Om…BRRR : Cold Weather Yoga Gear & Tips For Your Winter Practice
Yes, it’s officially freezing in NYC, and with dropping temps outside, comes bundling up to get to class (not to mention sometimes chillier studios!). With that in mind, we decided to assemble our favorite products to help keep us warm while getting our OM on (or our OM to class!).
Leg Warmers: Why have leg warmers not made a huge comeback since the 80’s? These things are fantastic. Add a layer of warmth to your yoga pants for the walk, and easily peel off when you start warming up in that second sun salutation. We LOVE these knee high warmers from ToeSox, or for full fledged freezing, look for a thigh high leg warmer!
Yoga Socks: when your feet still need a thaw out and you’re not quite ready to hit the mat barefoot, yoga socks are the perfect answer. Get comfort and warmth without losing any grip with these lovelies from Gaiam.
Lined or heavier Yoga Pants: For chillier temps or if you’re like me and are sporting your yoga gear around town daily, there are some great fleece lined or cold weather yoga pants. Also, don’t be afraid to try some pants that might cross over and be listed as outdoor running or jogging tights. Many are versatile enough to use in your practice. Heavier capris or calf length yoga pants are also out there. If you’re laying up or looking to combine a pair with those leg warmers, try these by Dear Kate. They’re well constructed and a little thicker than your average yoga pant. Also, they’re innovative design allows you to lose one intimate layer, and not have to worry about panty lines of any sort!
Layered Harem Pants: Looking to wear calf length yoga pants or still not warm enough walking to class in your normal yoga gear? Try layering up. We love these Harem 3/4 Ruched Legging by Gaiam. They’re stylish and loose enough to layer over your favorite yoga legging.
Fleece Lined Layering Jackets: A zip up in the perfect way to stay warm on the walk over. I am obsessed with this super warm Calvin Klein Hoodie that I picked up earlier this year at TJ Maxx, and literally wear it almost every cold day. We also love this one from Mondetta with it’s stylish look and warm hoodie. Both can be comfortably worn under jackets and easily zipped off during class. Plus, Mondetta has great sales going on right now AND gives back a percentage to charity. Get shopping and stay warm!
Winter Yoga Tips: Ready to get your OM on now? Check out these great winter tips from Gaiam. Including 5 Poses that are perfect for Winter.
Healthy Beauty: Dangerous Ingredients In Your Makeup
We try our best to eat right, exercise, and use the best possible products with the least possible side effects so that we can have a longer healthier life. However, there are a lot of times that we may be using products that are harmful to us without even knowing it. Here are some ingredients that are found in our makeup and the packaging of our cosmetics that can be dangerous for us to be exposed to in the long run.
Ingredients To Avoid (and some products to choose!)
Alpha Hydroxy Acids
This chemical is used in anti-aging products, however, research shows that it can actually cause you to age faster because it destroys your skin cells. If your skin cells don’t regenerate properly you will not be protected from the harmful rays of the sun and are more likely to get fine lines and wrinkles.
Tip: You’ll be hard pressed to find an anti-aging product that doesn’t contain this chemical so the best thing to do is find a cream that has the lowest possible amount in it. This way you’ll fight your wrinkles while protecting your skin. Try Clarins or Allu Skincare
You can find aluminum in many drug store brand deodorants to help control sweat and smell. Although you may have to take one shower less, studies have proven that long term use of this metal can lead to Alzheimer’s.
Tip: Tom’s deodorants don’t contain aluminum and are sold as sticks and roll-on so you can decide which you prefer.
This chemical is used to stop bacteria from growing in your cosmetics for a given period of time as well as to get the product to retain its fragrance. Both the FDA and the European Union ran tests on this chemical and found that it sometimes irritated the skin and so it is deemed as safe until we have more accurate information.
Beauty companies use Glycolic Acid to create exfoliators for the skin even though it makes us more susceptible to sunburns because it has the ability to get rid of dead skin cells in order to make your skin is smooth and healthy looking. However, it’s also used to remove rust and cut through grease by other industries so it’s a very controversial chemical. While the FDA has approved cosmetics companies to make products that contain up 10% of it, it’s so dangerous that many companies won’t go that high for fear of being sued. Peter Thomas Roth’s face wash has 3% Glycolic wash.
