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The “Just Ask David” audio podcast takes a deep dive into health and beauty in just 10 minutes during each interview. The show features David Pollock, beauty industry veteran and the chemist behind some of the top- performing beauty products of all time. On his show, he candidly shares his expertise and invites his talented roster of guests to do the same.

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Episode 93: How to Dye Your Hair NATURALLY - No Harsh Chemicals! With Special Guest Jodie Moore
The color of our hair is important to a lot of us. For some, it’s the way we single ourselves out as individuals. A head full of curly red hair can passed down like a family heirloom. And some of us rely on hair dye to conceal gray hair. Many of us dye our hair to get that special color: the hair color that makes you feel unique, the color that brings out your eyes, the one that shaves 15 years off of you. But anyone who has dyed their own hair knows that it is not always a carefree task. Harsh chemicals threaten to damage your hair and scalp. It irritates sensitive skin. And if you don’t know what you’re doing, brace yourself for the likely possibility of a bad hair day. Jodie Moore knows all about the ups and downs with hair dye, as Chief Operating Officer of the exclusive distributor for Herbatint hair color, Bioforce USA. Not only has she proudly advocated for this B Corp certified brand for the past 15 years, but she also has personal experience with all the ups and downs of dyeing hair. Her passion for hair color has led to Herbatint becoming one of the most highly respected and best-selling hair color brands in the natural industry. Jodie joins Just Ask David to lend us a few tips on dyeing and maintaining hair. Safe AND Effective: A Balancing Act Just Ask David has always been ahead of the game when it comes to the shift toward safe ingredients within the beauty industry. But even we are a little stumped when it comes to safe hair dye. Many of the natural hair dyes on the market are frustratingly weak. No one wants to buy an entire box of hair dye that will just wash out in a few days. Jodie’s advice? “It’s really about balance.” You don’t want your hair dye to have harsh chemicals, yet you want a significant change in the color of your hair that will last. Something has to give. “You want it to work so there will be some level of chemical in the color. So what consumers like yourself and other people really need to do is find that safest product.” She adds: “Herbatint is the only brand in the world that has been dermatologically tested [as safe] for sensitive skin.” Good to know. Tips for Dyeing Your Hair At Home, Accident-Free! Dyeing your hair at home may not be rocket science, but it IS chemistry. Such a drastic change to your hair can be nerve-wracking on its own. But the threat of going into work the next day with bright red hair puts a lot more pressure on those of us going the DIY route. “The biggest thing about doing hair at home is following directions and really understanding the product that you’re using,” Jodie suggests. She also says that using natural hair dyes like Herbatint pretty much eliminates the risk of a no-good-very-bad hair day. Why? What’s so different about natural hair dye? “There’s no lift in the product,” Jodie says. “In a normal salon setting, or even a mass market brand, you can go brown to blond in a box… with the natural colors, there’s so little amount of chemical - usually less than 1%. There’s no lift,” she explains. “So you’re really going to have to stay within two shades of your natural color. So that can take a lot of the anxiety out of doing it. You’re not going to go too drastic one way or another.” Follow Herbatint on Social Media! A natural hair dye company like Herbatint is paving the way for other natural hair dye brands - a niche that has been sorely ignored during the Safe Beauty revolution. Show them some love by following Herbatint on Instagram @herbatint_usa, Twitter @herbatintusa, and liking them on Facebook! Don’t forget to shop their hair dyes!
Sep 18, 2018
Episode 92: Produce Panic: How Safe Are Your Veggies? With Special Guest Mareya Ibrahim
How clean is your produce? We don’t think about it often, but maybe we should. Imagine the life cycles of fruits and vegetables: they’re sprayed with pesticides, covered in fertilizer. Is that what you want to be biting into? Meet Mareya Ibrahim. She’s the inventor of a clean eating product line. She’s an award winning entrepreneur, chef, author, patented inventor, and a food industry veteran with over 26 years in the industry. Mareya’s also concerned about how well we’re washing our fruits and vegetables. Lucky for us, she has a few helpful tips to save us a trip to the toilet (or hospital). The Revolting Truth About Our Fruits and Veggies The world of produce is risky for consumers. Dealing with the aftermath of one of the biggest E. coli breakouts in over a decade, the threat of eating contaminated produce is as real as ever. Even worse, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the risk of food poisoning is highest during the summer months. “First and foremost i think it’s important to understand that if something is cut or processed, that means it’s been handled by dozens of different touchpoints,” Mareya explains. “And every single processing points requires the utmost level of safety. And if that is not being upheld, then you’re potentially putting yourself at risk.” Most of us try to wash our fruits and veggies with water, but Mareya says that water is ineffective for cleaning produce. “What else do we wash with water and it’s all clean? Nothing!” she exclaims. “Not our plates, not our hands, not even our hair or our dogs. You need a cleanser to be able to remove what water can’t.” Clean Eating - The SAFE Way After her father experienced a cancer scare that prompted doctors to tell him “no more fruits and vegetables,” Mareya was determined to make eating produce safer. It was insane that her father could not eat his favorite healthy foods because of the risk of contamination! So together, Mareya and her father formulated Eat Cleaner’s All Natural Fruit + Vegetable Wash. With a natural blend of fruit acids and antioxidants, this special produce wash is proven to wash 99.9% of contaminants off of produce AND prolong shelf life up to 200% longer! Not only can this help save a family over $500 per year on average, but it’s better for the environment. Sounds like a win-win! “[People] do not have to be sitting ducks, hoping that they’re protecting their family when they buy fresh produce at the store, but aren’t sure if it’s going to hurt them or not,” Mareya says. A Million More Ways to Eat Clean! Visit Eat Cleaner for veggie washes, healthy recipes, and clean living tips! Can’t get enough? “Like” Eat Cleaner on Facebook and follow on Twitter @eatcleanerfood and Instagram @eatcleaner!
Jul 12, 2018
Episode 91: Fight the Frizz! With Special Guest Dana Wood
Nothing encourages us to go outside and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air like the summertime. On the same note, nothing ruins your hairstyle faster than that sweltering summer humidity. But you don’t have to let the summer be a never-ending bad hair day. Beauty blogger Dana Wood of Florida Beauty Problems returns to Just Ask David to share tips on taming your coif this summer, even when the weather feels like a clothes dryer stopped in mid-cycle. Dana’s blog teaches readers how to deal with all the health and beauty issues that come up when you’re living the the swampy coastal state of Florida, like treating bug bites, protecting your skin from the sun, and - you guessed it - dealing with epic frizz. Dana Wood is also a three-time Conde Nast Beauty Director (W, Cookie and Brides) and regularly contributes to media outlets like The New Post and The Wall Street Journal. Why Does My Hair Get Frizzy (and Why Doesn’t Anyone Else’s)? Poofy hair is a lot more common than you may think, especially during the summer. Trust us. You’re not the only one. But it is true that some people are much more prone to frizz than others. What’s the deal - is there some kind of hair product you’re not using? “Frizz prone hair is very porous, so it needs moisture. When the humidity starts spiking, it kind of soaks it up and that’s what makes it puffy,” Dana explains. “Even people with fine hair can have this issue,” she adds. How to Defrizz Without Damaging Your Hair Okay, we know heat is bad for hair. But seriously, what else are you supposed to do if you can’t combat the the frizz with a flat-iron straightener or blow dryer? But Dana says that’ll set you up for even worse frizz down the road. “I really think the whole issue of heat styling is a vicious cycle,” she says. “But there’s no question that intense heat really does smooth the cuticle of the hair.” As a Floridian, being at the mercy of constant humidity is just part of the day-to-day grind for Dana. So what does she recommend to tame the frizz without the heat? “I go through vats and vats of deep conditioner because really, it’s a huge help,” Dana says. Find the Solutions to All Your Summer Beauty Problems! Are the hot summer months throwing a curveball to your beauty routine? Tired of the Florida humidity ruining your look? Dana’s website Florida Beauty Problems is sure to have something for you. Don’t forget to “like” on Facebook and follow on Instagram @FLbeautyproblems!
Jul 10, 2018
Episode 90: EVERYTHING You Need to Know About Picking a Sunscreen With Special Guest Melissa Goldstein
Our perspectives on sunscreen has changed a lot in the last 20 years. We know now that sunscreen is an everyday product, not just for going to the beach. We know sun damage happens to everyone regardless of how light or dark your skin is. And we know that using sunscreen is any anti-aging routine’s secret weapon. So since we know how essential sunscreen is to our lives, it only makes sense that we want to make sure we’re picking the right brand. There’s a lot more to sun protection than the level of SPF you’re wearing. Lifestyle Director of Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings and regular beauty contributor to Refinery29, Melissa Goldstein joins Just Ask David to break the sunscreen mystery down for us. Picking a Sunscreen: What to Look For There are so many different kinds of sunscreens out there, especially now. But you still should do a little bit of research before you pick one. Your skin will thank you for it later. “What really worries me, and what worries a lot of my colleagues, is that there’s so much misinformation out there about sunscreen,” Melissa says. “Not only do you need to use it, you need to choose the right one for you. Some things about sunscreen-hunting are universal. “You wanna look for two words on the label. You wanna see something that’s ‘broad spectrum.’ That’s really important because not every sunscreen is broad spectrum,” Melissa explains. “What that means is, you’re gonna get coverage from UVA, which are the rays that are gonna cause you to age, and UVB, which are the rays that are gonna cause you to burn.” But you also have to consider yourself as an individual before picking a sunscreen. Do you have oily skin? Sensitive skin? Do you live in a sunny city? How important is it to you to wear natural products? Do you wear makeup most days? “We always say the best sunscreen is one that you’re actually gonna wear,” Melissa says. “You have to like it. Because if you don’t like it, you’re never going to wear it.” Soak Up the Sun with Melissa on Social Media! Keep up to speed with Melissa and her beauty discoveries by following her on Instagram @GoldNYC!
Jul 05, 2018
Episode 89: Rebel Against Traditional Skincare with Special Guest Eric Fallon
The days of the skincare industry being a woman’s market are becoming a thing of the past. Skincare companies are following suit as men are starting to care more about their skin. Unisex skincare is popping up everywhere now to cater to a wider audience than before. Eric Fallon, co-creator of Rebels Refinery and one of the pioneers of the unisex skincare movement, joins Just Ask David to share his experiences and wisdom on his journey to his skincare calling, his product values, and the awesome product packaging that would make even the most manly man want to display it outside his medicine cabinet. The Birth of Rebels Refinery The story of how Rebels Refinery was born is a lot like the stories of every other unisex or male marketed skincare brand. The main thread in all these stories? A man noticed signs of aging in his skin and stopped drinking the “skincare-is-only-for-women” Kool-aid. Prior to creating Rebels Refinery, Eric spent 8 years as a partner at a startup company that manufactured complex dispensing equipment for top personal care brands like P&G. This experience gave him the chemistry background and entrepreneurial know-how to start Rebels Refinery. Soon after leaving the startup, Eric joined forces with his 2 childhood best friends – who, like Eric, realized they were spending a ton of time stealing hair and skincare products from the women in their lives. They realized they were starting to look old and wanted to do something about it. With a little help from the reality show Dragons’ Den and tons of creativity, their natural grooming line of skin, hair and body products was born. Accessible, Affordable Skincare. For EVERYONE. So much is so right with the way that Rebels Refinery is marketed. With natural, high-quality formulas infused with antioxidants, peptides, botanicals, and other potent anti-aging ingredients, it would be sensible to assume we’re talking about an expensive luxury skincare brand here. The truth? You can find Rebels Refinery at Target. And there’s no need to feel left out if you’re not a man. Rebels Refinery is a unisex brand, and as Eric points out, they have products that are wildly popular with women - specifically, their cool Addam’s family-esque skull-shaped lip balm. “On top of being a cool design, it has an incredible formula,” Eric says. “The main ingredients are coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and beeswax… And then we have a more female-specific product coming out, which is our classic lip balm formula in the shape of a pineapple,” he hints. Ready to Rebel? Want to get your husband or male friends to take better care of their skin? Browse the Rebels Refinery collection - they won’t be able to resist the packaging! You can also “like” Rebels Refinery on Facebook or follow @RebelsRefinery on Twitter and Instagram.
Jul 03, 2018
Episode 88: Sunkissed, Not Sundried: How to Protect Your Skin & Hair This Summer
The summertime is brutal on skin and hair. Between lounging under the sun and heading to the pool every day, we’re lucky to still have skin and hair at all! On this educational segment of Just Ask David, health expert Lisa Davis and beauty guru David Pollock dish out a few tips on how to protect and maintain your skin and hair even if you hit the beach every single day until the summer ends. Beat the Heat! Sunscreen, a hat with a visor, and sunglasses are your best friends during the sunny summer months - for children especially. And FYI, don’t be fooled into thinking that you don’t need sunscreen because you’re not outside very much. That summer sun can do noticeable damage even through your windows, so make sure to keep a bottle of sunscreen handy at all times. Don’t Be the Fool of Your Neighborhood Pool If the pool is your designated hangout spot during the summer, you know how rough the chemicals in the pools can be on your skin and hair. Good news: chlorine-green hair and wrinkly skin don’t have to be part of your daily pool attire anymore! But seriously, anyone who’s swam their way through a few pools knows that those harsh chemicals do more than make you smell funny. The chlorine strips the moisture from your skin and hair, leaving hair brittle and skin drier than chalk. But not to worry: David and Lisa have tips on how to protect your skin and hair even while you’re in the pool! Follow Us on Social Media! Have a question about beauty for David? Follow @JustAskDavid on Twitter and Instagram for beauty tips and questions!
Jun 28, 2018
Episode 87: The Good and Bad of Both Natural and Chemical Sunscreens
Jun 26, 2018
Episode 86: Stopping the Stink with Natural Deodorant with Special Guest Suzannah Raff
If you’ve been phasing out your toxic beauty and grooming products, you probably already know the struggle of finding a natural deodorant. Most natural deodorants seem to work… for a few hours. At the end of the day, you smell like you’ve never put on any deodorant at all. And God forbid you live somewhere humid - don’t even bother. Suzannah Raff, founder of the natural deodorant company Cleo&Coco, says that stinky pits don’t have to be a fact of life just because you want to live clean. She joins this segment of Just Ask David to explain how natural deodorant works and how to get rid of the stink! Suzannah Raff on Starting a Green Beauty Business Suzannah’s inspiration to start her own deodorant business came when she started having a family. Suddenly, she became hyper aware of the toxic chemicals in many of the products we used. Becoming a mother made her even more concerned about what she was putting on her pregnant and nursing body. She had no problem replacing her beauty and hygiene products for more natural alternatives… except for one. “When I became more health conscious in my 30’s, I couldn’t find a natural deodorant that kept me completely odor free,” Suzannah says. Using her business savvy from working the first tech bubble of the late 1990s, Suzannah started a business creating natural deodorants. All of Cleo&Coco’s deodorants are free of any toxic chemicals, AND they smell fantastic. That’s always a plus. “I didn’t want a deodorant that smelled like a health food store and I didn’t want a deodorant that smelled like a drugstore,” she says. “I wanted something that smelled like your favorite body cream or your favorite hand soap.” A Natural Deodorant That Works: The Final Frontier of the Green Beauty Industry Like Suzannah quickly realized, few natural deodorants actually keep you from smelling like an onion. Many people become discouraged with natural deodorants for this reason. But the reasons why they aren’t as effective as chemical deodorants have more to do with how those harsh chemicals change your body chemistry. “The common deodorant in drugstores, they block your sweat glands among other terrible things,” Suzannah explains. “They produce a lot of bacteria and buildup and then you sweat more because your body is fighting so hard to release those toxins.” Luckily, there’s a remedy for stinky pits caused by clogged sweat glands and bacteria buildup - continued use of natural deodorant. “The more you use [natural deodorants] over time, the less your own body actually produces an odor because you’re actually allowing your body to get rid of the toxins - which is what we do naturally,” Suzannah explains. “That’s why we sweat under our arms.” Follow Cleo&Coco on Social Media! Want to try Suzannah’s botanical deodorants for yourself? Check out Cleo&Coco on Instagram @CleoAndCocoNatural and “Like” on Facebook! Don’t forget to check out the website.
Jun 21, 2018
Episode 85: 4 Must-Have Therapeutic Ingredients for Your Skin
Our skin is in a constant state of renewal. There is never a time when our skin is not sloughing off dead skin cells and regenerating new ones. But this process slows down as we age, creating a domino effect for the decline we see in our skin’s appearance. Wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots - all of these things happen for more than one reason. The better we understand these reasons, the better we can prevent the appearance of aging in the long-run. We know the products that claim to reverse aging. But what really works? Glycolic acid This versatile acid with tiny molecules is gentle enough to use on your face, but harsh enough to remove that top layer of dead skin with minimal scrubbing. That makes glycolic acid useful for a variety of skincare uses, like a face wash, light chemical peel, or serum. Hyaluronic acid Over 100 times more hydrating than water, we all have hyaluronic acid in almost every cell in our bodies -- not just our skin. But we produce less hyaluronic acid as we age, leading to wrinkles, a dull complexion, and loss of skin elasticity. Listen to Podcast for #3 & 4! Simply put, the best anti-aging products are going to repair and nourish your skin. All the extra riff-raff just makes us feel good (like moisturizers with flecks of gold - how is that going to help your skin?) Don’t forget to follow on Instagram and Twitter @JustAskDavid for more anti-aging beauty tips!
Jun 19, 2018
Episode 84: 3 Ways to Keep Your Hair Healthy this Summer (Plus MORE Hair Care Tips!) With Special Guest Oscar Blandi
You can’t talk about celebrity hair without talking about Oscar Blandi. Hailing from Italy, Oscar Blandi’s eponymous, iconic New York salon was opened shortly after he moved to America about 20 years ago. Since then, he’s obtained an A-list clientele, featuring the likes of Jessica Alba, Jimmy Fallon, and Naomi Watts. His work has been featured in countless fashion magazines, including Vogue, Elle, Esquire, and many more! Oscar Blandi stands out from most other hairstylists for one reason. In his own words: “I’ve been an innovator for this long because I believe in education.” This time, he’s educating us on a few different ways we can protect our hair this summer. Come fall, your hair will still have that summer vacation glow! Sunkissed Locks, not Chlorine Green The summertime is when we go to the nearest beach, play with our kids in the pool, and generally soak up the sun. We KNOW you’re slathering on sunscreen every time you leave the house, especially during the sunny summer months. But your hair can sustain a damage, too. The sun’s rays, the chemicals in a swimming pool - these things can dry out your hair and leave it brittle. “I always tell every client, treat your hair like you treat your skin,” Oscar says. “In the summer, it becomes much more hot. So make sure you’re constantly moisturizing your hair.” Some of us don’t like moisturizing our hair because it sometimes weighs it down and makes it lose some of its body. But Oscar says it’s important to moisturize anyway. Unhealthy hair won’t hold much body, either. “A lot of people... think that conditioner is not good because it makes their hair flat,” Oscar adds. “Your hair will go flat no matter what. The conditioner helps to moisturize your hair so it won’t become brittle, it won’t break.” Follow Oscar Blandi and Co. on Social Media Thinking about visiting one of Oscar’s salons? Or maybe you’re interesting in learning more about the kind of hair education he encourages at his salons. Visit the Oscar Blandi website to learn more about getting the 5-star celebrity treatment! You can also follow on Instagram @OscarBlandiSalon and “like” on Facebook!
Jun 14, 2018
Episode 83: Microneedling: the Newest Anti-Aging Solution With Special Guest Marisel Salazar
Microneedling probably sounds terrifying. Even though the results are so fantastic that most of us would sit through the pain, anyway - microneedling is actually pretty painless. Marisel Salazar joins Just Ask David once again to give us all the details on the newest skin care craze. This time, it’s all about microneedling. Marisel is a New York City based lifestyle writer and photographer. She contributes to various publications like PureWow, Martha Stewart Living, Tasting Table, and NYC GO. What is Microneedling? “Microneedling has steadily been gaining traction,” Marisel says. Indeed, most skin care addicts have not shied away from the intimidating-sounding procedure. (Not even when Kim K showed Instagram her blood-streaked “vampire facial” - a type of microneedling that uses platelet-rich plasma to enhance its healing effects.) But that’s the scariest version of microneedling. What is a general microneedling procedure like, and what does it do? “In the office, microneedling uses a mechanized device called a dermapen and it makes thousands of miniscule needle punctures in the outermost layers of the skin,” Marisel explains. “From these hole punctures, you get a healing response which generates collagen, alleviates acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles. “ The price of a microneedling treatment at a doctor’s office? About $1,500. For a lot of us, that’s pretty steep. Microneedling at Home At over $1,000 per session, going to a dermatologist or esthetician for microneedling treatment is definitely an investment. So for those of us who want to know what we’re getting into, you’ll be relieved to know that you can buy a microneedling roller for use at home. And it’s only $30. Of course, at-home microneedling rollers are not as effective as what a doctor has in their office. But it does show visible results. “The results that you get from rolling it a couple times a week across your face… are truly incredible. It improves the performance of your serums,” Marisel says. “Pairing [a serum] with a microneedle roller… is really the ultimate way to go in terms of making sure that your skin care is maximized.” Follow Marisel Salazar on Social Media Wanna stay updated with Marisel’s latest skin care and travel adventures? Visit her website and follow her on Twitter @MariselSalazar and Instagram @BreadButterNYC!
Jun 12, 2018
Episode 82: Just Ask David: Can I Make My Pores Smaller?
Just Ask David: Can I Make My Pores Smaller? Large pores are a confidence killer. If you feel too embarrassed to get up close and personal with people because of your large pores, this segment is for you. What Pores Actually Do Pores are necessary. “Let’s face it - pores contain hair follicles. It’s also an outlet for perspiration and sebum. So it’s part of the natural function of the skin… When we get overheated, it’s a way for the body to perspire so we can balance out our body temperature What Causes Pores to Enlarge Pores contain hair follicles and are also outlets for perspiration and sebum. Our skin is in a constant state of renewal. When we’re younger it’s every 28 days meaning Follow Just Ask David on Social Media! For more beauty tips and the skincare science, visit Just Ask David and follow @JustAskDavid on Twitter and Instagram.
