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July 2013

Bye Bye Period-Bloat!

Okay ladies, this one’s for us!bloating

I know we all DREAD that bloat that likes to tag along when Ms. P comes to visit, but he doesn’t have to! Kick that bloat to the curb with these bloat busting tips! 😉

1) DRINK MORE WATER!

Staying properly hydrated will ensure your body releases any excess water it is holding on to, so you’ll shed that water weight. Not to mention, there are a whole slew of other health conditions you can avoid/aleviate by consuming enough water.

2) EAT LOTS OF FRESH FRUITS & VEGETABLES

Not only do fresh fruits & veggies contain a lot of water to keep you hydrated, but they contain the essential nutrients you need to keep you body’s systems functioning properly, for example, regulating your hormones which can help relieve premenstrual symptoms (PMS)

3) NO MORE REFINED CARBS!

White breads, pastas, sugars and other refined carbs raise your blood sugar which actually causes your body to retain sodium, leading to bloating. Also, refined carbs make processing estrogen, which increase before menstruation, more difficult — leading to bloating)

4) GET MORE EXERCISEWoman Lifting Dumbbells

Exercise is going to help reduce water retention by flushing out excess fluids, helping to balance your hormones. When you sweat, you’re also excreting sodium which can help reduce sodium in the body and thus relieve bloating. If you’re partaking in vigorous exercise though, you want to make sure you are replacing your lost electrolytes.

5) AVOID ALCOHOL

Alcohol is dehydrating and only promotes water retention. If you must indulge, do so after menstruation.

6) GET ENOUGH CALCIUM, MAGNESIUM & POTASSIUM.

Calcium & Magnesium help with bloating from water retention while potassium helps your body get rid of excess sodium. Eating foods rich in these nutrients is always best, but if you must, you can certainly take a supplement.

Low in sodium7) REDUCE SALT INTAKE

Too much salt leads to water retention, cut back on table salt and processed foods.

Other ways to combat abdominal bloating are:

8) EAT SMALLER PORTIONS, MORE FREQUENTLY

This one’s simple. Let bulk in your body from consuming too much food means less bloating

9) AVOID CARBONATED BEVERAGES

Soda is pretty much a lose lose no matter which way you slice it when it comes to bloating. All of that carbonation just leaves your gut full of gas making you bloated. Not to mention, the sugar in regular soda will lead to bloating (see #3) and the artificial sweetener in diet soda will cause abdominal bloating from excess gas (see #10). Just say no!

10) SAY NO TO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS (and foods that contain them)

Artificial sweeteners cause uncomfortable abdominal bloat due to the gas they produce in our intestines. You may have thought you were being healthy by adding Splenda to your coffee or eating that “sugar free” ice cream, but your actually making yourselfProbiotics for women look bigger while pumping chemicals into your body.

11) TAKE A PROBIOTIC

Probiotics help to regulate your digestive system by ensuring your digestive tract has a healthy balance of “good bacteria”. This means less bloating due to a backed up colon.

Happy Period Ladies! 😉

~ Letisha

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Homemade Raspberry Froyo

My sister and I are obsessed with frozen yogurt. There has even been 1 day (or 2 or 3) where we skipped the gym just to get some froyo. No guilt-trips over here! 🙂 Depending on the type of frozen yogurt you buy,  it can be a much healthier option than icecream.

I wanted to take my healthy froyo obession one step further by making it at home, and let me tell you: making frozen yogurt is much easier than you think! You only need two ingredients (yogurt & fruit), both of which can be your choosing!  Check out this recipe below–it’s easy to make and very tasty!

 froyo

You’ll need:

  • Blender
  • Greek Yogurt (frozen)
  • Raspberries

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A few hours before making your froyo, place your greek yogurt container in the freezer. Once it is fully frozen, remove the greek yogurt from the container and place into blender (to help loosen the yogurt try running warm water over the sides). Add as many raspberries as you’d like (I used 1 cup).  Blend for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Scoop the mix into a bowl and enjoy!

