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January 2013

Go Egg Your Face…It’s a Good Thing!

There are hundreds of DIY masks that you make that provide many benefits for your skin. One very beneficial mask that is growing in popularity is the egg mask.

The benefits? This egg mask can shrink your pores, tighten skin, minimize scarring, reduce oil, and brighten skin. The BEST part is there are only 2 ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

Directions

1. Grab 1 egg, 1 lemon, 1 fork, and 2 small bowls.
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2. Crack the egg into your bowl, remove the egg yolk with your hands and discard. (Be careful not to break the yolk when cracking your egg into the bowl or it will be very difficult to separate from the egg white.)

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3. Add 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice to the bowl of egg white.

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4. With a fork, beat the egg white and lemon juice together for 2 – 3 minutes until egg white starts turning foamy.

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5. Apply egg white mixture to a clean dry face. Leave on for 15 minutes until dry and slightly tight. Rinse off and enjoy the results!

– Nalani

Tips for a Perfect Manicure

Taking care of my own nails at home is fun and a great way to save money! Here are my top 7 tips for a perfect at home manicure:

1. Look for an acetone-free polish remover. Although it may remove the nail polish faster, the acetone can dry out the nails and cause breakage.

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2. Soak nails in lemon water. I like to do this to help remove dead skin around the nails and to help strengthen them. The lemon juice also helps rid nails of yellow stains and gives them a bit of shine. Once a week I soak my bare nails in warm lemon water for about 5 minutes.

3. Invest in a great cuticle remover! This will remove any dead skin around the nail. My favorite is Sally Hansen’s Instant Cuticle Remover. I leave it on for about 30 seconds and use a nail file to remove any dead skin. I find that lemon juice works well too. Simply rub the lemon around the nail, let it sit for 30 seconds, and remove the dead skin with the nail file. This may be repeated a few times for the desired look.

4. Rub nails and cuticle with oil. Moisturizing nails is especially important after removing nail polish and using nail polish remover. One of my favorite cuticle oils is Borghese Rejuvenata Cuticle Oil. I also use warm olive oil and find that this works just as well. If your nails are prone to splitting, try moisturizing them multiple times throughout the day, concentrating on rubbing the oils into each nail bed and cuticle. I also love using Avon’s Vitamin C cuticle gel before bed for extra moisture!

5. Use glass nail files. Glass nail files are much more gentle on nails then metal ones. Glass files have a much smoother surface therefore reducing the amount of splitting that may come from using a metal file. I picked one up at Sephora between $5-$8. They are a bit pricy but they last forever and are so gentle on the nails.

6. Buy a good base coat. I find that when I use a base coat my polish lasts longer and my nails are stronger! A great base coat is Sally Hansen’s Triple Strong Nail Fortifier. Within 2 weeks of use, my nails were so much stronger!Image

7. To finish off any manicure, exfoliate your hands! A great homemade exfoliator is olive oil, honey, and sugar. Rubbing this mixture into your hands removes dead skin while the olive oil moisturizes. For added moisture, add other ingredients like Vitamin E oil, castor oil, and essential oils. After a few minutes of rubbing, rinse hands and dry! Your hands will be so soft!

After a manicure like this your hands will most definitely feel pampered!

Try out my tips for a perfect manicure then come back and let me know what you think! Enjoy!

– Zeena

Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hands!

Hand washing is an important part of good health. A regularly washing your hands reduces the chance of illness. Unfortunately, like many products on the market, hand soaps are often filled with parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and many other harsh chemicals.  Another issue with hand soap is the cost. Companies know they can sell these hand soaps at a higher price because hand washing is essential to everyday living and consumers like categories (i.e. Hand soap for hand washing, even though technically they could use their shampoo as their soap!)

So what’s the solution? Make your own soap! It’s super easy and will save you money and avoid nasty chemicals.

Check out my homemade soap recipe below!

– Nalani

Ingredients

  • 1 Bar of Soap (with natural ingredients)
  • 8 cups Purified Water
  • Essentials Oils

Directions

Grate 1 bar of soap onto a dish and set aside.

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In a large pot, boil 8 cups of water. Once boiling, add in grated soap and stir until smooth (about 15 minutes).

