Chapped Lips Causes & Remedies

chapped-lipsRecently I had a bad case of chapped lips, and tried several remedies. What I learned is that chapped lips can be caused in various ways:  Medications and supplements, dehydration, licking/biting your lips, and sun exposure.

One of the main ingredients you should look for when selecting a lip balm is: Petroleum.  Yes!  Vaseline works according to what I read at Livestrong.com Continue reading Chapped Lips Causes & Remedies

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Skin Beauty Tips

christmas_makeupHow many of us can use a little help when it comes to knowing what skin type we have?  As usual, when I search the www I find some useful tips.  Check out what CoverGirl has to say. Discover the skin type that best describes your complexion and receive tips on achieving a flawless look once you ID your complexion type.canstockphoto15964695[1]

  • NORMAL SKIN
    Normal skin usually looks and feels smooth but can also react to changes in the environment: oilier in the summer and drier in the winter.
  • DRY SKIN
    Dry skin occurs naturally as you age as the oil glands decrease their output. Dryness may also reflect your skin’s sensitivity to skincare products, cleansers, and even your diet or your emotions.
  •  Choose double-duty foundations that moisturize while helping to smooth the appearance of skin’s surface, like Advanced Radiance or CG Smoothers.e
  • Avoid alcohol-based products like harsh toners and astringents. • Moisturize, moisturize, moisturiz! If your skin is extra dry, try a tinted moisturizer as a base for your foundation. Source: Know Your Skin Type | COVERGIRL

Continue reading Skin Beauty Tips

Carrot Seed Oil for Mature Skin

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Essential Oils are all the rage among people who are looking for ‘natural’ remedies to aid with all sorts of  health and beauty needs.  As some of you are already aware, I am an Aromatherapy – Enthusiast, which has led me to explore learning more about these oils, that come from flowers, plants, seeds and roots.

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), of which I am a recent member, suggest some safety guidelines before applying these oils to your skin. NAHA also states that Hydrosols are effective toners. Hydrosols are less concentrated forms of the essential oils. Continue reading Carrot Seed Oil for Mature Skin

Activity Trackers, Diet & Weight

running-573762_1280An activity tracker is a device or application for monitoring and tracking fitness-related metrics such as distance walked or run, calorie consumption, and in some cases heartbeat and quality of sleep. The term is now primarily used for dedicated electronic monitoring devices that are synced, in many cases wirelessly, to a computer or smartphone for long-term data tracking, an example of wearable technology. There are also independent smartphone apps and Facebook apps. Source: Activity tracker – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedi

Some of the recently popular activity trackers are: Fitbit, AppleWatch, Garmin just to name a few. Are you relying on your activity tracker to also help you lose weight? Continue reading Activity Trackers, Diet & Weight

Beauty & Health Wise

canstockphoto16025243[1]Hairblues, as many of you have noticed, expanded the topics covered on this blog to more than just hair stuff. As I explore the www for beauty and health-wise topics, it becomes more of a challenge to get that information to you in a timely fashion.  After all, many of us find that we are swamped with email. Therefore, I have purposely kept my posts to once or twice a month to avoid being the clutter in your e-box. The end of September seems like a good time to bring you some topics I think are timely as we head into the fall and soon to be winter months in New York. I am hopeful you will also find these topics and links useful.
SPF creams are good for our skincare. sunscreenDermatologists recommend using sunscreen every day when you are outside, not just during the summer.
https://www.aad.org/media/stats/prevention-and-care/sunscreen-faqs

Your Winter Face fall coldLips – ‘Studies show that .6 percent of all cancers in the US are on the lips, and men are especially at risk. The lower lip, which receives greater sun exposure, is especially vulnerable to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common skin cancer. Protect your lips from sun damage as well as chapping and peeling with a lip balm, stick or gloss sunscreen. http://www.skincancer.org/news/holidays-seasons/your-winter-face

 

recreate_yourselfWinter Hair

One unexpected secret to keep your hair looking good in the winter is to invest in a humidifier. I know you’re thinking that humidity equals frizzy hair, but when you have the heat on, the air in your apartment becomes very dry and I find the humidifier helps stop your hair and skin from feeling dry. The main problem with the humidifier is that they’re not very nice-looking. I recently found a great one by Middle that looks chic and works great. Style-secrets Winter Hair Tips Winter Haircare

canstockphoto13252072[1]Different seasons require different care techniques to maintain healthy hair. While you might wear your tresses out much more often in the summer and rely on carefree styles when it’s warm outside, your mane routine will change during winter if you want to maintain healthy locks. Here are some winter hair care tips that will keep your tresses in great shape so that when spring rolls around, your tresses will be ready to face warm weather in good health. via: http://blackhair.about.com/od/basiccare/tp/winterhaircaretips.htm

Hair Loss Nutrition

canstockphoto14539757If you are one of the women or men suffering from hair loss, you are probably ambivalent about whether there will ever be a cure, which does not require years of needles, medications, and whatever else you have heard about in the beauty market.  Some of us have actually experienced ‘snake-oil’ remedies, only to suffer the consequences of losing more hair and never to recover those locks again.

