Let’s face it. We’re all afraid of looking old – of getting dry, stretchy skin that looks like crepe paper. Most of us go to unbelievable lengths to prevent or cure it – and I’m one of them. But for the sake of entertainment, I’m going to share some of the ill-advised things I’ve done to feel young and firm again.
Don’t try any of these at home!
I’m going to start on the “painful-but-safe” end of the spectrum and move into the really bad stuff after. Apparently, in Asia it’s been in vogue for a while to pay people to slap you in the face. Not for fun, though (if that’s your thing and you’re into it, well, you go girl). It’s apparently supposed to tighten pores, thin the face, and firm up wrinkles – all because getting slapped into the face increases blood flow. At worst, it’s ineffective in the long run, but I can say firsthand that holy hell does it hurt. Especially when your face is smarting and you have to pull out your wallet.
You can’t make this stuff up. A couple years ago, a prominent beauty blogger posted about how she liked to use kitty litter mixed with water as a cheap, effective face mask. I was one of the people who jumped on the bandwagon – until I noticed all the micro-abrasions all over my face. It’s an ineffective treatment because kitty litter is bulky and sharp, unlike smooth exfoliating molecules. And it’s full of chemicals that can be toxic – even if you take the blogger’s advice and use the unscented stuff. This is something I really regret doing, but at the time I was desperate for healthier-looking skin. I’m pretty grateful that I found a safe and effective alternative that didn’t involve shopping at the pet store!
Once upon a time, I got really self-conscious about my feet. My usual foot-care regime wasn’t doing the trick, so I, uh, “explored alternative treatments.” And somehow I ended up in a back-alley salon getting my feet chewed on by a swarm of tiny piranha-looking things. They were actually doctor fish, which are native to the Middle East and are toothless and happy to nibble away at the dead skin on people’s feet. The nibbling wasn’t the issue – it’s the fact that these fish and baths get reused from person to person, so the fish chewing on you have had their mouths on countless other feet. Not exactly the most sterile form of treatment.
This one isn’t so much dangerous as it is a waste of good booze. Beer is actually full of excellent anti-inflammatory substances, so if you mix it with egg white and fresh lime juice you can hydrate your skin in just 10 minutes – but it really didn’t feel any better than a normal facial, and it felt pretty sacrilegious to rinse that beer down the drain.
Ew, right?! But this is a real thing. In Japan, it’s called uguisu no fun, which means “nightingale droppings.” For centuries, geishas have used nightingale poop as a facial treatment, and apparently many celebrities swear up and down that it’s amazing for your skin. As a result, this falls more into the category of “dangerous for your wallet” than “dangerous for your skin.” It can run over 200 dollars a treatment, and there isn’t much scientific evidence behind it – but Posh Spice uses it, so pony up the dough!
This is the other side of the coin from bird poop – it’s cheap and incredibly dangerous for your skin. Lemon juice is claimed to exfoliate and lighten dark masks, but it’s a huge no-no. Why? Because it’s unbelievably acidic – it has a pH of 2, which is as or more acidic than your digestive stomach acid! This can ruin your skin’s acid mantle – a valuable layer of protection – and cause major irritation bordering on chemical burns. It took months for my skin to recover from a week of lemon juice treatment, and I wouldn’t wish that pain on anyone.
It seems impossible, doesn’t it? So many celebrities seem to look better as they age! And then there’s the rest of us: average folks who can’t take advantage of on-call dieticians or daily personal trainers.
Well, there’s a lot of simple ways celebrities take care of themselves too – and I’ll show you 5 elegantly simple methods that you can use today to rediscover tighter, more youthful skin.
First off, you should be stopping to take in all the natural beauty around you – it’s a stress reliever, and stress is devastating for the aging process. But what I’m talking about is rose water: a simple tonic used for millennia in Ayurvedic medicine that can help almost any skin type. It’s full of natural antioxidants, helps maintain pH balance, and controls excess oils. On top of all that, it smells great and you’ll feel like royalty when you use it. It’s as simple as spraying or dabbing it anywhere you’d like to tone up!
It’s no secret that hydration is key for firm, radiant skin – but how are you hydrating? Drinking lots of water has countless health benefits, but your skin isn’t getting much help from dietary water. That’s because your skin is the last priority for water you drink – it has cross from your intestines into the bloodstream and then be filtered out by the kidneys before it can reach your cells. So what to do? Moisturize your skin at the surface level by exfoliating regularly and sealing in moisture with a well-balanced toner.
