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

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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

Cellulite – The Dimples of Doom

Don’t worry ladies because you are not the only one suffering from cellulite. About 98% of woman around the world have it. Yes, its not the most attractive and can be frustrating… that is why I’m writing this post!

Why do I have it?

There are a couple of reasons why you may have cellulite.

1) You might be over-weight. Its not the most comforting thing to here but you might just be over-weight.

2) You might need to tweak your diet slightly. You may be eating a perfectly healthy diet. However, foods that are high in sugars like juices, soda-pop (this is not a healthy drink at all), etc might be the problem.

3) Older age. When you start aging things just start to sag. 

What is Cellulite?

Cellulite is when fat in your body starts to become uneven.

For more reading visit:

http://www.kidshealth.org/teen/your_body/beautiful/cellulite.html

http://weightloss.about.com/od/glossary/g/blcelludef.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cellulite

How can I reduce my cellulite?

1) Lose Weight in general. Losing weight doesn’t just help you get rid of those “dimples of doom” it also give you a better and healthier lifestyle. 

2) Try rubbing brewed coffee grounds onto the dimply places. Do it for a week in the morning when you wake up and in the evening when you go to sleep. You should receive results. 

3) Try Goodbye Cellulite by Nivea.

4) If those aren’t working go to your local dermatologist. The options up above will be your cheapest ways. Going to a dermatologist can get expensive. Their methods will probably work great but there are always risks. Try to avoid surgery at all costs. 

You might want to consult yourself and see how much getting rid of cellulite is to you and then move on from there.

Alyssa

 

A Surprising Hair Conditioner That Works Great!

One beauty tips that has been passed down through the years from our mothers and grandmothers is using mayonnaise as a hair conditioner. Yes folks, it works! Its because mayonnaise has healthy oils and natural moisturizers that can make your hair more healthy, soft and shiny!!

How To Use – Wash hair with shampoo. Then take a handful of mayo and lather on hair. LEave in hair for 5 minutes and rinse.

 

Alyssa

The World Fastest Workout

Exercise is a good thing but it can also get in the way.  Here is a wonderful video of an efective and fast workout.  I’ve been doing it for the past few days and I like it a lot.  Be careful because its harder than it looks!!

Alyssa

A Handy & Easy Skin Treatment

Your hands are probably one of the most seen parts of your body. They are also one of the most used parts of your body. They get abused daily. Here are some tips to help prevent against abused hands.

  • Warm one cup of milk in the microwave for thirty seconds (or until warm. Be carfeul it could be too hot). The milk helps to strenghten nails, gently exfoliates the dead skin and make you hands soft and smoothe.
  • Try rubbing off dead skin cells with a mixture of sea salt and lemon juice with an old toothbrush.  This will help to soften your hands and help reduce discoleration. If done, do it twice a week.
  • Washing the dishes can abuse your hands.  Try putting a little bit of olive oil or almond oil in your dish soap. 
  • Wash hands with warm water and swiftly rub you hands with a wash cloth.  Rub a mixture made of equal parts honey and olive oil. Then place hands in sepperatee plastic bags and then into cotten gloves. The heat will help the mixture soak into your skin.

These treatments can also be used on your feet 😉

Alyssa

Get That Summer Body You’ve Been Waiting For

Getting a good type of workout can be difficult.  Check out this article!

Alyssa