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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 Jul 19, 2016 in News, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Aspire–For “Barely There” Eyewear

Aspire–For “Barely There” Eyewear

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Aspire frames are lighter, thinner and more pliable than any other frames I've seen.

Aspire frames are lighter, thinner and more pliable than any other frames I’ve seen.

Jewelry for your face

When I started wearing eyeglasses at the age of 8, very much against my will, I hated the ugly utilitarian frames and took them off whenever I could manage to see, albeit myopically, without the correction.

When comfortable contact lenses became available, I jumped on that solution and used them for years.

And then a couple of strange things happened. I got older (again very much against my will). Presbyopia set in, which meant that if I wanted to see things (like restaurant menus) close up, I had to put on a pair of drugstore readers. And even stranger, I found that I actually looked better and younger when I was wearing a pair of really great-looking glasses.

So out went the contacts. I bought animal print glasses big, bold prescription sunglasses, plastic frames, titanium frames, etc. All had good points, all had one or two flaws. The great-looking plastic frames were often heavy and left groove marks on my nose. The titanium frames often lacked style.

And now came Aspire Eyewear, in both optical and sun-glass frames that were lighter, thinner, stronger and more pliable than anything I’d ever seen. According to the numbers, these frames were 50 percent thinner than a typical acetate frame, 50 percent lighter than a typical acetate frame – and even 22 percent lighter than a typical titanium frame!

When I had the opportunity to try one of those frames, I couldn’t wait to see how it would look and feel with my prescription lenses. I wasn’t disappointed. I chose the style called “Remarkable,” which was described as “A true conversation piece, Remarkable is a perfect P3 shape offering a unique keyhole bridge design and very thin stainless steel temples. A men’s style that works for women, too. Available in tortoise, hunter and crystal.” I chose the hunter color, which was very dark—almost black.

I had my prescription filled very quickly—the same day, actually—at Union Square Optical in New York City. I chose that optician because they carry Aspire frames, and I thought they would be knowledgeable and well-equipped to offer quick service.

When I tried my glasses on for the first time, they looked terrific and they delivered on that “barely there” promise. As they sat a little high on my face, the optician simple adjusted the (proprietary) anti-slip nose pad—and voila! Perfect. (I should mention that the nose pad never, ever leaves dent marks on my nose.

Needless to say I’ve had my share of compliments with these glasses, and in addition to being attractive and lightweight, they are also sturdy.  As they have a seamless hinge, something I’d not seen before, there will never be a need to replace screws that have fallen out.

So what’s the story behind this unusual eyewear?

Aspire frames by ClearVision Optical are created with SDN-4, a specially designed hypoallergenic nylon material proprietary to the brand; it is heat-resistant, has “shape memory” and will not fade in UV exposure. The frames are not injection molded, but created with Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinery to produce unique shapes and a dazzling array of color possibilities. That makes Aspire Eyewear “wearable technology.”

The brand asks the eyeglass wearer: “Who Do You Aspire To Be?” It references popular trends, classic motifs, and advanced architectural aesthetics to appeal to different personality types when designing its initial collection of 12 styles for men and women, as well as three sunglasses styles.

Each of the 36 frames and 5 temple designs in the collection are detachable, giving the wearer the opportunity to further personalize their own eyewear. The Aspire Eyewear logo is placed inside the frame of each pair of glasses, because the label feels it shares creative responsibility with the wearer.

Aspire Eyewear is carried nationwide.  http://aspireeyewear.com/    Suggested retail pricing ranges from $249.99-$289.99

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Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in News, Product Reviews | 0 comments

Exuviance AGE REVERSE Total Correct + Sculpt Serum: Anti-Aging Superpower

Exuviance AGE REVERSE Total Correct + Sculpt Serum: Anti-Aging Superpower

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Total Correct + Sculpt Serum

Though I sometimes get tired of all the steps it takes to keep aging skin from looking, well, aged, I don’t underestimate the need for a good serum.

