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20
FEB

How Often Should You Actually Be Washing Your Hair?

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
How often should you actually be washing your hair? It might qualify as a “million dollar question” but this one does not have just one single answer. In fact, it has many answers as multiple factors should be considered.

First, washing your hair every day isn’t really necessary as it may dry your hair out, leaving it prone to breakage. Hair produces a natural oil called sebum and shampoo is an emulsifier that captures and traps excess oil, dirt, and product residue, which you then rinse out to clean the hair. Since it takes in average 2-3 days for the hair to “get dirty” with excess oil and dirt, most people do not need to wash it every day, but there are some exceptions. People who exercise a lot should wash their hair daily to remove sweat as well as those with very fine hair, people with oily scalp, and people living in very humid places.

The type of hair is another important factor to be considered. People with thicker and long hair may only need to wash it once or twice a week. For the average person, every other day, or every 2 to 3 days, without washing is generally fine but if you have fine hair that it’s more likely to look limp the day after a wash, you may want to wash it more frequently.

Another important aspect is the environment. For example, people living and working in big cities (urban areas) are exposed to more fumes from cars and pollution and daily shampoo and conditioning may be a good idea.

Rounding up our list, the quality of shampoos and conditioners. Today, these products are much better than 20-30 years ago as companies have developed different formulas for each and every type of hair. Most shampoos and conditioners use good ingredients putting goodness back into the hair in the form of proteins or moisture rather than being just a plain detergent.

So, the final answer is up to you. Check the type and length of your hair, how dirty in get from environment and exercise, and the type of products you use, to decide how often you should be washing your hair.




3
FEB

DIY Honey & Lavender Soap Recipe

Filed Under: Beauty,Flower Essences,Personal Care,Recipes at 11:16 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
Lavender flowers and soap on grey table

If you’re a habitual label reader like me, then you’ve probably spent an embarrassing amount of time poring over every ingredient in your beauty and skin care products as if hidden among the glycerins, acids and glycols was the secret to life itself, always on alert for anything synthetic or gross-sounding. Wouldn’t it be great to have that time back and to eliminate the worry and obsessing? Then why not make your own?

Not only will you know everything single ingredient that goes into your homemade product, but you can take pride in knowing that you created something totally on your own, and on the cheap, too.

This super-easy, DIY soap recipe requires no lye (a common soap ingredient that can be pretty dangerous if mishandled), can be whipped up under 30 minutes and features nothing but safe, natural ingredients. Goat’s milk soap has caprylic acids which allows the milk’s emollients to be absorbed without stripping away your skin’s natural protective oils. Honey boasts some serious skin-saving and anti-aging properties while bringing the moisture in a big way. And who doesn’t love the soothing aroma of lavender?

Add expert “soaper” – ie, someone who makes soap, duh – to your bag of tricks with this simple and rejuvenating recipe.

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  1. Slice the goat’s milk base into cubes and place in microwave-safe glass container that can hold four cups.
  2. Microwave for 15-30 second increments until melted.
  3. When the soap is completely melted, stir in 3 tablespoons of honey and the essential oils.
  4. Pour the melted soap into the honeycomb mold, and allow to sit undisturbed until cool.
  5. Once cooled, carefully remove the soap from the mold.




21
JAN

New Brands Showcase: Alma K

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is proud to introduce another top-quality brand of personal care products to our customers: Alma K.

Alma K specializes in exclusive, naturally based formulas in skin care products from the Dead Sea, the world’s most wondrous spa. Infused with botanical oils, extracts and minerals from the Dead Sea, Alma K products are formulated to enrich life with pampering and relaxing wellness.

Alma K products are manufactured in Israel near the Dead Sea, according to strict international quality standards. The company is accredited by the Association of Craft and Industry in Israel, attesting to the authenticity of the Dead Sea minerals contained in all its products and comply with relevant European regulations.

Created to help revive the skin and revitalize the soul, Alma K products contain a unique blend of minerals, salts and water, which is fortified with pure herbal extracts and abundant natural plant oils, to enrich the skin with replenishing moisture and soothe the soul with natural balancing support.

All Alma K products are 100% nature-based and do not contain parabens, mineral oils or paraffin. This unique line of personal care products can help reduce dryness and inflammation, improve skin elasticity and firmness, minimize pores and calms redness, replenish lost hydration, and minimize the appearance of fine lines

You can save even more when you shop Alma K 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.




16
JAN

The New Trend in Skincare You Need to Try

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 2:16 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
facepeelsThe days of mixing masks and clogging sinks with mud are mercifully coming to an end. In the wake of their demise, peels made with plant essences, vitamins and nutrients are popping up all over the natural scene. Try our favorites below to get that glow, naturally.

