- 1/2 an avocado
- 1 cup of Lactaid milk
- Organic fuji apples
- 1 banana (I like to freeze them ahead of time so that it makes my drinks cold)
- 1 cup of Lactaid milk
- 1/2 an avocado
- 1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted
- 1 1/4 cups whole milk or Lactaid milk
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
- Basil, thinly sliced
(Use a blender or the magic bullet to mix it all up!)
HEALTH BENEFITS OF AVOCADO:
- Creamy rich avocado is considered the world's healthiest fruit, because of its nutrient contents such as vitamin K, dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, and reasonable calories in it.
- Avocados contain “oleic acid”, a monounsaturated fat that may help lower cholesterol.
- Good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. Adequate intake of potassium can help guard against circulatory diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease, or stroke.
- One cup of avocado has about 23% of the Daily Value for folate, a nutrient important for heart health.
- Good for prevention or treatment of “breast cancer” as well as “prostate cancer”
Just like plants need the sun for photosynthesis, humans can really use the sun to stock up on Vitamin D nutrients! When the sun's UV-B rays hit the skin, a reaction takes place that enables skin cells to manufacture vitamin D. With the new internet age and the advancement of technology, I feel like a lot of people (including kids) of our generation don't spend nearly as much time in the outdoors as they probably should. When the weather is really nice like today (high 70s), it feels amazing just to take a few minutes to go outside and soak up the sun. Even if you are at work in your office cubicle, take a moment to sit by the window and find that perfect warm spot. Or maybe during your lunch break, sit in your car and close your eyes for a few minutes with the windows rolled down. Let the warmth embrace you before you have to head back into your freezing office. I had no idea, but experts say UV radiation doesn't penetrate glass. The heat you feel is "infrared radiation" from the sun, which doesn't have any health impact beyond making you overheated or causing sunstroke if you get an excessive amount. (So for optimal results, I guess you really need to get your butt outside!)
Getting "sunkissed" feels so wonderful and brings me back some needed energy and color! Over the past two weeks I have been down with a cold so I've been at home and in bed most of the time. I feel really pale and sickly and I'm really excited that it's going to reach as high as 79 degrees today so I can finally get some sunlight and color on my face!
According to an article I read in US NEWS - "The sunshine vitamin may protect against a host of diseases, including osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancers of the breast, prostate, and colon. What's more, sunlight has other hidden benefits—like protecting against depression, insomnia, and an overactive immune system."
Experts say if you are fair skinned, going outside for 10 minutes in the midday sun—in shorts and a tank top with no sunscreen—will give you enough radiation to produce about 10,000 international units of the vitamin. Dark-skinned individuals and the elderly also produce less vitamin D, and many folks don't get enough of the nutrient from dietary sources like fatty fish and fortified milk.
According to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine, experts believe that up to 77% of Americans are vitamin D deficient. I guess a big part of it has to do with where you live, how often you are able to go outside, and if your skin is sensitive to the sun's UV rays. Obviously if you have really sensitive skin, or have a high risk of skin cancer, basking out in the sun for 15 minutes a day can do you more harm than good. You can always use Vitamin D supplements or make sure you are eating lots of food that provide you with enough of it.
I had no idea but according to Women's Health Magazine, new research suggests that vitamin D may be one of the best vitamins of all for your body (even more important than vitamin C). Studies in labs have uncovered up to 2,000 different genes—roughly one-sixth of the human genome—that are regulated by the nutrient. That means almost everything your body does relies on it. In the past few years, studies have shown that a lack of the vitamin may also be the primary culprit in pregnancy problems, birth defects, and multiple sclerosis.
Spinach, tomatoes, dried cranberries, garlic croutons, and your favorite salad dressing!
I got this salad dressing from Costco the other day. It is so yummy! It's not too heavy and it has a sweet and tangy taste to satisfy my taste buds. They used to have a miso sesame dressing that I absolutely loved but you know how it is with Costco, things always come and go and each location carries different products. If you see something you really like or want to try, snag it before it's gone!
1) Slice up one ripe Gala apple (this will make your green drink sweet and delicious)
2) Open up a grapefruit and peel the thick skin off (the grapefruit will add a bit of acidity and freshness to your juice)
3) Use a handful of spinach or more if you want
4) Add some kale or parsley to the mix!
