Category Archives: Summer

Is Your Body Summer Ready?

With summer quickly approaching are you already stressing out about, shorts, bathing suits and anyone seeing your cellulite? Get ready to bear arms (and legs) by using our smooth and firm body sculpting cream in conjunction with the simple self-massage techniques demonstrated in our videos.

This cream provides a wide variety of benefits, it helps reduce cellulite, promote detoxification, relieve swelling from excess fluids in the limbs, and hydrates the skin.

Did you know that improving the body’s natural circulation can give you a more toned and sculpted appearance?

When used with gentle massage, our smooth and firm body sculpting cream encourages natural circulation of the lymphatic system, which works directly with your cardiovascular circulatory system to keep blood and lymphatic fluid levels in balance and flush toxins out of the body. It also carries immune cells throughout the body to help defend against infections, aids in the healing process, and promotes relaxation and well-being.

Our smooth and firm body sculpting cream includes ingredients with powerful healing properties, like mineral rich seaweed, herbal extracts, essential oils, and antioxidants. These key ingredients include:

  • Bupleurum falcatum extract – Green algae that has anti-cellulite, slimming and firming properties.
  • Chlorella vulgaris extract – Green algae is amino acid, which is an essential building block of proteins and constitutes each individual collagen unit. Its large amino acid component leads many to believe that it has the ability to restructure and smooth out the surface of the skin
  • Caffeine – Antioxidant known to increase microcirculation and fat metabolism, by increasing microcirculation it can achieve a slimming effect.
  • Cypress – An astringent and diuretic, restorative Cypress helps eliminate excess fluid and toxins while stimulating circulation.

 

Smooth and Firm Body Sculpting Cream – Leg Massage

Smooth and Firm Body Sculpting Cream – Arm Massage

 

Hot Summer Beauty Tips

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Summer is the season for fun in the sun, but it is also the season for vigilantly keeping your skin safe. Balancing safety with beauty may seem difficult, but in reality the two play off of each other very well. There are some simple tips that you need to keep in mind this summer that will keep you shining every day.

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How to Get Summer-Ready Skin

Summer is fast approaching; is your skin ready for the heat?

Harsh weather and comfort foods tend to leave our skin dull and dry – in no condition for swimsuit weather – after the cold winter months. There are simple steps you can take every day, however, to reclaim your beautiful skin in time for some fun in the sun.

Often, irritated skin is a reflection of internal inflammation. This is especially common after winter, when we are eating more cooked foods that have less hydration benefits than the fresh, raw vegetables more common in warmer months. To combat this, it is recommended that you take a daily fish oil supplement of at least 1500 mg omega 3’€™s. This will reduce inflammation and hydrate you from the core out, healing dry or aging skin.

June-4Another way we recommend keeping your skin young, clear, and tight is by dry skin brushing about three or four times a week. If you don’€™t own a dry skin brush, they can be found at most health food stores. You are looking for a brush that is uncomfortable, but not painful. It should tingle, but not scratch, when you test it.

The most ideal time to dry brush your skin is right before you get into the shower. You want to start at your feet and brush your skin in small circles, always moving toward your heart. It is normal for your skin to appear chalky or ashy shortly after brushing – that’€™s just a sign of success, and will disappear in the shower.

Dry skin brushing is so effective because it stimulates lymph nodes in the skin and encourages detoxification while also exfoliating dead skin cells. With this in mind, it is important to spend more time brushing areas where lymph nodes are found, namely the back of knees, inside of elbows, and around the neck and armpits.

Lastly, the most important element of your Summer-prep skin care routine should be moisturization. Oils, lotions, butters and creams are all available – find which products are best for you, bearing in mind that different body parts may require different moisturizers, and apply them daily. The more hydrated your skin is, the more radiant, tight, and healthy it will be. For more information on preparing your skin for the summer months, you can read this article from LiveWell Network: http://livewellnetwork.com/Steven-and-Chris/episodes/How-to-Get-Summer-Ready-Skin/9526976.

Confused About Sunscreens?

eraclea ageless protection SPF30As most people are aware by now, dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen for anyone exposed to even short periods of direct sunlight. But what SPF should you choose? Do you choose a product that protects from UVB or UVA rays or both? It can often be confusing when you’€™re shopping for a new sunscreen.

So, take a moment and read this short article from SkinCancer.org and learn the important criteria to look for next time you’€™re in the sunscreen section of your store.

Click through and learn what sunscreen will work best for you and your family:

http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/sunscreens-explained

All Hail the Watermelon

watermelon-FBNo other produce screams summer quite like the watermelon. It could be its refreshing sweetness or even the burst of color that adds a bit of brightness to your plate, but there’€™s more to watermelon than just its flavor. It boasts some powerful skin and health benefits, too.

