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Learn to love your body with these tips

Learn to love your body with these tips

Stop hating your body for its tiny imperfections and learn how to love your body with these tips!

  • Be proud of your strong body

The first exercise is learning not to blame yourself when you are looking at you in the mirror. Don’t focus on your defaults, and focus on the parts of your face and your body that you like.

  • Appreciate all the things that your body can do

In order to learn to love your body, you need to turn your focus from appearance to gratitude for everything your body is able to do, how fortunate you are to be able to run, to walk, to Zumba. A healthy and active body is a beautiful body.

  • Realize that fitness is not about skinny jeans or skinny-girl stereotypes.

The true beauty is not about fitting into a cultural stereotype but a quality that shines from within. Start to look at yourself as a whole and realize all your qualities: intelligent, funny, unique, and yes, beautiful. It is better to spend time focusing on building a strong, healthy body and mind rather than trying to fit into a cookie-cutter mold, isn’t it?

  • Dare to not compare your body.

If you compare yourself with other women in real life or worse, on Instagram, you will create a million reasons to hate your body. It will leave you with a feeling inadequate about your body, so please choose not to do it! Indeed, your body might not be perfect compared with a model, but it is the only body you will ever have. You would rather accept this fact and love your body the way it is than waste your time hating any part of it.

  • Accept your body type

Accept your body type and don’t buy fashion items if it doesn’t fit well to your body! Then you will feel uncomfortable and feel bad in your body. It is not because it is fashion that you need it absolutely!

  • Take care of your body

Take time to treat your body with a hair mask, apply moisturizer on your body after shower, cut your hair more often, etc. You will see how it feels good!

  • Find the right sport for you

Your workout or run must not be a punishment. Find the right sport for you in order to enjoy it! Maybe it is Zumba, pilates or roller!

LOVE YOUR BODY! 

How often should you wash your hair?

How often should you wash your hair

There’s no unique answer when it comes to the frequency with which you need to wash your hair. It’s all about finding what works for you and your hair type. Some women can go a week or more without sudsing up, while others feel the need to shampoo every day. Here are a few tips to help you determine if you can go one more day before washing or if it is already the good timing to do it.

You have fine, thin or oily hair

If you have thin or oily hair, we suggest you wash your hair every day. The oil produced by your scalp travels more quickly down the hair shaft when you’ve got fine or thin hair, giving it that greasy appearance sooner. If you don’t want to shampoo daily, use an anti-dandruff shampoo as it will cut down on grease, and less grease means fewer washes.

You have medium-thick or dry hair

It is recommended to wash every two to three days max. If you do it more, you will risk stripping your hair of the natural oils that keep it looking shiny and healthy. If you think that you can’t go that long without washing your hair, you can use a sulfate-free shampoo or give your hair a quick rinse with water and apply conditioner to the ends.

You have thick or curly hair

You can wash your hair only once or twice per week as the oil produced by your scalp will take longer to travel down your thick hair and the oiliness won’t be noticeable. Moreover, this oiliness can help calm frizz.

Extra tip: if you work out a lot, you may want to wash your hair more often. If you can’t wait too long, you can use a dry shampoo (apply it to the roots).

Source: www.self.com

5 Essential Skin Care Rules You Should Never Break

5 Essential Skin Care Rules You Should Never Break

We all dream of having healthy, clear, beautiful and youthful skin. There so many products in the market for skin care that it is difficult to know which one to use to take care of our skin, or if the expensive skin treatments are well worth.

But the truth is that you don’t need to buy a lot of expensive products and treatments to have beautiful skin. You can just keep it simple. If you want to feel good in your skin without wasting too much money, stick with these skin care habits for healthy skin:

  • Drink plenty of water

It might seem obvious, but most people don’t drink enough water. Yet this is the most important thing you should do for your health. Start drinking purified and high-quality water and you will see quickly how your skin changes for the better. It is recommended to drink 2,5-liter water every day.

  • Eat organic, real foods.

The food that you are eating has an impact on your skin. This is why your diet and nutrition are super important. Organic food is the best to reduce your exposure to toxins, which decrease cell turnover (needed for healthy skin). Eat the foods that look like it does when it comes out of the ground and avoid processed foods or foods containing chemicals and additives.

  • Moisturize

Of course, beautiful skin means hydrated skin. You must moisturize daily your skin with a product adapted to your skin type. We recommend organic products with simple ingredients.

  • Sweat often.

Even if you are eating organic foods, you will be exposed to toxins through your environment and pollution. Hopefully, your body was designed to evacuate these toxins in several ways. One of the most important is through sweating. By sweating, you will clean your skin from toxins. Move, Sweat, and feel better in your skin!

