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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 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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Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Health and Wellness, Tips | 0 comments

DIY Skin Care Tips from Ildi Pekar, Facialist to Miranda Kerr and the Victoria’s Secret Models

DIY Skin Care Tips from Ildi Pekar, Facialist to Miranda Kerr and the Victoria’s Secret Models

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Ildi Pekar, celebrity facialist to Miranda Kerr and many of the Vicky S models gives you some innovative skincare tips that ANYONE can do, at home; Call it your supermodel DIY skincare routine

With the Victoria’s Secret show coming to New York in December,  this would be a good time to share some DIY skin care tips from celebrity facialist Ildi Pekar, who takes care of Miranda Kerr’s lovely skin, as well as ministers to the facial needs of the Vicky S models.

Supermodel Approved Tips to Hydrated Fall and Winter Skin:

1. Use krill oil/fish oil to hydrate the skin

2. Say NO to over-drying. Avoid scorching hot water. This over dries your skin when the weather is already doing the job.

3. Hello Honey. Use gentle products, anything that is soothing. Honey is a good example.

4. Say NO to coffee. Lay off the caffeine; it dehydrates you and your skin.

5. Hydrate from within. Almonds/Avocados/walnuts are great to eat, and the oils hydrate your skin from within.

6. We love seeds. Pumpkin seeds are also very high in oil. Add some to your diet.

7. Supermodel Skin Mask. Try a DIY Winter Mask (once a week for hydration).

Recipe:

½ Banana, smashed

3 tsp. of raw honey

3 tsp. of sour cream or yogurt (with fat!)

Blend the ingredients

Apply to face

Let sit for 15 Minutes

Rinse with cool water

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Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Tips | 0 comments

Fitness Trends: The Last 15 Years

Fitness Trends: The Last 15 Years

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The last decade and a half have brought some of the most unique fitness trends to hit the world. Along with weird sports superstitions there are plenty of weird health superstitions and the two feed each- other as athletes are always looking to give the self a better edge. Many of these fads and practices started with athletes and then moved to the mainstream later.

Technology has made a lot of changes to the way we work out and even eat. Here are some of the top fitness fads from the last 15 years:

 

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  1. Low Carb Diets

Carbs got a really bad rap in the 1990s when the Atkins Diet got really popular, but in the 2000s we began taking a more critical look at what actually constituted bad carbs (refined sugar) and good carbs (whole grains, fruit,and vegetables). Now we aren’t kicking carbs to the curb so much as limiting the amounts and where they come from.

 

 

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  1. Exercise Games

Whether it’s Dance Dance Revolution or Wii Fit, the video gaming world has gotten a lot more physical. You can now burn calories while still trying to beat your high score. In the last 15 years, gamers have definitely gotten off the couch.

 

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  1. Fitness Technology

Along with exercise gaming has a new level of tech in the fitness world. Heart rate monitors and pedometers have gotten a huge upgrade with the introduction of devices that track everything from calories burned to sleep cycles. Fitness apps are also all the rage, as simple as interval timers to full-on GPS tracking. As fitness apps and fitness trackers have continued to increase in popularity so have new supplements. Pre-workout supplements are a recent occurrence in the fitness industry, with some of the best pre-workout supplements starting to surface in recent years.

 

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  1. Dancing

The last 15 years have been all about dancing. Dance Dance Revolution is probably one of the most popular fitness games ever created. However, the rise of Zumba can’t be ignored. Seems like everyone was headed to the gym for their Zumba class after work. Dancing with the Stars has also sold their share of fitness DVDs since the show first aired in 2005.

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  1. HIIT

High Intensity Interval Training is incredibly popular, though it often is disguised in fancy workout brands like Beach Body in the Insanity and P90X series. HIIT seems pretty effective and easy to adapt to many ability levels.

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  1. YouTube Fitness Channels

Do the names Cassie Ho, Jessica Smith, or Adrienne Mishler ring any bells? They are some of the hottest YouTube fitness stars of the generation. Amazing to live in an age where you can get famous, make money, and help people achieve their goals, simply by uploading a video of you exercising. It doesn’t matter if you love yoga, aerobics, pilates, or any combination of exercises. There is a fitness channel for you.

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  1. Evolving Fitness Shoes

Remember when the basic tennis shoe was just about your only option? Yeah I don’t either. In the last 15 years, we have seen at least two big trends in fitness footwear. Toning shoes were claimed to give you a work out just by wearing them. They activate more muscles than regular shoes. Now we are all about the barefoot shoes. Some of our fitness shoes today provide little more than a barrier between rocks and your foot while others provide some support but maintain plenty of flexibility.

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  1. Healthy Living

Most of us have memberships to some kind of food/exercise tracking website. We count calories. We know how much carb/protein/fat is in most of what we eat. We can estimate calories burned in most of our workouts. We read food labels. While all of this isn’t paying off in ridding us of the obesity epidemic, at least we are more aware of it now.

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  1. Functional Training

There are plenty of fitness gurus who have started touting the advantages of functional training. The idea here is that training specific muscles isn’t really useful for everyday situations. It is better to train for things you will actually do. If you are a functional trainer, you are more likely to go to the gym to play a game of basketball than to get on the elliptical for an hour.

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  1. Extreme Weight Loss

Reality shows like The Biggest Loser have fueled this fad. People are resorting to extreme diet and fitness programs to get the fat off fast. Crossfit is a favorite exercise class for these individuals as are diets than involve more air and water than actual food. It’s not the safest way to lose weight, but it is certainly popular.

