As a beauty blogger, I come across all types of skin care and makeup designed to hold back the aging process.
If you want to look and feel young, there is another strategy to slow down the physical and mental signs of aging.
I had a chance to take look at The Age Gracefully Cookbook by Grace O that turns delicious foods with powerful nutrients into rejuvenating recipes to help fight aging from the inside out.
This unique cookbook focuses on categories of food nutrients or FoodTrients that are essential to healthy living. The collection of age-fighting recipes are color coded based on these five categories:
- Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels.
- Antioxidant: Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.
- Disease-Preventing: Reduces risk factors for age-related diseases.
- Immunity Boosters: Supports the body’s resistance to infection and strengthens the immune response.
- Mind and Beauty: Encourages vibrant skin and hair.
For example, if you want to put the brakes on age-related diseases, stir up a Balkan-inspired Potato Kale Soup recipe with cancer-fighting compounds. Or, easily add antioxidant properties to a meal by preparing tangy Green tea Noodles with Edamame.
To get started, I made a quick and tasty Tabbouleh recipe with Quinoa–a complete protein with silica which helps maintain your skin’s elasticity. Grape tomatoes in the Tabbouleh also boost the skin.
After a long winter, spring is finally around the corner. What better time to get your skin ready for a new season and leave the cold, dry weather behind!
MIYU Beauty is a revolutionary line of skincare and beauty teas that can renew your skin by hydrating and soothing your complexion inside and out.
I’m a big fan of award-winning MIYU Beauty and am so excited to be hosting a giveaway of their four-piece collection of skin essences and tea pairings.
A Prettea Little Tea Quartet
This handy travel-size beauty set will help you hydrate and unwind with skincare and delicious beauty tea. The quartet includes:
- Hydrate mi beauty essence (15 ml)–Enhances your skin’s ability to retain water and leaves a radiant, dewy glow.
- De-stress mi beauty essence (15 ml)–Helps with visual signs of stress like redness and irritation and leaves a healthy, serene glow.
- Hydrate mi beauty tea (2 sachets)–Contains green rooibos, an African red bush tea that naturally contains electrolytes to rehydrate from within.
- De-stress mi beauty tea (2 sachets)–Contains relaxing ingredients like peppermint and chamomile blossoms.
How to Enter the Giveaway
Follow @blushstopshere on Twitter and tweet the following before Thursday, March 19 (12 pm PST):
RT & follow @blushstopshere to #win a 4-piece skincare/beauty tea set from @MIYUBeauty. #Giveaway details at http://wp.me/pwaiC-7bF
A random winner will be chosen and contacted on Twitter. The winner has 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be drawn. This giveaway is open to Canadian and U.S. residents. The prize package is sent directly from the sponsor.
Note: I’m just starting out on Instagram, so feel free to follow me at https://instagram.com/blushstopshere/.
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Update: This contest is now over. Thanks to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for new giveaways!
Is your special someone overworked and stressed out?
MIYU Beauty, a beauty brand that pairs luxurious skincare with beauty teas, can help you give the gift of an at-home spa retreat with a healthier twist on chocolate (if you’re new to MIYU Beauty, read more about their beauty essences and teas here).
The Made With Love kit designed especially for Valentine’s Day features a dash of kindness, a spoonful of laughter, and heaps of love.
The limited edition kit contains:
Finally, coconut oil is getting the attention it deserves for promoting a healthy metabolism (and other health benefits) and for standing in as an amazing beauty multi-tasker.
Here are three of the best ways to use coconut oil.
Let’s face it. If you’re a makeup junkie (like me), you need a gentle, but effective way to take off your shadow, liner, and mascara. Rub coconut oil gently on your eyelids and lashes and you not only easily remove makeup, you also condition lashes. Seriously, if you’ve been abusing your lashes, you will see an improvement pretty quickly.
If you’ve tried just about everything to whip your cuticles into shape, how about applying a bit of coconut oil? Rub in the oil once or twice a day and voila: softer cuticles which can easily be pushed back.
Amped Up Body Moisturizer
If you love your body moisturizer but want to take it to the next level, combine equal parts of coconut oil and your moisturizer for a super hydrator. Not only does coconut oil penetrate deeply into your skin, it leaves a glow without a greasy feel (H/T Lauren Conrad).
Coconut oil is incredibly versatile as a beauty product. Do you have any other coconut oil beauty tips? Let me know in the comments below!
Preventing sagging skin may be as proactive as incorporating a certain type of oil into your daily diet.
Results of a French study involving both sexes identified a lower risk of severe photoaging (sun damage) with higher intakes of monounsaturated fatty acids from olive oil. Photoaging, including blotchy pigmentation, wrinkling, and skin sagging, is a response to sun exposure.
If following a diet is one of your goals for this year, U.S. News and World Report has done the research for the best diets of 2014.
U.S. News evaluated 32 of the most popular diets and identified the best.
Best Diets Overall
The DASH diet tops the list for best overall diet because of its emphasis on portion control and balance. This leading diet recommends eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy while eliminating sweets and red meat.