Lost Baggage Eye Emergency Repair Masks

It’s time to say goodnight to under eye bags and dark circles. The skin under your eyes is very delicate so it’s important to use gentle and natural products that get the job done without causing any irritation.  Lost Baggage repair masks contain a restorative infusion of peptides, elastin, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E and doesn’t contain any parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and triclosan. Even better, it’s cruelty-free so you can feel good about getting results the humane way.

BioMiracle – 20 Minute Miracle Mask Coenzyme Q10 Collagen Essence 

Do you have 20 minutes to spare to reduce wrinkles? If so, than we’ve got Twenty Minute Miracle Mask from Bio Miracle for you. It firms, rejuvenates and moisturizes which gives an instant lift effect after just one use. Defy the hands of time with this mask that fights free radical damage and smooths away fine lines and wrinkles by pumping your skin with collagen essence and CoQ10.

Andalou Naturals – Brightening Instant Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask Vitamin C

Lighten, tighten and brighten with this mask from Andalou Naturals. The Instant Brighten & Tighten Hydro Serum Facial Mask targets UV sun damage by activating collagen for a smooth and silky complexion. This peel is great for targeting skin problems such as dark spots, uneven tone, texture and dryness, plus it’s totally sustainable, too! The mask’s ingredients are sourced from fiber grown in responsibly managed forests, which should make feel good inside and out.

Relaxus – Spa Bamboo Charcoal Facial Mask

Charcoal and tea tree oil are the main attractions in this mask from Relaxus. Both are tough on toxins leaving your skin feeling clean and refreshed after every application. Anyone who has ever tried a charcoal mask knows they can be quite messy to apply and clean off, but not this pre-moistened one, which easily unfolds for mess-free applications and removals. Simple, clean and easy!




13
JAN

What Happens To Our Skin As We Age?”

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Aging is an inevitable process but have you even wondered what actually happens with our skin as we age?

The skin appearance deteriorates as we age and this process can be divided in two different types: intrinsic aging and extrinsic aging.

Intrinsic aging refers to the natural aging process that, unfortunately, we cannot do much about. As we age, we get lines in our skin, particularly in our faces, and the skin tend to lose its youth, firmness and fullness. The skin is likely to become thinner and drier and isn’t as smooth or tight as it once was. Additionally, the skin gets more fragile and can bruise more easily due to loss of support around blood vessels walls, which normally happens as we age.

Extrinsic aging is the second type and this one we actually have some control over. This one refers to other factors that affect our skin such as the environment and lifestyle choices. By taking some preventive actions, we can slow the effects this type of aging has on our skin and possibly prevent our skin to age prematurely.

The sun plays a major role in prematurely aging our skin and sun protection is essential at all times. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light damages certain fibers in the skin called elastin. The breakdown of elastin fibers causes the skin to sag, stretch, and lose its ability to snap back after stretching, making you look older than you are.

In addition, healthy lifestyle habits are extremely important to maintain healthy skin. Drink plenty of water, avoid smoking and alcohol, and eat a well-balanced diet. Those are important tips to reduce the aging of the skin.

What else can you do? Washing your face at least twice a day, especially after sweating heavily as perspiration irritates the skin. Exercise frequently as it can improve circulation and boost the immune system. Apply a facial moisturizer every day, even better, before bed time as night cream products seem to provide the best results.




6
DEC

4 Natural Swaps For Conventional Skin Care Products

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living,Personal Care at 10:34 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
moisture

 

You made the switch to organic food. You exercise daily. You even have a favorite green juice recipe. Now it’s time to graduate to the next level of green living.

Take the plunge by giving your vanity and medicine chest a complete overhaul, swapping out conventional skin care products for these eco-friendly alternatives.

Body Lotion – Light, unscented, this natural body lotion is packed with rich botanical emollients to soothe and soften even very sensitive skin while providing 100% daily hydration. It contains high quality, natural ingredients like aloe vera, green tea and chamomile extracts plus antioxidants to nourish and replenish skin on contact.

Hand Soap – Just in time for flu season, stay clean (and green) by avoiding soaps that contain triclosan, triclocarban or fragrance.  This hand soap uses high quality ingredients such as olive oil, aloe vera and vitamins a and e to hydrate and replenish precious lost moisture with every application.

Face Lotion –As of today, not one study proves that repeated and prolonged use of parabens is safe. This low-cost synthetic preservative is so prevalent in popular face lotion brands that it’s hard to avoid – unless you know where to go for a safer alternative. One of our paraben-free faves contains fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol CoQ10 and super antioxidants that boost dermal vitality and ultra-sheer SPF 18 to provide daily protection from the sun’s rays and the effects of aging.

