Gail Simmons is an expert at buying produce. She is the star of Bravo’s Top Chef and is passionate about produce and farmers’ markets. She has been shopping at them for years and has written a post with tips for making the most of your local one. She recommends trying something new – I make a point of buying something I’ve not tried in ages (or never!) and finding a way to cook it during the week – and even trying out other local markets. She points out that spontaneity and buying in bulk what you love (and is in season) are the main ways to get the most from your visits to the farmers’ market. You can read the rest of her tips here: http://thevivant.com/gail-simmons-tips-shop-farmers-markets/#ixzz3GzHKHnbA
Studies are under way by researchers at Harvard and Northeastern Universities to investigate the effects of consuming organic products on the health of humans and the environment. Preliminary findings indicate that organic agriculture may help to resolve multiple environmental issues, not least of which is global warming. Organic soil appears to sequester more carbon that conventionally-farmed soil, helping to regulate climate and raise the health of the soil. Organic farmers and people who consume their produce avoid exposure to pesticides and their adverse health effects, another major area of the research. For more information about this project, read http://www.organicnewsroom.com/2014/10/early_findings_of_harvard_nort.html
Ayurveda, an ancient Hindu practice for cultivating physical, mental and spiritual health, categorizes people according to the way fire, earth, water and air are represented in their makeup. People with a dominance of fire or water will have different body types and health challenges than those who are more earthy or airy. This goes equally for skin. Organic Spa Magazine has drawn up a tip sheet for putting ayurvedic skincare insights into practice. You can see what ayurvedic type you are, and what recommendations this Indian teaching has for your skin, by reading their article at: http://www.organicspamagazine.com/top-ayurvedic-tips-for-balancing-skin-types/
Stress hormones are troublesome for the skin. They damage collagen and accelerate aging. Amy Wechsler MD wrote extensively about them in “The Mind Beauty Connection.” That’s why yoga, meditation and other ways to relieve stress are an important part of holistic skin care. Not only do they protect skin from physiological damage, they also create states of mind that are in themselves beautiful, a form of “life-deep” beauty that is truly ageless.
Elle has summarized the beauty benefits of seven Mediterranean plants in an introductory article about essential oils and their application. The article covers the use of: rosemary (to stimulate hair growth), lavender (for stress relief), olive oil (to moisturize dry skin), orange oil (to stimulate collagen), Immortelle (for anti-aging), almond oil (to smooth the skin), and verbena (to lift the spirits). You can read the full article here: http://bit.ly/1qNneVa
Disturbed by what she discovered about the chemicals commonly used in cosmetics, Irish Times Reporter Kelly O’Brien decided to replace her normal skincare products with organic ones. She had previously gone without hair shampoo for a year, a story that generated an enormous response from her readers.
In the first month of going all-organic with her skincare, she made three discoveries: spots she habitually developed and thought were due to stress completely disappeared, so she was reacting to something in her previous products; it was easy to replace all of the dedicated products she had been using with organic alternatives; and she discovered terrific Irish-made organic products to work with.
You can read Kelly’s comploete article and her product recommendations here: http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/ditching-the-chemicals-in-cosmetics-to-be-100-organic-fantastic-309713.html?utm_content=buffereeaf2
New to natural makeup and interested in a beginner’s guide?
Do you want to go vegan, or organic, or are you not sure? Everyone wants to go cruelty-free. Fortunately, any products that come from or are sold in Europe will be cruelty free by EU law, but if you are looking at US products, it is something to check for. If you want to go vegan, would you consider products containing beeswax as “vegan?”
These and other questions about standards are discussed in this helpful article by All Natural Aspirations which also provides product recommendations and a list of online shopping sites: http://www.allnaturalaspirations.com/2015/01/basic-beginners-make-up-bag-natural-non.html
Beauty hazards from Cosmopolitan: sleep deprivation (slows cell repair), smog (clogs pores and hosts free radicals), lack of cardio exercise (causes faster aging), alcohol (creates free radicals), over-work (causes stress hormones that damage collagen), not eating good oils (salmon, nuts – so good for us), and, our returning champion, sugar (makes the body too acidic for radiant health).
Cosmopolitan recommends going to bed before midnight, cleansing with a Clarisonic, making sure you exercise so you sweat for 14 minutes at a time, and generally living a sane lifestyle. You can read read the full article here: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/a34268/beauty-fails-mess-with-skin/
When it comes to being beautiful, it used to imply that you were young. For the longest time, women’s beauty was tied to appearing youthful and excluded signs of a life well lived like wrinkles and gray hair.
Thankfully now the fashion industry is turning that notion on its head by showcasing beauty at different ages with models nearing 70 years old! This is a great statement to show that women off all ages are beautiful and valuable.