age, our body’s ability to make collagen begins to slow down. Consequently, our skin, hair, tendons, cartilage, bones, joints, organs, and intestines start losing their structure, causing signs of aging and poor health.

Collagen is made of primarily amino acids, many of which need to be obtained through diet. There are delicious foods that help replenish collagen, but supplementation may benefit you more efficiently and in more ways than just beauty.

Research shows our skin is made of approximately 70% collagen. In some studies, consumption of collagen peptides was seen to significantly reduce eye wrinkle volume by up to 20 percent and this effect was long-lasting.1 Other studies show how after 6 months of use, collagen led to a clear improvement of the skin appearance in women suffering from moderate cellulite2 and stretchmarks.

About 33% of collagen is made from the amino acids proline and glycine. Today, it can be difficult to obtain therapeutic amounts from diet alone. Hydrolyzed collagen protein (powder) is arguably the easiest way to increase collagen levels. Hydrolyzed simply means the proteins are broken down into easy-to-use molecules. Two highly reputable brands are Great Lakes and Vital Proteins (I have no affiliation with either). Taking 2 tablespoons at breakfast and at night have shown to be enough to experience benefits. There is virtually no taste or smell.

Bone broth, commonly used centuries ago and popular again today, is abundant in collagen, minerals, and other special anti-inflammatory properties. From your kitchen or health food store, it’s easy to sip on broth like tea, or use in soups and stir fry. Bone broth is high in protein and supports the immune system. It is particularly useful for gastrointestinal health and in reduction of inflammation.3

In our daily diet, fish, meat, bones, and organs are the best sources of collagen. Vegetarians can depend on beans, cheese, eggs and wheat germ. Here’s a great tip: Adding vitamin C from berries and greens will increase the utilization and production of collagen, in addition to the mineral copper, and sterols derived from aloe vera.4 You can get copper from sources such as sesame seeds and cashews.5

Aside from the beauty benefits, collagen’s amino acid profile can be life changing for everyone. It supports mood, gut health, joint6 and post-exercise pain.7 Its high content of proline, shown to be significantly present in wound healing,8 and glycine, an important inhibitory neurotransmitter as well as a natural anti-inflammatory9 are of significant interest in research today.

With consistent use, anti-aging, improved digestion, detoxification, restful sleep7, brain function, as well as weight loss are all benefits of collagen consumption you can look forward to experiencing. For those of us who want to beat the clock, stay pain-free and look younger, collagen may just be your secret weapon.

Tiffany is a certified nutrition consultant and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner and can be reached at (760) 285.1221. www.GlutenFreeWithTiffany.com

References: 1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23949208, 2) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26561784, 3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/11035691/, 4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4345938/, 5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6110524, 6)http://www.scielo.br/pdf/rbgg/v19n1/1809-9823-rbgg-19-01-00153.pdf, 7)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18416885, 8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23508578, 9)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12589194

Why Do I Keep Getting Canker Sores?

Canker sores appear in the mouth, on the tongue, lips, cheeks and gums and can develop into ulcers, or a white swelling which can be the size of a pinhead or as large as a quarter. They cause a burning, tingling sensation that can be irritating and painful especially when eating or drinking certain types of foods. They can appear (and may disappear) quickly or linger for as long as a month.   

So what causes these types of ulcers to erupt?  As with many diseases, canker sores are derived from inflammation in the body. There can be many triggers, such as nutritional deficiencies, which can create unnecessary inflammation; hormone imbalances; dental issues; food allergies; excessive stress and fatigue; biting your cheek or gum during eating which creates stress to the area; failing to change your tooth brush routinely, or using a tooth paste with excess chemicals.

There are also diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease or chronic fatigue which can affect the immune system as well as the bowels.  When the bowel is affected and a build-up of toxins occurs, more inflammation builds and outbreaks of the skin (your largest organ) and underlying immune responses to the additional bacteria can cause these types of ulcer outbreaks. 

So, outbreaks can be a simple response to eating the wrong foods that create more acidity within the system and cause inflammation to build, or something more causing a consistent outbreak or long-lasting ulcers that don’t seem to go away.

What can you do?

Cleaning up the diet, addressing hormone issues, managing stress and making sure your elimination process is working efficiently will all make a big difference on how long the canker sore(s) will last or return again. Keep in mind that drinking at least 64 ounces of water a day can enhance elimination and toxin removal from the body.

Nutritional deficiencies such as iron, L-lysine, vitamin B12 and other B-vitamins, folic acid, vitamin C and zinc have all been linked to outbreaks. Taking a quality multi-vitamin daily can help to supply nutrients you may not be getting in your diet.  Garlic and olive leaf together can act as a natural antibiotic and assist with the removal of bacteria.  Alfalfa and red clover can assist in cleansing the blood stream (not to be taken with certain medications or if you are pregnant).

