20 Foods that Stop Cellulite

Posted in Uncategorized | February 12, 2015

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In today’s society, smooth, sexy skin is a must-have for women. Women buy a cabinet full of lotions and moisturizers in an attempt to achieve it. Unfortunately, those lotions tend to act as a layer over the skin rather than absorbing into the skin. With those lotions, women will try just about everything to make sure their skin in smooth and under control – anything to stop fat rolls, wrinkles, and… cellulite.

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is a condition in which the skin has underlying fat deposits and begins to make you skin look lumpy and unsmooth. What most compare to the look of cottage cheese or orange peel, cellulite is found in around 90% of women and 10% of men. Cellulite begins to form between the ages of 25 to 35, and as women begin to age into their older adulthood, estrogen decreases, which has a great impact on blood vessels. The less estrogen to the vessels, the less oxygen and nutrients your blood receives, causing collagen production to be reduced and cellulite to appear thicker and more visible.

There are creams, radio wave treatments, and more to get rid of the unwanted appearance of cellulite, but there’s a much better way to begin fighting it off now. A balanced nutrition and physical activity could stop the ball from rolling. As much as physical activity is important, so is eating the right foods, and there are foods that have been proven to help reduce or even stop cellulite in its tracks. We’ll show you the 20 foods that stop cellulite.

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Asparagus

Asparagus is a food great for throwing in a salad or simply on the side of your steak. It has properties that strengthen veins and capillaries so that blood circulation is normal. Asparagus also acts as a diuretic, which forces the body to release stored toxins.

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Bananas

Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin B6, and magnesium. Along with its nutritious compounds, bananas are great boosters for blood vessels in a way that they help increase and improve blood circulation in the body.

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Berries

Berries aren’t just great served in pies and cobblers, or in a smoothie. They are also great behind the scenes as they are antioxidant-rich. Dark berries like raspberries and blueberries help to get rid of those unwanted toxins found in the body as well.

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Broccoli

With alpha lipoic acid, which is essential for maintaining metabolism, is found in broccoli. Also, this acid, known as a-lipoic acid, helps to prevent the hardening of collagen that is caused by sugars. Broccoli is also rich in selenium and calcium, which calcium helps strengthen bones and selenium helps protect skin cells.

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Chili Peppers

This spicy pepper is found in many recipes that call for a heat-raising ingredient. While some people turn away from peppers, these actually help with cellulite. You must be wondering how. Well, chili peppers increase the body’s ability to burn fat as the digestion of these peppers produce heat internally.

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Cider Vinegar

Cider vinegar, made from apples, has detoxifying qualities that relieve water retention in the stomach and thigh areas. Working with your body as a digestive tonic, apple cider vinegar assists in flushing out stored toxins in the body.

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Citrus fruits

As most people know, citrus fruits are excellent sources when it comes to finding vitamin C. Lemons, lime, grapefruits, and oranges are all classified as citrus fruits. However, oranges have methoxylated bioflavonoids, which can improve blood circulation and strengthen capillaries.

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Cucumber

What’s a salad without cucumber? The answer is a higher risk of showing cellulite! Cucumbers relieve water tension in the body, and, just like asparagus, cucumbers act as a diuretic, forcing the body to release toxins from the body.

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Dark Chocolate

What’s good to you is bad for you, right? WRONG! Don’t feel guilty about your sweet tooth for chocolate. Dark chocolate is actually very beneficial to you. Cocoa has antioxidants, and the caffeine helps dehydrate fat cells under the skin. A little indulging of your guilty pleasure can metabolize fat as well.

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Fish

Oily fish like salmon, tuna, sardines, bass, and trout are all such a great meal. Low in fats and harmful additives, fish is a great option for dinner. With Omega 3 fatty acids, fish have vitamins and minerals that fight off the effects of cellulite.

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Flaxseed

Flaxseed is a skin smoother and calmer. Used in salads, soups, and an array of other methods, this seed provides support to estrogen levels and it also boosts collagen growth.

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Green Tea

Have a sore throat? A little honey and lemon added in some green tea is a quick remedy for relieving your vocal strain. Green tea also has other properties. It contains catechins, which help prevent the breakdown of collagen, which is a necessary component of strong, firm skin.

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Kelp

Kelp me! Kelp me, please!!… You’re not reading lines from an underwater horror movie. You’re actually reading what you should be saying! With kelp, it has compounds called fucoxanthin that help burn body fat faster.

