A clean face leads to healthy skin: 7 quick cleansing tips

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Clean face = clear skin | Herbalife beauty adviceYou know my mantra: cleanse, cleanse, cleanse! Achieving beautiful clear skin can sometimes be as simple as having a clean face. 

Having a clean face is vital for clear skin and I cannot stress the importance of cleansing enough. Here are seven tips for a clean face that will help put you on the path to clear skin in no time. We don’t just need to wash away the surface grime but we also need to slough dead skin cells!

How to cleanse your way to healthy skin

  • 7 quick cleansing tips for healthy skinCleanse your skin twice a day; every morning and every night before bed, no matter what. Just because your skin looks clean doesn’t mean it is; chances are it’s covered with invisible impurities that can harm the skin. Get rid of them.
  • Avoid ordinary bar soaps and stick with facial cleansers that are gentle and designed for your skin type.
  • Never dry your skin with the family hand towel! If it’s not clean you could be transferring bacteria onto your fresh, clean face. Try a quick sniff test – if your towel doesn’t smell like it’s fresh from the laundry then you might want to ditch it and grab a clean one.
  • Only rinse with warm water, never with water that is too hot or too cold. Extremes in temperature may irritate your skin and cause damage.
  • Exfoliate at least once a week. Gentle exfoliation buffs away dead cells on your face resulting in smoother, brighter skin. Just like a cleanser, make sure to find a scrub that’s suitable for your skin type.
  • Invest in a facial once in a while. Just like you would go to a dentist for a teeth cleaning, your skin needs a deep cleansing too! Frequency of facials depends on skin type. Work with your aesthetician to determine how often a deep cleaning is needed.
  • Be gentle when cleansing around your eyes. The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your body. Handle with extra care.

Do you already do all these things? Good for you! We’re all busy and sometimes it’s the simple things that start to slip but a clean face and clear skin will help give you confidence.

Let me know your top cleansing tips in the comments section below – I’d love to hear from you.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.

6 easy tips to help you get your beauty sleep

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Why nothing should come between you and your beauty sleep | Beauty advice from HerbalifeSleep “N” Beauty! Do you skimp on sleep? We all know how important good nutrition and a healthy active lifestyle are for our health and our appearance. But do you know how crucial a good night’s sleep is?

They call it “Beauty Sleep” for a reason and, for me, that phrase is a guilt free excuse to sleep in and catch as many Zzzzz’s as possible. But sometimes it just isn’t that easy.

Getting a good night’s sleep, no matter how tired we are, can be difficult. We have so many things to do, and so much on our minds, that sometimes it’s hard to shut it all down and get some quality sleep. The fact is that without sleep we tend to look tired, run down and I hate to say it… OLDER!

The Buzz on Beauty Sleep

Here are a few quick tips to help you unwind and drift off into dream land for a good 8 hours of beauty rest.

 - Exercise

Samantha will be the first to tell you that exercise will help keep stress hormones from interfering with our sleep. Even if you only have 20 minutes to take a brisk walk, do it! It will definitely help you sleep better at night.

 - Don’t eat too late in the day

Try not to over-indulge just before bedtime. Large meals late in the day lead to an active digestive system that can definitely disrupt your sleep. And avoid caffeine. Coffee, non-herbal teas, some soda, chocolate; all can contain caffeine – a stimulant that can definitely keep us awake much longer then we would like. Try to avoid caffeine at least 4 hours before bedtime. Instead opt for a nice chamomile tea which is perfect for bedtime.

 - Use your bed for sleep

Time to turn off the TV, put down the electronic games and close that laptop. Our beds are for sleeping not for working. If we use our bed for sleep and not as a substitute couch, we will definitely reduce the risk of developing sleep disorders.

 - A cozy bedroom is key

My bedroom is my favorite room in the house. It’s comfy, it’s cozy, and it’s calm. The three main things we all need for a night of pure beauty sleep. Be sure your bedroom lighting doesn’t resemble interrogation lighting by keeping it soft.Do what you can to eliminate excess noise and keep the temperature at around 68F or 20C if you can. A bedroom that is too hot or too cold will result in a lot of tossing and turning during the night.

 - Develop a beauty ritual

Consistency is key when it comes to a good night’s sleep. If possible, try to go to bed around the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Take a relaxing bath; listen to some music, read your favorite magazine. Choose stress-free activities that will encourage relaxation. Scary movies at bedtime … not a good thing.

