We’ve all heard that certain foods can help delay signs of aging, especially green leafy vegetables that are packed with antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins.
Kale is not only an amazing ingredient for your general health, but also contributes to beautiful skin. It is an excellent source of calcium and Vitamins A, C, and K – all of which are essential for skin health.
Vitamins A and C help form collagen and keep your skin wrinkle free and firm, while Vitamin K works it’s magic to improve skin’s elasticity and get rid of those unwanted dark under-eye circles. Kale is also one of the richest sources of lutein and contains beta- carotene, which does wonders for skin elasticity and firmness. The antioxidants found in Kale help protect your skin from damage that free radicals can cause to our skin’s structure. So be sure to arm your body with these wrinkle-fighting, health-boosting machines.
Robust in flavor and full of health benefits, kale would make a great addition to practically any meal. This sturdy green is often steamed or sautéed and served as a side dish, but here are a few other ways to incorporate kale into your diet:
- Kale chips – You can easily make them yourself or find them at health food stores in a variety of flavors.
- Adding kale to your favorite recipes – Substituting kale in any recipes that are made with greens like spinach, collards, and chard and pair it with rice, noodles or potatoes.
- Raw kale salad – Raw kale can be used in place of lettuce in a salad of your choice, simply add your favorite veggies or fruits and toss with a dressing of your choice.
- Freshly Juiced – Kale juice may sound intimidating, but is delicious when paired with sweet fruits and vegetables like apples, oranges, and carrots.
- Simmered with soup – Try adding kale to any of your favorite soups. Because of its sturdy leaves, kale holds up better in soups than any other greens.
What is your favorite way to eat kale?
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In keeping with a week focused on aesthetics and design, the new Clarisonic Aria Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush fits right in among the hustle and bustle of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.
In order to get “runway ready” at the Chadwick Bell Spring/Summer 2013 show last week, the models received mini Clarisonic facials and sonic eye treatments from celebrity aesthetician Eileen Harcourt. Between running from show-to-show and attending late night soirees, models often neglect their most important accessory: their skin!
Before getting in the hair or makeup chair, models first stopped at the Clarisonic table to receive a refreshing Aria mini facial. A few minutes of relaxation was much appreciated amidst the vibrant backstage buzz.
Models were thrilled to hear that the Aria cleanses skin 6X better than manual cleansing and that it is gentle enough to use twice a day. This sonic device removed any dirt and oil from the models’ skin allowing Lancôme skincare products to be absorbed more effectively.
Who wants to look tired on the catwalk? Thankfully, the Clarisonic Opal Sonic Infusion System came to the models’ rescue! Eileen used the device to gently knead serum into the skin around the models’ under-eye areas at 125 movements per second. This sonic infusion thoroughly hydrated the models’ skin and helped combat under-eye bags. The minute long treatment was the perfect pick-me-up for those strutting under the bright lights of the runway!
Fashion-Forward and Functional
Busy models, stylists, makeup artists, editors and bloggers barely have time to sleep, let alone charge their electronics during Fashion Week. The Clarisonic Aria’s functional USB charger was a life-saver for those spending the majority of the week backstage. Through simply plugging Aria into a laptop, the device’s charge can last for hours.
A Perfect Canvas
Lancôme makeup artist Daniel Martin loves his Clarisonic and was thrilled about the addition of Aria to the backstage lineup. A thorough Clarisonic cleansing by Eileen provided him with the perfect canvas for makeup application. Foundations and concealers went on smoothly and evenly. The Chadwick Bell look consisted of a natural, matte face with a strong emphasis on the eyes and cheeks. The look conveyed both strength and vulnerability.
The Chadwick Bell 2013 Spring/Summer Readywear Collection was inspired by the marriage of all things romantic and utilitarian with an emphasis on neutrals infused with small pops of green, yellow and violet color.
Because the Lancôme makeup look was minimalistic with a focus on cheek bones and eyes, glowing skin truly took center stage. Aria’s “form meets function” motto came to life at the Chadwick Bell Show as the models strutted down the runway glowing with sonic style!
Fall is in the air! Along with the crisp mornings and turning leaves, you may also have noticed your skin feeling a little dull and dry after a summer spent in the sun. Your skincare routine needs to change with the seasons, which means it’s time for an update!
Make a stylish transition from summer to fall with our new Limited Edition Mia 2 colors – Peacock, Bordeaux, and Emerald. These new colors represent everything we love about fall and will be sure to add a little spice to your beauty routine.
Make sure you are ready to take on the cooler weather by following these skincare tips for fall:
- Exfoliating – Exfoliating is the first step to beautiful fall skin. Regular exfoliation speeds up the cell turnover process, giving you a fresh and radiant glow, as well as a smoother and younger appearance.