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Pears

Pears are and underestimated fruit. As a great source of potassium and fiber, both essential nutrients of the body, pears act as a detoxifier that helps to reduce the effects of harmful pollutants in the body.

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Pineapple

Another fruit that is rich in potassium is pineapple. Pineapples are also rich in vitamin C, and they contain bromelain, which helps to effectively increase the circulation of the blood in the body.

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Sunflower Seeds

“I’m goin’ to soak up the sun… goin’ to tell everyone to lighten up..” When I think of sunflower seeds, I usually think of either the summer sun or Sheryl Crow’s hit song from 2002. However, I shouldn’t be thinking of either when sunflower seeds have great fighting powers against cellulite! Sunflower seeds help strengthen weak tissues that may be linked to cellulite.

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Tomatoes

TomAYto, tomAHto. However you say it, tomatoes are rich in vitamin C. Tomatoes get their red color from a compound known as lycopene. This compound aids in collagen production, which, in turn, helps strengthen skin.

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Water

Good ol’ H2O. Nothing beats a glass of water, especially with its skin plumping results. Drinking the recommended eight glasses a day will leave your skin plump, looking healthier, and reducing the intensity of cellulite. It also is an organic toxin releaser, getting rid of toxins stored in the body.

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Watermelon

Watermelon is the ideal fruit of the summer. With each sweet and juicy bite, you’re sending your body to better blood circulation and an improvement in digestion and regularity. Like tomatoes, lycopene gives watermelon its red color. Side note: Did you know that watermelon also helps prevent heart disease?

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Whole Grains

Brown rice, pasta, whole grain cereals and breads are all a great way of achieving that healthy skin. A fiber diet is great way to get rid of the unwanted like yeast and fungus from the body, leaving your skin healthy and smooth.


The Benefits of Chocolate

Posted in Uncategorized | February 12, 2015

benefits_of_chocolateValentine’s Day is right around the corner, and every woman secretly wishes to indulge in a heart-shaped box of chocolates. However, your conscience haunts you after just the thought of one piece of the sweet treat. Fret not, hopefuls, for there are secrets to chocolate that most people deprioritize as they highlight the caloric and sugary dangers of chocolate.

This post will have you saying “yes” to the box of chocolates on the day of love!

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Chocolate is Healthy

Superfoods aren’t only found in the produce section of your local grocery store or supermarket. They can also be found in the line at checkout, next to the Sour Patch Kids and Airheads – in the form of chocolate bars.

While many natural growing, organic fruits and vegetables provide many powerful nutrients for the body, so does chocolate. In its production, cacao is used as the main ingredient, which is a seed from a tree mainly nursed in West Africa, used for making chocolate and chocolate-related products like cocoa and cocoa butter. With elements such as flavonoids and theobromine, cacao is a great nutriment for maintaining your health.

While unhealthy ingredients are added to cacao – like with adding milk, sugar and butter –, calories are substituted for the benefits that the African cacao seed provides as it dilutes the nourishing chemicals found in the seed. The good news, though, is that many chocolate manufacturers produce a variety of options. It is recommended that you purchase chocolate that contains 70% or higher in order to receive most of the benefits from the cacao.

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The Benefits of Chocolate 

  • Chocolate Helps Your Heart

While you’re probably thinking that we’re talking about chocolate healing a broken heart, this is not the case. In other heart-and-chocolate news, a 9-year study in Sweden, which tested women who ate two servings of dark chocolate a week versus those who didn’t, concluded that chocolate helped reduce the risk of heart failure by nearly a third. Also, a recent German study reported a 39% reduction from the risk of heart attack and strokes.

  • Reduces Stress

If you’re not living with stress, you’re not living – at least, that’s what the average person would say. On average, an adult’s stress level based on a 10-point scale is a 5.1. Studies suggest that theobromine found in cacao relieves stress. Theobromine is the chemical that gives you the good feeling from your favorite way of consuming chocolate.

  • Quiets Coughs

Nothing is as annoying as an episode of coughing when either you’re talking or trying to listen. And, in a group, your cough can become distracting to others. Thankfully, with chocolate, not only does it reduce stress and increase blood flow, but it also puts your cough in its place. As the chemicals have the ability to subdue the vagus nerve in your brain, cacao can be great alternative to that disgusting cough syrup that you’re forced to throw back!

  • Prevents Memory Decline and Enhances Intelligence

A study conducted by the Harvard Medical School indicated that consumption of chocolate such as drinking two cups of hot cocoa a day helps keep the brain healthy. This action is termed as neurovascular coupling, and it has an important role in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s.

