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Just Ask David

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The “Just Ask David” audio podcast takes a deep dive into health and beauty in just 10 minutes during each interview. The show features David Pollock, beauty industry veteran and the chemist behind some of the top- performing beauty products of all time. On his show, he candidly shares his expertise and invites his talented roster of guests to do the same.

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The “Just Ask David” audio podcast takes a deep dive into health and beauty in just 10 minutes during each interview. The show features David Pollock, beauty industry veteran and the chemist behind some of the top- performing beauty products of all time. On his show, he candidly shares his expertise and invites his talented roster of guests to do the same.

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Super Addictive

By Allison Mcneil - Feb 14 2018
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I just got turned on to these podcasts and wound up binge listening to several.

Down to earth.

By Lindsey Harrington - Feb 14 2018
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David makes me laugh. He is personable and down to earth, making the podcast entertaining.

iTunes Ratings

18 Ratings
Average Ratings
15
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0
2
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Super Addictive

By Allison Mcneil - Feb 14 2018
Read more
I just got turned on to these podcasts and wound up binge listening to several.

Down to earth.

By Lindsey Harrington - Feb 14 2018
Read more
David makes me laugh. He is personable and down to earth, making the podcast entertaining.
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Just Ask David

Updated about 1 month ago

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The “Just Ask David” audio podcast takes a deep dive into health and beauty in just 10 minutes during each interview. The show features David Pollock, beauty industry veteran and the chemist behind some of the top- performing beauty products of all time. On his show, he candidly shares his expertise and invites his talented roster of guests to do the same.

Rank #1: Episode 45: The #1 Anti-Aging Beauty Secret with Special Guest Aja Mangum

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When we talk about anti-aging skin care, we’re usually thinking about products for our faces. But our faces aren’t the only part of us that reveals our true age. And even with a face as smooth as a 25-year-old’s, a crepey decolletage or age spot covered hands can easily give you away.

Lucky for us, beauty & fashion writer Aja Mangum joins Just Ask David to divulge all of her anti-aging secrets -- specifically the lips, hands, and decolletage. Aja has written for the likes of Bloomberg Businessweek, Men’s Fitness, MANHATTAN, Angeleno, Brides, and more. Prior to freelancing, she served as the Beauty & Market Editor at New York magazine.

How to Maintain Youthfulness in More Than Just Your Face

Though many of have anti-aging skin care routines, few of us actually do more than treat the skin on our faces. By the time wrinkles and age spots start to appear in our hands and chests, the damage is already done.

“I was watching television and saw this fabulous actress,” Aja recalls. “You can tell she spent a lot of work on her face. She looked amazing, but then, her neck… and I just kind of had that moment of, not feeling bad for her, but [her hands] were clearly an afterthought.”

We know that prevention is the best approach when it comes to anti-aging, but we need to be paying attention to more than just a youthful face. Neglecting other parts of our body is a dead giveaway for our age.

Anti-Aging Treatments That Aren’t For Your Face

As discouraged as you may be at first, don’t believe that your hands, lips, and chest are doomed forever. There are anti-aging treatments out there that can really make the difference in the appearance of your skin.

For hands, Aja recommends the occasional hand masks to rehydrate the skin. After seeing the results on a colleague, she’s a fan. “The extra step of using a hand mask made a world of difference,” Aja says. “If you want to take time out for  yourself, it takes ten minutes.”  

The decolletage can be protected from future wrinkles with sunscreen, but if the damage is already done, Aja recommends using overnight collagen patches. “Basically, you cleanse your chest with these cleansing disks that contain glycolic and lactic acid to exfoliate,” she explains. “Wait for it to dry, and then you put these silicone patches on your chest. Stick ‘em on -- super easy -- go to sleep.”

Anti-Aging, Beauty, and Fashion on Your Social Media Feed

Want to stay up-to-date with Aja? Follow her on Twitter @AjaMangum for more fashion and beauty secrets!

Jan 25 2018
10 mins
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Rank #2: Episode 5: The REAL Difference Between Designer and Drugstore Skincare Products with Guest Rache Anise

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Beauty Blogger Meets Academia

Are the ingredients in expensive, luxury skin care and makeup better than those in cheaper brands?

Rachel Anise joins us today to make a case for both drugstore and luxury cosmetics. Rachel is the editor-in-chief of the highly acclaimed luxury beauty blog, the Beauty Professor and is also a full-time Communication Studies professor in the Los Angeles area.

After scoring a publishing deal with a fellow professor, Rachel discovered her love of writing to an audience. By becoming a luxury beauty blogger, Rachel’s academic and beauty worlds converged so well that she found her calling.

How Effective are Luxury Cosmetics Really?

Rachel’s blog is dedicated to giving honest reviews on beauty products, specifically luxury brands. Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, and Burberry Beauty are just a few of the designer luxury brands that grace her blog.

