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.
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.
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.
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.
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Whether oil pulling is a staple in your morning routine or the mere thought of swishing oil for 20 minutes makes you gag, this ancient, Ayurvedic technique is buzzing in the wellness community. So what exactly is oil pulling? It’s taking roughly a tablespoon or two of oil (traditionally sesame, sunflower or coconut) and swishing it in your mouth for up to 20 minutes prior to brushing your teeth. Many seemingly miraculous health claims have been touted about the practice, such as its ability to draw out toxins from your body, relieve TMJ symptoms, help digestion, prevent heart disease, whiten teeth, increase energy…the list goes on.
While there is a lot of anecdotal-based support for this remedy, the problem with oil pulling is that there is little scientific evidence to back up the claims—as there are only a handful of studies completed on the topic. It’s great to stay in-the-know when it comes to health and wellness, but it’s always important to do your research and make an informed decision with the help of a doctor before jumping on trends.
What oil pulling could do for your health
Studies show that a decrease in plaque and gingivitis symptoms can be noticed after 7 days of oil pulling, but naturally, these results will vary from person to person. Many have reported whiter teeth and sensitivity relief as the common and most noticeable effects of using this remedy daily.
Oil pulling is a great substitute for conventional mouthwash because it can eliminate bad bacteria without taking the good bacteria along with it. Still looking for a minty-fresh feeling after you brush? Add a drop of peppermint to the coconut oil promote better breath.
What oil pulling probably won’t do for you
While there are some apparent benefits of oil pulling, the jury is still out on its other supposed health benefits. There is no scientifically confirmed evidence that it can pull toxins from your body, balance hormones, prevent heart disease, etc. For now, we have only the testimonies of oil pulling advocates as we await new scientific studies to test this ancient, natural remedy.
It’s extremely important to remember that oil pulling is NOT a substitute for flossing or brushing. Like mentioned above, it can be a more holistic alternative to mouthwash, but nothing replaces the mechanical actions of brushing and flossing.
So…is it worth a try?
For now, it seems like the best way to find out if oil pulling will work for you is to try it! Most dentist’s philosophy seems to be “there’s no real risk so give it a try if you enjoy it,” just remember to NOT neglect your regular flossing and brushing. Another warning is to be very careful not to inhale oil down the wrong pipe, as it can cause lipoid pneumonia if it gets into the lungs.
Personally, I’ve used coconut oil for my sensitive teeth and it’s been helpful at providing some pain relief. My teeth seem whiter, but I’ve also stepped up my overall dental care routine, so that could have (obviously) played a role in that! In addition to sensitive pain relief, I prefer oil to mouthwash as it does leave a fresh feeling without the harmful chemicals and lingering aftertaste.
How To Oil Pull
If you think oil pulling can benefit you, here are a few tips to get started:
Oil pull first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking or even brushing your teeth
Swish 1-2 tablespoons for 10-20 minutes. You can start with a short amount of time to build up your tolerance.
Spit out into a trash can, never your sink! It can clog drains.
Brush your teeth and floss as normal after. You can oil pull a few times a week or every day if you want!
Like many natural remedies, it will take some time and regular practice before you see results. Are you an oil pulling advocate or not? Let us know why below!
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.
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.
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 forcoconut 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 withArgan 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.
There’s a lot of information swirling around about the ingredients in conventional deodorant and how they can negatively affect your health. Maybe after a little research of your own, you decide to ditch the stuff for something natural (good on you!) With enthusiasm, you apply your new natural deodorant and go about your day, only to discover it’s not exactly what you were expecting—as in your getting hit mid-day with sticky pits…what gives?
If you can relate to that experience, you are not alone! I found myself in that exact situation when I first made the switch and almost reached the point of giving up. I tried several products before I finally found what worked, but once I did I never looked back! Natural deodorant works wonders when your body adjusts to it—I’ve found I’m even sweating less than I used to. It’s a very different product than conventional deodorant and antiperspirant that requires a little bit of knowledge to get it to work properly.
Don’t be like me, blindly trying product after product, here are tips for choosing a natural deodorant that works for you!
1. Understand the difference between antiperspirant and deodorant
Unlike deodorant, antiperspirant physically plugs up your pores to prevent sweat from escaping and keeping you dry and fresh using aluminum particles. Having bone-dry pits all day is super convenient, but our bodies were meant to sweat and clogging up your pores with chemicals only band-aids the actual problem: bacteria growth. Natural deodorants won’t physically stop sweat from happening, but they will reduce the amount of sweat and help tame odor. Eventually, your body will get used to it and balance out naturally.
