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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.




13
MAR

What Ingredients You Should Avoid In Your Toothpaste

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Personal Care at 6:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Toothbrushing is important to maintain proper hygiene but what we may not realize is that this healthy, daily procedure can actually cause problems to our health too. Popular toothpastes contain toxic and harmful ingredients that can make people sick and might even lead to more serious long-term health problems. Let’s look as what ingredients you should avoid in your toothpaste.

Sodium Fluoride

Used in the vast majority of conventional products sold in the US, sodium fluoride has been linked to lowering productions of testosterone and reducing fertility by immobilizing sperm. Fluoride is effective against tooth decay but it is also known to cause vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

Also known as SLS, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is used as a detergent and cleansing agent and has a long list of potential health risks. This ingredient can easily penetrate the skin and oral mucosa and stay within the body for as long as 5 days. SLS is known to cause skin and eye irritation. Additionally, SLS mimics estrogen when it enters the body and its 1,4-dioxane has been linked to male infertility, breast cancer, as well as other health problems such as development of man boobs.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol acts as a wetting agent and surfactant in toothpaste but this chemical can be rapidly absorbed through the skin, leading to brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. It is also an estrogen mimicker.

Diethanolamine (DEA)

Diethanolamine or DEA is used in toothpaste and is known to disrupt hormones and form cancer-causing nitrates, which may lead to increased risk of liver and kidney cancers.

Triclosan

Found in many conventional toothpaste brands, triclosan is a type of chemical suspected of causing cancer in humans.




10
MAR

5 Common Personal Care Ingredients to Avoid

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 12:01 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
handmade cosmetics set with hazelnut and mint;

It has become quite difficult to buy personal care products. With more and more dangerous ingredients being used, everyone should be checking labels to ensure products do not contain any harmful ingredients. A quick way to start this is checking for these 5 common personal care ingredients to avoid.

1. Parabens

This ingredients should be labeled as “100% avoid” as it contains estrogen-mimicking properties known to increase the risk of breast cancer. These chemicals are easily absorbed through the skin and have been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors. Parabens can be found in cosmetic products such as makeup and facial cleansers but also in deodorants, shampoos and conditioners.

2. Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)

Known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants, sodium lauryl sulfate can cause kidney and respiratory damage. SLS is often found in shampoos, conditioners, body wash products, mascara, and acne-treatment products.

3. Aluminum

Found in cosmetics, antiperspirants, lipsticks, lip-gloss, and toothpaste, aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s and other neuro-degenerative diseases as well as lung cancer, and skin irritation.

4. Phthalates

A common ingredient in cosmetics and other personal care products such as deodorants, moisturizers, nail polish, perfumes, lotions, and hair spray, phthalates are known to be endocrine disruptors and have been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, as well as reproductive birth defects in males and females.

5. Tricolsan

Tricolson is a widely used antimicrobial chemical known as an endocrine disruptor, especially thyroid and reproductive hormones, and a skin irritant. Tricolson can be found in toothpastes, antibacterial soaps and deodorants.




7
MAR

Why Your Skin Care Routine Needs Hyaluronic Acid

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 12:01 pm | By: Guest Blogger
Moisturizer

The quest for skin-perfecting ingredients will never cease, but dermatologist-recommended Hyaluronic Acid and its tried-and-true beauty benefits should always play a starring role in your skin care routine.

Naturally occurring in our skin, Hyaluronic Acid is a powerful humectant with the unique ability to retain more than 1,000 times its weight in water, but as we age, our skin loses this, causing our complexion to gradually become drier and less firm.  Luckily, the use of topical Hyaluronic Acid can help counteract some of these effects by increasing hydration, helping to improve elasticity, and protecting the skin barrier from the effects of the environment and pollution.

 

3 Ways to Hydrate with Hyaluronic Acid

Pioneering skin care brand MyChelle Dermaceuticals has formulated three clean, advanced products featuring Hyaluronic Acid as a star ingredient.

Bio-Firm Hydrogel Concentrate is a 2% Hyaluronic Acid moisture-binding gel with a potent dose of Alpine Nunatak™ Plant Stem Cells and Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb Extract. Dot sparingly to provide incredible nourishment and help restore healthy skin tone. The melt-away formula is lightweight enough for all skin types.

Serious Hyaluronic Moisturizing Gel is a fast-absorbing, oil-free, lightweight gel containing a generous formulation of 1% Hyaluronic Acid, Copper Mineral, and the amino acid Proline. In addition to its hydration benefits, it helps control oil production while repairing and rejuvenating skin, making it the perfect fit for oily and blemish-prone skins.

Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum is an active blend of 1% Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium PCA, Squalane, Phospholipids, and Organic Rosehip Oil. It absorbs instantly and provides non-stop nourishment to hydrate even the driest complexion. In addition, fortifying Amino Acids deliver anti-pollution and antioxidant benefits.

 

Without question, Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most beneficial and high-performance ways to support and supplement overall skin health. Consider these options carefully and then clear some space at your beauty counter! With consistent use, a healthier-looking complexion will no longer be just a dream but your new reality.