Jun 07, 2018
Episode 81: Probiotics: Follow Your Gut with Special Guest Marisel Salazar
Kombucha bars, probiotic skin care, fermented foods from the other side of the world being commonplace in every grocery store across America overnight. (And why is everyone talking about prebiotics all of a sudden?) It seems that probiotics and gut bacteria are becoming more and more important in any conversation we have about health these days. Marisel Salazar makes a reappearance on Just Ask David to give us the facts behind the probiotic craze. Is it just a fad? Or is it a shift in how we understand our overall health? Marisel is a lifestyle writer from New York City who has contributed to the likes of PureWow, Martha Stewart Living, Well + Good, and NYC GO. With her background in investigating beauty trends, she’s the perfect person to help explain to us what the big deal is with probiotics. Probiotics: The Bacteria Everyone Wants to Eat Probiotics aren’t magic pills or the latest diet. Actually, probiotics are live bacteria that help keep our digestive systems healthy. When we eat junk food or foods high in preservatives, “bad” bacteria can accumulate in our guts over time, causing inflammation. “Probiotics are really the health and wellness trend du jour,” Marisel says, and with good reason. “They’ve been extremely helpful in the wellness community when it comes to various disorders.” Some of those conditions include constipation, leaky gut, and irritated bowels. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi. Probiotics Break into the Beauty Industry You don’t have to love the characteristically sour flavor of fermented foods to reap the benefits of probiotics. In fact, research shows that the benefits of probiotics aren’t bound to just our stomachs. With new skin care technology that preserves probiotics without killing the bacteria, probiotic skin care is becoming noticed in the skin care industry. “Topical probiotic skin care is really a wonderful, natural, and clinical way to calm and soothe aggravated or inflamed skin,” Marisel says. “A lot of these topical probiotics… defend against pollution and other strong environmental factors, which is so helpful living in New York City myself,” Marisel adds. “I am in constant environmental pollution.” Probiotics help us become more healthy from the inside out. And now, from the outside in. Follow Marisel Salazar on Social Media! Interested in learning more about probiotics and other beauty trends? Visit Marisel’s website and follow her on Twitter @MariselSalazar and Instagram @breadbutternyc to discover the newest beauty trends and technology.
Jun 05, 2018
Episode 80: Skin Care Recipes You Can Do at Home with Special Guest Lily Diamond
How do you feel about D.I.Y. skin care? Is it a hobby of yours, or do you think skin care is better left to the professionals? Lily Diamond, author of Kale and Caramel: Recipes for the Body, Heart, and Table, is here on Just Ask David to prove to you that you’re more capable of making quality skin care than you think. Kale and Caramel has been hailed as one of the best vegetarian cookbooks of the year by the Guardian, and one of the best cookbooks period in Spring 2017. Skin Care: Everything You Need is in Your Pantry We all like to splurge on expensive, luxury skin care every once in a while. They come in shiny, beautiful packaging. But more importantly, we buy them with the expectation that they’re going to give us the results we want. But here’s the thing. Most of the ingredients in that luxury moisturizer you just bought can probably be found in your kitchen or garden. And making skin care isn’t as hard as you’d think. In fact, Lily has been making her own beauty and body products for almost her entire life. “I grew up in Hawai’i. My mom made most of the products for the spas and resorts on the island,” Lily says. “So I grew up watching my mom concoct those beautiful oils and body scrubs and bath powders. I very early on learned to go run outside and crush up hibiscus leaves - they create a beautiful conditioning treatment that you can put on your skin. So I already had an inclination towards making my own skin care products.” “Some friends really requested I start a blog. They wanted a place where they could read both my writing but also recreate the recipes that I made at dinner parties.” Honey Face Washing and Other DIY Recipes The best part about making your own skin care products? Tailoring your skin care routine to your personal needs. One of Lily’s D.I.Y. daily essentials is honey washing. I’ve been using honey to wash my face for about ten years now,” she says. “It just completely transformed my skin care routine.” Follow Lily Diamond on Instagram! Need more D.I.Y. skin care ideas to get your started? Visit Lily’s website, Kale and Caramel, and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram and Twitter @LilyDiamond!
May 31, 2018
Episode 79: No More Rashes! How to Heal Sensitive Skin With Special Guest Antonia Balfour
Acne, psoriasis, rosacea - no matter the type, no one likes for their skin to break out. Antonia Balfour L.Ac. joins Just Ask David to divulge a few of her secrets to healing sensitive skin using alternative methods. Antonia is an acupuncturist, herbalist, and the founder of Yin Yang Dermatology. She specializes in holistic skin care and integrates Chinese herbal medicine into her practice. With Chinese medicine, you take the whole picture into account - it’s a holistic approach. Beauty is Skin Deep, So Heal From the Inside! “What you put inside your body can really affect such great change,” Antonia says. “And so often what I see with my patients is that they’ve been treated with topical steroids…. and nothing from the inside, when really, the problem needs to be addressed from the inside out.” The solution? A customized, individualized formula just for you - in the form of herbal tea. “The teas really are the strongest way to take herbal medicine, but they don’t taste good,” Antonia admits. “They’re medicinal and earthy, but they really work.” The Holistic Approach - Take a Deeper Look A mistake that many of us make is trying to achieve clear skin by only focusing on our skin. The body is made up of interconnected system, so there could easily be something we can improve on elsewhere besides the skin. “One thing that happens that I see in my practice is that some people will come in and they’ll have the worst diets in the world,” Antonia says. “They’re eating cupcakes everyday, having frappuccinos from Starbucks - a lot of sugar and a lot of dairy. One of the most difficult things to change is the diet. But it’s so important and the healing happens much faster. A healthy diet is an example of how taking a more holistic approach can benefit your skin. The foods we eat affect the health and appearance of our skin, as do plenty of other factors we often don’t think of. Follow Yin Yang Dermatology on Social Media Interested in a more holistic approach to skin care? Visit Yin Yang Dermatology and don’t forget to follow on Twitter and Instagram @YinYangDerm!
May 29, 2018
Episode 78: Seeing Red: Everything You Need to Know About Rosacea With Special Guest Candice Sabatini
April was Rosacea Awareness Month. And if you missed out, you’re in luck - our favorite natural redhead is back to talk rosacea! Cofounder of the very first online beauty magazine, Candice Sabatini of Beauty News NYC, is back on Just Ask David to break down the types of rosacea and what you can do to reduce the appearance of flare-ups -- no makeup needed! What Causes Rosacea? Rosy cheeks are cute, but not so much when your entire face is beet red. If your rosiness is of the beet variety, don’t fret. Actually, over 16 million people in the United States experience rosacea - and the vast majority of sufferers are fair-skinned women over the age of 30. So what’s the cause of rosacea, then? Why is it that some are more prone to flare-ups than others? “Some people say that it’s a skin condition,” Candice says. “Other people will say it’s an internal condition that stems from the gut and shows up on the skin." Experts are split over the cause: is it an immune system disorder or a skin condition? No matter what you think the answer is, Candice has a few solutions. Controlling Rosacea Flare-Ups Plenty of people with chronic rosacea have accepted it as a part of life because they’ve heard a doctor or friend say that there isn’t a cure for it. But that doesn’t mean that rosacea has to rule your life. “People think, ‘Oh, I have a flare-up’ and there’s nothing that can be done, and that’s not true. It can’t be cured, but it can be managed,” Candice clarifies. We know now that rosacea is can be caused by gut inflammation - so it only makes sense that diet plays a huge role in flare-ups. Control you diet, control your rosacea! “Everyone who has rosacea has trigger foods,” Candice explains. “The most common trigger foods are spicy foods and alcohol.” Yikes. I guess that means no more Taco & Tequila Tuesdays. Before You Head Out the Door - Last Minute Quick Fixes for Rosacea Okay, so you know a few tricks to calm rosacea flare-ups now. But all of those solutions are really for the long-term. What about sudden flare-ups when you’re getting ready for a night on the town? “Vitamin C is great for everybody’s skin… but it’s really great for rosacea,” Candice suggests. “It has to be a fat-soluble vitamin C… not your typical ascorbic acid, which has a water-soluble base.” Also, you can use green or chamomile tea as a compress to alleviate some of that redness. These solutions can even fit in your purse! Follow Candice Sabatini and Beauty News NYC for More! Can’t get enough of Candice’s beauty tips? (We sure can’t!) Follow Candice on Twitter @SabatiniOnStyle and Instagram @Candice_Sabatini for more insider beauty tips! And for beauty news, check out Beauty News NYC on Twitter and Instagram @BeautyNewsNYC!
May 24, 2018
Episode 77: 3 Essentials to a Healthy Lifestyle With Special Guest John Frank
Monitor How Much Salt You’re Eating Even if you NEVER reach for the saltshaker, your food is a lot saltier than you think! Why? Lots of seasonings include tons of salt for taste. Also, foods with long shelf lives like frozen and canned foods, use salt as a preservative. “It’s very difficult to avoid salt when you eat out,” John says. “Normally, my first choice when I eat out is the plainest thing on the menu, which means either a salad or turkey. Anything that says it’s been seasoned… [or is] in a sauce usually includes a lot of salt.” If it sounds bland or gross, that’s because we’ve been conditioned to eat a lot of salt. Still, we can’t deny the health hazards of a high-sodium diet. “There’s just too much salt out there. Most Americans eat much more salt than they should every day,” John adds. “It took me a year or two to really wean myself off [salt]. It made my blood pressure go down.” Know Yourself and Do Your Research Before Changing Your Diet While many of us accept that changing your diet or lifestyle for the better is a healthy move, no one wants to feel deprived of the food they enjoy. It’s essential to research what kind of diet seems doable for you in the long-run. For example, if chicken nuggets are your absolute favorite food and non-negotiable in any new diet, a low carb diet would be more nugget-friendly than a vegetarian diet. John says the key to simplifying your food choices (and your life) is to “cook more at home and really study labels… Read the labels of everything you buy.” Also, if you’re worried about feeling hungry, you have to eat foods that will make you feel full without eating lot of it. “You’ve really gotta not just cut the calories you eat, but the types of calories you’re consuming,” John says. “100 calories of sugar is a lot different from 1000 calories of lettuce.” Exercise Alone Won’t Make You Healthy, But it Sure Helps Okay, you picked a diet that’s perfect for your needs and lifestyle. A little uncomfortable, but totally tolerable. So now, how important is exercise in all this? Do you have to start working out to be healthy? Well, depends on what your health goals are. If you just want to lose weight, John says no, you don’t HAVE to. “Exercise is important, but I’ve read over the years that diet is going to make the biggest difference,” he says. If you think about the pure numbers of it, it makes sense. Which is the easiest way to burn 500 calories: running at a steady pace for about 45 minutes, or just avoiding that slice of cake? Visit John Frank’s Website for More! Need more tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle? Visit John’s website, No Salt, No Fat, No Sugar!
May 22, 2018
Episode 76: 3 Reasons You NEED Your Beauty Sleep With Special Guest Lindsay Champion
It’s time to break up with your snooze button. You know it’s not a healthy relationship. You KNOW that you actually don’t feel more rested after hitting snooze a few times. When it comes to falling asleep and staying asleep, Lindsay Champion, wellness director of women’s lifestyle publication PureWow, has got you covered. As a matter of fact, she says that a little extra beauty sleep can actually make you more beautiful. Beauty Sleep is NOT a Myth! It may seem a little dramatic when people say that they need their beauty sleep, but they’re actually on the right track. Studies on sleep all seem to suggest that sleep plays an important role in the amount of water your skin and hair absorbs. “The University Hospital Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio studied two groups of women,” Lindsay says, pointing out one of her favorite researched studies. “One group regularly slept less than five hours a night… the other group of women slept between 7-8 hours a night, which is more optimal. “So the group that slept less than five hours, they didn’t only have older looking skin, they had darker under-eye circles... [and] their skin was more dehydrated.” So it seems pretty clear: Not getting enough sleep interferes with cell regeneration, which you need plenty of to maintain your youthful glow well into your years. Tricks for Better Sleep For many of us, getting a full 8 hours of beauty rest is difficult because we surround ourselves with distractions when we should be trying to go to sleep. Lindsay recommends calculating your “sleep opportunity.” Coined by sleep scientist Matthew Walker, this term means how long it takes for you to fall asleep PLUS your total ideal sleep time. That means you need to consider how long you’re tossing and turning before you actually drift off to sleep. Another great suggestion by Lindsay: Before going to sleep, set your phone or alarm as far away from you as possible. That way, when it wakes you up in the morning, you have to actually get up and cross the room to turn it off. Take THAT, snooze button! Follow PureWow on Social Media! I bet you’re dying to know more beauty and wellness tips from Lindsay! Check out PureWow, and don’t forget to follow on Twitter and Instagram @PureWow!
May 17, 2018
Episode 75: Is a Plant-Based Diet Right for You? With Special Guest Theresa Sam Houghton
These days, people are more cognizant of the importance of their diet on their overall health than ever before. It shows with the variety of diets that are springing in popularity. Even well-known and established diets like veganism and vegetarianism are getting a positive boost in recognition. For everyone, the ultimate goal with any of these diets are to be healthy. Nutritionist Sam Houghton of GreenGut Wellness joins Just Ask David to talk to us about another diet that can help you lose weight, fight off (and even reverse!) heart disease, and - get this - you don’t even have to count calories. What is Plant-Based Eating? On the surface, plant-based eating may just sound like another phrase for being vegetarian. Although the two diets are compatible, plant-based eating is actually a lot more complex than your average vegetarian diet. “On a whole food, plant-based diet, you don’t just hold off on the animal products,” Sam explains. “You also don’t eat anything that’s processed. So that includes white flour, white sugar, and a lot of vegetable oils.” Omitting processed foods from your diet isn’t something we can all do easily. But you owe it to yourself to take care of your body, especially considering the effects of processed foods on your body in the long-term. So what counts as a processed food? “My favorite definition of it is from someone who’s really big in the plant-based community: Dr. Michael Gregor,” Sam says. “He defines processed food as something good is taken away and something bad is added.” Health Benefits of Plant-Based Eating Plant-based eating has a lot of unique benefits that many other diets do not have. “Heart disease is the number one killer in our country,” Sam points out. “A whole food plant-based diet is the only diet that has been shown in scientific studies not only to prevent heart disease but also to reverse existing heart disease.” So since plant-based diets can help with heart disease, it must be great for weight loss too, right? Exactly! “A lot of people want to lose weight but they want to do it in a healthy, sustainable way rather than going on some crazy crash-diet,” Sam says. “One of the things about a plant-based diet is there’s more bulk and more fiber, so you feel fuller on fewer calories and you don’t have to actively restrict your calories.” A diet that you can actually feel full on? Sign me up! Follow Sam Houghton on Social Media Check out the GreenGut Wellness website and follow on Instagram @green_gut to learn if a plant-based diet is right for you!
May 15, 2018
Episode 74: Athleisure is Sticking Around for 2018 With Special Guest Kimmie Smith
Unlike most fashion trends, athleisure hasn’t gotten any less popular as time passes. In fact, it’s still super common to see people wearing athleisure clothing everywhere you go. From to the gym, to college campuses -- even the mall. Celebrity Fashion Stylist and Co-founder/Creative & Style Director of Athleisure Mag Kimmie Smith joins this segment to explain the hype behind this lasting fashion trend. Kimmie is also the Fashion Editor of DJ Mag and the designer of her own romper line, ROMPER Ugly Romper. What’s New with Athleisure Trends in 2018 There are two big reasons why athletic leisure wear has remained en vogue for so long: it’s stylish and it’s versatile. “Some items are worn to the gym and those are of course the core fitness function,” Kimmie explains. “But athleisure is also great transitional wear. Its items can be layered upon and [you can] go out to brunch or even the office.” With how fast-paced our lifestyles have become, athleisure is the fashion industry’s natural response. “It’s awesome to see over the last few years that it’s gone from the gym to other things you can wear out-and-about,” Kimmie adds. “It’s really functional, moving-type fabric, which is what makes athleisure so nice.” The fabric used in athleisure wear tends to be breathable, comfortable, and surprisingly stylish. Perfect for - well, pretty much everything! “What I love about it is, I can run around town in New York,” Kimmie shares. “And as a stylist, as a style director, as someone who is constantly meeting with clients, I am literally running all the time! So I need clothing that moves with me and is comfortable, stays in place, and allows me to still be presentable.” Follow Kimmie Smith on Social Media! Want more fashion tips on all things athleisure? Check out Athleisure Mag and don’t forget to follow on Instagram and Twitter @athleisuremag. For celebrity beauty tips and to keep up-to-speed with Kimmie, follow her on Twitter @sheskimmie and Instagram @shes.kimmie_.
May 10, 2018
Episode 73: Ditch the Gym Membership and Exercise Outdoors With Special Guest Teresa Bergen
It’s easy to feel a little jealous of kids playing together outside. It brings us back to a time before adult responsibilities. You can’t make your obligations go away, but special guest Teresa Bergen says that outdoor activities can work wonders on your physical and mental well-being. According to her, it doesn’t matter how old or able you are. Everyone can benefit from a little fresh air and exercise. “A lot of studies are saying being outside helps with getting better sleep, better concentration, decreasing stress, stimulating creativity, making you feel overall a little better,” Teresa explains. Teresa Bergen is a Portland, Oregon-based health, fitness and travel writer. She’s a yoga teacher, a certified personal trainer and, of course, a huge outdoor enthusiast. Most Accessible Outdoor Activities for Non-Outdoorsy People Not everyone is an outside person and not everyone has a great capacity for physical activity. Luckily, there are still plenty of things you can do outdoors without putting too much stress on your body. “I’m a big believer in beginners going on group activities,” Teresa advises. “I would just go on an easy, guided kayak tour. I like the guide because if you do fall in, he’s responsible for pulling you back out of the water.” And there’s still plenty to do in the winter - and it doesn’t have to be downhill skiing. “For those of you who are in colder climates, at least in winter, snowshoeing is a really nice alternative to scarier stuff, like skiing,” Teresa says. “It’s just like taking a walk in the snow. It’s a little harder than walking and it’s much easier than skiing.” The Wackiest Outdoor Activities You’ve Never Heard Of Still not interested in the outdoors? Maybe you need a little something different. REALLY different. Like goat yoga. “This is a trend originating from Oregon sweeping the country,” Teresa explains. “Where you do yoga with goats wandering around. They’re very cute, which makes it kind of funny so people don’t take themselves so seriously while doing the poses. If the pose is really hard, you can stop and pet the goat.” What do you think: super cute or super weird? Follow Teresa Bergsen on Social Media! Interested in more things you can do outdoors to stay healthy? Visit Teresa’s website, and don’t forget to follow on Twitter @TeresaBergen and Instagram @Teresa.Bergen!
May 08, 2018
Episode 72: How to Eat Healthy and Stay Full With Special Guest Amy Gorin
When it comes to weight loss, maybe giving up the cheesecake wouldn’t be so bad if your new low-carb diet didn’t leave you feeling like you’re starving 80% of the time. Good news - you don’t have to be. Nutritionist Amy Gorin, MS, RDN, has a few things to share with Just Ask David about eating healthy. She’s a former magazine editor who’s written for publications like Health, Prevention, Parents, and Weight Watchers Magazine. She also creates healthy recipes on her blog Amy’s Eat List, which are often featured on Food Network and Everyday Health. An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away! We already know that fruits and vegetables are generally healthy, but did you know that you can use them to curb your hunger? “Fruits and vegetables, in addition to offering so many minerals and vitamins also have a lot of attributes that can help with weight loss and weight maintenance,” Amy says. “They’re rich in water. Many vegetables contain almost 90% water - that’s a lot. And they also offer a lot of fiber.” All of that water and fiber does a great job of making you feel fuller for longer. “There’s actually some really cool research that shows when you eat a low-calorie salad before a meal, or something that’s high in vegetables, then that significantly reduces how many calories you eat in that meal,” Amy adds. Follow Amy Gorin on Social Media! Bet you’re dying to know more health and weight loss tips. Follow Amy on Instagram @AmyDGorin and Twitter @AmyGorin for more on nutrition and transitioning into a healthier lifestyle!
May 03, 2018
Episode 71: Is Laser Hair Removal Worth It? With Special Guest Ani Palen
For some of us, shaving is a nightmare. Nicks and ingrown hairs become a fact of life. We’re forever chasing that leg stubble or five o’clock shadow. Laser hair removal is an alternative approach that has been around for a long time. But make no mistake - laser hair removal is a lot different than it was 10, even 5 years ago. Beauty editor Ani Palen joins another segment of Just Ask David to give us the inside scoop on laser hair removal - the good and the bad. How Does Laser Hair Removal Work? When you hear the phrase “laser hair removal,” it doesn’t exactly sound like a day at the spa. But that doesn’t mean that it’s scary or painful, either. So what’s actually going on when we get laser hair removal treatment? “The way the lasers work is that they damage the hair follicles under the skin’s surface, which stunts future growth,” Ani says. “They pick up on the pigment of the hair. So for example, if you have gray, red, or blond hair, your results may not be as drastic. But you can still get results.” Speaking of results, what should you expect after a treatment? “Laser hair removal is technically more like laser hair reduction, but that shouldn’t make anyone shy away from it,” Ani explains. “After each treatment, you tend to see a 12-13% reduction in hair. It takes 4-5 treatment to get your full results. After that, maybe a touch up or two every year.” The Latest in Laser Hair Removal Technology Since laser hair removal has been around for so long, you’ve probably already heard of its biggest shortcomings. For one, it’s known that laser hair removal isn’t ideal for people with dark skin. “Before is used to be if you had really dark skin, [laser treatment] was not really something you could’ve done because it could leave you scarred and not really be effective,” Ani explains. “But these days because of great technology, anybody with the right laser could do laser hair removal.” The last thing we’re all dying to know - does it hurt? “If you somewhere that has the latest lasers and is really up-to-speed on all of that, it’s pretty much pain-free,” Ani reassures us. “Especially if you’re used to waxing or other alternative methods of hair removal.” Follow Ani Palen on Social Media Want to stay up-to-date with Ani’s beauty adventures? Follow her on Instagram @AniPalen for sneak peeks of the latest beauty trends!