“Luxury brands aren’t necessarily better than drugstore brands,” she says. Rachel cites her allergy to lanolin, a common beauty product ingredient, as the initial reason she was drawn to more expensive cosmetics. “To me, their limited nature makes them, in addition to their price, ingredients, and company, a luxury brand.”

For honest reviews on designer cosmetics and clothing, visit Rachel’s website at www.beautyprofessor.net.

Dec 05 2017
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Rank #3: Episode 15: The Skinny on Beauty Tips with Special Guest Lauryn Evarts

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Imagine an online community where women from all across the world can share their health and beauty tips and tricks -- the ultimate “Girl Code,” if you will. Add a beautiful, ambitious, and business-savvy blogger as the creative director, and you’ve got the Skinny Confidential.

Lauryn Evarts created the Skinny Confidential blog a few years ago. It’s become so popular that the Skinny Confidential is now also a podcast, a book, an app, and has even been featured in the likes of Women’s Health Magazine, the Huffington Post, and many others.

Tried and True Beauty Tips For Women, By Women

Even though Lauryn is the creator of the Skinny Confidential, her blog is not only about her. The Skinny Confidential is about encouraging women to march to the beat of their own drums and live unapologetically.

How do you do that? By sharing the beauty tips women really want to hear, like alternative options to cotton tampons or the pros and cons of getting cosmetic surgery. A lot of topics featured on the blog are beauty secrets shared by readers. Although some are too controversial to be seen on a commercial blog, women still want to know the answers to some of their questions. Look no further than The Skinny Confidential.

“[The Skinny Confidential] represents the movers, the shakers, and the ones who without a doubt want to be the best damn version of themselves,” Lauryn says.

Want to keep up with Lauryn? Follow her @lauryneverts on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.

Dec 15 2017
10 mins
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Rank #4: Episode 34: Affordable Beauty with Special Guest Mike Ponzillo

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There was a time when your only luck in finding beauty products that were high-quality, cruelty-free, and (most importantly) affordable was waiting for a luxury brand to have a sale. But now, thanks to social media, beauty junkies on a budget have more variety than ever.

So anyone shopping for the best beauty products for their buck should know all about Vanity Planet. California-based marketing whiz Mike Ponzillo joins Just Ask David to share his latest project.

High-Quality, Affordable Beauty Products

With an impressive collection of  exceptionally well-made beauty products, Vanity Planet stands out from other beauty brands because of its unapologetic focus on, above all, looking good. The fact that Vanity Planet’s prices are reasonable affordable is built-in and nonnegotiable.

With products like facial exfoliating wands, preservative-free clay mask bundles, electric scalp massagers, and a huge variety of makeup brush sets, it’s hard to believe that such niche products can really be easy on our wallets.

“We started with the customer in mind,” Mike explains. “When we started… the economy wasn’t fabulous at that time. A lot of people were really hurting and we wanted to make sure… that it was affordable as possible.”

Mike Ponzillo credits the idea to the “creative and talented young professionals” he works with. Their goal was to make beauty products that weren’t so expensive that they became exclusive. They strive to create products that are available to the average buyer, because every woman should have access to what she needs to make her feel beautiful.

Follow Vanity Planet on Social Media

Browse Vanity Planet to check out the high-quality (and pretty cheap!) variety of beauty products they have to offer. You can also follow Vanity Planet on Facebook, Twitter @VanityPlanet, and Instagram @VanityPlanetStore for more affordable beauty products on your social media feed!

Jan 03 2018
10 mins
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Rank #5: Episode 40: Essential Beauty Tips for Dark Skin with Special Guest Jill Goldsberry

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Only recently has the beauty industry made a real effort to include medium and dark skin tones into mainstream beauty treatments. Whether it’s makeup or cosmetic procedures, people with darker complexions have often been left to straighten out the inevitable kinks themselves.

Jill Goldsberry has been in the beauty and entertainment industry for years. Naturally, she has learned a few essential beauty tips for dark skin from insiders along the way. A proverbial jill of all trades, Jill is a media consultant, a brand ambassador, and she even designs a line of bikinis called Jill Kelly Swim. Her work has appeared in Oprah Magazine, ESSENCE, Seventeen Magazine, Women’s Health, and many more. She has even cohosted events like Choice Eats and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Jill joins Just Ask David to share a few beauty secrets that everyone with medium to dark skin needs to know.

How to Choose Foundation for Dark Skin

The impossible task of choosing foundation for dark skin has been in the spotlight in the makeup industry lately.

Anyone with medium to dark skin knows how it feels to stare hopelessly into a sea of beige while trying to find a foundation that matches. The few darker foundation tones makeup brands carry are rarely a perfect (or even passable) match. “I know a lot of women of color have to blend two shades to actually create their own perfect shade,” Jill says.

So naturally, the release of new makeup lines with more diverse foundation colors have makeup addicts busting down doors. “Most companies are trying to do it more now, but I would say, still a little bit of a battle,” Jill adds.

Knowing how to choose foundation for dark skin is an art. And like all arts, it takes a little creativity.

