Ayurveda for Great Skin

In my little quest to get my skin back on track from messing around with too many products, I recently re-acquainted myself with the ancient medical system of Ayurveda. If you are not familiar with Ayurveda, it is an excellent addition to your current skin care and nutrition practices. I love Ayurveda because it ties in closely to what I already know and follow in regards to caring for my overall health and physical appearance. There is an intricate, inseparable connection between your inner health and outer beauty, since the state of your inner health is reflected outside and any problems (e.g. acne, dryness, hair loss, etc.) are not to be ignored. To use Ayurveda properly, you should know your dosha (i.e. body type) by taking a free test that will help you determine if you are a pitta, vata, or kapha dosha — or even a mix of two or all three. Here are some resources for free dosha tests (I recommend you take 2-3 to make sure you get the most accurate outcome): What’s Your Dosha? The Chopra Dosha Quiz Ayurveda Test for Body Type Atharv Ayur Dosha Calculator Once you know your dosha, the sites I recommend above have information on your dosha and how to balance it. I discovered that my dosha is Pitta-Vata, and that I had too much fire (pitta) in my system which was exacerbating my dry skin problem. Essentially I just needed to relax and quell the fire! So I have taken a temporary break from my usual circuit training and replaced it with more yoga, I’m listening to relaxing music...

Grow Your Hair Longer & Thicker

online payday loans direct lenders no credit checkwww.lulufashioncoach.com/scripts/ This is a favorite topic of mine because I have fine hair that is naturally curly, and I’ve always been interested in making my hair longer and thicker. This is all the information I have gathered for the last several years. I also just discovered an awesome YouTube channel yesterday called YouTips4U, with some great information on growing and caring for long hair, so definitely check her out when you get a chance. Here’s the YouTube video if you want to watch: {A LITTLE FACT} Everyone’s hair is different, and the following tips will simply help you to maximize your hair growth potential. The average hair growth per month is 1/2″ though some people may grow 3/4″ or 1″ per month. Don’t stress if your hair grows the average of 1/2″ — this is genetically predetermined, but you can do a lot to prevent breakage and stimulate healthy, thicker hair growth. {TIP #1} Get your protein. Your hair keratin grows from the inside out, so your protein and overall nutrition intake is of utmost importance. After much trial and error with my diet, I discovered that without a doubt, including some grass-fed animal products gives me thicker, healthier, shinier hair. On the other hand, I have one friend in particular that was completely vegan for several years and still grew a thick mop of hair. Pay attention to your individual needs — one size does not fit all! I compiled the following list of protein-rich foods for you (I purposely excluded protein-rich foods that are unfriendly to our hormones, weight, and...

Get Flawless Skin With No Makeup – Part I

Natural beauty is just that — natural. It means you don’t have to slather on seven layers of makeup in order to appear to have beautiful skin. So how would you like to wake up in the morning and be comfortable walking out the door with minimal or no makeup? Here’s how. {STEP #1} Your Skin Reflects Your Food Choices Unfortunate, but true. If you’re really motivated about wanting beautiful, flawless, dewy skin, then you are going to have to re-evaluate what you eat. This is not about going on a crazy diet, this is you simply taking better care of your body, which reflects onto your skin. Granted, some people may have good skin even while eating McDonald’s and going out drinking, but this will catch up to them eventually (plus, even if it’s not showing up on their face, their insides are still unhealthy, which leads to more severe problems than just pimples and wrinkles). Don’t think for a second that our bodies are perfectly equipped to handle everything on their own and we don’t need to do anything further to help out. Our bodies are bombarded with more crap in our air, food, and water than ever before in human history, and it can never hurt to simply help our bodies deal with these waste products more efficiently. Why make your body work harder than it already has to by drinking, smoking, and eating improperly? Here is your main focus when it comes to getting flawless skin: Eat an unprocessed, nutrient-dense diet in order to allow your liver, kidneys, adrenal and thyroid glands, and intestines to...

Banish Dark Circles For Good! Part I

I started seeking an under-eye circle solution as soon as I was old enough to realize I had these hereditary little nuggets. At age 15, I started wearing concealer and if I didn’t, I would invariably get a question like, “Oh my goodness, are you sick?” No, but thanks for the concern, that’s just the veins showing through my incredibly pale, thin under-eye skin thankyouverymuch! Then at 19, I discovered that dermatologists and plastic surgeons were able to correct certain types of under-eye circles with lasers. I went for a few consultations, and one doctor wanted to inject ass fat under my eyes to thicken the skin a bit. No thanks. Another doctor suggested Restylane to fill in the area just above the veins so they wouldn’t show through. Uh, no again. Especially since the injection methods would have been risky to my eyesight (the needles are fine and can accidentally be injected into a vein, which could lead into your eye, which could cause temporary or permanent vision problems). So I finally settled on my dermatologist, who was regularly using laser to close off little veins. I was her very first under-eye circle patient. Now, there are many veins surrounding the eye, and I wanted to get rid of the more obvious ones so that I didn’t appear sick or beat-up. What the laser would accomplish is closing off the more obvious veins, whereupon they would re-route themselves deeper under the skin. The laser procedure was pretty simple. In the room were two assistants, my dermatologist, my mom, and, of course, me — laying quite still on the...

Get Naturally Beautiful in One Night (Plus 10% Off Silk Pillowcases Until December 31st)

I think it’s pretty safe to say that most of us prefer to have good things arrive quickly and stay forever. Natural beauty is no different — we desire it to be there our entire lives. It can be with us since birth, but leave quickly in our young adult years due to internal and external neglect. Or it can come to us later in life, when we first learn how to really take care of ourselves and unleash the beauty that’s been hiding. Either way, one thing is eternally important to natural beauty: Sleep. Yes yes, you sleep by default, but sleeping properly will bring you infinitely more energy, health, and therefore, beauty. We have all been taught to “get your 8 hours of sleep!” but without any decent explanation. Sleep is restorative to our brain and every cell in our bodies. Whether you are a monophasic or polyphasic sleeper, the amount of time you spend sleeping is a chance for your body to work on repairs and generate an even chemical playing field for your brain. University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Medical School have completed studies indicating that a good night’s sleep regulates your mood and helps you cope with the challenges of your waking hours. Well-rested people are happier, less-stressed, and more consistent with their moods. They also tend to smile more, be friendlier, and because their brains are better equipped to deal with stress, there is less silent impact on their cells (i.e. inflammation, oxidation/free radical damage), and therefore their outward appearance is more naturally beautiful. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: less...