Grapefruit is a very important fruit for weight loss because they are high in fat burning enzymes and antioxidants. Grapefruit also decreases your insulin level which helps with weight loss because it burns energy more effectively and increases your metabolic rate. For those looking to fight off the common cold and free radicals, grapefruit provides you with lots of Vitamin C! Grapefruit is also useful for ridding yourself of indigestion. It can be digested quickly and easily, reducing the heat and irritation that is in your stomach.
Juicing spinach can be a bit tricky because it is fairly difficult for the body to metabolize it compared to other vegetable juices. Most people don’t use it as the main ingredient in juice mixes. I only use a handful. Try and use fresh spinach quickly because it will eventually lose beneficial nutrients when stored over longer periods of time (more than a few weeks). Spinach is supposed to be helpful for improving regularity and cleansing the heart and liver.
Kale is also an excellent source of nutrients, especially vitamin A and calcium. With a combination of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients, kale is a dieter's dream food. It provides decent amounts of vitamin C, folic acid, vitamin B6, manganese, and potassium.
The crappy thing about juicing is, you don't get the beneficial fiber. It actually goes to waste unless you use it for "jook" afterwards. I guess you can also use it for a face mask by mixing it with honey. I usually end up just throwing it away...
I try to switch back and forth with a juicer and a blender or sometimes I'll use both. I will juice some fruits and veggies and then blend it with a banana or add in some blueberries to make sure I'm getting some fiber. It's a lot of work having to wash everything afterwards but if it becomes part of your daily routine, you'll get used to it!
Some other veggies/fruits I like to juice include:
Last week I went to see a dermatologist for the very first time because I started to form these annoying rashes on my elbows and knees. I also had these tiny little clear bumps on my hands that were so small you could barely see them and they would sometimes itch like crazy. If you looked super closely, you could see this small dot smack in the middle of it but it was impossible to pop. Anyways... It drove me crazy! I thought I was allergic to something or had a serious skin condition so I booked an appointment after 3 weeks of hoping it would go away on its own.
I tried a bunch of over-the-counter medicines like hydrocortisone creams, benadryl, benadryl cream, and Kheils extra strength moisturizer but none of it worked. Finally I asked my doctor if she could recommend a dermatologist and she directed me to this place. I can't thank her enough for it because the ointment the Dr. prescribed me made such a big difference! I wish I would've just gone in sooner instead of being my stubborn self. I changed my bedding, changed my laundry detergent to a non-allergenic one, and even changed my body wash to Cetafil thinking they all had something to do with it.
Anyways here's a before and after picture of my elbow.
This was before... So gross huh? Sorry. I just had to post it for you to see haha.
and this is after!
Thank GOD for Dr. Stuart. She was so sweet, so easy to talk to, and she made it all go away! Well, I still have to put on the ointment for another week or so but it's already made such a drastic difference. She pretty much said I had dermatitis and that it can be caused by sweat, pressure, heat, or friction. She said yoga and working out at the gym a lot could've caused it or me taking frequent hot showers. Now I'm going to make sure I super sanitize everything at the gym including my yoga mat! Also, she said the little tiny bumps on my hands are caused by me washing my hands too often. My friend told me the same thing but of course I didn't believe her haha. I do have to admit, I wash my hands A LOT! I guess I need to be a little less OCD about germs on my hands...
Anyways, if anyone has skin problems and is interested in going in for a consultation with Dr. Stuart you can go to www.lajollaskin.com and set up an appointment. She is awesome!
She's also specialized in laser treatments. I felt like I was on the Kardashians when I walked into her office and saw all the celebrity botox pics. Haha. Glad my procedure didn't require any needles or shots!
I love this mascara because it thickens my eyelashes and gives it a lot more volume!
What it is:
A cult-followed mascara that leaves lashes ultra thick, long, and curled.
What it is formulated to do:
DiorShow Mascara is Dior's original, must-have mascara that delivers ultra-glam, catwalk-length lashes. Makeup artists all over the world use this product to create the longest, thickest, curviest lashes ever.
It comes in rich black, warm brown, and royal blue and costs $24.50 on the Sephora website. I have both black and blue. I really like the blue one because it brightens up the color of my eyes and it's just different... You can't tell as much indoors but when you go out in the sun it's very blue. Black is good for everyday use. I only use this particular mascara when I'm going out and I usually avoid using it otherwise because you have to use makeup remover to get it out and sometimes it leaves a dark spot under your eye if you don't remove it well enough.
