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Today’s post is focused on how to get you the best skin possible without using products. I definitely think products can help skin out, but getting nice dewy and healthy skin, in my opinion, is easiest to create when following a healthy diet, utilizing a few beauty tips and DIY recipes. You’ll be surprised at how effective some of these really are. so without further delay, here are some tips on how to get flawless skin naturally. 

EAT HYDRATING FOODS FOR GLOWING SKIN

Achieving glowing skin can seem impossible at times, and yes you can always fake it with makeup, but to get authentically glowing skin, I highly recommend a diet high in fruits and veggies, especially berries. They have very high concentrations of antioxidants, help keep your body hydrated (which in turn, hydrates your skin), and they are high in vitamins and nutrients essential to repairing and maintaining healthy skin. To learn more about the benefits of berries for your skin, check out the original post I did on this here. Aside from berries, there are a ton of hydrating foods you can consume to up the hydration of your cells and therefore your skin. Check out a list I’ve made of these foods – here.

 

DIY TONERS TO CALM REDNESS & INFLAMMATION

I used to think I needed some kind of magical product to fix my skin, but after much experimentation, I find that a nice DIY recipe works just as well, if not better, and I am left with a lot more cash in my pocket at the end of it all. One thing that I definitely deal with a lot, especially in the Summer time, is redness. The most effective treatment for this, by far, are toners and you can make a number of them with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. Check out the DIY toner recipes – here.

Image by YaiSiricha with FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

SUPPLEMENT FOR GREAT SKIN

Although we can do everything right, including eat well, sometimes I think it’s still pretty difficult to get all the nutrients our skin and body need to function at optimal levels. Because of this, I think supplements can be very beneficial to our systems, especially in resolving skin problems such as acne, dry skin, redness, and other issues. For a list of essential supplements for beauty and health, check here. There are many benefits to be gained from taking supplements, especially for preventing premature aging and treating existing issues. To see the beauty benefits of vitamins, check here.

 

PLANT OILS IN SKINCARE

You’re probably really familiar with the idea of using plant oils in skincare as many brands have begun to utilize these in their product formulations, but did you know that they can be just as beneficial used on their own? Some of you may still be wary of using oil on your skin, but don’t be. Choosing the right oil for you skin type, which you can do – here – is all you need to find the perfect plant oil that will benefit you the most. There are tons to choose from for any skin type from dry to sensitive to oily. To learn more about using oil in skincare, check out this post and if you’re unsure about how to use natural plant oils for the best results, you can get more information in this post that will help you.

I hope these tips were helpful to you in your quest for skin perfection!

What Are Some Simple Tricks or DIY Recipes You Use At Home To Treat Your Skin?

I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

♥ Tianna

Hi All!

Today’s post focuses on a really adorable and surprisingly effective line of vitamins from a UK brand – Inner Me – which offers various vitamin complexes in order to aid your health and beauty pursuits. I was so lucky to be sent a couple of their products for review and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed them overall. I love the functionality of the packaging – the capsules are enclosed in 2 sheets which you slide out of the packaging on opposite sides. It makes these so easy to travel with rather than lugging around vitamin bottles! I also really love the adorable female illustrations on each of the packets because it just makes taking vitamins so girly, feminine and appealing somehow. It certainly encouraged me to take my vitamins as I normally am quite horrible at remembering to take supplements!

Lustrous Locks

The first vitamin complex I tried in their line was the Lustrous Locks Vitamin Complex which is meant to aid your hair in looking it’s best in terms of fullness, shine, length and overall strength and vitality of your locks. Personally, I didn’t see a HUGE difference in my hair with these, but I did notice a lot less fallout in the shower and more shine than before so that’s a major plus for me! I have been dealing with fallout for awhile and so anything that has an effect is good in my books! I don’t know that it’s the best for hair growth as my hair seems to grow quite fast either way, but this is still a nice complex, in my opinion, and I love the packaging of these vitamins as it’s quite convenient to travel with and easy enough to take daily.

