7 In-Shower Beauty Tips That Will Streamline Your Beauty Routine

Showering is something I kind of dread. There’s so much to do in there. So anything I can do in-shower to streamline my beauty routine is kind of a godsend. Between washing all my various parts, conditioning my hair, shaving all the things, softening my heels and elbows, washing my face, singing all of Katy Perry’s greatest hits, and grouting all the shower tiles (OK, that last one was an exaggeration), I don’t always have a lot of time (or energy) left over for the rest of my routine.

Luckily, I found a ton of useful products that can be incorporated into the shower in a seamless way, not a “oh great, even more things to do in there” kind of way, that actually saves me time. And not just seconds. Like, enough time to make my own hot breakfast beverage. I don’t make my own hot breakfast beverages (I’m trying to avoid admitting I don’t like coffee so that you don’t automatically distrust my opinions) but I could!

In-shower multi-tasking make sense, especially since you’re usually doing two things at once anyway. And probably texting while you do those two other things. And you probably text in the shower, too. Anyway, these tips are pretty much shower lifesavers as much as they are shower time savers, and using them is about as close as you can get from emerging from your shower as a full-on glittering mermaid.

1. Smooth Your Feet

Amope has a new Pedi Perfect product that you can use wet or dry. Just charge it up and place it in your shower. Then all you have to do is use the foot file (maybe while you let your conditioner soak in) to get smooth feet. It’s cordless, too, and if you decide you’d rather use it on dry feet, you don’t even have to change the abrasive head. Just grab it and go to town (painlessly, of course) on your rough feet. They will be rough no-more.

2. Moisturize All Over

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You know how warm water kind of strips natural oils from your skin, but also opens up your pores? That makes the moments immediately after a shower essential for rehydrating your skin. Usually that means toweling off and slathering on the lotion. But there is also a lotion designed to be used in the shower, on wet skin. Then, when you get out, you can use those few extra minutes to get your booty work done (dance) and call it “air drying.”

 

A Busy Girl’s Guide to Beauty

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A busy lady with no time to waste lolling around a salon, Christine Muhlke learns to cut corners.

They say having it all—career, marriage, children—requires giving up some of the things you enjoy. For me, that has meant my already modest beauty regimen. A fresh set of highlights every three months? So 2010. Shaving my legs? Let’s just say I now have a legitimate excuse to splurge on thoseDries Van Noten pants for spring. Who was that woman of leisure, and how do I get her back, or at least look like her?

The cruel joke is that once you reach the age of having it all, you really should be devoting more, not fewer, hours to prettifying. Five years ago, when I landed a high-profile job, I realized that I needed to start wearing concealer and mascara in order to appear more professional (not to mention more awake). Then, after I had a baby, all bets were off. A friend looked at me and shook her head. “The concealer’s not cutting it anymore,” she said. “You need a corrector too.” The beauty clutter grew. Now, for every moisturizer I own, there’s a serum—and an essence and a primer—to apply underneath. When I recently found myself making room for yet another product (apparently, night serums just don’t work during regular business hours), I knew I needed help streamlining my cabinet, my makeup kit—my life. So I reached out to some beauty professionals whose schedules are even more hectic than my own.

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“Your skincare routine should only take three minutes,” declares Amy Wechsler, M.D., who is board certified in both dermatology and psychiatry. “In the morning, you don’t even have to wash your face if you did so before going to bed. Just rinse.” Wechsler’s bare essentials are a moisturizer and sunscreen by day, and a moisturizer and prescription retinoid at night. She even worked with Chanel Skincare to develop La Solution 10 de Chanel, a moisturizer for sensitive skin that’s so gentle, it can be used as eye cream too. “I just close my eyes and put it everywhere,” she says. Which is exactly what I do the night after my appointment, on top of my Retin-A. No eye serum, no eye cream! The 39 seconds I gain feel like a vacation.

Speaking of which, when I tell Wechsler that I’m embarrassed by how the heady floral fragrance of Rodin’s Olio Lusso Facial Cleansing Powder transports me to a Mediterranean villa when I’m washing my face, she encourages me to embrace that fantasy spa moment, however paltry and pathetic. “In taking care of yourself,” she explains (the psychiatrist in her kicking in), “you’re lowering your cortisol and stress levels.” In other words, stress isn’t pretty. “Cortisol breaks down collagen, which is how we get wrinkles.” Oh, those. But for her, the biggest beauty time-saver is, in fact, Botox. “For sure, because you’re combating wrinkles by preventing them.” Why waste precious minutes applying creams when you can banish lines at the source? As soon as I find a sliver in my schedule, I’m going for it. I promise.

In the meantime, I wedge in a 7 p.m. appointment at CAP Beauty, in New York’s West Village. After getting the Root Treatment Facial, which combines acupuncture for mind-body-spirit rebalancing with a soothing skin treatment, I’m so blissed-out, I cab it the two blocks home. Better than Botox, if you ask me.