So for New Years, I wanted to start off with a new hairstyle. Something more fun and stylish so I went back to my hair stylist Dario and asked him to give me some extra volume! He only cut about an inch from my overall length but gave me lots of layers in the back and went a little shorter in the front to hug my face a little more. My hair feels a lot lighter and easier to manage. He spent two hours cutting and straight ironing my hair. He's a super perfectionist and again, only $20! Still crazy to me how affordable it is. I always end up tipping him 50% because he does such a good job. :)
The best part of the experience is their lather lounge! I love all the Paul Mitchell products they use. It smells so nice and leaves your scalp feeling tingly fresh!
This is when the layers are curled in.
And this is when it's straightened!
DEEP CONDITIONING TREATMENT FOR DRY HAIR
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tbsp of wheatgerm oil (You can substitute olive oil if you don't have wheatgerm oil)
A few drops of essential oils, such as lavender, rose, sweet orange, or jasmine to make your hair smell good.
Mash all of the ingredients in a bowl or better yet, use a blender.
Shampoo your hair thoroughly, comb it out, and towel-dry.
Apply mask to hair, including the scalp if you want. Or you can just deep condition the ends.
Put hair in a shower cap or wrap it in Saran Wrap and let it sit for about 15 minutes, longer if you prefer.
Rinse mask out in the shower. Place a heavy duty paper towel over the drain to catch the avocado and banana bits.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR RINSE FOR HAIR BUILD-UP
Not only does these products get rid of residue, but vinegar is a natural dandruff fighter. Don't use this recipe if you have colored hair. The acid can strip the color away.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar (you can substitute distilled white vinegar or lemon juice for this rinse).
- 2 cups distilled water.
- A spray bottle.
Mix one cup of apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray on hair after you shampoo and condition. Rinse thoroughly. Do not use more than once or twice a week and do not use on colored hair.
I love this Korean lady! Her name is Anna Kim on "Korean Cuisine" and she makes all the dishes look so fun and doable. If you want look her up on Youtube, she has 27 different videos. She takes requests so if you want to learn how to make something, you can always shoot her an email!
I didn't have ginseng or scallions but I tried to do what she did and the whole house smells so yummy! Can't wait to eat it with my husband tonight.
- Two small cornish hen (you can buy this for super cheap at the Korean market)
- Finely diced garlic (I didn't have garlic cloves at home so I just went with what I had but I think whole garlic cloves would've been better).
- Red Jujubes (I cut mine into smaller pieces so that it would add more flavor)
- Sticky sweet rice (It's what you stuff the chicken with)
- Small slice of ginger
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
In Korea, it is widely believed that "samgyetang" can both cure and prevent physical ailments and have been used in eastern medicinal practices since ancient times. Proteins, minerals, and hormones from the whole chicken mixed with the beneficial properties of the ingredients combined in the dish is supposed to make it a revered culinary item in South Korea. In the summer a lot of people eat it to regain stamina because samgyetang is supposed to have a lot of beneficial nutrients.
My typical breakfast looks a lot like this one. Yogurt, fruits, and sometimes nuts or granola to add texture. I buy a pack of yogurt at Costco and eat 1-2 cups a day. I really like "Activia", "Yoplait", or the "Chobani" brand. I usually switch off every now and then. My husband particularly likes plain Greek yogurt. It's really thick and doesn't taste as good but it's full of protein (23 grams) and has 0% fat.
My favorite way to eat plain Greek yogurt is to add granola, blueberries, and sprinkle the top with honey! The more honey, the yummier!
I really like yogurt because it's super easy to eat and has a lot of health benefits. Sometimes when I'm craving a late night snack or want to eat something really light before heading to the gym, I'll eat a cup of yogurt to hold me over and keep me from filling up on junk food. Yoplait has some amazing flavors. I tend to like the lemon flavored ones. It tastes good slightly frozen too if you are craving something sweet and cold.
Here are some other yogurt combos I like:
"10 Surprising Health Benefits of Yogurt"
(Article by By Amanda Pressner on Fitness Magazine)
1. Yogurt can give you flat abs.
Eat 18 ounces a day and you can drop a jeans size. People who ate that much -- in conjunction with cutting their total calories -- lost 22 percent more weight and 81 percent more belly fat than dieters who skipped the snack, according to research from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. They also retained one-third more calorie-torching lean muscle mass, which can help you maintain weight loss. "Fat around your waist produces the hormone cortisol, which tells your body to accumulate even more belly flab," says nutrition professor and lead study author Michael Zemel, PhD. When you eat yogurt, the calcium signals your fat cells to pump out less cortisol, making it easier for you to drop pounds, while the amino acids help burn fat.
