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6 Ways to Lower Your Stress Level

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6 Ways To Lower Your Stress Level.

Stress is something that everyone deals with at some point, and is a natural emotion that unfortunately is hard to avoid. It can, if not dealt with, take a toll on both your body and mind, making you feel fatigued and susceptible to illness. Here are six ways to relax and refocus in those times when you might be feeling a little stressed.

Deep Breathing Exercises

The next time you feel stressed, try performing a simple deep breathing exercising. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, hold it for 3-5 seconds and exhale. Repeat this process for 5 minutes or as needed and you should notice an improvement in your stress levels. Deep breathing exercises such as this slows down your heart rate and blood pressure while also reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Laugh

Laughter really is the best medicine, especially when it comes to stress. Get your girlfriends together for dinner (there is always laughter involved at some point) or put on a funny movie or TV show. Laughter will naturally reduce your stress levels by promoting the release of happy hormones known as endorphins.

Pamper Yourself

There's no better way to relax than by pampering yourself.  Go get a massage, a blow-out or a pedicure and I promise you will walk away feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated.

Go Outside

There is nothing like a little vitamin-D and being around nature to help you feel better. In fact, researchers are discovering that surrounding yourself with nature is one of the most powerful stress-relievers out there. The next time you start to feel stressed, grab your shoes and head outside for a walk.

Light a Scented Candle

Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to treat a variety of adverse medical conditions and illnesses, including stress. Even today, it remains a safe, all-natural solution to lower your stress levels. Whether it's a scented diffuser, candle, oil, incense, etc., add some pleasurable scents to your environment and you'll reap the benefits of lower stress levels.

Write About It

Writing your problems down in a journal may also lower your stress levels. Even if no one ever reads it (other than you), just the practice of keeping a journal will help. It takes the stress off your shoulders to to speak, placing them on paper instead.

How do you de-stress? Tell us on Twitter @ColRothschild

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6 Ways to Lower Your Stress Level

Posted by Colleen Rothschild on

6 Ways To Lower Your Stress Level.

Stress is something that everyone deals with at some point, and is a natural emotion that unfortunately is hard to avoid. It can, if not dealt with, take a toll on both your body and mind, making you feel fatigued and susceptible to illness. Here are six ways to relax and refocus in those times when you might be feeling a little stressed.

Deep Breathing Exercises

The next time you feel stressed, try performing a simple deep breathing exercising. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, hold it for 3-5 seconds and exhale. Repeat this process for 5 minutes or as needed and you should notice an improvement in your stress levels. Deep breathing exercises such as this slows down your heart rate and blood pressure while also reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Laugh

Laughter really is the best medicine, especially when it comes to stress. Get your girlfriends together for dinner (there is always laughter involved at some point) or put on a funny movie or TV show. Laughter will naturally reduce your stress levels by promoting the release of happy hormones known as endorphins.

Pamper Yourself

There's no better way to relax than by pampering yourself.  Go get a massage, a blow-out or a pedicure and I promise you will walk away feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated.

Go Outside

There is nothing like a little vitamin-D and being around nature to help you feel better. In fact, researchers are discovering that surrounding yourself with nature is one of the most powerful stress-relievers out there. The next time you start to feel stressed, grab your shoes and head outside for a walk.

Light a Scented Candle

Aromatherapy has been used for centuries to treat a variety of adverse medical conditions and illnesses, including stress. Even today, it remains a safe, all-natural solution to lower your stress levels. Whether it's a scented diffuser, candle, oil, incense, etc., add some pleasurable scents to your environment and you'll reap the benefits of lower stress levels.

Write About It

Writing your problems down in a journal may also lower your stress levels. Even if no one ever reads it (other than you), just the practice of keeping a journal will help. It takes the stress off your shoulders to to speak, placing them on paper instead.

How do you de-stress? Tell us on Twitter @ColRothschild

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Father's Day Gift Guide

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Father's Day is right around the corner and we know firsthand that dads can be a little bit tough to shop for.

So to help you choose the perfect present for the first man in your life, we’ve recruited Stan Rothschild (aka #StantheMan), CEO of Rothschild Beauty Group, to share some gift ideas that are great for any budget.

