Tea Is For Beauty! My Ever Growing Tea Collection

Monday March 18, 2013 | Beauty Health

Tea For Beauty

Remember when I used to gripe and moan about my coffee addiction?

Okay, so I still haven’t kicked my coffee addiction. But, it is slowly becoming eclipsed by a new obsession.

Tea!

My tea collection is ever growing. And today I’ll give you a glimpse of the many kinds of tea that I regularly enjoy sipping on.

This is not by any means a complete display of my entire tea collection. Nope and nope. But these are just the ones that I love because they promote beauty and great skin.

HERBAL TEAS

I love a cup of warm herbal tea. On average, I will drink about two cups of herbal tea every day. I find the warmth of the cup very soothing. Not to mention they are also caffeine-free. And are therefore a jittery-free alternative to coffee.

What’s more, herbal plants have been used for thousands of year for their many different therapeutic benefits.

So these are the herbal teas in my collection. I adore them for their beautifying benefits. All my herbal teas are natural and organic.

Tea For Beauty

1) SUGAR BALANCING TEA

  • Consists Of: Leaves from Blueberry plant, Fenugrec, Eucalyptus, Burdock Root, Olive plant
  • Beauty Benefits: Balances your glycemic index and promotes elimination. Although the glycemic index was originally formulated for diabetics, eating foods that spike your blood sugar level can affect the health of your skin by speeding up signs of aging and making your skin more prone to pimples. The plants in this tea are known for being mild and safe blood sugar regulators.
  • My Cup Of Tea: I tend to drink this tea after eating foods that are heavy in carbohydrates. Like french fries. Which I do love to eat from to time!

2) DETOX TEA

  • Consists Of: Aniseed, Fennel, Cardamom, Licorice Root, Coriander Seed, Celery Seeds
  • Beauty Benefits: Boosts your internal cleansing system. Aniseed and fennel are especially known to help soothe digestion. And relieve gas! This blend of plants helps to rid the body of toxins through their diuretic properties which induce perspiration and urination. This helps speed up elimination of toxins from the body. Also, licorice has anti-inflammatory and bacterial-killing properties and a range of other health benefits.
  • My Cup Of Tea: I tend to drink this tea after a festive weekend. When I’ve finished taxing my liver with too much alochol and too many bad foods. I’d also like to mention how much I love Pukka tea for its flavor and the lovely design on the box.

3) BETTER SLEEP TEA

  • Consists Of: Lemon Balm, Vervain, Linden Flower, Lavender Flower
  • Beauty Benefits: Promotes better sleep. Sleep is the time when your body repairs and renews itself. Did you know that your hair grows faster when you sleep? And a night of restful sleep makes you look more refreshed and more attractive? We need sleep for beauty! The blend of herbs in this tea is really good for promoting better sleep. Lemon balm belongs to the mint family, which has been used for centuries to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. Vervain is also very good for calming anxieties, and has a very balancing effect on the hormone cycles of women. It can even enhance dreaming! Linden has sedative properties and helps to induce relaxation. And lavender, which has a wide range of health benefits, has been shown to increase the time you spend in deep (slow wave) sleep.
  • My Cup Of Tea: I tend to drink this tea before I go to sleep, particularly if I’m anxious about something. Drinking this has honestly helped to improve the quality of my sleep.

4) SKIN BEAUTY TEA

  • Consists Of: Thyme, Vervain, Grapevine, Burdock Root
  • Beauty Benefits: Grape vine is rich in anti-oxidants, including polyphenols, stilbenes, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol, flavonoids, etc. It also helps improve skin appearance by improving blood circulation. Burdock helps fight against free-radical formation. Thyme’s anti-septic properties helps fight against acne. And vervain’s calming effects reduce stress.
  • My Cup Of Tea: I love to drink this tea every day!

GREEN TEA

You can’t talk about beautifying teas without talking about green tea.

Green tea’s secret lies in its catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant and has amazing benefits for our health, ranging from protecting against cancer to reducing the risk of heart disease.

