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7 Ways To Keep Your Skin Glowing Through Winter

The hot summer sun can take its toll on our skin. Sun exposure and sweat can damage and irritate your skin leaving it looking weathered. You might think you’re off the hook now that Fall is approaching, but extremely cold weather can dry out your skin leaving it dull. You can keep your skin glowing all winter long by following a few simple tips during the cold weather!

7. Keep Humid

Turning up the heat will keep you nice and toasty, but it can also dry out your skin. One of the best ways to combat the effects of indoor heating is to use a humidifier. A humidifier will moisten the dry air in your living space, clearing your sinuses, and keeping your skin smooth and supple.

6. Hydrate

H2O is always a good idea. Cold winter days are no excuse to neglect your water consumption. If you don’t feel like drinking a tall glass of icy cold water, room temperature water will do the trick. Drinking enough water (about 8 glasses a day) is not only great for your skin, it also helps detox your body, prevents headaches and supports weight loss. Keep a water bottle with you (and set reminder alarms if you have to) so you don’t forget to drink it!

5. Mask It

Dedicate some real time to moisturizing, whether it’s by using high quality (all natural) skin care products or by using DIY methods. Always try to use natural moisturizers such as aloe, avocado, and coconut oil.

4. Exfoliate

Wind, rain and snow can really take a toll on your face during winter. Regular exfoliation will prevent impurities and dead cells from dulling your glow. If you don’t get rid of those dead cells your face won’t absorb your moisturizer or other skin products. For glowing skin, make exfoliation your new winter habit by taking the time once or twice a week to renew your skin.

3. Cover It

Make an effort to protect your skin from the harsh climate as much as possible. Wear scarves and gloves at all times when you’re outside, especially on windy days. One thing to remember during winter is that even though it’s cold the sun can still damage your skin. Wearing sunscreen on particularly sunny winter days will prevent sun damage.

2. Mind Your fabrics

This is particularly important for those who suffer from skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis: be mindful of the fabrics you’re wearing. Also be aware of the detergents you use to do your laundry. Your skin is particularly sensitive in extreme weather, and using certain detergents or wearing harsh fabrics like wool might trigger an allergy or bouts of acne.

1. Moisturize

Wash your face with lukewarm water when you come in from the cold and moisturize right after washing to keep your face from drying out from the cold. You’ll feel so much more comfortable and your skin will love you for it!

What’s your favorite winter skincare secret? Tell us in the comments below.

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5 All-Natural Remedies For Thicker Longer Hair

Weakening hair over time is an unfortunate fact of life. Whether it’s because of sun exposure, over-treatment, genetics, improper care or any of the many health issues that can lead to thinning strands, your hair will change with age and often become weak or brittle. There are some things you can do to improve the quality of your hair and keep it shiny and healthy!

Before you spend a fortune on treatments with corrosive chemicals that could further damage your hair, check out some of the all-natural remedies below that will help you restore your locks and help you feel fabulous.

5. Oils

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Cooking oils can work wonders to condition and add shine to drab looking locks. Here are a few oils you should definitely add to your beauty routine:

Olive oil is full of omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it a great tool when it comes to keeping your hair at the top of its game. Keep a bottle in the bathroom to use on your hair and scalp once a week. Just massage your scalp with the oil and leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing it off with your regular shampoo.

Castor oil is a natural antioxidant that’s also rich in minerals, omega-6 and 9 fatty acids, proteins and vitamin E, which makes it amazing for both hair and skin. Before bed, add a few drops to your damp hair and put on a shower cap to avoid a mess. Wash it out in the morning with natural shampoo.

Coconut oil is the latest life-saving, magical trend. It’s antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, plus it’s a great conditioning treatment for your hair, skin, and nails. When used on your hair, coconut oil can moisturize, prevent breakage and boost blood circulation. For best results, warm a bit of coconut oil and massage your scalp with it, then wrapping your hair up in a hot towel. Let it absorb for 30 minutes and then wash off with mild shampoo.

4. Eggs

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Eggs are basically pure protein so they’re great for strengthening your locks. You can use them as an all-natural hair mask by slathering your dry brushed hair with one or two beaten eggs. Let the eggs absorb into your hair for 10 to 25 minutes and wash with shampoo. You can also add some Aloe vera or olive oil to the egg mixture. Repeat this a couple of times a week for strong, thick hair.