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Highlights require a commitment of several hours, which is why I refresh mine only once a year. So imagine my delight at meeting Sarah Spratt, a colorist and kindred spirit, at Takamichi Hair salon, in NoLIta. Spratt confides that she usually gets highlights in May, letting the summer sun take care of the rest. “Only go one level lighter than your natural color, and let the base mingle in with the highlights,” she says. “This makes the grow-out period painless.” To prolong the magic, she recommends a color-preserving shampoo, especially for brunettes. And as for those pesky stray grays, Oribe’s Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray does the trick.

Luckily, stylist Ricky Pannell, the owner of the downtown salon Snip N Sip, doesn’t mind that I come in for a cut only twice a year. In fact, the one he gives me, with long layers from front to back along the jaw line, has a six-month shelf life. His no-style styling tips? For bouncy waves, air-dry damp hair in not one but two buns—on top and in the back, tucking in the ends, because, he says, they are the most important part. And what if I want straight hair and am too busy to give myself a full blowout or iron my curls (which, for the record, I have never done)? “Just concentrate on the ends,” he insists. “If the ends look nice, the whole thing looks good.”

And get this: When I sheepishly confess that I don’t have time to shampoo more than twice a week, Pannell smiles. Twice a week is enough, he confirms, and is better for my hair. “Just be sure you rinse really well. I can’t tell you how much buildup I see.” He’s on board with my time–saving product choices too: Oribe’s Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream, which acts as both a conditioner and styling product on damp hair, and Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray, for those no-wash days when I need a little pick-me-up.

Like me, the Los Angeles manicurist Stephanie Stone, of Nailing Hollywood, has a toddler, so she’s always on the hunt for ways to maintain her talons on the fly. The current trend for short, natural-looking nails, she informs me, is perfect for low-maintenance ladies: “Just clip and file them, apply a clear coat, and you’re done.” What’s more, the new rounder shape is less prone to snagging and, therefore, breakage. “But keep your cuticles and hands moisturized,” she adds, recommending Dr. Hauschka’s Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil Pen and NCLA’s Polish Me Pretty exfoliating hand scrub.

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And as for that aforementioned no-longer-cutting-it eye concealer? I’ve long been a Bobbi Brown fan, so I decide to ask the cosmetics-empire builder and mother of three how on earth she manages to look dewy and rested. Like Wechsler, she’s fanatical about moisturizer. Then she talks me through her “stoplight beauty routine,” which she swears takes just minutes and can be done in the car. (I wonder if I can pull it off while biking to work…) “We have this new intensive dual skin-serum corrector-concealer—it comes with a wand,” Brown says. “And I don’t go anywhere without my Telluride bronzer. Because I wear glasses, I can get away without eye makeup, but when I want to look better, I use a brown pencil to line my eye, the same pencil to fill in my brow, and then I throw on mascara. I don’t have to do anything else—I’m fine without lipstick.”

Her strategy helps me winnow down my own product arsenal. Corrector and concealer are replaced by Brown’s do-it-all serum. Eye shadow, liner, and their corresponding application tools are trumped by a quick swipe of a cream-shadow stick. Lash curler? Gone. Brown gently curls her lashes up with her finger while her mascara dries, and now I do the same. My blush is still Kjaer Weis’s finger-friendly cream, and my lips stay loyal to Brown’s discontinued tinted lip balm, which I use very sparingly. What really brings my speedier new look together, though, are my brows. Who knew? Sabah Feroz, of Blink Brow Bar at Saks Fifth Avenue, in New York, threaded and tinted them a shade darker, which gave me such a Hilary Rhoda quotient, I nearly considered dropping makeup altogether.

I said “nearly.” I’m busy, not crazy.

How Korean beauty trends are making an impact on your makeup routine

There are two very contrasting makeup trends continuing to dominate the Instagram and YouTube accounts of beauty vloggers and aficionados: One is exaggerated facial contouring; the other is a very minimal, no-makeup makeup look.

The Kardashian sisters are responsible for the internet’s obsession with face and eyebrow sculpting (though legendary makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin is the original). Makeup brands like Anastasia Beverly Hills and NARS have released contouring kits. Last September, Kim Kardashian hosted a $500 master class with her makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic. Extreme before-contouring photos are popping up on social media accounts—a visual representation of just how much work it takes to create the illusion of perfectly-chiseled cheekbones.

But the no-makeup look is gaining in popularity. The growing influence of Korean beauty—from their intensive skincare routines to BB creams and cushion compacts—on Western culture is the culprit for the internet’s fascination with wanting to look like they “woke up like this.” Last year, an article about the growth of Korean beauty on The Cut revealed:

So far, in the first half of 2015, according to the Korea Customs Service, the total export value of Korean beauty products to the U.S. was $52 million, a 60 percent increase from last year. America is the third biggest export market for Korean cosmetics companies, after China and Hong Kong.

American women are opting out of noticeable makeup and instead coveting dewy skin, bushy brows, and natural-looking flushed cheeks, and Instagramming #shelfies of all of the skincare products they use (popularized by beauty blog Into The Gloss).