‘Two thirds of men suffer with hair loss by the age of 35, and 40% of hair loss sufferers are women’ – Source: American Hair Loss Association – Men’s Hair Loss / Mission. And to make matters worse,  a recent article reported that thousands of women ‘lose hair because of using a well-publicized product’, which was endorsed by a particular celebrity.  With all these unsuccessful instances, actually there is a conversation going on about whether the FDA can help not only with hair products, but beauty products in general. So, what are people with hair loss concerns to do?  Alopecia is a real, ongoing, epidemic-level condition. “What is to be done?”

canstockphoto14705801My answer for now is to remain positive, hopeful and continually reaching.  I continue to explore prudently.  In conversation with a hair specialist I learned that she had a client who saw an increase in hair growth by changing her diet.  She was actually able to reduce the amount of  false hair used/added that would be used cosmetically to enhance her look!

That’s good news!  We can explore with our diet: what a win-win remedy!  Even if we don’t see a substantial increase in hair growth, we will be feeding our bodies with good nutrition, and reaping the benefits of better health.  “Hair LaVie” is a vitamin company, which makes a series of products.  Consumers have testified about results, which come from the use of their products.  You can peruse their website at your convenience, if you want to learn more.

I was encouraged by a recent post on the “Hair La Vie” blog, which stated:  ‘If you’re looking for a healthy and nutritious way to try and grow your hair, these nutrient-packed smoothies & juices are for you. Not only can these juices boost hair’s growth, but they can also provide you with shiny, smooth, and more manageable hair.’ Source: Hair La Vie 

smoothie-1427436_1920Smoothies were made with: Cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, apples, ginger juice, celery, lemons, berries, spinach, chia seeds, vanilla almond milk, banana, avocado, mango, walnut, flax seed, chard leaves, strawberries, Greek or regular yogurt.

Now that you have your shopping list, what are you waiting for?  Let’s experiment with some ‘natural’ remedies, and treat ourselves at the same time.  Click Hair La Vie for recipes.

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Sun Protection with SPF ?

heat-149937_1280Many of us know that we should use some type of protection from the sun on our skin.  But how many of us know what makes an SPF product right for our needs and to get the best results. I searched the www to find what the experts say. Make sure to click the source links for more details.

Here are some facts

  1. The term SPF, or sun protection factor, is a measurement of UVB protection.
  2. UVB rays are the burning rays, while UVA rays are the aging rays, leading to wrinkles and dark spots on the skin.
  3. By choosing a higher SPF, you may avoid a sunburn, but UVA rays may still be getting through.
  4. …choosing a sunscreen that offers “broad spectrum” protection is essential to protect against both UVB and UVA rays.
  5. Look for the following on your product’s label: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone, ecamsule or oxybenzone. Source: PCA SKIN

Here are some products I think are worth checking out.

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Have fun & be careful out there 🙂

Healthwise Cosmetics

cosmetics-packaging-353541_1920I must admit when I go into ANY store with cosmetics counters, all those pretty jars, lipsticks, smells and mostly promises, I just can’t help myself with ‘trusting’ what the Brand says it can do. How about you? Are you certain that the cosmetics you’re using on that delicate, beautiful skin of yours is safe?  Do you know where you can find out?  Well, as usual there is an APP for that :). Take a moment to read the post below then use the links to get yourself one of these APPs: Apple users   ****  Android users.  FYI – when I used the APP I found it easier to click the Browse button, browse_ewgwhich  gave a listing of EWG verified products, for example: Sally B’s Skin Yummies.  Sally B’s sells non toxic, organic and cruelty free beauty products.

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If you assume that any moisturizer, cleanser, shampoo or makeup product you buy at the drugstore or supermarket is safe to use, you’re assuming too much.   According to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act), it’s the “responsibility of the manufacturer” to test the safety of its products. Additionally, cosmetic products and their ingredients don’t need to be approved before they hit the market. Source: 6 Skin Care Ingredients to Avoid! | LIVESTRONG.COM

Diffuser Blends on a Budget — AromaTools™ Blog

 

I am delighted to share this post with you!  ‘Can’t wait to try out my doTERRA stash!

We know essential oils are often expensive, and diffusing them may use up more oil than you would like. So we have come up with a list of diffuser blends using 5 of the least expensive essential oils, as well as 4 of the most common essential oils that most people have on hand and that are […]

via Diffuser Blends on a Budget — AromaTools™ Blog

Why do Yoga?

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The origins of yoga stretch back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India‘s ascetic and śramaṇa movements. Yoga – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

  • One of my favorites is Child Pose, so I checked what some of the benefits are when using the pose, and this is what I found out: It’s super calming, great for digestion, and opens the hips.
  • Another one of my favorite positions is Downward Facing Dog, which is a little harder for me to do, but it has some great benefits also: It brings blood flow to the brain, builds stronger bones, relieves stress.  The blood flow to your face and brain is good for your complexion. This pose is also good for back pain and a mind-body connection.


I know that your time is precious, so why should you spend it doing yoga? You could be doing Zumba or spinning or Tae Kwan Do. Taking a nap, taking a walk, taking a swim. Actually, those things are all great and you should definitely do them. But you should also do yoga. Check out the article below to find out which poses might help you with your daily stress and physical issues.  In future posts I will bring you more information about how to include Yoga in your ‘healthstyle’.

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1. YOU ARE STRESSED

Unfortunately, stress and its friends worry and anxiety are problems for many people and have been shown to have an adverse effect on health. Yoga is great for relieving the physical symptoms of stress (even during an anxiety attack) and for introducing the idea of quieting the mind. I have often seen yoga act as a gateway to removing stressful personal or workplace situations from peoples’ lives. Yoga can help you get off the hamster wheel and gain perspective on what’s really important. See the details at: http://yoga.about.com/od/beginningyoga/tp/Why-Yoga.htm


last_pic for downward postClick the link below for a demonstration on how to do

Downward Facing Dog

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