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Healthy skin can be easier than you think. Learn the latest hints, tips and tricks for healthy radiant skin on the NorthStar blog on skin health.

  1. 14 Dull Skin Remedies Your Ancestors Used

    remedies dull skinThere are commercials for wrinkle reducers and skin tighteners, but you rarely see dull skin remedies.

    Which doesn’t make sense because wrinkles and sags aren’t the only skin issues you deal with as you age.

    At some point, most people are going to look in the mirror and see something…different. It’s hard to identify what’s changed at first.

    There are no new wrinkles. Nothing’s sagging more. But your skin seems duller. Gray. Flat. It’s not your imagination. Your skin does lose its glow the older you get.

    And that’s why you need dull skin remedies, as well as wrinkle reducers and other anti-aging suggestions.

    Luckily, there are dull skin remedies. Ways to counter the dullness and reclaim your youthful glow. And many of them have been around for centuries…

    Masks and Scrubs

    1. Coconut oil. While loved for centuries, coconut oil is only now becoming recognized as a mainstream dull skin remedy. When skin cells die, they become dull and lifeless. Coconut oil helps promote new skin cells, so that your face glows. Use it solo as a moisturizer, or combine it with honey for a fifteen minute face mask.

    2. Honey and oats. The truth is that you can combine honey with just about any of the dull skin remedies in this list and boost their benefits. It’s because honey is an antiseptic, as well as an antioxidant. It may even help reduce swelling and puffiness! For this mask, simply combine two tablespoons honey, three tablespoons powered oats, and an egg yolk. Apply the paste to your face and leave for fifteen minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.

    3. Milk. Perhaps the best known of the ancient dull skin remedies, Cleopatra was renowned for her milk baths. You can retain your glowing skin without a full bath, however. Simply mix ¼ dry milk powder with just enough water to form a paste. Spread on your face, and let it dry. Rinse with warm water.

    4. Strawberries and honey. Another great dull skin remedy that includes honey, you’ll want to mash up fresh strawberries to go with a few drops of honey. The antioxidants in this combination will banish dullness. Apply a thick layer to your face and leave for twenty minutes. Rinse with cool water.

    5. Sugar scrub. Even if you’re trying to eat less sugar, you can still reap the benefits from a sugar scrub! It exfoliates without harsh chemicals – and it’s easy. Stir together one tablespoon of brown sugar and one tablespoon of white sugar. Add just enough water for a paste. Rub over your face, using a circular motion. It will remove the dead, dull skin, leaving glowing, beautiful skin behind. Wash your face as usual.

    6. Vinegar. According to legend, Helen of Troy – the face that launched 1000 ships – used vinegar to tighten her skin and keep it bright. Stir one cup apple cider vinegar into one cup of clean water. After you’ve washed your face, apply the solution with a cotton ball and let dry. Who needs a store-bought toner?

    7. Yogurt. The same milk proteins that make milk an effective dull skin remedy make yogurt one, too. Take plain yogurt – you don’t want flavors or fruit on the bottom for this – and coat your face with it. Let it stand for twenty minutes, then rinse.

    Healthy Habits to Do Away with Dullness

    Masks and scrubs can only do so much. Modern women can follow in the steps of their ancestors – and embrace what we’ve learned in the years since!

    8. Clean your face. Every single night. The most important thing you can do to keep your face and skin looking younger is to wash the day off before bed.

    9. Exercise. Working out isn’t just good for your heart and your waistline. It’s also an excellent dull skin remedy! Working up a sweat rinses out toxins and pollutants that have built up, making you look older than necessary.

    10. Exfoliate. The purpose of at least two of the above dull skin remedies is exfoliation. Don’t skip them just because you prefer another option. Exfoliation is key to beautiful skin because it clears away the dead, dull skin that’s giving you a flat complexion and allows new, younger looking skin to shine through. Choose an exfoliating dull skin remedy at least once a week.

    11. Hydrate. Hydrated skin is healthy skin, and healthy skin is beautiful skin. It’s really not hard. Drink plenty of fluids, and love what you see in the mirror.