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In 2011, Korean brand Dr. Jart introduced its BB cream to Sephora, claiming to cover blemishes and uneven skin tone while also working to erase them and protect the skin from sun damage—and the K-beauty craze began. Then came CC creams, which are more color-correcting and used to diminish the appearance of redness. Most recently, cushion compacts have hit the market, functioning like BB and CC creams, but with SPF over 50 and small, compact packaging for easier application. All of these are lightweight creams, more like a moisturizer, than a foundation, but with the benefits of coverage.

Cosmopolitan editor Jessica Matlin first noticed the influx of Korean beauty products into the American beauty market about three years ago. “This brand isn’t Korean, it’s Japanese, but when SK-II came out with sheet masks like ten years ago, that was the original,” Matlin told me. “And then, I started seeing other sheet masks about three years ago and everyone was like, ‘oh, it’s like the SK-II mask.’ Now, nobody says that anymore because there’s been so many. Everyone started making them, places like Peach and Lily started coming out, and it was just like, this explosion.”

A lot of American and European skincare products lead with the promise of gradually preventing wrinkles and fine lines. While K-beauty products can come off as intimidating, because of their advanced technology and vastly unknown ingredients, the promise of immediate results is what makes them so appealing. Throw on a skin-problem specific serum-soaked sheet mask from TonyMoly or Dr. Jart for 20 minutes, massage the left-over product into your skin and instantly get more a more radiant complexion. Apply the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask overnight for eight hours and wake up with hydrated skin.

American women aren’t only flocking to the beauty counters to purchase products in hopes of getting more dewy radiant skin, but they are also going to conferences and panels for more information. Last year, indie e-commerce retailer Glow Recipe held a K-beauty panel at KCON, a conference about all things Korean culture held in New York and Los Angeles, with plans to showcase even more K-beauty vendors at the event this summer. Most recently, The Korea Society—a group based in New York that organizes events about Korean affairs—held a conference on everything K-beauty, where panels of experts dished on their skincare routines, favorite products, and what they think is next. The audience was made up of mostly non-Korean women (including me).

During a K-beauty makeup tutorial at the Korea society event, Seong Hee Park did something I’ve never seen a make-up artist do: Before she applied any foundation, she did a 20-minute sheet mask and then applied toner, eye cream, and an argan oil serum on her model. “Korean makeup needs dewy skin, so you definitely need to hydrate your skin,” said Park. “Most of Korean beauty is for the skin products, not the makeup products.”

“If Westerners have a skin problem, usually they go to see the doctor, or they are looking for something to cover it up. But, if Koreans have a skin problem, they are looking for a good skin product first, to recover and heal their skin, because they understand how [skincare ingredients] work there,” said Park.

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The Korean way of skincare is thorough, affordable, innovative, and seemingly effective—it’s no wonder why Americans are hopping on board to change the way they approach their skin. Korean-inspired regimens usually consist of ten steps or more, including double cleansing, toning, an essence, two or three serums, and sheet masks with ingredients like sea kelp, snail mucin, maple tree sap and starfish extract. That leaves very little to do once makeup application comes into play. And even then, the makeup is often also working to fix the skin, with blushes, foundations and creams that not only help with radiance and evenness, but also hydrate and protect with SPF.

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Alicia Yoon and Cindy Kim launched their e-commerce site Peach and Lilyin 2012. Since then, the American beauty market has been introduced to things like snail cream and rubber masks. Peach and Lily, along withSokoGlam, are the leading beauty sellers and influencers of K-beauty products in the US. Last year, Sephora teamed up with Peach and Lily, introducing a beauty campaign promoting only Korean beauty products, which now have their own sections, both on the websites and in-store.

“[Sephora’s] image with Ji-Hye Park as the model–her look was this dewy face, and it actually said, ‘get dewy skin’ on the poster. I think when people saw that, [the influence of Korean beauty] really resonated,” said Yoon. “And you see that on runways now—people are doing glossy lids and radiant faces. The really matte, powdery look isn’t really in with fashionistas right now.”

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Of course, the Korean beauty routine doesn’t have to be achieved by using solely Korean products. An increasing number of American brands, like Peter Roth Thomas, L’Oreal, and Clinique are adopting the “skin first” idea by creating their own versions of these scientifically-advanced products, from toners to sheet masks to cushion compacts. And, in the past year, two American beauty brands launched with the sole selling point of getting a radiant, flawless complexion through routine skincare and minimal makeup, taking an obvious cue from the K-beauty craze.

In 2015, Emily Weiss launched her beauty brand Glossier with the mottos “skincare as makeup” and “skin is in.” Instead of making stuff to hide blemishes, the line includes products like a Skin Perfecting Tint, which works to make the skin look more dewy, and the Boy Brow, meant to make your eyebrows look fuller and slightly untamed. Glossier offered two masks, cleansers, and a priming moisturizer before they ever launched concealers or lipsticks.

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Milk Makeup launched in February 2016, and while the brand offers fun makeup products, like bright red lip color and blue eyeliners, the appearance of radiant, dewy, youthful skin is still the starting point. Like K-beauty products, there are multitaskers—like a Blush Oil that creates flushed cheeks while also hydrating the skin, and a Cooling Water that hydrates the skin while also giving it an immediate glow. Like Glossier, Milk Makeup launched with skincare products for the face—Charcoal Cleanser and Sunshine Oil.

