The Beauty of Avocados-Natural Skin Care All Skin Types

 

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Improve Your Skin & Your Health

with Avocados

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6 Key Nutrients in Avocados

  1. Carotenoids
  2. Antioxidants
  3. Omega-3 fatty acids
  4. Polyhydroxylated fatty alcohols
  5. Phytosterols
  6. Contain significant amounts of B Vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin E, potassium (more potassium than in a banana), magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.

The first evidence of avocados being eaten and used for medicinal purposes appears to be 10,000 years ago. There are over 50 different commercial varieties of avocados grown in the world. The smaller sized avocados tend to have more oil, and the larger smooth skin more water. Avocados are not a vegetable, but a fruit that grows on a tree.

These rich green pulped fruits are called “Mother Nature’s skin natural moisturizer”, and for good reason.  They offer remarkable benefits to the skin when eaten or applied topically to the skin. The benefits come from all of the natural phytonutrients and healthy fats packed inside a remarkable package. The Avocado fruit pulp can very beneficial when applied to the skin surface. The pulp of an avocado when applied to sensitive or irritated skin provides natural emollients that has been show to speed up healing. These natural emollients help to clear rashes, soothe burns, and heal skin abrasions and acne. Anti-inflammatory Effect Protects Skin can help with wound healing, and skin diseases such as scleroderma and psoriasis.

Your hair and scalp can benefit too. Early Egyptians discovered avocados and began applying the pulp to their hair to strengthen and add shine. The pulp can be applied to wet or dry hair to condition and also treat dandruff or dermatitis. People report that after using an avocado conditioner their hair feels soft and is more elastic, and has less breakage. It’s easy to do…wash the hair with conditioning shampoo, apply one avocado that has been run though a food processor with enough water to create a smooth pasty consitancy…. leave for five to 10 minutes, and rinse with warm water.

Avocado Hair Mask
Severely damaged or dry, can benefit from this terrific hair mask. Simply mix together one avocado and one egg yoke in a bowl, or food processor. Add enough water to make a nice paste. After shampooing, apply the mixture to damp hair and massage deep into the hair and scalp. Leave for 20 -30 min, and then rinse with warm water.

 

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Avocado Masks do they actually work?

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Yes, when you apply the mask created from the smashed avocado pulp it works in 4 ways.

  1. It helps to heal skin by adding moisture
  2. The natural oils lock the moisture deeper into the skin to keep skin hydrated for longer periods
  3. It contains vitamin A (a natural form of retinol). Retinol can help boost new cell growth, and collagen production. The more collagen the skin produces the visible lines and wrinkles. Collagen is responsible for keeping skin tight, and youthful looking.
  4. Helps to fight free radicals that can destroy skin cells. This can lead to wrinkles, lax skin, dark spots, and other skin discolorations. The vital nutrients in avocado fruit act as natural sunscreen and can increase the effectiveness of sunscreens you are using on your skin.

Anti-aging Benefits of Avocados

There are anti aging benefits as well. The inflammatory benefits and the natural emollient oils absorb easily into the skin, and have been show in studies to slow wrinkle formation. The avocado in contains a natural form of retinol which has been proven to boost new cell turnover, and increase collagen production. Which means that your skin could be newer, fresher, and glowing if you use an avocado mask a 2-3 times a week.Many store bought lotions claim to treat dry skin, but in reality they only soften the surface of the skin. It can take many applications of a store bought lotion, and it needs to be reapplied through out the day to keep the skin from drying out again. However, when you apply an avocado mask the natural oils and antioxidants can penetrate deeper into the lower layers of the skin and create longer-lasting moisturizing benefits.

Oily Skin? If you have oily skin or acne don’t despair avocados can work magic on your skin as well. Using an avocado mask can give your skin a very deep clean without or harsh ingredients. Let the natural mask penetrate deep into the pores and draws out the impurities and cleans out dead skin cells with the power of amino acids, retinol, and glutamine. An avocado mask will leave your skin deep cleaned, healthy and help improve blemishes. This is a much more gentle option  than harsh store bought chemicals that can cause irritation, redness or peeling.