No, I won’t try to convince you that oatmeal is delicious – unless we’re talking about oatmeal cookies, but that seems like cheating. Oatmeal is great for your skin in two ways. First, oats are loaded with fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and circulation-boosting antioxidants, which makes them an essential part of a skin-friendly diet. Second, oatmeal’s omega-3s and antioxidants make it an must-have topical remedy whenever your skin is dry or damaged. Try mixing it with water and applying it to dry or sunburned skin. You can even add a cup to your bath for whole-body healing!
Here’s some great skin-related news for your social life: some of the foods you love are loaded with resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant that fights heart disease, helps the brain, and even promotes skin elasticity and prevents wrinkles! Celebrities have been using topical resveratrol for years now, and you can take advantage of it too by indulging in some red wine or dark chocolate. They’re both chock-full of resveratrol and will help revitalize your skin.
Nutmeg and cinnamon used to be some of the most expensive things in the world – their rarity, exotic flavors, and medicinal properties made them sought-after by kings and queens. Now anyone can get them… but they’re just as great for your skin! It’s a poorly-kept secret in Hollywood that aging actresses add 6 tablespoons of cinnamon and 6 tablespoons of nutmeg to their nightly baths for rejuvenated, youthful skin.
Have you ever been in this situation before?
You’ve committed yourself to a clean, lean, diet. You prepare all your food, avoid temptations like the office snack machine or the treats at the coffee shop. You make a delicious dinner that the whole family actually enjoys. But just as you’re clearing the table…
…the cravings for sweets kick in.
It’s not your fault. It’s part of our DNA to crave sweet food after a filling meal. But it’s also the easiest way to pack on the pounds and ruin your fitness goals.
Paleo Sweets was designed for this very reason!
Imagine this: as you’re waiting for dinner to cook, you whip together a dessert you found in your Paleo Sweets Cookbook. It could be white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, or a batch of snickerdoodles, or even a lemon cake with marshmallow-meringue frosting… only it doesn’t have any of this in it:
These are all the things that sneak in extra calories and torch your metabolism… and yes, you can quickly make dessert without them! The whole family is satisfied by these desserts that taste like the real thing, and you don’t have to feel guilty about it.
Top nutritionists recommend Paleo Sweets to health-conscious families
As a nutritionist who specializes in weight loss, I’ve helped people of all shapes and sizes lose weight for over 15 years. And I tell you, nothing is more powerful than a good sugar craving. Resisting it just makes things worse, until eventually you cave and eat bad food anyway.
If Paleo Sweets had existed at the start of my career, my clients would have found their weight loss journeys a lot easier. But until recently, it was hard to find a lot of these substituted ingredients. Nowadays, you can find them at any health food store and even order from Amazon.
Not only do these desserts have a lower impact on your blood sugar, but they promote a healthy gut biome, which is essential for energy, mental clarity, and keeping a good mood as you melt off the pounds.
Paleo Sweets is a must-have cookbook, and it’s absolutely free. You can make any of these desserts in 30 minutes, using ingredients from your nearest health food store.
How would it feel to indulge without the guilt? This product was created with one purpose… to make your journey to better health an easy and delicious one.
Paleo Sweets is the best resource for anyone trying to manage the sugar cravings. And it’s free!
I don’t know about you, but I love ice cream! It’s the #1 thing I crave at the end of a long day.
Unfortunately, eating ice cream at night isn’t a very good idea… This recipe is perfect because it has the same texture as ice cream, way less sugar, and the cinnamon and ginger root give your body and skin all kinds of added benefits!
What You’ll Need:
1 nub minced Ginger Root (or 1 Tsp. Ginger powder)
Blend all ingredients on high until texture is thick and creamy. Eat with a spoon!
You are what you eat, plain and simple. If you put the right things into your body, you’ll get cleaner energy out.
By blending specific foods that are chock-full of toxin-targeting nutrients, you can charge up your metabolism and burn off the bad stuff.
These 3 bedtime recipes are perfect for cleansing and restoring your body each night… make one tonight and feel the difference!
“Sleep Easy” Green Juice
Before your body can begin its nightly toxin flush, it needs to actually be sleeping and resting! This tasty drink gives you all the tools you need to wake up feeling refreshed and amazing on the inside.
Green Juice Recipe
Place ingredients in juicer together. Makes 24 ounces, good for 3 servings. Drink one now and save the other 2 in the fridge!
