Boost Your Brain Power!

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The right foods will help you use your brain to the max, and the more you use it, the more you’ll challenge your brain to grow new cells, create new connections, and improve your problem-solving and memory functions.

Pick foods your great, great grandparents would have eaten, and stay away from so-called modern, highly processed foods that are filled with nasty chemicals. Many foods today are genetically modified. So, they are not as nutritious as organic, natural foods. And even worse, they can be dangerous to your health!

Foods to Boost Your Brain Power

Berries are rich in antioxidants which protect your brain cells from oxidation and free radical damage. Antioxidants may slow down brain aging and prevent disease, while promoting the growth of healthy brain cells. Berries are also some of the most colorful foods you can eat!

The Healthiest Berries

  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Red Grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Cranberries
  • Goji Berries
  • Mulberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Acai Berries

Vitamins & Herbs that Boost Your Brain Power

These vitamins and minerals help your memory and reasoning powers while slowing down the signs of aging.

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Folic Acid
  • B Vitamins
  • Magnesium

Vegetables and fruits also contain natural sugars that keep you alert. Your brain needs natural sugars to function at its best. Avocados are rich in good fat and vitamin E, while whole and sprouted grains are rich in fiber. Both are good for your circulatory system. And what’s good for your blood flow, is great for your brain.

Foods High in Beta-Carotene & Vitamin C:

  • Mangos
  • Oranges
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes
  • Cantaloupe
  • Rainbow chard
  • Green, Red & Yellow Peppers

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Essential Fatty Acids

Essential fatty acids are also necessary for maximum brain power, as well as promoting normal brain growth and development. Studies show that eating foods that are high in Omega Fatty Acids can reduce the risk of some disease, too. These fatty acids also help boost memory and your ability to learn new things!

All nuts, particularly walnuts, “feed your brain” because they keep your arteries clear and boost serotonin levels. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that controls sleep, depression, memory, and other neurological processes.  Raw unprocessed organic olive oil, coconut oil, and hemp seed oil also contain brain healthy fats, fibers, and proteins.

Foods High in Folic Acid

  • Okra
  • Spinach
  • Lentils
  • Collards
  • Asparagus
  • Black Beans
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Black-Eyed Peas
  • Sunflower Seeds

download.pngDid you know that flaxseed and real chocolate are brain food, too! They’re filled with vitamin E which keeps your brain healthy later in life. Real chocolate also releases dopamine, to enhance cognition and mood!! I knew I LOVE chocolate for a reason!  Be sure to eat chocolate that is minimally processed and retains the purest cacao – as close to the bean as possible. That means either 100% organic cocoa powder or a dark chocolate bar with at least 75% cacao content. You’ll need to be careful of the chocolate you buy because some chocolate manufacturers use unhealthy and unethical practices!!!

Vitamins & Herbs that Boost Your Brain Power

These vitamins and minerals help your memory and reasoning powers while slowing down the signs of aging. 🙂

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Folic Acid
  • B Vitamins
  • Magnesium

 

download Did you know? Detoxing can help boost your brain power, too. By eliminating the toxic chemicals and heavy metals that build up in your body from your environment and diet, you can rid your brain of dangerous free radicals that may contribute to disease and poor health.

Eating the proper foods enhances your brain functions. Using your brain for reading and learning new skills, such as a musical instrument, a new language, or computer skills even conquering crossword puzzles regularly will keep your brain quick and nimble!

Each morning I mix a powdered Super Foods & Powdered Collagen into my oatmeal or Cream of Wheat. In the afternoon, I do a shot of Acti-Labs Follicle Food for an afternoon pick me up & added vitamins for my hair, skin & nails!

I’m happy to report that my hair & nails grow SO much faster & stronger than it has EVER grown in my life! For a 48 year old, that is AWESOME!!!

My hair is growing faster & healthier since I stared doing my daily routine, my nails are also growing faster & stronger. My overall hair, skin & nails are HEALTHIER than ever before! So I HIGHLY recommend finding your OWN routine.

In a hurry? Try our Follicle Food Shots! 

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Daily shot is formulated to deliver highly concentrated, easily absorbed nutrients for maximum effect.

Brewer’s Yeast: Potassium, Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Phosphorus, Iodide, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B8, Vitamin B9, Amino Acid Complex: Arginine, Cystine, Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Tyrosine, Valine, Wheat Protein Hydrolysate (Gluten), Zinc Gluconate, Magnesium Pidolate, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6. Equisetum, Arvense, Urtica, Ginko Biloba, Terminalia Chebula Fruit, Bambusoideae, Alfalfa Extract, Aloe Vera Extract, Biotin, Citric Acid.

Brewer’s Yeast : 600 Mg
Wheat Protein Hydrolysate : 200 Mg Magnesium Pidolate: 50mg
Zinc Gluconate: 40mg
Vitamin B5: 4.7mg
Vitamin B6: 1.4mg
Vitamin E: 6mg
Zinc Gluconate: 40 mg
Calcium; 3600 μg
Biotin: 25μg
Citric Acid: 50mg

Instructions For Use:

Take 1 per day with a glass of water.

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Till next time……………………

Top 4 Secrets To Taming Frizz Control (Especially Curly Hair)!

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So if you’re like me &  have curly hair, maybe you like it, or at least you don’t mind it or maybe you don’t. Undoubtedly you get compliments on it often.

Whether you have curly hair or wavy hair you might encounter the same biggest issue…FRIZZ! Every curly-haired human being has experienced a problem with controlling frizzy hair. Chances are more likely that you have styled your hair in the morning, only to have it expand and fuzz up with the afternoon humidity. Living in South Florida I get PLENTY of humidity! Well, not to worry. Here are some top secrets for you on frizz control. Read them. Absorb them. Practice them. You’ll thank me later.  😉

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So let’s start from the top. What is frizz, anyway? (Besides annoying.) Frizz can be both a noun and a verb. As a noun, frizz is the messy tangle of hair that sits upon your head from time to time. As a verb, “to frizz” means to form your hair into knots, tight curls, or some other snag. I have no idea why someone would *want* to frizz her hair (some straighties still tease their hair!). Still, it’s the result of a mess of hair atop your head. In order to know how to control frizzy hair, first we must talk a bit about what causes it in the first place. When your hair looks “frizzy,” what’s really happening is that it’s trying to curl. “Well, it’s already curly,” you say. Yeah, but it wants to curl more, and you can help it curl more and frizz less when you understand what’s going on up there!! 