    12. Moisturize. If cleaning is the most important thing you can do for your face, moisturizing is the second. Luckily, most of the dull skin remedies here will leave you with soft, supple, moisturized skin. Even if these masks take too long for daily use, find a good moisturizer and use it at least twice a day.

    13. Sleep. Your body uses the time when you’re asleep to restore and rejuvenate dry, dull skin. Make sure it has the time by getting the sleep you need. Aim for seven to eight hours per night, every night.

    14. Supplement. Work from the outside in to keep your skin looking gorgeous by taking a supplement that’s specifically designed to help do away with dullness – Lumivella, our anti-aging supplement that works all day, and all night, to keep you looking your very best for years to come.

    Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to get gray and lifeless. Love how you look again, with these dull skin remedies!

  2. Tasty Beauty Recipes Revive Your Skin’s Glow

    recipes beautyTopical ointments can only do so much to help revive your skin’s glow, so it’s important to work from the inside out, too.

    Which means diet, beauty recipes, and supplements are vital to looking your best.

    But what if you’re not the greatest in the kitchen? Or just don’t enjoy making elaborate meals?

    That’s when it’s important to know which foods work to help protect your skin – and have a few simple, delicious beauty recipes you can reach for.

    Mix and match any of these foods to create your own beauty recipes, or try one of ours, as is or for inspiration.

    Almonds: Packed with vitamin E, almonds help keep skin smooth and supple. Plus, they boost hydration, too. And you don’t need huge amounts of them, so they’re easy to work into your favorite beauty recipes. A handful a day will give you the benefits you’re looking for.

    Avocado: Count glowing skin among the many health benefits of avocados. Their levels of vitamin B5 help reduce how much oil your skin produces, without causing dryness. They also decrease the size of your pores, so your skin looks smooth and younger.

    Brussels sprouts and spinach: All antioxidants are great for your skin, but the antioxidants found in these two green veggies make them especially good for your beauty recipes. It’s called alpha lipoic acid, or ALA, and it’s one of the best things you can give your skin. Not only does ALA fight the free radicals that cause aging, but it reduces the appearance of under-eye bags and circles, red splotches, and even wrinkles.

    Dark chocolate: Being healthy doesn’t have to mean being deprived. Beauty recipes with dark chocolate are proof of that. Dark chocolate increases blood flow so your skin gets the nutrients it needs. But it also helps hold in hydration, giving your skin a youthful glow. Just make sure it’s dark chocolate – at least 60% cacao.

    Eggs: Did you swear off eggs because you were told they would raise your cholesterol? Good news – it’s time to work them back into your beauty recipes. Because they give your skin a gorgeous glow. Eggs protect against sun exposure, as well as keeping skin tight and firm by promoting collagen production.

    Olive oil: You know it’s good for your heart, but you may not realize olive oil is good for your skin, too! It’s even the same healthy fat that’s good for your heart that makes olive oil such an important component of your beauty recipes. Sprinkle, drizzle, or dip - olive oil is great for your skin.

    Romaine lettuce: It doesn’t have to be all kale, all the time. Romaine lettuce has even more to offer when it comes to glowing skin. It only takes six leaves of romaine to give you a day’s worth of vitamin A, which is essential to skin cell turn-over, so you have young, healthy skin cells replacing old, tired ones. And romaine improves circulation, allowing your skin to get the nutrients it needs.

    Strawberries: This delicious taste of summer is exactly what you need to revive your skin. While all berries are sources of antioxidants, strawberries specifically have collagen boosting powers, thanks to their high levels of vitamin C. Worried that summer’s over? Frozen strawberries work well, too, and many grocery stores offer them year-round.

    Tomato: Tomatoes are so important in beauty recipes, they probably belong at the top of this list. The lycopene in tomatoes brings so much to the table. First, it protects against sunburn. But it doesn’t stop there. People who eat more tomatoes have higher levels of collagen, and fewer wrinkles.

