• Vitamin-Packed Smoothies That Are Good For Your Skin

    August 24th, 2015



    Having healthy and luminous skin isn’t just about what you put on your skin, it’s also about what you eat and drink. Vitamins and antioxidants are often found in smoothies, making them a healthy and delicious treat. To help your body keep your skin hydrated and healthy from the inside out, start taking a look at the ingredients in your favorite smoothies- premade or custom-made in your own kitchen. It’s no surprise that smoothies and green juices are all the rage lately, but which ingredients in these smoothies are actually good for your skin and which are just filler?

     

    • This Glowing Skin Smoothie recipe is a fruity way to get all your nutrients in. This specific recipe includes avocado, which not only hydrates the skin but gives it a summer glow year-round. Mangoes and pineapples are two fruits that contain carotenoids, which help revive dull-looking skin. Kale (or spinach if you prefer the taste of it) contains lot of antioxidants which work to remove toxins from the body and skin. Lastly, the coconut water works to hydrate the skin.
    • This Glowing Skin Berry Smoothie recipe promises similar results but with quite a few different ingredients. Ingredients include a variety of berries, which are a great source of antioxidants to protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. The addition of flax seeds works to reduce irritation and inflammation in the skin due to their high level of omega-3 fatty acids.
    • This Healthy Banana Almond Smoothie is a great alternative to the traditional, sugary dessert. The smoothies top ingredient is bananas, which do wonders for the skin. They are full of potassium, which hydrates and moisturizes dehydrated skin and B-vitamins, which protect against free radicals that cause premature aging.
  • The Beauty Benefits of Lemon Water

    August 10th, 2015



    Lemon water isn’t just a yummy alternative to sugary sodas and juices, it also does wonders for your skin and health. You’ll notice that many wellness experts advise drinking a big glass of lemon water each morning, but why? Below are just a few of the many beauty benefits of drinking lemon water.

    It keeps you — and your skin — hydrated. When you don’t get enough water, your skin reflects that. Dry, flaky skin or breakouts can occur, which is a telltale sign you need to up your water intake. Adding lemon to your water makes it a bit tastier to drink, which can encourage you to get the recommended eight glasses a day. You’ll start to notice less dry skin after starting this ritual.

    It brightens your skin. Lemons contain antioxidants that work to reduce uneven texture and coloring in your skin and give you a brighter appearance. Some women even rub a lemon half directly onto their skin to get extra brightness.

    It helps reduce wrinkles. Lemons work to combat damaging free radicals and remove them from your body. Lemons are also a good source of vitamin C, which repairs damaged skin cells and helps you get rid of fine lines and wrinkles.

  • Why Should You Cleanse Your Skin Last in the Shower?

    August 10th, 2015



    wash face in showerThink about your daily shower routine. Do you apply hair products first and then cleanse your skin? Or do you tackle your face first and then your hair last? The key to a successful shower is to cleanse your hair first, then your body, and save your face for last. Note that removing makeup comes right before cleansing your face (if you wear makeup). Below are a few reasons why you should cleanse your skin last in the shower.

    This will help prevents breakouts. Think about it — during your shower, you use a variety of products including shampoo, conditioner soap, body wash, and then your facial products. If you cleanse your skin first and then follow up with a sticky hair product, some of that can get on your skin as you wash. This buildup essentially negates the cleansing you just did to your skin and can linger and cause breakouts. This goes for your face, but also your back (this is a common culprit of “bacne”).

    Your pores will be open near the end of your shower. Deep cleaning the pores becomes easier and more efficient since your skin has been exposed to warm water for a few minutes. The shower’s steam helps open up your pores and liquefies the buildup of sebum trapped in your pores.