The outer layer of each hair strand, called the cuticle, is like shingles on a roof. The ideal placement for them is to lie flat. When your hair is exposed to water, the cuticle opens up a bit, trying to absorb that water as much as possible. Curls crave moisture, and moisture comes from water; so what’s happening is that the hair is wanting a drink! So, in order to prevent this from happening, your best bet is to give your curls a drink beforehand. In fact, regular watering is best, just like with a plant. If you start out with enough moisture in your hair your hair won’t try to absorb the water from the air as much. Maintaining moisture levels is key in order to avoid frizzy hair.

Did you know that there are different types of frizz?

  • SURFACE FRIZZ is frizz you get only on the outside of your hair (not underneath).

  • HALO FRIZZ is only on the crown of your head but doesn’t appear elsewhere.

  • IN-THE-CURL FRIZZ kills the look of smooth curls as it frizzes its way through them.

OK so now we know what the 411 is on FRIZZ, so how do we fix this?

First, deep conditioning once a week is key! Maintain the moisture in your hair.

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  1. ALWAYS apply ANY styling products to WET HAIR ONLY!

Forget about those instructions on the product bottle that say “towel-dry hair and apply a small amount from roots to ends.” For curly & wavy frizzy hair, the best and only way to style hair is the exact opposite of that. (Curly hair is the opposite of most, so it makes sense, right?) So take your products into the shower with you, after rinsing your conditioner, (I never rinse out all the conditioner, I leave some in) and rinse with the coldest water you can stand to close the cuticle and seal it in. Immediately apply your styling product while hair is still soaking wet, this locks in moisture and frizz out! Apply from top to mid-shaft to ends first to evenly coat, then apply more to unruly areas, and very little at the root and around the hairline then scrunch from ends upward. Leave your hair alone to dry (DON’T touch!)

2. Don’t Shampoo Every Day

Curly, kinky and wavy hair needs the natural oils from your scalp to reduce frizz. No more than four washes every week is good. For your off days, go do the rinse and conditioner route.

3. NEVER EVER BRUSH!

If there’s one tip repeated by just about every expert, it’s this: avoid brushing hair after it dries. Brushing not only disrupts your hair’s cuticle, it can also stretch hair, leading to breakage. Instead ONLY comb, or finger-comb it when wet, apply Anti-Frizz product & other styling products… Then…don’t touch. If you like the way they look at that point, you will still like the way they look when they dry!

4. Let Hair Dry & Scrunch Curls Out

Don’t panic if your hair seems a bit crunchy. This is what you want; this is a BIG key to avoiding frizzy hair! Styling this way makes it easy to get rid of the crunch, and here’s how. As much as you can, let your hair dry 100%. If you get to work and it’s still slightly damp, it’s not the end of the world. Just be extra gentle with it. But hypothetically, let’s say you have time to let your hair dry all the way; flip your head over and scrunch (ends to roots, you know the drill) until your curls feel soft! It’s that simple. And the drier your hair is, the more you can fluff it and not have to worry about frizz. (Trust me, I’ve tested it!) What you have left is soft, bouncy, frizz-free and crunch-free curls.

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Try Acti-Labs’ new Frizz Police!  

Smooth, styling cream enriched with minerals to control your style and boost hair health. This melting texture spreads easily through the hair without build up to control Frizz.

So there you have it. Now you know my secrets to frizz control for curly or wavy hair. Don’t just take my word for it; try them out for yourself! The next time you get caught in an unexpected rainstorm, you might just run inside, look in the mirror, and smile!

Till next time……….

Nurture Yourself By Adding Dry Brushing To Your Daily Ritual!

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What is dry brushing?

Dry brushing is exactly what it sounds like… brushing the skin in a particular pattern with a dry brush, usually before showering.  In dry brushing, the skin is brushed toward the heart, starting at the feet & brushing toward the chest.

Why dry brush? What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to dry brushing. Take a look what dry brushing can do for you:

  • Re-energizes the skin by exfoliating
  • Stimulates blood flow & natural healing
  • Facilitates detoxification
  • Increases circulation & promotes blood flow
  • Reduces cellulite
  • Improves immune health
  • Reduces inflammatory
  • Improves muscle tone as a result of increased blood flow
  • Stimulates lymphatic system
  • Increases cell renewal
  • Aids in digestion
  • Improves kidney function
  • Tightens skin
  • Increases energy
  • Makes you feel great!

Yes a simple process of dry brushing your skin will provide these benefits! I just started adding dry brushing to my body wraps…Can’t wait to see how this maximizes my results. I DO see a difference already!

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How to Dry Brush the Skin:

  1. Starting at the feet, brush the bottoms of the feet and up the legs in long, smooth strokes. I typically brush each section of skin 10 times. For lymph flow, always brush toward the heart/chest area where the lymph system drains. As a good rule of thumb, always brush toward the center of the body.
  2. Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart. Again, brush each section of skin 10 times.
  3. On the stomach and armpits, brush in a circular clockwise motion.
  4. Repeat the process on the abdomen and back. On the face use a more delicate brush (there are facial brushes, the are smaller & softer).

Note: Don’t brush too hard! A soft and smooth stroke often works best. Your skin will be slightly pink after brushing, this is from the increased blood flow, but it should never be red or sting. If it hurts at all, use less pressure! Too much is NOT better!!

Brush before showering and moisturize after showering. I love our New Collagen Body Lotion.

I recommend washing the brush every few weeks to remove dead skin cells.

Let me know if you use dry brushing in your regimen & what benefits you’ve noticed.

Till next time………….

