Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Beauty: Mind, Body, and Soul

This season is all about Resilience which is all about keeping your mind, body, and soul on point.

First, let's start with the mind/soul:

Yoga specifically, Kundalini is a great way to boost your energy and put your mind at ease. Starting with your legs crossed and hands placed on your  thighs, begin to relax and then go into a breathing exercise: Taking shallow breaths for 10-15 seconds, Inhale and exhale rapidly through your nose, keeping your mouth closed but relaxed. Then try these yoga poses for a minute each:

Also, Personal Facial Massages are really popular, so hopefully the rest of world will catch on. And if you don't have time for that, then I recommend the Clarisonic line but I know it's kind of expensive even for me.  But have no fear there are some cheaper alternatives like Olay's X-Pro and the SonicDerm. 

Secondly, diet which is all about the body. Here are some suggestions for food choices but exercise is always important along with this simple diet routine:

Fiber/ Shirataki noodles
Seasonal fruits: Kiwi, Apple
Lean Meat

 Now, for the body, since winter season has officially started on, the body has definitely taken a beating recently. So this season it's all about organic and moisturizing products, and I'm taking about Oils. I use oils because they are amazing cleansers and moisturizer at the same time. Let's take a look at the top rated facial oils for 2014-2015 Winter Season. Tip: try cold pressed oils, which are of a higher quality than hot press oil machine that makes it best suited oil pressing equipment to use for biodiesel oil production with no additional purification process.

Simmondsia chinensis or Jojoba, which goes by mainly names like goat nut, deer nut, wild hazel,  coffeeberry, and gray box bush is a shrub which is native to the Sonoran, Mojave and Baja California deserts of Arizona, California, and Mexico and the southern most portion of the California Floristic Province. The oil makes up approximately 50% of the jojoba seed by weight.Unrefined jojoba oil appears as a clear golden liquid at room temperature with a slightly nutty odor. Refined jojoba oil is colorless and odorless. The melting point of jojoba oil is approximately 10°C.Jojoba oil is relatively shelf-stable when compared with other vegetable oils mainly because it does not contain triglycerides, and it is more shelf-stable. Desert Essences is one brand I found that does cold press Jojoba.

Passiflora edulis also known as  passion fruit  is a vine species of passion flower that is native to Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina. Fresh passion fruit contains provitamin A beta carotene, vitamin C (36%), dietary fiber (42%) and iron (12%) in significant quantities as percent of the Daily Value; the vitamin A content converted from provitamin A sources is 25%.Passion fruit juice is a good source of potassium, possibly making the fruit relevant as a nutrient source for lowering risk of high blood pressure.When made into an oil it called Maracuja oil which is natural anti-aging and anti-oxidant that can used all over the face and neck. It helps to replenish, rebuild and brighten skin. The nutrient-rich essential fatty acids repair & rejuvenate skin for a firmer complexion. The moisture-rich formula replenishes & hydrates skin. You can find Maracuja in the popular brand Tarte.

Euterpe oleracea is native to Trinidad and northern South America, mainly in swamps and floodplains.It is also known as the açaí palm from Tupi-Guarani asaí;Euterpe oleracea;  a species of palm tree in the genus Euterpe cultivated for its fruit and hearts of palm. The fruit, commonly known as açaí berry, is a small, round, black-purple drupe about 1 inch (25 mm) in circumference, similar in appearance to a grape, but smaller and with less pulp and produced in branched panicles of 500 to 900 fruits.The oil compartments in açaí fruit contain polyphenols such as procyanidin oligomers and vanillic acid, syringic acid, p-hydroxybenzoic acid, protocatechuic acid, and ferulic acid, which were shown to degrade substantially during storage or exposure to heat. It's a natural way of purifying the skin specifically the neck and facial with messages.

Brazilian flora, Brazil Nut, and Cashew Nut are few of them that have become one of the principle export commodities in the Brazil region. Also known as Castanha do Para oil often becomes an emulsifier for body creams or butters. It makes a rich, moisturizing soap. Dry skin, aging skin, psoriasis, and eczema are the main uses for Castanha do Para oil. The nut's high selenium content gives it excellent antioxidant properties. The vitamins A and E in this oil provide additional antioxidants that increase the value of the oil on your skin.

Carapa guianensis or Andiroba is a Anti-inflammtory that also purifies the skin containing rich omega-3 fatty acids, (andirobin, arachidic acid, acetoxy-gedunins, epoxyazadiradiones, deacetoxygedunins, hydroxylgedunins, gedunins, hexadecenoic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, and stearic acid) which promote skin healing from cuts and may slow the growth of skin cells in psoriasis and age spots. It promotes normal circulation to the skin and relieves pain and swelling. Andiroba oil is used in heated massage to relieve arthritis.

Other popular oils which we all know are Moroccan Oil which is a great multipurpose moisturizer and Rose Oil (toner) which has multiple uses for the body.

And here are some other great organic eco-friendly Korean products are that are really popular:

*Danahan eco pure snail renewal cream
Snail cream is really popular product all over the world, I remember seeing it on late night infommercial about it being really popular in South America. Snail slime actually contain phytomucin or chondroitin sulfate which is great for swelling (inflammatory) and has whitening porperties.

I actually have a product (Sunscreen SPF 35) from this brand called Danahan, which is really great for sensitive skin because sometimes I breakout from drugstore sunblock/sunscreen and I like the uniquely nice herbal scent it has. 

Nature Republic Forest Garden Argan cleansing oil

 Organia Shea butter

Innisfree Eco Safety Aqua Sun Gel

The Face Shop Eco Therapy

But you can always opt for All-in-one cream like the BB and CC creams.

Now on to Makeup. 

I'm keeping it short and simple, Merlot/Wine is definitely popular lip color for this season on the runway as well as soft smokey brown makeup.  



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