Health

The Impact of Getting Less Sleep

Sleeping Woman with Alarm ClockWhen you are older, you don’t need to have as much sleep as you did when you’re younger. However, there are many studies that prove we need at least eight hours of sleep every night. Getting eight hours of sleep can not only make you feel much better throughout the day, but can also help make you look better, too.

New research from the Sleep School in London and Benson Beds shows that if you miss two hours of sleep—only get six hours a night—for five days, it can have a big impact on your face. The study consisted of 30 woman who took photos of their faces after eight hours of sleep and then came back after five days of only six hours of sleep. Fine lines were increased by 45% where spots increased by 13%. There was 16% more bacteria found on the skin and redness went up 8% as well.

So go to bed early! Wash off your makeup, cleanse your face, put moisturizer on, and use those eight hours of sleep for your face to replenish itself. You will look more alive in the morning and your skin will glow. Compare that to less sleep with bags under your eyes and and redness. Whenever you’re able, hit that snooze button more often!

Surviving Beauty School Beautifully

Road Signs of Life

School can be an incredibly grueling time where you can’t find much time for yourself. All of us who have gone through the beauty school process understand how you feel! Balancing school, work, and a social life can be almost intimidating. There are a few sweet little things you can do to rest your mind and your body and keep yourself balanced.

  1. After a long day at school, go home and take a bath with a bath bomb. Not only will this relax your muscles but it will help you unwind so you can sleep better.
  2. Use tea bag compresses to keep the area under your eyes from looking tired. I like to take two green tea bags and make a cup of tea. Take out the tea bags, squeeze out the excess water, and put them in the fridge for ten minutes, and enjoy your tea while you wait. Once they’ve cooled down, apply them to your under eye area for 10 to 15 minutes. Your under eyes will seriously thank you.
  3. In your spare time, clean your room and make your bed. Keeping things clean and organized helps everything else feel less hectic.
  4. Get manicures whenever you can.
  5. Make water with cucumber, lemon, and oranges. Not only will your skin love it, but you’ll feel so much more energized.
  6. Find 30 minutes to do yoga or meditation. Take time to reflect on all the good that is going on in your life and be proud of yourself for all you’ve done so far.
  7. Even if you don’t have much time for socialising right now, take time to check in with your friends and family. They’ll be your biggest supporters and will always be there to cheer you on.

Golden Milk

Turmeric - Curcuma longa Roots

Turmeric is a spice that has been used in India for a long time. It is what gives curry and mustard their yellow color. Not only is it used for food, but also as a medicinal herb. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which is an antioxidant. Curcumin has anti inflammatory effects and fights free radicals in the body. It also increases the antioxidants in the body. Curcumin is more easily absorbed into the body with the aid of piperine in black pepper. There have been studies showing that turmeric can prevent or delay arthritis, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.

There are many ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet—of course, the easiest way is to sprinkle some on your food. My favorite way to take turmeric is by making Golden Milk. It is a drink made with any warm milk that you like, turmeric paste, black pepper, and an oil of your choosing. This is a great drink to have before bed due to its relaxing and immune boosting properties.

Turmeric Paste

  • ½ cup turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Cook turmeric powder and water together over low heat, constantly stirring until a thick paste has formed. More water may be needed. Add black pepper, stir to incorporate. Allow to cool, then store in a glass jar.

Remember that turmeric stains, so avoid plastic containers.

Paste is best for 2-3 weeks.

Golden Milk

  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric paste
  • 1 cup almond milk, soy, coconut, or hemp milk, or a combination
  • 1 teaspoon Udo’s or coconut oil
  • Honey, maple syrup, or agave syrup

Cook all the ingredients, except the honey or syrup, together in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the ingredients are mixed well, do not boil. Add honey or syrup to taste and enjoy!

Benefits of Green Leafy Veggies

Vegetables in the Supermarket

Just from the title alone, some of you may be thinking, “Yuck!” But I’m here to tell you the benefits of what these delicious green plants called vegetables can do for you and your body.

Dark green leafy vegetables are not only delicious but, calorie for calorie, they are the most concentrated source of nutrition found in any food. They are a rich source of minerals (including iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium) and vitamins (including vitamins K, C, E, and many of the B vitamins). These veggies also provide a variety of phytonutrients including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, which protect our cells from damage and our eyes from age-related problems, among many other effects. Pretty cool right?!

Some types of dark green leafy vegetables are: arugula, spinach, leaf lettuce, kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce, chicory, and swiss chard. You can do so many different things with these amazing veggies to incorporate them into your diet. I prefer to buy these types of vegetables at Farmers’ markets because I feel they are fresher and less expensive. Plus, at those markets you always come across some other great food choices and other really cool things. It is a great experience, and everyone is super friendly.