 

 

 

 

How Soluble Fiber Aids In Weight Loss

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We all know that eating fiber is important to ensure our digestive system is working properly. But did you know that there are two categories of fiber? Did you know that both categories of fiber can be found in the same food source? Soluble and Insoluble….okay, but what is the difference? More important, how can this help with weight loss?

 

Insoluble fiber does not absorb or dissolve in water.

It passes through our digestive system in close to its original form.  Insoluble fiber offers many benefits to intestinal health, including a reduction in the risk and occurrence of hemorrhoids and constipation.  The scientific names for insoluble fibers include cellulose, lignins, and also some other hemicelluloses.  Most of insoluble fibers come from the bran layers of cereal grains.

Soluble fiber is “soluble” in water.

When mixed with water it forms a gel-like substance and swells.  Soluble fiber has many benefits, including moderating blood glucose levels and lowering cholesterol.  The scientific names for soluble fibers include pectins, gums, mucilages, and some hemicelluloses.  Good sources of soluble fiber include oats and oatmeal, legumes (peas, beans, lentils), barley, fruits and vegetables (especially oranges, apples and carrots).

Soluble fiber is known to help regulate blood sugar levels, and protect against heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol. Soluble fiber also boosts good bacteria in the gut and that is linked to improved immunity, anti-inflammatory effects, and even enhances your mood. There is another benefit of soluble fiber and that is it has has “middle-whittling” benefits. This means you feel full for longer and that helps with weight management. Studies have shown that for each additional 10 grams of daily soluble fiber eaten, participants had a 4% decrease in belly fat over a five-year period.

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You do need both types of fiber so a lot of research focuses on total fiber intake. The Archives of Internal Medicine found that over a nine year period people who consumed more dietary fiber have a lowered risk of death from any cause. Individuals that eat the most fiber (about 25 grams a day for women and 30 grams for men) are 22% less likely to die compared to those who consumed the least fiber (10 grams per day for women and 13 grams for men). The effect was even stronger when researchers looked at deaths from heart disease, infectious diseases, and respiratory diseases; people with high-fiber diets had as much as a 50% or greater reduction in risk.

Skinny Juice contains vegetable extracts and Glucomannan, a soluble natural fibre which, when mixed with water, becomes gel-like in the stomach, which could contribute to the feeling of fullness. Feeling full can be helpful for dieters to manage meal portion size & avoid temptation or habitual snacking.
Contains Extracts of: Spirulina, Wheatgrass, Kelp, Chlorella, Guarana, Orange Oil, Pea, Carrot, Spinach, Tomato, Asparagus, Beetroot, Broccoli, Cabbage, Rosehip, Hibiscus, Leek.

A 12 gram packet of Skinny juice contains 4.1 grams of carbohydrates and .3 grams of that is sugar…this means we are getting 3.8 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber. Keep in mind that the primary source of that fiber is flaxseed powder, wheatgrass powder, and glucomannan.

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What is glucomannan?

Glucomannan is a sugar made from the root of the konjac plant that has been used for centuries in traditional Japanese cooking as a thickener or gelling agent. It’s so renowned in Japan that it even has its own nickname—”the broom of the intestines”—which gives you a pretty good idea of how it works. For just a few calories, glucomannan creates a sense of fullness by absorbing water and expanding to form a bulky fiber in your stomach.  When consumed, glucomannan “sponges” up water in the digestive tract, reducing the absorption of carbs and cholesterol and thus supporting weight loss. This supplement also makes you feel full without leaving you gassy or bloated.

Do you….

  • Struggle with snacking
  • Often feel hungry
  • Aren’t keen on greens and vegetables
  • Want to lose weight

Skinny juice can help to stop you snacking as the natural fiber expands in your tummy making you feel full and less likely to eat those naughty foods between meals.

Why not give it a try? You get a 14 day supply – one sachet per day

 

 

Create An At Home Spa…Your Soul Needs It

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If you can name your emotions, you can tame them…we aren’t superhuman and we all need a breather sometimes, but between work and life commitments, it can be difficult to find the time for yourself & never mind a day at the spa! However, it’s important to take time for yourself in order to live a healthy, balanced life. You soul needs to reconnect to Source in order to keep some balance, so relax. You don’t need to give up an entire day or rack up that credit card bill to pamper yourself. Creating your own spa experience can be easy using things you may already have on hand at home. Try these ideas to relax more and stress less.

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Seek Comfort in Candles

Scented wellness candles are used in spas during massages and other body treatments to help relax the mind and body. The good news is that even if you’re in a rush simply lining your vanity with some scented candles will help quiet your mind and rejuvenate your spirit. Look for candles that contain essential oils, these are my top 10 essential oils.

  1. Bergamot is used to treat stress, depression, anxiety, anorexia, and a number of infections including skin infections like psoriasis and eczema.
  2. Patchouli serves as a powerful skin care agent; it even promotes skin cell growth when applied directly to the skin. Patchouli helps to relieve anxiety, depression, fatigue, curb addiction, reduce cellulite and bloating.
  3. Eucalyptus is a powerful treatment against respiratory issues. In addition it is used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, fight migraines &fevers, decongestant, diuretic and stimulant & helps with muscle aches and pains.
  4. , Lavender is known for its stress reliever benefits it also has the following therapeutic properties: antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory decongestant, deodorant, diuretic and sedative.
  5. Lemon oil is a multifaceted essential oil. It helps with everything from skin irritation to digestion to circulation problems. It is a natural immunity booster and can even help reduce cellulite! Lemon oil helps to alleviate headaches and fever, and is a quick mood enhancer.
  6. Tea Tree’s healing properties are abundant. Not only is it a natural immune booster, but it also fights all three kinds of infection. It works to heal skin conditions, burns and cuts, and also works as an insecticide. In addition, it helps to soothe and treat cold sores, respiratory conditions, muscle aches, the flu, Athlete’s foot and dandruff. Its uses are vast and its healing power is quick.
  7. Peppermint oil has a number of therapeutic properties. It is a cooling agent that enhances mood, sharpens focus, combats irritation and redness, alleviates symptoms of congestion, and aids in digestion.
  8. Rose oil is an ideal essential oil to have on hand. It helps with a number of illnesses and conditions, such as depression, anxiety and digestion issues. It is also helps with circulation, heart problems and respiratory conditions like asthma. It is a protector of the heart and is also good for your skin.
  9. Ylang-Ylang oil is also used to soothe headaches, nausea, skin conditions, stimulate hair growth, reduce high blood pressure and fight intestinal problems.
  10. Sandalwood oil can help mucous membranes of the urinary tract and chest wall. It helps to alleviate chest pain. It is also used as a relaxing agent for tension relief. It is a hydration aid for the skin, as well as an anti-inflammatory.

