Working Out with Make-up

A common place for single women to wanna look cute is the gym. Whatever your reason is for hitting the gym, whether to really work out or check out all the single male scenery, you want to look your best. I am not a big gym goer by all means, but what I have noticed is how many woman are working out with makeup on. Think of how much you spend on your favorite Chanel compact and bronzer…is it really worth mixing it with workout sweat and having it melt off your face? Not to mention what it does to your skin!

Makeup mixed with sweat can attract bacteria that will clog your pores and cause breakouts, blemishes, and acne issues. So always cleanse your skin first thing in the morning before you workout and always after you workout, especially if wearing makeup is a must. Covering that shiny sweat after a workout with more powder or foundation is just yucky and totally dirty for the skin.

If you absolutely need a foundation, stick to a mineral powder, something not to cakey, heavy, and that does not have talc in it. If your wanting a little bit of a cheek glow, use a mineral bronzer or blush. If your more fair skin toned, you naturally get rosy cheeks once you get your blood circulating, so you do not even need to worry about blush or bronzer. Mineral based foundations, powders, blushes, and bronzers will not clog up your pores as much as regular makeup.

Cant leave the house without mascara? Always use waterproof, yes I know, waterproof mascara can be a bit of a pain in the rear to remove, but doesn’t it make more sense to put a little more effort into removing your mascara than to be working out looking like a raccoon? With that said, you know there is no need for eyeliner either.

If you want to add some color to your lips, you don’t need lipstick. Why look like your trying to go to the club at the gym? If you want to keep your lips hydrated, try a tinted lip balm. Unlike lipsticks and lip glosses, balms have wax in them and stick to the skin nicely and will not run when mixed with sweat.

So you see, you still can look cute while getting your workout on. And after your body is invigorated from your work out and your skin is nicely cleansed, go ahead and pack on as much of that makeup as you want…don’t forget your smoky eye makeup and high shine lip-gloss.

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DIY Sore Muscle Bath Recipes

I’ve noticed a bunch of social media posts from friends saying they were sore from running in marathons, 5ks, and hitting the gym a lot lately. Here are some easy remedies to help ease the soreness. Athletes and people with injuries use bath soaks for treating sore and strained muscles. For swollen or pulled muscles, prepare a cool or cold bath. For strained, tight muscles prepare a warm or hot bath. You can prepare a bath soak in your regular bathtub, but make sure the tub is clean to prevent infection, especially if you have any open cuts or wounds associated with your injury.

DIY Sore Muscle Soak:

Ingredients:

  • Epsom Salt
  • Measuring Cup
  • Water
  1.  Measure 2 cups of Epsom salt into a standard bathtub. Instructions on the package will provide dosage for smaller baths, bowls and foot-soaks.
  2.  Fill the tub with hot water, checking the temperature to make sure it is safe and comfortable for soaking in. Swish the water around to dissolve the Epsom salts.
  3. Soak the sore muscles or body in the Epsom salt bath for 15 minutes or so. The recommended minimum time is 12 minutes, three times each week; your Epsom salt package may provide additional timing for specific uses.

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Herbal Baths

There are a thousand different ways you can take an herbal bath, and each of them are healing and relaxing. You don’t need to run out to the store for dried herbs to take a relaxing herbal bath, by the way. You already have perfect options in your kitchen cabinet right now:

  • Sage: Uplifting, calming and astringent – GREAT for people with oily skin or back acne
  • Rosemary: Relaxing and great for alertness, also astringent and clarifying
  • Peppermint: Energizing (or relaxing) and clarifying
  • Chamomile: Extremely, relaxing, and calming – perfect for dry or irritated skin
  • Green Tea: Energizing and mood stabilizing – also antioxidant, anti-aging, and very healing for any skin type
  • Lavender: Relaxing, calming, astringent, and clarifying

Of course, you could use things like rose petals, calendula, orange peels.