My favorite way to consume these dark green leafy vegetables is in a smoothie. I have a NutriBullet at home, and I mix these veggies with some fruit and a banana which fades out the taste of the vegetable so it tastes just like a fruit smoothie.

Love your Body

Since we were little girls, we have been bombarded with images of women with small waists, big boobs, curvy hips, long legs, perfect skin, and the overall “perfect body”. We grow up with insecurities from these images thinking that is the way we are supposed to be and, if we are anything else, we are ugly. Of course, all of this is due to TV, movies, magazines, and advertisements placing pressure on women to be this unrealistic image of “perfect”. What really is perfect? I believe there is no such thing. How can one body image be the ultimate ideal for every person on this planet? The answer is there isn’t one. Everyone has their own image of beauty in their head.

I find beauty in everything. Our unique qualities—not mass populated images—make us beautiful. One of my personal favorite celebrities is the female artist P!nk. She is not the typical beauty that you see in Hollywood. She has a muscular physique and a more boyish figure, with small breasts and small hips. But she exudes confidence and love for herself and her body regardless of the Hollywood image of beauty. Yet we still have women like Kim Kardashian splashed across all of social media, magazines, and TV. She has had plastic surgery to alter her appearance and to maintain the Hollywood image. Don’t get me wrong, she has a very curvy figure and that has changed the ideal image from anorexic thin to voluptuous but, she is still shown as having absolutely no imperfections thanks to her plastic surgery.

As women, we need to learn to be happy with our bodies. Do daily affirmations and rituals to show love to ourselves. On my bathroom mirror, I have a card on which is typed “You’re Beautiful”. It reminds me that regardless of how I see my bodies imperfections, I should love myself. Even if you are overweight hating yourself won’t help. Learning to love yourself will give you the mental strength to push yourself to a healthier lifestyle. Think about it, if you really think everyday “OMG, I hate being this fat, I am so nasty” it will cause you to be depressed and depression brings on fatigue, anxiety, bad eating habits, and this whole cycle continues. Positive thinking helps bring results. it makes you push forward for a better and happier life.

Of course, eating healthy and exercising helps increase our confidence and makes us feel beautiful. I know that when I am exercising on a regular basis, I feel clear-headed and amazing. I see myself as strong and making good healthy progress in my life.

Another issue we have with body image is body-shaming. Social media is the most popular place to post pictures of people doing embarrassing things and they may not even know they are being photographed or filmed. The other day, I saw a video on Instagram of a bigger woman riding a bike at a good rate, working hard, and clearly trying to get some exercise. And all the video said was, “This woman is so big, you can barely see the bike. Elephants should stay at the zoo.” Why would we say this about this woman who is clearly trying to improve herself and become healthy? We should be encouraging this woman, not shaming her.

So ladies, let’s stop body shaming ourselves and others and start encouraging positive body image. Let’s face it, ladies, there is no real “perfect” in this world. We are all unique and we should embrace it and love who we are as women.

Is Your Sunscreen Safe?

It’s almost spring and summer will be right around the corner. The one thing we always hear during the spring and summer months is “Wear Sunscreen!” Ok, we know the the risks of not wearing sunscreen but do we know the risks of wearing it? Everyone thinks that sunscreen is all upside with no downsides. Unfortunately, sunscreen comes with many risks.

Most store-bought sunscreens contain harsh cancer-causing chemicals that cause aging and damage to your skin. For instance some of the most well-known and widely-used sunscreen in the U.S. have some chemical ingredients that may be extremely harmful and could cause serious problems. What are the ingredients that may be harmful? There are many, but here is a list of the ingredients that I try to avoid:

  • Oxybenzone: This is a chemical penetration enhancer that provokes a reaction when exposed to the sun’s UV rays. When absorbed into the skin, it can provoke an eczema-like reaction that sometimes spreads beyond the exposed area and can stay on your skin well beyond your time in the sun.

  • Octinoxate: One of the most common ingredients in sunscreen, it helps other chemicals to absorb into the skin. It can disrupt hormone balance when mixed with water—perhaps by jumping into a pool while wearing sunscreen. It can also produce free radicals which can damage your skin and cell tissues.

  • Retinyl Palmitate: A derivative of vitamin A, Retinyl Palmitate is supposed to improve the sunscreens performance against UV damage but actually, when exposed to the sun, it can break down and create free radicals that damage cells and DNA, and possibly cause cancer.

