The Importance of Hats for Sun Protection: The Brim of the Matter

We all know that a hat protects you from the sun, but

did you know for

every 1 inch of brim to your hat = a 10% lower risk of skin cancer to your face!

Ditch the baseball cap, look for brims that go all the way around the hat. Bonus many hats now offer added UPF protection, the Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating system measures the UV protection provided by fabric.

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Siggi Bucket Boonie Cord Fishing Beach Cap Summer Sun Hat Wide Brim for Women UPF50+

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Simplicity Women’s Summer UPF 50+ Roll Up Floppy Beach Hat with Ribbon

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Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Shapeable Outback Sun Hat – Sun Protective

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Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Fairway Golf Hat – Sun Protective

Health & Beauty Tech I’m into Now!

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Northern Light Technology Flamingo Lux Bright Light Therapy Floor Lamp

Why I like it:

Most S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) lamps are small desktop lights that have to be positioned just right to be effective. This floor lamp is much more versatile; it stands 4 feet tall fully assembled with a rotating head which allows you to angle the light for maximum comfort. Electronically powered ballast assures reliable performance with no flicker and no hum. Offers 10,000 lux at Full Spectrum Lighting a comfortable distance of 12 inches, UV blocked. Made in Canada following strict CSA safety guidelines, Canadian Standards Association. I put it together myself in under 5 minutes.

 

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Oral-B BLACK 7000 SmartSeries Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Powered by Braun

Why I Like it:

It talks to your phone using Bluetooth giving you real-time feedback with the Oral-B app focuses brushing on your most important areas, tracks habits over time, motivates with helpful oral care tips, and senses when you brush too hard! Cross Action round brush head with perfectly angled bristles for a precise clean; though my favorite brush that comes with it is the whitening brush. I feel like I just came from a dental check up. Clinically proven superior 3D cleaning oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up and remove up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.

Rechargeable with 6 modes: Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Deep Clean, and Tongue Cleaner.

Reminds you to floss and use mouthwash. Keeps a calendar on how long and how many times a day you brush. And more….

I’m lazy when it comes to dental care. The least amount of work the better! So I love to be told by the brush what to do to motive me!

 

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Clarisonic Smart Profile Cleansing Brush

 

Why I Like it:

Just when I thought Clarisonic couldn’t get better, it did!!! It got intuitive! SMART technology enables the Smart Profile device to read the two new smart enabled brush heads and to automatically adjust between gentle and deep cleansing for an optimal head-to-toe experience. Brush Head replacement indicator illuminates to prompt you when it is time to replace the brush head. Speed auto-adjusts! Amplified turbo speed removes makeup 11x BETTER than hands alone delivering superior cleansing results. You can use 4 manual speeds as well!

 

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DAFNI Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush

Why I Like it:

Heating to a safe 185°C/365°F in mere seconds, this tool evenly distributes heat without damaging your tresses in the process and you control the level of volume. Plus, it’s simple to use, no clips or fuss, you simply brush your hair! I love that it saves time! The bristles glide through your hair without tugging or pulling, creating straight, frizz-free strands fast.

Beauty Must Haves For September!

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Matte Revolution’

Luminous Modern-Matte Lipstick

in Bond Girl

The Laundress Delicate Wash, Lady

St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan

Bobbi Brown Lip Color Shimmer Finish

in Twilight Shimmer

Dermaflage Worryless Starter Kit

Scar Coverage (Has learning curve, but really works

once you get the hang of it!)

Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers

Kiehl’s Original Musk

Beauty Bear Age Delay Pillow

T3 Source Showered Filter

TopShop Lip Ombre

Bodyglide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

Great for preventing blisters!

Chocolate as a Skin Care Ingredient!

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A study in the Journal of Nutrition gave women high or low flavanol powder dissolved in water and discovered that flavonoids in dark chocolate absorb UV light, help protect and increase blood flow to the skin and improve skin’s hydration and complexion [Source: Journal of Nutrition].

Check out few outstanding benefits of dark chocolate for skin here:

Contains antioxidants protect your skin from free radical damage and uv rays.

Has skin toning and brightening caffeine.

Has stress-relieving qualities reducing elevated stress hormones that can cause breakouts and dull skin, as well as anti-inflamatories.

Boosts blood circulation giving your skin a healthy glow and the scalp which may help your hair.


