Thursday, August 27, 2015

Superfoods for beauty

It's easy to get caught up in all the fancy verbiage and scientific lingo, but we often forget that the next best medicine cabinet is actually our kitchen pantry. There are some seriously surprising foods, including egg whites, garlic, and wasabi, that contain healing and revitalizing properties to improve your skin and hair.

Here are some items that you can use at home or buy at your favorite store that will benefit the skin.

If you’re plagued by dark and puffy under-eye circles, help comes in the form of your morning beverage. Tea bags contain two important compounds – caffeine and tannins (anti-inflammatory astringents) – that reduce those puffy areas.

At home:
Steep your tea bags in boiling water for five minutes,  pop them in the fridge to cool, and then do a little at-home spa with each bag covering an entire eye area.

Chamomile is best because of its added anti-inflammatory properties. Your tired eyes will be instantly refreshed.

Store bought:
ALBA BOTANICA HAWAIIAN EYE GEL uses soothing aloe and green tea antioxidants help calm puffiness. Cucumber, chamomile and kelp extracts help firm and tone for a look that's wide awake and refreshed.

We always knew basil was a delicious in tomato sauce, but for our hair?!

At home:
Crush up fresh basil leaves mix with water to create a paste – apply the paste to the hair, wait for 20 minutes and rinse thoroughly, shampoo and condition - perfect for repairing dry and dull sun-damaged hair.

Store bought:
HERBAL ESSENCES WILD NATURALS DETOXIFYING CONDITIONER Infuses hair with a refreshing scent of Thai lemon basil essences, it revitalizes your luscious locks and softens hair – great product for $3.99!

Garlic is known to ward off Dracula, but the cloves of this pungent ingredient can also scare off the unfriendly visitors to our skin – zits!

Ayurveda healers believe the antioxidant properties in garlic can help heal acne scars and prevent new blemishes from forming.

At home:
You can apply fresh garlic juice directly onto a newly formed pimple, leave on for a few hours to overnight and cleanse away with a washcloth. If the smell offends you, soak peeled cloves in milk for an hour.

Store bought:
This Eminence Garlic and Tomato Masque  combine two great ingredients to combat acne and problematic skin issues.

Egg whites are praised for their health benefits, but currently there is a lot of great information on their anti-aging benefits as well.

At home:
Used in a mask, egg whites can tighten and firm sagging skin. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl and apply to skin. After thirty minutes, skin will be bright and refreshed.

Other benefits of egg whites include oil reduction and whitehead removal. Now that’s what I like to hear!

Store bought:
  • SKINFOOD EGG WHITE PORE FOAM is a gentle cleanser that contains egg white extract to deeply cleanse and refine pores – for only $3 why not!

This superfood fights aging and provides intense moisture for dry skin, and can also help get rid of age spots while leaving pores free and clear.

A face mask containing the fruit is all you need to benefit from its healing properties.

At home:
Mash an Avocado and apply to your face for 10 – 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.  You can also add honey yogurt and/ or lemon juice to this super easy mask for added benefits.

Store bought:
FREEMAN FEELING BEAUTIFUL FACIAL CLAY MASK has Avocado and Oatmeal to moisturize for lasting softness. Skin looks and feels clean and is soft to the touch - Perfect for normal to combination skin.

Healthy, radiant skin begins with exfoliation, but there’s no need to spend money on costly scrubs. Brown sugar granules clear away dead skin just as well, if not better, than any drug store product.

At home:
Combine a half of a cup of brown sugar with a few tablespoons of olive oil and water, pour the mixture in an empty jar and you’re good to go!
Use to exfoliate whenever and wherever your body needs it!

Store bought:
Deep Steep Sugar Scrub moisturizes and improves elasticity while improving regeneration of skin cells. Its Sugar Scrub reigns supreme amongst exfoliants. Pure brown sugar grains combined with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil to reveal silky, lightly fragranced and irresistibly touchable skin.

Wasabi is known for being super-spicy, but it can also seriously spice up your lips.

