Why she needs more sleep, science says so!

Finally the age old argument of who needs more sleep is solved. The answer is, of course, women. So when we say we need our beauty sleep there actually is some science to back this up. Sleep is our body’s way of regenerating and dealing with the stresses of the day. It also keeps our skin healthier.

Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to a range of health issues, among them: diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. A disheartening study now says women may be more susceptible to these illnesses in the wake of, well, staying awake, than men.

Researchers from Duke University surveyed 210 men and women between the ages of 18 and 65 about the quality and frequency of their sleep, and assessed them on several other measures of health, including psychological distress and physical well-being.

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None of the subjects had a history of clinical sleep problems (meaning they weren’t insomniacs) and all were relatively healthy (i.e., didn’t smoke and didn’t have any major health concerns during the time the study was conducted).

The researchers found that issues with falling and staying asleep alongside not getting enough Z’s on a regular basis were linked with hints of blood sugar regulation problems, higher rates of inflammation, elevated stress levels, increased hostility, and a heightened risk of depression. But only for women. And the more trouble women reported with sleeping, the higher their body mass indexes were, while men seemed to be buffered from this effect.


The researchers suggest these gender disparities may have to do with the sex hormone testosterone, which is produced in much higher quantities in men than women. Testosterone has been found to protect the body’s cells from inflammation and, as a result, may also protect the brain and other organs from sleep deprivation and stress.

“Higher testosterone is associated with lower CRP and IL-6 [hormonal markers of inflammation in the blood stream], greater insulin sensitivity and lower BMI,” the researchers write in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity. “It is reasonable to assume, therefore, that higher testosterone levels blunt the health damaging consequences of poor sleep in men.”

As for the weight gain/poor sleep link? The study authors believe that the different balance of hormones women have (namely: more estrogen and progesterone, less testosterone) can, when thrown out of whack by crappy sleep, incline us to take more trips to the fridge than our boyfriends. In other words: Sleep deprivation may just make women hungrier than men, thanks to our hormonal differences. Great.

Rather than recommending that all women seek ways of boosting their testosterone levels, however, the researchers underscore the importance of women developing a more solid bedtime routine that allows them more wiggle room to fall-and stay-asleep. Easier said then done, but consider this your 453,735th reminder that sleep is the answer to most of your life problems.

Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/health-fitness/a35559/why-you-need-more-sleep-than-your-boyfriend/

Friends don’t let friends contour the wrong way

Contouring is a huge makeup trend that has taken the internet by storm. There are literally thousands of tutorials claiming to help enhance your face’s natural curves. It’s a really interesting exercise to be able to play with light and shadow and how they interact on your face but let’s be real. There’s a right way to contour.

Since our first Lenny editorial meeting, Jenni has been obsessed with having television’s own Busy Philipps give her a good old-fashioned department-store-style makeup lesson. You may know Busy as Freaks and Geeks‘ Kim Kelly or Cougar Town‘s Laurie Keller or the best part of the seminal film White Chicks. Or you may be obsessed with her two beautiful daughters, Birdie and Cricket, whose perfect little visages smile out at you from her Instagram (which is delightfully honest about the challenges of Hollywood and motherhood both). But Jenni is most impressed by the fact that Busy does her own makeup for lots of events and red carpets.

Almost everyone is spending demented amounts of money getting professionals to make them look like they have anime eyelashes.

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This may not sound like a big deal, but in Hollywood it’s essentially unheard of. Occasionally we’ll meet someone who comes out of the theater world and so is used to wielding their own mascara wand, but almost everyone is spending demented amounts of money getting professionals to make them look like they have anime eyelashes. To be clear, professional makeup artists are amazing: knowledgeable, supportive, and if Lena didn’t have one, her Twitter mentions would be even more hostile. But wouldn’t it be nice to have some of those skills for yourself, so that you could get glamorous if and when you chose, even if it was just for a trip to Chipotle?

It’s not that Jenni is bad at doing her own makeup (Lena is). But Jenni has gotten into a comfortably numb routine (mascara and tinted sunscreen – that’s it). So Busy came to our office, armed with her tool kit and a can-do attitude, and Lena sat and watched intently as she showed Jenni some of her best tricks.

Below are Lena’s field notes so that you CAN try this at home.

Jenni had Busy do half her face while she attempted to handle the other. I cannot honestly say Busy didn’t go in and help a little with Jenni’s side, but no shame. Also it was very cute to hear Busy talk about how she used to VOLUNTEER to do sorority girls’ makeup before parties. “Were you in a sorority?” I ask, trying to understand. “Oh no,” Busy says. “I was just delighted at the opportunity.”


