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Key Anti-Aging Ingredients

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just click a button and magically stop our aging in its tracks? Well, of course, that would be amazing but unfortunately, we don’t have that luxury. We DO however have the ability to consume a number of ingredients that will help us slow down the aging process and look our best over time!

Woman applying sunscreen

First and Foremost. Sunscreen.
Sunscreen is easily overlooked and passed by day after day. Many of us think that sunscreen is only necessary when we are going to be in the sun for extended periods of times. But, we are so, SO wrong. Sunscreen should be part of your daily “getting ready” routine. Yes, that means before your makeup and before you leave your house for a “normal” day that may not even include any outside time. The sun’s harmful rays have a way of getting to our skin even in very short amounts of time. Using sunscreen daily helps prevent and slow the development of wrinkled, aged skin. As a result, your skin appears smoother and has a healthy glow rather than the leathery look the sun can cause.

Alpha-Hydroxy Acids are the Next Best Option to Save Your Skin!
How would an acid prevent aging?!? Well, not all acids are bad for the human body. Alpha-hydroxy acids or AHAs have been around for quite some time but recently there has been more attention brought to them for their lasting effects on keeping your skin young! AHAs are found in nature, specifically in fruit and milk. These acids work to break apart the intercellular glue that holds old skin cells on the epidermis. Without this happening, your skin looks finer and brighter. That’s not it! Alpha-hydroxy acids also work to increase the production of collagen and elastic, both necessary for healthy looking skin. This leaves your skin feeling oh-so-soft because it allows your skin to retain more moisture. Be sure to apply your sunscreen before going into the sun if you are planning on introducing AHAs to your beauty regime. AHAs can cause your skin to be more sensitive to the sun but are TOTALLY worth the anti-aging benefits.

Retinol formula

Retinol AKA Vitamin A
Retinol is one of the most effective ingredients that has a way of telling cells how to act like an un-aged, healthier, younger skin cell. In other words, retinol is able to stop free-radical harm within skin cells that ultimately results in aged, wrinkly skin. Just as Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, it also has the ability to increase collagen production for smoother skin. But wait, that’s not all! This vitamin will literally decrease the appearance of discolorations on your skin from previous sun damage. Remember when you are shopping for Retinol products to stick to products that are in an opaque, closed container as sun exposure can break down the vitamins. In addition, start with a small mix of retinol and your normal moisturizer. Retinol creams can be known to aggravate skin so it is best to gradually introduce it into your daily routine.

The Spot Remover: Hydroquinone
For those who are looking for a way to look younger by banishing those darn dark sunspots from years of sun damage, you might want to try hydroquinone. Skin bleaching is a controversial topic so this product should be used with caution. A small amount will go a long way. This product will virtually fade hyperpigmentation by stopping the enzymes that increase melanin production.

The Calcium – Vitamin D Combo Explained

Calcium and vitamin D

It has been said that beauty and is in the bones and, surely, there is truth in this saying  After all, it is the skull that is responsible for the shape of the face,  one of the most valued and obsessed over parts of our body.   Bones also make movement possible, allowing us to perform our all important exercise routines and to walk with ease and grace. Indeed, where would we be without these all-important tenants of the body?  We would be shapeless sacks of flesh.  Imagine how we would look in our jeans!  We should also note that bones are responsible for protecting our vital organs and sheltering our reproductive organs. But, while we are singing the praises of bones, we should also note that, if we want our bones to continue to keep us healthy and beautiful, we need to make sure they get plenty of calcium and, in order to make sure that calcium does its job,  it  needs to be paired with vitamin D.

Calcium is a mineral that is naturally found in foods and is necessary for bone formation and maintenance.  Because our bodies don’t produce this mineral, it is vital that we obtain it from outside sources.  Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption of calcium from the stomach, hence the calcium vitamin D combination.  Used together, they can prevent calcium deficiencies and osteoporosis.  So how can we make sure that we are getting enough of both?

