The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the front of our neck and can malfunction in one of two ways. It can over produce hormones, which results in a condition known as hyperthyroidism or not enough hormones resulting in hypothyroidism. Both of these conditions can...
Quin-what? Quinoa (keen-wah). You know, that itty-bitty grain that has become a staple in the kitchens of foodies, health nuts and gluten-free diet followers galore. Here’s the whole scoop on this nutrient rich grain:
It all started…3-4 THOUSAND years ago when the Incas first discovered quinoa. The Incas believed that it increased the stamina, energy and strength of their warriors and therefore it was dubbed “gold of the Incas”. No wonder
Every scar has a story. Weather you’ve realized it yet or not, your C-section scar happens to tell one of your life’s most fruitful stories, the story of baby’s’ birth.
While most mamas want to remember the precious moments of their baby’s birth, most don’t need a scar to help recall their story. The vivid memory of this special day is often enough of a reminder. So what can do to help minimize the 4-6 inch long mark above your public bone?
For many of us, the 5 weeks sandwiched between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve will likely be filled with family celebrations, holiday parties and lots and lots of temptation. In order to keep yourself feeling healthy, balanced and energized during this overly-indulgent time of year, we suggest adopting a few simple techniques. Follow these three suggestions and you might just make it through the holiday season unscathed:
Cleansing: verb. To make clean
This term is typically applied to our homes, our cars, our hair, our closets, etc. A mere 10 years or so ago, the idea of cleaning the INSIDE of ourselves was reserved for colonoscopies and health freaks. Now, the idea of cleaning out our “earthly home” is becoming more widely accepted and understood. Lets talk about the basics of getting our insides squeaky clean and why it matters.
Why? Simply put, our lives are full of additives, junk, toxins, pollutants, and chemicals we can’t pronounce. Everything from...
Modern women love their beauty products. From moisturizers, cleansers and hair products to lipsticks, sunscreen and body wash, these products have become essential to the lifestyles of women all over the world. Globally the personal care products industry has become a $250 billion a year business. The scary part about this industry is that it’s not regulated, so in terms of the ingredients used in these products, anything goes. Many mainstream products contain slews of chemicals, additives and fillers, and when used they get absorbed into your body and slowly toxify your system. Here are 12 of the most toxic ingredients to avoid:
- It helps detoxify. Certain Asanas (yoga postures) help stimulate detoxification and flush out toxins from your body. A cleaner environment on the inside translates to clearer skin on the outside.
- It reduces stress. Chronic stress can have a huge impact on your health as well as the condition of your skin. Yes, our bodies are designed to handle stress via our inborn Flight–or-Fight response. The problem is that on a day to day basis our stress response gets stimulated hundreds of more times than it was designed to and therefore it’s critical that we adopt lifestyle habits that help to combat the effects of stress. Stress can lead to dull skin, acne breakouts and premature wrinkles. Yoga helps to stimulate the relaxation response and combat the negative effects of stress leading to clear, healthy, glowing skin.
- It helps increase...
Move over Face cream, there is a new kind of facial moisturizer in town and it’s getting loads of positive attention. “What is this new product?", you wonder. It’s Facial Oil- and it’s popping up all over the place in a slew of formulations ranging from single oils to fancy oil blends infused with essential oils. Here is the scoop on this new skincare craze:
Facial Oil vs. Face Cream Creams are typically water and wax-based with a few oils added in. While waxes are great at holding existing moisture in, they have two major downsides:
#1. The barrier they create to help hold moisture...
Scar /skär/ noun
a mark left on the skin or within body tissue where a wound, burn, or sore has not healed completely and fibrous connective tissue has developed.
How Does Scarring Happen?Our bodies have an incredible capacity to heal themselves. Scarring is one of the ways in which our body natural heals itself after an injury.
Types of Scars1. Contracture Scar: This type of scar typically results from skin that has been burned. These scars tighten the skin and may also affect muscles and nerves that are deep beneath the surface of your skin.
