3 Foods to Avoid For Clear Skin (and 3 Substitutes!)

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3 Foods to Avoid For Clear Skin 

Sometimes we learn the hard way that we can have the best skincare routine in the world, but if we’re consistently consuming the wrong foods, our complexion will reflect our poor eating habits.

Beautiful skin comes down to several factors including genetics, eating habits, and skincare routine. Our genes are already fully locked in. However, we can change 2 out of 3 of these factors and boost our odds of having a clear complexion.

Studies have shown that what we eat is often reflected in our appearance and for those of us who seem to constantly break out despite having a phenomenal and consistent skincare routines, here are 3  foods to avoid for clear skin:

  1. Avoid White Carbs for clear skin

Choose Whole Grains

Studies show that foods with a high glycemic index can increase breakouts.

In essence, this means that foods that spike your blood sugar, such as white rice or that delicious cupcake, can result in a “cascade of hormones [to be] released that eventually stimulate the oil gland, leading to worsening of acne”.

Baylor College of Medicine News reports that when study subjects were placed on a lower carbohydrate diet, they experienced less acne than those individuals on a higher glycemic index diet. Whole grains provide steady energy without causing spikes in blood sugar.

  1. Avoid Dairy Milk for clear skin

Choose Coconut Milk (Or Other Dairy Substitutes)
We recommend going for coconut or almond milk rather than dairy milk when making your morning smoothie or coffee. A link has been reported between dairy consumption and the appearance of acne.
Although this is not true for all individuals, some people seem to suffer from acne when they consume dairy products such as milk and cheese.

There is a hypothesis that the hormones in dairy products interfere with the hormonal balance in an individual’s body.

Nutrition expert Alex Caspero says “It’s controversial, but I don’t recommend dairy. There are some studies that show associations between dairy and acne, but not necessarily cause and effect. Either way I see great results when I completely remove dairy from the diet.”

Coconut milk has nutrients such as vitamin C and copper that improve elasticity in the skin. Milk substitutes like coconut or almond milk do not contain the hormones that are present in dairy milk, so by consuming them, you’re not running the risk of throwing your hormonal balance out of wack.

  1. Avoid Excess Alcohol for clear skin

Choose Flavored Water or Soda Water (or Limit Yourself to One Glass)

We hate to be the bearer of bad news on this one as we’re the first to admit that we love to enjoy a well-deserved glass of red wine after a long day.

However, the truth is that alcohol creates inflammation in the body. Similarly to sugar, alcohol can cause fine lines, dullness, and overall inflammation in the skin.

Alcohol can also work to ruin our chances of being fully rested. PerriconeMD discusses the very real side effects of having one too many. Although a few drinks will make you sleepy in the evening, a few hours later your body experiences a “burst of norepinephrine in the system [that] causes you to come back to consciousness. Norepinephrine is a hormone that increases as a result of excitement or stress, and the result is a very poor night’s sleep – as well as skin that looks mottled and dull the next day”.

A glass of wine or a cocktail here and there won’t derail your dreams of flawless skin, however, the facts are something to bear in mind next time you’re out on a Friday night.
Balance is Key

Life is about striking a balance that works for you. We aim to equip you with the skincare knowledge that will allow you to make the right decisions that work for you.

We hope that our list of 3 foods to avoid and 3 substitutes to choose in order to achieve clear skin has inspired you to treat yourself well and to reap the clear skin benefits!

Cheers to clear skin!

Beat the afternoon slump

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Fueled by a rich espresso, you’re feeling enthusiastic and ultra-productive as the morning goes on.

Out of nowhere, sometime around mid-afternoon, you hit a wall and feel the urge to retreat under your desk for a rejuvenating power nap.

We’ve all been there. Once the afternoon slump sets in, our eyes glaze over and productivity goes out the window. Often, right after lunch with bellies full, we find it difficult to focus and our head feels cloudy.

Fortunately, there are steps we can take to bring back our mental clarity and fight off that seemingly inevitable drowsiness.

Here our top tricks to beating the afternoon blues with our favorite pick-me-ups!

But first, let’s discuss. Why does the afternoon slump occur?

Why Does the Slump Happen?
The internal circadian clock regulates your wakefulness throughout the day. According to the Sleep Foundation, adults’ natural rhythms fall between 1:00-3:00PM every day, although some variation is present depending on whether an individual is a morning or evening person. If we’ve had a sufficient hours of sleep the night before, our urge to sleep will be less intense whereas if we have been pulling a few consecutive all-nighters, the urge can be undeniably strong.

