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20
FEB

5 Tips For Growing Your Hair Long & Strong

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 2:36 pm | By: Guest Blogger

Feeling like your hair is as healthy as it should be is not always easy. People are born with different hair types and some are more prone to damage than others. On top of this, growing out your hair can often be a very lengthy process for some. Getting your hair to a healthy, long, and strong place can seem like a difficult journey but there are some simple options worth your consideration.

Focus on Health

Hosting a head full of strong follicles is not always about speed. While you might want your hair to grow to a desired length in the fastest way possible, it can also prove counterintuitive to your goals. No matter how fast your hair grows out, you still want to ensure its strength. Damaged hair often gives off an unhealthy appearance and can even make your locks look shorter than they already are. One simple way of fighting off split ends and other problematic hair conditions is by getting regular trims at the salon.

The more you cut away split ends, the longer your hair is going to appear. Your hair is not going to grow any faster from this service but it definitely will aid in maintaining a strong and healthy mane.

Orange is Your Color

Eating the right foods will also help you along your way to healthier hair. Vitamin A is a nutrient responsible for assisting with a variety of important processes in the body. One way it helps is by keeping the production of sebum on the scalp consistent. Sebum is an oily secretion put off by the scalp to preserve hair follicles and keep them from drying out. This means you can benefit greatly by making sure that you are receiving an ample amount of Vitamin A in your daily diet.

A simple way of finding the best sources of Vitamin A is by looking at the color of the fruits and veggies in the supermarket. Produce with a dark orange appearance tend to contain a large amount of beta-carotene, which is said to be one of the easiest ways for the body to obtain Vitamin A. When you need Vitamin A in your diet, grab options like carrots, oranges, and even peaches. Supplements can also be a wonderful way to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin A to keep your hair in a healthy state.

Common Deficiencies 

According to a number of recent surveys, many Americans are living with serious vitamin deficiencies of which they were mostly unaware. Surprisingly, a number of people seemed to be deficient when it came to magnesium. On a biological level, magnesium is responsible for activating more than 300 different enzymes in the body. When there is not enough magnesium to keep all of these processes going strong, several areas suffer. For many, a lack of magnesium can lead to slowed hair growth and even a thinning or loss of follicles.

Without magnesium, your hair is far less strong than it should be. Luckily, it is easy to get this nutrient back into your diet. Seeds and nuts are usually the best sources of magnesium, so you are going to benefit from grabbing a few bags of pumpkin seeds the next time you’re looking for a snack. Almonds, cashews, and peanuts can also be great options. Those with nut allergies can turn to options like spinach or supplements to receive the correct daily dose.

Skin Deep

It is not always easy to tell how healthy your hair is by looking at it in the mirror. There is, however, a simple way of gauging things. Your skin is usually a good reflection of the health of your hair. When your skin seems to be dry or excessively greasy, then you might need to adjust your diet or habits to balance chemical productions.

A cup of green tea might serve you well when you are looking to improve the condition of your hair and skin. The detoxifying nature of green tea will help to cleanse your follicles of any toxins that might have collected. Dark chocolate, eggs, spinach, and sweet potato are also great options for improving the overall health of your skin and hair.

Stop Processing 

Finally, your hair will benefit greatly when you decide to take a break from coloring and other salon processes. Intense chemicals and temperatures are typically involved with coloring or straightening hair. This can damage your hair to extreme degrees and prevent it from growing in the way you’d like. Take a year away from treating your follicles with any of these services and see the difference yourself.

There are a number of fantastic options for you to think over when it comes to the health of your hair. Find the method that works best for you and watch your locks flow.

 

Article written by Joe Palinsky

Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.




8
FEB

What Exactly Are Parabens & Why Should You Avoid Them?