Supercharged Detox Tea
Okay, this one might sound a little weird. But it actually tastes good! It’s savory and hearty – and it powers up your liver so it can flush out all the toxins that are making you slow and dopey. For the fullest benefits, track down all-organic ingredients.
Ginger Garlic Detox Tea
Slice garlic, ginger, and turmeric into small coins or strips. Boil 1 quart of water and simmer these 3 things for 1 hour. Slice lemon thinly and add, let simmer for 30 minutes. Continue to refill the water as it boils off. Add cayenne until it dissolves, then cool down and strain. Add honey to each cup to taste, bottle the remainder. Keeps for up to 1 week.
The Tryptophan Trick
There’s 1 amino acid we’ve all heard of – it’s that thing in turkey that makes you sleepy. Tryptophan not only boosts mood – it’s been scientifically proven to aid in resting better. It’s not just in turkey – pumpkin and chia seeds are loaded with it. As a bonus, all the protein in this recipe will keep you full without packing on the pounds!
Tryptophan Yogurt Delight
Mix all ingredients and enjoy! You may sweeten with a couple teaspoons of organic honey or pure maple syrup if it’s too bland.
Our world is a stressful place.
The morning commute has us crammed onto the subway like sardines. The pile up of deadlines and emails at work is unrelenting. We’re racing through life at 100 miles per hour, never stopping for breath. It’s all just so… Overwhelming.
After work is over we struggle to let go of the day and just unwind. The anxiety is affecting our sleep, keeping us awake as we worry about what could have been done differently!
Then a poor night’s sleep leaves us sluggish and grouchy in the morning, setting us up for a stressful day before it’s even begun. It’s a vicious cycle!
Imagine if there was a way to help melt away daily stresses, sleep restfully all night and wake up feeling refreshed…
Well now THERE IS!
Doc Parsley’s Sleep Remedy is a brand new sleep aid supplement that does just that, and these are the 5 reasons you should try it right now:
As soon as our heads hit the pillow, the mental chatter kicks in.
“Did I fill that report out properly?” “I hope Linda didn’t think I was being rude…”
The stresses and anxieties of the day swirl around our mind, making sleep seem like a luxury far out of our reach.
So we lie in bed stressing more and more because we can’t sleep!
But fortunately, Doc Parsley’s soothing tea contains natural ingredients that have been shown to help calm the mind, making sleep far easier to attain.
One of the main ingredients is GABA. It’s a neurotransmitter which stops the brain becoming over stimulated.
That means it stops your mind from getting all worked up and caught up on trivial details.
So every sip you take calms you down and brings you closer to sleep…
Unlike some sleep aids that use harsh drugs to conk you out, Doc Parsley’s sleep remedy eases you to sleep, naturally!
It just delivers a few key, completely natural nutrients to the brain to kick-start the process of falling asleep.
Those powerful nutrients are:
Gaba (as phGaba) – It’s produced by the body to send messages from the brain to the nervous system. It’s been clinically shown to reduce the activity of nerve cells, promoting a calm and relaxed mindset, which helps users to drift off to sleep easier.
Melatonin – Also produced by the body naturally. Melatonin has been shown to control sleep cycles, so that when you’re asleep, you stay asleep! Say goodbye to 3am jolts!
L-Trytophan and 5-Hydroxytryptophan – Both of these compounds increase the production of Serotonin, which has been shown to elevate mood and play a major role in the process of falling asleep.
By taking these natural ingredients together, you’re promoting a calm state which allows you to sleep peacefully all night long.
Some sleep aids straight up knock you out.
It’s usually because they contain a powerful synthetic ingredient such as antihistamines.
You’ll probably sleep all night, but boy will you feel groggy in the morning!
You might be willing to let that slide if you’re taking an 18 hour flight, but what if you have to be up for work in the morning?
Well, because the ingredients in Doc Parsley’s Sleep Remedy are 100% natural, you find sleep naturally… And wake up naturally. With no hangover or drowsiness!
So you’ll wake up at a normal time, feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day!
Doc Parsley’s Sleep Remedy was initially formulated by military doctor, Dr Kirk Parsley, to help SEALs sleep better without the use of prescription drugs.
The doc is a former SEAL himself, and served as an ‘Undersea Medical Officer’ at Naval Special Warfare Group One.
He’s also been a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine since 2006 and has served as ‘Naval Special Warfare’s expert on Sleep Medicine.’
So yeah… He knows a thing or two about sleep.
“So the tea helps me to sleep, but is 100% natural? It must taste terrible.” You’re thinking.