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Relax with Music

When you walk into a spa, you typically hear soft, tranquil music playing faintly in the background, and there’s good reason for that! Music is known for its ability to slow down the mind and relax the body, decreasing your heart rate as you listen. Relaxing sounds also help increase serotonin production, which helps to reduce blood pressure, increases happy thoughts and can even treat anxiety symptoms. I love listening to Enigma or any type of New Age music.  Let your mind go, don’t focus on any thoughts just be aware of any messages you may receive.

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Escape with Essential Oils

Essential oils can be found in practically any spa and are used in everything from relaxing massage oils, to body scrubs and moisturizers. There are many varieties of oils that offer amazing benefits to your skin and body, such as restoring skin vitality and generating new, healthy cells. Whatever oils you choose, try to invest in natural essential oils and not the synthetic varieties, which usually don’t have the same effects as their natural counterparts. To get the benefits of essential oils at home, you can use them in your bath or fill a bowl with warm water, add a few drops of your favorite oil, then soak a washcloth in the water. Use the washcloth as a compress on your face and neck for just five minutes. Repeat as necessary, then use a towel to dry your skin. You’ll be absolutely glowing after just one application. Never apply essential oils directly to your skin. Less is best, especially if your skin is sensitive.

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Ease Stress with a Massage

We all know that weekly trips to a massage therapist would be great to release unwanted tension and stress from our achy, tired muscles–but we don’t all have the time or money for that. Thankfully you can get similar relaxation benefits at home with a quick and simple scalp massage or a massage pillow. Just one scalp massage can provide deep relaxation, relieve pain in your head and neck and help ease eye strain from all that computer screen-staring. When done on an ongoing basis, scalp massages can even relieve you from chronic headaches and migraines. Don’t have a friend or spouse available to give you a scalp massage? No worries. You can find do-it-yourself scalp massagers at your favorite online retailer or health and wellness store. I love my shiatsu massager, I use it every day!

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Scrub Away Unhealthy Skin

Many spas offer invigorating sugar and salt scrubs for healthy skin exfoliation purposes. And because skin is the body’s largest organ, taking care of it is very important. Our skin absorbs unhealthy toxins every day in all environments, and takes a beating when it comes to too much sun exposure. Plus, clogged pores from sweating during daily workouts can hold unwanted toxins which result in unsightly blemishes. So, the next time you’re in the shower, reach for a salt or sugar scrub, add a small amount to your sponge or washcloth and gently slough away old, dead skin cells to reveal soft, glowing, healthy skin.

 

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Steam It Up

Steaming isn’t just a healthy way to cook your favorite veggies, is great for achieving healthy skin too! Steaming helps retain nutrients in your skin much like it does in your food. So, the next time you look in the mirror and see clogged pores or a dull complexion, steam things up to reveal brighter, healthier skin. Simply soak two small towels in hot water, drape each on either side of your face and hold for just five minutes. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and then proceed with your regular skin cleansing regimen.  I love putting a pot of water on the stove & adding a couple of drops of tea tree oil, after it boils I turn off burner & place my face over the steam…NOT too close you don’t wanna burn yourself! You’ll see results after just one steam.

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Soak Away Stress

One of the most relaxing things we can do for our bodies is to take some time to soak away the stress and tension in our tired muscles–and all you need is a regular, old bathtub for that! So, the next time you have a little bit of extra time to pamper yourself, light some candles, turn on your favorite tunes, run a hot bath, put a few drops of your favorite oils, flower petals, bath salts or bubbles & lay back, shut your eyes and soak your cares, aches and pains away.  Your mind and body will be much more relaxed when you step out of the bath as opposed to your usual shower.

You know that saying….

Sing Like No One Can Hear, Dance Like No One Is Watching & Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt Before!

Take time to love yourself each day & your days will be filled with love & happiness!

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Want to feel like you’ve had a LUXURIOUS spa treatment at home??

It’s as easy as one,two,three…

Step One: Use our Back-to-Basics body scrub to re-surface and rejuvenate your entire body.

 

 

Till next time……….

 

Tone It! Tan It! Contouring Secrets

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This is the most amazing self tanning product out there yet. The Cannes Beach is a firming, anit-cellulite self tanner! Talk about a double whammie!

OK, so why use a self tanner? We all know the damaging effects of UV rays right? I must confess though, I DO take the sun often BUT I don’t take it on my face, I use self tanner!

In order to get a natural tan from ultraviolet light, your skin has to be injured! Self-tanners don’t damage your skin.

How Do Self Tanners Work?

The active ingredient in most sunless tanning products is the color additive, dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA is a colorless sugar that interacts with the dead cells located in the stratum corneum of the epidermis. As the sugar interacts with the dead skin cells, a color change occurs the skin’s surface to temporarily darken the skin and simulate a tan. This change usually lasts about five to seven days from the initial application. This is why exfoliating BEFORE you apply self tanners is important!

Every day, millions of dead skin cells are sloughed off or worn away from the surface of your skin. In fact, every 35 to 45 days, you have an entirely new epidermis. This is why tans from sunless- or self-tanning lotions will gradually fade — as the dead cells are worn away, so is your tan. For this reason, most of these products suggest that you reapply the sunless- or self-tanner about every three days to maintain your “tan.”

