Amazing Ways To Nourish Your Skin

Having a nourished skin is a great challenge, especially during winter, when the skin pores are frozen leading to poor circulation. Your face and hands are more affected because they are the most exposed parts of the body. When your skin pores are frozen, moisture will not get to the deep layers and this will lead to a dehydrated skin.

Rubbing your skin with petroleum oil or ayurvedic oil will bring about re-hydration and improve circulation. Almond oil is a good choice because it gets into the deep layers of the skin and ideal for all skin types.

In addition, it is very important to re-hydrate from within and your diet plays a major role in this regard. A lot of emphasis has been placed on balanced diet which will make the body to function effectively. As much as possible, you should endeavor to take fresh organic foods instead of genetically modified ones. Sunflower seeds, toasted sesame seeds, almonds and other fruits as well as vegetables are very good to nourish your skin.

Furthermore, your body likes routine and this is helpful in keeping it in balance. If you skip or delay taking meals, it may have an adverse effect on your digestive system. You should take your sleeping routine more seriously. Make sure you have a regular sleeping schedule and it is advisable to stick to it. If you are having problems with sleep, you can make use of natural food supplements to calm your nerves just before going to bed.

Meditation is also very powerful for maintaining a nourished skin. You can get involved in daily meditation in order to relax your nervous system. Yoga is also very good because it enhances the detoxification of the body and opens up channels for the elimination of toxins.

Besides, you can make a natural cleanser at home that can be applied to your skin for more nourishment. For example, you can get some organic rolled oats, marshmallow root, dried jasmine flower, lavender flower and a small quantity of organic cheesecloth – you can get them in herb shops close to you or order them online.

You should mix a large quantity of 80% of rolled oats, 10% of marshmallow root, 5% of jasmine flower and 5% of lavender flower. Put two tablespoons of the mixture in the middle of a small square of cheesecloth, gather up the ends of the cloth into a ball and tie with a string.

You can make enough balls for one month and keep them in an airtight container. Every night, you should dip a ball into a cup of warm organic milk and pat your face with it. You should then rinse your face with warm water.


The Cold Sore Truth

Although statistics vary, around 70 percent of all American adults have oral herpes (cold sores), but not everyone manifests the symptoms. Many people are unaware of the virus or think it is no big deal, but the herpes virus is highly contagious. Cold sores and fever blister comes from the herpes simplex type 1 (HSV-1) virus, but, make no mistake, simplex type 2 (HSV-2) can also cause cold sores, so it is important to be careful!

Personally, I have been struggling with cold sores since I was eighteen. I know exactly which “wrong boy” I kissed, but that is neither here nor there. One of my close girlfriends also suffers from cold sores, and over the years we have swapped countless remedies for the detestable things. I think of them as creatures that sneak up on me, usually without warning, and often when it’s most inconvenient. I treat them as I would any unwelcome visitor, and I battle them with everything I have.

“I read that if you take L-Lysine daily, you can ward off cold sores,” my friend Sue told me. So I diligently took L-Lysine daily for many years, but it did nothing to crush the evil monster within. As soon as I felt a tingle on my lip, I grabbed whatever cure I had in my medicine cabinet-and, believe me, I have tried them all.

Back in the 1990s, I ordered several small spray bottles of a mystery liquid touted to be the next big cure. I sprayed it at my mouth whenever I felt that irritating itchy tingle, to the point that my children would mimic me with their hands, pumping air at their mouths while spouting “tcht, tcht.” They thought it was funny, but they didn’t have to suffer.

It took me several years to learn what worked for cold sores and what didn’t, but until that point, the wretched things disrupted my life. I cancelled dates, called in sick to work, and lied… just to get out of being seen with a cold sore! Every time I got one, I felt that it overtook my face and that its evil voice would growl and snarl at people from my lip.

My friend Sue, who is equally obsessed with cold sores, and I spent years doing research, and we learned a lot. I’m a freak about preventive care now, and I seldom get cold sores anymore, although for many years I got one a month, often timed with my menstrual cycle.

What we discovered is simple

1. Stress is the biggest contributing factor. When I have a big event coming up, like my best friend’s wedding, I will be cold-sore-free up to the event, and then-wham! One sneaks in the back door when I’m not looking on the day after the event-after I’ve let my guard down. (I told you they were evil).