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 3:59 pm | By: Guest Blogger

Maintaining one’s hygiene is a top daily priority for most people. The shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste you rely on all play a big part in helping you meet your cleanliness goals. Of course, you might also be surprised to learn some of these products contain some questionable chemicals. Since items like deodorant come in contact with bacteria regularly, manufacturers have taken to using specific preservatives to neutralize any potential health hazards.

One of the chemicals that has seen widespread use is paraben. Though parabens have been found in various toiletries for a long while, health advocates are now pointing out some worrisome results from studies conducted over recent years. To know whether or not you should be avoiding parabens, it can be useful to examine some key points.

Hormone Problems

Parabens have not been viewed as a threat until now because the short-term impact of exposure is considered minimal. In fact, parabens seem only harmful outright if a person decides to eat his or her deodorant or toothpaste. Since this is not likely for an adult to do, it might not seem like parabens are that much of a problem. In truth, studies have shown that the body is often absorbing parabens through the skin and storing them away in fat cells. This keeps the parabens in your body for long durations and can lead to health complications.

One common problem people with long-term exposure to parabens exhibit is an imbalance with hormone production. Parabens have been shown in various studies to disrupt hormone production in some serious ways. When left untreated, this imbalance has led to breast cancer and other risks in some individuals. This is attributed to parabens increasing the level of estrogen in a person’s body, making them more susceptible to tumor growth.

The Flip Side

While the above information might be enough for some to turn away from products that contain paraben, there are some who are skeptical. Some critics have stated that the studies released surrounding parabens and breast cancer do not take many additional factors into consideration. Though there have been several other studies conducted over the years, there is not enough conclusive evidence to suggest that parabens directly lead to cancer. Still, there have been many strides forward in recent years to reduce and remove parabens from most products.

Back in 2012, the European Union decided to ban the use of several parabens in health and beauty products outright. In America, it has been left to individual companies to make the decision. There are a number of large and small companies taking progressive steps towards finding a solution to parabens. Instead of relying on an outright ban to force their hands, these manufacturers are turning to alternate sources for their preservative needs. While this has resulted in a shorter shelf-life for some products, the precaution may prove to be a wise decision in the long run.

Ultimate Decision

Making the choice on whether or not to use products containing parabens can be tricky. Steering clear of them might be more sensible until more studies are released. Still, using your best judgment can help you to find safe options to keep you feeling fresh.

 

Article written by Joe Palinsky

Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.




12
OCT

This 10-Step Routine Might Be The Secret To Clear, Glowing Skin

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 2:38 pm | By: Madeline Reiss
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Korean skincare (K-Beauty) products are populating beauty aisles left and right. Characterized by their eye-catching colors and whimsical packaging, K-Beauty products utilize a modern “nature meets technology” formula and thorough 10-step regimen that’s practiced morning and night. Pick up a face mask and you might see ingredients like snail mucin (yes, that’s snail slime), pig collagen and bee venom—all said to boost cell regeneration, calm inflammation and leave you with a dewy glow.

The philosophy behind the K-Beauty regimen is that an individual’s complexion requires a customized routine that addresses their unique skin issues, such as acne, dry skin, premature aging and so on. While 10-steps sound exhausting, keep in mind several steps are only practiced twice a week and a few products are used more than once.

Ready to become an expert on Korean skincare? Buckle up, because we’re taking you through the complete, 10-part system.

The 10-Step Korean Beauty Routine

Step 1: Remove Makeup & Pre-Cleanse…

The first half of the popular K-Beauty “double cleanse” is removing your makeup with an oil-based makeup remover. Massage all over your face to break up dirt and bacteria, adding a splash of lukewarm water to help spread the product, then rinse!

Step 2: …And Cleanse Again

A crucial step in the K-Beauty regime is proper, thorough cleansing. This helps activate a radiant, acne-free complexion! Using a mild, water-based cleanser, rinse away impurities leftover from the pre-cleansing step with soft, circular motions.

