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10 Beauty Foods For Glowing Skin And Shiny Hair

“Beauty from the inside out is what we’re going for with a healthy lifestyle.

Rather than looking to your vanity table for a beauty fix, take a look in your kitchen — you might be surprised how much what you eat can affect your skin and hair!

1. Dark chocolate

Contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause acne. In fact, research has shown that dark chocolate even protects skin from sun damage. Chocolate, or rather raw cacao, contains anti-aging antioxidants called flavonoids, which fight free radicals to protect your skin from UV damage and prevent the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and skin discolorations.

Chocolate also makes you feel happy — when you eat it, the brain releases endorphins, your body’s natural feel-good chemical, and phenylethylamine, which elicits the head-over-heels feeling of falling in love. When you feel good, you look good.

2. Walnuts

Walnuts contain nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E that help your skin stay smooth and plump. Walnuts also protect your hair from sun damage and keep it lustrous and shiny. Get your daily dose of by eating a handful raw or throwing some chopped walnuts in your salad, pasta or dessert.

3. Spinach

Spinach contains a triple dose of wrinkle-fighting antioxidants: vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene. These all work together to protect your skin from the sun’s aging UV rays (but you should still wear sunscreen, of course). Enjoy spinach in salads, green smoothies, or lightly sautéed with coconut oil, garlic and a dash of sea salt.

4. Lentils

These legumes are a good source of protein and iron, which support full-bodied hair. Enjoy them as a side dish, in a hearty soup, or make your own lentil-veggie burgers.

5. Chia seeds

These tiny seeds are packed with protein, fiber, and loads of omega-3s — all great for your skin and hair. Since chia seeds absorb up to 12 times their weight in water, they also keep you feeling fuller longer. Enjoy them as a pudding, in smoothies, or as an egg substitute in vegan baking.

6. Almonds

Almonds are rich in flavonoids and vitamin E, which is vital to skin health. They can help ward off damaging free radicals and even oxidative damage caused by smoking. Almonds also make a great source of satisfying fiber and protein, and their manganese and selenium content helps keep your hair shiny. Snack on a handful of almonds, or enjoy them in almond butter spread on apple slices.

7. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds provide a huge boost of omega-3 fatty acids, which are beyond good for you. Preliminary studies have shown that both omega-6 and omega- 3 fatty acids help prevent or treat skin conditions like acne and eczema. The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s can also maintain a healthy rate of skin cell renewal. To ensure your body absorbs all these beauty-boosting benefits, eat flaxseeds in ground or “meal” form.

8. Avocados

Avocados are the ultimate “get gorgeous” food. Ever seen shampoos or facial masks using avocados? There’s a reason for that.

Key for hair, skin, and nails, the monounsaturated fatty acids packed into these creamy treats not only help lower bad cholesterol levels, but also reduce the appearance of aging in skin. Avocados also contain antioxidants, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and folate, and one avocado is packed with more potassium than a medium banana — nearly 700 milligrams! Eat avocado in guacamole, sliced on top of a salad or sandwich, or even with a spoon — we won’t judge.

9. Berries

Berries are loaded with anti-inflammatory agents and vitamins that help protect you from premature aging. The antioxidants in berries help minimize the damage of free radicals, which can accelerate wrinkle formation and cause disease. Additionally, berries are packed with vitamin C, which keeps skin firm and strong. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is essential to the production of collagen, a protein that aids in the growth of cells and blood vessels. Eat a handful of your favorite berry with breakfast, or pureed into a smoothie.

10. Seaweed

Sea vegetables like nori or wakame are loaded with iron and phytonutrients. All of these nutrients can help you attain gorgeous, supple skin. Iron, manganese, iodine, copper, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, and selenium — all found in sea vegetables — are essential for gorgeous hair, skin, and nails. Enjoy these in mixed green salads, toss some wakame into your miso soup, or wrap up some veggies in nori sheets to make nori rolls.”

