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September 2014

Banish Ingrown Hairs for Good

Ingrown hair is not as inevitable as one would think.

Yet some of us have just grown to expect it: “Just shaved? Be on the look out for those pesky ingrown hairs!” (Has no one ever been told that?…Okay, me neither!)

When they do show up, you are probably inclined to feel super irritated (physically and emotionally). However, with a few preventative measures, you can keep your skin ‘ingrown hair’ free!

 

1. Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate: Exfoliating is not only good for revealing radiant, glowing skin but also for preventing those annoying ingrown hairs from showing up! By removing the layer of dead skin through exfoliation, it will be harder for the new growth to become trapped underneath the skin. Exfolating your skin before hand also raises the hair up, making it easier to remove. If you are going to shave, make sure you exfoliate your body before hand. You will prevent ingrown hair AND your skin will be incredibly smooth afterward! Win-win!

2. Lather Up: Shaving your precious skin with no protective barrier is never a good idea. Shaving cream, lotion, or gel lubricate the skin so the razor can easily slide across and remove the hair. Lather your skin with a good lubricant after allowing the warm water to soften the hair. Out of shaving cream? Use your hair conditioner! This little trick works better than most shaving creams!

3. Sharp Razor: Shaving with a dull blade does the body no good! Rather than getting a clean shave, a dull blade merely tugs at the hair which can cause irritation and ingrown hair. It’s best to use your razor only about 5 or 6 times, depending on how often you use it. After a few good shaves, toss that blade and start using a new one!

4. Rest: If your simply prone to ingrown hair, give the shaving a rest! After all, we were born with hair on our body! Try shaving one time per week or only as necessary. By avoiding any excess shaving we can give our delicate skin a nice break from all of the irritation.

5. Choose Wisely: Choosing the right razor will do you loads of good! Take time to actually read the packaging. I prefer razors with 5 blades and the conditioning strip. It may sound silly but taking the time to find a razor that works best with your skin type will be super beneficial for avoiding skin irritation and ingrown hair.

6. Moisturize: Slapping on that body or face cream after you shave is one of the best things you can do. If you have sensitive skin, your skin is most likely feeling dry and irritated. Lathering up with a fabulous moisturizer will help keep your skin lubricated, soft and irritation free!

What are your favorite ways to prevent ingrown hairs?

Peace, love and coconuts!

-Zeena

 

How to Get Rid of a Huge Pimple Fast!

How to Get Rid of a Huge Pimple

You know what the best thing about breakouts is? The perfect timing.

Just kidding. 

 

Our worst breakouts always seem to pop up the morning of a super important event.

Am I right?

When you see it, you most likely let out a slew of curse words. You may begin to pick and prod, which only upsets the little bugger even more! By the time you leave the house, your probably feeling a bit P.O’d.

These few tips will help you power through the worst of your blemish-filled rage while shrinking that little sucker to nothing!

Here’s How to Get Rid of a Huge Pimple Fast!:

1. Ice Cube: Applying an ice cube or frozen spoon to an angry blemish will help to reduce the inflammation associated with a breakout. Apply the ice to the pimple for a few seconds at a time. If you can handle more than a few seconds of the freezing cold cube, apply the ice for longer. Repeat this process as much as possible before you leave the house. Keep in mind your skin may be a bit red from the cold ice, so leave a window of time for your red face to thaw before heading out.

2. Honey: Honey is the clear skin savior. The magical properties of honey can dramatically reduce the size of a breakout in a few hours. Okay, it may not be magic, however the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties in honey help to reduce the size of a breakout while preventing the growth of bacteria. Simply massage a small amount of honey into the affected area. Feel free to reapply throughout the day as necessary. If you are lucky enough to notice the breakout the night before your big gig, apply a drop of honey to the breakout before bed. Covering the honey with a bandaid will prevent the sticky honey from spreading all over your precious pillows.

3. Bentonite Clay: Bentonite clay is one of those awesome clays that does it all: tightens face, clears blackheads, reduces breakouts and detoxes congested pores. This absorbent clay helps to shrink the size of a breakout in a pinch. You can literally feel your skin tightening as the mask dries. Begin by mixing bentonite clay and apple cider vinegar until it forms a yogurt-like consistency. Apply the mask to your whole face or to the problem area. Leave the face mask on until dry; leave the spot treatment on for as long as you’d like. This little trick has worked every time!

4. Turmeric: Reducing the size of a rather large breakout is as easy as reaching into your spice rack. While you’re in there, go ahead and grab the turmeric. This amazing spice has awesome anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antiseptic properties that help destroy acne causing bacteria while absorbing excess oil. Mix 3/4 tsp of turmeric with 1.5 tsp of orange juice until a thick paste forms. Apply this spot treatment to the large and in charge breakout and watch it shrink in size. The turmeric may stain your skin yellow, but don’t be alarmed. Within a wash or two, the yellow hue fades.

 

What are your favorite tips for shrinking a huge pimple FAST! Comment below!

-Peace, Love and Pimples Coconuts!

 

Zeena

Probiotics: What You Need to Know

 

It’s hard to ignore the latest trends, especially when they are everywhere! Currently the market is buzzing over probiotics. This latest trend has companies far and wide working to adapt and create products that capitalize on the increased demand for probiotics.

However, with all of the hype that accompanies a trend, a lot can get lost in translation from a consumer standpoint. It’s important though, to be as informed as possible to ensure you are making the best decisions for your body.