Keeping the body more alkaline than acid is important.  Try eating more salads with raw onions, asparagus and eggs (foods that are higher naturally in sulfur lowers inflammation). Limit, or preferably eliminate, your intake of inflammatory foods such as alcohol, coffee, sugars, citrus fruits, night shade veggies and processed and refined foods.

Other quick remedies include applying a ½ tsp. of coconut oil daily onto the area and taking orally to help rid unwanted bacteria build-up and to speed the healing process. Gargling with warm salt water can also help ease pain.

We all age and as we do, our diet should help our bodies rather than hinder the process to keep us healthy and free of unwanted pain and irritation.

Dr. Beckner is owner of Your Body Code, personalized nutrition and wellness programs in Palm Desert, and can be reached at (760) 341.BODY (2639).  For free recipes and more information visit www.yourbodycode.com

1.) Herbal Healing by Phyllis A. Balch CNC, copyright 2002.  2.) Understanding Nutrition, 7th edition by Eleanor Noss Whitney & Sharon Rady Rolfes, copyright 1977.

How Often Should I Change My Make-Up?

To maintain that healthy facial glow, here are some helpful facts about the shelf life for your cosmetic products.

Mascara should be replaced every three months, as its liquid consistency and exposure to air every time it is opened make it more vulnerable to bacteria. Its proximity to your eye area can lead to possible infections. If you end up with conjunctivitis, commonly called “pink eye” or any other eye infections, it’s best to throw your mascara away immediately! Also, be cautious when sharing your mascara with others; it is not recommended.

Liquid eyeliners present the same concerns as mascaras, so they should be replaced every six months. Pencil eyeliners, however, can last up two years. Sharpen your pencil with each use to keep it fresh and easy to use/apply. Regularly cleaning your sharpener with a discarded toothbrush is a good idea, as well.

Most foundations should last up to one year; however, you should throw away liquid foundations if you notice any change in smell, texture or color. If you’re prone to acne, consider replacing your foundation every six months and be sure to wash hands, sponges and brushes much more often.

Because of the liquid consistency of lip-gloss, it will need to be replaced more often than an actual lipstick; every 12 months is recommended. The longevity of concealers depends upon consistency. Liquid concealer should be tossed after one year; however, powder concealer can last up to two years. Non-liquid lipsticks can last up to two years, as well.

If you notice a change in color in your nail polish or even a bad smell, it’s time to throw your polish away. Typically, it should last you up to two years. Some brands have expiration dates on the back of the bottle. When making a purchase, check for expiration dates before your purchase to make sure it’s not old inventory! If your products do not have expiration dates, use a sharpie to note date of purchase as a freshness guide.

Powder, blush, bronzer or eyeshadow can last for two years, with proper care. And don’t forget to clean your brushes often!

Heat destroys the shelf life of your favorite products, so a trick of the trade for desert dwellers is to find a handy little make-up tote and refrigerate your make-up. The bonus of refrigeration is the refreshing coolness during application!

Michele McDonough is a strategic consultant and executive recruiter in the field of health and beauty. She is also co-founder of Women’s Power Circle and can be reached at [email protected]

Five Ways to Wear Fall Fashion in Warm Weather

Although Father Time says it’s autumn, Mother Nature seems to have a different opinion. With temperatures still cresting over 85 degrees, one may find it frustrating to put together a fall outfit that doesn’t cause heat stroke, yet is a bit more substantial than strappy sandals and a billowy maxi dress.

Fellow fashion icon and fitness guru, Natalie Corona, and I have highlighted five fall fashion finds that will help you effortlessly transition into autumn attire.

Burgundy

Pantone announced that “Tawny Port” was THE color for fall, and since our weather, besides being very warm, is also perpetually sunny, we chose a muted burgundy that does not feel heavy amidst the palm trees and bright skies. If burgundy is not your thing, instead, reach for dove grey, peacock or navy, which are also featured colors on this fall’s color line up. Don’t be afraid to mix these fall tones with the soft colors you wore in the summer. One of our favorite combos is blush, also known as “ballet slipper” with any of the Pantone “it” colors listed above.

Boots

Nothing hollers autumn like boots. Whether your preference is ankle or knee high, boots are an easy and fun way to transition from flip flops to fall follies. There are so many color and fabric choices when it comes to boots. Keeping a bare leg allows us desert dwellers the opportunity to wear peep-toe booties and corset tie-up shoes throughout the season without worrying about frosty toes. Natalie and I both love a shorter skirt or even denim or leather shorts with suede boots. Boots of all kinds make a decided statement that the holiday season is here.

