Archive for the ‘Health and Nutrition’ Category

A Guide to Beauty Supplements

       
Saturday, May 24th, 2014

A Guide to Beauty Supplements
The best beauty supplements are clean water and healthful food. Get plenty of those and you will be on your way to having clean, clear, well hydrated skin. Still, there will be times when a beauty supplement from the Beauty Bridge catalog is just the thing you need. We offer a sweet selection of natural supplements that may improve your skin, strengthen your hair and boost your immunity.

Russell Organics Raspberry Ketone Complex

One of our best sellers! Raspberries are one of the best natural sources of a remarkable substance that regulates metabolic hormones. Russell Organics Raspberry Ketone Complex helps fat cells break up in a way that makes them more effectively eliminated from the body. This easy-to-take supplement is blended with natural ingredients including apple cider vinegar, green tea extract, Acai fruit, grapefruit, African mango, and resveratrol.

Sprayology AllergEase

This FDA-approved homeopathic supplement contains ingredients like purple coneflower, red onion, eyebright flower, and honeybee venom. Sprayology blends 14 all-natural ingredients to create AllergEase. It’s proven to relieve allergy symptoms. Tuck a 38ml bottle in your backpack or purse and never spend another summer day feeling miserable.

African Mango

You’ve surely heard the buzz about stunning weight loss people have achieved with African mango. We offer a nicely priced African Mango supplement from Russell Organics. Each capsule contains 1200mg Irvingia Gabonensis and 200mg green tea extract. Each of these ingredients has been shown to reduce fat stores; together they work hard to make those stubborn pounds melt away.

City Life Detoxer from Sprayology

If you live in an urban area, you’re assaulted every day by pollutants you may not even see. City Life Detoxer is a specially formulated supplement from our friends at Sprayology. It contains St. Mary’s thistle and other homeopathic ingredients blended to counteract the effects of car exhaust, secondhand smoke and environmental pollutants.

Beauty Bridge is pleased to present a range of carefully selected supplemental products that will improve your skin and hair, brighten your mood and increase your sense of well being. Browse our online catalog to read detailed descriptions of each and every supplement we sell. If you have any questions, feel free to call Beauty Bridge at 1-866-830-6161

Slimming Secrets from Around the World

       
Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Slimming Secrets from Around the WorldAll over the world, men and women have a vested interest in remaining slim and fit. Whether it’s to meet societal beauty standards or just a way to keep up with a physically demanding lifestyle, people across the globe have their own tried and true methods of slimming down–and staying that way. Let’s explore the secrets of three countries: Italy, Brazil and Japan.

Slimming Secrets from Italy

Residents of Mediterranean locations, like Italy, are not afraid of fat. In fact, healthy fats–such as those found in olive oils–are the very basis of this region’s secret. The thing is, these healthy fats are not animal based, so they’re low in saturated fat. Better yet, they’re extremely satisfying and filling, so when you eat them both your brain and stomach can stop looking for more sources of food.

The Lowdown on Brazil’s Super Food

Brazilians don’t generally consider a portion of meat to be the main focus of their meals. In fact, what you might call a side dish they literally consider “the foundation” of their diet. Wondering what that could possibly be? It’s beans and rice. Beautifully simple, extremely hardy, lacking in preservatives, and filled with amino acids, fiber and antioxidants. Better still, beans are low in calories and can even help to regulate blood sugar, which can help prevent glucose from storing fat in the body.

Japan’s Secret Weapon of Fat Destruction

What colors are the foods that usually decorate your plate? If you generally have only one or two colors, and mostly browns and whites, then you’re not gaining the benefit of a healthy, low-calorie tasty mix of vegetables like the Japanese would recommend. While you may have thought that the tendency for beautiful food art exhibited on sushi plates and bento boxes was purely coincidental, the truth is that it’s the basis of their number-one stay-slim secret of incorporating at least five different colors in every meal. As an added low-cal punch they also tend to start meals with a filling but low calorie broth. They even eat broth at breakfast!

One thing’s for sure, if you study slimming secrets around the world, you’ll see many different takes on the proper diet with one interesting commonality: avoidance of processed foods. It’s certainly something to consider when creating your own slimming diet.