    Walnuts: These nuts help reinforce and strengthen the cell membranes themselves. Strong cell membranes protect your skin on so many levels, keeping toxins out and nutrients in, so your skin looks its best.

    Whole grains: If you’re looking for another reason to eat whole grains instead of refined flour products, here it is – they’re better for your skin! Whole grains provide antioxidants that refined flours can never hope to match. And they’re easy to work into your beauty recipes. Just swap your refined flour bread or pasta for whole wheat alternatives.

    Beauty Recipes to Get You Started

    Many recipes these days seem to require a culinary degree in order to make them come together. So we’ve found four beauty recipes that can be made easily, with ingredients you’ll find at any grocery store.

    Egg Veggie Scramble:

    • 4 eggs
    • ¼ c milk
    • 1 Roma tomato, diced
    • 2 handfuls fresh spinach
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • Olive oil

    Sauté spinach and onion in olive oil until just soft. In another bowl, scramble eggs and milk together. Once well combined, add egg-milk mixture to pan with veggies. Cook until just eggs are just about set, then add tomatoes. Stir until tomatoes are hot and eggs are at desired texture. Serve immediately.

    Avocado Toast:

    • 2 slices whole grain bread, sliced thick
    • 1 ripe avocado
    • Olive oil
    • Lemon juice
    • Garlic powder
    • Crushed red pepper
    • Cilantro (optional)

    Toast bread to desired darkness. It should at least be crunchy. In a bowl, mash avocado, garlic, and red pepper together. Drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice, then stir gently. Spread onto toast. Sprinkle with cilantro, if desired.

    Whole Wheat Pasta with Brussels and Nuts:

    • Whole wheat penne pasta
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Almonds
    • Walnuts
    • Garlic powder
    • Parmesan cheese
    • Olive oil

    Put pasta into boiling water, following the directions on the box. While pasta cooks, slice Brussels sprouts. Sauté in olive oil until soft and caramelized. Add nuts and toast. When pasta is ready, drain and put into a serving bowl. Add Brussels sprouts-nuts mixture. Sprinkle with garlic powder and parmesan cheese. Drizzle with extra olive oil.

    A good rule to remember is that if a food is good for your heart, it’s probably good for your skin. Another one to remember is that beauty recipes can be easy and delicious.

    With those two guidelines, eating for beautiful skin can be simple! And to fill in any nutritional gaps, you can always reach for Lumivella, our anti-aging beauty supplement. It’s even easier than these beauty recipes!

    Good food, easy recipes, and Lumivella – beautiful skin is just around the corner.

     

  3. 9 Surefire Ways to Fade Sunspots

    sunspots fadeAt this point in your life, you know to wear natural sunscreen and stay in the shade as much as possible.

    But what about the sunburns you got when you were younger, and either didn’t know or, let’s be honest, didn’t care?

    Is it possible to fade the sunspots that are on your skin?

    The answer is yes! Absolutely!

    And it doesn’t even require peels, or chemicals, or anything that has to be done in an office.

    These ways to help fade your sunspots can be done right at home, with all natural ingredients that you may already have.

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  4. 12 Tricks to Naturally Boost Your Body’s Collagen Production

    production collagenWant to know an anti-aging secret? There is no anti-aging secret.

    That’s right – when it comes to preventing and minimizing wrinkles, researchers have known what to do for generations.

    The key is to boost collagen production. It’s collagen production that keeps your skin smooth, plump, and wrinkle-free.

    And when you’re younger, your body makes all of the collagen it needs.

    As you age, collagen production slows down, just like so much else. But if you can boost collagen production, you can practically turn back the hands of time.

    No shots, no fillers, no harsh chemicals. Just the natural collagen your skin has depended on your whole life. So start here –

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  5. 5 Unknown Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

    hyaluronic acid benefitsThere was a time, not long ago, that the only people who could reap the benefits of hyaluronic acid were people willing to risk painful, temporary injections.

    Luckily, that time has passed. Now, everyone can benefit from hyaluronic acid.