Body Wash – Most body washes contain synthetic compounds. such as parabens, sulfates and triclosan, that multiple studies have been linked to cancer. If you find any of them lurking in your favorite product’s ingredients we recommend switching to this safer alternative. This wash is non-gmo, contains no parabens, lauryl/lauretha sulfate, propylene glycol, polysorbates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, dyes or any other unidentifiable junk that you would never want to apply to your skin. It’s pure and simple stuff, as your soap should be!

 




5
DEC

Top 10 2016 Winter Health & Wellness Trends

Filed Under: Beauty,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Personal Care,Superfoods,Vitamins and Minerals at 12:19 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
winterwellness

With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media every day, it’s hard to know what the cleanest, most effective product innovations really are. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this winter.

SUPERFOODS IN SKIN CARE

Superfoods aren’t just taking over the local grocery stores, they are also taking over your skin care products. More and more superfoods such as chia, moringa, camu camu, spirulina, maca, quinoa, and kale can now be found throughout the personal care and beauty aisle. Superfoods are foods which have a high content of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants. Camu Camu is a berry that contains a substantial amount of minerals as well as a range of amino acids, organic acids and fatty acids. It is also an antioxidant power house and an extremely rich source of vitamin C. Camu Camu can be found incorporated into Alba’s new individually wrapped Fast Fix Anti-Wrinkle Mask. Another super food making its way into skin care products is chia seeds. Chia seeds have recently been reported as one of the richest botanical sources of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega 3. One study found that topical chia seed oil may be effective for neuritis (severe itching of the skin associated with a variety of conditions) and moisturizing skin. Chia seed oil can be found in products by Nubian Hertiage and CocoKind.

MEN’S GROOMING

Let’s face it, trends in the natural beauty and personal care industry aren’t just for women. With more & more men growing beards, companies all over are outfitting all natural beard oil, washes, and balms for men. Beard oil works to soften and condition facial hair while moisturizing the skin to prevent dryness, itching and irritation. Badger’s, certified organic man care beard oil is one of my personal favorites. Beard wash is generally a combination of herbs, extracts and other ingredients intended to clean, moisturize and condition the hair and skin of the face. Lastly, beard balms offer a little hold for grooming but also condition the beard to help stop dryness, split ends, tangles and frizz. Use of these products can help any man turn their 5 o’clock shadow into the manliest of beards.

ZINC

Zinc is a nutritionally vital mineral that is found in foods such as sunflower seeds, red meat, eggs, oysters and beans. It functions as anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant and is required by over 200 enzymatic reactions in the body. One of the major benefits of zinc, quite possible one of the reason it is trending right now, is because adequate zinc intake is essential in maintaining the integrity of the immune system. If you are deficient in zinc you may be more susceptible to a variety of infections agents. Researchers have also found that zinc when taken within 24 hours of onset of symptoms for example, a scratchy throat, may reduce the duration of the common cold by as many as 3 days. Taking mega doses of zinc for long periods of time is not suggested as too much zinc may actually weaken the immune system. Check out some of our top rated brands for Zinc as well as LuckyVitamin’s own Zinc formula.

FLOUR ALTERNATIVES

White flour is unfortunately a big part of most individual’s daily food consumption even though it provides little nutritional value. With more and more individuals following specific diets free of allergens or other restrictions, limiting white flour can make baking, cooking and eating out very difficult. It’s no wonder more companies are providing alternative flour options like rice flour, coconut flour, buckwheat flour, almond flour, sorghum flour, amaranth flour and many more. LuckyVitamin has a large selection of alternative flour options from top brands such as Bob’s Red Mill, Nutiva, NOW Foods, Arrowhead Mills and more.

DIGESTIVE SUPPORT

With gas, bloating and heart burn becoming common complaints among many individuals, more and more people are turning to remedies to help improve their digestive health.  Probiotics, prebiotics, fiber and digestive enzymes are at the forefront of the digestive support industry. With gut health affecting more than just digestion, for example its role in our immune system function, it’s no wonder that this field is booming with new and innovative products. These products aren’t just found in tiny capsules these days, they can be found in bars, chews, gummy bears, wafers, powder packets and many more delivery methods. LuckyVitamin carries a wide variety of professional grade and top rated digestive support products to help support you gastrointestinal system health needs.