This article and more found ~ here ~

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/thrive-market/beauty-foods-for-glowing-skin-shiny-hair_b_7192880.html

Photo credit: Paul Delmont, Thrive Market

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    Top Ten Foods for Healthy Hair

    The Nutrients Your Hair Needs

    Written or reviewed by a board-certified physician

    Healthy hair relies on certain essential nutrients, including protein, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, zinc, calcium, biotin and vitamins A, C, E and D. Eating a healthy balanced diet should provide you with all these nutrients, especially if you include these top ten foods for healthy hair.

    Salmon and tuna are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D, but even though they’re rich in omega-3 fats they’re not high in total fats or calories. Add salmon or tuna to a fresh green salad or enjoy them as sushi. Canned tuna and salmon can be kept on hand and used in a number of recipes. Herring, sardines and trout are also rich in omega-3s.

    Spinach, Swiss chard and kale are excellent sources of vitamin A, iron, calcium and vitamin C. They’re also low in calories so they’ll also help you keep a trim waistline. Use raw green as a base for your salads or sauté them with a little olive oil and garlic and serve as a healthy side.

    Almonds, pecans and walnuts are rich in plant proteins, biotin, minerals and vitamin E. Walnuts are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Eat raw walnuts as a snack or top your salads with toasted pecans. Sprinkle some almonds on green beans or other cooked veggies.

    Sweet potatoes and yams are packed with vitamin A, plus they contain vitamin C, iron and calcium. Serve whipped sweet potatoes as a tasty side dish or bake sweet potatoes and top them with a little molasses, which adds even more calcium.

    Eggs are an excellent source of protein and biotin, and they contain vitamins A and E iron and calcium. Eggs produced by hens fed special diets, called ‘omega eggs’ are also good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

    Dry beans, lentils and soy are rich in protein, zinc, iron and biotin. Baked beans can be used as a topping for baked white or sweet potatoes. Or serve lentil soup with a fresh green salad.

    Oysters are extremely high in zinc plus they’re a rich source of protein. Enjoy raw oysters on the half shell, prepared as Oysters Rockefeller, or make oyster stew for dinner.

    Dairy products are high in protein, vitamin D and calcium. Go with low or non-fat milk and cheese to cut back on some of the calories. Serve Greek yogurt with honey, berries and nuts for a delicious breakfast or healthy dessert. Alternatively, milk made from almonds, soy or rice is also a good choice.

    Red bell peppers are high in vitamins A and C, plus they’re super low in calories. Top a salad with raw red pepper slices. Roast them with an assortment of veggies or add them to a stir-fry.

    Beef is an excellent source of protein and zinc. It can be high in fats and calories, so choose a leaner cut like a filet mignon. Grass-fed beef has a better fatty acid profile. Add thin slices of steak to a salad or use lean cuts of beef in a stir-fry.

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      7 Household Plants to Soothe Your Health & Beauty Woes

      Plants that will make you pretty, inside and out
      by EMILY WOODRUFF

      Breathe Easy With English Ivy
      The one thing DIY blogs and Home Depot enthusiasts gloss over: The nasty smells and chemicals that come with revamping your home. The solution? English Ivy. NASA scientists list the vine as the No. 1 best air-filtering houseplant. It sucks up formaldehyde, a carcinogen produced by household cleaning products, plywood, particle board and other pressed wood, like cabinets and engineered or laminate hardwood floors.

      Remember With Rosemary
      Have you ever made your way to your car after shopping to find you, um, can’t remember where you left said vehicle? If you answered, “No, because I can never find my keys to make it to the store,” consider growing rosemary in your home. A recent study found that the carnosic acid in the plant improves circulation to the brain, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

      Keep a small pot of this low-maintenance herb in your home to reap the benefits — studies have shown that just smelling the aroma of rosemary improves memory. To really get your brain blood pumping, steep a sprig in hot water for five minutes to create an anti-amnesia tea.

      Stressed? Take a Whiff of Lavender
      Lavender: Not just for the ol’ underwear drawer. Taken orally in pill form, it’s been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety, like insomnia and depression. In one study, just a whiff of the scent reduced the feelings of unease that accompanied a trip to the tooth doctor. While we won’t dub it the new laughing gas just yet, we might plant one outside the dentist’s office.