There are other benefits of chocolate that have been researched and studied like cacao helping to prevent strokes, lowering cholesterol, and improving blood pressure. However, with so many chocolates, what is the best choice? Below, you’ll find that we have compared the popular milk chocolate to the subsequent dark chocolate to find the most beneficial option for you.

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Milk Chocolate vs. Dark Chocolate

In a side-by-side comparison of milk chocolate to dark chocolate, we can’t really see anything other than two sweet treats! But, as we look closer, and not with our eyes (unless you have that power), we compare milk and dark chocolates in terms of calories, fats, carbs, and nutrients.

In one half of a chocolate bar from each type: milk chocolate contains 219 calories as compared to dark chocolate, which has 242 calories per half a chocolate bar. Looking at total fats, milk chocolate wins as the least fattening with 18% fat as compared to the 26% fat that dark chocolate has.

If you’re on the lookout for fewer carbs, dark chocolate is your choice, as it contains 6% and its competitor, milk chocolate, with 8%. The reason dark chocolate has fewer carbs is because it has less sugar (10g in dark chocolate) than milk chocolate (21g) in half a bar. It also has four times the fiber (16g in dark chocolate; 4g in milk chocolate), it has more than four times the iron (dark chocolate is 28% iron; milk chocolate is 4%), and dark chocolate has double the potassium as compared to milk chocolate (dark chocolate is 8% potassium; milk chocolate is 4%).

Calcium is obviously greater in milk chocolate – hence the name – as milk chocolate contains 8% of the bone-strengthening nutrients and 3% calcium is found in dark chocolate.

 

Whether it’s for you or your Valentine, chocolate sure sounds delightful in the future!


Male Celebs Who Have Undergone Plastic Surgery

Posted in Body Procedures, Face Surgery Procedures, Non Surgical Treatment, Spa Services | January 21, 2015

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The common misconception of plastic surgery is centered around the recognition of nose jobs, tummy tucks, and breast implants. That’s the association a man terms with plastic surgery – bigger breasts, thinner noses, and skinnier waists. This could be the reason why some men turn their noses away from cosmetic upgrades.

However, you’d be surprised at the number of men dabble in the art of plastic surgery. As a matter of fact, some of entertainment’s biggest male stars have gone under the knife and needle for a little enhancement. Some of the manliest of men have retouched faces. Let’s take a look at the male celebrities who have undergone plastic surgery.

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Bruce Jenner

Keeping Up With The Kardashians wouldn’t be a hit without former Olympic athlete and father, Bruce Jenner, in the mix. From taking a gold medal in the decathlon of the 1976 Olympic games in Montreal to striking up fame in the form of a reality show, Bruce Jenner has become a household name.

Bruce is also not ashamed to admit that he has undergone plastic surgery. In fact, in 1984, Jenner went under the knife for a nose job and a partial facelift. 25 years later, Bruce Jenner underwent cosmetic corrections from a ‘botched’ facelift. Olympic gold medalist turned reality show star, Jenner is a man of cosmetic improvement.

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Mickey Rourke

Mickey Rourke is an American actor in many drama, action, and thriller hits such as The Expandables 2, The Wrestler, and Sin City. Beginning his career as an amateur boxer in Hollywood, Rourke gave that up after doctors warned him about neurological problems if he continued. Transitioning from the ring to the movie screen, Mickey Rourke is one that tends not to disappoint.

In 1991, after terminating his boxing career, Rourke went on the table to undergo corrective plastic surgery after injuries from boxing matches became an issue to him. According to sources, Rourke has since received a facelift, eyelid lift, and hair transplants. In an attempt to keep his young, fresh appearance, Rourke isn’t doing that bad of a job.

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Simon Cowell

The British invasion came to America in the form of Simon Cowell. Developing and producing hit shows such as American Idol, The X-Factor, and America’s Got Talent, Cowell has captivated the entertainment industry and has become a huge name in music from his scouting talents alone.

While many aspiring talents fear the wrath of his judgment, Cowell isn’t afraid of a cosmetic procedure. While he says he hasn’t had too much work done, he’s dabbled in the practice of Botox procedures. In fact, Simon Cowell even gives Botox procedures as gifts to his friends! There have been rumors of Cowell getting a facelift, but it looks like that rumor isn’t getting a ticket to Hollywood.