“When you’re looking for it, the first thing to do is to know your undertone,” Jill says. “That really makes a big difference with how the foundation is going to look on you.”

Next, you want to make sure that you’re able to make the foundation look seamless on your skin. “You never want that look of, you face is a little lighter or a little darker than your neck. Cause then everyone knows you’re wearing foundation,” Jill says. “Pick three shades that you think match with your skin tone and dab it on your chin, cause that’s the halfway point between your neck and your face. You can really see [how it will] blend into your skin.”

What About Laser Treatment for Dark Skin?

Everyone wants soft, blemish-free skin. Because darker skin tones are often more susceptible to hyperpigmentation and dark spots, you’d think that laser treatment is a lifesaver for people with medium to dark complexions. But laser treatment for dark skin is still a relatively new area.

“For darker skin, it can be a challenge because the lasers… in the beginning were really set for lighter hair. And it doesn’t pick up the light the same way with darker skin tones cause you have more melanin. So it kind of reflects it,” Jill warns. “You need a higher frequency [to do laser treatment on dark skin], which can burn or scar your skin.”

But luckily, laser treatment has been around long enough to see a few innovations. “Now they have improved the types of lasers that are available for darker skin, which is great,” Jill says. “So it is possible to do it. You just have to make sure that your dermatologist is using the right type of laser.”

Stay in Touch with Jill for More Beauty Tips

With two lifestyle blogs - Beautylicious Lifestyle and Diva Gals Daily - you can have Jill’s skin advice right at your fingertips. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @BeautyGazette.

Jan 17 2018
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Rank #6: Episode 11: Nutrition and Aging With Special Guest Anne Danahy

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We all want to be able to age gracefully and live active, independent lives when we get older. Nutrition and aging are deeply related, but many of us aren’t sure how to start a healthy diet -- some of us have been eating mostly processed foods for years.

On this segment of Just Ask David, we have special guest Anne Danahy here to speak with us about how to have a healthy diet as we age. Anne is a registered dietician and nutrition communications consultant, specializing in women’s health. Anne has also written dietary pieces for numerous health and nutrition publications.

Nutritional Needs for Middle-Aged Adults

Diet impacts how you age, not just in terms of health and disease, but also how you look and feel. There are foods and diet patterns out there that make us feel better -- mentally and physically.

Nutritional requirements for middle-aged adults are a bit different from that of younger adults. Our metabolisms tend to slow down when we age, making it easier for us to gain weight. But instead of focusing on eating less overall, Anne suggests focusing on what you can eat more of -- the foods that can speed up your metabolism -- in an effort to crowd out the food that slow it down.

Healthy Diet Tips for Aging Gracefully

There are thousands of diets out there, but many of the ones that have gained popularity in recent years demand that you cut out certain foods completely, like keto, paleo, or vegan diets. Still, Anne says that most diets don’t work -- lasting health comes from real, long-term life changes.

So what’s the best diet plan for older adults? What are the people who are aging gracefully eating? “They’re not necessarily vegetarian or vegan or anything like that, but just people who have a more balanced diet and include more fruits and vegetables and plants and whole grains and leave out the processed and fried food,” Anne says.

To stay up-to-date with what she’s doing, follow Anne’s blog, Craving Something Healthy, or follow her on Twitter @CraveSomeHealth.

Dec 11 2017
10 mins
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Rank #7: Episode 21: FaceLove Facial Massage with Special Guest Rachel Lang

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A facialist is probably the last place we’d go to get in shape. But we work out our legs, abdomens, arms, and plenty of other body parts -- so why don’t we ever work out our faces?

Holistic Facial Massage
Facial massage for beautiful skin and overall health has been promoted by many for years now. Our special guest, veteran facialist and skin care expert Rachel Lang is a huge advocate for facial massage for health.

In fact, Rachel has been practicing high touch facial massage for over 25 years and has collaborated with the likes of Aveda, Clinique, Aveeno, and Biotherm. She even has her own successful brand, FaceLove.

Facial Massage Strokes for All Kinds of Folks
“FaceLove is all about activating inner beauty with the power of high touch,” Rachel says. “We use the combination of firm muscle toning, face massage, acupressure, and interactive facial exercise.”

In other words, FaceLove is a facial massage technique that focuses on the facial muscles to make the face look more vibrant and youthful.

Rachel uses her facial skin care knowledge along with a few traditional indigenous techniques to create this eclectic facial massage. And due to concerns about clients with sensitive skin, FaceLove massages only have one ingredient -- water!

And believe it or not, water-only facials like FaceLove can be incredibly effective. Rachel says that using just water allows her to better grab and grip the facial muscles until clients can feel a “good hurt,” like a good workout session at the gym.

Facial Muscle Massage: Work Those Muscles!
The National Touch Research Institute cites a relationship between toned, stimulated muscles and the skin. Regular facial massages can speed up your skin’s metabolism, increase the level of collagen, and improve the overall integrity of the skin.

With a total of 57 muscles in the face, it’s no wonder that working the facial muscles has so many benefits!