The first thing Busy said that blew our minds is that she often uses multiple shades of concealer. After all-the place below your eyes is not color-matched to your hairline, chin, or the bridge of your nose. She mixes, matches, and blends. Her favorite concealer is by Clé de Peau (although she was sure to tell us she also loves drugstore products, particularly Cover Girl’s black eyeliner).

Busy usually uses her fingers to apply concealer, though she was careful to note that if a makeup artist did that, she’d be pretty bummed. No one needs someone else’s strange fingers in all their facial crevices. We want the distance of a brush.

She feels the single biggest shift you can make to your appearance is concealer, but not where you think: she suggests dotting it around your nostrils to lighten up your whole face. I tried it tentatively as she worked on Jenni and had to really take a moment to contemplate my own beauty.

Busy is also VERY enthused about concealer on your lids, either as a primer for a shadow or just a nice way to even things out. She also explained that she does foundation first and then cover-up, even though the conventional wisdom is the reverse. LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, WE HAVE A WILD ONE HERE.

Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/a35580/busy-philipps-makeup-lesson/

Why we should look to the stars

There is a reason that we look to the stars. They have some of the most talented people working to make them look and perform the best they can and there are some really helpful tips that we can adopt in our every day routines to look like a star too. Here is a great compilation of some of the best celebrity beauty and skin tips from the biggest names in show biz. Comment below and let us know which ones are your favorite!

Beyonce Knowles - Transformation - Beauty - Celebrity Before and After


“A woman is most beautiful when she smiles. Other than that, the most valuable tip I’ve learned is always use a skin moisturizer!”-Beyoncé

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“A good eye cream is really important when you are traveling, busy and stressed-that’s when the dark puffy circles can get you.”-Kate Winslet

Quickest Ways to Clear Skin!

Clear skin is such a huge part of overall health and confidence. We got into this profession because we know what it feels like to be embarrassed about your skin and we take great pride in making sure that our clients get the help they deserve on their journey to clear skin. Here are some basic tips that are always helpful for those suffering from acne. For further information, be sure to come to Clear Skin Institute and make an appointment for one of our many exciting services that we offer.

Try any (or all!) of these expert tips and tricks to get the clear, radiant skin you’ve always wanted

1. Slather on the sunscreen. We know, we know—you’ve heard it a million times, but wearing sunscreen is the single easiest way to look younger for life. “Ninety percent of wrinkles are from sun exposure,” says Day. “It’s so much easier to prevent the damage than it is to fix it afterwards.” That means no slacking during winter months either, when rays are just as strong and can reflect off of buildings and sidewalks. Look for a formula that offers broad-spectrum protection to guard against UVA rays (the ones that cause premature aging) and UVB rays (one of the main causes of skin cancer). Try Philosophy Shelter Broad Spectrum Sunscreen in SPF30.

3. Munch on mixed nuts. Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, which increases skin elasticity and may decrease skin cancer, according to recent studies. Throw in walnuts—which are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids—to lower inflammation and put the brakes on breakouts, says Molly Morgan, Board Certified Sports Specialist Dietitian and author of The Skinny Rules. Finally, add some macadamias. “They’re full of high quality oils and fatty acids that aid in skin repair and rejuvenation” says integrative practitioner Isaac Eliaz. Aim for a handful of each daily to reap their pore-perfecting benefits.

4. Start using serum.  “It’s much more concentrated than cream or lotion, so you tend to only need a small amount daily to see results,” says Fran Cook-Bolden, Director of New York’s Skin Specialty Dermatology. Look for one with antioxidants, the skin’s major defense against free radicals and stress, and pentapeptides, which are a must-have when it comes to boosting collagen, the support structure that gives skin a firm, youthful appearance. Don’t worry about spending a fortune on the ingredients; one of Cook-Bolden’s favorites is Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum, a sheer formula whose small molecules can dive deep into pores. For best results, apply to freshly washed skin; follow with sunscreen or moisturizer to lock in hydration.

5. Sanitize your Smartphone. According to a Stanford University study, that iPhone you can’t keep your hands off of can get more germ-infested than a toilet in a subway bathroom. In fact, the glass touchscreens on mobile devices are so good at spreading viruses that sharing them may be almost as bad as sneezing in someone’s face. Here’s a scary thought: All those germs land right on your cheek and jawline every time you chat away, causing pimples and irritation. To keep your phone (and face) bacteria-free, wipe it down with an antibacterial wipe like Clorox Disinfecting Wipes a few times a day.

