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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's a Margarita Spa!

Happy National Margarita Day Everyone! What ever your preference is, frosted or on the rocks, everyone likes to have a yummy margarita from time to time. The main ingredient used in margaritas is of course lime juice. Lime is not only found in margaritas, the oil extracted from its peel or skin is extensively used in body oils, cosmetics, hair products, beauty soaps, disinfectants, skin care products, nail care products, & lots of other products. There are many benefits for your hair, skin, & nails when it comes to lime juice, it has been used to protect skin from several infections, as a bleaching agent, & its disinfectant, antibiotic and antioxidant properties aid in skin rejuvenation.

Where do you usually keep your limes? In your fridge, in the kitchen, so after cooking up a meal with a really intense aroma like seafood, sometimes it’s hard to get rid of the smell from your hands or they just don’t feel 100% clean. Try using lime juice, its disinfectant properties can be used as a hand sanitizer or deodorizer.  Put it in a small bowl & wash your hands with the lime juice, then rinse your hands with water. The disinfectant properties in limes can also be used in the your bathing regimen, sweat & body odor can be tackled easily by mixing lime juice in bath water. Lime juice can be used as a last hair rinse for adding shine to hair & for removing the grime left behind by shampoo as well as conditioner. This is especially good for those that have trouble with dandruff, an oily scalp, or easily get build up from hair products.

Lime juice & oil is a natural beauty aid to having beautiful, healthy skin since it is full of vitamin c & antioxidants. Vitamin C is key to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells & blood vessels & gives skin its firmness & strength. It also rejuvenates the skin when applied externally as its acids scrub out the dead cells (a natural exfoliator) & giving your skin’s appearance a youthful glow. Lime juice can also help with breakouts (pimples) & is known to help control oily skin, improve dull & greasy complexions, improve rough dry skin spots, relieve tired eyes, & lessen the appearance of sunspots, age spots, & light freckles.

Here are just a few things that you can maybe use with all those extra limes after celebrating National Margarita Day.

Hope these remedies help. Cheers!

Homemade Margarita Body Scrub:

Things You'll Need:
1 cup fine sea salt 
2 oz. olive oil 
Juice of one lime 
3/4 oz. white tequila

1. Mix ingredients in a waterproof container. If mixture is too gritty, add a little more olive oil. 
2. While showering, rub mixture into the skin in a circular motion. 
3. Rinse until all of the salt mixture is off your skin. 
4. Apply lotion after getting out of the shower.
A very easy recipe that works well because lime & tequila are natural antiseptics, so they detoxify the skin & help improve tone & texture.
Try this at home with your loved, it will fun & the both of you will have soft, smooth skin. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Facials: The Many Benefits...

The 7 Golden Rules of Facial Care: How marvelous it is to look in the mirror and see a healthy, radiant glow emanating from your reflection. The secrets to a vibrant complexion lie in the golden rules of facial care. 

They include (1) focusing on proper skin care (cleanse, tone, moisturize topically, massage and protect), (2) enhancing proper circulation, (3) enjoying adequate sleep, (4) following a nutritious diet and taking supplements, (5) avoiding toxins, (6) keeping negative stressors to a minimum, and (7) receiving regular facial massage sessions. These are key ingredients for maintaining a vibrant, glowing complexion.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS - Facial massage reduces the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles; relaxes the face; calms the nervous system; diminishes tension headaches; stimulates circulation; assists in reducing sinus congestion; helps the skin absorb hydrating lotions; accelerates the lymphatic flow; and nourishes, hydrates, detoxifies, and tones the skin.

MENTAL BENEFITS - Facial massage assists in mental relaxation, enhances the capacity for calm thinking, redirects the focus of attention from stress and worry to relaxation, rejuvenation, and refreshment. Excess cortisol created by stress harms collagen and elastin production, thus making stress one of the major causes of premature aging. What are the benefits of receiving facial massage as part of your self-nurturing and ongoing well-being? The benefits are three-fold: physical, mental, and emotional.

EMOTIONAL BENEFITS - Facial massage calms emotional activity and contributes to a feeling of relaxation. It creates a feeling of well-being, reduces levels of anxiety, restores energy by stimulating blood flow, increases awareness of the mind-body connection, and satisfies the need for caring and nurturing touch. What can you do to maintain healthy skin in-between facial massage sessions? It is essential to give your skin daily attention. 

Suggestions for nurturing self-care between facial massage sessions include: drinking more pure water (think of it as moisturizing your skin from the inside out); using sun protection; managing stress; scheduling sufficient sleep; easing up on alcohol, caffeine and sugar; eating a well balanced diet; taking daily supplements; exercising regularly; eliminating smoking; changing your pillowcase often; avoiding touching your face; and cleansing your face before going to bed.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What did your Valentine's Day Roses Mean?

Now that Valentine’s Day has come & gone, I’m sure you have vases & bouquets of beautiful roses on your office desk or at home. It’s too bad those beauties don’t live forever. But in the meantime, as you admire their beauty, wouldn’t you like to know what the different colors mean? I know I did…Here’s what I found…

Red Roses
Red roses convey a simple message: "I love you". This makes them the ultimate symbol of romantic love and the most popular choice on Valentine’s Day. Other meanings for red roses include desire, passion, courage, respect, beauty and sincerity. A red rosebud symbolizes purity and loveliness.

Coral Roses
Coral roses speak of desire and passion.

Lilac or Lavender Roses
Lilac roses reveal love at first sight or enchantment.

Orange Roses
Orange roses communicate desire, enthusiasm and fascination. They make an excellent choice for a new relationship that you wish to pursue further.

Peach Roses
Peach roses express gratitude, appreciation, admiration or sympathy. They can also convey sociability and friendship and send the message "Let's get together". A pale peach rose symbolizes modesty.

Pink Roses
In general, pink roses symbolize grace, gentility and happiness and express appreciation and gratitude.

Pale Pink Roses
Pale pink roses connote grace, joy, gentility and gratitude.

Light Pink Roses
Light pink roses suggest happiness and fun. Like all pink roses, they also convey admiration and appreciation.

Deep Pink Roses
Deep pink roses say "Thank you". They also express appreciation, admiration, sincerity and sympathy.

White Roses
Second only to red roses in popularity, white roses symbolize truth and innocence. They also represent silence, secrecy, reverence, humility, youthfulness and charm. You can use them to say, "You're heavenly", "I miss you" and "I’m worthy of you". A white rosebud symbolizes girlhood.

Yellow Roses
Yellow roses symbolize friendship and freedom, so are not specifically romantic roses. They convey congratulations, joy, gladness and delight. But they also promise a new beginning, say "Welcome back" and "Remember me", and can convey jealousy and caring. Yellow roses with red tips convey friendship and falling in love.

Dead Roses
Dead roses in any color convey "It's over!"

Rose color combos:

Red and Yellow Roses
Expresses happiness and celebration

Red and White Roses
Symbolizes unity and harmony or an engagement

White and Yellow Roses
Symbolizes harmony

Red and Pink Roses
Deeper meaning to a romantic relationship

Pink and Yellow Roses
Expression of friendship

Lavender and Orange Roses
You’re falling in love or desired

Hope learning the meaning of your Valentine’s Day Roses was as fun & interesting for you as it was for me. My roses were beautiful…they symbolized Unity & Harmony…And that is exactly how I feel when I am with my husband…they were perfect. <3