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation,  the recommended dosage of calcium for the average adult is between 1000-1300 milligrams daily.  It is generally higher for women over 50.  It is recommended that people get 200- 800 international units of Vitamin D.  You can find both these vitamins in supplement form, but be warned those of you who choose to go this route!!  You may avoid calories, but you will sacrifice benefits.  Synthetic supplements contain chemical binders, toxic preservatives, artificial fillers and even coal and tar derivatives!!  We are far better getting our calcium and Vitamin D from natural sources.  Some of the best food sources of calcium include okra, spinach, collards, kale, soybeans, white beans and OJ.  You can get your vitamin D from fatty fish (like tuna, mackerel, salmon), cheese, egg yolks, and beef liver.  Doctors also recommend exposure to sunlight as a way of getting your Daily Dose of D.

And, this just in!  To give the calcium and vitamin D a major boost, add Vitamin K!  According to Doctor Joseph Mercola, Vitamin K is a vitamin generally used in blood clotting.  However, it has been newly discovered that it can also move calcium around to the proper parts of your body, like your bones and teeth.  Although exact numbers have not been confirmed, it is recommended that a person gets 180 to 200 mgs. of Vitamin K per day.  K can be found in leafy, green vegetables.

So now your set!  You’ve got your calcium for strong bones, vitamin D to make sure the calcium is absorbed and Vitamin K to make sure it gets to the right place.  So go out and get your vitamins and be beautiful!!!

The Correct Amount of Product

Friends applying skin care products

If a little of something is good, then more must be better, right? Not so when it comes to beauty products. Use too little and you won’t get the full benefit of the products you’ve invested your hard-earned money in. Use too much and you can waste product, along with causing buildup and breakouts. Below is a cheat sheet for you to find out just how much of your most-used products to use.

Makeup Remover
If you’re looking for convenience, look no further than pre-soaked makeup remover wipes. Some wipes need to be dampened with water before use, others you take straight to your face. For those of you who prefer your makeup remover in a bottle, simply moisten a cotton pad with just enough product to saturate it, then gently remove your makeup.

Facial Cleanser
For regular liquid cleansers, a nickel-sized amount of product is enough to properly wash your face and neck. If you’re using a foam cleanser, one pump is all you need. Massaging the product into your skin first, before using a washcloth or other scrubbing device will ensure your skin is getting the benefit of the product!

Exfoliator
When using a physical exfoliator, like a facial scrub, a dime-sized amount is all you need. Chemical exfoliators (such as glycolic acid or lactic acid) can typically be used in smaller amounts; a pea-sized amount will do.

Mask
Depending on the face mask, a nickel-sized amount will be enough to cover your face and neck. Typically, masks call for a thin layer of product and using more doesn’t make the product work any better. Some masks, on the other hand, you won’t need to apply to your entire face, so start with a pea-sized amount and add more if needed.

Toner
For toners that come in a spray bottle, 2-3 spritzes across the face and neck are all you need. Regular liquid toners can be applied to a cotton pad and then wiped across the face and neck.

Serum
A serum is a concentrate of skin-loving ingredients, so a little goes a long way. Start with a pea-sized amount to apply to your face and neck and only use more if you need it.

Moisturizer
Whether you are using daytime or nighttime facial moisturizer, a dime-sized amount will suffice when applying it to your face and neck. Your skin should never feel greasy or dry after applying moisturizer, so if you find that your skin cannot absorb that much product, you may need a lighter formula, and if your skin is still dry— a richer formula.

Eye Cream
Apply your eye cream by gently dabbing a pea-sized amount of product around the corners and underneath of each eye with a pinky or forefinger to prevent tugging.

Sunscreen
This is one product most people don’t use enough of! For your face alone, use a nickel-sized amount for adequate protection. For covering the rest of your body, use the equivalent amount of a full shot glass.

Get Glowing Skin

Woman with glowing skin

Sometimes the youthful glow and soft, supple quality of skin you so desperately seek may feel like a wild goose chase. You’ll hear all kinds of tips and tricks that are supposed to give you flawless skin, but prove to be nothing but duds when put to the test. Don’t worry, though, because we’ve got your back. We’ve compiled a list of tested, proven ways to get the beautiful, glowing skin you want, no myths, no lies, no nonsense. Only the ones that actually work. For best results, do as many of these as possible.

Skincare
Of course, direct care for your skin is one of the most necessary and vital components to achieving and maintaining radiant skin. Certainly, it’s not the only thing to keep in mind, but it’s one of the most important. Make sure to exfoliate regularly. The dead skin cells on the surface of your epidermis will come off eventually, sure, but if you want to avoid dullness and encourage radiance, weekly or twice-weekly exfoliation is best.