    The only problem today is that so few people know they should be considering the benefits of hyaluronic acid!

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  6. 10 Nighttime Beauty Tips to Help You Age Gracefully

    gracefully ageIn an ideal world, how young you look would reflect how young you feel.

    Reality, though, is rarely ideal, which means you have to worry about how to age gracefully every day.

    But don’t just focus on every day – pay attention to every night, too!

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  7. 8 Tips and Tricks to Remedy Uneven Skin

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    skin unevenUneven skin can mean different things to different people.

    Sun spots and beyond. But the steps to clear up uneven skin are the same! Continue reading

  8. Living With Psoriasis: How to Treat Your Skin Naturally and Avoid Flare-Ups

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    psoriasis living withLiving with psoriasis can be a roller coaster.

    Flare-ups can last months – and then it can just clear up on its own.

    You may feel fine one day, and have a flare-up the very next one, with no warning.

    When you get frustrated, it’s important to remember these two facts:

    1. While there is no cure, there are treatments that can help.

    2. While a flare-up may sometimes appear out of nowhere, there are triggers, as well. Once you identify your triggers, living with psoriasis can become easier. Continue reading

  9. Avoiding Sunlight Could Hurt Your Health: 7 Benefits of Sunlight

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    Maybe you’ve wised up over the years.

    Or maybe it only took one good sunburn to teach you a lesson.

    Either way, you’re probably spending little to no time at all in the sun any longer.

    Because the benefits of sunlight just don’t outweigh the dangers.

    Except…  what if that’s not completely true?

    What if there are benefits of sunlight that you’re missing by staying out of the sun so religiously?

    Because that’s what we’re here to discuss today.

    The ways you’re actually harming yourself, not helping, by avoiding the sun completely – and just what you can do about it! Continue reading

  10. How to Balance Your Hormones for Better Skin

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    hormones balance yourWe all know that teenagers deal with skin problems. Acne, dryness, oiliness, all of it.

    But not many of us realize that the reason teenagers are dealing with skin problems is actually the same for mature people dealing with skin issues.

    The underlying cause isn’t too much chocolate – it’s hormones.

    Just as teenagers are dealing with hormonal fluctuations, mature adults are as well.

    Which is why you could have had clear skin for decades, only to now be feeling like you’re 16 again.

    There’s good news, though. If you balance your hormones, you can have better skin!

    And want even better news? You don’t have to go through any scary hormone replacement therapy to balance your hormones. You can balance hormones and get better skin simply by eating the right foods.

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  11. The 12 Shocking Foods That Can Cause a Bad Complexion

    You haven’t been a teenager in more years than you may want to admit.

    So why does your skin look like you’re a hormonal high schooler?

    Or maybe having a bad complexion means something different to you.

    Maybe you’re dealing with dullness and fine lines.

    Or maybe you’re one of the lucky few who gets to deal with breakouts and wrinkles.

    But no matter how many cleansers and toners and lotions you use, your bad complexion only gets so much better – and never as clear and youthful as you’d like it.

    The problem may not be how you’re treating your face on the outside, but how you’re treating it from the inside.

    Check out these twelve foods that can cause a bad complexion and see if any of these may be the source of your problem…

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  12. 13 Dangers of Botox: Why You Should ALWAYS Avoid It

    botox dangers ofYou want to look your best, regardless of your age. The tell-tale fine lines and wrinkles in your mirror can be frustrating.

    Especially when you don’t feel any older than you used to. But here’s the truth: the dangers of Botox simply aren’t worth it.

    Sure, it’s marketed as “safe”. You’ve been told it’s a quick, easy procedure that can show nearly immediate results.

    It’s understandable that you’re tempted. But beyond the marketing, underneath the spin, are the real dangers to Botox.

    Dangers that get minimized or swept under the rug, or simply flat out ignored.

    Let’s take a real, objective look at the dangers of Botox. Then you can reevaluate just how tempting this so-called “safe” procedure really is.

