Pippa Vosper

Acyl Glutathione Lid Serum- The Eye Savior

Pippa Vosper has been working as a fashion stylist for 10 years and has contributed to American Vogue, Interview and W magazine, as well as holding the coveted position of Fashion Editor at Harper’s Bazaar UK. Pippa launched the fashion/maternity blog MaternallyChic in spring 2012 when she discovered she was pregnant, it has proven to be a huge hit with both fashion industry insiders and expectant mothers wishing to see just how to dress a pregnant bump in the latest designer collections. Visit Pippa at Maternally Chic or follow Pippa on twitter @pippavosper.

Acyl Glutathione Lid Serum The one thing I can say is not an urban myth is the strain that being a new mother has on the eyes. The heavy lids and the lines that become all the more pronounced with severe lack of sleep certainly makes looking into a mirror less than appealing.

From my previous reviews you will know that whenever I am in serious need of skin rejuvenation I turn to Dr. Perricone. Now is one of those times.

I am a new mother trying to find a balance in my life with all the changes that a baby brings, but sleep deprivation is one change where balance is not possible to obtain (unless you are exceptionally fortunate!) My skin was certainly suffering, but the main cause for concern after the initial days with my newborn were my eyes.

I knew there was something that could be done to combat the effects of limited sleep on the now-visible lines around my eyes and heaviness of my upper lids, but finding a product that actually had the desired effect was going to take some time to find.

After many product trials, and with my eyes still not restored to their previous glory, my thoughts turned to Dr. Perricone and how his products had been so effective in the past. I was directed to the Perricone MD Acyl-Glutathione Eyelid Serum and was both pleasantly surprised and relieved to find a serum that targeted both the upper and lower eye issues (something that I had not found in my extensive research into eye products).

Acyl-Glutathione Eye Lid Serum not only addresses the upper eye lid area by dramatically improving the visible signs of accelerated aging, but the additional benefits are a dramatic tightness and firmness of droopy eyelids, a smoothing of creases and minimized redness and dark circles.

Perricone MD has once again proven to be the miracle brand I was hoping for, my eyes look more youthful and more alert than they ever did prior to my pregnancy.

What are your post-pregnancy beauty must-haves?

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Avoiding Hidden Sugars

Sugar is considered by some to be the enemy of collagen. And with good reason. Dr. Perricone explains that sugar has a toxic effect on the body, causing harmful glycation and cross linking of collagen fibers, which render them stiff and brittle, ultimately leading to the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles.

Following the anti inflammatory diet is a good way to make wise food choices. However, some health foods have incredibly high ratings on the Glycemic index. The Glycemic index provides information in the form of a score, about how foods affect blood sugar and insulin. The glycemic index of glucose is 100- all other foods are ranked in relation to this score, so  the lower a food’s glycemic index, or glycemic load, the less it affects blood sugar and insulin levels. Even in the health food aisle, it’s easy to make missteps when watching carbohydrate and sugar count. Did you know that some of the highest ranking foods on the glycemic index are considered health foods? Take for example:

  • Brown rice pasta 92/100
  • Parsnips 97/100
  • Dates 103/100

Especially surprising that these high-carb foods have even lower glycemic index scores:

  • Doughnut 76/100
  • Broiled potato 56/100

How do you track sugars or carbohydrates?

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Honeydew Granita with Mint

With temperatures rising, having a delicious and healthy treat on hand is the perfect way to stay refreshed. This delicately flavored honeydew granita will keep you calm, cool, and glowing.

Ingredients

  • 4-5 cups honeydew chunks
  • 1 cup coconut water*
  • Juice of ½ a lime
  • 2-3 tbl fresh mint
  • coarse salt, dash

Directions

1. Combine the honeydew melon chunks, coconut water, mint, lime juice, and a dash of coarse salt in a blender. Puree ingredients till smooth.

2. Pour the mixture into a glass or metal container and freeze.

3. Scrape and mix the granita every 30 minutes for 2 to 3 hours.

4. Once the granita is done, transfer to another container and store in the freezer. Scrape some into a bowl or glass whenever you want, and garnish with fresh mint leaves!