May 01, 2018
Episode 70: Weightlifting for Anti-Aging and Other Fitness Beauty Secrets With Special Guest Tatiana Hoover
Apr 26, 2018
Episode 69: Just Ask David Q&A
Apr 24, 2018
Episode 68: 3 Health Benefits of Good Posture With Special Guest Ruben Castaneda
We all have childhood memories of our parents telling us to sit up straight. Back then, it just felt like an excuse for them to tell us what to do. What did sitting up straight have to do with anything? Turns out, mom was exactly right. “We should sit up straight,” says special guest and U.S. News Staff Writer, Ruben Castaneda. “It does have an impact on our health and how we feel about ourselves” Ruben brings his health and wellness expertise to Just Ask David to share with us three reasons why we’d ought to heed our parents’ advice on maintaining a good posture. He’s also written for The Washington and General Dynamics Information Technology in the past. Your Posture Can Affect Your Health Many of us associate good posture with looking good and feeling confident. But our posture impacts not just how we look, but out health as well. “Something called ‘forward-head posture’ is a common condition that happens when your head is aligned forward in relation to your spine,” Ruben points out. A minor misalignment in your spine may not sound very serious, but maintaining poor posture can really affect your health in the long run. “Ideally, your head and neck would align with your shoulders. So if you’re lurched forward all the time, you could develop a myriad of musculoskeletal dysfunctions that impact different parts of your body. They could cause strain to your head muscles and cause tension headaches. Good Posture Helps With Chronic Pain Did you know that poor posture can actually cause chronic pain? “It turns out having poor posture can put more stress on certain muscles and joints, which can cause them to be overworked and therefore, fatigued,” Ruben explains. “Many patients who have chronic pain issues by addressing their poor posture. Good Posture Can Uplift Your Mood You also bring up how posture influences mood. How can we benefit emotionally from good posture? “People who have good posture tend to have a more positive outlook on the world and feel better about themselves,” Ruben says. “People who have poor posture tend to have a more negative outlook and have problems with their self esteem. So there are a myriad of ways that posture can affect our health.” Follow Ruben Castaneda on Social Media! Do your homework on the benefits on good posture by checking out Ruben’s 10 reasons why poor posture can affect your health on U.S. News. Don’t forget to check out his Twitter @rcastanedaUSN!
Apr 19, 2018
Episode 67: For the Guys: Raid Your Partner’s Beauty Cabinet for These 3 Items With Special Guest Barret Wertz
Men are getting swept up in the skin care craze. And who can blame them? Who doesn’t want clear, healthy skin? But as the beauty industry is adjusting to more of a male consumer presence, a lot of men are left wondering where to start. What skin type do you have? How many products do you need? How long do you have to wait to see if a product works? According to men’s grooming expert and Just Ask David favorite Barret Wertz, all you need to do is look inside your girlfriend or bestie’s beauty cabinet. “There are a lot of these products that sort of cross into categories if you can look past the marketing of them all,” he says. Wait, Men and Women Can SHARE Beauty Products? When it comes down to it, most skin care products can work just fine for both men and women. “Most of the skin care products… that women are going to use are going to be sort of more fluffed-up versions of the stripped-down versions available for men,” Barret explains. The only difference is, some products are geared toward women to meet female consumers’ demands. But male consumer demands can change, too. For example, Barret points out that many women’s moisturizers include some type of SPF. This is from decades of women knowing that sunscreen is great for anti-aging, heavily influencing expectations for moisturizers. What does that mean for men? Just that using women’s moisturizer will probably protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays better than a men’s moisturizer. “It’s definitely going to be something that will likely work for you,” Barret says. “These products are going to be made and intended to be very transparent and very sheer and lightweight. So it wouldn’t be something that would bother a lot of mens’ skin.” Follow Barret on Social Media Can’t get enough of Barret’s grooming tips? Visit his website The Grooming Editor and don’t forget to follow him on Instagram and Twitter @BarretWertz!
Apr 17, 2018
Episode 66: Turn a Spa Day Into a Wellness Adventure With Special Guest Ava Roxanne Stritt
Wellness is an important part of our overall health -- much more than we realize. We all need a breather from our stressful day-to-day lives. Ava Roxanne Stritt, the most influential person in the world for spa & wellness travel, joins Just Ask David to convince us that wellness adventures (especially wellness travel) are not a luxury, but essential to a healthy body and mind. What Can we learn from the europeans about wellness Did you know that taking a spa day is considered a necessity in other parts of the world? You can even get your health insurance provider to pay for it in some countries in Europe! And all this time, we thought we were pampering ourselves by hunting for spa Groupons! “Europeans just have a totally different concept when it comes to going to the spa. For them, it’s more about their wellness and their health,” Ava explains. “It’s not seen as luxurious. They take their children.” Can Wellness Spas Really Help You Detox? You can’t read anything about health and wellness anymore without hearing the word “detox.” And it makes sense. We know now that toxins are everywhere -- in the air we breathe, the food we eat, even the containers we store our food in! So it’s not much of a stretch to suspect that spa treatments are ineffective or even a contributing factor. “We all want to have fun on vacation, so detox is a harsh word,” Ava says. Still, she says that there’s a way to detox on vacation without having to sacrifice your fun and relaxation. “You always want to do everything in moderation, including moderation,” she adds. In fact, Ava says that you can do a wellness detox no matter what kind of vacation you’re on. You don’t have to go a spa retreat in Switzerland to improve your wellness. “Do you really want to invest the time, effort, and money for the trip and come back feeling worse and heavy and weighted down? No!” Can’t argue with that. Follow Ava Roxanne Stritt on Social Media! Want advice on planning your next spa day from the world’s favorite wellness traveler? Check out Ava’s website Spa Travel Gal and don’t forget to follow her on Twitter and Instagram @SpaTravelGal!
Apr 12, 2018
Episode 65: Turn Your Splurge Into a Save With Special Guest Tiffany Raiford
We all have to treat ourselves every now and then, and what better way to pamper yourself than with luxury beauty? Content writer Tiffany Raiford joins Just Ask David to give you a few pointers on how to splurge -- the RIGHT way. Tiffany is a mommy blogger of 4. She has been featured in various online publications, including She Budgets and her own lifestyle blog. Shop Smart, Splurge Big! When you’re treating yourself to a skin care splurge, knowing what you want is only part of if. You have to know what works for you (and what doesn’t) if you want to get the most bang for your buck. “One thing I think works best is to know your skin,” Tiffany says. “If you’re going to spend money on something, you have to know what’s going to benefit you most.” So if you want to make this splurge really count, you might want to hold off on that expensive mascara you’ve been eyeing and opt for something that’ll make more of an impact on your appearance. “If you’re going to splurge, make it your foundation and concealer,” Tiffany suggests. “That is how you’re going to get the most coverage and that’s what makes the most difference on your face.” Do Your Retail Research When we think of luxury items, we like to think we’re getting the best of the best. But plenty of luxury beauty brands are guilty of including potentially toxic chemicals in their formulas. So when you decide to make that huge skin care purchase, you owe it to yourself to make sure you actually are getting the best your money can buy. “You should be looking for ingredients you don’t want in your products,” Tiffany adds. “For example, talc. You do not want to use anything with talc in the ingredient list. It’s irritating and it’s known to cause breakouts.” On the flipside, it helps to know which high-quality ingredients to look for in luxury products, especially ingredients that are rarely found in more affordable beauty products. “I encourage people to stick with the classics. Ask your grandmother,” she adds. “Those are the [brands] that usually do what they promise.” Follow Tiffany Raiford on Social Media! Need more everyday beauty tips for moms like this? Visit Tiffany’s blog and follow her on Instagram @TiffanyRaiford15! Tiffanyraiford.com Insta @tiffanyraiford15
Apr 10, 2018
Episode 64: New Technology: PRP Hair Restoration With Special Guest Dr. John Kahen
Say goodbye to hair plugs and Rogaine! World-renowned celebrity surgeon Dr. John Kahen has applied the regenerative technology of Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) to hair restoration, and is one of the first to do so. With just a few injections, your natural hair will be growing back in as little as a couple weeks! Dr. Kahen’s practice Beverly Hills Hair Restoration has access to some of the most advanced hair technology in the world, including SmartPRP®, which was invented by Dr. Kahen himself. He has been featured in Robb Report Best of the Best, Newsweek Top Doctors, ESPN, CNN, CNBC, Marketwatch, BBC, USA Today, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, UK Daily Mail, and Beverly Hills Times Magazine. How Does SmartPRP Work? “There are a lot of people battling with hair loss and they’ve just pretty much given up because there’s no one to go to for prevention or a surgical procedure,” Dr. Kahen says. It’s true. With hair loss comes the frustration and hopelessness of finding a remedy. Hair plugs are expensive and can look unnatural. Hair growth medicine doesn’t always work. Many of us just resign to the fact that our hair is gone forever. But not anymore. “Things have changed,” Dr. Kahen says. “It’s 2018 and we have new technology.” So how does PRP therapy help grow hair back? “Platelet-rich plasma has been very successful in restoring miniaturized follicles. Miniaturized follicles are follicles that are going into the thinning phase,” he says. “If someone is going through the thinning phase and I inject this platelet-rich plasma in the scalp, the majority of follicles will actually revive and get restored.” The best thing about SmartPRP (other than its effectiveness) is that it’s your own natural hair growing out of your scalp! So although the results aren’t instant, they’ll absolutely last. “The majority of patients see results at least within 2-3 weeks after the procedure,” Dr. Kahen adds. “They will notice the hair color changes - it becomes darker, the follicles become a lot thicker, and they will notice new follicles starting to spread out as well.” It’s Not Just Male Pattern Baldness Just because it’s easier for women to cover up thinning hair with a wig or extensions doesn’t mean that women don’t experience hair loss at all. In fact, women make up a significant chunk of hair restoration patients. SmartPRP is effective for both men and women, who make up “39% of all hair loss” according to Dr. Kahen. Follow Dr. John Kahen on Social Media! Want to learn more about SmartPRP and Dr. Kahen’s other work? Visit his website Beverly Hills Hair Restoration. Don’t forget to follow on Twitter @DrKahen and Instagram @beverlyhillshairrestoration!
Apr 05, 2018
Episode 63: Everything You Need to Know About Laser Treatment With Special Guest Ani Palen
Society’s latest and most popular solution for wrinkles and sagging skin is facial fillers. But for those who aren’t interested in injectables, anti-aging laser treatment is probably for you. Beauty editor Ani Palen joins Just Ask David to share the inside scoop on laser treatment. Her goal is to help people discover their perfect skin care routine so that they never have to worry about leaving the house without makeup again. Ani has written previously for POPSUGAR, Charlotte’s Book, and other various publications. Is Laser Treatment for Me? “If you’re looking for wrinkle [and] fine line repair, laser [treatment] is a great way to go,” Ani says. “Especially if you’re not interested in doing things like Botox or injectables.” While laser treatment isn’t as invasive as a Botox injection, there is still a recovery time and potential discomfort during healing. “The laser gets down deep, pulverizes (which sounds scary, but it’s not), and resurfaces your skin from the inside out,” Ani adds. Cost is another factor to consider. You don’t need routine maintenance with laser treatment unless it is recommended for your skin type, but it can still be pretty pricey.” “It is pretty expensive, especially if you have to do a few treatments,” Ani agrees. Different Types of Laser Treatments One of the most common anti-aging laser treatments is called Fraxel. There are two different types: dual and repair, the latter which Ani describes as “more invasive.” “To be blunt, you end up looking a little bit like you got beat up with a meat cleaver for a few days,” she says. “So it’s one of those treatment where you’re going to have to hide inside a little bit.” Both treatments are good for age and sun spots, fine lines, and scarring. Perfect if you’ve been neglecting your sunscreen for the last few years. Getting the Most Out of Your Laser Treatment Unlike injectables, laser treatment is better suited as a long-term fix than a short-term solution. For the best laser treatment results, you need to be taking care of your skin in general. “If this is the route you’re going to take, you should be taking care of your skin regularly and this isn’t just something you think of as a quick fix,” Ani reiterates. “You should be someone who takes care of their skin everyday, uses antioxidants, [and] uses sunscreen.” Follow Ani Palen on Social Media! Tag along on Ani’s beauty journey by checking out her website, Non-Bitchy Beauty. Don’t forget to follow her on Instagram @AniPalen!
Apr 03, 2018
Episode 62: Skin Care Essentials for the DIYer With Special Guest Candice Sabatini
As skin care consumers start to show a preference for simple ingredients, a lot of us realize that we can make similar products at home. Beauty News NYC co-owner and editor Candice Sabatini joins Just Ask David again to share with us which high quality skin care ingredients we can use right from our pantry or garden. Coming Up Roses in Skin Care This elegant flower is more than a well-recognized symbol for beauty. In fact, roses have several benefits in the health and overall appearance of the skin. Roses are soothing to the skin, relieving redness while providing enough moisture to keep the skin from drying out. Roses are also antibacterial, making them great for killing infections on the skin. “Rose is distilled into oils and rose water. There are wonderful rose water sprays you can spray on your face,” Candice says. “It’s refreshing, it calms the skin… And then there’s rose oils that are added into moisturizers, body creams, even face powder.” A skin care ingredient that smells as beautiful as it looks? Yes, please. The Mountain Honey That Can Save Your Skin Manuka honey has been a hot topic in the health and wellness community for years now. This special type of honey derived exclusively from New Zealand has all the benefits of raw honey and more. “It’s got a lot of antibacterial properties -- much more than other honeys,” Candice says. “It also treats a lot of skin conditions. It’s good for eczema, you can even put them on blemishes.” Manuka honey’s inflammatory and humectant properties make it a great choice for anti-aging skin routines. “You can wash your face with it or run it in your bath water,” Candice adds. “Or you can add some things like oatmeal and wash your face with it and that makes it a very gentle exfoliant.” No wonder Manuka honey sells for $30 or more per jar! Candice’s Favorite Go-To DIY Face Mask Recipe As summertime creeps up on us, we all want to make sure our skin is prepared for hot, sweaty weather to come. “As the warm weather comes and we want to be refreshed. Also, we tend to exfoliate a little more,” Candice says. “Get a can of frozen orange juice, scoop some of it out. You can add a some yogurt or mayonnaise or avocado. It makes a wonderful face mask. You apply it to the face for five minutes and it closes enlarged pores.” Sounds more refreshing (and better for your skin) than a popsicle in mid-July! Follow Candice Sabatini on Social Media! What better place to get expert advice on beauty than the first online beauty magazine and Candice’s biggest project, Beauty News NYC? Don’t forget to follow on Twitter @BeautyNewsNYC! Prefer beauty secrets straight from the source? Follow Candice Sabatini on Twitter @SabatiniOnStyle and Instagram @Candice_Sabatini!
Mar 29, 2018
Episode 61: Let’s Get Physical With Special Guest Karen Asp
Most of us are not getting enough exercise. That’s a daunting fact on its own, but trying to figure out how to get started is a huge hurdle to begin with. Former Women’s Day contributing editor Karen Asp brings her health and fitness expertise to Just Ask David to answer two biggest questions we all have before planning an exercise routine: How do I stay motivated to exercise? And, what types of exercise should I be doing to be able to see a significant improvement in my overall health? What’s Your Motivation to Exercise? A lot of us dread the thought of exercising, so it helps to have something motivate you to do it. The desire to lose weight or improve our overall health are good ones that many of us have. For Karen, her family’s predisposition to Alzheimer’s motivates her to exercise. “We know that aerobic activity in particular can help thwart the risk of dementia as you age. So that’s a big one for me,” she says. Indeed, studies have shown that aerobic exercise can improve memory and reduce the impact of cognitive decline as you age. Tied to our overall health and longevity is our fitness age. Your fitness age is different from your actual, chronological age. For instance, you may technically be 35 years old. But a sedentary lifestyle and a diet of fast food can make your fitness age comparable to that of the average 50-year-old! “Aging is a good thing. It’s better than the alternative, as my grandmother always used to say,” Karen says. “But aging is still aging, and I definitely want to age through life younger than I am and that means I need to lower my fitness age.” How to Improve Your Fitness Age It’s true -- we can’t change our actual age, no matter how much we want to. But the good news is, you can shave years off your fitness age with a little perseverance. Again, aerobics is best for improving your cardiovascular health. Many of us have heard that 15,000 steps per day is recommended for health when researching weight loss methods. “It is a good number to shoot for,” Karen says. “There are other studies that have shown roughly 6,000-7,000 steps per day -- keep in mind that the average American takes about 4,000 steps a day -- would be for optimal health [and] keeping your heart in shape.” For weight loss, then that number gets closer to the 15,000 figure. “Now we’re talking about over 10,00 steps,” Karen says. “And the statistics show perhaps the better goal for that would be 12,000 steps.” Intensity of Exercise and Age Intensity of exercise also matters with fitness age. While it’s great that you make a commitment to exercise, you need to pay attention to intensity and always change it. While it’s great to get moving, it’s important to note the way you move. Short bursts of intense exercise is incredibly beneficial to lowering your fitness age. Karen recommends at least one day of high-intensity aerobic exercise, like interval training. Follow Karen Asp on Social Media! Stay in touch with Karen and get her expert advice on health and fitness by visiting Karen’s website. Don’t forget to follow her on Twitter @KarenAspWriter!
Mar 27, 2018
Episode 60: How to Pick the Perfect Perfume With Special Guest Deborah Fulsang
A scent can be just as distinctive as a face. Yet when it comes to picking one, there are a lot of things we don’t consider before we buy. Veteran journalist Deborah Fulsang joins Just Ask David to give us the inside scoop on the fragrance industry and lend us some helpful advice on how perfume can be used. Deborah has been a beauty journalist and expert for Canada’s top news outlets for over 20 years. How to Pick a Perfume for Someone Else Picking a fragrance as a gift can be daunting. With so many different scents on the market, it’s hard to pick out one that your loved one will like. Deborah has a few tips to get you started. “It’s best to do a bit of homework first, and if you can snoop around a little bit and see what [the person] is really into right now,” she says. “One thing I say to people when they’re trying to find something new is, think about the other person and think about their happy place… If their whole thing is that they love the beach, then look for a scent or talk to somebody in the store about a scent that has what they call ‘ozonic’ notes. They smell like the ocean, sand, and the beach, maybe a little salt.” Fragrance Can Help You De-Stress If you’ve heard of aromatherapy, you already know how the relaxing effect smells can have. If you train your mind, just a whiff of a fragrance can help your body wind down after work in minutes. “It’s really interesting because it’s so connected to your limbic system,” Deborah adds. “You can really use fragrance to help you destress and create a little ritual at home where you have a scent that you love - let’s say it’s scented candles. So create a pattern where maybe you light a few candles and that’s a prelude to relaxing, getting your head away from work.” A certain fragrance can also provide a mental escape when you need to go to your happy place. “Perfume has this ability to transport you in time and to a different place,” Deborah says. Spring Fragrance Trends With the skin care industry going the clean and organic route, perfume is breaking into the “natural” trend as well. “There’s definitely a movement to herbal notes [and] different floral notes, especially white floral, [and] a lot of citruses,” Deborah shares. Perfume packaging is taking a hint from skin care, too. Unique, eye-catching packaging with “really gun graphics and interesting bottles” are becoming more prevalent with fragrances.” The biggest difference between skin care and perfume trends right now? Most perfumes are made of synthetic fragrances these days, according to Deborah. Follow The Whale & The Rose on Social Media! Want more perfume and beauty advice? Visit Deborah Fulsang’s perfume blog, The Whale & The Rose! Don’t forget to “Like” on Facebook and follow @thewhaletherose on Instagram and Twitter!
Mar 22, 2018
Episode 59: Green Beauty on the Go! With Special Guest Margaux Lushing
Vegan beauty isn’t what it used to be - in the best way. Clean, high-quality vegan beauty is breaking into the mainstream beauty world and making waves. It’s even changing industry standards, like the Millennials’ overwhelming preference for cruelty-free makeup. A fitness & wellness expert Margaux Lushing joins Just Ask David to answer everything you’ve ever wanted to know about clean beauty. Margaux is the founder of Well + Away, makers of the first hip-healthy guidebook series, even designing hotel programs to cater to green lifestyles. The Green Beauty Business is Booming There was once a time when buying vegan beauty products meant that you were trading in quality for your values. With a limited variety of drab colors and questionable application, it’s not wonder that no one was interested in green beauty products. Margaux points out that high-quality green beauty products were only accessible to anyone who can afford the hundreds of dollars it cost for just an ounce or two of product. Until now. “If you compare even walking through Sephora today to even four years ago, there’s so many brands that are clean” Margaux says. “[There are more brands] that don’t have parabens, that don’t have sulfates, that don’t have crazy dyes, that are vegan, that are cruelty-free. It’s amazing.” “But I think also, there was a period of time where people were just sticking chemicals into everything. And we weren’t asking questions. We didn’t really know anything,” Margaux says. “Once we, as people who buy these things and put them on our body, figured out, ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t want that on me,’ I think it’s pretty hard to turn a blind eye once you know what goes into those things.” Be Green Wherever You Go Clean beauty is much more all-encompassing than our traditional beauty practices. It isn’t just about what you put on your body, it’s about what you put in your body, too. When we travel and leave behind our comforts of home, many of us also leave a part of our green routine. It can be hard to find places that accommodate your diet and lifestyle. Margaux says it all comes down to revenue. If there’s money to be made, travel hubs like hotels and airplanes will accommodate your needs. “If you’re spending money on it, they’ll do it. If people are buying an acai bowl at breakfast, if people are buying a green shake at breakfast, their kitchen will make it.” Follow Well + Away on Social Media Interested in learning more about vegan beauty and healthy hospitality? Visit the Well + Away website, and don’t forget to “Like” on Facebook, and follow @wellandaway on Instagram and Twitter!
