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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! 

 

Why stress can cause weight gain

Why stress can cause weight gain

Nowadays, stress is becoming even more present in the society:  social networks, long working days, pressure at work, lack of physical activity are the main causes.  Indeed, stress is the cause of many health problems: depression, anxiety, asthma, heart diseases, diabetes, etc. But stress has also an impact on our hormone levels and weight gain.

Any source of stress, from physical to emotional will produce cortisol (the stress hormone) in your body. This hormone is necessary for our survival because it allows us to take a quick decision in order to get out of danger (alertness).

However, when we are under constant stress, our body produces too much cortisol which has an impact on our metabolism and emotional feelings, causing anxiety, insomnia, fertility problems, and weight gain.

Let’s see how stress can have a bad impact on your quality of life and can cause weight gain.

🔸Stress contributes to sleep disorders

Like we said before, Cortisol is the hormone responsible for the alertness so that it will keep you awake and make you pay more attention to your environment. If the cortisone levels are elevated throughout the day, it can generate difficulties to fall and stay asleep. The lack of sleep will affect the levels of hunger hormones, causing appetite and reducing the feeling of fullness which contributes to weight gain.

🔸Stress increases cravings

The cortisol affects your mood, sleep, and digestion so that it will directly contribute to sugar and carbohydrate cravings when you are feeling down or stressed. According to some researches, people with high cortisol levels are consuming more calories during the days with high stress.

Why? The stress decreases the levels of “happy hormones” so that we are looking for rewarding eating experiences which used to be high-calorie foods.

🔸Stress can affect your digestive system

Stress is one of the leading cause of digestive disorders such as diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, gas and intolerances. This is due to the fact that stress increases inflammations.

This is why you should eat a variety of high-fiber whole foods during stressful periods.

🔸Stress burns your energy and makes it difficult to stay active

Even if a healthy diet is important to lose some weight, doing some physical activity is essential. Stress increases inflammation and can weaken the immune system which can cause a lack of energy,  frequent illness, and soreness in your muscles.

🔸Stress can affect your mood

All the previous points above have an impact on brain activity and mood stabilization.

When we are stressed, we are more likely to follow old habits. Stress can block you at the start of a new project like exercising or improving the quality of life (you will be less motivated).

 

Hair care: the best essential oils

Hair care: the best essential oils

When it comes to taking care of your hair, whether your objective is to stimulate hair growth or to treat brittle hair, essentials oils are one of the few natural ingredients that can make your hair healthier. There are different essentials oils, adapted to each hair type. Do you have oily hair? Or dry hair? Let’s find out which essential oil suits to your hair needs, then try one of these simple ways to apply it!

If you are preparing your own shampoo or hair spray with natural ingredients, you can also add some essential oils. Otherwise, add it to your natural hair products. But don’t apply essential oils directly on your hair.

  1. Moisturize dry hair

If your objective is to nourish your dry hair, essential oils are the best way to seal moisture into the damaged hair. The best ingredients for dry hair are lavender, geranium, sandalwood, rose and chamomile, which help balance the scalp’s oil production and will naturally hydrate your hair.

How to apply it? Add 10 essential oils drops to 1 tablespoon of jojoba, coconut or olive oil, add the mixture to your bottle of shampoo and shake.

  1. Reduce oily hair effect

If you have oily hair, try to use shampooing less often. You can use the oils of lemon, clary sage, peppermint, geranium, and juniper in order to balance the oil production of your scalp.

How to apply it? Add 1 teaspoon bentonite clay (you can buy it on Amazon) and 20 drops of essential oil to your shampoo or pour the mixture to a salt spray and spritz the roots of your hair.

  1. Activate hair growth and prevent hair loss

Some studies have shown that essential oils could actively stimulate hair growth and could be used as conventional hair loss treatments. The essential oils with rosemary, peppermint, lavender, cedarwood and clary sage are the most effective.

How to apply it? Add 10 drops rosemary, 5 drops of peppermint (or 15 drops of one of the other oils) to your shampoo or conditioner bottle and shake. In order to stimulate hair growth, massage into your scalp each time you are washing your hair.

