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6 Foods That Will Save Your Skin

Just as an unhealthy diet can have a negative effect on your skin and health, a healthy diet high in antioxidant-rich foods can help protect your body, even from the sun. Since antioxidants help reduce inflammation and free radicals, loading your diet with them will go a long way against sunburn and skin damage as a result of UV rays. Dr. Nicholas Sieveking is a Nashville, TN board certified plastic surgeons and the director of Ageless Solutions, a comprehensive anti-aging and wellness center.
To be clear, Dr. Sieveking is not saying you should completely replace your daily sunscreen with food, but what you eat can offer additional protection for your skin. So if you’re looking for some ingestible sun protection, add these six sun-friendly foods to your next shopping list.
1. Berries & stone fruits
Strawberries, blueberries and cherries contain high levels of vitamin C, which can reduce free radical damage caused by exposure to UV radiation. Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production, important for skin’s youthful appearance. As a bonus, cherries contain melatonin, which protects skin from UV radiation and repairs sunburn damage.
2. Leafy greens
If it’s green and it’s got leaves, chances are it’s good for sun protection. According to one study, spinach, kale and swiss chard can reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 50%. Broccoli is also a good choice: it’s full of sulphoraphane, an antioxidant that helps your cells protect themselves against UV radiation.
Fresh herbs like parsley, basil, sage and rosemary are also packed with free radical-fighting, skin-protecting antioxidants. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to cruciferous vegetables.

   3. Red & orange produce
The antioxidant lycopene has been shown to protect the skin against sunburn and is at least twice as effective an antioxidant as betacarotene when it comes to blocking UV light. It also helps rid the body of free radicals. Chow down on tomatoes, papaya, guava, red bell peppers and pink grapefruit. Watermelon is an especially good choice: it contains 40% more lycopene than tomatoes.
Betacarotene is another antioxidant that has natural sunscreen properties: it’s been linked to reduced reactions to sunburns. You can find it in carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkins, mango and apricots.

   4. Micro-algae
Spirulna has been dubbed “the next great superfood,” and for good reason. This micro-algea — along with chlorella — contains the antioxidant astaxanthin, which has been shown to protect the skin and eyes against UV radiation. It also fights free radicals and inflammation to prevent sun damage by preventing UV-induced cell damage.
If micro-algea isn’t exactly your cup of tea, you can find this powerful antioxidant in shrimp and salmon.

   5. Chocolate
As long as it’s dark chocolate you’re eating, you’ll be ingesting plenty of flavanoids, which can improve your skin’s ability protect against sun burns and other UV-induced issues.
Research found that people who ate about one ounce of high-percentage dark chocolate every day for three months could withstand twice the amount of UVB rays before their skin started to turn red, compared to those who didn’t.

6. Green & black tea
The myriad health benefits of tea are well-known, but it’s nice to know that the cups you’re drinking can also help protect against sun damage. Green and black teas are packed with polyphenols that can help stop cancer development by limiting the blood supply to the cancerous area.

Green tea can even help prevent non-melanoma skin cancer by enhancing DNA repair.
Bon appétit!

Stript Wax Bar and The Vajacial

“Mompreneur,” Celebrity Waxologist & Esthetician Katherine Goldman founded Stript Wax Bar in 2009, fulfilling her vision of a boutique dedicated to the art of waxing.  Now a chain of ten boutique waxing bars across California, Stript Wax Bar locations are all about the newest and close to painless waxing techniques in the industry.

We recently got to visit Stript Wax Bar’s West Hollywood location and try their top services: the Brazilian Wax and the “Vajacial.”  In case you aren’t familiar (because we weren’t) a “Vajacial” is a facial for the pubic area which is performed post Brazilian wax. The Vajacial is exclusive to the Stript Wax Bar salons and created by Katherine Goldman, Founder and Celebrity Waxologist.  Most effective after a Brazilian or Bikini was, The Vajacial is a 4 Step Process that involves cleansing, toning, exfoliating and ending with a mask to prevent in-grown hairs.

