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7 Morning Habits To Kick Off The Productive Day

7 Morning Habits To Kick Off The Productive Day

By Adetoun Adeyemo – October 20, 2017


Morning habits lead to making healthy and wise choices throughout your day. There are only 24 hours in a day and time continues to tick by faster every year. It seems impossible to stuff everything you need to do in such a short amount of

time. However, you can use your time wisely and include healthy habits that will set you up for success. Many people roll out of bed and immediately into the chaos of their day. But I couldn’t imagine the most successful people rushing through their shower or skipping breakfast.

Developing a regular morning ritual prepares you for the day and helps you to become more productive. Consistency sounds boring and it is to a lot of people, but it’s also necessary for accomplishing your goals. No one climbs the ladder of success overnight. If this were true, everyone would reach the top. You can utilize the morning hours and start your day with positivity by crossing a few items off your “to do” list. Here is a list of things to do instead of pressing the snooze button or smoke that morning cigarette.

Yoga and Meditation

Practicing meditation and yoga can help you set your intentions for the day. Spending a few quiet moments to yourself can help clear your mind, sharpen your focus and bring awareness to the body. There are numerous health benefits that have been linked through meditation such as lowered blood pressure and improved blood circulation. I like to start my day with 20 minutes of yoga and end my evening with 20 minutes of meditation. The more frequently you meditate, you’ll be able to handle whatever life throws your way.

Eat A Healthy Breakfast

Along with exercise, your body requires proper nourishment to get through the day. Some mornings are hard to wake up, but looking forward to a hearty meal can be motivating. People who eat within an hour of when they wake up will feel

energized, focused and healthy. A hearty breakfast can wake you up and power your day. Studies have found that eating breakfast stabilizes glucose levels, which enhances concentration, memory, and creativity. Those who skip the most important meal of the day tend to eat more calories, making weight hard to lose and maintain. Always include protein in your breakfast and avoid heavy meals and starchy foods. Eggs, yogurt, and granola are quick and easy meals that will give you nutrients without weighing you down. A few of my favorite beverages are coffee, green tea, and water with lemon. Try to stay away from juices like orange or cranberry since these beverages contain a large amount of sugar. Drinking a glass of warm water before every meal will benefit your digestive system and keep you full for longer.

Make A List

I alway make sure i make a list of all my schedule, that way i don’t miss out of my plan. I don’t think I could ever get ANYTHING done without writing down all the tasks I need to complete. If you feel like you have way too many things on your plate- list all of them down in a list & start from the most important ones. You’re going to feel more in control this way & let me tell ya- seeing those check marks is very rewarding ✓ !

“Me” Time

What better way to start the day than with yourself. Before you have to rush through traffic and deal with these crazy times we live in, slow down. Light a few candles and pour the bubble bath. The mind needs a break to unwind and refuel. It’s nearly impossible to concentrate on daily tasks when your mind is bogged down. Read a book, take a bath or meditate for a few minutes. It doesn’t matter what your outlet is as long as you have one. Start the day by doing something you

legitimately enjoy.

House Work

It’s so annoying to come home after working all day to a dirty house. Do yourself a favor and wake up a few extra minutes earlier to cross off a few items off your list. Start a load of laundry, vacuum the house or check your email to kick off the day with productivity. You’ll thank yourself later knowing that you won’t have to come home to a sink full of dirty dishes.


I honestly believe that exercise is essential for a completely fulfilling life. Being able to move your body is incredible, so you should take full advantage of your good health. Twenty minutes to an hour of physical activity in the morning helps your creative juices and positive energy flow naturally. Even a few minutes of walking, running or yoga can boost confidence, happiness and focus throughout the day. If you are a dog owner, taking your furry friend on a walk can do the body wonders. The more you can incorporate the outdoors into your day, the happier you will also be. I feel the most creative after an intense workout or a long run outside.

Create Something New

It feels good to start the day off by creating something new. If you are an artist, break out the paint brushes. If you are an author, sit down and write. You’ll feel like you can take on anything that comes your way after you put on your thinking cap.