6. Put your skin stash in proper order. The sequence in which you apply your products could be even more important than the products themselves. Reach for those with the most active ingredients as soon as you wash and pat skin dry. “These are the most powerful, so you want them to come into direct contact with your skin,” says Syed Amiry, a dermatologist practicing in Reston, Virginia. If you’re using more than one active product (like an antioxidant serum and Retin-A), start with the thinner one. “Anything that’s water soluble should go first, followed by the product that’s thicker and creamier. If you do it in reverse, the heavier cream will block the ingredients of the lighter one from penetrating the skin, so they won’t have any impact.” If you need moisturizer, it’s next up in line, followed up by—what else?—sunscreen each morning.

7. Drop dairy from your diet (even that little bit in your latte).“Dairy products—even those that are organic—contain cow hormones that stimulate your oil glands and your pores, leading to acne,” explains Wu. Beware of hidden dairy in foods like salad dressing, protein bars, and shakes. And if you have to go there, stick to skim. “The hormones are concentrated in the fat, so it’s your best option.”

Read more at: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/beauty/get-great-skin

Contouring for Spring

Winter has officially ended and spring has sprung! Time to start showing some extra skin. Outside of keeping your skin looking clean and young, contouring is i great way to spice up your look even more this spring. Check out this article with 3 unexpected ways to up your contour game and be ready for the warmer seasons!

It’s a springtime rite of passage to ditch the cashmere turtlenecks and show some skin. This season, necklines dipped extra low and we saw off-the-shoulder looks on the runway at Proenza Schouler, Chloé, and more. Since your décolletage is about to take center stage, we asked L’Oréal Paris celebrity makeup artist Sir John to share his red-carpet secrets for your sexiest neck ever. 

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Defined Eyes 

Start with your lids-if you sculpt only your chin and neck, the result won’t look balanced. The key to sculpting any part of the face, Sir John says, is using makeup that’s matte with a cool undertone, like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Contour Palette. “Those properties absorb light,” he says, thereby mimicking shadows naturally created by killer bone structure. Sir John dipped a short, stiff makeup brush in the contour powder and applied it to the lid. Then he used a fluffier eye shadow brush to blend, going deep into the crease. “That’s what makes the look pretty and ethereal,” he explains.

A Contoured Chin

“Creating structure means thinking about where the light naturally hits your face,” Sir John says. “One spot you’re normally going to have shadows is underneath the jaw.” To contour it, he dipped the brush that comes in the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Contour Palette into the contour powder, then swept it from behind the ear down, wrapped under the jaw, and then swept up to the other ear. Hitting under the chin is essential: “A lot of times when we’re relaxing, we start to slouch, and this area doubles up,” he warns. It happens to all of us, which is why Sir John contours under every client’s chin.

Collarbones That Pop

Here’s the visual trick to creating a focal point at your neckline: a slight V along the neck that draws eyes to the inner point of your clavicles. Dip a tapered brush into the contour powder in the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Contour Palette and run it diagonally along the right side of your neck and along the top of your right collarbone. Then brush under the same collarbone as well. Repeat along the other side. “It almost creates an arrow pointing down, so no one will look at the width of your neck or shoulders anymore,” Sir John says. For extra oomph, run highlighter along the high point of your bones. And boom: Now your neckline commands attention-along with that Chloépeasant blouse. 

Dress: Edun; Earrings: Jennifer Fisher

Makeup: Sir John

Hair: Jennifer Yepez

Stylist: Shibon Kennedy

Source: http://www.elle.com/beauty/makeup-skin-care/how-to/a34540/3-unexpected-ways-to-contour/

The many reasons to love lasers

Laser treatments have many uses these days removing such things as wrinkles, scars, dark spots, birthmarks and much more. Modern technological advances with these laser treatments have improved them even more than before. Check out this great article on the many benefits of different laser treatments.

From removing birthmarks to reducing wrinkles, dermatologists can use laser treatments to help patients in more ways than ever. Thanks to recent advances in laser technology, experienced practitioners can offer more effective treatments with less downtime for patients.

Source: http://feeds.sciencedaily.com/~r/sciencedaily/health_medicine/skin_care/~3/tEFN8jk_pIs/160304093237.htm