 CHARCOAL

Activated charcoal has long been used by hospitals around the world as a safe and effective treatment for poisoning and drug overdoses. This ingredient is making its way to the beauty realm, from face masks to shampoos, tooth powders and deodorants. These products use activated charcoal, which means the coal has been heated to increase its adsorptive power, increasing the rate at which molecules bind to a surface. Activated charcoal is great at trapping chemicals, absorbing dirt and oil, absorbing 1,000 times its own weight in moisture.  Some great beauty products using activated charcoal include Piperwai Natural Deodorant, Dr. Sponge Konjac Facial Sponge, Indigo Wild, Level Naturals, and Collective Wellbeing.

 BONE BROTH

Wellness bloggers and celebrity chefs have been talking about this trend for some time now, and its popularity continues to grow. Bone broth, or stock, is made by boiling the bones from the animal of your choice (commonly turkey, chicken or beef) with vegetables and spices. Part of the reason it’s becoming so popular is because bone broth is easy to make, relatively inexpensive and packed with vitamins, minerals and proteins. Some of the benefits may include promoting strong bones and reducing joint pain and inflammation. It may also help inhibit infection and seal your gut to promote healthy digestion. While it’s best to try and make your own bone broth, Pacific Natural Foods, Kettle and Fire and Osteobroth are great sources of convenient pre-made broths.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

There is nothing new about drinking apple cider vinegar, yet there is a lot of fresh buzz surrounding this popular health trend.  In fact vinegar itself has a long history of use as it dates back to around 3000 BC. Vinegar can be made from almost any fermentable carbohydrate source. This includes apples, pears, grapes, potatoes, beets and more. Apple cider vinegar is traditionally sourced from crushing fresh apples and extracting the liquid. The liquid is then added to barrels where yeasts ferment the natural food sugars to alcohol. Next, acetic acid bacteria converts the alcohol to acetic acid. Acetic acid is responsible for the tart flavor, pungent odor and many of the proposed health benefits of vinegar. Popular uses for apple cider vinegar include blood sugar balancing, improving blood cholesterol levels, lowering blood pressure, weight loss, detoxification, digestive stimulant, household cleaners and as an anti-fungal. Check out our new LuckyVitamin’s brand raw organic apple cider vinegar with the mother now available online, as well as many of our other great apple cider vinegar products.

FACE MASKS

Fiber masks, bamboo sheet masks, collagen masks, eye masks, peptide masks and mud masks, are becoming increasingly popular in the personal care and beauty world. These facial masks are easy to apply and are a great conduit for delivering nutrients and other beneficial ingredients to the skin. Even trendier is the use of these in single serving pouches so the products won’t dry out and are more affordable. When shopping for any type of facial mask, look for products that are 100% organic and non-GMO as well as paraben, sulfate and phthalate free. Many masks also cater to vegans and are cruelty free. A great product to try is the Andalou Naturals Clarifying Instant Pure Pore Hydro Serum Facial Mask with Coconut Water to help hydrate and detoxify the skin, soothe inflammation and minimize pores for a clearer, healthy complexion.

BEETS

Beets have attracted a lot of attention as a “functional food” meaning they not only provide basic nutrients, but may help promote optimal health and reduce the risk of disease.  While this vegetable’s popularity has only recently gained back momentum, its use dates back to ancient Roman times. So why has it become so popular again? Beets are a source of nitrates and provide a natural means of increasing nitric oxide availability. Beetroot is a rich source of phytochemical compounds that include ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Beets also contain a group of bioactive pigments known as betalains that are thought to have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Beet products can be found in the forms of Beet Juice, Beet Chips, Energy Bars, Sports Shots, Protein Powders, Veggie Packs, and Beet Crystals. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of these products from top rated brands.

 




5
DEC

Best Foods to Prevent Winter Dryness

Filed Under: Beauty,Health Foods,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Maintaining healthy skin during winter can be difficult but there are a few ways to prevent the common winter dryness. First, and the most obvious one, is to get a good moisturizing product. Lotions, creams and soaps can help keep your skin in good shape. On top of that, have you ever thought about moisturizing from the inside out? Yes, some foods can help with that as they provide nutrients to maintain your skin beautiful and in good health during adverse weather conditions. Here’s a quick look at how to beat winter dryness with naturally hydrating foods.

Orange Fruits and Vegetables

Any fruit of veggie loaded with beta-carotene may be very helpful to maintain healthy skin as this antioxidant is known to protect the skin and prevent damage. These orange goodies include sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins as well as papayas, peaches, and grapefruit. Additionally, sweet potatoes and carrots are a great source of vitamin A, helping the body to repair tissues, necessary to produce collagen. Vitamin A helps lock in moisture, gives your skin a healthy glow and protects it from damage too.

