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Certain Ingredients For Your Thanksgiving Meal Can Make Your Skin Shine

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Although professional facials are our forte here at FYBC, we are never opposed to a little DIY skin care. In fact, we have put a list together of Thanksgiving Day foods staples that are good for your skin. Who would have thought that your favorite Turkey Day meal is also a facial?

Cranberry

Not only are cranberries high in collagen-building vitamin C, they contain ellagic acid, which helps prevents wrinkles by blocking the formation of an enzyme that breaks down elastic tissue. So, coat your face with it in between meals or eat it with bread. Whichever way you choose to take advantage of the power of these tart berries, you are winning.

Apple

An apple a day keeps the doctor and your dermatologist away. Apple extract is commonly found in anti-aging lotions. Why? Apple contains malic and mandelic acids which reduce skin discoloration and scarring.  

Pumpkin

We have talked about the positive effects of pumpkin before but in case you missed it, here is the scoop on the pumpkin. Pumpkin is a rich source of vitamin A, C, and E and contains essential fatty acids that keep your skin protected from free radicals.

Cinnamon

Just about every Thanksgiving meal contains cinnamon. It’s a wonderful spice that not only tastes amazing but it can improve your skin. Cinnamon helps fight acne by boosting circulation!

Thanksgiving leftovers are your best friend this holiday season. Be sure to try out a few of these ingredients and share your results with us!

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Ways To Keep Your Skin In Check During the Holiday’s

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Champagne toasts, late nights with the family and your mom’s mashed potatoes! We can’t get enough of the holiday season! Although you (and your stomach) may be yearning for some holiday fun, your skin is not. Fight the post-Thanksgiving breakout by reading up on some tips to help your skin through this delicious and joyous holiday.

Travel

November and December are the busiest travel months of the year, as people are making their journeys home to the family. Whether you are flying, driving or taking the train home this year, keep in mind that traveling often causes your skin to lose its moisture. The mix of recycled air, the stress that comes with traveling and the lack of sleep can leave your skin looking dull and dry. The key is to stay hydrated with the help of a heavy moisturizer and by drinking water.

Food Consumption

Fatty and sugary foods almost always increase the chance of a breakout. If you are prone to acne, avoid greasy foods this holiday season and add foods that contain healthy oil such as nuts, salmon, and eggs. The healthy oil will keep your skin from breaking out and drying out.

Stress

The combination of increased stress and alcohol consumption can negatively affect your skin. That being said, don’t let your mom’s comment about your pumpkin recipe get under your skin. The clarity of our skin is often contingent on our emotional stability.

Lack of Sleep & Alcohol Intake

Getting enough sleep, especially while you are on vacation is imperative to keeping your skin looking fabulous. Without sleep, our skin cells have a harder time generating!

Let’s face it, alcohol is just apart of the holiday season. However, it would be a good idea to think twice before finishing off the second bottle of champagne. Alcohol dehydrates the body like none other so, alternate your cocktail with a little water here and there.


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Start November With A Skin Detox

FYBC 11:2Our skin could use a detox, especially after Halloween weekend. We most likely didn’t get enough sleep, possibly forgot to wash our faces before bed and definitely ate too much candy. All of the above can cause your skin to act out! To get your body and skin back on track, start this month with a little skin detox.

Start With The Facial

A professional grade facial is the best place to start, simply because it can clean your pores more thoroughly than your normal skin care regimen. Not to mention, they are relaxing! Here at FYBC, we offer an array of facials that will surely start your detox journey off right.

Use Steam To Clean Your Face

Steaming your face after cleansing allows the ingredients to better penetrate your pores and pull out more grime and dirt. If you don’t have a face steamer, a steamy shower works great too. If you are without a steam shower, boil a pot of water then transfer the water to a bowl. Place your face over the water then cover your head with a towel to lock in the steam. Stay covered for about 10 minutes.

Clay & Mud Masks

Formulas that contain clay and mud remove pollutants and impurities from the top layers of the skin. If you add a little water to your favorite clay or mud mask and keep the mask on until it is soft (not totally dry). TIP: The essentials oils in a mud mask will dry up if you keep it on until it cracks and dries.  

Hydrate (with Only Water!)

If your skin is crying for help, one of the best things you can do is drink more water. The daily recommended intake of water is around 91 ounces, although few people actually get this much. Not to mention that coffee, alcohol and sugary drinks further dehydrate the body. Although we love our wine and coffee, while your skin is in distress consider switching your morning cup of coffee with green tea.

Our skin and our body best respond to balance. Fuel your body with all the things you enjoy in life, just introduce them in a moderate manner. Your body will respond well to small changes and thank you later. For more information on our facials, contact us online today.


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How To Protect Your Skin While Wearing Halloween Makeup

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Although Halloween is a fun chance to get creative with your makeup, it often causes major skin irritation. Most costume makeup contains latex, which is designed to be on your face for only short periods of time. Costume makeup kept on any longer than Halloween night will more than likely clog pores, cause allergic reactions and even inflame your skin and eyelids. In order to keep your skin unharmed during the Halloween fun, follow these before and aftercare steps!

Before Touching Your Face

Whatever you use for makeup application should be extremely clean. You should be cleaning brushes, beauty blenders and sponges frequently in general, but especially before applying thick, costume makeup. Next, ensure the area in which you are doing your makeup is also clean. If you haven’t identified it yet, the name of the game is CLEANLINESS! If you don’t have brush cleanser, use warm water. It is important to not cross contaminate the brushes. Rinse each brush one at a time. Once cleaned, reshape the wet bristles if need be then set them out to dry on a towel. For optimal results, clean brushes 24 hours in advance.