- Moisturizing - As humidity levels drop, your skin craves moisture as it isn’t able to absorb as much from the air. Use a slightly thicker moisturizer than what you were using in the summer to account for the difference.
- Sun Protection – Even though your beach-bumming days may be over for now, you shouldn’t stop protecting your skin from the sun. Be sure to keep applying sunscreen whenever you will be outside.
- Lip Protection – During the fall and winter seasons, lips are subjected to cooler temperatures and harsher winds, which can lead to chapping and peeling. The best way to moisturize and protect the lips is to apply chapstick or lip balm at least once a day – preferably with some SPF.
- Hydrate – If your skin is not getting enough water, it tends to become dry, tight, and flaky. Maintain your skin’s moisture and elasticity by hydrating it from within – drinking plenty of water.
Well, there you have it – everything you need to know to update your skincare routine for fall! Now get out there and enjoy the blazing autumn colors.
We love color at Clarisonic! In addition to being visually appealing, color has the ability to affect your mood and your response to color can help you understand your personality better. Surround yourself with the right colors to play up your moods, personality, and goals. We want you to start and end your day right, so we offer our cleansing brushes in a variety of colors.
Here is some insight into what your favorite color may say about you:
Garnet is the color of strength, health, and vitality and is often chosen by outgoing, vigorous, yet impulsive individuals with a zest for life. If your favorite color is red, you are optimistic and action oriented, with a deep need for physical fulfillment and to experience life through all five senses. If you are looking for a pick-me-up, this is the color for you!
Mango is the color of strength, youth, curiosity and restlessness. If you prefer the color orange, you love to socialize and urge to be accepted by others. You enjoy the challenges life provides, and create them if there aren’t any.
Yellow shines full of optimism, happiness, creativity, and wisdom. Choosing yellow as your favorite color means you are a clever and precise thinker who has a good grasp of your potential and aren’t afraid to reach it. You have a need for order in your life, yet crave freedom of thought and action.
Kelly Green is considered the color of peace and serenity. If green is your favorite color, you are a down-to-earth individual with a love of nature and are kind, generous, compassionate, and sociable. This is a good color for a crisis situation as it calms the mind.
Blue is soothing, caring, patient, dependable and compassionate. If blue is your favorite color, you have a deep need for peace and harmony in your everyday life, appear to be confident and self-controlled, but may be hiding your vulnerable side. If you are experiencing anxiety, surround yourself with blue as it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce calming chemicals that will put your mind at ease.
Lavender is a free spirit, unconventional, generous, and witty. If purple or violet is your favorite color, you are compassionate, sensitive, supportive, and always thinking of others before yourself. On the other hand, individuals choosing this color may dislike responsibility and have difficulty dealing with real day-to-day problems.
Pink lovers are the nurturers of the world and love to give all they can, expecting the same in return. This color embodies a deep need to be accepted and loved unconditionally by those surrounding them. Individuals preferring pink tend to desire special treatment, protection and a sheltered life. Having this as your favorite color means you are loving, kind, and generous person – ultimately making for a great caregiver.
Carbon Fiber is independent, conservative, and serious. Having black as your favorite color means that prestige and power are important to you. You may appear intimidating to even your closest friends and colleagues, even if you are not trying to come off that way. You may be too serious for your own good, so consider bringing a little color into your life.
White is known for its simplicity and purity. If white is your preferred color, your deepest need is to be independent and self-reliant, as you aim for perfection in everything you do. You always think carefully before acting and are rarely prone to impulsive behavior, which typically yields impeccable results.
Gray is composed, reliable, practical and calm. With gray as your favorite color, you are neutral about life and prefer a safe, secure and balanced existence without much anxiety or excitement. You tend to compromise and conform to the rest of the group to keep the peace, even if it means losing your opinion in the midst.
Can’t decide between the colors? Try this survey to reveal your color personality! Tell us: would you pick a Clarisonic based on how the color might affect you, or do you prefer to just get your favorite color?
Feeling inspired by the Olympic athletes? Don’t forget that they need to match their skincare routine to their training routine. We’ll share their easy to follow skincare tips to give your skin the same boost on the outside as working out gives it from the inside.
- Lip Balm – Keep lips moisturized throughout your work out to prevent chapping.
- Sunscreen – When exposed in the sun, athletes should be protecting their skin from the damaging rays of the sun by using lotions with an SPF of at least 30.
- Moisturizing – Keep your skin properly hydrated by moisturizing your skin whenever possible to keep the sweat and other elements from causing your skin to become tight and dry.
- Drinking Water – Staying hydrated is particularly important during exercise. Adequate fluid intake is essential to comfort, performance and safety. Take a look at our post on The Importance of Water for Your Skin and Health.
- Change Clothes - Be sure to change out of your sweaty clothes as soon as you finish your workout as they can be a magnet for germs and trapping dirt.