2. Most brands of yogurt contain good-for-you bacteria.
The words "live and active cultures" on the container mean that your yogurt has probiotics, beneficial bugs that live in your digestive tract and help crowd out harmful microorganisms that can cause intestinal infections. (Only a very small number of companies put yogurt through a post-pasteurization process that kills off all bacteria.)
But many varieties now also contain special strains of probiotics meant to help regulate your digestion or strengthen your immune system. The research on them isn't conclusive, however. "If you suffer from a particular health problem, like bloating or diarrhea, it's worth trying one of these products for a couple of weeks to see if it helps," says FITNESS advisory board member Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD. Otherwise, save a few dollars and stick to conventional brands.
3. Yogurt is loaded with vitamins.
One serving is a significant source of potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, and vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid). Yogurt also contains B12, which maintains red blood cells and helps keep your nervous system functioning properly. "Vitamin B12 is found mostly in animal products, such as chicken and fish, so strict vegetarians can easily fall short," says Jackie Newgent, RD, a FITNESS advisory board member and author of Big Green Cookbook. Eating more yogurt can help close the nutrient gap: An eight-ounce serving contains 1.4 micrograms of the vitamin, about 60 percent of what adult women need daily.
4. A cup of yogurt a day can help you recover faster after a workout.
With the right ratio of protein to carbohydrates, yogurt, particularly high-protein Greek yogurt, makes an excellent post-sweat-session snack. "The perfect time to grab a container is within 60 minutes of exercise," says Keri Gans, RD, a nutritionist in New York City. The protein provides the amino acids your muscles need to repair themselves, Gans explains, and the carbohydrates replace your muscles' energy stores, which are depleted after a hard workout. It's a bonus if you drink a bottle of water along with it: The protein in yogurt may also help increase the amount of water absorbed by the intestines, improving hydration.
5. Not all yogurt is equal when it comes to calcium and vitamin D.
Since it naturally contains calcium, you'd think the amount would be the same no matter which yogurt you pick. Wrong. "The levels can vary widely from brand to brand, so you really need to check the label," Newgent says. How much is in a container depends on processing. For instance, fruit yogurt tends to have less calcium than plain because the sugar and fruit take up precious space in the container. "Vitamin D isn't naturally in yogurt, but because it helps boost calcium absorption, most companies add it," Newgent explains. Reach for brands like Stonyfield Farms Fat Free Smooth and Creamy and Yoplait Light Thick & Creamy, which contain at least 20 percent of your daily value for both nutrients.
6. Yogurt may prevent high blood pressure.
Every day 70 percent of us consume more than twice the recommended amount of salt; over time that can lead to hypertension and kidney and heart disease. The potassium in yogurt, almost 600 milligrams per eight ounces, may help flush some of the excess sodium out of your body. In fact, adults in a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition who ate the most low-fat dairy -- two or more servings daily -- were 54 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who ate the least.
7. A daily serving of yogurt keeps colds away.
Dig into four ounces each day and you may find yourself sniffle-free in the months ahead, according to a study at the University of Vienna. Women eating this amount had much stronger and more active T cells, which battle illness and infection, than they did before they started consuming it. "The healthy bacteria in yogurt help send signals to the immune-boosting cells in your body to power up and fight off harmful bugs," says lead study author Alexa Meyer, PhD, a nutrition researcher at the university. Allergy sufferers, who typically have low levels of certain T cells, may also find relief by adding yogurt to their diets. In a study in the Journal of Nutrition, people who ate seven ounces a day had fewer symptoms than those who opted for none at all.
8. Yogurt can help your smile.
Despite its sugar content, yogurt doesn't cause cavities. When scientists at Marmara University in Turkey tested low-fat, light, and fruit flavors, they found that none of them eroded tooth enamel, the main cause of decay. The lactic acid in yogurt appears to give your gums protection as well. People who eat at least two ounces a day have a 60 percent lower risk of acquiring severe periodontal disease than those who skip it.
9. Raw doesn't mean better.
Virtually all the yogurt in your grocery store has been pasteurized -- that is, exposed to high temperatures to kill any harmful pathogens. Raw-dairy fans claim that unpasteurized milk, yogurt, and cheese are better for you because they contain more health-boosting bacteria, but pasteurization doesn't destroy beneficial probiotics, Newgent explains. Plus, studies show that those who eat raw yogurt don't have stronger immune or digestive systems than people who stick to the pasteurized stuff. And raw-dairy products carry a risk of food poisoning. "E. coli and salmonella are two of the pathogens that can lurk in these foods and end up in your body," Newgent says.