Step 3: Exfoliate

Soft, supple skin means no dead skin cells collecting on the surface, so slough it off and don’t neglect your lips! A big note on this step: you don’t need to scrub your entire face every night. Try this step twice a week, as exfoliated skin allows your skin to effectively absorb the rest of the products.

Step 4: Toner

K-Beauty toners are not your typical, overdrying, alcohol-filled formulas. Their goal is to hydrate and clarify, balancing your skin’s pH levels and prepping the surface for better absorption of other products.

Step 5: Face Mist

Regarded as the most important step of K-Beauty skincare, an essence is a kind of toner-serum hybrid made for aiding skin repair, brightening your complexion and assisting with cell turnover. Apply it to freshly toned skin and pat it in.

Step 6: Serum

Think of a serum as a concentrated essence that directly treats the issues unique to your skin type. Different serums target large pores, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, etc. This is what makes the 10-step routine super customizable to your own skincare needs.

Step 7: Sheet Mask

While essences are the most important step, sheet masks are definitely the most popular and recognizable step of the K-beauty routine. Apply and let the mask sit for 15-20 minutes, once or twice a week for best results. If you’ve been wanting to add a mindfulness practice to your daily routine, this is the perfect time for some meditation!

Step 8: Eye Cream

K-Beauty recognizes that the skin surrounding your eyes is different from the rest of your face—soft delicate and fragile. An eye cream provides this special area with the hydration and protection it needs to stay bright and free of dark circles. Always tap to apply & never rub!

Step 9: Moisturizer

If dewy, glowing skin is the ultimate goal, it’s paramount to find a moisturizer that suits your skin type. K-Beauty moisturizers span the entire realm of face care formulations, from creams to gels to lotions, all working to seal in the hydration that will keep your skin firm and fine-lines in check.

Step 10: SPF Or Sleep Cream

If you’re sealing off your AM routine, the K-Beauty regimen always encourages an SPF of 30+, even if you’re only going outside for a few minutes. It’s the easiest and most effective way to prevent premature aging and skin cancer. If you’re practicing your nighttime routine, smooth on a second layer of moisturizer with a sleep cream. This step locks in moisture and keeps your skin hydrated through the night.

Whew! Though it seems like you’ll need a spreadsheet to keep all these products organized, many people are raving about the 10-step K-Beauty routine. Will you be giving it a try? Let us know your thoughts!




7
SEP

3 DIY Face Masks + Clear Skin Commandments

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Personal Care at 9:30 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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If asked, “what’s your largest organ?” it’s doubtful that “skin” would be in most people’s top 10 (or even top 100) guesses – but it’s true. And what you apply TO your skin can greatly affect not only how you look, but how you feel.

Feel the glow by following our clear skin commandments…

1. Drink water

This is not only about downing eight glasses a day but starting your morning right with hot water and lemon. It helps aid digestion and is a better alternative to coffee.

2. Practice self-care

Take time for self-care. Take that yoga class you’ve been meaning to for ages. Planning time for self-care can reduce stress-inducing hormones that wreak havoc on your skin.

3. Supplement

Help cover any nutrient gaps with supplements. A daily multivitamin with nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, selenium and chromium all play an essential role in reducing excess sebum, helps build collagen and repairs skin cells.

4. Eat a balanced diet

A well-balanced diet high in antioxidants and omegas will do your skin (and your health) a world of good. Start stocking up on blueberries, oranges, strawberries and sweet potatoes – all great sources of the types of antioxidants that help fight acne and result in radiant skin . Acne has another enemy in the form of Omega-3s. Consuming salmon, nutsand olive oil help reduce inflammation, a root cause of those pesky blemishes.

5. Sleep!

Get plenty of “beauty sleep.” Less sleep lowers circulation, which could leave you looking pale and washed out. Your body’s cellular renewal occurs at night, so the night time really is the right time to apply as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients as it needs.