Fake It ‘Til You Make It…Contouring Tips

There is no doubt that adding a layer of self tan all over before you put your bikini on or slip into a little black dress will give you more than a tan. It will also give you a layer of confidence. Self tan alone gives the illusion of a more toned body, evens out your skin tone and help to cover unwanted veins or blemishes. To take it to the next level you can do some contouring to enhance your muscles. To do so, flex and find the shadow below your muscle and, using a small make up sponge, add an extra layer of your self tanner  to the shadow. Don’t go overboard with this, you are enhancing your tone not painting it on!

Step 1: Exfoliate your entire body in the shower with a loofah and shave all areas of the body you usually remove hair from.
Step 2: Moisturize dry areas of your body, typically around your feet, ankles, knees, hands, wrists and elbows with a light layer of lotion.
Step 3: Liberally apply self tanner with long, soft strokes to your entire body. Keep in mind it’s better to apply too much than too little, as the missed areas will give you a “streaky” uneven look.
Step 4: Shower about eight hours later to reveal your bronzed glow and to remove leftover cosmetic from your body. Then grab your self-tanner again and use a make up sponge to “paint” in lines where they naturally occur on your body.

On your abs: flex your muscles and paint down the center vertical line of your abdomen from just below your sternum to your belly button and repeat down the sides of your obliques.

On your arms: hold one arm out and flex your muscles. Paint a line of self-tanner between your bicep and triceps. Repeat on the other arm.

On your legs: apply an extra coat of self-tanner to the entire insides of your thighs and a bit more to the outer parts, leaving the middle section without as much tanner.

*If you were a bit too heavy handed with any of the above applications, you can always use a dry loofah to buff away lines after you have showered.

If you are weary of tanning yourself, make an appointment with a professional salon to get a spray tan. When there, ask them to create muscle definition for you — and don’t be embarrassed, they hear it all the time. Have fun!

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Once I have my desired color I like to add our Silk Stocking to further enhance that glow!

Let me know if you have tried contouring with self tanners & how it has worked for you.

Till next time…………………………

Is Your Body Telling You Need a Mind/Body Detox?

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How can you tell if you need a full body/mind detox? Your body will tell you, you just have to know what to look for when it’s trying to communicate. Your body will always let you know what your mind it doing, what you’re attracting, you just need to listen to it.

This is a 21 Day Challenge to detox your Mind & Body. This is also a commitment! So, how do you know if you need a spiritual detox? In other words, are you aware of when you’re feeding your spirit too much junk for the soul to feel good?

How do you know if you need a body detox? If your body is showing the following signs you need a detox then it’s pretty safe to assume your mind needs on as well. Many times a list of symptoms reads like the human condition, with things that almost everyone experiences from time to time. What we’re looking for here is how often it happens. Frequently feeling fatigued, experiencing indigestion, etc. It’s the frequency that matters.

If you’ve noticed any of the following occurs on a regular basis, you’re likely overdue for a detox.

Just in case you aren’t following, here are some “spiritual” junk food items that you can become addicted to:

  • Endless Facebooking
  • Constant patrolling of TMZ’s Twitter feed
  • Compulsive digging into the latest gossip on celebrities
  • Binge-watching Netflix

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with these items in moderation, but it’s possible to go overboard. The result can be toxic to your soul.

Here are some signs you might need a spiritual detox:

  1. You find yourself scrolling through your news feed seeking negativity… Misery loves company.
  2. You open your mouth and spew sarcasm unintentionally. You try to be more mindful when you speak, but you can’t seem to help yourself.
  3. Your friends don’t want to be around you.
  4. Your heart hurts. Or worse, it doesn’t. You are numb.
  5. You find pleasure in other people’s misfortunes. (Again, misery loves company.)
  6. Happy people piss you off. You don’t even want to hear the word “joy.”
  7. You don’t sleep well. You’re having bad dreams and catch yourself grinding your teeth…. A lot.
  8. You keep finding yourself in circumstances where you feel like the victim.
  9. You shy away from prayer, meditation, anything inspirational.
  10. You are bored — all the time.
  11. You can’t even remember the last time you took a walk, watched the sunset or sunrise, walked barefoot in the grass, or felt the summer breeze on your face.

Here are a few ways to engage in a spiritual detox. Remember, please do so with compassion. Above all else, be kind to yourself. We are all doing the best we can, and everyone wants to be happy and free from suffering.

 

Spiritual Mind Detox

1. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh and genuinely make you happy!

Laughter is good for your soul. Seek the company of those who make you feel light and buoyant. Don’t question why you enjoy someone. Just enjoy them.

2. Uplift others

When you feel downtrodden, it can be helpful to find the things you enjoy about others and to offer that feedback liberally. It’s important to remember that the things we see in others are also reflections of ourselves. Find a way to connect with and uplift someone. Attend a yoga class, read a blog, take a spin class — reach out to your favorite wellness warrior and uplift them. You’ll feel better almost instantly. On Facebook? Post something positive!

3. Try shifting your addiction to kindness

Kindness is a drug. When you extend, witness or receive an act of kindness, your body releases serotonin, an endorphin. As cliché as it may be, practice a random act of kindness. You’ll feel amazing in doing so.

4. Make time and space to develop a meditation practice

Meditation soothes the soul. There are incredible sites and courses to lead you through meditations if you don’t already have a meditation practice. Turning inward is a beautiful way to clear away the muck of spiritual junk food. Listening to your internal wisdom is a quick path to shedding that which does not serve you. I know, I know, most people have a hard time with this one. How about just sitting outside or taking a walk or doing something that allows you to just be & notice nature around you? Every morning I sit out on my patio & watch nature & look for the messages within them. You don’t have to be a Buddhist monk to meditate! Just BE.

5. Get in touch will all of your senses

Go outside. Enjoy the summer weather. Move, sweat, breathe. This will bring you into a visceral experience of the magic of this life. And it is so worth it. Find the beauty that surrounds you, you become MORE grateful!