Mar 20, 2018
Episode 58: Why Your Husband Keeps Using Your Beauty Products With Special Guest Hilary Sheinbaum
There used to be a time when most men thought beauty products were strictly for women. But things are changing now. With a new focus on gender inclusivity in beauty (especially with the rise of K-beauty, which has always been popular with Korean men), men are starting to use beauty products, too. Hilary Sheinbaum joins Just Ask David to explain this phenomenon and what it means for the beauty industry in the future. Hilary is an NYC-based journalist who has written for the likes of Marie Claire magazine, ELLE.com, USA TODAY, and the list goes on. Men are Using Women’s Beauty Products More Than Ever “Women are noticing that their products are running lower a lot faster than they used to,” Hilary says. “And it’s because the guys in their lives are really taking to their shampoos, their conditioners, and even their eye creams and moisturizers.” But why? A lot of it has to do with the fact that men have been averse to beauty products for so long that they’re just now beginning to understand what they’re missing. “Guys are realizing that women have great beauty products and sometimes they’re not as good when they’re marketed just for men,” Hilary agrees. “I’ve had a few conversations with my guy friends and they’ll ask me, ‘What can I do about this little wrinkle here or this issue that I’m having with my hair. And I obviously know the women’s market, so I can talk to them about the products I use and then they become interested in those specific products as well.” ...But Women are Using Men’s Products, Too! With men exploring women’s beauty products, it should come as no surprise that women sometimes dabble with men’s products, too. Usually, this happens when a product’s feminine counterpart just isn’t strong enough to do the job. “I think there are certain razors… that give you a closer shave or… the technology is better on [men’s] razors, and women often use that,” Hilary says. “I know friends who are female who use men’s deodorant because it can be stronger.” Beauty is Beauty, and Everyone Can Be Beautiful This more open-minded attitude about beauty products is likely to stick around. Everyone wants to look their best, and sometimes, the product marketed to you just isn’t the best. And in the end, why should it matter who the product is marketed for if it works for you, too? “It doesn’t matter what sex you are, you can use any kind of face cream,” Hilary says. “It’s not only about looking your best, it’s about feeling your best. And to be honest, [getting a manicure] is not the worst thing in the world! It’s relaxing, it’s nice, and you walk away and you have nice hands. So it’s a win-win.” Follow Hilary Sheinbaum on Social Media! I bet you’re dying to find more beauty tips. Visit Hilary’s website or follow her on Twitter @hilary_she or Instagram @hilarywritesny!
Mar 15, 2018
Episode 57: How to Look Young FOREVER! With Special Guest Crystal Martin
Age is a difficult thing to accept. Especially these days, when people are living longer than ever. Many of us are just as active as we were when we were 25, so it’s hard to see someone in the mirror who looks older than you feel. New York-based beauty and lifestyle writer Crystal Martin joins Just Ask David to share her best tips on staying young - both in body and soul. Crystal is a regular contributor to The New York Times and she’s also written for Shape and Women’s Wear Daily. Youthful Skin with NO FILLERS! As the years go by, so does our collagen. Collagen the protein in our skin most responsible for keeping skin looking fresh and youthful. But our body’s collagen levels will have already diminished by a third once we’ve hit 50. “One of my favorite products right now is one that even people who are pretty well-versed on things that reverse aging, they’re still not using. And that’s Sculptra,” Crystal shares. “It’s an injectable. People think of it like a filler but they’re not. It doesn’t create an actual physical presence in your skin. …. It essentially preps your skin to produce more collagen.” Again, these aren’t fillers. So the results aren’t as instant, either. In fact, it takes about three months to see the full results of Sculptra. “The results are very, very natural,” Crystal adds. Makeup for Mature Skin We think of hair loss as we get older, but the hair on our heads isn’t the only hair we lose. Our eyebrows and eyelashes may also thin out. Both frame the face, so they can really age you if they look thin. But Crystal knows a way to make your eyelashes thicker. And all you need is eyeliner. “Using eyeliner really close to the eye line and putting it in between your eyelashes with a brush… as your skin, your eyes get a little bit more lax [and] heavy. Thick eyeliner exacerbates that problem, so you just want to make it very natural, kind of like an enhancement.” Crystal also suggests using a lightweight foundation, as heavier foundations tend to settle into our wrinkles and accentuate them. “Women tend to like foundation and moisturizers that are light. They like the serum foundations, things that just provide just a little bit of coverage in places where they have hyperpigmentation or a bit of redness, otherwise leaving the skin fresh and beautiful,” she says. And just as important is keeping your skin hydrated to prevent dry, wrinkled skin. “Not just a moisturizer, but something that will draw moisture into your skin… so a toner that has glycerin in it or something that will actually hydrate your skin before you put on your lightweight foundation,” she adds. Follow Crystal Martin for More Anti-Aging Tips! Check out Crystal on NYT and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @crystalgenay for more beauty and lifestyle secrets!
Mar 13, 2018
Episode 56: Get Photo-Finish Foundation With Special Guest Wendy Rose Gould
What’s your foundation I.Q? Do you know how to contour your face to make it look thinner? How about applying your foundation to create a soft, dewy effect? Arizona-based beauty and lifestyle reporter Wendy Rose Gould joins Just Ask David to divulge all of her foundation knowledge and tricks! Wendy primarily covers women's interests and contributes regularly to PopSugar, Allure, Total Beauty, Bustle, and SWAAY Media. From behind the scenes at NYFW to Miss USA and beyond, she’s always eager to know what lipstick someone’s wearing or what their favorite beauty hack is. Prepping Your Skin Before Applying Foundation Some women use foundation as a way to cover up imperfections. But Wendy says the more clear your skin, the better your foundation will actually look. “You need to start with a really great base which means you’re taking care of your skin everyday,” she says. And when it comes to foundation, the most important part of your skin care routine is moisturizing. “If you don’t have moisturized skin, you’re going to look not only dull, but you’re going to have flakes on your skin that are going to pick up makeup and just look kind of cakey and not natural.” Chuckling, Wendy adds, “I am a fan of applying as much moisture to my face as possible and I have been accused of reverse-aging. So I know I’m going something right.” Next Step: Primer Like the name suggests, primer prepares your skin for foundation application. It helps your makeup look more natural. “A primer’s going to blur lines and it’s going to create this beautiful, even foundation,” Wendy says. “And it’s going to help your makeup last all day long.” Wendy suggests dimethicone-based primers for a more blurred effect that many of us like, but there are other strong primers out there, too. “One of my favorite primers actually is Farsali Unicorn Essence, which doesn’t use any dimethicone at all,” she says. “[It’s] loaded with antioxidants and it combats dryness while imparting this really sheer glow underneath the foundation.” The Final Step: Putting on the Foundation There’s an art to putting on foundation without making it look cakey or unnatural. So it helps to have application tricks. “I recently talked to Patrick Todd. He’s a celebrity makeup artist,” Wendy says. “His technique is that he’ll apply foundation with a stippling brush… Afterwards, he’ll go back in with a damp beauty blender and diffuse lines to help create really smooth canvas and build up really sheer, glowing coverage.” Straight from a beauty insider who does Gigi Hadid’s makeup - nice! Follow Wendy Gould on Social Media! Want more makeup and beauty hacks? Visit Wendy’s website and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @WendyRGould!
Mar 08, 2018
Episode 55: Is Stress Sabotaging Your Skin? With Special Guest Melanie Chadwick
We know how catastrophic stress can be to health. So it makes sense that stress can have a negative impact on the appearance and overall health of our skin. So what do stress-related skin issues look like? Beauty editor and expert Melanie Rud Chadwick joins Just Ask David to share with us everything she knows about the effects of stress on the the skin. Melanie Rud Chadwick has been in the beauty industry for over a decade, sharing her wide array of knowledge on all beauty-related topics. She has held beauty editorial positions at Shape, Good Housekeeping, and Health. Today, she’s often featured as a t.v. beauty expert and continues to write for both national prints and digital outlets. How Does Stress Affect Your Skin? When we talk about the impact of stress on the body, the conversation usually revolves around heart, immune, and cardiovascular health. “When we’re talking about stress, we’re really talking about cortisol,” Melanie says. “Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone. It’s released when we are stressed, be it a mental stress, emotional stress, [or] physical.” The difference with your skin, unlike your heart or your stomach, is that you can really clearly see the signs of stress showing up and manifesting on your skin. Symptoms Your Skin is Stressed Out Have you noticed any changes in your skin? Is it missing its normal glow? Is your skin unexplainably drier than normal? If you’ve been stressed lately, you may have your answer to these sudden skin changes. “The difference with your skin, unlike your heart or your stomach, is that you can really clearly see the signs of stress showing up and manifesting on your skin,” Melanie says. The classic and most widely-recognized symptom of stressed skin is - you guessed it - acne breakouts. “The increase in cortisol increases oil or sebum production, which in turn leads to an increased risk of breakouts or pimples,” Melanie explains. “There’s also increased dryness in the skin,” she adds. “When you’re stressed, your body innately starts to send more water to the more vital organs, like the heart and the lungs, which leaves less water for your skin.” What Can You Do About Stress-Related Skin Issues? It’s nice to know that stress can trigger skin problems. But the thing is, it’s impossible to avoid stress in today’s world. So if we can’t get rid of stress, what can we really do about stress-related skin issues? “With a lot of skin issues, you really want to be addressing the root cause and not just treating the symptoms,” Melanie agrees. Instead of buying a bunch of skin care products to try to treat the symptoms, you have to better manage your everyday stress. “Really, it’s important to minimize stress… it’ll really show up on your skin,” she says. “You want to do things that relax you and destress you.” Another way to reduce stress and cortisol production? Something that many of us are too stressed to get much of - sleep. “When you sleep, your cortisol levels are always at their lowest and a lot of good-for-your-skin hormones and growth factors are naturally at their highest levels,” Melanie explains. “So your skin is much better able to repair itself, regenerate, heal - there’s a reason they call it beauty sleep.” Above all, if you want to take care of your skin, you have to take care of yourself. “If you’re stressed and not eating right and not sleeping, and exercising, the fanciest cream in the world is not going to help you, unfortunately,” Melanie says. Follow Melanie Chadwick on Social Media! Want to learn more beauty tips and industry secrets? “Like” Melanie on Facebook and follow her on Instagram @melrchadwick!
Mar 06, 2018
Episode 54: Microneedling: The Holy Grail of Skin Care With Special Guest Marisel Salazar
Coming into 2018, we’ve seen the sharp rise of the at-home beauty and skin care tool. It’s a more convenient (and cheaper) alternative to a visit to the dermatologist. Regular PureWow contributor and NYC lifestyle blogger Marisel Salazar joins us again, but this time it’s to school us on what she calls “the holy grail of skin care”: microneedling. What Is Microneedling? Microneedling is a skin care treatment that was once only available in a dermatologist’s office. But with social media exposure of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, it quickly became popular enough to become pretty accessible nowadays. But how does it work? “It uses a mechanized device called a dermapen,” Marisel explains. “And it makes thousands of miniscule needle punctures in the outermost layers of your skin.” Those tiny needles trigger a healing response in our skin which triggers the production of collagen, making the skin look brighter, smoother, and younger. Vampire Facials: A Facial with.... Blood? Speaking of Kim Kardashian, her “vampire facial” selfie went viral on Instagram a while back. Soon, everyone wanted to try it. But is it just a trend, or does it really work? “The vampire facial, where you use your own blood, is actually PRP or platelet-rich plasma,” Marisel explains. “So what’s neat about PRP -- you draw your blood… and separate the red from the white blood cells. In truth, we only actually use the white cells. Those are the ones that have the benefit of the growth factors. It ramps up stem cell production in the microneedling treatment.” What about the horribly red, pin-pricked selfie Kim K posted? Does the treatment really make your face look that way? “The post redness you experience from a lot of in-office treatments just allows for faster recovery,” Marisel assures us. “But you’re not walking out looking like you got a skin burn. From the get-go, you’re glowing… It takes about 40 min flat, but it’s something you can do in, let’s say, an afternoon. And depending on your redness, you’ll be back at work the next day.” Microneedling: At-Home vs. In-Office The sharp spike in microneedling’s popularity has to do with how accessible it is now. Microneedlers sell online for as cheap as $30. But is it any different from the in-office treatment? “True microneedling can only be done in an office with an esthetician, a certified plastic surgeon, or a certified dermatologist.The most benefit you’ll see if from an in-office procedure with a dermapen,” Marisel says. “But if you use the microneedler at home… you’ll still see some results, just not as tremendous as the in-office session... [but] when you pair a microneedler at home with the right corrective serum, you can see over a long period of time increased results.” No wonder she calls it the holy grail of skin care! Follow Marisel Salazar on Social Media for More Lifestyle & Beauty Trends Want to learn more about the latest skin care innovations? Visit Marisel’s website, “like” her on Facebook, and follow her on Instagram @breadandbutternyc and Twitter @MariselSalazar!
Mar 01, 2018
Episode 53: Back to Skin Care Basics with Special Guest Paige Axel
Between barebones skin care like The Ordinary and the many, many steps of the Korean skin routine, it’s hard to figure out what our skin really needs. Seasoned beauty blogger and editor Paige Herman-Axel joins Just Ask David to give us the cold, hard facts on skin care, no fluff. Her past stints include beauty editor positions at Gotham, Hamptons, and Los Angeles Confidential magazines before she became the founding editor of NewBeauty. She’s also the brains behind the innovative self-tan remover, Bronze Buffer. Having been in the beauty industry for years, it’s safe to say that Paige knows her stuff when it comes to skin care. The Bare Basics: Skin Care Everyone Needs The truth is, crafting your own skin care routine isn’t nearly as difficult as people make it seem on the internet. There’s a serum for this, a mud mask for that. There are even brands dedicated to creating a daily skin care regimen for you based on a skin profile quiz. Sure, our skin may not all be the same. But that doesn’t mean that our skin doesn’t have the same basic needs in order to feel soft and look flawless. “The bottom line really is, an effective anti-aging routine doesn’t have to be complicated,” Paige says. “There are really just a few essentials to start with, and then you can really build from there depending on how much you really want to do.” So what does Paige think should be included in everyone’s daily skin care plan? “The absolute first item to start with every morning, (after cleansing, that is), would be an antioxidant serum,” she answers. “We are all running around all day, exposed to free radicals that eventually lead to visible physical signs of aging. So it’s really important to use an antioxidant like vitamin C every morning before you apply anything else.” And of course, sunscreen. “Even if you’re sitting by a window, if you’re driving in a car, you’re still being exposed to UV rays,” Paige says. “Most dermatologists would recommend [SPF] 30 everyday regardless of what you’re doing.” After the Basics: Is Double Cleansing Necessary? Thanks to Korean beauty or K-beauty, double cleansing is a phrase that has recently entered the American skin care vernacular. So naturally, there’s been a healthy debate on the necessity (and potential harm) of double cleansing. “I am a huge fan of double cleansing,” Paige shares. “If you’ve ever washed your face and then used toner afterwards and there’s still dirt on the cotton, that’s proof right there that you didn’t get everything off.” Like the K-beauty double cleansing method, Paige likes to first use an oil-based cleanser, then a lathering cleanser. “Cleansing first with an oil, that helps break up makeup and dirt and any sunscreen that may be on your skin at the end of the day,” she explains. Microneedling: Beyond the Basics One of the most recent and innovative strides of the beauty industry? Making professional skin care tools accessible at home. One of the firsts is the microneedlers. “I think microneedling is really one of the best things that has come into the mainstream recently,” Paige says. “It’s relatively low tech, you can do it yourself at home with a proper tool.” Microneedling is a skin care treatment that injects a needle into the top layer of skin. This boosts collagen production, potentially erasing acne scars and smoothing out wrinkles. Incredibly, the vast majority of people who get a microneedling treatment see a noticeable difference in the skin. Even after the first treatment. “It keeps my skin radiant and keeps fine lines at bay,” Paige adds. “It’s really a wonderful treatment for prevention as well as correction.” Get More Beauty Advice From Industry Insider Paige Herman-Axel. Want more beauty secrets?Visit Paige’s blog, Insider Beauty Buzz! Don’t forget to follow on Facebook and Twitter @ibeautybuzz.
Feb 27, 2018
Episode 52: A Healthy Dose of Body Positivity with Special Guest Amanda Scriver
We’ve all had days when we hated the mirror. You know those days when you quickly walk past every reflective surface to avoid catching your reflection. Those tragic days when you don’t even want to leave the house because you don’t want to be looked at. Toronto-based journalist and body image advocate Amanda “Ama” Scriver joins Just Ask David to discuss with us what it really means to love yourself and your body. What does body positivity mean and how can we incorporate it into our daily lives? Amanda Scriver is a freelance journalist and body image advocate based out of Toronto, Canada. Last summer, she released her first book, a pocket travel guide to Toronto titled The Hunt Guides. What Does Body Positivity Mean to YOU? The media thrives off of us feeling bad about the way we look. That’s how they sell us their product. Even the lovely models in the magazines -- they don’t even look like that because the ad was likely airbrushed. “Each year we get bombarded with these posts: ‘New year, new me!’ We’re always so frightened about how we need to conform to these beauty standards and how we need to look,” Ama says. “We’re always so frightened about just being satisfied about who we are as a person.” Part of body positivity is accepting who you are, totally and unconditionally. It doesn’t mean that you can’t work on improving yourself, but your happiness shouldn’t depend solely on fitting into that dress or getting rid of old stretch marks. “All throughout our lives, I think we come to different points of our body journey,” Ama adds. “And I think it’s okay to feel bad about yourself some days. And it’s okay to accept those things other days. I think we just need to understand that it’s okay to really accept all parts of ourselves. But the thing is, to get to that place is a struggle.” Conquer Your Negative Inner Voice When we don’t like the way we look, most of us are making a mental checklist of the parts of ourselves we feel are ugly. We’re our own worst critics. We all experience that mean, nasty inner voice. Often, that inner monologue is a lot crueler to us than it is to even people we dislike. How do we overcome this from a body positive perspective? “Really, what it comes down to is learning to tune out that negative self-talk in ourselves, which we aim toward ourselves,” Ama explains. “We really have to work hard at building a positive image within ourselves because once we have a positive self-image, we can project that toward ourselves and toward others.” Don’t Worry, Be Body Posi! Stay up-to-date with Ama Scriver (she just released her first book, a pocket travel guide to Toronto called The Hunt Guides!) by following her on social media! Visit Ama’s blog, “like” her on Facebook, and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram and Twitter @AmaScriver!
Feb 22, 2018
Episode 51: Beauty is Wellness with Special Guest Jolene Hart
As someone who’s worked in the beauty industry developing products for years, there’s one question that I never stop hearing: “What’s the best product you’ve ever developed?” Everyone’s looking for that one special product that’s going to clear up their skin once and for all. But my answer is always disappointing, because the truth is, that product doesn’t exist. No product works perfectly for everyone – we’re all different. But is there beauty beyond cosmetics? How can we make our skin beautiful without resorting to an expensive serum or mud mask? Certified health coach and former beauty editor Jolene Hart has the answers. Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP has written for magazines like InStyle and People, but her most recent work is her nutritional bestselling book series, Eat Pretty. She’s pioneered her own beauty coaching practice known as Beauty is Wellness. According to her, a more holistic approach to beauty is essential to having beautiful skin. Beauty Beyond Skin Care So wait -- Jolene Hart went from being a beauty editor to a health expert? How does that happen? Her career change actually had a lot to do with her own skin struggles, not unlike many of ours. “I had been struggling with skin issues, from cystic acne to eczema, for almost a decade,” Jolene admits. “And once I got that beauty editor job I thought, This is great. I’m gonna find the product or service that will help me cure what I’m experiencing. And after a couple years of really trying what I felt like was everything – because in the beauty industry as an editor, you have access to any product you want, basically – I realized there was something going on inside and my skin issues were a reflection of that.” After returning to school to become a certified health coach, Jolene came back to the beauty industry with a clear mind… and clear skin. “Over the course of a year I really changed my diet, my lifestyle, and saw the most dramatic changes in my skin – the ones that I was looking to find through topical products. That was really the catalyst… to totally switch my career and to share what I have learned and am still learning.” Eat Pretty, Feel Pretty, BE Pretty! The American beauty industry’s journey to learning that beauty is wellness was a lot like Jolene’s. Consumers are becoming aware that it just isn’t enough to diligently do your morning and nighttime skin care regimens. Diet and self-care are also vital to beautiful skin. “Changing your diet will definitely make a difference depending on where you start from,” Jolene says. “Some of the real foundational points of knowledge around your skin are knowing how to balance your blood sugar and eating foods that are going to stabilize your blood sugar, tuning up your digestion and making sure that it’s optimal. When you don’t digest and assimilate well, your skin is one of the first places you see that lack, whether it’s skin breaking out more or is lackluster and dry.” Taking care of your body in others ways, like managing stress and getting enough sleep, also helps with clearing up your skin. Our lifestyles are so fast-paced these days, it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves. But if clear skin is the goal, it’s worth it -- both for your skin and your overall well-being. “A good night of sleep is more powerful than the most expensive night cream you can buy,” Jolene says. Follow Jolene Hart on Social Media Want to learn more about Eat Pretty and Beauty is Wellness? Visit Jolene’s website, “like” her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @JoleneHart!
Feb 20, 2018
Episode 50: Healthy, Not Hippie! Why Sustainability & Wellness Matter in Beauty with Special Guest Cris Pearlstein
It’s hard to go anywhere these days without hearing about living green. Compared to the past, society’s attitude toward living a more eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle has changed tremendously. Things that used to be considered only for “tree-hugging hippies,” like using organic products and considering a company’s sustainability, are now part of mainstream culture in 2018. People are realizing that what we put into and onto our bodies has a significant impact on our health and the environment. Fashion editor, wardrobe stylist, and television style expert Cris Pearlstein joins Just Ask David to give us the scoop on the clean and sustainable beauty trends she’s noticed as an industry insider. “You don’t have to be an environmental, organic expert to make small changes in your life that can impact your body, your health, skin, and even just your household as a whole,” she says. Cris’s career began at REDBOOK over a decade ago and she continues to write for media outlets like PureWow, StyleCaster, and Real Simple as well as making appearances as a Style & Fashion expert on local television. She’s also a wardrobe stylist signed with FORD/RBA Talent Agency, styling for fashion shoots, ad campaigns, and even t.v. commercials. Green Beauty is for Everyone In the last five years, the beauty industry has been experiencing a boom it’s never witnessed before. Organic skin care, cruelty-free cosmetics -- things that many consumers thought were just for “hippies” -- aren’t just en vogue. They’re redefining the norm. So what’s with the sudden change? “I just think that people are so much more informed than they’ve ever been before,” Cris says of the beauty and wellness boom. “Instagram plays a big role. You’re able to find people. You’re able to find topics really easily that you relate to, or that maybe even you want to learn more about. Even just speaking from personal experience, I follow a lot of wellness experts, a lot of bloggers who sort of incorporate this idea of 360-degree wellness in their lives. And it has helped so much in making changes to my own life.” At the root of it, the wellness boom encourages healthy lifestyle changes. And not just that, but consumers get the opportunity to support businesses whose ideals align with their own. In a world where consumer voices seem to have less power than they used to, that’s important. “If corporations make it more convenient for us to eat clean and buy clean beauty product and to just incorporate clean practices, then of course we’re going to follow that road,” Cris adds. Look Cute and Waste Not with Sustainable Fashion Like the beauty industry, the fashion world is experiencing its own green boom. Vegan fashion, sustainable fashion -- the less waste, the better. “In keeping with my expertise, which is fashion and style, I’ve noticed a big change in the fashion industry as far as sustainability goes,” Cris says. “Some of the companies that are leading the charge are companies like Stella McCartney, Matt & Nat, Reformation, Eileen Fisher, and even H&M.” Sustainable clothes -- clothes manufactured from renewable materials, like recycled fabric and farm-grown textiles -- have been around for a long time. So why is sustainable fashion being presented on the runway now? “I think a lot of designers and brands have realized, what good is  sustainable fashion if no one wants to wear it, right?” Cris says, referring to the burlap sack-like clothing that sustainable fashion used to be. “If it’s not cute and stylish, then no one’s going to buy it, and then, what good is all of your effort? So I think that’s the biggest change that’s happening in the industry over the last ten years.” Follow Cris Pearlstein on Social Media! Don’t be out of the loop when it comes to green beauty and fashion. Visit Cris’s website and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @CrisPearlstein!