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Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone is a definitive ‘man’s man’. Playing the iconic role of Rocky in the sequenced boxing films, Stallone has made a name for himself with a bad-to-the-bone, not-to-be-messed-with persona.

Stallone is not ashamed to say that he’s had work done. In fact, he actually has a legitimate excuse. His birthing doctor used forceps in the delivery of the star, which resulted in nerve damage to the left side of his face. He has undergone cosmetic surgery to correct those issues. When he got the role of Rocky Balboa, Stallone lost a lot of weight to appear as an active boxer. As a result, Stallone’s face began to sag. So, he had a partial facelift on his left side for correction. There is a rumored forehead lift, but who’s going to ask him if it’s true? Remember, he is Rocky!

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Kenny Rogers

Country crooner, Kenny Rogers, made swift success with such hits as “Islands in The Stream” and “The Gambler”. As an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame and one of the highest selling artists ever (with 165 million albums sold), Rogers has made his name as one of the biggest influences to the future of country music.

Rogers has opened up about his cosmetic procedures, telling People magazine in 2006 about his botched eyelid lift that took away his ‘seductive’ look. He also received cosmetic upgrades in a facelift and Botox injections. He once joked that he underwent surgery to balance the age of his wife, who is much younger than him.

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Wayne Newton

Mr. Entertainment, Mr. Las Vegas, The Midnight Idol. These are the nicknames of the one and only, Wayne Newton. A Vegas native, Newton grew to fame in 1972 with his hit song “Daddy, Don’t Walk Too Fast”, which peaked #4 on the charts. Since then, he has become a Las Vega hit, coining him with the above nicknames. He has made cameo appearances in popular shows and films like The Hangover.

Making its way along with Wayne Newton on the Vegas strip is his list of cosmetic procedures in an attempt to maintain and improve his look. Newton has undergone a brow lift, facelifts, a nose job, jaw line surgery, and plenty of Botox. A music and entertainment sensation, Wayne Newton is the epitome of Vegas.

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Jermaine Jackson

Jermaine Jackson, brother of the late icon, Michael Jackson, was a member of the former Jackson 5, with hits including “ABC” and “I’ll Be There”. Working as a solo producer, he has helped produced with the late Whitney Houston in her early years.

Jermaine, along with the rest of his family, isn’t afraid of a little… TLC – tender, love, and cosmetic surgery. Undergoing a nose job and skin alterations, Jackson makes it on the list of male celebrities with plastic surgery to enhance their look.

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Barry Manilow

“At the copa (CO!) Copacabana…” Barry Manilow, singer of this successful hit, made his way to fame in the early 1970s. Manilow accomplished the feat of having five of his albums on the best-seller chart simultaneously. While he’s been a chart-topper and Vegas strip headliner, he’s most known for his writing capabilities. He has written commercial jingles for brands and companies, some of which are McDonald’s, Dr. Pepper, State Farm Insurance, and Band-aids. Selling 80 million albums worldwide, he is added to the list of the best-selling artists of all time.

While he denies his surgeries, experts in the field have discussed his changing look. They speculate an eyelid lift, upper and lower facelift, and Botox. Still, with or without surgery, Manilow is a music mogul.

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Carrot Top

Funnyman, Carrot Top, is a household name as a comic and actor. Known for his prop comedy and satirical material, Carrot Top has appeared in numerous films, shows, and parodies including Scrubs, The Neighbors, Family Guy, and South Park.

Carrot Top, known personally as Scott Thompson, has undergone an amount of surgery, including an eyebrow lift and lip plumping. He has also undergone laser peels to remove freckles and Botox injections. Aside from cosmetic procedures, there is speculation that Carrot Top has dabbled into steroids, which can explain his recent fast-growing muscular physique.

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Gene Simmons

Kiss bass guitarist and co-lead vocalist, how can one simply forget about Gene Simmons? Captivating the world with hits such as “Rock-n-Roll All Nite” and “Detroit Rock City”, Kiss was a hit. After a dismissal of the band in the early 1980s, the band reunited for the Kiss Alive/Worldwide/Reunion Tour, which became the top-grossing tour of 1996 and 1997. They have been named one of VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”, and in 2014, the band was an inductee into the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

Since then, Gene Simmons has appeared on Ugly Betty, CSI: Miami, a voiceover on The Fairly OddParents, and as a guest judge on American Idol. On his reality show, Gene Simmons: Family Jewels, he hosted a televised surgery as Simmons and wife, Shannon Tweed, underwent his-and-her facelifts. He’s no stranger to plastic surgery.

