Getting The Best of Summer & Shielding The Worst

June 3, 2018

Chrome Bluestone Sun Shield

The month of May was Skin Cancer Awareness month and as we all know, June marks the beginning of SUMMER…. a time of year that everyone looks forward to because of the warm, beautiful, sunny weather! However, with increased sunshine comes increased exposure to dangerous ultraviolet radiation. So kicking off this month with a reminder to protect yourself against these harmful rays and a solution on how to do just that…. in a chic & sassy way, of course! 😉

Here are some of the health related risks associated with increased exposure to UV radiation:

  • Skin cancer (both melanoma & non melanoma skin cancers)
  • Premature signs of aging (fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, etc.)
  • Worsening of other skin related issues (skin tags, melasma, etc.)
  • Vision/Eye damage (cataracts, macular degeneration, etc.)
  • Weakening of the immune system

The good news is that decreasing your exposure to these UV rays is very achievable. For instance, if your current skin care regime does not include wearing an SPF on your face daily, that is something to add right away. Even on cloudy days, we are still being exposed to a certain level of UV radiation that can be very harmful over time.

Taking facial protection even a step further, I recently discovered Bluestone Sun Shields. Being from the Midwest originally, taking advantage of this beautiful weather- whenever, wherever- is a major reason I moved to the West coast. I love being outdoors but I also want to protect myself from all of the many health related risks listed above. In addition, if you’re doing any cosmetic laser treatments, peels, taking certain medications, using different topicals (such as retinol), you are putting yourself at an even greater risk of sensitivity and/or side effects from having increased exposure to your face from the sun. Cue this glamorous, private chrome sunshield to save the day:

Summer Sun Shield

This effortlessly classy sun shield blocks 99% of UV rays, is recommended by top dermatologists and I loved being able to read outside with it because not only did I know I was protecting my face but it also gave more isolation & secrecy on this Hollywood rooftop. Did I get some looking and staring from strangers? Yes. But did those same strangers later ask me where I got this? Also yes. 🙂 Here is where I found it:

Apple Cider Vinegar

March 26, 2018

Apple Cider Vinegar

When it comes to making health & lifestyle changes, I truly believe that there is a solution for everyone to incorporate the habits they need, to live a healthier, more balanced life- no matter what their circumstances are or how busy their life may be… BUT I also believe that the solution is different for everyone because of those things.

One of my favorite ingredients that I believe everyone can benefit from incorporating into their daily routine is Apple Cider Vinegar.  There are so many health advantages that come from adding just 1 tablespoon to your diet each day.  Here are some of the top benefits you’re missing out on if you’re not currently consuming this life changing ingredient:

  • Supports weight loss by helping to break down fat & increase metabolism
  • Strengthens immune system- helping to prevent illness
  • Increases hair strength & natural shine
  • Regulates & balances your skin’s pH
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Assists in detoxing & improving digestion

With the increase in so many different types of fad diets & programs over the last couple of decades, it’s definitely no secret that Apple Cider Vinegar is a common theme & a favorite for so many health experts & celebrities. Still- I often hear people say they’ve tried apple cider vinegar and think it tastes gross so they’ve given up on the idea of sticking with it.  And I would agree, to some extent.  In my opinion, it absolutely does not taste great if you try to take it as a shot by itself.  In fact, I don’t even know anyone that drinks it that way that thinks it tastes good… but that’s how some people prefer to get it in.

I believe the trick to anything in taking control of your health & wellness, is finding the solution that works for YOU.  If you don’t like drinking it plain, then don’t do that. Nothing is ever going to work as a long term solution if you despise the entire process. Personally, I am a big fan of mixing it with my breakfast. I love adding it to my protein pancake mix or a smoothie- anything that will help dilute or cover up the strong taste of the vinegar. So if you can find a way to mask that, this is truly one of those ingredients that will positively affect the way you feel- from the inside out- every day!  Below is my super quick, easy, natural recipe for one of my favorite ways to incorporate this amazing ingredient into your morning breakfast routine:

  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1 Tablespoon Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter)
  • 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Stevia to sweeten, if desired

You can mix the quick oats with water and put them in the microwave for about a minute and a half to two minutes.  Once they are cooked to the consistency you like, just mix in the almond butter, apple cider vinegar and any sweetener, if you’d prefer.  The almond butter makes the oatmeal rich, thick and creamy while also overpowering the strong vinegar taste that so many people dislike.  If this still doesn’t do it for you, I’d encourage you to keep trying.  Mix it with other things you like… trial & error.  Eventually you’ll find the right solution that works for you- and you’ll be so happy that you did! Enjoy 🙂

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