Green tea has also been shown to be very beneficial for beauty and our skin.

Although there is still a lot of research that must be done regarding the effects of green tea, here are some possible beauty effects of green tea:

- Prevent skin cancer
- Fight free radicals formed by UV exposure
- Slow down aging
- Rejuvenate skin cells
- Improve skin disorders linked with inflammation, like rosacea & eczema
- Regulate hormonal activity
- Fight acne
- Reduce stress and the release of cortisol
- Improve metabolism and promote weight-loss

The only down side to green tea is that you can drink too much of it. And end up with insomnia. Which is something I’ve definitely done way too many times.

My cup of green tea: When it comes to green tea, I love only THE BEST. I am something of a green tea connoisseur.

In fact, I even have my own dealer of the green stuff! Haha, I’m talking about a tiny little Japanese tea shop here in Paris where I go to get my fresh organic green tea.

There are many kinds of green tea out there. There’s sencha, matcha, bancha, genmaicha and there’s even green tea made from the stems.

I like all of them!

But the type of green tea that is loaded with the most anti-oxidants?

It’s gotta be matcha green tea.

Japanese Matcha

Green Tea - Love Anti-Oxidants

The Beauty Benefits of Green Tea

 

What about you? Do you drink tea for beauty? What kind of tea?

The Perfect Gift Idea For Valentine’s Day

Tuesday February 12, 2013 | Health Wellness

If you’re still looking for a Valentine’s Day gift idea, then this is a really great idea.

There’s no need to spend any money. It’s something that will bring you closer together. AND it will feel really good.

But this is a gift that requires real work of love.

I’m talking about giving each other a nice, long, relaxing massage!

The art of massage has been around for millenia and played an important role in therapeutic medicine. Unfortunately, it fell out of popularity during the Dark Ages when religious authorities began to frown upon it. They didn’t like the idea that massages can also be quite pleasurable! But nevermind the negative and sexual connotation that continues to surround it.

The fact is, giving and receiving massages is simply a wonderful way to connect with your loved one.

While this article is geared more towards Valentine’s Day couples, massages do not have to be practiced only within the context of romantic relationships. Massages can be practiced by anyone on a regular basis throughout the year. Parents, children, and friends should also practice massages in order to achieve and maintain overall health and wellness.

Consider the numerous benefits of massage:

  • Relieves Stress & Tension. Massages work wonderfully for relieving stress and for preventing the accumulation of tension in the body. There are studies that suggest massages can also reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  • Feels AH-Mazing! Massages release endorphins, which act as a pain reliever and are also responsible for our feelings of pleasure. People often feel more relaxed and refreshed after receiving a massage.
  • Promotes Healthy Circulation. Massage is an effective way to increase blood flow and decrease lymphatic buildup. This means more oxygen and nutrients can reach your tissues and organs.
  • Strengthens the Immune System. The benefits from increased blood flow and lowered stress gives a boost to the immune-system. But also, massages reinforce the immune system by stimulating the lymphatic system which removes toxins from the body.
  • Improves Skin Tone & Texture. Stimulated blood flow improves the skin’s tone and texture. Massages can help remove dead skin cells and prevent cellulite. Also, depending on the oil used during massage, the skin can enjoy moisturizing benefits.
  • Promotes Better Sleep. Relaxing from massage can improve the quality of your sleep, which is crucial for health and beauty.
  • Creates Closeness. When you help someone to relax and relieve them of tension, a feeling of closeness can be cultivated. Massages can also help develop communication and trust within a relationship.

Some tips on making the most out of your massages:

  1. There are many helpful books on massaging techniques.
  2. You can take a couples massage training class together.
  3. Remember the oil. It makes a world of a difference. Even olive oil from the kitchen will do.
  4. Talk with each other and listen to what your partner does or does not like.
  5. The goal is to relax. The goal of the person giving the massage is to guide their partner into relaxation. The goal of the person receiving the massage is to relax. This can actually be more difficult than it sounds.
  6. Be patient with each other.

