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Why the Weather is Giving You Bad Hair Days

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Ever wonder why your hair seems to be gorgeous one day and a complete wreck the next? Or why your hair is fine when the weather is a gorgeous 70 degrees with a humidity level of perfect, but every other day of the year it’s too frizzy, too flat, to dry, too poofy, too shrinkage-prone, or just plain lifeless?

Well, the good news is you’re not alone. Of course the grass always seems greener, but the truth is each of us has our very own hair struggles that we face everyday. Perhaps if we better understand why our reacts the way it does in certain weather conditions, we can take steps to ensure our hair is healthy, happy, and balanced everyday. Read on to learn why the weather is giving you bad hair days and what can be done.

Sun & Humidity

During the summer months, not only can the suns UV rays lighten hair, but the extra moisture in the air (aka humidity) loosens bonds created when you style your hair, allowing the hair to return back to its normal state. If you have curly hair and straighten it or loosen your curls (without the use of chemicals) your natural curl pattern will gradually return to its normal curl pattern when exposed to the humidity. The same goes for straight hair. If you curled your naturally straight hair, the curl will gradually fall and your hair will straighten out. This also applies on rainy days (I’m sure we’ve all had our fair share of rainy day hair drama).

There are anti-humectant hair products that exist which can help create a barrier that will temporarily protect hair from the humidity, keeping your style intact for longer. It is important to only use these products only when there is really high humidity. Anti-humectants can be very drying and can end up doing more harm that good.The other solution is to just rock your tresses in their natural state and love the hair you’re born with! (Thats my mini lecture for the day.)

Cold & Dry

In the winter, cold and very dry air raises the hairs’ cuticle. When you then move indoors to a heated environment, the dry air inside sucks the moisture out of your hair. What you’re left with is dry, lifeless, unmanageable hair. Not to mention, the lack of moisture outside isn’t helping matters either. Combat this by wearing your hair in protective styles and shielding it from the cold. Also, condition your hair often, deep condition once per week and use styling products with moisturizing properties.

What are your weather related hair concerns? Share them below!

7 Surprising Ways to Use Epsom Salt

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Epsom salt is just one of those ingredients that should be a staple your home. There are so many incredible uses for it! From body aches to foot infections, epsom salt treats a variety of ailments. In fact, there are a few ways to use epsom salt you may not have heard of! Ready to be surprised?

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Acne Mask

It’s no secret that we are addicted to face masks; epsom salt is no exception. A simple mask made of epsom salt and honey soothes irritated skin while reducing inflammation and acne. To make this gentle mask, combine equal parts honey with equal parts epsom salt. Gently apply this mixture to clean, dry skin, before washing off after 30 or so minutes.

Foot Soak

Epsom foot baths are the perfect way to begin any pedicure. Soaking your feet in a warm foot bath soothes sore feet while relieving odor. Not to mention it draws out infections of the foot. Start by filling a good size basin with warm water (just enough to immerse your feet). Add 1/2 cup of epsom salt and soak away!

Exfoliate

One of the best ways to remove dead skin cells is exfoliation. Using epsom salt to exfoliate your skin removes dead, dry skin cells, while supplying your body with nutrients. Could this get any better? Mix a 1-2 tablespoons of epsom salt with 1/2 cup of coconut oil or olive oil. While in the shower, gently rub the mixture around your skin before rinsing clean. The oil leaves your skin moisturized and radiant.

Dish Cleaner

Removing buildup from pots and pans only takes a few minutes when using epsom salt. The rough grains help to remove stuck on food or oil without using harsh chemicals. Add a tablespoon or two to your pots or pans and gently scrub in a circular motion.

Remove Black Heads

A simple mix of water and epsom salt works wonders in removing black heads from your skin. Simply apply the mixture with a cotton ball to a clean dry face and allow to sit for a few minutes before rinsing clean.

Fertilize Plants

Plants not doing so hot? Epsom salt might be the solution. The magnesium is used by plants to produce chlorophyll, while sulfur aids in plant growth. In fact, plants that have been fed epsom salt produce larger flowers! Simply mix a few tablespoons of epsom salt with 2 gallons of water. Use the mixture to feed plants with low soil magnesium levels a few times a month.

