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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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Careless presentation. Lacking.

By Cece.Rider - Sep 15 2018
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Do not "just ask David". If you attempt to microneedle at home after just hearing this, you're in for a world of trouble. If this man had any sense, he would STRESS to listeners to do their homework before attempting rolling at home. This podcast is a careless presentation of material, and his guest should be ashamed.

iTunes Ratings

19 Ratings
Average Ratings
15
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3
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Careless presentation. Lacking.

By Cece.Rider - Sep 15 2018
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Do not "just ask David". If you attempt to microneedle at home after just hearing this, you're in for a world of trouble. If this man had any sense, he would STRESS to listeners to do their homework before attempting rolling at home. This podcast is a careless presentation of material, and his guest should be ashamed.
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Just Ask David

Updated about 19 hours 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 104: The Connection Between What You Eat and Your Skin

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While a good skincare regimen helps with keeping your skin clear and glowing, your diet plays a bigger role than you may realize.

Lisa Davis chats with nutrition expert Susan Ciminelli to get the low-down on how to clear up your skin through your diet.

You Are What You Eat!
Did you know that your skin is one of several eliminative organs in our bodies used to push waste out through?

Along with organs like the liver and intestines, the skin is responsible for filtering some of the things we ingest.

“If you want to have healthy skin from within, you have to have a nutrient-dense diet,” Susan explains.

“So that means foods that are deep with color like carrots and deep green vegetables and deep red berries... full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, [and] trace elements.”

The perfect plate of food in front of you should have every color on it - like beets for the red, or

The Best Herbs to Cleanse Your System
Eating herbs regularly is a great way for your skin to absorb the nutrients it needs to bring out its inner glow.

Eating fresh, uncooked herbs is kind of like ingesting essential oils, but in a way that’s healthy and easy for our bodies to digest.

“I like to use basil - it’s a blood purifier,” Susan suggests. “Cilantro gets rid of metal poisoning in the body… [and] oregano is so important for you, especially when the weather is changing because it’ll boost your immune levels.”

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Nov 06 2018

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Rank #2: 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 #3: 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

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Rank #4: 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 #5: Episode 82: Just Ask David: Can I Make My Pores Smaller?

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Just Ask David: Can I Make My Pores Smaller?

Large pores are a confidence killer.

If you feel too embarrassed to get up close and personal with people because of your large pores, this segment is for you.

What Pores Actually Do
Pores are necessary. “Let’s face it - pores contain hair follicles. It’s also an outlet for perspiration and sebum. So it’s part of the natural function of the skin… When we get overheated, it’s a way for the body to perspire so we can balance out our body temperature

What Causes Pores to Enlarge
Pores contain hair follicles and are also outlets for perspiration and sebum.

Our skin is in a constant state of renewal. When we’re younger it’s every 28 days meaning

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For more beauty tips and the skincare science, visit Just Ask David and follow @JustAskDavid on Twitter and Instagram.

Jun 07 2018

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Rank #6: Episode 83: Microneedling: the Newest Anti-Aging Solution With Special Guest Marisel Salazar

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Microneedling probably sounds terrifying. Even though the results are so fantastic that most of us would sit through the pain, anyway - microneedling is actually pretty painless.

Marisel Salazar joins Just Ask David once again to give us all the details on the newest skin care craze. This time, it’s all about microneedling.

Marisel is a New York City based lifestyle writer and photographer. She contributes to various publications like PureWow, Martha Stewart Living, Tasting Table, and NYC GO.

What is Microneedling?
“Microneedling has steadily been gaining traction,” Marisel says.

Indeed, most skin care addicts have not shied away from the intimidating-sounding procedure. (Not even when Kim K showed Instagram her blood-streaked “vampire facial” - a type of microneedling that uses platelet-rich plasma to enhance its healing effects.)

But that’s the scariest version of microneedling. What is a general microneedling procedure like, and what does it do?

“In the office, microneedling uses a mechanized device called a dermapen and it makes thousands of miniscule needle punctures in the outermost layers of the skin,” Marisel explains.

“From these hole punctures, you get a healing response which generates collagen, alleviates acne scars, hyperpigmentation, and wrinkles. “

The price of a microneedling treatment at a doctor’s office? About $1,500. For a lot of us, that’s pretty steep.

Microneedling at Home
At over $1,000 per session, going to a dermatologist or esthetician for microneedling treatment is definitely an investment.

So for those of us who want to know what we’re getting into, you’ll be relieved to know that you can buy a microneedling roller for use at home.

And it’s only $30.

Of course, at-home microneedling rollers are not as effective as what a doctor has in their office. But it does show visible results.

