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The bad word... Inflammation!

Lately, the word inflammation has become quite the buzzword. It turns out that inflammation does not only effect you internally, but your beauty is effected as well. It is the root of so many issues both internally and on the skin.

Inflammation is not all bad! It is actually the body’s defense system, providing protection from bacteria, viruses and injuries. When your body is under attack, it will respond by an inflammation process that sends chemicals from the body’s white blood cells to the area at risk. When the infection is gone or the injury has healed, the inflammation is supposed to go away. When our system is not functioning properly, then low levels of inflammation can linger in the body.

Inflammation can come from anywhere! An unhealthy diet, stress, poor sleep, pollution, second hand smoke and sun exposure can all lead to skin inflammation. I know when I do not watch my diet then I experience obvious signs of inflammation, like breakouts, brain fog and over all swelling.

Examples of external skin inflammation are acne breakouts, rosacea and visible signs of aging (like wrinkles and sagging skin). The higher our cortisol (our body’s main stress hormone) levels are, the more wound healing slows down and the more breakdown of collagen there is. Collagen helps keep the skin looking plump and smooth.

Acne is a sure sign of inflammation! Those angry, red bumps love to pop up because of stress, Why is that you always wake up with a blemish on your wedding day, your presentation day or a travel day?

Rosacea is another sign of inflammation in the skin, caused from stress, sun exposure, food, hormones and more.

First step to lowering the inflammation in your body is to eliminate any stress. I practice breathing techniques, workout and try to plan my day as much as I can. Second, is to get quality sleep every night. Easier said than done, but it is a must! Third, you can eat an anti-inflammatory diet. I have done this one many, many, many times and it is a great reset and reminder of how I should be eating daily. An anti-inflammatory diet includes organic grass fed protein, vegetables and some fruit (I avoid fruit other than lemons and berries because of the high sugar content), healthy oils, plenty of water, quinoa and brown rice. It is best to avoid sugar, dairy, gluten, processed foods, refined starches, caffeine and conventional meat.

A couple supplements to add to your regime to help reduce inflammation are curcumin and astaxanthin. Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric and astaxanthin is one of the most effective antioxidant supplements on the market right now.

The key is to treat inflammation from the inside. Good luck on your anti inflammatory journey!

Danica

Need to refresh your look?

Many of us can easily get into a rut from time to time. You look in the mirror and wonder why you look so tired, your skin is dull, your teeth are not so white and all around you want to look more fresh and put together. After having three kids, let's just say that I have fallen into more ruts than I need to admit. Here are a couple of my favorite go to's to refresh your look from time to time. 

Skin. Your skin truly is such a huge focus and something that you show the world everyday. My first step to feeling and looking my best is to slough off some of the dead skin to reveal a more polished and clean complexion. I am a huge fan of chemical peels because they can give you the most bang for your buck. Your skin can quickly (after up to a week of peeling!) look glowing, more even and smooth. Visit your local esthetician to talk about the best peel options for your skin type! If you are on a tight budget or visiting a skincare pro is not for you, then here are some at home products that can help your skin brighten up... Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel. Glo Skin Beauty makes an amazing scrub, refresh facial polish, to be used at least twice a week at night to leave your skin feeling so soft, clean and brand new!

Teeth. This is a quick fix that I have been using for years now! I have spent thousands of dollars purchasing teeth whitening products at the dentists office and I was never happy with the results or the painful sensitivity I was left with after a treatment. I found this affordable whitening product years ago in 2007 after watching Kandee Johnson on YouTube talk about how wonderful this stuff was. It is Plus White 5 Minute Speed Whitening System. I leave it on for at least 20 minutes for two-four nights in a row every couple of months to keep my teeth looking their best. I drink A LOT of coffee and this gel really works!

Hair. A mask for your hair is always revitalizing and a little more shine is never a bad thing! I love Quai Treatment Masque. This helps to restore moisture and repair damage for more soft and smooth hair. Leave the mask on for at least 15 minutes or put in your hair on a run or during a workout to get the most out of the product!

Health. Remember to listen to your body and rest when you need to, drink plenty of water and take your vitamins! I say this to my husband and kids all of the time, but it really does help. We love magnesium in our household. It helps with muscle recovery after tough workouts, the other vitamins you will take will absorb better and over all you feel more calm and sleep better. Skipping sugar is always a great idea! Too much sugar will make anyone feel not their best. 

These are all really simple and easy tips, but they can leave you feeling and looking better! 

Danica