*Always do a small test patch on your forearm or neck before apply a mask all over the face. ….Avocado masks can not be stored in the refrigerator. Each facial recipe is one time use only.

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Avocado Facial Recipes

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Avocados are a healthy choice to eat, but also in facials. These masks offer anti-inflammatory benefits, antibacterial, and the avocado natural oil is close to what the skin produces naturally. The Lactic acid in yogurt in the mask will help to exfoliate dry skin, and is a natural alpha hydroxy acid. The avocado pulp mixed with the honey will hydrate and smooth the skin. Goats milk is high in protein, natural oils, vitamins and minerals, which smooths and softens skin.

Avocado Hydration Mask for Dry or Mature Skin

  • ½ and avocado
  • 1 tbsp honey (raw is the most health)
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt

Mix the honey, yogurt and mashed avocado together in a non metal bowel. Using fingers slather it on your face, and leave on for 15-20 minutes.


Goat Milk & Avocado Facial

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole avocados,
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2-4 Tbsp goats milk
  • 1 Tsp raw honey

Place all ingredients into food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Add goat mild to creamy constancy as desired.

Acne Masks

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Avocado & Cucumber Mask

Ingredients:

½  of ripe avocado (soft or pliable when gently squeezed)
½  of a small cucumber
1 tablespoon high quality aloe vera gel
1 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon

Directions: You will need to put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Apply to face and wash off after 15-20 min with warm water.


Acne Mask or Dry Skin Mask

Another great acne mask to try with healing honey. The honey has natural antiseptic properties to help heal acne

Avocado & Honey

½ of a ripe avocado & 1 tbs honey

Put both ingredients in a non metal bowl, and mash. Add honey and blend until as smooth as you like scoop it up and apply to face for 15-20 min. Rinse face with warm water.

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Reference

Effect of maturity stage on the content of fatty acids and antioxidant activity of ‘Hass’ avocado

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10 Healthy Facts Avocados

 

 

Tips For Applying Eyeliner Correctly

Is There a Right Way To Apply?

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How to Apply Winged Eyeliner Correctly

If you want a bold winged look for day or evening, start by drawing the lines in first. First step is to draw in the wing on the outside corner of the eye, then simply use the same eye liner to fill it in with color. This is a simple way to get cleaner lines, and it will help your wings last longer… we all love make up that lasts….. source: http://www.weheartit.com/entry/70078947


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PENCIL OR LIQUID EYELINER

PENCIL EYELINER
Pencils eyeliners are the easiest and most versatile because you can go on thick or thin on your top and bottom lash lines.

LIQUID EYELINER
Liquid eyeliner is recommended for use mainly along the top lash lines to create a more intense color than an eye pencil.

 


 

HOW TO FILL IN EYEBROWS

  1. Follow your brow’s natural line, and brush brows outward. See where the hair is sparse, from there fill in with soft strokes from your Brow Pencil.
  2. Set your now-perfect shape in place by combing clear mascara gently through brows.

 


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EYE SHAPE-HOW IT EFFECTS YOUR HOW YOU APPLY EYE BROW PENCIL

FOR DEEP-SET EYES
Fill in your eyebrows with a Brow Pencil that is two shades lighter than your hair. Begin by lining the top and bottom lash line with a pencil in a matching shade.

FOR ROUND EYES
Fill in brows with a Brow Pencil that is a match to the shade of your hair. Line the top lash line with a eyebrow Pencil in a darker, smokier shade.

FOR SMALL EYES
The softer the brow, the bigger eyes will appear, so keeping your eyebrows a lighter shade will enhance your eyes. Choose a soft shade of Pencil and smudge a deeper shadow along top lash line. To complete the look, finish with a volumizing mascara in a Black Brown shade instead of a very dark black.

The Hidden Dangers of Self-Tanners

 

 

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Can Using Self- Tanners Damage Your Skin?