      To bring a sense of calm into your home, grow this plant in a medium or large bucket in an area that gets plenty of direct sunlight. Once it blooms, snip off individual stems and hang them upside down to dry. Scatter the dried blooms in a bath and settle in for a relaxing, lavender-infused soak.

      Lady Palm for Your Sneezing and Wheezing
      This plant targets airborne ammonia, an enemy of the respiratory system and a major component of both household cleaners and animal waste. So, if you’ve got a pet, you’re inhaling this eye, nose and lung irritant, whether you’re obsessed over cleaning up after it or just pretending the kitty litter is self-cleaning. OCD neat freaks and crazy cat hoarders alike can help counteract the gas with this easy-to-care for indoor plant.

      Shoo Flies With Catnip
      It’s not that we like being covered in bug bites, it’s just that we’re not willing to cover ourselves in chemicals to avoid them. Enter: catnip. Research suggests that it repels mosquitoes 10 times more effectively than the chemical repellant DEET. To create your own natural repellent, simply crush the leaves and rub them on your skin or clothing. Just make sure you’re not in cat country — or worse, cougar country — when you apply it.

      Face-Plant Into Aloe Vera
      It’s known for taking the sting out of sunburns, but the gel that oozes from this plant can also make your acne cream more effective. In a study, those who applied aloe vera after applying a retinoid prescribed for acne experienced a 90 percent reduction in acne, compared to a 65 percent reduction in those who used the retinoid alone. If you’d rather have 10 percent of your acne, compared to 35 percent (this is not a trick question), slap on some aloe vera 10 to 15 minutes after applying your retinoid.

      SEE NEXT PAGE: Chamomile: the Wrinkle-Reducing ChampionChamomile: the Wrinkle-Reducing Champion
      Chamomile, long celebrated for its ability to aid in digestion, contains alpha-bisabolol, a compound that reportedly slows down the aging process by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One study found that alpha-bisabolol reduces hyperpigmentation more effectively than arbutin, the most common skin lightening ingredient.

      To slow the hands of time, add dried chamomile flowers to distilled water and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to steep for 20 minutes, then store the mixture in an airtight bottle in the fridge. Apply it twice daily in place of a toner, and watch with wonder as that alpha-bisabolol goes to work on your red spots, dark marks and wrinkles.

      Article found at: http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/slideshows/best-indoor-plants-140819/page7

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        Yoga Poses to Tame Holiday Stress Instantly

        Take a break from in-laws, company and holiday budgeting with this easy mood-soother

        by HAYLEY MASON

        The holidays are a joyous time filled with treats, gifts and togetherness; it’s also filled with company that stays too long, nosy in-laws and some stress on the checkbook. The American Psychological Association reports that, during the holidays, 69 percent of people are stressed from lack of time, 69 percent from lack of money and 51 percent over the pressure to give or receive gifts.

        Rather than hitting the gym to burn off tension and anxiety (face it, you’re not making it there over the holidays), turn to these stress-relieving yoga poses from Nadia Narain, yoga instructor to stars like Reese Witherspoon and Kate Moss. “I like yoga, because you need to be connected to your breath, and it works on the nervous system as well as the physical body,” says Narain.

        In her new DVD, “Everyday Yoga for Stress Release,” Narain focuses on three areas of practice — one for burning off tension with strengthening, flowing poses; another for when you’re burnt out and exhausted, in need of lighter activity; and a third to relieve emotional stress (i.e. the sure-to-happen-at-least-once family fight). Here, the yoga poses for relieving all your stressful holiday woes.

        If a Flight Home Isn’t in the Cards
        The main cause of emotional stress during the holiday season: loneliness. If you’re stuck in a different city than family or mourning the loss of a loved one, release tension with this upbeat, non-traditional pose.

        The Pose:
        Bouncing Release

        Start in a standing position. Stretch your arms up and over your head, and begin shaking out your wrists, relieving tension from the body. Start loosening your fingers, hands and arms as you shake. “Releasing stress, tension, unwinding, undoing,” describes Narain.

