Chapped Lip Care: Why & How To Heal

We experience chapped lips all year round due to cold and dry weather, insufficient or lack of nutrients (vitamin B), smoking, improper diet or even medications or thyroid hormone imbalance can cause chapped lips. But, with the cold upon us it becomes a much more common problem and we need a little extra cold weather care for our sensitive puckers. Lips are the most vulnerable to drying out as we lose up to 10 times the moisture through our lips than anywhere else on the face or body. Lips are mucous membranes so they have very thin surface layers of skin on them which isn’t good for winter lip lock.

Here are a few reasons WHY & HOW lips chap and how to best help the problem.

1. Do not exfoliate your lips! If you are it can break down the thin layers of skin you do have on them.

2. Pick perfect lip product! Some lip products actually have drying ingredients such as scented lip gloss or plumpers. Cinnamates, which create the scent can easily irritate the skin so try a fragrance-free gloss. Also keep an eye out for ieucalyptus, menthol, and camphor which can also cause irritation and dryness.

3. Not all lip balms are alike! Wax based balms have less protection so choose a petroleum based treatment like Aquaphor Healing Ointment $4.79 Petrolatum is one of the most common occlusive agents, but you can also look for castor seed oil, shea butter, sunflower seed oil, or squalane to nourish cracked lips. Plus look for an SPF lip balm such as Aveeno Lip Conditioner Essential Moisture SPF 15 $3.70 or Blistex Lip Infusion SPF 15 $2.75.

4. Avoid using products daily that come in little pots as dipping your finger in a jar isn’t as sanitary as using a tube applicator.

5. Do not lick or bite your lips! People tend to bite and lick their lips when they’re stressed, causing them to get even dryer. “As saliva evaporates, it dehydrates skin further,” Linder tells WebMD. “Saliva also contains acids that help break down food. Those acids only cause irritation when sitting on compromised lip skin, Linder says.

6. Sleep slathered!  One of the keys to avoiding cracked lips is to apply balm early and often so when we sleep we loose a window of opportunity. Try wearing a thick layer of ointment to bed. “Many of us sleep with our mouths open, causing our lips to dry out.” Applying a treatment at bedtime means you’ll be less likely to wake up with chapping.” Los Angeles dermatologist Jessica Wu, MD  Try Neosporin Lip Health Overnight Renewal Therapy. $4.99

7. Cold Weather blitz. Protect your lips like yourself with a scarf in cold weather. You can’t walk around with a face mask but you can create a barrier between the cold and your lips by always wearing a lip balm and trying to not let your lips go bare.

Osmosis Skin Care Immerse Intense Moisture Boost

As the winter months roll in, skin can start feeling more and more parched, especially as we starting turning up the heat, or moving from the hydration-leaching cold outdoors to the equally hydration-leeching heated indoors. In comes Immerse to save the day. This super hydrating moisture boost smells like a lemon drop, feels like decadent icing, and rescues thirsty skin!

Most serums and moisturizers feel like they either sit on top of my skin or evaporate in seconds. Not so with Immerse.  This feels like it seeps into my skin for a velvety application that provides powerhouse hydration! It’s one of those rare products that I feel like my skin craves and adores. Perhaps it’s because Osmosis is a medical skincare line that penetrates past the top layer of the skin, unlike the plethora of lines that just work topically. It’s no wonder, it’s a favorite of skincare professionals and dermatologists.

Created by Dr Ben Johnson with the goal of moving skincare away from aggressive over-exfoliation, Osmosis is made with natural and organic ingredients that are compatible even with the most sensitive of skins. And the anti-inflammatory ingredients in Immerse specifically, makes this product highly effective for post-treatment wound healing.

Loaded with Essential Fatty Acid Omega 6s like Linoleic and Oleic Acid, Antioxidants like Blueberry Seed and Raspberry Seed Oil, and anti-inflammatory Calendula Oil, Osmosis Immerse is feeding your skin with hydrating and  healing nutrition!