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Innovation and change are constant factors in Korean beauty products. This year’s cushion compacts may be packaged differently and offer even more benefits in the next year. But having a flawless complexion through the use of various skincare products is a part of the culture. In the United States, beauty trends come and go, and only time will tell if the K-beauty craze is just a fad or an new standard. But, who knew “started wearing less and going out more” could also apply to your makeup routine?

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Your Ultimate Day Of Beauty

We all know the classic definitions of a beautiful day. Some may say it’s spent at the beach. Others may say it’s spent in the sack. Some may say it must involve some sweat or a salmon dinner or a round of 18 at Pebble Beach. Others may say that the minimum requirements for a beautiful day should include the word pedicure. Any of those things may very well fit your criteria for a beautiful day. Now, however, we’re going to present you with a different kind of beautiful day—a day in which the things you do reflect on the core of improving your inner and outer beauty. A beautiful day doesn’t have to be a day in which you’re removed from reality; it can be a day in which you’re immersed in it. 

So what you’ll find here is a sample day with some of our favorite tips and tricks. After all, routines are good because they’re automatic—ensuring that you’ll integrate good habits into your daily life, rather than struggling to do so.

6:00 a.m. Wake up before your alarm clock.

That’s after seven to eight hours of sleep.* This is the amount of time your body needs to recharge; plus, sleep is the major stimulant for your own growth hormone (there’s something special about it not being from a vial). Your own growth hormone helps keep skin taut and vibrant. After all, nobody looks that beautiful with bags under the eyes. When you wake up, take a few minutes for an inventory of the way your body feels—specifically the minor aches and pains that may distract you from the focus of your life. Perform a few light stretches. Take just a few minutes to get your blood going, think about your breathing, and prepare yourself for your day. While you meditate to the sensations of your body, dream about one big idea you want to pursue today.

*Give or take a few hours or minutes, depending on your particular schedule and lifestyle. The average wake-up time in America is 5:47 a.m., so we’re giving you an extra 13 minutes for your, uh, beauty sleep.

6:20 a.m. Perform your morning beauty routine.

Here are some guidelines:

  • In the shower, rinse your hair (you can shampoo whenever you want, but don’t feel compelled to shampoo more than three times weekly) and wash your body. Blot your hair dry or use the cool setting on your hair dryer, but avoid the scorched-earth approach: heat can damage the delicate cuticles. Use a brush with smooth or rounded teeth or bristles, which will massage the hair and scalp without damaging them. Remember, hair is most fragile when wet.
  • Wash your face and use a moisturizer that has vitamins B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin E, and alpha-hydroxy acids. You can also include various small-molecule antioxidants such as ubiquinone and ferulic acid. Remember to read labels on everything. Use a moisturizer that has UV protection. You want to protect your face during the day and feed it with nutrients at night.
  • Use deodorant, not antiperspirant. We believe you don’t need to stop the natural body function of sweat; simply use a deodorant to mask any unpleasant smells. (Some clothes that require dry cleaning can be ruined by sweat, so you might want to use antiperspirants when wearing delicate clothes).

7:00 a.m. Have breakfast.

It may include 100% whole grains, healthy fat, fresh fruit, or a little healthy protein—such as egg whites, which contain skin-nourishing biotin. Some of our favorite options include steel-cut Irish oatmeal, Total with 2% fat yogurt without added sugar but with fresh berries, or 100% whole grain cereal with low-fat or hemp milk. And don’t ever think about fast food at breakfast time, since we find that most breakfast fast food violates every good nutritional guideline.

7:10 a.m. Pop these pills.

Your morning supplements should include: half of a multivitamin (with at least 500 IU of vitamin D, 600 mg of calcium, and 200 mg of magnesium), 600 mg of DHA (omega-3 fatty acids, either by itself or in 2 grams of fish/cod liver oil), and 162 mg of aspirin (if you’re over 40 years old and have checked with your doc). Take with a full glass of water. These will help you with heart health, and keep this in mind as well: What’s good for your heart and arteries is also good for your brain, sexual function, and skin (prevents wrinkles).

7:15 a.m. Sneak in a mini-workout.

6Whether you’re getting to work or getting your kids to school, we know you’ll be spending a little travel time during the day, stuck in your car or a bus, or, if possible, on your two legs. Take the opportunity to practice some stealth Kegel exercises (squeezing the muscles that control your urine flow; here’s how to do them). The more they’re developed, the better your sex life.

Or, if you’re in line for your favorite morning caffeine-infused beverage (you’re going with the green tea, right?), try something different from eavesdropping on the two customers in front of you. Instead, spend a minute focusing on proper posture. Back straight, butt in, chest out, shoulders back, head high, jaw aligned, making sure your top and bottom teeth aren’t touching each other. Focus. Focus. Feel good? We thought so. Practice good posture every day (sitting and standing), and you’ll be amazed at the changes in how you look and feel.

9:00 a.m. Practice your smile.

Make a note to greet everyone you meet with or talk to with a hearty smile—a genuine one. Upbeat people excel. Upbeat people have good relationships. Upbeat people feel good.

