Happy New Year!
Welcome to a new year, a clean slate, a fresh start. Many memories happened in 2017—some fabulous, some we hope to forget. However, what is certain is that we all moved forward into a new year that’s hopeful, open, and exciting. My hope is full of positive ENERGY for yourself and for you to share with others.
If you haven’t already read the recent report from the FDA regarding the removal of antibacterials from hand soaps, or safer alternatives, then keep reading!
The FDA has made another move in the right direction with their recent declaration regarding the safety of antibacterials. “Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections,” said the FDA.
If you’re taking steps to care for your skin, you should also think about what you’re putting in your hair. No matter if it’s short or long, wavy or straight, dark or light, dyed or not dyed, your hair is one way for you to express your style. And since so many of us love our hair and want to make sure it continues to grow healthy, here are some safe, organic and natural hair care lines that recommend for all hair types.
Using apple cider vinegar for health benefits dates back to 400 B.C., when Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used it as a cleansing and healing agent. But that’s not it! Apple cider vinegar is rich in enzymes and potassium, it supports a healthy immune system, helps with weight loss and digestion, and removes toxins. It can also be used to maintain beautiful and healthy skin, help whiten your teeth, and remove the bacteria that cause bad breath!
So if you haven’t jumped on the apple cider vinegar band wagon, then now is the time, and here’s why:
Oils have been used for thousands of years in multiple cultures for medicinal and health purposes. They can be applied to your skin, hair and in cooking. If you have a sun burn, oils can hep sooth and hydrate your skin. If you want an anti-aging formula to reduce fine lines, oils can add hydration and smooth out wrinkles. If you are looking for a healthier way to cook, oils can give you the anti-oxidant, heart health benefits and flavor that other cooking ingredients do not.
I use oils for everything: my hair, face, in food, as a perfume, a bronzer and so much more! Here are my favorite oils, their uses and benefits from Beautycounter, Conscious Coconut, Stacia, Egyptian Magic, Spectrum and Avohaus. It’s impressive how beneficial oils are for our health and skin!
Ready to ditch the hot wax? Or, maybe you’re sick of shaving three plus times a week? Then this may be the time to switch over (or start) sugaring. This type of hair removal uses a mix of natural ingredients including sugar, water, lemon juice, and sometimes honey, salt and essentials oils, made into a paste or gel. Since all of these ingredients are natural, you already know that there are no harmful, unknown chemicals that can irritate your skin. 😉 Interested? Read on!
But this isn’t any new age form of hair removal, in fact, sugaring has been practiced for hundreds of years throughout Northern Africa, Greece and the Middle East. It’s one of the most gentlest techniques, and a natural alternative to lasers.
Unlike waxing, sugaring doesn’t attach to live skin cells nor does it remove them. It only sticks to the hair, so it really gets the hair out of the roots without pulling your skin along with it. Less pain!
As we get older, we get wiser about tanning and being under the sun. But for those of you who want a bit of that natural sun kissed glow, it’s important to make sure you soothe and hydrate your skin after you’ve been under the sun for several hours. Although post-sun skin products won’t reverse the sun’s damage, they will lock in moisture and restore the dead skin cells to help new ones grow.
I recommend Beautycounter’s Baby Oil, the Lustro Shimmer Oil, and the Hydrating Face Oil to restore hydration back into your skin, and soothe any sun burns that you may have. Plus, these oils—along with proper water rehydration and gentle exfoliation—will help prolong your tan for weeks!
For this weekend’s fun finds, I bring to you frozen vegan treats from Pressed Juicery, a healthy pizza for kids and adults, and a summer ensemble you can wear to almost any occasion. I hope you enjoy!
Pressed Juicery is one of my go-to places for delicious cold-pressed juices and cleanses. You can choose from a variety of juices including, mixed greens, roots, citrus, fruits, coffee, H2O and so much more! If you’re into the juice cleanse, they have one, three and five day cleanses available.
Working out is great, most of us do it in some shape or form, but sometimes stepping out of that gym and into the outdoors can be gratifying. Plus, the change of scenery and surrounding yourself with nature is not only good for the body, but also great for the mind.
Hiking is my go-to outdoor activity. It can burn an average of 500 calories per hour, doesn’t add stress to your joins (unlike concrete or asphalt), can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, help prevent cancer (more on this in a bit), and has been shown to make you happier!
Activated charcoal has become a hot topic recently, and if you haven’t added charcoal to your health and beauty routine, then you’re missing out on more than just a black face mask.
Charcoal has been used for health benefits for thousands of years, especially by the Egyptians. Back then ; was used to help heal wounds. It wasn’t until the 1900s that charcoal’s absorbent powers were used on a wider scale. Now, you’ll see it being used for teeth whitening, digestive cleaning, poison extracting, water cleansing and toxin absorbing. As such, it’s been made into a variety of products such as face masks, pills, toothpaste, drinks, and even soap!
Activated charcoal has immense absorption powers. It can absorb thousands of times its own weight in harmful substances, which is why it’s so beneficial for your health.