See for Yourself the Innovation of the Facial Massage Industry
“When I decided to go back into the industry, I didn’t see just opening up another spa,” Rachel says. “I wanted to do something that wasn’t out there yet.”

Now, facial muscle massage is gaining popularity in a variety of forms (even including facial yoga!) FaceLove has a devoted following across the country and is hoping to be able to award students with FaceLove facial massage certifications in the future.

To stay updated with what FaceLove is doing, follow on Facebook or Instagram @love_facelove.com. You can also visit the FaceLove website for more information (and even book your first facial massage!)

Dec 21 2017
9 mins
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Rank #8: Episode 16: Eating for Gastrointestinal Health with Special Guest Colleen Francioli

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Irritable bowel syndrome, often shortened to IBS, is a common condition that causes abdominal pain and excessive gas. Many people who suffer from IBS don’t realize that a simple change of diet can alleviate or even get rid of many symptoms.

Colleen Francioli joins us today to share how digestive health is important for everyone, even if you don’t have IBS. Colleen is the founder of FODMAP Life, one of the best online resources available about low FODMAP diets, FODMAP recipes, and living with functional gastrointestinal disorders. She is also certified nutritionist and a Digital Marketing Consultant for the Health & Wellness sector.

What is FODMAP?
FODMAPs are a group of short chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols found in many of our food and drinks. Adopting a low FODMAP diet has been proven to help the symptoms of functional gastrointestinal disorders like IBS and overall gut health.

But what does FODMAP stand for? Each letter in the acronym stands for the chemical properties of food to avoid -- fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. FODMAPs are highly fermentable and osmotic, which can cause excessive flatulence, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain -- all reasons to avoid them if you’re suffering from gastrointestinal problems.

Benefits of a Low FODMAP Diet
You don’t have to have a gastrointestinal problem to reap the benefits of a low FODMAP diet -- in fact, you may find that you have more energy than you’ve had in years!

When following a low FODMAP diet, high FODMAP foods are eliminated from your diet for a period of about 2-6 weeks. And the results are promising -- studies show that about 70% of people who suffer from IBS experienced reduced symptoms. That’s groundbreaking!

To learn more about gastrointestinal health and tasty low FODMAP recipes, follow @fodmaplife on Instagram and Twitter.

Dec 16 2017
10 mins
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Rank #9: Episode 23: Celebrity Beauty Secrets with Ebby Antigua

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Celebrity beauty secrets are such a mystery. Our favorite celebrities always look so good when we see them on the big screen or in a magazine. Surely they must have beauty tips that we know nothing about, right?

Some of the best celebrity beauty secrets in Hollywood will be revealed today by our special guest, Ebby Antigua. Ebby has mingled with celebrities for years as the Fashion & Creative Editor of Latina magazine, getting all the details of their makeup and beauty routines.

Celebrity Beauty Secrets Revealed
Being close enough to Hollywood A-listers to learn celebrity beauty secrets is just a dream many of us have. But Ebby hasn’t always been the Latina fashion editorial hotshot she is today. Once she got a taste of what it was like to socialize with the top celebrity stylists and makeup artists, she left her graphic design career to join the beauty industry.

Keep up With Celebrity Beauty Secrets on Social Media
Want to stay up to speed with Ebby on all the latest, exclusive celebrity beauty secrets and fashion favorites? Check out Ebby’s Ebsessions at Latina and follow her @ebbyantigua on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

Dec 23 2017
10 mins
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Rank #10: Episode 36: Men’s Grooming Winter Edition with Special Guest Barret Wertz

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Many of us are delighted at the first icy breeze of winter -- but our skin sure isn’t. And no one wants to bring in 2018 with chapped lips and dry, scaly skin.

Just Ask David’s favorite men’s grooming columnist Barret Wertz returns to share a few valuable tips on how men can keep their skin healthy during the cold winter season. Barrett is most well-known for being the Style & Grooming Director at Men’s Fitness Magazine, but has written for a variety of male grooming publications, like Men’s Journal, AskMen, The Plunge, and Men’s Health.

Barret’s #1 Men’s Grooming Tip for Winter: Stay Moisturized!

As the mainstream beauty industry is focusing more on men’s grooming, one of the biggest beauty concerns men have is reversing the effects of aging. Although there are products that can reduce the appearance of aging skin, your best defense against wrinkles is to actively work to prevent them.

Keeping your skin moisturized during the coldest months is key to preserving your skin’s elasticity, preventing premature wrinkles. Treatments like oil cleansers and night masks are especially good for helping skin retain moisture. (And as always, Barret recommends retinol for its general anti-aging benefits). “The earlier you start, the more benefits you’re going to have in the long run,” he adds.

Stay in Touch with Barret on Social Media

Barret is always sharing grooming advice for men trying to look their best! To stay in the know for all of the latest men’s grooming innovations and tools, be sure to follow him on Instagram @BarretWertz.