3 DIY Masks For Better Skin

1. Pore-fect Honey Mask

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons of honey

1 tablespoon of baking soda

1-2 drops of tea tree essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Combine together all the ingredients in a bowl and massage onto face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

 

2. Calming Crunchy Acne Mask

INGREDIENTS

½ tsp turmeric

1 tablespoon yogurt

1 tablespoon oatmeal

1-2 drops lavender essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Carefully mix together all the ingredients (turmeric can stain!). Gently massage onto face and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing.

 

3. Ultimate Acne Mask

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon our fave facial clay – your face will pulse!

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 drop lavender essential oil

1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

2 drops vitamin e oil

DIRECTIONS

Mix together everything except the aloe and vitamin E oil until a paste forms. Apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes or until dry. Remove using a warm cloth. Follow up by applying the aloe vera and vitamin e oil to prevent overdrying.

 




17
AUG

DIY Citrus Coffee Sugar Scrub

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Personal Care at 12:00 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
citruscoffeescrubShed those excess cells and exfoliate without the toxic ingredients in conventional, store bought products by making your own scrub. Who doesn’t want silky, smooth skin in the summer…uh, yes, please.

Feeling extra crafty? Make a large batch and put in mason jars for an easy gift idea. Plus, you probably have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup organic sugar

1/2 cup coffee grinds

¼ cup of melted coconut oil

12 drops of lemon essential oil (or juice of one lemon)

6 drops orange essential oil

 

DIRECTIONS

Place coconut oil in a quart sized pot and melt until liquid. Pour into glass bowl and combine with remaining ingredients. Stir together until well mixed and place in a quart sized Mason jar. To use, scoop out a small amount and add a little water for a creamier like texture. Give some extra love to areas that need some extra exfoliating like knees, elbows and feet.




10
AUG

Switching To A Natural Beauty Routine? Here’s What You Need To Know

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living,Personal Care at 3:47 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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So you buy organic food, shop at the local farmers market and own more reusable bags than there are days in month – but what about your personal care? Did you know that you are exposed to more than 100 chemicals found in cosmetics, soaps, and other personal hygiene products before leaving the house each morning? Sad but true.

But before you swear off showering forever, you should know that there are other safer, greener options out there for you. Read on to get the lowdown on some of our favorite basic beauty supplies.

Let’s start in the shower. For shampoo and conditioner, go with a combo that’s fragrance-free and lacks the synthetic scents that can be derived from crude oil and contain carcinogenic derivatives. A 2001 study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that synthetic fragrances often contained hormone disruptors linked to abnormal cell reproduction. Our solution? A shampoo and conditioner ranked first overall by the Environmental Working Group, so you know it’s that good.

Castille soap isn’t just for cleaning floors. My favorite brand, Dr. Bronners, with 18-in-one uses, goes above and beyond the shower. It contains a combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, that when combined with pure essential oils creates a refreshing, velvety lather that cleans effectively without being aggressive.

Out of the shower, you’ll want to nourish your skin with a lotion like this that combines emollient-rich olive oil and healing aloe. And it works under makeup too!

Now that you have the basics, keep in mind that this transition won’t happen overnight. Just remember to read labels and look out for the major three no no’s: parabens, phthalates and triclosan. Once you find a product that fits the bill, it may or may not work for you—this is especially true when it comes to deodorant! Everyone’s body chemistry is different so allow yourself at least two weeks for your body to detox and adjust.




3
AUG

The 5 Best Ways To Use Hair Oil

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 12:00 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Crazy hair, don’t care? Well, we do! Say goodbye to those dreaded bad hair days courtesy of non-toxic and rejuvenating oils.

Maybe you’re wondering, how rubbing oil in your hair is going to yield anything other than a greasy mess. The key to getting all the benefits from oil and none of the grease is in the application! Read on to learn how to use hair oil properly.