Start the Spring with a Detox

       
Friday, March 7th, 2014

Start the Spring with a Detox
High-quality skincare and makeup products can make a world of difference when it comes to maintaining and enhancing your natural beauty. However, they barely scratch the surface of the skin. Every now and then, it pays to make some improvements from within, and a beauty detox is just what the doctor ordered.

What is a Beauty Detox?

Technically, a beauty detox could just be a break from using makeup and skincare products. It gives your skin a chance to breathe and rejuvenate. However, when most people refer to beauty detoxes, they’re talking about The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder. In this case, the beauty detox consists of a set of simple dietary rules that can trigger exciting changes and improvements in your skin, appearance and overall health.

Top Elements of a Beauty Detox

Whether or not you choose to take a break from using makeup and skincare products, there are certain things you can do to cleanse your body and make your skin more radiant. A few top examples include:

  • Avoid Dairy – Most dairy products contain drugs and hormones that can negatively impact your health and appearance. Dairy also contains a protein called casein that’s very difficult to digest. Try eliminating dairy from your diet for a few weeks; you’re sure to be pleasantly surprised by the results!
  • Don’t Mix Animal Proteins – Stick with one animal protein per meal. Animal proteins are difficult to digest in general and even more difficult when they’re mixed.
  • Order Your Meals from Lightest to Heaviest – While you shouldn’t eat immediately before bed, you should try to eat the lightest meals first and the heaviest ones last. Doing the opposite can cause backups in your digestive system. Start your day with fresh fruits and veggies, and save the heavier, more calorie-laden foods for dinner.
  • Eliminate or Reduce Gluten – Even if you don’t have a gluten intolerance, reducing or eliminating it from your diet can bring about many exciting changes. This protein, which is found in rye, wheat and barley, triggers toxic reactions in the body. After reducing or eliminating it, it won’t take long to start seeing noticeable results.
  • Choose Almonds over Peanuts – If you’re going to consume nuts, almonds are vastly superior to peanuts. Swap out peanut butter for almond butter to avoid the molds, fungi and pesticides that are often present in peanuts.

These tips are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to doing a beauty detox. Try out a few and then go from there. You’re sure to be happy you did!

Ten bad habits that are ruining your complexion

       
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Drinking through a straw can create fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth.Even if you’re diligent about sticking to a skincare routine and have a flair for applying makeup flawlessly, you might still be doing your skin a disservice if you’re guilty of any of these bad habits. Take a look at our list – if you ever catch yourself doing any of these activities, cut it out and take action!

1. Skipping sunscreen. You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth repeating. Sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin against harmful UV rays that can cause cancer, fine lines, wrinkles and a dull complexion. It’s not hard to apply a product like COOLA – Face SPF 20 Mineral Sunscreen Unscented Moisturizer before your makeup every day, and exposed areas of your body should be coated too. Even on cloudy days and in the winter!

2. Sipping from straws. It seems harmless, but pursing your lips around a straw can set you up for fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth as you age. Skip drinking from them as much as possible, or just be sure not to pucker up when you’re sipping.

3. Ignoring your hands and neck. You might be paying a lot of attention to your face, but the skin on your hands and neck is just as delicate. These areas are just as prone to signs of aging, so treat them with as much care as you do your visage. Slather your face serums and moisturizers onto your neck, then follow up with a hand cream like Philosophy – Pure Grace Hand Lotion.

4. Falling asleep with your makeup on. Not only will your pillowcase get messy, but your pores could become clogged, resulting in breakouts and irritation. If you can’t wash your face before bed, at least use a makeup-removing wipe.

5. Popping your zits. While those whiteheads definitely aren’t doing your face any favors, popping them only makes the problem worse. You could spread the bacteria or create marks that may take a long time to fade. Treat blemishes with acne products with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, and keep your hands off!

6. Biting your nails. Not only does this create unattractive fingers, but it can cause infections if you regularly pull hangnails or bite too close to your nail beds. To make your fingernails less tempting to bite, keep them polished with Lippmann Collection – Nail Lacquers and carry a file in your purse to fix breaks that you’d otherwise try to treat with your teeth.