WATCH

Save: Fossil Watch $135

Splurge: Shinola Watch $750

SUNGLASSES

Save: Icon Eyewear $10

Splurge: Ray-Bans $170

WALLET

Save: Ralph Lauren $85

Splurge: Epi Wallet $600

SHOES

Save: Cole Han $168

Splurge: Tod's $495

POLOS

Save: Banana Republic $35

Splurge: Burberry $150

Stan the Man's Colleen Rothschild Skincare Must-haves for Him

Sheer Renewal Cream - Oil free, provides continuous, weightless hydration and promotes new cell turnover to help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Stan uses it in the morning to keep his skin looking and feeling it's best all day long.   (SHOP NOW)

Age Renewal Super Serum - Effectively fights the six signs of aging: Texture, dehydration, elasticity, fine lines, radiance and tone. Can be used both morning and night.  (SHOP NOW)

Extreme Recovery Cream - This nighttime moisturizer provides maximum levels of continuous moisture and uses next-generation ingredients to fight signs of fine lines and wrinkles, while evening out skin tone and texture.  (SHOP NOW)

**Save 25% OFF these three items with code STAN25 this weekend only!

What are your go-to gifts for Father's Day?

Tell us on Twitter @colrothschild.

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Father's Day Gift Guide

Posted by Colleen Rothschild on

Father's Day is right around the corner and we know firsthand that dads can be a little bit tough to shop for.

So to help you choose the perfect present for the first man in your life, we’ve recruited Stan Rothschild (aka #StantheMan), CEO of Rothschild Beauty Group, to share some gift ideas that are great for any budget.

WATCH

Save: Fossil Watch $135

Splurge: Shinola Watch $750

SUNGLASSES

Save: Icon Eyewear $10

Splurge: Ray-Bans $170

WALLET

Save: Ralph Lauren $85

Splurge: Epi Wallet $600

SHOES

Save: Cole Han $168

Splurge: Tod's $495

POLOS

Save: Banana Republic $35

Splurge: Burberry $150

Stan the Man's Colleen Rothschild Skincare Must-haves for Him

Sheer Renewal Cream - Oil free, provides continuous, weightless hydration and promotes new cell turnover to help minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Stan uses it in the morning to keep his skin looking and feeling it's best all day long.   (SHOP NOW)

Age Renewal Super Serum - Effectively fights the six signs of aging: Texture, dehydration, elasticity, fine lines, radiance and tone. Can be used both morning and night.  (SHOP NOW)

Extreme Recovery Cream - This nighttime moisturizer provides maximum levels of continuous moisture and uses next-generation ingredients to fight signs of fine lines and wrinkles, while evening out skin tone and texture.  (SHOP NOW)

**Save 25% OFF these three items with code STAN25 this weekend only!

What are your go-to gifts for Father's Day?

Tell us on Twitter @colrothschild.

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Top Foods to Improve Your Skin Health

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It's often said, "You are what you eat," and that saying is true. When you eat food that's full of unhealthy fats, salt, and added sugar, your skin shows it.  In this post we're going to take a look at some of the best foods to help you achieve youthful, glowing skin.  

Tomatoes

How can this juicy red fruit promote healthier skin? Tomatoes are loaded in a powerful free-radical fighting antioxidant called selenium. Diets rich in selenium protect the skin from cancer, early aging, wrinkles and fine lines. This doesn't necessarily mean that eating a couple of tomatoes will make grant you immunity from skin cancer, but it's one more step towards improving your skin health and protecting it from disease.  

Salmon

Wild-caught salmon (not farm-raised) is arguably one of the nutritious varieties of seafood on the market. Consuming at least one serving of this delightful fish per week will benefit your skin in several different ways. For starters, salmon is chalk full of omega-3 fatty acids. I know what you're probably thinking, isn't fat bad for your health? There are both “bad” fats and “healthy” fats, and omega-3s falls under the latter category. These healthy fats work to block the release of collagen-damaging enzymes that would otherwise promote wrinkles and sagging skin. Salmon also contains essential fish oils, which further promote healthy skin.  

Berries

Blackberries, blueberries, acai berries, cranberries, and strawberries are all jam packed with healthy antioxidants to make your skin glow ...plus they make the perfect snack!  

Spinach There's a reason why spinach was Popeye's food of choice: it contains numerous beneficial nutrients and compounds, including vitamin A. Just a single cup of spinach has roughly 943 milligrams of vitamin A, protecting the skin from oxidative stress caused by sunlight and free radicals. Spinach also contains a healthy dose of vitamin C, which is used to produce collagen and new skin cells.  

