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December 3, 2013

Jocelyn

Can You Improve Your Skin By Spending Less Time Online?

Skin care and healthy skin isn’t just about what topical skin care products you use. It’s also about what lifestyle choices you make, what you put into your body and how you adapt to and deal with Cultural Stress®. It’s all part of Dr. Murad’s revolutionary philosophy of Inclusive Health®, which gives you the tools to achieve healthy skin and a healthy body by teaching you to Look Better, Live Better and Feel Better. While it may not seem as though the amount of time that you spend on the internet can impact how your skin looks, it’s actually the opposite that is true. You may be surprised by the number of ways in which the time that you spend online can impact the health of your body and its largest organ, the skin.

 

Skin Care: Online HealthOnline Time Equates to Cultural Stress Time

You may feel as though the time that you spend on the internet is your relaxation or “zone out” time, but studies have shown that online time can lead to stress. This is particularly true if you spend a lot of time participating in social networks. Studies have shown that social networks increase your stress level. Your brain isn’t relaxing when you’re online. It’s actually in over-drive. This is even truer if you use your mobile device to browse the internet and participate on social media at all times of the day and night. This means that you are never disconnected from an ongoing stream of issues, “live-up-to-expectations” and chatter. While most of the studies on social networks and stress have been performed on teenagers and young adults, the impact is just as powerful for people of any age.

 

Stress impacts your skin no matter what your skin type or skin care concern is. For people with acne-prone skin or using an acne treatment regimen, stress triggers the adrenal gland. That creates an over-production of androgens, which leads to an excess of pore-clogging skin cells that then lead to inflamed blemishes. For all other skin types, stress affects hormones, which when out of balance can cause dry skin, oily skin, depleted collagen or even dark spots.

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November 4, 2013

Jocelyn

Five Ways to Change Your Diet to Get More Essential Fatty Acids

It’s no secret that Omega-3’s and other Essential Fatty Acids are an important part of any healthy skin care regimen. Essential Fatty Acids help create strong cellular walls that are able to hold in moisture and nutrients for firm, wrinkle-free skin, and a deficiency in Essential Fatty Acids can lead to deeper wrinkles and dry, loose skin. Nuts, seeds (particularly Flaxseed), vegetable oils and fatty fish are all good sources of Essential Fatty Acids. However, making wholesome changes to your diet to incorporate Essential Fatty Acids can be challenging. Here are five ways to make small changes in your diet that will result in an increase in Essential Fatty Acids that will benefit your anti-aging skin care regimen.

 

Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips: Eat More Essential Fatty AcidsFish Fridays!

Some people just don’t get enough fish in their diet. It may be because they don’t know how to cook it or even because they think that they don’t like fish! To start with, if you think that you don’t like fish, we’d encourage you to make sure that you try a variety of options. It’s almost impossible to not find some type of fish that you like. When we’re talking about Essential Fatty Acids, you want to stick to fatty fish and shellfish, such as crab, oysters, herring, trout and salmon. If fish “isn’t your thing,” adopt Fish Friday. Whether you learn to cook fish at home or go out to get it, eat fish once a week on Friday. Even that one small weekly change will increase your Omega-3 intake. Remember, as well, that it’s important to opt for healthy preparations of fish. Grilled or baked fish that’s seasoned with lemon is a good choice. Fried fish or fish with heavy sauces is unhealthy.

 

Replace Bags of Chips with Bags of Nuts or Seeds

Nuts and seeds are a great source of Essential Fatty Acids. Take your snack bags of cookies or chips and replace them with snack bags of walnuts, sunflower seeds or pecans. All of these, plus many other forms of nuts and seeds will increase your Essential Fatty Acid intake while also freeing you from non-nutritious snacks full of salt or sugar. If you’re not ready to take away all of your unhealthy snacks, try just making the change in office snacks or packed lunches.

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September 20, 2013

Dina

Top Foods for Essential Fatty Acids for Healthy Skin

We all know that essential fatty acids are important for healthy, youthful skin. As a refresher, essential fatty acids are the “good fats” that help to make cell walls strong so that they can hold moisture in for firm, wrinkle-free, smooth skin. While you can supplement the impact of essential fatty acids with a healthy topical skin care regimen, you also need to support the Inclusive Health® component of your skin care and health regimen by eating a healthy skin diet rich in essential fatty acids. To help you on your way, here is a list of the top foods that can help to ensure that you’re getting enough essential fatty acids for the best skin (and body) possible.