Doc Parsley’s Sleep Remedy contains the natural flavors of apple and cinnamon.
It tastes like a warm cup of Grandma’s homemade apple pie!
It tastes so good that you won’t be able to wait for night time!
I never thought it would actually work.
I’ve suffered from work-related stress and anxiety for years now, and I thought I’d tried everything that could possibly help me to deal with it.
So when a friend recommended a pen that calms you down by diffusing essential oils I was skeptical…
But I’ve been using my Zenpen for 2 weeks now, and it has changed my life already!
Just a few breaths of the natural oils, and any stress or tension I’m feeling starts to disappear. And the best part? I can take it with me anywhere!
The ZenPen is exactly like the essential oil diffuser people have in their living rooms, but you can take it anywhere!
It’s sleek and small enough (the size of a pen) to carry with you at all times in your handbag or pocket. So you can get the soothing benefits of oil diffusion at the first signs of stress. Be it:
And the ZenPen can help with far more than just stress! There are 7 different blends to enhance or change any mood you may be in.
Each one has a different blend of exotic, natural ingredients, such as Ylang-Ylang and Bergamot, which are clinically proven to help you achieve the desired state of mind:
Relax – Perfect for those overwhelming moments of stress.
Focus – Clear your mind and get things done!
Purify – Cleanses the body and can even help with digestion!
Energy – Awaken your body and mind! Early start anyone?
Smile – For those days when we just feel down.
Bedtime – Calm down, de-stress and drift off.
Sensual – The all-rounder. For full-body wellness.
It’s so simple! It doesn’t even need plugging in or recharging!
Each ZenPen comes with a blend of essential oils (dependant on which you choose) already inside. When you breathe in using the pen, a small lithium battery will be activated. It gently heats the oils and turns them into a diffused, aromatic vapor.
Breathe the mist in through your mouth and exhale through your nose.
You’ll be feeling the desired effects almost instantly!
Each pen lasts between 200-250 puffs. Using it a few times per day, that equates to about 3 weeks worth. And you’ll know when your pen has run out, because the power button will stop blinking. Then, it’s a simple case of disposing the pen and moving onto the next one!
There’s even a subscription available to make sure you never run out.
E-cigarettes are designed for people trying to give up regular cigarettes. They still contain nicotine along with a whole host of harmful chemicals. Not good.
The ZenPen contains absolutely no nicotine or harmful chemicals!
All of the ingredients are completely natural and safe, and are organically grown in the United States. Many of them have even been noted in clinical trials for their positive effects!
Plus the ZenPen doesn’t require inhaling anything into your lungs. Simply breathe in through your mouth and exhale through your nose. That’s all it takes!
A lot of people actually use a ZenPen as a healthy alternative when trying to quit smoking.
When our sleep gets disrupted by jam-packed schedules, time zone changes, or just a little too much screen time, it can put our whole life on tilt.
Get back into balance with Calm, a gentle blend of mind-relaxing herbs and nutrients that have been tested to help you unwind and sleep without feeling sluggish the next morning.
|Lower the weight of stress so you can unwind and enjoy your “me time.”||Get your internal clock on track so you can fall asleep naturally.||Get better-quality rest so every night replenishes your body and mind.|
What you need, and nothing more – that’s the Nootrology philosophy. Calm follows that creed by giving you 3 ingredients that have all been shown in human clinical trials to boost sleep quality and/or relieve the effects of stress: melatonin, GABA, and Venetron®.
Screens, travel, and caffeine can disrupt our internal clocks. GABA and melatonin can help our bodies reset the clock and slip into nourishing, alpha-wave sleep. (1) (2)
Venetron® has been shown in clinical studies to support healthy levels of serotonin – the neurotransmitter most associated with better moods, stress resistance, and lowered anxiety. (3)
Ever just want to calm down and “be you?” Slow down the mental chatter with GABA and Venetron®, a combination shown in clinical tests to reduce the effects of anxiety and boost calmness when performing stressful tasks. (4)
People across the world are experiencing cognitive transformations all the time, but let’s be honest – they don’t happen overnight, and they don’t come in a pill.
Here’s what Calm CAN do: it can give you the edge to start rolling the boulder in the right direction.
It can help you sleep deeply and fully, so you awaken with a little more energy to make positive changes. And it can do that night after night, with no worries of dependence or resistance. Once you start that pattern, the little changes start to add up.
Before you know it, you’re ready to jump those hurdles, to go that step further, and you’re doing it all without worrying about the future or stressing on the past.