You can also use this time to do any meal prepping for the week to save you, even more, time. Cooking your favorite meals is also a stress reliever to some.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know how you start your day in the comments section. Please subscribe to be notifying of future blog posts. If you are looking to collaborate, I am open to suggestions. You can drop me an email at Talk to you soon loves!


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5 Metallic Nail Polishes Tested By DCWLifestyle Editors

5 Metallic Nail Polishes Tested By DCWLifestyle Editors


The team at OPI put together the list of colors things every nail tech should practice on a day to day basis. Because no matter how long we’ve been working in this industry, it’s always important to remind ourselves that if you love what you do, you always want to keep learning. Beautiful colors i see.

Christian Dior Nagellack Winter: This super-shiny red gold polish works like red lipstick for your fingertips–add it to any look and feel instantly put together.

The Marc Jacobs Enamored Nail Polish is a superior polish with a high shine plasticized look, smooth application and a unique color range. I’ve found this beautiful and fanier. Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Polish in Gatsby, $18;



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Tom Ford, every detail counts. The extra-amplified, gloss and shine nail lacquer, in a wardrobe of shades from alluring brights to chic neutrals, lets you express your mood and complete your look. Its groundbreaking, high-performance formula with bendable coating delivers high coverage and shine while staying color-true throughout wear. CHANEL has newly reinvented its this NAIL COLOUR so that it’s formulated with bioceramics and ceramides to improve the quality of your nails. Its range of shades features best-selling cult favorites and daring new hues.

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Essie Nail Color is Good as Rainbow

I’ve always loved the way Essie nail polishes go on and I’m a huge fan of a classy pop of different colors. They are vibrant enough to get attention but subtle enough to not overpower the rest of your look.

Essie Nail Color in Good as Gold, $9;

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Healthy Foods: What to Eat For Optimal Workouts

Healthy Foods: What to Eat For Optimal Workouts

African woman eating healthy salad
By Adetoun Adeyemo   |   Friday, 22 Sep 01 11:25 AM
Are you running on empty tummy every time you hit the gym? The food you eat before and after your workouts can either minimize or maximize your athletic performance. Whether you prefer a brisk morning walk or an empowering Pilates class, it is important to give your body the nutrients it needs. Make sure to fuel your tank to keep your engines running long and strong with the following tips.


Be a Carbohydrate Champion
As the main source of energy for the body, carbohydrates are converted to sugar that is stored in the form of glycogen as future fuel for our muscles. When the time comes to sweat it out, our muscles are able to use this sugar for energy without getting fatigued. If we don’t have a sufficient supply we won’t be able to zoom through our Zumba class! Exhaustion will prevent us from completing our workouts and protein will be used for energy instead. After a strong workout, your body will need more carbohydrates to replenish the glycogen stores and minimize protein loss.

Chomp on these carbs: The best carbohydrates will provide you with adequate fiber, B vitamins and iron for energy metabolism: fruits, cereals, crackers, and breads. See pre-workout menus below!

Pump Up With Protein
Should you pass on the protein? If you seek sleek muscle tone, then become pals with protein. It is essential for promoting tissue growth and repair. After a strength-training session your muscle fibers will require this nutrient to help you in building, repairing and synthesizing new muscle.

Power up with these proteins: Low-fat dairy, nuts, seeds, fish, poultry, beans, legumes and eggs.
Forego the Fat

Although fat provides our body with energy, it is slow to digest and takes a long time to convert to usable energy. Large amounts of oxygen are required to turn fat into fuel, so save the ice cream for a later treat!

Forget these fats: Before you slip on those sneakers, make sure to avoid fatty, fried foods that will zap your energy.

Step Away From the Sugar
It is best to refrain from consuming refined sugars that will increase your insulin levels and cause a rapid rise and drop in your blood sugar.

