Ways to Relax at Home!

 

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During these stressful times, we are all looking for ways to try to keep our chins held high and reduce the anxiety of the uncertainty amongst us. As we are (hopefully) approaching the end of quarantine and social distancing – here are some decor ideas to brighten up your personal space that can also reduce stress!

My Favorites:

PEPPERMINT 

First on Lisa Walden’s list is peppermint! There is a special place in my heart for this plant. Not only do I love peppermint flavor – but the scent reminds me of home during the holidays.

According to Lisa, “Peppermint has been found to lower frustration and also boost alertness. Menthol, found in the plant, is commonly included in many bath products as it helps to relax the muscles”.

LAVENDER

 

Not sure why, but seeing and smelling lavender reminds me of France!

According to Lisa, “Its calming scent and beautiful lilac hue is incredibly relaxing. Often used to help soothe agitated babies, the plant’s oil is commonly prescribed to help in the treatment of anxiety and depression”.

JASMINE

According to Lisa, “Jasmine is known for helping to ease the body from anxiety and is an excellent plant to have close by when you sleep. This too can be taken in tea or purchased as an organic oil”.

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Hydration Multipliers 

New trend alert! If you’re not on the hydration station band-wagon already, now’s your chance to jump on! We are in the full swing of Fall, and the weather has made a drastic change for the worst…D.R.Y. – DRY! 

Have you noticed your skin and lips lately? If not, lucky you. If so, do yourself a favor and try adding a little something extra to the water you’re drinking throughout the day. You are drinking about 8 glasses, right? Sure…

You may be dehydrated if:

  • You feel thirsty
  • Have headaches often
  • A dry mouth
  • Have bad breath due to a dry mouth
  • Your urine is not clear 
  • Experience muscle cramping 

How does this relate to skin? When your body is dehydrated, it is not working properly. With your skin being your body’s largest organ it most of all needs water to function and maintain its beauty. 

Adding a packet to your water is easy, beneficial, and tastes good too! Try it!

LIQUID I.V.

1 Stick of Liquid I.V. can provide 2-3x the hydration of water alone.

Liquid I.V.’s Hydration Multiplier is a great-tasting, daily electrolyte drink mix that utilizes the breakthrough science of Cellular Transport Technology (CTT)™ to deliver hydration to your bloodstream faster and more efficiently than water alone. Just add the Non-GMO electrolyte powder to your water and let CTT™ do the rest.

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Post-Gym Acne Blues

Find yourself breaking out after the gym? Not to worry, this is a common issue! As with all skin issues, there are many factors as well as ways to prevent acne from occurring.

SWEAT

Dr. Arash Akhavan, MD, FAAD, founder and owner of The Dermatology & Laser Group in NYC confirms, “although sweat itself doesn’t usually cause the most typical forms of acne, sometimes our sweat can mix with bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus (staph bacteria) and certain types of yeast called pityrosporum and cause inflamed follicles that can appear as acne-like lesions on our face and torso.” 

And back! If you’ve been hitting the gym hard lately, and find that your back is breaking out – invest in a long handle back brush for the shower. This will help you reach and exfoliate the pores that are getting clogged and breaking out.

DIRTY SHEETS

If you go to the gym in the evenings after work, the only thing you’re thinking about when you finally make it home is eating and going to bed. DON’T. You need to rinse and save your sheets the harassment of your sweaty, salty body! The sweat and bacteria doesn’t just “go away” – it continues to grow and smell and could be one reason you’re having acne issues

And THINK about. If you’re trying to impress the guy or gal you’re seeing – letting them lay their clean body in your dirty sheets is NOT the way to do it.    

DIRTY EQUIPMENT 

Although you’d hope most gyms do their very best to keep their equipment, yoga mats, and bathrooms clean – it’s still a gym. People are continuously bringing germs and bacteria from the outside, then sweating and on top of that….not always wiping down the equipment after use. It happens!

The lesson here: stop touching your face when working out.

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