2. Never touch a cold sore! And if you do accidentally touch one, wash your hands immediately. Not only can you re-infect yourself in other places, you can also infect others. Additionally touching it only prolongs its life.

3. Always use a separate personal towel during an outbreak. I even use a separate towel for my face.

4. Never drink from anyone else’s glass.

5. Stay out of direct sun. Obviously, this is not always possible, but when you’re out in the sun, use a lip balm with an SPF. Thirty or higher is best, but if all you can find is a lip balm with 15 SPF, just apply it more often.

Sometimes we’re fooled by the cold into thinking we aren’t getting sun, but that’s not the case. Use SPF lip balm outdoors even in the winter, whether skiing, running, or snowmobiling. And don’t neglect your upper lip and your chin area. I never knew cold sores could spread there until Sue told me that is where she always gets them.

6. Avoid foods rich in the amino acid arginine, which can activate the virus. Eating tomatoes, or any other acidic food, can inflame the wound and delay healing. These foods include chocolate, cola, beer, grain cereals, chicken soup, gelatin, seeds, nuts, peas, and tomatoes.

7. The prescription drug Valtrex or its generic, Acyclovir, is your best friend. As soon as you feel that tell-tale tingle, you should take 1 to 2 grams twice a day, in the morning and in the evening, for up to three days. This almost always kicks it out of your system, unless the evil force has already developed into a blister without you noticing-this can happen often without the tingling/itching warning.

8. My best advice? Take preventative L-Lysine or a low dose of Acyclovir (500 MG) up to a week in advance if you know you are going to be in a stressful situation or out in the blazing sun all day.


13 Moisturizer Hacks That You Can Add To Your Skincare Routine

We all know that moisturizing daily is a girl’s best friend to a perfectly hydrated skin. We use it day and night and it’s the most essential part of our skincare routine and of our skincare products. Most of us don’t even travel outside without a moisturizer. However, despite using a moisturizer every day, most of us fail to use it to its full potential. Factors like how you apply your moisturizer to which moisturizer you use can affect your moisturizers benefits. Below you will find the top 13 moisturizer hacks that you can add to your skincare routine.

  1. Damp skin

Applying moisturizer to damp skin can lock in hydration. So next time you get out of the shower, resist towel drying before you moisturize. It might seem weird but it’s worth giving a shot!

  1. Water-based moisturizer

Water-based moisturizers are all the hype nowadays. Even though the needs of the skin vary from type to type, oily skin needs will be very different from those of dry skin. But trying different formulas can be very beneficial when wanting to try something new. Try using the imported Emerita – a personal moisturizer that contains Aloe and Vitamin E.

  1. Mixing highlighter

Adding a little highlighter to your moisturizer can give a beautiful natural glow. You can vary the amount of highlighter depending upon your preference and give your skin a pretty looking glow! A drop of NARS Illuminator, Copacabana mixed with your moisturizer will give a dewy finish.

  1. Mix it with your liquid foundation

One of the biggest goals of applying makeup is making it look natural. You can mix your liquid foundation with a moisturizer which will give your face coverage and will give the no makeup look at the same time.

  1. Self-tanner

Give yourself a natural looking tan by mixing a self-tanner in your moisturizer.

  1. Try using a facial oil before using a moisturizer

Using facial oil on your face before a moisturizer can really hydrate your skin well, especially if you have dry skin. All you need are 4-5 drops of facial oil and your skin will look hydrated and fresh! Aura Cacia – facial oil will smooth your skin after cleaning and give your skin a beautiful glow.

  1. Moisturizers with SPF

Always use moisturizers that contain SPF so you are always protected from the sun. many of us forget to wear sunscreen and end up with sunburns. Using a moisturizer that contains SPF can always keep us protected especially when exposed to the sun for an extended period of time.

  1. Don’t limit it to the face

Most of us limit moisturizing to the face. Our neck and chest require as much attention as our face. So next time you are moisturizing always move past your jawline and hydrate your neck and chest. There are also moisturizers available that target specific areas like neck etc.

  1. Exfoliation is the key

Your moisturizer will work better if you exfoliate. Exfoliation is important for removing dead cells and dirt that accumulate on top of your skin. So if you haven’t exfoliated, your moisturizer will not work to its full potential because of the dead cells layer sitting on top.