You can also use it as a hair serum, by applying to the roots of your hair, leaving it on hair overnight and washing your hair in the morning.

  1. Get rid of dandruff

Many essential oils are great to combat dandruff. Lemongrass is the most effective, then you can also try tea tree, rosemary or peppermint.

How to apply it? Add 20 drops of essential oil to your shampoo or conditioner or let the essential oils rest overnight as hair mask with tea tree and peppermint oils.

  1. Itchy scalp

Essential oils are great to calm irritated skin. Lavender, rosemary, clary sage, chamomile, and tea tree are naturally anti-inflammatory.

How to apply it? You can add the essential oils to an apple cider vinegar scalp scrub or some drops of chamomile and lavender to a honey hair mask.

With all these essential oils, you are ready for your daily hair care!

4 homemade face scrubs to treat your skin as a princess

 

4 homemade face scrubs to treat your skin as a princess

After the sun baths of summer, it’s time to revitalize your skin! Find out here four natural recipes for facial scrubs that can be prepared with the ingredients of your kitchen!

Exfoliation is an important step of your daily facial routine and we recommend to do it 2-3 times a week. Why exfoliation is so important? Because it will help your skin to get rid of dead skin cells by uncloging pores. Try one of these homemade face scrubs and give us your opinion!

🔸Oat Face Scrub

This face scrub is very easy to prepare! You just need a blender, water, and ½ cup old-fashioned oats.

In a blender, blend the oats until ground. Take the ground oats in your hand and add water in order to obtain a pasty form. Spread gently the mixture into a clean face and neck. Rinse with warm water. If you don’t use all the mixture, you can store it in an airtight container for the next use.

🔸Honey & Brown Sugar Face Scrub

For this scrub, you need 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 tablespoon honey. Mix together the sugar and the honey. Apply to clean face in circular motions. Rinse with warm water and use a washcloth to remove all the mixture.

🔸Baking Soda cleanser

You can use your cleanser and double its function by adding 1 teaspoon of baking soda: you created an exfoliating cleanser.

🔸Coffee & Oil Face Scrub

If you have a coffee machine with grounds, then reuse the coffee grounds from your morning cup! Use 1 tablespoon coffee grounds and add 1 tablespoon of oil (olive or rosehip). You have a scrub ready to use!

 

4 ways to recover after eating too much

 

4 ways to recover after eating too much

Even the healthiest people may go through some overeating periods during which they eat too many sweets, snacks, or fatty burgers. The reason? Too much work or stress, too many office events, weddings, birthdays… Every opportunity is good to break your diet!

The problem happens when you associate this type of food with these events and occasions (bad habits). For example, every time you are under stress or you are tired, you will eat a pint of ice cream to “feel better”. And the worst, is that this type of pleasure is ephemeral.

The solution to get back on the right track is not by depriving yourself.

Find out our tips to establish achievable goals and recover after eating too much: 

🔸Change your way of thinking

Depriving yourself of the “unhealthy” foods you love, and being frustrated is not the solution. You have to maintain a balance: find a healthy way to eat your favorite meal. For example, replacing the butter with coconut oil or extra virgin oil is a good step.

Fix objectives you can achieve: for example, one healthy meal by day in the first instance. 

🔸Increase your intake of fiber-rich foods

If you eat foods rich in fibers as well as a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, and other plant-based proteins, you will feel full longer which reduces hunger and may help you lose weight. In addition, most of the time, the foods rich in fibers are also rich in antioxidants, which can help treat inflammations in the body caused by stress due to unhealthy eating habits.

We recommend the green smoothie bowl, rich in fibers and low in sugar to reset your body after overeating.

🔸Follow a meal plan

The best strategy to fight overeating is to create a meal plan that includes your breakfast, lunch, dinner, even dessert and healthy snacks for every single day. Prepare a shopping list for the all week, you will be less tempted to buy unhealthy foods and it will help you to have more control over what you eat.

🔸Move

There is no secret: nutrition and sport go hand in hand. If you eat too much, your metabolism will slow down because you are consuming more calories than you are burning. By working out, your body understands how to use carbs and fats efficiently.

Moreover, exercising can help you to reduce stress and can help reset your body for new healthy habits.

 

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