And don’t forget to look out for Barret’s new lifestyle and men’s grooming blog, The Grooming Editor, launching in 2018!

Jan 08 2018
10 mins
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Rank #11: Episode 24: Breathing Exercises for Stress with Special Guest Mani Srinivasan

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It’s no secret that stress levels are at an all-time high -- that’s why methods to counteract stress and anxiety are a hot topic these days. Our special guest Mani Srinivasan says that most of us need breathing techniques more than we know. In today’s “always on” world, our bodies are in a perpetual state of sympathetic nervous system overload. In other words, we are stuck in fight-or-flight mode.

Mani joins us today to talk about the most accessible, free tool at our disposable to interrupt the stress
taking over our bodies and minds. That tool is our breath. And integrating simple, but powerful breathing techniques into our daily routines can make a huge difference in quality of life. Mani is the founder of BreatheFreeNow, an organization that inspires and educates diverse communities on understanding their breathing patterns and using breathing exercises to improve daily living.

the Benefits of Breathing Exercises are for Everyone
As soon as we wake up in the morning, we begin thinking about the million things we have to do. As the day unfolds, we often find ourselves triggered (someone criticizes us at work, cuts us off in traffic or calls us with troubling news about our child). Our system goes into overload and we breathe shallowly. The way to counterbalance this is with deliberate “belly” breathing that engages our diaphragm. Within minutes, a suitable breathing practice can shift our biochemistry!

Essentially, BreatheFreeNow teaches how to use breathing as a healing and grounding mechanism. “Where tension goes, energy flows,” Mani says.

Tools for Better Breathing Whenever You Need Them
If you want to learn more about the benefits of deliberate breathing and workshops to put breathing techniques into practice, please visit his organization’s website, BreatheFreeNow, and follow them on Instagram @breathefreenow.

Dec 24 2017
10 mins
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Rank #12: Episode 39: Tanning Tips with Special Guest Kelly Richardson

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When it comes to sunless tanning, you either love it or hate it. Sure, using sunless tanning lotion is a lot safer than lying out in the sun and soaking in all of those harmful UV rays. But for a lot of people, it also means streaky, uneven application and getting tanning lotion all over your leather car seats.

There has to be a better way to get a tan that doesn’t include spending half your paycheck at a spray tanning salon.

Former tanning and skin care CEO Kelly Richardson (and now founder of Venone Public Relations) joins Just Ask David to reveal her winter tanning secrets. These industry sunless tanning tips are so good, your friends and family will be wondering if you went on vacation!

Tanning Beds or Sunbathing Should NEVER Be Options

Sunbathing used to be a popular method of self-tanning in the past. But now, even the most vain of us won’t lie out in the sun. We know that prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays seriously increases your risk of developing skin cancer (and crepey skin).

“Running to the tanning bed before you go on vacation is not the way you want to prepare,” Kelly agrees. “The best thing to do is just to reach for that bottle of sunless tanning lotion [or] go get a spray tan.”

Sunless Tanning 101

The discovery that overexposure to UV rays can cause melanoma caused the tanning industry to rely on sunless tanning much more than in the past. But not everyone’s a fan -- until they learn that the secret is all in the application. “It’s 10% product, 90% application,” Kelly says.

The most common complaint about sunless tanning lotion is streaking after application. But that can be easily worked around with the right technique.

“The most important thing is to exfoliate and blend,” Kelly says. Exfoliating the skin before applying the tanning lotion removes the dead skin that often causes streaking. Kelly also suggests using oil-free scrubs to exfoliate, as the oil in other scrubs creates a barrier between your skin and the product.

For More Skin Care and Tanning Tips, Stay in Touch with Kelly

Hopefully, these sunless tanning tips will help you be as tan as you want to be this winter!

Visit Kelly’s lifestyle blog for more tips and tricks on using sunless tanning lotion, general skin care, and much more!

Jan 16 2018
10 mins
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Rank #13: Episode 22: Female Entrepreneurship in the Beauty Industry with Special Guest Belisa Silva

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SWAAY is the women’s media powerhouse that we all needed, featuring articles and tips on what women really care about - from subscription delivery packages created by women, to how to juggle a business and a pregnancy. At its core, SWAAY features the full, unabridged story of female entrepreneurs, from their successes to their collective issues within the industry.

SWAAY editor Belisa Silva joins us today to talk about what SWAAY is all about - supporting women entrepreneurs who are changing the world as we know it. Belisa has been fashion editor for over a decade and has a few stories to tell of her own as a successful businesswoman.

The Beauty Industry and Female Entrepreneurship
To give an accurate picture of how involved women really are in setting beauty industry trends, Belisa mentions an indie beauty convention she attended recently. Of the 230 small businesses showcasing the beauty products, 191 were owned by women. That’s much more than just impressive -- it suggests a pattern.

“Women are at the forefront of innovation in our industry. Women are the ones coming up with these unique brands,” Belisa says, referring to the natural, organic, cruelty-free ingredients that dominated the convention -- and the entire beauty industry.