Ingredients:
Linoleic Acid – Important component in our epidermal barrier as they are part of the glycerophospholipids that help maintain the barrier.
Oleic Acid – Important component in our epidermal barrier as they are part of the glycerolphospholipids that help maintain the barrier.
Blueberry Seed Oil- Potent oil very high in antioxidants to support the barrier and squelch free radicals.
Raspberry Seed Oil- Wonderful source of antioxidants combined with barrier supporting lipids.
Calendula Oil – More lipid support combined with the anti-inflamatory benefits of calendula.
D-alpha Tocopherol -Protective antioxidant designed to complement the variety of protectants in the rest of the formula.
Potassium Sorbate – Oil stabilizer.
Essential Oil Blend- Delicious combination of non-sensitizing oils, fragrance free of course.

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Bon Voyage Beauty!

The dreaded international flight. How to do right by your skin while 30,000 feet in the air for 10 hours? Just read on!

PRE-FLIGHT PREP

As important as it is to stay hydrated on a regular basis by drinking water it is doubly as important when you are getting ready to and while flying. Try to double up on your water in-take in the days leading up to your flight. If you aren’t regularly taking a fish oil then add it into your daily regime. The fatty acids in fish oil are proven to both help the brain and cardiovascular function and help skin cells retain moisture. It’s a good idea to also throw some in your carry-on for in-flight or during your time away. It’s a powerful punch for something that doesn’t take up valuable shopping space in luggage.

IN FLIGHT OPERATION

Even if you pick a couple of these tips it will do wonders for your arrival.

1. Drink lots of water even if it means getting up multiple times to the frustration to the aisle passenger.

2. Drink hot water with lemon, refreshing, hydrating, and lemon is key to metabolic boosting!

3. Use a Hydrating mist every few hours to keep your skin feeling refreshed and stop it from getting tight. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs & Rosewater
Price: $11.95

4. During the flight, in addition to spritzing your mist, try to re-apply your moisturizer.  The constant air conditioning can suck the life out of your skin, so even if your skin is usually oily, you’ll notice it absorbing moisturizers much faster.

5. Apply lip balm. The same applies for the lips in that the cabin air will suck the nourishment up so try Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $6.00 or Caudalie Lip Conditioner, $12.00 both available at Sephora.

6. Sanitize – A breeding ground for germs it’s important to make sure you land healthy on the other end. The worst would be to find yourself on an amazing vacation and coming down with a cold 2 days later. Sanitize your hands with  L’Occitane Lavender Clean Hand Gel from the Provence to Go Collection, $7.00.

FAVORITE TRAVEL KITS

Trilogy Travellers takes the hassle out of packing and has everything you need to land with a glow. Plus I love the packaging! $37.00

Dermalogica Skin Kits have all the benefits of a full regimen… to go. Featuring convenient travel sizes in a durable travel pouch, your Skin Kit allows you to hit the road safe in the knowledge that you’re packing a full regimen of products. 35.00.

To read up on other travel kit options check out this article at Marie Claire.

UPON LANDING

Before you land give yourself a quick face wash with either a rinse free cleanser or a cleanser wipe. Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes $4.99 are some of my favorite nourishing wipes! They are non-comedogenic, use no alcohol, and have the added benefits of PRO-VITAMIN B5 which are known to help restore, soften and smooth skin.

Then make sure to re-apply your moisturizer and touch up your make-up with the bare minimum. To mask the jet lag try a concealer, YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch, $40, to cover up dark circles and redness. Then add a couple coats of mascara, such as Covergirl LashBlast Length Mascara, $6.94, to open up your eyes. And lastly, a lip or cheek stain in a soft pink or peach shade to hide any redness from the flight. If you go with a creme it also has the added benefit of creating a dewy look with appears more youthful and energized. It’s better to look clean and effortless while traveling.

Bon Voyage ladies… arrive in style!
xo, Jaclyn

“How to GLOW from the inside out” by Emily Fletcher of Ziva Meditation

Think of the most beautiful person that you know.  Go on… picture her. What is it that you find beautiful about her?  While physical tastes may differ there are a few things that most of us find attractive across the board – confidence, joy and kindness. These things turn on your inner glow in a way that everyone around you will notice.

So how do we add more confidence, joy and kindness to our lives? Meditation. Yep, Meditation!  Why?  Meditation is a powerful stress relieving tool.  Stress will zap your inner glow and rob you of the experience of enjoying the RIGHT NOW.  Stress is making us sick, it is making us crazy and it is aging us at alarming rates.

One hundred bucks says that the beautiful person that you pictured earlier is NOT running around complaining, busy and stressed.

