Monthly Archives: October 2013

A List of Treats, Not a Trick

Heading into the holiday season, there will be many occasions where we find our kitchens stocked with goodies. And though our current spooky holiday doesn’t necessarily boast health benefits for our skin (candy is primarily just good for our taste buds) here is a list of foods that can provide a good source of nutrient and benefits for your overall health.

  • Lemon — A common good in the kitchen functions by it’s acidity that can whiten nails, give your hair natural-looking highlights, and help slough off dry, flaky skin.
  • Egg white — For the extra healthy conscious, egg whites can go beyond your omelet and can be used as an egg white mask that can improve tone and texture.
  • Olive oil —A household name as an ingredient that packs a lot of nutrients, olive oil is great for hydrating hair and smooth dry spots on skin.
  • Sugar — The sweetest natural exfoliate, sugar does well when mixed with a little olive oil, almond or apricot oil for a body scrub or great lip.
  • Green tea — To soothe skin, rinse your face in this cool green elixir. This full of antioxidants tea is also helpful for reducing redness and easing stress.
  • Avocado — An excellent moisturizer, avocado is great as a face mask, mashed up in your hair, or used just about anywhere, where a little extra hydration may be needed.
  • Oatmeal — For a fast-acting soother, look no further than oatmeal, which has major anti-inflammatory properties. You can even drop it in the bath, slather it on your face, or even use it as a gentle scrub.
  • Papaya — One of the more unknown goodies in our kitchens, papaya has the power to decongest your skin, and fast! Needless to say, the papain in this fruit makes one of the best enzyme masks around.
  • Honey — This natural antimicrobial also soothes and draws moisture into skin. Use it in masks or as a spot treatment.

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Prettyology + January Labs

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This week, we want to shift our direction a bit on our blog and want to start spotlighting those who inspire us and encourage our aim to provide healthy and refined skincare that betters the whole self! And we want to kick it off with Julie Michaud Prettyology

A prime example of a likeminded brand to January Labs, Julie Michaud Prettyology has brought upon us great excitement. It’s an honor to share with our readers that we are teaming up with them! More on how, but first, who are they exactly?

Julie Michaud Prettyology’s function and embodiment is a kin to a beauty lab, whose motto of the sorts is simply, “Beauty should be fun and every woman should feel confident in her own skin.” And we agree. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, this is a refreshing brand that craves to educate and provide for women a place to learn about good products and beauty care, it’s only natural such two entities combined forces; a true and good partnership and we are so excited to debut our signature facial that has been customized for them by their lead esthetician Jennifer Chioccariello. This will also be their first gluten-free line too!

This is definitely shareable news so be sure to spread the love and share the knowledge. Until then, we will leave you with founder Julie Michaud’s words of inspiration and the true heart of Julie Michaud Prettyology.  

Pretty is empowering. Pretty makes you stand a little taller. Pretty is like an invisible tiara on your head that reminds you that you are someone special.

 

 

Unwanted Circles

One of the trickiest lurkers are the adamant dark circles that make its way under our eyes. Even after those make-up attempts of concealer use or creams, sometimes our best efforts go unaccomplished; some dark circles just won’t quit. So while our very own glow and go may help your skin with circulation, to additionally help you work on correcting dark circles, we’ve gathered some of the best tricks out there. Once you know what causes them, you’ll be surely prepared for how to fix them.

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Do not rub your eyes: This may seem like the most obvious tip, but rubbing your eyes will cause friction, which produces skin pigmentation to darken. So if you’re constantly rubbing your eyes, you’re not doing yourself any favors.

Alter your diet: If you’ve got excessive puffiness under your eyes, take a good look at what you’re putting into your body. Foods with high sodium and alcohol cause extreme bloating, so when you extract these from your diet, your skin will be able to rest easy without puffing up. Plus, your entire body will benefit, not just your eyes.

Tea is key: After you’ve finished brewing a cup of tea, use the left over tea bags by putting into the refrigerator for 10 minutes to cool them off, then lay down and set the bags over your eyes. Do this for about 15 minutes, it will not only relax you but also force you to rest your eyes; the cooled tea bags will thusly relieve the skin around your eyes, reducing swelling and discoloration.

Sleep up straight: Fluids can build up underneath your eyes which is prone to happen when you sleep lying down flat. To adjust your position, prop yourself up with an extra pillow or two during the night so that the fluid drains down, taking the excess away from your eye area.

Frozen spoons: If you’re into getting creative, dip two metal spoons in water and immediately place in your freezer at night. In the morning, take out the spoons and lay the rounded side against your eyes for about five to ten minutes before starting your day. The cold from the spoons will help reduce puffiness and relax the skin before you apply any makeup, etc.

 

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