Because of the undeniable influence of women owned businesses, the beauty industry as a whole has been moving toward “radical transparency,” meaning that the company creating and distributing a beauty product is transparent about where the ingredients and labor come from. “Consumers are more skeptical than ever before and don’t believe big brands,” Belisa adds. Female entrepreneurs are brilliantly able to pick up on this and give their buyers the transparency they want. Many even post pictures of the production process on social media.

Financial Challenges for Women Entrepreneurs
Women are now starting companies more than ever. But one of the biggest problems faced by women entrepreneurs is access to funding. “Only about 2-6% of female-founded businesses are receiving funding,” Belisa says. That means there’s a serious disparity with women leading in innovation but have no access to capital.

But women have found a clever way to get around their lack of funding -- using social media as leverage. Many of these women-owned businesses rely on product feedback from their followers on social media, forging an intimate relationship between producer and consumer. This is especially helpful considering how fast turnaround has to be these days to keep up with the latest beauty craze.

Empower Female Owned Businesses by Supporting SWAAY
Successful businesswomen from all backgrounds converge on SWAAY! I encourage you to visit SWAAY and check out all of the insightful and interesting information available on the site.

Stay up-to-date with SWAAY by following SWAAY on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @swaaymedia.

Dec 22 2017
10 mins
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Rank #14: Episode 17: Why Use Natural Skin Care Products with Special Guest Sarah Tay

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The first time all natural skin care line owner Sarah Tay ate an orange from a grocery store, she was taken aback. She’d grown up eating organically grown fruit in her parents’ orchard and found that commercially grown fruit tasted… different. And not in a necessarily good way.

So when you think about it, why wouldn’t the artificial ingredients we apply on our skin follow the same principle? Sarah Tay thought so. That’s why she only picks natural ingredients for skin care brand, TAY skincare.

Why Choose Organic Skin Care?
TAY skincare was created based on the idea that organic ingredients have different properties than their artificial or commercially grown counterparts. Sarah’s all-natural, organic skin care line is focused on sourcing ingredients for the best results on our skin.

Sarah believes that what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in our bodies, which is why it’s important to read the ingredient labels of our beauty products just like we look at the nutrition facts of the food eat. This is especially true of the skin, which is the largest organ of our bodies.

Taking Care of Your Body with Natural Ingredients for Skin Care
Luckily, TAY skincare is effective on all skin types. The organic skin care ingredients in TAY aren’t likely to cause irritation even for sensitive skin. But using TAY products for the maintenance of your skin is just step one of taking care of your skin.

Sarah suggests a holistic approach when it comes to skin care. You can maximize your organic skin care regimen just by taking preventative measures to protect your skin. “You can have the most impressive skin care products in the world, but if you’re not drinking enough water, it won’t be as effective,” Sarah says.

To learn more, visit the Tay skincare website and stay in touch by following social media @tayskincare.

Dec 17 2017
9 mins
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Rank #15: Episode 7: How to Be a Successful Freelance Makeup Artist With Guest Rose Hill

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Jobs in the Makeup Industry are Changing

The professional makeup artist industry is a lot different than it used to be. Gone are the days when amateurs’ only path to being a celebrity makeup artist is to go to beauty school and beg trendy fashion magazines for exposure. These days, YouTube and Instagram makeup artists are dominating the industry with their diverse, crafty, and creative ways of applying makeup. Social media is promoting a generation of self-starting makeup artists -- all you need is talent and a few thousand followers.

Our special guest this morning is Rose Hill, an award-winning celebrity makeup artist with an impressive portfolio -- from the likes of Bill Clinton to Hugh Jackman. Rose is the founder of Make Up Crew and is most recently the professional makeup artist behind America’s Got Talent.

Protecting Your Business as a Social Media Makeup Artist

Being in the industry for so many years, Rose has plenty of tips for freelance makeup artists -- like the importance of legitimizing your business beyond social media.

“The best way to get work… you have to find out the rules and regulations of the state you’re working in,” Rose shares. In some states, professional makeup artists may be required to obtain certification, makeup insurance, and even a business permit. These weren’t even concerns for makeup artists in the past -- they were typically hired by huge cosmetic corporations who took care of the fine print. Social media makeup gurus are essentially freelance makeup artists and need to be able to protect their rights.

Want to learn more professional makeup artist tips and stay updated with Rose? Follow her on Twitter @RoseHillCrew or visit her website at www.MakeUpCrew.com

Dec 07 2017
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Rank #16: Episode 42: Flexible Dieting with Special Guest Jonathan Jordan

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We all know how losing weight works. Consume fewer calories than you burn -- that’s it. But the reality of it is much different. Losing and maintaining your weight isn’t as easy as it sounds.

But what if there was a special diet plan created just for you?

Personal trainer and fitness blogger Jonathan Jordan joins Just Ask David to explain what “flexible dieting” is and what other tools are available to help you lose weight. Jonathan is also nutrition coach, focusing on sustainable health habits. (So forget ever yo-yo dieting again!)