Dark Chocolate

No, that's not an error! Dark chocolate (in moderation, of course) is actually good for your complexion.  Flavonols, the antioxidants found in dark chocolate, reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage. However you can easily overdue it if you're not careful...be sure to only eat a few ounces a day.  

Water

Okay, technically water is a beverage, not a food, but it's too important not to mention in our list. Our bodies are comprised of nearly two thirds water, attesting to the power of H20. It's responsible for transporting nutrients to vital organs, balancing our hormones, and maintaining the skin's elasticity. When you fail to drink enough water, your skin will gradually become dry and dehydrated. And depending on the severity of your dehydration, it may lead to dry, rough, cracked skin. The bottom line is that you should consume a minimum of eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day – more so if you are physically active.  

Certain foods can have the opposite effect by damaging the skin, such as the following:

  • Cow's Milk
  • Non-organic foods (often loaded in hormones, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other nasty chemicals)
  • Fried foods
  • Hydrogenated fats
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Excess alcohol
  • Excess caffeine
  • Refined sugar (fruit sugar is OK)
Colleen's tip for smart snacking: "I always make sure that I have a couple healthy snacks with me when I'm out and about. Doing this makes me stay on track with eating foods that are better for me, and from being tempted in the checkout aisle!"

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Top Foods to Improve Your Skin Health

Posted by Colleen Rothschild on

It's often said, "You are what you eat," and that saying is true. When you eat food that's full of unhealthy fats, salt, and added sugar, your skin shows it.  In this post we're going to take a look at some of the best foods to help you achieve youthful, glowing skin.  

Tomatoes

How can this juicy red fruit promote healthier skin? Tomatoes are loaded in a powerful free-radical fighting antioxidant called selenium. Diets rich in selenium protect the skin from cancer, early aging, wrinkles and fine lines. This doesn't necessarily mean that eating a couple of tomatoes will make grant you immunity from skin cancer, but it's one more step towards improving your skin health and protecting it from disease.  

Salmon

Wild-caught salmon (not farm-raised) is arguably one of the nutritious varieties of seafood on the market. Consuming at least one serving of this delightful fish per week will benefit your skin in several different ways. For starters, salmon is chalk full of omega-3 fatty acids. I know what you're probably thinking, isn't fat bad for your health? There are both “bad” fats and “healthy” fats, and omega-3s falls under the latter category. These healthy fats work to block the release of collagen-damaging enzymes that would otherwise promote wrinkles and sagging skin. Salmon also contains essential fish oils, which further promote healthy skin.  

Berries

Blackberries, blueberries, acai berries, cranberries, and strawberries are all jam packed with healthy antioxidants to make your skin glow ...plus they make the perfect snack!  

Spinach There's a reason why spinach was Popeye's food of choice: it contains numerous beneficial nutrients and compounds, including vitamin A. Just a single cup of spinach has roughly 943 milligrams of vitamin A, protecting the skin from oxidative stress caused by sunlight and free radicals. Spinach also contains a healthy dose of vitamin C, which is used to produce collagen and new skin cells.  

Dark Chocolate

No, that's not an error! Dark chocolate (in moderation, of course) is actually good for your complexion.  Flavonols, the antioxidants found in dark chocolate, reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage. However you can easily overdue it if you're not careful...be sure to only eat a few ounces a day.  

Water

Okay, technically water is a beverage, not a food, but it's too important not to mention in our list. Our bodies are comprised of nearly two thirds water, attesting to the power of H20. It's responsible for transporting nutrients to vital organs, balancing our hormones, and maintaining the skin's elasticity. When you fail to drink enough water, your skin will gradually become dry and dehydrated. And depending on the severity of your dehydration, it may lead to dry, rough, cracked skin. The bottom line is that you should consume a minimum of eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day – more so if you are physically active.  

Certain foods can have the opposite effect by damaging the skin, such as the following:

  • Cow's Milk
  • Non-organic foods (often loaded in hormones, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and other nasty chemicals)
  • Fried foods
  • Hydrogenated fats
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Excess alcohol
  • Excess caffeine
  • Refined sugar (fruit sugar is OK)
Colleen's tip for smart snacking: "I always make sure that I have a couple healthy snacks with me when I'm out and about. Doing this makes me stay on track with eating foods that are better for me, and from being tempted in the checkout aisle!"