Sugar snafus: Sweet beverages, candy bars, sweet cereals and yogurts, sugar-laced granola and power bars

Put Your Pre- and Post-Workout Eats Into Practice
Timing is everything! First of all, you probably already know that it is best not to exercise on a full stomach to prevent cramping, nausea and an upset stomach. Also, the time and intensity of your workout will often determine what you should eat and drink. A 10-mile run will demand more energy than a casual cycle around your neighborhood.
Two hours before a workout, eat a small meal, such as:
• 1 1/2 cup of whole grain cereal (carb) +  8 oz. glass low-fat milk (protein + carb)+ 2 tbs. dried cranberries (carb)
• 2 scrambled eggs (protein) with spinach and mushrooms+½ whole wheat English muffin(carbs)
•½ cup quinoa (carb and protein) + small mixed green salad
• Whole-grain toast (carb) with 1 tbs. nut butter (protein)
• 1 cup whole-grain pasta (carb) with ½ cup garbanzo beans (protein + carb)
• 3 oz.turkey breast (protein) +lettuce and tomato +2 small whole-grain crackers (carb)

An hour before a workout, snack on:
• small banana, (carb)
• 1 cup lowfat unsweetened yogurt (protein)
• ½ cup fruit and soy or almond milk smoothie (carb and protein)
• ¼ cup trail mix with nuts (protein), seeds (protein) and dried fruit (carb)

An hour after a workout:
Recover from the grind! It is best to eat within one hour after completing your workout in order to optimize muscle recovery. The highest rates of muscle glycogen synthesis occur during the first hour after exercise. Your body’s metabolism is also working at its best right after exercise, so don’t wait too long to feed your belly. Your meal should contain both protein and carbohydrates such as any of the above-mentioned foods. If you don’t have time to eat, a glass of low-fat milk is a good choice with enough protein, carbs, and electrolytes like sodium and calcium

Remember to replace lost fluids by drinking water after you exercise to prevent dehydration. For exercise lasting more than 90 minutes aim to have a quarter to a half cup of water every 15-20 minutes. This will also help you prevent fatigue while you are working out.

Should you eat or fast before a workout? Is carbo-loading a good idea before a vigorous exercise routine? And what should you eat to recover from heavy physical activity?

For many of us, trying to find the right balance of healthy eating and a regular exercise routine is not easy. Figuring out what foods are most nourishing before and after a workout can be even more difficult.

But it’s important to know what types of foods can help fuel your sweat session and the right post-workout meals that help your body refuel.

Here are some expert tips on how best to nourish your body before, during, and after a workout.

Don’t exercise on an empty stomach. It’s important to try and eat something before you work out, regardless of what time of the day it is.

 Eat a fuel-boosting snack, like a banana or rice cake, at least 30 minutes before working out. It will help you have a more intense workout by keeping your body’s energy stores high.

Carbohydrates and a good-quality protein before a workout should do the trick. Some options: Oatmeal and berries, peanut butter and an apple, or yogurt and muesli.

Carbs can help enhance your performance, especially during long cardio exercises, according to researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia.

Nancy Cohen, a professor of nutrition at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst recommends 1 to 4 grams of carbs per every 2.2 pounds of body weight if you are planning to exercise for longer than an hour. What does that equal? A banana has about 27 grams of total carbohydrates.

“By eating carbohydrate-rich foods that are low in fat and low or moderate in protein, you can make sure you have enough muscle glycogen as fuel for your physical activity. This might include low-fat granola bars, fig bars, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, banana, yogurt, pasta, or other high-carbohydrate foods,” Cohen said.

One exception: if it’s been only two or three hours since your last full meal, you can skip the snack.

Avoid pre-workout energy powders. Many of them are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and can do more harm than good. I recommend JUICE PLUS COMPLETE 

People who have taken pre-workout mixes have reported rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating, and digestion issues. Some nutritionists recommend a cup of coffee instead.

Drink during your workout. Unless you’re exercising for longer than an hour, there really isn’t a reason to have a snack during your workout. But you should focus on drinking plenty of water during your workout to stay hydrated.

“If it’s something convenient to have on the way to work, that’s fine. Or one scoop in your water isn’t bad. But if you’re getting it on-the-go, make sure you know what’s going in there. There might be too many servings of fruit or multiple scoops of nut butter. You can have it but not having a protein shake is not going to make you lose muscle,” Neglia added.

What about protein bars? Again, it’s important to check the labels to see just what’s in them. Ideally, a bar should be under 200 calories and have only a few grams of sugar. Otherwise, it’s a dessert, not a snack

Complete – A healthy (and fast) food



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How Often Do You Really Need to Wash Your Hair?