What is Flexible Dieting?

When it comes to weight loss, it seems like some of us struggle more than others. Why? Diets are not a one-size-fits-all deal. Although we’re all human, we all have different lifestyles, eating habits, body types, and more.

“Nutrition is simple and complex,” Jonathan says. “Unfortunately, the world we live in, with stress levels being really, really high, people having hormonal issues, having medical issues -- it’s not always that simple.”

So what can we do to start a diet that’s more suited to our needs?

“I typically try to recommend to clients what we call, ‘flexible dieting,’” Jonathan says. “And that’s simply looking at your body type right now… what your current activity level is like… and then helping them calculate what their daily caloric needs are, and even breaking those calories down into what is the ideal number of grams of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats you should be eating a day, and then helping them pick a lifestyle and a general way of eating.”

Use Fitness Tools to Better Record Your Fitness Goals

So once you’ve figured out what your caloric needs are, how do you figure out what you should be eating? Luckily, there are hundreds of calorie-counting tools available to help you on your weight loss journey. (Check out the fitness tool featured on Jonathan’s website!)

BY recording everything you eat on your fitness tracker, you’re holding yourself accountable for the things you eat and can see where to make room for improvement. Jonathan also recommends the free app, MyFitness Pal. “You just enter in the food you eat on a daily basis… [and] compare it to what your ideals are,” he adds. “You can come up with creative ways to bridge that gap.”

Want to Learn More About Flexible Dieting?
Visit Jonathan’s fitness website and blog for more nutrition tools, tips, and developments. You can also follow him on Instagram @jonathanjordanfitness!

Don't forget to download your EXCLUSIVE PDF of JJ's Guide to Eating Clean and Getting Lean!

Jan 19 2018
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Rank #17: Episode 28: Beauty Industry Innovation with Special Guest Simon Pitman

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The beauty industry is quickly becoming a hotbed for clever innovations that cater to a diverse variety of needs. These days it seems like there’s a beauty product for every skin type, hair texture, and lifestyle.

But how did the beauty industry change so fast? Senior Editor of Cosmetics Design Simon Pitman says Millennials are driving the demand.

The Beauty Market: From Niche to Hit

“The Millennial consumer has raised the bar for expectations on products,” Simon says. As consumers are becoming more informed, what used to be considered niche in the beauty industry is now becoming commonplace or even an industry standard.

For example, there’s a new emphasis in the beauty market on “cruelty-free” products. Cruelty-free beauty products aren’t a new concept, but today’s consumers are more aware of how their products are made. So many consumers may refuse to buy beauty products that use animal testing or are produced by employees working in sweatshop conditions.

Beauty Products Just for You

The recent diversification of beauty products available on the market is also the result of Millennial trends. “[The] Millennial consumer wants a product that’s targeted directly towards them,” Simon says. “What’s happening now is microsegmentation. There’s a product for everyone. It’s no longer, ‘one size fits all.’”

That means the creation of beauty products like an oil-based shampoo to repair bleach-ravaged locks. Or even an entire organic, cruelty-free beauty line to even the tone of hyperpigmented, rash-prone skin. Finally, beauty products that you can feel good about buying!

Let the Beauty Industry Hear What YOU Think

Want to learn more about the latest beauty industry trends? Follow Cosmetics Design on Twitter @CosmeticsDesign and Facebook and get makeup and personal care news on your feed!

Dec 28 2017
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Rank #18: Episode 38: How to Start Eating Organic Food in 2018 with Special Guest Laura Klein

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America’s recent organic food craze may be just what we need to combat the country’s obesity epidemic. But is switching to an organic diet possible for all of us?

Trained organic chef Laura Klein has all the answers you’ve been wondering about -- and then some. Laura is the cofounder of the natural lifestyle brand Organic Authority and is known for making the transition to organic food easy-to-understand, and above all, delicious. She’s written for some of the most powerful media outlets around, including the Huffington Post, the Food Network, and Oprah.com.

Is Organic Food Really Better?

While organic food is becoming more popular, it does seem like a bit of an extra hassle. In fact, Laura thought the same thing when she first started culinary school.

“I was not into organic food at all at the time,” she says. “I was interested in what produces the best tasting food.” But then she learned the secret among the best chefs - they use organic produce. They just don’t brag about it.

“I really felt that America had been lied to about how food is grown, processed, and packaged and sold to us,” Laura adds, citing this misinformation as one of the reasons for America’s health crisis.

Organic Food’s Biggest Barriers: Accessibility and Cost

Even though organic food is more available than it’s ever been, not everyone has the option to buy it. “It’s definitely growing, but there are still parts of the country where it is not readily available,” Laura says.

Although the organic grocery industry is booming in metropolitan cities, they simply don’t exist in other places. Organic food is also notoriously expensive, making it impossible for some families to be able to buy quality produce.

