Here comes the SUN!!

Since we were kids we have been told to eat our fruits and veggies for vitamin C, drink our milk for calcium and play outside for vitamin D. As kids we did it since our parents told us even if we didn’t understand why but now as adults we should understand the importance of vitamins, in particular vitamin D. Our bodies require an adequate amount of vitamin D in order to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. It also helps with calcium absorption in the gut and maintains blood calcium levels to allow the normal mineralization of bone, and prevent abnormally low blood calcium levels.

Vitamin D boosts our overall health and promotes strong and healthy bones. On top of that it is an important factor in ensuring our muscles, heart, lungs, and brain are functional, and preps the body to fight infection.

 

Now that we know all the benefits the let’s talk about three ways to get your vitamin D!

1.   SUNLIGHT! Summer is gone but that should not stop us from getting our daily sun exposure. We make the most vitamin D when we expose a large area of our skin in the sun, such as our back but since we can’t all walk around shirtless taking a walk or reading a book outside 10 minutes a day can help. I have seen some couples in the afternoon after work, sit outside of their balcony and catch up on their day. Supper cute and a great way to get your vitamin D intake!! Just don't forget the SPF!

2.  FOOD! There are different foods to get your Vitamin D including fatty fish, beef liver, egg yolks, fortified milk and orange juice. My favorite way to get my vitamin D with foods is eggs and juice, especially on Sunday morning! Who doesn’t love a good brunch spot?! Especially when you live in Los Angeles.

3. SUPPLEMENTS! The easiest way to get to get your vitamin D is by getting some supplements.  If you rarely get out in the sun it would be a good idea to get a supplement containing 400 to 1,000 IU.

Adequate vitamin D intake is important for the regulation of multiple reasons and we should all try to get some sort of vitamin D everyday.  If you will be getting it through sunlight make sure to not stay in the sun too long!! Fall is here but when you live in California you can enjoy the sun all year!! If you are not in the area make sure to eat the right foods and take your supplement.

Remember being healthy on the inside will reflect on the outside!! STAY BEAUTIFUL

XOXO

Gregory

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* Gregory Dylan is a 20 year beauty industry veteran, licensed esthetician and facial expert. For more information or to schedule a facial treatment at his  Los Angeles skin care clini, please e-mail: info@gregorydylanbeauty.com *

Stay Fit No Matter Where You Go

Summer is over and the Holiday season is near! Many people tend to travel during this time to visit family and friends. Holiday times and traveling means delicious food and less time to work out. I always try my best to eat healthy and stay active but we all know it is hard to say no to pumpkin pie!! This is why today I will be sharing a few of my tips to stay fit no matter where you go!

1. Find a class. When you visit somewhere it would be a smart idea to look for some sort of spin class or pilates session. This can be great bonding time with family or friends then after you won’t feel so guilty when you eat grandma’s dessert!!

2. Take a walk. Another thing you can do is take a morning or afternoon walk. Walking for at least 15 to 30 minutes is what you need and if you want to mix it up sprint for a few minutes in between your walk! Personally, I love going on a walk after I eat dinner and watch the sunset.

3. Pack some equipment. If you have limited time you can take a resistance band and do some workouts in your room when you first wake up!! I would also suggest taking a jump rope to get some cardio.

4. Try new things. When you travel there are activities you can do such as hiking to see views or go paddle boarding. Every city has great things to explore so don’t miss out and try something new!!

5. Use your phone. There are many fitness apps you can use to track your steps and calories such as MyFitnessPal. I would suggest to download it and use it so you can keep track on how active you are staying and how much water you are drinking. There are also apps where you can do quick workout challenges such as 30 Day Ab or 30 Day Squat. What’s great about using your phone is that these apps will send you reminders daily so you won’t forget to get a work out in!

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I hope these tips will help you stay active and fit while you travel and enjoy spending time with family and friends. By drinking plenty of water and staying active your skin will thank you!!

Remember… Keep it beautiful!!

XOXO

Gregory

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* Gregory Dylan is a 20 year beauty industry veteran, licensed esthetician and facial expert. For more information or to schedule a facial treatment at his Los Angeles skin care clinic , please e-mail: info@gregorydylanbeauty.com *

What is Chlorophyll?!