How to take an herbal bath:

While you could make little herbal bath bags, my new favorite way is to brew a very strong tea ahead of time using the herbs (and essential oils, if I want an extra kick). Brew 1-2 cups of very strong herbal tea. Strain and add it to your running bathwater. Then, take the remaining brewed herbs and place them in the middle of a washcloth. Gather the washcloth together at the top and tie tightly with a string or a hair tie. Leave it in the bath as you soak, and then scrub well with it before getting out of the tub.

Other ways Relieve Muscle Aches

  •  Use over-the-counter topical analgesic creams. Topical analgesic creams relieve minor aches and pains as well as arthritis pain. They have a variety of active ingredients, such as salicylate, capsaicin or menthol, which are applied directly to the skin. These creams are inexpensive and can be found in your local pharmacy. Try to thoroughly follow the directions for application.
  • Treat yourself to a full session with an experienced massage therapist. Try a sports, deep tissue or Swedish massage. Massages alleviate pain, increase muscle flexibility and improve circulation of the blood flow in our bodies. Choose a massage therapist that has a proven track record, as well as an extensive education. Need a referral  Contact me! Being in the spa industry 17+ years, I know many great therapists.
  •  Use a Jacuzzi to relieve muscle aches and pains. Jacuzzis, also known as hot tubs are designed to relax the muscles and relieve stress in the body. Jacuzzis are known as a type of hydrotherapy.
  • Stretch your muscles before and after exercising to minimize injury. If you are experiencing aches and pains after a challenging workout, try to stretch the muscles as often as possible. Stretching also improves your range of motion and stability.

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Pregnancy & Skin Care

Everyone knows about that special “glow” a woman has when she’s expecting, but pregnancy isn’t all good news when it comes to your skin. Hormones are raging through your body, and a number of skin conditions can develop. Even topical treatments can be absorbed into your system and the baby’s so skin care during pregnancy requires special attention. Discuss all the cosmetic and skin care products you currently use, including makeup, with your obstetrician and/or health care provider, and esthetician.

Keep it Simple: Cleaning, Moisturizing & Sunscreen: Use a gentle, cleanser on your face and body, and don’t wash your face more than twice a day, to keep your skin from getting too dry. Use an oil-free moisturizer with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 that blocks both UVA and UVB sun rays. Read labels carefully; during the first trimester you should avoid all skin care products with chemical exfoliants and which contain salicylic, glycolic and alpha and beta hydroxyl acids. (Ask your health care provider about using them later on in your pregnancy.) When you go out, remember to apply sunscreen. Wearing sunscreen outdoors is always a smart choice, whether or not you’re pregnant. Commercial sun blockers, even those that penetrate the skin, are safe for use during pregnancy. Be sure to reapply sunscreen after a few hours outdoors.

skin care and pregnancyAcne and Oily Skin During Pregnancy: The most common skin care problem for pregnant women is acne; this is especially true for women with naturally oily skin who’ve had pimple problems since adolescence. Many hormonal changes occur during pregnancy, stimulating oil glands and increasing the skin’s production of oil. Use oil-free cleansers and moisturizers. Do not use conventional over-the-counter or prescription acne treatments, as these can potentially be harmful. Avoid all products with retinoids (including Accutane), a form of vitamin A that in high doses can be harmful to unborn children. Also stay away from salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, oral antibiotics and chemical exfoliants. Check with your obstetrician to see which products are safe to use, or ask about topical prescription antibiotic creams and lotions.

Dry Skin During Pregnancy: Pregnant women often complain of dry, itchy skin, not just on the face, but all over their bodies. Body fluids which would normally provide moisture to skin are instead being directed to the needs of a developing fetus. Use a moisturizing soap when washing and bathing, and take short, lukewarm baths and showers. Generously apply fragrance-free moisturizer from head to toe. Stay away from anti-itch treatments that contain cortisone or hydrocortisone. Instead, use a gentle ointment like calamine lotion. If itching persists or blisters, consult with your health care provider. Another thing you can do for dry skin is drink a lot of water, which will help keep your skin hydrated. (Of course that will also make you have to urinate more, which is already an issue when you’re pregnant … sorry!) When you’re indoors, well humidified rooms will also be helpful.