Glycerin is used to create moisturizers and creams with the promise that it will make your skin feel softer and healthier. The way that it works is that it takes moisture out of your body and bringing it to the surface of your skin. The process damages the natural moisturizing abilities of your body and dries it up. The drier your skin the more cream you’re going to purchase.
Tip: Goe Oil is a good brand that is all natural and glycerin free.
Lye is commonly used to drain fluids from people who have passed away and to clean drains. It’s also used to make soap. However, do you want to get the same squeaky clean feeling from lye soap as when you wash your clothes or home?
Tip: Aveda sells products that don’t contain lye in them.
Talc is found in blush and eye shadow because it gives the products them beautiful shimmer. The downside is that it’s linked to ovarian cancer.
Tip: Physicians Formula is a brand that is becoming popular and doesn’t contain talc.
This chemical is used to get nail polish and hair dyes to last longer and be shinier. However, a lot of companies are cutting back on using it because it’s highly dangerous and can get in the way of reproduction as well as developmental progress.
Tip: There are a lot of nail polish companies that don’t use Toluene in their products including Opi, Zoya and Sally Hansen.
Some of these chemicals are not as dangerous as others, but it’s always better to read ingredients to make sure that you’re and healthy as safe as possible.
About the Author:
This post was written by Aleya who writes the blogs for LI Beauty School and Hair Design Institute which beauty schools in NYC as well as throughout New York and Florida.
4 Products To Keep You Glowing All Season Long
Too much holiday cheer have you feeling less than glowing? Yes, it’s that time of year again. I’m talking about shopping galore, countless holiday parties, and plenty of late nights. We all want to look great this holiday season. Just because you may not be getting your full 8 hours of sleep doesn’t mean that you can’t look well rested. Here are four great products that will have you looking refreshed, radient, and just plain glowing all season long. Cheers to that!
HISSY FIT, saving face spf 50+ is a glorious 3 in 1, anti-aging, moisturizing foundation that delivers flawless coverage AND the highest level of broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection under the sun
Lierac Diopticalm anti fatigue eye cream – helps soothe eyes and fight dark circles
Dr. Hauschka Transclucent Bronze Concentrate helps give your skin a radiant glow ~ put it on your cheeks or mix it with a moisturizer to help your skin look dewy and keep the focus off of your tired eyes!
Revolution Freedom Glow is a balm that hydrates the skin and adds color to your complextion – add this to your lips, cheeks, decollottee to add a healthy dose of color and hydration to your skin
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Post- Summer Skin Care: 5 Tips To Undo The Damage
Adieu to summer. The unofficial end of summer has passed, and perhaps now your skin showing the results of all of those care-free, sun filled days. Instead of dry, sun damaged skin, why not move into fall with fresher skin? Take a look at some easy skin care tips from dermatologist, Cybele Fishman.
Do you feel like a lizard at the end of the summer? After the fun of the pool, the beach, the sun (not too much I hope!), your skin can look and feel dry, rough, ashy, blah.
What causes dry skin? There are many causes, both internal, like low thyroid hormone, and external, like a side effect of medications such as certain cholesterol-lowering medications called statins. But when we are talking about end of the summer dry skin, we are mostly talking about environmental causes – the sun, chlorine in pools, frequent showering, and salt water.
Let’s start with some skin basics. Normal, healthy skin is coated in a thin layer of natural lipids, or fatty substances. They lock in moisture, leaving the skin looking and feeling soft and supple. When either the environment or something we are doing to our skin strips away these oily substances, dry skin ensues.
5 tips To Undo The Summer Skin Woes
1. Don’t over-soap! Switch to a mild soap or soap-free cleanser. A harsh soap will further remove the beneficial oils on your skin. You are less dirty than you think, so you don’t need to scrub your skin, especially arms, legs, and back which have fewer oil glands.
2. Apply moisturizer right when you get out of the shower, when your skin is damp. This way, the moisturizer will trap the moisture of the water into your skin.
3. Use the right moisturizer. I know it is confusing out there with so many brands and so many types even within a brand. Oil-based moisturizers work better in general than water-based moisturizers. Avoid products that have water as the first ingredient. Examples of ingredients to look for: petrolatum, or if you prefer natural products, shea butter, avocado oil, argan oil, sea buckthorn oil, jojoba oil or sunflower seed oil. Use something you like the smell of – you will be more likely to use it consistently!