Hello my beauty fans... Have you ever seen anyone drinking green water or seen on Pressed Juicery’s menu “chlorophyll h2o ”? It may have been a long time since you have heard the word chlorophyll. Many of us learned about it in elementary school, it is the pigment that makes plants green. This helps them convert sunlight into energy through photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is comparable to hemoglobin, the red blood cells that get oxygen to your blood. This means our body will benefit from chlorophyll since it knows exactly what to do with it!

Chlorophyll is a super food! It’s packed with magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C, antioxidants, and beta-carotene. It will cleanse your blood, carry oxygen, and fights anemia. It is great for digestion and a healthy detox. Chlorophyll will flush out toxins and promotes healthy blood flow. Here is one many will love and who suffer from breakouts… Chlorophyll can help stop breakouts or make them clear up faster! Chlorophyll acts as a germ killer meaning it will fight blemishes inside and out. Lastly, it can protect your skin from the sun by absorbing sunlight and protecting from harmful UV rays!

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I have had many people seen me drink this green water and the first thing they ask is, “Does it taste bad?” In my opinion it’s flavorless and I love to add it into my water bottle every morning before heading out! You can find chlorophyll drops at a health food store. Add a few drops into your water and you will give your water an EXTRA BEAUTY BOOST!! Let me know if you try it and is you see any difference in your skin!

Remember… Keep it beautiful!!

XOXO

Gregory

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Will cutting dairy cause your breakouts to stop?!

It is important to cleanse your face and use the right skincare but it is only half of what it takes to achieve a clear, glowing complexion. You can give your skin the best treatment but sometimes not see results and this can be very frustrating! This is why what put into your body is just as important as what you put onto your face! May diary be the reason why your skin does not seem to clear up?

After reading an article about Khloe Kardashian cutting out dairy and how it contributed to her 11-pound weight loss in just six weeks I decided it was time to inform you guys a little on what dairy can do to your skin. It can cause your skin to create excess oil (sebum), which clogs pores, and it can cause dead skin cells to bind to one another, leading to more acne. Dairy contains growth hormones and cause inflammation! Once again this can lead to acne!

We all love ice cream during the warm weather and who doesn’t want to get froyo on a warm summer night?! Everyone enjoys some cheese too and if you’re like me you love to ask for some extra cheese (you know you’re guilty too)! How about this summer we all try limiting our diary intake to two servings a day or try replacing dairy with some alternatives! Ben and Jerry’s offers non-dairy flavors so whenever you have a sweet tooth craving why not try their Chunky Monkey flavor!! If cutting down dairy works for you let me know you can even take before and afters to see what difference it will make on your skin!

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Lots of HUGS to you all and keep it beautiful! XOXOXO

NEW VIDEO! Face Freezing! Botox vs. Dysport

Hello beauty fans!! There is a new YouTube video on my channel with August Denton, RN. I went back into Beverly Hills to find out more on the difference between Botox and Dysport. Both can help achieve smooth lines and wrinkles but I decided to give Dysport a try! Watch the video to find out more and see my results!

 

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19 musts for your grocery list!!!

Luvvvvv this article on 19 Food That Should Be in Your Kitchen! I was super happy to see that most of these were already some of my regularly stocked faves :) Woot woot!

 

I've been cutting out most processed foods and all the fake sugar, etc. (Ummmm...do you know how hard it is to find stuff without aspartame, sucralose, yada yada?!? UGH!)

What are your healthy faves to stock?!? Healthy diet means healthy skin, pass it on!

xoxo, Gregory

Eating your way to glowing, healthy, summer skin!

Summer food is always so light and delicious, totally a person fave! And also very much on par with how we eat here in SoCal all year long since it's pretty much almost always "summer". (I know, I know, I'm always bragging about SoCal weather...sorrrrry Midwest and East Coast friends! LOL)

I loved this quick read on the Huff P about 9 foods to put in your Summer diet to give you amazing skin! It's full of berries, fish and greens that are not only delicious but help to nourish, protect and replenish the skin from the inside out!

Do you have a fave Summer dish that's also great for the skin? I know that after this I'm totally craving salmon and berries!! Nomonomnom!

xoxo,

Gregory