When practiced in the context of a romantic relationship, it’s important to point out that the massage should be about the massage. And not a precursor to sex.

Relaxation can be more easily achieved if the person receiving the massage is able to focus on the massage without the anticipation of amorous activities.

But you know, keep it flexible and fun.

And to enhance the delight…

Try presenting your Valentine’s Day gift in the form of a Coupon hand-made with LOVE! 

Massage Coupon Valentine's Day Gift Idea

Cool It With The Cookies! How Sugar & Inflammation Can Be A Recipe For Bad Skin

Tuesday January 22, 2013 | Health Skin Care

As a grown-up, I feel like I’ve earned the right to eat sweets. And eat as much of it as I want! But as someone who’s very mindful of skincare, I must exercise a little bit of restraint when it comes to sweet indulgences. In fact, reducing sugar intake happens to be one of my three new year resolutions. And this is an elaboration as to why.

The unhappy bottom line is this: a diet high in sugar is going to make you wrinklier faster and make you more prone to having pimply breakouts. 

When sugary foods, otherwise known as high-glycemic foods, are broken down in the body, they are quickly converted into glucose. This rapid surge of glucose in the blood is met with a surge of insulin and simultaneously signals the immune system to release pro-inflammatory compounds.

Inflammation & Acne

Many dermatologists would agree that the cause of acne is a complex interaction of changing hormones, clogged pores, excessive sebum, overgrowth of normally harmless bacteria and inflammation. However, many of these same dermatologists would also shrug off the link between diet and acne for lack of scientific evidence. But to me, it’s baffling how one could deny this existing connection between what we eat and inflammation.

So what exactly is inflammation? When you’re sick or injured, inflammation occurs as a result of your body trying to heal itself. This is known as acute inflammation, a response that is brief and lasts only several days. Inflammation is supposed to be a short burst of activity in your immune system. But when inflammation becomes chronic, meaning that it just hangs around and doesn’t go anywhere, it can cause gradual damage to the body and lead to a variety of diseases.

How Does Inflammation Cause Acne? 

Although there are many factors that can contribute to the formation of acne, the two main culprits are hormones and inflammation. A hormone imbalance can result in excess production of sebum (the skin’s natural oils) and excessive skin cell growth, which in turn can block pores.

Enter P. Acnes bacteria, the anaerobic bacteria that is known to trigger acne. In fact, this bacteria is usually present on our skin and pose no problems. But inflammation can cause oxidation changes in sebum and lower its oxygen content, thus giving the P. Acnes bacteria a more suitable environment to thrive and multiply.

Research shows that the initial key that triggers acne formation process is not the bacteria, but rather the oxidative damage to sebum caused by inflammation.

Sugar & Aging

Even if you’re lucky enough to have smooth, acne-free skin, it is still important to reduce your sugar intake. High amounts of sugar in the diet increase advanced glycation end-products, or AGEs, which is a protein that binds to glucose molecules and can damage collagen and elastin, the proteins that give skin its plump and youthful structure (Read: Sugar and Aging, How To Fight Glycation).

Modifying Our Diet (Just A Little)

The fact is, we can’t completely eliminate sugar from our diet. And it would be silly to try! After all, glucose is also present in many healthy foods. All carbs eventually get converted into glucose, so the best thing we can do is opt for low-glycemic foods which releases glucose in a slower and more manageable way.

Examples of foods to heap up on are whole grains like brown rice, leafy greens like kale and spinach, and fruits that are low in sugar but high in antioxidants like berries. Also, good fats such as those found in avocado, nuts and fish are anti-inflammatory and very good at keeping the skin healthy and glowing.

In the end, if you really MUST get your sugar fix, the key is moderation in conjunction to a diet that’s abundant with wholesome nutritious foods. When enjoyed this way, a bit of dark chocolate or a slice of cake from time to time won’t hurt you. And can actually be very good for the soul!

Sugar, Inflammation, Acne & Aging

 Enjoy! In Mindful Moderation