To add to the effects of this natural biological rhythm, eating lunch can make the sleepiness more pronounced..

1. Eat More Protein for Lunch

Where a carbohydrate-rich or fatty meal will make you want to catch some z’z, a protein-rich meal will have a more stimulating effect.

A study by Optimal Health Partner suggested that “cognitive performance in the morning is better after a balanced or protein-rich meal than after a high to medium glycemic carbohydrate-rich meal, presumably because of less variation in glucose metabolism and/or higher metabolic activation and modulation in neurotransmitter synthesis”. In other words, meals that are high in carbohydrates cause a rise in insulin levels and promote drowsiness whereas eating a balanced meal with protein doesn’t cause diminished cognitive performance.

2. Exercise During Your Lunch Break

If you’re lucky enough to have an extended break for lunch, exercising is a great way to perk up your mood.

Pack your gym bag the night before and bring a lunch so you’re not tempted by the sugary sweets sold at the gym.

Getting your blood pumping in the middle of the day leads to a plethora of health benefits. This article from cheetsheet.com shares a couple of incredible exercise benefits including “improved concentration, sharper memory, quicker learning, prolonged mental stamina, enhanced creativity, and stress reduction”. Not only will you be getting your body in shape, but your productivity at work will get a boost too.

3. Snack Smart

When our stomachs grumble, many of us succumb to cookies, donuts, and other pastry-like snacks at the office. However, these sugary traps will only make us drowsy and tired. Pack a couple of snacks to take to work or even when you’re out being active on weekends so you can boost your energy on the go.

Great snacking options that are easy to take with you include greek yogurt + fruit, a handful of almonds or walnuts, and hummus and veggies.

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Our increasingly busy lifestyles have left Brits searching for new and fast ways to boost their energy and overcome daily fatigue, with a huge rise in the consumption of energy drinks and quick caffeine fixes, and little understanding of how these can

Stop hair loss and grow thick long hair

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Thinning hair and hair loss is a concern for many individuals—both men and women. Leaving behind strands here and there on the hairbrush is a natural shedding process that most of us are familiar with. However, when hair starts coming out in large quantities, this is a cause of concern.

According to American Hair Loss Association, women actually make up 40% of hair loss sufferers. Those who suffer from hair loss know the associated stress. It can result in psychological damage including feelings of despair and seeing oneself as less attractive. Luckily, there are methods that can help to reduce and even stop hair loss.

Factors Involved in Hair Loss
A number of different factors that can lead to loss of hair including:

– lack of consumption of essential nutrients or an imbalanced diet
– age-related or menopause-related hair loss
– illness
– hormonal imbalance or thyroid issues
– scalp conditions, including dandruff
– pregnancy
– stress

If suffering from hair loss, it’s key to first see a physician to rule out dietary or health-related concerns. If hair loss is due to an unbalanced diet, a nutritionist can help guide you on the right path to getting the needed nutrients for a healthy scalp. If there’s an underlying health issue, this can be uncovered and treated by a trained physician as well.

However, when hair loss is related to menopause, stress, or the natural aging process, there are treatments and habits that can help to stimulate new growth. Those who suffer from hereditary-related hair loss can also benefit greatly by changing their eating and grooming habits, and using topical treatments.

About the Hair Growth Cycle
Hair grows in several stages, called the hair growth cycle. WebMD describes the 3 stages of growth, which are Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen. The Anagen stage is the “active stage of growth where the cells in the root of the hair are dividing rapidly.” This stage lasts two to four years for most individuals.

The Catalan stage is much shorter at “two to three weeks”, and it is the transitional stage during which the growth stops.

Telogen, the final stage, is a period of total rest where no growth is being achieved, and the hair is released and falls out. When the growth cycle becomes disrupted due to factors such as menopause or stress, hair loss or hair thinning can occur since hair gets stuck in the Telogen cycle.

Luckily, there are steps you can take to ensure that your hair growth cycle remains in the Anagen phase for a longer period of time to encourage hair to grow longer.

Dietary Assistance
Any time we or someone we know suffers from a health issue, we are strong supporters of looking closely at what diet is being followed. In today’s day, it’s easy to get caught up in eating processed foods while forgetting to treat our bodies well and eating nutritious foods. Getting enough of the right vitamins can aid in promoting healthy hair. Good fats such as Omega-3s that are in eggs and fish can help support hair health. Similarly, vitamins A, E, and B are all nourishing to hair in unique ways.

