News and Tips from Eva Claiborne
Winter brings a lot of wonderful things, but it also brings cold weather, which can cause havoc on the skin. During the winter months, we tend to drink less water even though our body requires we drink the same amount year-round. The cold temperature often times makes us feel less thirsty, which can lead to dehydration. Since water is the primary composition of our body, we need to pay extra attention to dehydration. It may cause a slew of problems and affect the way we look and feel.
If we are getting treatments regularly, dehydration can possibly be counter productive to the results we seek. Without proper hydration, the skin may appear to be dry, exaggeration of pores, appear dull, be tight and flaky and appear to have an increase of fine lines and wrinkles; things that we don’t necessarily we want. So what do we do to maintain the proper level of hydration during the cold winter months and maintain our glowing skin?
- Drink Water – Even if you aren’t feeling thirsty, make sure you drink your H2O. Since caffeine is a diuretic, avoid it. Enhance your water with fruit slices and/or juices. If you are craving warm liquids, have some warm herbal teas.
- Eat Healthy Foods – Vegetables that contain a lot of water and soups can help promote hydration. In addition, add a little extra dose of healthy fats to your meals for added skin benefit. Avoid salty and dry foods, which may lead to further dehydration.
- Shorter & Cooler Showers & Baths– Even though a long hot shower is what we crave, hot water can deplete the skin of its moisture. If the hot bath and shower are a must, add a few drops of essential oils to the water to help with moisturizing.
- Moisturize – Before bed, use a heavy moisturizing cream for face and body. As the skin on the face is more delicate, make sure you use different products for face and body. In addition, consider using a hydrating serum on the face in conjunction with a moisturizer. The smaller particles in the serum will penetrate the skin deeper and help moisturize the skin.
- Humidifier– Try using a humidifier at home and/or in the office to bring in a little extra moisture to your air. The humidity will help keep your skin from drying out.
- Exfoliate– Gently exfoliate your skin once or twice a week. The exfoliation will help buff off the dry and dead cells and increase circulation. Be sure to moisturize your skin after.
Skin dehydration for most of us is a temporary thing we may deal with more during the winter months. With a little extra TLC, we’ll be back to our glowing beautiful selves!
Cellulite. It’s the one word that the majority of women cringe when they hear it and work on eliminating throughout their entire lives. The pesky dimpling or orange peel skin look usually starts appearing around puberty for about 80 to 90 percent of women. Why? Primarily, it is caused by an uneven distribution of muscle, connective tissue and fat. However there are other reasons such as age, genetics and lifestyle. Some of us are “lucky” and only have a mild case of it, while in others it can be quite extensive, causing us to be self-conscious, especially around bikini season.
While cellulite is almost impossible to get rid of permanently there are invasive and non-invasive treatments that will reduce the appearance. I personally prefer non-invasive treatments and have found the following to be helpful.
- Exercise – Less fat means less cellulite. Cardio is important, but muscle burns more calories than just a cardio workout. Doing weights not only burns more calories, it provides that “toned” look we all desire.
- Hydration – Water is vital to our well-being. It helps our skin’s elasticity, decreases our appetite and water-rich foods tend to be lower in calories than dense foods.
- Massage – Quick circular massage movements help speed up circulation and increase firmness in the skin.
- Brushing – This ties in to massage and increasing the circulation around the problem areas. Dry and or wet brushing not only removes dead skin cells for a softer skin but it also increases circulation around the pesky areas.
- Reduce Stress – Stress wreaks a havoc on so many different levels. One is it produces cortisol, which holds on to fat and cellulite. Working on living a stress free lifestyle may not only help reduce the pesky problem, but may also create more happiness overall.
- Wraps – Coffee, paprika and seaweed wraps all help reduce the appearance of cellulite. Several treatments are required to notice a difference. Not only do they tend to reduce a few inches, but they also leave the skin soft. My current favorite wrap is coffee!
Unfortunately, there is not one solution that helps whisk cellulite away. But with a healthy lifestyle and self-care it can get us ready for the warm summer weather!
A New Year is a new start for many people and the season of New Year’s Resolutions. Everyone has the intention to make the changes to be the best they can be in the New Year. However, life almost always gets in the way and statistically over 80% of people don’t succeed in their goal. With extra self-care and love being my New Year Resolution this year, my intention is to be even more successful in 2018. I have figured out a few things that have helped me maintain my goals and will implement again this year.
- Just for Me, Every Day – I start my day with setting the intention of doing something towards my goal. Every day is a different day and everyone’s energy/emotions and capacity ebbs and flows. Some days are better than others. The key for me is to figure out how I feel that day to accomplish my long-term goals. Every choice, whether it’s big or small, is a step closer to my intention.
- Acknowledge the accomplishment – Acknowledge every positive moment at the end of the day. Some days I accomplish more than others, but recognizing even the smallest accomplishment is important.
- Don’t beat yourself up – We all falter because inevitably life gets in the way. If there’s a day or maybe even a few in a row where my goals were not met, I don’t beat myself up. A resolution does not have to start only at the beginning of the year and end if we falter. Each day is a new day with the possibility of a new beginning.
I wish you all a successful start to your new year and look forward to a wonderful 2018!
December is the last month of the year and the month when I sit back for a moment and reflect on the past year. 2017 was a year of great change for me personally. This was the first year in many years that my daughter moved back to the Bay Area and also the year that I lost my father and some very close friends. It was a year of joy and also a year of great pain. We had the devastating fires in the North Bay, however, it also brought out the strength, resilience and the love within our community. One major theme I really noticed this year was that there’s always positive even during difficult times, which is something to be grateful for.
A new year is a new start for many. For me, I hope 2018 continues to build upon the hard work I have put in. I will start the year by traveling back to Hungary and spending time with my friends and family and setting my intentions for the year. I look forward to several events in 2018; expanding my Evike line and skin-care treatments, celebrating a big birthday and bringing a group of you to my homeland in the spring and allowing you to experience my culture first hand.
I wish all of you and your family a happy and safe holiday season. And I look forward to a wonderful 2018 and sharing and making new memories with you!
Collagen is a protein found throughout your entire body. It is found in the tough inner layer of skin, hair, nails intestinal tissue and joints. Besides it holding a lot of the body together, it is also the thing that maintains firm skin and keeps us looking young. Our bodies naturally produce collagen, but as we age the production starts slowing down and the appearance of aging begins.
There are many people who take collagen via pills and injections, but what we put in our body can also aid in collagen production and help keep us looking more youthful. Here are the top 7 foods that are high in collagen and also good for you:
- Bone Broth – contains bioavailable collagen that your body can absorb and use right away. All bone broths are great, beef aids skin health, while turkey and chicken support joint health.
- Salmon (Wild Caught) – contains omega 3 essential fatty acids reduces inflammation and promotes skin moisture from the inside out
- Greens – the chlorophyll in leafy greens increases procollagen, which is the precursor to collagen
- Berries – rich in Vitamin C and ellagic acid, berries protect the body against toxins and prevent collagen breakdown from UV damage
- Avocados – vitamin E and healthy fats help prevent collagen breakdown and improves the health of skin cells
- Garlic – contains sulfur, a trace mineral, that aids in collagen synthesis
- Citrus – vitamin C in citrus protects against toxins, which break down collagen