 - Get it all out

One thing that helps me out tremendously is writing things down. Sounds silly but if I can make a to-do list, vent my frustrations or simply journal about my day, I can definitely sleep better at night. Take the thoughts from the brain to a notebook and you don’t lie awake thinking about all of the things you forgot to do or wish you had done. Clear the head to make way for some sweet dreams.

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Why nothing should come between you and your beauty sleep

Remember, it’s when we’re sleeping that our body repairs itself. Our bodies work all through the night to help heal our cells and this directly affects the overall health and appearance of our skin. If we don’t get enough sleep then our fine lines and wrinkles appear more noticeable, we wake up with dark circles and under-eye puffiness, and our complexion looks pale and dull. We also wake up cranky. When we’re cranky we don’t tend to smile very much and, trust me, a fabulous smile can take years off of our appearance.

I would love to hear any of your bedtime tricks for a good night’s sleep.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife. 

4 beauty tips that require (almost) no effort

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Simple beauty tips with a big impact | Jacquie Carter | Herbalife beauty adviceDo you want to look and feel just a little bit better today than yesterday but with minimal effort? We don’t have to go to extreme measures to achieve beauty; sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest impact.

Here are a few simple at-home beauty tips I’ve come to love over the years that have definitely proved positive. 

Simple beauty tips with a big impact

Easy beauty tip: make nighttime skincare easily accessible

Don’t go to bed alone! Regardless of whether you’re male or female, you should always clean your face each evening. So, for those late nights when you just can’t muster up the energy to make it to the bathroom, reach towards your nightstand. Try keeping cleansing cloths, night cream and lip balm right next to your bed.

No matter how tired or, let’s face it – LAZY we are, we won’t fall asleep with a dirty face when our favorite products are within arm’s reach. Remember, doing SOMETHING is better than doing NOTHING. No one wants to wake up to dull skin and clogged pores.

Easy beauty tip: a steamy shower can be our best friend

Humidity, while not always great for our hair, is a good thing for our skin. Moisturizers are attracted to our skin most when it’s still damp from bathing. Combined with the humidity generated from a steamy shower, this is the best time to apply lotions for long lasting hydration. But you need to get started the minute you step out of the shower and before you open the bathroom door! If you wait too long to apply your moisturizer, the water will evaporate from your skin leaving it less receptive to hydration.

My advice? Pat your skin dry instead of rubbing your skin to dry off, then leave it a bit damp and lotion up. Nothing looks more touchable then soft, silky, hydrated skin.

Easy beauty tip: get glamorous with some nice sheets or, at least, a nice pillowcase

Tired of waking up with sheet imprints on your face? I know I was! By simply changing to softer sheets, the problem will be gone! Silk or satin sheets won’t leave imprints on your skin. And, if you tend to sleep in the same position night after night, those skin creases just might start to become permanent. By changing to higher quality sheets, you can help prevent these imprints and fine lines.

Satin sheets and pillowcases are also great for our hair. Cotton pillowcases have a rougher surface and the friction caused by tossing and turning during the night can lead to unnecessary hair tangles and even breakage. By switching to satin, your hair will hold its style and will be much more manageable when you wake up in the morning.

And, the best part about switching to satin? You always wake up feeling sexy! Who doesn’t love the feel of silky satin against their skin? In the name of youthful looking skin and hair – go with satin!

Easy beauty tip: the one beauty tool all ladies need

There’s something that I just can’t live without and it’s my eyelash curler! I have yet to master the art of applying false eyelashes, so an eyelash curler is the next best thing. It takes just a few seconds each morning and it’s an inexpensive way to make a huge impact on our appearance. With just a little curl, your eyes instantly look bigger, brighter and more awake. It’s the simplest beauty trick for a big impact. (Men, I’m not saying you shouldn’t try this one but… you might find my other three beauty tips suit you a little more!)

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These are just a few of my simple beauty tips with a big beauty impact. Will you have time to try them this week? Let me know which one works best for you.

And, I really want to hear your beauty tips too – what little beauty secrets do you have to share with me?

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.

Occasional spots? Here’s how to banish the blemish!