White pasty skin may have been vogue during the turn of the century, but today everyone wants “a nice healthy glow”. Getting out in the sun feels great, but we know from study after study that exposure to UV and UVA rays from the sun (penetrate the skin layers) causing wrinkles, excelerated skin aging, discolorations, and skin cancer.

As a result many men and women turn to self tanning sprays and lotions to give their skin that “healthy sun kissed glow”. But are sunless tanners a safe alternative to sunbathing? Well, may be not…..according to some medical professionals and one German study, using a self-tanner might lead to an increase risk for skin cancer.

Free Radical Damage…Cell Damage and aging skin from self tanners? Yikes!

DHA (Dihydroxyacetone)

DHA (Dihydroxyacetone) is thought to be one of the unsafe ingredients in sunless tanners. It is the main coloring ingredient that gives your skin that golden kissed color. Studies also show that it can produce dangerous free radicals, which can lead to problems with the skins integrity. One Germany study showed a 180% increase in dangerous free radical formation during sun exposure after using a store bought self tanning product with a 5% level of DHA. This increase in free radicals from the sun exposure is most important during the initial application up to 24 hours after. It should be noted that the majority of store bought sunless tanning products contain around 3-5% DHA. Professional self tanning booth spray products can contain upwards of 15% DHA.

Erythulose

One more bit of bad news….There are other bad ingredients in the sunless tanning products. DHA is just one of the concerns because tanning sprays may contain as many as 45 different chemicals, including arsenic, lead and mercury. Another ingredient called Erythulose can also cause a similar increase in free radicals as dihydroxyacetone. Both erythulose and dihydroxyacetone effect the amino acids and nucleic acids which in essence is bad news for the skin.

So breaking it down……”Free Radical Damage” to cells can be increased when combining self-tanners and sun exposure.

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Source NCBI

More Hidden Dangers of Self Tanner Sprays

One very dangerous aspect of self tanners is the most convent form which is the spray can itself. Whether you have a spray tan in a salon or at home there are dangerous risk of inhalation and ingestion of the ingredients. This is not recommended! It is very important to wear protective gear that covers your mouth, eyes, nose and mucous membranes.

Some people have reported developing rashes, severe coughing, dizziness and fainting after being exposed to spray tanning. Studies have show that deadly carcinogenic chemicals can be found in hair sprays, household spray cleaners, spray home fragrances….well almost any canister type household or beauty products that can be inhaled.

If you’re pregnant, you should definitely stay away from tanning products, spray cosmetic products, and other dangerous chemicals.


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What Can You Do To Protect Your Skin?

What can you do….skip going out into the sun on the day you apply any self tanner. As the studies show that it is during the first 24 hours that sunless tanner is applied that free radical are produced. If you are applying self tanner daily…skip the sun…and apply sunscreen to combat secondary sun exposure.

Yes, secondary exposure is a thing. Secondary sun exposure can happen on cloudy days, when you are in the shade, while driving in a car (riding), riding on a train, or even inside your home. The average person is exposed to 20 hours on average of indoor and outdoor unprotected sun exposure combined.

To keep your skin healthy, and looking as young as possible stay out of the sun at peak hours, cover up as much as possible. Remember to wear  a hat, long sleeves, and plenty of sunscreen when you are outside or driving in your car. 

Sun exposure is important for to produce vitamin D. It is safe to have 10-15 minutes of sun exposure for lighter skin individual and 15-20 for darker skinned individuals everyday. Medical professionals support adding supplementation in the winter of about 2,000 IUs per day and a dose of daily sunshine in the summer. That is all you need to get your vitamin D, after that play it safe…apply sunscreen, and cover up. Sun exposure is the number one cause of premature aging of the skin.

Your skin will stay younger and healthier :)

 

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Drinking Coffee Offers Major Health Benefints

 

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The Many Health Benefits Of Caffeine

 

I am not a coffee drinker, I just never acquired a taste for it, but if you do indulge in the java there is some good news. According to many studies Coffee is the healthiest drink in the world. There is a long list of major health benefits to drinking coffee,  and if I found it palpable I would indeed be in line at my local Starbucks!