Feb 15, 2018
Episode 49: Can Flowers Help You Fight Wrinkles? With Special Guest Dana Wood
There have always been plenty of skeptics when it comes to clean beauty. Most arguments against clean beauty are about its effectiveness, which is also why it hasn’t been very popular until recently. (For those of you who don’t know, “clean beauty” is a term used to describe beauty products that opt for safe, plant-based ingredients instead of chemicals formulated in a lab.) In the last few years, clean beauty has surpassed all expectations in the beauty market. Not only did did it break into the mainstream market, but clean beauty is absolutely BOOMING right now. But the question still remains: Can clean beauty really work, or is it just a passing trend? With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Dana Wood joins Just Ask David to answer this question once and for all. Dana is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New Post, and has her own blog, Florida Beauty Problems. Clean Beauty: Crafted by Nature in Your Own Neighborhood Anyone who’s vacationed in Florida would agree that it has a climate unique to the rest of the United States. The humid, coastal air, the ruthless, subtropical critters, the sunshine all year round. “When I moved to St. Petersburg, FL from New York just a few years ago, I started noticing all of these specific beauty problems I was having. Like epic frizz, bug bites, and tan lines,” Dana explains. Of course, this was how Florida Beauty Problems was born. As Dana learned to navigate skin care as a Floridian, she was introduced to local skin care brands that committed to clean beauty. “A big part of what we’re doing for Florida Beauty Problems is celebrating local craftsman of beauty lines here, because there are several. Like the Naples Soap Company, Bodhi Basics which is based here in St. Pete’s,” Dana says. “There are a lot of great little beauty brands coming out of Florida that nobody really knows yet.” Does Clean Beauty Really Work? Being around so many local beauty brands with clean products that work inspired Dana to try it. “I’m really moving more towards clean,” she says. “I never ever thought that would happen because I’m a big skin care nut.” She says that clean beauty CAN work because there are plenty of effective natural alternatives. You just have to use the right ingredients for the right product. “The thing about the whole floral thing is, you can’t just go in your backyard, pick a bunch of dandelions, throw ‘em in a pot, boil ‘em, and voila -- you have this amazing anti-aging product,” Dana says. “There are only six flowers that are super helpful in terms of skin care. And even within those, like a rose for instance, you’ve really got to get down to the stem cells in a rose flower before you’re going to get any anti-aging impact from that.” So what kinds of flowers are beneficial to add to your skin care routine? “Orchids,” Dana says. “Those are great antioxidants. And lotus as well. Roman chamomile can be super anti-inflammatory.” I bet that last one is great for bug bites, especially in Florida. (Because who wants to be doused in chemicals to repel mosquitoes all year?) Follow Dana Wood on Social Media! Do you have Florida beauty problems, too? Follow Dana’s Florida Beauty Problems blog on Facebook and Instagram @FLbeautyproblems for more beauty tips!
Feb 13, 2018
Episode 48: 2 Newest Beauty Trends of 2018 with Special Guest Celia San Miguel
Last year, the beauty industry saw the beginning of a lot of new trends. From nutricosmetics, to more inclusive foundation shades, to focusing on clean beauty -- 2017 was an eventful year in beauty. We’re all expecting 2018 to be a continuation of all of these beauty innovations. And now that it’s February, that’s exactly what we’ve been seeing. Celia San Miguel, Editor-in-Chief of the beauty and style blog Sicka Than Average, joins Just Ask David to share the trends she’s been seeing. Celia has also written for many renowned publications, including Latina, VIBE, the New York Post, InStyle, ESSENCE, Paper, and more. Sheet Masks Aren’t Just for Your Face Thanks to the popularity of Korean beauty or K-beauty, 2017 was the year of the sheet mask. Everyone loves posting selfies relaxing with their sheet masks. “The beauty industry has gotten more creative when it comes to facial masks,” Celia says. “In addition to sheet masks, which were ubiquitous, you also started seeing bubbling masks and rubber masks and magnetic masks.I think we’re going to be seeing a whole lot more of that.” And it’s absolutely true. As sheet masks were trending more and more, skin care junkies became interested in other kinds of facial masks. Every kind of mask has something different to offer. “I also think in terms of sheet masks… we’re going to see more masks targeting specific areas.” That means sheet masks for your arms, hands, neck, décolletage  -- even cuticles! Celia says that sheet masks for these areas are already becoming a hit! Definitely a trend we’re excited for. Beauty From the Inside Out The concept of taking supplements to beautify yourself isn’t new. In fact, “nutricosmetics” have been popular in Europe for decades. It’s only recently caught on in the United States. “What I’m seeing now is a lot of companies -- even skin care companies that have been around for ages -- are starting to look at a more holistic approach to skin care,” Celia agrees. Skin care giants have supplements in the works to be used with their topical skin care. The idea is “dealing with skin from the inside out,” as Celia says. “At the end of the day, the skin is an organ,” she says. “Do when you think about it on those terms, of course it makes sense.” Check Out Sicka Than Average on Social Media! I bet you’re dying to know more about what Celia knows will trend in the beauty industry this year. Visit the Sicka Than Average beauty blog for more! You can also like Sicka Than Average on Facebook or follow @SickaThanAvg on Twitter or @SickaThanAverage on Instagram.
Feb 08, 2018
Episode 47: Beauty Choices That Define Your Skin with Special Guest Candice Sabatini
Candice is the cofounder of Beauty News NYC, the very first digital beauty magazine. She’s very well known in the industry and has been writing beauty and skin care for decades. Anti-Aging vs. Pro-Aging Once you hit a certain age, most skin care routines put a heavy focus on anti-aging. And in a world where we place a lot of value on youth, it makes sense. But eventually, we WILL age -- whether we like it or not. “We all want to look more youthful,” Candice agrees. “But I don’t think anybody at 40-years-old or 50-years-old is gonna say, ‘Give me something that’s gonna make me look 25 again.’” Candice cites Joan Rivers as an example. We know that she’s had plastic surgery, and we know how old she really is. But doesn’t she still look beautiful at her age? Most of us realize that shaving off forty years just isn’t going to happen, which is what pro-aging is all about. Maybe we can’t look 25 again, but looking incredible for our age is the next best thing. “We want to look our best,” Candice adds. Do You Know the Quality of Your Vitamin C? What are the best products for anti-aging (or pro-aging)? Candice swears by vitamin C and retinol. “Vitamin C -- that’s the best one,” she adds. But she also warns that a lot of the vitamin C on the market isn’t high quality. “One of the issues with vitamin C is most people use the cheapest and least effective form of vitamin C,” she explains. “If you’re buying a bottle of vitamin C serum and you’re paying $25 for it, it’s fine if it’s l-ascorbic acid. It’s not going to hurt you. But there are companies out there that are charging $150-200 [for] a bottle of vitamin C. And it’s the cheapest form.” Instead, she suggests using the highly effective (but also expensive) form of vitamin C -- tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, also known as tetra C. “That’s the one you want in your vitamin C serums.” Beauty Packaging: Jar vs. Pump Packaging is about a lot more than presentation. Many of us don’t think about it, but the container holding our beauty products can have a significant impact on how effective they are. “I’m on a one-woman campaign to get rid of jars,” Candice jokes. But on a serious note, jars can introduce your expensive products to oxygen, changing its chemical properties. Contamination is also a concern. “You open it, you get more air into it, which is bad,” Candice says. “Women put their fingers into it… it’s the most unhygienic thing in the world.” Candice suggests using containers with pumps instead. That way, the perfect amount of product is dispensed right into your hand. No extra dirt, no extra air. Get Connected on Social Media Want to learn what the very first digital beauty magazine is all about? Visit the Beauty News NYC website and follow on Twitter @BeautyNewsNYC. You can also stay updated with Candice by following her on Twitter @SabatiniOnStyle or Instagram @Candice_Sabatini!
Feb 06, 2018
Episode 46: Winter Skin Care Essentials for Men with Special Guest Barret Wertz
Choosing the best facial cleanser and moisturizer for the winter is crucial to keeping your skin looking fresh and young. Men’s grooming editor Barret Wertz joins Just Ask David once again to share more of his men’s grooming tips -- specifically, skin care for the winter. If you don’t remember, Barret has years of experience dealing with the men’s side of the beauty industry. He’s written for Men’s Journal, Stylecaster, The Plunge, Men’s Health, and many more. But Barret’s best known for his tenure as Style & Grooming Director at Men’s Fitness Magazine. The Best Acne Cleanser for Dry Skin in the Winter Cleansing is an important part of your skin care routine. With the right cleanser, you’re not only removing the dirt and oil from your face. A good oil-based cleanser will moisturize your face even as it’s cleaning it. “I would say a lot of guys aren’t going to realize the benefits of an oil cleanser,” Barret says. “But for guys with particularly dry skin or don’t add a lot of moisture after they wash, an oil cleanser is actually an excellent way to get rid of the dirt and the grime and the stuff that’s on the skin without stripping the natural oils from the skin.” And here’s something that’ll make you want to keep using an oil cleanser no matter what the season is -- it can be used for shaving. “In the case of men, I would personally suggest using an oil cleanser and then using a scrub to help exfoliate the areas around where you’re going to shave and the neck,” Barret adds. “That should help to raise the hair and get a really good shave going. You’re still not using a really intense chemical to bother your face before you shave. Try Moisturizers with Hyaluronic Acid to Stay Hydrated This Winter Even though using an oil cleanser can sometimes double as a cleanser and a moisturizer, the winter calls for a little extra moisture. Serums and moisturizers with hyaluronic acid are Barret’s personal favorite during the coldest seasons. “During the winter, something like a serum is going to just add that extra element of moisture that men’s skin often craves,” he says. “Something like a serum with hyaluronic acid is an excellent way to just deliver a deep-down hydration.” Stay Tuned For Barret’s New Men’s Grooming Website! We love Barret on Just Ask David. If you love his men’s grooming and skin care tips too, watch out for his website The Grooming Editor, launching in the near future. In the meantime, be sure to stay updated with Barret by following him on Twitter and Instagram @BarretWertz!
Jan 26, 2018
Episode 45: The #1 Anti-Aging Beauty Secret with Special Guest Aja Mangum
When we talk about anti-aging skin care, we’re usually thinking about products for our faces. But our faces aren’t the only part of us that reveals our true age. And even with a face as smooth as a 25-year-old’s, a crepey decolletage or age spot covered hands can easily give you away. Lucky for us, beauty & fashion writer Aja Mangum joins Just Ask David to divulge all of her anti-aging secrets -- specifically the lips, hands, and decolletage. Aja has written for the likes of Bloomberg Businessweek, Men’s Fitness, MANHATTAN, Angeleno, Brides, and more. Prior to freelancing, she served as the Beauty & Market Editor at New York magazine. How to Maintain Youthfulness in More Than Just Your Face Though many of have anti-aging skin care routines, few of us actually do more than treat the skin on our faces. By the time wrinkles and age spots start to appear in our hands and chests, the damage is already done. “I was watching television and saw this fabulous actress,” Aja recalls. “You can tell she spent a lot of work on her face. She looked amazing, but then, her neck… and I just kind of had that moment of, not feeling bad for her, but [her hands] were clearly an afterthought.” We know that prevention is the best approach when it comes to anti-aging, but we need to be paying attention to more than just a youthful face. Neglecting other parts of our body is a dead giveaway for our age. Anti-Aging Treatments That Aren’t For Your Face As discouraged as you may be at first, don’t believe that your hands, lips, and chest are doomed forever. There are anti-aging treatments out there that can really make the difference in the appearance of your skin. For hands, Aja recommends the occasional hand masks to rehydrate the skin. After seeing the results on a colleague, she’s a fan. “The extra step of using a hand mask made a world of difference,” Aja says. “If you want to take time out for  yourself, it takes ten minutes.”   The decolletage can be protected from future wrinkles with sunscreen, but if the damage is already done, Aja recommends using overnight collagen patches. “Basically, you cleanse your chest with these cleansing disks that contain glycolic and lactic acid to exfoliate,” she explains. “Wait for it to dry, and then you put these silicone patches on your chest. Stick ‘em on -- super easy -- go to sleep.” Anti-Aging, Beauty, and Fashion on Your Social Media Feed Want to stay up-to-date with Aja? Follow her on Twitter @AjaMangum for more fashion and beauty secrets!
Jan 25, 2018
Episode 44: 2018 Beauty Industry Predictions with Special Guest Belisa Silva
For the beauty industry, 2017 was a year of innovation, creativity, and experimentation. So you can bet that whatever 2018 brings is going to be larger than life. Belisa Silva joins Just Ask David for the second time to share the forecasted trends for this year. She is an editorial veteran with over a decade of experience before joining SWAAY. She’s gotten up close and personal with the trendsetters of the industry, like Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Lopez. In 2018, The Beauty Industry Wants to Know More About YOU This year, the beauty industry is going to be more dedicated to the consumer than ever before. “We’ve often talked about how consumers want an experience, not just a product… people want to learn about themselves, they want to learn about the world, they want to track their overall wellness through digital solutions and kind of convenient ways to make themselves better.” “One of the trends I keep hearing about it mass personalization, which really is a great way to address diversity,” Belisa says. The beauty industry is working to create products that are personalized to you - not people like you. There are even at-home kits out there that will create a skin care regimen for you based on your DNA! Rihanna’s makeup line, Fenty, was a clear game-changer when it hit the market. It’s not because everyone loves Rihanna. (Even though she IS awesome.) It’s because of Fenty’s diverse palette - particularly with foundation. Other brands are likely to follow suite, giving the consumer more choices than they ever had before. “Even if it’s not fully customized, you’ll have a lot of specific options,” Belisa says. Let Your Beauty Be Your Statement Thanks to consumers voting with their pocketbooks, beauty brands are finally listening to our concerns. For example, cruelty-free and fair trade beauty are becoming wildly popular in the industry. In Belisa’s own words, it’s all thanks to “unprecedented consumer voice and consumer power.” In fact, cruelty-free products in particular are becoming more of a standard. “It may sound like a tall order, but consumers more than ever want to make a change in the world through their purchases,” Belisa says. “So it’s an interesting jump between wanting to better yourself and to better the world… It’s a loaded proposition, but I think brands that do that deliver something that makes the consumer feel more empowered.” Be Beautiful, Be Empowered, Be YOU! Visit SWAAY for more beauty, inspiration, and business news for women. You can also follow @SWAAYmedia for updates on your social media feed!
Jan 21, 2018
Episode 43: Green Beauty Basics with Special Guest Greta Eagan
Cruelty-free. Organic. All-natural. Green. A lot of beauty products proudly display stickers with these phrases nowadays, but what do they mean? Are they all just fancy words meaning the same thing? “[Green beauty is] a really broad spectrum applied to brands jumping on that bandwagon,” says Greta Eagan, editor of Fashion Me Green, author of the bestselling Wear No Evil, and former Just Ask David guest. “Then I learned your skin is the largest organ and it absorbs what you put on it. But it doesn’t necessarily filter things the way your liver or kidneys would when you ingest something. Natural Beauty The same way many of us decided to go green in the last decade, natural cosmetics are carving their own place in the beauty industry. And it isn’t a niche, anymore. People are ditching their beauty products created with synthetic chemicals in favor of natural ingredients. But as healthy and positive as natural beauty may seem, there’s always a catch. “You have to be careful,” Greta warns. “Because if a brand uses one ingredients that is naturally sourced or even organic… then they can name their products ‘natural,’ even though the rest of the ingredients are not.” The best remedy for this is learning to read the ingredients. Non-Toxic Beauty If green or natural beauty products need at least one organic ingredient, non-toxic beauty takes those values a little further. In some cases, non-toxic beauty brands hold their products to a higher standard of safety than even the FDA. That’s because there are plenty of chemicals that are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration are banned for cosmetic use overseas due to potential public health hazards. In other words, non-toxic beauty is perfect for people who’d rather be safe than sorry. “Your skin is the largest organ and it absorbs what you put on it,” Greta says. “But it doesn’t necessarily filter things the way your liver or kidneys would when you ingest something.” In fact, our skin can absorb up to 60% of what we put on it. “I am always looking out for parabens,” Greta says, referring to the group of suspected carcinogens often used to preserve beauty products. Vegan Beauty Beauty products that don’t test on or use animals is vegan beauty. Vegan beauty, also known as cruelty-free beauty, has become increasingly popular in the last few years. You can easily find out if a beauty product is vegan by reading the ingredients. “You can also look for the little bunny rabbit that means the product is cruelty-free,” Greta suggests. But it’s also worth mentioning that vegan labelling isn’t a guarantee for non-toxic products. A cosmetic can not use any animal product or testing, yet still use potentially toxic chemicals in a formula. Stay Green, Stay Beautiful! Now that you know the difference between  natural, non-toxic, and vegan beauty, visit Greta’s website Fashion Me Green for more ways to go green. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @GretaEagan.
Jan 20, 2018
Episode 42: Flexible Dieting with Special Guest Jonathan Jordan
We all know how losing weight works. Consume fewer calories than you burn -- that’s it. But the reality of it is much different. Losing and maintaining your weight isn’t as easy as it sounds. But what if there was a special diet plan created just for you? Personal trainer and fitness blogger Jonathan Jordan joins Just Ask David to explain what “flexible dieting” is and what other tools are available to help you lose weight. Jonathan is also nutrition coach, focusing on sustainable health habits. (So forget ever yo-yo dieting again!) What is Flexible Dieting? When it comes to weight loss, it seems like some of us struggle more than others. Why? Diets are not a one-size-fits-all deal. Although we’re all human, we all have different lifestyles, eating habits, body types, and more. “Nutrition is simple and complex,” Jonathan says. “Unfortunately, the world we live in, with stress levels being really, really high, people having hormonal issues, having medical issues -- it’s not always that simple.” So what can we do to start a diet that’s more suited to our needs? “I typically try to recommend to clients what we call, ‘flexible dieting,’” Jonathan says. “And that’s simply looking at your body type right now… what your current activity level is like… and then helping them calculate what their daily caloric needs are, and even breaking those calories down into what is the ideal number of grams of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats you should be eating a day, and then helping them pick a lifestyle and a general way of eating.” Use Fitness Tools to Better Record Your Fitness Goals So once you’ve figured out what your caloric needs are, how do you figure out what you should be eating? Luckily, there are hundreds of calorie-counting tools available to help you on your weight loss journey. (Check out the fitness tool featured on Jonathan’s website!) BY recording everything you eat on your fitness tracker, you’re holding yourself accountable for the things you eat and can see where to make room for improvement. Jonathan also recommends the free app, MyFitness Pal. “You just enter in the food you eat on a daily basis… [and] compare it to what your ideals are,” he adds. “You can come up with creative ways to bridge that gap.” Want to Learn More About Flexible Dieting? Visit Jonathan’s fitness website and blog for more nutrition tools, tips, and developments. You can also follow him on Instagram @jonathanjordanfitness! Don't forget to download your EXCLUSIVE PDF of JJ's Guide to Eating Clean and Getting Lean!
Jan 19, 2018
Episode 41: Losing Those Holiday Pounds with Special Guest Cheryl Grant
Losing weight is one of the hardest things to do. Most of us know how to lose weight. (Just burn more calories than you consume). Sounds easy enough, but few of us are actually able to do it for more than a few weeks. And now, it’s January. The month of resolutions that will probably wear you down before February even comes. And one of the most common resolutions? Losing weight -- (which always feels more dire after the holiday season ends and we’ve been stuffing our faces since Thanksgiving). Renowned lifestyle writer Cheryl S. Grant joins Just Ask David to share her best tips on losing those holiday pounds. Cheryl has written for plenty of well-known publications, including Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Latina, Prevention and Fitness, and many more. With years in the fitness and beauty industry under her belt, Cheryl knows all of the healthy hints to keep the weight off -- for good. How to Be Healthy All Year Round Despite what pessimists say about the fickle flock of gym newcomers on the first day of the year, there’s no shame in making any effort you can to lose weight. But really -- why is it that so many people fail at trying to be healthier for the New Year? Why is it so hard to lose weight? Cheryl says that a lot of us are taking the wrong approach. “Look at it as the big picture,” she suggests. “Not as something that needs to be done in the short term. Because, I think, that’s where we end up failing. It’s thinking that it’s going to be quick and that it’s going to be easy.” If you really want to lose weight (and keep it off), there’s no getting around the fact that you’re going to have to make some lifestyle changes. “You don’t want to be healthy for the next month, or for the next two months,” Cheryl says. “We want to be healthy for life, not just healthy for the next event.” Pick One Weight Loss Goal Every Week After making the decision to lose weight, many of us do a great job of eating healthier meals and exercising more. Well... for a short while. Remember -- losing weight means committing to a new way of doing things. Forcing all of these changes to your life is uncomfortable and overwhelming. “Nobody can take that all on at once, especially living the lives we’re living,” Cheryl says. That’s why so many of us revert right back to our old ways. Cheryl’s suggestion? One small change a week. Give yourself the time to transition to a healthier lifestyle and see how much easier it is to stick to it. “I look at each week as a week to tackle something new,” she says. The Key To Lasting Weight Loss: Easing Into Exercise As if switching to a healthier diet isn’t hard enough, a new exercise routine can be seriously stressful. Especially like you’re sedentary. “Do not go in crazy [with the] exercise,” Cheryl warns. “Yes, we all need to move more, we all need to exercise. But if you decide to go to the gym every day, you’re only going to end up, probably, injuring yourself or being so sore and fatigued that you don’t have the energy to continue.” Just like with changing your diet, the key is to take small steps and be consistent. To start, Cheryl suggests exercising for maybe ten minutes every other day. “If you start doing small things…  you’ll feel better [and] more motivated than when you’re trying to do thirty minutes every day. That is not going to get you to where you need to be.” Stay Updated With Cheryl All Year Want to hear more of her health and beauty tips? Visit Cheryl S. Grant’s website or follow her @cheryls_grant on Instagram and Twitter!