Face Prep and Post-Wash

Before any costume makeup is applied, gather your favorite face scrub or cleanser and remove any existing makeup. With your face scrub, exfoliate your face in a circular motion. Exfoliating will remove any dead skin cells, which will allow easier application of makeup or any prosthetics.

Once you have rinsed away any facial scrub, proceed through your normal skin routine. If you usually apply toner or moisturizer after cleansing, do not skip these steps. Since you are shocking your skin with foreign, costume makeup, keep your skin care regimen as normal as possible. You will repeat this very same process when it comes time to remove your costume makeup.

Last But Not Least…

If you find your face breaking out or your skin highly irritated after Halloween has come and gone, visit us here at FYBC. We offer wonderful skincare services that are sure to aid your skin in it’s return to normalcy. Halloween should be a night to remember, but not because the effects remain on the surface of your skin. Give us a call today and secure your appointment before the holiday weekend is in full swing.


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3 Foods to Avoid on a Clear Skin Diet

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Keeping your skin clear can be a challenge. Between weather changes, stress management, and hormones, maintaining clear skin can sometimes feel impossible. What if we told you there was something you could do to better control the clarity of your skin? Well, you are in luck because your diet is a major influence on your skin. Here are 5 acne causing foods to steer clear from this fall.

Dairy

Dairy products are the biggest culprits when it comes to causing acne. If you are breaking out on your neck, chin or jawline, chances are your intake of dairy is to blame. Why dairy? Dairy products increase your body’s release of insulin and other growth hormones.

Bananas

Sugar, in general, is not good for clear skin and bananas are especially high in sugar. Too much sugar leads to inflammation of the skin which often leads to acne and redness. People who remove sugar from their diet oftentimes see a difference in their skin in just one week.

French Fries

The notion that greasy foods cause acne used to be just a myth. However, studies have proven that greasy foods are a direct connection to acne. French fries have a glycemic index of 75 which means it has the ability to drastically change your body’s blood sugar. Elevated blood sugar increases insulin which increases excess oil and skin cell production and leads to clogged pores and breakouts. In addition, the high presence of salt dehydrates your skin.

The cleaner the diet, the clearer your skin will be. To feel great on the inside and outside, avoid these three foods. For more information on ways to keep your skin clean and clear, contact us at Forever Young Body Clinic. Book an appointment with one of our skin care specialists today.


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3 Ways To Add Pumpkin To Your Skin Care Routine

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The transition from the summer heat to brisk fall weather can certainly take a toll on your skin. Although stocking up on a quality moisturizer is beneficial, the key to keeping your skin fresh and healthy may be sitting in your backyard. Autumn is the best time to take advantage of pumpkin and its skincare benefits.

Pumpkins offer the benefits like:

  • Help promote cell turnover
  • Brightens & smooths skin
  • Is a natural source of zinc which fights acne
  • High in fatty acids and vitamin E

Regardless of the skin type you have, pumpkin-based products can help! Here are a few ways to incorporating pumpkin into your fall skincare routine:

1. Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

Everyone needs a good exfoliant! They are great for getting rid of dry, dead skin and can help bring back a natural glow. However, it is important to moisturize after any scrub.  If you don’t have a moisturizer, simply add a few teaspoons of rich plant oil to your Pumpkin Spice scrub recipe.

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup organic canned pumpkin (or homemade pumpkin puree)
  • Mix sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon together. Mix with pumpkin. Apply to skin and scrub in a circular motion, and rinse.

2. Pumpkin Puree Moisturizer

This moisturizer should be made in small batches because it will get moldy if left unused. It should be stored in the fridge

In a large bowl mix:

  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Store in the fridge and use just like a regular moisturizer!

3. Pumpkin Flesh Facial

It sounds a bit odd, but you can toss pumpkin puree right onto your skin and leave it be for several minutes and be doing some good for your skin.

If you have a little more time, try this facial:

  • 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin (puréed)
  • 1 tablespoon of soy yogurt or ¼ teaspoon of soy milk
  • ½ teaspoon of brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cranberry juice or
  • ½ teaspoon oatmeal

Since autumn is the season of pumpkin, put it to good use! Try these DIY seasonal skin care treatments and let us know how you like them.


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Tricks To Managing A Breakout At Home

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There are so many DIY skin remedies out there, but it can be tough to know which ones actually work. Here at FYBC, we have tested a few fabulous skin care tips that not only work but can be done in the comfort of your own home. Save your self a trip to the drug store because the ingredients you need for a quick skin care fix are most likely in your cabinets at home. Take control of your skin care once and for all with the help of these tips. 

Sea Salt: Sea salt is an antiseptic, which is why many people notice that their skin clears up after being at the beach. The good news is that you don’t need to spend hours in the ocean to reap the benefits of saltwater. You can simply apply sea salt to your face to remove age spots, acne, and wrinkles.

Try it at home: All you really need to do is add one tablespoon of sea salt to a 16-ounce spray bottle of warm water. Lightly spritz your face with the combination each night and let the salt do its work.

Aspirin and Honey: This combination is perfect with skin irritation and inflammation strikes. Although aspirin is most commonly used for pain, it also reduces external swelling, which means a red, irritated pimple can go from noticeable to hardly visible in a short amount of time. Honey, on the other hand, is a natural antibiotic that can disinfect your pores.

Try it at home: Crush a single aspirin in a bowl and add a small amount of toner to create a paste. Apply the paste to your blemish for around five minutes. Wash it off and then apply honey and leave it on for ten minutes. 

Lemon and Sugar:  This little trick is great if you are dealing with stubborn pores clogged with dirt and oil. This pair targets oily skin! Since lemons are a natural antiseptic and sugar is an exfoliant, this combination will open up your pores and penetrate the skin to fight acne. 

Try it at home: Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle sugar on one of the exposed halves. Apply that to your face each night to remove dead skin. Say goodbye to acne and welcome fresh, glowing skin.