If you are a coffee drinker then your might want to keep reading about how it can make you smarter by increasing our cognitive functions, increase energy levels, improve your mood, increase your reaction times, help you burn more fat, improve your performance at the gym, and provide most of the antioxidants you need to stay healthy.

Don’t get out the car keys yet for the Starbucks Run ….there are some more amazing benefits to drinking your daily cup of Joe that you have not yet discovered  :)

The Many Health Benefits Of Caffeine

Is caffeine a drug?

Well caffeine is classified as a stimulant, and is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance used around the world. The caffeine stimulate is absorbed into your blood, and moves it’s way into your brain, where it blocks the inhibitory neurotransmitter known as Adenosine.

One of it’s other superpowers is its ability to help rev- up your metabolism, and fat burning ability. Researchers have noted that caffeine can increase the metabolism. It does this by stimulating the nervous system, sending signals to the fat cells to break down body fat. Estimates are by as much as 10% in obese people, and up to 29% in thinner people. The down side is the more coffee and the longer you drink it, these fat burning benefits seems to decrease.

Can if Prevent Skin Cancers?

Studies are showing that drinking coffee may help prevent against a common form of skin cancer known in the medical world as a basal cell carcinoma. According to the Skin Cancer Foundational, Basal Cell Carcinoma is diagnosed in about 2 million Americans per year.

  1. Studies where first done on mice, and researchers found that both the orally injected, and the topically applied caffeine helped promote the destruction of the UV-damaged skin cell and reduced the skin cancer risk of the mice.
  2. Another study of 112,987 people who were followed for twenty years showed that nearly a quarter of the group developed the skin cancer, but the group that drank three or more cups of coffee had a 20 percent reduction in the cancer rate.
  3. Sorry Decaffeinated-coffee drinkers, but studies showed no decrease in the rate of skin cancers for those who don’t drink the caffeinated stuff.

 

 

Drinking coffee or caffeine drinks can been shown to:

  • Several studies show that coffee lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by a whopping 65%
  • Studies show that drinking coffee lowers a persons risk of developing Parkinson’s disease from 32-60%
  • Studies show that people who drink four or more cups of coffee cut their risk of developing cirrhosis by an estimated  80%
    Feeling depressed? A 2011 Harvard study showed that the risk of depression in women who drank 4 or more cups per day could be lowered by 20%  (1)
  • Another study of 489,706 test subjects found that those people who drank 4-5 cups of coffee per day had a 15% lower risk of developing colo-rectal cancer
  • Coffee is considered by some on the healthiest drinks in the world, as it contains a massive amount of antioxidants.

A single cup of coffee contains

  • Magnesium
  • Riboflavin
  • Pantothenic Acid
  • Manganese
  • Potassium:
  • Niacin
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The Bad News Abut Drinking Coffee

Drinking unfiltered coffee such as coffee made with a French press, or Turkish coffee can increase a substance call cafestrol. The Cafestrol increases your cholesterol levels, and can increase your risk of heart disease. (2)
Drinking coffee or caffeine during your pregnancy can be harmful to your fetus. Research shows this is because the fetus cannot metabolize the caffeine well, and cannot remove it from their blood stream. This can result in a fetus taking in less nutrition resulting is small birth size, and possible brain development.

There you go…enjoy that cup of Joe knowing that you maybe doing some real good for your body, brain, and skin!

Have a great and healthy day!