Make sure your daytime moisturizer has SPF, as well, specifically broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher. After all, few things are less radiant than skin cancer. You may also wish to use a night cream with retinol in it, to soften your skin and help prevent wrinkles. Finally, just remember to experiment to find what works best for you, personally. Everyone is different, and everyone’s skin is different. What works for someone else may not work for you. Keep trying until you find the perfect products for you.

Woman applying makeup

Makeup
While covering up your flaws with makeup isn’t necessarily the healthiest solution, “fake it ’till you make it” definitely applies here. After all, changes to the skin itself take time. While you’re waiting for your revamped skincare routine to kick in, you can use makeup to compensate in the meantime.

Dabbing and blending highlighter along your jawline, with a careful, steady hand, can certainly help. Using illuminating and radiance-boosting foundation can also go a great deal. Play around and find what works for you.

Remember to Catch Some Zs
Sleep! No, seriously, sleep deprivation makes your skin look dull and unflattering. It’s not called beauty rest for nothing. Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep every night. If you’re getting less than seven (or more than nine—oversleeping is bad too) reevaluate your sleep habits and make changes to your schedule if necessary.

Woman eating healthy food

Nutrition
Remember how we said skincare is one of the most important means to achieving glowing skin? Well, the other most important aspect is probably nutrition. That old adage “you are what you eat” is actually pretty accurate on a number of fronts, including your skin. After all, consider that the material for replacing and maintaining your body’s cells—what your entire body is made of—comes from what you put in your mouth.

For good skin, drink plenty of water. Keep water nearby at all times and sip whenever thirsty. Further, eat lots of dark, leafy greens and a variety of different fruits, vegetables, and protein sources. Finally, consider taking a daily multivitamin, and especially make sure you get 100% daily value of B-vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Calcium, and Iron.

Top Reasons to Enjoy More Water

Woman drinking water

Human bodies are made up mostly of water, so it’s no wonder we consider water to be the ideal choice in beverages. However, many people walk around chronically dehydrated and don’t even realize it. Adults should aim to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day and more if you’re physically active, breastfeeding, or are outdoors in warm weather. If you need some motivation to keep on sipping, below are eight reasons to get you started:

More Energy
Dehydration can cause a myriad of unpleasant symptoms that include muscle weakness, fatigue, and dizziness. When these symptoms occur, they will prevent you from performing your daily activities and having enough energy for exercise.

Weight Loss
While it may seem simple, to simply drink water and lose weight, for those who typically reach for drinks with calories (such as soda, juice, milk, or alcohol), drinking water may provide the calorie deficit needed for weight loss. Dehydration is often a cause of cravings, as well, so instead of heading down the junk food aisle, snack on foods with a high water content such as melon or cucumber slices.

Less Pain
Other symptoms of dehydration are headaches, muscle cramps, and stiff, painful joints. Drinking water can ease these painful symptoms by providing sufficient water to the brain, delivering nutrients to the muscles, and lubricating the joints.

Better Focus
Our brains are made up primarily of water so when we’re dehydrated, not only do we have headaches, but we also suffer from a lack of focus, memory, and concentration. Increasing the amount of water you drink can dramatically improve your brain function.

Healthy Skin
Our skin is one of the first places to suffer when we become dehydrated and the effect is dull and dry skin. Over time, this leads to premature aging of the skin and makes it prone to other skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and acne. Drinking more water promotes healthy cell turnover and keeps your skin looking vibrant and healthy.

Better Digestion
The colon and intestines require water to keep waste moving, which is why constipation is one of the most common symptoms of dehydration. Acid reflux is another digestive complaint that can be alleviated with proper hydration.

Toxin Elimination
Water plays a vital role in how our bodies transport vitamins and minerals to our organs, but it’s also what carries toxins out of our body, in the form of sweat and urine. Without adequate water, we are at risk for developing painful infections and conditions such as kidney stones.

It’s Inexpensive
Of all the products marketed to you claiming to make you healthier, water is the cheapest one of all. Drink your water straight from the tap or invest in a filtration system if you prefer (it’ll pay itself off in no time).

While most people can definitely stand to drink more water, there is such thing as drinking too much water. Instead of waiting till you are dehydrated (thirst is a sign of dehydration), drink small amounts of water throughout the day and avoid drinking more than 4 cups of water at one time.