  • Paraben Preservatives: Parabens are in many products and could be very harmful. They can cause allergic reactions, hormone disruption, and are suspected to be a major factor in breast cancer.

Now that you know that there are risks, please make sure to look at the ingredients to make sure the product is safe for you and your loved ones. The Environmental Working Group does an annual study of sunscreens and they provide a list of healthy sunscreens and brands that you can research yourself. They also provide a breakdown of the ingredients of the various products and why they are safe for you.

Get out there and enjoy these glorious seasons, but use a safe and effective sunscreen so you can fully enjoy the sun without hurting yourself or your skin.

Acne is a Map to Your Body’s Systems

No one likes to break out. There are many different reasons why we breakout and what can be causing it. People can breakout in the adolescent years or as an adult and if you are really unlucky you might breakout in both.

Some causes of Acne are:

  1. Hormone Changes
  2. High Stress Levels
  3. Diet
  4. Products and Cosmetics
  5. Medications
  6. Environmental Factors
  7. Not Having Proper Cleansing Habits

If you want to know why you are breaking out, simply start by taking a look in the mirror. Where our acne presents itself can say a lot about its root cause. After doing some research, here are some locations of breakouts and what they can mean.

  • Forehead: Digestive System and Bladder

    In order to improve acne in this area, you may need to consider a diet change or an increase in your intake of water. Consider cutting back on processed foods-that can really help clear up this area.

  • In Between the Eyebrows: Liver

    An allergy often manifests itself as acne in between the eyebrows. Consider a detox of sorts. Cut down on your alcohol consumption, eat lighter foods, and consider any foods to which you may have developed an allergy (such as dairy).

  • Temples and Ears: Kidneys

    This is a quick fix: cut down on coffee, soda, and other sugary beverages, and drink pure water instead. Hydrate your body and you should see a significant decrease in acne around your eyes.

  • Nose: Heart

    Acne on your nose could mean high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Try cutting back on red meat and increase your intake of foods with Omega 3’s like avocado and fish. Additionally, because your nose is so porous, make sure that your makeup isn’t expired or try a different kind if you don’t see better results.

  • Cheeks: Respiratory System

    Acne in this area usually also points to allergies. If allergies aren’t the culprit, consider keeping your body at a neutral temperature rather than allowing it to overheat. Avoid spicy foods and add more green veggies to your diet.

  • Outside or Corners of the Mouth: Hormones

    This zone is difficult to eradicate because hormones can be hard to control. However, getting enough ZZZ’s at night, keeping skin clean and moisturized, and a balanced diet can help. Sometimes birth control can be the cause as well.

  • Chin: Stomach

    Because this area is associated with the stomach, increasing the amount of fiber in your diet, drinking more water, and generally detoxing your body may help clear up this area.

In truth, you’re fighting your acne from the inside out! If your issue is truly internal, no amount of creams and cleansers will clear up your face anyway. The right skin care routine does make a big difference, but it won’t be a quick fix. Clearing up adult acne will take time, dedication, and lifestyle changes.

6 Benefits of Coconut Oil for Your Hair

December 16, 2015
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Rd4VivTlZ4b554IM9qy-h4KHaf2ioVoRJqKHrNAkHdoI’m sure you have heard that coconut oil is very beneficial and does amazing things to your hair, but have you ever wondered how or why?

Coconut oil is rich in carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals which are good for the human body. The components in the oil keep your hair strong, nourished and protected from the effects of premature aging, like baldness and excessive hair loss.

Some of the main benefits of coconut oil are:

1) It stimulates hair growth by getting deep into the hair follicles.

2) It promotes the scalp health by fighting against problems like insect bites, lice and dandruff

3) It helps moisturize dry hair

4) It adds luster, shine, and softness to the hair

5) It helps prevent hair breakage and split end

6) It helps slow down hair loss

Coconut oil is also very easy to use in the hair. You start by melting the oil in your hands until it becomes a liquid. Massage oil into your scalp, and down the hair until it is fully saturated. Leave in for as long as you desire. Leaving it in for 20 minutes is enough for a healthy and shiny look and feel. However, some people prefer to leave it in overnight with a hair cap for a intense deep treatment.

4 Benefits of Bergamot Oil

There are a lot of essential oils out there. One of my favorites is bergamot. There are so many benefits from using bergamot oil in your everyday light. Bergamot has a very sweet smell and it is very citrusy. It’s also very refreshing. I love putting it on after I get out of the shower or bathtub. So what can Bergamot oils do for you?