The website eyogaguru.com breaks down the ways that vitamins help. Vitamin A “promotes hair growth and prevents hair loss”, while vitamin B helps “produce melanin…which gives hair its healthy color. [Vitamins E and B both improve] blood circulation in the scalp”, thus helping to encourage growth. You can consume more vitamin A by eating dark leafy greens as well as sweet potatoes more often. Vitamin E is present in fish, shellfish, nuts, and olive oil, and vitamin B exists in “meat, eggs, fish and dairy foods”.

Massages for Hair Growth

Daily scalp massages can help bring blood flow to the scalp, encouraging new growth to take place. Many individuals use almond oil or coconut oil when doing hair massages.

According to Pioneer Thinking, almond oil can help to restore shine and help hair to retain its moisture level. Coconut oil, made up of medium chain fatty acids, can help to smooth the scalp and aid in softness. A scalp that is hydrated “promotes hair regrowth because there are no dead or dried-out skin cells to clog the hair follicle”.

When dead skin cells clog the follicle, it’s difficult for new growth of hair strands to come through. Massage will help to rid the scalp of any build up from left behind products or the natural skin shedding process.

Professional Grade Hair Growth Stimulant
To take hair restoration and hair growth to a new level, we highly recommend our product, LuRey Hair, a physician formulated hair rejuvenation stimulant to those suffering from hair loss.

Infused with a number of nourishing ingredients, LuRey Hair will stimulate dormant hair follicles to encourage growth while reducing (or even eliminating the “no grow” cycle of hairs. With regular use, the stimulant increases hair thickness and even darkens gray hairs.

Using a product like LuRey Hair that contains castor oil and natural plant extracts can help to balance the moisture in the hair and scalp, thus promoting growth. Castor oil is a natural source of Omega-6 fats that encourages dramatic growth. Panama ginseng root extract nourishes and strengthens hair while silk amino acids replenish hair by boosting the protein structure in the strands.

Visit our page on LuRey Hair here to learn more about how to use the hair growth stimulant to stop hair loss and encourage luscious long locks to grow.

Travel Skin Care Tips

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You’ve finally decided to take that vacation and get a bit of much-needed rest and relaxation in.

As you embark upon your trip, keep in mind that the effects of a new climate, changing humidity levels, and transitioning time zones can influence the appearance of your skin— for better or worse.

Not only is the recycled air on the plane not exactly fresh, but it’s also quite dry. Although keeping up with your skincare routine can be tough while traveling, here are our top tips to help you protect your skin and to help it stay healthy. Taking steps to take care of your skin while you’re in flight, stepping of the plane, and while exploring the new terrain will undoubtedly pay off.

1. Pack Light with Multi-Tasking Products

When it comes to packing for travel, less is more.

Although many of us are attached to our skincare arsenal, luggage restrictions prevent us from bringing the entire medicine cabinet with us.

This is why we recommend bringing powerful products that work to serve skin on multiple levels. For example, reach for a primer that reduces dryness while setting the stage for a long-lasting foundation finish or a serum that brightens while promoting elasticity and reducing irritation. Using multi-tasking products means you can pack lighter and get the most bang out of a couple of products.

2. Pre-Hydrate

While flying, the air at high altitudes has little moisture, making the cabin air dry. Such conditions will impact your complexion by drying it out, making your skin feel less than supple.

To combat the inevitable dryness in the plane when traveling by air, load up on water before your flight to pre-hydrate. Also ensure you have water with you, especially for long flights.

We preach the benefits of water often, but in this case, you’ll thank us. When you keep your body hydrated in-flight, you’ll not only prevent dry skin but also keep yourself from getting sick. An article by Melanie Haiken, senior editor at caring.com explains that a “lack of humidity in the pressurized cabin dries out mucous membranes, making it harder for your system to flush out germs”, so do your body a favor and stay hydrated.

3. Pre-Moisturize

While getting ready to hop in the cab and head to the airport, apply a rich and nourishing moisturizer to skin.

A moisturizer that contains Hyaluronic Acid will attract moisture to the skin to keep it plump and moist.

Also, don’t forget to treat your lips to hydration. Pack a balm like LuRey Vitamin E stick in your carryon bag so you can reapply as needed while flying.

Bonus tip: Use SPF in both your moisturizer and lip treatment on the plane. Especially if you’re in a window seat, while flying your exposure to UV radiation increases, so it’s a great idea not to skimp on sun protection.

4. Think about the Changes in the Air

Perhaps you’re traveling from a dry, cold climate to a warmer, more humid one. In this case, you’ll want to change your skin routine to adjust. Ditch the ultra-rich products and instead layer on thinner ones. Using overly thick products in an already humid climate can promote breakouts for acne-prone skin.