6. Seek something sacred

Turn to joy. At our essence, our foundation, we are spiritual beings who share a human experience. Sometimes the heaviness of our human experience can weigh us down. It’s important to remember that you are more than this physical body. You are expansive consciousness incarnate, YOU are energy! As such, you can find and experience joy even within difficult circumstances. You mindfully start training yourself to start looking for the gift in the moment. Like anything worth practicing, it can be difficult at first. Over time, it becomes simple and easy, it becomes second nature. Yes it takes work, but so does negativity! If anything it takes MORE work to go against life that it does to flow with it.

Now here are signs your body needs a detox:

1. Low Energy/Fatigued

With the rise of energy drinks and the steady popularity of caffeinated beverages it seems like there is a low energy epidemic in full swing!

Trying to make up for a lack of energy with stimulants like caffeine only worsen the problem. After the pick-me-up there is often an energy crash that leaves you feeling worse than when you started. Not only that but these beverages usually act to burden the liver, further exacerbating the problem and sending you into a low-energy spiral.

If you wake up in the morning feeling sluggish, and pretty much stay that way throughout the day with varying degrees of lethargy, you should definitely consider doing a detox. A detoxification program can help you lose body waste, feel lighter, and release store up toxins.

How a Detox Helps: A detox can help you flush out the things that are preventing you from feeling energetic and having a pep in your step.

2. Brain Fog/Unable to Focus

There’s one energy drink on the market that keeps promising to improve your focus. Perhaps that’s because there’s a serious need for many Americans to go on a detox program because of all the toxins they’re exposed to on a daily basis. Inflammation in the brain causes neurons to fire more slowly, slowing down mental acuity, recall, and reflexes. Sluggish neurons also shut down the production of energy in the cells. This means that cells fatigue easily, and you may lose your ability to focus for long periods of time. If you consistently find that in your natural state you lack the ability to focus and find yourself adrift in a mental fog, your body could be screaming at your to detoxify it, and this is its cry for help. Don’t misread it as a sign to use a stimulating drink or prescription drug.

Once you free yourself of toxins in the form of candida, heavy metals, and more, you’d be surprised how much better you’re able to focus, stay on task, and get things done.

How a Detox Helps: A detox helps get rid of the toxins that are preventing your brain from firing on all cylinders. A candida cleanse alone can restore clarity, focus, and concentration by ridding your body of excessive and damaging candida fungus.By removing environmental pollutants and chemicals that place undue stress on the body and its regulatory systems. A good detox regulates your blood sugar (spikes in blood sugar can also interfere with hormone signaling), controlling blood sugar but also improves the circulation of blood flow to the extremities, including the brain.

3. Feeling Depressed

The way you feel is largely dependent on your ability to feed your body with nourishing foods. Your mood can change with the right or wrong meal, and eating foods that are low-quality or even toxic to the body over long periods of time can put you in a depressed state.

The problem is that when you start to make changes to feel better and change your diet to include more life-giving foods, the toxins will block the nutrients from finding their way to your brain. Toxins have a way of nestling into the body and can remain there unless acted upon by another force. In this case a detox program can help to get your mind back in the right place.

It’s important to make the distinction between feeling down and depressed and having clinical depression. If you believe that you may be clinically depressed it’s important to consult with your doctor for the best help.

How a Detox Helps: A detox may not be the cure for clinical depression, you’ll want to see your doctor for that. But as far as helping to avoid depressing thoughts, a detox can work wonders. It frees your body of stored up toxins that can keep you in patterns of negative thinking, and can inspire a new outlook on life.

4. Overweight/Trouble Losing Weight

If you’re not at your ideal weight even after several earnest attempts at weight loss, it could be that you were fighting an uphill battle thanks to all of the toxins in your body.

Turning over a new leaf and introducing the body to healthy foods doesn’t work as well as you’d think it does if there is waste in the body that is preventing the absorption of the vitamins and minerals these foods contain.

When you detox the body you are bringing things back to square one rather than starting at a disadvantage. It not only helps the body shed body waste and lose weight as a byproduct of doing the detox, it sets the stage for healthy weight loss with the adoption of a better diet and a more active lifestyle.

How a Detox Helps: You will automatically reset your body’s neurotransmitters and hormones & because it rids your body of harmful elements, you naturally loose weight because you are releasing toxins your body doesn’t need or use. When your body doesn’t need or use something it stores it as fat!

5. Trouble Sleeping

An excessive amount of toxins can keep you up at night, tossing and turning as your natural cycle is disrupted. Melatonin signals the body for sleep, but an excessively toxic body can reduce the amount of melatonin that is released, and cause a domino effect when it comes to getting natural, restful sleep.

When the body is persistently kept in an unnatural state, which is the case if you have too many toxins in the body, you may find yourself falling out of rhythm with nature. This will have you staying up late and waking up later than you need to, or feeling like you need more sleep than you actually do.

Try a detox before resorting to sleep aids, which will only prolong the problem.

How a Detox Helps: A detox helps you by restoring your body to a more natural state. You can then be more apt to follow the patterns of the circadian rhythm, getting tired at appropriate times at night thanks to melatonin released by the body, and waking up with the birds feeling refreshed and recharged.

6. Unexplained Headaches

The source of some headaches is easy to identify, either from a stressful day or being around a lot of noise. But if you suffer from regular headaches with no obvious cause it may be just the time for a detox.

A headache is a pretty reliable way for your body to tell you that something isn’t right. It gets your attention and can bring your world to standstill if it’s bad enough. Rather than treat the symptom of pain, it’s best to see if your headaches are being caused by a toxic state.

Before trying yet another pain reliever or worrying that you’ll have these headaches for the rest of your life, try a detox program to see if the problem is too many toxins. Just be warned, your headaches may worsen during the detoxification process, but when it’s complete they should be gone, or at least greatly reduced.

How a Detox Helps: A detox gets rid of impurities in the body that may be making you more prone to a headache.

7. Skin Problems/Allergic Reactions

You may have noticed that your skin has been having issues, and nothing that you’ve tried has been able to fix it.