3. Avocados

Avocados are not only delicious, they’re also rich in vitamins B and E, vitamins that have been linked to stimulating hair growth and the maintenance of healthy hair follicles. To use avocados on your hair, make a cream rinse by mashing a ripe avocado and adding water until the mix reaches conditioner-like consistency. Apply this mask to shampooed, wet hair and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

2. Aloe vera

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Much like coconut oil, aloe vera gel has been known a super beauty ingredient for decades. In fact, you’ve probably been using Aloe vera-based products your whole life without noticing. Aloe vera contains proteolytic enzymes that repair dead skin cells on your scalp. It’s also a powerful all-natural conditioner that promotes hair growth and prevents itching and dandruff. To use it on your hair, add two teaspoons of Aloe vera gel to your roots and massage your scalp with this it for 2 to 5 minutes. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. Repeat this process twice a week. For even better results use Aloe straight from the plant! Read more here about how to use aloe vera to prevent hair loss.

1. Healthy diet

Your hair needs protein and vitamin B to look ravishing. While meat-eaters will generally get a good dose of both from beef, chicken, fish and cheese if you’re vegan, you’ll want to make sure you’re eating enough protein-packed plant-based foods and that you’re getting your vitamin B from fortified soy, nutritional yeast, or fortified cereals.

What are your favorite beauty secrets for long, strong, luscious hair? Tell us in the comments!

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8 Small Changes That Will Make a Huge Difference in Your Health

With so much information available to us at the click of a mouse, deciding which health advice to follow can seem overwhelming. But you don’t need to overhaul your whole life to make some positive changes towards overall better health.

Here are a few small changes you can make in your daily routine that will greatly impact your well-being!

Keep a Schedule

A hectic life is one of the main reasons people can’t seem to keep their health habits straight, and the best way to avoid this is by planning ahead. Once a week, set up a schedule including exercise times and meals, and allow as much leeway as possible so your schedule is something that helps you instead of something that just adds to your frustration. If you can, do your meal and snack prep ahead of time to avoid that last-minute making unhealthy choices in order to save time.

 

Make a Shopping List

How often do you go to the supermarket and end up buying a bunch of stuff you don’t need? Do you often buy sweets that end up calling your name at 10 pm long after you’ve finished dinner? To avoid this be mindful about grocery shopping. Make a list before you go to the market and stick with it: this will help you keep unhealthy foods out of your home and out of reach in moments of weakness. Pro tip: eat a healthy meal before you go shopping or you’ll most likely come home the proud owner of the snack aisle!

 

Don’t Skip Breakfast

For years, experts (and your mom) have insisted that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and it really does determine the amount of energy you’ll be packing for the first half of the day. The best way to go about breakfast is to start your day with a lot of fiber, including foods like Greek yogurt, oatmeal or eggs with greens (such as spinach or broccoli).

 

Eat Often

It might seem counterintuitive, but a quick way to lose a few pounds is, in fact, eating more often. Instead of starving, try surrounding yourself with healthy snacks such as nuts, fruit, and cut veggies. Don’t eat your meals so far apart that you’re starving by the time you eat something; when you’re not desperate to eat you’re less likely to binge. Eating constantly can also help keep your blood sugar levels stable.

 

 

Mind Your Portions

Once you’ve embraced healthy snacking as part of your daily routine, it’s also important to keep in mind that part of the idea of snacking constantly is keeping portions to a minimum: the trick is to eat smaller portions, more often. A good rule to go by is the handful rule. Your portions should be roughly a handful.

 

Drink More Green Tea

Green tea (or better yet, matcha) is filled with antioxidants and also helps burn fat, which is great when you’re trying to lose a few pounds. It can also provide a healthier alternative to afternoon coffee, helping you stay alert during those long working hours and also providing a more natural and stable caffeine high that won’t experience the awful caffeine crash and crave another cup in a few hours.

 

Keep Moving

It might seem impossible to fit in gym time in your busy work life, but even the smallest bits of extra physical activity can make a huge difference in your health. When you’re at work, set your timer to every 20 minutes, and take it upon yourself to walk outside or even just walk around the office for 2 minutes. This way, you’re helping your body stay active!

 

Rest Up!

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, sleep is extremely important if you want to be at your best. Seven or eight hours of sleep each night can do wonders for your body, from increasing your energy and mood throughout the day to even accelerating your metabolism. Be careful not to oversleep, like everything else in life you balance is key.