You’re present. You’re capable. And you’re calm.
Trying to stay focused at work is easy… Said no one, ever!
The in-tray is piling up with assignments, the inbox is overflowing with emails, but a dozen distractions are swirling around our mind… Making any kind of productivity feel almost impossible.
Imagine if there was a simple method to shut out the distractions, help us focus, and skyrocket productivity…
Well now THERE IS!
Lifted View is a brand new ‘refocus’ supplement and natural nootropic, made right here in the U.S, and these are the top 5 reasons YOU should try it now:
It’s difficult to stop our minds from drifting… Especially at work.
Sure, sometimes it’s nice to daydream a little. Who doesn’t want to be a world famous athlete for half an hour? But what about when that work REALLY needs to be completed.
Luckily, Lifted View contains some powerful ingredients to help us stay on track and crush that to-do list with a boost of productivity:
Lifted View isn’t just a stimulant for the brain, it also helps to relieve stress and anxiety using this ancient medicinal herb:
So you can calm down, stop worrying about how much work you’ve got to do and start bossing it!
For most people, coffee is the standard “go-to” when they need a buzz of energy.
But the brutal crash later in the day always ruins their evening plans!
Lifted View offers the buzz and focus… But without the crash!
That’s because there’s no caffeine in it, so you can get the work done and still have energy after work!
It sounds too good to be true, right?
“There must be a weird artificial ingredient in there somewhere!” you’re thinking.
There are only 6 ingredients in Lifted View, and they’re all completely natural!
Which means there are no nasty side effects to worry about.
Plus, it’s caffeine and gluten-free, and suitable for vegans!
It’s no secret that the cutthroat corporate world is thirsty for brainpower. Top CEOs are duking it out in a nutritional arms race to turbocharge their brains a little more than the next guy.
It’s not just wacky Silicon Valley stuff like cupping and lemur-poop coffee… Many CEOs are popping untested brain pills that pose a huge risk for debateable gains.
There’s a new kid in town, though – and you don’t pop it, you chew it.
Nootropics are nutrients that enhance brain function – and top CEOs in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street are all over them.
Caffeine and L-theanine are two nootropics that go together like peas and carrots. L-theanine naturally occurs in many green teas, and it gives the focus of caffeine without the jitters and anxiety.
We’ve all used an extra hit of coffee to cram for an exam or beat the afternoon workday hump, but it comes at a cost.
Once the buzz is gone, the caffeine crash turns you into a zombie. But when you take caffeine as part of a balanced nootropic with L-theanine, you keep cruising without the crash.
Here’s a familiar picture: you’re sitting in on an important conference call. The guy on the other end loves the sound of his own voice, and it’s putting you to sleep. You can’t get up to grab a cup of Joe or wait for a pill to kick in – you need to be alert NOW.
Someone finally figured it out – if you stick these nootropics into a piece of gum, they’re absorbed in as little as five minutes. That’s because, if formulated properly, it gets absorbed right through your mouth lining and doesn’t have to pass digestion. They called it Neurogum, and it blew up with investors on IndieGoGo.
Caffeinated drinks are notoriously unreliable.
Each piece of Neurogum has 40mg of caffeine – about half the amount of your average cup of coffee – making it easy to find your focus sweet spot.
The average price per piece is around 44 cents. That means you can replace your inconsistent coffee with 2 pieces for less than half the price of a cup of coffee!
And nobody likes the stink of your afternoon coffee – especially those potential clients. Neurogum not only boosts your focus, it leaves a minty-fresh aftertaste.
Neurogum contains 4 nootropic ingredients: caffeine, L-theanine, vitamin B6, and vitamin B12. They’re 4 of the most-studied brain enhancers on the planet – and scientists are satisfied that they’re safe.  So why take risks with synthetic stuff from an underground lab in a place you’ve never heard of?
Besides its brain-boosting properties, Neurogum’s ingredients can reduce stress and improve mood.  Vitamins B6 and B12 can help you become the fearless, benevolent leader you want to be… Which means better productivity out of everyone.
You can’t fit a coffee or a bottle of pills in your pocket – but you can fit 12 doses of Neurogum in your pocket. You can put on your thinking cap without running to the coffee machine.
If you think a “stronger version of coffee” is gonna do it, think again. Not only are energy drinks loaded with sugar, but your coworkers might question your maturity – unless they all wear cargo pants and puka shell necklaces to work, too.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t let Silicon Valley CEOs have all the fun – feel the focus of Neurogum and start dominating the office right now!