10:50 a.m. Have a midmorning snack.

Try nuts or green tea (the polyphenols can help thicken the epidermis). Besides helping you stay satisfied, they contain biotin, which helps you metabolize fat and carbs. Add an apple or carrot—nature’s teeth whiteners.

12:30 p.m. Lunch break!

Two good choices: an oil and vinegar-dressed salad topped with veggies and salmon, which contains carotenoids that improve skin elasticity so you don’t wrinkle. Or have a soup (not cream-based), which can help slow the time it takes food to travel through your system—keeping you fuller longer and helping protect against weight gain. Even if you’re rushed, practice slow and deliberate eating.

For the other 30 minutes of your break, take a walk. Put UVA and UVB sunblock on your face and the backs of your hands before you go. A little sun on your arms and legs helps generate vitamin D.

2:00 p.m. Notice the green.

Whether you’re at home or at work, take a moment and notice the greenery around you (you do have some plants around, don’t you?). The feeling of living things (other than the next-door neighbor or backstabbing cubicle mate) can be healing, comforting, and empowering (which is especially nice in times of stress). Plus, they add oxygen to the environment.

6:00 p.m. Have one glass of alcohol with dinner.

Our favorite is red wine; the alcohol has tremendous cardiovascular benefits, and the resveratrol (from the grape skins that give the wine its color) helps cells live longer. Lean toward a meal with healthy fat, protein, and fiber, and use small plates to help control portion size. Cover half your plate with vegetables. Notice that you’re eating early enough that the rich pharmacy of chemicals and calories in your food will be digested and won’t interfere with your sleep (or deposit themselves on your thighs).

8:00 p.m. Relax—but not completely.

You’re just in time for your favorite shows or enjoying your hobby, but stay active. Put a stationary bike or elliptical cross-trainer or rowing machine or treadmill in front of the tube so you can pedal or do other physical activity during your favorite shows, or do the plank position during commercials. Be demanding of folks who are entertaining you; don’t fizz out in front of the tube unless the material really warrants your attention.

9:20 p.m. Get ready for bed.

Prepare yourself for bed with any cleanup duties. Brush your teeth for two minutes. Wash and exfoliate your face (wash with fragrance- and residue-free soap), and use a moisturizer with vitamins A and C (remember, you’re feeding your face at night, when the sun cannot denature all the restoring antioxidant vitamins). Make sure the lights are dim and the room is cool so you can gently slip into restorative sleep rather than attempting to abruptly “fall” asleep after sending out a few e-mail blasts while watching the late shows.

9:40 p.m. Have sex.

Feel beautiful. Tell your partner what you need (and ask your partner the same). On alternate days (days, not weeks!), you can read a few pages of invigorating prose.

9:42 p.m. Just kidding. Keep going, please.

10:10 p.m. Drift into sleep.

With a peaceful meditation, thank your higher power of choice for the beauty of the day. Remember what made you most grateful today. Please note that you have nearly eight hours before you have to awaken.

Losing Weight With Protein-Rich Diet Leads To Better Sleep Says Study

 

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A new study has found out that overweight middle-aged adults who lose weight with a protein rich diet seem to sleep better as compared to those who lose weight with normal protein quantity, as per a report dated March 27, 2016. This paper was published in the ‘American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’.

Usually, other researches focus on the effect of sleep on weight control and diet, but this research studied that effect of diet and weight loss, mainly the protein quantity on sleep, said Purdue University’s Wayne Campbell.

They found that if low-calorie diet is consumed with a high amount of protein, there is a drastic improvement in the quality of sleep for middle-age adults. This quality of sleep is better in comparison with those who lost the same amount of weight while consuming normal protein amount.

In this study, over 44 obese or overweight participants who consumed either higher-protein or normal protein weight loss diet. A survey was completed for rating the quality of sleep each month throughout the study. These findings showed that people who consumed that people who consumed more quantities of protein and lost weight noted an improvement in the quality of sleep after 3 to 4 months.

Jing Zhou, the first author of the study, stated that compromised sleep quality and short sleep duration lead to cardiovascular diseases, premature death and metabolic diseases. Owing to the increased prevalence of such problems, knowing how lifestyle and diet can help in improving sleep is important.

As per this research, sleep quality is added to the growing list of positive outcomes of high-intake of protein while losing weight and other outcomes including improvement in blood pressure, retention of body mass and promotion of body fat loss.

Making Sense of Sensitive Skin

Having sensitive skin changes your life in so many ways, more than many would imagine. For most of my life, my skin was naturally resilient and problem-free. Then about a decade ago, I noticed some mild redness and stinging on the back of my neck. The rashy, red bumps transformed how my skin looked, and felt. Every minute, every motion brought an itchy, uncomfortable reminder that something was not quite right.

“Trying to narrow down the cause of the reaction was a slow and tedious process, and letting go of my favorite beauty products one-by-one was a tremendous disappointment.”