“But I don’t have time to meditate, I don’t want people to think I am a freak, I can’t stop my mind from thinking…”

Here is the good news.  No one can stop their mind from thinking, so take that pressure off yourself.  The only time the brain activity totally stops is when we are dead.  The time that you invest in meditation will pay of in dividends with what you are able to accomplish afterwards.  More people than you think are already doing it, loving it and getting their inner glow on.

How does meditation help you get your glow on?

Meditation is custom designed to dissolve stress.  We all know that a good night’s sleep is one of natures best beauty secrets.  What if you knew that meditation delivers rest that is 5 times deeper than sleep!  The body wants to thank you for that deep rest, and it thanks you by dissolving old stresses lodged in the nervous system.  Less stress in the nervous system allows you to be more present in the right now which is the only place that happiness actually resides.

Meditation also reverses body age by up to 8 YEARS! Sounds crazy right? But here is the thing.  Stress ages us in an expeditious fashion.  If you want proof of that, look at a picture of any president when they take office and a picture of them one year after being in office.  All of them seem to age ten years in just one.

If you want to practice right now here is a simple exercise you can try.  Let us know how it goes for you.

1. Find and comfy chair and close your eyes

2. Take 30 seconds of just chilling

3. Gently start thinking the word “one” silently to yourself

4. Repeat for 5 min (feel free to check your watch, don’t    set an alarm)

5. Know that thoughts will come, that is ok.  Keep coming back “one”.

Just five minutes a day of quiet time can do wonders in an age of ever increasing demands and distractions.  Take charge of your inner glow and try it now!

 

Want to learn more? Check out www.zivameditation.com to attend a free 1 hr Intro to Meditation.

Ziva Meditation was founded by Emily Fletcher who began her extensive training in Vedic meditation in Rishikesh, India under world-renowned meditation instructors, Thom Knoles and Will Dalton. Emily was inspired to become a meditation instructor after experiencing the profound physical and mental benefits it provided her during her 10-year career on Broadway, which included roles in Chicago, The Producers, AChorusLine and many others.

With a unique combination of training in Western psychology (7 years of study under Thomas Jones, founder of The Paradox Process) and 4 years of meditation training Emily is perfectly suited to teach busy people how to incorporate this simple and hugely effective practice into their lives.

The Recipe For True Beauty by Spiritual Counselor, Julie Zipper

The recipe for True Beauty is awareness of your True Self. I promise. You won’t find it in a bottle, a brush, a boyfriend or any outside Source. And yet, when you find it within yourself all those other things become more enjoyable, more celebratory, more an extension of who you are.

To discover your True Self, swing on a swing, drop your toes into the Ocean, gaze up at clouds, climb mountains. Listen to crickets, a beloved’s heartbeat, or the sound of a baby laughing. Feel your heart open and expand.

To discover your True Self, begin to listen to your mind, too. That’s right. Listen to all the ways it tells you of your unworthiness, your not enough-ness. Listen to its endless list of fears and doubts. Let it show you its patterns and grooves that go way back to Mom and/or Dad. Feel the ickiness of listening to this aspect of you. Become aware of what it does to your body, and to your heart. Become aware that you are not now, nor have you ever been these thoughts.

To discover your True Self, drop down deeper, past the mind and listen to the still small voice within. It might sound like a heartbeat or breath to begin. . . but underneath that is an energetic field that is who you really are. Listen to its gentleness and its power. Listen as it tells you what’s really true. How will you know it’s your still small voice? It will tell you things that feel freeing. You are more than enough. You are Love. You are Joy. You are an abundant being. You are One with all of Life.

Listen to this every day, and you will remember who you are. You will remember that you are here on purpose, on time, and with amazing gifts to give this world. Listen to this voice, and you will walk with a radiance and beauty that uplifts, inspires and illuminates the entire cosmos.

 

Julie Zipper is an Agape Licensed Spiritual Counselor. She helps people plug into their God-Self (or whatever it is they like to call that good Universoul-stuff), access their inner guidance, and create a life of purpose, authenticity and love. She has a show on youtube entitled “Creative Meditation,” as well as being the co-creatrix of a cyber school in consciousness, www.MyEarthSchool.com. She lives in LA with an old soulmate, her dog, and an amazing Spiritual Tribe that is shifting the planet to a higher frequency of love.

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