Constipation Relief

Epsom salt is a super effective way to relieve constipation. The salt increases the amount of water in the intestines, softening stools for easy passing. The epsom salt may also detoxify the colon. Dissolve 1 tsp of epsom salt in 4 ounces of water and consume. A bowel movement should occur between 30 minutes to 6 hours*.

How do you use epsom salt?

Comment below!

 

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

-Zeena

 

*This does not replace the advice of your doctor. Please consult your physician before beginning any regimen.

15 Ways Dehydration is Hurting Your Body

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Raise your hand if you drink the recommended 2-3 liters of water a day…every single day.

Was your hand raised? Don’t feel too bad if it wasn’t. You’re not alone, most people unfortunately do not consume the recommended daily intake of water.

16 reasons you need more water today

Sure, it seems harmless, but what really happens to your body when you skimp on hydration? On average, adults lose about 2.5 liters of water every day from sweating and other everyday bodily functions. That water loss, combined with a lack of adequate water intake can do a lot more harm than you think. Take a look at some of the short term complications related to dehydration.

  1. Headaches
  2. Cravings for sugary/starchy foods
  3. Memory loss (short-term)
  4. Loss of concentration
  5. Lethargy (can result in lack of sex drive)
  6. Dry skin
  7. Pale skin
  8. Cognitive impairment
  9. Constipation and other digestive problems
  10. Dry mouth
  11. Decreased urination/strong-smelling & dark-colored urine
  12. Flushing
  13. Under-eye bags & hollow/sunken eyes
  14. Fine lines & wrinkled skin
  15. Low blood pressure

As a result of long term dehydration the body will begin to essentially redistribute water, ensuring vital bodily functions receive water where as the other non-vital bodily functions are put on the back burner. The parts of the body receiving inadequate amounts of water for extended periods of time can cause chronic symptoms that are easily confused with actual illnesses. Some of these mistaken illnesses include inflammation, weight gain, allergies, hypertension, arthritis, chronic constipation, acid reflux, and chronic fatigue. In situations where there is a complete lack of water intake for about 3-4 days (give or take a few days depending on the person and the environment), the result is death.

If that’s not a reason to reach for your glass (or water bottle), then I don’t know what is.

Can’t seem to remember to drink up? There are several apps available for mobile phones that can track your daily water intake and remind you to drink up. My personal favorite it Hydrate Daily for the iPhone.

How do you remember to drink up? Share your personal tips and tricks below!

~ Letisha

Cleanse Your Body: Detox Water

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Let’s be honest: it’s not easy consuming our required daily intake of water. It requires some serious concerted effort. With our busy schedules the notion can simply slip our mind. Next thing you know it’s 7 o’ clock at night and you’re hastily gulping down glass #2 during commercial breaks. (We’ve all been there).

 

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The solution is simple: detox water. This simple technique creates a deliciously refreshing treat that will have you chugging water all day long.

A few benefits, you ask?:

When your body is firing off that desperate call for H2O, don’t reach for soda or coffee. Opt for detox water filled with slices of your favorite fruits and vegetables:

Lemon/Lime + Oranges

These citrus gods do the body good. The high levels of Vitamin C  in lemon & lime improve the immune system and reduce the duration of the common cold. These sour treats also improve bad breath while detoxing the body. Besides being a delicious breakfast treat, oranges contain a wonderful amount of flavonoids, which block carcinogenic agents.

Pineapple + Cucumbers

These green slices are not just for your eyes. Adding cucumber slices to your water is a great way to improve your complexion while potentially lowering blood pressure. Let’s not forget to mention that pineapple is a great way to boost your metabolism.

Strawberries + Mint Leaves

Adding a few sprigs of mint to your chilled water is a great way to settle your stomach and improve your breath. The wonderful antioxidants in strawberries work wonders reducing inflammation throughout the body while the necessary fiber can reduce constipation.

Apple + Beet

Apples slices in your H2O aids in weight loss and may improve your heart health. An added bonus? The antioxidant quercetin in apples may improve your physical endurance. Throw in a few slices of beets for added detox and anti-inflammation benefits.

 

What fruits and vegetables do you add to your detox water? Comment below!

Peace, Love & Coconuts!

7 Reasons Your Skin Gets Dry in the Winter

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What the heck is it about the winter months that destroys our skin?? I’m talking dry, flakey, tight, irritated skin.  I’m sure we all know it has something to do with the cold weather, but what in particular throws our skin so out of whack?