  1. Eye cream

Did you know that the skin around your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face? This is exactly why you need to be using a separate eye cream to hydrate that area of your face.

Suggested product: Bare mineral Renew and Hydrate Eye Cream

  1. Change your skin care routine based on the season

Have you noticed that our skin tends to get drier in winters and oilier in summers? This is one of the main reasons why our skin care routine should also change according to the season. Your skin might require some extra attention during the winters, or a lightweight lotion in the summers.

  1. Lips Balm

Lips should be hydrated throughout the day so always keep a lip balm in your bag. If you want that perfect pout, make sure that your lips aren’t dried and you are hydrating them daily.

  1. Give extra care to your feet overnight

Our feet need the most attention when it comes to moisturizing. If you want to give that extra hydration to your feet, put on some foot cream and wear your socks before going to sleep, you will definitely wake up with soft beautiful feet.


Using the Cellulite Cup Set to Deal With Cellulite

Over the years, cupping therapy has become very popular as more and more people are trying it out. There are those who use it mainly for cellulite and weight reduction. This is a method that most celebrities are quickly embracing and trying out often showing of their cupping marks. The best thing about cupping is the fact that it is non-invasive and it is therefore a good choice for anyone who doesn’t want to go the surgery way.

At present, cupping therapy is carried out using medical grade silicone or glass cups that are pushed on the skin so as to create suction. The main thing is to guide the cup on the area targeted and work on it for around 5 minutes and repeat the same every day for a couple of weeks.

There are lots of cellulite cup sets that one can choose from today. They prove to be quite reliable in the removal of cellulite, especially when they are used as they should.

Traditional glass

When the traditional glass cups are used, then there is a need to introduce heat within the cups done by the insertion of heat into the glass such as alcohol, herbs or cotton wool. When the cups have been heated, the objects have to be removed and then the cup inverted on the areas on the body of the patient so as to create some suction which is caused by the heat.

What causes cellulite?

Cellulite occurs due to genetic conditions that cause the body to retain fluids. It can also be caused a lymphatic drainage system that is inefficient, poor circulation of blood and imbalances in the hormones. This leads to the development of fat cells that lay just below the skin and then the conversion into cellulite. The cellulite, then causes cords that connect to one’s skin as well as the muscles that are below and this leads to an appearance that is dimpled and ungainly. When you get the orange peel kind of look on the skin, then that is a clear sign that you have cellulite.

How therapy works

After the application of suction on one’s skin, there is reverse pressure, which leads to the breakup of cellulite. The circulation of blood is then stimulated and then the toxins and fats are released into the drainage network of the lymph nodes. The cupping therapy also promotes drainage and that means that toxins quickly move from the body. The cupping eases cords that connect the muscle and the skin. This essentially reduces fluid buildup and this facilitates development of cells that are free of cellulite. This leads to a very healthy appearance.

For spot reduction

Usually, conventional methods for weight loss are not effective even when targeted on some specific areas of the body. However, cupping helps in the reduction of spots on the skin. Treatment can aid in the removal of flabby inner thighs, saddlebags, and sagging buttocks and so on. You only need to have the cups applied on the areas of the body that need some attention.


Three Secrets To Finding The Best Vein Treatment Center

If you are one of the many people suffering from the affliction of varicose veins, you may be also searching for a solution to your problem. Medicine and technology has come a long way over the years and now there exist many treatments for all levels of severity. Those considering seeking treatment have to face another issue- picking the best place to seek care. Luckily, there are some tips that will help you find the right practice for you. Here are three secrets to finding the best vein treatment center.

  1. Look at the qualifications of the head doctor

Treatment for veins is sometimes overlooked and minimized in the medical profession. Sometimes doctors obtain the degree in completely different fields unrelated to this issue. Later, they seek out courses or extra training that helps them understand the issue better but in no way prepares them to be a qualified doctor who specializes in the vein field. Some questions to ask would be:

  • What are they specialized in?
  • Where did they train?
  • What is the duration of time they have been treating?
  • How long ago did they open their practice?
  • How many surgical procedures have they done?

