Beauty Tips Tuesday: Lucious Winter Lips.

Lips can be lucious, they just have to be cared for. I have a few great tips to keep your lips looking their best, all season long.

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Beauty Tips for Dry Winter Lips


It's a fact. Lips will just not look good if they are dry, flaky or chapped. Every week, use a lip scrub to slough away dead, dry skin. You can buy a great lip scrub like BLISS Fabulips™ or Fresh Brown Sugar Lip Scrub, but I like to make my own. I mix a small amount of olive or almond oil and mix it with just enough brown sugar to make a paste. I scrub it over my lips for about a minute and rinse off.


Lip balm should be a part of your regular routine, not just when lips feel dry or chapped. The last thing I do before I get into bed is apply a lip balm to my lips to keep them soft and smooth overnight and beyond. Whether you use a tube of Chapstick or a jar of LaMer Lip Balm, it doesn't really matter. Keeping them moist and hydrated, especially overnight will get the job done.

Use a Humidifier

I use a room size humidifier in my bedroom every night in the winter. The extra bit of moisture seems to help my lips absorb lip balm better than if I don't use one. The added moisture is also essential to keeping them plumper.

Beauty Tips Tuesday: Prevent Collagen Loss.


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Today's tips are written for you by Dr. Howard Murad, M.D., FAAD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and founder of Murad Inc. The tips deal with collagen loss, which actually shows our age, and how with elastin, they can make our skin stronger, firmer and more younger looking.


Collagen is a vital fibrous protein that is found all throughout the body; it connects and supports tissues including skin, bone, muscles, tendons, cartilage and organs. It is the main protein of connective tissue and is responsible for skin firmness, moisture, suppleness as well as cell renewal. Elastin is a protein in connective tissue that is responsible for giving structure to your skin and organs. It allows your skin to resume shape after stretching or contracting.

Together, collagen and elastin keep connective tissue firm to help hold its shape. The more collagen we lose, the more fine lines and wrinkles appear which is why it is essential that we work to increase our collagen levels as we age. We accomplish this not only through topical products, but also by living an Inclusive Health lifestyle, which addresses nutritional and emotion needs for optimal skin health. The three broad aspects of Inclusive Health are Looking Better (paying attention to the health of your skin), Living Better (paying attention to what you put in your body) and Feeling Better (paying attention to your sense-of-self), which all lead to the overall goal of being BETTER EVERY DAY.

I recommend the following Inclusive Health tips to help people prevent the loss of collagen and elastin and maintain your youthful glow, free of fine lines and wrinkles:


Wash, Treat and Moisturize Day and Night
Applying collagen to the face is ineffective since the collagen molecule is too large to penetrate the dermis, so avoid products that make this claim. For building collagen and elastin, I recommend using products that contain antioxidants, such as winged-kelp, which boost anti-aging agents, helping to maintain skin’s collagen and elastin levels, and fight oxidative stress. Additionally, retinol stimulates cell production and helps boost collagen production to reveal firmer, younger–looking skin.

*Product Recommendation: Murad’s new Rapid Collagen Infusion, a fast acting, multi-tasking formula that fights wrinkles and loss of resilience by promoting collagen and elastin production while maintaining healthy hydration levels in the skin. It is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 2 hours*

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Use SPF Everyday
UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays) rays weaken the skin’s support system of collagen and elastin – thereby accelerating the skin’s aging process. Protect your skin and keep your complexion looking its best by using sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection every day to avoid damaging skin!


You Are What You Put Into Your Body
Food fuels your body and mind and when eating poor foods, it appears on your skin. Try eating foods that are rich in collagen boosting ingredients such as embryonic foods that contain amino acids (I like eggs beans and seeds), antioxidants, which inhibit damage to collagen (I like pomegranates and goji berries) and good fats (I like walnuts and avocado). Also, do your best to avoid exposure to sun, pollution, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, pesticides, toxins, poor nutrition and stress all contribute to skin damage.