The second best diet overall is the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet which features a low-fat regimen. The key to this diet is cutting back sharply on fat, particularly saturated fat.
Best Weight Loss Diets
The best diet to follow for weight loss is Weight Watchers followed by The Biggest Loser and Jenny Craig diets. Weight Watchers, which emphasizes making healthy choices that fill you up so you’ll eat less, and Jenny Craig also rank as the easiest diets to follow.
If you want more information on diet rankings, click here.
Three Steps to Weight Loss
Don’t let your busy schedule mess with your skin. If you snack on these healthy foods, you can keep the glow burning (even if you’re burning the candle at both ends).
Not only does Vitamin C give you energy, it can also also make your skin radiant and clears blemishes. Snack on strawberries to get even more of a Vitamin C boost than oranges and grapefruit.
With their high-powered antioxidant properties, blueberries can help prevent premature aging and keep your skin looking young and healthy.
When it comes to healthy-looking skin, this super food should be your new best friend. Avocados do it all: hydrate skin, reduce the appearance of age spots, and increase collagen production in your skin.
More people are turning to organic skin care as they realize how easily skin can absorb chemicals and other ingredients that may cause health problems.
When it comes to non-toxic ways to keep your skin healthy and moisturized, Vermont Soap Organics continues to lead the way. I recently checked out three innovative products from their popular organic bath and body collection.
Sage Lime Organic Deodorant
As the latest launch to the Vermont Soap collection, Sage Lime Organic Deodorant is one of the first underarm protection products to meet the USDA organic food standard. If you care about your health and the health of the world, this deodorant is designed for you.
With a blend of 100% organic ingredients, this unique deodorant works with your body to inhibit odor-causing bacteria. Safe ingredients like sage and lime essential oils combine with 100% organic oil coconut oil to help you stay fresh.
You may want to pick up a couple of these because the light lime scent can work for you or your guy.
If you’ve experienced childbirth, you know how hard it is to regain your pre-pregnancy body.
That hasn’t been the case with the Duchess of Cambridge. While joining in a volleyball game recently at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, Kate Middleton shocked everyone with her amazing post-baby body.
Since she has been so influential with fashion, it’s no surprise that Kate Middleton’s fitness regime is now gaining attention.
How did the Duchess get back her toned stomach? According to the Daily Mail, Kate Middleton is now a follower of postnatal fitness guru, Judy Di Flore.
If you’re a makeup addict, you sometimes get stuck on fixing parts of yourself that you don’t like. We all love beauty products that work but, once in a while, you need to lay off the goop and focus on the positive.
So back to the question. What’s the prettiest part about you?
I’ll start. I’ve been blessed with naturally long eyelashes (upper and lower lashes) that enhance my hazel-colored eyes.
If you’re looking for a whole-body approach to beauty that involves more than just applying topicals to your skin, MIYU Beauty is launching this month in North America.
The debut collection from this new lifestyle beauty brand features skincare products uniquely paired with beauty teas to help nourish your complexion from the inside out.
The skincare products, called beauty essences, are a fusion between a facial mist and a serum that can prime your skin for moisturizer or act as a base for makeup (you can also mist the beauty essence on your face any time of day for a surge of hydration or calmness). The beauty teas are whole leaf blends with ingredients known for their nourishing skin benefits.
We all know sugar is bad for you, but for some people it can be the reason they are either gaining weight or having trouble losing it (if you have an apple-shaped body, you are already prone to weight gain from sugar so listen up).
Jorge Cruise’s latest book, The 100: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks, has a new approach to calorie consumption.
According to Cruise, all calories are not created equal. Sugar calories are the ones that one will get you into trouble.
You can eat unlimited amount of calories, or freebies, and still lose weight as long as you consume only 100 sugar calories per day (sugar calories include carbs like bread, pasta, as well as starchy vegetables and fruits).
Choco-Luscious Skin Smoothie
Smoothies are all the rage to boost your health. Now you can keep your skin healthy and moisturized with a skin smoothie.
Vermont Soap Choco-Luscious Skin Smoothie is a new USDA certified organic moisturizer that leaves skin feeling silky but without a greasy feel or film.
The texture is like a body balm which I like because you can easily spread it all over your body without saturating your skin. Free of preservatives, artificial colors, or fragrances, this skin smoothie has all the features of a luxury moisturizer, even a slight glow, but not the price (it retails for $19.98 US).
Key certified organic ingredients in this hydrating skin smoothie include coconut oil, coconut butter, and rosemary extract which all add up to a delicious scent. It is also gluten and lactose-free.
Martha Stewart recently visited the Doctor Oz show to talk about her anti-aging beauty secrets (and the status of her love life).
Like many celebrities (including Lauren Conrad), the homemaking guru is a big fan of drinking hot water with lemon. It must be working because Martha Stewart looks much younger than 71 years old.
According to Martha, all you have to do is squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a small glass of warm water and sip it every morning for these wonderful health benefits.
Lemon Water Health Benefits
Here are some tried and true benefits of drinking lemon water.