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  • Taking Care of Your Skin as You Age: Tips and Tricks

    The following is a post from Jenna Smith. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.

    As we age, our skin tends to lose its luster. From fine lines and wrinkles to puffiness and sagging, our skin reflects our age, lifestyle habits and overall health and well-being. And while there’s a lot to be said for aging gracefully, protecting our skin is just good common sense.

    Keep reading for tips on reducing, preventing and even reversing the signs of aging on your skin.

    Healthy Skin, from the Inside Out

    Great skin starts on the inside. After all, our outer appearance is a direct reflection of our inner health, so, for a bright, glowing, younger-looking complexion, take the following factors into account:

    • Diet. If you eat lots of processed, starchy, fatty, high-calorie foods, your skin likely suffers as a result. These foods cause inflammation in the body, which speeds up the aging process and leads to sagging, dullness and the development of wrinkles. Revamp your diet by trading processed, unhealthy foods for fresh, whole foods like colorful produce, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats. Also, since even mild dehydration can add years to your appearance, be sure to drink plenty of water, and ditch the sodas, sugary juices and excess caffeine.
    • Activity levels. A sedentary lifestyle can wreak havoc on your skin and overall appearance. On the other hand, regular exercise can boost circulation in the skin, rid the pores of impurities and lead to a brighter, healthier complexion.
    • Sleep patterns. From dark circles and puffiness to acne and other complications, not getting enough sleep really shows on your face. And while getting a full eight hours can be challenging, sufficient sleep will keep your complexion looking fresh, bright and more youthful.
    • Stress. For many of us, stress is a unavoidable part of life. However, excess stress can lead to breakouts, rashes and irritation, premature aging and other unsightly effects. Combat these complications by reducing the stress in your life, or making an effort to manage stress more effectively. Exercise, practice deep-breathing techniques, or, when you feel the stress creeping up, take a short time-out to relax and regroup.

    The Best Products for Healthy Skin

    Sometimes, we need a little help in giving our skin that healthy glow. Include the following types of products in your skincare arsenal, and you can experience the fresher, brighter complexion you’re after:

    • Moisturizer. Even if you have oily skin, the right moisturizer can keep your skin soft, smooth and healthy, while also protecting against fine lines, wrinkles and other telltale signs of aging. For dryer skin, use a thicker, heavier cream or serum; if you have oily or combination skin, try a lighter, water-based formula.
    • Wrinkle treatment. To reduce lines and wrinkles, use products with retinol (a form of vitamin A). This crucial ingredient evens out lines and wrinkles, and promotes a healthy, more youthful glow. Also, an old, yet effective, at-home remedy for crow’s feet includes the use of a hemorrhoids treatment product applied to the skin around the eyes. This simple, inexpensive treatment can also help reduce puffiness and under-eye bags!
    • Blemish treatments. If you’re one of the many adults who suffer from acne, know that you’re not alone. Factors like stress and hormonal imbalances can lead to breakouts, no matter your age. However, older skin may not respond to treatments designed for younger skin, so look for products that have your age group in mind.
    • Sunscreen. Damage from the sun’s UV rays can result in wrinkles, age spots and discoloration. Protect yourself by using SPF 30 or higher, every time you’re out in the sun.
    • Exfoliants. Exfoliants can slough away dead skin cells to a reveal fresher, healthier complexion. Use these treatments sparingly, though, as too much exfoliating can lead to redness, dryness and irritation.

    Though aging is a natural part of life, taking care of your skin can help you look and feel better than ever before. Use the tips provided here, and start enjoying the benefits of fresher, healthier, younger-looking skin.

    Greetings from Japan!

    Hotel Room - Japan

    This is the very uninspiring view from our hotel room – but we’re here! The looonnnng trip yesterday was exhausting, but at least when traveling to Japan, adjusting to the time change is relatively easy.

    I’m going to try to get a quick midday roundup going for you right after this, so stay tuned!

    By the time you read this …

    I’ll be on my way to Japan!

    That’s right, I’m taking my ten-year-old and meeting up with his best friend and his mom for a week and a half of fun and adventure in a foreign country.

    It’s the first time abroad for both boys, so it will be an eye-opening, once-in-a-lifetime trip that I’m hoping will also turn into some quality mother-son time.

    But surely you’re wondering – as I did in the days leading up to this trip – What does this mean for Chief Family Officer?

    The last time I was in Japan three years ago, I was able to post pretty regularly. But I’ll be staying in different places this time, and I have no idea what my internet access is going to be like.

    If all goes as I hope it will, I will continue to publish a daily roundup for you, as well as the weekly store match ups you’re used to seeing, and some updates on what we’re up to in Japan. Hopefully Facebook will work there, so I can share snippets of our day on the Chief Family Officer Facebook page.

    If there’s something specific you want to see, let me know and I’ll do my best! :)

    Morning Coffee: $100 eBay gift card for $95, $5 magazine subscriptions & More

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    Recalled: Cribs and Mattresses

    If you think you have the following item(s), click through to the CPSC press release for more details:

    Baby’s Dream Recalls Cribs and Furniture Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard – Click through for additional photos:

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    IKEA Expands Recall of Crib Mattresses Due to Risk of Entrapment – Click through for additional photos:

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    Stay on top of recalls by signing up for recall notifications by email at the CPSC web site.