A good moisturizer can do a lot to keep skin hydrated, but I have seen for myself that aging skin needs a serum to provide other benefits. I recently read an explanation of why this is so, given by Barbara Green,  Vice President of Clinical Affairs, NeoStrata Company, Inc. She said: “While moisturizers are composed of larger molecules that form an emollient layer that sits on the surface of skin, serums have an aqueous (water-loving)  base that allows the benefit ingredients to absorb into skin, depositing nutrients and hyper-targeting concerns like pigmentation, dullness and laxity.”

That makes perfect sense. I’ve been using serums for years, seeing the benefits. When I was offered a sample of Exuviance AGE REVERSE Total Correct + Sculpt Serum, I welcomed the opportunity to try out a product that was described as a “major multi-tasker” and a “serum superpower.”

The ingredients were impressive. There was NeoGlucosamine® to exfoliate and stimulate cell turnover  and to smooth skin texture and visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Next, the Vitamin C Antioxidant would help diminish dark spots for a more even skin tone. And finally, there was AminoFil® to promote collagen which would help restore firmness and build natural volume.

So–after using the serum for more than a month, I’ve seen the following results: my cheeks are smoother and plumper and the lines above my lips, the telltale signs of a former smoker, are somewhat fainter. Not bad for a month’s use, so I will continue to use the Exuviance serum and look for further improvement.

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

Wally’s Natural Candles: Spa Therapy for Your Ears

Wally’s Natural Candles: Spa Therapy for Your Ears

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Of all the holiday gifts that were exchanged among my family members, the ones that generated the most excitement were — Wally’s Natural ear candles.

Now that might not sound terribly exciting or glamorous, given that other gifts included electronic toys and cashmere sweaters. But for family members who’d experienced swimmer’s ear and similar issues, the candles were like spa therapy.

They had all tried ear candling with other brands, with often less-than-satisfactory results. Wally’s Natural candles, however, were emphatically pronounced “the best!”

For those who have never heard of ear candling (also known as ear coning), it’s a holistic practice that has been around for  hundreds of years. The burning candle sends warm air and rhythmic sounds down through the hollow chute, massaging the ear canal via small vibrations, which is why it has a calming effect. It also dries out the ear.

Ear candling has been criticized as dangerous and ineffective, so I can’t recommend its use to others; I can only speak to my family’s experiences. They have used the candles carefully for several years and have found the use to be beneficial.

I think one of the reasons for the negatives is that exaggerated claims are made for candling. No doubt they can damage the eardrum if they are poked into the ear. And since the practice involves a lit candle, care must be taken to avoid getting burned.

That said, we have found the quality of Wally’s Natural candles to be superior to others on the market. They are hand-crafted and are available in three different collections: the Luxury Collection made of pure beeswax; Spa Collection made of soy wax; and Professional Collection made from paraffin wax. All come in plain, lavender and herbal scents.

The company also makes Wally’s Natural Organic Ear Oil, which contains garlic oil, tea-tree oil and mullein extract to help support healthy ears.

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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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Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Product Reviews, Tips | 0 comments

Korres Overnight Beauty Booster

Korres Overnight Beauty Booster

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Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil

Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil

Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil

Of all the available beauty and anti-aging therapies, there is none so appealing as one that will do its work while you’re asleep. That’s the promise of Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil–and it delivers on that promise by its firming, lifting and anti-wrinkle action while replenishing essential skin moisture overnight.

 

Though the product is an oil, it is not greasy; it’s quickly absorbed into the skin. A little–just a couple of drops–will do the job.

There are no “bad” ingredients in this beauty booster: no petrolatum, no parabens, no proplyene glycol, no ethanolamines. Read the label and you’ll find only “good” ingredients: black pine oil, spilantes acmella extract, apricot, jojoba, grape seed, argan and sweet almond oils.

This blend of six oils help restore lipids naturally. Soy bean and wild yam complex strengthens skin while activating lipid production for increased skin elasticity, smoothness, and hydration.

Facial contour is visibly improved, density is restored, and skin is instantly visibly lifted with spilanthes acmella, a natural plant extract. Apple seed extract supports natural collagen synthesis while alaria esculenta extract improves skin elasticity. Black pine polyphenols help restore skin suppleness, volume and contour for noticeable results by morning.

 

Korres Black Pine Active Firming Sleeping Oil is $62, available at Sephora.

 

 

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