1) Bergamot is a natural anti-depressant and stimulant. Bergamot creates a feeling of freshness and joy and energy. In cases of depression it helps with sadness by improving blood flow and circulation. The stimulations also increases the secretions of digestive juices, biles, and insulin by basically acting as a natural digestion aider.

2) The oil is also known to be an antibiotic and disinfectant. Bergamot inhibits the growth of germs and virus and fungi. The oil also prevents infections including those on the skin. Bergamot also reduces the feeling of pain in the body. Another one of the great qualities of bergamot is that it can reduce nervous tension and it can treat ailments such associated with stress such as sleepiness and high blood pressure.

3) The oil is also a cicatirsant which means it aids in pigmentation issues and leaves your skin tone attractive and even in tone. You can use is on the after effects on long term acne post inflammatory hyper pigmentation.

4) Bergamot is also a popular as a natural deodorant. You have to be careful with un-natural deodorants because the lymph nodes in your under arms can easily absorb the toxins and fillers and nasty crud in those drug store brands. Nothing to worry about when bergamot is absorbed by the body! You get all the benefits from the oil flowing around in your body and you will smell great and natural!

A Few Words of Caution: Bergamot oil must be protected from sunlight, because bergaptene, one of its components, becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why the oil should always be stored in dark bottles in dark places. Exposure to sunlight should even be avoided after it is applied or rubbed onto the skin, at least until it absorbs into your skin

9 Benefits of Patchouli Oil

TZtIkLag5PsLv2JY2nQSRlObBCaceLfLosQIWZ6pKJcPatchouli oil is my favorite of all the essential oils. The scent is the most relaxing thing in the world to me. I really enjoy rubbing it into my scarf so I can enjoy the scent all day. The best and most common benefit of patchouli oil is that it relieves stress! It is known to help with anxiety and also enhance the senses. Regular use of patchouli oil will keep you peaceful and calm. Here are some of the benefits to this oil:

1) Patchoulis fragrance also appeals to the soul and touches the mind directly. You will often find it used in perfumes and incenses.
2) The oil can also be used for massages and aromatherapy. Patchouli oil massages stimulate and relax the mind and relax the nerves.
3) Patchouli can really help people with depression.
4) Patchouli also has many healing properties.
5) The oil can help prevent infections from getting worse.
6) It is also known to have helped people with dermatitis and eczema and psoriasis.
7) The oil also has anti- aging properties.
8) The oil helps you looking young and healthy!
9) Also patchouli has been known to help acne scarring, dry skin and wrinkles.

Overall, my favorite thing about the oil has to be the way it makes me feel after I have put it on. It takes me to my favorite happy place, somewhere in the hills around my house surrounded by a redwoods. I love that the scent feels somewhat earthy and fresh. There are so many different essential oils and I feel there is one for everyone. There is something extremely spiritual about smelling and choosing an essential oil. The oil you choose will no doubt become a part apart of your life.

Here is a little more history on Patchouli oil:

Patchouli has been around for literally ages. Over the years people have discovered many uses of the oil, ranging from medical uses to cosmetics. The popularity of patchouli reached its peak during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. Patchouli originates from southeast Asia and the herb grows wild in Sumatra and Java at an altitude of 3,000 feet. However, the cultivation of the herb is extensive in lower tropical jungles. The plant grows to be three feet tall and has a very strong stem with little hairy leaves. To extract the oil the plant is harvested two times a year, sometimes three. The best oil quality is considered to extracted during the rainy season. The process of the extraction involves hand picking the leaves, bailing the leaves, and then followed by draining in the shade. Afterwards, a few days of fermentation is needed. Then the oil is extraxted through steam disillation process. Patchouli is one of the rare essential oils that actually gets better with age! As the oil ages into a deep amber from a light yellow, the fragrance becomes smoother and richer. Patchouli over the years has been used for insect repellant as well as in cosmetics.

4 Types of Honey Masks to Try at Home

Honey masks are not only amazing for your skin but also all natural! Here are four different types of honey masks to try with different skin types :

1- Honey face mask for acne-prone skin

•3 teaspoons raw honey

•1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Mix honey and cinnamon together, and apply to your face. Leave the mask on for 10-30 minutes. The antibacterial properties of both honey and cinnamon are especially beneficial for acne-prone skin.

2- Honey face mask for dry skin

•1 teaspoon mashed avocado

•1 teaspoon plain whole milk yogurt

•1 teaspoon honey

Mix ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Spread the mixture over your face and let it sit for 20-30 minutes before washing it off. The fats in the avocado and whole milk yogurt are deeply moisturizing to the skin, while the lactic acid in the yogurt smooths your skin, refines pores, and stimulates collagen production.

