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Coachella Music Festival is just days away and marks the kick-off of festival season. If you’ve never attended Coachella or a similar music festival, I highly suggest you do at one point in your life. People from around the world come together for three days of music, sunshine, and fashion.

Three days in the dessert sun can be exhausting, especially if you mix in dancing, drinking and being on your feet for nearly 10 hours per day. With that said, we’ve put together a packing list of what you should wear & bring to Coachella.

What to Wear:

There are a few things you want to think about when prepping your festival outfits:

1. Comfort – Unless you’re planning on making a few outfit changes throughout the day, you’ll be wearing your outfit from day to night. The dessert is HOT, I mean REALLY HOT, so you’ll want to make sure your clothing is light and airy.

2. Shoes – Shoes also fall under the comfort category but I separated them because they deserve extra attention. Like any evening out or day at Disneyland,  wearing the wrong shoes can literally ruin your experience. Not only will you be walking all day, but there are hundreds of thousands of people in these crowds and it’s likely you’ll get stepped on from time to time. Please don’t wear heels or even wedges for that matter, you’ll look completely insane.

3. Creativity – Festival season is like Halloween in the way that you should have fun with your outfit. Do you not normally wear feathers in your hair? ROCK THEM. Henna tattoo? GO FOR IT. Funky hat that your boss won’t approve of? It’s welcome at Coachella. One tip: just don’t overdo it.

Here are some of our favorite looks for you to get inspiration from:

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The Victoria’s Secret Angels doing their thing.

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Yes, overalls and Chucks ARE making a comeback!

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Dress up a simple look with a fun hat, tie a flannel or denim shirt around your waist incase it gets chilly in the evening.
hbz-Coachella-street-style-041513-02-deIf you’re not one to usually wear crop tops, a festival is the perfect place to try this look.

What to Bring:

1. An empty water bottle. While the festival doesn’t allow you to bring in any liquids, there are quite a few fill-up stations around the grounds. If you aren’t into tap water, don’t fret. There are a bunch of stands that sell water for a dollar or two, just be sure to bring cash. You MUST stay hydrated!!!

2. Sunscreen. If there is one thing you learn from us, it’s to take care of your skin. That means applying, reapplying and re-reapplying SPF throughout the day. Try our Sun Visor, it can be sprayed on over your makeup and won’t leave a trace of product behind!

3. Sunglasses. Again, hours in the sun. Do yourself a favor and bring two or even three pairs in case they get lost on one of the days.

4. Hand sanitizer. Using portable restrooms is never the cleanest experience. Make sure to bring hand sanitizer (I recommend the wipes) so you can stay clean at all times.

5. A rechargeable cell phone battery or case. Taking photos, videos, SnapChats, Instagram pics, tweeting, Facebooking, etc means one thing: your phone is going to die if you don’t have a way to charge it. I recently came across this lipstick-sized charger but there are other options such as a case for your phone that also acts as a backup battery.

6. Chapstick. Don’t wake up the next morning with chapped-lips. It’s not cute.

7. A small purse. You’re probably wondering where to put your ID, cash, sunscreen, etc. Bring a small & secure purse or backpack to carry all of your necessities. I recommend a cross-body purse that stays on you really well. While there are lockers to store your things in, they can be pricey and walking back and forth to them is not fun.

What did I forget? Tweet us @GoldfadenMD. And be sure to follow our Coachella Playlist on Spotify to get you ready for all of the amazing music! 

 

Dr.GLL

Cutting-edge science and research is unlocking the secrets (and amazing benefits) of topical anti-aging technologies, but what does that mean for us? With so many questions arising about when to start using anti-aging skincare, what products to select and what ingredients to look for, we had a chance to sit down with Dr. Goldfaden, Dermatologist and ingredient expert, and get his thoughts and recomendations on some of the most common questions related to skincare today.

When should we begin to use anti-aging skincare products?

Protecting your skin from UVA/UVB damage through the daily use of a sunscreen and starting a proper and preventative skincare regimen that consists of: exfoliation, cleansing, an anti-oxidant rich serum, moisturizer and an eye treatment in your early-20’s is vital to keeping your skin line-free, pigmentation and the loss of elasticity at bay. We all want that fresh, luminescent and radiant skin forever and starting on a regular anti-aging regimen in your 20’s makes such a huge impact on the overall health of the skin. Dermatologist, Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

What are your top tips for keeping skin young?

Exfoliation is key – You would be surprised how much smoother and brighter just one exfoliating treatment can do for your skin. Regular exfoliation also allows topical products, particularly super potent treatment serums, applied onto the skin afterwards to penetrate deeper, increasing the overall treatment. Never leave home without applying a sun screen – it is essential to keeping ourselves protected from free radical damage and skin cancer. Dermatologist, Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

What are some effective ingredients to look for?

Some of the ingredients that I often lean on to incorporate into our formulas, due to their potent benefits on the skin, include skin plumping hyaluronic acid, anti-inflammatory vitamin K and Arnica, skin brightening alpha arbutin and gooseberry berry extract, skin exfoliating ruby crystals, collagen boosting retinoids, antioxidant rich tea, plant and fruit extracts. Dermatologist, Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

What about supplements and our diet in general? How can those help?

Clear and glowing skin starts from the inside. Eating foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, the most beneficial is Salmon (this is a great feature on all of the health benefits that Salmon offers from Live Strong), can greatly reduce inflammation, reduce dryness and increase circulation – a key attribute to healthy, youthful-looking skin. Daily consumption of vitamins specifically my favorite vitamin – Vitamin D and an overall multi-vitamin greatly impacts your overall health. Dermatologist, Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

Can you share some of your favorite anti-aging products?

based – penetrate deep into the dermis levels of the skin for the ultimate topical nourishing skin treatments. Serums offer a potent jolt to the skin that typically target specific problems to offer the highest levels of treatment in a topical product. Dermatologist, Dr. Gary Goldfaden MD

By Rhea Cortado

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You’ve been there—working extra long hours, you order greasy takeout on the regular and the stress breaks out in pimples on your skin. Or the morning after a bingefest, those dark bags under your eyes look like you got punched in the face. It’s clear that what foods you put into your body affects your skin.

To find out more about how to prevent skin aging through the right foods, I asked my friend Dr. Michelle Davenport who is the Director of Nutrition at Zesty, Inc., a mobile app based in San Francisco in which you can find healthy take-out food.

Michelle specializes in the aging compounds called advanced glycation end products (AGEs) and says, “Aging of skin is caused by (AGEs) that can: 1) cross-link to collagen in our skin and make it weaker and 2) cause inflammation and skin damage.”

To lower the amount of AGEs that exist in our bodies, she gives these three tips to remember when cooking at home or going out to eat.

1. Avoid foods that have been cooked in high, dry heat. For example, swap out the barbecue for the steamer, or incorporate more raw foods into your diet (i.e. sashimi vs. teriyaki salmon). Also, I don’t advocate for a raw diet, just incorporating more raw foods into our diets overall.

2. Cook with water and lemon. Water-based cooking methods (i.e. steaming) and acidic marinades (i.e. lemon or lime juice) can inhibit the formation of AGEs throughout the cooking process.

3. Eat your fruits and veggies. These superfoods contain properties that can fight the damage caused by AGEs and slow the aging process.

And lastly, not food related, but Don’t Smoke! Cigarettes are basically little AGE sticks. The curing of tobacco forms AGEs, so it’s not surprising to find chronic smokers look much older than their identical non-smoker twins, as recent studies have found.

Visit drmichelledavenport.com for some healthy recipes and stay tuned for more food tips for anti-AGEing from Michelle soon.