I recently ran into a woman with the most beautiful skin I have even seen. I had to ask her what she uses to get her complexion so gorgeous. Her reply…absolutely nothing. No face wash, no moisturizers…just warm water and a rag, twice a day. I do agree that many facial cleaners can be abrasive on the skin and cause more harm than good. But what exactly is the caveman regimen and does it work? Many believers of caveman beauty do not even scrub their face with water, they just splash water on their face and go about their day. The theory goes like this…Your skin has an “acid mantle” that develops when you hit puberty. It is a mantle that is made up of sweat and sebum that protects your body from invading bacteria. But caveman beauty followers believe we are constantly stripping our skin of this acid mantle by washing/moisturizing with abrasive facial products. The reviews of the caveman beauty regimen are mixed. Some believe it saved them from a lifetime of acne plagued skin, others believe it made their skin look dull and old looking. So although I am not completely sold on the caveman beauty method, I will tell you this…You want to be using something gentle to wash your face that has a slightly acidic properties.
**Interesting Fact** Try using salt as a facial exfoliate. Salt contains natural properties the rid your face of acne causing bacterias.
You have probably heard or seen a thing or two recently about adding natural oils to your beauty routine. There are so many oils out there that can be used on your skin and each one has a different use. Natural oils are a great choice for those who are plagued with sensitive skin because they seldom cause allergic reactions. The key to using oils is finding the one that is right for your skin. Some might find that natural oils are great for their skin and not their face. Others may find that they do not like the feeling of straight oil on their skin, but can find a lotion that contains natural oil extracts.
10 Natural Oils For The Skin:
- Argan Oil – Also called Moroccan oil, it is rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. This oil is known for its anti-aging properties.
- Coconut Oil – Helps reduce bacteria on the skin surface and also great for moisturizing skin.
- Avocado Oil – Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids. A wonderful oil for moisturizing skin.
- Tea Tree Oil – Its antiseptic properties can help fight acne.
- Peppermint Oil – Filled with anti-inflammatory properties, peppermint oil can help reduce redness.
- Chamomile Oil – Also filled with anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antiseptic properties. Chamomile oil can assist in fighting off infections.
- Carrot Seed Oil – This oil is rich in Vitamin A and beta-carotene, which help soothe skin and aid in cell turnover.
- Acai Oil – Full of antioxidants, which help protect the skin from free radicals and cell oxidation.
- Grape Seed Oil- Helps brighten your skin and regulate oil.
- Olive Oil – Loaded with Vitamin A and E, which helps repair dry/cracked skin.
And the list goes on…and on…and on…
***Please note that Peppermint, Chamomile and Tea Tree Oils are essential oils and should not be applied directly to the skin unless mixed with proper carrier oils.***
Everyone thinks there is this amazing secret to losing/sustaining weight. The truth is…there is no perfect secret. Staying healthy and losing weight is hard work and dedication. Last week we talked about portion control as a way of life. Meal planning is an extension of portion control. If you are planning out your meals weekly/bi-weekly, you are limiting your calorie intake daily by eating healthy portions loaded with nutrients that are low in calories. For the average woman, reducing portion sizes and focusing on healthy foods that are lean in protein, a serving of whole grains, and loaded with vegetables/fruit can help you to sustain/reach your weight loss goals. However, it is not best to eat the same exact meal daily. Your body needs you to change the types of nutrient rich foods you are putting into your mouth. And for those of us who simply skip meals daily, like breakfast (the WORST thing to do)…meal planning will help you stick to an eating schedule.
Here is a good rule of thumb to eat (live) by in your daily meal planning: 45 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein, 25 percent healthy fats (less than 7 percent from saturated fats). Overtime if you stick to this rule, you will find your body is now craving food likes beans, blueberries, spinach and nuts during snack time. Wouldn’t you love not to crave chips and candy every day….? I know I would.
For decades women have been told to eat our fruits, veggies and monitor the amount of food we put into our bodies. But what exactly is portion control and how does one go about implementing it into your lifestyle. Let’s be clear…todays blog is not about losing weight. Portion control is a way of life. Our body only needs so many fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and grains a day (think old school food pyramid). Also, the average women is going to need smaller daily portions than a man. That is where portion control comes in to play…portion control helps you to monitor the amount of food you intake daily, while also ensuring you are meeting your daily serving of fruits and veggies AND allowing you to still enjoy the foods you love.
Honestly though, it’s not practical to practice portion control when out to eat. It’s not as if you can throw measuring cups in your purse and often food sizes at restaurants are massive. In these instances, your hand can be a wonderful approximate guide to how much you should be eating.
Fist = 1 cup
Cereal, Soups, Fruit, Vegetables, Salad
Cupped Hand = ½ cup
Pasta, Rice, Potatoes, Cooked Veggies, Ice Cream (yes…ice cream)
2 Cupped Hands = 1 ounce
Chips and Crackers
Palm Of Your Hand = 3 – 4 ounces
Red Meat, Fish, Chicken, Pork
Thumb = 1 ½ tablespoons
Dressings, Sour Cream, Spreadable Cheese, Peanut Butter
The Tip Of Your Thumb = 1 teaspoon
Butter, Oils, Mayonnaise
It’s 3 o’clock pm and it’s almost time to head home from work, but the day keeps lagging on, your eyes are beginning to get heavy, and your head and shoulders start to sag. Full-time, part-time, stay-at-home moms…We have all been there and it’s called the “3PM Slump.” So often when you find yourself feeling tired around mid-afternoon it’s because you are hungry. It is so easy to reach for a sugary snack, cup of coffee, or salty snack. These will satisfy your immediate cravings, however your body will quickly burn thru the sugar causing you to crash again. Your body needs carbs that are high in protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you energized longer. In order to beat the 3PM Slump you need to be prepared. Keep foods on hand like nuts, seeds, fruit, greek yogurt, cheese sticks, popcorn and hummus. Most of these are portable and can be thrown in your purse/backpack. Also, KIND bars are great for portable energy (and my personal favorite). They are low in sugar and high in fiber. Eating smaller, more frequent meals can help to sustain your energy levels throughout the day. You can also drink a cold glass of ice water around this time to help wake you up, as dehydration can cause sleepiness.