In addition to abandoning my cherished skincare products and cosmetics, there were other major lifestyle changes I had to make — trying all kinds of fragrance- and chemical-free detergents, shampoos and soaps. Although I tried my best to be mindful of what I was using, I didn’t always have a choice. While traveling, I’d worry that the detergent used on the bed sheets at a hotel might trigger a reaction, which happened more than once.

Doctors prescribed powerful topical steroids to reduce the inflammation, but my skin remained rough for weeks after an outbreak. I longed to go back to using my favorite, familiar creams, but because I didn’t know exactly what ingredients were causing the problem, they stayed stashed in a drawer. When I walked through stores, I felt like I was missing out on cutting-edge skincare and beauty products, which have long been a passion of mine. It didn’t feel like those products were for me anymore, and I missed being able to sample the latest releases.

Since starting Tatcha and working closely with the world’s leading formulators and chemists, I’ve never forgotten what it was like to long for elegant skincare with exquisite textures and anti-aging benefits that would suit my finicky skin. That’s why all of Tatcha’s collection is non-sensitizing and dermatologist-tested, and why we promise not to use known irritants like PEGs. When we discovered the powerful, anti-inflammatory benefit of natural Japanese Indigo a few years ago, I knew this was a promising step towards creating a collection of creams that not only restored skin’s suppleness, but also offered other anti-aging benefits to the skin.

The newest addition to the collection is our Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream, which blends skin-soothing Japanese Indigo extract and calming Colloidal Oatmeal with our anti-aging Hadasei-3 Bioactive Complex. This daily, nourishing facial moisturizer was created with sensitive skin in mind, but is also a beneficial addition for all skin types. Inflammation may be most immediately visible in sensitive skin, but is recently recognized as a leading cause of premature aging in general. At Tatcha, we’ve found that the best botanicals to revitalize and heal sensitive skin are some of the most effective anti-aging ingredients. Whether your skin is feeling sensitive, in need of extra hydration, or you’d like to help it stay glowing, the timeless ingredients in our Soothing Triple Recovery Cream are at the forefront of anti-aging care.

Sometimes it’s comforting just knowing that you’re not alone in having sensitive skin, or being bewildered and frustrated about all the ways it affects your daily life. And I hope you take comfort in knowing that we will always keep creating the very best formulas we can so that everyone can enjoy the secrets of simple, effective Japanese skin care rituals that leave your skin smooth, supple and radiant once again.

The 6 Beauty Products Kristen Bell Swears By

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Kristen Bell is our favorite funnygirl, but she’s also known for routinely nailing it in the beauty department. Her skin is flawless and bright, and her hair always has that easy, effortless wave (that we all know takes serious effort). So when we got to chat with her about her involvement with Neutrogena’s new See What’s Possible campaign to empower women (she’s a global ambassador for the brand, as well), we knew she’d have some good tips for those of us who don’t have around-the-clock glam squads. These are her go-to products.

Clarisonic Mia 2 Cleansing Brush. “After my kids have gone to sleep, when I wash my face, it’s such a meditative experience for me. I really, genuinely look forward to it, and I use this brush.”

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser. “It’s good at getting all the grime—not just makeup. Living in southern California, there’s a lot of smog. This cleans my pores really well.”

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel. “It’s a soothing gel that has hyaluronic acid, which is how your skin naturally retains its moisture. It really does plump me up. Between using this and having a healthy diet, I feel like I’m setting myself up for skin success.”

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face and Body Stick Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 70. “I use these sticks every day. They’re in every one of my purses, and I reapply on my hands when I’m sitting in traffic and the windshield sun is blazing on my hands. I’m not yet in the mood for liver spots.”

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk. “Dry shampoo is my hair drug of choice. It’s the thing that takes all the excess oil out, and it’s the perfect mix of making your hair feel clean and dirty. When you have thin, blonde hair, having it feel dirty is kind of important for texture. Otherwise, it’s just thin and slippery.”

Psssst Instant Dry Shampoo Spray. “It smells like something my grandma used—in a great way. A nostalgic way. I love that. Smells are supposed to make you feel things!”

Popular diets to follow: Dukan, blood group, paleo and more

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Want to eat healthy? Well, there is no dearth of diets to choose from. However, much of it can be quite confusing too. Here’s a list that will settle the doubts in your quest to find a diet that suits your needs or goals and seems feasible.

The alkaline diet: Banish acidity

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The alkaline diet seeks to reduce the effects of foods that increase acidity levels in the blood when digested. The programme claims to rebalance the body through a diet comprising two-thirds alkalizing foods (like green vegetables) and one-third acidifying foods (meat, cheese). Alkaline dieters can eat carbohydrate, protein and fat, but the focus is firmly on raw, seasonal produce, green vegetables and fruit.

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Chrono nutrition: Four meals a day

Chrono nutrition is based on the idea of respecting the body’s natural rhythms. Followers can eat what they like, but only at fixed times of day. So rather than cutting out certain foods, this diet — developed by French nutritionist Dr Delabos — puts different food groups in different meals. The day starts with a hearty breakfast including animal fats, followed by a dense, protein- and carb-based lunch, a sweet snack in the afternoon and a light meal in the evening to prevent excess calories being stored overnight. Dark chocolate is allowed every day, but not after 5pm.