1. Weekly treatments

You can use oil to give your hair some extra love by masking with oil 1-2 times a week. Simply apply your oil from root to tip and wrap your hair up (preferably with a towel or clip—not an elastic). Let this sit for an hour or two, or even overnight! Just be sure to sleep with a towel on your pillowcase or use one you aren’t worried about getting messy. Masking your hair with oil helps keep it smooth and shiny, prevent additional breakage and promote healthy hair growth.

2. Condition before shampooing?

15 minutes before getting in the shower and shampooing, apply oil to the length and ends of your hair and let sit. During this time you can brush your teeth or accomplish other small tasks. Doing this before a shower helps detangle and condition your hair to protect it from becoming too dried out from washing. This is a great method if you’re not into doing weekly mask treatments.

3. Seal off and prevent split ends

You can also use oil after you wash your hair. Taking a VERY small amount of oil, run your fingers through the length and ends of your hair. Doing this while your hair is wet will allow your hair to better absorb the oil and prevent that greasy look. This method is beneficial to protect the ends of your hair from styling and prevents frizz if your air drying.

4. Tame frizz

As your hair drys or after your finished styling, you can use a very light amount of oil to tame frizz and flyaways and add a shiny finish to your hair. Add a very small amount and rub into your hands so that there’s just a light coating of oil. Run your fingers lightly over the frizzy areas to “smooth” them out and add shine.

5. Protect hair from the sun

Your hair needs extra care in the sunshine too! Add a drop or two of oil to your hair and tie it back if you’re heading to the pool, the beach or just out for a long day in the sunshine. Protecting your hair from the sun will promote less damage and healthier hair overall.

 

What kind of oil should you choose?

Castor Oil is super high in proteins, Vitamin E, Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids and is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. All this goodness makes it great for hair, especially revitalizing and moisturizing the hair shaft. Dip a q-tip in the oil and apply to eyebrows overnight for brows that have been over-plucked.

There are hundreds of uses for coconut oil and hair repair definitely ranks on the list. Essential fatty acids nourish the scalp and remove harmful build up. If you suffer from extremely dry and damaged hair then you need to buy a tub of this go-to remedy and apply nightly.

As someone cursed with very thin and dry hair, I feel jojoba oil works best for me since it’s not super greasy. Funny enough,  jojoba oil is actually not an oil at all, but a wax ester that mimics sebum produced by our bodies. Translation? It moisturizes like nobody’s business. Just add a few drops to your shampoo and lather up the goodness from rich omega fatty acids and docosanol.

Let’s say no to frizz this summer with Argan oil. This healing oil is rich in vitamin E and tocopherol that helps boost cell production and overall hair health, which means less frizz. Just a drop or of this non-greasy oil two will leave your hair feeling soft and silky.

Dandruff may be harmless but, come on, no one likes the scalp snow look. Those little white flakes can be plenty embarrassing. No worries – almond oil‘s got your back. Massage two tablespoons of almond oil into your scalp and wrap in a towel. Leave on overnight and rinse in the morning. Just remember to read the labels. Many conventional almond oils are mostly kerosene-derived paraffins (a fancy word for mineral oil) mixed with a small amount of almond oil.

 




21
JUL

Skin, Hair & Nails Advice From Over 18,000 Dermatologists

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Supplements at 9:15 am | By: Guest Blogger
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Want the best advice on skin, hair, and nails? Follow these simple tips from The American Academy of Dermatology, one of the largest organizations of dermatologists (over 18,000 dermatologists) in the world.

Best Tips for Your Hair

  • Match frequency of shampooing to your hair type.
    If your scalp is oily, wash it once a day. For chemically treated hair, wash it less frequently. As you get older, your scalp makes less oil so you may not need to shampoo as often.
  • Concentrate shampoo on the scalp.
    When washing your hair, concentrate on cleaning primarily the scalp, rather than washing the entire length of hair. Washing only your hair can create flyaway hair that is dull and coarse.
  • Use conditioner after every shampoo.
    Using a conditioner can significantly improve the look of damaged or weathered hair by increasing shine, decreasing static electricity, improving strength, and offering some protection from harmful UV rays.
  • Choose a shampoo and conditioner formulated specifically for your hair type.