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Occasional spots? Here’s how to banish the blemish! | Beauty advice from HerbalifeHave you ever woken from a fabulous night’s sleep, looked in the mirror and screamed: “YIKES, what’s happened to my skin?” Do you sometimes have little breakouts but only on one side of your face? Have you been experiencing blemishes that just don’t seem to be going away, no matter what you do? I’m not talking about acne necessarily, but about the occasional breakouts that come out of nowhere and seem to linger. Let’s talk about a couple of reasons why blemishes appear and what can we do about them.

It can be difficult to determine the exact cause of your breakouts but there are some things we need to be aware of to help banish the blemish!  Here are three easy and quick fixes.

Blemish banisher: go hands free

If you’re noticing blemishes on just one side of your face, your phone could be to blame. Mobile phones are a breeding ground for germs; especially now that phones aren’t just phones anymore. We’re constantly swiping our fingers across the face of the phone looking for email, music, directions – you name it. Every time our fingers swipe across that screen we are transferring germs. In turn, every time that phone gets pressed against our cheek we’re pressing bacteria onto our skin, which could lead to breakouts.

Don’t forget, phones have germs coming from two different sources; our hands AND our mouth. And to really get my point across, germs can stay alive on our hands for up to three full hours. So, be sure to clean and sanitize your phone and your hands regularly to help banish the blemishes.

Blemish banisher: pull it back

Despite looking glamorous, long hair can sometimes help contribute to unwanted blemishes. Our hair is exposed to the same unpleasant impurities as our skin, including bacteria and germs. The difference is: we usually wash our face more often than our hair. Hair can become oily and attract dirt and dust, not to mention odors, from our surroundings.

So, if your hair is constantly resting against your cheeks or back, you are may be transferring oil to your skin. And chances are you will develop unwelcome blemishes.  ry to keep your tresses off of your face and back as much as possible to minimize contact between your hair and your skin. Try rocking a ponytail: they’re always in style!

Blemish banisher: clean your makeup brushes

If you’re like me, you probably have several different cosmetic brushes and sponges that you use to apply makeup. Some of these make up brushes come with the products themselves and others can cost a pretty penny. But, did you realize that lurking in the bristles of our brushes you will find sebum, dead skin cells and germs? YUCK!

Every time we apply makeup and the brush touches our face we are not only applying the latest shade of blush but also a layer of bacteria that could result in a breakout. Be sure to wash your brushes on a regular basis but, don’t worry, there’s no huge need to invest in expensive brush cleansers; a mild shampoo or antibacterial hand soap will work perfectly well. Massage the soap into the bristles while running under warm water. Then rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear and allow brushes to air dry. By stopping the transfer of bacteria you’re your make up brushes to your skin, hopefully we can stop those blemishes before they start.

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Do any of these ring a bell, are you constantly talking on the phone, sweeping your hair back from your face or are you not really sure when you last washed your makeup brushes? Try these blemish busting tips. Sure, they’re simple but sometimes we need to go back to basics.

Let me know if any of these tips work for you and please share your blemish banishing expertise in the comments section below. Let me know if you have any quick fixes to help with breakouts.

I’ll share more beauty tips soon to help make occasional zits an even less frequent visitor and, of course, we’ll talk about acne too.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.

How to take care of your skin while traveling

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How to take care of your skin while traveling | Beauty advice from HerbalifeTraveling, especially on an airplane, will certainly take a toll on your skin. With just a few simple steps, you can arrive at your final destination with a complexion that looks fabulous and refreshed.

I am so fortunate that I have a job that allows me to travel around the world. I get to spend a lot of time on airplanes and I love it. But, there is a downside, and for those of you who travel, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about… when we fly our skin goes awry!

Have you ever boarded an airplane looking fabulous and landed looking like you’ve aged 10 years? Well, you’re not alone. Airplane cabins have extremely low humidity that can cause our skin to become dehydrated quickly. The re-circulated dry air in the cabin is on a search for moisture and that search usually ends with our skin being sucked dry. Not only will dry skin become drier but oily skin can become even oilier. Seems crazy, but it’s true. When skin loses its water, it tends to produce more oil to compensate for the loss. So what can we do to look after our skin? Read on to learn my few simple skincare tips for air travel.

