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Introducing Studio Light™ Flawless Eye Concealer

Finding the right under-eye concealer can be a challenge. We expect a lot from our concealers—they should cover, brighten, and help us look rested and youthful, all in one swipe. But finding a concealer that does the job well can be quite an undertaking. Many concealers are too heavy for under the eye and settle into fine lines and wrinkles, making you look older and emphasizing dark circles and puffiness. A good under-eye concealer should apply evenly, hiding signs of aging and exhaustion. Ideally, it would also improve the look of under-eye skin over time. Can a concealer do all that?

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Universal Tips for Happier and Healthier Skin

While each skin type needs something just a little different, there are some universal skincare types that will help keep your skin happier and healthier in 2017. Healthy skin is clean, hydrated, and nourished, so make sure you address the health of your skin from the inside out.

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Younger-Approved Recipe: Coconut Oil Coffee

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We all know that aside from the helpful pep you can get from a cup of coffee, there are a number of serious downsides to regularly consuming caffeine. OD-ing on the energizing stimulant can wreak havoc on your adrenal glands, putting your body in a stressed state that is detrimental to your mental and physical health.

Recently, everyone at Lancer Skincare HQ was turned on to coconut oil coffee – an unexpected twist on your standard cup of joe that tastes amazing, negates some of the less-than-desirable effects of eveyone’s favorite morning beverage, and supplies a healthy source of fat. Similar to the famed Bulletproof Coffee™ made famous by nutrition expert Dave Asprey, this combination of black coffee with a healthy saturated fat slows the absorption of caffeine into the bloodstream, giving you steady, long lasting energy without jitters or a mid-afternoon slump, and keeps you feeling full throughout the morning.  And not only is coconut oil great for the skin, it also makes you feel less bloated.

If you’re going to switch up your coffee routine, here are a few other things to consider to help make coffee a healthy part of your day:

  • Buy organic coffee beans. Conventional coffee is heavily sprayed with pesticides which can be harmful to health over time.
  • Limit yourself to one cup a day, and take a day off every few days.
  • Avoid caffeine after noon so you don’t disrupt your sleep cycle.

Here’s how to make this amazing, creamy coffee:

1. Brew your normal cup of black coffee (preferably with organic, single-origin, fair-trade beans).

2. Pour the brewed coffee (1-2 cups) into a blender and add 1 teaspoon of organic, unprocessed coconut oil. (It’s okay if the coconut oil is still solid, it will liquify in the blender.)

3. Blend for 30 seconds, or until the coffee has turned a light, creamy, hazelnut color.

4. Enjoy!

The coffee will take on an entirely different color and texture – almost like that of a latte – when you blend it this way.  If you like your coffee sweetened, add a small amount of raw honey or cinnamon. As you get used to the coconut oil, you can add more – up to a tablespoon – but build up to this level slowly. Too much coconut oil can be harsh on the stomach if you’re not used to it.

Let us know what you think of this delicious blend!

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7 Stress-Busting Tips

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Last week, Dr. Lancer revealed to New York Magazine’s The Cut what the fountain of youth is: low stress levels and plenty of sleep (in conjunction with a healthy dose of preventive skincare). Living a stress-free life is easier said than done, of course, but you’ve gotta start somewhere. Here are 7 simple ways to reduce stress starting right now.

Meditate. Study after study has found meditation to have amazing stress-reducing benefits. If you’ve never tried it before, begin by sitting comfortably in a quiet place. Focus on your breath and choose a positive mantra (for example, “I am calm, centered and relaxed” or “I am happy and healthy.”) to repeat. If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your mantra. Try doing this for ten minutes each day to center yourself and release built up tension.

Cook a healthy meal. If the mere idea of meditating makes you squirm, there are plenty of other ways to actively meditate. One option: lovingly prepare a healthy meal for yourself (and your family or loved ones). Cooking is very grounding and allows you to tap into your creative side at the same time. Try planning your meal ahead of time so that you don’t feel rushed while preparing it.

Exercise. Tired and stressed after a long day? You don’t have to run a marathon, just do something to get your body moving and energized. Try stretching out on your back or going for a walk in the sun (wearing sunscreen, of course!). It will help your body produce natural endorphins to fight off the stress and you’ll sleep better (the second key to staying youthful). Many more exercise tips and regimens can be found in Dr. Lancer’s book, Younger.

Laugh. It may be a cliché, but that’s because it’s true: laughter really is the best medicine. Seriously, don’t let a day go by without having a good laugh. Laughter releases dopamine, endorphins and growth hormone – and it helps us feel connected to others.

Pamper yourself. Take a few minutes (or more) to do something just for you – whether that’s taking a candlelight bath, giving yourself and at-home facial (recipe here), turning off your phone/computer/TV for half an hour—take some me-time to recharge and don’t feel guilty about it!

Set boundaries. A lot of us get caught in the trap of saying yes to everything – from dinner invitations to replying to work emails at 11 pm to picking up a neighbor’s kid from soccer practice on a crazy-busy day. And the truth is, no one can do it all. Develop the ability to say no when you need to, and watch your stress levels plummet.

Shop! Okay, it may not be scientifically proven, but everyone at our office agrees that a trip to shopping heaven significantly reduces the residual effect of a pressure-cooker day. Bonus Tip: We spent the better part of this week launching Lancer Skincare at Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills and fell in love with Chef Tzu Chiang at Mariposa restaurant. He is serving an olallieberry dish that is packed full of antioxidants and so rare that it’s only produced for one month of the year in California. So, why not kill two birds with one stone? Indulge in some stress-relieving retail therapy and follow it up with a healthy meal at Mariposa.

