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Tierney Gearon: World Renown Artist and Photographer

As one of the most influential photographers of our time—having been discovered by Charles Saatchi,Tierney Gearon has established a career capturing moments, timelessly and accurately. Little did I know, before meeting her a few years ago when she took photos for my website, she also traveled the world for half a decade modeling. While she was pursuing her first passion, Ballet in Utah, a European modeling agency discovered her and helped ignite a life into the modeling world. Over time her interests grew and it was through her pastime of taking photos that she was encouraged to extend and grow her skills into and beyond the industry, ultimately to become a professional photographer. Not only does her resume and accolades within photography blow me away, she also is a woman with a powerful story that has inspired me deeply. As a professional working on the other side of the lens—and successfully, it’s apparent she is a woman of true talent. But In addition to it all, her dedication to her family is what I might admire the most. With four beautiful children whom she has evidently encourages to follow their passion no matter what, It’s apparent in the way she speaks of them that they are her gold. When you are in her home you can even feel the free spirit of great energy and greater love and it’s absolutely contagious. I had a chance to catch up with Tierney and ask her a few questions! Here is what we talked about…..

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JL: How would you describe your style?
Tierney Gearon: Creative, artistic, bohemian and colorful.
 
JL: What are your must-have beauty products?
TG: I have terribly dry skin—so all my organic oils are a must.
 
JL: Do you have any daily rituals that you can’t live without?
TG: Exercise is an absolute must. I mostly hike and do yoga–we also just moved to a beach farm
lifestyle and so my new favorite thing is to walk the goats and sit with the chickens; it keeps me grounded continually.

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JL: What has been the most exciting part of your career so far?
TG: Commercial photography wise, the biggest challenge I have ever had to do is when I had to shoot the Oscar Issue for the New York Times Magazine; we had to also shoot little vignette videos. I had an hour to do each person and it was the first time I had ever done film so I had to come up with the concepts and make it all happen. Working with such a large crew was also not easy, I am a one woman show, but we did it and we did an amazing job!
 
JL: Being a mother of four, how do you balance your work, creativity and motherhood?
TG: I don’t know, some how I just do it! I just don’t think about it. I take care of myself but my children come first hands down.
 
JL: As a woman who has achieved so much, how important has the support of other women been to your career?
TG: I think the biggest support is the belief in one’s self and taking care of yourself. I know what it feels like to support my female friends and I am very empowered by it, in turn I’m encouraged to support myself.

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JL: Who has been most inspirational to you in your work and life?
TG: My own life story. My family and children inspire me.
 
JL: What advice would you give to other women you wish someone would have told you?
TG: Learn how to take care of yourself and to say “yes” to as much as you can without hurting yourself or others!

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Springtime Veggies

Spring is in full swing and your trip to the grocery may feel less familiar than it usually does seeing that certain vegetables are either plentiful or non-existent. To ensure you eat the best of the best, we want to remind you which spring veggies should be enjoyed this season and what benefits they reap.

The Radish

Unassuming, this member of the mustard family can be found as red, purple or black. Red-skinned radishes are the most popular (and our favorite), but you can also find daikon radishes, which have a milder flavor than the red-skinned. Just 20 calories, one cup of radishes will do the trick for a light snack and will serve an excellent source of vitamin C. It’s also brimming with calcium and potassium.

The Beet

These red gems contain betaine, the same substance that is used in certain treatments of depression while also containing trytophan, which creates a sense of well-being, which relaxes the mind–similar to chocolate. In addition, beets serve as a tonic for the liver, which purifies the blood. AND on top of it all, tastes delicious.

The Carrot

A common ingredient with your hummus, carrots will start appearing in early May and is an excellent source of beta-carotene (a powerful antioxidant that helps maintain eyesight and protect against heart disease and certain forms of cancer). Carrots are also chock-full of potassium, fiber and vitamins K and C. And although you are used to the orange ones, we suggest trying the puple, yellow and white ones to mix it up. Benefits are the same, taste slightly different!