4. Balance it out. I think oral intake of certain omega-6 fatty acids like borage oil and evening primrose oil, and omega-3 fatty acids, especially the EPA component, help maintain proper skin moisture balance, although no large scientific studies have been done to prove this.
5. Refresh: To get rid of that dry top layer of the skin, a series of light chemical peels at the dermatologist is a quick skin refresher.
About our contributor:
Dr. Cybele Fishman is a Board-certified dermatologist who offers a highly personalized approach to both cosmetic & medical dermatology, integrating conventional therapies with a complementary approach to health and wellness. After eight years of experience in Manhattan, she is pleased to announce the opening of her own practice, Integrative Dermatology, in the financial district.
She completed medical school at NYU, a medical internship at Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and Dermatology Residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She received additional fellowship training in moles and melanoma at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and participated in a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Beth Israel Continuum Center for Health and Healing. For more information head to www.cybelefishmanmd.com.
Sun Protection Tips for Sun Kissed Locks
Everyone loves having fun in the summer, but those sizzling rays can do a number on your hair. Brian Zinno, Education Director at Antonio Prieto Salon, gives you tips on how to keep you tresses shiny and rich all season.
PROTECT: Basking on the beach isn’t the only time sun can affect color treated hair color. Walking outside in the city or park can also fade vibrant and rich hues so UV protection is always essential. Brian suggests products such as Aqua Seal from Kerastase, that contain not only UV protection but are water-proof and retain moisture.
PREVENT: Prevent hair from drying out in the sun and ocean water by applying a cream leave-in conditioner before swimming. It will also help protect blonde shades from chlorine and getting a green hue.
NOURISH: After being in the sun all day hair needs to be nourished and repaired. To bring back its shine and softness Brian recommends Elixir Ultime by Kerastase. Use as a pre-shampoo treatment to remove impurities, add shine, nourish and repair.
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How to Humidity Proof Your Beauty Routine
Summer weather is here! We now know for sure it’s July with the increasing heat and humidity. Thankfully, I have found some wonderful products that won’t destroy that great summer glow, and keep your feeling and looking great.
LUSH Jasmine & Henna Fluff-Ease has single handedly saved my hair this summer. This ultimate treatment that you put in your hair before you wash and condition (while it is dry) is full of essential oils that will bring dull hair back to life and fend off the fluffy look that humidity can bring with it. It smells fantastic, and literally adds shine and tames those wild tresses. http://www.lushusa.com/shop/products/hair/hair-treatments/jasmine-and-henna-fluff-eaze
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimizing Lotion is another summer find. Are you worried about your skin looking shiny by mid day? Do your pores seem larger than normal? Kiehl’s has created a fantastic new moisturizing lotion that is perfect for those who have normal to oily or very oily skin. This product has Amazonian Clay in it which helps absorb excess sebum and keeps your skin looking matte and dry all day long. http://www.kiehls.com/_us/_en/face/moisturizers/rare-earth-pore-minimizing-lotion.htm
CO Bigelow Mentha Body Wash will keep you feeling fresh this summer. Talk about keeping your skin feeling cool -WOW! This fantastically refreshing body wash has peppermint oil infused right in to make sure that every shower you take will cool you right off. It also nourishes your skin with vitamins A, C and E. http://www.bigelowchemists.com/product_info.php/cPath/356_365/products_id/4502
Tarte Cosmetics Lock and Roll is the perfect liquid shadow for those hot summer days. Don’t let the heat and humidity scare you away from wearing great eyeshadow colors with the fear that all you will be left with is lots of shadow in your crease! Tarte has a fantastic product with an assortment of colors that allow you to put the powder color over the liquid to help “lock in” the color for all day wear. It’s crease proof and water proof! http://www.tartecosmetics.com/tarte-item-lock-and-roll
Sunscreen 101: Mistakes That Will Bring On The Burn
Applying sunscreen seems like a no-brainer, but it’s not all as basic as it seems. Our friends at La Roche-Posay break down the 10 most common mistakes that will bring on the burn!
Waiting until you are outside to apply sunscreen: Sunscreen should be applied at least 15 minutes before going out into the sun so that it can fully absorb into your skin.
Applying sunscreen around your clothes: Skin cancer can strike anywhere, so it’s best to apply sunscreen before you put on your clothes. If you already have it on you’re likely to apply it gingerly so you don’t get it on your clothing, which makes it likely to miss spots.
