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Help keep that winter skin glowing with some all natural skincare routines!

23 Oct

During the winter time, not only does the weather dry out your skin but the chaos of what’s supposed to be the happiest time of the year stresses you. In turn, this dehydration and stress leads to premature aging. Yuck. No one wants that.

So, here are a few tried and true skincare treatments that can do at home to liven up your skin, help you relax and keep looking your age (or hopefully even younger!)

Honey is a natural humectant, and it’s so great for both your hair and skin. If you select this option, make sure to always use raw or organic honey. No need to add any additional contaminants into the mix.

A simple honey hydration mask can make all the difference.
For this recipe – it’s easy.
1 soup spoon of honey (raw/organic)

Cleanse your face first, and then dampen a face towel with warm water. Heat it up in the microwave, or put it in a bowl of hot water to make it very warm. Let the towel cover the entire face for 3 minutes while you relax. Remove the towel and apply the honey mixture to the skin with a gentle spatula. Leave on for 10 minutes and then remove it with another warm towels. Apply a light moisturizer and voila! Smooth, glowing, hydrated skin.

For an amazing hair remedy (dry scalp, dry hair, lack of lustre) follow this trick:

3/4 cup aloe vera skin grade gel (I like Aloe Life’s brand – pictured) which you can get at Sprouts or online.


2 tablespoons raw or organic (or both) honey
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
OR: emit the essential oils

Mix together then add to dry hair at the scalp and rub into scalp. Work through the rest of your hair, and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well no need to shampoo it out or add any additional conditioner. Your hair and scalp should feel clean, shiny and flake free.

Hope you like these, and if you try them out make sure to let me know what you think!
Stay Beautiful!
Kimberley

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More infused water flavors!!

3 May

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Rosemary and Pear water

Just when I was getting ready to branch into the more exotic pairings, I ventured back into the rosemary chapter. I absolutely loved the watermelon and rosemary combo and decided to make it a bit more refreshing and add pear. The flavor was good, and quite surprising.

Here’s what you need for this:

2 ripe pears
3 small sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 gallon of water

Another fun flavor – Apple Cucumber

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I know, this combination at first didn’t really sound great, but it was very refreshing. I used gala apples, but your own choice of organic apple will work.

2 gala apples (or organic of your choice)
1 whole cucumber (peeled if not organic)
1 gallon of water

Just like with the other recipes, make the night prior for optimal flavor and keep for only 24 hours.

Hope you enjoy these!!

A miracle drink? Maybe not, but definitely turns back the clock and aids digestion!

1 May

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I started juicing a few years back, and I still juice on a regular basis. I began that journey by incorporating a green smoothie into my routine each day. Not only is this drink packed full of your daily intake of greens, but potassium, multiple vitamins and gives your. Natural boost of energy. When I wanted to wean myself off of soda and coffee this drink, plus green tea was a life saver.

I started off in the morning by waking up and drinking a cup of warm water, with 1/2 a lemon in it. Then I would take a probiotic. About a half hour later I would drink my green smoothie. It was hard to give up breakfast completely at first and substitute with this, so I would also have one or two pieces of gluten free toast with an avocado spread on it, or some oatmeal with flax or hemp sedans sprinkled on it. After a few days this because my breakfast and then I was able to give up caffeine and stick to my healthy snack about an hour or so later.

So what’s in this drink that will give you more energy, help clear your skin, and give you nutrients you are lacking?

For a single serving you will need:

2 cups raw spinach
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1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
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1 half of a banana, one whole pear, three small celery stalks and half of a lemon squeezed into it.
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Place the greens and one cup filtered water in the blender first and lightly blend for 30 seconds until loosely chopped. Then add the pear, banana, and lemon as those don’t need to blend as long.
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Once blended, it may still be a little thick and chunky. I use my Ninja and it does leave it lumpy, and not like a juice at all. But this also makes it more filling. Always start here so that you gain your full nutrients before switching to juicing.

You can double the amount to make two batches and then store in mason jars in the fridge. This will keep for two days if cold. Avoid storing in anything but glass, and keep the lid tightly closed. You can also make large amount and freeze it. I am up to two drinks per day, one in the am and one for my afternoon snack. Always drink it before you are going to have carbs and/or meat.

You can also adjust the recipe as needed to make it a little sweeter by tossing an apple in 🙂

Hope you enjoy it !! Please let me know your thoughts!!

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Healthy Detox Water for your body and skin

28 Aug

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There are a multitude of Skincare products on the market to enhance your beauty that we splurge on every day. But, stop for a minute and ask yourself this question: Am I taking just as much time and money to make me just as beautiful on the inside?

The answer for most of us is no. We still consume too much sugar, carbs, processed foods and fruits and vegetables covered in pesticides. All of this gets stored in our body and leads to poor health, and in turn, lack luster skin.

Sure, a lot of how your skin looks has to do with genetics. But, what if you could do something once a day to help improve it? Would you do it?

Changing your entire diet and routine can be extremely hard. I recently started juicing and I can tell you that it’s time-consuming in addition to expensive. So, lets start off slow and inexpensive – with water.

Most of us don’t drink enough water or a daily basis. I read somewhere that over 3/4 of the United States population is dehydrated. So what can we do to change this?

Drink more water. Or, at least add some things into your water so that you will want to drink more water.

I spent some time researching the best things to put into your water to help naturally detox your body at the same time as hydrate it, and here is what I came up with.

Lemons
Most of us have heard how great lemons are in water, but do you know why? Lemons are naturally acidic, and when you add the, to your water you cause the water to be more alkaline. Alkaline water is beneficial for the body because it increases absorption and balances the ph levels. Alkaline water alone, is amazing for cancer prevention.
Lemons themselves stimulate the liver and the potassium fights high blood pressure. The vitamin c helps ward off infection and keep you healthy.

Mint
Crushed mint leaves added to your water helps with digestion and can even cure IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome. It is rich in vitamin c, b12 and a. This will work to clean the old out, and help the new, healthy you emerge.

Cucumber
Cucumber is amazing in water. It keeps the water cool, but also leaves a very crisp, refreshing aftertaste. More importantly, cucumber is anti-inflammatory and fights cancer. Studies have shown that cucumbers contain three lignans that effectively fight breast cancer, uterine, and ovarian cancers. The juice is also extremely rich and high in anti-oxidants.

The combination of these three is even better.

Using one gallon of water in a pitcher add the following:

1 cucumber, sliced (peeled is optional)
1 whole lemon, sliced
1 small bunch of mint leaves (approx 20 leaves, crushed)

Drop these items into the pitcher, them fill halfway with ice, then up to the top with water. Let chill for an hour and then enjoy 🙂

Small steps to beautiful skin, and a healthier you are doable one day at a time.

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