3- Honey mask for sensitive skin

•2 teaspoon of raw honey

•1 teaspoon aloe Vera gel

Stir the aloe and honey together and apply over your face. Leave it on for about 10-20 minutes. Aloe soothes inflammation and calms your skin, perfect for those with sensitive, irritated skin.

4- Honey mask for scars and dark spots

•2 teaspoon of raw honey

•1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine the lemon juice and honey, and apply the mixture to your face. Allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes. Lemon juice exfoliates your skin, brightens dark spots and fades scars. Your skin will feel smooth and soft right away, but it may take a few applications to notice a real difference in scars and spots.

What You Don’t Know About Wellness and Auras

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Chakras are the system of energy that flow throughout the body and there is a system of energy flow outside the body. It works in the same flow, but instead of an internal vortex, it manifests as an external wave. This is called your Aura. What is an aura you might ask? It is part of your bodies energy and it is affected by every vibration, feeling, fear, thought that you have. Your aura is constantly recreating it’s self due to internal and environmental changes.

All living things need oxygen to survive and have an aura. Every living thing generates a large magnetic field that can be sensed and felt and even seen around their physical body. You can tell when someone is potentially a threat to yourself or another. Maybe you picked up a bad vibe from them or maybe you just cant seem to trust this person and you have never been quite sure why? You do not need to be a psychic to read or pick up on someone else’s aura.

When someone else is walking too close to you, you might think “this person is invading my personal space.” Even just the slightest interruption can jolt your body’s energy flow and make you feel a little shaved down. When working closely with people it’s important to be an energy blocker. People will take from you all day long and it can leave you feeling lost and drained by the end of the day.

The aura is usually 3 feet from the physical body, however someone who has suffered great tragedy may have a larger aura. Life is full of color and like so many other things on your path, color also has meaning. They are representations of messages from your higher self, the one. But you don’t have to be a clairvoyant to understand the importance of color in your life. It exists in every day experiences.

Everyone has differently colored auras, but the colors are always changing according to life changes, thoughts and emotions. For example, red auras are usually people who are strong minded, energetic, and people who seek adventures. Yellow auras are people who are logical and very smart. They are perfectly happy with their own company and never feel lonely. Pink auras are loving people by nature and very giving. They love to be loved. Green auras are highly creative people and are very hard working. They are very determined and down to earth. Orange auras are normally good-hearted kind and honest people. They are very in-tune with their own emotions and are often very charming people. Purple auras are highly psychic people, they know the emotions and moods of everyone around them. These people connect well with nature and animals. Blue auras are very rare and charismatic. They can take on many personalities. They can smooth out any angry situation. Gold auras are lovers of beauty and have an artistic flare. They adorn their whole life with exquisite beauty. White or sliver auras are usually very gifted people. They have a strong spiritual understanding and use it for the better of people around them. Brown aura is a lac k of confidence and a tendency for deception. Black auras are the ones you should be aware of since they project hatred, negativity, major illness, and misery. Black auras are almost always a bad sign.

The Many Uses of Lavender

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Aromatherapists feel that lavender essential oil is the most versatile because of its many healing properties and considers it one of the best essential oils to have on hand.

Lavender calms anxiety and provides natural stress relief.

Throughout history, people have turned to lavender for all kinds of ailments including acne treatment, skin disorders, digestive complaints, pain relief, and to prevent and treat infections.

LAVENDER HAS BEEN USED FOR:

• Pain relief

• Headaches and migraines

• Muscle aches and sprains

• Menstrual cramps

• Allergies

• Asthma

• Relaxation

• Anxiety

• Depression

• Inducing sleep

• Digestive distress, gas and colic

• Inflammation

• Burns

• Insect bites

• Chicken Pox

• Acne treatment

• Dermatitis

• Insect repellant

• Dry skin

• Muscle relaxant

HOW TO USE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

Some options for using lavender essential oil are:

Mix 5 to 6 drops of Lavender essential oil to your bath water if you have dry skin.

Diffuse 10 to 12 drops of Lavender into the air during your workday for natural stress relief.

Add 2 drops of Lavender per ounce of your favorite lightly scented, unrefined organic oil (like almond oil or olive oil) for a body oil with all the benefits of lavender for improving your skin, relaxing your mind, warding off insects or helping you sleep.

The unrefined organic oil you choose acts as a “carrier oil” for lavender (or any essential oil, for that matter), which dilutes the oil and carries the beneficial properties into your skin.