If you’re traveling to a higher elevation, the need for SPF increases. Even when you’re snowboarding or skiing, you need adequate sun protection. Just because it’s not hot outside doesn’t mean your skin isn’t being exposed to harmful rays, and the snow can actually exacerbate the intensity of the sun’s rays.

It’s wise to put a bit of thought into the changing conditions of your travel destination and how they can affect your skin. Then, act accordingly!

Travel Skin Care Tips

Why do I blush so much ? Beating Skin Redness

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Why do I blush so much ?

You may have noticed that your skin has a tendency to flush. Although blushing is a normal physiological response for all humans that occurs when we feel flustered or embarrassed, consistent flushing could be a sign of something chronic. If your skin is characterized by redness when you’re not embarrassed, you may have rosacea.

Rosacea is an inflammatory skin response that affects over 16 million individuals and typically arises after the age of 30. Although the scientific community is unsure of the underlying cause of the disorder, symptoms and treatments are well understood.

Rosacea is characterized by redness on the face, scalp, neck, ears and/or chest. The website rosacea.org describes the condition as “chronic and potentially life-disruptive” due to its symptoms which include, but are not limited to, facial inflammation, papule and sties in the eyes, and skin that burns and is overly sensitive.

The inflammatory response can advance into the occurrence of persistent visible blood vessels, and according to Summit Medical Group, rosacea can thicken and disfigure the skin and facial features such as the nose, cheeks, and chin. Since symptoms can get worse if it is left untreated, the key to controlling rosacea is to take steps to keep it in check before it progresses.

Types of Rosacea

There are various subtypes of rosacea. The website dermascope.com outlines types of the disorder which increase in severity from I-IV:

Subtype I or Episodic Erythema which is characterized by small papules.

Subtype II, which is characterized by more persistent and deeper papules, pustules, and nodules. The symptoms remain for longer periods and resemble acne.

Subtype III is characterized by a greater amount of thickening and disfigurement of the skin, especially as seen in the nose, known as Rhinophyma.

Subtype IV is an ocular form of rosacea which is characterized by inflammation of the eyes and eyelids which can feel like itching and burning.

Visiting a physician to diagnose and help treat the type of rosacea that one has is critical. Luckily, there are a number of medical options available today including oral and topical medicines and even laser treatments.

However, for those who suffer from less extreme forms of rosacea, choosing facial treatments and products that help to nourish the skin and reduce inflammation can help control flushing.

Tips to Reduce Flushing

If you suffer from rosacea, it’s key to first understand that a number of factors can exacerbate rosacea symptoms and then to take steps to control these factors.

1,066 rosacea patients were surveyed to find the most common triggers among sufferers. The top factors that caused symptoms included sun exposure (81%), emotional stress (79%), hot weather (75%), wind (57%), heavy exercise (56%), and alcohol consumption (52%). Hot baths, cold weather, and spicy foods were other highly reported triggers.

To reduce the chances of inducing flare-ups, you can focus on lowering your exposure to extreme environmental conditions (both hot and cold) while ensuring you are not working out too heavily, drinking alcohol, and that you are keeping stress levels under control.

Available LuRey Treatments

Sometimes it can be difficult to avoid triggers that contribute to flare-ups such as environmental factors that are outside of our control. Fortunately, there are a number of calming skin treatments available. A gentle skincare regimen can decrease the severity of milder forms of rosacea. LuRey offers gentle products to help nourish flushed skin. We recommend the LuRey Cleansing Milk, Vitamin K Serum, Pore Minimizing Clay Mask, Hydro Life Serum, and the Revitalizer.

LuRey Gentle Cleansing Milk offers a gentle way to cleanse skin without over-stripping. The cleanser is formulated for sensitive and/or dry skin. Made from naturally derived oils, the it’s gentle enough to remove makeup and impurities while hydrating the skin with botanicals.

Vitamin K Serum The serum effectively reduces inflammation and calms the skin. Vitamin K works within the skin cells to reduce redness caused by rosacea and broken capillaries. The serum features Ginkgo Biloba to stimulate blood flow, promote collagen production, and to promote healing.

Pore Minimizing Clay Mask features a complex of three detoxifying clays that refine the skin’s texture. For rosacea sufferers, the mask can help to promote a smoother complexion while removing impurities in the skin.

Hydro Life Serum soothes inflammation in the skin with powerful Aloe Vera extract. After gently cleansing, the serum is smoothed onto skin to balance the moisture barrier without clogging pores. It’s nourishing ingredients promote an even skin tone.