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Remove pot from heat and cover. Allow soap mixture to sit overnight.
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The next day, add 5 drops of your favorite essential oils and stir. If consistency is too thick then add more purified water.
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Pour mixture into clean storage container. Refrigerate until use.
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33 Alarming Side-Effects of Sleep Deprivation

I’m sure at some point in our lives, we’ve all heard about the importance of sleep. When we are young we have a bed time, we have elementary school nap time, and some employment offices even have nap rooms. Getting a good night’s rest is often stressed, but I’m willing to bet that many people barely make their mark, myself included. I don’t want to preach because I know how difficult it is to have a regular sleep schedule that consists of enough hours of sleep each night. I do believe, however, that it is important to know the facts and educate ourselves in all areas of our health so we can work toward improving the quality of our life. In order to do this, we have to understand what sleep deprivation does to our bodies.

With that being said, some of these facts you may already know, and some may surprise you, but read on for the long and short term effects of a lack of sleep and sleep deprivation.

Short Term Effects of Sleep Deprivation

  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Diminished alertness and ability to perform mentally
  • Muscle weakness and reduction in physical performance
  • Memory problems and reduced ability to think and/or process information
  • Irritability/moodiness
  • Headaches
  • Increased appetite (especially for sugar and other carbohydrates)
  • Pale skin
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Prominent dark circles under the eyes
  • Impaired circulatory system
  • Lessened Muscle Tone
  • Less overall Physical Attractiveness

Long Term Effects of Sleep Deprivation

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure
  • Weight gain
  • Obesity
  • Weakened immune system
  • High blood pressure
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Depression/mood disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Lowered white blood cell count
  • Increased risk for diabetes
  • Hallucinations
  • Mental impairment
  • Reduced growth hormone levels
  • Slowed rate of body’s ability to heal itself (more cuts & bruises)
  • Relationship problems
  • Reduced quality of life overall
  • Increased likelihood of accidents and/or physical injury
  • Death

There you have it. The list is quite alarming, but hopefully, it highlights the importance of getting enough sleep. While pulling one or two all-nighters on occasion may not be the worst thing in the world, the point is that a good night’s sleep should be a regular part of your healthy lifestyle because constant sleep deprivation is where the damage is done. So, for your own sake, make rest a priority.

– Letisha


Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/important-sleep-habits
http://www.ehow.com/facts_4852933_side-effects-sleep-deprivation.html
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/1690
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/10-results-sleep-loss

Deprivation Of Sleep: The Miserable And Dangerous Effects Of Sleep Deprivation


http://news.health.com/2010/12/15/sleep-deprivation-beauty/

“Nutrition Facts” Label Explained

photo 3Nutrition labels are on nearly every food we eat, whether it is a carton of eggs or a bottle of our favorite juice. These labels hold valuable information, but how well do we know what it all means?

Here are the daily suggested requirements of macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats):

·   Only 7% of calories should be saturated fat

·   Less than 2 g of trans fats 

·   Less than 200 mg of dietary cholesterol

·   Less than 2300 mg of sodium

·   130g of carbohydrates per day for adults and children

·   Sugar should be limited to 25 grams per day or 100 calories (since 1 gram of  sugar contains 4 calories)

·   38 g of fiber for men 50 and under and 25g of fiber for women 50 and under

Everyone’s body is different and may require different levels of certain macronutrients. It is also important to consider how many calories you desire to consume in a day as well as your desired weight maintenance or weight-loss.

Once it becomes second nature to decipher a nutrition label we can begin to eat foods that are healthier and more nutritious!

Helpful Tips:

Look out for serving sizes! The nutrition facts typically only display the numbers for oneserving size. If there are 4 serving sizes in a chocolate bar and you eat the whole bar, you’d have to quadruple the numbers in order to get an accurate representation of what you consumed.

Trans fats should be avoided at all costs! Don’t immediately believe a product that claims “0 grams trans fats!”.  Always check the ingredients and if it says partially hydrogenated oil, shortening, or hydrogenated oil then it contains trans fats! The FDA only requires .5 grams or less of trans fats in order for food manufacturers to label them trans-fat free.

In order to quickly determine whether a certain nutrient is low or high based on the nutrition label, use 5% and 20% as your guidelines. 5% or less typically signifies that the nutrient is low. 20% or more means the nutrient is high in the product. (FDA)

Remember! Everything in moderation!

