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Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews | 0 comments

 Fake Bake: A Safe and Natural Tan

 Fake Bake: A Safe and Natural Tan

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Fake Bake's Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum

Fake Bake’s Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum

Fake Bake tanning products have been around for a while, embraced by celebrities, beauty editors and “civilians” alike as a safe way to achieve that glorious year-round golden bronze color without risking skin damage from the sun or tanning beds. The company’s products contain no parabens or artificial preservatives; they don’t smell, turn your skin orange or stain your clothes. They contain three organic tanning ingredients: Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) boosted by DMI and Erythulose. Fake Bake works with your own individual skin tone to produce a naturally-based darker pigmentation on your skin’s surface. By enhancing your skin’s own pigments, Fake Bake gives you a natural-looking tan that lasts longer.

Fake Bake also has a built-in color guide so you can see where you’re applying the product on your skin, which helps avoid streaks.

Because there are no harmful ingredients and the moisture-rich formula softens the skin, you can even use Fake Bake on your face.

One of the company’s newer products is the Flawless Coconut Tanning Serum, a “bronzing hybrid” serum that applies easily, dries quickly and contains nourishing ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, coconut oil, glycerin and silk amino acids. It works vigorously to plump and cushion skin while preventing dehydration and wrinkles. It retails for $31.

Fake Bake's Double Shot Expresso Tan

Fake Bake’s Double Shot Expresso Tan

For experienced self-tanners, Fake Bake’s Double Shot Expresso Tan is a high performance product with triple-tanner activators that give a richer natural-looking tan. It glides on smoothly, absorbs evenly and dries quickly. It retails for $27.50.

Though the Coconut Tanning Serum can be used on the face, Fake Bake Platinum offers a specialized product called Face, which combines the company’s award-winning self-tanning formula with an anti-aging ingredient called PhytoCellTecTM Malus Domestica, created from stem cells extracted from the rare Swiss apple Uttwiler Spatlauber. This formula, which contains anti-aging peptides combats the effects of oxidants and is especially kind to sensitive skin. It sells for $30.

Fake Bake products can be purchased at stores nationwide or online.

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Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Aminocare Reverse Eye Cream: Boosts Collagen, Reduces Puffiness

Aminocare Reverse Eye Cream: Boosts Collagen, Reduces Puffiness

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A spa treatment for the eyes

For me, the basis of any skincare regimen must include a gentle cleanser, an effective serum and a good eye cream. In Aminocare’s Reverse Eye Cream, I have found a product I can use in any regular skincare routine. First, the texture is irresistible: it’s silky and smooth, like the fluffiest whipped cream for your skin. It’s quickly absorbed and there is no greasy after feel. There’s no perfume and no parabens, dyes or mineral oil . In short, it’s like an instant spa treatment for the eyes.

The ingredient list is impressive:  Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, cetearyl alcohol, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, Camellia sinensis oil, kukui oil, black currant seed oil, red raspberry oil, olive squalene, borage oil, D-Alpha tocopherol, retinyl palmitate, vegetable glycerin, caprylic capric triglycerides, myrisyl myristate, aspen bark extract, sodium stearolyl lactylate, glyceryl stearate, creatine.

When I saw that one of the ingredients contained the word “alcohol,” I checked it out—and found that cetearyl alcohol is a “natural” ingredient, a mixture of fatty alcohols consisting found in plants, like coconut and palm oils.

Ingredients aside, the proof is in the effectiveness and this eye cream performs, day in and day out. Using it only once a day (twice is recommended if needed), I saw crow’s feet and puffiness disappear. According to the promotional material, one of the ingredients, creatine, an amino acid derivative, has been clinically proven to increase skin cell vitality, boosting collagen, elastin and keratin production. Caffeine is added to make the skin in the eye area slightly taut. Vitamin A offers unprecedented cell renewal, while Vitamin E provides antioxidant protection. The active ingredients reach the target layers of skin via a revolutionary nanotope delivery system. Cell-Ox2 Phyto Peptide has been clinically shown to effectively reduce dark circles and puffiness in the eye area and offering increased oxygenation.  While I can’t prove these claims, I can say that Aminocare Reverse Eye Cream delivers all I would ask of an eye cream.

Best of all, this product and all of the products in the line are never tested on animals.

Aminocare ® Reverse Eye Cream retails for $50, is available at stores nationwide and online.

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2017 in Health and Wellness, News, Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

How Do I Choose and Use Essential Oils?

How Do I Choose and Use Essential Oils?

