An apple a day keeps the doctor away. This is a nutritional advice many are familiar with. For this reason, we call them the first powerfood. A medium apple packs in 4 grams of fiber and counts as 1 cup of fruit. They satisfy hunger so they can be part of a healthy diet that promotes weight loss. Apple consumption is also linked to heart health and protects against metabolic syndrome. Lastly, eating an apple before you work out may boost your exercise endurance.
Curling your eyelashes opens up the eyes and make them appear larger and more defined. Whether your lashes are naturally straight or have flattened out over time, curling your eyelashes can really help your eyes stand out. When selecting a lash curler, a curler with a rounded pad is more gentle on your lashes.
Grapefruit is not only a refreshing way to start your day, it is healthy addition to your diet and is very low in calories. Grapefruits have high amounts of vitamin C which lowers your risk of developing illnesses and is also high in vitamin A which helps protect your vision. Potassium, which is abundant in grapefruit, is one of several electrolytes that sustain fluid levels and electrical activity in your body.
Exfoliation is the removal of the oldest dead skin cells that cling to the skin’s outermost surface. This unclogs pores, keeps skin clean, lightens pigmented spots and helps reduce acne outbreaks. Exfoliate your skin for a smoother, fresher, healthier and more youthful glow. Exfoliation is very important if you have combination, acne prone or oily skin. Everyone should exfoliate 2-3 times a week, depending on their skin type.
Avocados are very beneficial for improving your skin tone. They contain vitamin E which is the key to improving your skin’s health. Avocados protect your skin from wrinkles and other visible signs of aging with amino acids and antioxidants. They are also safe for all skin types – they won’t irritate dry skin or aggravate a sensitive complexion. To reap the benefits of avocados, try using it as a moisturizing mask once or twice a week.
Today is National Apricot Day! The word apricot means “precious” in Latin. Apricots are high in vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber. Just one ounce of apricots contains 20% of your daily dose of beta-carotene, which is good for your eyes and skin. Today, apricot farmers in California produce more than 95 percent of the apricots grown in the United States. Choose an apricot that’s plump and that responds to the slight pressure of your thumb. It should be slightly soft.
Hawaiian kukui oil is a natural oil and moisturizer that is produced by cold pressing oil from the kukui nut (candlenut) tree. This semi-clear to light yellow oil contains essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants and soothing properties that help to soothe dry skin and heal wounds. It has high penetrability and is readily absorbed into the skin, providing tissues the essential elements that it needs. The oil has a shelf life of 12-14 months, and should not be exposed to heat.