Being sick for a week really chipped away at my senses and spirit, but one shower with this stimulating Herbacin gel and I feel like I’ve come back to life. The invigorating scent helped clear up my sinus congestion, while the aromatherapy alleviated tension. Creator Herbacin has been around since 1905 growing their own ingredients, which in this case include lemongrass and ginger. The lemongrass treats breakouts on your skin, eliminating excess oil that can harbor unwanted bacteria. That cleansing treatment also means you can try this out on your hair. I’m more interested in the ginger, though – the Chinese have been using it for centuries to cure colds, which is why I think this shower gel has been such a gift to me (it smells just like my cold remedy!). The herb balances out your chi and is even taken by women after giving birth to strengthen and revive them. Even if you’re not on the mend, the spicy kick of ginger is great for waking you up in the mornings. It’s definitely something more exciting than the usual boring scents! Available on drugstore.com for $7.50.
Ideally we would all get the essential nutrients we need from food, but that isn’t always feasible. While the evidence is murky when it comes to the efficacy of supplements, if you’re at risk for falling short on some key nutrients it’s worth considering consulting a physician or registered dietitian about starting a supplement plan. I spoke with Melissa O’Shea MS, RD, the director of nutrition at Exhale Spa, and Patrick Frost, one of the most popular instructors at Barry’s Bootcamp, to get their insights.
“Here are 5 nutrients needed by active women that may require a supplement if your diet is falling short,” says O’Shea.
1. Omega-3s – Research shows the EPA and DHA in omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce exercise induced asthma and post-exercise inflammation, reducing muscle soreness.
2. Calcium – This mineral is vital for bone health and muscle function.
3. Vitamin D – Vital for bone health (we need vitamin D to absorb calcium). This vitamin is key for strengthening bones and preventing stress fractures. We can make D from the sun, but most of us don’t spend enough time outside to soak up what we need and sunblock prevents absorption.
4. Protein – This macronutrient is essential to repair and rebuild muscle that is broken down during exercise. Endurance and strength athletes require more than a sedentary adult, and while the average American diet typically supports these needs, make sure you aren’t falling short.
5. Iron – This mineral is essential for any athlete, as it carries oxygen to muscles. It also enhances the immune system.
“Across the board I would recommend that people who practice high intensity interval training look into taking these supplements,” says Frost.
1. Whey Protein – It’s a complete protein source. It’s a great aid to recovery and muscle growth.
2. A multivitamin – It’s a good idea for everyone to start taking a multi everyday. You expend a good chuck of it in the first place, but as we get older we tend to become deficient in a few areas and this regime could help elevate that.
3. Glucosamine – It helps with delivering nutrients to your ligaments and joints. You want to make sure your joints are able to aid your muscles in your workout.
4. Glutamine – It’s an amino acid that aids in protein synthesis. If your body is taken a beatdown and you’re looking for recovery, this is a supplement for you.
5. BCAA – It’s great way to improve exercise levels and reduce protein and muscular breakdown during high intensity training.
No one would accuse punk style of seeming very put-together, which makes the punk nail art inherently confusing. In the ‘80s, it was all about chipped, black nails. Of course no one dared try that at the MET Gala (she would have been the truest punk there). It was all about fancy gowns, big jewels, and perfectly (just maybe not attractively) painted nails. I would say Sienna Miller was the most on-theme, weaponizing her jet black nails with silver studs. Read on if you dare to get DIY instructions for the punkest nails of the night…
May is ALS (a.k.a. Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Awareness Month, and to raise money for the cause Le Métier de Beauté is holding daily auctions now through the 12th. Auction items are kept secret until the day of, but here’s what I can tell you – each will include one of our favorite Eye Kaleidoscopes from LMdB (throughout the week, they’ll be re-releasing all of our old favorites!) and gifts from participating brands like Oscar de la Renta, the Yankees, and the Plaza Hotel. Even if you don’t try your luck at the auction, be sure to pick up some goodies for yourself – 10% of the website’s profits this week will go to the cause. If you donate $100 here, LMdB will even send you a package of their best beauty products. Time to place your bids!
Researchers from the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands now claim that not only can you prevent gray hair, you can reverse it. These scientists are taking the first steps towards the fountain of youth, and I’m more than ready to join in on the journey myself! They’ve found that the cause of gray hair is the formation of hydrogen peroxide at the follicles (isn’t it funny that what one blonde pays for when she’s 20, she can get for free when she’s 40?). This bleaches the hair inside out, but they’ve discovered that a compound called modified pseudocatalase can prevent this. Once its topical treatment is activated by the sun, the hydrogen peroxide turns into oxygen and water. Which means that all you have to do is apply, head outside for a tan, and voila – no more grays (just remember to wear your SPF!).
This definitely beats going to the salon every six weeks for 45 minutes of sitting and waiting – even longer if you’re like me and go organic. For men who don’t like the idea of using a cosmetic solution like Just for Men, this will be perfect (unless you’re George Clooney, in which case, you’re already perfect). My concerns are completely vain, but the real headline here is that this can treat vitiligo, a condition that turns patches of skin white. Gray hair is easily covered up with dye, but white patches of skin (especially when they’re on your face) are more challenging. While a release date for the topical product has not been revealed, I think it’s safe to say that you can start letting go of your Clairol stock. I’m curious about what they side effects will be, but until those are available, read more about the miracle discovery via the Daily Mail.
Hi lovely friends,
Please join Kelly and me for a fun evening of beauty and bubbly at Bergdorf Goodman on Wednesday, May 15th from 5-7 pm.
The event is to celebrate the launch of our current obsession – Restorsea – an amazing skincare line made of the enzymes found in hatching salmon eggs. The enzymes are gentle yet super effective — the only side effect I’ve experienced is luminous skin and being asked if I’m 25 years old
Come out and have a drink with us – we’d love to see you! It will be a super fun evening and we will have gifts and treats to get you glowing!