Melasma (Pregnancy Mask) During Pregnancy: Pregnant women are often surprised to discover dark patches of skin on their face. Some women also notice darkening around their nipples and elsewhere. Melasma, also called chloasma or “pregnancy mask”, is caused by pregnancy hormones and can be aggravated by even limited amounts of sun exposure. When you go outdoors, use a sunblock with a high SPF (even on a cloudy day) and also consider a wide-brimmed hat, big sunglasses and even protective clothing. Avoid soy-based lotions and facial products, which have estrogenic components that can worsen melasma’s darkening effects.

Cocktail & Beauty Recipes for National Pina Colada Day

pinacoladasJuly 10, 2014 is Piña Colada Day! You don’t need to be on a beach to enjoy this refreshing tropical pina colada recipecocktail. No matter where you are in the world, a piña colada is a great way to sit back, relax, and enjoy a little taste of the summer. Did you know that piña coladas originated in San Juan, Puerto Rico? The term, “piña colada” means “strained pineapple” in Spanish, which makes perfect sense! A traditional recipe calls for pineapple juice, light rum, and coconut cream poured over crushed ice. If you like piña coladas (“and getting caught in the rain!”) fix yourself an ice cold drink, top it with a mini umbrella, and celebrate National Piña Colada Day while giving yourself a DIY beauty treatment!

DIY pineapple body scrubDIY Body Scrub:

Ingredients:
1/4 cup raw sugar
1 tbsp. coconut oil
1 oz pineapple juice

Directions:
In a microwave-safe bowl, heat up the coconut oil for 30 seconds. It will soften the solid coconut oil, making it easier to mix and will feel amazing on your feet.

Mix the coconut oil with the raw sugar. Try using a fork or a hand mixer for a very blended mix.

Finally, add the pineapple juice and blend well. Real pineapple is preferred (1 oz), just puree it first. Pineapple serves as an exfoliant because it contains enzymes that remove dead skin cells to relieve dryness in skin.

Use hands, cloth, foot brush, etc. to apply and scrub soles of feet. Wash well with warm water & pat dry. Scrub for at least 20 seconds before washing away. Scrub your feet and let the scrub rest there for a minute or two, meanwhile you get to enjoy the yummy tropical aromatherapy.

You can also use this scrub on other areas of the body that need exfoliating and softening such as hands, elbows, knees, and pretty much anything from the neck down. Do not use this scrub if you have freshly shaved or waxed skin. If you have sensitive skin, give yourself a small skin patch test. Pineapple does have Vitamin C (citric acid), which you may have sensitivity to. Also, always moisturize all areas that were exfoliated. Don’t forget to enjoy a piña colada while enjoying your smooth freshly exfoliated skin.

Other Fun Recipes:

Piña Colada Fruit Dip:pina colada dip

Ingredients:
1 (8 oz) container whipped cream cheese
1 (7 oz) container marshmallow crème
1 (8-10 oz) can crushed pineapple
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Directions:
In a bowl, mix together the cream cheese and marshmallow creme until fluffy.  Add the pineapple and coconut, mix. Serve chilled with your favorite fruits.

pina colada popsiclesPina Colada Popsicles:

Prep time: 5 min.
Cook time: 8 hours
Serves: 3-6
Author: The Pretty Bee

Ingredients:
1 six ounce container vanilla coconut milk yogurt
1¾ cups diced pineapple
3 Tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut, plus a little extra for dipping the finished popsicles.

Method: Place all ingredients in blender, and blend on high speed until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until solid, about 6-8 hours. To remove from molds, run under warm water for a few seconds. Dip the frozen popsicles in a little more coconut before serving if desired. Makes 6 small popsicles or 3 large popsicles; molds are about 5 ounces. If you have some of the mixture leftover, it is a delicious smoothie!