*Note: make sure to use coconut water without added sugar or other ingredients. The best tasting bottled 100% coconut water I’ve tried is Harmless Harvest.

Katharina Knoll, a Manhattan-based food and art enthusiast has prepared a series of anti-inflammatory recipes celebrating simple, rustic foods. Enraptured by the intersection of health and nutrition, Kat is the founder and director of Behind Foods. Follow Kat on her blog, Katharina’s Food Adventures, and keep in touch through her Facebook fan page and Twitter

Dr. Nicholas Perricone

Beauty Rx: Skin Fixes

Here are our 3 favorite pieces of skincare wisdom from Dr. Perricone on Refinery29‘s article,  “Beauty Rx: Foods to Cure Your Beauty Woes.”

“If women understood that eating a simple can of sardines or salmon would give their hair and skin an unrivaled radiance, softness, and suppleness — like nothing else in this world — these foods would fly off the supermarket shelves. You would see a stampede toward the fish aisle.”

“Healthy fats are key to successful weight loss. Good fats are those found in salmon, sardines, anchovies, extra virgin olive oil, nuts, seeds, and avocado. These ‘good’ fats will help us absorb nutrients from our vegetables and fruits, and are key to weight loss because we also need dietary fat to burn fat.”

“Dry skin is actually a manifestation of chronic subclinical (invisible to the eye) inflammation. Make sure that you have adequate intake of healthy fats, such as those found in fish, fish oil, and extra virgin olive oil. While topicals can do wonders [for dry skin] it is critically important to not forget the dietary component, which can both cause and worsen all of these conditions.”

What is your favorite piece of skincare wisdom?

Kim’s Pore Erasing Routine

When my pores are feeling congested these are my go-to products:

1. Citrus Facial Wash- I switch between the Nutrtitive Cleanser and Citrus- typically, if I’m feeling oily, I’ll go for the Citrus Wash.

2. Intensive Pore Minimizer- A magical toner that actually makes a difference in the size of my pores. It gently exfoliates with a bit of salicylic acid and alpha lipoic acid while strengthening the pore walls and firming with DMAE.

3. Treatments: In the morning, I like to layer Advanced Face Firming Activator over my Cold Plasma. This is great for refining any surface flaws like lines, wrinkles or pores. In the evening to get my best “beauty sleep” I use the High Potency Evening Repair which has retinol, alpha lipoic acid and DMAE for more exfoliating and firming.

Tip: Make sure you follow up with an SPF the next day since the night treatment contains Retinol, which can increase photo sensitivity.

What’s your decongesting or detox skin care routine?

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Spring Greens Frittata

A special thanks to Heather & Desiree of The Fresh Sheet for this Perricone-friendly recipe.

This frittata uses several staples from the anti-aging kitchen – it’s the ultimate quick dinner or brunch. Protein-rich and chock full of nutrient dense greens, this dish is energizing, cleansing and bound to put a spring in your step.

Serves 4

  • 1 + 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only, washed and trimmed
  • 1 large bunch of organic kale, washed and trimmed
  • 8 organic omega 3 eggs
  • Juice of one lemon

Side Salad

  • 1 large bunch of watercress, washed
  • 1 cup of thinly sliced radishes

Optional: ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano

  1. To wash leeks, remove green tops and trim end. Slice leek lengthwise and rinse through the layers thoroughly to remove any grit. Then slice into 1/4 inch thick half moons. Remove stems from kale, slice thinly and set aside. Cut kale leaves into one inch squares.
  1. Preheat broiler to high. In a small bowl, mix lemon juice and 1/2 tbsp olive oil with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  2. Heat a medium, oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, leeks and kale stems. Sauté gently until leek is glossy and soft, about 3 minutes. Add kale leaves and sauté until they just begin to wilt, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, beat eggs in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. If using, stir in the grated Parmigiano Reggiano. When kale is wilted, add vegetable mixture to eggs, stir to combine and then return to skillet.
  4. Cook eggs until set through the bottom, about 5-7 minutes. Take off the heat and place under the broiler to finish; eggs should be completely set.