Read more


5 Tips to Boost Your Self-Confidence

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Do you struggle with self-image issues? If so, you aren't alone. Millions of men and women view their bodies in a negative light. The good news is that you can boost your self-confidence by following some simple steps.  

#1) Stay Active  

Exercise (or lack there of) plays a direct role in the way in which you view yourself. People with physically active lifestyles generally have better self-confidence than people with sedentary lifestyles. This is due to the fact that exercising releases positive mood-altering chemicals within the body known as endorphins – a phenomenon that's often associated with a “runner's high.” You don't have to necessarily hit the gym for a strenuous weight training workout each and every day, but you should get into the habit of performing light-to-moderate exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes daily.  

#2) Eat Right  

As the saying goes, you are what you eat, holds true in regards to self-confidence. There's nothing wrong with an occasional fast food meal from your local burger joint, but basing your entire diet around processed foods such as this will take its toll on both your body and mind. If you're looking to improve your health and self-confidence, focus your diet on lean meats (e.g. fish, turkey and chicken), fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.  

#3) Look Your Best  

I know this probably sounds like common sense, but taking the time to groom yourself can make a world of difference in your self-confidence. Rolling out of bed and tossing on yesterday's clothes isn't the best way to present yourself. Whether you're going to work, the gym, grocery shopping, or just hanging out with friends, take the time to properly groom yourself. Not only will you look better, but you'll also feel better – and that makes it all worth it.  

#4) Pamper Yourself  

When was the last time you treated yourself to a day at the spa? Getting a manicure, pedicure and facial will leave you feeling rejuvenated and pampered, which subsequently will boost your self-confidence. Regardless of how busy your day-to-day life is, you need to make time to pamper yourself. Because after all, everyone deserves a little pampering once in a while.  

#5) Positive Thinking  

Sometimes all it takes to improve your self-confidence is new thought process. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of your body, focus on the positives. Perhaps you have a smooth, even complexion that other women would die for, or maybe you have healthy, beautiful hair.  

What are some other things that make you feel confident? Tweet us @colrothschild

Read more

5 Tips to Boost Your Self-Confidence

Posted by Colleen Rothschild on

Do you struggle with self-image issues? If so, you aren't alone. Millions of men and women view their bodies in a negative light. The good news is that you can boost your self-confidence by following some simple steps.  

#1) Stay Active  

Exercise (or lack there of) plays a direct role in the way in which you view yourself. People with physically active lifestyles generally have better self-confidence than people with sedentary lifestyles. This is due to the fact that exercising releases positive mood-altering chemicals within the body known as endorphins – a phenomenon that's often associated with a “runner's high.” You don't have to necessarily hit the gym for a strenuous weight training workout each and every day, but you should get into the habit of performing light-to-moderate exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes daily.  

#2) Eat Right  

As the saying goes, you are what you eat, holds true in regards to self-confidence. There's nothing wrong with an occasional fast food meal from your local burger joint, but basing your entire diet around processed foods such as this will take its toll on both your body and mind. If you're looking to improve your health and self-confidence, focus your diet on lean meats (e.g. fish, turkey and chicken), fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains.  

#3) Look Your Best  

I know this probably sounds like common sense, but taking the time to groom yourself can make a world of difference in your self-confidence. Rolling out of bed and tossing on yesterday's clothes isn't the best way to present yourself. Whether you're going to work, the gym, grocery shopping, or just hanging out with friends, take the time to properly groom yourself. Not only will you look better, but you'll also feel better – and that makes it all worth it.  

#4) Pamper Yourself  

When was the last time you treated yourself to a day at the spa? Getting a manicure, pedicure and facial will leave you feeling rejuvenated and pampered, which subsequently will boost your self-confidence. Regardless of how busy your day-to-day life is, you need to make time to pamper yourself. Because after all, everyone deserves a little pampering once in a while.  

#5) Positive Thinking  

Sometimes all it takes to improve your self-confidence is new thought process. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of your body, focus on the positives. Perhaps you have a smooth, even complexion that other women would die for, or maybe you have healthy, beautiful hair.  