        Start to bounce through the knees, beginning to jump. Move your hips side-to-side and keep jumping for 30 seconds.

        Slow down to a standing position, but keep shaking out the arms and wrists. Keep breathing, softening the shoulders, then reaching your arms up and stretching to the sky, inhaling as you do so. Next, exhale, releasing the arms down.

        Narain instructs to breathe in and out as you feel the energy running through you, stretching your arms and neck if you’d like.

        After the bounce and release pose, step to the front of your mat and bring your hands into prayer position. Inhale, reaching your arms up, then exhale, bending forward and bringing your hands to your shins.

        As you inhale, straighten your arms and lift your chest, bringing your head up slightly. Then as you exhale, bring your hands back behind your legs and your head down. Inhale, stretching all the way up and bringing hands to the sky. Then exhale, dropping back to your shins. Repeat the sequence one to two more times.

        Why It Soothes:
        “I created this sequence with a few different elements that are not strictly yoga poses,” says Narain. “Just allow a bit more freestyle, rather than being strict with instructions and alignment.” You can also add cobbler’s pose to the end of the sequence to release tension further.

        When Your In-Laws Are Driving You Crazy
        If you find yourself grinding your jaw or taking to the eggnog a little too heavily, you’re probably feeling some pent-up tension and stress. To burn it off, add more movement into your yoga routine.

        The Pose:
        Strengthening, Flowing Sequences

        Start at the front of your mat with your hands in prayer position. Inhale, reaching arms up to the sky. Exhale, folding down at the waist and bringing your fingertips to your toes. (Narain advises to bend slightly at the knees if you feel too much pull.) Inhale, lifting the chest and stepping your right foot back into a lunge. As you exhale, move into downward facing dog. Inhale, going into a straight-armed plank pose. Then as you exhale, press back into downward facing dog again.

        Next, inhale, lifting your arms above your head and bringing yourself into crescent pose (a high lunge with arms stretched over your head). Hold this pose for a breath or two, sinking slightly deeper into the pose if you can.

        Bring both your hands to the ground and step your feet together at the front of your mat. Inhale, reaching arms up and above your head, then bring them back into prayer position. Repeat the sequence on the opposite side.

        Why It Soothes:
        Narain created the tension-burning segment of her DVD to have more flow to invigorate your body. “Both a slow practice and a little more fluid practice are beneficial, depending on how we feel. Sometimes we need to conserve energy, but other times we need to build the fire a bit more.”

        Photos: Republished with permission from “Everyday Yoga for Stress Release with Nadia Narain.” To see Narain’s full sequences, you can purchase the DVD on Amazon now.

        Article found at: http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/slideshows/relaxation-techniques-yoga-141215/page4

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          Brazilian Blowouts: Toxic Risk?

          “(NBC) – Could the pursuit of perfectly straight hair be hazardous to your health, and your stylist’s?

          Women across the country have been thrilled with their keratin treatments that promise sleek hair even on days with the worst humidity, but now the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a hazard alert to hair salon owners saying some of these products release high levels of formaldehyde.

          OSHA tests detected the gas in the air even when stylists used products labeled formaldehyde-free.

          The alert specifically mentions the Brazilian Blowout, which does not technically contain formaldehyde.

          But brazilian blowout products have an ingredient called “methylene glycol” which the company’s ceo tells us does release trace amounts of formaldehyde during the heating and straightening process.

          That’s why salon owner Michael Randazzo opted not to use them in his Charlotte, North Carolina salon.

          “There was controversy over the Brazilian Blowout. Does it have formaldehyde, does it not? I’m not going to do a service here that’s not good for us,” he says.

          The potential problem is not limited to the Brazilian Blowout.

          OSHA points out other similar treatments may also release formaldehyde.

          Some New York salons now require their stylists and customers wear gas masks when using the products.

          Formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and cause allergic reactions.

          It’s also linked to lung cancer.

          It’s a potentially hefty price to pay to avoid a few bad hair days.

          The company that sells Brazilian Blowout products also sells “Brazilian Blowout Zero” which does not contain methylene glycol.”

