Healthy Living- Detox Water

Detox Water As promised, I wanted to share more about my skin routine and the different things I do to keep it healthy in the most natural and organic way possible. While I will eventually get to what I put ‘on’ my skin, I think it is more important to start with what you put ‘in’ your skin, as I believe true beauty comes from within (both physically and emotionally). There are two parts to what I put into my body for healthy skin: vitamins (which we will discuss later) and detox waters. Two out of three of these detox drinks use water and simple house hold items. In fact, they seem so simple you might even wonder if they make a difference. I’ve done plenty of research over the years and have pulled some facts together so you can make your own educated decision, but in my opinion detox water definitely makes a difference.

Lemon Detox Water

Lemon Water 

8 ounces of water + Juice of half of lemon (can be diluted more to suit your tastes)

Every morning I roll out of bed, brush my teeth, and then grab a glass of lemon water. Every.single.morning. My skin has started to glow just a little bit more, and I’ve noticed my morning breathe growing fainter and fainter. Here are some other benefits:

  • Packed with vitamin C, citric acid, potassium (nourishes brain and nerve cells as well as your heart), calcium, phosphorus, magnesium
  • Lemon juice in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning helps flush out toxins and replenishes body salts (also good after a workout)
  • Aids in the production of bile and digestive juices which aids in your digestion and also relieves indigestion symptoms
  • Enhances enzyme function which stimulates your liver and aids in cleansing your system
  • Helps prevent wrinkles and acne and promotes clear skin
  • The pectin fiber in lemon is beneficial for colon health as well as an appetite suppressant thus helping you lose weight
  • Lemon is a powerful antibacterial and helps aid against the common cold as well as the growth of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and disease
  • Gives you an energy boost which is helpful for those trying to cut caffeine
  • Maintains healthy eyes and fights against eye health problems
  • It balances and maintains healthy pH levels in your body
  • Dissolves uric acids which helps reduce pain and inflammation in your joints and knees 

Please note: One side effect of lemon water can be its harsh effect on your teeth enamel. It is recommended that you brush your teeth prior to drinking lemon water and then do not brush again until at least 3 hours after. You can also swish plain water around your mouth after drinking your lemon water. You can read more about the benefits of lemon detox water here and here.

Apple Cider Vinegar detox water

Vinegar Water

8 ounces of water + 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (make sure it is unfiltered)

or

8 ounces of seltzer water + 1 tablespoon of vinegar + a splash of juice (typically cranberry juice…you want some that is 100% juice with nothing added)

The benefits of drinking vinegar water are similar to lemon water. It’s great for detoxing and it’s also high in potassium. I find that drinking vinegar detox water helps me to stay detoxed and debloated. Some other benefits include:

  • Apple cider vinegar has all the same benefits that apples do, meaning it is packed with enzymes, amino acids, antioxidants, beta carotene, calcium, iron, pectin, silicon and potassium.
  • It helps keep blood pressure low
  • It can aid in the prevention of colon cancer
  • Apple cider vinegar helps lower glucose levels which in turn can help with diabetes
  • It also aids with weight loss by acting as an appetite suppressant, reducing water retention, increase metabolism, and helping with digestion

Please note: To receive these benefits you must use apple cider vinegar that is raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized, made from organic apples, and includes something about ‘the mother’ (aka the translucent film floating around in the vinegar) on the label. The brand I like to use is Bragg’s, which you can find online, at Whole Foods, or any other health store or specialty market. You can read more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar detox water here.

Dermal Health Detox water

Herb Pharm Dermal Health Drops 

8 ounces of water + 1 dropper of Dermal Health, 3x a day

While this compound is also great for detoxing your system and keeping your liver clean, its primary focus is detoxing the skin to help aid in relief of skin diseases such eczema, psoriasis, and acne. I have been drinking leon and vinegar water for years, but this detox solution is a recent recommendation. It was recommended to me by the lady who runs the herb shop in our neighborhood, and while it didn’t clear up my skin issues, I have noticed a big difference. Here are the ingredients found in this compound as well as links to pages with each of their benefits:

  • Burdock Seed: here and here
  • Stinging Nettle Seed: here
  • Sarsaparilla Root: here
  • Yellow Dock Root: here
  • Spilanthes Flowering Herb: here
  • Ginger Rhizome: here

Please note: This is by far the most expensive detox drink on the list and also probably the hardest to come by. The flavor is also not the most pleasant. 

*Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor and this is not medical advice. These are simply things that have worked for me, my research on them, and my observations of how they have worked. Please consult your physician with any questions*

July Beauty Favorites

July Beauty Favorites || Runway Chef I realized this week that it’s been a while since I did a beauty favorites post (last one here), but the blame for that issue is entirely on my crazy skin allergies because Lord knows I love beauty and skin products enough to have these posts at least twice a week. Apparently, I’m allergic to more than just rubber components (which I discovered thanks to yet another visit to the derm), meaning I’ve had to narrow down my beauty products even more. As promised in the last beauty favorites posts, I will be sharing more about my skin allergies, my new beauty routine, and what products are safe to use, soon as it just so happens that the issues I was dealing with are quite common. But for now, let’s talk about my July beauty favorites….

bareMinerals bareskin bareMinerals BareSkin c/o (I use shade ‘Bare Skin 09′) // I have always loved bareMinerals products, but since finding out that they are one of the few cosmetics brands that I can still safely use, I love them even more. Their newest foundation is an absolute dream…and I don’t even like foundation! Where as I used to avoid putting foundation on at all, I now actually find myself wanting to wear it. BareSkin goes on smooth, you use a little or a lot depending on the amount of coverage you want, and it never feels like or looks like you’re wearing anything. This foundation has totally won over my little foundation-hating heart!

summer lip color Chantecaille Lip Gloss in ‘Glee’ & Maybelline Lipstick in ‘Coral Crush’ // Neither of these products are new to me and I have been using each individually for quite some time. But the combination of wearing them layered together didn’t happen until about a month ago, and I can’t figure why as it makes for the perfect summer lip shade.

highlighter cream Inika Light Reflecting Highlighting Creme // My old favorite Nars highlighting cream and my allergies don’t get along, so I decided to give this creme a try, and so far I’m loving it. It reminds me a lot of the Nars highlighter, but I think it actually blends in more smoothly and the color is a bit lighter, which is perfect for summer.

summer makeup Above I am wearing my July beauty favorites along with Benefit Erase Paste under my eyes and bareMinerals mascara, all of which you can shop below-

Seasonal Swap: Summer Beauty Products

summer beauty products A few weeks back I shared summertime hair swaps to help your hair battle through long summer days so it seemed only fitting that I give you a few summer beauty products to help you put your best face forward once the heat rolls in. While most are items I have personally tried and enjoyed using, I also threw in a few products that I’ve heard excellent things about, namely the Josie Maran Cheek Gel and the Revlon lip stains. I’d love to know- do you switch up your products for the summertime and if so, please do spill the deets on your favorite summer beauty products.

1. Full Coverage > Tinted Moisturizer

2. Powder Blush > Cheek Gel

3. Powder > Blotting Papers

4. Eyeliner > Waterproof Liner

5. Highlighter > Bronzer

6. Primer > Makeup Setting Spray

7. Lipstick Lip Stain

8. Powder Shadows > Cream Shadows

Seasonal Swap: Summer Hair Products

summer hair products As we begin changing out our wardrobes in preparation for summer (which is all too quickly approaching), we must also remember to change up our beauty routine and products. What works in the cold winter months doesn’t always transition well into the hot summer days. Plus summer likes to disguise itself as being all easy breezy natural low-maintenance, but us ladies know it can actually take quite a few products to get that perfectly sun-kissed glow or that loose, frizz-free, braid (#girlproblems). Here are 7 winter products and their summer hair products you should be switching to in their place:

1. Mousse > Root Lift Spray

2. Conditioning Serum > Frizz Control Serum

3.  Hair Spray > Gloss Spray

4. Spray Gel > Beach Spray

5. Anti-Static Spray Sun Protection Spray

6. Leave-In Conditioner Cream > Leave-In Conditioner Spray

7. Oil Hair Treatments > Nourishing Hair Masks

Natural Nails Manicure

Natural Nails Manicure || Runway Chef I have a serious love-hate relationship with manicures. I love the look of well-polished nails, and switching up polishes is an easy way to accessorize an outfit. But I can not keep a mani chip-free if my life depended on it. Seriously. I’ve tried. So while I continue to give myself pedicures on the regular, I’ve resorted to giving my fingers what I refer to as a ‘natural nails manicure’. It’s an easy, quick, no-polish required process that gives you naturally nice nails. I grew up watching my Mom give herself these manicures, it was the first mani I was allowed to have (since no harmful polishes were involved), and because of how easy and resilient it is, it continues to be a favorite way to keep my nails in tip top condition. Here’s what you need to do to give yourself your own natural nails manicure:

how to get nice looking natural nails

Supplies

White Nail Pencil (I use Sally Hansen’s, but there’s also this, this or this)
Oil (I use coconut, olive, apricot, Vitamin E….basically whatever I have on hand)
Cuticle Pusher (I use the one on the Sally Hansen pencil)

1. Prep your nails by cleaning, trimming, and filing them to the desired shape.

natural nail care 2. Rub a tiny drop of oil onto each nail, concentrating on the cuticle area.

natural manicure 3. Use the cuticle pusher to push each cuticle down.

natural nails 4. Take the white pencil and slightly dampen it. Then, with a firm hand, run it under each nail tip once or twice.

easy manicure 5. Dust off any excess white and then rub a few more drops of oil all over your hands.

sally hansen 2-in-1 nail pencil 6. Use the pencil every few days to freshen your white tips.

natural nails manicure For comparisons sake, the two nails on the left have the pencil under the tip and the two to the right do not.