Coconut

This tropical food is rich in healthy fats that help your skin stay in great condition and glow in every way possible. Research suggests that coconut’s fats provide lubrication to the skin due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Since fresh coconut fruit may not be available during the winter months, try coconut oil, considered the most helpful, as well as coconut butter and coconut shreds.

Olives

Extra virgin olive oil is filled with vitamin E and healthy unsaturated fats, which moisturize the skin from the inside out and provide anti-aging benefits. Vitamin E is considered a powerhouse nutrient to treat and prevent dry skin naturally. Organic olives combined with quinoa and kale can provide additional antioxidants, fiber, and protein, all wonderful for skin health.




8
NOV

New Brands Showcase: Shoosha

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Beauty,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is introducing Shoosha, a pure and organic line of skin care products.

Shoosha offers a 100% certified organic skin care line created for your baby’s sensitive skin. None of the products contain ingredients like parabens, petrochemicals, phthalates, fragrance/perfumes, DEA’s, preservatives or any other toxic or harmful ingredient. Additionally, all Shoosha baby products carry the USDA seal because the compnay believes that only pure truly organic products are best for you and your baby. All Shoosha products are also free of GMO’s, gluten, dairy, soy or corn ingredients and made with minimal ingredients.

Every Shoosha product is created with the gentlest, nourishing botanical ingredients like calendula, coconut, sunflower oil and lavender to help nourish, calm and protect your baby’s precious skin. Both the farmland growing Shoosha’s organic plants and the manufacturing are certified organic by the USDA. This certifies that each product can only use surfactants from organic sources and no petrochemicals. Ingredients processed via hydrogenation or sulfation, or synthetic preservatives are all entirely prohibited.

Shoosha believes babies need the very best care. Their skin is ten times thinner than an adult’s, and can accumulate up to 50% of their lifetime risk to cancer by their second birthday due to chemical and toxic exposure. Chemicals and toxins, the very things most companies are putting in your baby’s skin and hair products. That’s the reason Shoosha chooses to follow USDA, the gold international food standard for all personal care products. Shoosha truly organic believes nothing less is good enough for you or your children.

Save even more when you shop Shoosha 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.




5
NOV

5 Reasons to Take a Biotin Supplement

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Vitamins and Minerals at 9:57 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Biotin is a wonderful component of enzymes in the body that break down certain substances like fats, carbohydrates, and others. Also known as vitamin B-7, Biotin provides multiple health benefits and can be helpful to prevent and treat several health issues. Found only in small amount in food, biotin supplements can be helpful to you. So, let’s look at 5 reasons to take a biotin supplement.

1. Hair Loss

Hair loss is a major sign of biotin deficiency. Multiple studies have shown that biotin supplementation provide essential nutrients for preserving hair strength, texture and appearance. The majority of natural products to prevent hair loss and stimulate new hair grown contain biotin as the main ingredient.

2. Pregnancy Deficiency

Research suggests that 50% of women with normal pregnancy are biotin deficient, particularly at the end of pregnancy. Pregnant and nursing mothers are especially prone to biotin deficiency due to increased demand for the vitamin in the body.

3. Diabetes

Biotin supplements may help to decrease insulin resistance and improve glucose tolerance. Taking biotin supplements may help to improve glucose metabolism and its utilization in people with type 2 diabetes.

4. Brittle nails

Brittle nails are the result of dryness and dehydration of a protein called keratin, which is what nails are made of. Biotin supplements can be helpful to treat this issue, providing essential nutrients needed to maintain healthy and beautiful nails.

5. Healthy Skin

Also known as the “beauty vitamin”, Biotin plays a very important metabolic function to maintain healthy skin. The water-soluble vitamin is essential for breakdown of fatty acids. Proper breakdown and distribution of these fatty acids translates to healthy skin, creating a gloss on skin, which protects against water loss and damage from harmful sunrays. Plus, healthy skin cells play a major role in the health of hair follicles and unhealthy hair follicles may result in the inability to retain hair, leading to hair loss (see 1- Hair Loss).




6
OCT

Argan Oil’s Benefits for the Skin

Filed Under: Anti-Aging,Beauty,Personal Care at 9:22 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
arganoil

Give your skin a boost naturally with argan oil. It’s high vitamin e content, antioxidants and loaded with unsaturated fatty acids. Argan oil is the perfect solution for problem skin and can help fight wrinkles, repair damaged skin, minimize scars and stretch marks and clear up acne. Oh yeah, did we mention what a lush skin hydrator this stuff is? No greasy, filmy residue here.

Wrinkle Fighter

Wrinkles have met there match with argan oil. It can help improve skin elasticity with its high fatty acid content which helps combat the telltale symptoms of premature aging.

