Grape Seed Oil

Grape Seed Oil

You probably buy seedless grapes to eat. So you’ve probably never thought about grape seeds. You should. Grape seed oil is a light oil and easily absorbed by the skin, making it perfect to use as a gentle moisturizer. More than that, it is rich in beta-carotene and vitamins C, D, and E, plus essential fatty acids (like linoleic acid). It acts as an astringent, smoothing and tightening skin. It also soothes skin and can repair damaged capillaries, the main cause of dark circles under your eyes. Grape seed oil is also rich in polyphenols. Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant. They have powerful anti-inflammatory abilities and can visibly slow the aging process, reducing.

Skincare Tips

Skincare Tips

  If you follow me on social media (you should, I’m on Instagram and Twitter!) you may have noticed that for the past couple of weeks I posted some skincare tips. I live by them–from hydrating to lifting weights to meditating to eating lots of citrus–and I know they help me. I hope they will help you too, even if you only adopt one or two new habits, your skin will than you. You don’t follow me on social media? Well then here’s the list of tips! Pump iron to plump skin! Strength Training increases supportive muscle tone, smoothing skin. Opt for a sport top water bottle and squirt the.

Healthy Living~Sunflower Oil

Healthy Living~Sunflower Oil

You may have heard that sunflower oil is a great, healthy substitute for olive oil. That’s true. But did you know that it’s also great for your skin? Because it is rich in vitamins A, C, D, and E it is a powerful skincare ingredient. It has anti-aging properties and can fight off free radicals to help keep skin healthy and toned. Like other oils, it contains fatty acids–in this case linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid, which are even better for the skin than the omega-3 fatty acids you’ve probably heard of. They are stellar for treating acne, but they are still so moisturizing that they can.

Healthy Living ~ Nature Walks

Healthy Living ~ Nature Walks

Refresh the eye and lift the spirit. Forest bathing is described by Spa Trends Wellness 365 as “a poetic way of describing a walk in the woods.” Japanese research has shown that a leisurely walk in the forest can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol (the stress hormone) levels. Studies even suggest that “exposure to phytoncides, the airborne, aromatic chemicals/oils emitted by many trees, have a long-lasting impact on people’s immune system markers, boosting natural killer cells and anticancer proteins by 40 percent.” Don’t have a forest near you? How about a nice walk in the park? Or perhaps a local botanical garden? Maybe just a walk isn’t your.

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.

Niagara Falls and Negative Ions

Niagara Falls and Negative Ions

    When I was in my late teens, I visited Niagara Falls–one of the world’s natural wonders. Since then, I have been drawn back many times. Of course it is no secret that these falls are a sight to behold, but for me it was more than that. I always felt there was something in the air that made me feel better; no doubt it was the refreshing mist spraying from the falls, coupled with the soothing sound of the water crashing on the rocks below. Recently I mentioned this to someone, who informed me that it isn’t just the mist. Niagara Falls produces negative ions in massive quantities. After some.