DIY Pumpkin Foot Scrub

DIY pumpkin foot scrub

I love a good DIY beauty product. Natural products are great alternatives for those with sensitive skin because you know every single ingredient that goes into the product.

Celebrate today with a DIY pumpkin foot scrub from celebrity nail artist and owner of As U Wish Nail Salon, Skyy Hadley.

“Pumpkins are more than just for carving on Halloween,” she noted. “They’re rich in vitamins and nutrients and can do wonders for your feet!” They contain “various enzymes that help nourish and brighten the skin, and just by adding raw sugar you have a perfect foot scrub,” she said.

PUMPKIN FOOT SCRUB
Ingredients:
1 can pureed pumpkin
1 cup plain yogurt
½ cup raw sugar

2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon olive oil

Directions:
Mix pureed pumpkin in a bowl. Stir in a yogurt, honey, sugar and olive oil. Wash your feet in warm water, and while your feet are moist, apply the scrub using your hands in a circular motion. Massage the mask onto your feet for 10 minutes on each foot and remove with warm water and a washcloth.

Beat the mirror: try these makeup tips

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Where there’s a mirror, there’s a face feeling inferior. You’ll wake up, shuffle to the bathroom and catch a glance in that glass before you’ve even had the chance to wash your rough visage.

Sagging skin, darkened eyes and hair with about as much volume as broken speakers – style isn’t a word people would readily associate with you.

Because good health and well-applied makeup is all part of the fashion game. Just imagine if Cara Delevingne couldn’t apply her eyebrows properly – we’d be living in a world of chaos.

So what products can you use to match your style aspirations with cosmetic quality?

Crème de la crème

So many people have hair that major high street shampoos can’t (or won’t) cater to. Instead of leaving frizzy hair tamed, some shampoos leave them worse than when they started.

That’s why you’ve got to take your hair into your hands, with a product like Wen styling crème.

Available from Wen’s website, this crème is rubbed onto hair after rinsing it of conditioner. Once it’s set, you’ll enjoy follicles that are shiny and frizz-free.

While most products imply they’ve got some kind of miraculous quality, this crème really can tame even the frizziest of manes. Give it a go.

Luscious Lush

Lush has been trading ethical soaps for well over a decade, taking on places like the Body Shop and beating them at their own game.

Hundreds of products are available from the store chain, and almost all do their best to contain natural ingredients. Animal testing is proudly eschewed, farmers are paid fairly and no one in the top bracket of leadership is paid an extravagant amount.

The company even won the Observer Moral Company of the Year award. While you won’t directly feel more fashionable when you use their products, you will have a keen sense of the ethical advantages your purchase has made.

Turmeric

You might have used turmeric as an ingredient in your meals. But did you know it has a brilliant application in style?

Used in India for centuries, turmeric can be great for brightening and evening out the complexion, providing you with an excellent base before you apply any other makeup.

Moreover, this fantastic concoction is jam-packed with antioxidants, fighting free radicals and making your skin far healthier.

In terms of natural ways to help your skin, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Got any more fashionable ways to improve your hair or skin? Then let us know!

By Kevin Fullerton

Beauty Food: Tea

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Tea is a popular healthy food and has been so for many centuries. Personally I’m an avid tea drinker because a hot cup of team is very relaxing and soothing. I drink tea year-long not just because it tastes great but it’s also a wonderful beauty food. There are many types of teas that are healthful, here are a few of my favorites:

  • Chamomile – One of the most popular herbal teas today, Chamomile has been traditionally used for calming and relaxation.
  • Passionflower – Used for more than 200 years by Native Americans, Passionflower is traditionally used for easing occasional nervous tension and supporting restful sleep.
  • Green Tea – green tea has numerous beneficial properties and is often consumed to promote energy and general well-being.
  • Raspberry – Native to North America, Raspberry leaves are highly valued because of their unique astringent properties. The tea remains popular among midwives and herbalists today.

Green tea is full of antioxidants that have been used for many beauty treatments including soothing tired eyes and as an astringent. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition green tea can help to speed up the metabolic rate and speed up fat oxidation to support weight loss. Green tea is also known to simulate hair growth and keep hair shiny and soft. Just steep three tea bags in a liter of water and rinse your hair with it after you’ve conditioned it. One of my favorite brands of tea is Alvita because their tea is fantastic – its organic and their tea boxes are 100% recycled paperboard.

What is your favorite kind of tea?

Beauty Food: Lemons

 

Beauty Food: Lemons

Lemons are universally celebrated for their many uses in the world of beauty. See below for tips to look ones best, despite the harsh winter weather.

1.  Heal that dry skin. Cold winter winds can wreak havoc on your skin! Mix equal amounts of lemon juice and honey and apply on your face and neck. After 10 minutes rinse off with cold water. Lemon contains hydroxyl acid which is highly valued in many beauty products.