7. Smoking cigarettes. Duh! As if these weren’t bad enough for your health, they also negatively affect the look and feel of your skin, aging your complexion much faster than if you were a non-smoker. Get help quitting – it’s worth it!

8. Eating junk food. People used to think it was a myth that junk food can cause breakouts, but recent scientific research has proven that processed carbohydrates and sugars really can make your acne worse by stimulating oil-producing hormones called androgens, reports Allure Magazine. Eat high-protein foods and whole grains instead, and you should see an improvement in about six weeks.

9. Taking long, hot showers. Yes, it’s very relaxing to unwind in a steamy shower, especially when you have luxurious bath products like the Whish – Lavender Dream Collection, but staying for too long in a shower that’s too hot can dry out your skin, making it blotchy and itchy.

10. Squinting. Your eyes are the features that are most likely to make you look older than you really are if you don’t take care of the skin around them, and squinting is one of the most offensive things you can do to the area. It creates creases, fine lines and wrinkles when done on a regular basis. Always wear sunglasses and use a rich eye cream at night.

Anti-aging skincare for all ages

       
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Anti-aging skincare is appropriate for all ages!You’ve probably realized by now that the best way to prevent aging is to start changing your everyday habits and use anti-aging skincare products early – even before you start seeing fine lines, age spots and wrinkles. While not all ages need every anti-aging product on the market, there are certain things you should be providing your skin in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s. Here’s a list of the things everyone should do, followed by advice for each stage of your mid-life, according to SimplyAntiAging.com and Allure magazine.

Anti-aging advice for all ages
These tips are meant to be started immediately for all ages.
1. Stop smoking. Even if you’ve been a smoker for a number of years, it’s never too late to stop further damage from happening. Smoking greatly accelerates the aging of your skin because it encourages the destruction of collagen, which helps your skin remain plump and smooth. Smoking can make your skin dull, dry and wrinkled, so do yourself a favor and quit!
2. Wear sunscreen. Applying sunblock not only protects your skin from getting burned, but it protects your skin from aging. Prolonged sun exposure can create advanced age spots, wrinkles and give your skin a leathery texture. Use a product like Dermablend – Cover Creme SPF 30 (New Formula), which covers up existing marks and protects your skin.
3. Eat well. As long as your diet is full of fresh fruits and vegetables, your skin should be getting the antioxidants and vitamins you need to fight the signs of aging. Omega-3 fatty acids are also important, so be sure to include nuts and fish like salmon into your diet. If you’re concerned that you’re not getting enough, consider taking a vitamin supplement.
4. Exercise. Working out and moving is great for all parts of your body – even your skin. It increases the delivery of oxygen to your skin cells, as well as important vitamins so your skin looks younger longer. Make sure to drink plenty of water as you exercise to keep hydrated.
5. Sleep. Ever heard of beauty sleep? It’s real. Your body releases hormones while you’re sleeping to stimulate cell turnover and refresh your skin. Too much stress and lack of sleep can suppress your immune system and speed up aging, so get plenty of rest each night.

What to do when you’re:
• In your 20s. During this hectic age, you should be protecting and repairing your skin. Stress can increase the amount of damaging free radicals in your body, which show up as dark circles, puffiness and dullness. Use plenty of sunscreen, as well as a moisturizer with plenty of antioxidant ingredients, like Exuviance – Essential Daily Defense Fluid SPF 15.
• In your 30s. When you begin to see signs of aging, it’s time to exfoliate and regenerate your skin. Declining levels of collagen and elastin can create fine lines and wrinkles, while the rate of skin regeneration begins to slow down. Use products with peptides or retinols, which help to elevate your collagen and elastin, like BABOR – DOCTOR BABOR Derma Cellular Collagen Booster Cream. Exfoliate regularly to get rid of dead cells and increase cell turnover on the surface of your skin.
• In your 40s. During this period you may notice that your skin seems thinner and less hydrated, which is why it’s important to plump and soothe. Use a product with hyaluronic acid, which hold water to plump your skin from within. SkinMedica – Hydrating Complex is a good choice.
• In your 50s. Changes in your hormones can cause dryness at this age, so it’s crucial to hydrate and nurture your skin. Glycerin and ceramides can help to repair your skin’s natural moisture barrier, so use a product like SkinMedica – TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream.

