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Simple Summer Hair & Skin Care PDF Print E-mail
Looking for easy and affordable ways to keep your hair and skin in good condition during the summer months?  The rule of thumb is to keep it simple.

A water resistant sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher is a summer given. Sunscreens should be applied to dry skin at least 15 minutes before going outdoors and should be reapplied after swimming or perspiring.

Spray-On Sunscreen for Hair 
Protect your hair and scalp from sun damage by using a spray-on sunscreen.

Keep your lips hydrated and safe from the sun with a lip balm containing SPF.

Sunglasses are more than just a fashion statement. They protect the thin skin around your eyes from UV rays. They also keep you from squinting which goes a long way in preventing wrinkles.

Wide-Brimmed Hat

Hats are one of the best ways to save your eyes, lips, scalp and hair from sun damage. They are also a fun summer accessory.

In hot weather, wash your face three times a day with a gentle, moisturizing cleanser. Use a toner to unclog pores and rejuvenate skin.

After showering, apply body lotion concentrating on hands, elbows, knees and lower legs. Don’t forget to moisturize your feet.

Switch from oil-based to water-based cosmetics. Water-based makeup is lighter on your skin, with less likelihood of clogging pores.

Drink plenty of water to replenish moisture lost to heat and sweat. It also flushes toxins from the body and keeps your skin looking clear and lustrous.

Deep Condition
Chlorine, salt water and the sun can leave hair dry and brittle. Regularly deep condition your tresses by wrapping conditioned hair in a towel and leaving it on for 30-60 minutes. Then rinse.

Get plenty of rest. You will look great and feel even better.
Shop Your Bathroom PDF Print E-mail

Tired of the cosmetics in your makeup bag? 

Before heading to the drugstore or department store, check your makeup drawer and look for loved, but forgotten items.

You can do the same for shampoo and conditioners.  When you find that you're not getting the same results from your favorite hair products, swap them out for something else you already have on hand.

The Black Hole of Anti-Aging Products PDF Print E-mail

By Suzanne Haze

In France, as a rite of passage, a mother takes her daughter to an esthetician when she reaches a certain age. The esthetician will teach the young girl how to properly care for and maintain her skin. As the girl matures, she will continue seeing an esthetician on a regular basis, ensuring that her skin is kept as healthy as possible.
In the U.S., skin care is not the coveted ritual that it is in European countries. Makeup is indulged and revered. The unfortunate side effect of this American phenomenon is that improperly cared for skin ages more quickly. Too young, American women go from not caring about their skin to obsessing about it as they frantically throw money at anti-aging remedies. 
Allure Magazine recently posted a common sense guide to skin care titled The 10 Commandments of Anti-Aging.  What I like best about the article is that there's just one product type they recommend.  The rest of the tips cost nothing at all. 
Photo from Allure.com

Smart Winter Skin Care PDF Print E-mail

As great as it feels to go in from the cold, heaters can cause skin to get dry and flaky.  It's tempting to head to the drug store or beauty counter and drop money on anything that claims it will help.  Before doing that,check out this article from the experts at WebMD: 10 Winter Skin Care Tips

In additon to offering advice that includes items you likely already have at home, it also includes one of our favorite tips for skin care - see a specialist!  A dermatologist can save you hundreds of dollars by suggesting products they know will work for your skin - rather than a potentially very expensive trial and error method.

You Can Afford Yoga Classes, Massages and Other Wellness Therapies PDF Print E-mail
By Todra Payne
Alternative health and wellness therapies are often viewed the same as organic food - reserved for those with higher amounts of expendable cash. But in all honesty, I’ll tell you, I’ve never had a “money to burn” lifestyle, but I’ve almost always found ways to include wellness therapies (a massage, an acupuncture treatment) into my budget. As someone who values my health and my looks, I am determined to set my priorities. Physical health, mental relaxation and spiritual renewal are non-negotiables in my life. Because I’m not rolling in cash, I’ve had to be, let’s say, “creative” in how I incorporate these. But with a little extra work, I’ve always been able to keep balanced and healthy. Here are a few tips to help you do the same.
Do an Internet search of various wellness therapies. I’ve looked into everything from Reiki  to colonics to understand how each is designed to assist the body, mind and spirit. I also seek out videos on YouTube to learn what to expect from a session/class. If I’m seeking calmness and relaxation, a gentle aromatherapy massage will help me unwind from the week’s stress. If my mind feels muddled and unfocused, a Kundalini yoga session is in order. Understanding what you need is the first step to finding it.
Look for local practitioners who are offering discounts.
Obviously, the Internet is a great place to start your search for a Reflexologist or Meditation Coach, but don’t rule out other great sources, like your city’s free newspapers, health food stores and community boards. In my city, there are four free community newspapers that list cultural events, neighborhood happenings and small business offers. Many times these papers list special deals from alternative health practitioners, like a first session free code. Or a discount if you sign up for a certain number of sessions. Health food stores often have their own newspapers or email newsletter that feature sales from local natural health experts. I’ve even taken free wellness workshops at my local health food store. These give you the opportunity to try something first hand before making a larger financial commitment.
Call community centers, public libraries and massage schools to inquire about wellness programs/discounted sessions. Where I live (and in many cities), community centers offer acupuncture and yoga sessions priced on a sliding scale based on your income. In most cases, it’s on a trust system, too. There aren’t mounds of paperwork and embarrassing questions to answer about your household income. I’ve been able to say, “I can afford $12 for this class,” and that’s been good enough. Massage schools often offer one hour massages from $5-$25 (depending on the city and how fancy the school is) by senior level students who need to put in hours towards graduation. Don’t forget to tip. If you go this route, pop by the school first to look at the set up. Some schools have private massage rooms, while others put 15 massage tables to a room and work with males and females in one communal setting. It’s important to find a place that fits your comfort level.
Call fancy wellness studios and ask the owners about deals/discounts
This may not work with small, single person practices (say at a chiropractor’s office), but at studios where there are multiple classes or wellness sessions, it’s not farfetched. Down the street from my home, a very posh yoga center offers “pay what you can” classes taught by their newer yoga teachers. A regular class at this studio cost somewhere around $25 each. You can take a class with a new instructor for $5. Not bad. Even if a business doesn’t have a discount system in place, they will often offer a “first class for free” courtesy, especially if they’re offering something exotic or new to your area.
Sign up for online discount programs like Groupon and Living Social.
These programs can be wonderful for sampling all sorts of wellness programs. Recently I bought 20 pilates or yoga classes at a very nice local gym for $50, thanks to Living Social. These classes would normally cost $15 each. That’s a savings of $250. Not bad. I recently saw a colonics center offer a $35 session through Living Social. Colonics at full price run $75 - $150.
Check With Your Health Insurance Provider
It’s becoming more common for health insurance providers to offer a limited number of alternative health sessions under their regular policies. Some plans allow for pregnancy massages, others for chiropractor visits. The cost may be completely covered or require a small co-pay. So, read the fine print on your insurance policy. You never know.
The most important (and difficult) part of any health program is starting. But without worrying about price, you can have more confidence that it’s not out of your range. Give wellness therapies a try. I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do.
If there’s someone you know who’d love to try a yoga session, or find a meditation coach, heres a great gift you can give to get them started.
Todra Payne is a green beauty and wellness educator and professional speaker. She’s also the founder of Healthy Beauty Social and Healthy Beauty Project. Look for her beauty articles in Kiwi Magazine.
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