  • Supplement your diet.

Even you are following a balanced diet, it is really difficult to get all the key nutrients you need, mainly due to our current farming methods. We recommend supplementing your diet with high-quality multivitamins high in vitamins A, C, E, D, K, B3, B5, choline, and folate.

Start with these 5 simple rules and you will see your skin respond in positive ways!

 

Acne spot: what does it mean?

Did you know that the cause of acne is different according to the part of your face? Let’s discover the science-based reasons for your acne spot!

🔸Acne surrounding the hairline (pink line)

If you have pimples along your hairline, you should have a look at your hair products. Avoid the oil-based hair products that keep the natural oil in your hair follicles from exiting. The fact that they are blocked, creates a pimple. You can also opt for noncomedogenic products (non-clogging) or try a clarifying shampoo after application.

🔸Acne surrounding the cheeks (yellow line)

If you have pimples around your cheeks, you should probably change your pillow more often or avoid to hold your phone to your face. Your phone is spreading bacteria to your skin, and the same is happening with dirty pillows. This can potentially cause more acne.

Our tips: clean your smartphone regularly with a disinfectant product or consider using a Bluetooth headset if you have to call frequently. Consider also switch pillowcases at least once a week.

 

🔸Acne surrounding your jawline (green line)

Most of us have acne on the chin and jawline, which is often related to fluctuations in hormones. It is the result of excess androgens, which stimulates the oil gland and clog pores. It usually happens during the menstrual cycle or when you switch or start a new contraceptive method.

Moreover, some researches have demonstrated that acne could be caused by bad gut health. Some food can have an impact on your hormone levels, especially high-carb foods or some dairy products but also sugars, white bread, processed foods.

 

🔸Acne surrounding your forehead and nose (blue line)

Pimples in the T-zone area may be related to high stress and fatigue. Try to meditate and to have a good sleep hygiene. Moreover, avoid touching your forehead which spread oils into the pores. It is also important to use a daily skin product as well as a foundation adapted to your skin type.

Cellulite: Best tips to get rid of it! 🙌🏼

 

Cellulite: Best tips to get rid of it

With Instagram, magazines, and advertising, we have seen that the ideal of beauty has changed. The perfect woman is tall with endless legs, an angel face, and a perfect booty without any cellulite.

However, cellulite is totally harmless. it’s simply a matter of aesthetics. When it comes to the causes, scientists are still puzzled about the exact causes of cellulite. Several factors can come into play: the age, genetics, fat distribution, metabolism, ethnicity, etc.

Of course, if you search online for “how to get rid of cellulite”, you will find a lot of methods: brushes, creams, laser, etc. Most of them are expensive and ineffective. If you have money to spend, you might be able to afford it but that doesn’t mean that your cellulite will disappear for life.

Cellulite is a natural fact that you can’t control so that the first step to do is trying to accept it. It will make a difference in your mood and will increase your confidence levels.

Just realize that cellulite is common, not dangerous and even some athletes have cellulite! (if it can help you to feel better).

While you are on the way of acceptance, you can still try the following natural ways to reduce cellulite:

🔸Weight training: it will help you burn more calories and improve your metabolism, which can reduce the level of cellulite.

🔸Drink a lot of water: water helps cleaning our body from toxins, which can improve our skin and may help reducing cellulite.

🔸Brush your body: Rub your body with plant loofah, coffee grounds or a body brush in order to remove the dead cells from your skin and encourage cell growth.

🔸Eat foods rich in omega 3s: it will improve your skin! Plus, it is good for your health!

🔸Workout: even a 10-15 minutes workout can get your blood pumping.

Best tips to make your hair grow faster 💇‍♀

Many of us have dreamed of long and silky hair. But making your hair grow is definitely a test of patience: the process can seem slow and endless and much more during the winter when your hair is more dry,  damaged by the cold weather and receives little natural light.

The first thing that you should take into consideration is that healthy hair will grow faster. So if you want to make your hair grow faster, you first need to take care of them by the following actions:

🔸Add biotin to your hair products

Biotin is a B vitamin that helps improve the function of the keratin, the substance that promotes hair growth. You can take biotin via a supplement, add it to your hair care products or simply by using hair care shampoo and conditioner containing biotin. It will stimulate the scalp, encourage hair growth and strengthen hair strands.

🔸Don’t wash your hair too much

If you shampooing your hair too much, you will quit all the essential natural oils that keep your hair soft and smooth. When you wash your hair, try to lather only at the roots and wash the ends without scrubbing. While you are washing your hair, you can massage your scalp during a few minutes to increase circulation which can stimulate growth.