Potentially harmful ingredients to avoid in your beauty products

       
Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Not every ingredient is safe for your health!Believe it or not, many of your most cherished makeup and skincare products may be causing damage to your health. The cosmetics industry is largely self-regulated and can market products without having to approve ingredients with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The ingredients are often tested in terms of short-term effects, meaning companies look for immediate adverse reactions rather than damaging long-term conditions. Even if your skin isn’t showing any signs of distress, some harmful ingredients may cause cancer or alter your hormonal balance.

According to the FDA, the two most important laws about cosmetics marketed in the U.S. are the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (FPLA).

The FD&C Act prohibits the marketing of “adulterated and misbranded” cosmetics. A cosmetic is considered adulterated if:
• It contains a poisonous or dangerous substance which makes it harmful to users when used following directions.
• It contains any “filthy, putrid or decomposed” substance.
• It has been prepared or packaged under unsanitary conditions and is therefore contaminated.
• The container is made from a poisonous or dangerous material.
• It contains an unsafe color additive (except for hair dyes, which have more specific conditions).

Misbranded products are improperly labeled or deceptively packaged. If the labeling is wrong or misleading, doesn’t include required information or doesn’t prominently display information, it is subject to regulatory action. This is supposed to make consumers able to make informed decisions about which products they are using, but unfortunately many people fail to read the ingredients on products before they buy them.

In order to make sure you’re not exposing yourself to potentially hazardous ingredients in your makeup and skin care products, avoid using products which list one or more of the following ingredients on the label, according to OrganicBeautyTalk.com.

• Alcohol, Isopropyl. This is a drying and irritating ingredient that takes moisture away from your skin and degenerates your skin’s natural immune barrier, making you more vulnerable to bacteria and viruses. It may also promote premature skin aging. It’s made from a petroleum derivative and is found in skin and hair products, fragrance, and antibacterial products. Use a more natural cleanser, like Archipelago Botanicals – Morning Mint Soap, instead.

• DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine) & TEA (triethanolamine). These ingredients are restricted in Europe because of their known carcinogenic effects, but the U.S. has yet to regulate them. The chemicals may disprupt your hormones and can form cancer-causing nitrates in your body.

• Fragrance (Parfum). If a label includes synthetic fragrance, it could represent thousands of separate ingredients used to scent products, many of which are considered toxic or carcinogenic. Fragrance chemicals and ingredients have been associated with respiratory issues, reproductive issues, skin discoloration and even changes in the central nervous system. It’s better to scent products yourself with essential oils, or buy organic products like Janson Beckett – Certified Organic Cleansing Milk.

• Mineral Oil, Petrolatum. This ingredient is a petroleum by-product that coats skin like a plastic, which clogs pores and prevents skin from eliminating toxins. This can cause acne and slow skin development – resulting in premature aging. It dissolves your skin’s natural oil and causes dry skin.

• Parabens. These ingredients often start with prefixes like propyl, isopropyl, butyl, isobutyl and methyl. They are preservatives which mimic estrogen and can disrupt your hormone systems. Many products these days are labeled paraben-free, such as PRIORI – CoffeeBerry Perfecting Minerals Foundation SPF 25 – Perfecting Foundation 4, which is 100 percent natural.

Next time you’re looking to buy beauty products, be sure to search for the ingredients and avoid those which could negatively affect your health!

Making the case for mineral makeup

       
Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Making the case for mineral makeupThe turn of our cultural attention onto the amazing properties of mineral makeup hasn’t come without its price. Having been touted for some time now as the leader of the natural makeup revolution, mineral makeup is now drawing some criticism from health and beauty experts who say this organic stuff might have some dangerous pitfalls. Navigating this field of information may be tricky, but learning some basic facts and arguments will help you wrap your head around the current debate.