A topical treatment isn’t going to help if the cause of your skin problem is excessive toxicity in the body. It’s time to get to the root cause and follow a proven detox program that lists skin conditions as one of the symptoms it can relieve.

One thing to keep in mind is that a side effect of doing a detox is often rashes and other skin problems, especially if many toxins are being released. These will subside by the time the process has finished, and should not be confused as a worsening of your problem.

How a Detox Helps: A detox works at the source of the problem, ridding the body of toxins that can lead to rashes, outbreaks, and allergic reactions on the skin.

So there you have it. They key here is to create a Lifestyle that you can stick to, this is not a quick fix. Once you detox your body you need to change your diet as well. Eating foods that aren’t good for you & using products that aren’t safe will only add new toxins into your body. Our environment already has a lot of toxins within it, but the good news is that once your body is healthy & functioning at maximum level, it can release those toxins naturally!

As for your mind, creating new thought patterns & awareness is key to a healthy mind. It does take effort but so does doing nothing! So what’s a mind/body detox worth to you? Are you willing to try it for the 21 days without giving up? What ware you at risk for if you don’t start making some changes? Hummm

Of course I can recommend products that I use daily & absolutely love. Here is my daily regimen:

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Hydra Slim – use 10ml in a bottle of water & sip throughout the day. This helps metabolize glucose, fats & carbs while detoxing your body. Full of super fruits/greens & tastes great! Preservative free, eliminates bloating, water, re-balances body’s internal system, rids toxins, controls appetite, speeds up digestion, sugar free & aids in weight loss.

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ActiVate – These capsules have replaced 4 cups of coffee per day for me (I was drinking about 5 cups per day, now I drink one)! Whether you need an instant burst of energy (to catch up with the kids or help you go that little bit longer at the gym), a BOOST to your weight loss or you simply want to add some “health” to your diet.

Ingredients include: GUARANA POWDER, GREEN TEA EXTRACT, PRICKLY PEAR POWDER, RASPBERRY KETONE EXTRACT, CITRUS, AURANTIUM POWDER, PINEAPPLE EXTRACT, GRAPE MARC EXTRACT, PAPAYA EXTRACT

Probiotics – I take one capsule a day it contains 10 unique strands of bacteria & 30 billion active colony forming bacteria. I get mine at Walmart, I found that Renew Life Ultimate Flora was ranked #2 with having the most live bacteria in their capsules, & for the price of about $25 for 50 it’s so worth it!

Drink, Drink, DRINK at least 6 bottles of water a day. This helps flush out toxins & helps is weight loss in so many ways!

Eliminate refined sugar, decrease salt intake & PLEASE stay away from soda! ANY soda, I found out that soda contains 46 grams of sugar per can! That’s almost 2 ounces of sugar!!! It contains High Fructose Corn Syrup which is highly addictive & causes your body to slow down!

If you are interested in doing the 21 Day Detox? Join my Facebook Group here for more ideas, tips & this 21 day guided Mind & Body Detox.

Till next time………..

How To Get Silky Sun-Kissed Glowing Skin

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In the world of body oils, there’s a fine line between glowing like a Goddess rising from the Brazilian surf and shimmering like a sixth-grader heading to a school dance.

Achieving a “sun-kissed” look is the goal of many during the summer, and even in the months beyond — the right mixture of color and sparkle has the power to elevate a good tan, and even make pale skin look like it occasionally sees the sunlight. Living in Florida, I’m expected to be gloriously tan pretty much 365 days of the year, mostly by my New York friends & family. I’m so excited about this luxurious product enhancing my Florida glow.

This summer it’s all about that glitter and glow. I love the fact that this is a dry oil infused with glimmer & it’s non greasy! The oil magically absorbs into your skin almost instantly and doesn’t leave any oily residue. I loved that you get an obvious glow without looking greasy or sweaty, just an amazing silky glow.

This shimmering oil leaves the skin soft, smooth and glowing. Subtle gold particles add alluring shimmer to exposed areas or gloss to lustrous hair. While gold flecks highlight skin beautifully, this is the most impressive of treatment oils, infused with Argania Spinosa Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, & Shea Butter Oil.

For $17.50, you can experience this luxury …A definite MUST TRY!

Till next time……………………

Great Summer Starter!

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WOW, I can’t believe we are able to offer these products at this price! For the cost of ONE expensive product, you can get 8 HIGH-END products! This is only while supplies last! So act NOW! Here’s what you get:

  1. Capil Conditioning Hair Mask – Sulfate-Free Isoflavone Conditioning Mask is designed especially to gently nourish hair, without adding weight. Great for dry, brittle, frizzy damaged hair.  My hair not only grew faster & healthier, but having curly hair, it’s NOT dry or frizzy EVEN in the Florida weather!
  2. Vesuvio Mineral Mask – This mask mask boasts an impressive list of ingredients including Volcanic soil, Maris Limus Dead Sea silt, Camellia Sinesis green tea extract & Sodium Hyaluronate. MY Favorite!
  3. Mesoderm Cream – Mesolift or active Mesotherapy is today one of the most effective medical techniques in the field of revitalisation. It consists of micro-injections of a cocktail of vitamins, amino acids, trace elements, hyaluronic acid, plant extracts and minerals. This product WILL change how your skin looks, feels and behaves. This highly advanced proprietary Neuropeptide treatment activates surface renewal of the dermis to reveal visibly younger looking skin. It addresses loss of elasticity while re-energising and hydrating skin. It dramatically diminishes the appearance of deep lines and helps to reduce wrinkles and correct the signs of photo damage. Formulated with a combination of the most powerful anti-ageing ingredients that nourish, repair and lift the appearance of skin, while delivering superior antioxidant protection. I use this is as my day cream. This is the perfect cream for day & night.
  4. Marine Collagen Lotion – This one is also on my Daily routine list…Want the firming results of a body wrap? TRY this! Collagen is the main structural protein present in the skin. It gives body tissues form, strength and firmness. Great for stretch marks, cellulite & overall firming. Amazing scent!
  5. Phyto Body Lotion –  Skin dry? Too much sun? Does your skin feel & look like it needs moisture? Get all the softness of a formula rich in plant extracts and Shea butter in a moisturizing lotion with a light texture. Your gonna love this! This is my “I Got Too Much Sun” lotion.
  6. Chocolate Mint & Mixed Berry Shakes –  Get BOTH boxes of these Dairy Free Shakes! Great for making ice cream & many snacks with. You can even bake with these! I make ice cream & muffins with our shakes!
  7. Skyscraper Mascara – I know all mascaras claim to give you longer lashes, BUT this really does deliver! No waterproof but water resistant. YEP I use this everyday too. This is officially my favorite mascara now. Made with Beeswax, Vitamin E and Vitamin C.
  8. Concealer – Enriched with Beeswax and Vitamin E. I love our High Definition liquid Foundation (HD) so I honestly don’t use concealer cause our foundation is awesome & I don’t need it! BUT if you DON’T use foundation & just wanna cover up under eye circles, blemishes, and dark spots, then this  smooth, creamy concealer is for you!

