Light surrounds us throughout every part of every day. Even when night falls, and we prepare to bed down and hit the hay, some form of light weaves its way through the atmosphere. Different types of light exist, and perform different functions for the surrounding environment. Some forms of light keep our circadian rhythm in check, ensuring that we can awaken and fall asleep at appropriate times of the day. Other forms of light provide us with certain types of vitamins that only our skin can properly absorb. Still, others cause some negative health effects, including cancer or insomnia.
As your unborn child continues to grow inside of your uterus, you become more cautious to what you expose your body to. The fragile stage of life called the gestational period is the time period that the fetus grows and develops in the womb, making it one of the most important points in every human being’s life. This point in time marks the growth and function of nearly every system, and may also dictate the overall health of the child once it is born and starts its life outside of mother’s body. We already discussed the potential effects of your skincare routine and your diet, elaborating on why it may be beneficial to make some changes. Adjusting what goes into your body can help you avoid potentially devastating effects on your. Check out ‘Skincare Savvy Mother-To-Be‘ and ‘Meal Mastering Mom-To-Be‘ to learn more about what changes you should make to your skincare and diet. But there are a few common items that many mothers often forget that can have an equally toxic effect on their bodies and that of their developing babies.
One of the main keys to healthy living lies in keeping yourself clean and maintaining your personal hygiene. This also extends to proper skincare and haircare, which requires a number of different steps and vast understanding about how the skin actually works. We cannot just go around slathering different products on ourselves, and hope for the best possible results. However, even those with extensive knowledge about how to maintain proper skin and hair health may opt for products that contain harmful ingredients that not only damage your hair do and complexion, but also factor into some frightening health problems as well.
Believe it or not, naturally living is not just a new trend or hot topic to read about in blog posts or other websites. For many people, it is a way of life that has been passed down through several generations. You may have even heard of some of these traditions for natural remedies from your grandparents or other elderly people in your community. For these people, ‘natural living’ was an everyday lifestyle that they implemented into their typical routine. Many of the most popular natural remedies that circulate on the internet were common knowledge to people who previously lived this type of lifestyle.
Some of the old wives’ tales are true, while others are pure superstition. Discovering which of them will actually work can create quite a task for average researcher. However, science and tradition both have proven some of these old remedies as reputable, reliable methods for preventing and healing mild illnesses – from colds and the flu to simple improvement health and bodily functions. Some of these simple ideas come from earlier generations, and survived till today for good reason.
Many grown women struggle with acne, wondering why it did not disappear after their teenage years and marveling at how stubborn the blemishes can be. The embarrassing, painful blemishes appear either at a certain time each month or linger on like unwanted guests. Just when you thought your skin problems should have started clearing up, you discover that they are actually getting worse. You may have started to notice the changes in your skin during your early twenties, and started using a multitude of acne products in an attempt to stave off the blemishes, or at least curb their frequency and stubbornness – all to no avail. It feels like a futile effort. However, up to forty five percent of women aged twenty one to twenty six combat this same skin condition.
We artisan-craft all of our products from natural botanical ingredients – organic clove among them. However, its uses extend beyond skincare, as it appears in recipes, aromatherapy, and other sources of spicy goodness. Since it is one of the more commonly known herbs lining grocery store shelves, many individuals seek to better understand its benefits and how they can employ this spice into their daily lives. With so many purposes and abilities, we gave this super spice its place among the ingredient highlights. Clove’s capabilities stretch far beyond offering a sharply sweet aroma and a stage-stealing ingredient in some of our skincare products.
Water is water, right? Not necessarily. Not all water is created equal, whether it comes from a tap, a bottle, or a river. Many people fill their glasses straight from the tap without thinking twice, regularly drinking from their sinks as the ice tinkles against the sides of the glass. Others purchase cases of bottled water to carry with them while they run, walk, or perform daily errands. Regardless of preference, it is a rare occurrence that drinkers consider how it affects their bodies, and what it contributes to the body. In ‘Destructive Drinking: The True Anatomy of Our Drinking Water,’ we explore what additives may end up in your tap water and the health effects to which it could contribute. But what differences really lie between purified, soft water and mineralized, hard water? And does it really make that much of a difference?
From smiling, laughing, frowning, and crying to squinting, sun damage, and gravity, wrinkles form as the years pass. We call them by different names: fine lines, furrows, creases, sagging. We start to see signs of them in our thirties, and watch them get deeper and more pronounced with each passing day, month, or year. They betray our age, and can seem unsightly as they map out the struggles, stresses, and damage our skin has endured over each and every decade. Much of the wrinkles we acquire come from elements outside of our control, such as the position in which we sleep or the way gravity constantly pulls our skin downward.
However, we can prevent and reverse some of the facial drama with a few simple methods and tricks.
If you have found yourself trying to cover up your neck with turtleneck shirts, scarves, or jackets due to an unsightly neck, then you may well be wondering how to get back the smooth, elegant look it had before. Our necks are covered with some of the thinnest skin on our bodies, and often get exposed to some of the most environmental damage, whether from pollution, sunlight, or gravity itself. But lots of other factors play a key role in the way our skin ages, from the position in which we sleep to our typical posture. This thin layer of skin lacks the fatty tissues that help keep other areas supple and firm. Even skincare plays a role, since the skin on our necks receives so little attention.
The sun can cause up to ninety percent of aesthetics resulting from the dreaded aging process – such as wrinkles, fine lines, sagging, or age spots. It is one of many environmental elements that we receive consistent, daily exposure to, whether we walk from our car to a building a few times a day or take a walk in the sun for hours. Dermatologists have harped and crowed about the need for sunscreen to prevent some of the damage from occurring, and to protect the skin from developing skin cancer and other forms of sun damage that will show up years down the road. With all the environmental factors involved in the aging process, it is understandable that so many people place such high importance on minimizing the damage.
One of the most obvious and embarrassing aesthetics that come with the aging process is the thinning, loss, and greying of hair. The rich color, thick volume, and soft texture slowly turns brittle, dry, grey, as it changes like the autumn leaves. Many people, men and women alike, will turn to coloring systems, thickening formulas, or spend excessive amounts on styling products, shampoos, and conditioners in an attempt to bring back the rich life that once emanated from their hair in their days of youth. Unfortunately, many of these techniques can make the situation far worse, and even accelerate your hair’s aging process.
So, what do you do when you comb handfuls of strands out of your scalp everyday? How do you bring back the luminosity and vibrancy you once boasted? And what causes this breakdown of your carefully kept coif? While greying and thinning are a part of the general aging process, you may be surprised at how your own products and techniques play a key role in your loss of hair life. The good news is that, should your product selection be the main contributing factor in your hair’s aging, then you can potentially reverse and heal the damage. We put together a list of hair-dos and hair-don’ts to help you navigate which steps to take next in retaining your youthful coif the natural, nontoxic way.
It is no secret that negative emotions such as stress, anxiety, grief, anger or frustration can have terrible effects on our skin – both during the current moment we feel it and years down the road! Certain facial expressions can accentuate wrinkles and fine lines, and stress causes the release of cortisol – a hormone that degrades your reserves of collagen and elastin. This can lead to sagging skin, dull complexion, and a lackluster tone. Negative emotions not only effect the way you look and the way you feel, but it also effects your lifestyle habits and your general health.