10. Yogurt is a high-protein food.
Yogurt can be an excellent source of protein, but "one variety may contain more than double the protein of another," Blatner says. Greek yogurt, which is strained to make it thicker, has up to 20 grams of protein per container; traditional yogurt may have as few as five grams. If you're eating it for the protein, look for brands that provide at least eight to 10 grams per serving.
(I also heard that if you eat a lot of plain (non-sweetened) yogurt, you are less likely to develop a yeast infection. The good bacteria in plain yogurt helps fight yeast and bad breath!)
What is BB cream? My mom gave me this cute little miniature set with four different kinds of BB creams and so I did a little research on the web to find out what it is and why it's so popular in Korea. Watch this youtube video from "head to toe". They do a review on all the different kinds of BB cream out on the market.
Why people love it so much! Watch this "Skin79 BB Cream: Better Than Foundation!" youtube video by missglamorazzi.
Skincare, primer, and foundation all in one!
The miniature set is great because you can try all four of them and see which one you like the most! It's only $9.10 on Amazon right now. I haven't really had a chance to use all of them yet but I tried the "Pearl Luminous Beblesh Balm" and I really liked the way it brightened up my skin. I personally don't like to wear any kind of makeup base on top of my moisturizer and sunscreen. I don't like anything that feels heavy or caked on my face which is why I avoid foundations even though it has better coverage. I feel like my skin can't breathe when I layer too much stuff on. However the BB creams have both moisturizer and sunscreen and is supposed to cover up your blemishes while treating your skin. I'm really excited to try it out!
After trying them out, I definitely like this one the best! It looks really natural on my skin and doesn't make me look ghostly pale.
My friend got me this trial set on my birthday and so far, it's on the top of my list for skincare! It's called the "Beautiful Skin Collection" by My Chelle Dermaceuticals. I've been using it for several months now and I feel like it really brightens up my skin after use. I love that they use natural ingredients and stay away from harsh chemicals that can do more harm than good to your skin. When I use it, my face feels really soft and supple. It doesn't dry out my skin like other products and it smells yummy!
Exfoliating, sulfate-free cleanser with Fruit AHAs for fresh, smooth skin.
Benefits: Vegan friendly, gluten free
NOP Certified Organic
Ecocert Certified Organic
Recommended for: All skin types
Gentle deep cleanser uncovers remarkably fresh, smooth skin. A special blend of natural multi-fruit Alpha-Hydroxy Acids unclog and purify pores, and increase cellular turnover for a more youthfully refined look. Strengthening and antioxidant Turmeric keeps skin calm and eases signs of irritation, while Fructooligosaccharides from sugar promote and protect skin’s health.
For a smooth, fresh complexion, gently massage a dime-size amount onto skin with warm water. Rinse completely and follow with your treatment, serums, toner, nourishing cream and sun protection.
This product contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun. To protect your renewed skin cells and achieved results, use a sun protection, wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure.
Bioactive Ingredients of Interest
Multi Fruit AHA Complex (Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Fruit/Leaf Extract) -
Naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids to help promote smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal. Stimulates the lymphatic system to encourage detoxification and skin purifying. Exhibits astringent and tightening properties while relieving congestion and limiting excess sebum (oil).
Pectin (Fruit Enzymes) -
Infuses the skin with antioxidants and phytochemicals that assist in skin repair functions, protects from cellular damage and free radical assault, stimulates cell renewal and exfoliation mechanisms. Also used as a natural polymer that increases ingredient cohesion and water resistance.
Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract -
Strengthens the capillaries through vaso-tonic actions, relieves inflammation, provides antioxidant protection.
Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta) (NutraFlora®) -
A pre-biotic from naturally occurring carbohydrates that promote healthy surface bacteria to protect the skin from harmful bacteria invasions.
Fruit Enzyme Mist 4.4 ozStep 4All Skin Types
Antioxidant-rich, hydrating toner to ease the look of uneven skin tone.
Benefits: Vegetarian friendly, gluten free
Recommended for: All skin types
Powerfully repairs youthful radiance, firmness and tone while protecting moisture levels and rehydrating for superior moisture regulation. Antioxidant Turmeric strengthens and vitamin c-rich super fruit Mangosteen supports collagen to help skin maintain youthful-looking firmness and structure. Pectin and Pineapple help resurface by boosting natural exfoliation for ultra-soft and smooth skin.