Skip These Ingredients

If you’re reasonably skin-savvy, you probably know that the foods you eat can definitely impact the quality of your skin. But even armed with this knowledge, it can be hard to navigate the world of nutrition effectively, as the do’s and don’ts can start to feel overwhelmingly complex. Thankfully, we’ve got your back, as we’re about to go through a simple, short and sweet, easy to remember list of food ingredients to avoid. Just take a quick look at the list, skin the ingredients list of any food you’re getting, and you’re golden!

Sugar

Sugar
This includes types of sugar that masquerade under a different name and aren’t required to be labeled as “sugar.” To be fair, there’s a legitimate reason for this; molecularly, they are not the same thing. In fact, sugars are a diverse type of molecule in the carbohydrate family that includes sucrose, glucose, maltose, and lactose, to name just a few. That said, all sugar ultimately gets processed by our bodies into glucose, so most sugars have the same effect on us regardless (with some exceptions). To avoid sugars in your foods, look for “sugar,” “high fructose corn syrup,” “corn syrup,” etc, and keep in mind that ingredients which contain sugar do not have to list this fact in many cases. Really, the nutrition facts panel is the most reliable here; just see how many grams, if any, of sugars are in your food.

Sugar is dehydrating, and too much of it can cause weight gain, both of which will show in your face, not to mention your general health. You do need a little of it in your diet, but you usually meet your requirement easily without adding any for no good reason.

Alcohol
Alcohol in moderation is okay. If you’re having a glass of wine once a night, that’s fine; what we’re talking about is what happens if you overdo it. Not only can over-consumption of alcohol be incredibly habit-forming, potentially leading to full blown alcoholism and destroying your liver (you kind of need that thing, by the way), but even just overdoing it a little can risk dehydrating yourself. This is dangerous to your overall health, and will also manifest on your skin in the form of dull, rough, scratchy skin.

Sodium

Sodium
Sodium is most commonly consumed through sodium chloride, aka table salt, but you can get it from other sources too, like soy sauce. A small amount of sodium is necessary for proper cardiovascular function, but too much can cause high blood pressure, in addition to promoting fluid retention, which can make your skin look puffy and unflattering. The flip-side is, if you cut back on sodium intake, you may notice you loose a lot of “water weight,” that was being retained in body salts.

Over-Processed Foods
This is a broad catch-all category that includes such things as pre-packaged foods, fast food, instant foods, etc, etc. Basically, if it comes in a box and requires little work to prepare, there’s a chance it’s over-processed.

Of course, this isn’t automatically a bad thing. It really depends. The effects of food additives in processed foods are still being studied, and we can’t say anything definitive yet. So you’re probably fine indulging now and then, but just don’t overdo it if you want to play it safe.

Are You Forgetting Something?

Your summer checklist probably includes a few barbecues, maybe a pool party, and a juicy beach read. It’s easy for us to remember all the fun parts of summer but below are a few things to remember when heading out for your summer fun.

Woman applying hair conditioner

Hair
We don’t often think of our hair when thinking about sun care, but prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to dry, brittle strands. Plus, color-treated hair will fade much more quickly when not properly protected. There are several products on the market these days just for hair. Look for the words “UV protection” on the bottle and shop online or check out a beauty supply store for a wider selection.

Scalp Protection
You’ve likely had a sunburn on your scalp before, so you already know how painful it can be, but it’s also important to remember that skin cancer can form anywhere on our bodies, including the scalp. Sunscreens in a spray application are ideal for reaching the scalp since they aren’t greasy like lotion formulas; however, there are also powder sunscreens you can try if your hair already tends to be oily. You can also top off your look with a hat; just make sure to keep it on while you’re in the sun!

Woman wearing sunglasses

Eyes
Some of us never leave the house without sunglasses, but for those of you who are forgetting your sunnies at home, take note! The sun is bad news for eyes. Squinting, dryness, and age spots all contribute to premature aging around the eyes and repeated exposure to the sun raises your risk of eye diseases, including cancer, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Look for sunglasses that cover as much of the eye area as possible and block 99 percent or more of both UVA and UVB rays.

Ears
Did you know that your ears are the third most likely place for skin cancer to appear? When you’re applying sunscreen to your face and body, make sure to get your ears covered. Most sunscreens need to be reapplied every two hours, and you’ll want to make sure you cover your ears again at that time.

