Not all aspects of pregnancy come with a glowing smile and excitement as the expectant mother decorates her infant’s nursery. Some parts of pregnancy can feel scary, and you may feel alone and isolated at times. Rushes of unwarranted anger, threads of anxiety, and shreds of sadness may darken some of the days counting up to your baby’s birthday. On the other hand, the happiness and joy of anticipating a new family member and a new challenge also lace together with the negative, creating the aura of motherly love that friends and family comment on.
Some women plan for it for years, while to others, it comes as a pleasant surprise. It requires lots of preparation, thought, and research, from the doctor you select to the color of the nursery walls. Friends and family congratulate you as the excitement builds for the new arrival to finally get here. These are all fun, thrilling experiences for any expectant mother, yet a pregnancy can also come with many different bumps in the road. Lots of not-so-great memories might take hold of a woman during this crucial time. From acne and skin sensitivity that never occurred before, to morning sickness and aching backs. Just like every rose has its thorns, every mommy-to-be experiences some bumps along the way. Even though every pregnancy unfolds differently, there are a few things that every woman should know going in.
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.
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.
Nothing is more picturesque or appetizing than sun-ripened raspberries glittering like rubies in the palm of your hand or a bowl. As one of the most popular, flavorful types of berries on the market, raspberries have become one of the most recognized foods to add to dishes for color and healthy eating. We use a couple of different forms of raspberry botanicals in our skincare products to incorporate its benefits into a quality beauty secret. As one of the oldest fruits available, raspberries have earned their spot in our ingredient spotlight. They traveled a long way and lasted for thousands of years to be available on the market today. Discover the wonders of this jewel-toned berry, and find out how it earned its ingredient highlight.
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.
While most of us would enjoy the ability to fly with a pair of our own wings, no one likes to have flabby arms with lose skin that does not quite fit the way it used to. Many people will develop what is often referred to as ‘batwings’ as they grow older, or loose skin around the upper arms. They create an untoned, infirm appearance for those that develop them, and may feel floppy when one moves their arms around. Like many other aesthetics of aging, this is an undesirable effect, and many people look for new ways to combat It.
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.
Have you started kissing low necklines and V-necks goodbye due to the way your chest and look as you age? You are not alone in that, as many people start to notice their chests and necks age more quickly than their faces, with the signs of aging beginning to show dramatically by the age of thirty for most people. The skin around the chest and neck, also known as décolleté, is one of the most neglected areas of skin. Yet, it is also one of the most vulnerable and exposed places on your body. Successful anti-aging routines require attention to all details – from healthy lifestyle habits to ensuring that all areas of skin get the attention they need. So, why let your décolleté go without regular conditioning?