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How Do I Choose And Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are Nature’s gift to mankind. A multitude of qualities has made essential oils make their way into cosmetics, healthcare and more. But to enjoy their benefits, knowing how to use and choose them is extremely important.

Firstly, the choice of oil depends on the purpose for which it will be used. Next, its purity and therapeutic value are essential to stay safe and reap the effectiveness. Once you have bought the right essential oil, next step is to use it properly for the problem you need to address.

Let’s take a look in the ways essential oils are used to help you make a decision.

  • A direct application on the skin
  • Inhalation
  • Sprays and Bathing
  • Compresses and more.

Applying Topically – For applying essential oils topically you must know your skin type. Some of the essential oils for topical use are:

  1. Neat oils – The oils that can be applied without any diluter are the neat oils. Because of their mild chemistry, they are not harmful for the skin. Frankincense, lavender, melissa and sandalwood are good examples of neat oils.
  2. Dilute or sensitive – Those oils which need to be diluted with carrier oil before use. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger and peppermint are examples of dilute topical oils.

How to Use

  • Always dilute the essential oil first, then apply it on your skin.
  • Massage the essential oil on your joints, muscles and relax your body. While applying on arms and legs, massage in upward direction, move hands gently over the spine and the sensitive areas.
  • Choose mild, non-irritating oils for topical use. Beware of adulterated, re-distilled and rectified essential oils.

Inhalation  – Inhalation is a fast and secure method of using essential oils. This is an excellent method of relief from stress and anxiety, as well as respiratory issues. Some of the most effective essential oils for inhaling are:

  1. Lavender – Use to release nervous tension, to fight anxiety and depression.
  2. Chamomile – It improves digestion and leaky gut.

How to Use

  • Direct palm inhalation – Take 1 to 2 drops of essential oil, add a diluter and rub it gently on your palms before inhaling it.
  • Diffusers – The easiest way to inhale essential oil is to use candle diffusers. Take a heat-resistant vessel and pour a little water and essential oil before heating it over a candle. This will diffuse the aroma.
  • While choosing essential oils for inhalation, beware of synthetic fragrances. They are not good for you.

Bath – It is the most popular and effective way of using essential oils. Use it to increase circulation, alleviate stress, tension, insomnia, menstrual spasms and more. The best way to use essential oils in the bath is to mix them with emulsifiers like milk or sesame oil. Essential oils that can be used for bathing are:

  1. Lemon and Sweet Orange – It benefits all skin types and lightens up the mood.
  2. Frankincense – It soothes the skin and is the best known stress buster.  Jasmine, rose and sandalwood are effective as bathing essential oils.

How to Use

  • While choosing essential oils for bathing, choose the one that has a calming and gentle effect on the skin and also suits your skin type. If you have a sensitive skin, test it before applying.
  • Add 4 to 5 drops of essential oils to one tablespoon of carrier oil, then add the mixture to the bath water. OR add 5 drops of essential oil to a cup of milk and pour it into your bath water.
  • Using it overtly can cause skin irritation.

Compresses

These are highly effective for both emergency first aid and pain relief. Compresses can be applied with pressure on specific body parts. It supports the body against infections. Essential oils that can be used for compresses are:

  1. Grapefruit essential oil – If you are feeling stressed and tired, use grapefruit oil to enhance positivity and power.
  2. Fennel essential oil – It reduces and prevents spasms in the gut. Its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties are good for healing wounds and infections. Defense Pure Essential Oils also provide protection against bacteria causing infections.

How to Use

  • To select an essential oil for compress use, look at its therapeutic properties first.
  • Add 10 drops of selected essential oil in 9 oz of water. Soak and then wrap.
  • Use cold water for sprains, insect bite and headache and hot water for boils, cystitis and dysmenorrhea.

Parting Thoughts

Essential oils are good, but only when you know how to choose and use them. It’s also import to take some precautions.

  • Use pure essential oils only;
  • Do not use internally;
  • Know that they can be harmful for the eyes and mucous membrane;
  • Don’t use them for kids;
  • Don’t use citrus oils if you are going to venture outside in a while.

 

Author Bio:

Amanda Dawson is a fitness coach with a Master’s degree. Her passion revolves around encouraging others rediscover their lifestyle and inspire them to live a healthy lifestyle. Her keen interest in health can be seen in her writing. You can read her views on the use of tea tree oil soap, body wipes and sports-specific products.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on Jul 22, 2016 in Health and Wellness, Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

Get Healthy Looking Skin with Essential Oils

Get Healthy Looking Skin with Essential Oils

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Neroli oil

Neroli oil

Modern day life takes its toll on your skin with pollution, stress and the sun. Your skin takes a beating each day. This leads to a tired looking epidermis and can often result in a skin that looks prematurely aged.