B.Y.O.B.B. – Bring Your Own Beauty Bag

First of all, have a thorough understanding of just what you can and cannot bring with you on your flight. Pack a small clear zip-lock bag with all of your travel essentials including a hydrating cleanser, moisturizer, lip balm, hand sanitizer and hand cream. The maximum size, based on FTA guidelines is 3.4 ounces (100ml) per product. It is critical for your skin to have your favorite products on hand to apply throughout the flight. So remember to plan ahead.

Time to strip down

Ladies, do I dare say it? To help our skin, we need to avoid wearing makeup while on an airplane. If you absolutely cannot go bare faced, it’s time to make some compromises. Make sure to avoid any foundation or powders as they definitely contribute to the drying of the skin. But, I see no harm in a bit of mascara and a swipe of lip gloss. When I have to board a flight with a full face on, I always give my skin a quick cleansing in the powder room with a moisturizing cleanser or make-up removing wipes and then slip quietly back into my seat…sometimes wearing sunglasses so as not to frighten the other passengers!

Apply, apply and reapply to hydrate and protect your skin

Make sure to have your moisturizer conveniently on hand throughout the flight. This means your products must stay with you and never make it into the overhead bin. The longer the flight the more frequently you should moisturize – your skin will thank you.

Don’t forget sunscreen

Seems crazy that we would need to be concerned about the sun’s rays while sitting on an airplane but think about it—it’s when we are flying that we are the closest to the sun. And, unfortunately, the windows on a plane aren’t capable of filtering out the damaging UV rays. So wear your moisturizer with SPF, shut the shade and choose an aisle seat over a window seat if you can.

Stay hydrated and drink!

And I don’t mean alcohol! It’s easy to fend off the fear of turbulence with a glass of wine or two, but it’s water that is key in keeping our bodies hydrated while flying. Avoid further dehydration by skipping the alcohol and drinking lots of water. Susan Bowerman has told me to aim for a glass of water for each hour I’m in the air.

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Join the mile high skincare club!

When you reach your final destination, be sure to give your skin a good cleansing with a gentle facial cleanser or scrub. This will help remove the ugly, dry skin cells and excess oils that may have appeared during the flight.  To really get your skin back in tiptop shape, moisturize from head to toe when you get to your hotel room or home.

Be sure to follow these easy skin care tips while traveling. Your skin will look hydrated and refreshed, and no one will ever know by looking at you that you, and your skin, have been on a very long journey.

Written by beauty expert, Jacquie Carter. Jacquie is Director of Outer Nutrition at Herbalife.

Introducing Jacquie Carter, skin care and beauty expert

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Herbalife beauty expert Jacquie Carter | DiscoverGoodBeauty.comHelp us welcome skin care and beauty expert, Jacquie Carter, our new ‘Discover Good…’ beauty author! 

Hi Jacquie, we’re absolutely thrilled you’ve joined ‘Discover Good…’ We know you have a wealth of experience in the beauty industry and that you want to help everyone look his or her best. What are the key messages you try to convey about skin care?

Jacquie CarterThanks for the welcome, I’m happy to be here! What I try to communicate to everyone is that taking care of your skin is something that we must do every single day – no excuses! This includes men, women and teens.  It’s as important as bathing and brushing your teeth.  A proper skin care routine only takes a few minutes a day, so there are no excuses.  Once you get started and you see results, you realize the importance of it and cleansing just becomes second nature.  The skin is the largest living organ of the body and has the potential to age faster than any other organ of the body.  We need to take care of it every single day. It’s a must!

You epitomize our ‘look good and feel great’ approach. Is helping people feel good your mission in life?

Jacquie Carter: That’s a very interesting question.  I am not really sure where to begin. When I was a teenager, I was diagnosed with cancer.  Through the years of my treatment I lost all of my hair, my weight was affected, my skin was awful looking and I even developed some very painful skin conditions that were difficult to treat and embarrassing to look at.  Battling the illness was my first priority but, let’s face it, I was a teenage girl and how I looked was important to me. It’s amazing how our appearance can give us great confidence or make us completely insecure.   I just wanted to hide from the world because I didn’t feel good about myself.  I was sick on the inside and I looked sick on the outside.  That feeling of not wanting to be seen because of your appearance is something that I will never forget.  It’s also something that many people feel on a daily basis.  It could be insecurities due to acne or weight or just not looking like the airbrushed models in the fashion magazines.  I do believe society has an unrealistic perspective of what true beauty is.  If I can help just one person feel good and not want to hide from the world, then it’s all been worth it.  Confidence can come to us in many forms.  I truly believe that knowledge is power.  Give someone the tools to change things and you will see a world of difference in their confidence.