Beautify Me

The second complex I tried focused on overall beauty for the hair, skin and nails, but I especially noticed clearer skin and stronger nails when using this one. Perhaps it’s because they have a hair – focused complex that seemed to have more effect that I didn’t really notice the effects with this one, but anyway. I’d say this one works particularly well for skin and nails as that’s where I saw the most difference. I definitely saw less breakouts and longer, stronger nails. Again, I also really loved the packaging of these as I kept them in my handbag to remind myself to take them daily and the packaging is really practical for travel which I really love.

Vitamin D3

The last complex I tried was their Vitamin D3 complex for healthy teeth and bones. I tried this for about half the month and I honestly didn’t see a huge difference one way or the other so I passed them on to my boyfriend who already takes a vitamin D supplement in order to control his blood sugar and he claimed it really helped keep his sugar in great balance so that’s fantastic! I will say that, for me, I really like the fact that these tablets were quite small, the smallest of the 3 complexes I was sent, and it made them really easy to ingest. I think a huge part of why I have issues remembering to take supplements is because they so often look like huge tranquilizer pills and who wants to ingest that? So, I really like that these were easy to swallow and very small.

You can check out the entire line of Inner Me Beauty Supplements – here.

How are your health pursuits for 2013 going so far?

Do you include supplements in your daily health routine?

Let Me Know in the Comments!

Get Your Milk ‘Stache On With Fresh & Natural Dairyface Nourishing Facial Refreshers!

I have to admit that I’ve been meaning to post on these for awhile now, but I needed to test them all out first and experiment a bit to give the best feedback so that’s my excuse for not doing this until now and I’m sticking to it!

Anyway, these were sent for review by Dairyface and they’ve been very generous to send me samples of all of what they’re calling Nourishing Facial Refreshers, but they are seriously much more than that.

First off, they are as fresh as skincare can get in my opinion. They are composed of milk (of course) which includes loads of vitamins (A, B12, C, D & E), proteins, peptides, lactic acid, and probiotics and prebiotics to heal, calm, nourish and hydrate skin. Each NFR includes different herbs – Lavender Lovely (Lavender), Peppermint Creme (Peppermint), etc. These really just smell and look like yogurt for the most part, though there is a subtle scent of herbs underneath that as well. Since all of these are pretty much yogurt, they must be kept in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them and they last about 1-2 months. They’re sent to you quickly in an insulated package so they stay cool and fresh. Also, although they say single use on the little containers (you receive 2 per pack), they last a lot more uses than that. I’ve seriously piled this stuff onto my face just to see how much of it I could use up and there was still a lot left in the container even after that. I would say these could last from 4 uses to 8, depending on how much of it you use at any one time.

This is me with the Peppermint Creme NFR on and I’ve seriously piled it on as much as I could, including on my neck. Below is the container after I’ve used it twice and you can see I still have a lot left. 

So, each of these NFR’s has a different purpose, though they all seem generally the same in texture, feel and overall scent (yogurt). The Lavender Lovely does have an edge of subtle lavender scent and really helped to calm breakouts. If I was experiencing redness, I’ve gone and massaged it into my face for a minute before smoothing it over my face as a mask and leaving it on for 20 minutes before rinsing. Due to the lactic acid, there is some mild redness after, but it goes away within a few minutes and there’s no irritation. Just be sure to really rinse this off otherwise you will have peeling dried milk on your skin and it’s kind of annoying so yeah, rinse well. 

Although each of these is really cooling and relaxing because they are kept in the fridge, the Peppermint Creme one is especially relieving and relaxing to use and has a nice minty edge to it under the usual yogurt smell which I really like. I also find this one is great for breakouts and irritation as well. I’ve also found I love any of these in hot weather because they’re like instant relief from the heat…and now I’m wishing I had one on now. They’re that relaxing. Eye Caramba is specially formulate for underneath the eyes, but I’ve used it all over my face as well with great results. This one is specifically made to tighten, lighten and smooth fine lines around your eyes, though, and I think it does have some nice effects when used for this.