On one hand, mineral makeup appeals to the increasingly “green” sensibilities of our society. As we turn away from processed foods, non-biodegradable materials and energy-sapping materials and practices, we’re that much more likely to see the appeal in a new variety of cosmetics that promises to come directly from the Earth, sans dyes, preservatives and chemicals. Mineral makeup touts itself as being better for the skin, with the ability to actually improve one’s complexion over time. It blends more seamlessly into the skin than most standard liquid foundations, producing a healthier, more natural-looking glow unrivalled by the makeup of the past.

While all of this may indeed be true, health experts are concerned that these so-called Earth-friendly products aren’t necessarily human-friendly. Not every natural compound necessarily agrees with our bodies, and the same goes for mineral makeup, which can contain trace amounts of harmful substances. The loose powder composition of most mineral makeup means that we musn’t merely be concerned with the effects these products may have on our skin when absorbed through topical application, but the trace amounts of minerals we can inhale when bringing this product so close to our faces.

“The little particles, fibers, get into the peripheral, the small parts of the lungs, and irritate cells,” pulmonary specialist Dr. Hugo Montenegro told ABC News.

According to the news source, the two substances of concern to the Environmental Working Group are bismuth oxycholoride and mica. The former is actually a by-product of lead and the latter is dangerous when inhaled in large quantities, hence why miners and construction workers wear masks when they work.

Some beauty experts suggest sticking to liquid mineral makeup formulas if these potential respiratory complications are of concern, but the debate continues to rage on where effectiveness is concerned.

“Those who love it rave about the light, natural, long-lasting glow that simply can’t be duplicated by other types of makeup,” Web MD observes. “Others, however, complain it’s drying, irritating, and accentuates wrinkles and adds years to your appearance. Some say the colors have an ashy undertone that is a particular problem for ethnic skin types.”

Even health experts are divided regarding the supposed “purity” of such formulas, with some maintaining that the absence of irritants makes it kinder to the skin, while others claim that mineral makeup is hardly different than the makeup women have been using for years, the news soruce reports. Experts maintain that mineral makeup is especially advantageous for those with sensitive skin conditions such as acne and rosacea, which encounter a calming effect thanks to the non-comedongenic properties of the natural ingredients. Plus, for those with skin conditions, mineral makeup is undeniably desirable for its ability to provide near-perfect-looking coverage.

So what’s the verdict?

According to Web MD, you should take care to read the label, as with any beauty or food product. Not all mineral makeup companies actually steer clear from using fillers and preservatives. If you can find a brand that stays true to its promise withoutthe use of mica or bismuth oxycholoride, what’s not to love?

Beauty fixes to stock your pantry with

       
Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Beauty fixes to stock your pantry withLest you thought that all of your cosmetics belonged on your vanity table or in your bathroom cabinet, we encourage you to think again. Some of the most vital beauty fixes are things you would normally find in your kitchen, lending true meaning to the old adage – “you are what you eat.”

If you’re of the mindset that beauty comes from within, it goes to say that the vitamins and nutrients with which you supply your body have a lot to do with how you look on the outside. That being said, many of us may know this to be true without any knowledge of the food items or their individual applications. For the hungry and the curious, here’s a short, simple guide.

Fountain of youth

Before we delve into the nitty gritty, let’s all bring our attention to what’s arguably the most vital nutrient of them all. Water not only constitutes the bulk of our planet, our bodies and our life-force as a whole, but it’s also one of the most influential beauty tools.

Drinking your eight glasses is not a bunch of quackery – when you’re properly hydrated, you feel more energized, your skin glows brighter and even you hair retains more moisture.

Good, clean wholesome fun

Not surprisingly, what’s generally good for your nutritional health also packs some weight when it comes to your complexion.

“Diets rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can make your skin glow, help clear up acne and fight aging and sun damage,” according to StyleList.com. “Likewise, meals laden with trans-fats, white flour, sugar and chemicals can leave your complexion looking dry, dull and lackluster.”

Their most basic advice? Skip processed foods, avoid anything that’s deep-fried, ditch the sugary drinks and opt for brown sugar or whole-wheat flour whenever you can.