Jan 18, 2018
Episode 40: Essential Beauty Tips for Dark Skin with Special Guest Jill Goldsberry
Only recently has the beauty industry made a real effort to include medium and dark skin tones into mainstream beauty treatments. Whether it’s makeup or cosmetic procedures, people with darker complexions have often been left to straighten out the inevitable kinks themselves. Jill Goldsberry has been in the beauty and entertainment industry for years. Naturally, she has learned a few essential beauty tips for dark skin from insiders along the way. A proverbial jill of all trades, Jill is a media consultant, a brand ambassador, and she even designs a line of bikinis called Jill Kelly Swim. Her work has appeared in Oprah Magazine, ESSENCE, Seventeen Magazine, Women’s Health, and many more. She has even cohosted events like Choice Eats and the Tribeca Film Festival. Jill joins Just Ask David to share a few beauty secrets that everyone with medium to dark skin needs to know. How to Choose Foundation for Dark Skin The impossible task of choosing foundation for dark skin has been in the spotlight in the makeup industry lately. Anyone with medium to dark skin knows how it feels to stare hopelessly into a sea of beige while trying to find a foundation that matches. The few darker foundation tones makeup brands carry are rarely a perfect (or even passable) match. “I know a lot of women of color have to blend two shades to actually create their own perfect shade,” Jill says. So naturally, the release of new makeup lines with more diverse foundation colors have makeup addicts busting down doors. “Most companies are trying to do it more now, but I would say, still a little bit of a battle,” Jill adds. Knowing how to choose foundation for dark skin is an art. And like all arts, it takes a little creativity. “When you’re looking for it, the first thing to do is to know your undertone,” Jill says. “That really makes a big difference with how the foundation is going to look on you.” Next, you want to make sure that you’re able to make the foundation look seamless on your skin. “You never want that look of, you face is a little lighter or a little darker than your neck. Cause then everyone knows you’re wearing foundation,” Jill says. “Pick three shades that you think match with your skin tone and dab it on your chin, cause that’s the halfway point between your neck and your face. You can really see [how it will] blend into your skin.” What About Laser Treatment for Dark Skin? Everyone wants soft, blemish-free skin. Because darker skin tones are often more susceptible to hyperpigmentation and dark spots, you’d think that laser treatment is a lifesaver for people with medium to dark complexions. But laser treatment for dark skin is still a relatively new area. “For darker skin, it can be a challenge because the lasers… in the beginning were really set for lighter hair. And it doesn’t pick up the light the same way with darker skin tones cause you have more melanin. So it kind of reflects it,” Jill warns. “You need a higher frequency [to do laser treatment on dark skin], which can burn or scar your skin.” But luckily, laser treatment has been around long enough to see a few innovations. “Now they have improved the types of lasers that are available for darker skin, which is great,” Jill says. “So it is possible to do it. You just have to make sure that your dermatologist is using the right type of laser.” Stay in Touch with Jill for More Beauty Tips With two lifestyle blogs - Beautylicious Lifestyle and Diva Gals Daily - you can have Jill’s skin advice right at your fingertips. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @BeautyGazette.
Jan 17, 2018
Episode 39: Tanning Tips with Special Guest Kelly Richardson
When it comes to sunless tanning, you either love it or hate it. Sure, using sunless tanning lotion is a lot safer than lying out in the sun and soaking in all of those harmful UV rays. But for a lot of people, it also means streaky, uneven application and getting tanning lotion all over your leather car seats. There has to be a better way to get a tan that doesn’t include spending half your paycheck at a spray tanning salon. Former tanning and skin care CEO Kelly Richardson (and now founder of Venone Public Relations) joins Just Ask David to reveal her winter tanning secrets. These industry sunless tanning tips are so good, your friends and family will be wondering if you went on vacation! Tanning Beds or Sunbathing Should NEVER Be Options Sunbathing used to be a popular method of self-tanning in the past. But now, even the most vain of us won’t lie out in the sun. We know that prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays seriously increases your risk of developing skin cancer (and crepey skin). “Running to the tanning bed before you go on vacation is not the way you want to prepare,” Kelly agrees. “The best thing to do is just to reach for that bottle of sunless tanning lotion [or] go get a spray tan.” Sunless Tanning 101 The discovery that overexposure to UV rays can cause melanoma caused the tanning industry to rely on sunless tanning much more than in the past. But not everyone’s a fan -- until they learn that the secret is all in the application. “It’s 10% product, 90% application,” Kelly says. The most common complaint about sunless tanning lotion is streaking after application. But that can be easily worked around with the right technique. “The most important thing is to exfoliate and blend,” Kelly says. Exfoliating the skin before applying the tanning lotion removes the dead skin that often causes streaking. Kelly also suggests using oil-free scrubs to exfoliate, as the oil in other scrubs creates a barrier between your skin and the product. For More Skin Care and Tanning Tips, Stay in Touch with Kelly Hopefully, these sunless tanning tips will help you be as tan as you want to be this winter! Visit Kelly’s lifestyle blog for more tips and tricks on using sunless tanning lotion, general skin care, and much more!
Jan 16, 2018
Episode 38: How to Start Eating Organic Food in 2018 with Special Guest Laura Klein
America’s recent organic food craze may be just what we need to combat the country’s obesity epidemic. But is switching to an organic diet possible for all of us? Trained organic chef Laura Klein has all the answers you’ve been wondering about -- and then some. Laura is the cofounder of the natural lifestyle brand Organic Authority and is known for making the transition to organic food easy-to-understand, and above all, delicious. She’s written for some of the most powerful media outlets around, including the Huffington Post, the Food Network, and Oprah.com. Is Organic Food Really Better? While organic food is becoming more popular, it does seem like a bit of an extra hassle. In fact, Laura thought the same thing when she first started culinary school. “I was not into organic food at all at the time,” she says. “I was interested in what produces the best tasting food.” But then she learned the secret among the best chefs - they use organic produce. They just don’t brag about it. “I really felt that America had been lied to about how food is grown, processed, and packaged and sold to us,” Laura adds, citing this misinformation as one of the reasons for America’s health crisis. Organic Food’s Biggest Barriers: Accessibility and Cost Even though organic food is more available than it’s ever been, not everyone has the option to buy it. “It’s definitely growing, but there are still parts of the country where it is not readily available,” Laura says. Although the organic grocery industry is booming in metropolitan cities, they simply don’t exist in other places. Organic food is also notoriously expensive, making it impossible for some families to be able to buy quality produce. But there are ways around these tall hurdles. For example, Laura suggests choosing one or two groceries you buy frequently and buying those organic. “Depending upon where you live, it can be really tough,” she says. “If you start by picking your favorite foods and buying those organic, that is a great way to get started.” Make Adding Organic Food to Your Diet Your Resolution for 2018! Another roadblock for a lot of us when it comes to organic food is putting it all together into a delicious meal. I strongly encourage you to visit Laura’s website, Organic Authority - they post new recipes every day! Don’t forget to follow on Twitter @OrganicAuthorit and Instagram @OrganicAuthority for advice on going organic on your social media feed.
Jan 13, 2018
Episode 37: Blutech Lenses for Wellness with Special Guest Valerie Manso
Many of us feel fatigued on a daily basis. We often chalk it up to too much caffeine, not enough exercise, poor diet, and age. And although these things often cause tiredness, there’s another factor you need to consider. Valerie Manso, Vice President of Sales and Education for BluTech lenses joins Just Ask David to talk about blue light -- a type of light that may be affecting your sleep and overall health. What is Blue Light? Like UV rays, blue light is a special kind of light with a specific wavelength. But instead of affecting our skin, blue light can irritate our eyes. The sun actually is the biggest emitter of blue light, but that’s usually taken care of by a pair of good sunglasses. “In the last few years, we’ve invited blue light into our homes -- indoors -- in the form of digital devices,” Valerie explains. “Whether it’s our smartphone, or the computer or a tablet… fluorescent lights, LED lights, they all emit blue light.” Why is Blue Light Harmful? Unlike the blue light sent by the sun, the blue light from our indoor devices can have harmful effects on our health. And not just our eyes. “[Electronic devices] emit the blue light in a particular wavelength that is very bad for our health,” Valerie says. “It’s the wavelength that sends the trigger to our brains that it’s time to wake up. So it impacts our circadian rhythm.” BluTech for Better Health Although there are other options, the best solution is to invest in BluTech lenses, which is the only solution to protect yourself from blue light. “There’s a recent study from Nova Southeastern University in Florida and it proved that BluTech lenses, after just five days of wear, doubled the user’s melatonin production. And as you know, we need melatonin to be able to fall asleep and stay asleep.” Valerie says. For more information on BluTech lenses and how they filter blue light, visit the BluTech website!
Jan 09, 2018
Episode 36: Men’s Grooming Winter Edition with Special Guest Barret Wertz
Many of us are delighted at the first icy breeze of winter -- but our skin sure isn’t. And no one wants to bring in 2018 with chapped lips and dry, scaly skin. Just Ask David’s favorite men’s grooming columnist Barret Wertz returns to share a few valuable tips on how men can keep their skin healthy during the cold winter season. Barrett is most well-known for being the Style & Grooming Director at Men’s Fitness Magazine, but has written for a variety of male grooming publications, like Men’s Journal, AskMen, The Plunge, and Men’s Health. Barret’s #1 Men’s Grooming Tip for Winter: Stay Moisturized! As the mainstream beauty industry is focusing more on men’s grooming, one of the biggest beauty concerns men have is reversing the effects of aging. Although there are products that can reduce the appearance of aging skin, your best defense against wrinkles is to actively work to prevent them. Keeping your skin moisturized during the coldest months is key to preserving your skin’s elasticity, preventing premature wrinkles. Treatments like oil cleansers and night masks are especially good for helping skin retain moisture. (And as always, Barret recommends retinol for its general anti-aging benefits). “The earlier you start, the more benefits you’re going to have in the long run,” he adds. Stay in Touch with Barret on Social Media Barret is always sharing grooming advice for men trying to look their best! To stay in the know for all of the latest men’s grooming innovations and tools, be sure to follow him on Instagram @BarretWertz. And don’t forget to look out for Barret’s new lifestyle and men’s grooming blog, The Grooming Editor, launching in 2018!
Jan 08, 2018
Episode 35: Cryotherapy for Wellness with Special Guest Marisel Salazar
If your only knowledge of cryogenics is that of what you’ve seen in science fiction movies, cryotherapy may sound like a bit of a scary concept. (But for the record, this episode of Just Ask David isn’t about preserving your body in a freezer for anti-aging purposes.) Cryotherapy uses the same basic principle on a much smaller scale, using low temperatures for the health benefits. NYC writer and photographer Marisel Salazar joins just Ask David to share how cryotherapy facials can make you look and feel more beautiful. If her name sounds familiar, you may have already seen plenty of her work for PureWOW and Martha Stewart Living. What is Cryotherapy? (and What are Cryotherapy Facials?) Cryotherapeautic treatments are incredibly diverse, suiting a variety of needs. For example, whole body cryptotherapy freezes your entire body for a few minutes to help alleviate muscle pain and boost athletic performance. But Marisel is here to talk about cryotherapy facials -- the process of freezing your face (below 200 degrees Fahrenheit!) for just a few minutes. Cryotherapy facials are known for their anti-wrinkle and anti-aging benefits. They’re also super relaxing! Keep in Touch with Marisel on Social Media! Visit Marisel’s website and stay updated with what she’s doing -- who knows if you’ll discover another cool spa treatment to experiment! Find Marisel on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter @MariselSalazar or Instagram @BreadButterNYC.
Jan 05, 2018
Episode 34: Affordable Beauty with Special Guest Mike Ponzillo
There was a time when your only luck in finding beauty products that were high-quality, cruelty-free, and (most importantly) affordable was waiting for a luxury brand to have a sale. But now, thanks to social media, beauty junkies on a budget have more variety than ever. So anyone shopping for the best beauty products for their buck should know all about Vanity Planet. California-based marketing whiz Mike Ponzillo joins Just Ask David to share his latest project. High-Quality, Affordable Beauty Products With an impressive collection of  exceptionally well-made beauty products, Vanity Planet stands out from other beauty brands because of its unapologetic focus on, above all, looking good. The fact that Vanity Planet’s prices are reasonable affordable is built-in and nonnegotiable. With products like facial exfoliating wands, preservative-free clay mask bundles, electric scalp massagers, and a huge variety of makeup brush sets, it’s hard to believe that such niche products can really be easy on our wallets. “We started with the customer in mind,” Mike explains. “When we started… the economy wasn’t fabulous at that time. A lot of people were really hurting and we wanted to make sure… that it was affordable as possible.” Mike Ponzillo credits the idea to the “creative and talented young professionals” he works with. Their goal was to make beauty products that weren’t so expensive that they became exclusive. They strive to create products that are available to the average buyer, because every woman should have access to what she needs to make her feel beautiful. Follow Vanity Planet on Social Media Browse Vanity Planet to check out the high-quality (and pretty cheap!) variety of beauty products they have to offer. You can also follow Vanity Planet on Facebook, Twitter @VanityPlanet, and Instagram @VanityPlanetStore for more affordable beauty products on your social media feed!
Jan 03, 2018
Episode 33: Keep Your Home Healthy This Holiday with Special Guests Ron Lisa
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is getting to chance to rest and enjoy being at home with my family. And of course, Christmas dinner. Worrying about what I’m eating and if I’m getting enough exercise all year round -- now’s the time for bonding and self love. While many of us are trying our best to be healthier, there’s just one thing that we often take for granted -- the quality of their air we’re breathing. We breathe in chemicals in our carpets, the HVAC unit, the paint and fixtures on our walls, and so much more. Your family is going to be home all holiday -- is there anything we can do to improve the indoor air quality of our homes? Meet Ron & Lisa Beres, The Healthy Home Dream Team. They’re building biologists and Certified Green Building Professionals -- some of the leading experts in how your indoor air quality affects your health and wellness. In fact, Ron & Lisa have been featured on The Home Shopping Network, Lifetime, The Dr. Oz Show, Rachael Ray, Chelsea Lately, and countless others, sharing which toxins are likely to be polluting the air in your home and advice on purifying the air. Healthy Home, Healthy Family, Happy Holiday! Ron and Lisa take a holistic approach to keeping the air indoors as pure as possible. They have plenty of tips and tricks that not only help purify the air, but may prevent adding more toxins. And all of these methods are safe for your family and your pets -- like buying a few houseplants, for example. “Plants work as nature’s mini air purifiers,” Lisa says. “They actually did a study and found that there are certain plants that not just produce oxygen, but these plants in particular absorb chemical vapors and toxic gases. Chemicals that are emitted from furnishing and carpeting like benzine, formaldehyde, ammonia, and so on.” Stay in Touch with Ron & Lisa and Get a FREE Special Gift For Listeners Want to learn more about how to keep your home safe and healthy for you and your family? Visit Ron & Lisa’s website, find them on Facebook, and follow them @RonAndLisa on Instagram and Twitter! Ron & Lisa have an exclusive holiday gift for all our listeners -- claim your FREE gift!
Jan 02, 2018
Episode 32: Relaxation Vacations with Special Guest Tanya Christian
Anyone who has a stressful career or works long hours knows the feeling of desperately needing a vacation. You feel overwhelmed, run-down, and out of fuel. Blogger and editor of ESSENCE magazine Tanya Christian knows all about relaxation vacations and even has a list of her favorite spas around the globe. “I think it’s important to get away and take some time for yourself to recenter, get focused, and just say, ‘You know what? I’m just not doing anything. I’m going to relax.’” Tanya joins Just Ask David to share the benefits of taking a beauty and wellness retreat and recommend a few of the best spa treatments she’s ever gotten anywhere. Why Try a Relaxation Vacation Package? Tanya admits her wanderlust for traveling to new places, but having the time to step back from her daily life and rejuvenate is one of the most important parts of her vacation. “I live in New York City, so the hustle and bustle of the city can just be draining,” she says. The health and beauty benefits from the various spa treatments offered around the world are more than strictly what the spa offers. “Studies have shown that there are great benefits to going to the spa,” Tanya adds. “Your stress levels are decreased, you feel more in tune with your body, fewer sick days, fewer hospitalizations. So there are a myriad of benefits to doing it.” Listen & Follow Tanya Christian Online for More Spa & Wellness Ideas! Being a world traveler and a spa junkie, Tanya has tons of suggestions for spa retreats. And they’re all the best in the world! What’s your dream relaxation vacation package? Visit Tanya on Wordpress and Facebook or follow her on Twitter @TanyaAChristian and Instagram @tanyachristian for travel ideas around the globe!
Jan 01, 2018
Episode 31: Let’s Talk SparkPeople.com with Special Guest Chris Downie
Everyone who’s hopped on the fitness bandwagon in the last few years knows about SparkPeople.com. But for those of you who don’t know, the SparkPeople app and website are valuable resources for all things health-related. The CEO and founder of SparkPeople.com Chris Downie joins Just Ask David to let us know why he started SparkPeople and how it’s changed fitness forever. What is SparkPeople? SparkPeople has everything you need to learn how to eat better and get in shape -- from calorie counters, workout routines, healthy recipes, and nutrition expert panels. But where did Chris Downie get the idea for such an ambitious project? “As a kid, I had anxiety,” Chris shares. “I didn’t like that, so eventually I put together this self-improvement program that took, on one side, the best of health and fitness, and then on the other side, the best of goal-setting, leadership, behavioral psychology… This big lightbulb went off in my head to just mash all of this stuff together.” But Chris didn’t realize how great SparkPeople’s potential was until members started noticing results in a big way. It finally hit him when he received a phone call from a coworker in Cincinnati. “She ended up losing fifty pounds and telling me that I changed her life.” Since then, SparkPeople has grown into a vast fitness community that has helped thousands of people improve their health. Use SparkPeople to Help Change Your Lifestyle! Making the choice to live a healthier lifestyle isn’t an easy one to make. That’s why SparkPeople is thriving - having the extra tools and support really makes the difference. Visit SparkPeople.com today and gain access to thousands of recipes, fitness tools, and opinions of health experts - free! You can also like SparkPeople on Facebook or follow @SparkPeople on Twitter and Instagram!
Dec 31, 2017
Episode 30: Beauty & Health Products for Kids with Special Guest Alyssa Hertzig
If you’re a parent, you know that finding hygiene products for kids is a difficult task. Getting kids to brush their teeth, take a bath, or put on sunscreen every day isn’t an easy thing to do. Renowned beauty editor and mom of two Alyssa Hertzig shares her own advice for beauty and health products for kids that they’re sure to love. And Alyssa knows her stuff - she’s edited for the likes of Allure, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, and her latest project, Total Beauty. The Best Products for Kids are the Most Fun Luckily for parents, there are plenty of interesting health products for kids that will motivate them to maintain their hygiene. Alyssa suggests opting for special hygiene products for kids to make them more excited about getting clean. Look for things like colorful sunscreen or bath fizzies for kids -- they’ll be sure to think of bath time as fun. “Go for flavors, go for fun shapes, go for colors,” Alyssa says, though she warns that some kiddy products may not always be as effective. Be Confident That You’re Always Buying the Best Products for Kids To learn more about beauty and health products for kids, visit Alyssa’s blog, the Sparkly Life and follow @alyssahertzig on Twitter and Instagram. Don’t forget to check out the Sparkly Life Facebook page!
Dec 30, 2017
Episode 29: Fashionable Sustainability with Special Guest Greta Eegan
As we move toward a more technologically advanced world, sustainability has become an increasingly important topic. Personal care products, clothes, food, electronics -- manufacturing these things all require resources and potentially create waste. Many of us are doing our part by recycling and finding ways to be more energy-efficient. But what is the fashion and beauty industry doing to be more sustainable? Fashion Me Green editor and writer of the book, Wear No Evil Greta Eegan joins us to talk about sustainability in the beauty industry. Sustainable Clothes 3-D printing is an incredible and versatile tool that higher-ups in the fashion industry are experimenting with to make clothes. A 3D printer creates a tangible, three-dimensional object from a computer file. The most important thing to note about 3D printing is that no waste is created in using it. “It’s sort of the modern way of applying haute couture to the masses,” Greta says. One day, people will be able to design their own clothes, plug in their measurements, and print them and wear them with a 3d printer. It’s a fun, creative, and sustainable way to truly tailor your own personal style to your own body. Learn More About Sustainability and Nontoxic Beauty Follow @GretaEegan on Twitter and Instagram to learn more about how to be stylish and sustainable! You can also visit her website Fashion Me Green for more information.
Dec 29, 2017
Episode 28: Beauty Industry Innovation with Special Guest Simon Pitman
The beauty industry is quickly becoming a hotbed for clever innovations that cater to a diverse variety of needs. These days it seems like there’s a beauty product for every skin type, hair texture, and lifestyle. But how did the beauty industry change so fast? Senior Editor of Cosmetics Design Simon Pitman says Millennials are driving the demand. The Beauty Market: From Niche to Hit “The Millennial consumer has raised the bar for expectations on products,” Simon says. As consumers are becoming more informed, what used to be considered niche in the beauty industry is now becoming commonplace or even an industry standard. For example, there’s a new emphasis in the beauty market on “cruelty-free” products. Cruelty-free beauty products aren’t a new concept, but today’s consumers are more aware of how their products are made. So many consumers may refuse to buy beauty products that use animal testing or are produced by employees working in sweatshop conditions. Beauty Products Just for You The recent diversification of beauty products available on the market is also the result of Millennial trends. “[The] Millennial consumer wants a product that’s targeted directly towards them,” Simon says. “What’s happening now is microsegmentation. There’s a product for everyone. It’s no longer, ‘one size fits all.’” That means the creation of beauty products like an oil-based shampoo to repair bleach-ravaged locks. Or even an entire organic, cruelty-free beauty line to even the tone of hyperpigmented, rash-prone skin. Finally, beauty products that you can feel good about buying! Let the Beauty Industry Hear What YOU Think Want to learn more about the latest beauty industry trends? Follow Cosmetics Design on Twitter @CosmeticsDesign and Facebook and get makeup and personal care news on your feed!