Revitalizer is a micro-current facial toning device that can help to bring blood flow to the surface of the skin, helping to promote activity at the cellular level, thus reducing inflammation. The product also keeps facial muscles tight to provide anti-aging benefits.

Although no known cure for rosacea exists, we are happy to report that individuals who take time to understand their triggers and control them do tend to see success in reducing flushing. Similarly, those who use products that are carefully formulated for sensitive skin can get their flare-ups under control by reducing inflammation. By taking simple steps to reduce the chances of flareups and by following a calming and gentle skincare routine, your skin will feel softer and more hydrated. We hope that by making a few lifestyle changes and a couple of simple changes to the right skincare products you’ll see improvement in the condition of your skin!

5 Steps to Glowing Skin

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Glowing skin

For a radiant complexion, here are 5 simple steps you can take today to help your skin glow!

1. Exfoliate Dullness Away

You’re not going to shine if there’s buildup on your skin that’s dulling your glow. Make sure you are removing dead skin cells and the accumulation of dirt and grime that unavoidably clings to your skin by the end of each day.

Use a gentle exfoliant to cleanse skin of buildup and polish the surface to reveal fresh skin.

Try: LuRey Microdermabrasion Mask. Infused with rosemary leaf extract, shea butter, almond oil, and jojoba oil, this mask hydrates while buffing away pore-clogging imperfections and dead skin. The mask also contains Aloe Vera to calm the skin and reduce inflammation.

2. Eat Vitamin C Foods

Ingesting foods with high levels of Vitamin C can help to promote a glowing look. You can get your vitamin C fix by snacking on grapefruit, orange, or adding a lime to your morning cup of water.

Did you know red peppers contain large amounts of vitamin C—even more than an orange? Dr. Julia Carroll, a dermatologist with Compass Dermatology in Toronto explains that “Vitamin C is a pre-cursor to collagen production” which can keep your skin plump and full.

Furthermore, since exposure to sunlight “creates free radicals” vitamin C, an antioxidant, will help to reverse this damaging occurrence by neutralizing free radicals, thus shielding skin from DNA damage.

3. Use A Humidifier to Promote Skin Hydration

You may have used a humidifier to add moisture to your bedroom when you were suffering from a cold or a sore throat.

However, adding a humidifier to your bedroom even when you’re not feeling under the weather can reap great benefits.

In a previous blog post we chatted about the ways in which winter air can wreak havoc on the condition of your skin by drying it out.

When used in a wintry or dry climate, a humidifier will add back moisture to the air in your home which will in turn condition and moisturize your skin and prevent dry patches from forming. Dry skin cannot glow, so make sure that you’re not sapping your skin of hydration by going to sleep in a dry room.

4. Keep Inflammation at Bay with Matcha

Inflammation in the skin can cause your complexion to suffer. Perhaps your skin is not looking its best due to environmental pollutants or maybe you have redness due to a recent hormonal breakout.

Inflammation can be triggered by a number of factors, and one easily-achievable way to keep it at bay is to consume more green tea and/or matcha.

Matcha is made of finely ground green tea leaves, and as such, provides the same benefits of green tea in a highly concentrated form. According to LAHealthyLiving.com, “Matcha green tea has 10 times the nutrition of regular green tea due to the growing and harvesting process” which means it packs a bigger punch than green tea alone.

EGCg or epigallocatechin gallate is a component in green tea/matcha that has been linked to cancer prevention. This article by Dr. Ronald Hoffman, founder and Medical Director of the Hoffman Center in New York City, outlines the benefits of EGCgs in cancer prevention as well as in skin health. Research demonstrates that these compounds help to encourage new skin cell growth among previously dying skin cells in the dermis. EGCg have been dubbed a fountain of youth for skin, so they’re worth adding to your diet if you like the taste of green tea.

The powerful antioxidants in green tea can help to reduce inflammation, nourish skin cells, and promote skin health. We think this evidence is a good reason to replace a cup of coffee with a cup of green tea every once in a while. We love adding matcha powder to a cup of almond milk in the morning for a frothy, healthy latte.

5. Carotenoids for a Natural Faux-Tan

A recent study demonstrated that individuals who consumed foods rich in carotenoids were found to be more attractive than those who didn’t.

This antioxidant/ pigment is found in orange foods and has been demonstrated to change an individual’s skin tone to a brighter, golden color that is perceived by others as attractive. By regularly eating carrots, sweet potatoes, and other fruits and veggies containing carotenoids, you can alter your skin tone to a naturally golden color.