Read: Don’t make these dieting blunders if you’re serious about weight loss

Detox diets: Cleanse and purify

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A detox is more of a short-term programme than a long-term diet. Detoxing aims to flush toxins out of the body. This generally takes around a week, and often starts with a phase of around three days where detoxers eat just one kind of food, usually with unlimited fruit, and lots of water and herbal teas. Cooked vegetables are progressively reintroduced, followed by protein (meat, fish, eggs) over the last two days.

The Dukan diet: Go for protein

This diet is very strict in the foods it allows followers to eat, but these can be consumed in unlimited quantities. This controversial diet is a high-protein and low-calorie programme that cuts fat and carbohydrate intake. This encourages the body to use up its fat stores (adipocytes) to get the energy it needs to keep muscles functioning. As fat stores are used, fatty acids are released into the bloodstream, making the liver and kidneys work harder. Weight loss can be very quick in the first phase of the diet — the attack phase — which lasts around seven days (approximately 5kg).

Low FODMAP diet: Beat the bloat

Developed by an Australian nutritionist in 2005 for sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome, this eating program involves avoiding a family of carbohydrates called FODMAPs. FODMAPS are types of sugars that are poorly absorbed by the body. These are naturally present in certain vegetables, cereals, pulses, fruit, mushrooms, dairy products and certain “low sugar” products. Eating FODMAPs can lead to bloating and stomach ache after meals, as the sugars ferment in the intestine. Fruits allowed as part of the diet include bananas, grapes, grapefruit, kiwis, mandarins, oranges, passion fruit, pineapple and tomatoes.

Blood type diet: Each to their own

For the American nutritionist James d’Adamo, people with blood types A, B, O and AB shouldn’t eat the same things to lose weight and stay healthy. This is due to the different antibodies developed in relation to the chemical composition of each specific blood group. Four different profiles exist. The ‘O group’ should eat meat and vegetables but avoid dairy products and carbs. The ‘B group’ should fill up on dairy products, green vegetables, meat and eggs, while avoiding chicken, corn, peanuts and lentils. The ‘A group’ should follow a vegetarian diet, with lots of fruit, vegetables and cereals but no meat, beer, dairy products or beans.

The Mediterranean diet or the Okinawa diet: Eating for longevity

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Following the same diet as inhabitants of the Greek island of Crete or the Japanese island of Okinawa (home to the world’s highest number centenarians) is thought to increase life expectancy. The Mediterranean diet is based on the regular but moderate consumption of red wine, as well as tea, olive oil, plus fruit and vegetables rich in flavonoids and antioxidants which keep the heart healthy. The Okinawa diet is a pescetarian regime that includes vegetables, algae, whole grains and legumes, fruit, high-calcium foods (broccoli, fish, yogurt, cheese, etc.), fish, seafood, and nuts and seeds rich in omega 3.

Paleo: Eat like a caveman

This diet, based on what humans ate in the Paleolithic era, can help dieters shed up to 1kg of fat per week. Eating paleo involves excluding all cereals and dairy products, as well as beans and legumes, starchy vegetables like potatoes, fatty meats, salt, sugar, and all forms of processed food and fizzy drinks. Inspired by our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the diet is based on lean meats, poultry, fish, seafood, fruit and non-starchy vegetables, as well as all kinds of nuts and seeds (almonds, sunflower seeds, etc.).

10 Super Simple All Natural Beauty Tips

The world would have us believe that there are no simple and inexpensive natural beauty tips and tricks. What makes me say that? Well, did you know that the beauty industry is a nearly $300 BILLION dollar empire? And that the average woman spends about $15,00 on just makeup in her lifetime! And according to a UK survey, women will spend well over a year of their life applying that makeup. Ouch. That, of course, says nothing of the toxic chemicals so commonly found (with almost zero regulation) in beauty products. Yep. Seems like the world is telling us that we need to spend lots of time, lots of money, and risk our health to be beautiful. Don’t believe it. For starters, let’s get real about the idea of beauty. To me it’s about unmasking the real person, not covering it up. And there are lots of simple ways to thank your body, feel more beautiful, and not have to pay an arm and a leg for it. Here are just 10. They are easy. They are all natural. And yet, still luxurious. Enjoy.

1. Banana and Egg Hair Treatment

Looking for a little more shine in your hair? Simply mix one egg and a mashed up banana. Apply it as a thick paste to your hair and leave it on for 10 – 30 minutes. Wash it our doing your usual hair washing ritual (if you usually use a store-bought conditioner you’ll probably only need to condition the ends). And voila! Super simple, and all natural, beauty tip.

2. Moisturizing Nail Treatment

Soak your nails in olive oil for five minutes. And then sit back and admire your pretty hands.

3. Simple Honey Face Mask

Raw honey is naturally anti-bacterial and a super quick way to get soft, beautiful skin. Once a week use a tablespoon or so of raw honey (not the processed stuff parading as honey) and gently warm it by rubbing your fingertips together. Spread on your face. Leave on for 5 – 10 minutes and then use warm water to gently rinse it off and pat dry. Then bask in the glow of your honey-awesomeness.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar Clarifying Shampoo

For those who are using commercial shampoos: To help eliminate any build up in your hair, mix ¼ cup organic apple cider vinegar with 1 cup water. Follow with your usual conditioner.

