We live in a very stressful world that can be toxic for our mind, body, and even skin. As a result we are less focused and burned out. As we enter the Spring season and embrace renewal, I urge you to commit yourself to recognizing when you need a mental break. Here are 3 simple ways to manage stress and relax.
Breathing: You may be unknowingly holding tension in your chest. Stress shows up differently in everyone. Never underestimate the power of proper breathing. Breathing techniques are one of the easiest and most powerful ways to relieve stress. Harness the power of deliberate breathing, including deep breaths, and slow inhales / exhales to help you feel calm and in control.
Relaxing Playlist: Music is healing to the soul and it can shape our moods and thought processes. Music can promote relaxation of tense muscles when coupled with relaxing exercises like yoga. Music is a simple and fun way to promote spiritual healing. It is also great for meditating or getting into a spirit of worship.
Take a Walk: When things get to be overwhelming for me I like to go for walks out in fresh air. Any sort of movement like short walks or jogs are natural stress relievers. Sometimes you have to force yourself to get out of the office and get moving. Walking also promotes blood flow to your brain and it can reset your mind and thought processes. While walking you can also practice the breathing techniques we discussed earlier.
What are some techniques you use to relieve stress?
Love and Romance are common Valentine's Day themes but what about Self Love? Can you truly say you love yourself? If so, do your actions and the way you treat yourself reflect love? Negative self talk and lack of proper self care are unhealthy, so this Valentine's Day show yourself some love in these 4 easy ways:
EAT- I've talked a lot about how proper nutrition is the best way to fight acne and skin issues from within. The foods you consume is also a reflection of your self esteem. If you're depressed or discouraged you may try to cope in unhealthy ways by consuming extra sugars, sweets and junk food. Love on yourself by trying healthy new recipes that nourish your body.
THINK- As a person thinks so they are. It all starts in your mind. Remove that negative self talk by thinking good thoughts about yourself. Speak positive reinforcement over your life. Sometimes we may need a little help in this area. When was the last time you read a good book? I like to read inspirational books that not only feed my spirit but also help me to gain new insights on life.
MOVE- Exercise is very important in self care as not only does it improve circulation in the body but it also releases endorphins and remove toxins. Getting your body engaged in some form of exercise helps ease tension and anxiety. If you're struggling mentally try incorporating regular movement into your self care habits.
USE- I'm a big supporter of non-toxic beauty including makeup. Try using makeup products that treat your skin and not harm. On my blog I share many suggestions for natural non-toxic makeup. This includes skincare, which is what Apple Rose Beauty is all about; clean and safe ingredients. This week only use the code: LOVE to save 20% off any full size bottle of Apple Rose Beauty organic skincare on the website.
Apple Rose Beauty is committed to clean beauty with a cause. If you're new to clean, non-toxic beauty, transitioning to natural beauty is a process. You don't have to get it all right at once. Here are 3 simple steps to building an easy yet effective skincare routine:
1. BE PATIENT There might be a process that your skin will experience called purging. When changing your regimen, especially one that is following a regimen of products that contain toxins, your skin wants the nasty stuff out. You might see tiny white bump clusters appear. As long as you're not experiencing a reaction like itching or burning, keep pushing. The purging will subside.
2. HELP YOUR BODY HELP YOUR SKIN. What goes in the body is even more important than what you put on your body. Foods rich in Vitamin C, A & omega 3's can fight free radicals, reduce the signs of aging, rejuvenate cells for a healthy glow. I discussed in an earlier blog post how your diet effects your skin. Click here to read.
3. USE YOUR PRODUCTS IN THE RIGHT ORDER. Yup there's an order to this. There's a process that your skin goes through during your routine and using your products in the following order allows for the best absorption of skin loving ingredients for optimal results.
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Spa's and Skincare Clinics are growing in popularity as people especially women are aiming to get better looking skin. Women spend billions of dollars a year on skincare but are facial treatments really worth it? Spa treatments and facials can be beneficial and actually make your products work better and deeper penetrate the skin. However, they can be quite expensive especially if done on a regular basis. If you want the spa results without going to an actual skin care spa, here are some tips on how to create a spa treatment experience at home.
"To boost collagen and prevent wrinkles, I apply serum by gently pressing it into my skin, followed by massaging my face in an upwards motion. Patting on the product helps to stimulate circulation and massaging upwards will flush out any toxins that have built up in your lymph nodes."
When it comes to aging beautifully and taking the best possible care of our health and skin, vitamin C is one of the best ways to go. Many people think that vitamin C is just something we take to get better when we have a cold or the flu. But this nutrient is oh so important to help us look great as we age and to keep our skin healthy and glowing. Here are a few of the benefits that vitamin C can provide and tips to get you started on making vitamin C a major part of your skincare and health routine.
Benefit #1: Collagen Production
Vitamin C is a nutrient that stimulates the production of collagen in the skin. Collagen is basically a skin plumper. Essentially, it is the part of our skin that makes our face look youthful and full. It reduces crows feet, wrinkles, and the sallow look that skin can have with age. Many of us know that Vitamin C is available in foods like oranges but did you know that there are amazing skin serums that are also rich in vitamin C? A serum applied to your skin that contains vitamin C will help trigger the production of collagen. Serums that contain naturally occurring Vitamin C like the one in Apple Rose Beauty's Bloom Beautifully 20% Vitamin C Serum are even more beneficial for the skin because they don't have the harmful side effects of harsh synthetic chemicals.
Benefit #2: Reduces Aging By Attacking Free Radicals
Free radicals are chemicals that can get in our body and on our skin that do damage to our healthy cells. Vitamin C helps our body's immune system function properly and at its best so it can fight off those nasty free radicals that can make us age faster. Eating foods rich in vitamin C like oranges, broccoli, and leafy greens can help ward off these free radicals.
Benefit #3: Keeps Your Hair Healthy
As we age, it can be more difficult to keep our hair looking moist and lustrous. Vitamin C can helps our hair grow and become stronger to prevent breakage and damage. Applying serums or products rich in vitamin C directly to our hair can kick that hair health factor up several notches.
Benefit #4: Improving Skin's Elasticity
As we age, our skin does not spring back into place like it once did. In other words, it does not remain taut against our underlying facial structure and as a result, we can get wrinkles and sagging skin. Vitamin C, both applied to the skin and consumed, can help improve our skin's elasticity and make it appear more taut and smooth.
Benefit #5: Nail Health
Brittle and easily broken fingernails are never pleasant. And as we age, our nails naturally become weaker. However, vitamin C can help remedy that problem. Vitamin C strengthens the connective tissues, blood vessels, and the skin that support nail growth and strength. Not to mention it also keeps bones healthy. Let's hear it for drinking orange juice and eating dark leafy greens to keep our nails strong and growing!
With these many benefits in mind, make sure you include generous amounts of vitamin C in your diet and skin care regimens. You can be sure to keep yourself healthy and radiant as you age with the help of this natural skin care hero.
Here's a quick recipe for a Vitamin C face mask!
Blend one kiwi and a half-cup of papaya, and apply the mixture to your face. After 15 to 20 minutes, wash it off with cold water.