You don’t need to make drastic changes to improve your health. The journey towards your health can start right now with a few small changes. You have the power to take control and build new habits that your body will thank you for!

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5 Reasons You Should Never Count Another Calorie

We use the word calorie to measure the amount of energy provided by each food and drink we consume. Many diets are based on balancing the number of calories consumed with the number of calories burned through physical activity.

Historically, we’ve based our diets on calorie intake, taking careful note of the calories we consume, and organizing our diets and “cheat meals” around the idea that calories, regardless of where they come from, have the ability to “make or break” fitness results.

Anyone who is or has ever been a calorie-counter knows the effort and time it takes to be vigilant, the pain of carefully portioning out 3 cashews or 2 m&ms when we want to reward ourselves.

The trouble is, often times these calorie deprivation diets don’t work, because they’re just not sustainable. Even though you’ll probably see some results when you obsess over your calorie intake, these results are usually temporary.

Here are 5 reasons why you should never count calories again:

5. Low in calories does not equal healthy:

The idea behind counting calories is that you’ll get the same amount of energy from a cookie or a carrot, provided they both have the same caloric content. While an unhealthy food and a healthy one can have the exact same amount of calories, that’s not the only thing your body takes into account during metabolism: bad quality calories do not provide the same nutrients or energy.

While a small portion of unhealthy foods (like potato chips) can have as many calories as a healthy snack (like baby carrots), they don’t provide nearly the same nutritional value. You might be staying well within your caloric allowance, but you’re also feeding your body with low-quality calories that won’t give you the necessary energy, and also will not keep you satisfied for very long. You’ll find yourself hungry again in no time.

4. Caloric absorption is not universal:

The body does not absorb every single calorie it consumes, and there are some foods that offer very little nutrients that your body can absorb. The amount of calories your body absorbs also depends greatly on your individual gut bacteria, and varies from person to person. Individual people have individual caloric needs and there is no universal “magic number” of calories one should consume.

3. You’re probably eating more calories than you think:

Food companies take a lot of liberties when it comes to estimating calorie content in their packages. Due to the fact that there are five different methods to do this calculation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actually allows up to 20% inaccuracy when it comes to caloric count in products. In other words, if something is marked as having 150 calories, the true caloric content can be anywhere between 130 and 180 calories.

Calories vary when you cook foods, so that’s another change to take into account when obsessively looking at food labels. It’s always better to eat whole foods that have not been processed so you know the quantity and quality of calories you’re putting into your body.

2. Starving yourself won’t make you lose weight:

A lot of people looking to lose weight quickly end up going on crash diets with drastic calorie deprivation of as little as 1,000 calories a day. Not only will that leave you feeling hungry and without energy all day long, it will also send the wrong message to your body: needing sustenance, your body will look for it elsewhere, and burn muscle instead of fat. It will also slow down your metabolism and take up every last ounce of fat it can find in every bit of food you do eat, all while you’re feeling cranky and miserable. It’s just not worth it.

1. Your body is wiser than your calculator:

When you fill up with the right foods, such as leafy greens, grains, and even grass-fed beef, your body will feel full no matter the number of calories you consumed. The safest bet is listening to what your body is telling you instead of trying to maintain a rigid diet based on misguided assumptions about calorie intake. The healthiest approach to fitness is eating moderate portions of high-quality calories often, that way your blood sugar levels are steady and you don’t end up depriving yourself and then binging.

 

There’s more to calories than the number, and merely counting them won’t help you reach your long-term fitness goals. The best approach is to choose whole foods containing high-quality calories that will nourish you.

 

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The Secret to Gwyneth Paltrow’s Hot Body

Gwyneth Paltrow is the queen of healthy eating and organic cooking. She’s constantly praising healthy living in her weekly lifestyle publication, Goop, and she loves a good cleanse. You might say she’s at the forefront of everything trendy in the world of healthy living. She’s up for trying new cleanses and warning against them, if necessary.

One thing she’s not shooting down, though, is matcha, a green tea powder that’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. This coffee replacement is brimming with health benefits, and Gwyneth Paltrow swears by it. Could this be the secret to her rockin’ bod? It’s probably a factor …

“The woman who made “conscious uncoupling” a thing while the rest of us were drowning our breakup sorrows with a bottle of wine and a Mariah Carey playlist is, evidently, never breaking up with matcha.”