Sun Spots

You probably know by now how antioxidants fight against free-radicals in the environment. Yup, those same annoying guys that cause sun damage to your skin. Well, the anti-oxidants in argan oil help to protect skin and prevent damage from UV radiation.  Try applying some to fade sun spots, heal skin and promote the regeneration of healthy cells.

Scars & Stretch Marks

When the dermis level of your skin stretches, white lines known as stretch marks appear. And nobody wants that!! Dehydration contributes to the further breakdown of collagen and elastin, which is a big deal because these structural proteins are what helps keep your skin firm and tight.  A nightly application of argan oil to your stretch marky problem areas can help rejuvenate your skin at the cellular level by restoring balance to your collagen and elastin reserves.

Acne

Argan oil’s high linoleic acid content helps to reduce acne’s inflammation and heal damaged cells.  Here’s a tip from us: add a few drop of tea tree oil to a quarter-sized amount of argan oil. The high content of argan’s antioxidants pairs perfectly with tea tree’s anti-bacterial and anti-bacterial properties, which can help wipe the floor with even the worst case of acne, naturally, without any harsh or abrasive alcohol-based treatments.

 




3
OCT

10 Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. Health Tonic –Add two tablespoons of ACV and lemon juice with one tablespoon of raw honey to eight ounces of green tea. Drink daily for overall good health.
  2. Hair Rinse – Combine ½ cup of water with ½ cup ACV and add 3-5 drops of tea tree oil. Store in a spray bottle and use three times a week to replace your conditioner. You won’t believe your hair’s new, natural shine. Oh, and we promise it won’t smell like vinegar!
  3. Facial Toner – Fight acne and clear blackheads with a simple recipe consisting of one cup of witch hazel, one tablespoon ACV add five drops of lavender essential oil. Combine all ingredients, store in a sterile bottle and you’re good to go.
  4. Garden – Combine one part ACV to eight parts water in a spray bottle to form a potent, yet non-toxic, garden weed killer.
  5. Produce Wash – For a simple fruit and veggie wash combine two tablespoons of ACV with two tablespoons of lemon juice and one tablespoon of baking soda. So simple, so effective.
  6. Immunity Booster – Add one tablespoon of ACV to one teaspoon of honey, ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and one cup of warm water for an immunity-boosting cold season cider. Drink it as soon as you feel a sore throat coming on, three times daily.
  7. Salad dressing – Combine two tablespoons of ACV with a half cup of olive oil and one cup of apple cider. Whisk together and add salt, pepper and two tablespoons of honey for a refreshing, autumnal vinaigrette. Keep in a mason jar for several days.
  8. Sunburn – Heal a sunburn and avoid nasty blisters by pouring some ACV on a damp wash cloth and applying to the affected areas for 3-5 minutes. Let the mixture complete dry and follow that up with a light application of coconut oil. The ACV helps dull the burn while the coconut oil hydrates the skin.
  9. Detox bath– Add one cup of Epsom salt and one cup of ACV for a relaxing and restorative soak.
  10. Wart Remover – Put ACV on a cotton ball and cover with a Band-Aid. Repeat every day for a week and save yourself a trip to the dermatologist.




1
OCT

New Brand Showcase: SoCozy

Filed Under: Baby and Child Health,Personal Care at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
If you are a parent looking for personal care products made just for kids, Lucky Vitamin has great news for you. We are happy to introduce, SoCozy products, a new brand designed to help parents easily and effortlessly manage their kids’ hair.

SoCozy products contain good, clean formulations with non-toxic ingredients. The company believes that managing kids is one thing, managing their hair is another. Tangles, frizzies, flyaways and bedhead are common challenges of kids’ hair but with these specially developed salon-quality formulas that boast multi-functional use, parents now have a go-to that gets the job done quickly with great results every time. With over 20 years of experience and expertise about kids’ hair, SoCozy products contain no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic color, propylene glycol, or any toxic ingredient. Plus, all products are free of gluten, wheat, peanuts and tree nuts.

Safe to use on young children, SoCozy products contain only natural ingredients and are also considered safe for babies. The company, however, does recommend consulting your doctor before you use any products on your infant. It is best always to do a Skin Patch Test to test for possible allergic reactions. If adverse reaction occurs, or you experience irritation or itching, discontinue use and consult a doctor.

SoCozy formulas are extremely gentle and non-irritating. Many companies add numbing ingredients and chemicals to make their products tear-free. SoCozy uses extremely mild cleansing agents and does not add ‘numbing chemicals’ in any of the products.

You can save even more when you shop SoCozy products at Lucky Vitamin.com. Just enter promo-code OCT16NEW16 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand. But hurry, offer expires 10/31/2016.