2.  Lemons work wonders on chapped lips. As with the dry skin, chapped lips are hard to avoid in the colder months. Mix a teaspoon each of cream, lemon juice and honey and rub it on your lips. Use for a week and see your chapped lips disappear – naturally!

3.  Revitalize dull or damaged hair. Combine ¾ cup olive oil, ½ cup raw honey, and 3 tbsp of lemon juice. Set aside. After shampooing your hair, towel dry and work the lemon juice mixture into your hair by combing it evenly throughout. Cover your hair with a plastic cap for ½ hour. Shampoo and rinse hair thoroughly.

4.  Keep your breath nice and fresh. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice onto your tongue and swish it around in your mouth, swallowing the juice after a few swishes. This can lower the pH level inside your mouth and kill the bacteria that cause bad breath.

5.  De-bloat with lemon and cucumber. Take 1 cucumber, 3 stalks of celery, ½ a lemon, 1 kale leaf and 1 green apple and blend in a juicer. This simple, natural juice helps to fight unsightly bloating (and ease abdominal discomfort in the process).

For more wonderful tips to get the most out of every lemon, visit www.limoneira.com.

Eat Your Way to a Whiter Smile

Eat Your Way to a Whiter Smile

There’s no doubt about it, everyone wants a whiter smile. Whiter teeth look healthier, dazzle in photos and on screen, and help raise your self esteem. Nobody wants teeth that are yellow or coffee-stained. Of course, there are a variety of toothpastes and mouthwashes that all promise us a whiter smile.

A trip to the dentist and proper brushing techniques help promote a healthy white smile, but you can also get a whiter smile by eating the right foods. By following a healthy diet and avoiding certain snacks, you can start having a healthy mouth, too.

Avoid sugar and candy

Naturally, avoiding sugary snacks and candy should be a given. Not only is it not healthy for your body, but sugar can also wreak havoc on your teeth. Sugar will increase acidity levels from the bacteria in your mouth. The sugar from soda will also encourage bacteria in your mouth to break down, increasing the release of acid that can weaken the enamel on your teeth and produce cavities. Candy that is sticky or gummy will stick to your teeth, making it hard for saliva to clean it away.

Drink more water

Water is healthy for your body and your smile. When you drink water, it helps wash away any acid-producing foods in your mouth. If you don’t have time to brush your teeth, a quick swish of water can help wash away that excess food. Always try to choose water over soda or other sugary drinks.

Add cheese and milk to your diet

Since childhood, you have always been told to drink your milk. Drinking milk also helps promote proper dental health. Both cheese and milk protect the enamel on teeth and help keep cavities at bay. They also encourage more production of saliva, which can help neutralize the acidity levels in your mouth. Not only do they neutralize acid, but cheese and milk also act as a buffer, protecting tooth enamel from erosion.

Sugar-free chewing gum: Not a bad habit after all

Do you like to chew gum? As long as it is sugar-free, it’s not a bad habit. Chewing gum increases saliva production in your mouth, which neutralizes acid and protects enamel. When there is more saliva in your mouth, it helps wash out food to avoid contact with your teeth. If you have a craving for a snack or something sweet, sugar-free gum is a healthy substitute.

Maintaining a whiter smile with your diet can be very simple when you follow the right steps. By simply eating healthier foods, adding dairy products, avoiding sugar and brushing daily, you can have a whiter and brighter smile. There’s nothing like that sense of confidence when you smile and show off those pearly whites!

About the author:

Dr. Joseph Zelig, D.D.S., is a Board Certified Periodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology. A practicing periodontist, speaker and educator, Dr. Zelig is currently practicing at Smile in the City (http://www.smileinthecity.com/) located in Manhattan, New York.

Herbs for Beauty

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Oh yeah, for those of you who are into natural beauty, look no further than your backyard. If you’ve got the green thumb, then you should start adding these beauty superstar in your thriving garden:

1. Lavender: Used in many beauty products, widely known for calming scent, this purple joy possess properties that makes it an antiseptic (prevents infection) and pain relieving. Add them into your homemade lotion, your cleaning products and yes, even in your cookies!

2. Marigold (aka calendula in your beauty products): It has a high level of flavonoids (yes also found in wine) that protects the body from damaging free radicals and also treats inflammations. Talk about an anti-aging superstar!

3. Holy Basil: Holy indeed! It is a rich source of vitamin A, C and K and also hosts of important minerals like calcium and magnesium. This herbs is usually found in your anti-dandruff and lice shampoo and also in acne-free products.

4. Rosemary: Oh yes, not only is it great with your pork and potatoes, its also anti-fungal and antidiabetic. Great use for those of you who have digestive problems (which affects overall health of your skin!) and treats alopecia!