To serve, slice ¼ of the frittata and plate. Toss watercress and radishes in lemon and olive oil dressing and then serve frittata with a small handful of salad.

Enjoy in good health!

Heather McColl is a registered dietitian, chef and food stylist in Vancouver, Canada with a reputation for offering practical nutrition advice that focuses on the enjoyment of food. In her day to day work, Heather helps consumers cook and eat healthy meals through educational programming, media, and marketing. When she’s not in the kitchen creating delicious recipes, you’ll find Heather hiking the local mountains. You can follow Heather on Twitter.

Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian and nutrition operations manager for a small chain of organic and natural food stores in Vancouver, Canada. Passionate about plant-based diets for more vibrant health, Desiree believes that food should not only nourish your body but also feed the soul. When she isn’t chasing around after her toddler, Desiree is a sought-after speaker and blogger. You can also follow Desiree on Twitter

Kale

5 Facts on Kale

Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian and nutrition operations manager for a small chain of organic and natural food stores in Vancouver, Canada. Passionate about plant-based diets for more vibrant health, Desiree believes that food should not only nourish your body but also feed the soul. When she isn’t chasing around after her toddler, Desiree is a sought-after speaker and blogger. 

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, your skin is the window to your overall health. Feeding skin with proper nutrients and supporting proper detoxification processes in the liver can help to reduce the likelihood that internal imbalances will expose themselves on your skin, in the form of blemishes and visible signs of aging.

Long dismissed as garnish, kale has revealed itself to be a potent source of many anti aging, skin-loving nutrients:

  • 1 cup of kale has 3 ½ times your daily beta-carotene needs and plenty of vitamin C to help boost that gorgeous glow.
  • Kale also contains a host of anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonols, such as quercetin, to help defend your body from the stresses of modern life.
  • Kale provides a dietary source of alpha-lipoic acid, which helps regenerate other anti-oxidants like vitamin C and Glutathione.
  • Kale’s fibre supports a healthy digestive tract to help keep digestion-related inflammation at bay.
  • Sulfur-based glucosinolates in kale help to support the natural detoxification pathways in the liver

Queen of the vegetable world, kale has rightfully earned its place amongst Dr. Perricone’s anti-inflammatory super foods. What are your tips for preparing Kale?

You can also follow Desiree on Twitter. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s entry featuring Desiree’s recipe for a Spring Frittata.

 

5 Secrets to Beautiful Skin

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1. Water

When you wake up, enjoy a tall glass of pure spring water. All of the biochemical changes in our bodies take place in the presence of water. To successfully get nutrients in and waste out, we need to be well hydrated. A dehydrated body promotes the development of aging, inflammatory compounds; resulting in puffiness, dry skin and loss of radiance.

2. Face Changing Foods

If your goal is firm, radiant, glowing skin, abundant energy, mental clarity and an overall sense of well-being, these foods are for you. Their unique combinations of healthy fats, high quality protein, probiotics and antioxidant rich carbohydrates help to fight against wrinkles, sagging and loss of tone

  • Salmon, sardines, anchovies, herring, mackerel and other cold water fish
  • Free-range hormone and antibiotic free poultry
  • Eggs from free-range chickens
  • Grass-fed, pasture-raised beef or lamb, naturally low in saturated fats
  • Complex carbohydrates such as leafy greens, broccoli and oatmeal
  • Healthy fats such as avocadoes, olives, extra virgin olive oil, nuts and seeds
  • Fresh fruits such as berries, apples and cantaloupe

3. Scrub-Free

Cleanliness is the foundation of healthy, radiant skin, but don’t overdo it and strip skin of its natural pH balance. Choose cleaners rich in antioxidants such as vitamin C ester (VC) and Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA). These powerful nutrients thoroughly cleanse the skin of impurities without the dryness, redness or irritation caused by more aggressive cleansers. Skin feels and looks clean, soft, supple and radiant.