2. Know the types of natural deodorants out there
When it comes to natural deodorant, the good news is, you have options! There are a lot of great products to choose from so you’re bound to find the one that works for you.
Sticks – the most recognizable form of deodorant, these make for great on-the-go application since they are easily thrown in a bag and can be stealthily applied at work if necessary (come on, we’ve all been there, stress happens).
Sprays – these tend to be a crowd favorite as there’s usually no risk of any residue getting on your clothes. The downside is having to hold your arms up for several seconds until it dries, and you may need to reapply frequently.
Cremes/pastes – if taking a literal “hands-on” approach to applying your deodorant doesn’t bother you, then you might want to try a paste. Although they’re applied with your fingers and sometimes messy, these tend to have the best results. I use this one and never have to reapply at work and it even passed the sweaty, hot yoga test!
3. Embrace your sweaty self
Like I mentioned earlier, deodorant is not going to plug up your pores and stop sweating the way antiperspirant does. A common misconception that sweat is the odor offender, but in actuality, the smell comes from bacteria that builds up in our armpits. If you have an event where you need to be certain sweat is kept at bay, consider using an antiperspirant sparingly for those critical moments (there are natural options for those too!)
4. Be patient!
Like many natural solutions, this takes a little time to work! Your body will need to adjust to not being blocked up with aluminum from conventional products, and it might take some trial and error with different brands and formulas. For me, I learned baking soda was way to harsh of an ingredient for my sensitive skin, so I opted for formulas that weren’t as baking soda heavy. Other people swear by baking soda formulas! You’ll have to find what works best for you. Just be patient and have fun with it!
Have you ever given natural deodorant a try? What are some of your tricks and tips for staying odor-free?
Checking labels for potentially dangerous ingredients has become a must for shoppers. A number of chemicals used in hair care and personal care products have reached a new level as companies work to grow their profits and improve production efficiency. Some of these ingredients required to accomplish that can be harmful to your health, especially phthalates. Let’s have a quick look at this chemical ingredient.
What Are Phthalates?
Phthalates are chemical compounds often used in plastic products to increase flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity. Phthalates are found in many shampoos and hair products, personal care, toys, electronics and a variety of household products including detergents, adhesives, plastic wrap, plastic containers, flooring, furniture, wallpaper, shower curtains and other things made of vinyl or PVC. Additionally, food products contain phthalates because foods such as milk, butter and meats are commonly packaged or stored in plastics containing this toxin.
Why Are Phthalates Dangerous?
Phthalates are known as endocrine disruptors because they mimic the body’s hormones and can interfere with natural hormone activity. This can cause abnormalities in the body and may lead to fertility problems and cancer. Phthalates are colorless and odorless liquids and these toxins can be absorbed into the body not only with food but through the air and skin too. Plus, higher temperatures result in higher concentrations of phthalates in the air.
How to Avoid Phthalates
You can reduce your exposure to this harmful chemical by taking a few simple steps. First, don’t microwave food in plastic containers as heat allows phthalates to leach out of products. Second, use glass and stainless steel for storage and drinking, particularly hot beverages. Lastly, phthalates are used in perfumes, eye shadow, moisturizer, deodorant, nail polish, liquid soap, shampoo, conditioner and hair spray. Shop only natural personal care products and check the labels to ensure they are phthalates-free.
If you’re keeping tabs on wellness trends, chances are you’ve come across cannabidiol (CBD) oil. It’s all over wellness blogs and even landing on the shelves of health stores—but what exactly does it do?
CBD oil is derived from the Cannabis Sativa plant and contains the potent health benefits of the plant minus the THC (the psychoactive part that makes you high). Researchers find CBD oil extremely useful as an anti-inflammatory and has even replaced over the counter pain relief drugs like NSAIDs for some users. It’s being used both clinically and by health conscious consumers as it proves extremely effective at promoting an overall healthy balance in our bodies.
Not sure if CBD is right for you? Here are a few of the many benefits of taking a cannabidiol supplement:
1. Relieves pain CBD oil often substitutes traditional over-the-counter pain relievers and has been said to reduce pain and discomfort from a number of health conditions. Scientists believe that when CBD interacts with receptors in your brain and immune system, it creates an anti-inflammatory effect. It has even been useful in alleviating pain from chronic conditions such as multiple sclerosis and arthritis.
2. Helps ease nausea The cannabis plant has actually been used for centureis to manage nausea and vomiting. In large doses, nausea can be a side effect of CBD, but when taken in small, therapeutic amounts it can actually help curb nausea. Researchers found that CBD indirectly activates what’s called 5-hydroxytryptamiine-1A (5-HT1A)—a very complex name for a compound that plays a major role in reducing nausea sensations. Because of this, CBD is often used to reduce queasiness and vomiting from chemotherapy treatments.