Dec 28, 2017
Episode 27: Athleisure Trends with Lauren Parker
Have you noticed how popular Athleisure style is these days? Sure, more people are probably working out than in the past, but if you’ve noticed, people who aren’t even going to the gym are often decked out in yoga pants and a bowling bag. I’m talking about athleisure. Editor-in-Chief of Accessories Magazine Lauren Parker joins us to talk about how Athleisure is changing the beauty industry. What is Athleisure? The overwhelming trend of Athleisure clothing and active lifestyles has upended fashion completely. Athleisure spawned a brand new category of designer quilted, lightweight, nylon bags for the gym. They even have wet/dry sections, shoe sections, and more. It’s all about functionality. It started with yoga leggings, but now Athleisure street style is the buzz in the fashion world. This includes more tracksuits - from retro Run-DMC styles to Juicy Couture’s revived velour tracksuit or Adidas’ 3-stripes. Then there’s Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma line, which mixes pearls and lace with edge sport. It’s a huge mashup now. Wearing Athleisure Sneakers & Accessories Sneakers have always been a staple in athletic wear. But the Athleisure trend inspired a sneaker brands to get more creative and stylish. Think slip-on designer sneakers like Botkier with zipper trim or Michael Kors with fur. Another huge Athleisure sneaker trend are the classic Adidas white Stan Smiths. “Jewelry can be a little trickier with Athleisure,” Lauren says. Athleisure is light and hands-free, so you aren’t going to be wearing statement necklaces with your yoga clothes. Tiny earrings and ear crawlers are becoming more in style because of this reason. Because functionality is such a big part of athleisure, backpacks and belt bags are back in style in a big way. In-Style Accessories on Your Daily Feed Want to stay up to date with the latest trends? Follow Accessories Magazine on Twitter and Instagram @accesoriesmag and be sure to check them out on Facebook!
Dec 27, 2017
Episode 26: More Men’s Grooming Tips with Special Guest Barret Wertz
Men’s grooming is booming in the beauty industry -- especially during Movember. But men’s personal grooming is more than just keeping facial hair tidy. Skin care matters, too! The Grooming Editor founder Barret Wertz returns to Just Ask David to share some of his favorite men’s grooming products and to explain the importance of protecting your skin from future damage. The Men’s Grooming Guide for Protecting Your Skin Men’s grooming usually didn’t include skin care in the past, but things are changing. Men are slowly starting to take better care of their skin. “A lot of men want the tingle and burn to feel that it’s really working,” Barret says. Barret cites sunscreen as one of the most valuable skin care products for men (and women, too!) trying to protect their skin from signs of early aging. A good way to include sunscreen in your daily grooming routine is to use it right after your aftershave so it becomes second nature. So what other men’s skin care products should be included in your grooming essentials? Barret calls antioxidants the “side-by-side partner of sunscreen.” Antioxidants help protect your skin from other environmental factors, like pollution and free radicals. Used with sunscreen, antioxidants are incredibly effective in preventing premature aging and skin damage. Men’s Personal Grooming Tips at Your Fingertips Want more grooming tips and the best men’s grooming product recommendations? Visit the Grooming Editor and follow @BarretWertz on Instagram and Twitter.
Dec 26, 2017
Episode 25: Green Design 101 with Special Guest Chriss Slevin
Many of us have decided to go green in our own way. Some of us choose to drive energy-efficient cars and some of us are committed to recycling every week. We have a better understanding of sustainable living than we did in the past and why it is important to the future of our world. Sustainable living expert Chriss Slevin joins Just Ask David to give us the scoop on things we’ve always wanted to ask about going green. Chriss is the Designer & Creative Director of N.Y.C. label WAYWARD and also teaches Green Design at LIM College. Green Design: What Is It and How Can We Use It? We know what it means to go green, but what is green design? You can think of it as taking going green a step further. It’s a holistic approach to producing that takes into account the total impact of a product on the world. How safe is the product? How fair is it to the people who make it? Are there toxic by-products to production and are they disposed of correctly? The goal of green design is to contribute to a healthier, safer, more equitable world. But how do we hold brands accountable for their sustainability? “Vote with your dollar,” Chriss says. And if you don’t have the dollar to spare, extend the life of a product that may not be green. How to Learn More About Green Design and Supporting Green Brands One of the first steps to sustainable living is to figure out which brands to trust. Check out Chriss Slevin’s sustainable textiles and fashion label WAYWARD and follow @waywardNYC on Twitter and Instagram.
Dec 25, 2017
Episode 24: Breathing Exercises for Stress with Special Guest Mani Srinivasan
It’s no secret that stress levels are at an all-time high -- that’s why methods to counteract stress and anxiety are a hot topic these days. Our special guest Mani Srinivasan says that most of us need breathing techniques more than we know. In today’s “always on” world, our bodies are in a perpetual state of sympathetic nervous system overload. In other words, we are stuck in fight-or-flight mode. Mani joins us today to talk about the most accessible, free tool at our disposable to interrupt the stress taking over our bodies and minds. That tool is our breath. And integrating simple, but powerful breathing techniques into our daily routines can make a huge difference in quality of life. Mani is the founder of BreatheFreeNow, an organization that inspires and educates diverse communities on understanding their breathing patterns and using breathing exercises to improve daily living. the Benefits of Breathing Exercises are for Everyone As soon as we wake up in the morning, we begin thinking about the million things we have to do. As the day unfolds, we often find ourselves triggered (someone criticizes us at work, cuts us off in traffic or calls us with troubling news about our child). Our system goes into overload and we breathe shallowly. The way to counterbalance this is with deliberate “belly” breathing that engages our diaphragm. Within minutes, a suitable breathing practice can shift our biochemistry! Essentially, BreatheFreeNow teaches how to use breathing as a healing and grounding mechanism. “Where tension goes, energy flows,” Mani says. Tools for Better Breathing Whenever You Need Them If you want to learn more about the benefits of deliberate breathing and workshops to put breathing techniques into practice, please visit his organization’s website, BreatheFreeNow, and follow them on Instagram @breathefreenow.
Dec 24, 2017
Episode 23: Celebrity Beauty Secrets with Ebby Antigua
Celebrity beauty secrets are such a mystery. Our favorite celebrities always look so good when we see them on the big screen or in a magazine. Surely they must have beauty tips that we know nothing about, right? Some of the best celebrity beauty secrets in Hollywood will be revealed today by our special guest, Ebby Antigua. Ebby has mingled with celebrities for years as the Fashion & Creative Editor of Latina magazine, getting all the details of their makeup and beauty routines. Celebrity Beauty Secrets Revealed Being close enough to Hollywood A-listers to learn celebrity beauty secrets is just a dream many of us have. But Ebby hasn’t always been the Latina fashion editorial hotshot she is today. Once she got a taste of what it was like to socialize with the top celebrity stylists and makeup artists, she left her graphic design career to join the beauty industry. Keep up With Celebrity Beauty Secrets on Social Media Want to stay up to speed with Ebby on all the latest, exclusive celebrity beauty secrets and fashion favorites? Check out Ebby’s Ebsessions at Latina and follow her @ebbyantigua on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Dec 23, 2017
Episode 22: Female Entrepreneurship in the Beauty Industry with Special Guest Belisa Silva
SWAAY is the women’s media powerhouse that we all needed, featuring articles and tips on what women really care about - from subscription delivery packages created by women, to how to juggle a business and a pregnancy. At its core, SWAAY features the full, unabridged story of female entrepreneurs, from their successes to their collective issues within the industry. SWAAY editor Belisa Silva joins us today to talk about what SWAAY is all about - supporting women entrepreneurs who are changing the world as we know it. Belisa has been fashion editor for over a decade and has a few stories to tell of her own as a successful businesswoman. The Beauty Industry and Female Entrepreneurship To give an accurate picture of how involved women really are in setting beauty industry trends, Belisa mentions an indie beauty convention she attended recently. Of the 230 small businesses showcasing the beauty products, 191 were owned by women. That’s much more than just impressive -- it suggests a pattern. “Women are at the forefront of innovation in our industry. Women are the ones coming up with these unique brands,” Belisa says, referring to the natural, organic, cruelty-free ingredients that dominated the convention -- and the entire beauty industry. Because of the undeniable influence of women owned businesses, the beauty industry as a whole has been moving toward “radical transparency,” meaning that the company creating and distributing a beauty product is transparent about where the ingredients and labor come from. “Consumers are more skeptical than ever before and don’t believe big brands,” Belisa adds. Female entrepreneurs are brilliantly able to pick up on this and give their buyers the transparency they want. Many even post pictures of the production process on social media. Financial Challenges for Women Entrepreneurs Women are now starting companies more than ever. But one of the biggest problems faced by women entrepreneurs is access to funding. “Only about 2-6% of female-founded businesses are receiving funding,” Belisa says. That means there’s a serious disparity with women leading in innovation but have no access to capital. But women have found a clever way to get around their lack of funding -- using social media as leverage. Many of these women-owned businesses rely on product feedback from their followers on social media, forging an intimate relationship between producer and consumer. This is especially helpful considering how fast turnaround has to be these days to keep up with the latest beauty craze. Empower Female Owned Businesses by Supporting SWAAY Successful businesswomen from all backgrounds converge on SWAAY! I encourage you to visit SWAAY and check out all of the insightful and interesting information available on the site. Stay up-to-date with SWAAY by following SWAAY on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @swaaymedia.
Dec 22, 2017
Episode 21: FaceLove Facial Massage with Special Guest Rachel Lang
A facialist is probably the last place we’d go to get in shape. But we work out our legs, abdomens, arms, and plenty of other body parts -- so why don’t we ever work out our faces? Holistic Facial Massage Facial massage for beautiful skin and overall health has been promoted by many for years now. Our special guest, veteran facialist and skin care expert Rachel Lang is a huge advocate for facial massage for health. In fact, Rachel has been practicing high touch facial massage for over 25 years and has collaborated with the likes of Aveda, Clinique, Aveeno, and Biotherm. She even has her own successful brand, FaceLove. Facial Massage Strokes for All Kinds of Folks “FaceLove is all about activating inner beauty with the power of high touch,” Rachel says. “We use the combination of firm muscle toning, face massage, acupressure, and interactive facial exercise.” In other words, FaceLove is a facial massage technique that focuses on the facial muscles to make the face look more vibrant and youthful. Rachel uses her facial skin care knowledge along with a few traditional indigenous techniques to create this eclectic facial massage. And due to concerns about clients with sensitive skin, FaceLove massages only have one ingredient -- water! And believe it or not, water-only facials like FaceLove can be incredibly effective. Rachel says that using just water allows her to better grab and grip the facial muscles until clients can feel a “good hurt,” like a good workout session at the gym. Facial Muscle Massage: Work Those Muscles! The National Touch Research Institute cites a relationship between toned, stimulated muscles and the skin. Regular facial massages can speed up your skin’s metabolism, increase the level of collagen, and improve the overall integrity of the skin. With a total of 57 muscles in the face, it’s no wonder that working the facial muscles has so many benefits! See for Yourself the Innovation of the Facial Massage Industry “When I decided to go back into the industry, I didn’t see just opening up another spa,” Rachel says. “I wanted to do something that wasn’t out there yet.” Now, facial muscle massage is gaining popularity in a variety of forms (even including facial yoga!) FaceLove has a devoted following across the country and is hoping to be able to award students with FaceLove facial massage certifications in the future. To stay updated with what FaceLove is doing, follow on Facebook or Instagram @love_facelove.com. You can also visit the FaceLove website for more information (and even book your first facial massage!)
Dec 21, 2017
Episode 20: Rejuvenation Spa Youth from the Inside Out with Special Guest Devin Haman
Today’s special guest went from being a real estate agent to owning one of the most notorious tanning salons on Sunset Strip, to owning a rejuvenation center frequented by celebrities. (His tanning salon was so popular that it had its own reality television show on E! Network. Talk about finding your true calling!) Devin Haman joins us to talk about the Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center, one of his latest projects. This rejuvenation center combines science with beauty to make people feel decades younger -- inside and out. This endeavor was inspired by the changes Devin noticed in his body as he was aging. Despite the fact that he was working out regularly and eating right, he noticed he was having trouble sleeping and keeping weight off. The reason why Devin has been able to enjoy so much success in the beauty rejuvenation industry is that he understands our fascination with youth isn’t just about looking younger. When we really start to feel the effects of aging, it’s not just about the aesthetics of looking younger anymore. We want to be able to feel the way we used to feel, too. Luckily, a youthful spring in your step is easier to get than ever. In the last 12 years, medical rejuvenation spa technology has advanced spectacularly. In comparison to the past, most anti-aging treatments have better results and a quicker recovery time. Rejuvenation Spa for Anti-Aging Devin’s rejuvenation center offers many treatments that can help you feel just as energized as you used to be. “As you age, your hormones decline,” Devin says. “It starts when you’re thirty, but you really notice when you’re forty or fifty.” One popular product is HRT, or hormone replacement therapy. HRT has been proven to ease the hormonal imbalances that come with aging, making patients feel rejuvenated and more full of energy. Another interesting medical rejuvenation spa innovation Devin Haman practices in his office is the CVAC pod. The CVAC, or the Cyclic Variations in Adaptive Conditioning pod, is a tool that works by constantly changing the barometric pressure inside the pod. The result, especially after a few treatments, is increased energy and ability to focus. And the best part? There’s virtually no recovery time needed. Rejuvenate, Look Younger, And Keep Up! The Beverly Hills Rejuvenation Center isn’t the only of its kind. In fact, Devin has opened 11 more locations around the country since it was first started in 2005. Want to learn more about Devin Haman and nearby rejuvenation centers? Visit the Beverly Hill Rejuvenation website and follow on Twitter @BHrejuvcenter or Facebook.
Dec 20, 2017
Episode 19: The Parenthood Self Care Checklist for Saving Sanity with Special Guest Ericka Souter
Being a parent is an important job, but it’s not an easy one. So many new responsibilities are added to your life - more than you’ve ever had before. It comes to a point when many parents find that they’re filling their free time without the kids with errands. As a result, self care for parents is a topic that many of us just don’t have. We don’t feel like we have the time. Ericka Souter joins us to talk about the importance of self care for parents. Ericka is a regular contributor to award-winning blog mommy blog, Mom.me. She is also a regular on World News Tonight, Good Morning America, and Nightline, often talking about news affecting parents and children. Self Care Isn’t Selfish Contrary to belief, taking the time for self care is essential to being the best parent you can be. Many of us subscribe to what Ericka calls “the martyr syndrome,” putting everyone else’s needs ahead of our own. We often mistake this for being the defining trait of being a good parent. But in reality, most people eventually reach a critical breaking point. “If you’re crumbling, your family is going to suffer as well,” Ericka says. The benefits of self care far outweigh the bad. When you’ve had a chance to breathe and be yourself again, that translates to the way you parent. So how do you overcome the feelings of guilt and selfishness for taking time out for yourself? You just have to acknowledge that you deserve some enjoyment and relaxation. But many people don’t understand the importance of self care for parents until they’ve been neglecting themselves for so long that they’ve hit a wall. “Many people have to try it before they realize the benefits,” Ericka adds. Ericka’s Self Care Checklist for Saving Sanity 1. Recharge. Just plan a moment when you can sit and quiet your mind, whether it’s getting a mani/pedi, going to the gym, or just vegging out on your favorite t.v. show. Feed your interests. Parenthood consumes many of us, but you were a person before you became a parent! Keep that part of you alive by doing the things you enjoy - even if you feel like you don’t have time for it. Create a Mom Squad. Gather a group of friends who are moms, too. They’ll know your struggles all too well and can provide a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. Stay in Touch with Ericka to Learn More About Self Care and Parenting Self care and parenthood aren’t incompatible, BUT it does take a lot of practice to balance the two. Learn more information and tips about juggling self care and parenting by visiting Ericka Souter’s website. If you have social media, follow her @erickasouter on Twitter and Instagram. In the meantime, practice self care by pampering yourself with these easy, at-home beauty tips!
Dec 19, 2017
Episode 18: Movember and Men’s Grooming Trends with Barret Wert
The skin care market for men is thriving more than ever before. Beard oils, men’s skin care products, and grooming tools are filling men’s cabinets all across America. Men are really beginning to feel comfortable with experimenting with their looks. But why? Men’s Skin Care Products: A Booming Industry Highly acclaimed men’s grooming expert Barret Wertz has a few ideas. Barret was the Style & Grooming Director for almost a decade at the now-defunct Men’s Fitness magazine and has written for the likes of StyleCaster, Men’s Health, and Men’s Journal. “The older generation has become more relaxed in the workplace… and the younger generation is surrounded by images of themselves on social media,” he says. Both of these points have sparked interest in men experimenting with their look and taking a more active role in their skin care. The Movember Movement has also sparked interest in men’s grooming. What is the Movember Movement? The Movember Foundation was created in Australia in 2003 as a way to raise awareness for men’s health issues. What makes Movember such a powerful movement is that it normalizes uncomfortable conversations about men’s health, like the anxiety behind getting a colonoscopy. So how do you get involved in the Movember craze? During the entire month of November, men participating in the movement grow out their facial hair. It becomes a great hook to start a conversation about men’s health. With so many people participating in Movember every year, it becomes clear to see why men are more concerned with their grooming these days. Not only does it support a great cause, but it opens the door for men to experiment with their looks. Men’s Facial Grooming Tips from the Expert So what men’s grooming tips does Barret have? For blemish-free skin, he swears by using sunscreen regularly and eating a diet high in antioxidants. Even better, this combination can help prevent skin cancer. “Beard oils are generally good for all skin types,” he adds. Beard oils tend to be light and watery while still giving the skin under your beard the moisture it needs. Want more men’s grooming tips? Visit Barret’s website, The Grooming Editor and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @BarretWertz.
Dec 18, 2017
Episode 17: Why Use Natural Skin Care Products with Special Guest Sarah Tay
The first time all natural skin care line owner Sarah Tay ate an orange from a grocery store, she was taken aback. She’d grown up eating organically grown fruit in her parents’ orchard and found that commercially grown fruit tasted… different. And not in a necessarily good way. So when you think about it, why wouldn’t the artificial ingredients we apply on our skin follow the same principle? Sarah Tay thought so. That’s why she only picks natural ingredients for skin care brand, TAY skincare. Why Choose Organic Skin Care? TAY skincare was created based on the idea that organic ingredients have different properties than their artificial or commercially grown counterparts. Sarah’s all-natural, organic skin care line is focused on sourcing ingredients for the best results on our skin. Sarah believes that what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in our bodies, which is why it’s important to read the ingredient labels of our beauty products just like we look at the nutrition facts of the food eat. This is especially true of the skin, which is the largest organ of our bodies. Taking Care of Your Body with Natural Ingredients for Skin Care Luckily, TAY skincare is effective on all skin types. The organic skin care ingredients in TAY aren’t likely to cause irritation even for sensitive skin. But using TAY products for the maintenance of your skin is just step one of taking care of your skin. Sarah suggests a holistic approach when it comes to skin care. You can maximize your organic skin care regimen just by taking preventative measures to protect your skin. “You can have the most impressive skin care products in the world, but if you’re not drinking enough water, it won’t be as effective,” Sarah says. To learn more, visit the Tay skincare website and stay in touch by following social media @tayskincare.
Dec 17, 2017
Episode 16: Eating for Gastrointestinal Health with Special Guest Colleen Francioli
Irritable bowel syndrome, often shortened to IBS, is a common condition that causes abdominal pain and excessive gas. Many people who suffer from IBS don’t realize that a simple change of diet can alleviate or even get rid of many symptoms. Colleen Francioli joins us today to share how digestive health is important for everyone, even if you don’t have IBS. Colleen is the founder of FODMAP Life, one of the best online resources available about low FODMAP diets, FODMAP recipes, and living with functional gastrointestinal disorders. She is also certified nutritionist and a Digital Marketing Consultant for the Health & Wellness sector. What is FODMAP? FODMAPs are a group of short chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols found in many of our food and drinks. Adopting a low FODMAP diet has been proven to help the symptoms of functional gastrointestinal disorders like IBS and overall gut health. But what does FODMAP stand for? Each letter in the acronym stands for the chemical properties of food to avoid -- fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. FODMAPs are highly fermentable and osmotic, which can cause excessive flatulence, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain -- all reasons to avoid them if you’re suffering from gastrointestinal problems. Benefits of a Low FODMAP Diet You don’t have to have a gastrointestinal problem to reap the benefits of a low FODMAP diet -- in fact, you may find that you have more energy than you’ve had in years! When following a low FODMAP diet, high FODMAP foods are eliminated from your diet for a period of about 2-6 weeks. And the results are promising -- studies show that about 70% of people who suffer from IBS experienced reduced symptoms. That’s groundbreaking! To learn more about gastrointestinal health and tasty low FODMAP recipes, follow @fodmaplife on Instagram and Twitter.
Dec 16, 2017
Episode 15: The Skinny on Beauty Tips with Special Guest Lauryn Evarts
Imagine an online community where women from all across the world can share their health and beauty tips and tricks -- the ultimate “Girl Code,” if you will. Add a beautiful, ambitious, and business-savvy blogger as the creative director, and you’ve got the Skinny Confidential. Lauryn Evarts created the Skinny Confidential blog a few years ago. It’s become so popular that the Skinny Confidential is now also a podcast, a book, an app, and has even been featured in the likes of Women’s Health Magazine, the Huffington Post, and many others. <h3>Tried and True Beauty Tips For Women, By Women</h3> Even though Lauryn is the creator of the Skinny Confidential, her blog is not only about her. The Skinny Confidential is about encouraging women to march to the beat of their own drums and live unapologetically. How do you do that? By sharing the beauty tips women really want to hear, like alternative options to cotton tampons or the pros and cons of getting cosmetic surgery. A lot of topics featured on the blog are beauty secrets shared by readers. Although some are too controversial to be seen on a commercial blog, women still want to know the answers to some of their questions. <strong>Look no further than <a href="https://www.theskinnyconfidential.com">The Skinny Confidential.</a></strong> “[The Skinny Confidential] represents the movers, the shakers, and the ones who without a doubt want to be the best damn version of themselves,” Lauryn says. <strong>Want to keep up with Lauryn? Follow her @lauryneverts on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.</strong>
Dec 15, 2017
Episode 14: Long-Term Fitness Goals with Special Guest Sarah Walls
Do you use a Fitbit or a weight loss app? These new fitness gadgets are revolutionizing the way we think of achieving our health goals. For the first time, we’re able to see our progress using these fitness tracking tools -- which is encouraging when we don’t see instant results. Special guest Sarah Wells elaborates on how fitness trackers are helping more and more people realize and achieve their long-term fitness goals, especially those of us who are getting older or live sedentary lifestyles. Sarah is a personal trainer and a Strength and Conditioning coach, as well as being talented in a variety of sports. She’s written for publications such as LiveStrong, Volleyball Magazine, Sport Strength Newsletter, and more. Measuring Your Health with Fitness Trackers The fitness tracker is one of the greatest innovations in fitness technology in the past decade. Never before have we been able to quantify our physical activity with such ease and accuracy, and it’s making a huge difference. Now, people who want to become more active can actually set personal goals on their fitness tracker and track their progress. They’re perfect for people who want to take steps toward living a more active lifestyle. Setting Your Personal Long-Term Fitness Goals “The healthiest thing is to view exercise as, ‘Hey, I’m getting older. I need to take a long-term view of how I’m aging,’” Sarah says. “But that’s not going to happen overnight, of course.” Luckily, fitness trackers are able to quantify physical activity. It’s incredibly helpful to see how much progress you’re actually making, even if you don’t see the results in your physique. To stay up to speed with what’s new in fitness, check out the SAPT website or follow Sarah on social media.