Fads may come and go, but the underlying reason behind these is people just want to look and feel good. There is some definite science behind what we find attractive, and most of it has to do with body shape. Maintaining a good body shape ultimately sends the message of being healthy. And healthy is attractive and ironically…healthy. So whatever fad you choose remember to stick with it and be healthy.

 

About the Author

Paisley Hansen is a part-time freelance writer and a full-time mother.  She specializes in writing on home improvement blogs and when she isn’t writing she loves spending time with the family.  Check her out on Twitter.

 

 

 

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Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Resort and Hotel Spas, Tips | 0 comments

Yoga with a View

Yoga with a View

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Yoga with a iew; Celebrate National Yoga Month in September

While there is no shortage of great yoga studios where you can celebrate National Yoga Month, there aren’t many where you can do your poses while enjoying gorgeous views.

Yoga aboard the Spirit of New York

Yoga aboard the Spirit of New York

I love the idea of sun salutations at sea, especially around the island of Manhattan. Spirit of New York’s Yoga on the Water Cruise will keep New Yorkers in a Namaste state-of-mind. Classes are taught by Rae Broderick from NYC’s prominent Strala yoga studio founded by Tara Stiles, and Athleta provides yoga mats and special gift bags. After everyone perfects their downward dog on the outdoor deck, attendees can enjoy a light meal and a chance to take in views of the Manhattan skyline.

The W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island located eight miles off the coast of Puerto Rico, recently launched ENERGIZE by Tara Stiles. Offering exclusive access to a three- or five-day customized escape, the retreat features onsite experiences by renowned influencer, Tara Stiles and/or trained Strala Guides, twice daily yoga sessions on Paradise Edge cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at sunrise and sunset, nature escapes, made-to-order spa treatments and cooking classes.

Sandos Caracol Eco Experience Resort, in Riviera Maya, Mexico, welcomes guests to let the beauty of nature awaken their senses while practicing yoga in a harmonious setting within the Mayan Jungle. The classes are included in the property’s all-inclusive experience and take place on a natural wooden deck surrounded by the jungle and crystal-clear cenotes.

Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki’s only beachfront resort, features a multitude of outdoor yoga activities. Offering views of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head Crater, guests can try their hand at SUP (stand-up paddle board) yoga at the world-famous Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. The five-acre lagoon is named after Hawaii’s legendary Ambassador of Aloha, surfer and Olympic swimming champion Duke Kahanamoku.

Offered by The Finger Lakes Cider House once per season, farmscape yoga presents the opportunity to experience an organic farm and cidery in the heart of the Finger Lakes. The workshop explores the connection between the body-mind and farm’s ecology.

At five-star Acqualina Resort & Spa in Miami, YOGiiZa’s team of seasoned yoginis and wellness gurus provide a wide array of personalized health and fitness programs, including yoga sessions and health and wellness coaching against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

The waterfront oasis that is Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina offers beachside yoga with breathtaking marina views. Guests with advanced yoga skills are welcome to take their practice to the water while beginners receive instruction on land. Yoga mats, props and a complimentary Zico Coconut Water are provided to all participants.

 

 

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Health and Wellness, News, Tips | 0 comments

Salt Cave Open in East Hampton

Salt Cave Open in East Hampton

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New Salt Cave Opens in East Hampton, unique spa treatment

Dr. Margaret Smiechowski has announced the opening of Montauk Salt Cave. People in Montauk and the greater East Hampton area area now have the opportunity to visit this state of the art, high-end salt cave to help alleviate numerous ailments.

     “I am so thrilled to have designed this beautiful cave with the Coppolas and to bring Halotherapy to the Hamptons,” says Smiechowski. “Salt Caves are growing in popularity and Halotherapy is proven to be a dependable alternative for natural healing. I am honored to have assisted in designing it.”

     Montauk Salt Cave is owned by Peter and Shannon Coppola, a husband and wife team that decided to open this cave after learning about the benefits of Himalayan salt for their 4-year old son, Oliver.

     “Our son has battled with breathing issues since he was born. He had his adenoids removed, and has always been medicated for asthma and allergies,” Shannon Coppola says. “On December 15, 2014, we took him for a session of salt therapy in New Jersey. Since then, he has not coughed once and he is finally sleeping through the night.”

     After the Coppolas saw the dramatic and permanent benefits Halotherapy had on their sick son’s quality of life, they contacted Dr. Smiechowski, North America’s foremost expert on salt caves, to learn how to create their own salt cave. Dr. Smiechowski has extensive education and experience in both traditional and complementary medicine. She has worked tirelessly for over two decades to spread the concept of salt caves and Halotherapy in the U.S. Additionally, she has a successful track record of creating numerous, simulated salt caves, from Colorado to Vermont.

     “Working with Margaret on this project has been one of the most beautiful experiences of our lives. We are eternally grateful for her expertise and cannot wait to help people here at Montauk Salt Cave,” Shannon says.

      The Montauk Cave has pink, Himalayan salt from Pakistan. The cave is temperature controlled to maintain the anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties of the salt. Additionally, this cave contains a salt fireplace, a sculpted ceiling, calming music, and special lighting, which promote maximum relaxation for patrons. One session of Halotherapy costs forty dollars and is for forty-five minutes. It is opened year round and perfectly situated at 552 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954.

     For more information about Montauk Salt Cave, call (631) 668-7258. To learn more about how you can experience the benefits of Halotherapy and create your own salt cave, visit the website  or email Dr. Smiechowski at: dr.margaret@saltcavebuilder.com.

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