Thanks for sharing your story Jacquie, we’re so glad that you fully recovered. It’s inspiring to see that you took a difficult situation and managed to find the positive! Nutritionists often quote the phrase: “Beauty comes from within.” Do you believe that nutrition can play an important role in how a person’s skin looks?

Jacquie Carter: Absolutely!  I believe proper nutrition is critical when it comes to our appearance.  I always say; if you eat a lot of garbage, chances are your skin will look like garbage.  A bit extreme, but there is some truth to it.  Our skin is a true reflection of what is going on inside of our bodies, so the healthier we are on the inside, the better we look on the outside. Good nutrition and a healthy, active lifestyle are important for both inner and outer nutrition.

With your beauty credentials, do you feel you’re ‘high maintenance’?

Jacquie Carter: Oh my gosh; noooo!  I am so not high maintenance but then I suppose everyone who truly is high maintenance says the same thing, right?  I am happiest with just a splash of makeup, my hair in a ponytail and wearing a pair of jeans.  That’s when I am most comfortable.  But with that said, I wouldn’t leave the house looking like that.  Does that make me high maintenance after all?  I’d better rethink this question…

We’re loving your no-holds-barred honesty! Are you a make-up minimalist or do you go bold every time?

Jacquie Carter, Herbalife beauty expert | Discover Good BeautyJacquie Carter: I love makeup.  I love wild colors and sparkles and I look forward to seasonal trends. I can’t wait to see what celebrities are wearing.  I saw someone on TV the other day with a bright, bumble bee yellow lipstick on.  I thought to myself; wow that is awesome, because I would never do something so daring. I am really boring when it comes to makeup, I rarely move out of my comfort zone.  I am definitely a make up minimalist in reality but bold in my fantasy life.

Is there anything beauty related that you wish you’d known sooner?

Jacquie Carter: Geez, where do I start?  Looking back, I think I made every possible mistake I could make. 

The college years especially were not my proudest moments.  I had a terrible diet: I would eat potato chips, soda, fast food and honestly – NOT in moderation.   I would eat late-night greasy pizzas and yes, I consumed my share of alcohol at our sorority parties.   I never used sunscreens and, in fact, would lie in the sun with tanning oil on my skin just to get a deep dark tan. I actually looked forward to my first summer sunburn because after that I believed I was on my way to a gorgeous tan. I washed my face with plain old soap and water.  And, if I had a blemish I would definitely pick at it.  Wow, I was really a mess!   As the saying goes, “If I only knew then what I know now.”  

I love educating teens on skin care because when they truly realize the effects that bad habits have on their skin in the long term, I believe they are more apt to make intelligent choices.  In my defense, and I hate to date myself, but when I was younger there wasn’t an emphasis on sunscreens or diet and lifestyle when it came to our skin.  But, now we know and we need to take every precautionary measure we can to protect the health of our skin and our bodies as a whole.  I will confess I still have ‘evidence’ on my skin from those days.

What is your major skin care no-no?

Jacquie Carter: I would have to say that the biggest no-no is not using skin care products! It’s as simple as that.  We need to cleanse our skin to remove impurities, moisturize and nourish our skin, and protect our skin from the elements and the sun.  Not doing so is a major skin care no-no in my book.

Any men reading this might feel a bit left out – is that the case?

Jacquie Carter: Oh, I hope not.  Skin care, hair care, and body care – is not just for women, it’s important for everybody.  In fact, in some cases skin care can be even more important for men than women.  Many men shave on a regular basis and every time that razor scrapes across their face they strip the natural oils from their skin.  On top of that, many men will then apply after-shave lotion, which can be loaded with alcohol.  Alcohol burns and irritates the skin leading to even further dehydration.  The result?  Most men need to moisturize their skin more than women do!  See gentlemen, I don’t want you to feel left out at all!  This is just one example but there are so many more. 

I want men to know as much as women about skin care and hair care so they too will always look and feel their best. knowing that you’re looking good plays a part in making us feel great.

Thanks Jacquie, you’ve inspired all of us today!  We’re looking forward to reading your weekly articles and learning more about how to look good inside and out!

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