You also want to make sure any doctor you pick is properly certified and credentialed in this particular field so you are truly seeking the help of an expert who is devoted to the study and treatment of your particular issue. Do your research and make sure any doctor you pick to treat you meets your high standards of expectation.

  1. Various forms of treatment

Not every issue is the same. Different conditions and severities require different tools and procedures. Selecting a specialized facility that can tailor their solution to your particular situation will allow for the most specialized treatment including:

  • Sclerotherapy

In this remedy, needles are used to inject a special solution that breaks down the integrity of the vein walls. This can be helpful for eliminating and reducing spider type and smaller to medium sized occurrences of varicose.

  • Endovenous Ablation

This involves using a catheter that emits energy and heat to close up bad veins and reroute blood to healthy ones.

  • Laser/Light Therapy

This newer form of treatment allows for light energy to be absorbed by problem veins. Once the blood vessels are destroyed the body will simply absorb them.

  • Surgery

Minimally invasive surgeries are also an option. They are highly successful and can treat multiple issues without severe scarring or healing symptoms.

Select a specialist who provides you options for your care and you will have the best chance at a successful procedure that leaves you feeling great in no time.

  1. Friendly and helpful staff

Going through the process of figuring out a solution for your health issues is no walk in the park. Selecting a healthcare organization that has knowledgeable and helpful staff who are friendly and truly care about your experience can make all of the difference in your experience. It is recommended you stop by in person to get a feel for how the center is run and to meet the specialists who will be taking care of you. A friendly and knowledgeable staff can ensure your procedures go smoothly and that you are healing properly and as fast as possible.


Everything You Need to Know About Clay Masks

Skincare extends beyond washing your face and using a moisturizer. Most people, mainly women, are highly consumed with the idea of using expensive products, often laden with chemicals. There’s one thing you should know – aging is something you cannot stop, but you can definitely delay it. Besides the cleansing, toning and moisturizing routine you need to incorporate an anti-aging facial masks to complete your beauty treatment.

In this post, we will discuss natural clay masks, how you can choose the right products and a few ways to use them.

The Incredible Advantages of Natural Clays

Natural clays have been used in body and skincare for thousands of years. Various forms of clay are known to have a highly concentrated amount of minerals, which are great for the body and skin. In fact, clay is used in many traditional medicines in varied forms. While clays can differ in function and composition, these are known to work well for detoxing the skin. It can draw out the toxicity from the skin, which aids in a more radiant and youthful complexion. Organic clay based masks unclog your pores while purifying the dermis, and thus drastically reducing pore size. Besides rejuvenating and regenerating the skin, clay masks are actually perfect for smoothing the appearance of your skin.

How to Choose Clay Masks?

First things first, choose a brand that has natural clays. If a regular clay mask has an endless number of chemicals, using them makes no sense. Check the options in terms of content, and choose something that’s rich in active botanicals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Avoid brands that don’t have a detailed list of ingredients on the product’s label. Also, steer clear of products that contain synthetic fragrances, parabens, and chemical dyes.

How to Use Clay Masks?

Natural masks generally come in powder form, so you need to mix them with purified water or other botanicals to get the right consistency. Natural products can be high in minerals and other ingredients, so limit their use to no more than twice a week. Mix approximately ½ tsp mask powder with your botanical to a consistency that can be applied with a cotton ball or make-up brush without dripping. Apply to face, neck and even the hands while being careful to avoid tender skin around the eye’s. Leave the mask on till completely dry for approx. 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and gently pat the skin dry with a fresh towel. Follow with a rich, luxurious moisturizer such as a Facial Apothecary Rose Water w/Glycerin Cream which will further enhance your skins beauty treatment.


Why Won’t My Nails Grow?

A lot of people find that they are unable to grow out long healthy fingernails, there are several different reasons for this. You could have a calcium or iron deficiency. You could be causing too much damage or trauma making them crack or split. Over washing your hands is huge, it completely dries out your skin causing your cuticles to suffer which can affect the nail matrix which directly affects the growth of your nails. And one of the last reasons could be due to a fungal infection which will make your them brittle and make them flake off so they’re not able to grow.