Best Tips for Your Skin

  • Apply sunscreen when outdoors.
    Use a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, SPF 30 (or higher), and water resistance.
  • Resist the urge to scrub your skin clean.
    Never, ever, scrub your skin. It irritates your skin and can actually worsen any skin condition, including acne.
  • Wash your face gently.
    Wet your face with lukewarm water, apply a mild cleanser, and use a gentle, circular motion with your fingertips. Rinse and gently pat your face dry with a clean towel.
  • Always wash your face when waking, before bed, and after sweating.

Best Tips for Your Nails

  • Keep nails clean and dry.
  • Cut nails straight across, then “round off.”
    Use sharp nail scissors or clippers, then round the nails slightly at the tips for maximum strength.
  • Keep nails shaped and free of snags by filing with an emery board.
  • Do not remove the cuticle as it can damage your nails.


What to do when all else fails!

Tried everything, and nothing seems to work. You’re not alone. Fortunately, skin, hair, and nail researchers have identified a compound that’s been clinically proven to increase skin elasticity 89%, thicken and strengthen hair by 13%, and strengthen and clarify nails dramatically. The compound “choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid” (ch-OSA®) can be found in a product called BioSil® Hair, Skin, Nails from Natural Factors. BioSil is one of supermodel Christie Brinkley’s secrets to looking youthful, beautiful, and healthy!




24
MAY

Sunscreen vs. Sun Tan Lotion

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
It’s time to buy sun protection and people may be confused between sunscreen and suntan lotion. Are they the same thing? What are the differences between these two products?

Sun protection has become more complicated than it has to be. Marketing strategies have used the words “suntan lotion” for many years, targeting people who would like to get a nice tan without getting sunburn or skin damage. However, a suntan lotion is nothing but a sunscreen with an SPF of less than 15. In other words, it’s a weak sunscreen that theoretically should help you tan more and better than if you are using a stronger sunscreen.

The majority of suntan lotions are just tanning sunscreens with an SPF between 4 and 8 and don’t provide enough sun protection, particularly for people with lighter skin and especially for kids. Since suntan lotion doesn’t provide enough sun protection, kids should only use a sunscreen or a sunblock that provides broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection instead of a suntan lotion or tanning oil.

Additionally, it gets more complicated. Some sun care products are labeled sunblocks and there are also a few differences between these and the traditional sunscreens.

Sunscreens work by filtering the sun’s rays, whereas sunblocks work as a physical sunscreen, reflecting the sun’s rays. Both sunscreens and sunblocks offer good protection against the sun, though sunblocks may be undesirable cosmetically as most of these are opaque.

Hopefully this quick guide can help you buy the sun protection you need for this summer.




25
APR

New Brands Showcase: Florapy

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is adding another top quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Florapy.

Florapy offers a unique line of beauty products designed by aromatherapy enthusiasts who have intensely studied Flower Essence Therapy and Aromatherapy to select the most powerful flower ingredients and healing essential oils. The company truly believes nature heals all and is fully committed to ensure this amazing product can become a staple in beauty routine.

All Florapy products are paraben-free, contain no synthetic fragrance, harsh dyes or pigments, and are never tested on animals. A safe choice for those with sensitive skin, Florapy products are also vegan friendly.

Florapy is a brand created and developed by a beauty product obsessed team that has been coveting the South Korea sheet mask trend for years. As lovers of this skincare concept and true experienced believers in the powerful hydration benefits this product provides, the company is proud to bring this premium product to the United States.

This new therapeutic skincare collection has a very special sheet mask delivery system, which contain floral ingredients proven to aid in skin health, along with essential oils proven throughout history to enhance mood and improve mind and body balance.

The primary function of Florapy is to provide extreme hydration to your skin along with a unique combination of ingredients help to restore, replenish and protect the skin from all the damaging elements we encounter in our everyday lives.