  • At only 46 calories per cup, watermelon offers 20% of your daily intake of vitamin C and 17% vitamin A.
  • It contains dietary fiber for digestive health as well as potassium, a mineral that helps keep blood pressure capped.
  • Anti-aging benefits. Pink watermelon is source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. Lycopene is thought to act as a super antioxidant, stopping free radicals from damaging your cells and messing with your immune system.
  • It’€™s a natural moisturizer and toner for the face and keeps the skin glowing and well hydrated.
  • It helps relieve muscle soreness and inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.
  • Stress Buster – Watermelon is high in vitamin B6 which is used by the body to help relieve fatigue, stress and anxiety.
  • Instant source of energy – it contains electrolytes, minerals and carbohydrates which help keep the body hydrated and energetic.

Fun Fact: Watermelon is a fruit AND a vegetable!  It’€™s related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.

No wonder there’€™s a month-long holiday dedicated to it! Celebrate National Watermelon Month with this tasty treat:

Frozen Watermelon Lemonade
Ingredients

  • 3 cups watermelon cubes, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Juice of 2 lemons (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberry-flavored, calorie-free carbonated water, chilled

How to make it’€¦

  1. Place watermelon cubes and raspberries in a blender; process until smooth. Pour through a sieve; discard pulp.
  2. Combine the sugar and water in the small saucepan. Heat, stirring constantly, just until the sugar dissolves. Set aside allow to cool slightly.
  3. Stir the sugar-water and lemon juice onto the watermelon raspberry juice mixture. Pour the juice mixture onto a covered freezer container. Freeze until firm
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, spoon the mixture into tall glasses. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of the strawberry flavored water over the frozen juice in each glass. Serve immediately.

 

How to Apply Self-Tanner

For many, sun-kissed skin in the summer months seems to be a must.  Leaving the fair-skinned and the steadfast sun screen wearers with only one option for this desired skin tone – sunless tanner. Now the question is, how do we get the perfect tan out of a bottle? For smooth, even color it’€™s important to follow the rules of application:

  1. Prep your skin. For a streak-free tan, start with clean, smooth skin. Wash, exfoliate, shave and pat your skin completely dry. When exfoliating, pay extra attention to the areas that tend to have the driest skin: knees, elbows and anklebones.
  2. Use gloves. This will keep your palms from staining and also give you a smooth “applicator” to work with. Disposable gloves are ideal.
  3. Fix streaks and color flaws. Never fear, there are tricks to removing and evening self-tanner in a pinch.
  4. Work from the bottom up. Apply the self-tanner to your feet, ankles, legs, thighs, abs, chest and arms. Use a small amount and blend in a circular motion.
  5. Go easy on the face and neck. If you’€™re using sunless tanner on your face and neck, choose one formulated for the face or mix the product you’ve used on your body with a light facial moisturizer.
  6. Do your hands last. Remove your gloves. Apply a hand sanitizer to your palms so they won’t absorb any formula, then put a very small dab on the tops of hands and blend.
  7. Buff. With a slightly damp washcloth, buff any areas that tend to grab too much color, such as elbows, knees, anklebones and in between the fingers and toes.
  8. Be patient. Read the instructions on how long to wait before you get dressed or go to bed so you don’t transfer color to your clothes or sheets.
          • For streaks try a baking soda blend: Mix lemon juice and baking soda to create a paste that can be rubbed over any streaks to help lift the color.
          • For too much color bathe in baby oil: If your tan turns out to be a lot darker than you were hoping, drench your skin in baby oil, and leave it on for 10 minutes. This causes the top layer of color to loosen and lift, leaving your skin less “tan” than it initially appeared.
  9. Maintain your tan. Use moisturizer every day.
  10. Start over. When your sunless tan fades, always exfoliate all remnants before reapplying.

Say-Yes-to-the-Strapless Dress

SummerSummer has arrived, and baby, it’€™s hot outside!   Everywhere, dresses sans sleeves and straps are beckoning, but are your neck, chest and arms ready for the big reveal?

Here is a complete ‘€œsay-yes-to-the-strapless dress’€ skin care guide in just five easy steps:

  1. Get rid of rough spots.   You may have perfectly sculpted arms, but it’€™s all for naught if your elbows and hands are scaly.  Start in the shower with daily bamboo exfoliant, a gentle micro-scrub that lifts off old layers and leaves skin baby-soft.
  2. Attention au décolletage!   This highly exposed area of the body has thinner skin and is susceptible to sagging.  Give it a tightening, toning and hydrating mini-workout with neck and chest anti-gravity cream and feel the difference instantly!
  3. Circulate!  Did you know that improving the body’€™s natural circulation can give you a more toned and sculpted appearance?   Get ready to bear arms by using smooth and firm body sculpting cream in conjunction with the simple self-massage techniques demonstrated in this video.
  4. Don’€™t forget hands:   Top it all off with the nourishing and vitamin-rich simply perfect hand cream to leave dry hands and ragged cuticles beautifully hydrated.
  5. Now that you’€™re ready for your day in the sun, don’€™t forget solar defense.  Try ageless protection SPF 30, a non-greasy formula that keeps skin looking youthful, and can even be applied over makeup.