“The results that you get from rolling it a couple times a week across your face… are truly incredible. It improves the performance of your serums,” Marisel says.

“Pairing [a serum] with a microneedle roller… is really the ultimate way to go in terms of making sure that your skin care is maximized.”

Follow Marisel Salazar on Social Media
Wanna stay updated with Marisel’s latest skin care and travel adventures? Visit her website and follow her on Twitter @MariselSalazar and Instagram @BreadButterNYC!

Jun 12 2018

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Rank #7: Episode 68: 3 Health Benefits of Good Posture With Special Guest Ruben Castaneda

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We all have childhood memories of our parents telling us to sit up straight. Back then, it just felt like an excuse for them to tell us what to do.

What did sitting up straight have to do with anything?

Turns out, mom was exactly right.

“We should sit up straight,” says special guest and U.S. News Staff Writer, Ruben Castaneda. “It does have an impact on our health and how we feel about ourselves”

Ruben brings his health and wellness expertise to Just Ask David to share with us three reasons why we’d ought to heed our parents’ advice on maintaining a good posture. He’s also written for The Washington and General Dynamics Information Technology in the past.

  1. Your Posture Can Affect Your Health Many of us associate good posture with looking good and feeling confident. But our posture impacts not just how we look, but out health as well.

“Something called ‘forward-head posture’ is a common condition that happens when your head is aligned forward in relation to your spine,” Ruben points out.

A minor misalignment in your spine may not sound very serious, but maintaining poor posture can really affect your health in the long run.

“Ideally, your head and neck would align with your shoulders. So if you’re lurched forward all the time, you could develop a myriad of musculoskeletal dysfunctions that impact different parts of your body. They could cause strain to your head muscles and cause tension headaches.

  1. Good Posture Helps With Chronic Pain Did you know that poor posture can actually cause chronic pain?

“It turns out having poor posture can put more stress on certain muscles and joints, which can cause them to be overworked and therefore, fatigued,” Ruben explains. “Many patients who have chronic pain issues by addressing their poor posture.

  1. Good Posture Can Uplift Your Mood You also bring up how posture influences mood. How can we benefit emotionally from good posture?

“People who have good posture tend to have a more positive outlook on the world and feel better about themselves,” Ruben says. “People who have poor posture tend to have a more negative outlook and have problems with their self esteem. So there are a myriad of ways that posture can affect our health.”

Follow Ruben Castaneda on Social Media!
Do your homework on the benefits on good posture by checking out Ruben’s 10 reasons why poor posture can affect your health on U.S. News.

Don’t forget to check out his Twitter @rcastanedaUSN!

Apr 19 2018

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Rank #8: Episode 108: Are You Using Your Skincare Products in the Right Order?

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We all love splurging on skincare. Some of us live for the latest luxury celebrity-approved skincare trends. Others spend their coins on ethically sourced, cruelty-free, the cleanest, greenest skincare you can find.

But all of that’s for nothing if you’re not using your skincare in the right order. You’re practically throwing that money away.

Step 1: Cleanse TWICE Every Day!
You should be cleansing your face every day and night.

A lot of people seem to think that washing your face in the morning when you already washed it the night before is a bit overkill.

Some skincare experts even say that it’s best not to wash your face when you wake up in the morning to preserve the healthy, natural oils our skin produced overnight.

Even though your skin’s natural oils may be good for it, washing your face in the morning is essential to unclogging pores and sloughing off dead skin cells. Avoid cleansing with hot water, which will be sure to strip away those healthy oils.

Using an ultra-gentle exfoliator, like the Rice Face Wash from my PUR attitude line is an effective way to really get rid of dead skin without irritating your skin.

Keep Listening for the Next 3 Steps!
Can’t get enough of David Pollock’s beauty advice?

Follow @JustAskDavid on Instagram and share his tips with your fellow skincare addicts!

Nov 27 2018

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Rank #9: 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

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Rank #10: Episode 69: Just Ask David Q&A

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Apr 24 2018

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Rank #11: Episode 107: Breaking the Code of Breakouts: What Does Your Acne Mean?

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All breakouts aren’t created equal.

In fact, the location of a cluster of acne can tell you a lot about your body. Forehead breakouts mean something different than chin breakouts, for example.

Nutrition expert Susan Ciminelli returns to map out the causes behind our acne breakouts.

Forehead Acne:
The forehead is one of the most common places for acne. But no one likes rocking a tiara of zits.

To understand forehead breakouts, Susan says to look to the small intestine.

“Your digestive system is not on autopilot,” she says. “Just because there’s food in your stomach does not mean that you’re going to digest your food.”

Anxiety, eating too quickly, and eating right before bed can all cause stress to the digestive enzymes in your system.