🔸If you don’t use conditioner yet, then try it!

We recommend not to skip the conditioner! Don’t apply the conditioner on the roots, just focus on the hair below your ears. You can also apply weekly a moisturizing mask to hydrate deeply your hair.

🔸Eat food with omega-3s

Did you know that Omega-3s is especially good for your hair? It will keep your hair strong, shiny and will accelerate growth. You can find Omega-3s by eating flax seeds, chia seeds, fish, walnuts or basil. A study demonstrated that good fats may protect your hair against hair loss.

🔸Avoid styling with heat

To make your hair grow, you need to keep your hair as healthy as possible. Which means to avoid using the heat in order to dry or to curl your hair. We recommend also avoiding some treatments like bleaching which could damage your hair.

🔸Cut your hair

We know it seems to make no sense but cutting your hair will stimulate growth. No need to cut a lot, you can just cut 1 centimeter at least every month and you will see results!

 

Best New Year’s resolutions to make 2019 a healthy year 🎉

Today is the last day of the year so that’s definitely the best time of the year to plan some New year’s resolutions for2019! The key is to set the right resolutions, small enough to be realizable. Indeed, it does not help us to set unworkable goals: we all want to set resolutions that will give us a feeling of satisfaction and joy when we realize it, even if it’s November!

We set for you some smart and basic resolution ideas according to your main objective.

If your goal for this new year is to get in better shapes, you can inspire you with one (or more) of the following resolution ideas:

 

🔸Plank 2 to 3 times a week

If your main resolution is to “get fit”, this one is “broad” to give him the best chances to be completed. If you really want to get fit, you have to set smart and basic goals to integrate to your daily routine. For example, holding your body in a plank could be the best way to do so. Maintain your body in a plank during one minute, once a day or at least 2-3 times during the week and you will see great results.

 

🔸Set a workout plan for every week

At the beginning of the week, choose the day you are going to work out and what type of training you are going to do. For example, you are going do a Yoga class on Tuesday, you will do an arm workout at the gym on Thursday and you go will go for a run on Sunday. It is just that simple! You can also use BeYou app to get a specific fitness plan for the week.

 

🔸Walk minimum 1000 steps a day

Even if it is a simple action, the fact to walk every day can bring good results and help you complete your objective faster. Walking is great for your general health.

If your main resolution is to eat better, try one (or more) of these goals instead:

 

🔸Eat a plant-based meal per day

Eating vegetables every day will improve your overall nutrition, provide you enough fiber, and improve your digestion.

 

🔸Prepare your meal for the week

Preparing a list and buying directly all the food you need to cook during the week will help you respect your plan. You can start to prepare small meals such as a grilled chicken, a slow-cooker soup or even a dozen eggs. You will eat healthier and even save some money!

 

🔸Cut alcohol during seven days

If you used to drink a cup of wine every day, you will see the benefits for your waistline and heart health. And then you opt to have a cup or two only during the weekends.

 

🔸Improve your gut health with probiotics

Eat at least once a day a fermented food or yogurt for example.

 

🔸Avoid sugary food

If this goal seems really difficult for you, you can begin by swapping out one sugary food for something with fewer calories once a day. For example, prefer honey to sugar. Or replace your chocolate cookie for an apple.

If your resolution is to improve your mental health and self-care, take time for you.  Turn off your mobile phone or the wifi for 30 minutes per day and just breathe, read a book, or go for a walk in nature!

We hope that those new resolution ideas will help you to set your new goals for 2019 and we wish you

a happy new year!  🎉

 

Do your own glitter bath bombs! 🛁

The cold and bad weather outside announces the return of the long and hot soak! Nothing is more relaxing than taking a dip in the tub. In order to enjoy this bath season better, you can toss in your bath one of these pretty glitter bath bombs, adding a pleasant smell and colors! What if you could prepare these bath bombs yourself? More natural, cheaper and you can choose the smell that you want! Plus, it’s easier than what you think!

Bath bombs are composed of essential oils and beneficial minerals that can help relieve tense muscles and itchy skin, and above all, it can help relax your mind! With just a bath bomb, you can almost create a spa-like experience at home!

The basic ingredients include:

🔸1 cup baking soda

🔸1/2 cup citric acid

🔸1/2 cup Epsom salt

🔸2 tablespoons carrier oil of choice (coconut oil is a good choice)

🔸1 tablespoon water

🔸30-40 drops of essential oils (lavender, orange, rose or eucalyptus are the best)

🔸A pinch of mica glitter

🔸1 teaspoon beet powder for color (optional)

For the molds, you can buy metal molds online or you can easily find plastic molds at the craft store. Otherwise, you can just form the bombs by using your hands.

