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.

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!)

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

Why You Should Drink Water!

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Fact About Women Drinking Water!

According to The Institute of Medicine

41 %

of Women in the United States 20-50 years old do not drink enough water!

Natural & Organic What Do These Words Really Mean?

Natural is a word that has been thrown around so much I almost feel it is a throw away word.  Its most common usage is to distinguish phenomena that exist only because of humankind from phenomena that doesn’t, presumes that humans are somehow separate from nature, and our works are un- or non-natural when compared to, say,  honeybees.

When speaking of food, skin care, or cosmetics, “natural” takes on an even more complicated meaning. Why? Every country has a different definition of the word, the US for example, the FDA has given up on a meaningful definition of natural food (largely in favor of “organic”, another ambiguous term. Many plants are the result of thousands of years of selection by humans, from a plant that wouldn’t exist without human intervention.

Many words are grouped in with the word organic; chemical-free, and natural.

The usage in many cases is technically incorrect [though of course all] food is all organic, because it contains carbon, etc. The concern is the way they are used to dismiss and minimize real differences in food, skin care, and cosmetics and product production.

A product can be synthetic and manufactured or produced, but be safe; and sometimes be the better choice. Added preservatives prevent bacterial growth in food, skin care, and cosmetics which is not a bad thing. Things can be natural and “organic”, but still be quite dangerous.

With food, skin care, and cosmetics it is very, very important to go by the expiration date when they contain no preservatives.  There are many organic/natural products that are great and contain natural or organic preservatives, they do exist, just be conscious label reader!

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Essential Oil of the Month: Oregano!

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is a common species of Origanum, a genus of the mint family (Lamiaceae). It is a perennial herb, it has a pH range between 6.0 (mildly acidic) and 9.0 (strongly alkaline) with a preferred range between 6.0 and 8.0. The flowers are purple spikes. It is sometimes called wild marjoram.

 

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Origanum
Species: O. vulgare

Oregano is an important culinary herb, used for the flavour of its leaves, which can be more flavourful when dried than fresh. It has an aromatic, warm and slightly bitter taste, which can vary in intensity. Good quality oregano may be strong enough almost to numb the tongue. Among the chemical compounds contributing to the flavour are carvacrol, thymol, limonene, pinene, ocimene, and caryophyllene.

Hippocrates used oregano as an antiseptic, as well as a cure for stomach and respiratory ailments. A Cretan oregano (O. dictamnus) is still used today in Greece as a palliative for sore throat.

Oregano is high in antioxidant activity, due to a high content of phenolic acids and flavonoids.In test-tube studies, it also has shown antimicrobial against strains of the food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes and potential anti fungal activity.

In the traditional Austrian medicine Origanum vulgare herb has been used internally (as tea) or externally (as ointment) for treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, and nervous system.

It has strong immune-enhancing and antioxidant properties and supports the respiratory system. Oregano may also be used to enhance the flavor of food. Oregano is also a key oil used in the Raindrop Technique, a massage of essential oils, which is designed to bring about electrical alignment in the body.

Regulatory Status: GRAS 182.20.

Aromatherapy: Oregano essential oil is invigorating, purifying and uplifting.

Blends well with: Cedarwood, lavender, lavandin, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, spike lavender, pine, camphor, citronella.

Click here for a great article on The Benefits Oregano by the Huffington Post

 


 

Do not take the essential oil internally.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.

Disclaimer

While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.
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