 

There you have it. Some of the manliest of men have improved their look with a few incisions and injections. From Rocky Balboa to chart-topping, highest selling artists, cosmetic surgery isn’t only for women.


Plastic Surgery Tourism: From China to South Korea

Posted in Body Procedures, Breast Surgery Procedures, Face Surgery Procedures, Liposuction Procedures | January 21, 2015

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Plastic surgery has been around for a while. It’s been around for so long that traces of its practice have been dated back to 3000 to 2500 BC. Reaching from states to countries and from countries to continents, cosmetic surgery can be performed anywhere. With experienced and highly skilled doctors in each country, you can literally get a procedure performed just about anywhere. However, in some places, like China, it may be little less likely to find patients going under the knife there.

Chinese plastic surgery clinics have been reported as being unhygienic and unclean. That may be a reason why many Chinese patients get their procedure outsourced to other countries, like South Korea.

As a matter of fact, South Korea has had a massive amount of Chinese tourists undergo surgery in their clinics. South Korea’s clinics have been noted for their hygiene, cleanliness, and professionalism. These are major reasons why Chinese frequent to South Korea.

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South Korea: Eat, Sleep, and Get A Nip And Tuck

Cosmetic surgery is a must-do for Chinese tourists in South Korea. From minor surgeries like an eyelid lift to extreme procedures such as facial reconstruction, the Chinese guests have chosen South Korea as their surgical location.

The ubiquitous popularity of Chinese medical tourism has made South Korea the place to go for Chinese surgery. A little pricier than Chinese clinics, South Korean clinics offer a more hygienic and smoother operation in cosmetic procedures.

With much medical traffic from China, South Korea’s government has chosen to adapt to the growing industry.

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How South Korea’s Government Adapts

With the amount of tourism in intentions of cosmetic surgery, the South Korean government has taken notice and adapted to the inbound traffic of Chinese patients. They have adapted so much so that the government sets aside an annual $4 million promotion plan to encourage the Chinese medical tourism industry.

In the Gangnam district of South Korea, plastic surgery clinics have adapted to the Chinese tourists looking for undergoing procedures that they even have signs in Chinese to draw them in. When one gets into the clinic, Korean to Chinese translators stand prepared for interpreting communications between the two languages.

Results in Chinese Medical Tourism

As a result of the widespread popularity of Chinese medical tourism, South Korean medical clinics gain notability in the form of studies. In fact, a study conducted by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported that South Korea has the highest rate of cosmetic surgery worldwide.

A procedure in South Korea can range from $900 to more than $15,000, depending upon the combination of plastic surgeries that are performed. For some, a simple procedure will do, but for many, while you’re there, you might as well go all out, right?

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Effects of Medical Tourism

As sanitary and sterile as South Korean clinics can be, problems can still arise. As mentioned above, many Chinese tourists undergo surgeries in bulk since they are in the country for a short period of time. This can have a damaging effect on the patient if too much surgery has been performed. Too much surgery at one time can be dangerous for the patient.

There is a limit to plastic surgery procedures at one time, as your health becomes a factor in the outcome of operations. Though, approaching the borderline of the limit can start to have an effect on you at physical and emotional levels. From depression and stress to the length of time it takes for healing, these factors tie into the effects of plastic surgery.

Also, another factor is the operation of travel after conducting such change to your body. Those who have had a good amount of work done in South Korea may have to wait until they heal more before boarding the plane back home. Traveling could increase your risk of fails, damages, and complications of surgery.

In conclusion, Chinese tourism is most popular for cosmetic surgeries in South Korea. With cleaner, more sanitary, and sterile clinics for operating, South Korea becomes the highest rated country in the world for cosmetic procedures.


Winter Skin You Don’t Have To Be In

Posted in Non Surgical Treatment | December 12, 2014

winterskinThe winter cold can leave your skin looking dryer than the Sahara Desert on the hottest day of the year. No matter what you seem to do, your skin still looks cracked and lifeless. Luckily, nature already provides the best remedies for dry skin.

Pine Tree

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As mentioned in previous posts, pine tree oil is great for treating cold symptoms and relieving stress. You can find pine tree oil in many skin care products from lotions to bath soaps and so on. What this oil is it acts as an antioxidant to iron out those wrinkles and age marks. Dermatologists often prescribe the oil to treat cases of psoriasis, itching, pimples, eczema, and more skin problems.