You can save even more when you shop Florapy products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




18
APR

The Healing Properties of Coconuts: 5 Ways You Can Benefit

Filed Under: Beauty,Health Foods,Immunity,Nutrition,Supplements at 1:38 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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The coconut’s status as one of those elusive “good fats” has skyrocketed in recent years, with the tropical stone fruit being repurposed as a dairy substitute (think coconut milk and butter), beauty product (hair masks, skin lotion) and household cleaner among countless other uses. Coconut oil even has an SPF of 8! Check out some additional ways that the coconut can be added to your health, beauty and healing regimens.

Heart Health
According to many studies, lauric acid—a protective type of fatty acid—has been linked with improved cholesterol levels and heart health. Because coconuts contain minerals important for circulation and controlling blood flow, coconut milk is also useful for lowering blood pressure and keeping blood vessels flexible, elastic and free from plaque buildup.

Digestion
The Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) in coconuts can help rid your gut of harmful microorganisms. Coconut oil, which can be used in baking and as an alternative to butter and oil for sautéing, is considered an anti-inflammatory food. Those anti-inflammatory benefits help heal injury to the digestive tract in patients who suffer from diseases like Crohn’s. Finally, coconut fats fight candida yeast that lives within the digestive tract.

Skin
It’s no wonder that coconut products make the perfect natural additions to add to your beauty regimen. Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil is an excellent body moisturizer and it penetrates hair better than other “typical” hair conditioners. However, be careful not to overdo it when applying it to your skin. Coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it may clog pores.

Immunity
Monolaurin and Monocaprin are the naturally occurring fatty acids in coconuts than can boost the immune system. For an example of what they can do, consider that Monolaurin is found in breast milk as a way for mothers to boost the immune strength of babies.

Energy
Compared to the long-chain fatty acids found in most of your diet, the medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are metabolized a bit differently, heading from your digestive tract straight to the liver. There they are converted to energy which helps nourish and rejuvenate the body.

 




13
APR

5 Ways to Use Essential Oils at Home

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Green Living,Health Concerns & Ailments,Home at 4:45 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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Essential oils are volatile, aromatic compounds that have been around for centuries. Frankincense was even used to anoint Jesus upon birth. A hydrophobic, concentrated liquid of plants and flowers can be used to heal, clean and do just about anything else for the body, mind and soul that you can imagine. Here’s how you can introduce these “magical” healing oils into your home.

Aches & Pains
The analgesic compounds in essential oils are their secret to easing a variety of common pains and ailments. Our winner for headache relief is lavender by a landslide. If you suffer from arthritis, then frankincense can help limit the production of inflammatory molecules. If your back is causing you pain try several drops of peppermint mixed with a carrier oil to cool inflamed joints. We always recommend using a carrier oil such as almond or jojoba oil to help dilute the essential oil and strongly advise that you never apply it directly to the skin!

Cleaning
Did you know that some essential oils have the power to kill bacteria and mold? Oh yes! But remember, a little can go a long way, so don’t overdo it.  Try lemon, tea tree, rosemary and eucalyptus oils combined with hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar for an all purpose, DIY cleaner.

Personal Care
Free yourself of the harmful chemical and phony fragrances found in most personal care products. Make them over with essentials oils! Lavender, which can be applied directly to the skin, makes a great perfume. Tea tree is great for acne-prone or oily skin and clary sage fights fine lines. Many natural personal care brands incorporate essential oils into their products, or you can experiment with your own mixes and blends!

Topically
As mentioned above, you want to use a carrier oil when applying most essential oils topically to the skin. Tea tree and lavender are great for topical use, however, you’ll want to do a small, isolated skin test to make sure you do not have an adverse reaction before going all-in on a major application. Some great areas of the body to apply oils are your temples for stress, the bridge of your nose for a sinus infection and between the eyebrows when you’re trying to fall asleep.