3. Can help manage seizures While more research is needed to fully understand how it works, CBD oil has been said to have anti-seizure properties. One study found that CBD may have similar effects to current drug treatments for seizures and it may even be a safe and effective treatment for patients with schizophrenia.
4. Balances and supports mental health While CBD does lack the psychoactive component (THC) of cannabis, it does have several effects on the brain that can possibly help ease anxiety. Research has shown that CBD can boost signaling through serotonin receptors, which is often the goal of mental health treatments. Evidence found in animal studies are paving the way for more CBD testing on humans to provide more effective solutions for mental health disorders.
5. Excellent for hair, skin and nails In addition to its clinical uses, CBD is an excellent beautifying oil! it contains a number of essential nutrients that are helpful in maintaining youthful skin, hair and nails, such as vitamins E and C. It’s also been said that CBD oil is helpful in treating acne by controlling inflammation, and is also great at calming irritated scalps for soft, shiny, dandruff-free hair.
6. Can improve your sleep cycle You may already associate sleepiness with THC, but CBD can help you catch some needed Zs in a different, non-psychoactive way. While it won’t make you drowsy, a therapeutic dose can help those with sleep disorders maintain a regular REM cycle by staying asleep once they’re dozing. Considering CBD oil can help you maintain a more balanced state of mind, falling asleep may prove easier while taking it as well.
How Can You Take CBD Oil?
Tinctures If you’re concerned about taste and not a fan of taking capsules, CBD oil tinctures are an enjoyable way to take the supplement. Tinctures are dropper bottles of sweetened and flavored CBD oil designed to yield all of the health benefits and make you actually want to take it!
Capsules For a more convenient way to get your dose of cannabidiol, you can purchase the supplement in capsule form. These are great for taking with you on-the-go or for adding into your daily vitamin and supplement capsule regiment.
Liquids If pills are not your style, CBD also comes in liquid form. This is a great option if you were looking to add cannabidiol into your daily smoothie or if you wanted to use it topically. Many CBD liquids come blended with other fatty acids such as MCT oil for additional benefits.
Body Care Cannabidiol is also finding its way into personal care products! There are more and more products infusing CBD into their formulas to leverage its amazing topical benefits.
No matter how you decide to take CBD (internally or topically) always be sure to test a patch of skin for allergic reactions or start with small internal doses and consult with your doctor to ensure it is a right choice for you.
Has anyone had success while using CBD Oil? Share below!
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.
Lucky Vitamin is happy to introduce another cool brand of personal care products to our customers: Mountaineer Brand.
Mountaineer Brand offers 100% natural beard care, shaving and body care products which contains nothing fancy, just real products for real people. The company uses high-quality, 100% natural ingredients without chemicals or fragrances to create a variety of beard balms, washes, oils and shaving products.
Striving to provide a luxury experience without the financial sacrifice, Mountaineer Brand is dedicated to simplicity and value and the products do not contain anything artificial, no chemicals, no fragrance, and no compromise. The packaging is also simple, skipping the decorative bottles and other unnecessary packaging.
Mountaineer Brand started in 2013 by Eric Young, who personally researches and develops his product with a passion that can be seen in his work. Meredith Young, Eric’s younger sister and business partner, shares his enthusiasm and drive to create and share something beautiful.
Mountaineer Brand was born after Eric struggled to find quality beard care products at a price that he could easily work into his already tight budget. Although it started with beard care, the company has recently begun to develop a line to include body care products. Mountaineer Brand is dedicated to bringing high-end, 100% natural products to the market at a price the average wage earner can afford.
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.
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.
Coconut is great for cosmetic purposes and to improve the health and appearance of their skin and hair. Individuals with dry skin can benefit from coconut oil as it can improve the moisture and fat content of the skin. Plus, coconut oil can be very protective against hair damage and used as an effective sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
Coconut oil is cholesterol-free and can help regulate cholesterol levels. Coconut oil contains healthy saturated fats which may help with lowering bad LDL cholesterol as well as boosting good HDL cholesterol. It may also improve other risk factors and therefore protect against heart disease.
Often associated with weight-loss, the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can increase how many calories you burn compared to the same amount of other fats. One study found that 15-30 grams of MCTs per day increased 24 hour energy expenditure by 5%, totaling about 120 calories per day.
Several different studies have shown that coconut oil can be helpful to minimize the effects of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s. Coconuts are a source of food that the body can easily convert into ketones, essential for stalling the mental decline of Alzheimer’s, like Ginkgo biloba, Vitamin E or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.