The Spinach 

With so many greens to choose from, we hope you go for the spinach this season. Spring and fall are the peak seasons for this popular leafy green. Just one cup of this magic is twice the recommended daily amount of vitamin K. It’s also packed with vitamin A and provides plenty of vitamin C, folate and manganese as well.

 

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Break The Habits

A new month, a new beginning to remind yourself, your skin needs protecting, so here are some tips to refresh your mind with as you step into the new Spring Season and how breaking your habits can make all the difference.

 

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Washing too much

If your skin is dry skin, try and lather up less often, since doing so strips away natural oils. A creamy or oil-based cleanser at night (they’re gentler on dry skin) is best to use and be sure to rinse with just water when you wake up. (This way, you’ll retain more of your own moisturizing oils). Side note: removing make up will always be key in keeping your skin in the best condition.

Turn the TV off

Bright screens have the power to suppress melatonin, a hormone that makes us sleepy and regulates our circadian rhythms. When melatonin levels decrease, your circadian rhythm gets thrown off which make your skin cells work inefficiently, causing more wrinkles and dullness over time. And because sleep is also important when it comes to keeping your skin healthy, try and wind down by reading a book or meditating.

Tell us about your pillow

Speaking of sleep, what kind of pillow do you sleep on? Believe it or not, but our pillows collect oil, dead skin cells, bacteria, and excess night creams so as we toss and turn, all of that is deposited right into our pores. Tip: change your pillowcases at least once a week and also be sure to swap out the regular cotton version for something smoother, like satin, silk, or Egyptian cotton. Rough pillowcases can actually cause wrinkles.

 In moderation, your favorite things: alcohol and sugar

Unfortunately, consuming too much sugar, salt, caffeine, and alcohol will show on your face.  Take alcohol, a huge dehydrator and inflamer for your skin. This will consequently make your skin dull and blotchy. In addition, try and avoid sugary foods since they break down collagen and elastin in the skin which can and will produce wrinkles.

Last but not least…

This is often overlooked, but be sure to get your moles check each year. If you’re forgetful, schedule it near events you’ll remember, like your anniversary or birthday. No matter how thorough you may be when examining your own skin, mole checks are nonnegotiable. A little effort for a lot of cause.

 

 

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Latest Obsession: Chia Seeds

Chia Seeds are a super food that you should know about! When your cells are nourished, your skin glows. These little black seeds are the highest natural source of omega-3s, a type of fatty acid that benefits your skin by helping to strengthen cell membranes’ barriers that allow water and nutrients in while keeping toxins out.

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To help you get into our current Chia craze, here are two great recipes. One that will benefit your internal health and for consumption, the other, an application recipe to benefit your skin!

Vanilla Chia Pudding, makes one serving. 

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

a pinch of salt

1 tablespoon honey

Directions

In a small bowl or jar combine the first four ingredients. Give it a good stir and refrigerate for at least one hour. After the first thirty minutes give the mixture a stir, so it doesn’t clump together. Once you’re ready to eat, stir in the honey (add more if you don’t think it’s sweet enough) and top with your favorite fruit or chopped nuts.

Chia seed face scrub

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp chia seeds

Directions

Mix the ingredients together before applying to a damp face. Allow the mixture to set for two minutes before using a wet washcloth to remove. Splash cold water on your face when you’ve finished.

Latest Obsession: Colostrum

I recently spent 2 nights at my family’s house for the holidays. The day before I arrived I found myself getting sick…. cold and sorethroat. My dad, who has become a huge believer in the holistic approach to diet, recommended that I try a colostrum powder he had been taking. All I can say is wow! I was healthy and symptom free in one day!

Colostrum is the “first milk” produced by mammals for their offspring prior to actual milk production. It is loaded with antibodies, immunoglobulins, and other immune-boosting nutrients. It is also known to increase energy levels, protect the intestinal tract, ward off infection, and even reverse aging. (You can also use the powder on your face as a mask)

It is best to take colostrum on an empty stomach with a good amount of water so that it will reach your small intestine without being damaged by saliva and stomach acids. Colostrum is a food more than a supplement, so there are no side effects. Just consume as much as you feel your body needs.