          Not to worry, My Hair Trip Salon, Denver’s eco-friendly, organic hair salon has chemical-free services that can get the same results as the Brazilian blowout without causing harm to clients or stylists. Hooray!

          We found this super informative article at:
          http://www.kvoa.com/news/brazilian-blowouts-toxic-risk-/

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            HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MAKE-UP BRUSHES

            Here is a simple way to clean your make-up brushes with only one ingredient!

            My friend recently shared with me a very simple and cost effective way to clean make-up brushes and I just couldn’t wait to share about it! I’m not sure about you, but cleaning my make-up brushes didn’t sit very high on the list of important things to clean. I guess I never really had thought about it before!

            Truth is though, after using your makeup brushes even just a few times, your face’s natural oils, the makeup, and any other dust or dirt can begin to build up on to the bristles. Pretty gross to think about right? Spending a few moments cleaning your brushes every once in a while can help keep those germs from getting transferred to your face. Not to mention it can help keep your brush’s bristles soft and most effective!

            SO… now that I’ve got you thoroughly worried about the condition of your brushes, want to know my little secret for keeping them clean?

            Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap.. That’s it! This soap smells delicious, cleans great and is all natural and organic. I mean, can we get any better?

            What you’ll need:

            Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap – Peppermint (I picked mine up at Target for less than $10)
            Small bowl
            Water to rinse
            Towel to dry

            What you’ll do:

            Pour a small amount of the Castile Soap into a bowl (A little goes a long way here!)
            Rub your brush into the soap and create a lather in the bowl
            Gently massage the bristles of your brush to loosen the make-up and the dirt
            Rinse your brush under water until all the soap is completely out and the water runs clear
            Use a clean towel and pat the bristles to remove excess water
            Fluff the bristles to help them regain their original shape
            That’s it!

            We found this great article at:
            http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/diy/clean-make-brushes/

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              Brazilian Blowout Hair Straightening Product Contains Dangerous Levels Of Cancer-Causing Formaldehyde

              Those sleek, pin straight locks desired by many girls might come at a higher price than many hair professionals are aware of. The Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Hair Solution, a permanent hair straightening system, was recently discovered to have cancer causing agents in the formula.

              Soon to be published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, the study shows that salon stylist and clients were being exposed to high levels of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical commonly used in building materials, household products, and in the embalming fluid used to preserve human corpses.

              Study author Michelle Stewart, of the University of California, Berkeley, found that “formaldehyde concentrations in the air around hairstylists and customers exceeded limits set by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health,” as reported by MedicineNet.com.

              Formaldehyde primarily affects the upper respiratory tract. A 1980 laboratory study conducted on rats has shown that a high exposure of formaldehyde could lead to certain cancers, including nasal cancer. Several studies cited by the American Cancer Society have established a link between formaldehyde and cancers of the uppermost part of the throat (nasopharynx). However other studies sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and other organizations are inconclusive.

              Research also points to a connection between formaldehyde exposure and leukemia. “A recent study found that workers exposed to formaldehyde had higher than normal levels of chromosome changes in early white blood cells in their bone marrow,” according to the American Cancer Society. “This finding supports the possible link between formaldehyde exposure and leukemia.”

              Measures have been enacted to reduce workplace exposure to the carcinogen. In 1987, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandated that workers exposed to formaldehyde must be limited to an eight-hour work day and that the limit was reduced from 3 ppm (parts per million) to 1 ppm. Five years later, the limitations on formaldehyde exposure became more strict as the amount was further reduced to 0.75 ppm.

              The Brazilian Blowout formula has a higher concentration than what is recommended. “The recommendation is that salons use products containing no more than 0.1 percent formaldehyde, but the product we investigated contained 12 percent formaldehyde,” said Stewart.

              The chemical hair straightening treatment helps girls with curly or wavy hair turn their tresses sleek and straight. The treatment can last up to three months and needs to be redone once the person’s hair starts to grow out. Documented side effects from using the product include water eyes, runny nose, upper respiratory tract infections, and nose bleeds.