Stock up on omega-3s

There’s a reason why Eskimos tend to be so happy – they’re always eating fish, after all. Not only do omega-3 fatty acids offer a major boost to your sense of well-being, as found in major recent studies, but they also offer a cure for a handful of different beauty ailments.

According to StyleList, foods rich in omega-3s are a good antidote for dry skin, psoriasis, acne, redness and inflammation.

Wondering how best to get your hands on this miracle worker? “These ‘good fats’ are found in fatty fish including salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, halibut, as well as ground flaxseed, flaxseed oil, canola oil, soybean oil, walnuts, leafy greens, and tofu,” Health & Fitness reports.

Hair revival

There’s a whole grocery bag’s worth of stuff that will help you nab good hair days forevermore. According to The Frisky, reaching for salmon will get you the omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B-12, and iron that your tresses crave. Other hair-friendly foods include dark green vegetables, beans, nuts, poultry, eggs, whole grains, oysters, low-fat dairy items, carrots, beef and brown rice.

What’s your backup plan?

Getting the most out of the stuff you eat doesn’t involve a major dietary turnaround alone – lots of people take nutritional supplements to boost their intake of vital nutrients, and this can help give you that added boost that may be hard to attain just from one day’s worth of meals. Good news for you is that many companies create custom dietary supplements to specifically target your skin, hair or overall beauty needs, so you can be sure you’re getting all the good loving you need to look amazing.

Try Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Supplement for a complexion that can’t be beat, or try Sprayology Hair + Nail Tonic for beautiful hair and nails from the inside out – just two sprays below the tongue and you’re good to glow!

Winter Special – 20% Off All Services

       
Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

winter witchLet’s face it, this has been a nasty winter. Cold, dry air wrecked havoc on your skin and the holiday season wasn’t kind to your waistline.

Mention “Beauty Bridge” when you make an appointment at my office and receive 20% off all services. This includes BOTOX® and fillers, Laser Resurfacing and Tightening, and the  “6-Week 20 Pound Diet Plan”.

Call  Dr. Berger’s office at 212-838-6900

Just one more advantage to shopping at Beauty Bridge!

This offer is good through February 28.

SAFELY lose 20 lbs in 6 weeks. Seriously!

       
Monday, January 31st, 2011

Eric S Berger BB Blog PhotoThere’s more to looking good than smooth skin, and great hair and makeup. Carrying around an extra 20 pounds can be a real deal killer… especially if you’re obviously self-conscious about your weight.
Yo-yo dieting isn’t a sound solution, either. Forget the fact that it’s frustrating… it’s dangerous. Women whose weight constantly fluctuates, have statistically more heart disease than people with stable weight.
We can also safely ignore the unbelievable TV ads promising, “Lose pounds and inches fast. Order today and receive an extra one month supply, absolutely free!”
Fat burning pills do not work, which begs the question, “How can I safely and effectively lose fat fast?”
It’s really pretty simple. Burn stored fat, instead of food. Here’s the equation:
Calories Burned Minus Calories Eaten Equals Fat Burned
CB-CE=FB
Every time you burn 3,500 calories of fat, you lose a pound. That sounds easy enough, except you’re probably thinking, “If I don’t eat I’ll be really, really hungry!”
Not anymore.
The best diet plan for losing 20 pounds fast, without being hungry and cranky, is HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). HCG is a water soluble hormone which selectively utilizes the stubborn stored fat in the tummy, “love handles”, butt and thighs.

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Because the process is smooth and continuous your blood sugar stays constant, so you’re not hungry even though you eat very little food.
On average, we actually need about 2,000 calories a day. People taking HCG can eat as little as 500 calories a day, so they burn 1500 calories of fat, instead. That allows them to effectively lose about 3 pounds a week… 15-18 pounds in 6 weeks. It’s simple math.
If you want to lose about 20 pounds safely and rapidly, find a physician who prescribes the 6-week HCG Diet Program. Make absolutely certain you’ll be treated by a physician and followed every week your on the diet.
You be smiling in your bikini by summer!