Making Homemade?

Keep in mind……..

Store bought chocolate may contain salt or sugar particles with jagged edges that can scratch your skin as well as other ingredients added to the chocolate. Look for pure coco powder the darker the chocolate the better!

Mask:  Mix plain yogurt with dark chocolate powder and a small amount of oil (ex. olive, sesame, rice bran, or almond).


Eating Chocolate:

From a brand of scientifically designed chocolate called Esthechoc; accordinging to the brand their chocolate does the following:

A 7.5-gram piece of the seemingly magic chocolate packs in more antioxidants than 100 grams of regular dark chocolate and 300 grams of Alaskan salmon. During clinical trials, 50- to 60-year-old participants ate a piece a day of the 70 percent dark chocolate “Esthechoc” and watched it boost blood supply and reduce inflammation to the skin within four weeks — resulting in healthier skin. Sugar levels are low enough for it to be safe for diabetics, and each piece of edible goodness adds up to only 38 calories, making it a safe choice for moderate consumption.

Guess what just eating a small piece of regular store bought dark chocolate still has a lot of health benefits too!

My Must Haves For August!

Eborian Pâte Au Ginseng

Black Concentrated Mask

Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Eye Serum

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

(staying power of a stain)

Make Up Forever (400) Calligraphy Brush

 

(134) Large Fan Powder Brush

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Cellular Support

Hair One Cleansing Conditioners

(Great if you follow the directions exactly and

you don’t use a lot of styling products)

Much Cheaper than Wen & Sally’s has buy one get one sales!

Rice Bran Oil topically on your skin

Cell Phone = Tech Neck (Neck Pain and Wrinkles!)

Things That Are Oddly Soothing!

We all have things that may see odd to someone else but we find soothing.

Like in the movie,”Get Him to the Greek” with the song and scene in the movie were they stroke a furry wall. Video clip is R rated.

  • Cleaning out and carving a pumpkin.
  • Folding and marking up magazines with items I want to buy, but won’t.
  • Tweezing hair.
  • Making a cup of tea.
  • Listening to the hum of the clothing dryer.
  • Breaking open a hot piece of bread.
  • Kneading dough.
  • The smell of gasoline.
  • Driving through the car wash.
  • Smelling produce.
  • Cracking the spine of a paper back.
  • Cracking an egg.
  • Brushing my teeth.
  • Putting my hands on a container of dried beans.

What odd things soothe you? Post in comments.

Oral Sunscreen???? UV Water

Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare Harmonized H2O UV Neutralizer Dietary Supplement

Ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the sun can wreak havoc on skin. Over time, it can cause sunburns, wrinkles, premature aging, and cancer, and reduce immunity against infections. Always use sun protection to protect yourself from damaging UV rays. Boost your body’s defenses (SPF 30-like) with this innovative new technology utilizing frequencies that work against the damaging effects of the sun. Available in Tan and No Tan Frequency formulas.

Not evaluated by the FDA.

Press Releases:
First Drinkable Sunscreen Releases Clinical Trial Results – August 2014
New Holistic Beauty Breakthough: Drinkable Sunscreen – May 2014
Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare’s Harmonized Water Collection Receives Award for Best Inner Beauty Product – February 2014

Articles From Osmosis Website:

Summer Sun Protection with Dr Ben Johnson

UV Protection Water and Sun Protection

What Skeptics Say:

New York dermatologist Dr. Jessica Krant told HuffPost the products are “totally unsubstantiated pseudoscience” that “do not list any active ingredients anywhere publicly available that might suggest true efficacy in any kind of protection from sun damage.” (The company lists the ingredients as “Distilled Water, Multiple Vibrational Frequency Blends.”) Krant added that “even known oral antioxidants that can provide some protection from the sun are not able to achieve more than a few notches of SPF protection from UVB rays.”

Dr. David J. Leffell, professor of dermatology and surgery at the Yale School of Medicine, wrote to HuffPost: “Being very familiar with the biology of ultraviolet radiation and the skin, I would be very suspicious that this product would not be validated scientifically. Moreover, why would you want to take something that affects your whole system when you are dealing with what is effectively a surface issue?”