Here are 7 reasons your skin gets dry in the winter:

1. Cold temperatures

Cold air cannot hold as much  moisture as warm air and as a result the air is much more dry. Dry air means there’s less moisture for your skin to absorb and the moisture that is in your skin, gets evaporated into the dry air. The cold weather also constricts blood vessels in the skin. The reduced blood flow makes for less active sweat and oil glands, so the skin cannot immediate combat the drying effects of the cold air. You ever notice how after you’ve come indoors after being out in the cold, your skin “thaws” and gradually becomes shiny? As you skin warms, your oil and sweat glands  become more active and get to work, trying to make up for the lost moisture.

2. Harsh Winds

This is like adding “fuel to the fire”. The frigid temps are drying enough as it is, but the added wind not only makes the air feel colder, but contributes to the drying of our skin by accelerating the evaporation of water from our skin.

3. Indoor Heating

Indoor heating is also very drying for the air and thus our skin. Many of us crank up our thermostats to combat the chilly weather, but sadly we are doing our skin more harm than good with the artificial heat that zaps moisture from the air and our skin.

4. Fires & Ovens

How many of us love cozying up next to a fire in the winter? Or find ourselves baking every weekend some yummy holiday or winter treat to cope with being cooped up indoors? Well believe it or not but lounging next to those cozy fires and bending over 400 degree ovens is most definitely drying to your skin.

5. Hot Showers & Baths

This is one of the most overlooked culprits of dry skin. I mean how could water possibly dry our skin? I mean a nice long hot shower after spending a day out in the cold seems like a well-deserved reward right? Well, think of it this way. When you step into that hot shower or slip into that steaming bubble bath, the hot water heat and loosens the layer of oil on the skin and essentially melts it away leaving our ski exposed without its protective barrier. Add soap to that equation and your skin becomes even more dry.

6. The Sun

Think of this: it’s the summer, the hot sun is beaming down and you’re headed for a day outdoors, do you slather on the sun block? A lot of people would answer yes to this question. Now ask yourself the same question, but this time, it’s the middle of the winter. Chances are, many of those same people who apply sun block to protect their skin from the sun’s harmful rays, do no such thing to protect themselves in the winter, even though the sun is just as damaging and drying.

7. Dehydration

Hot weather makes us hot, fact. It also makes us sweaty and thirsty. In fact, what’s more refreshing on a blazing summer day than a cool glass of water? People tend to drink a lot of water during the summer to try and stay cool, as well as to combat their increased thirst. During the winter, it only makes sense that people are less thirsty and as a result, drink less water.

So what can you do to help prevent your skin from drying out?

1. Bundle up: Try wrapping your face in a scarf to block the cold air from reaching your skin and lips. Don’t forget the gloves to protect your hands, as well!

2. Drink up: The more hydrated you are, the less likely it is for your skin to become dry and flakey from the cold. Drink lots of water to give your skin a fighting chance.

3. Cool it with the heat: Yea we get it, its freezing out, but your skin is shriveling up like a raisin and certainly you’d enjoy a smaller heating bill, am I right? Pop on a warm pair of slippers and a sweater and bundle up under a blanket. Problem = Solved. You’re skin would also benefit from less of that harsh heat from the oven and cozy winter fires.

4. Shorter Showers: I could say that you could take cooler showers, but let’s face it, not many of us are going to jump in a cold shower in the middle of the winter (some of you may…more power to you). Let’s be realistic though, a hot shower is hard to give up, so what can you do? Try shortening the length of your shower, taking showers less frequently if you can, or using an ultra-moisturizing soap. You could also avoid washing your face in the shower and do that over your bathroom sink except this time, use cooler water.

5. Lather Up: If you’re going to be spending a decent amount of time outside, be sure to apply sunscreen!

6. Moisturize: Go one step further in helping your skin by adding another layer of protection. Stock up on your best moisturizer and slather it on morning and night.

7. Preventative Measures: One of the simplest ways to combat dry winter skin is to prevent it from happening in the first place, but how do you do that?? Well it all has to do with taking the right steps in your daily life to ensure your skin is in tip top shape so it’s less likely to be thrown off balance. Lucky for you we’ve compiled a 15-step guide to combatting dry winter skin and a list of the Top 10 Skincare Ingredients you should be avoiding. Both of these are yours for FREE. Just click here to get your copy!

If you enjoyed this post, spread the love…like, comment and share!

~ Letisha

 

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