Skin Benefits Of Tea Tree Essential Oil

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Skin Benefits Of Tea Tree Essential Oil*Guest Post by Evie*

It is believed that the aboriginals of Australia have been using tea tree essential oil for ages and that it has cured many skin problems with great success. This includes minor skin issues like cuts, bruises and major infections caused by microorganisms such as virus, bacteria and fungi with efficacy and safety.

The truth is, there are various skin benefits of the magical oil. Found in Southern Australia this oil is extracted from the tree Melaleuca alternifolia.

The benefits of tea tree essential oil have long since been applied to skin care. Even better, there are several simple (and cheap!) ways you can take advantage of this essential oil yourself. [Keep Reading]

The Best Fake Tanner for Vegans

How do you know if a vegan, a crossfitter or a lawyer walk into a bar? They tell you about it – ha ha!

Ok, kind of lame, but I feel like I can get away with it because at one point I was vegan (lasted 2 whole months!), studied at law school (halfway to being a lawyer) and I am currently an avid crossfitter (is the WOD up?). 

While I know that vegans, crossfitters and the like get a bad rap for spouting their preferences, that’s not what today’s post is about. Actually, it is simply a coincidence that this bad ass recipe also happens to be vegan. Whether your veg or not, this DIY is bound to be one of the best fake tanner recipes you’ve tried yet. [Keep Reading]

2014s hottest new years makeup trendsThere’s just something about New Years that makes you want to pull out all the stops, look as fabulous as possible and really wow your date.

I mean, raise your hand if you spent hours prepping, buffing and beautifying yourself? There’s waxing, shaving, exfoliating, facials, hair appointments, outfit shopping and so much more. Sure it can be overwhelming and time consuming, but it’s worth it, right!

As I’ve mentioned before, I wasn’t one for makeup growing up. I felt it was a hassle and expensive, but as the years passed I came to understand the importance and elegance of a little makeup here and there.

A big fan of the barely there look, I do make an exception for New Years, and so should you. [Keep Reading]

3 Solutions for How to Get Firm Breasts

Holiday season is upon us and it’s time to start planning that tropical getaway. You thought your biggest problem was Victoria’s Secret trading out the bikini section for pajama sets, but then you took a cheeky peak in the mirror…when you were naked.

Is it just the angle or are your boobs starting to look a little less young and perky? [Keep Reading]

5 Simple Lifestyle Changes to Improve Oral Health*Guest Post by Dr. Dyoco*

The great thing about teeth is that they really aren’t too terribly difficult to keep healthy. You’re probably thinking, “Really? Then why do dental problems seem so common?”

The unfortunate answer is that many people don’t consistently maintain good oral care. They form daily habits that are detrimental to their teeth. These habits aren’t so bad for a day, a week or even a month. But over the course of years, they result in serious problems that require serious treatments.

That’s why it’s so critical to form good habits that you follow every day. If you do, you’ll be much less likely to experience problems and much more likely to keep your own teeth as you age.

Switch to Sparkling Water

Some people absolutely love soda – they crave the sugary stuff like a drug. But here’s the problem: drinking soda not only makes you feel terrible after a while, it’s terrible for your body, your oral health and your teeth. Most people know this but they just can’t stop drinking it.

Well, we’re here to offer you a healthy solution that your teeth will thank you for: switch to sparkling water. You still get the bubbles and when you add a bit of natural fruit juice in the mix, it will help cut your craving for soda. Companies like Sodastream offer home carbonating machines and natural flavoring syrups so you can make healthier sodas and save money.

Rinse Away

If you can’t substitute sparkling water for your beloved soda, you can at least take measures to try to lessen the negative effects of soda when you do occasionally partake.

Drinking soda with a straw is better than directly from the cup because it minimizes contact with teeth. Then, after you’re done, rinse out your mouth with water. This will help wash away some of the sugar and prevent harmful bacteria from forming and sticking around. But the best method really is swearing off soda altogether.

Sugar Free Gum

If you chew gum a lot, it’s may be difficult to completely stop. But you should avoid gum with real sugar at all costs. Sugar-free gum, on the other hand, can actually have some positive effects on teeth. If you pop in a piece after a meal, the increased saliva helps prevent decay by getting rid of the acid that builds up in your mouth after you eat.

The ADA even officially endorses chewing gum for about 20 minutes after a meal and they’ve lent their seal to some gums. So, if you can’t brush after eating or need to chew gum, stick to the varieties that are dentist-approved.

Don’t Wait for Dessert

By now we all know how detrimental sugary foods can be on teeth, but even your dentist wouldn’t be so cruel as to forbid you from eating sweets for the rest of your life. When you do occasionally indulge in a sweet treat, it’s actually better to do so right after your meal instead of waiting. The sugar will do less damage when around the same time as other foods.

Visit Your Dentist Often

This should go without saying, but you need to have dentist appointments scheduled for about every 6 months. Not having a toothache doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have dental problems you can’t feel or see. Regular checkups ensure that you maintain good dental hygiene and catch any possible issues that could become more serious problems if they aren’t treated.

Changing habits can be hard, but being intentional about your daily decisions can have a huge positive impact on your health. Use these tips to help you maintain excellent oral care now and you’ll have fewer issues down the line.

 

About the Author:

Dr. Kimberly Dyoco is a top Chicago dentist and the owner of One Mag Smile, a general and cosmetic dental practice on Chicago’s famed Mag Mile.  There, she and Dr. Andrew Wiers offer a wide range of services including cleaning, veneers, whitening and Invisalign.  Dr. Dyoco is passionate about patient care and about educating people about dental hygiene and care.  To learn more, visit One Mag Smile or connect with her on Google+.

Summer Beauty Trends for 2014Don’t you just love how the seasons change? Especially when it brings you closer and closer to being summer time!

As far as seasons go, Fall is definitely my fave, but Summer is a close second. Spring can suck it because it’s too drizzly and damp and that is NEVER good for my hair.

Over the years I have found some trends that always seem to recur during the hot summer months. Natural beachy curls are popular for hair trends, the au-natural face comes back and it makes sense. It’s too dang hot out to really vamp it up. While there are these reincarnated faves, that doesn’t mean there aren’t more new and noteworthy trends. [Keep Reading]

10 tips to whiten nails*Guest Post by Alex*

Yellowing of nails is a common problem with women who uses nail enamels on a regular basis. Especially dark nail paints tend to leave a stain on your nails which can make them unsightly.

Thankfully, there are certain natural ways that can help you to whiten them effectively. Although, most of the time it is easier to fix it at home, it is best to visit a doctor if you have chronic yellow nails. [Keep Reading]

DIY TonerWe all have a daily skin care regimen to keep our skin looking it’s best. For most of us it’s a three step process that consists of our daily cleanser, a nice light toner and my favourite, moisturizer.

It’s no secret that these three very important steps to maintaining and caring for our faces’ natural moisture barrier can add up fast and get expensive rather quickly! What’s worse, many of us also make the wrong choices for you skin type by gravitating to the wrong products with ingredient lists a mile long.

Choosing a product full of unpronounceable ingredients usually isn’t a good thing. Why do you think so many people are gravitating more towards all natural products?

With that in mind, I’m going to share my favorite basil toner recipe that is perfect for all skin types and won’t gouge a hole in your wallet. [Keep Reading]

3 Cheap and easy teeth whitening tricksWho doesn’t love checking out a big toothy grin? Am I right, or am I right?

Smiles are great for so many reasons. When you’re feeling blue, a smile from a stranger can lift your spirits. A sly smile can let that hunky gentleman at the end of the bar know you are definitely interested in him buying you a beverage. [Keep Reading]

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