Essentially, the study compared individuals who ate a large amount of carotenoids to individuals with a tan and to those who did not eat many carotenoids. Lead author Dr Ian Stephen said:
“We found that, given the choice between skin color caused by suntan and skin color caused by carotenoids, people preferred the carotenoid skin color, so if you want a healthier and more attractive skin color, you are better off eating a healthy diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables than lying in the sun.”

For photos of the effects and to learn more about the study, go here.

We hope these tips inspired you to add a couple of new habits to your health and beauty regimen that will have you glowing skin in no time!

Valentine’s Day: 4 ways to pamper yourself this Valentines Day

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Valentine’s Day Pampering & Self-Love Ritual

Ah, Valentine’s Day. Some of us love it, and others not so much. For us, it’s a wonderful time of the year to focus on love and compassion. Whether you currently have a romantic partner or not, this passionate holiday can give you a chance to show love to those who are most important to you— including yourself!

Who says we have to solely focus on our relationships on February 14? We strongly believe that Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time of year to show ourselves a bit of unconditional self-love.

In February, not only is the holiday madness over, but so is the rushed and chaotic month of January where everyone is so intent on hitting their New Year’s resolutions that they may not prioritize the time to take it easy and unwind. Now that we’ve rolled into the month of February, we can give our bodies and minds a chance to truly relax and to enjoy the last of winter before the spring season emerges.

Here are a few of our favorite steps to take when pampering the most important person in your life—you! Whether you are pampering your body to primp for your significant other, or if you’re making an evening ritual of it, we hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day full of an abundance of love!

1. Smooth it All Out

Hello, smooth skin! The winter air may have brought on a dry and cracked epidermis, but kissable and touchable skin can be revived with exfoliation. Apply the LuRey
Microdermabrasion Mask to your face, neck, and décolletage. After 10 minutes, remove to show off your newly radiant complexion.

2. Detoxify Your Pores

We indulged as much as the next person over the holidays, and yes, we adored absolutely every moment of it. However, in the name of balance, we always aim to detoxify after periods of indulgence. If your skin may be suffering from the alcohol or fatty foods consumed over the holiday period, the LuRey Pore Minimizing Clay Mask is here to save the day. Three clays work in harmony to rebalance the skin and remove oils and impurities, revealing a luminous complexion.

3. Rehydrate with a Coconut Water Mocktail

Although you can indulge in a glass of wine this Valentine’s Day, why not spice up the evening and do your body one better. This Coconut Lavender cocktail (no alcohol included) features coconut water, lavender syrup, and lemon juice. Coconut water provides electrolytes to hydrate your body while lemon juice helps to restore the alkaline balance within the body, helping to energize you.

Valentine's Day Pampering

4. Massage and Tone the Complexion

We can’t wait until you see for yourself the wonderful skin-transforming benefits of the LuRey Revitalizer device. Not only does the micro-current stimulate facial muscles to tone and tighten, but the infrared light performs deep therapy to encourage elasticity and plumpness in the skin. The device massages gently so that you can wake up looking and feeling gorgeous. How’s that for an effective pre-bedtime pamper treatment?

Light a couple of candles, dim the lights, and treat yourself to the decadence of an evening of pampering. Whether you’re primping for your partner or for yourself, you’ll feel rejuvenated and refreshed!

Hyaluronic Acid – What is hyaluronic acid?

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Hyaluronic Acid – What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate or HA) has been a buzzword in the beauty industry for a couple of years now.

Glancing at the ingredient list on the back of your favorite skincare products, you may have noticed HA listed in your serum or moisturizer.

However, are you familiar with what the ingredient really does? If you’re curious about its role as a skincare ingredient, we’re here to chat about all things Hyaluronic Acid.

We hope to inspire you to discover the myriad of benefits for yourself!

What Exactly Is It?

Unlike other skincare acids you may be familiar with, such as Lactic or Glycolic Acid, which chemically exfoliate dead skin cells, Hyaluronic Acid does not work in the same manner.

Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the human body that plays an important role in the health of skin cells as well as in connective, neural, and epithelial tissue.

The average human has approximately 15 grams of Hyaluronic Acid in the body, one-third of which is “turned over” (degraded and synthesized) every day. HA is present within the joints and connective tissue to keep them lubricated and to serve as a shock-absorbent. Across it’s various functions in the human body, HA is a moisture-intensive lubricating substance.

Why Is It Important in Skincare?