How Often Do You Really Need to Wash Your Hair?

The answer is different for everyone.

By Adetoun A Adefule

September 01, 2017

Wet Hair
Of course, there is another school of thought that insists hair does better entirely untouched. Leave it alone long enough, and your hair will reach a sort of equilibrium where its soft, non-greasy, and healthy—all without shampoo. This is also debatable.

Without further adieu, here’s what the experts think, a.k.a. those not embroiled in the debate, but dedicated to the daily pursuit of beautiful, nourished hair.

Your hair is a beautiful snowflake. That’s a delicate way of saying there is no single answer to this question. “Not only do we all have differences in hair texture, thickness and length, but differences in scalp health and oil production are major factors, too,” says Los Angeles hairstylist Clayton Hawkins. Commit to a process of a trial and error, but like, actually commit to it. “You won’t know after one single week on a new routine if it’s really working for you,” he adds. In general, a month or so on any new cleansing/not-cleansing/dry shampooing routine will be enough time to get a solid idea.

Lifestyle choices matter. Simply put: If you workout regularly, you’ll probably need to wash your hair more frequently. If you smoke cigarettes, you’ll likely want to rid it of the smell somehow. Likewise if you swim in pools, live in a grimy urban area, etc etc etc. And if you never exercise, don’t smoke, and live in a cryogenic chamber: You’re blessed! You’ll likely have to wash your hair a lot less frequently. And something we’ll all experience is a gradual drying of our hair as we age; at that point, regular washing is even less important, regular conditioning even more so.

Oil is really not the enemy. Raise your hand if you’ll spend a week’s salary on a product that promises to deposit natural/botanical/organic/essential oils on your hair, skin or body. Newsflash: “The oil your scalp naturally produces is the absolute best product you could ever put on your hair,” says Hawkins. It’s biologically targeted for you, so any shampoo or conditioner that’s formulated to get rid of that oil should be approached with caution. Which brings us to…

Sulfates are never a good idea. Sulfates—sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate—are added to most shampoos and conditioners as surfactants that attract dirt and oil, pulling it away from your scalp and hair shaft and leaving both zones, well, cleansed. Of course, sulfates have no way of telling if they’re whisking away the good natural oils on your scalp, or cleaning up the bad boxing class grease you want gone, meaning they’re often too effective. And they’re especially harsh on color-treated hair, where they can work to suck up the dyes and pigments you so painstakingly paid to have deposited. Which is all to say looking for sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners is definitely worth your while.

There’s such a thing as faking it. So taking into account everything we’ve outlined above, let’s say you’re someone with fine hair, who works out often, and is prone to greasy strands. Rather than washing your hair with shampoo every. single. time. you shower, Hawkins advises a fake-out wash: That is, wetting your strands completely, massaging your scalp with your fingertips, and rinsing it through with water. “It’s the shampoo—not the water—that’s the most stripping and damaging to hair,” says Hawkins. Oftentimes, you’ll be able to whisk away most of the excess sweat, oil and grease—but not every molecule of good oil—with a rigorous rinse. And always feel free to condition from mid-shaft down, which will also help keep your hair clean-looking and smelling.

Here’s the bottom line. If your hair is fine and your scalp is oily, you probably will have to actually shampoo your hair at least three to four times a week. Dry shampoo and fake-out rinses can help get you through the other few days. If your hair is coarse, curly, dry or thick, you can probably get away with weekly washes; maybe two or three if you workout or smoke. In the Old Days, women paid to have their hair washed and set once a week. That being said, they also didn’t got to HIIT classes—but still. Maybe they were onto something.

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How to Fit Exercise into Your Routine—No Matter How Busy You Are

How to Fit Exercise into Your Routine—No Matter How Busy You Are

August 28, 2017

We all know by now that maintaining an active lifestyle should be one of our top priorities in life. Only by taking care of ourselves do we stand a chance of being the kind of person we strive to be on the job, at home with our loved ones, and in our communities. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Work, in particular, can get in the way of working out—in fact, there is a big paradox going on, and it becomes more obvious the more challenging (and exciting!) a job gets: On one hand, we struggle to find time to work out; on the other, we can’t afford to not exercise because it is integral to sustained success.