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  13. The Shocking Link Between Gluten and Skin

    skin and glutenYou’ve most likely heard a lot about gluten recently.

    Maybe more than a lot. And yet, there’s still so much that isn’t talked about.

    Like how gluten may affect your skin. Had you even heard that there was a link between gluten and skin? Probably not…

    So in this article, we’re going to look at the link between gluten and skin, but we’re going to do more.

    We’re going to look into who needs to be worried about the link, and if your skin might be at risk from gluten – and what you can do about it! Continue reading

  14. 13 Natural Remedies for Wrinkles

    wrinkles natural remediesLet’s be honest – aging really does have its benefits.

    Confidence, wisdom, self-awareness… there are a lot of good things that come with being around for a while.

    Wrinkles and saggy skin, however, don’t happen to be on that list. After all, you don’t necessarily want to look like you’ve been around a while.

    So put all that hard-earned wisdom to good use and fight back against the signs of aging with these natural remedies for wrinkles!

    Think about natural remedies for wrinkles in three categories: behaviors, what to put on your body, and what to put in your body.

    Pull at least one – or more! – from each category and you’ll love the results. Continue reading

  15. The Ultimate Skin Diet: 16 Foods to Help Rejuvenate Your Skin

    diet skinWhen you’re looking for a skin diet, you’re not looking for one or two ingredients that might help your skin stay looking good.

    You’re looking for an entire diet for your skin. To stay radiant. Glowing. Youthful.

    That’s why we’ve come up with the ultimate skin diet – sixteen foods, from entrees to side dishes, drinks to desserts – that will keep you loving what you see in the mirror. Continue reading

  16. What’s REALLY Causing Bags Under Your Eyes

    Under your eyes bagsSome mornings it feels like it’s not even worth getting out of bed.

    You know the ones – the mornings where the bags under your eyes might as well be suitcases, and it feels like you hardly rested at all.

    If you find yourself hiding from the mirror more mornings than not, you’ll be pleased to learn there may be something you can do to reduce the bags under your eyes.

    But first, it helps to know what causes them!

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  17. 10 Quick Tips to Soothe Dry Chapped Hands

    Winter brings snow…and hot cocoa…and cuddling by the fire…and dry, chapped hands that you just want to hide.

    Dry, cracked, maybe even bleeding hands are more than unattractive.

    They hurt! And exposure to the dry indoor heat and cold temperatures of winter will just make it worse.

    But you don’t have keep your hands hidden beneath the blankets or behind mittens!

    Soothe your dry, chapped hands with these ten quick tips that will do the trick and have you back to holding hands in no time.

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  18. Alcohol and Skin: What Everyone Should Know

    skin and alcoholMost people have the occasional beer, glass of wine, or cocktail.

    But what happens if you have more than that?

    It’s easy to think that, so long as you don’t have a drinking problem, alcohol isn’t a health issue.

    After all, it’s even recognized that a glass of red wine a night can be good for your health!

    The truth, though, is that alcohol can have a real impact on how quickly you age.

    And alcohol especially affects your skin and how old – or young – you look.

    So much so that alcohol and skin health are directly related. Continue reading

  19. Ease Your Dry Winter Skin with 9 Simple Treatments

    Skin winter dryIf you have sensitive skin, then you know that dry winter skin is the worst.

    Because, let’s be honest, dry skin the winter is no fun even if you don’t have sensitive skin.

    The cold, dry air outside and the hot, dry air inside work together to make your skin dry, cracked, and itchy.

    Not only is it uncomfortable, but it’s unattractive as well.

    Luckily, there are nine simple ways that can work together – or separately - to ease dry winter skin. Continue reading

  20. Beware of These 10 Eczema Triggers

    triggers eczemaIt’s more than just dry skin – it’s eczema.

    The dry, scaly, cracking skin. It itches. It hurts.

    And honestly, sometimes it’s embarrassing.

    It’s also not your fault.

    There are eczema triggers that you may not even be aware of – but once you know them, you can avoid them.

    And maybe you can even stop eczema flare ups before they begin.

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