Many people turn to artificial toners and moisturizers for relief; however, others prefer to take a more natural path towards vibrant, healthy looking skin by using essential oils. These oils don’t have harsh chemicals and have stood the test of time as a better way to restoring that youthful glow. Even better, you can mix and match essential oils in order to find the right combination that will leave your skin radiant.

Perhaps one of the most important decisions that anyone wanting to take advantage of the skin revitalizing properties of essential oils is the selection of the correct carrier oil. It’s important to never use essential oil directly on the skin but instead mix it with a carrier to dilute it. The best way to be safe is to make a 2% dilution. You can do this by adding 12 drops of the essential oil to each fluid ounce (30 ml) of your preferred carrier oil.

Carrier oils have been extracted from seeds or nuts and used in combination with essential oils. Carrier oils serve to provide a sort of base for the use of the many types of essential oils. Carrier oils range from the very popular Jojoba oil to carriers such as Evening Primrose oil, Argan oil and Rosehip Seed oil. Avocado and Olive oil are also popular choices that are used as a base for essential oils when they are used for skincare.

Once you’ve selected the carrier oil that suits your individual needs, then it’s time to choose which essential oils will bring your skin that healthy glow which comes with adequate moisturizing and care.

Some essential oils worth considering are listed here:

#1 Frankincense

Anyone familiar with the Bible would know that Frankincense has been known to have healing properties for thousands of years. Frankincense essential oil is a fabulous anti-inflammatory. This essential oil also acts as a natural toner and as a bonus, Frankincense essential oil also encourages the growth of new skin cells.

Lavender and massage oil

Lavender and massage oil

#2 Lavender Essential Oil

This is one essential oil that everyone should have in their armory. It smells wonderful and eases stress. It’s also a great aid to skin rejuvenation, especially for tired and stressed skin. It can reduce the appearance of age spots and the tired appearance and damage of sun ravaged skin.

#3 Myrrh Essential Oil

This is another essential oil that has history behind it. Myrrh essential oil is particularly good for aging skin. This oil helps smooth out wrinkles and firm up the skin. It’s also effective at repairing sun damaged skin. This is definitely one that should be in your essential oil toolkit.

#4 Neroli Essential Oil

 

If you have sensitive skin or are struggling with oily skin this is the essential oil for you. Neroli essential oil helps with tired, sagging skin, and the ingredient citral helps to lift and tone the skin. It also shrinks pores and can help with the appearance of stretch marks and scarring.

There are a myriad of essential oils that will help anyone in search of that youthful appearance. Choose the right carrier oil and then mix and match your essential oils until you find a combination that’s just perfect for your own needs.

Marilyn Reid is a successful business owner and natural health enthusiast. She owns a site, TarunaOils.0rg, which is dedicated to providing tips, ideas, and recipes for use with essential oils and aromatherapy.

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas | 0 comments

Mother’s Day in Paradise: Four Seasons Resort Nevis

Mother’s Day in Paradise: Four Seasons Resort Nevis

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Pathway to the Great House

Pathway to the Great House

Forget perfume, candy or flowers. This Mother’s Day, give Mom the gift she deserves, a luxury getaway to the Four Seasons Resort in Nevis. She’ll thank you for it for years to come, for a stay at this Four Seasons Resort is like an escape to paradise. Choose from a variety of packages.

The Spa Serenity package offers $150 daily Spa credit per room to help Mom unwind and de-stress. The 12,000-sq.-ft., Eden-like Spa and Salon features a menu of natural and revitalizing rituals that incorporates freshly picked herbs from the Spa’s herb garden. Mom can bask in the treatment’s afterglow on the outdoor Sala deck, facing peaceful Nevis Peak, and rejuvenate in the volcanic-stone whirlpool or Japanese-inspired, cold plunge pool. The package also includes the Resort’s daily breakfast buffet, which features the island’s fresh and vibrant flavours at the Fruit Concierge.

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Nevis is also featuring Mother’s Day specials that will provide some well-deserved “Mommy me-time.”
·        An 80-minute Special Mom Mani and Pedi (USD 87.50) will help melt stress away with a chocolate hand and feet exfoliation, finished with the Spa’s handcrafted, hydrating vanilla-strawberry lotion.
·        A 50-minute Bloom Into Beautiful facial (USD 122.50) rejuvenates with a four tea-elixir, cold-stone eye treatment and a soothing pumpkin and apple enzyme for overall radiant skin.
·        A 50-minute Mama’s Love ritual (USD 122.50) pairs a Swedish massage, which incorporates handcrafted oils created from the Spa’s herb garden, with a volcanic-sand hand and feet exfoliation that will relieve all tension from her head to toe.