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Chocolate Beauty Day

chocolate dayToday is a delicious reason to celebrate— July 7, 2014 it’s Chocolate Day!

Did you know that chocolate actually comes from trees? It’s true! This small tree is called Theobroma cacao, or the cocoa tree. Its fruit produces cocoa seeds, which in turn produces cocoa powder and chocolate. If only chocolate bars grew on trees! If you’re a chocoholic, then you have two more chocolate days to celebrate! World Chocolate Day is on September 4 and National Chocolate Day is on October 28. Today, take the time to enjoy one of the most popular desserts in the world. Whether you prefer to munch on a chocolate bar, sip on a steaming cup of hot chocolate, or smother an ice cream sundae in hot chocolate fudge, be sure to get your chocolate fix! Happy Chocolate Day!

Chocolate Beauty:

We all love to eat chocolates and seldom spare a few bites for others. It is delicious and tempting! Dark chocolate is known for its health and beauty benefits. Yes, you read it right. Dark chocolate which was considered fattening earlier has become famous for beauty treatment these days. It is applied on the skin to get rid of acne, protects the skin from sun damage and moisturizes it. Chocolate is rich in Vitamins A and E which repairs the skin cells and rejuvenates it. Delicious chocolates also have antioxidant that prevents skin damage due to free radicals.

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Check out some beauty benefits of chocolate.

Beauty benefits of chocolate:

Scrub: You can use chocolate powder with milk and yogurt to make a homemade scrub. It cleanses the skin, exfoliates and brightens it. Chocolate powder can either be melted before or while mixing with milk. Apply it on the wet face and neck. Scrub for 10 minutes in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions and then leave for 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

Anti-aging: We all do not wish to see the fine lines forming on the face. Chocolate benefits the skin as the beauty product fights ageing. Dark chocolates have flavonoid which increases skin elasticity and fights ageing. Melt chocolate in milk and then massage on the face twice or thrice a week to prevent the formation of fine lines.

Glowing skin: Chocolate facial is very popular for this beauty benefit. The yummy chocolate helps bring fairness and improve skin complexion. You can mix cocoa powder with milk, honey and oatmeal. Apply it on the face and neck and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cold water to get fresh, clean and glowing skin in a few weeks.

chocolate maskDIY Chocolate Beauty Mask

This mask contains calcium, honey, & added vitamin E for a rich skin cocktail of benefits and nutrients.

Ingredients: 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 tbp plain yogurt 1 pierced and drained vitamin E capsule

Directions: Blend and apply to your face for 10-20 minutes. Breathe deeply & inhale all that choco goodness!

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Tips to Keep Cool this Summer

1. Take a Head Bath (Shampoo): Most of us, especially women, do not go for a head bath everyday. It’s summer time and the sun is all ready to destroy your scalp, thus making it itchy and dry. So, it is important that you take a head bath everyday to keep your scalp fresh and clean.

2. Wash Your Feet: You cannot possibly take more than 2 baths in a day. So, what do you do when you feel uncomfortably hot? Wash your feet at every opportunity that you get. It helps release body heat. It is an ancient cultural practice to put water on your feet first. This practice has been seconded by scientific researches.

3. Cooling Spots: The spot behind your neck (joining the head to the shoulder), is the cooling spot of your body. If you drip some cold water on this spot after a hot day’s work, it cools your body immediately. You will feel a hot rush leave your ears releasing the pent up heat in the body.

4. Mud Packs: The three tricks mentioned above are short cuts to get immediate relief from summer heat. Mud packs are a great way to combat the rising mercury levels. The bonus here is that you get long term relief from acne and painful heat boils as well. Fuller’s earth or multani mitti (Fuller’s earth) has the most noticeable cooling effect on the skin. You can go for face packs or whole body mud wraps, depending on your convenience.

5. Sun Protection: Sunscreen lotions have the worst effect on body heat. It is usually oily and clogs your skin pores. As you cannot sweat it out, your body temperature rises. Try using natural sunscreens to avoid this problem.