It’s not the right stuff: The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every. Look for any brand with an ingredient called mexoryl, a UVA-blocking compound.
Being stingy: Be sure to cover your entire body. To cover your entire body, the American Academy of Dermatology estimates it should take a shot glass size amount of sunscreen.
Missing key spots: Most common place to get skin cancer is the back of your calves. There are lot of areas people tend to forget and are just as important to protect including toes and feet, underarms, back of the neck, ears, and eyelids.
Not reapplying: This should be reapplied at least every two hours and if you are sweating or swimming, you should reapply more often. You cannot apply once and consider it done for the day, even the sweatproof, waterproof, and long-acting sunscreens wear off.
Not choosing the right sunscreen for your activity:If you are going to be at the beach or pool, wear a waterproof and/or sweat-proof SPF. If you are planning on doing activities where you might perspire make sure you get a water-resistant formulation.
SPF is not for your skin complexion: Skin cancer does not discriminate and every skin type needs to be protected. The myth about dark skin not needing protection is just that, a myth.
Being outdoors midday: Midday sun is the most intense and damaging. Peak sun hours are now between 10am and 4pm so try not to be outside for an hour or more.
Not worrying about the kids just yet: Protecting children from the sun not only prevents painful sunburn, it also significantly reduces the risk of developing skin cancer later in life. Just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Babies should start wearing sunscreen at 6 months and La Roche-Posay offers mineral options that contain unique blends of UV filters that provide the ultimate broad spectrum protection.
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Nourishing Dry Locks: Gorgeous Shiny Healthy Hair!
Ever wonder how some girls get their hair to be so shiny and gorgeous? While a few may be naturally blessed with those tresses, we all can still attain shiny, healthy hair.
I am not a Hair Stylist or professional, but my years in television and being fortunate enough to have great stylists work on my hair daily (thank you Enrico at WCBS and Eluit Rivera!), and my own experimentation in trying to tame my naturally curly (and often wild) hair has lead to me a few great conclusions that I must share.
First off, I have say that your hair, skin, and nails are nourished through nutrition. Marissa Lippert, our nutrition stylist and owner of Nourish NYC, says that diet absolutely plays a part in healthy, gorgeous, shiny hair. Healthy omega-3 fats are the primary factor, and certain vitamins/minerals (biotin in particular which found in eggs and milk) aids hair growth and health.
Aside from nourishing on the inside, here are some of my top tips for shiny, healthy hair.
This is coming from a girl who used to style my hair with whatever was on sale that week. While some inexpensive products can do the job, I have found that there are products out there that areworth investing in to protect your hair and achieve that sleek look. I love, love, love Redken’s Smooth Down Heat Glide. I don’t even know how I came across this product but I am so glad I did. This protective smoother is a leave-in serum that totally tames frizz and gives an ultra-smooth, glossy finish. It also protects hair from all the damaging heat a blow dryer can deliver. I am also a big fan of biosilk serums.
Top tools are Necessary
Buy a GOOD Blow dryer: Again, it’s worth spending a few extra bucks and arming
yourself with the right tools to fight your unruly hair! I spent years buying cheap-o hair dryers that in time would inevitably burn out halfway through blow drying my locks (thick haired girls can you relate to blowing into the nozzle to cool it down in order to finish drying your hair?) Eventually I learned the error of my ways, and invested a few bucks in a good ionic blow dryer. A quality ionic dryer will dry your hair faster, protect your hair better, and won’t fail you half way through.
Ceramic Brushes Smooth: Thanks again to my CBS hair stylist Enrico for introducing me to ceramic brushes. You may say, “Why pay $10- $20 for a brush when you can get one for $5?” I can only answer that you’ll know after the first time you use it. I personally use a large round brush by Ceramic Tools by jilbere de Paris that is fantastic. Ladies, don’t be scared of using a larger barreled brush either. I find the small ones get caught in my hair and are much harder to use. Go big!
Flat Irons Finish: Ok, I have to mention the flat iron because while not a big user myself, so many other ladies swear by them. Yes, a good flat iron will give you a smoothed out look, but beware, too much heat can also dry out and damage your hair big time. It you’re going to pull out the irons, make sure to use a product to protect! Matrix just came out with The Sleek.look Iron Smoother which protects from the damaging, extreme temperatures of flat irons. It also does double duty protection by shielding UV rays.