Via Huffington Post

Directions:

Take 2ml every 4 hours while in the sun (preferably with 2+ oz of water). Wait 1 hour before exposure to the sun. Monitor sun exposure carefully. Take second dose if still in sun 3 hours after first dose. For extended intense exercise outdoors or if taking sun-sensitizing medications, use alternate protection after 30-40 minutes. The duration can vary depending on a person’s weight.

What is Gluten? A Short Animated Lesson


If you’ve been to a restaurant in the last few years, you’ve likely seen the words gluten-free written somewhere on the menu. But what exactly is gluten, and why can’t some people process it? And why does it only seem to be a problem recently? William D. Chey unravels the facts behind celiac disease, wheat allergies and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

Lesson by William D. Chey, animation by Stretch Films, Inc.

View full lesson here

The 2015 Winners of the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting

Best Municipal Water 2015
1st – Hamilton, OH
2nd – Emporia, KS
3rd – Clearbrook, Abbotsford BC, Canada
4th – (three way tie)
Montpelier, OH
Dickinson, ND
Eldorado, CO
5th – Independence, MO

Best Bottled Water  2015
1st – Fengari Platinum, Platinum Class Mineral Water, Athens, Greece
2nd – Castle Rock Water, Dunsmuir, CA
3rd – Halstead Springs Water, Speedwell, TN
4th –  Jackson Springs Natural Premium Spring Water, Middlebor, MB, Canada
5th – Capi, Victoria, Australia

Best Sparkling – 2015
1st – Daphne-Ultra Premium Quality Natural Mineral Sparkling, Athens, Greece
2nd. Oaza, Tesanj, Bosnia  
3rd – Antipodes, Whakatane, New Zealand     (prev gold)
4th – Otakiri, Whakatane, New Zealand
5th – Castle Rock Carbonated Water, Dunsmuir, CA

Best Purified Drinking Water – 2015
1st – Indigo H2O, Elkhart, IN
2nd – Tied:
Bar H2O, Richmond, MI
January Springs, North Haltey QC, Canada.
3rd – Whispering Springs. Pierceton, IN
4th – Le Sage Natural, Le Sage, WV
5th – Mountain Drop, Linthicum, MD bottling famous Berkeley Springs water.  

Best Packaging — 2015
1st – Eternal Naturally Alkaline Spring Water, Dandridge, TN
2nd – Nakd Luxury Artesian Water, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
3rd –  Waiwera Artesian Water, Auckland, New Zealand
4th –  Arisu, Seoul, Republic of Korea
5th –  Antipodes Water, Whakatane, New Zealand

2014 Winners

Best Municipal Water 2014
Best in the World – Clearbrook, BC, Canada
Best in USA – Santa Ana, CA  
2nd  – Hamilton, OH
3rd – Greenwood, BC, Canada   
4th (tie)– Dickinson, ND   &  Montpelier, OH
5th – Emporia, KS 
           
Best Bottled Water  2014
1st –  Castle Rock Water, Dunsmuir, CA
2nd – Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Eldorado, CO  
Samaria Natural Springs Water, Crete, Greece
3rd – Mountain Drop from Linthicum, MD bottling Berkeley Springs water.
4th –  Avita Premium Artesian Alkaline Water, Roscommon, MI
Element , Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia

Best Sparkling – 2014
1st – Canadian Gold Sparkling Mineral Water, Marchand, MB, Canada
2nd. Jackson Springs Natural Premium Spring Water, MB, Canada
3rd – Antipodes, Whakatane, New Zealand
4th – Tesanjski Dijament, Tesanj, Bosnia    
Naked Luxury Artesian Water, Bay of Plenty, NZ
Tesanjski Kiseljak, Tesanj, Bosni

Best Purified Drinking Water – 2014
1st – Mountain Drop from Linthicum, MD bottling Berkeley Springs water.
2nd – Indigo H2O, Elkhart, IN  
Bar H2O, Richmond, MI
3rd — Berkeley Springs Purified Water – Berkeley Springs, WV 
January Springs, North Hatley, QC, Canada.
4th — Rain Fresh Oxygen-Rich Purified Water – Garland, TX

Best Packaging — 2014
1st – Hallasu, Republic of Korea
3rd – Waiakea, Kea’au Aquifer, HI
4th – Cerebellum H2O, Hoboken, NJ
5th – Marvelus Sparkling Mineral Water, Ocala, FL

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