What You Don’t Know About Salicylic Acid

220pxfountainspringswintergreen (2)The other day I decided to find out more information about salicylic acid. I was curious about what this popular ingredient actually does. As Esti students we learned that salicylic acid is contra indicated for pregnant women and those with sensitive skin issues. Salicylic acid is mostly found as a featured ingredient in acne care as in the Aveda Outer Peace line and in one of my favorites, the Aveda Liquid Exfolient.

So what is Salicylic acid? Salicylic acid is a peeling agent that causes exfoliation or shedding of the outer layer of skin. Salicylic acid is also used topically in the treatment of acne, dandruff, corns, and warts.

As a beta hydroxy acid (BHA), it has the ability to penetrate into the pore (AHAs do not), so it can exfoliate inside the pore as well as on the surface of the skin, making it effective for reducing blemishes, including blackheads and whiteheads. Salicylic acid has shown an ability to improve skin thickness, barrier functions, and collagen production, it also functions as an anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial.

Most salicylic acid on the market today is synthesized from petroleum derivatives, traditionally salicylic acid has been derived from white willow bark or wintergreen. Aveda’s salicylic acid is naturally derived from wintergreen (methyl salicylate). The partridge berry, or Teaberry, was used by the American Indians for pain and fever. In the nineteenth century wintergreen was considered a cure-all.

6 Face Cleansers you Have to try

June 5, 2015
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shutterstock_80750635 (2)There are so many different face cleansers on the market? How do you know which one is best for you and your skin type? Here is a general breakdown and description of some of the different type of cleansers available:

1) Foaming: Foaming cleansers are great for someone with oily-prone skin. They work up to a nice lather, with little amount of product. However, they can tend to be quite drying sometimes, so if you have dryer skin, it is not recommended.

2) Non Foaming: Non-foaming cleansers generally come in a gel or lotion, and are great for someone with dry or sensitive skin. These are the most gentle cleanser, however it is one of the most ineffective for removing stubborn makeup or sunscreen–so make sure you also have a makeup remover!

3) Oil Cleansers: Oil cleansers are generally the most deep cleaning cleansers. They will remove make-up, dirt, and even water-proof sunscreen.

4) Cream cleansers: Great for someone with dry skin who wants to keep their skin looking and feeling moisturized after washing it.

5) Gel: A gel cleanser is cool and refreshing and great for someone with combination or oily skin. If you lather up with this cleanser, it will take off makeup and debris without drying the skin.

6) Scrubs: Scrubs are the deepest cleanse you can get in your own sink. You want to use a scrub only twice a week to remove any build up on your skin and in your pores. Make sure when shopping for a scrub cleanser to look for something with round beads so you they do not scratch your skin.

You Are What You Eat

What we eat and drink can radically change the appearance of our skin. Eat the right foods and we witness glowing, clear skin. Eat the wrong foods and our skin loses its elasticity, becomes puffy and red. By simply changing what we put on our fork, we can control the texture, pigment and firmness of our skin. How do you start? Radiant skin happens when we supply our body with the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. They build the skin’s structure and prevent it from free radical damage and inflammation.

Alcohol and coffee can be dehydrating to the skin, and can be toxic to your skin. Sometimes the best thing you can change in your diet is just drink more water. Drinking more water can even help your body remove toxins, plump the skin, and keep you looking hydrated. The only difference between a grape and a raisin is water.

Protein is also important. The amino acids that make up the protein are needed to support the collagen and elastin in the skin. Without sufficient protein, the skin starts to lose its vibrancy and elasticity. Eating dark green leafy vegetables also helps provide your skin with antioxidants, clear toxins, and regulate hormones. Yellow fruits and such as Papaya, pineapple, peaches are loaded with vitamins and help with cell turn over. Meanwhile, avocados are loaded with good fats, vitamin E, and they help protect your skin from developing spotty pigmentation.

Achieving radiant clear skin doesn’t always require running to the store to purchase expensive products. It starts in your kitchen first. It isn’t limited to only some, but can be for all. It starts with good eating habits; getting proper vitamins, proper sleep, and of course water, water, water!

The Yoga Espresso and its 12 Movements

sunlarge (2)For some, shots of espresso are the daily necessity. Although a white mocha or an americano are delicious, they can be harmful when consumed daily. Try an alternative method of gaining energy like the “Yoga Espresso!” Most people know this pose as a sun salutation followed by more simple poses that flow together. Follow these 12 movements to get your daily jolt of energy:

1) Stand tall, feet hip width distance apart.

2) Inhale through nose and raise hands above head.

3) Exhale while diving upper body down towards feet.

