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The Ultimate Beauty Boosting Beverage

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The Ultimate Beauty Boosting Beverage

Beauty is more than what you put on the outside, it’s about taking care of yourself from the inside out as well. That means feeding your body with nourishing foods and supplements that will keep you healthy, happy and conveniently, glowing!

Now, if you don’t already do it drinking hot water with freshly squeezed lemon is a great way to start your day. Not only does it rev your engine and refresh you in a way that your daily cup of joe cannot, but it reduces inflammation, flushes toxins and keeps your skin blemish free too. Not too shabby for a cup of warm citrus water, eh!

If you really want to kick it up a notch, then try our brand spanking new beauty boosting beverage recipe.

The Ultimate Beauty Boosting Beverage

Get ready because this green smoothie not only tastes good, but is going to give you gorgeous, radiant skin.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Coconut Water
  • 1 ripe, peeled banana
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/2 cup chopped mango
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 avocado

To make this beauty beverage, grab your favourite high powered blender and all of the above ingredients. Make sure to peel, core, and wash everything before blending it up.

Making my dad drink up the green goodness too! #hesnotimpressed

Making my dad drink up the green goodness too! #hesnotimpressed

Blend on high until everything is all smooth and creamy. If you don’t dig a thick smoothie then feel free to add in more coconut water or even filtered, regular water. My vote goes for regular water because I’m not a big fan of things that are too sweet.

There are a few really good reasons why this drink is so darn good for your skin. First of all avocados are hydrating and give your body a shot of the healthy fats they need to stay young.

Mango and pineapple are chock full of what we call carotenoids, which give your skin that bright glowing appearance we all love so much. They are also packed with vitamin C which is key for producing natural collagen – the stuff that keeps your skin nice and tight.

Spinach – my favourite ingredient – is a nutrient dense food that helps you rid your body of nasty toxins that can leave your skin looking dull and yucky. Finally, coconut water is incredibly hydrating by replenishing your electrolytes.

Your skin is simply going to love this beauty boosting beverage. Add it to your weekly repertoire and enjoy the benefits now!

Do you have a fave skin smoothie? Sharing’s caring y’all….post it in the comments below!

3 Moves That Target Cellulite

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3 Moves that Target Cellulite

Let me be brutally honest for a moment – cellulite does not discriminate.

You can be young, old, healthy or not so much and still see the telltale signs of cellulite.

Now, while you can experience cellulite at any age, it is more likely that you’ll start seeing even more of it with age. Why? Because as we age our skin and body change a lot. More specifically, as we get older our skin becomes thinner and our connective tissue thickens. This combination makes cellulite a helluva lot more noticeable.

Did we mention that the average woman also loses approximately 5 lbs of muscle and gains 15 lbs of fat each decade? In the not-so-wise words of Juan Pablo (raise your hand if you’re a Bachelor fan!!!) – AY YAY YAY.

With those scary stats you’re going to want to do everything you can to really target your trouble zones and we’re here to help. Here are 3 moves that target cellulite…and you’re going to want to add these to your daily routine! [Keep Reading]

Minimizing Scars after Breast Surgery Naturally

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Minimizing Scars after Breast Surgery Naturally

*Guest Post by Victoria*

Some people see their scars as proof they endured excruciating pain or accomplished an extraordinary feat. However, scars can also bring back painful memories or cause our self-esteem to diminish. There are variety of creams and lotions available that claim to diminish scars or make them vanish completely.

While it may be tempting to try them out, they are often loaded with chemicals, and they aren’t guaranteed to yield the results you hope for. Rather than spending a fortune on these options following breast reconstruction, you would be surprised that you likely have everything you need to apply a more natural remedy in your home right now.

Here are 7 home remedies for minimizing scars after breast surgery naturally…and they are certainly worth trying for any kind of scarring! [Keep Reading]

How to Hide Dark Under Eye Circles

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How to Hide Dark Under Eye Circles

Real talk time, ladies. This morning I woke up with the WORST case of puffy, dark under eye circles. I didn’t stay up late, I wasn’t been drinking the wobbly pops, and I hadn’t gorged on naughty foods, so what gives?

It seems that regardless of how hard you try, sometimes those pesky dark under eye circles can’t be avoided. So what is a girl to do? Follow along and find out. [Keep Reading]

9 Tips for Protecting Your Eyelashes Against Breakage

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9 Tips for Protecting Your Eyelashes Against Breakage

*Guest Post by Adonia*

Just like the hair on your scalp, the growth of your eyelashes occurs naturally in cycles. Your genes play an important role in determining the growth of your eyelashes, both in length and thickness.

Unfortunately, only about a quarter of your eyelashes attain their full-length potential. This is because they sustain damages during cleansing, curling, wearing makeup and environmental exposure. While these damages are difficult to reverse, there are certain ways to protect and condition your eyelashes to enable them attain their full-length potential. This is only achievable if you spare some time for regularly treating your eyelashes with the following tips. [Keep Reading]

The No Poo Method: Why It’s Time to Ditch Your Shampoo

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No Poo Method

Ok, so it seems like all I’m seeing over the interwebs lately is this shampoo (or lack thereof…) phenomenon called “No Poo.”

To be honest, the first time I saw a post on my Facebook about someone sharing their ‘no poo’ story I was aghast. I mean, really people – no one needs to hear about your bathroom activity.

BUT, then I realized they were talking about shampoo….thank goodness!

You see, we’ve known for a long time that many of our fave shampoo brands are full of nasty ingredients. Chemical ingredients. Toxic ingredients.

So why the heck do we continue to use them? Is it because we didn’t realize there was a more natural shampoo alternative or because it’s just so damn easy to buy one and ignore the ramifications? [Keep Reading]

3 Uncommon Cures for Cellulite

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3 Uncommon Cures for Cellulite

Cellulite. Ugh, the bane of every beach goers existence.

Cellulite is one of those things that has been plaguing women for ages. To be honest, it is a common part of life, but with the gossip rags splashing it across their covers and shaming even the fittest of celebrities for having it, it’s no wonder us common folk are pulling our hair out trying to find a solution.

You see, cellulite is formed due to an imbalance between the connective tissue and fat in your body. The problem is, no one knows for certain what the cause is. Some say lack of exercise, poor health, while others say genetics or hormones. Yikes.

With the cause so unclear, it’s hard to target the problem but let’s give it the good ol’ college try with these 3 uncommon cures for cellulite. [Keep Reading]

The Best DIY Anti Aging Cream

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The best DIY anti aging cream

Want to make your own anti aging cream? Yep. Well good news – It’s possible and very doable.

DIY is becoming a popular option for many people due to the obvious benefits you can get from it, like knowing the exact ingredients that are used and being assured that the right process was done in order to achieve perfect results, as it was of course you who made it!

The best part of DIY that everybody loves is the savings that you can get from it. Using DIY products is definitely way cheaper than using store-bought items found in stores….and who doesn’t love some solid savings? [Keep Reading]

5 Simple Lifestyle Changes to Improve Oral Health

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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 2014

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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]

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