But there are ways around these tall hurdles. For example, Laura suggests choosing one or two groceries you buy frequently and buying those organic. “Depending upon where you live, it can be really tough,” she says. “If you start by picking your favorite foods and buying those organic, that is a great way to get started.”

Make Adding Organic Food to Your Diet Your Resolution for 2018!

Another roadblock for a lot of us when it comes to organic food is putting it all together into a delicious meal. I strongly encourage you to visit Laura’s website, Organic Authority - they post new recipes every day!

Don’t forget to follow on Twitter @OrganicAuthorit and Instagram @OrganicAuthority for advice on going organic on your social media feed.

Jan 13 2018
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Rank #19: Episode 10: Personal Style and NYFW Trends with Special Guest Nykia Spradley

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A couple times each year, a few of the fashion capitals of the world host a week-long event called Fashion Week. For those of you who don’t know, the entire fashion world tunes in every Fashion Week to get the scoop on the latest fashion trends directly from the most highly acclaimed designers in the world.

Nykia Spradley joins us on this segment to talk about how New York Fashion Week trends are becoming more and more influenced by online and street fashion. Nykia is a beauty writer who has written for several renowned publications, including Essence, Marie Claire, and PopSugar.

The Evolution of NYFW Runway Looks

In the past, Fashion Week in New York City was a time when fashion designers and editors dictated to the fashion world what was in style for the season. But according to Nykia, all that’s changed.

With social media changing the way we communicate with each other, it’s no surprise that it’s even forcing a progressive event like NYFW to evolve.

Now, the designers at New York Fashion Week often take inspiration from the fashion trends they observe online. And in the era of individuality, everyone is making their own fashion statements on their social media accounts. Many of these fresh and undiscovered ideas end up on the runway during fashion week.

NYFW Trends: From the Internet to the Runway

Fashion designers aren’t getting New York Fashion Week style ideas from social media because they can’t do it on their own -- they do it because recent online and street fashion is refreshingly different from anything we’ve ever seen before in the mainstream.

Nykia says that the reason why social media fashionistas are influencing NYFW trends so much is that people are becoming less afraid to try new things when it comes to fashion. Maybe they’ll try something out today, but if they decide they don’t like it, they’ll just try something new tomorrow.  “People are driven by the Millennial mindset of just experimenting, having fun, and doing things that highlight your individuality,” she adds.

To stay up-to-date with Nykia and check out her beauty tips, visit her website or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @nyksprads.

Dec 10 2017
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Rank #20: Episode 43: Green Beauty Basics with Special Guest Greta Eagan

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Cruelty-free. Organic. All-natural. Green.

A lot of beauty products proudly display stickers with these phrases nowadays, but what do they mean? Are they all just fancy words meaning the same thing?

“[Green beauty is] a really broad spectrum applied to brands jumping on that bandwagon,” says Greta Eagan, editor of Fashion Me Green, author of the bestselling Wear No Evil, and former Just Ask David guest.

“Then I learned your skin is the largest organ and it absorbs what you put on it. But it doesn’t necessarily filter things the way your liver or kidneys would when you ingest something.

Natural Beauty

The same way many of us decided to go green in the last decade, natural cosmetics are carving their own place in the beauty industry. And it isn’t a niche, anymore. People are ditching their beauty products created with synthetic chemicals in favor of natural ingredients.

But as healthy and positive as natural beauty may seem, there’s always a catch. “You have to be careful,” Greta warns. “Because if a brand uses one ingredients that is naturally sourced or even organic… then they can name their products ‘natural,’ even though the rest of the ingredients are not.” The best remedy for this is learning to read the ingredients.

Non-Toxic Beauty

If green or natural beauty products need at least one organic ingredient, non-toxic beauty takes those values a little further.

In some cases, non-toxic beauty brands hold their products to a higher standard of safety than even the FDA. That’s because there are plenty of chemicals that are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration are banned for cosmetic use overseas due to potential public health hazards. In other words, non-toxic beauty is perfect for people who’d rather be safe than sorry.

“Your skin is the largest organ and it absorbs what you put on it,” Greta says. “But it doesn’t necessarily filter things the way your liver or kidneys would when you ingest something.” In fact, our skin can absorb up to 60% of what we put on it.

“I am always looking out for parabens,” Greta says, referring to the group of suspected carcinogens often used to preserve beauty products.

Vegan Beauty

Beauty products that don’t test on or use animals is vegan beauty. Vegan beauty, also known as cruelty-free beauty, has become increasingly popular in the last few years.

You can easily find out if a beauty product is vegan by reading the ingredients. “You can also look for the little bunny rabbit that means the product is cruelty-free,” Greta suggests.

But it’s also worth mentioning that vegan labelling isn’t a guarantee for non-toxic products. A cosmetic can not use any animal product or testing, yet still use potentially toxic chemicals in a formula.

Stay Green, Stay Beautiful!

Now that you know the difference between  natural, non-toxic, and vegan beauty, visit Greta’s website Fashion Me Green for more ways to go green. You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @GretaEagan.

Jan 20 2018
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