 

1. Drinking coffee may decrease depression risk in women

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/hsph-in-the-news/coffee-depression-women-ascherio-lucas/

2. Is your coffee habit killing you or saving your life?

http://www.today.com/health/your-coffee-habit-killing-you-or-saving-your-life-2D11603303

3. The latest research on coffee and cardiovascular health

http://www.coffeeandhealth.org/coffee-and-health-topics/coffee-consumption-and-cardiovascular-health-2/the-latest-research-on-coffee-and-cardiovascular-health/

 4.How Coffee Could Be a Healthy Choice

http://www.dailyrx.com/coffee-may-provide-many-health-benefits

Eating Healthier For Younger Skin

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Eating Your Way To Younger -Healthier Skin

There are so many choices to make when you go to the grocery store. You read magazines, listen to the TV, but it is not easy to make health food choices. The grocery store isles are jammed packed with sweet treats, prepackaged foods, chips, and frozen meals. So, where do you start. If you are like me, I start in the back of the store, and make my way forward. The produce is usually right in the front of the store, and I don’t want to put those tender items in my basket first. However, that is exactly what you should be doing!

The Produce Isle

The produce isle is stacked high with colorful greens, blues, reds, yellows, reds, and other colorful fruits and vegetables. We often go to the grocery store with a recipe list, or the desire to buy healthier choices for our families, but we don’t always succeed once we hit the prepackaged foods. What we actually buy to put our refrigerator or pantries may make it impossible to adhere to a healthy diet plan.

According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans a healthy diet plan should include:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • whole grains, and
  • fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products
  • Includes
  • lean meats
  • poultry
  • fish
  • beans
  • eggs
  • nuts

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How Sugar Ages Your Skin

Many people believe that fruit is a healthy choice, and they juice bags of oranges, apples and berries believing they are reproving their skin with great natural sweet nutrients, but sweet is the key words. Too much sugar whether it be from fruits, a packet or a bowl is not good for your skin. Sugar enters your body’s cells in a process called glycation.  This process allows cells in your bloodstream to attach themselves to proteins which begins to break down your natural collagen. When your collagen breaks down, your skin begins to sag, becomes dryer and starts to wrinkle.

If you eat mostly a sugar diet it will affect how you produce collagen, and how resistant your will be to wrinkling.  There are different types of collagen: Types I, II, and III, with type III being the best  most stable and longest lasting collagen type.

Eating a diet high in sugar also shuts down your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, and this will leave your skin more vulnerable to sun, and the long term damage.

Don’t let the sugar content in fruit scare you off, just eat 2-4 serving a day, and don’t juice a whole bag thinking it is a good thing. When it comes to eating the right foods for healthy skin…think color….all colors. Furits and vegetables are the best choice for glowing ski

Quick tip: Alcoholic drinks and Wine turn to sugar…and guess what? Yes, bad for the skin too :(

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Foods For Healthy Skin

  • Fresh fruits ―Go beyond the apples, pear or bananas. There are so many great fruit choices. If you afraid to buy them in the store, go to your local farmers market, and ask for a sample. You just might find a new favorite. Go Try out a mango, pineapple, papaya, kiwi,  and different pears of all shapes, sizes and colors.  When buying canned fruits look for no sugar added or low sugar.
  • Fresh vegetables ―Vegetables can be a great choice when you want to improve the health of your skin. You can grill, steam, bake, microwave, and eat them raw too. Try not to drown them in butter, oils, sauces, creams, and dips. Spinach,kale, lettuces, squash, beets, and more make the mose delicious in salads.
  • Calcium-rich foods ―Calcium is important for the health of your bones, teeth and bodily organs, including the skin. It helps regulate many of the necessary functions of the skin.  Not getting enough calcium in the diet can prevent your skin from regenerating properly, which can lead to dry, thin and fragile skin. according to the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) calcium can also help prevent skin cancers from forming, but helping skin regulate melanin in the cells.
  • Lean Meats – Eating lean meats once or twice a week can help skin skin heal and repair itself.
  • Beans & Legumes– These are biotin rich which promotes healthier, skin, hair and nails.

 

Beans and legumes are biotin-rich, which promotes healthier and younger looking skin. A lack of biotin can cause dry skin and hair in addition to brittle nails. Beans come in endless varieties, so it is easy to add them to your meal – See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/skin-care/cf/slideshows/6-foods-for-healthy-and-beautiful-skin#slide=5

How to Fight Off Wrinkles While You Sleep

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The Ugly Truth About Your Sleeping Position

Applying the right moisturizing product is an essential part of a skin care regimen, and most women slather on some form or another of a wrinkle cream before they go to bed at night. Moisturization is an important part of skin care, and night time is a great time for skin restoration. We can’t stop the hands of time, but can keep our skin in the best condition by applying the right products and staying out of the sun.