My co-author and I sought to get to the heart of this paradox—and figure out how to beat it—when we wrote Winning Without Losing: 66 Strategies for Building a Wildly Successful Business While Living a Happy and Balanced Life. We interviewed 25 high-powered workers from around the world who somehow manage to exemplify healthy work-life balance. Based on these interviews, we’ve put together six tips for how to fit exercise into your daily routine—no matter how busy you are with work.

How to Stay Fit Despite a Demanding Job

1. Work Out Efficiently 

Pick a workout form that you can do almost anywhere, whether you’re traveling or getting home from the office late. Ideally, this will be a form of exercise that doesn’t require much preparation (maybe save the wind surfing for the weekend) and that accomplishes significant physical gains in a short period of time (sorry, golfers). High-intensity interval training, Tabata training, bodyweight exercises, and running are all great choices.

2. Cater to Your Own Likes and Dislikes

By now you might be thinking, “I hate running!” (or Tabata, or what have you)—and that’s okay. We each need to be realistic and to know ourselves. One person’s running is another person’s yoga, weight training, or dance. Flexing your self-discipline muscles is often necessary when it comes to exercise, but make it easier on yourself by choosing a form of exercise that fits your lifestyle, personality, and taste. Not sure what you love to do? Don’t be afraid to experiment with different forms of exercise until you find what works best for you.

3. Use Competitions as Motivation

When it comes to being successful at work, collaboration is key. But when we’re trying to motivate ourselves to exercise on a regular basis (and with enough intensity for it to really matter), competition has its merits. Today, it’s possible to find a competition suitable to your skill level in almost any sport. Whether you’re elite, beginner, or somewhere in between, there’s something for all of us. Sign up, set a goal, and notice what it does to you—odds are good it might be the push you need to keep yourself in the game.

4. Make a Schedule and Commit to It

One of the most cited reasons to skip a workout goes something like this: “I am just too busy at work today; I can’t make my yoga class.” I call BS! If you unexpectedly had to pick up your child from school and had no back-up plan, how would you deal with the situation? Cancel an internal meeting? Take some work home with you? Do some hard prioritizing? The truth is that when we really need to, we get out of the office at the time that is necessary. Make a schedule (write it down if it helps!), stick to it, and remind yourself that working out is a priority worth keeping.

5. Track Your Activity Levels

“If you don’t measure it, it doesn’t exist”. It’s a slight exaggeration, yes, but this old saying really has some truth to it, especially when it comes to exercise. Make a note in your calendar every time you work out, and add up your workout sessions at the end of each week, month, and year so you can monitor your progress and identify areas for improvement. Measuring your activity levels (and ideally keeping notes on your progress) can help you to stay on track and realize when you’re slipping before you’ve completely lost the habit.

6. Choose Something Over Nothing

You don’t need an hour—or even 30 minutes—to get a complete, effective workout. And some exercises is virtually always better than none. Heck, even seven minutes can make a difference! We can always find a few free minutes in our day (yes, we can!). With an effective program, and done frequently enough, short and speedy workouts can do wonders to both the body and mind. Squeeze in fitness wherever you are and no matter how much time you have with bodyweight exercises or with the help of apps with pre-programmed short workouts—you can even do some exercises at your desk!

How to Fit Exercise into a Busy Work Schedule

The Takeaway

The takeaway is this: The best way to see results is to do a well-balanced workout regime and hone in on your diet. These challenges can be a great starting point and are good if you want to track your progress on specific moves, but i will always recommend to my clients to keep it balanced: work the whole body, get some cardio in, if you are wanting more of a challenges in class then amp up weights and keep your diet clean. commit to making exercise a priority in your life, and never settle for less than feeling strong and fit.

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5 Essential Oils to Improve Your Memory and Focus

5 Essential Oils to Improve Your Memory and Focus

August 26, 2014

By now, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about essential oils. First used by the Egyptians and Babylonians, today essential oils can be found in everything from body soap, lotion to hand soap to shampoo. So what is it about these potent potions that has made them a holistic staple for thousands of years?