With eyes closed, hold toner 12 inches from face and mist after cleansing and applying serums. Follow with nourishing cream and sun protection. Use throughout the day to rehydrate.
Pumpkin Renew Cream 1 ozStep 5All Skin Types
Rich Pumpkin formula moisturizes and protects daily cellular renewal.
Benefits: Vegan friendly, gluten free
Recommended for: All skin types
Lightweight yet nourishing formula blends antioxidant-rich Pumpkin Seed Oil with reparative Peptides to protect cellular health and maintain hydration. Astaxanthin, from Micro-Algae, neutralizes free radicals while reducing moisture loss. EGF Peptides promote cellular renewal and collagen production. Organic Shea Butter and Tocomin Vitamin E replenish skin’s lipid barrier to prevent dehydration.
For beautifully hydrated and balanced skin, apply a dime-size amount to face and neck AM and PM after cleansing, serums application and toning. Be sure to follow with sun protection every morning.
Bioactive Ingredients of Interest
Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) -
Alleviates dryness, reduces erythema, provides antioxidant protection, soothes and relieves tight dry skin.
Organic Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil -
Antioxidant, lipid balancing oil that infuses the skin with phytochemicals that prevent disease while lipids normalize the lipid barrier to protect from infection.
rh-Oligopeptide-1 (Epidermal Growth Factor) -
A polypeptide responsible for growth and repair of epidermis (cellular tissue healing). Stimulates growth of fibroblast cells responsible for collagen production and encourages production of hyaluronic acid. Stimulates various pathways that lead to tissue growth, strengthens tissue, assists in thickening over processed skin, improves cellular matrix.
Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil (Tocomin®), Tocotrienols, Tocopherol (D-Alpha) -
Component of natural full spectrum Vitamin E family (tocotrienol / tocopherol complex) extracted from palm fruit. Abundant in antioxidants and phytonutrients such as plant squalene, phytosterols, co-enzyme Q10 and mixed carotenoids.
(Information taken from: www.mychelle.com/Beautiful-Skin-Collection)
If you are almost out of skincare products and you are looking for something new and exciting, I definitely recommend this trial kit! It's $34.99 so if you just want to test it out for your skin, it's probably much cheaper to go that route than to buy each individual product on its own. I think out of the three products I like the cleanser the most. The one in the trial kit is small enough to take on travel with you so I just keep it in my toiletry bag. You only need a small drop each time you wash your face so it'll last a few months. The pumpkin renewal cream will last you much longer than the cleanser and spray. Anyways, I hope you give it a try!
Another facial cleanser I really like is the "Bliss - Fabulous Foaming Face Wash". The first time I ever used it was at the "W Hotel" because they give you sample sized bottles during your stay. I love the smell and the way it makes my face feel clean and tingly afterwards. My husband and I both used this product for a few months. The only thing I don't like about it is, I think it over exfoliates your skin if you use it too often.
2-in-1 oil-free exfoliating face wash Contains rose hip extract, milk thistle, passion flower & chamomile Lifts away daily debris, dead skin cells & impurities Cleanses without stripping moisture Leaves skin clean, pure & fresh Perfect for all skin types - Bliss - Cleanser
Right now you can buy a 6.6oz bottle for $22.00 on Amazon or Sephora.
OTHER SKIN CARE PRODUCTS I'VE USED IN THE PAST THAT I LIKED:
Shiseido’s Skin Care
Perfect, soft and supple skin holds sufficient hydration. In order to retain the right amount of moisture, skin needs a natural moisturizer and sebum. Perfect skin has an exquisite balance of water, sebum, and humectants.
The Shiseido Skincare 1-2-3 brings your skin moisture and smoothness better than the average cleansing and moisturizing routine. The first step is to cleanse the skin. The gentle cleansers lift off the dirt and other environmental factors that have settled upon the skin and leaves the natural sebum your body needs. The secret is the second or softening step. Unlike other multi step systems that involve stripping the skin with toners, Shiseido actually softens the outer layers of skin with lotions that allow the following moisturizers to effectively penetrate deep into the skin. The final step in Shiseido’s 1-2-3 regimen is the moisturizing step. The moisturizer helps to repair the skin and reduce the signs of aging. The moisturizer also acts as a barrier against environmental pollution and UV rays.
I personally love Shiseido products because I think it fits the Asian skin very well. I like their facial cleansing products, their toners, their night and day moisturizers and I LOVE their sun protection line.