              So before you make the jump to transform your Shirley Temple locks into perfectly straight, Kim Kardashian hair, you might want to weigh the risks against the benefits. Be sure to explore other straightening methods that are less chemically invasive and formaldehyde free.

              article found @ http://www.medicaldaily.com/brazilian-blowout-hair-straightening-product-contains-dangerous-levels-cancer-causing-formaldehyde

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                NCIS Star Pauley Perrette Issues Hair Dye Health Warning After Severe Allergic Reaction

                LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) – NCIS actress Pauley Perrette is warning fans about the dangers of hair dye after suffering a severe allergic reaction to her trademark ink-black color.
                CBSLA’s Kristine Lazar spoke with Perrette, whose character, Abby Sciuto, is known for her raven locks.

                A natural blonde, the actress has been dying her hair for 20 years.
                But her beauty routine landed her in the hospital when she broke out in a rash and began to experience severe swelling.

                “The other half of my face had become twice the size of my head,” she said.
                Perrette posted a photo of her swollen face on social media, warning her half-million Twitter followers about the dangers of hair-dye allergies.

                This was me at hospital today and it got worse #Allergy #AllergicReaction PLEASE read my next tweet http://t.co/AYf4GfM3sm
                — Pauley Perrette (@PauleyP) July 19, 2014

                “The most important thing to me is that anyone out there that dyes their hair, particularly black, you need to be aware of the symptoms,” she said.
                There are warning signs, according to Jacob Offenberger, an allergist at Northridge Medical Center.

                “If you have hair dye, and the next day or the day after you start to have itchiness and you start to see redness or [an] eczema-type of lesion, it is telling that you that you are having an allergic reaction to that dying,” Offenberger said, warning, “If you would do nothing, the next time you do the hair dye, it’s going to get worse.”

                That is exactly what happened to Perrette.
                Six months ago, the actress broke out into a rash all over her neck and scalp but ignored the symptoms, she said.
                Perrette says she’s now looking into natural hair dye and also into wearing a wig.

                Article found at http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/07/22/ncis-star-pauley-perrette-issues-hair-dye-health-warning-after-severe-allergic-reaction/

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                  5 Organic DIY Body Scrubs With Major Benefits

                  The reasons to DIY your own skincare supplies go way beyond cheap and easy (though we’ve preached that message to you again and again!). When you use exfoliating body scrub, you’re not just giving your skin a pleasant-smelling, silky smooth makeover — you’re also lathering on vitamins and minerals that benefit your body in major ways. That grapefruit in your scented scrub? It helps eliminate wrinkles. Or the coffee grounds in your latte lather? It actually minimizes cellulite for a precious few hours.

                  So yeah, you could say this mind-blowing info gave us the incentive to create five power scrubs that go far beyond exfoliating. Start by gathering a slew of fridge and pantry-friendly organic ingredients — yes, organic DOES make a difference — and we’ll show you how to mix and mash them into serious skincare saviors.

                  BANANA BROWN SUGAR SCRUB
                  This moisturizing, oil-free scrub gives your skin a youthful glow. Plus, it’s packed with vitamins and minerals to help keep your skin tight.

                  Ingredients:
                  – 1 cup brown sugar
                  – 3 brown bananas
                  Add brown sugar and brown banana chunks (they break down much easier than yellow bananas) to a bowl and mush with a spatula. To get the consistency just right, use your fingers to crush the banana bits. Bonus! You can totally lick your fingers clean! No joke — we kept saying what a dope pancake topping this scrub would make. Organic ingredients FTW!

                  GRAPEFRUIT-AVOCADO OIL SUGAR SCRUB
                  Grapefruit brings its free-radical fighting powers to this scrub that helps equalize your skin tone and bust everything from blemishes to wrinkles. Best news: Mild avocado oil won’t block your pores.

                  Ingredients:
                  – 1 cup sugar
                  – 1/2 grapefruit, squeezed
                  – 3 tablespoons avocado oil
                  Juice half a grapefruit into a bowl of sugar and pour in your avocado oil (AVOO if you think like Rachael Ray), then stir to combine. Remember: The more you stir, the more the sugar will dissolve, so use more of a folding motion if you want to keep the granules in tact!