The Glad Allover is an interesting one. All of these can be used on both the face and body, but this one is specifically designed as a scrub for both face and body. I did try it once and it certainly does soften the skin, hydrate and gently exfoliate. I even used it as a hair mask to really great effects, but I recommend a few things to avoid some nasty smells later. First, if you use it on only your face and body, be sure to use an alternative body wash or soap after using this. Second, if you use this as a hair mask, you will need to shampoo your hair twice and condition once really well to make sure it’s all out of your hair. This is because if you leave any residue and there’s any amount of heat or humidity (I did this test on a super hot night), you will smell like rotting milk. It was not a pleasant smell to wake up to; in fact, I immediately showered because it was so gross. I don’t want to deter you from trying this out as a hair mask or body scrub because the effects are awesome, but you really can’t go without rinsing this off a few times with another soap given the nature of the ingredients. So that’s all I’m saying.

Lastly, I tried the Green Tea Magic. Very calming, a little herbal, and just as cooling as the others, this one is also great for irritation, calm skin and the caffeine in it will plump cells and reduce puffiness.

Overall, I really love these Nourishing Facial Refreshers from Dairyface!

They are truly a nice treat for the skin! Although they cost $26.99 for 2 “single use” packs, they actually go about 4-8 uses, depending on how much you use each time. I will definitely be using and purchasing these lovelies as long as they’re available. They make my skin feel super soft, hydrated, and they really do help with breakouts, especially the ones that feel really sore. They seem to bring the swelling down on those ones. Living in a hot climate, I also love that these are kept in the fridge because they feel so relaxing and “refreshing” to use as they are really cool going on. Also, they sent me a nice insulated bag to keep these lovelies in so that they’re always super cold. These are definitely worth a look if you’re into more natural face mask and treatment options.

Check out the full lines of Nourishing Facial Refreshers – Here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Dairyface for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of how I obtain products.

Better You Natural Supplements for All Natural Health and Beauty!

I’m so excited to share these amazing supplements with you today!

I’ve been testing these out for more than a month now and I’m so happy with the results!

They come from Better You Supplements in UK and they are truly amazing in a wholesome and natural way!

Firstly, there’s the B12 Boost Spray (pictured above) which I have been carrying around in my purse for those moments when I need a pick-me-up during the day, which happens more often than I’m willing to admit. I just don’t get enough proper sleep these days and this Boost Spray has been a Godsend! Seriously, on the days when I’ve not gotten my full 8 hours of rest, I’ve been turning to this spray instead of coffee or tea and it’s worked wonders! It makes such a difference in my energy levels and the best part is that there’s no large amount of caffeine crashing involved because this lovely oral vitamin b12 spray gives your body the vitamins it needs as well as some green tea extract.

Plus, it tastes quite delicious to be honest so it’s been difficult not to spray some just because I enjoy the fruity deliciousness haha. So, no gross taste here; only a fruit delicious spray without any vitamin powder or gross supplemental aftertaste like some of these can have and I think it has something to do with the fact that they vitamins are naturally sourced and include green tea extract. The cost is very reasonable; it’s only £11.95 for 1 ($18.65 USD) and the price goes down if you purchase more than 1 at one time.

Next on the list is the Femergy Skin, Hair & Nails Multivitamin Complex. This super antioxidant mix of vitamins is rich in vitamins A, C and E, all of which are naturally sourced from organic plants including organic acerola cherries and pine bark extract so the benefits are more readily absorbed by the body.

Let me just say that this complex has made my hair shinier and longer. My boyfriend’s cousin is a hairstylist and even she commented on the rate at which my hair was growing. Aside from that, my skin has been clearer and softer and my nails have been stronger and longer than ever before. This stuff really works and I’m forever a fan of this one because not only does my body seem to love it, but it’s also vegetarian which I like my vitamins to be. They cost the same price as the Boost Spray – £11.95 for 1 ($18.65 USD) – and again, the price decreases when you purchase more than one at one time.