Natural Oils=Smooth, Shiny Locks
Yes, ladies, our natural oils give us all shinier, smoother hair naturally. If you can read between the lines, I am telling you to stop over washing! Unless you are working in a fajita factory there really is no reason to wash every single day. Haven’t you ever noticed how on day two (or three or four :)) of not washing your hair, it actually looks smoother and silkier? So, not doing the daily dose of shampooing is actually better for your hair AND saves you time. Win, Win!
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Fashion Week got you beat? How to look refreshed on very little sleep.
New York is the “city that never sleeps” so I am sure I’m not the only one feeling a bit exhausted this Fashion Week! Between waking up at (gasp!) 2:30 am for my morning show gig and staying out late for so many events, my body takes a beating. Exhaustion is all over my face.
Here’s what I do to make my skin look as refreshed as possible on little sleep:
1. Drink plenty of water.
I’ve written before about how important water is for your overall wellbeing. You’ll notice a huge difference in your skin if you add more water (I drink a gallon a day) to your diet.
2. Eat clean.
What you put inside reflects on your outside. Cut back on sugar and salt to reduce that bloat!
3. Wash off the day’s makeup & moisturize before bed.
Don’t forget your under-eye cream. I’m guilty of falling asleep with my make-up on … so I keep make-up removing wipes handy so I can do a quick clean even when I am really exhausted.
4. Mist me!
I use a spring water or mineral water facial spray throughout the day to refresh my tired skin (and wake me up a bit too!).
5. Strategic makeup.
If you’re stressed and not getting enough sleep, you might find that your skin will break out or seem irritated. Resist the urge to pile on foundation and cover-up… keep it light with a tinted moisturizer (with an SPF). I also like to use reflective highlighters/luminizers to brighten up underneath my eyes on tired days.
6. Get rid of puffy eyes.
I like to do it the old fashioned way. I use cucumber slices, chilled (and drained) chamomile tea bags, and my ice mask (use a soft, thin paper towel as a little buffer). Ten minutes on. (Try not to fall asleep with it on like I do!)
7. Get moving.
If you have an extra few minutes, getting the blood flowing with a few stretches or yoga poses can help reduce puffiness and dark circles.
It will give you an instant face lift, you’ll immediately feel better- plus it distracts from tired eyes!
Obviously, the best way to look refreshed is to go to bed and get the right amount of sleep! Sweet dreams!
Sunscreen: The 411 & Picks For Summer 2015
Summer is just around the corner, so what better time to know what you should be wearing for protection! All sunscreens are NOT equal. Rachel Lerner gives the 411 when it comes to sunscreen.
According to Dr. John Douillard, Ayurveda practitioner, there are two main UV rays that are potentially harmful to the skin. They are UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are more harmful than the UVB rays. Though UVB rays are essential for good health in short doses, they are responsible for sunburns because they tend to stay on the skin’s surface. As a result, UVB rays were blamed for causing skin cancers. The SPF (skin protection factor) rating system measures the ability for a sunscreen to block UVB rays -not the more harmful UVA rays. In other words, a sunscreen with an SPF of 50 will block out all UVB rays but may not block any UVA rays.
Commercially, 3 out of 5 sunscreens do not adequately protect us against skin cancer-causing UVA rays. While sunscreen use has increased, so has the incidence of skin cancers. Skin cancer rates have soared to over a million cases per year in the United States. 2009 is the first year we are seeing sunscreens claiming protection against both UVA and UVB rays. But remember, the SPF on the label only guarantees protection from UVB, which are the “good rays”.
Most importantly, the UVB rays make Vitamin D, which protects the skin from the sun as well as the bones from osteoporosis. Low Vitamin D levels have also been linked to about 16 different cancers. Sunscreens, because they block UVB, have been reported to reduce Vitamin D levels in the blood by 97-99%, putting us all at great risk.
There are only a few active sunscreen ingredients that effectively block both UVA and UVB rays. The only ones that are both safe and effective for UVA and UVB protection are
zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which do not penetrate the skin. They block or reflect the sun.
Avoid sunscreens with Oxtinoxate, Octisalate, Oxybenzone or Homosalate.
These chemicals are toxic and they act as either irritants, allergens, hormone disruptors or carcinogens.
How to Find the Best Sunscreens:
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) just released their extensive 2015 Sunscreen Guidethat includes vital information such as sun safety tips and ranking of the best sunscreens.
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