Well, essential oils have some incredible medicinal properties when inhaled or applied topically to the skin—typically the wrists, palms, or scalp. They are also the basis of aromatherapy, the practice of enhancing psychological and physical well-being through the regular use of a plant’s aromatic oils.

Though this alternative medicine practice might seem like a practice for the crystal-wearing crowd, aromatherapy actually began in Europe and has been embraced by Western medicine. Aromatherapy is used cure a variety of maladies while boosting other bodily processes. In particular, essential oils can profoundly improve memory, helping to boost both your focus and your recall time.

Here are some of the most effective memory-enhancing aromatherapy scents:

1. Rosemary:

This sharp and camphorous scent has been shown to enhance proscriptive memory, which is the ability to remember things happening in the future. If you’ve been having trouble recalling your schedule—when to pick up the mail, when to schedule your next chiropractor appointment—then this is the ideal essential oil for you. Try rubbing it on your palms in the morning as you review your schedule or add a few drops to a relaxing bath at night while you rejuvenate for the next day.

2. Basil:

The sweet and refreshing scent of basil can help ameliorate both poor memory and fatigue-induced distraction. Before heading into a late night study session or prepping for tomorrow’s big presentation, inhale basil essential oil deeply. Place a reed diffuser containing 20-25 drops of basil essential oil near your study space for increased effectiveness.

3. Cyprus:

If you’re looking for a subtler fragrance, try cyprus essential oil. This evergreen scent can help to increase concentration without suffusing your entire house with the scent of licorice, à la basil essential oil and some of the other more pungent oils.

4. Peppermint:

In need of a natural morning pick-me-up that doesn’t involve caffeine or a rooster? Try peppermint essential oil. This spicy and fragrant scent helps to wake up the mind, focus your senses, and improve your memory. Plus, it’s a natural cure for headaches. If you’re working to wean yourself off of the morning caffeine routine, this is the essential oil for you.

5. Sage:

This natural essential oil acts as a stimulant to boost your senses in the morning, without any of the crash you experience with caffeine or sugar. Pair with lemon oil or black pepper oil for complementary scents that will enhance your memory and kick-start your morning routine.

What’s your favorite essential oil to enhance focus or memory? Tell us in the comments section below!

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The 7 Most Luxury Facials to Try in Miami

The 7 Most High-Tech Facials to Try in Miami

Lapis Spa

Martha Stewart stamps this as “the most beautiful spa in America,” so if you’re gonna book a treatment at Lapis Spa, then you might as well go big and reserve the Bleau private spa suite. There are two treatment beds, a jetted tub and a private bathroom and shower that accompany your oceanside view. Oh, and once you’re done with your Aroma Detox therapy, you can bequest a personal bath butler to cater to your bubbling needs. If you’re on a budget like most, though, check online for Lapis’s many monthly specials, which include access to the spa’s myriad water journey rooms.

The sun, sand, beautiful beaches and tons of nightlife options make Miami a vibrant, barely-sleep city, but the spa and wellness spots are equally as prevalent, providing serene sanctuaries where you can take in some serious skin-saving facials.You May Also Like: The 5 Best Spa Treatments to Try in New York City

CACI Ultimate Lift Facial at Mandarin Oriental

The magic of microcurrent in this totally customizable treatment takes on puffiness, sagginess and all other signs of lackluster skin to leave your face looking completely revitalized.

Original Beauty Facial Treatment at The Setai

Combining a peel, serious facial massage and traditional Japanese and Thai tools that are said to stimulate circulation, this powerful facial not only makes skin look immediately better, but also has the ability to decrease the appearance of pigmentation and sun spots.

Oxygen Facial By Luzern at The Spa at Thompson Miami Beach

Perfect for anyone who wants to fight signs of aging without any downtime, this walk-right-out-with-an-immediate-glow facial fights fine lines and wrinkles and makes anyone look more refreshed and rested in 80 minutes.

Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial at Acqualina Resort

A trio of microdermabrasion, microcurrent and LED light therapy all meet in this device-driven lifting, toning and firming facial. The result: Skin looks smoother, more radiant and more nourished, and stays that way for days after.

Alpha Beta Facial, Cowshed Spa at Soho Beach House

This 90-minute medical-grade facial features glycolic, mandelic, salicylic and lactic acid exfoliators to treat acne, uneven texture and hyperpigmentation.