- Cleansing – Let your pores breathe by washing off sweat from your body shortly after your workout. This step will keep dirt, oil, toxins, and bacteria and other surface debris from collecting in your pores, causing breakouts.
Olympic beach volleyball champions Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor chose the Clarisonic face brush to help keep them looking great during competition by cleansing their skin from sweat and sunscreen covering their bodies after practice and tournaments. Another Olympian, Natasha Hastings, an American sprint runner, also uses the Clarisonic system to make sure she looks her best at the track.
With the right skincare regimen, your skin can stay healthy and happy, allowing you to stay at the top of your game.
What is your post-workout beauty routine?
Photo by Allure Daily Beauty Reporter
Summer sun is here, and it can feel like a constant battle to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant. During the summer months, skin is exposed to a lot more irritants than during the rest of the year and it’s important to know how to deal with them properly.
Here are a few common summertime skincare mistakes, and some quick fixes:
Applying sunscreen incorrectly – Sun exposure takes its toll on your skin, so sun protection is serious business. While many believe that applying sunscreen once a day is sufficient, in reality most sunscreens should be reapplied every two hours, or every hour if you are swimming or sweating. To keep your skin safe from damaging effects of the sun, apply sunscreen generously to exposed areas at least 30 minutes prior to heading out into the sun. Just as you should wash off any makeup before going to bed, you should remove sunscreen before going to sleep, so be sure to cleanse thoroughly after a day in the sun.
Applying make-up with low SPF protection – The skin on your face is more sensitive to the sun than the rest of your body, so it requires a little more attention. While numerous beauty products contain some UV protection, it may not be enough to keep your face safe from the sun’s powerful rays. Try applying sunscreen or primer containing SPF 30 or higher to your face before putting on make-up to prevent sunburns, dry skin, and wrinkles.
Unhealthy foods – Summer time living may be easy, but if you’re not careful, summer’s fattening foods can really damage skin. Skip the processed foods and opt for more natural alternatives such as summer fruits and fresh greens to fill your body with vitamins and nutrients.
Overlooking foot health – As temperatures rise, you may find yourself spending a lot more time in flip-flops and sandals. Exposing your feet to the hot summer air can leave your heels cracked and dry. Give your feet the attention and care they need by applying lotion to keep them soft and moisturized and exfoliating rough heels with a pumice stone to remove dead skin. Finish off your foot treatment with a pedicure, and then show it off in your favorite open toed sandals!
Scratching mosquito bites – Summer is a time to enjoy the outdoors, but mosquito bites are unfortunately often a package deal. While our first instinct is to scratch the itch, breaking the skin can lead to infection and increased discomfort. Instead, try an antihistamine cream or calamine lotion to help the itch and swelling go down.
Fall comes with its own skin care concerns, so stay tuned for a future blog post on how to re-work your routine to fit your skin’s changing needs.
*Photo by Renee Fowler licensed through Creative Commons
You told us what features you want and we listened!
Introducing our newest Sonic Cleansing Brush, the Aria! It’s packed with tons of great new features:
First feature – Customizable. Our new brush offers 3 speeds in a user friendly handle. This is great for selecting just the right amount of cleaning for your skin.
Second feature - Travel Friendly. USB-enabled pLink charger plugs into your computer so it’s perfect no matter where you travel.
Third feature – Convenient. The all new drying stand can be used the in shower or as a charging station when partnered with the pLink.
Fourth feature – Informative. Always know how many used you have left with the color changing battery life indicator.
Fifth feature - Adjustable. The T-Timer can be adjusted for a 1 or 2 minute guided cleanse.
Sixth Feature - Innovative new functionality in a sleek new design.
Allure Magazine awarded Clarisonic Aria with their Best of Beauty Award in the “Top Splurges” category. “This oscillating brush leaves skin extravagantly soft – and ready to lap up anti-agers.”
Your stories are what inspire us to keep innovating and working hard to perfect skin cleansing. We love hearing about your individual experiences, and we want to share your stories with everyone.
That’s why we are giving away 10 Clarisonic Cleansing Brushes to contributors of our favorite stories or videos. All you need to do is answer the question:
How has, or could, using sonic cleansing transform your skin, and ultimately your life?
Two Ways To Win! We know some of you love to write, and some of you are more natural in front of the camera. Therefore we’re giving you two options for submitting your story:
ENTER VIA WRITTEN SUBMISSION
Submitting your story is easy! Start by checking out stories from others, or head straight to the submission page and start typing.
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For those of us who tell stories better in person, or on video, you can submit your YouTube video URL on the submission page. Just make sure your video follows these guidelines:
- Less than 60 seconds long.
- Video must be original
- Video must be on YouTube
We are excited to learn more about how sonic cleansing works for you. Be sure to read our Terms & Conditions before getting started.