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix well the baking soda, the citric acid, the Epsom salt, and the beet powder.
  2. Add the 2 tablespoons carrier oil of your choice and the essential oil. Mix until combined.
  3. Add the water (it will foam a bit) and stir well until the mixture stick together. If needed, you can add more water (slowly) in order to reach the right consistency.
  4. Sprinkle glitter into both sides of the molds and push the baking soda mixture into molds and press the sides together to create a ball.
  5. Let stand for 14 hours.
  6. Then, you can remove it from the molds. If you struggle to remove it,  you can let them 10 minutes in the freezer and try again.
  7. Try to use it before 2 weeks 🙂

Enjoy!! 🛁

Forest Bathing: how nature can improve your quality of life

Forest Bathing: how nature can improve your quality of life

Life can be stressful and everybody needs to relax and pamper. Nature can totally be a loophole to escape problems. Indeed, researchers in Japan and South Korea have demonstrated that simply being surrounded by nature may improve your general health, by both reducing the feelings of stress and its impact on our body (cortisol, high blood pressure, energy) and minds (mood, sleep, focus). During the 1980s, forest therapy (named Shinrin-yoku) was developed in Japan and now the concept is spreading throughout the world.

The idea of forest bathing is that by spending quality time with nature, you can increase your mental and physical well-being. Of course, if you live in the city, it won’t be an easy task to incorporate aspects of forest bathing into your day, especially knowing that the recommended timing is 2-4 hours per session! But even if you manage to organize a longer nature chilling session one day per week, you can receive some health benefits.

How to do it?

Find a quiet place to settle yourself in the middle of nature (it might be in the forest, in a sprawling field, next to a river or even in the quiet corner of a park).

Obviously, pack away any distracting device (phone, camera, etc). Sit, take off your shoes, and breathe. The connection of your feet to the earth are really important to ground and connect.

Try to connect with nature with your five senses, one at a time by feeling, listening and touching the environment around you (listen to the tall grasses moving, the birds chirping, touch the grass, feel the sun on your skin, etc).

Spend the most time you can outdoors

Even if you live in the city, you can try to spend time outside and breathe fresh air (for example during your lunch outside if it’s a nice day). Exercising could be also a good opportunity to spend time outdoors. Go running or training in the park or in the garden! When you can do it, avoid the transports and go by foot!

Bring the nature in your house

If you don’t have access to natural spaces, invite nature to your place! This also forms part of the Shinrin-yoku therapy! Add plants, able to survive, in your living place, Moreover, plants clean the air you are breathing!

You can also opt for reed diffusers or essential oils (as cedar, fir, sandalwood or pine) or nature sounds (rainforests, ocean waves, crickets, etc). It’s also important to keep the air fresh and clean by opening the window (make the air circulate).

If you are interested in knowing more about this kind of therapy, you can read the book of Dr. Qing Li who digs into the Japanese concept of Shinrin-yoku (forest bathing).

 

Beauty: soft hands winter kit

Beauty: soft hands winter kit

Say goodbye to dry hands and avoid cracked skin during winter with our tips for soft hands!

First of all, knowing the cause of your dry hands can help you to fix the problem from its source.

What causes dry hands?

In general, dry hands are due to a lack of hydration and moisture, unless you are suffering from psoriasis, eczema or another skin problem.

How to avoid having dry hands?

Here you have a list of the best things to do in order to prevent dry hands!

🔸Protect your hands with gloves

Dehydration can be caused by bad weather conditions (rain, cold, wind, hard sun). So when the temperatures are cold, rain is falling or wind is blowing, try to wear gloves specifically for your outdoor cardio time: when you run, cycle or exercise.

🔸Apply hand creams daily and take it with you everywhere

Opt for hand creams with ingredients that will help hydrating and lock the moisture inside of your hands such as glycerine, hyaluronic acid, petroleum, shea butter or lanolin.

Protect your skin from the heat too because high temperatures can make your skin feel thirsty.

🔸Drink water

As dry hands are most of the time caused by dehydration, don’t forget to drink your daily amount of water (2 liters/day).

🔸Avoid chemicals products

If you are always using an anti-bac when you are out of the house, consider using a natural alternative without any chemicals products or alcohol, which could seriously damage your skin.

The same for the household cleaning products, no surprise! Wear gloves when you transform yourself in a housewife.

🔸Hydrate your skin after swimming

Swimming or washing your hands repeatedly can take away the natural oils from your skin, which help to keep them hydrated. After swimming, you should apply a hand and body moisturizer in order to keep your hands soft.

Now you have everything on your hands in order to have soft hands! 

 

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