Since your digestive and nervous systems are not running optimally, neither is your skin. Remember that the next time you eat a snack before bed.

The Rub on Rosacea
“Rosacea comes from overly acidic blood,” Susan explains. “The typical American diet is very high in acid, like sugar, meat, and all kinds of processed foods.

But there are other reasons to avoid a highly acidic diet. An acidic environment facilitates bacterial growth and depresses the immune system.

“Brown rice is a neutralizer for your gut. And fermented foods can really help with rosacea,” Susan suggests.

More dietary suggestions in the podcast!

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Nov 15 2018

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Rank #12: 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 #13: Episode 67: For the Guys: Raid Your Partner’s Beauty Cabinet for These 3 Items With Special Guest Barret Wertz

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Men are getting swept up in the skin care craze. And who can blame them? Who doesn’t want clear, healthy skin?

But as the beauty industry is adjusting to more of a male consumer presence, a lot of men are left wondering where to start.

What skin type do you have? How many products do you need? How long do you have to wait to see if a product works?

According to men’s grooming expert and Just Ask David favorite Barret Wertz, all you need to do is look inside your girlfriend or bestie’s beauty cabinet. “There are a lot of these products that sort of cross into categories if you can look past the marketing of them all,” he says.

Wait, Men and Women Can SHARE Beauty Products?
When it comes down to it, most skin care products can work just fine for both men and women. “Most of the skin care products… that women are going to use are going to be sort of more fluffed-up versions of the stripped-down versions available for men,” Barret explains.

The only difference is, some products are geared toward women to meet female consumers’ demands. But male consumer demands can change, too.

For example, Barret points out that many women’s moisturizers include some type of SPF. This is from decades of women knowing that sunscreen is great for anti-aging, heavily influencing expectations for moisturizers.

What does that mean for men? Just that using women’s moisturizer will probably protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays better than a men’s moisturizer.

“It’s definitely going to be something that will likely work for you,” Barret says. “These products are going to be made and intended to be very transparent and very sheer and lightweight. So it wouldn’t be something that would bother a lot of mens’ skin.”

Follow Barret on Social Media
Can’t get enough of Barret’s grooming tips? Visit his website The Grooming Editor and don’t forget to follow him on Instagram and Twitter @BarretWertz!

Apr 17 2018

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Rank #14: 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

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Rank #15: Episode 70: Weightlifting for Anti-Aging and Other Fitness Beauty Secrets With Special Guest Tatiana Hoover

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Apr 26 2018

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Rank #16: Episode 86: Stopping the Stink with Natural Deodorant with Special Guest Suzannah Raff

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If you’ve been phasing out your toxic beauty and grooming products, you probably already know the struggle of finding a natural deodorant.

Most natural deodorants seem to work… for a few hours. At the end of the day, you smell like you’ve never put on any deodorant at all. And God forbid you live somewhere humid - don’t even bother.

Suzannah Raff, founder of the natural deodorant company Cleo&Coco, says that stinky pits don’t have to be a fact of life just because you want to live clean. She joins this segment of Just Ask David to explain how natural deodorant works and how to get rid of the stink!

Suzannah Raff on Starting a Green Beauty Business
Suzannah’s inspiration to start her own deodorant business came when she started having a family. Suddenly, she became hyper aware of the toxic chemicals in many of the products we used. Becoming a mother made her even more concerned about what she was putting on her pregnant and nursing body.

She had no problem replacing her beauty and hygiene products for more natural alternatives… except for one.

“When I became more health conscious in my 30’s, I couldn’t find a natural deodorant that kept me completely odor free,” Suzannah says.

Using her business savvy from working the first tech bubble of the late 1990s, Suzannah started a business creating natural deodorants. All of Cleo&Coco’s deodorants are free of any toxic chemicals, AND they smell fantastic. That’s always a plus.

“I didn’t want a deodorant that smelled like a health food store and I didn’t want a deodorant that smelled like a drugstore,” she says. “I wanted something that smelled like your favorite body cream or your favorite hand soap.”

A Natural Deodorant That Works: The Final Frontier of the Green Beauty Industry
Like Suzannah quickly realized, few natural deodorants actually keep you from smelling like an onion. Many people become discouraged with natural deodorants for this reason.

But the reasons why they aren’t as effective as chemical deodorants have more to do with how those harsh chemicals change your body chemistry.

“The common deodorant in drugstores, they block your sweat glands among other terrible things,” Suzannah explains. “They produce a lot of bacteria and buildup and then you sweat more because your body is fighting so hard to release those toxins.”

Luckily, there’s a remedy for stinky pits caused by clogged sweat glands and bacteria buildup - continued use of natural deodorant.