Order Yours Today!

 

Wash Your Face with a Potato?!?

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What is the Konjac Sponge?

Ever heard of a konjac sponge? It’s true the konjac sponge makes a fabulous facial treatment! Well, to start, it might be interesting to know that konjac actually comes from a potato-like plant in Asia that is both cultivated and grows wild at high altitudes. Konjac sponges are made from the dried and ground root of the konjac, that’s native to Asia. These squishy sponges are used in your cleansing routine to help you more effectively dislodge, dirt, oil, and blackheads. The Japanese have used Konjac for over 1500 years as a food source and over the last century have been using the Konjac potato as a beauty treatment. The Konjac sponge has been handmade from the vegetable fibre of this plant along with French clays and some contain pure charcoal from bamboo. As a result, the Konjac sponge is extremely gentle and 100% biodegradable – you can compost it when it’s time for a new one.

What Does the Konjac Sponge Do?

I’m a big fan of body brushing for its ability to increase circulation, exfoliate and cleanse pores. A konjac sponge is like body brushing for your face. It’s also helpful for dry patches, acne, blackheads and eczema.

Konjac naturally nourishes with vitamins A, B, C, D and E, proteins, lipids, fatty acids, copper, zinc, iron, and magnesium. This wonder veggie even has antioxidants and has historically been used to suppress tumors. Unlike other exfoliators that harm the environment, konjac is completely natural, non-toxic, and biodegradable (no harmful plastic microbeads needed!)

The Konjac sponge is an extremely gentle cleanser for both face and body. I have two separate sponges, one for my body and one for my face. The sponge acts as a gentle exfoliator, rubbing off dead skin cells in the most delicate manner. The extra soft texture means that its ok for anyone to use,  babies included (they even have a sponge for babies too!). While this won’t replace your makeup remover (eye makeup more specifically) it can gently take off much of your face makeup in a matter of minutes.

Better yet, the konjac sponge has enough innate cleansing properties on its own that some people have success using it with just water.

How Do I Use the Konjac Sponge?

When you pick up your sponge it will be dry and hard. You will need to wet it under warm water until it’s completely soaked through and soft. Once it is wet and puffy, simply use the flat side in a circular motion around your face to exfoliate and remove dirt and grime. This circular massaging will stimulate tired skin & encourage skin renewal – and we can all use a bit of that!

Konjac sponges feel finer than washcloths, and they’re softer than loofahs and many other face exfoliators. A water barrier forms over the surface of the sponge which makes it feel very slick (almost slimy), but in a good way. Because of its bouncy, rubbery texture, it makes a rich lather using less cleanser than you’d normally need with a washcloth. It dries quickly in between uses to prevent bacteria or mold from building up in it, whereas a washcloth might stay damp in between uses. When you replace them often (about 2-3 months) there’s no danger of using a dirty, moldy germ-infested sponge on your visage.

The texture is a little similar to the typical white makeup sponges.

  1. When you first get a konjac sponge you’ll notice it’s small and hard. Soak the sponge in warm water for about 15 minutes or until almost doubled in size before the first use. Once you’ve used it, it will only need soaking for a minute or two before it softens and expands to about one and a half times its size.
  2. Gently squeeze (don’t twist!) the excess water out by pressing the konjac sponge between your palms. Don’t be rough with it. Apply a small amount of cleanser (if desired), or just use the sponge plain.
  3. Rub the konjac sponge on the face in upward, circular motions. Concentrate on dry or blackhead-prone areas. It’s a mild exfoliator, so it may feel like you need to scrub hard to get it to work, but that isn’t necessary. These sponges will remove dirt, sunscreen, and even makeup. (You may need to use a little bit of coconut oil to remove heavy eye makeup though.)
  4. Rinse the konjac sponge well with cool water and gently squeeze the excess water out by pressing the sponge between your palms. Don’t twist, wring, or pull on it.
  5. Hang it to dry, or put it on a rack so there’s airflow. Alternately, you can keep the sponge in a sealed container in your fridge. Make sure to store it away from light and humidity. Right next to your steamy shower isn’t the best option.

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How Long Will My Sponge Last & How to Care for It?

Like all good things, it must come to an end, but not for at least 2 – 3 months depending on how you care for it. By ensuring that it completely dries out in between uses (there is a handy string for that) and that your sponge is never wrung out (always press between your hands to remove excess water during use), you will give your sponge a longer life.

Make sure that before and after each use, you rinse the sponge well – you can disinfect your sponge every other week by boiling it for a few minutes (but don’t do this too often, as again it will break down the fibers faster).

When it starts to break apart and deteriorate, it is time for a  new sponge. Simply compost this sponge (it is 100% natural material, and completely safe – and earth friendly – to do so). You can even put it in the bottom of a potted plant to help retain moisture in the soil – yes, it is that natural!

I am in love with this product, so I would love to hear from any of you who have used the Konjac Sponge.

Now that you know what they are, why wait… pick one up for yourself here!

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Till next time………………..