However, most women do not realize that their sleeping position is causing the wrinkles they are trying so hard to prevent.

Dermatologists can tell which sleeping position you favor by looking at the vertical lines near your eyes, cheeks and forehead. Favoring one side or the other can etch lines in on your face, and add years, aging your face.  Sleeping face down can create furrows between your eyes causing you to look angry or upset.

The wrinkles are formed when the delicate skin is repeatedly pressed against the fabric of the pillow night after night. It might not become a problem until you get into your mid thirty when the connective tissue and collagen in your skin begins to break down, and is less supportive. The night after night of pressure from your pillow begins to show as you age, suddenly you begin to notice that your skin does not smooth back out and the creases never go away.

There are a few things you can do to prevent, or repair some of the damage from sleeping on your side.

  • Sleep on satin pillowcases-they are slippery and don’t stick to the skin
  • Buy the highest thread-count fabric for your sheets
  • Change sleeping position frequently during the night
  • Train yourself to sleep on your back

Learning To Sleep on Your Back

 

 Sleeping On Your Back Can Reduce Wrinkles On the Chest

You are not alone if you are not a back sleeper. Only 14 percent of us actually do it. Learning to sleep on your back can prevent facial wrinkling, decrease the creases that form on the chest, and help keep your breasts perky.  Sleeping on your back can also offer a few health benefits such as reducing back and neck pain, and minimize acid reflux. There is one down side to sleeping on your back it can exasperate snoring and breathing problems. If this is the case, it is recommended that you raise the head of the bed, or sleep on multiple pillows to keep yourself upright.

The Wonders of Botox

If  you find that after changing your sleeping position, that the wrinkles seem pretty stubborn and are not going to go away. No worry’s my friends, there is always the option of using Botox. Botox relaxes the muscles so that the wrinkles will disappear for 4-6 months. Then you have to repeat the process if you want to maintain the wrinkle free look. It does not come cheap, but for some women, you can’t put a price on being crease free!

 

 

Can Drinking From a Straw Damages Your Lips?

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Do Straws Cause Lip Lines?

We have heard for a very long time now that we need 6-8 glasses of water a day to stay hydrated, and keep our skin healthy. Drinking water is a great, but many of us use a straw to get the liquid past our lips.

  • Some women don’t want to mess up their lipstick and others, just don’t like drinking directly from a cup or bottle.
  • Some dentists say it avoids tooth decay while drinking soda ( less contact with your teeth)
  • People are concerned in a glass is cleaned properly
  • Restaurateurs put too much ice in a drink making it very cold to drink, and the ice when you tip the glass can fall out and make a mess.

Lose The Straw For Firm Line Free Lips

Well ladies, dermatologists will tell you to lose the straws. The constant pursing of your lips, creates lip lines and aggravates the ones that have already developed.

Smoking cigarettes causes the same damage to your lips , but also causes damage to the dermal layer of your skin.

Chewing gum can aggravate and extenuate lines that are all ready there, and they can cause the muscles around your mouth to become lax as well.

So, the best advice is to drink straight out of the bottle, from a cup, skip the straw, forget the chewing gum, and pop a mint.

Saving The World -Pass On a Straw

Americans use an estimated 500 million straws everyday. It is no wonder than when you take a walk on the beach you are almost always guaranteed to find a discarded plastic straw. They are one of the top ten discarded items picked up during beach clean up days. They are one of the top polluters, and landfill items.

It’s easy to do your part to help keep the oceans and beaches clean, and prevent overfilling of our landfills. Plastic does just not magically disappear, it takes a very long time for a straw to break down.

One little step to help reduce your carbon footprint, and hydrate trash free. It’s good for the environment, and will keep your skin looking younger too!