                  LAVENDER-GRAPESEED OIL SEA SALT SCRUB
                  Dried lavender exfoliates as it soothes the senses in this acne-fighting scrub. Sub sea salt for sugar to scrub away dead skin and other impurities. Lavender and sea salt are also perfect PICs for those battling eczema.

                  Ingredients:
                  – 1 cup sea salt
                  – 2-3 sprigs dried lavender
                  – 2-6 drops lavender essential oil
                  – 1 cup grape seed oil
                  Remove the lavender buds from the sprigs just like you would with herbs like thyme and rosemary, then boost the calming aroma by adding drops of lavender essential oil to your sea salt scrub. Pour in the grapeseed oil and gently mix to combine.

                  COFFEE-COCONUT OIL SUGAR SCRUB
                  Coffee is the wonder ingredient in this antioxidant packed-scrub: it not only reinvigorates your senses, but it also lightens and brightens the skin AND temporarily minimizes cellulite. Can we get an Amen!? We paired it with creamy coconut oil — one of the most moisturizing natural ingredients around.

                  Ingredients:
                  – 1/2 cup sugar
                  – 1/2 cup ground coffee
                  – 1 cup coconut oil
                  Coffee and sugar join forces outside the mug to make this scrub that’s bound together by coconut oil. Don’t even reach for the spatula with this mixture: the warmth from your hands will melt the coconut oil like a dream. Plus, it’s an excuse to get down and dirty 😉

                  PUMPKIN-HONEY BAKING SODA SCRUB
                  This super gentle scrub has hella restorative powers from vitamin-packed pumpkin, which can help reverse skin damage. Soothing honey gives your skin a natural glow and helps to unclog pores.

                  Ingredients:
                  – 1 can pumpkin
                  – 1 cup baking soda
                  – 1/4 cup honey
                  So baking soda kinda came out of left field, right? It’s an extremely gentle exfoliant, so this scrub is great for those with super sensitive skin. Mix it together with pumpkin pulp and honey and you’re done. (PS: As tempting as this pumpkin scrub may look, don’t try to taste it—baking soda is NOT a palette pleaser!).

                  Unless you and your gal pals are planning to use these scrubs straight from the mixing bowl at a stay-at-home spa day (um, that sounds nice!), you’ll want to transfer your scrubs into containers so that they’ll keep longer (about a week in the fridge). We used glass jars so we could see exactly what scrub is inside—A+ for easy access.

                  How gorgeous did these scrubs turn out? They definitely indicate how good your skin will look and feel once you lather them on!

                  We couldn’t resist compiling all of this eye candy — these scrubs are stunning from every angle 🙂 And since they’re all so easy to make, you don’t even have to pick and choose from the group, lucky you! For reals, why buy expensive skincare products when you can DIY just like that?

                  We found this awesome article at http://www.brit.co/organic-body-scrubs/?utm_campaign=pinbutton_hover

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                    Top 10 Foods for Healthy Hair

                    When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that counts — it’s what you put in your body, too.

                    Better-looking hair can start at your next meal.
                    “Just like every other part of your body, the cells and processes that support strong, vibrant hair depend on a balanced diet,” says New York nutritionist Lisa Drayer, MA, RD, author of The Beauty Diet.
                    It can take longer to notice changes (both good or bad!) in your hair than in your skin. For example, “just one week with a poor diet can yield acne flare-ups or dry, sallow skin within days,” says New York City dermatologist Cybele Fishman, MD, “but with hair, it can take a few months for a nutritional deficiency or the effects of a crash diet to show up.”
                    The nutrients you eat today help fortify the hair follicle — from which each strand is born — and the scalp that surrounds it. “Healthier follicles? Healthier hair. Healthier scalp? Healthier hair!” Drayer says.
                    Of course, there’s more to your hair than what you eat. Smoking, hormonal imbalances, and not enough sleep can also affect how your hair looks and feels. No magic nutrient can make up for those concerns.
                    Still, you have a lot more leverage than you might think. If you eat a balanced, varied, protein-rich diet that focuses on the following 10 foods, you’ll be giving your hair the TLC it needs and deserves.