-Zeena

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/sodium/

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/HealthyDietGoals/Sugars-and-Carbohydrates_UCM_303296_Article.jsp

http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm267499.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/227474-how-many-carbs-should-you-have-a-day-to-lose-weight/

Winter Care for Your Hair

Maintaining natural hair during the cold weather months can really become frustrating especially when our much needed accessories like hats and scarves can be detrimental for our hair! Here are a Winter profilefew of my favorite Do’s and Dont’s for maintaining my natural hair in the winter while staying warm…

Do

Moisturize hair every day! (Well, at least a few times a week). This can be as simple as using an oil based moisturizer or leave in conditioner. I prefer to use a moisturizing leave in like Kinky Curly or Giovanni Direct Leave-in everyday to maintain moisture. I like to spritz some water on my hands before adding any leave in creams which makes it easier for me to  work it into my hair.

Don’t:

Blow dry hair everyday. Although this is the easiet route to avoid leaving the house with wet hair in the winter it can be really trying on curly hair that is already prone to breakage. The heat from the blow dryer only damages the hair and may result in unwanted frizz. This combined with the cold weather will only reake havoc! I find that doing my hair first thing in the morning gives it sometime to dry before I leave.

Do:

Use protective styles! Protective styles are wonderful because they allow you to protect your hair and have a cute hairstyle! I love wearing my hair out but the thought of it breaking from the cold air kills me! Protective styles are great for locking in that moisture and protecting your ends from any breakage! Some great styles I use daily are buns, twists, and braids.

Don’t:

Leave the house with wet hair! This step may seem ridiculous but it’s so very important! I try to get my hair ready the night before so it’s partially dry in the morning. If your wet hair is continuously being frozen every morning you step out of the door, you can only imagine the breakage that will result! If you must absolutely leave with wet hair, make sure it is wrapped up with a satin scarf and kept warm by a cozy winter hat!

Do:

Wear a satin bonnet underneath winter hats. This will not only prevent your hair from frizzing because of the hat but will also prevent your hair from breaking as a result of the friction. I also try to only wear winter scarves if my hair is up. This will prevent the ends of my hair from rubbing against the scarf causing breakage. But if the weather is just too cold, I drape a satin scarf over the back of my winter scarf to protect my ends. This seems tedious but my hair always thanks me at the end of the day!

Do:

Deep condition as often as possible! My hair loves a great protein deep conditioner. I love using Giovanni’s Nutra fix, especially since it has great slip and smells delicious! I deep condition every Sunday and my hair always feels so moisturized after! During the week I love doing oil treatments on my scalp and ends to add some moisture before shampooing. The cold winter air can really suck the moisture out of my hair so the deep conditioners are very important.

Following at least a few of these steps during the winter will really save your hair from unnecessary damage and breakage! Hope you all enjoy these tips! 🙂

– Zeena

Turmeric: The Amazing Root

turmericLooking for a new superfood to add to your diet?

Turmeric Root should definitely be at the top of your  list!

This amazing root imported from India possess a wide range of health benefits that may surprise you. Here’s what you get from this amazing food.

Turmeric has been shown to help prevent melanoma cells from forming, as well aid in the destruction of present melanoma cancer cells. In a study, it prevented the spread of breast cancer in mice, and when combined with cauliflower, it helped to prevent prostate cancer, ceases the growth of present prostate cancer cells,  and stop the growth of blood vessels in tumors and the spread of tumors, in general. Turmeric is  also known to reduce the risk of childhood leukemia. The views are optimistic with regard to the benefits of turmeric in the treatment of other forms of cancer. It also boosts the effects of chemo drug, paclitaxel.

This powerful root helps with cuts and wounds as well. It acts as a natural antiseptic and has antibacterial agent and speeds the healing of wounds. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural painkiller.

It aids with inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis. Turmeric helps with rheumatoid arthritis. The Chinese have even used turmeric for the treatment of depression.

In terms of weight loss, turmeric has been know to help with fat metabolism and weight management.

You can purchase turmeric in whole form, pill form, or purchase turmeric in

“ground” form from the spice aisle at the supermarket.

I like to do weekly Turmeric Face masks to reduce and calm any breakouts as well as brighten my skin.

Here’s how it’s done!

MIX 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric & 2-3 tablespoons of one of the following:

-Water

-Honey

-Apple Cider Vinger

-Orange Juice (fresh)

-Grapefruit Juice (fresh)

-Milk

Apply this mixture to your face WITH GLOVES! Avoid contact with your eyes, eyebrows, and hairline.

Leave on for 20 minutes then rinse. This mask will leave an yellow tint on your skin. DO NOT WORRY. This will come off after your wash your face, but you do not have to wash it off. I do my masks at night and do not bother doing a second wash of my face after I rinse the mask of.

Try this mask out and let us know what you think! 🙂

– Letisha

Source: http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html