What are some other things that make you feel confident? Tweet us @colrothschild

Read more


Surprising Benefits of Vitamin C

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Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is a powerful water-soluble nutrient found in a wide variety of foods. It may not cure or prevent the common cold, but this naturally occurring compound yields some impressive benefits when consumed on a regular basis. How? Let's take a look.

Fights Oxidation

Vitamin C is well-known for its antioxidant properties. Why is this important? Well, our bodies are exposed to harmful chemicals known as free radicals on a daily basis; they are in the air we breathe, the beverages we drink, the food we consume, and even some of the products we use on our skin. As these free radicals begin to accumulate within the body, it increases the risk of destructive oxidation taking place, which can destroy otherwise healthy cells. Thankfully, vitamin C protects against this destructive behavior, neutralizing harmful free radicals.

Blood Flow

Yet another reason why you should consume more vitamin C is because it promotes healthier blood flow. Several studies have shown that vitamin C to improve dilation of arteries and blood vessels, resulting in lower blood pressure, as well as lower risk of heart attack and stroke. This alone should be reason enough to include more vitamin C-rich foods in your daily diet.

Heart Health

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the U.S., taking the lives of approximately 600,000 people each year. However, new research suggests that vitamin C may protect the heart by reducing inflammation, eliminating plaque buildup, and strengthening the walls of the arteries. Dr. James Enstrom, professor at the University of California, found that women who consumed 300mg of vitamin C daily were 40% less likely to develop heart disease and men who consumed 300mg of vitamin C daily were 50% less likely to develop heart disease.

Skin Protection

Vitamin C has been used to treat and prevent skin conditions for centuries. Even today, hundreds of cosmetic and beauty products contain this powerful compound. Vitamin C protects skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet A/B rays, which in prevents early aging and wrinkles, and it reduces the risk of certain types of skin cancer like melanoma. In search of a good vitamin C treatment to add to your skincare routine? Check out our Vitamin C Treatment Complex.

Remember...you are what you eat! Here are some foods to incorporate into your diet that contain the highest concentrations of vitamin C:

  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Broccoli
  • Bell peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
Note: Vitamin C levels begin to drop when food is cooked or stored for long periods of time, so the fresher the better!  

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Surprising Benefits of Vitamin C

Posted by Colleen Rothschild on

Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is a powerful water-soluble nutrient found in a wide variety of foods. It may not cure or prevent the common cold, but this naturally occurring compound yields some impressive benefits when consumed on a regular basis. How? Let's take a look.

Fights Oxidation

Vitamin C is well-known for its antioxidant properties. Why is this important? Well, our bodies are exposed to harmful chemicals known as free radicals on a daily basis; they are in the air we breathe, the beverages we drink, the food we consume, and even some of the products we use on our skin. As these free radicals begin to accumulate within the body, it increases the risk of destructive oxidation taking place, which can destroy otherwise healthy cells. Thankfully, vitamin C protects against this destructive behavior, neutralizing harmful free radicals.

Blood Flow

Yet another reason why you should consume more vitamin C is because it promotes healthier blood flow. Several studies have shown that vitamin C to improve dilation of arteries and blood vessels, resulting in lower blood pressure, as well as lower risk of heart attack and stroke. This alone should be reason enough to include more vitamin C-rich foods in your daily diet.

Heart Health

According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the U.S., taking the lives of approximately 600,000 people each year. However, new research suggests that vitamin C may protect the heart by reducing inflammation, eliminating plaque buildup, and strengthening the walls of the arteries. Dr. James Enstrom, professor at the University of California, found that women who consumed 300mg of vitamin C daily were 40% less likely to develop heart disease and men who consumed 300mg of vitamin C daily were 50% less likely to develop heart disease.

Skin Protection

Vitamin C has been used to treat and prevent skin conditions for centuries. Even today, hundreds of cosmetic and beauty products contain this powerful compound. Vitamin C protects skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet A/B rays, which in prevents early aging and wrinkles, and it reduces the risk of certain types of skin cancer like melanoma. In search of a good vitamin C treatment to add to your skincare routine? Check out our Vitamin C Treatment Complex.

Remember...you are what you eat! Here are some foods to incorporate into your diet that contain the highest concentrations of vitamin C:

  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Broccoli
  • Bell peppers
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
Note: Vitamin C levels begin to drop when food is cooked or stored for long periods of time, so the fresher the better!  

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