 

Hailed as the “ancient secret to youth and beauty,” matcha has been around for centuries and there are all kinds of delicious ways to add it to your diet. It contains 137x the concentration of antioxidants which support healthy skin and bones and prevent age-related disease. It’s also a powerful calorie-burning booster that increases thermogenesis (your body’s rate of burning calories) by up to 50%. Plus, with every cup of matcha, you get to enjoy the perfect marriage of caffeine and L-Theanine, which makes for a powerful energy boost without any coffee jitters or caffeine crashes.

So while I always suspected that the 44-year-old beauty took a page out of Madeline Ashton’s book, her actual secret is more likely healthy diet and exercise with the help of routine cleanses and, of course, her daily dose of matcha. Yes, the woman who made “conscious uncoupling” a thing while the rest of us were drowning our breakup sorrows with a bottle of wine and a Mariah Carey playlist is, evidently, never breaking up with matcha.  

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Try These DIY Green Tea Face Masks

DIY green tea face masks

Anyone who knows me can vouch for my obsession with green tea. Since discovering matcha, I never miss an opportunity to sprinkle it over whatever I’m whipping up, savory or sweet. I consider tea one of nature’s most awesome gifts and I’m always up for trying new ways to consume it! When it comes to green tea, I am a lover, a user, and a pusher. Therefore, I’ve expanded my horizons beyond drinking it and I’ve started using it as part of my skin cleansing regime. I’ve been experimenting with DIY green tea face masks and cleansers, and I want to share some of my favorite finds with you.

Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that are not only good for your insides, they’re also great for your skin. As one of the most natural remedies for brighter, clearer skin, DIY green tea face masks are a great chemical free option for unclogging pores, calming redness, reducing puffiness, and improving elasticity. 

DIY Green Tea Face Masks

Hydrate, soothe and cleanse your face with this Matcha Yogurt Mask

Ingredients
3 teaspoons KissMeOrganics Culinary Grade matcha powder
5 teaspoons plain unsweetened yogurt
2 teaspoons 100% honey

Directions
Mix all the ingredients together and spread over your face. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and rinse. Pat dry and take a few minutes to admire your glowing skin.

Deep clean and exfoliate with this Matcha Exfoliating Mask

Ingredients
3 teaspoons KissMeOrganics Culinary Grade matcha powder
1 teaspoon filtered water
1 teaspoon 100% honey

Directions
Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix them into a paste. Apply the paste to your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. Wet your fingertips with warm water and gently massage the paste on your face. Rinse, pat dry and snap a selfie of that fresh face.

Rehydrate super dry skin with this Matcha Coconut Oil Mask

Ingredients
2 teaspoons KissMeOrganics Culinary Grade matcha
½ teaspoon organic coconut oil
3 drops filtered water

Directions
Add matcha and coconut oil to a bowl and mix until matcha forms a thick paste. Add enough water to make the paste spreadable (one drop at a time). Spread over your face and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Wipe off with cotton to reveal your glowing face.

Try this Honey Green Tea Leaf Mask instead of throwing out your used tea bags

Ingredients
2 Green Tea bags
2 teaspoons 100% honey

Directions
Empty the contents of your used green tea bags into a bowl. Add honey and mix into a paste. Apply the paste to your face and leave on for 10 minutes. Wet fingertips with warm water and gently massage the mask into your skin. Rinse, pat dry, and make sure there aren’t any tea leaves stuck to your face!

Rejuvenate and wake up with this Green Tea Facial Splash

Ingredients
1 Green Tea Bag
2 cups filtered water

Directions
Boil water and add to a medium-sized bowl. Add green tea bag to the bowl of boiling water and leave it to steep. Once the bowl has cooled, stand over the sink and splash your face with the green tea repeatedly until it’s gone. Rinse, pat dry, and glow get ‘em!

Open up with this Green Tea Steam

Ingredients
2 green tea bags
A liter of filtered water

Directions
Boil water in a large pot and transfer to a large bowl. Add the tea bags to the boiling water and allow to cool enough so you won’t scald your face. Lean over the bowl of tea, draping a towel over the back of your head to trap the steam. Breathe, relax, and enjoy!

Applying green tea directly to your skin can help clear up acne, reduce rosacea, and improve elasticity, plus it’s all natural and the catechins offer some UV protection. Will you be trying one of these DIY green tea face masks? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be sipping on a matcha latte and trying to figure out how to steep a green tea bag in my humidifier, while slathering matcha paste all over my skin.