21
SEP

New Brand Showcase: October Fields

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 3:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce to our customers a top-quality brand of personal care products which also offers unique herbal therapy essential oil candles : October Fields.

October Fields offers an exclusive line line of eco-friendly, non-GMO, and vegan products created with the passion of cultivating awareness of healthy living. The company believes that healthy living should be transcended well beyond the original goals into a complete plant-based lifestyle brand for mind, body and home.

October Fields’ foundational roots run deep as organic garlic and herb growers. Since 2011 the company plants and harvests several varieties of garlic, culinary and medicinal herbs, fruit and nut trees, and the seed list continues to grow. October Fields retailing seasonal produce on-line has offered affordable accessibility of organic goods to consumers nationwide.

October Fields currently grows 3 varieties of garlic but is most renowned for its rare Romanian Red, which yields large bulbs and pungent, spicy cloves suitable for all culinary delights. The addition of 5 heirloom apple varieties, high bush blueberries, red raspberries, sea buckthorn berries and several nut bearing trees support the permaculture philosophy. Raised beds are home to over 30 culinary and medicinal herbs, which are hand harvested, dried and stored for year round retail or thoughtfully blended into balms, tinctures and teas. No matter the abundance nature provides, there is always a great appreciation for the care and positive energy that nurtured it.

October Fields grows without herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers and its organic harvest is the result of sunshine, rain and gentle hands.

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Top 10 Health and Wellness Trends for Fall 2016

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods,Nutrition,Personal Care at 4:50 pm | By: Dr. Jeremy Wolf, ND & Lead Wellness Advisor
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With new superfoods and alternative health products popping up in the media every day, it’s hard to know what the cleanest, most effective product innovations really are. Dr. Jeremy Wolf N.D., Lead Wellness Advisor at LuckyVitamin.com, breaks down the trends and how to be a savvy wellness shopper this fall.

HEALTHY BACK TO SCHOOL OPTIONS

Summer is over, which can only mean one thing. Back to school. And back to packing lunches. It’s estimated that the average family will use 500 Ziploc bags each year and according to one survey, around 2.79% of Americans use 21 or more bags within 7 days.  That’s around 1,000 bags a year. Luckily LunchSkins has reusable dishwasher safe sandwich, snack and lunch bags that are a creative and environmentally friendly alternative. Another trend for the 2016 school year will be lunches that are gluten free, dairy free and include meat alternatives. More and more parents, children and families are embracing an allergen free or vegetarian/vegan lifestyle. As a result, I believe school lunches across the country will have more options for children with dietary restrictions.

BEETROOT

The beetroot movement is upon us, I repeat, the beetroot movement is upon us. Since 2009 beet products have quadrupled. Beets have attracted a lot of attention as a “functional food” meaning they not only provide basic nutrients, but may help promote optimal health and reduce the risk of disease.  While this vegetable’s popularity has only recently gained back momentum, its use dates back to ancient Roman times. So why has it become so popular again? Beets are a source of nitrates and provide a natural means of increasing nitric oxide (NO) availability. Beetroot is a rich source of phytochemical compounds that include ascorbic acid, carotenoids, phenolic acids, and flavonoids. Beets also contain a group of bioactive pigments known as betalains that are thought to have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Beet products can be found in the forms of Beet Juice, Energy Bars, Sports Shots, Protein Powders, Veggie Packs, and Beet Crystals. LuckyVitamin carries a large selection of these products from top rated brands.

MEN’S GROOMING

Let’s face it, trends in the natural beauty and personal care industry aren’t just for women. With more & more men growing beards, companies all over are outfitting all natural beard oil, washes, and balms for men. Beard oil works to soften and condition facial hair while moisturizing the skin to prevent dryness, itching and irritation. Badger’s, certified organic man care beard oil is one of my personal favorites. Beard wash is generally a combination of herbs, extracts and other ingredients intended to clean, moisturize and condition the hair and skin of the face. Lastly, beard balms offer a little hold for grooming but also condition the beard to help stop dryness, split ends, tangles and frizz. Use of these products can help any man turn their 5 o’clock shadow into the manliest of beards.

PULSES

The term superfood describes nutrient-rich foods that are considered to be beneficial for one’s health and well being.  There’s yet another superfood craze you may not have indulged in yet, but chances are after reading this you will! Pulses, which are another name for lentils, chickpeas, beans and dry peas, have become one of the most talked about superfoods in the health and wellness industry. Pulses provide protein and fiber as well as vitamins and minerals such as iron, zinc and magnesium. In fact, a ½ cup serving of black beans has one and half times the iron of a 3-ounce piece of steak. Pulses are also packed full of saponins and tannins, phytochemicals which may possess antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic benefits.  An article from the Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that inclusion of pulses in a diet may be a beneficial weight-loss strategy because it leads to a modest weight-loss effect, although further research & future studies are needed. This summer, shop LuckyVitamin to incorporate your favorite pulses into your diet.