4) Inhale, raise half way, exhale lower back down.

5) Step or jump feet back behind you, inhale.

6) Evenly lower body to ground, exhaling as you lower.

7) Pull upper body forward into a cobra-like position as you inhale.

8) Enjoy a few breaths here.

9) On your next breath push body up into downward facing dog.

10) Inhale, exhale. On your exhale, step or hop feet to meet hands.

11) Inhale slowly, one vertebrae at a time. Raise hands above head.

12) Exhale, bring hands to heart center.

Next time the body is in need of caffeine or energy, take a few minutes for your body. Breathe in and out, and honor the wonderful Earth and yourself. It is a natural and healthy way to gain positive energy that will help you get through your busy schedule.

A Catalog of Skin Disorders

Skin Cancer

Cancer is the uncontrolled replication of cells into tumors. These tumors can invade surrounding tissue, spread throughout the body, and are sometimes fatal.

Skin cancer is the most common variety of cancer in humans; it accounts for almost half of cancer diagnosis is in the United States. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that one in five American adults will have skin cancer at some time. About 1 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year. Of of those diagnosis approximately 110,000 are for malignant melanoma and 890,000 are for other skin cancers. Unfortunately skin cancer kills about 11,000 people per year.

Skin cancer is cancer in the stratum basil of the epidermis, cancer of the keratinocytes in the epidermis, or cancer in the melanocytes of the epidermis. Basal cell carcinoma is by far the most common type of skin cancer. That accounts for about 75% to 90% of all skin cancer cases. It is a slow growing tumor of epithelial cells in the stratum of the epidermis. It does not metastasize and is not usually dangerous, although if the tumor is left untreated it can become threatening. Basal cell carcinoma has an extremely high survival rate if lesions are removed before they invade deep tissues. It is usually cut out with a scoop blade or a laser. The tumor producing cells can also be killed off with liquid nitrogen or with radiation. Basal cell carcinoma doesn’t spread through the body, so the risk of making the situation worse is nonexistent.

It is important to see a dermatologist once a year for a skin check.

I was recently diagnosed with skin cancer on my upper lip. It was a very scary time.

Burns

The severity of burns is graded by how deep they go, how much surface area they cover, and what part of the body has been affected. Burns are graded in three levels of depth: 1st degree, 2nd degree and 3rd degree.

  • 1st degree burns are sometimes quite painful, but it is only a mild irritation of the superficial epidermis characterized by redness but no blistering. Mild sunburn is perhaps the most common example of a first degree burn. Overexposure to the sun damages cells in the epithelium, setting up an inflammatory response. This leads to pain, heat, redness, and swelling. Sunburns generally heal in three days. Sometimes it can cause flaking and peeling of the skin.
  • 2nd degree burns involve damage to all layers of the epidermis, and possibly some of the dermis as well. Symptoms include redness, blisters that appear instantly, edema, and pain. Second degree burns often lead to permanent scarring.
  • 3rd degree burns go through the dermis or beyond, destroying hair shafts, and even nerve endings. In addition, one of the special problems with third-degree burns is that they tend to contract rapidly, forming a continuing little scar tissue even with quickly executed light skin grafts.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease with occasional acute episodes in which cells and isolated patches replicate too rapidly. Where normal skin cells are replaced in the cells every 28 to 32 days, psoriatic skin cells divide every two to four days. The result is a pile up of excess cells that are itchy, red or pink, and scaly. This condition comes and goes, and presently no permanent cure is available, although it has recently been classified as an immune disorder.

This disease affects six to seven million Americans and is most common in white people. About 150,000 new cases are diagnosed every year. Some cases have a genetic link. It is most commonly diagnosed in the middle years, but it has been seen on tiny babies as well as quite elderly people.

Most people have it in a mild form; only about 20% report their cases as moderate to severe. Plaque psoriasis is a very common condition; most people have at least some of it. It takes the form of raised pink or red patches that grow over a long period of time. They may be itchy, but they are seldom very uncomfortable unless they are in an acute stage, when they can inch and create a severe burning sensation. Most plaques are on the knees or elbows, but they can be found on the scalp, trunk, palms, soles, and even in the mouth. While there are no permanent cures for psoriasis, there has been a lot of research done to help eradicate this disease.

Herpes Simplex

Herpes simplex is a viral infection resulting in painful blisters on a red base. They develop around the mouth, genitals, or other areas.

Oral herpes is transmitted through oral or respiratory secretions. Genital herpes is transmitted through mucus secretions during sexual contact. In either case, a person’s first outbreak usually occurs up to 20 days after exposure, and is called primary herpes. A primary herpes outbreak may be very severe or almost unnoticeable.