 

Numbers don’t lie, or do they?

With regard to probiotics, consumers tend to think the bigger the better, and while consuming probiotic supplements with a higher CFU (colony forming units or concentration of bacteria) is certainly more ideal, the bacteria count you read on the box, isn’t always what you’re consuming.

Depending on the manufacturing process and how the product is handled and stored, many if not all of the bacteria can die, rendering the supplement completely useless to you and a waste of your money. For example, heat during manufacturing, or not storing supplements in a cool environment will kill the good bacteria.

Before purchasing probiotics, research the brand, find out how they manufacture their product, how they’re store, and if they have been through any trials or tests to prove their potency. While shopping, look for how the store is handling the probiotics, heck even talk to an employee if you’d like, to find out how carefully they are handling the products. Don’t forget to check expiration dates as well.

Probiotics: Knowledge is Power

There is often confusion among consumers about why probiotics are important and how they benefit us. Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you to do something “because they said so”. The fact that you had no idea why you were doing something made it that much more unappealing. When we understand the importance behind something, we’re more likely to continue that action, right? (hey, I said more likely, not definitely) With that being said, if we actually understand WHY probiotics are beneficial, we are more likely to ensure we seek only the best for ourselves.

Not All Strains are Created Equal

Different bacteria strains have different benefits, so depending on the combination of strains in 1 supplement or food vs another, your body may react differently. The best thing to do would be to choose a supplement based on your bodies needs.

Click here for some common strains and their benefits.

Things You Should Know:

  1. Lay off the Antibiotics and antibacterial products (They kill the GOOD bacteria along with the bad, give your body a chance to fight off infection on its own and take antibiotics only when necessary.)
  2. Reduce or eliminate flour and refined sugars & starches from your diet
  3. Choose probiotic supplement brands that deliver the most potent supplements with (5-10 billion CFU or higher)
  4. Refrigeration can preserve the shelf life of your probiotic supplement
  5. The bacteria from probiotic supplements don’t stay in the body longer than a few weeks
  6. Listen to your body, supplement based on your bodies needs, not the general population (Some supplement on an as needed basis, others do it daily. Do what works for you.)
  7. Probiotics benefit more than just the digestive system. They can:
    • Improve cholesterol
    • Fight cancer cells
    • Heal and prevent acne
    • Improve eczema and other skin conditions
    • Enhance the immune system
    • Improve vaginal health in women
    • Help to stave off degeneration

Some Brands We Like:

 

Are you currently taking probiotics? Tell us your favorite brands and why in the comment box below! 

~ Letisha


 You Might Also Be Interested In:

15 Reasons You NEED Probiotics!

 

Transform Dry Damaged Skin in 3 Simple Steps

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Is it too soon to admit that I am excited for Summer to come to a close? The weather has been wonderful and the beaches have been gorgeous, but something about the crisp, Fall air is just so much more comforting. As Summer finally winds down, you may be realizing that you put your skin through quite the ringer. Perhaps you sat out in the sun one too many times, drank one  too many  mojitos, or even skipped a few of your nightly face washing rituals. No matter the case, your skin is crying out for help. (If you listen closely, you can hear it.) Revamping your skin for the “Autumn transition” doesn’t require a $300 face treatment nor does it require one of those expensive face creams you see on the infomericals at 11:45 am on a Sunday morning. Is it just me or do those commercials last for about 5-10 minutes? (you know the one.) When getting your skin ready for the cooler weather, these 3 tips are just what your dry damaged skin needs to transition into the Fall season:

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Exfoliating your skin sloughs off dead skin cells and stimulates blood flow to the skin (say hello to renewed skin!). When we remove the dead skin cells that have built up on our skin, we prevent our precious pores from becoming clogged. Not only does our complexion become brighter and more even, but small lines and wrinkles become less noticeable. Exfoliation is a great way to repair skin that may have become discolored by the sun. Start by exoliating once or twice per week, depending on your skin’s individual needs. I tend to exfoliate about 3 times per week with my Clairisonic because that’s what I’ve found works best for my acne-prone skin. Be careful to not over-exfoliate as this may do more damage than good.

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Depending on your region, the weather may no longer be hot and humid, a factor that your skin certainly notices. Keeping your body hydrated all year long is super important when it comes to maintaining a beautiful complexion. As the weather cools, the humidity drops and our skin looses that beautiful Summer dewiness. With less moisture in the air, our skin may become drier, flakier, and scalier. By hydrating our skin internally, we can keep our complexions plump and radiant. If your skin tends to become especially dry in the cooler months, try switching your moisturizer to a heavier creme. Not only will this lock in moisture, but your skin will appear smoother and more supple. If you tend to prefer a light oil as your moisturizer, try using Argan Oil which absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving no greasy residue.

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Although the heat from the sun may not feel as strong as it did before, it is just as damaging. Even though you probably are no longer spending weekends at the beach you should still lather on that SPF. Our skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful rays all year long, not just during the warmer months. Not only does this year-round exposure increase the likelihood of skin cancer, but it can increase the damaging effects of the UV rays on your skin, as well. By using an SPF of 15 or stronger, you can prevent the damaging effects of the sun. Once you get in the habit of using an SPF for more than 1 out of the 4 seasons, its daily application will be a walk through the park!

 

How are you getting your skin ready for the Fall? Comment below!

Peace, Love, & Coconuts!

-Zeena