Woman applying lip balm

Lips
Parched, sunburned lips can be a thing of the past if you keep your lips protected from the sun. Keep a lip balm with you at all times that has an SPF of at least 15 and reapply often. Make sure you avoid sparkly or shiny glosses since the reflective nature of those formulas only attracts more sun to your lips.

After-Sun Care
What you do after you’re out in the sun can be just as important as what you do before. Soothing aloe vera gel or after-sun lotions can help your skin stay hydrated and promote quicker healing of burns. You can easily grow your own aloe vera plant indoors and use the gel directly from the plant!
Woman drinking water

Hydrate
You’re already drinking your eight glasses a day, and that’s great, but in warmer weather, we lose more water through perspiration and sheer exertion. Make sure you’re sipping water throughout the day and keep plenty of water-rich foods, such as watermelon, grapes, and berries around to snack on.

The summer months don’t have to leave us dried out and burnt. Keep your skin glowing and your health intact by making sure you remember these tips!

Summer Foods We Love

Ah, summer! There are so many things that the human mind associates with summer: Long days, warm nights, the beach, the pool, short shorts.  But an all time  favorite has to be the ice cream truck.  That creepy sound of some kind of sick jack in the box being played has, for years, triggered that Pavlovian response – ice cream time.  Kids with their dollars clenched in  sweaty fists, would cue up anxiously for their favorite treat; a snow cone, a strawberry bar, that weird frog with the bubble gum eyes….Yes, ice cream has to be on the top of the list of summer foods we love. But what are some other great foods associated with summer?

 berry desserts

Fruit
One of the greatest sensations of summer must  be the taste and texture of a perfectly ripened peach on a summer day.  They are also a great source of vitamin A and potassium.  Although they are great alone,  the more motivated of us might want to whip up some peach ice cream or a peach pie.  And while you’re at it, how about some honey vanilla poached apricots.  Peaches distant cousins, apricots are a source of Vitamin A which is great for your vision and promotes cell growth.  Blue and Blackberry shortcake?  Yes, please, over here.  Berries are abundant in the summer and are low in calories and high in antioxidants.

barbecue

Barbecue
What would summer be without the tiki torches and the smell of brats hitting the grill.  Although we most commonly associate the barbecue with dogs and burgers, nowadays you can put just about anything on the grill.  How about some Tangy Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Marinated Grilled shrimp, Asian Beef Skewers or Aloha Chicken burgers.  And vegetarians, take heart!  Even if veggie burgers and tofu aren’t your thing, summer squash can be delicious with tomato and basil and is also full of omega 3 and fiber.  Or how about some Mediterranean stuffed tomatoes.  Mouth watering yet?  Tomatoes are full of good stuff like niacin for maintaining cholesterol levels and lycopene, which is an antioxidant.

Cocktail

Cocktails
Ok, so summertime is party time and, while it is always important to keep safety and good judgment at the forefront, what would the summer barbecue be without those pretty mimosas and margaritas?  While some of us have no compunctions about downing these sweet concoctions, others are concerned about the calorie count.  Well, you might enjoy a Bombay Magic.  Consisting of tequila, lemon juice and club soda, this beauty weighs in at a mere 109 calories.  Or if vodka is more your speed, how about the Skinny Iced tea with vodka and lemonade, for only 70 calories. And, how can you possibly resist the Fruity White Sangria with pineapple, mango juice and white wine.  And only 94 cals! Have I died and gone to heaven?  And if you prefer straight vision, there is always the alcohol-free 86 calorie Grapefruit Mocktail with cranberry juice.  Don’t forget the toothpick umbrellas!

So enjoy the summer fare!  Eat up!  Be healthy, have fun, take advantage.  You only live once!

Effective Chlorine Neutralizers

Woman taking a shower before swimming

Swimming can be an excellent form of exercise, and splashing around in a pool is many people’s idea of the perfect way to spend a summer day. Unfortunately, chlorine is regularly used in pools and its short and long term effects are the furthest idea from fun in the sun. Even our municipal water systems are treated with chlorine, so even if you never step foot in the city pool, your daily shower can be enough to expose you to the dangers of chlorine. Thankfully, there are steps we can take to effectively reduce the harmful effects of chlorine in our water.