Best foods for Essential Fatty AcidsGet Nutty: Nuts and Seeds are High in Essential Fatty Acids
According to the Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Information Center, a 1-oz. serving of sunflower seeds or pine nuts provides more than 9 grams of the Omega-3 Fatty Acid Alpha-Linolenic Acid, and brazil nuts and pecans provide about 6 grams. Walnuts contain the Omega-6 Fatty Acid Linoleic Acid and also contain approximately 2.6 grams of Alpha-Linolenic Acid per 1-oz serving (using English Walnuts as the test). Not only do nuts provide the Essential Fatty Acids that you need as part of any anti-aging skin care regimen, they also provide a great healthy snack food alternative that keeps your body healthy while not adding to weight or cholesterol problems. When looking for a great source of Essential Fatty Acids, turn to nuts.

Flaxseed Oil: The Essential Fatty Acid Go-To
The Mayo Clinic reports that flaxseed oil provides a whopping 7.3 grams of Alpha-Linolenic Acid per tablespoon and that a tablespoon of pure flaxseed has one hundred percent of the daily recommended value for Alpha-Linolenic Acid (1.6 grams). If you’re choosing between the higher concentration of flaxseed oil and pure flaxseed though, you may want to keep in mind that flaxseed oil doesn’t contain dietary fiber and Lingans which are key for healthy digestive tracks. Flaxseed itself does. If you’re looking for pure flaxseed, opt for ground flaxseed. It’s easier for your body to absorb nutrients from ground seeds.

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February 24, 2013

Dina

Four Ways to Get More Vitamin C This Winter

Skin Care Tips: Winter VitaminsMaybe you’re lucky enough to live on a sunshine coast where fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant all year long, but for much of the country winter means a switch to a diet that’s heavier in preserved foods and lower in Vitamin C. We all know that Vitamin C is important for healthy skin and a healthy body. In addition to its health benefits, Vitamin C is an antioxidant that fights off skin damaging free radicals. So, how do you get a little extra Vitamin C into your body during the winter months? Here are five tips from Murad’s skin care and Inclusive Health™ experts.

Vitamin C Supplements and Drops
The fastest and easiest method to boost your Vitamin-C intake in the winter is to invest in some supplements or Vitamin C drops. While it’s absolutely, 100% true that your body will absorb and process nutrients best from fresh sources, if you’re short on appealing fruits or vegetables a vitamin supplement or daily “candy” drop can help to increase the Vitamin C in your system. If the regularity of taking vitamins or supplements isn’t in your nature, then we’d suggest using a candy-like Vitamin C drop (organic versions preferred!). You can simply replace your daily mint or gum with these drops and get the added benefit of some Vitamin C.

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February 22, 2013

Carina

The 10 Best Dried Fruits for Healthy Skin

Part of any Inclusive Health™ program for skin care and healthy skin is Internal Care. That, of course, involves not only staying properly hydrated by eating your water in the form of fresh fruits and vegetables but also eating a diet that’s rich in antioxidants and fresh foods that are good for your skin. Of course, we don’t always have the resources to have fresh fruits on hand. While dried fruits don’t offer the same hydration as fresh fruits, they’re an ideal midday snack that’s healthy and provide nutrients for glowing skin. But not all dried fruit (or fresh fruit) is created equally. What are the best dried fruits for healthy skin? We’ve put the list below together to help you out.

Healthy Skin Diet TipsNumber 10: Apples
In addition to being full of antioxidants that help to fight cancer and free radicals that cause the signs of aging skin, apples are also a great source if dietary fiber.

Number 9: Apricot
These sweet and tangy fruit include Vitamin A, Vitamin-C and Iron along with daily fiber.

Number 8: Mango
Not only do mangos have Vitamin A and Vitamin C, they also have Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids for healthy skin.

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February 19, 2013

Vrej Sanati

Love and Your Skin: Does Love Make You Glow?

Having just celebrated Valentine’s Day, we started thinking about the old phrase “she’s glowing with love” and decided to look into whether love actually does have an impact on healthy skin and skin care. What did we find out? There are a number of reasons why your skin may actually look and feel better if you’re in love. Of course, even if you’re not in love you deserve to have the radiant skin that comes from living an Inclusive Health™ lifestyle.

love-skin-glowLove Makes You Smile, and Smiling Makes You Glow
The first thing to keep in mind is that when you’re in love, you smile more. No matter how healthy or well taken care of your skin is, everybody looks more beautiful when they smile. When you frown, you not only look less appealing to others but you can be starting down a path to permanent wrinkles and frown lines.