The connective tissue within skin cells is made up “mostly of collagen and elastin”, and the spaces within this [tissue] are filled with a composition of water, protein complexes, and Hyaluronic Acid”.

As a skincare ingredient, HA’s major benefit is moisture, moisture, moisture! High amounts of the polysaccharide in the skin give a plump and hydrated appearance. However, as skin ages, HA levels begin to drop. Believe it or not, starting in our late 20’s, our ability to produce Hyaluronic Acid beings to decline. Due to this natural aging process, it’s helpful to use skincare formulas that contain HA in order to restore a moisture balance to the skin.

How Does It Work?
With a unique ability to hold over 1,000 times it’s weight in moisture, Hyaluronic Acid attracts moisture to the skin and locks it in. When used topically, Hyaluronic Acid serums and creams are applied to damp skin after cleansing to optimize delivery.

Dr. Jessica Krant, dermatologist, founder of Art of Dermatology and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center explains how HA works. In “[topical] moisturizers and serums, the molecule works in an unexpected way”, she says, “Not only is the molecule itself slippery, it’s too large to be absorbed through the skin surface into the skin, so it sits on top and doesn’t go anywhere for a long time. This allows the water that it is dissolved in, or that it attracts from the environment, to sit on the skin too, keeping everything hydrated.”

Dr. Krant goes on to explain further benefits “It also has a bit of an anti-inflammatory component and is very soothing on the skin.”

A Summary of the Benefits

With its number of skin-nourishing benefits, Hyaluronic Acid is one ingredient anyone over the age of 25 would want to have stocked in their medicine cabinet!

Benefits of using Hyaluronic Acid serums and creams include smoothed wrinkles or fine lines, boosted elasticity in the skin, moisturized and hydrated skin, and the nourishment of skin cell health.

Products with Hyaluronic Acid: Intensive Repair Night Serum, Radiance Glycolic Serum, Vitamin K Serum, Microdermabrasion Mask, LuRey Lash

Clay Mask: Harness the Power of Earth Clays

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Clay Mask. Benefit of Clays

Clay masks have been used for centuries as a beauty treatment. They draw out impurities to reveal cleaner and clearer skin. Rich in minerals and active enzymes, clay masks feature healing properties that can be used by people of all skin types.

Next time you have 30 minutes to spare and would like to treat your skin to the nutrient-rich goodness of clay mask, slather on a layer of a mask and relax while your skin is revitalized before your eyes. When used on a regular basis, clay facial masks can improve the health of the skin by reducing oil production, removing toxins and pollutants, and encouraging a healthy glow. Read on to learn more about why you should use clay masks if you’re not already!

Pore Size Reduction: Using an earth clay can assist in the reduction of pore size by clearing out impurities in the pores.

Exfoliation and Promotion of Clear Skin: By gently exfoliating the dead skin cells on the surface, a clay mask will bring fresh, new cells to the surface. This promotes a glowing and bright complexion while encouraging clear skin. Since build up is removed, there is less chance for the skin cells to become clogged and cause acne.

Skin Tightening: By drawing out oil and water from the skin, clay masks result in a tightening effect. After washing off the treatment, skin will feel noticeably tighter and firmer than before.

Detoxification and Skin Health: Clays such as Bentonite can be used to heal skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis, and even psoriasis. By binding to toxins and irritants on the surface of the skin, these natural treatments can encourage healing. Even if you don’t have any of these skin conditions, you could benefit from the positive effects of removing impurities fro your skin.

Improved Circulation: By stimulating blood flow to the skin’s surface, earth clays promote the health of the skin. In addition, using a clay mask can bring more oxygen to the surface of the skin to boost collagen production.

Types of Clays

Bentonite Clay is especially useful for oily skin due
to its powerful effects. With tclay maskhe unique electrical properties of Bentonite clay, its molecules are charged so that when mixed with water they attract and remove toxins. This clay is ideal for acne-prone skin due to its ability to

Sedone (Red Clay) is known for its ability to purge toxins and leave the skin soft and re-mineralized.

Kaolin Clay contains gentle properties making it an excellent choice for more sensitive skin. It contains high amounts of silica which removes dead skin and promotes regeneration. Kaolin is known for its ability to enhance blood circulation to the skin.

How Often To Use:

Although clay masks can work wonders for the health of your skin, be sure not to overuse these treatments. Like many good things, balance is key, and overuse of clay masks can cause unwanted results like irritation. Pay attention to how your skin reacts when introducing a clay mask to your skincare routine to see how often is sufficient to reap the benefits. Generally, once per week is the recommendation.