Lastly, I tried the Original Magnesium Oil Spray which is meant to help your sore muscles, joint health, stiffness and also oral health. I had never tried any kind of magnesium supplement until this one so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but what I will say is that this did help me with muscle soreness and has prevented muscle cramps that I often get in the middle of the night after I’ve gone running or done strength training. All you do is spray 6-10 sprays of this on your arm, neck, chest or any soft tissue area of the skin  (like breasts) and let it dry naturally. It smells a little off-putting, but once it dries, it completely goes away. You can also use this as an oral spray to improve oral health when you’re brushing your teeth, which I did. The taste is really not good haha, but I didn’t expect it to be so I was sort of prepared. It just tastes like super salt water and it feels like it’s heating up when you’re brushing with it, but what I love is that my teeth felt a lot cleaner and it seems to help pick up plaque from my teeth and cleaned my tongue really well (not to get too graphic about it). I am kind of anal about how I clean my teeth and I really like the magnesium oil spray for this purpose. You only new 1-3 sprays if you’re going to use if for this purpose, but it really does work. If you hate the taste like I did, mix it with some toothpaste or something to dilute it a little, don’t think about it just brush and then spit and rinse asap! It’s worth it! This one is marginally more expensive than the 2 above, but not by much. It costs £12.20 for 1 ($19.04 USD) and again, the price decreases with multiples purchases of these.

All in all, I loved these supplements. They really worked well for me; I definitely felt the effects and benefits of using them. I will definitely be purchasing these in the future. I absolutely love the fact that the supplements are naturally sourced and vegetarian and therefore less likely to incur side effects like other mainstream supplements can. I highly recommend these if you’re looking for natural supplements that won’t break the bank and that still work really well! A Special thanks to everyone at Better You for sending them to me for review!

Check out the full line of Better You Supplements – here!

What are you opinions on natural supplements?

Have you tried Better You Supplements before?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Better You UK Supplements for review purposes. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Naruko Beauty Supplements!

More Naruko goodness!

If you’ve been following for awhile, you’ll have heard all about my love for Naruko Skincare. Otherwise, you can see an overview of the brand here and some reviews on their products here and here!

So yesterday, and you’ll know already if you’re following me on Instagram, I was at an actual Naruko Boutique in Rowland Heights, California, picking up night jellies and I stumbled across these skin supplement drinks they’ve come out with!  One is meant to be taken during the day while the other is meant to be taken at night before bed.

Of course I had to try them!

They are both skin supplement drinks that focus on repairing the skin and encouraging collagen production, but the daytime version focuses on brightening the skin while the nighttime version works to firm the skin while you catch some beauty sleep.  The day one is the Berry Brightening Collagen Drink – Day and the night one is the Lychee Firming Collagen Drink – Night.

I tried the night one last night because, like an overexcited 5 year old, I just couldn’t wait and then I tried the day one this morning.

Firstly, I have to say that the sales rep completely lied on these or she has heinously bad taste. When I asked her what they taste like, she just told me they taste great. Mind you, I’d try them anyway with hopes of boosting collagen, glow and firming my skin up, but these taste like crap. I mean, it may just be personal preference because these remind me of what energy drinks taste like except much more potent and I hate the taste of energy drinks. The taste makes me feel like I’m drinking healthy gasoline because the taste seriously smacks you in the face. It is NOT subtle!

That being said, I think I may invest in a few of these.

I know, I sound kind of like a masochist given I’ve just compared the taste to drinking gasoline, but the vitamins in these are beneficial to skin health and overall bodily health actually.

The day version includes a variety of vitamins, minerals, fruit extracts and brightening plant extracts while the night version includes a similar variety of vitamins, minerals, and berries along with CoQ10 and other plant extracts known to firm and tone the skin.

No real effects seem to be showing up just yet as I’ve only tried them in the past 24 hours, but I do sense a glow in my skin, though that may be due to the 100+ F degree weather we’ve been suffering through here in Cali.

All in all, I still think I’ll try these again as I’m a fan of natural supplements, especially where vanity and skin health is concerned (yeah, I’m shallow like that, problem?). Plus, in the end, I think I’m just like most everyone else when it comes to these miracle drinks – easily pulled in by the promise of eternal youth in a bottle. Then again, maybe I’m alone in this, but at $5 a bottle, it’s not hugely expensive to try a week’s supply and see if I feel, or look, any different. That being said, I think these must be very new because I cannot find them on the Naruko USA website. They only seem to be available in Asia at the moment so I don’t know how they were available at the Naruko Boutique, but if you’d like to try them, you can find a pack of this day + night supplement combo here!