Honey

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The bees are hard at work to provide a healthier sweetener, a baking ingredient, and a skin exfoliator? That’s right, honey has shown to clean and hydrate the skin, leaving a glow. Honey can also fade scars with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial compounds. Honey is also said to lighten skin.

Honey can also be used as an acne treatment, an all-natural conditioner, hair highlighter, and a sunburn treatment. With the anti-inflammatory properties, honey can calm redness and irritation of the skin. Your hair can benefit from the enzymes in honey, giving it a shine without weighing it down.

Coconut

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You can get a little piece of paradise with the benefits that coconuts give you. Not only is it good for your skin, but coconuts help control diabetes, increase the tolerance of your immune system, and boost energy. Also, coconut oil can be used as an anti-aging treatment against wrinkles with its anti-carcinogenic properties.

Coconut oil is great as it moisturizes the skin, preventing dryness and flakiness. It also detoxifies your skin from bacteria, fungi, and other germs. And, if you ever want to reverse the effects of tanning, coconut oil will do the trick.

Milk

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Before you pour that milk into a glass or bowl, learn this: milk has many benefits for the skin. For example, milk soothes irritation, acts as a superior cleanser, and shrinks pores. Like coconut oil, milk also improves complexion. Milk can also be used to remove dead skin cells.

Oatmeal

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So, before I continue, I will remind you that this is not a reminder to eat breakfast, but as well as other natural skin care remedies, oatmeal offers great advantages for the skin. A facial of hot cooked oatmeal can be used to treat acne, remove redness and irritation, and naturally cleanse your skin deep inside the pores. Did you know that oatmeal could also treat chicken pox and poison ivy?

Bananas

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Bananas are a delicious fruit that… can be used to achieve great skin? Almost. The oil found in banana peels can be used to get that great skin. It acts as a nourishment to reduce dryness and flaky skin and tightens skin cells. It also contains the power to hamper the production of Eumelanin, which darkens the skin tone.

 

The elements of nature are all around you. From honey to coconuts, nature provides the remedies for beaming, glowing skin. You’re just a glass of milk and a banana peel away from achieving it!


Peppermint & Pine: The Benefits of Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized | December 12, 2014

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Don’t you just love the smell of December? The Christmas tree lights up the house while its lovely smell infuses with the feeling of joy. The pine scent fills the air, and it smells like Christmas. The tree is full of memories hanging from each branch and alongside hangs candy canes ready to be eaten. This is what you think of when you think peppermint and pine in the holidays, but do you really know what they can do for you?

 

Vitamin C isn’t just found in oranges…

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In the early 1940s, French researcher Jacques Masquelier discovered that pine bark and needles contained vitamin C. He also found that pine contains beneficial antioxidants such as flavonols. It was then that he discovered Pycnogenol, which today is marketed as a dietary supplement.

Stress Relief and Enhanced Memory

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Both pine and peppermint oils both are found to relieve stress. Taking a walk in the woods is common in many places as it relaxes your mind. Also, massages with pine essential oil have been proven to not only ease muscle tension, but provide mental clarity in today’s busy world. Peppermint oil is most often used for its aroma. The scent of peppermint can ease your mind. Peppermint is also known to get rid of headaches, enhance memory, and increase alertness.

Take A Deep Breath

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Pine trees are a great remedy for that winter allergy that spreads right before the holidays. Pine tree oil has been shown to alleviate symptoms of chest colds and provide relief for illnesses such as bronchitis. Acting as a gentle decongestant, pine trees make it easier to breathe when with a stuffy nose.

Peppermint has its fair share of remedy-like treatments. Like pine, peppermint is another great decongestant that loosens mucus and makes it easier to breathe. Also, peppermint contains rosmarinic acids (also found in rosemary) that reduce inflammation in asthma patients.

A Little Rub Down..

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As mentioned above, pine tree oil can act as a great massage lubricant to help ease muscle tension and relieve mental stress. Peppermint can also do the trick with sore muscles and muscle pain. Rubbing one or both of these oils on your skin will reduce pain, stress, and worry.

Gargle with Peppermint

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Peppermint is a great way to freshen breath. It also has been shown to slightly whiten teeth. But what you might not know is that peppermint oil is one of the most natural mouthwashes and germ killer there is. Also, peppermint helps prevent cavities!

 

So, there you have it. Your Christmas tree sits in the corner, decorated with the fondest memories of the past. Candy canes hang from the branches as well. Then, you think… Is there anything pine and peppermint CAN’T do?!

 


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