Many pools rely on chlorine as a means to prevent illness by killing harmful bacteria and germs. Cities can also use chlorine to treat drinking water for the same reason. While it’s a good thing, to have safe water to swim in and drink, there are some real downsides to chlorine’s use.

Exposure to chlorine has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, asthma, and irritation of the skin and throat. Some studies suggest that the most harmful aspect of chlorine is when it combines with organic material, such as urine and sweat. In addition, when water is combined with chlorine, it creates what’s called a hypochlorite, also known as bleach. This is why you’ll notice your swimsuit fading after several uses. Those who suffer from chlorine allergies are prone to symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and shortness of breath. Finally, chlorine can be very drying and cause brittle hair and rashes on the skin.

It may seem like a good idea to just avoid chlorine altogether, but for some, that may be unrealistic. The following tips can help neutralize chlorine at home and in the pool:

At home, carbon water filters can reduce the amount of chlorine, along with other chemicals, in your drinking and bath water. Adding vitamin C in the form of a powder to bathwater will neutralize chlorine and make it much safer for bathing in. Vitamin C is available for purchase in the form of either sodium ascorbate or ascorbic acid. To use, simply add 1 teaspoon of powder to your bathwater and allow it to work for 3-5 minutes before getting in.

When swimming in chlorinated pools, follow these steps: Before diving in, take a quick shower to get your skin and hair wet. Then apply an emollient lotion to your skin and a conditioner to your hair. This helps by reducing the amounts of chemicals your body absorbs. When you get out of the pool, neutralize chlorine on hair and skin with a vitamin C spray. You can buy a premade formula or make your own by combining ½ teaspoon of vitamin C powder with ½ cup of water in a spray bottle. You can also wash your swimsuit and accessories in the same vitamin C solution to help prevent fading and damage. Finally, be sure to moisturize your skin and condition your hair well to further combat dryness from the chlorine.

The Salt Water Effect

salt and water

We all know that salt makes food taste delicious, but did you know that salt can actually be an all-natural beauty staple? It’s true, from body scrubs to mouthwash, salt can do more than just season your french fries.

Regular iodized salt, otherwise known as table salt, can be effective in several of the following applications; however, sea salt (which is also readily available in grocery stores) contains many more minerals that will amp up your beauty routine. Epsom salts, which are particularly effective at pulling toxins from the body, are typically found in the health and beauty section of grocery stores. Gourmet salts such as Himalayan pink salt can also be used (and would make an excellent DIY gift idea), but tend to be a bit pricier and harder to find.

Skincare
Salt can be used to treat a number of skin conditions, including acne. To help the healing process of a pimple, soak a cotton ball in some warm salt water (3 Tablespoons salt + 1 cup water) and then hold the cotton ball on your pimple for 3-4 minutes before rinsing with plain water. Do this once or twice daily until your pimple has healed.

Excessive intake of sodium often can leave you with swollen or puffy eyes. Draw out the retained water with a salt water compress: Soak a washcloth in warm salt water and apply it to your eyes for 10 minutes.

Dental Health
A healthy smile is a beautiful smile. Salt alone can treat dental conditions such as gingivitis and sore gums, but combined with antiseptic essential oils such as tea tree, creates a natural and effective mouthwash. Make your own by combining 2 cups of water with 12 drops of tea tree oil and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil and storing it in a clean, airtight container.

Body Care
As a natural exfoliant, it makes sense that salt would make a terrific body scrub. Make your own custom body scrub by mixing 2 cups of coconut oil with 1 cup of coconut oil and 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil (if you want some ideas, try orange, grapefruit, or lavender). This scrub is too harsh for the delicate facial skin, so just use it on your body!

Tired, sore muscles can benefit from a soak in Epsom salts. Add 1 cup to your bath water, along with a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a spa-like experience. Bonus: Soaking in Epsom salts for 20-30 minutes can increase your body’s magnesium levels, which is a good thing since most of us are deficient on this essential mineral.

Hair Styling
Highly coveted beachy texture can be yours with an at-home sea salt spray. In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup of hot water with 1-2 tablespoons of sea salt and 2 teaspoons of aloe vera gel, then shake well to combine. Add 5-10 drops of your favorite essential oils if you want a scented spray! To use, spray directly onto damp hair, scrunch it in with your fingers, and air dry for the ultimate beach look.