Feel free to experiment with different fruits like blueberries, strawberries, oranges or kiwi! Another great option is to use unfrozen yogurt (you can freeze this mix for more froyo enjoyment later!)

 

What’s your favorite type of froyo??

 

Peace, love & coconuts!

-Zeena

How to Get Rid of Razor Bumps

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We’ve all experienced razor bumps at one point or another, guys and girls alike, whether it be on legs, under-arms, face, neck, or down-under. They’re unsightly, annoying, and even painful, but what causes them? And how can we ultimately get rid of razor bumps?

Razor bumps are simply ingrown hairs that develop as a result of a clogged follicular opening (aka: pore) or a hair follicle that curls around and renters the skin.

Dirt & bacteria get trapped in the pore and BLOCK the hair follicle from breaking through causing a pimple to form, bringing about redness and inflammation. These ingrown hairs can also form when hairs grow out but curl back around and reenter the skin. Our bodies recognize this hair as a “foreign object” and attack it. This is what also causes irritation.

Factors that contribute to ingrown hairs are:

  1. Dry Skin: Dead skin cells can get caught in your pores and interrupt hair growth
  2. Improper Shaving Techniques: Several factors like the type of razor you use, improperly prepping your skin, and after-care can all affect your chances of developing razor bumps.
  3. Genetics: People with curly hair are predisposed to getting razor bumps because the hair curls as it grows so its easier for the hair to curl back around and reenter the skin.
  4. Poor Hygiene: Dirt and bacteria can clog pores and cause inflammation, redness, & itching

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So how do you get rid of razor bumps??

  1. First things first! Before you shave, make sure you wash your skin thoroughly! While washing, I also like to do a gentle exfoliation to get rid of any dead skin cells along with dirt and bacteria. This way, your skin is clean BEFORE your pores become vulnerable. Continuing to exfoliate even after shaving is important to make sure those pores STAY CLEAR! You can use a wash cloth and some warm water and your favorite face cleanser, rubbing in circular motions, or you can use a face cleanser with a chemical exfoliant like glycolic or lactic acid, for example.
  2. Be sure you are using a sharp blade.
  3. Try a razor with fewer blades. The more blades on the razor, the grater the chance of ingrown hairs.
  4. Use warm water & a shaving cream, soap or gel. Also, try to shave after your skin & hair has had sometime to “soften up” from the warm water (ie: at the END of your shower, bath, etc)
  5. Shave with fewer strokes and short strokes but don’t shave over the same area twice!Young woman shaving legs
  6. Shave in the direction that your hair grows, NOT the opposite.
  7. Rinse your blade after every stroke.
  8. Be sure to moisturize properly after shaving. This will prevent any new dry skin cells from accumulating and blocking your pores. Also, be sure you are using a moisturizer that isn’t going to block those beautiful pores. Look for non-pore clogging ingredients (aka: non-comedogenic)
  9. Avoid touching your freshly shaven skin with dirty hands. This is mainly in regards to your face, as your hands are one of the dirtiest places on your body and will only transfer more dirt, bacteria, & oil onto your vulnerable skin & pores.
  10. Try bathing soon after physical exercise or vigorously sweating. Wear clean, dry clothes, & change your pillow cases regularly!

Give these tips a shot then come back and let us know how they helped you to get rid of razor bumps!

– Letisha 

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8 DIY Spot Treatments for Acne

8 Natural DIY Spot Treatments

Spot treatments are a crucial step in treating breakouts and acne prone skin. They provide targeted relief to those irritating bumps! Homemade spot treatments are better for your skin, gentle, and much more cost effective than prescription and drug store treatments which can leave your skin dry, red and irritated. Check out these 8 DIY spot treatments for breakouts that won’t damage your skin or wallet:

Check out these 8 DIY Spot Treatments for Acne

Honey:

Honey has wonderful antibacterial properties that are great for destroying and preventing bacteria from forming on your skin. Since honey is a humectant it naturally moisturizes the skin. To use: apply honey to acne as a spot treatment or as a full-face mask. Leave on for however long you desire!