2. Atrophic Scar: Typically caused by acne, chicken pox, surgery or accidents, these scars...
We love the sun! The sun helps our bodies produce Vitamin D, regulates sleep cycles and increases feelings of well-being. But as much as we need the sun’s golden rays, we also need to be mindful of their downside. Over exposure to the sun can lead to wrinkles, age spots and even skin cancer. Here are a few skincare tips that will keep your skin protected from the sun this summer (and beyond):
1. Slather on the Sunscreen. Sun damage is the #1 cause of premature aging and skin cancer. Protect your skin from harmful UV exposure with consistent daily use of sunscreen. When we say “daily” we mean every single day- rain or shine. Look for a light weight, chemical-free formula that contains zinc oxide. This is important during any season of the year, but it’s especially important in the summer since the sun is stronger and more of your skin is exposed to the elements.
2. No Nano Particles Please. For many years natural sunscreens have...
Once you’ve hit 50 (or close to it) you will start to see major changes in your complexion. You’ll most likely notice the brown spots and uneven tone that resulted from all the prior decades of sunbathing, dark circles beneath your eyes that even a goods nights sleep cant shake off and a level of dryness that rivals the Sahara dessert. In addition, expression lines no longer fade away after you stop smiling and pores are larger and more visible. Although we cannot help you erase your wrinkles or to completely transform your sagging skin, we can help you to get your skin looking its absolute best. Here is what you need to know about caring for your sink in your 50’s and beyond:
In a world full of fancy spa treatments, luxurious crèmes and expensive serums, it can be difficult to believe that less can actually be more. But what if less is more? What if one simple ingredient can provide better results than a formulation of 40+ ingredients? We believe it’s possible! Here are six 1-ingredient beauty treatments that rival expensive products and fancy spa treatments.
Beauty Treatment #1: Coconut Oil Deep Conditioning Treatment
Unlike most oils that simply coat your hair, coconut oil penetrates hair follicles to moisturize from within, repair damaged hair, and protect your hair from future damage from hair products and heat. In addition, coconut oil protects your hair from losing protein, which results in thicker, stronger hair. To top it all off, the fatty acids in coconut oil help prevent split ends and give your hair a healthy shine.
How to Use It: Massage 2-4 Tablespoons of coconut oil into...
Duller skin, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, more pronounced wrinkles and sagging skin around the neck. So this is 40.
Your 40’s are the years of perimenopause- the period of time leading up to menopause marked by a decline in estrogen levels. This hormonal shift can often lead to thinner skin and the loss of elasticity, which are big contributors to the more noticeable signs of aging that you will most likely begin to see in your 40’s. A proactive approach to caring for your skin throughput this decade can help to protect your skin from further damage and offset the effects of your body’s changing hormones. Here is everything you need to know about caring for your skin in your 40’s:
Meet Tamanu, Helichrysum and Cotton Thistle. These 3 beautiful blooms are getting a lot of attention these days and are being used in the hottest new skin-care products. Here is more about these powerful flowers, why they are all the rage and why we use them in our award-winning scar cream:
Tamanu The Tamanu tree is indigenous to Southeast Asia, where natives deemed it to be a scared gift of nature and used it to protect their skin from the humidity, hot sun and ocean wind. Tamanu oil has been thoroughly researched and has been shown to have a powerful ability to heal damaged skin. In addition to its skin healing properties, tamanu oil is also a potent...
Although most signs of aging probably won't kick in until your 30’s, its never too early to start getting into the habits that will help you preserve your youth as long as possible. Good skin-care habits in your 20’s are the perfect foundation for maintaining your youthful glow throughout the decades that follow. Here is what you need to know about skin-care in your 20’s:
Adopt a natural skincare regimen and stick to it
A proper skin-care routine is the foundation for healthy, glowing skin. Start with a gentle cleanser, which removes dirt, oils and impurities from pores and prevents them from getting clogged. Next, restore your skin’s natural ph balance by spritzing a hydrating toner all over your freshly cleansed face. After giving your toner a few seconds to dry, slather a...
