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Finding Health & Beauty in Everyday Life

Five Foods That Hydrate Your Skin

October 18, 2021

by Cailey George

As we head into the cooler, winter months, you may be asking yourself how you can keep your skin healthy and prevent dry, irritated patches from rising up with the weather change. Fortunately, skincare doesn’t end with topical application. Including these foods in your diet will aid in hydrating your skin and keeping you feeling healthy and satisfied throughout the rest of the year and into the next.

Olive Oil
bowl of olive oil
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Using olive oil in your recipes is a great place to start. We often utilize this versatile ingredient when cooking, and it can even be used simply as a dressing in your salad if you are in a rush. Not only is this oil often used as a topical ingredient in certain skincare products, but is equally beneficial when ingested as the oils, fats and vitamins present in this food aid in strengthening and hydrating the skin.


Wild Salmon
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Wild salmon is another great food to eat when working towards healthy skincare. This food is full of omega 3 fatty acids- a great resource to strengthen skin cells and reduce the inflammation that comes with dry skin. If fish is not for you, try incorporating foods like chia seeds or walnuts into your diet. These snacks and ingredients have similar affects as they are also full of omega 3 fatty acids and can therefore fight to keep your skin supple and hydrated.


Avocado
sliced avocado
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Many find avocado to be beneficial for health and skin, and can attest to its delicious taste when paired creatively with a variety of dishes. This fruit not only has the fats necessary to support supple, hydrated skin, but is full of great vitamins as well. Avocado tastes great when eaten in many unique ways and is a wonderful addition to your skincare routine when utilized in this way.


Cucumbers
slices of cucumber
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Cucumber can be used topically to hydrate and is safe for sensitive skin. Cucumber has wonderful cooling effects for those dry, irritated patches and helps to heal and strengthen the skin. It is also beneficial when ingested as it helps to maintain a healthy digestive system.


Sweet Potatoes
slices of sweet potato
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Finally, sweet potatoes are full of vitamin A, which helps to build a healthy protective barrier and to reduce the uncomfortable flakiness that often accompanies dry skin in the winter months. The vitamin C in sweet potatoes has even been said to fight against colds! Sweet potatoes are a classic holiday appetizer and can be implemented into your winter diet not only for taste and tradition, but to hydrate your dry skin.

Making an effort to eat these foods will support skincare from the inside out, aiding in the maintenance of healthy, supple and smooth skin. Now is a great time to start incorporating these foods into your diet, preparing your skin for the rough winter months ahead.

 

Update a Hollywood Strip Light Fixture

October 18, 2021

by Angela Propes

light strip before

In an effort to update my bathroom as inexpensively (i.e. cheaply!) as possible I decided to see if I could do something to the outdated Hollywood brass strip light fixture. It was so incredibly easy, I wish I'd done it a long time ago.

Note
This project can be completed in a day. It's best to work outside on a sunny day that isn't too windy. If you can't work outside, make sure you're in a well-ventilated area.

Instructions

  • First remove all the light bulbs, then...

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Unusual Remedy for Restless Leg Syndrome

October 10, 2021

bars of soap

by Cailey George

Restless Leg Syndrome, otherwise known as RLS or Willis-Ekbom disease, is an ailment that effects many people who are simply attempting to get a good night’s rest. RLS expresses itself as an irresistible urge to move one’s legs while lying down and is often accompanied by mild aches in the muscles and joints. This syndrome can be caused by low iron or a dopamine deficiency. While it is not a dangerous condition, it causes discomfort and frustration as it can hind...


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How to Find Balance in Your Life

October 4, 2021

wooden seesaw

by Angela Propes

Keeping your life in balance is as important as keeping your health and skin in balance. Here are five tips for getting your everyday life back in balance.

Make a to-do list
It's simple, and may even sound silly, but it's a suprisingly beneficial activity for keeping your life, and your mind, in order. Jotting down the tasks you need to accomplish for the day (keep it realistic!) helps keep you on track. And there is a satisfying sense of accomplishment when you can ...


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What is Rice Bran Oil?

September 28, 2021

brown rice

by Cailey George

Among the many natural oils used in skincare, there are several lesser-known oils such as rice bran oil. Though frequently unheard of, rice bran oil is still capable of powerful healing and skin maintenance. Rice bran oil, otherwise known as oryza sativa, is cold-pressed and made from the outer layer or “bran” as well as the inner husk of brown rice. Usage of this ingredient in skincare began in Japan where rice bran oil was applied in order to cleanse, tone and kee...


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The Benefits of Green Tea for Skin

September 27, 2021

pot and cups of green tea

by Cailey George

In the year 805, Japanese monks were introduced to green tea while in China, and it was during this time that they learned of its wonderful healing and medicinal qualities. The Japanese continued to drink green tea ritualistically to help them focus and meditate, and over time many wonders of green tea were revealed, including its skin benefits when applied topically.

Green tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinesis plant and has been used for 1000s of years ...


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What is Candelilla Wax?

September 27, 2021

bowl of candelilla wax flakes

by Cailey George

Perhaps you have heard of beeswax- a substance used as an emulsifier in products such as lip balms and moisturizers. While it is a helpful ingredient in these products and is able to easily bond liquids and other ingredients, beeswax is animal-derived and therefore avoided by vegan users. It may seem that many lip care products rely heavily on beeswax for their capabilities, however there is a vegan alternative! Candelilla wax is a plant-based vegetable wax and is there...


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