At home:
Apply a small amount of wasabi paste directly onto lips for a seriously pumped up pout.

Another alternative is Cinnamon, before applying your lip color, rub a very small amount of moistened cinnamon (add a few drops of water to cinnamon) on your lips to get that full, kissable look. 

Store bought:
Although I couldn’t find anything that used actual wasabi in the product, I did find DUWOP VENOM FLASH FOR LIPS, it uses pure essential oils of cinnamon, ginger, and wintergreen to naturally stimulate the lips. Jojoba and avocado oils provide intense moisture and shine.

Who needs injections and fillers, scrubs and treatments when you can get a natural remedy at the grocery store or in your own pantry?

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Jennifer Linklater
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Friday, August 21, 2015

Things You Might Not Know About Parsley

Sticking with herbs with benefits, I decided to look up my favorite herb – Parsley to see what benefits it has on the body.

Parsley doesn’t get the credit that it deserves. It’s mostly used as the finishing garnish on dinner where it’s often forgotten or swept off the side of our plate. Some companies like”Mrs. Meyer’s” incorporates it into soap like Clean day parsley liquid hand soap because of its many benefits and other uses that often go unnoticed. The combination of this detoxifying herb along with a blend of natural essential oils makes this the perfect soap to leave you feeling squeaky clean.

I’m going to let you in on parsley’s secrets and tell you some things you might not know about this green powerhouse!

1. Most popular culinary herb
First mentioned in 42 AD, parsley can be found in grocery stores year-round and is cultivated worldwide. With a Greek name originating from the word for “rock celery”, this popular garnish belongs to the carrot family of plants.

2. More Vitamin C!
Parsley has 3 times more Vitamin C than an orange! Its vitamin-rich leaves make a great addition to fruit juice and smoothie recipes. Not only is vitamin C important for your overall heath, but it’s great for helping you get over that cold faster.

3. Breath mints be gone…
Parsley contains chlorophyll, which has anti-bacterial properties. As you chew on this leafy green, it deodorizes your mouth and rids it of bacteria that causes bad breath. Parsley is a great natural remedy for bad breath, but it doesn’t travel well in a pocket or purse—TEA TREE THERAPY TOOTHPASTE, uses a blend of Tea Tree oil and Parsley Seed oil to control bacteria which causes plaque and tartar, it will also give you naturally fresh breath.

5. Fresh from the freezer
The best way to keep your parsley fresh and green is by storing it in the freezer. You can chop up the garnish and freeze it with water in an ice cube tray, melting the ice and releasing the parsley when needed. Making the most of your herbs and ensure you can eat them all year long!

6. A sacrificial herb
Known as a sacrificial herb, parsley gives garden pests something to munch on instead of your other plants! A great addition to your garden for both pest control and picking purposes, this herb is biennial, meaning that once planted in your garden, it will typically grow for two seasons.

7. Get your Vitamin K!
Along with an abundance of Vitamin C, parsley also contains loads of Vitamin K, which promotes elasticity and reduces redness on the skin.

8. Skin savior
When the leaves of herbs are added to moisturizers, they help to condition and hydrate the skin, making them ideal ingredients for our skincare products. Parsley is also known to reduce the appearance of dark spots and discoloration, stop irritation and create a healthy glow. CLARINS uses parsley extract in their night cream to minimize dark spots and helps skin recover from stress.

9. The healing touch
Parsley is a great home remedy for healing bruises and insect bites. It has both anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, repairing and maintaining the elasticity of blood vessels as well as facilitating healing and pain relief.

10. Hair’s to parsley
Parsley essential oil has traditionally been used as a hair tonic to stimulate growth. Massaging this herb infusion into your scalp stimulates circulation, and prevents dryness. Dry, processed and abused hair is bathed in moisture with MOP MIXED GREENS SHAMPOO, it uses Parsley and alfalfa extracts - dry hair will love it!

There you have it: parsley is more than a simple garnish, it’s packed full of nutrition, excellent for your skin and a fantastic ingredient in many skin and hair care products. Grab a sprig and see what parsley can do for you!

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