5. Elbow and Knee Exfoliate and Skin Brightener

Cut an orange in half and rub it on your elbows and knees. Helps soften those rough patches. And it smells good. (Rinse off the sticky mess when you are done.)

6. Gentle Body Scrub

Mix a 2 to 1 ratio of olive oil and sea salt to make a quick and effective body scrub. This helps get rid of dead skin cells creating softer, more glowing skin. And this natural beauty tip is much cheaper that expensive store bought body scrubs.

7. Easy Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

Want super soft, hydrated hair? This is one of my favorite all natural beauty tips. Use melted coconut oil as a deep conditioning hair and scalp treatment. Massage coconut oil into your scalp and then work it through your hair. Leave it on for a couple of hours and then wash it out using shampoo (no need to condition unless you have really long hair and then maybe just the ends.) Note: For you no ‘poo-ers keep in mind that coconut oil will saturate your hair with awesome goodness… that can be really hard to get out with just baking soda and *some* natural shampoos. You may want to try just a little coconut oil on a little section of hair and see if you can get it out before you do this. Otherwise you might have really greasy (but soft!) hair for a few washes. NOT that I’m speaking from personal experience of anything (*cough*).

8. Simple Toxic-Free Shaving Cream

Use coconut oil on your legs as a natural replacement for your shaving cream. Talk about a simple, natural beauty tip.

9. All Natural Black Head Removal

Place 4 or 5 drops of raw honey on an open lemon wedge. Then rub the lemon on your face for a minute, emphasizing any trouble areas. Leave the mixture on for 5 minutes and rinse with cold water. (Keep in mind that citrus can make your skin photosensitive so it’s best to do this before bed rather than before going outside).

10. Dry Brushing for Better Skin

Dry brushing is a simple detoxification process for your body. It stimulates a number of organs through a gently massage. It also helps the lymphatic system, eliminates dead skin coatings, strengthens the immune system, can eliminate cellulite, stimulates the hormones, and can help tighten skin through better circulation. Best of all, it’s cheap and easy.

Take Care

Remember, the best all natural beauty tips and secrets are not quick fixes. They require good sleep, stress management, proper nutrition, and physical exercise. While all these little “gems” above can provide some oomph to your beauty routine, remember that real beauty is a result of taking care (or “thanking”) your body on a daily basis. And by being you. Because you are beautiful.

While we’re talking about improving our health, let’s talk about something reallyimportant.

While the majority of my posts here on Thank Your Body deal with food, non-toxic living, and exercise there is one super duper important element that far too many people forget when they work on a healthier lifestyle: CLUTTER.

We live in a world with so. much. stuff. While that stuff can seem pretty benign, the truth is our clutter affects our health in a really major way. (Not to mention how much money it’s costing us!)

If you’re looking at improving your life may I suggest you take a nice long look at your clutter situation. If you feel overwhelmed (which so many do!) I highly recommend learning more about my book, The Clutter Trap. It has helped a lot of people get to the root cause of clutter.

The freedom you’ll find will serve to help all your healthy habits you’re seeking to live by.

Tell me, what are your “go to” all natural beauty tips?

This Diet May Lower Women’s Hip Fracture Risk

The regimen seemed to provide a slight benefit, researchers say

WebMD News from HealthDay
By Robert Preidt

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, March 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Eating a Mediterranean diet may at least slightly lower an older woman’s risk for hip fracture, a new study suggests.

Women who most closely followed a Mediterranean diet — one high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole grains — had a 20 percent lower risk for hip fractures compared to women who didn’t follow this regimen, the researchers found.
The study couldn’t prove cause-and-effect, however. And the researchers stressed that the absolute reduction in risk of a hip fracture for any one woman was still pretty slight — only about a third of one percent.

Nevertheless, “these results support the notion that following a healthy dietary pattern may play a role in the maintenance of bone health in postmenopausal women,” concluded a research team led by Dr. Bernhard Haring of the University of Wurzburg in Germany.

The study was published online March 28 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

One expert in the United States believes that diet can be very important to bone health as people age. However, which diet might be best remains unclear, according to Dr. Michael Hepinstall.

Research “generally supports the idea that adequate nutrition has health benefits that may extend to a lower risk of hip fractures,” said Hepinstall, an orthopedic surgeon at the Lenox Hill Hospital Center for Joint Preservation & Reconstruction, in New York City.

“Nevertheless, the results of this study are not convincing enough to confirm that the Mediterranean diet is best, nor do they suggest that an individual adopting a Mediterranean diet can be confident that they have taken adequate measures to reduce fracture risk,” he said.

In the study, the German team examined the link between diet and bone health in more than 90,000 healthy American women, whose average age was 64. They were tracked for nearly 16 years.

While the team found a slight trend in favor of the Mediterranean diet and a lower risk of hip fracture in particular, the diet did not seem to lower the odds for fractures overall.