Cinnamon, Nutmeg & Honey:

Cinnamon, much like honey, is effective in destroying bacteria. Cinnamon is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that are great for calming down acne. The nutmeg helps to fade those stubborn acne scars and reduce redness. To use: apply the mixture to acne spots and leave overnight.

Turmeric & Orange Juice:

Turmeric is one of my favorite acne treatments. It has superb anti-inflammatory properties that leave your skin vibrant, clear and brilliantly soft. The antiseptic properties in turmeric allow it to effectively and thoroughly clean out your clogged pores. To use: mix the turmeric powder and orange juice to form a thin paste. Apply to spots or blackheads and leave overnight.

Lemon Juice:

The exfoliating properties in lemon juice are great for ridding your skin of dead skin cells while destroying bacteria and healing acne. Lemon juice can also help to dry out acne spots while reducing redness. To use: apply a thin layer to spots and leave overnight.

Banana Peel:

The peel of a banana is great for reducing irritation and redness. The nutrients in the banana peel help to treat your acne and prevent new breakouts. To use: rub the inside peel of one banana on your spots. Repeat multiple times a day.  Allow to dry before washing your skin at night.

Tea Tree Oil:

Tea Tree Oil is one the most powerful antibacterial treatments I have used on my skin. It destroys the bacteria on your spots while preventing new pimples from forming. Tea tree oil significantly reduces the size of the pimples overnight while keeping redness and dryness at bay. To use: Apply a small amount of tea tree oil to your spots. It is best to use a carrier oil such as jojoba oil to dilute the tea tree oil which may be too harsh for sensitive skin. Leave on overnight.

Bentonite Clay & Apple Cider Vinegar:

Bentonite clay is an amazing way to pull out the dirt and oil from clogged pores leaving your skin bright and refreshed. It heals active acne spots while soothing irritated skin. Your face may be a bit red after treatment, but that will eventually fade. If you have sensitive skin, I suggest using water with the bentonite clay rather than ACV which can be too harsh. To use: mix the bentonite clay with ACV or water. Apply to spots and leave overnight.

Epsom Salt:

Epsom salt has become my nightly acne spot treatment. It detoxifies your skin and soothes breakouts. Epsom salt is also antibacterial. It calms down acne overnight while reducing redness, preventing dryness, and literally shrinking pimples overnight.  To use: mix up  one tablespoon of epsom salt with a teaspoon or two of water. Apply the watery mixture to acne spots. Allow the mixture to dry and leave overnight. Be careful to not get the mixture into your eyes.

What are your favorite homemade acne spot treatments? Comment below!

Peace, love & coconuts!

-Zeena

DIY not your thing? Try our all natural, non-GMO Kale Mask, which can be used as a spot treatment and works quickly to heal breakouts and soothe irritation.

2 Ingredient Ice Cream!

Looking for a healthy alternative to traditional ice cream?? Look no further!

For an ICE COLD TREAT during those HOT Summer days, grab:

  1. Your Blender
  2. 1 Large Frozen Banana
  3. 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Coconut Milk (I like So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla)

Add the banana & coconut milk to blender & blend on high speed until mixture is thick and creamy.

Optional:

Before blending: add your favorite spice, such as ginger, cinnamon, or nutmeg.

After blending: top with a few dark chocolate pieces or fresh fruit.

Eat as is or place ice cream in the freezer to harden!

For a milk shake, simply add slightly more coconut milk. Start with 1/2 cup and slowly add until you reach your desired thickness.

This treat is low in calories and has no added sugars! 🙂

ENJOY!

– Letisha

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Dairy-Free Summer Delights!