Include Supplements In Your Diet
Think of your daily supplements as insurance that guarantees you’ll maintain the nutrient levels you need to look and live your best. Glucosamine, for example, increases total body water content, while Amino Acids aid in the formation of collagen and elastin. It is important to take care of yourself inside and out in order to ensure your body is performing at its optimal level.

*Supplement Recommendation: Murad’s Youth Builder is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles*. This patented formula attacks aging from the inside out, boosting collagen production, supporting connective tissue and stimulating healthy cell renewal to promote improved skin strength, clarity and tone.


Get More Sleep
Sleep enables the body to reverse everyday free radical damage by replenishing energy, building new cells and repairing connective tissue. Because sleep is an ideal time for cellular renewal and overall repair for the skin and other organs, poor sleep is quite apparent in the complexion.

Stop Stressing Out!
Cultural Stress is the constant and pervasive stress of everyday life that has become a normal part of our society in this day and age. This continuous stress maxes out our tolerance and lowers our stress threshold so that when stressful events happen, like your boss dropping that huge project on you at the last minute, we hit maximum stress capacity. Stress takes a toll on your skin and your body. Take a deep breath and remember that the most important person in the world is YOU!

Beauty Tips Tuesday: Caring for Your Skin During Cold and Flu Season.

This years cold and flu season is here; it is a bad one. At first I thought it was a "media story", but as I had a visit to my Doctor and my childrens Pediatrician this past week, theyare both very worried about how bad this flu season is already. I know two people (one is 21, one is 52) in the hsopital with the flu right now. And they are normally healthy people. It is scary. The pediatrician told me "not to be surprised" if our school system is closed soon. It is that bad here in Massachusetts.

I know at some point this winter, we are all going to be sick with a cold, if not the flu. Did you know that cold medications, constant nose blowing, sore throats and fevers can all negatively affect skin condition? Seriously! All that can leave it spotty, flushed, dry and dehydrated. Of course I have the beauty tips you need to combat these things.

Winter Skin Tips

Renowned celebrity esthetician and skin expert, Renée Rouleau, offers her expert skin tips to care for skin during cold and flu season, ensuring that once that cold has been kicked, glowing skin will be just what the doctor ordered.

Use a humidifier at night.
Whenever the air is dry it looks for moisture wherever it can get it – and that means robbing it from skin. Common decongestants also dehydrate the skin, leaving it parched and dry. Using a humidifier at night keeps moisture in the bedroom air, which maintains hydration levels in the skin, and keeps it feeling comfortable.

Apply a cold gel mask to the skin.
Since decongestants can dehydrate the skin, a gel mask is a good way to replace the skin’s moisture while also alleviating a pounding head and achy face from congestion. Renée’s Recommendation: Keep a mask like Bio Calm Repair Masque ($49.50) in the fridge for cooling relief when you need it.

Keep moisturizer on the nose at all times.
Repeated nose blowing causes friction of the tissue (even tissues with added moisturizer) and nose area resulting in red, dry, irritated skin. After every blow, apply a small amount of cream to the nose area for comfort and repair. Look for creams that contain ceramides and lipid-rich oils for ultimate soothing moisturization. Renée suggests her Glow Enhancing Cream ($69.50).

Use skin care products with mint.
Fighting an infection can leave skin looking gaunt and sallow and congestion makes is hard to breathe. So think mint! Renée’s Recommendation: Her favorite cleanser to use when she has a cold is Luxe Mint Cleansing Gel ($35.50), because it really clears a stuffy head, opens up the nasal passages and stimulates blood flow to give skin a much needed glow. Sip on mint tea, too – medical experts recommend it to sooth a sore throat, help drain sinuses and ease congestion.


Drink a lot of water.
Despite common perception, this isn’t very beneficial for the skin, since water is the least efficient way to hydrate it, but more so for the body. Keeping fluids running through your system can flush away toxins and keep your internal temperature down. Renée’s Recommendation: Try making refreshing water recipes to help flush out those germs. She love strawberry + mint + lemon. Adding fresh ginger + honey is great for combating colds with a refreshing spicy twist.

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