The best way to get colostrum into you is to buy it in powdered or capsule form. Make sure you are buying colostrum from pasture-fed cows that are pesticide and rBST free, and that is processed with very low heat. This is actually one instance where the processed version (although very minimal processing is best) is better for us than the raw version. Raw colostrum needs to be refrigerated and consumed within a reasonably short time. Plus the immune factors of raw colostrum come from just one cow where as processed colostrum comes from a pool of hundreds or thousands of cows and provides a broad spectrum of immune factors. I recommend this one: http://www.surthrival.com/colostrum-kilo.html

 

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This recipe is healthy and delicious:

*Best used in a Vitamix or blender

1 cup of almond milk

1 scoop of colostrum powder

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of nutmeg

1 large date

 

 

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7 Powerful Foods for Fabulous Skin

We want to continue to curate your kitchen to be one of the best sources for keeping your skin in its best condition. Granted our products are considerably one of the best ways to do so, we also want to be sure to provide diet information that can also go a long way. See below for a list of some random goods that pack a punch in the fight against keeping your skin in its most  gorgeous condition.

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  1. Almonds-This vitamin E brightens and livens up your skin by neutralizing free radicals—molecules that dull your look. In addition, almonds’ fatty acids also make you gleam.
  2. Apricots-This vibrant fruit throws wrinkles into reverse. The vitamin A found in this gem is converted by our bodies to retinol, a compound that helps produce new cells.
  3. Sunflower oil-Even well-hydrated skin can look cracked without this unique oil’s linoleic acid—a  fatty acid that helps create a lax outer layer of cells. Even consider sautéing or baking with it for a baby-smooth complexion.
  4. Whole-wheat bread-The niacin found in whole grains can reduce any redness from acne, rosacea and other skin irritant inducers, and all by its power to inhibit  inflammatory agents.
  5. Salmon-Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, salmon’s healthy fat  hydrates dry patches, and may also help increase the production of collagen and elastin, two essentials for soft, no-flake skin.
  6. Crab-One of our most interesting picks, crab has much to offer—especially with it’s zinc. Crab zinc helps reduce inflammation to decrease any pimple-making damages.
  7. Oranges– The banisher of bags, vitamin C is highly potent in this delicious fruit. Not only does it provide a scent that refreshes, it also strengthens collagen too—which aids the skin’s supportive structure thus lifting sunken areas that create shadows.

I Heart January Labs | September Giveaway

Hey Friends. We are growing and are being reminded that we are nothing without you guys. We hope you will continue to help us grow even more but in the mean time, we want to show you our appreciation. Each month we will have a contest. At the end of the month, we will announce a winner. Simple.

The winner gets:

  • The opportunity to share about January Labs with their friends, of course.
  • Social media recognition
  • And lastly—and also the best part, free January Labs goodies

To enter:

Just follow us on Instagram at JanuaryLabs and hashtag IheartJanuaryLabs and @januarylabs when you post (on any social media outlet) anything that tells us…

your top reason why good healthy skin is a priority to you and why you heart us. Be simple, creative or crafty with what you decide to post…but a hint: honesty is what we’re looking for!

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Dates of entry are from 9/6-9/29, winner announced October 1st.

*Contests will vary, so will the goods! 

Keep your eyes posted as we will be posting some hints on our very first IheartJanuaryLabs contest.

 

 

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Royal Goodness

Known as a miraculous super food, royal jelly is buzzworthy in its powerhouse abilities to benefit your skin. Royal jelly is a 100% natural product that is derived from the secretions of male worker bees and is commonly used in a variety of skin care products.

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This substance consists of mostly water, protein and sugars (fructose and glucose) and also includes healthy fats, salts and amino acids–fully packed with antioxidants, minerals and proteins and is a nutrient that is sure to rejuvenate.

Because it’s main qualities protect the skin (especially from damaging effects from ultraviolet radiation from the sun), this nutrient has been a main contender for researchers and skin experts, especially since the amino acids found in the jelly is notably a basic ingredient in collagen (it powerfully maintains the skin’s firmness by supporting the skin’s connective tissue and protects the skin from harmful radiation—from damaging rays). What this means is that this jelly essentially protects us from unwanted discoloration of the skin and inevitable outcomes such as wrinkles, age spots etc.