All of the services that we tried were terrific. The Brazilian was as close to pain-free as possible and the esthetician did her best to make me feel comfortable with everything.  I was interested to try the Vajacial since like make other woman (and men) I have huge issues with post waxing redness and especially ingrown hairs. For years, Victoria Secret Models have kept me wondering how they achieve such a flawless bikini line. The veil is finally lifted and I am sure that the long keep secret of the elite is the Vajacial

“People are always intrigued by these services when they hear about them, then they try them and fall in love,” Says Stript Wax Bar Founder, Katherine Goldman. “The more you can do to help make yourself feel and look as sexy as you want to be is always a good trend.”

Stript Wax Bar offers endless beauty services, at locations throughout California, including in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Lafayette, Oakland, Pacifica, and San Jose. They specialize in offering top-of-the-line waxing services for men and women, using the highest quality hard wax from Europe. In addition to waxing all areas of the body, they offer facials, spray tans, brow shaping, and makeup application. For more information, visit the website at: www.striptwaxbar.com.

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Get Ready For the Holidays

IMG_5807 IMG_5812 IMG_5814 IMG_5815If you are anything like us, you are holiday party hoping until you ring in the New Year.   From Work Parties, Christmas Concerts, Holiday Parties, Opening Presents on Christmas Eve, Church services, you are fully booked.  Instead of scrambling last minute putting yourself together when you have a last minute soiree, simplify your beauty routine so that you are always ready.   Lets get real, you have enough on your plate already!

Simplify your beauty routine with eyelash extensions. We recently stopped in to the BlinkBar which just opened their second location in West Hollywood off Melrose Ave earlier this year.  Tirzah Shirai, the Found of Blinker says “I put so much thought and effort into creating this space with he help of the Consort Design team, in order to offer clients the most luxurious eyelash experience. We have built up an amazing team, selection of services, product extensions inlacing Lash Shampoo, and a membership program all which allow our customers the opportunity to consistently and affordably look gorgeous.”

Blinkbar is one of the only US Salons offering 100% Siberian mink lashes and the only brand with a satisfaction guarantee. Shirai’s specialized European/ Hollywood hybrid approach has made Blinker the go-to brand for A-Listers, fashionistas, and beauty junkies seeking to obtain the pinnacle of lush, yet natural-looking lashes.

I had an incredible experience with Blinkbar.  I usually go for a natural look, and the specialist was intuitive enough to achieve my look.  Its been 5 days and I have not had to use mascara or eyeliner at all.  Eyelash extensions have simplified my look for the holidays.  Whether I am running out to the store for last minute shopping or getting primped for another Christmas gathering, I know that I will look amazing.  The best part is that the lashes will last for up to 3 weeks, so no worries until after you are done celebrating into the New Year.


Looking Fabulous All Winter Long

Summer fades away and is like a dream that you don’t fully remember. There are no more weekend getaways, european holidays, or a summer love affair left to distract you from the harsh truth’s of life . And once the reality fully sets in, you are frozen by the winter months and it is all so overwhelming.  The end of the year, harsh weather and christmas may be stressful, but this doesn’t mean that you need to look the part.  There are so many things that can keep you looking and feeling fresh through it all.  We turned to an expert for some serious advice!

“The holiday season and winter can be a drain on people,” explains Katherine Goldman, celebrity esthetician/waxologist and owner of the Stript Wax Bar. “It is important to make sure you take care of yourself throughout the winter, so you don’t end up feeling completely stressed out and drained.”

Here are some tips for looking and feeling your best throughout the holidays and all winter long:

  • Facials. When it comes to looking your best, opt for having facials done throughout the winter. This will help keep the skin looking fresh and healthy, despite any extra stress that may arise during these months. While having this done, see about taming your eyebrows so that they look great for those holiday pictures.
  • Tanning. Many people want to keep a healthy glow or tan during the winter months. It is important to opt for a healthier way to do this, such as using a good salon quality spray-on tan, rather than going to a tanning booth. This way you can maintain your color, but won’t dry your skin out or have the risks that come with tanning beds.
  • Stay hydrated. The winter months can tend to be very drying on the skin, so it’s important to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, as well as use a good quality skin moisturizer. With the colder weather, you can also keep your fluid intake up by having hot tea, just don’t load it up with sugar.
  • Eat well. The holidays can be a busy time, making it even more important to eat a good diet so that the body gets proper nutrients and energy. A healthy diet will keep people feeling good all winter long. The winter months are notorious with people reaching for comfort foods, but many of them can leave people feeling flat and packing on the pounds. Opt for healthy soups and tasty vegetable casseroles for comfort. When attending holiday parties, opt for trying to eating something before attending, to keep from filling up on all of the goodies sitting out. Rather than completely avoiding the goodies, stick to trying just a small portion so there are no regrets later.
  • Keep moving. Getting enough exercise will not only help keep you looking good, but it will help you feel great, too. Exercise releases endorphins, which naturally brings about a happy and positive feeling. Consistent exercise will also help to reduce those stress levels as they creep up around the holidays. It’s tempting for people to lax on exercising during the winter, but that will leave you feeling down. There are plenty of exercise plans you can do indoors by tuning into workouts on television, popping in a DVD, or you can always join a gym.
  • Relax. There may be parties and festivities to go to, but it’s important to get some down time, too. This includes taking time to unwind, relax, and get enough sleep each night. This is the perfect time for you to take up yoga and/or meditation as a way to relax, lift the spirits, and get those happy hormones flowing.

“There will a lot of holiday pictures taken, so you want to look your best,” added Goldman. “You also want to feel great when you are enjoying those festivities, too. It’s important to take measures to help care for and maintain your insides and out, so you look and feel great all winter long.”

Stript Wax Bar has locations throughout California, including in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Lafayette, Oakland, Pacifica, and San Jose. They specialize in offering top-of-the line waxing services for men and women, using the highest quality hard wax from Europe. In addition to waxing all areas of the body, they offer facials, spray tans, brow shaping, and make-up application. For more information, visit the website at: www.striptwaxbar.com.

All Hail, Coconut Oil?

IMG_4614The last place that you are thinking of putting Coconut Oil is on your face, body or hair, right? I mean my muscles tense at the thought of it. Regardless, growing bodies of research, countless experts, and armies of natural beauty devotes swear by the stuff.  Are they onto something?

Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and anti fungal, its an excellent moisturizer, it can penetrate hair better then other oils and smells like cookies.  Have I won you over yet?   With a $10 bottle you can use it from head to toe and replace hundreds of dollars of product that you are buying now.  Use Raw and Organic  Virgin Coconut Oil for the best results.  Here are 5 amazing uses for it in your home without spending a fortune on store bought products.

  1. As a Face Cleanser and Eye Make Up Remover The Coconut Oil actually pulls off the oils and dirt from your face, leaving your skin smooth and supple. Its especially noticeable the following morning.  Take a spoon full of Coconut Oil massage it into your skin and leave on for about 5 minutes. Once you feel ready, soak a wash cloth in hot water and gentle wipe off the oil.  This will change your life!
  2. Teeth Whitening  Oil-Pulling, has been used for thousands of years in Chinese Medicine.  The store bought tooth paste is not removing the oil based plaque, which is why you should go to your dentist every 6-12 months for a cleaning.  The Coconut Oil actually pulls off the plaque, helping to whiten and clean teeth.  Swish a spoon full of Coconut oil in your mouth for 5-10 mins nightly for the best effect.
  3. As a Hair Conditioner and add Shine to hair There’s a reason many conditioners contain coconut oil: It’s better able to penetrate hair (and prevent protein loss) than mineral and sunflower oil, according to research.  Apply a quarter-size dollop to your hair, comb it, and then pile it into a loose bun. You’ll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, shampoo as usual with a gentle cleanser.
  4. To Moisturize Body and Hands  Coconut Oil needs some time to absorb, so its not suggest doing this on your way out of the door.  Best time to lather up is after a shower when your getting into bed.
  5. Rubdown or Body Scrub  Wether you’re planning a romantic rubdown or need a good scrub, Coconut Oil is your go to.  Store bought body scrubs are a waste of money, aside from the fact that they have useless ingredients that are impossible to pronounce.  For a quick DIY project, mix up a fresh batch yourself by adding Sugar or Salt with any essential oil that you like.  We prefer Lavender.