Summer usually includes tasty cold treats like ICE CREAM!! This smooth, creamy and cold confection is loved by so many, but what about those of us who can’t/don’t want have dairy? There are more and dairy free options popping up everywhere and I couldn’t be more excited!  Here are my top dairy free treats to enjoy during the summer.

1. So Delicious Dairy Free Frozen Treatsso-delicious-ice-cream

Sometimes dairy free ice creams tend be a little watery and icy as opposed to smooth and creamy like the dairy filled stuff. However, So Delicious has created one of the creamiest coconut  and almond based non-dairy ice cream that I have tasted.  The coconut-based confections do have mild coconut undertones, but they are subtle and in my opinion, enhance the flavor. If you’re not into coconut  at all then opt for the almond based frozen treats instead, these have rich and nutty undertones. Yum!

2.     Luna & Larry’s Coconut BlissCB-PintDarkChoc-sm

Like So Delicious, Luna & Larry’s has created a diary free treat that is absolutely delicious. The dark chocolate flavor is my favorite, it is so smooth & creamy. This ice cream is surprisingly much lighter than regular dairy-based chocolate ice creams and might not leave you feeling so heavy afterwards. I also love that many of the ingredients are organic & natural. No extremely processed ingredients means a happier body for me! 🙂

3. 365 Frozen Fruit Bars365 lime bars

I do admit, I have a soft spot for anything with lime and cold summer treats are no exception.  Whole Food’s 365 Lime Frozen Fruit Bars are so refreshing for those hot summer days. I love how you can grab one and eat it on the go. They’re also great to have at barbeques or bring to the beach, no messiness!

4. Chilled Fruitstrawberries

Sometimes it’s best to keep things simple.  A bowl of your favorite chilled fruit could be the perfect ending to a great summer  meal or just a delicious sweet treat. A few great summer fruits are:

  • Strawberries
  • Pineapple
  • Peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Watermelon
  • Grapefruit
  • Melon
  • Lemons
  • Plums

Here’s a quick & easy recipe:

  • Halve 2 cups of strawberries
  • Slice one whole peach
  • ½ cup of raspberries
  • ½ lemon

Combine together in a bowl & pour the juice of half a lemon all over. Chill in the fridge for a few hours and enjoy!

What are some of your favorite summer treats? Let us know!

Peace, Love, & Coconuts

– Nalani

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse Review

This past weekend, Zeena & I decided to complete the Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse. The detox was comprised of drinking 4 smoothies per day for 3 daysbreakfastlunchsnack, & dinner. Along with the smoothies, we had to drink 1 cup of green tea in the morning, take a multi-vitamin, a probiotic supplementomega 3 fish oil supplements, and take an epsom salt detox bath. At the beginning of the cleanse you must weigh yourself and then record your weight each day until the end. Below is our review of the Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Cleanse.

Dr. Oz 3 Day Detox Cleanse

Letisha’s Review:

So let me first start of by saying I didn’t HATE or LOVE this cleanse. There were aspects to it I found favorable & some not so favorable.

Note: As far as the detox baths go, well I didn’t take them. I don’t exactly like taking baths..so I chose to skip them.

Day 1:

The taste of the breakfast smoothie was just so-so and the lunch smoothie was disgusting (I literally drank less than half on the first day.) The dinner smoothie was my FAVORITE! I loved the combination of the mango and cayenne pepper (gave it a spicy/tropical taste). The snack smoothie was just your choice of the breakfast, lunch, or dinner smoothie.

By the end of the day I recall just wanting to chew something so badly and I remember thinking: “Who’s idea was this??!” (it was Zeena’s by the way..)

I will admit that I stayed pretty full throughout the day though.

Day 2:

I was a little more warmed up to the idea of just drinking all day and not being able to chew anything. I skipped the lunch smoothie and just had the breakfast  smoothie twice and dinner smoothie once. My body felt great and I was bloat-free!