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, now is the time when most people start racking their brain for gift ideas. Want to honor Mom with something natural, organic and healthy this year? Look no further! Wev’e racked our brains (so you don’t have to) for natural and healthy Mother’s Day gift ideas and here are our top picks:
1. Potted Plants: Forget the bouquet of flowers (those usually only last a week or so). Gift Mom a little piece of nature that she can admire for years to come. Health Bonus: Plants are natural air purifiers, so when you give Mom a pretty plant, you are also giving her health a boost. Go the extra mile: buy a pretty pot and some soil and re-pot the plant before giving it to Mom. It’s thoughtful little “extras” (like this) that help Mom feel special.
2. A basket full of the things she loves: We are big fans of DIY gift baskets! Grab an empty basket...
In your 20’s you could easily get away with falling asleep with a face full of makeup or spending the day at the beach sans sunscreen. Unfortunately, at some point we all must begrudgingly bid adieu to that decade of our lives. In your 30’s, you’ll most likely start to see noticeable signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone. This is the perfect time to revamp your skin-care routine to help slow the signs of aging. Here is what you need to know about skin-care in your 30’s:
Exfoliation is Essential
Beginning in your 30’s, cell turnover and metabolism starts to slow down, causing your skin to look dull and aged. Fret not, my dears. The answer to this worrisome dilemma is simple: just exfoliate! Topical exfoliation (such as a scrub) helps stimulate cell turnover by sloughing away dead skin cells. Many aestheticians also recommend that in addition to topical exfoliation, exfoliate at a deeper level once you hit the big 3-0. This can be done by using an...
Ranging from diet and lifestyle to environmental factors and types of products used, there are many factors that can affect your skin’s health and appearance. Although many of these factors play a role, there are some that have a more noticeable effect on your skin than others. One of the biggest contributors to the condition of your skin is the amount and quality of sleep that you get. Deprive your body of sleep and it won’t take long for your skin to begin showing the beauty-diminishing effects of sleep deprivation. On the flip side, if you consistently get a good night’s sleep you will see visible results in your skins appearance.
How does sleep affect skin? Deep sleep stimulates collagen production and helps our skin cells repair and regenerate themselves. In addition, when you are sleep deprived your body produces more cortisol (the stress hormone), which may lead to an increase of...
Ever wonder how Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway and Charlize Theron maintain their youthful glow? Sure, many starlets these days have had a nip here and a tuck there, but there are some who achieve similar results without turning to Botox or plastic surgery for help. Here are the skin care secrets (apparently there not so “secret” after all) of the rich and famous:
Secret #1: They cleanse first thing in the morning
Many celebs start their day by washing their face with a gentle, all-natural cleanser. Cleansing first thing in the morning helps remove toxins, sebum, and nighttime products that accumulated in your pores over night. A squeaky clean face will pave the way for sunscreen and an antioxidant-rich day cream to effectively protect your skin from the environment and harmful daylight rays.
Secret #2: ...
Earth day is a day that was created with the intention of inspiring awareness and appreciation for our planet. On earth day everyone is encouraged to turn off their lights (candle light dinner, anyone?) and conserve as many resources as possible. If we could close our eyes and make one giant wish for our amazing planet, it would be for all of us to find a way to help honor our planet on a daily basis (and not just on Earth day). Here are some simple habits you can adopt to help “be the change” that our Earth so desperately needs:
1. Recycle It is estimated that over 75% of trash is recyclable. Can you guess what percentage currently gets recycled? A mere 30%, which leaves us with a lot of opportunity to recycle more!
2. Re-use When we think of this concept, the first thing that comes to our minds is “grocery bags”. The average American goes through 6 grocery bags per week and there are roughly 300 million of us, so that equates to BILLIONS of bags per week (Yes, per week. Eeek!). Plastic bags take roughly...