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6 Natural Ways to Protect Against Stretch Marks

6 Natural Ways to Protect Against Stretch Marks

August 24, 2017

Stretch marks: most people have them…nobody likes them. Known to dermatologists as striae, stretch marks are scars that develop when your skin has to accommodate rapid growth. Often first appearing as reddish or purple lines on your thighs, hips, or belly, stretch marks fade over time but, like any scar, may never disappear completely.

Why do we get stretch marks? Your skin stays supple thanks to the proteins elastin and collagen, but when it becomes overstretched during puberty, pregnancy, or times of sudden weight gain and hormonal imbalance, the dermis layer of your skin tears and stretch marks form. Women are particularly prone, but stretch marks also commonly plague obese people of both genders.Your personal susceptibility to developing stretch marks is mostly genetic, and unfortunately, there’s no way to completely prevent them. Don’t waste your hopes or money on lotions and creams; stretch marks form from within and nothing you apply topically can counteract the process (if only that weren’t true!).

The good news is that you can boost your defenses against stretch marks by eating foods and leading a lifestyle that help the skin to maintain its elasticity. Even better, these measures are excellent for all other aspects of your health, too!

Eat foods that boost collagen production: Enjoy foods rich in vitamins C, B, and E, all of which contribute to collagen formation. Good (and delicious) options include citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, and nuts and seeds. Check out the other foods you should eat for your skin this summer!

Oil Treatments: Beneficial oils include: Olive oil, Vitamins E oil, Essential oils, and castor oil. Vitamins E oil can help improve skin elasticity as well and therefore prevent stretch marks. Most of these oils work because of their antioxidant properties which reduce free radical d

Get plenty of exercise: Regular physical activity improves circulation and promotes the elasticity of skin. New research shows that a regular exercise routine even can undo signs of aging!

Stay well hydrated: Drinking plenty of water is one of the best things you can do to strengthen and renew your skin. Plus, staying well hydrated boosts your immune system, energizes muscles, and improves digestion.

Vitamin C: The body uses Vitamin C to from collagen and cartilage. Vitamin C is also highly effective in reducing consume collagen and elastin. It is best to get Vitamin C from a natural food source instead of a supplement. Foods high in Vitamin C include red and green bell peppers, guava, kale, parsley greens, turnips, and broccoli. You can also make your own vitamin C.

Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter: Shea butter and cocoa butter are two of the best emollients out there. They are exceptional at keeping the skin moist and hydrated. Cocoa butter is a natural fat extracted from the cocoa bean. Shea butter is made from the nut of the Karite tree. the fatty acids are extracted the skins renewal process. Again preventing and also helping reduce stretch marks.

Once you have stretch marks, the most common ways to reduce their appearance are decidedly unnatural—both laser treatments and applying topical retinoids stimulate collagen growth and speed up cell turnover.

However, exciting research also points to the effectiveness of mixing onion extract and hyaluronic acid, a carbohydrate that is naturally found throughout the human body. Some people also swear by the topical application of vitamin E, though it’s unsupported by research.

Finally, perhaps the most important point to keep in mind is that although your stretch marks may never magically change, your outlook on them can. Try to accept them and even embrace them! Think of it this way: your body is your vehicle through life, and as time passes, it leaves physical marks as mementos of the experiences you’ve had, places you’ve gone, and people you’ve loved. Some women value their pregnancy stretch marks as badges of motherhood and a symbol of their love and sacrifice for their children. And never forget the old cliché—true beauty comes from within!