5. Chamomile: My favorite tea,and also a soothing herb for those of you who suffer from sensitive skin. It possess hydrating and nourishing qualities that allows your skin to recover from a hard day of work.

Hopefully this post allows you to rethink and appreciate the magic of these herbs!

Beauty Food: Honey

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Oh honey honey, this delectable term of endearment is not only good for our hearts but also good for our skin. Yes, honey is delicious, not necessarily nutritious but applying honey externally to our body provides beauty benefits that you need to know about.  “You have food on your face” has taken on a literal meaning when you think honey.

Honey has been used for hundreds of year, this beauty trend being dated back to Cleopatra, who used it for her baths.  She was definitely onto something; honey is a humectant, it retains moisture, which is why it is currently a huge trend to see honey in your natural moisturizer.

It is also used to heal wounds and burns. Have a cut? Get some honey on it. This stuff works. Just remember to use raw honey (not the billy bee kind) and try applying it externally onto your skin. Of course, not literally all over the body, mix it with some skin-healthy ingredients to maximize youthful skin. Try a soothing mask by mixing yogurt with honey and apply it onto clean skin. This will moisturize, hydrate and soothe your skin. Especially great to use for those of you who have sunburns or irritation on your skin.

Beauty Food: 3 Beautiful Ways That Pomegranate Can Boost Your Beauty Routine!

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Oh Hail the pomegranate! One of the many food of the gods  (mostly in Middle Eastern countries), pomegranates are such a delight for the sight and taste. But aside from their beauty and their delicious taste (think extremely sweet, like grapes and an awesome crunchy texture), these babies are packed with Vitamin C, B and potassium.

Commonly used to treat high blood pressure, pomegranates provide numerous benefits thanks to the antioxidant content. It is known to aid in proper digestion and promote healthy blood circulation. You basically find pomegranate everywhere in your beauty products now, from scent to actual ingredients in your lotions and lip balms.

Pomegranate is a great beauty food for the following reasons:

1. Anti-aging – Applying the oil from pomegranate seed helps to increase the production of collagen, keeping skin looking plump and youthful.

2. Healing skin – Pomegranate seed oil helps speed up the healing time on wounds like cuts and scrapes leaving very little to no scaring behind.

3. Treating Acne – Pomegranate, when consumed on a regular basis can improve blood circulation and correct digestion problems which sometimes lead to skin eruptions. Pomegranate is also rich in Vitamin C which regulates sebum; which is also useful in improving acne breakouts.

So the next time you shop for your groceries, try these gems out. Add them to your salad, juice them, snack on them or even put them on your skin!

 

Beauty Food: Arugula

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Say what?! It came as a shock to me while I was having lunch with a raw vegan friend at a local restaurant, munching on, you guessed it, arugula beet salad. I’ve always enjoyed arugula salad and usually brought that onto my meals when I eat heavy either a day before or three days straight. It was a great way for me to detox my body of fattening foods from previous days. Little did I know that it also does wonders for my skin. So here are a few benefits/reasons why you should have more arugula in your life:

1. It is detoxifying and fights cancer. It belongs to the family of cruciferous vegetable that includes kale and broccoli.  Nutritional density is at a high when you eat from this family of vegetables and arugula is no exception. This innocent looking leaf is high in fiber and anti-oxidants and glucosinolates (which are known to prevent many forms of cancers)

2. It has a high level of chlorophyll, which helps with liver recovery. Hangover salad anyone?

3. Rich in calcium. Perfect for those who suffer from low bone density. It also possess the super vitamin K, which is known to absorb calcium more efficiently in the body and also prevents heart disease.

4. It contains a high level of B vitamins and folate, which are known to protect the brain from aging and decline.

Next time you go out and order a salad, skip the romaine and go right for the good stuff!

 

 

 

Beauty Food: Pineapples

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One of the amazing perks of travelling to tropical countries is the abundance of fruits that are local to its region. I personally do not eat mangos, papayas and pineapples when Im here in Toronto since nothing can beat the taste of the fruit when I get them in the Phillippines. Pineapples are usually an abundance there, and on my trip, I had the privilege of eating these golden goodies for breakfast, lunch and dinner during my seven day stay. I’ve always known the benefits of Pineapples were numerous but having it every day made these benefits more obvious.

PineapplePineapples are considered detox foods because of it has a high content of enzymes called bromelain, necessary for digestion. Pineapples are fantastic if you suffer from indigestion, menstrual cramps and sinusitus.  Its high vitamin C content can ward off any colds and promotes skin elasticity. An anti-inflammatory fruit, pineapples are found in your beauty products and also in capsules to relieve body tension, morning sickness  and reduce blood clots.

So the next time you want something sweet, how about skip your usual dessert and go straight to the real goods: juicy, luscious pineapples. Your body will literally love you!