There’s a common belief that by eating Jell-O or taking gelatin capsules will help strengthen and fortify your nails but this isn’t true. Our nails are composed of pure protein with high sulfur content. The protein that we do consume on a daily basis is then broken down into amino acids which are used to build the content of our muscles, organs, and the overall structures of our hair and nails. If your nails have deep indentations in the center of your nails similar to the shape of a spoon, or your nails are pale rather than pink these are all signs of nutrient deficiencies Try adding more calcium, vitamin d, and iron to your diet and you should see a drastic change in your nails.

Believe it or not, our nails are very porous, because of this they can become easily chapped and strained which can cause long-term damage to the matrix. Be gentle with your nails, apply a moisturizing lotion and be sure to give your cuticles a good massage every now and again. Don’t ignore your cuticles, they protect your nails from dirt and bacteria. If cut too short or removed completely this leaves your nails vulnerable allowing for infections to form which could stunt your nail growth. Because of how porous our nails are they can become easily chapped and dried out. Be sure you’re not overdoing it on the nail polish and removing all polish from your nails after at 5 days or so and letting your nails breathe in between manicure and pedicure sessions.

Be kind to your nails. Moisturize them, keep them out of harm’s way and the stress to a minimum. Keep them satisfied by getting all the natural nutrients your body requires and your nails will thank you by growing out healthy and strong!


8 Mistakes You Could Be Making With Your Eye Cream

Most of our skin problems are near the eye area, maybe this is why eye creams are our favorite when it comes to skin care products. Dark circles, puffiness, crow feet and many more problems are addressed. Using cream as a part of your daily skin care routine can make a huge difference in your facial appearance. However, many people tend to make a lot of mistakes when using a cream. Below are a few mistakes that you can fix when it comes to using an eye cream.

Using too much of the product

Most people end up squeezing a lot of product out despite the fact that the area around the eyes is quite small. All that is needed to moisturize the eye area is less than a pea-sized amount. So make sure that the next time you use your cream, only use a little, this will also save your cream from being wasted and will also save money as you will not run out of eye cream sooner.

Don’t apply out of order

Always check whether your eye cream needs to be applied before or after your moisturizer. The order in which the skin products are applied matters a lot. A rule which will help you out deciding which product to use first or in which order is to check the consistency or thickness, lighter products should always be used first followed by heavier and richer products.

Never use on dry skin

The most common mistake we all make is using not just our eye cream but also other moisturizers on dry skin. Applying eye cream on the damp skin will lock in the hydration, so next time when you are about to towel dry your face, resist the urge and apply the cream on the damp skin.

Getting the product too close to your eyes

Despite the name cream, using it too close to your eyes, near the lids or your lashes can be harmful. Only apply a small amount of cream on the orbital bone, under the eyebrows and always away from the lash line. Try not getting the product into your eyes.

Rubbing the eye area

The skin under the eyes is the thinnest on the face. This is why we need to be very gentle when applying anything in the area. Never rub your under eye area harshly when applying the eye cream. Always apply in a soft, gentle dabbing motion. Rubbing too harshly also leads to wrinkles and lines so be very careful when applying eye cream.

Apply more products quickly

Always give your eye cream some time before you start layering the makeup on top. Moving too quickly will reduce the potential on your eye so always let the cream rest before you put any other product on top. It’s always a good idea to apply the cream beforehand when in a hurry so that it works its magic on your skin. This way you can easily do you make up afterward without getting late.

Skipping eye cream

Most of us already know the importance of moisturizing our skin daily, day and night. However, we always forget to moisturize our eye area. Just like the rest of the face, the eye area also needs it moisturization and hydration day and night. So don’t skip applying your eye cream both day and at night. Annemarie Borlind LL Regeneration Eye Wrinkle Cream can reduce puffiness and wrinkles, it Smoothes and refreshes the stressed tissue around the eyes. All you need to do is gently massage it around the eye are so that your skin is hydrated.

Don’t wait for problems to show

The most common mistake that we all make is that we wait for problems to show before we start using the eye cream. We need to learn to use it preventively, do not wait for dark circles to become prominent, or wrinkles to develop, by only using cream beforehand we can defend our skin from the signs of aging. Doctors suggest the use of eye creams as early as 25 so skin can fight the signs of aging like crow feet, dark spots etc.


What’s Inside Your Tingle Tanning Lotion?