Day 3:

I noticed I wasn’t craving sweet or salty foods, and when I became hungry, I simply craved fruits/veggies & protein. I still felt great and was bloat free on day 3! The smoothies also seemed to taste more vibrant.

Note: I did not make the lunch smoothie on this day either.

By the end of the cleanse, I dropped about 3.2 pounds of “junk weight”. I say junk weight because I don’t want to give the impression that this cleanse will make you lose actual weight from fat. The weight you are losing is bloat from excess water and waste. I typically fluctuate between 120 and 123 anyway, depending on if I’ve eaten and had something to drink recently.

Below I’ve organized a list my pros and cons for this cleanse…

PROS:

  • Smoothies include lots of fresh fruits & veggieshealthy fatsomegasvitaminsminerals, & phytonutrients
  • You’re consuming all of these healthy foods RAW (yay!)
  • Dinner smoothie is delicious!
  • Reduces abdominal bloat
  • Rids body of “junk weight”
  • Helps regulate digestive system (great if you are experiencing constipation)
  • Keeps you hydrated (be sure you continue to drink water too!)

CONS

  • Lunch smoothie was disgusting
  • Cleanse is somewhat inconvenient (unless you pre-pack your next meal’s smoothie..it will probably be warm though). This would be easier to do over the weekend when you don’t plan on leaving the house.
  • Cleanse is expensive (Definitely cost me more that $16 per day)
  • All liquid, no chewing (I didn’t like this)
  • Very little protein in this clean (Very bad! Our bodies need protein!)

* I believe that the act of chewing is an important part of “satisfying” our hunger/cravings. Not chewing makes you feel like you are “missing” something. Also, chewing FORCES you to slow down the pace at which you eat so you are less likely to over-eat, stopping when you are full, whereas blended fruits and vegetables are very easy to consume fairly quickly, so you are more likely to over-consume calories. Your body takes about 20 MINUTES to recognize its full. If you suck your smoothie down in 10 and then 15 minutes later feel like you are busting at the seams, thats not good.

Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Cleanse

Zeena’s Review:

Would I do this cleanse again? No. Although I loved the idea of providing my body with nutrients, I had intense cravings. I enjoy being able to eat fresh slices of watermelon and apples with peanut butter without liquefying it. 3 days of detoxing was PLENTY for me.

Day 1:

Excited for the 3-day detox, I drank my morning detox tea a little bit too fast. I felt somewhat nauseous so I took breaks from drinking it. The breakfast smoothie was delicious and had me excited about this cleanse.

Then the lunch smoothie came around. YUCK! It was hard to drink and had me gagging a few times. I finished most of it but couldn’t bear to get down the chunky leftovers.

Once dinnertime came around I was grateful to try a different smoothie. Dinner wasn’t as good breakfast but was a lot easier to get down than lunch. By the end of the day I felt dehydrated, my mouth was very dry! I didn’t drink much water because I felt full from the smoothies. By bedtime I was having intense cravings for nearly every food group.

Day 2:

On day 2 I woke up FULL of energy. I didn’t feel sluggish at all in the morning. So far I lost 1.2lbs. The morning smoothie was delicious again and I actually looked forward to it.

I couldn’t bear the idea of the lunch smoothie so I swapped the cucumber and celery for blueberries, which tasted yummy and tropical!

Day 3:

Third day in and I was ready for this cleanse to be over! I started to feel a bit sluggish midday, which isn’t common for me. I didn’t look forward to the breakfast smoothie and would have much rather had an egg white. I made the same swaps as Day 2 for the lunch smoothie, which went down well.

Total weight loss: 2.2lbs

Here are my pros and cons for this detox cleanse:

PROS:

  • Detoxing your body from toxins
  • Giving your digestive system a break
  • Providing your body with essential nutrients you may lack
  • Small amount of weight loss

CONS:

  • May result in slight binging after cleanse ends
  • Not getting a sufficient amount of other nutrients such as protein
  • I enjoy snacking in moderation which is not possible on this cleanse
  • Gross lunch smoothie

Overall I would recommend this cleanse to anyone who wants to give their body a rest from their traditional foods. This definitely is not meant to be a long-term solution to weight loss.  Consult your doctor before beginning any type of body detox.