Avoid harsh scrubs and exfoliators, which can cause inflammation of the skin.

4. Sleep

Get enough sleep – at least seven hours. Adequate sleep will restore luminosity to the skin while improving tone and texture. When we do not get enough sleep, our eyes will appear puffy, bags and dark circles will appear under the eyes, and fine lines and an unhealthy pallor will greet us in the morning. During the waking hours, stress can play havoc with our skin; it is only during the hours of sleep that we can undo these harmful effects.

It is also during the precious hours of sleep that our cells rejuvenate, repairing damage of the previous day. In fact, one of the best-kept anti-aging secrets is a good night’s sleep.

5. Go Green

Enjoy a potent anti-aging “green” cocktail of young barley grass. This pure and powerful powerhouse removes toxins and pollutants while restoring cellular function. Green foods also fight free radical activity, reduce inflammation and support healthy blood flow to all organ systems, including the skin.

Enjoy a cup of green tea after your meal. There is a compound in green tea called theanine that acts as a natural mood elevator and promote feelings of well-being. Because green tea is rich in polyphenol antioxidants, it can help fight inflammation and age-accelerating free radicals, boost the body’s natural defenses, and exert anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects.

Do you have any of your own “secrets” to share?

Botox! Notox!

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There is another side to the anti-aging coin, one that does not focus on positive changes in our diet and lifestyle.  Instead there is a somewhat alarming trend of both women and men, driven to start serious (and often very costly) surgical procedures at a younger and younger age. New fillers designed to plump up facial lines are being rushed to market and intensively advertised.  Moreover, the use of neurotoxins (neuro-nerve—toxin—poison) that paralyze muscles to smooth out wrinkles and expression lines, is also rampant.

When we lose muscle mass and tone, we lose the youthful contours of our face and body. We know that the ultimate weak muscle is one that is paralyzed, leading one to conclude that paralyzing the muscles in the face may not be the best strategy for achieving a youthful look during the ensuing years.  While these products offer the quick fix, what will be the long-term result? I believe that there will always be a place for a wide variety of procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, but I do not believe that the future of youthful looking skin lies in an acceleration of invasive treatments, injectible fillers, neurotoxins or radical surgery.

Regular appointments using visible non laser light in conjunction with the rejuvenation of facial muscles via the use of pulsed electric current to the face are in great demand as these procedures actually re-educate our facial muscles, while improving both the tone and texture of the skin. The process diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles and produces a natural lift without the use of surgery or other invasive methods.  These non-invasive procedures keep the face youthful, wrinkle and sagging free without the artificial look of surgical procedures.

The therapeutic LED light treatments in conjunction with the strengthening of muscles in the face, neck and eye area through electric current can achieve a youthfully contoured and lifted look to the face that is both natural and attractive.  I firmly believe that strengthening the muscles to produce more youthful contours as opposed to paralyzing them, is the wave of the future.

If you want to look and feel as young as you possibly can for as long as you possibly can, you need to begin with the quality of the food you eat and end with the quality of the products you put on your skin.

As a dermatologist, I have always been fascinated with topicals— especially topical treatments with anti-inflammatory properties as these have the greatest efficacy.  However it is important to remember that your diet is vitally important to the health and beauty of your skin.  Eat fish, fresh fruit and veggies, drink water and avoid sugary and starchy foods for a visible nutritional face lift.

Have you ever considered an invasive cosmetic procedure? Tell me your story.

Cabernet Sauvignon will keep you young

Red wine contains a powerful heart-healthy, anti-cancer, anti-aging antioxidant called resveratrol. It also appears that resveratrol helps protect the skin against the sun’s UV radiation. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes have the highest concentration of antioxidants. Just be sure to keep it to one glass, and have your wine with a meal to mitigate the inflammatory effects of alcohol.

As an active researcher, I welcome your comments and suggestions.