Additionally, clinical research has found royal jelly to be effective in managing eczema, neurodermatitis and impetigo. Royal jelly benefits goes beyond skincare and into internal health too. Taking royal jelly (as a pill, or eaten as fresh jelly) may also lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise good cholesterol (HDL) which ultimately can help prevent aging which domino effects into lowering the risk towards a multitude of other potential health problems, such as heart attack and stroke.

There are many benefits to using royal jelly for the skin—and all skin types, including dry, irritated or sensitive skin, as well as oily and acne-prone skin, can benefit from using royal jelly. This is surely just the beginning as you can tell from a long list of what royal jelly can do for you!

 

 

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Tea Time

Many of you are coffee drinkers, which I can appreciate but my mornings are usually somewhere in the outdoors, doing anything active followed by an unwinding meets energy-inducing cup of tea. Ever since I could remember, I was a cup of tea over Joe kind of girl and over time I’ve been able to also find and experience the benefits tea itself provides, besides its preferred flavor.

Granted there are a multitude of different kinds of teas, but the kind that may be most beneficial (and favored by yours truly) is green tea. Not only does this tea do a powerful job at relaxing you, it’s also jam-packed with inflammation-fighting antioxidants all the while reducing risk of skin cancer. A trick to ensuring the power of green tea is boosted and even lasts longer is to add a squeeze or three of citrus!

If you happen to be an avid tea drinker (or if you’re not) the tea bags itself can be of use even when it’s done being used for your steaming mug. A way to help reduce puffiness of the eyes is to chill damp tea bags in the fridge and then lay them on for about 10–15 minutes. Green tea contains tannins, which act as an astringent when applied to skin, which helps the eyes.

I’ll be sure to touch on the other pros when it comes to other kinds of teas, but for now this is my schpeel on the green. But if anything, the benefit of having a cup of tea undoubtedly forces us to slow our days down and to take a moment to rest—to just be. In the long run, this above many other things is better for our health, and yes, most likely good for our skin too.

 

Sweetness for Your Skin

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Honey is undoubtedly one of my favorite and simple ingredients of life that go a long, long way. It’s extensive ability to be used for a variety of tasks that include anything from cleaning wounds due to it’s antibacterial qualities, as a dietary supplement, as a gel for super sleek hair or to the perfect condiment for tea, it’s dynamic ability proves importance when concerning everyday living. And while everyday honey is great for all of these things, I’ve learned not all honey is created equal.

There is a newer type of honey that is quickly gaining popularity and for its purity and potency: Manuka honey—produced in Australia and New Zealand from the nectar of the Manuka tree. The more potent the honey, the stronger and more dynamic it is. So as a honey that contains an extra and natural occurring active ingredient that makes it distinct from other honeys, Manuka honey stands strong. (Most honeys’ benefits are easily restrained and/or destroyed when exposed to heat and light—where Manuka’s potent powers maintains it’s abilities). This is why my current obsession is Manuka honey.

Its special quality is known as UMF and the higher the UMF, the more potent the honey and its powers (enthusiasts say that you need a UMF of 10 or higher for the honey to be properly effective). So when doing your honey research, take this measurement and apply it towards your discoveries and findings.

When considering Manuka honey in skin care products, this is an ingredient you’ll want to keep an eye out for. Because it contains an ingredient with powerful antibacterial, anti microbial, antiviral, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti fungal properties, it benefits are dynamically endless and favorable, especially because Manuka honey can:

• Treat skin blemishes/acne
• Promote glowing skin
• Protect skin from sun damage
• Treat Burns
• Moisturize severely dry skin
• Provide vitamin and mineral rich goodness, including copper, iron, silica, vitamin B, manganese, chlorine, calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorous, aluminum and magnesium
• Prevent scarring
• And tone the skin and tighten pores

The benefits don’t stop there and are endless. Our everyday living can be affected greatly when we understand honey and it’s various forms and how it can be best applied to our specific needs and towards our health. Luckily, we can be certain that it’s definitely good for breakfast–but we should feel encouraged, honey can definitely go beyond that.