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.
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.
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.
Untangling my hair has been a constant battle since I was a child, my hair is thick and has a mind of its own. I brush out all of my tangles before entering the shower, but without fail, my hair is in knots when I emerge. The wet brush has prevented many tears, but has failed to completely irradiate my tangled tresses. My new cure for knotted strands comes from the kitchen: apple cider vinegar. It is a natural detangler and as an added bonus, it makes your mane extra shiny. Simply shampoo your hair and rinse with a premixed concoction consisting of 2-4 TBSP apple cider vinegar per 1 cup of water. I have very long hair so I added 4 TBSP to 2 cups of water. Be sure to avoid pouring the apple cider rinse over your eyes, it will sting for hours. I conditioned my hair afterwards, as usual, and my hair was unusually easy to brush upon exiting the shower. Because apple cider vinegar can be harsh on hair, I only use it once every few weeks. Be sure to buy organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
Other hair benefits of using an apple cider vinegar rinse:
-Treats dandruff, or itchy and dry scalp
-Encourages hair growth
-Help to balance pH of scalp
It also has many uses beyond the bathtub.