What do you think of beauty supplements?

Are they too gimmicky or have you seen any effects from taking supplements like this?

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. I purchased these products with my own money and of my own free will! My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

7 Essential Skin Supplements of Youth & Vitality According to “The Water Secret” by Dr. Howard Murad

Happy Friday Everyone!

I’m looking forward to honoring the US soldiers in my life this weekend and BBQ, of course!

(If you’re confused, this weekend is Memorial Day in USA when we honor the past and current military)

If you’ve been following me then you’ll know that I have recently begun reading The Water Secret:The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger by Dr. Howard Murad of Murad Skincare (Read my initial article about it here! or check out this awesome smoothie recipe from the book here!). As I’ve been reading along, I’ve been dutifully taking notes for myself and I thought, why not share some of the goods?

That being said, Dr. Murad gives some really helpful and knowledgeable advice on which supplements are the most important in looking and feeling your best. As someone who is pretty vitamin-obsessed, there were 2 that even I have been missing from my diet!

Check out the List:

  • Daily Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement. Dr. Murad advises to select a formula that “includes at the major vitamins, minerals and trace minerals”, but he recommends that those who are postmenopausal opt for iron-free formulas. These are everywhere, but I’d opt for a more natural multivitamin type like these from NOW, New Chapter, or another brand that offers many vitamins from natural sources as opposed to synthetic ones. Vitacost.com has a lot of affordable options.
  • Antioxidant Supplement Formula. These antioxidants are, he says, most important to look for in the formula: Vitamins A, C, & E, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Green Tea Extract, Grape Seed Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Goji Berry Extract, Poria Cocos, Milk Thistle, N-acetyl cysteine, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Yellow Dock Root, Quercetin, Curcumin AKA Turmeric, Ginkgo Biloba, Selenium, and Coenzyme Q10. He also says not to try and count the milligrams of your intake, but instead to just focus on getting as many of these as possible. As opposed to trying to ingest a million and one pills, I recommend picking one or two of your favorites or otherwise, there are a LOT of antioxidant blends that include many of these in one capsule. Easier to swallow, right? I am NOT a fan of gulping down a crap load of pills. Hints of awful.
  • High Potency B Complex Supplement. He recommends you pick one of these up that includes “all 8 Essential B Vitamins – B1 (Thiamine), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), B5 (Pantothenic Acid), B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folic Acid), B12 (Cyanocobalamin), and B7 (Biotin)”. These are really important for energy. They even have B vitamin complexes that come in chewable form and actually taste okay if you’re not the pill swallowing type, which I’m not. These really help me feel energized in the morning and throughout the day. I find when I pass on taking them on any given day, I feel much more sluggish and slow than I would if I had taken them so they definitely make a huge difference for me!
  • Essential Fatty Acid Supplement. This supplement is important and needs to provide omega-3 fatty acids. He says this may be any any various form: “fish oil, flaxseed oil, or ground flaxseeds added to food or in capsule form.” He says a good vegetarian option is to add a “micro-algae-derived DHA supplement” to their diets. This supplement should involve at least 500mg of Omega-3. In order to get my omegas, I take 2 fish oil capsules daily, but I also eat a lot of fish because I know that when my body gets it from a natural food source, it’s always better absorbed than taking a pill. You can avoid the whole fish taste burping experience, which is totally gross speaking from experience here, by taking them on an empty stomach.
  • Lecithin Supplement (2,000 mg). This supplement is one that I was definitely missing in my diet, but I easily found granules at my local health food store. You can find this in powder, capsule or granular form. He advises that 1 tablespoon daily is enough if you opt for powder or granules. I like to add the granules to my shakes and smoothies; it’s pretty tasteless so it doesn’t bother me. 1 Tbs= 1,725 mg Lecithin.
  • Glucosamine Supplement. Personally, I’d never heard of this supplement before reading this book. I was all, gluco- what? And the kicker is, after reading about it, it’s one of the more important supplements because glucosamine is one of the building blocks that are needed to repair connective tissues throughout your body, that have sustained damage.
  • Calcium Supplement for Bone Health (w/Vitamin D- 1,000-1,500 mg). This is especially important as we currently get way below the needed amount for optimum health. Dr Murad advises to get a calcium supplement with at least 1,000 mg of vitamin D included or otherwise to ingest a separate vitamin D supplement with that amount to get the necessary amount.