Skin care tips: Your Best Skin… At Any Age

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Skin care tips: Your Best Skin… At Any Age

No matter your age or even your skincare history, you can take steps now to optimize your skincare regimen and to promote a beautiful, luminous complexion. Whether you’re in your 20s, 30s, or 40s+, maintaining a consistent skincare routine that contains the right products can make the difference between lackluster skin or a glowing complexion that represents your best self. Although you can’t stop the clock, you can certainly slow the impact of aging.

1. Sun Safe 101:

No matter your age, be sure to always apply sunscreen! Whether it’s a sunny or a cloudy day, don’t miss a daily dose. Even though you may be seeing clouds outside, the sun’s powerful rays can pierce through environmental barriers and cause damage. It’s estimated that up to 80% of skin aging including wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots can be attributed to photo-aging from sun exposuSplosh-Tre. Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and you will reap the benefits for decades to come.

2. Stay Hydrated:

Your Best Skin At Any Age

Maintaining proper health habits helps you glow from the inside out! Drink enough water to keep your body hydrated. According to WebMD, your body needs approximately half an ounce to an ounce per lb of body weight. For a woman who weighs 135 lb that means drinking between 68-135 oz per day. Choose leafy greens and fruits/vegetables with high nutritional and water content to keep your body’s systems working properly.

3. Supplement Wisely:

Taking a high-quality, daily multivitamin can help keep your energy levels high while delivering the nutrients your body needs for healthy organs, including your largest organ—the skin. Omega-3 fatty acids in particular are renowned for their protective powers when it comes to preserving the youthfulness of cells. Omega-3s slow down the shortening of telomeres, the markers of biological aging found at the end of chromosomes. Consult your doctor about adding an Omega-3 supplement to your diet to ensure that it is right for you.

4. Prevent Oxidative Damage (Inside and Out):

Reach for snacks and desserts that pack an antioxidant punch such as blueberries and acai, rather than that chocolate cake. While consuming sugar promotes the breakdown of collagen in your skin cells, antioxidants promote the removal of wastes within your body. Refer to this Prevention.com article to read more about how sugar damages the collagen in your skin. Choosing foods with high antioxidant content and skincare products that feature antioxidants can help slow the signs of aging. Using skincare products that have antioxidant properties can help reduce oxidative damage caused by exposure to pollutants and environmental toxins.

Skincare Tips in Your 20s

In our 20s we are often still trying to control breakouts as hormones level out. To keep skin looking clear and even, select products that contain exfoliating agents such as Alpha Hydroxy Acids which remove impurities and dead skin cells while revealing fresh skin. Be sure to keep your hands off of the face to prevent introducing impurities into the pores.

Masks that feature clay formulas can reduce the appearance of pores, suck up excess pore-clogging oils and promote clear skin. Gentle cleansers will clean skin without over-stripping it. Consider a balancing moisturizer to add hydration to your skin while balancing oil production. It’s key to start an effective skincare routine in your 20’s if you want to have skin you’re proud of for years to come. Start incorporating Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid products into your routine in your 20’s to promote bright and plump skin.

Skincare Tips in Your 30s

As we age and cell regeneration slows, we tend to see duller skin and are prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Since cell turnover is reduced, exfoliation is key in promoting a luminous complexion. When exfoliating, exercise caution not to overuse resurfacing products. When using skincare products that containg agents like Alpha Hydroxy Acids, you can safely resurface your complexion approximately 2 times a week without causing irritation.

It’s important to begin using anti-aging products to prevent fine lines from deepening. Using the right products now can help keep wrinkles at bay. Introducing serums to battle dullness and fine lines is key in helping to resurface the skin. Healthcare online provides a guide to assist with determining how often to exfoliate your face and body. Finally, be sure to protect the delicate skin around the eyes by moisturizing prior to going to bed.

Skincare Tips in your 40s

Going into the 40s, as skin ages skin tone may become more uneven and age spots appear. Skin becomes thinner and collagen levels continue to drop.

In your 40s, opt for moisture-replenishing serums and day/night creams that hydrate. Boosting collagen production with powerful products that plump the skin can help keep it feeling supple. To battle signs of aging and the deepening of wrinkles, consider using creams that contains potent wrinkle-fighting formulas. Ingredients to look for include retinoids or retinols, Vitamin C, AHA’s, and argireline.

There’s no time like the present to slow down your skin’s aging process and keep skin looking its best. LuRey offers an age-fighting skincare range to suit any stage in life.

Your Best Skin… At Any Age