Gardening
Yup, that’s right, you can control garden pests with essential oils! Throw out your chemical-laden garden bug killer. Just combine 8 ounces of water with a teaspoon of Dr. Bronner’s soap and 6 drops of essentials oil (like peppermint) to repel unwelcome garden guests such as beetles and aphids. Apply every few days to keep the pesky guys at bay.

Remember that essential oils are derived from plants and can cause a reaction if you are allergic! Like we mentioned earlier, always test a small patch of skin before using all over. Also, like with any major change in your routine, consult a professional before making the long term switch!

How do you use essential oils in your daily life? Share below!




12
APR

New Brands Showcase: Polyn

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is now offering a new brand of personal care products that can help improve the quality of our lives, our animals, and our planet: Polyn.

Polyn offers 100% plant-based products that are 100% pure, cruelty-free, synthetic ingredient-free, GMO-free and safe for adults, children, babies, animals and our planet. The company wants to educate costumers on how our skin is a living organism to our health. With focus on the difference between synthetic ingredients, natural ingredients and what we call pseudo-natural ingredients, Polyn wants to supply the world with information of products that will improve lives by helping people feel better (aromatherapy of products), look better (healthier skin), and be more confident through education.

For the last 20 years, Polyn has been following standards in the product line using only 100% food-grade ingredients which are verified by Natural Ingredient Resource Center. Plus, nothing is ever tested on animals, which is certified by PETA. Polyn has sourced ingredients, created packaging, and forged partnership to ensure the best, highest quality products to all customers. Unlike companies that outsource formulation, sourcing, and manufacturing, Polyn manages the entire supply chain to ensure products you can trust.

Let’s not forget the environment. 100% plant-based and food grade ingredients that are so safe you can eat them. 100% Non-GMO from inception (we don’t need to modify what nature has perfected. 100% Cruelty-free, never using products tested on animals. 100% of our packaging is made with recycled, reusable or compostable materials.

You can save even more when you shop Polyn products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




20
MAR

New Brands Showcase: Air Repair

Filed Under: Beauty,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce a revolutionary brand of products to our customers: Air Repair.

Air Repair offers a unique line of products designed to meet the specific issues of skin care for the traveler. Air Repair was created specifically to combat environmental stresses that affect the health of the skin including travel and flight fatigue. Each of the five naturally inspired products contain a ground breaking combination of ingredients to help heal chronic inflammation which can cause pre-mature aging. The company has researched highly effective skin care brands and successful performance regiments with the goal of creating unique and effective products that are luxurious and effortless.

The Air Repair Kit is the only system available in the market specifically created to combat the effects of flying and environmental changes that are directly related to one’s skin. Dry and dehydrated skin, fine lines, redness, dull appearance and irritation are quickly and effectively treated with the kit. The Air Repair Kit uses a ground-breaking formulation which contains no petroleum, mineral oil and parabens. Targeted ingredients such as hyaluronic acid for moisture retention, the powerful anti-oxidant cloudberry seed oil, and heat shock proteins (climate-adjusting) deliver superior results that are ideal for any and all skin types. Whether in the air or on the ground, Air Repair is the premiere “take care anywhere” skincare kit choice available. The kit is packaged in a see-through travel bag for carry-on convenience.

Save even more when you shop Air Repair products at LuckyVitamin.com. No code needed at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand as savings are automatically applied.




15
MAR

Beauty From The Inside Out

Filed Under: Beauty,Supplements,Webinars at 1:45 pm | By: Leah Hazuda, Contributing Editor
Discover ways to care for your skin both internally and externally with science driven skin nutrition from MyChelle Dermaceuticals and NeoCell. During this informative webinar we will discuss how to keep your skin “instantly ageless & hydrated” through the use of Vitamin C, Peptides, and Hyaluronic Acid featuring active products from MyChelle and Neocell. Join us to learn how to enhance your daily routine to keep your skin healthy and glowing!

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