Posts with tag "Wellness"


Develop a Healthy Skin Care Routine

I am currently obsessed with taking care of my skin. Probably because I took it for granted all my life and now that I have hit my mid-thirties, I am starting to have break outs and its driving me crazy.
As women, there are so many factors that impact the condition of our skin like age, skin type (dry, oily, combination), skin color (fair, medium or dark) and our uncontrollable hormones!!!
With that said, I am writing this post as a gentle reminder about how through some easy steps we can take care of our skin and achieve that beautiful glowing complexion that all of us strive for.

Skin Care Essentials

1. Its important to have a daily ritual for taking care of your skin.
Day Time
Cleanse: Wash your face with a mild cleanser suited for your skin type. Cleansing helps remove dirt and grime and helps with the skin renewal process.
Tone: Use a toner to tighten the pores
Moisturize: Apply a moisturizer with SPF
Exfoliate/Masks: Frequency depends on your skin type. Helps remove dead skin cells

Night Time
Cleanse: Wash your face with a mild cleanser suited for your skin type
Extra Step: Apply a vitamin C serum. Helps tighten the skin.
Moisturize: Apply a night time moisturizer (without any SPF)

2. Pick a brand that you like and try and pick your cleanser, toner and moisturizer from the same brand. Scrubs, masks and serums can be from a different brand but try and keep the basics should be from the same brand.

3. Get a facial every 4-6 weeks for a deep cleansing of your skin but make sure the esthetician is experienced. Best to do some research by asking your friends and then work with them on a regular basis. 

4. To avoid breakouts, wash your  makeup brushes once a month or so. To wash your makeup brushes, just use a small amount of gentle shampoo and water, and then rub the bristles between your fingers. Do this until the water runs clean. Air dry the brushes.

5. Maintain a healthy diet as that has a huge impact on your skin. Incorporate lots of fresh fruits, vegetables and leafy greens.

6. Drink lots of water. Helps flush out all the toxins from your body.

Some of my Favorite Skin Care Products 


Daily Cleanser: CeraVe Hydrating CleanserDaily 
Light Weight Moisturizer with SPF: Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Moisturizer with SPF 30Moisturizer: Chantecaille Flower Harmonizing Cream
Exfoliant: Benefit Pineapple Facial Polish
Masque: Kiehl's Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
Vitamin C Serum: Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum
Pimple Healer: Mario Badescu Drying Lotion


Time to detoxify!

An embellished life includes having a healthy lifestyle!
When you feel good, you automatically look good. And with summer around the corner and swimsuit season on the horizon, I was tempted to share some detoxifying foods compiled by reviewing multiple health websites and magazines. 
Most of us are aware of these foods but it doesn't hurt to get a quick reminder.
By incorporating these in your diet, you can increase energy, improve digestion and also lose weight!

Top 10 Detoxifying Foods

1. Lemons 

Lemon juice contains a number of alkalizing minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. It is also rich in vitamin C, a powerful anti-oxidant that supports your immune system. Lemon juice is great for a detox because it stimulates bile production in your liver, helping your body to remove toxins more efficiently. 

2. Blueberries 

Blueberries rate very highly in antioxidant activity compared to other fruit. They contain potent antioxidants, named anthocyanins, that gives them that beautiful blue color. The anthocyanins protect your body from free radicals in your bloodstream, and can help your immune system to fight off serious diseases. Blueberries also help to stabilize blood glucose levels and can reduce belly fat. 

3. Garlic

Garlic is a powerful antiviral, antiseptic and antibiotic. The vital sulphuric compounds garlic contains makes it an essential detoxifier.

4. Green Tea

Packed full of antioxidants, green tea not only washes toxins out of the system through its liquid content, but also contains a special type of antioxidant called catechins, known to increase liver function.

5. Flaxseed

Ground flaxseeds provide a wonderful source of fibre that helps to bind and flush toxins from the intestinal tract. They're also a great source of health promoting omega 3 oils. 

6. Red Beets

Beets are full of vitamins B3, B6, C and beta-carotene. They're also a valuable source of iron, magnesium, zinc and calcium -- all necessary to promote optimal detoxification and elimination.

7. Turmeric

Curcumin is the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, which gives it its yellow color. The rate at which your detox pathways function depends on your genes, your age, lifestyle and a good supply of nutrients involved in the detox process. Curcumin is used a lot in Ayurvedic Medicine to treat liver and digestive disorders.

8. Quinoa

This simple seed is a complete protein, and also boasts high calcium and lysine contents.

9. Green, Leafy Vegetables

Lightly diuretic, leafy greens, especially watercress and arugula, work with the liver to flush out toxins while their rich mineral content keeps you strong.

10. Broccoli Sprouts

Broccoli contains important phytochemicals that are released when they're chopped, chewed, fermented, cooked or digested. The substances are released then break down into sulphorophanes, indole-3-carbinol and D-glucarate, which all have a specific effect on detoxification. 

And last but not least drink lots of water!!!!!! The rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water so if you weigh 140lbs, drink 70 oz of water.


Zumba – What a great workout!

In case you haven't heard of Zumba, it is an amazing dance-based workout which is high-cardio, high energy and completely exhilarating.

I have been doing Zumba for almost a year now and am totally addicted. This morning while I was in my Zumba class with women of all ages, shapes and nationalities, gyrating in harmony to the choreography of our very talented Zumba instructor, I couldn't stop smiling. What a way to start my day! For that one hour, I was transformed to a completely different world (this morning I imagined myself in a nightclub in Ibiza)  and was energized. After that, I can take on my day of tasks, responsibilities and stuff!

Having tried many different forms of exercise (yoga, pilates, aerobics, weight training) and dance (classical, ballroom, latin, swing, charleston, hip hop), I finally feel like I have found my happiness in Zumba as it combines the best of dance and exercise. Add amazing music to the mix and you get a fun, awesome workout.

If you are intimidated by the fact that you have two left feet or can't shake your hips, then my suggestion would be to buy the Zumba DVD, learn some of the basic steps at home and then take the classes as most Zumba teachers use the same basic steps in their choreography.

Oh and by the way, if you enjoy clothes (like me) then I have to mention that the Zumba apparel is super cute. I bought these cargo pants and exercise tank. They fit really well and are great for Zumba. The full selection of apparel and other products can be found at the Zumba online store.

I hope you'll try Zumba at least once and if you do, then do share!