When shopping around for new tanning lotions, it is important to choose a product that will both meet your tanning goals and protect your skin. In order to do this, you must be sure to read and understand their manufacturer labels. The type of lotion you eventually decide on will depend on your level of tanning experience, your skin type, and your personal preferences.

A popular option for the more advanced tanning bed user is called a tingle lotion. Colloquially referred to as “tinglers”, they are the most intense tanning products on the market. You can purchase tingle tanning lotions at almost any tanning salon, beauty store, or online vendor. And just like all skin care products, they range in intensity, quality, and price.

If you have never used a tingler before, it is highly recommended to understand how they work before using them. A great place to start is by reviewing some of the common ingredients found in most tingle lotion formulas. Continue reading to do just that!

How They Work

Tinglers work by increasing the circulation of blood and oxygen to the surface of the skin. The application of a tingler amplifies the effect of ultraviolet rays in tanning beds. This creates a reaction in the skin by producing more melanin. Melanin is the pigment that gives skin color. Following application, tinglers will cause tingling sensations, reddening, and slight inflammation of the skin as a result of the intense oxygen circulation. These reactions generally reside after about one hour or so.

Common Tingler Ingredients

Tingle tanning products contain a wide range of ingredients. However, the fundamental constituents for all tinglers include Methyl Nicotinate or Benzyl Nicotinate, as well as various moisturizing elements.

Methyl Nicotinate – Methyl Nicotinate is a nicotinic acid methyl ester used as rubefacient (a substance for topical application) to increase microcirculation to the skin. This exposes more oxygen to melanin-producing cells known as melanocytes, which are located in the skin’s epidermis. Upon exposure to UV rays, a process called melanogenesis is triggered, causing skin cells to produce more melanin and become darker.

Benzyl Nicotinate -Benzyl Nicotinate is an ester of benzyl alcohol and nicotinic acid. It works in a very similar way to Methyl Nicotinate by increasing the circulation of blood and oxygen to the surface of the skin. When applied, Benzyl Nicotinate causes capillaries in the epidermis to open up. As a result, skin tingles, reddens, and produces more melanin upon UV ray exposure.

Moisturizers – In order to achieve a good-looking tan, skin must be moisturized, which is why virtually all tanning lotions contain moisturizing agents. As for tingle products, the common types of moisturizing additives include Vitamin E (or tocopheryl acetate), black currant, hemp seed oil, avocado, shea, cocoa butter, white tea extract, silicon, and various essential oils.


What Do You Know About Your Nails?

First things first, do you even know what your fingernails are made of? Our fingernails and toenails are made up of a protein called keratin, which is essentially just a bunch of dead cells. Keratin is also found in our hair, scientifically speaking, our nails are actually just modified hair which is quite strange if you stop to think about it. The reason cutting our nails and hair doesn’t hurt is because the cells are dead, bird feathers and horse hooves are also made up of keratin.

I’m sure you’ve heard the myth about how our nails keep growing even after death? Yeah, that isn’t true. They can’t keep growing because they’re dead, and dead cells on a dead body aren’t going to keep them growing! The reason this myth became so popular is that when we die, the skin around our nails shrinks, which gives the illusion of growing nails.

Bet you didn’t know this, fingernails grow more quickly than toenails AND men’s nails grow faster than women’s! But women’s nail growth trumps men during pregnancy, most people believe that women are able to grow such long and luscious hair and nails during pregnancy due to pre-natal vitamins but that’s not actually true. It’s all thanks to the hormones.

Typing or excessive movement to the tips of the fingers doesn’t necessarily guarantee healthy long nails but it can help expedite them. The more movement and tapping brought to your fingertips the better the blood flow, which can help you increase the speed at which you grow your nails. But beware! The more movement and tapping you put on your nails, the more at risk for damage and breaking! Which could set you back two more steps than the one you took.

Lastly, fingernails have no feeling. That’s right no nerve endings at all, now I’m sure you’re sitting there thinking but wait, I’ve felt something once or twice before I swear it! Hang nails are the worst! And have you tried pulling your hang nail off? When I do that I feel that my whole finger is in flames! Fingernails extend deep beneath the skin of the cuticle, and the nerves around the cuticle. Our brains intergrade the sensation of force from the tips of the fingernails and cuticle as a complex and enhanced perception of pressure which is why it might seem like our nails are covered in nerve endings, but they’re not!