Pear Essentials

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For over a month we’ve been getting pears in our CSA fruit share. I’ve never been the biggest fan of this fruit, but hate to waste food, so I thought if I read about the health benefits of pears, it would encourage me to eat them before they expire. Here are some of the health benefits I found most motivating…

-Pears have high vitamin C and vitamin K as well as copper: all antioxidants that protect our cells from damage from free radicals.

-One pear contains up to 11 percent of our daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 9.5 percent of our daily recommended intake of fiber.

-Ripe pears contain a natural sugar alcohol called ‘sorbitol’ or ‘glucitol’, which feeds your hair roots, nourishing the scalp and keeping the hair moisturized leading to healthier hair all around.

-Even though it is slightly sweet, with low glycerin index and high fiber content pears helps control the sugar levels in the blood. Keeping your blood sugar leveled also helps keep your hormones balanced which has multiple health benefits.

-Pears have a high folic acid

-Pears are a natural anti-inflammatory.

And if this doesn’t motivate you to eat pears raw, you can always try out one of these pear-based recipes:

Edamame and Pear Crostini | Pear Salad | Roasted Pears with Cardamom Cashew Cream | Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Pear with Thyme

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Long Flight Beauty Routine

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I just returned from Tokyo, Seoul and China and I wanted to share my Long Flight Beauty Routine. After reading many articles and trying out different methods each time, I wanted to share my best practices with you.
When flying for more than four or five hours, these are my go to beauty travel tips:
1 | Board the plane bare-faced. Or once you settle in, use a cleansing cloth to remove makeup. Never use the water in airplane bathrooms to brush your teeth or wash your face, studies show that it is contaminated with feces.
2 | Avoid caffeine and alcohol. I know, no fun, but caffeine and alcohol dehydrate your skin and when changing time zones, it also increases your chance of getting jet lag. Also steer clear of foods high in sodium. This will cut the chance of swollen feet and ankles.
3 |Once you have a clean face, apply hydrating face oil and use facial massage to help drain the excess fluid in your face. Most of the oil will soak into your skin during your massage so once your massage is complete, apply one more layer of hydrating face oil. While this begins to absorb, drink 12 ounces of water.
4 | Next, use a heavy moisturizer to seal in the hydrating face oil.
5 | If at any time during the flight your face begins to feel dry or tight, avoid spraying water on your skin because this actually pulls the moisture away from your face. Instead, drink more water and reapply hydrating face oil and heavy moisturizer.
6 | If you are trying to avoid jet lag and plan to sleep through your flight, bring melatonin with you. Melatonin is a hormone found naturally in the body. Darkness causes the body to produce more melatonin, which signals the body to prepare for sleep. Light decreases melatonin production and signals the body to prepare for being awake. Some people who have trouble sleeping have low levels of melatonin. It is thought that adding melatonin from supplements might help you sleep and readjust your body’s internal clock. Dissolve one tablet under your tongue before you drift off to sleep.
7 | When choosing a sleep mask, always opt for an adjustable elastic strap, this will reduce breakage on your hair and insure a comfortable fit. Also look for a mask made of a natural fiber that is slippery, like silk. It allows your skin to breathe and will reduce the appearance creases from your mask transferring to your face.
8 | Avoid hydrating beauty masks made of cloth because it attracts the moisture from your face and ends up drying your face out more than hydrating it.
9 | The most important thing to remember is drink water! Not only will this keep your skin hydrated, but it will reduce your risk of jet lag, indigestion, headaches and picking up unwanted air born illnesses on the flight.
What are your long flight travel rituals?

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DIY: 3-Ingredient Hydrating Face Oil for Long Flights

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As I prepare for my trip to Tokyo, Seoul and Shanghai, keeping my skin hydrated on the long flight is at the forefront of my mind. This 3-ingredient hydrating face oil is perfect for long flights. Simply mix 1 ounce avocado oil with 10 drops of jasmine essential oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil and store in an air tight jar. The beta carotene, protein, fatty acids and vitamins A, D and E found in avocado oil help moisturize and heal your skin. Jasmine helps protect from environmental stressors, improves sleep and helps treat dry skin and provides natural moisture that won’t clog pores.  Lavender reduces anxiety, restores skin complexion and alleviates headaches.

Simply apply face oil to a clean face before take-off and depending on the length of your flight, reapply as necessary.

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Beauty Supply: JINsoon ‘Doux’

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No matter what your style is: from minimal and simple or classic and preppy to playful with a punk edge, there is no denying that you wear a nude/pink nail color sometime throughout the year. For me, JINsoon ‘Doux’ is the color you will find me wearing on most days. I even wore it when I got married last year. With only two coats to get full coverage and a quick dry formula, I have nothing bad to say about this polish. Not only is it 5-free*, but it is vegan friendly and not tested on animals. What is your favorite nude/pink nail color?

*5-free: means there are no toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, DPB, camphor, and formaldehyde resin.

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Beauty Supply: Detoxing with Dry Brushing

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We always hear about detoxing, which usually comes in the form of juice cleanses and sweating in a sauna, but there is no need for such extreme temperatures and restrictions to detox. Skin is our largest organ, so when you pull out the toxins from your skin, it helps to detox your entire body. One way to do this is by dry brushing. The thing I like best about dry brushing is that it doesn’t involve putting another product on your skin, instead it exfoliates dead skin cells, unclogs pores and reduces cellulite (which are just toxins trapped in your fat cells). Dry brushing also stimulates the lymphatic system which helps remove toxins from your body.

Here are the simple steps for dry brushing:

1- Pick up a non-synthetic dry brush, I use this one. It helps to get one with a detachable long handle so you can use it without the handle on your front side and with the handle in your hard to reach areas.

2- Take your clothes off and stand in the shower. I usually turn the shower on but stand out of the water so my body remains dry but the bathroom is steamy and warm. While dry brushing, dead skin cells will flake off your body, so standing in the shower is best for easy clean up.

3- Start brushing at your feet in long strokes towards your heart. Always brush towards your heart because this is where the main lymphatic system drains. Be sure to brush every area of your body multiple times, take care when brushing delicate areas, like your breasts. Your skin will slowly build up a tolerance to brushing, but at first it can hurt a little.

4- After you have brushed your entire body, get in the shower. Alternate between very hot and very cold temperatures throughout your shower. This constricts and releases your blood vessels and opens and closes your pores which all aid in the detoxification process. Bonus: Rinsing your hair with cold water right before you get out of the shower closes the hair follicles and reduces frizz.

5- When you get out of the shower, slather your body in coconut, avocado, rose hip or jojoba oil. I prefer to put oil on while I am still wet, it locks in moisture and makes for easy application of the oil.

 It is recommended to dry brush twice a day for best results, but in my mind, dry brushing anytime is better than not dry brushing at all. Logical? Probably not, but that’s my school of thought on dry brushing. I dry brush every time I shower, which is usually every other day and the skin on my body is extra soft, has better circulation which results in more pigmentation. I also feel more rejuvenated after my shower.

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