Layering

With the Valley temperatures dramatically dipping after sunset, layering is a great way to go from chilled to cozy. Natalie chose a fall-colored flannel that is casually tied around her waist to create a cinched-in waistline. A plaid shirt in flannel or cotton blend gives a cool vibe when watching weekend football games or strolling down El Paseo with family or friends. I chose a wool blend shrug left open to give the casual knit dress a sturdier and more dressed-up appearance. A textured shrug or cropped sweater is a fashion forward choice when meeting with friends or co-workers for an impromptu happy hour at one of our favorite outdoor eateries in the heart of Palm Springs.

Fringe

Since we will not be routinely adding a shearling, wool or fur coat to our fall repertoire, fringe accessories are the perfect way to add substance and the swing factor to our warm weather fall outfits. In our pics, Natalie has fringe on her boots that give a playful and grounded look, while I have donned a fringed belt that gives another layer of weight and movement that we have come to love in traditional fall styling. Fringe-infused totes, clutches and satchels are all the rage this season…especially in fun fall colors, like Grenadine, a poppy red that claims to look great on everybody and yet another easy way to bring an autumn vibe to our warm fall climate.

Make-up

As our days get shorter and soirees get more plentiful, this season’s fall make-up trends are a fan favorite to showcase our lean toward impending festivities, all while keeping us cool…in more ways than one. Natalie and I are wearing a warm nude lip color, which is always in style no matter the climate or time of year. However, to step up the sizzle factor, warm chestnut, silky mauve and candy apple red are so ‘right now.’ Try adding a matte finish to bring your conquer-the-world factor up a notch or two. Not into bold lips? Then experiment with a unique eye color, such as a bold chunky eyeliner in peacock or cobalt, or add mountain shadow hues, like terra-cotta and deep rich mocha onto your upper eye lids. Surprisingly, all the tips mentioned above work on a multitude of skin tones and eye colors.

When you feel a hankering to drink apple cider and hot cocoa, but need to blast your A/C to do so, remember that you can easily add a fall flair to your summer wardrobe by choosing more saturated colors like burgundy, throw on a pair of suede or leather booties, grab a fringed bag and layer your outfit with a flannel or nubby textured vest.

Regardless of what autumnal accents you apply, the most important time-tested trend is to never leave the house without an unmovable belief in yourself, loving kindness towards others, and an attitude of gratitude.

Elizabeth Scarcella, founder of Go Get Young, is a lifestyle counselor who helps her clients reclaim their best self by utilizing a variety of holistic methodologies. For more information, visit www.gogetyoung.tv. Natalie Corona, mom to 2 youngsters, is a transformation coach passionate about helping her clients to look and feel their best. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/nataliecorona.

Your Skin Care Regimen

Your regular skin care system may not be the best year-round regime. However, shifting your beauty routine in accordance with the season is something few of us stop to consider.

Just as you switch up your wardrobe in concert with the seasons, you should also be rotating your skin care products to protect your complexion against climate variables…extreme heat, cold and humidity…even the harshness of high wind. The environmental/geographical conditions in which you live, as well as the daily stress you endure, can impact the way your skin behaves and responds! So paying attention to the seasonal climate changes will affect what skin care treatments you need and any regimen adjustments.

Did you know that our eating habits also change with the seasons? That’s likely due to the seasonal harvesting patterns of all things fresh, fruity and green! Given we all agree, what you ingest directly affects the health of your skin.

You now have multiple reasons to change your regimen with the seasons!

Generally, you’ll find your complexion tends to be oilier in the summer and drier in the winter, meaning the same moisturizer used year round won’t suffice. Use the seasonal change in your area as an indicator to start transitioning your products. Following are a few healthy skin tips to guide you as the seasons change:

  • It’s time to get that dry skin exfoliated from the winter months so moisturizers are better absorbed into the skin. To help in the exfoliation process, look for products that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
  • Look for products containing hyaluronic acid. This is a powerful humectant (moisture-binding ingredient that holds moisture in the skin) which keeps the skin plump and hydrated and, yes, young-looking. This is critical and desirable in drier climates.
  • Retinoid-based products are also important when it comes to seasonal changes. This covers all of your dermal needs: UV protection; smoother, firmer skin; a more even tone; fewer breakouts and tighter pores.

And always remember to drink lots of water ALL year round! Yes, it will ultimately show up on your skin.

Michele McDonough is a strategic consultant and executive recruiter in the field of health and beauty. She is also co-founder of Women’s Power Circle and can be reached at [email protected]