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January 28, 2013

Carina

The New Year’s Gym Resolution: Five Inclusive Health® Tips to Take to the Gym With You

Inclusive Health Tips: New Year’s Gym ResolutionsWith the New Year comes everybody’s favorite New Year’s resolution – more trips to the gym (or, if you’re like many people, a first trip to the gym). Physical exercise is one of the most important and healthiest changes that you can make in your life, but adding a gym routine to your daily or weekly schedule is more than just showing up and getting on the treadmill for thirty minutes. Here are five Inclusive Health™ tips from Murad to make sure that a trip to the gym ends with a healthy body, a healthy mind and healthy skin.

Inclusive Health Tip: Stay Hydrated by Eating Your Water

You’ve certainly heard by now that to be healthy and safe (and to get in your best workout possible) at the gym, you need to stay hydrated. What you may not have heard is that having a bottle of water by your side isn’t the best way to stay hydrated. For optimal hydration, take a small baggie of fresh fruit with you and eat your water. The molecular structure of water in fruit (or vegetables) will stay with you longer and keep you hydrated and nourished during your workout.

Skin Care Tip: Bring a Back Acne Treatment with You

Even if your skin isn’t acne-prone, the build-up of dirt and oil between your clothing and your skin as you sweat while you workout can cause body and back acne breakouts. A simple solution is to pack a quick, spray back acne treatment in your gym bag. Even if you’re not taking the time to shower after your workout, a quick spray can result in eliminating or preventing any body acne breakouts caused by workout sweat.

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January 16, 2013

Dina

Removing the Post-Holiday Stress from Your Skin

holiday-skin-hubWhew. The holidays are over. For many, they were a joyous time full of friends, family, food and maybe even a little vacation time. But for just as many, the holidays may have brought a good degree of Cultural Stress™ along with them. Busy schedules, holiday crowds, budgets and finance, travel, weather and even some end-of-year reflection can increase your stress level. Without a doubt, stress shows on your skin. So what lifestyle and skin care regimen adjustments should you make now that the holidays are over and you can make a fresh start in the New Year? Here are a few ideas from Murad.

Make a Point to Make Time for YOU in January
The first thing that you need to be sure to do now that the New Year is here is to take some time to unwind without any other stresses. How do you do this? Well, it’s really up to you. It may be as simple as a day on the couch in front of the television. Or it may mean a trip to the spa or creating a home spa environment for the day. Maybe it’s a little vacation or just a hot cup of tea in a quiet room one night. However you do it, make sure that you make a point of finding time to relax and unwind in January.

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December 14, 2012

Dina

Five Tips for Managing End-of-Year Cultural Stress™

There are two undeniable facts when it comes to stress, skin care and Inclusive Health®. The first fact is that stress shows on your skin. The second fact is that the end of the year often increases the amount of Cultural Stress that people feel. So, what can you do as the year comes to a close to help reduce stress and preserve healthy skin? Here are five tips from Murad.

Holiday Stress TipsTip Number One: Keep the Holidays in Perspective
While most of us love the holidays, they can also become a source of stress for people. The pressure of attending and hosting holiday events, choosing and purchasing presents, holiday travel and the general increase in social and schedule commitments can become just as stressful as it is enjoyable. Take a moment and step-back so that you can keep the holidays in perspective. The holiday season is designed to bring joy to you and others. Its purpose isn’t to drive you to stress and frustration. Think reasonably about what commitments you should and shouldn’t make this holiday season in order to ensure that you enjoy the holidays rather than stress over them!

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November 19, 2012

Carina

Planning to See the Holiday Blockbusters? Practicing Inclusive Health™ at the Movies.

Dr. Murad’s revolutionary philosophy of Inclusive Health incorporates more than just topical care into your skin care regimen. Skin (and your body and mind) can only truly be healthy when you combine topical skin care, Emotional Self Care™ and internal care into one program. Yes, diet does matter and so does your stress level! No matter what your skin care concern or skin type is, incorporating Inclusive Health into your daily routine can improve your overall well-being and make you better every day. With the holiday season about to start, many of us will be making trips to the Cineplex to see the latest holiday blockbuster movies. Believe it or not, a simple trip to the movies can be a mine field of unhealthy risks. Here are some tips for keeping yourself (and your skin) getting rave reviews at the box office.

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