Have you tried the Dr. Oz 3-Day Detox Cleanse? Comment below!

– Letisha & Zeena

20 Reasons I Can’t Live Without Lemons

Lemons are one of my favorite fruits. They have a unqiue flavor and can add pizazz to just about any recipe! I love lemons for everything from skin care to cooking to treating colds. Check out my list below for 20 ways you can use the lovely lemon!

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1. Lemons are chalk full of Vitamin C which helps prevent and reduce the common cold. Try adding a lemon to your smoothie or mixing up a refreshing glass of water and lemon. Plus, you’ll get a burst of energy!

2. The acid in lemons does an amazing job of exfoliating dry areas like your face or elbows. It also helps to brighten your complexion!

3. Consuming lemons boosts the immune system by providing the body with a good amount of Vitamin C.

4. The pectin in lemons aides in weight loss by helping to stabilize the insulin levels and keep the body feeling full.

5. The healing properties in lemon juice helps to treat and heal acne. Try rubbing a small amount of the juice over your spots for calmer skin in the morning.

6. Treat your feet to a relaxing home pedicure! The acids in the lemons help remove the dead skin from your heels while softening your feet. Add the juice of a whole lemon to your footbath. Rub the excess lemon on your heels and between your toes!

7. Heal that annoying itch from those pestering insect bites by rubbing a wedge of one lemon on the bite! The lemon’s acids help reduce the need to scratch, scratch, scratch!

8. Adding lemons to homemade body scrubs is an excellent treat! Mix the juice of one lemon with sugar and honey for a nighttime body exfoliator that will melt the stress away.

9. Try drinking lemon juice to aid the liver in flushing out harmful toxins.

10. The antibacterial properties and refreshing scent in lemons make it a fantastic household cleaner! Simply mix the juice of one lemon with white vinegar and water. This mixture is non-toxic and great for cleaning household surfaces, chemical-free!

11. The cleansing properties of lemons make it a great remover of hair buildup! Mix a few drops of lemon juice with fresh water. Apply the mixture to a freshly washed scalp to remove product buildup.

12. Lighten acne scars and even your skin tone by rubbing half of lemon on your skin.

13. Spice up your traditional fish recipe by adding a few lemons! The powerful flavor in lemons really adds a nice kick. Bake your favorite kind of fish drizzled in lemon juice with a few shakes of sea salt and black pepper.

14. Boost your electrolyte levels by adding a few lemons to your favorite veggie and fruit smoothie recipe.

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15. Soothe a sore throat by sipping on warm lemon water with a few drops of honey. The antibacterial properties in both the lemon and honey help cleanse and soothe the throat.

16. Make a homemade cuticle remover by rubbing a wedge of one lemon across your nails. The juice will gradually remove the dry skin around the cuticle leaving you with fresh, soft hands.

17.  Much like ACV, lemon juice can add the shine back to dry, dull hair. Add the juice of one lemon to fresh spring water. Pour the mix over hair for fresh smelling, shiny hair.

18. Freshen breath by eating a lemon wedge! Be careful to not do this too much since the acidity of lemon can wear down tooth enamel.

19. The Vitamin C and Limonoids in lemons are great for preventing cancer.

20. Restore the body’s natural pH by consuming lemons. A proper acid-alkaline balance in the body keeps the body functioning correctly while preventing headaches, fatigue, and even osteoporosis.

 

I’d love to hear how you use lemons! Comment below!

 

Peace, love & coconuts!

-Zeena

*These tips are not meant as a cure. Please consult your doctor to find the best treatment for you and your needs.