“The more you use [natural deodorants] over time, the less your own body actually produces an odor because you’re actually allowing your body to get rid of the toxins - which is what we do naturally,” Suzannah explains. “That’s why we sweat under our arms.”

Follow Cleo&Coco on Social Media!
Want to try Suzannah’s botanical deodorants for yourself?

Check out Cleo&Coco on Instagram @CleoAndCocoNatural and “Like” on Facebook! Don’t forget to check out the website.

Jun 21 2018

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Rank #17: Episode 60: How to Pick the Perfect Perfume With Special Guest Deborah Fulsang

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A scent can be just as distinctive as a face. Yet when it comes to picking one, there are a lot of things we don’t consider before we buy.

Veteran journalist Deborah Fulsang joins Just Ask David to give us the inside scoop on the fragrance industry and lend us some helpful advice on how perfume can be used. Deborah has been a beauty journalist and expert for Canada’s top news outlets for over 20 years.

How to Pick a Perfume for Someone Else
Picking a fragrance as a gift can be daunting. With so many different scents on the market, it’s hard to pick out one that your loved one will like. Deborah has a few tips to get you started.

“It’s best to do a bit of homework first, and if you can snoop around a little bit and see what [the person] is really into right now,” she says.

“One thing I say to people when they’re trying to find something new is, think about the other person and think about their happy place… If their whole thing is that they love the beach, then look for a scent or talk to somebody in the store about a scent that has what they call ‘ozonic’ notes. They smell like the ocean, sand, and the beach, maybe a little salt.”

Fragrance Can Help You De-Stress
If you’ve heard of aromatherapy, you already know how the relaxing effect smells can have. If you train your mind, just a whiff of a fragrance can help your body wind down after work in minutes.

“It’s really interesting because it’s so connected to your limbic system,” Deborah adds. “You can really use fragrance to help you destress and create a little ritual at home where you have a scent that you love - let’s say it’s scented candles. So create a pattern where maybe you light a few candles and that’s a prelude to relaxing, getting your head away from work.”

A certain fragrance can also provide a mental escape when you need to go to your happy place. “Perfume has this ability to transport you in time and to a different place,” Deborah says.

Spring Fragrance Trends
With the skin care industry going the clean and organic route, perfume is breaking into the “natural” trend as well.

“There’s definitely a movement to herbal notes [and] different floral notes, especially white floral, [and] a lot of citruses,” Deborah shares.

Perfume packaging is taking a hint from skin care, too. Unique, eye-catching packaging with “really gun graphics and interesting bottles” are becoming more prevalent with fragrances.”
The biggest difference between skin care and perfume trends right now? Most perfumes are made of synthetic fragrances these days, according to Deborah.

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Visit Deborah Fulsang’s perfume blog, The Whale & The Rose! Don’t forget to “Like” on Facebook and follow @thewhaletherose on Instagram and Twitter!

Mar 22 2018

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Rank #18: Episode 3: How the Social Media Boom Influence the Beauty Industry with Guest Sheila Arkee

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The makeup industry is just one of many markets that have been transformed by the internet and social media in recent times.

Sheila Arkee is this morning’s special guest, and she’s here to talk about the makeup industry boom in the last few years, thanks to social media. Sheila has over 15 years of experience as a professional makeup artist and is the owner of the blog, Painted Ladies.

Makeup News Spreads Faster Than Ever
Before the internet and social media became accessible to virtually everyone around the world, makeup news and breakthroughs traveled a lot more slowly -- via commercials and magazines.

In the past five years, the makeup industry has experienced tremendous growth. From celebrities to internet makeup sensations, everyone can promote their favorite new makeup brands and products to the entire world.

Now, we don’t have to rely on the makeup recommendations of our family and friends -- we can make an educated decision ourselves by just hopping online.

How Has the Makeup Industry Changed?
Everyone is more educated about makeup quality in general because of how quickly people can exchange ideas through social media. From professional makeup artists and makeup lovers alike, everyone is more conscious of their makeup ingredients and how well a product suits their skin.

Both corporate and independent makeup brands are making their products more accessible to a larger audience -- that’s because our makeup needs have been heard on social media.

Many professional makeup brands are being more inclusive and releasing foundation lines that suit almost all skin tones on the spectrum.

“I love learning about makeup,” Sheila says. “I know from what I’ve learned from meeting people on social media, it’s a way to bring people together. It’s nice way to share our passion for something creative… it’s just very exciting to see, not just as a makeup artist, but as a makeup lover.”
For makeup tips and ideas, visit Sheila’s website at www.painted-ladies.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Dec 03 2017

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Rank #19: 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 #20: 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

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