Dr. Murad recommends some really great supplements and I have already noticed a big difference in taking them. Other supplements I recommend for those who have specific issues they are concerned with or those in a specific age group that may also have some benefit.

Wild Yam or Evening Primrose. This is beneficial for women who are menopausal or perimenopausal or those suffering from hormonal imbalance. You may also benefit from this if you take it during your time of the month for mood stability or if you get a lot of hormonal acne breakouts.

Licorice Root Extract. I really love this extract. It helped me get over a cough really quickly and especially helps with the throat bronchial irritation that is often felt when you’re sick. When I have a cough, I just add it to my tea with some manuka honey and echicacea; it works really well. Aside from that, licorice root, on general term, is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is a big part in the cause of many diseases and illnesses. I really enjoy including this as I feel it tempers any inflammation going on in my system that may be harmful. According to my nursing friend, it’s also beneficial for fighting ulcers!

Disclaimer: Please note that this is for informational purposes only. What has been helpful for me may not necessarily be good for you. Please consult a physician before taking any supplements if you are unsure whether or not they are right for you.

What supplements do you take daily?

Are there any in particular that you have found beneficial?

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My Old Blog Posts: What Vitamins Can Do For Your Beauty Regimen

This is probably one of my favorite posts from my old blog. It has a lot of really good information in terms of health AND beauty. The two can definitely work for you or against you, depending on both your eating habits and your skincare routine.

Enjoy!

(^the lovely Ashwariya Rai- doesn’t she have GREAT skin?)

Vitamins are a great way to achieve perfect skin and optimum health. Aside from their beauty benefits, vitamins can help you to look younger and even assist with weight loss, disease prevention, the prevention of premature aging, and the list goes on. Vitamins can be obtained either by taking a daily multi-vitamin or through natural food sources. Though still controversial and highly debated, many claim vitamin supplements have shown harmful side effects. Gaining your daily intake of vitamins through food sources and a healthy balanced diet is usually agreed upon as the most effective way to get the vitamins that your body needs to be healthy.

I’ve compiled a list of vitamins and their various beauty benefits for you below:

  • Vitamin A: Commonly known in skin care as Retinol or Retinyl Palmitate, Vitamin A is considered somewhat of a miracle vitamin. Not only does vitamin A help reverse and prevent free radical damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, age/sun spots, scarring and discoloration, vitamin A is also a great acne fighter. Ever heard of Retin-A? Guess what’s it main active ingredient is? You guessed it, vitamin A. Other great benefits of using vitamin A are that it fights dandruff, dry skin, assists with cell turnover (healing, collagen production, metabolism of cells), strengthens hair and nails, gives natural shine and gloss to hair, and helps to fight and prevent various skin conditions and illnesses. Some like to take a vitamin A supplement, but great food sources for vitamin A (natural forms – beta-carotene) are Carrots, Tomatoes, Spinach, Milk, Fish Liver Oils (Cod Liver Oil or Salmon Oil – available in tablets or liquid form), Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruits and various Leafy Green Vegetables. You can also find natural supplements in the form of beta-carotene among others.
  • B Vitamins: There are many different B vitamins in this group from B1 all the way up to B12 and then some. These various B vitamins can do specific things from assisting with hair growth or preventing hair loss, conditioning you hair, skin and nails, acne, evening skin tones out, and improving circulation in the skin and body which can assist with weight loss or prevent weight gain by increasing or maintaining a fast metabolism. Aside from that, B vitamins keep your skin moisturized, prevent and treat various skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, maintain healthy bones to prevent osteoporosis, prevent anemia, smooth skin texture, protect from free radicals, thickens and hydrates hair and nails, and assists with the healing process of skin due to cuts, acne, dryness or other skin conditions. B Vitamins are gained from a variety of sources including Leafy Green Vegetables, Whole Grains (Breads, Cereals, etc.), Beans, Wheat Germ, and various Nuts. B Vitamins may also be obtained by taking a vitamin B complex supplement.
  • Vitamin C: Vitamin C is one of the more well known vitamins, especially for anti-aging uses. Vitamin C assists with protection not only from free radical damage, but also is a potent vitamin that helps to tighten and firm skin, correct skin discoloration, heal scarring, fight acne, and increase cell turnover to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is gained by eating any and all Citrus Fruits including Lemons and Oranges, various Leafy Green Vegetables, Broccoli, Spinach, Tomatoes, and more. Vitamin C may also be obtained by taking a supplement, either natural (rose hips)  or synthetic.
  • Vitamin D: A powerful antioxidant (free radical protector), Vitamin D offers a variety of benefits including making sure you have strong pearly white teeth and strong bones and nails. Other benefits include fighting off various forms of cancer, depression, and even diabetes. Vitamin D is a bit more complicated in terms of getting your daily doses. The main source of vitamin D is through soaking up sunlight for 30 minutes a day without sun protection. I know what you’re thinking, Aren’t we supposed to be preventing sun protection??! Well, yes and no. Your body needs sunlight at least 15 minutes a day in order to synthesize the formation of vitamin D in your body. Ever notice you get the blues when you’re out of the sun for too long or notice you feel better under the sun? That’s because your body actually physically needs it! Not only that, but it prevents depression and makes us feel happier. Other easier sources of vitamin D include Milk, Egg Yolks, Fortified Cereals and various Fish including Mackerel, Sardines, Salmon and Tuna. 
  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E is also a more well known vitamin for its health and beauty benefits. Known and used in many skin care formulations as a potent antioxidant and skin moisturizer, vitamin E soothes, heals and exfoliates skin. Vitamin E provides good moisture to hair and nails while strengthening them to prevent breakage. It can also be effective in treating acne, discoloration, dry skin, and preventing fine lines and wrinkles and skin cancer. Vitamin E can even minimize the damage caused from smoking. Derived from a variety of sources, vitamin E can be obtained from the consumption of Olive Oil, Various Nuts including Almonds and Peanuts, Spinach, Broccoli, Edamame or Soybeans, Kiwis, Mangoes and Tomatoes. Vitamin E can also be applied topically in a liquid form or through the consumption of a supplement.
  • Vitamin K: Vitamin K assists with improving skin elasticity, prevent and treat hyperpigmentation/discoloration in the skin due to age spots and healing dark circles due to broken capillaries (little bumps under eyes), and improving fine lines and wrinkles. It has been linked to the prevention of various diseases including Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Bulimia, and Osteoporosis. Vitamin K can be obtained by consuming various Leafy Green Vegetables such as Spinach, Kale, Broccoli, Grapes, and Swiss Chard. It may also be found in Cabbage, Avocadoes, Kiwis, Romaine Lettuce, Soybeans and Strawberries. It may also be obtained by taking a supplement.

There are also other vitamins and nutrients that may be of benefit to your health and beauty efforts, but there are simply too many to list here If you visit your local health and vitamin store, you may find yourself lost amidst the insanity of all the supplements you never knew you needed. Anything from joint pain to wrinkles is covered, but I find that most of these may be obtained through food sources and is usually the safer (AND easier) route to go, but if you choose to take a daily supplement(s), please consult your physician before doing so in order to ensure your daily amount is correct and safe for your body.

Good luck with all your health and beauty efforts!

That’s all for now!

Stay Beautiful

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Great Features Of My Handmade Natural & Organic Beauty Products: 

  • Natural, Organic & Wild Crafted Ingredients
  • Strong yet gentle botanical extracts, vitamins, minerals, etc.
  • Perfect for all skin types including sensitive skin, acneic skin, and dry, fragile or damaged skin types
  • Includes valuable and healing ingredients that will show results without being too harsh
  • No fillers, harmful preservatives, chemicals, or other abrasive or harmful ingredients in my formulations
  • Pleasant, natural scents

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