The sun does the most damage to your skin so it's important to apply sunscreen every single day whether you are going out or not. I'm really sensitive to a lot of sunscreens so I try to pick the ones that don't feel too oily or melt into my eyes.
I've been using their "Sun Protection Compact Foundation SPF30 Face Powder" ever since I started to wear face makeup. It's super light and covers well. Plus it protects your skin from sun damage and doesn't leave that yucky feeling foundation does. It also matches my skin tone very well so sometimes people can't even tell I'm wearing makeup. I've tried other face makeup before but I always seem to come back to this one. If you guys have any suggestions, please let me know! I am always very curious to know what other facial products people use.
"Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant"
A skin care system researched and developed by The International Dermal Institute. Recommended for all skin conditions This unique Rice-based powder formula activates upon contact with water, releasing Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes that micro-exfoliate dead cells, instantly leaving skin smoother and brighter. Our unique Skin Brightening Complex of Aspergillus, Grapefruit and Licorice helps to balance uneven skin pigmentation while a super-smoothing blend of Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal helps to calm the skin, leaving it extraordinarily clear and refreshed. Gentle enough to use on a daily basis. Not recommended for users of medically-prescribed exfoliation products. Contains no artificial fragrance or color. Ask your skin therapist for a Face Mapping session and your customized zone-by-zone prescription.
I used this product for 3 years or so. Because it's in powder form, it lasts a REALLY long time. I think the only thing I didn't like about this one is the fact that sometimes I felt like I was inhaling some of it through my nose! Other than that, I loved the way it felt on my skin. It is very gentle and makes your skin smooth and even.
"MD FORMULATION MY SOLUTION: Adult Anti-Blemish Kit 5pcs Skincare"
My Solution: Adult Anti-Blemish Kit: 1x Facial Cleanser 60ml 1x Vit-A-Plus Cleaning Complex 10ml 1x Moisture Defense Antioxidant Lotion 15ml This clinically formulated kit effectively clears blemishes 1x Sun Total Protector 30 10ml 1x Continuous Renewal Serum 30ml Not irritating or over-drying of skin Helps diminishes visible signs of skin aging Fills out acne scars of past breakouts Perfect for adults experience blemishes - breakouts & enlarged pores
If you have acne prone skin, this really helps get rid of any pimples or blemishes!
So I did some research on pomegranate because I heard it had a lot of great health benefits for both men and women. Some say celebrities like Oprah and Heidi Klum LOVE pomegranate. Find out why! Here are some random facts I gathered together from different health websites.
- Rich in antioxidants: According to (Alive+Well Magazine) pomegranate is one of nature's richest sources of antioxidants. They contain more polyphenol antioxidants than green tea, blueberries, cranberries and red wine. This makes them a powerful tool to help combat heart disease, premature aging, Alzheimer's disease and even cancer.
- Studies published in the (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) found that pomegranate juice lowered blood pressure in people with hypertension. The study found that blood pressure was reduced up to 5 percent after two weeks spent consuming pomegranate juice.
- Promotes Heart Health: There are both numerous studies and benefits pomegranate has for your heart and they all seem to tie together. It includes...
Lowering & stopping the oxidation, or breakdown, of LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) which will...
reduce plaque from building up in your arteries, leading to
A decrease in blood pressure & increased blood flow to the heart and therefore...
Less chance of having a heart attack!
- Great for Men’s Health: There are 2 parts... protects against prostate cancer & fights off erectile dysfunction. Some of the cancer-fighting properties in pomegranate help to delay the development of prostate cancer by “blocking” the production of PSA (the marker used to detect prostate cancer).
This combined with the juice’s antioxidants & its ability to improve blood flow may help in the fight against erectile dysfunction. It’s been dubbed as a “Natural Viagra” and has some interesting history to it.
- Anti-Aging and Healthy Skin: May help to slow down the aging process and beneficial in maintaining the elasticity/health of your skin. Probably explains why so many celebs love it!
- Women's Fertility: Drinking pomegranate juice for women's fertility is one way to increase your sex drive, enable you to become pregnant, and also help to ensure that you’ll give birth to a healthy baby. Since the beginning of time, the pomegranate fruit and its juice have been hailed as an amazing promoter of fertility. In Armenia, the pomegranate fruit is a symbol representing marriage and abundance. The fruit has often been seen depicted in drawings and mentioned in historical writings as a powerful fruit with amazing health benefits, including increased fertility, fighting against the natural aging process, and protecting people from diseases.