 Younger guests also can share in a Spa experience with a choice of special Mother and children treatments:
·        50 minute Mini Manicure and Pedicure for USD 110 per guest
·        25 minute Mini Facial for USD 152 per guest
·        25 minute Mini Massage for USD 152 per guest
        These special prices are available on May 7 and 8, 2016. However, gift cards purchased with these Mother’s Day Spa specials can be redeemed through May 31.        

The Romance Me package will award five stars to Dads. With a minimum four-night stay at the Resort or in one of the 45 luxurious villas, the package includes a day in a private, 200-sq.-ft., luxury beach cabana with personal beach concierge, an intimate candle-lit, beach dinner, and the new Spa Under the Stars private Spa evening. Four Seasons Resort’s private villas range from the beach to the lower slopes of Nevis Peak, and offer all the luxurious amenities of a private residence, such as personal plunge pools and expansive patios and verandas – some even with their own Spa treatment rooms and fitness centres. Getting to the Resort is also stress-free with included round-trip ground and sea transfers from the airport, and VIP arrival and departure through the YU Lounge at St. Kitts Airport.
       

The Fourth Night Free offer combines greater flexibility and value for an incomparable vacation. Four Seasons Resort Nevis is the perfect place for a family weekend getaway devoted to more time basking under the idyllic Caribbean sky or playing a round of golf on the Resort’s Championship Golf Course. The Robert Trent Jones II, 6,776-yard golf course offers breathtaking vistas, where guests also will chance upon families of friendly green vervet monkeys. Additionally, the Resort’s tennis program – ranked No. 1 overall and third best for juniors by Tennis Resorts Online – features 10 tennis courts, six hard-surface and four clay courts – five of which are lit for night play – for friendly competition for the whole clan.       

Located on the western coast of the island of Nevis, Four Seasons Resort Nevis is the only Four Seasons in the Caribbean, delivering superior service in a breathtaking setting. Offering a luxurious haven for an authentic and captivating experience for every guest, the Resort is consistently ranked among the top destinations in the world by travellers and travel experts. Since its opening, Four Seasons Resort Nevis has received numerous accolades, including the 2016 AAA Five Diamond Award.  Follow the Resort on social media at @FSNevis. For more information, visit the website.

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Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Bargains, Health and Wellness, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

Oil Pulling for Oral Health

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Oil pulling said to achieve whiter teeth, fresher breath and better oral health

Oil pulling, a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for oral health (as well as dozens of systemic ailments) has been used in India and Asia for 3,000 years. It was introduced to the west about 20 years ago as a way to achieve whiter teeth (without chemicals), fresher breath, cavity and gingivitis prevention and less plaque build-up.

How does it work? Each morning, before eating or brushing teeth, swish one tablespoon of natural, food quality oil—safflower, sesame, olive or coconut—in your mouth for  two to three minutes. For optimum results,  the recommendation is to increase the swishing time up to 15 minutes.

After swishing, spit out (do not swallow!) the oil. Rinse mouth thoroughly with warm water, then brush teeth.

The theory behind the treatment is this: As the oil swishes around teeth and gums it ‘pulls’ oil-soluble bacteria and other debris into the oil and so detoxifies the mouth, ridding it of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. The theory also suggests that by cleansing the mouth in this way, inflammation is reduced and overall health is improved.

I recently received a sample of GuruNanda Pulling Oil, which contains a proprietary blend of all sunflower, sesame, coconut and peppermint oil, specifically designed for oil pulling, and it harnesses the individual benefits of all three for a more balanced and effective approach.

When using the oil, I found that the peppermint flavor made it easier to swish the oil as directed. However, over a period of time, I found that I was just not able to keep it in my mouth for more than one or two  minutes. I could not imagine working up to 15 or even 10 minutes.

Are my teeth whiter? I can’t tell yet. However, since this is a benign and non-chemical practice using only natural products, I’m willing to keep it as part of my oral hygiene routine for a while, just to see if I can achieve the results that regular oil pullers report.

Many regular oil pullers report that their mouth feels clean and fresh and their teeth are whiter. This is a much better home treatment to whiten teeth than commercial tooth whitening preparations which contain very strong chemicals and are fairly expensive. Users also report having clearer, healthier skin after using this natural treatment as well as feeling mentally invigorated. Many people have said that oil pulling helped to curb their appetites and helped them to lose weight.

To be continued.

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