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8 Foods to Have on Hand for Natural Beauty Treatments

8 Foods to Have on Hand for Natural Beauty Treatments

 August 24, 2017


 1. Egg-facial-mask-Recipes: Eggs have several uses, including culinary and beautifying purposes. Besides providing the body the body sufficient protein for building the body, eggs are used in naturally beauty treatments. Egg masks are used for enhancing the skin’s tone and texture. Knowing the benefits of the egg mask may assist you to make the switch and start using it.

a. Treats wrinkles

Applying the egg mask regularly may act like a temporary treatment for wrinkles. Scientists have found that the egg white is effective at lowering the presence of wrinkles on the face. The protein present in eggs provides skin a lighter and smoother appearance, which helps to hide the wrinkles. Hence, those looking to prevent ageing symptoms from showing should start making use of egg masks regularly.

b. Tightens skin pores

Applying this particular egg mask more often shrinks the pores, which is a very beneficial action. This prevents the accumulation of grime and dirt in these pores. This benefit is linked to the enzyme known as lysozyme, which functions like a natural preservative. Skin experts believe that this characteristic transfers into effective skin care by preserving the elasticity of the skin and also tightening pores.

c. Acne treatment

Egg mask may assist in the treatment of acne, even though it has not yet been scientifically proven. All the same, it never hurts to try it out. The effectiveness of the egg mask like an acne remedy is linked to its protein content. The protein helps in not only healing but also rebuilding the skin. These actions reduce and even totally eliminate acne.

d. Benefits oily skin

Using the egg mask is beneficial for individuals with oily skins. The protein found in eggs absorbs the excessive oil in your skin. This leaves your face fresh and well toned. Actually, egg masks can be applied onto the face like an astringent.

In conclusion, egg masks are effective at cleansing the skin and making it bright and sof

Treating yourself to a nourishing spa treatment doesn’t have to involve harsh chemicals and unnatural ingredients! Some of the most effective and natural treatments for skin problems such as dry skin or acne can be created at home with just a few ingredients from your kitchen.  I’m constantly mashing up foods and carting them from kitchen to bathroom so I can slather them on my skin! The best part is, the foods that are the most beneficial for your skin aren’t expensive or hard to find. They are all very common ingredients that you most likely already have on hand.


  1. Coconut oil: This is my go-to DIY beauty supply! Not only is it great on its own as an intensive night time moisturizer for your body and face, it’s also an incredible hair mask to liven up dull, dry locks and is the perfect smoothing body scrub when mixed with a bit of sugar. I also keep a jar in my shower to use as shaving cream!
  2. Avocado: Not only is everyone’s favorite savory fruit the perfect addition to just about any meal, it’s also a powerhouse when it comes to natural beauty. It’s rich in essential oils that moisturize dry skin as well as vitamin A that can remove dead skin cells.  Mash up an avocado and rub it into your hair as a conditioning mask before you shower, or apply it to your face as an acne and wrinkle-fighting facemask!
  3. Cinnamon: This spice has very strong antibacterial and antiseptic properties, so it’s one of my main natural defenses against acne. If you have acne prone skin, mix cinnamon with honey to create a detoxifying facemask. You can use it as a stronger spot treatment by mixing more cinnamon and less honey to create a thick paste. Apply it to the affected area and leave it overnight.
  4. Raw, Local Honey: The base of all of my favorite natural facemask recipes is raw, local honey. Honey is another great remedy for troublesome skin and it provides the right texture and viscosity needed to make a face mask. I love using raw, local honey because it’s 100% pure honey and it provides a slight defense against local allergies.
  5. Apple Cider Vinegar: Looking for a nighttime toner? Look no further than your kitchen pantry! Mix one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water in a small spray bottle and use it to spritz your face after you wash it. This toner can help clear out your pores, but it does have a strong smell, so I recommend only doing this treatment at night. ACV also has many summertime beauty benefits!
  6. Oranges: Citrus fruit is a great all-natural cure for dry, flaky skin. The acidity in the fruit removes dead skin cells. I like to cut an orange in half and rub half into each elbow to keep them soft, although this technique will work on any body part where you have dry skin. You could also add freshly squeezed orange juice to your sugar and coconut oil scrub!
  7. Bananas: Bananas are incredibly moisturizing and hydrating. If your face is dry, add a small amount of mashed banana to your raw honey facemask. This mask will liven up your complexion and leave you with very soft skin! If you’re suffering from dry, cracked skin on your feet, try adding one part honey to three parts banana and rubbing it into your cracked heels. Remember to cover your feet with plastic wrap to avoid making a mess while you relax during the treatment!

Do you have any favorite at-home natural beauty treatment ingredients?

Next time you make a trip to the grocery store, add these 7 foods to your shopping list for some at home pampering!



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