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Desert Skin Rehab: Part 2

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Last week we gave you the rundown of our marketing coordinator Madeline’s post-Coachella skincare rehab regimen. And now we’ve got the photographic proof of its speedy efficacy. Just one week after returning from the desert, Madeline’s Lancer Glow is back!

Upon returning from Coachella, Madeline’s skin was angry. Overexposure to the sun, heat and dry desert air had caused it to break out, dry out and become unevenly pigmented. To remedy this, Madeline exfoliated with Sensitive Polish for the first four days to jumpstart the cell renewal process. Exfoliation also causes blood circulation to increase, and this helped her blemishes to heal quickly without scarring. Plus, by using Polish in conjunction with a healthy daily dose of Sensitive Nourish, Retexturizing Treatment Cream and Advanced C Radiance and drinking a green juice and extra water each day, Madeline’s skin quickly regained hydration from the deep layers to the epidermis – hence her radiant glow. In the after photos, you can see what is, quite frankly, a miraculous recovery: redness is drastically reduced, pimples are nonexistent, her coloring is even, and her flaky, scaly skin is now smooth and soft to the touch. All just in time to go back for Stagecoach and do it again! (Kidding.)

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Desert Skin Rehab: Fighting the Effects of Fun and Sun at Coachella

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No matter how well you care for your skin, there are times it can be hard to maintain a meticulous regimen, especially when you’re away from home. Last week we posted about how traveling can tax skin health: Flying speeds up dehydration and sun exposure, and upon landing, a change in hard or soft water and air humidity can easily irritate skin and cause breakouts and dryness.

But few climates are as brutal as the SoCal desert combined with the party atmosphere of Coachella. For nearly 15 years, Angelenos having been trekking to the desert to spend three days enjoying the music, sun, food and crowds that make up the famous festival. While we’re all for having some good, healthy fun—which Coachella makes easy with vegan and vegetarian food options, juice stands and fresh fruit—there are few things more taxing than three full days of sun exposure, ultra dry and hot temperatures, and the inevitable cocktail or five, we mean, two.

Our marketing coordinator headed to Coachella armed with her Lancer arsenal, but had a hard time maintaining her regimen in the desert. “My skin was super irritated from the heat, dry from the air, and so dirty. As much as I wanted to polish all the grime away, I knew I would be exposed to the same thing the next day, so I held off on polishing, and stuck with tons of Sheer Fluid SPF, Nourish and eye cream to stay as hydrated as possible.”

Even being so proactive, Madeline found that her skin suffered: “I can see the pigmentation on my nose, around my eyes and in the hollows of my cheeks from the sun. Plus some congested pores from all the sweat and dirt. I want my Lancer glow back!”

So what are the doctor’s orders for tackling post-Coachella skin? Check out Madeline’s rehab regimen below:

Diet. Beautiful skin starts from within, so the first step is to boost your daily intake of water and greens. This will make a big, and noticeable, difference. If you’re jonesing for something with more flavor than good old H2O and celery sticks, try Pressed Juicery‘s Greens 3 and coconut water for extra hydration.

Skin Care. It’s important to be diligent about your daily regimen once you’re back from the desert. Since returning from Coachella, Madeline has been following these steps:

In the morning:
1. Wash with Sensitive Cleanse and pat skin dry
2. Retexturizing Treatment Cream
3. Sensitive Nourish
4. Sheer Fluid Sun Shield
5. Eye Contour Lifting Cream

At night:
1. Remove makeup with grape seed oil
2. Steam face for 5 minutes in the shower
3. Polish
4. Sensitive Cleanse
5. Advanced C Radiance
6. Sensitive Nourish
7. Eye Contour Lifting Cream

Next week, we’ll be sharing Madeline’s before and after photos – be sure to check back!

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5 Easy-to-Implement Tips from Younger

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When it comes to staying youthful, there are tons of little tweaks you can make to your lifestyle to keep aging at bay. And, many of them aren’t too arduous. Here are 5 quick and easy tips from Dr. Lancer’s best-selling book Younger that you can implement today:

Move. You don’t have to hit SoulCycle five times a week or train for a marathon. (In fact, working out too intensely can actually speed up aging.) But you do need to make moderate exercise a part of your routine. So take a long walk with a friend, attend a yoga class or go for a bike ride. If you can’t get outdoors, spend 30 minutes doing a workout video or using resistance bands at home.

Pass the salt. Well, what we really mean is pass on the salt. Too much salt causes inflammation in the body and can exacerbate acne. Try seasoning your food with fresh lemon, lime or roasted garlic instead. This week, Dr. Lancer shared a list of the foods he suggests avoiding with StyleBistro. Following these guidelines, by the way, caused him to lose 60 lbs – no joke. Click here for the complete list.

Check your water levels. Staying properly hydrated means more than just downing your eight glasses of H2O each day. If you drink coffee or alcohol, make sure you drink at least one extra glass of water to offset each cocktail or caffeinated beverage. And fill your plate with foods rich in Omega-3s, which help to keep skin supple.

Sleep in. Now you have a valid excuse to hit the snooze button. Your body repairs itself while you sleep, so make sure you’re getting enough and give yourself those extra few minutes of precious shut-eye in the morning whenever you can. If you’re a morning person, move your bedtime up a half hour and catch some extra nighttime zzzzs.

Change up your sleep position. You know when you wake up with creases from your bedding criss-crossing your face? Well, when you sleep in the same position every night, your cheek, jawline, and neck are pushed against the pillow, causing your skin to be folded or creased for several hours. Over the years, those folds become etched into your skin to form sleep lines. So alternate the side you sleep on, or better yet, sleep on your back.

Wanna get even younger-looking? Then pick up a copy of Dr. Lancer’s ultimate anti-aging guide today!

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