- Pregnancy: It can protect your unborn baby from brain injury. Pomegranate juice is a great source of folic acid which is essential for the healthy development of babies. Folic acid, also known as "folate", is vital for the formation of red blood cells and DNA, which contains every individual's particular genetic code. New research has also demonstrated a direct link between folate levels and birth weight. Women with higher folate levels during early pregnancy were more likely to have heavier, and therefore healthier babies. Drinking a daily glass is almost certainly the easiest and most delicious way for pregnant mothers to ensure that they and their babies get 100 per cent of the recommended daily allowance of folic acid. So if you are expecting, add this to your diet!
Other health benefits of pomegranate juice include its anti-inflammatory properties, antibacterial/antiviral benefits, and the ability to control diabetes.
SOME COOL POMEGRANATE RECIPES I FOUND ON THE WEB:
Add a fruity splash to the festivities
5 oz champagne, sparkling cider, or seltzer, chilled
3 oz pomegranate juice, chilled
3 fresh pomegranate seeds or frozen cranberries
1. Pour champagne into a festive 8 ounce glass. Slowly fill almost to brim with pomegranate juice. Drop in pomegranate seeds and serve
Caramel Apple Pomegranate Parfait (serves 2):
Print this recipe!
1 C granulated sugar, plus 1/8 C, plus 1 t
6 T butter, plus 1 T
1 t vanilla extract, plus 1 t
1/2 C heavy/whipping cream, plus 1 C
2 macintosh apples, chopped into small cubes
1/8 C brown sugar
Arils from 1 pomegranate
POM Passion Smoothie by POM Wonderful
Time to Table: 15 minutes
POM Passion Smoothie Ingredients:
2 oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice* or POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
6 oz. non-fat yogurt
1 cup fresh strawberries
Handful of ice
Blend all ingredients together until the desired consistency is reached.
* This smoothie can be made with freshly squeezed juice from a POM Wonderful Pomegranate or by using POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice. To juice the pomegranate, cut it in half (as you would a grapefruit) and juice using a citrus reamer or a juicer. Pour mixture through a cheesecloth-lined strainer or sieve. One large POM Wonderful pomegranate will produce about 1/2 cup of juice.
POM Ginger Muffins by POM Wonderful
Time to Table: 30 minutes
POM Ginger Muffins Ingredients:
1/2 cup arils from 1 large POM Wonderful Pomegranate or POM POMS fresh pomegranate arils
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup chopped candied ginger
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled sugar for muffin tops
Score 1 fresh pomegranate and place in a bowl of water. Break open the pomegranate underwater to free the arils (seed sacs). The arils will sink to the bottom of the bowl and the membrane will float to the top. Sieve and put the arils in a separate bowl. Reserve 1/2 cup of the arils from fruit and set aside. (Refrigerate or freeze remaining arils for another use.)
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Generously grease 12 muffin cups.
In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in ginger, orange peel and pomegranate arils. Make a well in the center.
In a measuring cup, whisk together milk, egg and cooled butter. Pour liquid into well. Stir just until batter is moistened and ingredients are evenly mixed.
Spoon batter into 12 prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle tops with sugar.
Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Let muffins cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing.
POMEGRANATE SWIRL POP
Serves: Prep: 6min |Cook: 0min |Total: 8hr 6min
8 oz pomegranate juice
1/2 cup plain 2% Greek yogurt
1. Fill two-thirds of each ice-pop mold with pomegranate juice. Add enough yogurt to fill the molds to the top, about 2 tablespoons per mold. Slide a knife or chopstick into each mold and swirl until a pattern forms. Insert sticks and freeze for about 8 hours.
PINK POMEGRANATE LEMONADE!
2 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
2 cups granulated sugar
7 cups water
In a large pitcher, combine the juices, granulated sugar and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to one day.
To serve, stir pretty pink pomegranate lemonade, then pour into tall glasses over ice. Add a splash of coconut rum for an “adult” lemonade.
FOR MORE POM RECIPES GO TO - http://www.pomwonderful.com/recipes/
Pomegranate juice is available in many supermarkets so be sure to read the label to make sure you’re getting a quality product. Make sure it’s 100% pure juice, or 100% pure juice from concentrate at the very least. Also make sure that no sugars are added.
This is the kind I bought from Costco. It was less than $7.
WARNING: Drinking too much of it can cause you to have constipation so don't over do it. According to www.NaturalNews.com, a daily 8-oz. serving of pomegranate juice is enough to benefit your health