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Cherries

800px-CherriesThere are many health benefits to cherries because of their powerful antioxidant know as Anthocynanins. “As antioxidants, they protect the cells of the body from the damaging, aging and disease producing affects of oxygen, nitrogen and UV radiation” (www.whole-food-supplements-guide.com).  Anthocynanins are natural pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. Alos, cherries contain melatonin, which is another natural pain reliever.  “Melatonin also helps to regulate sleep cycles and has been sold as a natural sleep aid” (www.whole-food-supplements-guides.com). In addition, cherries contain vitamin C, fiber and natural abilities to reduce bad cholesterol.

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Avoid Salicylic Acid

Salicylic Acid is the same thing as Aspirin.  Aspirin is used as an anit-inflamitory drug (mainly foor fever relief, muscle soreness etc).   

Salicylic Acid is a key ingredient in major skin-care products. It helps maintain skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, calluses, corns, keratosis pilaris and warts.  Salicylic Acid may help skin but it has many downsides.  

Too much intake or use of Salicylic Acid can lead to hearing loss, salicylate intoxication, increased skin sensitivity, etc.

If you use aspirin as a pain reliever, it would be a good idea to replace with Ibuprofen or Tylenol. Read labels and instructions before intake. 

If you use a skin-care product that contains Salicylic Acid, try replacing it with another ingrediant that helps acne.  It pretty much does the same thing, only it has less noted health warnings.

For more reading check out this website

Alyssa

Summer Trends to Lengthen the Legs

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers Liquid Foundation Review

Neutrogena generally has some fairly spiffy skincare products. However, I did not like the Neutrogena Healthy Skin Glow Sheers Liquid was not impressive to say the least. This week I read Ricebunny’s foundation review (and watched, i guess) and she seemed to have the same opinion I did. 

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I was really looking forward to this foundation. The packaging looks very high end and I am a big fan of Neutrogena’s healthy skin line.  If you are a fan of the greaseball look, this foundation is for you. They threw in glitter in this product, that accentuates the pores and fine lines. Coverage is sheer but blending is horrible. It’s incredibly streaky and the foundation looks yellow under sunlight I do not recommend this foundation at all. You are better off with Almay if you want that sheer look (www.ricebunny.xanga.com)

 

I pretty much have the same opinion. My pores looked huge, was not good for blending, hard to match my skin-tone… etc. I hated the streakiness, I appeared slightly sick with the yellowishness. I don’t like it. It doesn’t fulfill the proper task of what foundation is meant for. I had to go on skin rehab… lets just leave it at that. 

Better luck next time, Neutrogena! (However, I love their lip gloss!)

Alyssa

The Acai Berry

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The Acai Berry has received lots of publicity since the adds appearing on google have sprung up like hot-cakes.   This berry is considered relatively a new thing in the States. Food scientists claim it to be the most antioxidant packed fruit.  Acai Berry power exceeds the blueberry in nutrition without a doubt.  Whenever I feel short of antioxidants I like to guzzle down some Acai Berry juice.  It is kinda hard to find Acai Berry at your everyday supermarket. For more reading check out this article

In addition, when I did some research some websites warn about the Acai seed:

The Acai berry is 90% seed, with only 10% of the berry edible. In the Amazon Rainforest, they eat the skin and pulp of the Acai berry and discard the seed. All the research and nutritional information we discuss above is based on just the Acai berry skin and pulp. When you hear Dr. Perricone, Dr. Oz and every other expert discuss the amazing nutritional profile of the Acai berry – they are talking about just the skin and pulp. Companies that make legitimate Acai products of course use only the Acai skin and pulp. These companies have come up with creative uses for the Acai seed – they make Acai necklaces and even burn the seeds as a renewable energy source. The one thing that no legitimate Acai supplier would ever do is crush the Acai seeds and sell them as juice or supplement.Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that a number of companies are selling Acai products that contain the Acai seed. These products therefore contain 90% less Acai (as defined by the edible portion) than Acai products that use only the skin and pulp. Consumers that ingest Acai seed products are consuming a product that has been the subject of very little research and in no way reflects how the indigenous people of the Amazon Rainforest have enjoyed Acai for thousands of years. Our recommendation – steer clear of any product that is made with the Acai seed! (www.powersupplements.com/acai/acai-berries.html)

As an added note, do not fall for the weight loss Acai Berry Scam.  Too much of Acai Berry (or anything for that matter) can destroy your liver!  If you flush out toxins with a slower, more healthier way you’ll be more likely to keep the weight off.

Alyssa

Sally Hanson’s Creme Hair Remover

41ctg5unyl_sl500_aa280_I loathe this product! It It is absolutely awful. First of all, It is a chemical that you put near your mouth, and it basically fries you hair.  The idea of hair remover creme just sort of makes me weary.  For all we know, it could cause cancer.  This product hasn’t been on the market that long… maybe I’m just paranoid. Secondly, um, it did not do nice things to the skin. The product feels funny, slightly irritating and if you don’t keep it on long enough, it does not disintegrate all of the hairs.  Do you know how annoying that is? Well, you can’t reapply this special creme until after 24 hours of the first application.  If you don’t then the product will break up the skin. Thirdly, it can make it look like you’re a teenage guy just learning how to shave.  Waxing is a lot more effective, ladies.  

 

Take it from somebody with personal experience folks! If you try this product then be responsible and read all of the directions.  

Alyssa

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