FOOD CHALLENGE: 100% Un-Processed Foods

So, Zeena and I have decided to commit to a non-processed foods regiment for 1 week. We all know how bad processed foodsAssortment of fresh vegetables on a wooden background are for us, but it always seems so difficult to actual implement a 100% processed-foods free diet, especially when nearly everything is processed now-a-days.

But there are so many benefits to eliminating processed foods from you diet, such as:

  • Healthier weight
  • Reduced bloating
  • More energy
  • Improved digestion
  • Healthier/better functioning body
  • Could even help to improve chronic ailments
  • Say goodbye to empty calories & hello to better nutrients (ie: vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients)

Essentially, Zeena and I will only be eating foods that are naturally occurring, so if mother nature didn’t make it, we wont eat it. We will be cooking our food however (chicken, Dancing for love of your fruit and vegetablesfish, etc). I must say I am excited for this week because I feel that in doing this, we will be forced to explore different foods, meal options, and

This is a warm up or trial run so-to-speak, so we can get a handle on (1) How we feel mentally & physically, (2) What we like about it, (3) What we found difficult and (4) Any advice we can offer to those looking to try a similar lifestyle.

We will both have sample meals for you all, and take copious notes along the way to provide you with the most detail possible!

Stay tuned and wish us luck! 🙂

Peace, Love, & Coconuts

– Letisha

The Clarisonic: 60 Seconds to Radiant Skin

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Every once in great while you find a beauty product that becomes a part of your staple regimen. This could be a lotion because it moisturizes so well or even a pair of tweezers because they…errr pluck so well..? Either way, you get my point. If you are lucky enough, you find something that works so well for you that you can’t imagine your beauty regimen without it. I have found mine! The Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System, thanks to the trusty help of Zeena. After hearing praises from my fellow Brown & Coconut founder, I decided to make the pricey purchase ($120.00 dollars to be exact).Clarisonic-Mia

The Clarisonic is a facial cleansing motorized brush. The product claims to give your face and/or body a much deeper clean than using just your hands or a wash cloth. It gets deeper into pores and removes dirt and other pore clogging grossness. The system includes 4 pieces: (1) motorized handle, (2) changeable brush-head, (3) brush-head cap & (4) a charger.

To use:

  1. Click on the brush-head
  2. Pour on a nickel sized amount of facial cleanser
  3. Add a little water
  4. Press the gray start button

The bristles vibrate back and forth (this is the action that really makes a difference for cleanliness). I then press the brush to my face with some pressure and move the brush in circular motions. The Clarisonic brush vibrates for 60 seconds each time it’s started. If I want a deeper clean I just repeat.Using Clarisonic

I have experienced incredible results for my skin. My skin has become clear there are less breakouts, smaller pores, overall cleaner appearance & less acne scars, needless to say, I couldn’t be happier.

One week ago I actually STOPPED using my Clarisonic (because I lost the charger and was too lazy to look for it). About one week later I began to notice on my skin was breaking out MORE. It felt a little bit dirtier and just never seemed to get clean. And then it hit me that I had not been using my Clarisonic and that was the reason for all of my new breakouts.

In conclusion, I found my charger ASAP and began using the Clarisonic again.

Now, I know $120 is expensive for a one beauty item but like I said it was worth the results for me. I have clearer and cleaner skin which is worth the money I would have spent on other products hoping for the same results.

What I love about Clarisonic also is that it is available in stores and online. You can order it direct from the manufacturer or at many other retail outlets. The price typically varies between $120 to $130, even amongst different retailers.

My favorite part of the Clarisonic is that it comes in so many different colors! I purchased the classic pink color, but it’s also available in lavender, orange, coral, blue, black, & even a few animal prints.

*NOTE* The brush-head needs to be changed every 3 months in order to get the same effective clean. Conveniently, you can purchase brush-heads online & in-stores. I will include a list of sellers below.

Try out the Clarisonic and let us know what you think. If you’d like any additional information please let us know!

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Peace, Love & Coconuts

– Nalani

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