Carob Seeds

Carob Seeds

You’ve probably heard of carob seeds being used as a substitute for chocolate. You may have also heard that it can be an effective treatment for certain digestive issues. But what you probably don’t know is that carob seed extract is great for your skin too! Carob, which is packed full of antioxidants and tannins, helps tone the skin and acts as a natural emollient. In other words, it helps keep skin resilient by moisturizing and softening skin. It can help restore youthful subtleness to skin and reduce irritation from eczema and other dry skin conditions. Also, carob can stabilize emulsions and control the viscosity of solutions. This property is what allows.

Vitamin B5

Vitamin B5

Vitamin B5, one of the 8 B vitamins, is also known as pantothenic acid. The word “pantothenic”  gets its name from the Greek root “pantos”, which means “everywhere,” because it is found in so many different foods. Cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, tomatoes, avocado (which we’ve already discussed at length), sweet potatoes, egg yolks, milk, chicken, salmon, brewer’s yeast, and sunflower seeds all contain high levels of vitamin B5. Unfortunately, B5 is often destroyed when food is processed and our body can’t store reserves of it for future use.   B5 has been shown to have many benefits for the body, and pantothenic acid deficiencies can cause tingling in the limbs, headache,.

Peptides

Peptides

Oligopeptides are one of the newest innovations in skincare. Similar to retinol, they revitalize skin at a molecular level, but oligopeptides do it better with few if any of the negative side effects of retinol. You see, as we age our skin doesn’t produce proteins–like collagen (pictured above)–as well as it does when we are younger. Oligopeptides are, like proteins, made up of chains of amino acids. However when they are short peptide chains they can bind with the skin and tell it to produce more collagen and other proteins that help to plump and smooth skin. Because collagen makes up a large majority of the skin and provides the.

Healthy Living ~ Coloring

Healthy Living ~ Coloring

I know it sounds alternately juvenile and trendy but coloring really is a great way to improve your life. Pick up one of the stunning adult coloring books. From flowers to architecture to animals to geometric patterns you can find coloring books depicting nearly anything you might find interesting. Next grab some colored pencils, pens, markers, anything really and unleash your creativity. Why bother? Coloring allows you to explore your feelings, reduce stress and anxiety, and even increase self-esteem. Need more reasons? Coloring helps you focus on the moment, alleviating anxiety without the pressure of creating something from scratch (as with drawing and many other forms of art). Also, like.

Bath Time

Bath Time

Everyone loves a spa day, but sometimes we don’t have time to get to a spa; so bring the spa to you! One of my favorite home spa tricks is one of the simplest–bath salts. But don’t settle for store bought bath salts, make your own! It’s simple, cost effective, and oh so relaxing. For example, a half cup of Epsom salts, a half cup of baking soda, 8 drops of lavender essential oil, and a warm bath is all you need. If you’ve got 30 minutes, some candles, and soothing music on a speaker, your stress will just melt away. I promise it’s just like a spa but you don’t.