With the change of season it takes an extra dose of effort (and nutrients) to ward off dreaded colds. The Umstead Hotel and Spa (Cary, N.C.) is treating spa guests to a soothing seasonal Lemon Ginger Lavender Elixir that will be more pleasant on the palate than cough syrup!
Chef Greg Gettles shares his recipe for a refreshing, vitamin-packed pick-me-up that combines potassium and calcium-rich Lemon, Ginger, which has antioxidant and direct anti-inflammatory effects, relaxing Lavender and Thyme, which helps relieve coughs, bronchitis, and chest congestion. Read more
Copper has many skin care benefits including the promotion of collagen and elastin production, as well as acting as an antioxidant. Copper peptides help to firm, smooth and soften skin, and it’s said that copper can accomplish it in half the time compared to most other anti-aging skin care ingredients. Copper peptides are also beneficial when it comes to treating scars, as well.
NEOVA has a Copper Moisture Mask as part of their Treat line of products. Skin care products in this collection aim to reduce the signs of photoaging, rejuvenate the skin and soothe irritation. Read more
Ever since I decided to make the leap into wearing red lipstick, I’ve become obsessed. While I know that self-confidence comes from within, the perfect red lipstick can get you there a little quicker.
Cruelty free cosmetics brand, Cate McNabb, has some incredibly hydrating lipsticks and Be Mine basically begged to be worn. It’s a pink-based satin red that screams I got this. Or like a boss (as my kids would say.) Read more
A year ago when A Girl’s Gotta Spa! began the quest of producing the best bath and body products, this exfoliating salt scrub was the one I was looking forward to most. It’s no secret that body scrubs are by far my most favorite skin care item due to the way it transforms your skin. Transformation is important when it comes to self-care. When you take the time for yourself, even to simply scrub away dull, dry skin, you make yourself a priority and that’s important for your emotional well-being.
If you don’t make the time to care for yourself, who else is going to? Read more
Lately I have been somewhat obsessed with bananas. Being insanely busy for the past two months has reintroduced me to how versatile bananas can be. In the morning I blend them with almond milk, blueberries and medjool dates for a simple, quick and super filling smoothie or will slice them and add to my muesli or coconut milk yogurt. When I’m really rushed for time I have a banana with a few almonds for a filling, yet healthy snack. Little did I know that in addition to being filling and convenient, bananas also have amazing benefits for skin, hair and my overall health and well-being. Read more
Right now my hair looks and feels dry, lackluster and just downright sad. I know that I could’ve taken better care of my hair, but sometimes it’s much too easy to neglect my hair care routine and just disguise less than stellar hair with a cute braid or bun. Agreed?
I decided to start the process of devoting more time to healthy hair by reevaluating the products I use to clean it. A lot of shampoos actually have a drying effect on my hair (textured, curly) so finding an alternative to drying shampoos was my first order of business.
This first hair cleanser I tried in my quest to undo the havoc I’ve wreaked on my hair was a non-sudsing, oil-based shampoo called From the Lab Transforming Hair Cleanser No. 724. Read more
From your head to your toes, winter conditions are no fun for your skin. Not only does dry skin look unhealthy, it can be really uncomfortable, too. Did you know that everything you need to save your skin from winter is as close as your pantry or refrigerator?
Below are some excellent DIY skin care recipes from Dr. Susan Stuart a board certified dermatologist from La Jolla, California.
An avocado mask is perfect for dry skin that may become very irritated in the winter.
It is easy to make: mash the flesh of avocado with a fork, add a touch of extra-virgin olive oil, and apply this smooth, fragrant mixture onto your face. “This nourishing mask will supply your skin with a whole range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and softening agents to fight winter dryness,” says Dr. Stuart.
We’ve also included avocado in our DIY Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment and DIY Avocado Hair & Face Mask. Avocado Oil can be found in A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub, too.
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Know for their incredible handmade artisan soaps, Faith, Soaps & Love has another trick up their sleeves… or in this case, in their tubes.
Good things come in 2 oz. packages. Don’t let the small number fool you, as the Solid Lotion Bar tube is the size of my hand. If you’ve never tried solid lotion before, it is a different experience than fluid lotion and has its benefits. These particular lotion bars are comprised of shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, fragrance or essential oil. Simple ingredients and completely convenient packaging. Read more
No matter your age, unwanted facial hair can become a true confidence problem. From genetics to mature skin, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when dark excess hair lingers around. Bleaching the hair is an option and if you haven’t tried it before and are curious, read on. Read more
I’m always on the lookout for a BB or CC cream that not only matches my skin tone but also has SPF 20 and over, covers without feeling heavy or oily, helps to reduce the size of my pores and gives me a little glow. My skin could be described as medium to dark with green undertones and most BB or CC creams ends up making my face look slightly ashy or like I went crazy with a really dark bronzer. I find that mixing two of the several variations of medium colors that I have sometimes gives me the look I’m going for, but honestly with my busy schedule most days I don’t have the time for mixing as I need something that simplifies my morning routine. Read more