Fasting, Detoxing, or Cleansing?

We went to the expert, Dr. Jeanne Wilson for some advice on some of the biggest Dieting crazes at the moment.  Fasting, juicing and detoxing have been used interchangeably at times but they are not the same. Have you ever really wondered what each one is all about? There are key distinctions between the three and Dr. Jeanne Wilson breaks down the differences, which are important to know and understand before you consider any of these programs.

To start, fasting and detoxifying are both ancient while juicing is the “new kid in town” so to speak! They all have their place but must be used intelligently and carefully.


Fasting is abstaining from food for 12 hours or more.  It’s a very old practice often used for religious (still used today by Catholic, Jewish and Islamic religions) and spiritual (visions, walk-abouts and such) purposes for thousands of years.  Today there are fasting diets for weight loss (be very careful with these), resetting the digestive system, and fasting prior to surgeries or medical testing.


This is to get rid of excessive levels of body toxins.  It usually is an elimination diet, alone with herbals or supplements perhaps or a juice cleanse, or a series of enemas.  This is also a very ancient practice used by Hindus, Egyptians, Greeks, for “purification” of the body.  They usually used select herbals to detox. Our East West Essentials Optimal Cleanse is an example of a whole-body detox program.


Juicing is pretty self-explanatory, right? In this practice you consume the juice of fruits or vegetables only, generally for a period of several days.  This is probably okay for a few days only but beware of potential side effects! Juicing is very popular right now but it is not for everyone. Proceed with caution and consult a doctor or nutritionist before moving forward with a juicing regimen.

Potential problems with juicing may include gastric upset, spiked blood sugar (especially if it is a fruit-based juicing, which is  definitely not for diabetics) and an excess of vitamin A and or K.


I like to fast 1 day a week if I can to reset my digestion (especially if I’ve been traveling or hanging out in strange territory) and my favorite, favorite is DETOXIFYING – sans the enema!  I get “whole foods,” good quality protein and I feel strong, alert and ready to go when I am done.  Of course that is just me and my personal preferences, you may like to try any of the above. Just remember to go slow, pay attention to your body and mind’s reactions, and be sure you are drinking one half of your body weight in water ounces daily! Also, it is a  good to check in with your doctor if you have any serious health conditions before you jump in to anything serious – like a fasting, week-long vision quest in the desert!

Enjoy! -Dr. Jeanne Wilson

Sleep More to Get Skinny?

Taking care of the inside is just as important as taking care of the outside.  Thats why, every week we will be bringing you some expert advice from Dr. Jeanne Wilson and Holistic Nutritionist Heather Wilson from East West Essentials.

Our bodies pull in toxins from the food we eat and the environment around us every single day. And while it is ideal to cleanse your body about four times a year with the East West Essentials Optimal Cleanse, there is also a trick that can help detoxify your body all year long. And it’s easy! Here’s all you have to do: Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. and make sure that you sleep in the dark.Yes, that’s it! This time is key to a successful sleep, which in turn allows the liver and other organs to fully detoxify the body and improve hormonal balance

In Chinese Medicine, we know that the liver cleanses the blood between 1 and 3 a.m. and you must already be in a deep sleep before 1 a.m. to get the full detoxification benefits of the liver energies.  Sufficient rest at the right time and following the body’s natural circadian rest rhythms of sleeping when dark and up with the light is essential for healthy metabolism – and a healthy metabolism helps control weight gain!

Maintaining natural rhythms of sleep and natural light and dark sleep patterns are essential and powerful for controlling your hormone levels.

So… did I just say that getting a good nights sleep at the proper time and observing the light and dark natural patterns of a natural environment (this means no TV or computers, rather a real “nighty-nite, lights off” just go to bed routine) will help you lose weight (especially if you are on a diet program) and make you feel emotionally better (improve anxiety and irritability as well as reducing PMS symptoms in women) and become a happier human being?

Yes, I did.

My best to you! –Dr. Jeanne Wilson