Healthy Smoothie for Glowing Skin

Glowing Skin Smoothie

Give your skin a healthy and natural glow with this green smoothie that is packed with lots of minerals and vitamins!

 

What you need:

  • 1 c. kale
  • 1 c. spinach
  • 1 pear
  • 1 orange
  • 1 banana
  • 1 c. seedless grapes
  • 1 c. ice
  • 1 c. coconut water
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds

What you do:

  • Remove the core and seeds from the pear and peel and pit the orange; add them to your blender
  • Add the remaining ingredients to your blender and blend all until smooth
  • Enjoy your smoothie immediately

 

Recipe adapted from (original recipe from): Womenio

Picture from: OrganicAuthority

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The Lowdown on Sunscreens

Lowdown on Sunscreens

Summertime is here!  That means plenty of picnics, pool parties, trips to the beach, and outdoor activities!  It’s important to remember that despite all the fun in the sun that you’re having you still need to take care of your skin and be smart by protecting it from the sun by using a sunscreen each and every time you venture outside.

There are countless different sunscreens available to purchase each with different options so if you are wondering which one is right for you it’s best to first know the basics:

Just like we all have our own preferences when it comes to the types of makeup we like and what it does to our skin, sunscreen is no different.  What works on one persons skin may cause breakouts on another person and so on and so on.  Below is a breakdown of the types of sunscreen you should look for depending on your specific skin type as well as examples of sunscreens that are most suitable for you.

 

Dry Skin

  • Creams/lotions with extra hydrating ingredients (aloe and glycerin)
  • Steer clear of spray or gel sunscreens that contain aloe (they’ll just dry out your skin that much more)

Try

Murad Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 15

L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise Futur-E SPF 15

 

Oily Skin

  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Water or gel based sunscreens are most commonly oil-free

Try

Ocean Potion Anti-Aging Sunblock SPF 50

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 45

 

Acne Prone Skin

  • Light and/or oil-free lotions
  • Sunscreens that contain the chemicals avobenzone and oxybenzone
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Fragrance free sunscreen

Try

Hawaiian Tropic Oil Free Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30

 

Sensitive Skin

  • Paba free sunscreen (this is very common)
  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Fragrance free sunscreen
  • Chemical free sunscreen
  • Hypoallergenic sunscreen
  • Mineral based sunscreen

Try

Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion for Face

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60

 

Active/Outdoor Skin (for those that spend a lot of time being active outdoors; sports/swimming)

  • Water-resistant or waterproof sunscreen
  • Highest SPF sunscreen available

Try

Coppertone Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 30

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with Helioplex SPF 70

Apple and Honey Acne Facial Mask

Apple and Honey Acne Facial Mask
Fight acne with this delicious acne facial mask!
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium apple
  • 5 tbsp. honey
Directions:
  • Grate the apple; combine with honey and mix well
  • Apply the mixture to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Let sit for 5-10 minutes
  • Rinse with cold water

Avocado and Carrot Creamy Facial Mask

Carrot and Avocado Creamy Facial Mask

Slather your face in this creamy mask that is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which help rebuild collagen!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp. honey

Directions:

  • Cook the carrot until soft; mash using a fork
  • Mash to avocado with a fork, add the mashed avocado to the mashed carrot
  • Combine the remaining ingredients to the mashed ingredients; mix well
  • Apply to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Let sit for 10-15 minutes
  • Rinse with cold water

All Natural Face Mask for Normal Skin

Natural Face Mask for Normal Skin

Leave skin feeling and looking soft and smooth with this natural facial mask!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 3 tbsp. heavy cream
  • 2 tsp. cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tsp. oatmeal powder

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Let sit for 10 minutes
  • Rinse with warm water

Lime Facial Treatment for Acne

Lime Facial for Acne

Banish acne with this easy lime acne treatment!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk
  • Juice from one lime
  • 1 tsp. glycerin

Directions:

  • Boil the milk; add the remaining ingredients
  • Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes (or until cool)
  • Dab acne spots on clean skin with the mixture using a tissue or cloth
  • Let sit overnight
  • Rinse face the next morning with water

Cranberry Facial Cleansing Mask

Cranberry Facial Cleanser

Cleanse and purify your skin with this tart cranberry cleansing mask!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp. bentonite clay
  • 1 tsp. organic yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1/2 cup blended cranberries
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Apply mixture to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Let sit for 15 minutes
  • Rinse with cold water