1
MAR

Beauty Connection – Science Driven Nutrition from the Inside and Out

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care,Supplements at 12:01 pm | By: Guest Blogger
Her skin's as perfect as ever

Let your outer beauty shine with MyChelle and NeoCell and stay instantly ageless.

Did you know our skin is the largest organ and is made up of mostly water and collagen, which is the foundation for our skin’s structural support and thickness? Collagen consists of proteins made of long chains of amino acids fastened together like chains on a linked fence. In our youth we have an abundance of collagen giving us firm, even skin; however, as early as 25 collagen production naturally declines causing fine lines and wrinkles.

To support, nourish and protect all layers of the skin, incorporate these two essential ingredients into your daily skin care routine.

Vitamin C

Topical Vitamin C is one of the best anti-aging ingredients, and everyone can benefit from using it! Thousands of independent clinical studies show that L-Ascorbic Acid, naturally found in the skin, is the BEST skin care ingredient for promoting skin health. Be sure to select the L-Ascorbic acid version of Vitamin C, as it is chirally correct and better absorbed by the skin. Additionally, you want to look for concentrations of 10% or higher to get all of the excellent benefits vitamin C offers. Lastly, you want to make sure your topical vitamin C is always formulated with other great antioxidants.

As a supplement, Vitamin C is also critical in the formation of healthy collagen within the skin, allowing interlaced collagen fibers to remain strong and flexible. Nearly all forms of Vitamin C found in supplements are in the correct L-Ascorbic Acid form, but daily supplementation is essential to maintaining healthy levels within the skin. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, meaning it is eliminated from the body quickly, so to protect against deficiency – and therefore decreased collagen production – incorporate Vitamin C into your daily routine.

 

C The Difference with these awarding-winning MyChelle products:

Perfect C PRO™ Speed Peel 10% A professional-level, one-step, one-minute, fast-acting 25% Citrus Fruit puree peel. Formulated with 10% L-Ascorbic Acid blended with L-Lactic Acid, Plant C-Stem™, and Retinal to deliver youthful, soft, and glowing skin.

Perfect C™ Serum 17% Advanced multi-tasking Vitamin C formula reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles. 17% L-Ascorbic Acid and Buddleja Plant Stem Cells brighten and protect against photo-damage and combat the visible signs of aging. Non-irritating. Dermatologist and Allergy Tested.

Perfect C™ Radiance Lotion 12% This velvety-rich, nutrient- and moisture-restoring lotion deliver a potent 12% dose of L-Ascorbic Acid combined with Plant C-Stem™ and Licorice Extract to help brighten and protect skin from the effects of environmental pollution for a smoother and more luminous complexion.

 

Be your best you with these NeoCell products containing Vitamin C:

NeoCell Beauty Bursts are a delectable way to get your collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid for skin hydration, and Vitamin C in a soft chew you’ll actually look forward to eating! Choose either the Super Fruit Punch or Chocolate Mint to snack your way to a beautiful day!

NeoCell Beauty Infusion is a comprehensive formula that infuses your body with beauty nutrients. High dose collagen, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C, Biotin, and ALA are included in this refreshing collagen drink mix, which comes in two delicious flavors Tangerine Twist or Cranberry Cocktail.

NeoCell Super Collagen Tablets are tried and true best-selling collagen supplements for over two decades. The convenient tablets contain a healthy dose of Vitamin C along with clinically proven NeoCell Collagen Peptides for outstanding skin health.

Powerhouse PeptidesIt’s ideal to start incorporating peptides into your routine as early as your 20’s. Peptides are long or short chains of amino acids, which are the building blocks of collagen (proteins) within the skin. Since peptides are tiny amino acids, they are able to penetrate the skin’s protective barriers and work their magic.  Peptides are intrinsically linked to proteins, allowing the user to see powerful results quickly. As an internal supplement hydrolyzed collagen peptides have been shown to work at the cellular level to naturally boost collagen production and support skin beauty from within.

 

Pump up your daily peptide routine with these MyChelle and NeoCell fan favorites:

Supreme Polypeptide Cream – This multi-peptide, nutrient-rich cream is enriched with four powerful anti-aging peptides: Matrixyl® Synthe’6™, Syn-Coll®, AC DermaPeptide Revitalizing PF, and Proteasyl® TP Pea Peptide to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and restore tone and texture.

Peptide+ Anti-Wrinkle Serum – This concentrated, multi-peptide serum helps visibly improve skin’s texture and reduce the telltale signs of aging. Argan Plant Stem Cells and Crocus Chrysanthus extract help promote natural skin renewal while Squalene and Rapeseed Oil increase moisture retention for long-lasting hydration.

NeoCell Super Collagen Powder is the choice of millions of Glow Getters worldwide for their collagen peptide beauty routine. The high dose, affordable and clinically-proven hydrolyzed collagen peptide powder is unflavored, making it an ideal addition to beverages like coffee or tea, or recipes like soups, dressings or sauces.

NeoCell Glow Matrix makes the ideal complement to Super Collagen powder or tablets by working internally to hydrate the skin for a dewy, soft complexion. Containing clinically proven Ceramosides, high dose hyaluronic acid, and many other activated moisturizing nutrients, Glow Matrix is being hailed as the most effective hydration supplement on the market!




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).