Dec 14, 2017
Episode 13: Healthy Comfort Foods with Guest Phoebe Lapine
Eating a balanced diet is easier than it’s ever been before. There are so many resources out there nowadays to help us eat healthier. There are even special diets that claim to not only help you lose weight, but to improve your body’s overall health from the inside -- like paleo, gluten-free, or vegan diets. It can be pretty overwhelming for a beginner to find out where to start. Special guest Phoebe Lapine joins us to share her journey to a healthier diet and a happier lifestyle. She is best known for her award-winning blog, Feed Me Phoebe, where she shares a variety of healthy comfort food recipes for any diet. Phoebe has also recently released her first book, “The Wellness Project.” <h3>Comfort Foods Made Healthy for Any Diet</h3> Healthy comfort food? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Not to Phoebe. In fact, she embraces using healthy ingredients in her comfort food recipes to contribute to a balanced diet. In her own words, “a kale margarita is better than no margarita at all.” Plus, healthy comfort food recipes have more benefits than tasting great and being great for us. Phoebe cites changing her diet as the reason why her chronic health problems have made a shockingly huge improvement. <h3>Healthy Hedonism: the Art of Eating a Balanced Diet That Feeds Your Soul</h3> “The Wellness Project” encourages healthier eating by challenging readers to cut one unhealthy thing from their diet for just one month, every month. This method works so well because you’re introduced to how to eat a balanced diet without the pressure of being forced to indefinitely cut out the foods you enjoy. But in some cases, the effects of eating a balanced diet aren’t all positive. Although some foods are great to leave out of your diet, like alcohol or sugar, Phoebe invites us to ask ourselves, “What does it do for my spirit?” Sticking to a certain diet can be uncomfortable and force you to go outside of your comfort zone -- that’s to be expected. But sometimes, cutting out our favorite foods in the name of eating a balanced diet can be downright distressing. For example, cutting out alcohol completely can seriously diminish some peoples’ social lives. -- so Phoebe suggests treating yourself every now and then or looking for healthier alternatives -- like kale margaritas. “I kind of let myself have a little wiggle room and consider where being too healthy or too extreme was infringing upon my ability to live life to the fullest,” Phoebe adds. <strong>To check out Phoebe Lapine’s healthy comfort food blog, <a href="https://feedmephoebe.com">Feed Me Phoebe</a>, or buy her book, “The Wellness Project.”</strong>
Dec 13, 2017
Episode 12: Let’s Talk Cosmoprof Beauty with Special Guest Mary Bemis
Cosmoprof Beauty Supply is an international chain that sells exclusively to beauty and wellness professionals. Cosmoprof often has special deals and beauty products that have yet to hit the market. In other words, if you’re in the beauty industry, Cosmoprof is your version of the Emmys. Mary Bemis is here with us today to talk about Cosmoprof. She is the co-curator of Cosmoprof North America Discover Green Pavilion and the editorial director of Insider’s Guide to Spas. Mary is an award-winning journalist who has launched both American Spa and Organic Spa magazines. Cosmoprof Products Go Green The American consumer of today is a lot different from the consumer of the 80’s or 90’s -- even the early 2000’s. Many of the beauty products sold at Cosmoprof today wouldn’t have had a fighting chance in our past economy. Cosmoprof products donning the labels “all-natural,” “environment friendly,” and “organic,” just wouldn’t be in demand back then. In the past, natural beauty products were always at odds with the consumer because many of us believe that anything “natural” couldn’t be grounded in science. We now have the better insight to see that’s just not true. Even products like aromatherapy are booming in popularity. “Talking about natural products, people didn’t want to hear it ten, twenty years ago,” Mary says. “The consumer’s really driving this market. Especially the ‘m’ word -- Millennials.” To discover a store near you, visit Cosmoprof’s website. For more about natural beauty and wellness products (and to get recommendations to spa salons near you!) visit Mary’s website at Insider’s Guide to Spas.
Dec 12, 2017
Episode 11: Nutrition and Aging With Special Guest Anne Danahy
We all want to be able to age gracefully and live active, independent lives when we get older. Nutrition and aging are deeply related, but many of us aren’t sure how to start a healthy diet -- some of us have been eating mostly processed foods for years. On this segment of Just Ask David, we have special guest Anne Danahy here to speak with us about how to have a healthy diet as we age. Anne is a registered dietician and nutrition communications consultant, specializing in women’s health. Anne has also written dietary pieces for numerous health and nutrition publications. Nutritional Needs for Middle-Aged Adults Diet impacts how you age, not just in terms of health and disease, but also how you look and feel. There are foods and diet patterns out there that make us feel better -- mentally and physically. Nutritional requirements for middle-aged adults are a bit different from that of younger adults. Our metabolisms tend to slow down when we age, making it easier for us to gain weight. But instead of focusing on eating less overall, Anne suggests focusing on what you can eat more of -- the foods that can speed up your metabolism -- in an effort to crowd out the food that slow it down. Healthy Diet Tips for Aging Gracefully There are thousands of diets out there, but many of the ones that have gained popularity in recent years demand that you cut out certain foods completely, like keto, paleo, or vegan diets. Still, Anne says that most diets don’t work -- lasting health comes from real, long-term life changes. So what’s the best diet plan for older adults? What are the people who are aging gracefully eating? “They’re not necessarily vegetarian or vegan or anything like that, but just people who have a more balanced diet and include more fruits and vegetables and plants and whole grains and leave out the processed and fried food,” Anne says. To stay up-to-date with what she’s doing, follow Anne’s blog, Craving Something Healthy, or follow her on Twitter @CraveSomeHealth.
Dec 11, 2017
Episode 10: Personal Style and NYFW Trends with Special Guest Nykia Spradley
A couple times each year, a few of the fashion capitals of the world host a week-long event called Fashion Week. For those of you who don’t know, the entire fashion world tunes in every Fashion Week to get the scoop on the latest fashion trends directly from the most highly acclaimed designers in the world. Nykia Spradley joins us on this segment to talk about how New York Fashion Week trends are becoming more and more influenced by online and street fashion. Nykia is a beauty writer who has written for several renowned publications, including Essence, Marie Claire, and PopSugar. The Evolution of NYFW Runway Looks In the past, Fashion Week in New York City was a time when fashion designers and editors dictated to the fashion world what was in style for the season. But according to Nykia, all that’s changed. With social media changing the way we communicate with each other, it’s no surprise that it’s even forcing a progressive event like NYFW to evolve. Now, the designers at New York Fashion Week often take inspiration from the fashion trends they observe online. And in the era of individuality, everyone is making their own fashion statements on their social media accounts. Many of these fresh and undiscovered ideas end up on the runway during fashion week. NYFW Trends: From the Internet to the Runway Fashion designers aren’t getting New York Fashion Week style ideas from social media because they can’t do it on their own -- they do it because recent online and street fashion is refreshingly different from anything we’ve ever seen before in the mainstream. Nykia says that the reason why social media fashionistas are influencing NYFW trends so much is that people are becoming less afraid to try new things when it comes to fashion. Maybe they’ll try something out today, but if they decide they don’t like it, they’ll just try something new tomorrow.  “People are driven by the Millennial mindset of just experimenting, having fun, and doing things that highlight your individuality,” she adds. To stay up-to-date with Nykia and check out her beauty tips, visit her website or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @nyksprads.
Dec 10, 2017
Episode 9: Fall 2017 Makeup Trends with Special Guest Cori Stoddard
The makeup industry is growing in a big way. With self-taught YouTube makeup artists gaining a staggeringly huge following and all of the new technology available to us now, it’s a perfect storm for the latest makeup trends (and the makeup industry as a whole) to take innovative leaps. Today, we have special guest Cori Stoddard to give us an insider’s eye on the current state of the makeup industry. Cori is the managing editor at the highly acclaimed Makeup Artist Magazine. She’s been in the industry as a journalist for twenty years and has seen plenty of popular makeup trends come and go. Dark &amp; Messy is “In” As a slight throwback to the “heroin chic” of the 90’s, smudged eye makeup, barebones foundation, and a dark color palette is what you’ll see on the runway this fall -- but not without a little 2017 flair. Abstract, geometric shapes around the eyes are also becoming popular on the runway this season. Dark purples are a trending makeup favorite this fall, so try adding burgundies, plums, and maroons to your makeup collection. Makeup Technology Trends Although most of us probably think of makeup as something people wear to enhance their look, makeup plays a huge role in movies and television. The things we like to watch, from Game of Thrones to Saturday Night Live, all rely on makeup to enhance (or even create) the characters. In the past, we relied solely on makeup, prosthetics, and props to believably turn an actor into a character. Now, makeup is often paired with CGI to make a character really come to life. “Makeup artists are having to incorporate more of [technology] in their jobs,” Cori says. “A lot of filmmakers are saying, ‘Actually, I want this to appear as real as possible.’” Whether that means CGI or lifelike prosthetics, one thing is clear -- the makeup trends in 2017 are inspiring plenty of outside-the-box thinking. To stay up to date with the latest makeup trends, visit the Makeup Artist Magazine website and follow Cori Stoddard.
Dec 09, 2017
Episode 8: Tips for Cooking Colorful, Healthy Meals with Guest Debi Traub
In the past few years, the art of food photography has boomed along with social media. Everyone wants to share with the world the delicious food they’re about to eat. Today’s special guest has made a career of taking pictures of the meals she prepares for her family. Debi Traub is best known for her recipe and food photography blog, Simply Beautiful Eating. Simply Beautiful Eating focuses on creating beautiful dishes that are good for you, too. Debi credits her love and talent for cooking colorful, healthy meals to her 95-year-old mother -- so you can just imagine how healthy her cooking must be! Healthy Eating: Eat With Your Eyes Debi calls meals that are low in nutrition, taste, and creativity as the three B’s: bland, boring, and “blech.” Whether we realize it or not, we eat with our eyes before we actually taste our food. We’re naturally drawn to dishes with bright, beautiful, colorful ingredients -- and they tend to be quite nutritional, too. The meals featured on Simply Beautiful Eating are all of those things -- flavorful, colorful, and healthy. In fact, many of the ingredients Debi uses for her food photography blog are picked from her husband’s garden. Go Organic or Go Home Fresh foods don’t just taste great, they also provide us with the maximum nutrients. Cooking with fresh, organic foods is a surefire way for your meals to be full of the things our bodies need -- without the stuff it doesn’t. You can get fresh foods from the grocery store, but Debi recommends buying from a farmer’s market or growing your own produce. “One of my favorite things is to stand in that garden and pick out everything we can use in the kitchen,” Debi says. You can find Debi’s food photography blog and her fresh food recipes at Simply Beautiful Eating.
Dec 08, 2017
Episode 7: How to Be a Successful Freelance Makeup Artist With Guest Rose Hill
Jobs in the Makeup Industry are Changing The professional makeup artist industry is a lot different than it used to be. Gone are the days when amateurs’ only path to being a celebrity makeup artist is to go to beauty school and beg trendy fashion magazines for exposure. These days, YouTube and Instagram makeup artists are dominating the industry with their diverse, crafty, and creative ways of applying makeup. Social media is promoting a generation of self-starting makeup artists -- all you need is talent and a few thousand followers. Our special guest this morning is Rose Hill, an award-winning celebrity makeup artist with an impressive portfolio -- from the likes of Bill Clinton to Hugh Jackman. Rose is the founder of Make Up Crew and is most recently the professional makeup artist behind America’s Got Talent. Protecting Your Business as a Social Media Makeup Artist Being in the industry for so many years, Rose has plenty of tips for freelance makeup artists -- like the importance of legitimizing your business beyond social media. “The best way to get work… you have to find out the rules and regulations of the state you’re working in,” Rose shares. In some states, professional makeup artists may be required to obtain certification, makeup insurance, and even a business permit. These weren’t even concerns for makeup artists in the past -- they were typically hired by huge cosmetic corporations who took care of the fine print. Social media makeup gurus are essentially freelance makeup artists and need to be able to protect their rights. Want to learn more professional makeup artist tips and stay updated with Rose? Follow her on Twitter @RoseHillCrew or visit her website at www.MakeUpCrew.com
Dec 07, 2017
Episode 6: The Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet With Guest KC Cornwell
What Does Gluten Free Mean? As we grow more health-conscious, gluten free diets are becoming more and more mainstream. But what is gluten free, and why have gluten free diets grown so much in popularity the past few years? K.C. Cornwell is with us today to talk about what it means to live a gluten free lifestyle. Through her consulting firm, California Pomegranate Co., K.C. develops gluten free recipes for several restaurants, food brands, and wineries. So why would anyone want to be gluten free -- what’s the big fuss about? Gluten is a protein that is in many of the wheat-based foods we eat. Gluten tends to be sticky and is even used as a bonding agent in some beauty products, like lipsticks and conditioners. Some people aren’t able to fully digest gluten, and can even get sick from it. Why Go Gluten Free? “I’m not one of those people who thinks everyone in the world should be gluten free,” K.C. says. Indeed, some digestive conditions can’t handle breaking down gluten, but a gluten free diet can be beneficial for anyone. Gluten can be difficult to digest, even for people with perfect gastrointestinal health. “When we talk about gut health… and how the up to 80% of your immune system is in the gut… making it easy for your GI system to work currently makes it easier for [it] to produce [other hormones].” For more information on gluten free recipes and living a gluten free lifestyle, visit K.C. website at www.gfreefoodie.com.
Dec 06, 2017
Episode 5: The REAL Difference Between Designer and Drugstore Skincare Products with Guest Rache Anise
Beauty Blogger Meets Academia Are the ingredients in expensive, luxury skin care and makeup better than those in cheaper brands? Rachel Anise joins us today to make a case for both drugstore and luxury cosmetics. Rachel is the editor-in-chief of the highly acclaimed luxury beauty blog, the Beauty Professor and is also a full-time Communication Studies professor in the Los Angeles area. After scoring a publishing deal with a fellow professor, Rachel discovered her love of writing to an audience. By becoming a luxury beauty blogger, Rachel’s academic and beauty worlds converged so well that she found her calling. How Effective are Luxury Cosmetics Really? Rachel’s blog is dedicated to giving honest reviews on beauty products, specifically luxury brands. Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, and Burberry Beauty are just a few of the designer luxury brands that grace her blog. “Luxury brands aren’t necessarily better than drugstore brands,” she says. Rachel cites her allergy to lanolin, a common beauty product ingredient, as the initial reason she was drawn to more expensive cosmetics. “To me, their limited nature makes them, in addition to their price, ingredients, and company, a luxury brand.” For honest reviews on designer cosmetics and clothing, visit Rachel’s website at www.beautyprofessor.net.
Dec 05, 2017
Episode 4: How to Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle Without Giving up what You Love With Guest Jared Koch
Learning how to maintain a healthy diet can be a long and frustrating process. Eating healthy is a lifestyle, and it’s not going to work if you don’t change your habits. Our special guest, Jared Koch, is here to talk about how you can adopt a healthier lifestyle without giving up what you love. Jared is the founder of Clean Plates, a digital healthy lifestyle brand. Learn How to Eat Healthy and Never Go Hungry When it comes to nutrition and healthy eating, many of us have to relearn everything we know. It’s possible to eat delicious, healthy foods without giving up the pleasure of eating well. Many of us have difficulty learning how to stay motivated to eat healthy -- we’re counting calories to lose weight and feeling like we’re starving in the process. But there are plenty of ways to eat healthy and still be full when you finish your meals. Healthy, nutrient dense foods are typically low in calories but will make you feel fuller quicker. That way, you can pick a nutrient-rich entree or two that will fill you up without totally giving up some of the foods you love. Foods that are healthy are more accessible than ever makes it easier. Bio-individuality Healthy eating plans for weight loss are infamous for their varied results. One healthy eating meal plan may help one person lose 25 pounds, cause another person to gain 5, and help another lose 50 (and gain 75 back). But the key is in finding a healthy eating lifestyle plan that works for you. “We’ve all been trained to think about nutrition and healthy eating as a one-diet-fits-all approach,” Jared says. “Every diet will work for some people and not for others. There’s no one perfect way to eat.” To learn more about heart healthy eating (and for quick healthy eating recipes), visit Jared’s website at www.cleanplates.com or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Dec 04, 2017
Episode 3: How the Social Media Boom Influence the Beauty Industry with Guest Sheila Arkee
The makeup industry is just one of many markets that have been transformed by the internet and social media in recent times. Sheila Arkee is this morning’s special guest, and she’s here to talk about the makeup industry boom in the last few years, thanks to social media. Sheila has over 15 years of experience as a professional makeup artist and is the owner of the blog, Painted Ladies. Makeup News Spreads Faster Than Ever Before the internet and social media became accessible to virtually everyone around the world, makeup news and breakthroughs traveled a lot more slowly -- via commercials and magazines. In the past five years, the makeup industry has experienced tremendous growth. From celebrities to internet makeup sensations, everyone can promote their favorite new makeup brands and products to the entire world. Now, we don’t have to rely on the makeup recommendations of our family and friends -- we can make an educated decision ourselves by just hopping online. How Has the Makeup Industry Changed? Everyone is more educated about makeup quality in general because of how quickly people can exchange ideas through social media. From professional makeup artists and makeup lovers alike, everyone is more conscious of their makeup ingredients and how well a product suits their skin. Both corporate and independent makeup brands are making their products more accessible to a larger audience -- that’s because our makeup needs have been heard on social media. Many professional makeup brands are being more inclusive and releasing foundation lines that suit almost all skin tones on the spectrum. “I love learning about makeup,” Sheila says. “I know from what I’ve learned from meeting people on social media, it’s a way to bring people together. It’s nice way to share our passion for something creative… it’s just very exciting to see, not just as a makeup artist, but as a makeup lover.” For makeup tips and ideas, visit Sheila’s website at www.painted-ladies.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Dec 03, 2017
Episode 2: Self Care is Not Selfish How to Live a Balanced Life as a Parent with Guest Heather Brown
Being a mother is hard, and there isn’t a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all answer for questions about balancing parenting with other aspects of your life. Our special guest today is Heather Brown, the blogger behind the mommy lifestyle and self-care blog, My Life Well Loved. Heather is here to talk about how to balance the joys of motherhood with other aspects of your life. A Balanced Lifestyle is a Healthy Lifestyle Many of us are finding that living a balanced lifestyle is impossible when there’s just not enough time in the day to do everything we need (and want) to do. Life is all about balance. A life out of balance is not a life that is being enjoyed. A great way to juggle all of your responsibilities and bring some balance back into your life is making lists of everything you need to is to make lists of what you need to do that day. As you check off another task from your list, it really helps you get back into the rhythm of life and feel like you’ve accomplished something today. Self Care is Not Selfish Being a mother means there will be times when you have so much on your plate that you’ll struggle to make time for yourself. As much as you love spending time with your kids, plenty of us feel guilty for hiring a babysitter for the night, no matter how badly we need a break. But if we don’t allow ourselves to take a breather, many of us end up stressed and spreading ourselves too thin. “If I don’t pour into myself first, then I can’t pour myself into my friends and family that I love so much,” Heather says. “I have to do that self-care first.” There’s nothing wrong with taking time out for yourself to recharge. If you’re pressed for time during the week for self-care activities, make it a priority to do something you love at least once a day. Being a mother is the hardest job. Want to learn more about juggling motherhood and a healthy, balanced lifestyle? Read Heather’s blog at www.mylifewellloved.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Dec 02, 2017
Episode 1: The Connection Between Beauty and Diet with Guest Alex Caspero
The effects of processed foods on our health are becoming a real concern these days. It’s hard to avoid processed foods when our lives are becoming busier and more fast-paced. But processed food products have been proven to cause the growth of “bad” bacteria in our stomachs. Our special guest, Alex Caspero, is here to talk about the importance of gut health and how it affects our overall health. Alex is the owner of the award winning blog, Delish Knowledge, and the author of Fresh Italian Cooking for the New Generation. Gut Health Healthy bacteria in the gut occurs in our bodies naturally and helps us fight off infection. But when bad gut bacteria outweighs our healthy gut bacteria, the risk of gut permeability and inflammation rises significantly. Healthy probiotic foods, like sauerkraut and yogurt, promote the growth of this good bacteria. Eating fermented foods can improve gut health, which is proven to strengthen your immune system. It’s no wonder probiotics and healthy gut bacteria are hot topics in the health industry lately. Healthy is Beautiful Bad bacteria in the gut from eating processed foods can cause inflammation, particularly of the skin. Adding more non-processed, healthy, whole food options to your diet has been proven to be essential in healing the gut and reducing overall inflammation -- including acne. Gut health and acne are very much connected. After changing to a healthy whole food lifestyle, many of Alex’s clients have seen a noticeable improvement in their acne. “I’m really interested in that connection between beauty and diet,” Caspero says. “When you think about the fact that 70-80 percent of the immune system is housed in our guts, it really is hardly a surprise that what’s living there is gonna make an impact on our overall health, including outward health.” For more on how to transition to a better diet for gut health, visit Alex’s blog at delishknowledge.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Dec 01, 2017