October 5, 2011

Sunburn Easily? You May Need More Vitamin D

Not sure if you need a vitamin D supplement? It may all depend on the fairness of your complexion. People with very pale skin may be unable to take in enough sun to produce the necessary amount of vitamin D that the body needs, without getting a sunburn, according to new research.

In the study of about 12,000 people, 730 of them had below-average vitamin D levels. Those with pale skin showed even lower levels. The report, published in Cancer Causes and Control, notes that those with fair-skin are not the only ones possibly in need of supplemental vitamin D. Melanoma patients make the the list as well.

“Fair-skinned individuals who burn easily are not able to make enough vitamin D from sunlight and so may need to take vitamin D supplements,” said Professor Julia Newton-Bishop, lead author of the study based in the Cancer Research UK Centre at the University of Leeds. “This should be considered for fair-skinned people living in a mild climate…and melanoma patients in particular.”
Low levels of vitamin D may be associated with a higher risk of heart disease and lower survival from breast cancer. If you’re not sure about your own vitamin D levels, the researchers recommend visiting your doctor for a test.

September 28, 2011

Green Friendly Makeup For the Fall from Aveda

Getting married, changing your look or just trying to bliss out for fall and winter? Take the cruelty free approach by checking out Aveda’s eco-friendly makeup collection for autumn/winter, Jewels of the Earth, featuring limited-edition colors for eyes and lips. 

Spotlighting colors that comprise six limited edition Petal Essence™ Single Eye Colors, one limited-edition Nourish-Mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color and two limited-edition Nourish-MintSmoothing Lip Colors, the collection is inspired by gemstones and is awash in intense and tarnished tints of blue, green, gold and bronze.  Burnished monochromes in smoky and gleaming finishes induce interplay of light and dark. 

Aveda's Global Educator Janell Geason.Aveda’s Global Educator Janell Geason.

“Jewels of the Earth is a palette of rich, intense tones,” says Janell Geason, global educator for Aveda Makeup.  “Metallic, velvety-dark colors reflect depth and nocturnal elegance. The looks suggest a somber, antique and artistic mood, and the notion of old becoming new.” 

As for how to look good and work in favor of Mother Earth with this season’s colors, here are Geason’s top five earth friendly ways to stay beautiful and green well into the upcoming season.

* Think waste reduction.  Choose products with minimal, recycled or easily recyclable packaging.  Consider also cosmetic product containers.  Aveda offers Enviro-Metal Compacts made from 30% post-consumer recycled (PCR) aluminum combined with 20% post-industrial recycled aluminum (PIR).   The durable, refillable compacts come in a variety of sizes, can hold eye, cheek and lip colors, and allow palette customization—you fill with only products you want and need.  Aveda also offers Refillable Lip Color Cases made of recycled material. 

* Try before you buy.  Sometimes we purchase things we are attracted to, even if they do not suit us.  Many brands, including Aveda, offer professional consultations at no cost.  A makeup professional can help you pick the right products, show you how to use them and answer any questions you might have about the company’s social and environmental activities.  You avoid time, material and monetary waste while getting a little pampering. 

* Support organic and sustainable agriculture.  Choose products made with plant-based, organic ingredients and/or responsibly sourced components, like Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood and paper.  Purchasing products with organic and sustainably-sourced ingredients communicates preference and encourages business to pursue responsible business practices. 

* Say no to animal testing.  Cruelty-free companies are kind to the earth and her inhabitants.  Look for products that are beautifully made using high-integrity ingredients; they’ll make you feel event more beautiful, too.  Aveda Makeup Brushes are made of soft Taklon – non-animal – bristles. 

* Pick up the phone.  Check product packages and company websites for customer service contact information.  Thank companies who do things right, and call on environmental offenders to get their act together.  Visit brands in their digital media venues, too.  Comments visible to the public often get a swift response.  You’ll set the example for others to speak up, too.  

Beautiful and earthy-friendly, it really is possible.

July 5, 2011

4 Foods that Fight Wrinkles

If you love the white stuff — we’re talking sugar, folks — your sweet tooth could be making your skin sag, crinkle, and wrinkle before its time. Blame glycation. That’s what happens when sugar hits your bloodstream, gloms on to proteins, and forms the aptly named AGEs, or advanced glycation end products. AGEs are bad news for your skin. They damage the collagen and elastin fibers that keep it strong and supple.

While scientists aren’t ready to say “sugar causes wrinkles,” docs know from observing people with poorly managed diabetes what out-of-control blood sugar does to skin — and it isn’t pretty. Bluntly put, it causes “premature” aging.

That should be extra inspiration to skip the cakes, cookies, and sugary drinks and fill your plate with wrinkle fighters. Here’s even more: There is plenty of scientific proof that certain nutrients help nourish the fibers that keep skin stretchy and healthy, says Manhattan dermatologist Amy Wechsler, MD, RealAge expert and author of The Mind-Beauty Connection. Step right up to the beauty buffet and serve yourself this way:

  • Cover half — yes, 50% — of your plate with fruits and veggies. The antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals in plants act like a dietary highway patrol, pulling over speeding free radicals before they can damage your skin’s collagen and elastin. You’ll also get loads of vitamin C this way (brightly colored produce is full of it). That’s great because C is essential for making new collagen.
  • Then add extra flavor or crunch by topping your fruits and veggies with nuts, seeds, or a drizzle of olive oil. Nuts and seeds are full of vitamin E, an off-the-charts antioxidant. Since sunlight depletes vitamin E in skin, you need to continually replenish your supply, and the more you get from food — not supplements — the better. While that’s true in general, if there’s any chance you could get pregnant, taking big doses of E is a don’t. It’s linked to heart defects in newborns.
    As for olive oil, its healthy fats help skin cells resist wrinkle-causing sun damage.
  • Fill 25% of your plate with lean protein. Think fish, skinless white-meat poultry, beans, chickpeas, lentils, and tofu. All give you the good proteins your body needs to make new skin cells and keep up with its own antiaging skin repairs.
  • Fill 25% of your plate with 100% whole grains. As in whole-wheat pasta, brown or wild rice, barley, any breads made from 100% whole grains, and more. Unlike the simple carbs in sugar, the complex carbs in whole grains are the kind your body and skin crave. Instead of triggering blood sugar spikes and forming brigades of aging AGEs, whole-grain carbs are full of fiber, which steadies blood sugar. Plus, the selenium and zinc in whole grains help harness the collagen- and elastin-damaging free radicals.

June 7, 2011

Rizzieri Featured on ‘The Patch’

Check out this mention of Rizzieri Aveda School from ‘The Patch.’

Click here for the full article.

As the article indicates, Rizzieri Aveda School does feature spa pedicures for $25.
To schedule a seating, contact 856-988-8600 x0.

Rizzieri Aveda School
8200 Town Center Blvd.
Voorhees, NJ 08043

June 4, 2011

Rizzieri Graduate Named a Top Stylist by ‘The Patch’

Congratulations to Kevin Gatto, of Verde Salon, for being named by ‘The Patch’ as one of the top 5 Stylists in the area.
Kevin is a Rizzieri Aveda School graduate! Check out the full article  featured on ‘The Patch’ by clicking on the link.

Rizzieri AVEDA Beauty School 8200 Town Center Blvd., Voorhees, NJ 08043 (856) 988-8600 http://rizzierischools.com/