6. Remove Sun Tan With Chillers: Rose water and sandalwood paste are two natural ingredients that remove sun tan. They also have a chilling effect on your body. Mix sandalwood powder with rose water and apply this summer face pack to get a glowing skin.

7. Eat Cool Stuff: During summers, you must try and keep yourself cool from within. Eat fruits and vegetables that have a cooling effect on your body, like cucumber and yogurt. You can also eat foods that have a very high water content, like watermelon.Do not forget to drink water. Dehydration is a common summer health problem.These beauty tips will help you let out some heat and keep your body cool in the summers.

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Aloe Vera & Your Skin

After being at the beach all weekend I got a little more sun that I usually do. My shoulders and back went from a nice bronzy tan to a bright lobster red color. The first thing I did after taking a cold shower and rinsing away the sand was lather on aloe vera gel. Immediately, the heat from my shoulders and back were calmed down, soothed, and there was not as much discomfort. So why is aloe vera so good for sunburned skin? And what else is it good for? 

 The reason aloe vera is so healing on sunburn is because it has a cooling effect and provides a protective barrier over the skin to protect the burn.  Aloe is incredibly moisturizing (99% water) and has the ability to penetrate four times quicker than water alone. Aloe Vera is a cactus-like plant growing in the warmer climates of the world and are described as succulents. Aloe vera is a very popular herbal remedy. The Aloe vera plant (also called Aloe barbadensis) is unique among plants for its importance in natural skin care. Aloe vera contains burn healing effects, anti-inflammatory properties, scar reducing properties and wounds.  Aloe vera pulp is the clear, thick substance inside of the Aloe vera leaf. (It is often called Aloe vera gel, but it is usually treated before it is used in cosmetics).  Aloe is used in many skin care products because of its ability to stimulate healthy cell growth and repair damaged tissues.  Listed are some other benefits of Aloe Vera to the Skin:

  • Aloe vera is beneficial for cracked and dry skin.
  • Aloe vera oil can be used on the dry skin to make the skin normal and shiny.
  • Aloe Vera acts as a natural barrier and shields our skin from dangerous toxins.
  • Aloe vera is helpful for frostbite, burns, insect bites, blisters and allergic reactions.
  • All the Aloe vera products are used as a part of skin treatment regimen and keep the skin healthy.
  • Aloe vera products contain the highest concentrations of healing agent which is beneficial for the skin.
  • It makes the skin smooth and glowing.
  • It relieves heat on the skin caused by sunburn.
  • Aloe vera is used for treating various skin conditions such as eczema, burns, psoriasis, inflammations, wounds etc.
  • It destroys bacteria that try to invade cuts or open wounds.
  • It forms a protective barrier around achy and sore joints and muscles. 
  • It is an excellent skin moisturizer that keeps the skin flexible by giving oxygen to the cells which in turn increases the strength and synthesis of skin tissue.
  • The products of Aloe vera are very popular among the customers due to the moisturizing properties which are best for the skin or skin disorders.
  • Aloe vera improves the ability of the skin so that it can hydrate itself.
  • It is helpful in removing dead skin cells and has the ability for effective penetration and transports healthy substances through the skin.
  • It is beneficial for the cosmetic products such as make up, anti-wrinkle creams, facial masks, skin conditioners and lipsticks.
  • Aloe vera is useful for preventing the aging of the skin. It nourishes the skin and tissues with body-loving nutrients such as vitamin E and C. 
  • Aloe vera gel is helpful in improving the lesions.
  • It lightens dark spots on the face and reduces the intensity of pigmentation.
  • Aloe vera plant is a lively ingredient in a number of different skin care products that facilitates to treat a wide variety of different problems of skin.
  • Aloe vera plant has anti-inflammatory properties that assist in treating acne and pimples. Acne is a skin state in which the sebaceous glands and hair follicles become more active and inflamed and hence produce pimples. If you have an aloe vera plant, be sure to take good care of it and advantage of what it can do for your skin!

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