FLOUR ALTERNATIVES

White flour is unfortunately a big part of most individual’s daily food consumption even though it provides little nutritional value. With more and more individuals following specific diets free of allergens or other restrictions, limiting white flour can make baking, cooking and eating out very difficult. Now it’s no wonder more companies are providing alternative flour options. These options include rice flour, coconut flour, buckwheat flour, almond flour, sorghum flour, amaranth flour and many more. LuckyVitamin has a large selection of alternative flour options from top brands such as Bob’s Red Mill, Nutiva, NOW Foods, Arrowhead Mills and more.

CHARCOAL

Activated charcoal has long been used by hospitals around the world as a safe and effective treatment for poisoning and drug overdoses. This ingredient is making its way to the beauty realm, from facemasks to shampoos, toothpowders and deodorants. These products use activated charcoal, which means the coal has been heated to increase its adsorptive power, increasing the rate at which molecules bind to a surface. Activated charcoal is great at trapping chemicals, absorbing dirt and oil, absorbing 1,000 times its own weight in moisture.  Some great beauty products using activated charcoal include Piperwai Natural Deodorant, Dr. Sponge Konjac Facial Sponge, Level Naturals and Collective Wellbeing.

BERBERINE

Berberine is a chemical that is found in a number of plants commonly used in botanical medicine practices. These herbs include barberry (Berberis vulgaris), oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium), goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis), and chinese goldthread (Coptis chinensis). Berberine is a yellow-colored alkaloid compound. Alkaloids are compounds found in plants that have physiological actions on humans. Berberine is believed to have anti-microbial actions against bacteria, fungi, viruses, and helminthes. It may also has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties, and may even be beneficial against metabolic syndrome (a group of conditions that puts you at higher risk for stroke, heart disease and other health problems such as diabetes). With the increasing rise in metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and heart disease and the therapeutic potential of berberine, it is no reason that this chemical is trending upward. LuckyVitamin has a large selection of Berberine products from top rated companies such as Vital Nutrients, Douglas Laboratories and Biotics Research.

BONE BROTH

Wellness bloggers and celebrity chefs have been talking about this trend for some time now, and its popularity continues to grow. Bone broth, or stock, is made by boiling the bones from the animal of your choice (commonly turkey, chicken or beef) with vegetables and spices. Part of the reason it’s becoming so popular is because bone broth is easy to make, relatively inexpensive and packed with vitamins, minerals and proteins. Some of the benefits may include promoting strong bones and reducing joint pain and inflammation. It may also help inhibit infection and seal your gut to promote healthy digestion. While it’s best to try and make your own bone broth, Pacific Natural Foods, Kettle and Fire and Osteobroth are great sources of convenient pre-made broths.

MCTs

Saturated fats get a bad rap. However, it’s important to remember that saturated fatty acids are classified by the length of their chains, such as short, medium or long chain fatty acids. Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) are a form of saturated fat with many proposed health benefits. There are three separate fatty acids classified as medium chain: caproic, caprylic and capric acid. MCT oil is one of the biggest growing health trends right now.  It’s believed that because MCTs are more rapidly metabolized that they may increase energy expenditure (calories burned) leading to weight loss. It is also believed that MCTs have a lower calorie count and are not stored in fat deposits in the body as much as long chain fatty acids. Lastly, MCTs may provide you with a little extra energy to get you through the day. You can use MCT oil for a salad dressing or cooking oil, however, it does not have a very high smoke point (320°F). Other MCT sources include coconut oil, palm kernel oil, cheese, butter, milk and yogurt. Shop our large selection of top selling brands such as Nature’s Way, Now Foods, Quest Nutrition, Barlean’s and many more.

AVOCADOS

When it comes to fruits with health benefits, avocados are at the top of the list. They’re packed full of fiber, potassium and vitamins such as vitamin B6, B5, C, E. One of the most talked about benefits is the fact that it provides the body with “good” fats, also known as monounsaturated fats. These fats can help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood, which in turn can lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.  One new and interesting use for avocado is avocado oil. Brands are using avocado oil to make all sorts of products, including cooking oil, avocado mayonnaise and avocado kettle chips. You can even find avocado oil in personal care products. Some great brands that use of avocado oil based beauty products include Peter Lamas, Giovanni, Now Foods and Baby Mantra.