Most cases of oral herpes are picked up during childhood, and the new carrier may never be aware of his or her infection. In extreme cases, the primary infection may be accompanied by fever, swollen glands, and many painful sores that may last two to six weeks.

Herpes is famous for being contagious. The virus can remain infectious outside of the body for several hours. Most adults in the United States have probably already been exposed to some form of the herpes simplex virus.

No vaccine against herpes has yet been developed. Antiviral drugs suppress viral activity and shorten the duration of an infection, but they don’t prevent future outbreaks. Keeping as healthy as possible between outbreaks is an important way to reduce the frequency and severity of herpes episodes.

Impetigo

Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin. It is usually seen in infants and young children. Lesions usually occurred around the nose and mouth, sometimes inside the nostrils or ear canals.

Although it is often begins on the head, impetigo can affect the skin anywhere on the body. Red sores with small blisters appear, typically around the mouth or nose. The sores are itchy but not painful. The blisters rupture and are liquid; a characteristic yellow-brown crust that resembles honey develops. Left untreated, the sores heal in about three weeks, leaving no scars.

Mild forms of impetigo can be treated with a topical anabiotic cream. But if the blisters have spread over much of the body, and especially if there are other signs of systemic infection, oral antibiotics are prescribed.

Impetigo can have serious complications, including renal failure, meningitis, and cellulitis, if it is isn’t treated carefully. Impetigo often appears where the skin has been damaged. Any wounds should be cleaned thoroughly, treated with anti-bacterial ointment, and covered. The lesions must be kept clean and dry and crusts removed as soon as possible because the moisture underneath the crust harbors bacteria.

Children with impetigo are encouraged to stay home from school and avoid contact with other children for at least 24 hours after they begin treatment.

Boils

Boils are a large and painful infection that usually occurs one at a time. A cluster of boils connected by channels under the skin is called a carbuncle.

A boil typically begins as a hard painful, red pinkish lump that develops over a day or two. For the next several days it increases in size, and the center of the abscess fills with pus and bacteria. It may grow to the size of a golf ball.

Boils—also called furuncles—are local staphylococci infections of the skin. They often occur at sebaceous glands or hair shafts that are clogged by dirt, dead skin cells, or other debris. They can also begin wherever the skin has been compromised by a cut, scrape, or friction. Boils usually occur in areas where hair follicles are numerous, and where friction, in combination with sweat, can irritate and damage the skin. They are most common in the axilla or groin.

Treatment for boils usually begin with topical antibiotics and hot compresses. It is important never to try to squeeze or pop a boil. It could force the infection deeper or across the surface of the skin.

Unless it is surgically drained, the boil will spontaneously rupture and resolve. Large infections that penetrate into deep layers of the skin may leave a permanent scar.

Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

Glasses with Lemon Water

I love lemon water! I love it not only for its taste but also for its benefits. Most people don’t really know how great lemon water is for you.

Lemons are packed with nutrients such as vitamin C, B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. It’s interesting to realize that they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!

Some of the benefits of lemon water are:

  • gives your immune system a boost with the vitamin C
  • excellent potassium for your heart’s health
  • aids digestion
  • cleans your system by flushing out the toxins
  • helps freshen your breath with citric acid
  • keeps your skin blemish free with antioxidants
  • helps you lose weight because of the pectin fiber in the lemon
  • reduces inflammation
  • gives you an energy boost
  • helps to cut out caffeine
  • helps fight viral infections

Not only are the benefits of lemon water endless, but it’s one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health.

Ectomorph

If your body type is primarily ectomorphic, you are most likely on the thinner side, with slim shoulders, and a fast metabolism. You find it hard to gain weight. To some this may seem ideal; however, with this body type you can still fall into the category of “skinny fat” or you can have a hard time gaining weight to get the shapely physique you desire.

In order to achieve more muscle mass and definition, it is in an ectomorph’s best interest to eat a dense calorie diet and do workouts that focus on larger muscle groups.

Some examples of food that are both high in calories and high in nutrition are: chicken, turkey, safflower oil, peanut oil, almond butter, dark chocolate, quinoa, brown rice, and tuna steak.

As for workouts, they should be less cardio; and more isometric, strength-based exercises, such as: bench presses, leg presses, calf raises, lying leg curls, and squats. For an ectomorph, it is all about building and maintaining muscle to get their ideal shape.

Although most people are a combination of two or more types, more weight training and repetitive movements with a dense caloric diet will yield you the results you desire.