                    1. Salmon
                    Besides being rich in protein and vitamin D (both are key to strong hair) the omega-3 fatty acids found in this tasty cold-water fish are the true superstar. Your body can’t make those fatty acids, which your body needs to grow hair. About 3% of the hair shaft is make up of these fatty acids, Drayer says. Omega-3s are also found in cell membranes in the skin of your scalp, and in the natural oils that keep your scalp and hair hydrated.
                    Other options: If salmon doesn’t thrill you, you can also get essential fatty acids from fish like herring, sardines, trout, and mackerel, as well as avocado, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts (see below for more wonderful things about walnuts.)

                    2. Walnuts
                    These are the only type of nut that have a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids. They’re also rich in biotin and vitamin E, which helps protect your cells from DNA damage. Since your hair rarely gets much shielding from the sun, this is especially great, Drayer says. Too little biotin can lead to hair loss. Walnuts also have copper, a mineral that helps keep your natural hair color rich and lustrous, Fishman says.
                    Other options: Try using walnut oil in your salad dressing or stir-fry instead of canola or safflower, Fishman says.

                    3. Oysters
                    Oysters are rich in zinc, a lack of which can lead to hair loss (even in your eyelashes), as well as a dry, flaky scalp. Three ounces has a whopping 493% of your daily value. You can get some zinc through fortified cereals and whole grain breads, but oysters can boast a good level of protein too. “Remember, hair is about 97% protein,” Drayer says. Without enough protein, your body can’t replace the hairs that you naturally shed every day and what you do make can be dry, brittle, or weak.
                    Other options: Get your fill of zinc with nuts, beef, and eggs.

                    4. Sweet Potatoes
                    Sweet potatoes are a great source of the antioxidant beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A. “Basically, every cell of the body cannot function without enough A,” Fishman says. It also helps protect and produce the oils that sustain your scalp, and being low on vitamin A can even leave you with itchy, irksome dandruff.
                    Other options: Carrots, cantaloupe, mangoes, pumpkin, and apricots are all good sources of beta carotene.

                    5. Eggs
                    A great source of protein, eggs are loaded with four key minerals: zinc, selenium, sulfur, and iron. Iron is especially important, because it helps cells carry oxygen to the hair follicles, and too little iron (anemia) is a major cause of hair loss, particularly in women, Drayer says.
                    Other options: You can also boost your iron stores with animal sources, including chicken, fish, pork, and beef.
                    6. Spinach
                    The iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C in spinach help keep hair follicles healthy and scalp oils circulating.
                    Other options: Try similarly nutrient-rich dark, leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale, and Swiss chard.

                    7. Lentils
                    Tiny but mighty, these legumes are teeming with protein, iron, zinc, and biotin, says Fishman, making it a great staple for vegetarian, vegans, and meat eaters.
                    Other options: Toss other beans such as soybeans (the young ones are called edamame) and kidney beans into your soup or salad.
                    8. Greek yogurt
                    Cruise the dairy aisle for low-fat options such as Greek yogurt, which is high in hair-friendly protein, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid — an ingredient you’ll often see on hair care product labels), and vitamin D. Emerging research links vitamin D and hair follicle health, but exactly how that works isn’t clear, Fishman says.
                    Other options: Cottage cheese, low-fat cheese, and skim milk also fit the bill.

                    9. Blueberries
                    Exotic super fruits may come and go but when it comes to vitamin C, “It’s hard to top this nutrient superhero,” Drayer says. C is critical for circulation to the scalp and supports the tiny blood vessels that feed the follicles. Too little C in your diet can lead to hair breakage.

                    10. Poultry
                    This everyday entree is extraordinary when it comes to protein, as well as hair-healthy zinc, iron, and B vitamins to keep strands strong and plentiful. Because hair is nearly all protein, “foods rich in protein are literally giving you the building blocks for hair,” Drayer says.

                    By Elizabeth B. Krieger
                    Reviewed by Victoria Barbosa, MD
                    WebMD Feature
                    Found at http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-styling/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair?page=3

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