Dandelion Benefits

Do you remember those yellow weeds that you used to put under your face to make yourself glow?  Well it turns out that these are actually very beneficial for our health!  They are considered an herb and can be made into medicine.

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Dandelions are rich in vitamin-C, calcium, antioxidants, iron, and protein.  They are also highly diuretic, so they help remove toxins in your system while assisting with weight loss.

Dandelions help improve:

  • Bone health
  • Skin care
  • Liver health
  • Jaundice
  • Urinary disorders
  • Detoxification
  • Weight loss
  • High blood pressure
  • Gall bladder disorders
  • Constipation
  • Risk of cancer

I take dandelion root via a tincture bottle.  The taste isn’t great but it’s worth enduring for all these health benefits!  You can find it at any health food store or order it online.

xo,
Sheena

 

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Honey Benefits

20160131_183932-01Winnie the Pooh was onto something… aside from being a yummy sweet fix, honey has so many health benefits!

I recently picked up this tub of locally made raw honey that was being promoted at Costco, and have been enjoying a teaspoon a day while reaping the benefits.

BENEFITS

  • Alleviates allergies
  • Source of natural energy
  • Boosts memory
  • Cough suppressant
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Treats dandruff
  • Is an anti-inflammatory
  • Treats wounds and burns
  • Antibacterial and antifungal
  • Natural sweetener

Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls

20160229_063130-01I discovered this serum at Costco; it came in a 2-pack for only $14!  I quickly looked up the reviews while in the store and saw 4.5/5 stars on Amazon, Boots and Walmart.  I decided to try it because I’ve recently become a lover of Nivea, now that I know their Soft Cream and Lip Butter work so wonderfully for me.  All their products seem to be very gentle and my sensitive skin hasn’t reacted to any of their products yet…*knock on wood*

Full product details can be found HERE.

PROS

  • The price is great – 2-pack for $14 from Costco
  • Goes on smoothly
  • Very moisturizing
  • Lightweight and non-greasy
  • Does not clog pores, happily no breakouts to report
  • Nice packaging, and I like the pump

CONS

  • My moisturizer doesn’t spread as well on top, maybe not compatible
  • The pearls come out yellow and look curdled, until you rub fingers together for it to smooth out
  • Smell is a bit strong – doesn’t smell bad but it’s very artificial

I can’t really say much on the anti-wrinkle part, as I’m sure that will take awhile to show results…but I do like the texture and the feel of this serum.  The quality feels nicer than the Kirkland Borghese one I recently reviewed and it’s a fraction of the price!  If you don’t mind the appearance of when it first comes out and looks like a yellow curdled substance, and if you can get past the strong perfume smell, then you will love this product.  It feels nice, it moisturizes well, and the price is great.  Definitely worth a try!

xo,
Sheena

 

Healthy Hair

Let me start off with a bit of background on my hair.  Growing up, I always had long, thin hair.  I never changed my style and also never really did much with it.  I kept it long and it would get very knotted all the time.  In my early-20’s, I  was a model for a Chi hair show and got to have my hair done by one of the pros!  I decided to try something new and went for a bob with some blonde highlights, which were dyed royal blue for the show.  It was fun while it lasted but I started to miss my long hair and it took foreverrrrr to grow out.  Then, when it was finally getting long again, I foolishly bought a Groupon for a spontaneous cut and got the most dreadful haircut, so I had to chop it off and grow it all out again.  My hair is finally “long” again but still very damaged.  I didn’t think I did that much damage to my hair, so I was wondering why my hair is so weak and brittle.

I only realized now that it is because of my inner health.  Over the years, I’ve struggled with thin, damaged hair and have only recently addressed it with my naturopath.  She had my take a blood test that unveiled that my thyroid levels are off, so I am in the process of balancing my thyroid levels and healing myself from the inside out!  I also now know that I need to nourish myself by eating properly and choosing foods that are specifically beneficial to growing strong and healthy hair.

In addition to that, I’m also treating my hair with a lot more TLC.  Here are some tips that I’ve learned along the way.

Use a hair mask – Pamper your hair with a mask 1-2x a week to keep it moisturized and prevent split ends.  There are lots of natural hair mask recipes that you can find online too.  You could even use coconut oil or castor oil, leave it on overnight under a shower cap, then shampoo it out in the morning.

Trim hair regularly – Visit the hair salon regularly to get rid of split ends and maintain a healthy mane.

Wrap hair gently in a towel – Avoid rubbing your hair vigorously with your towel and instead gently wrap it up in a towel for a few minutes to let the water absorb into it.  This will help prevent split ends.

Eat good fats – Fish, avocado, nuts…all delicious and all good for your health and hair!

Apply it correctly – Make sure you’re only applying shampoo to the roots (to prevent drying out your ends) and only applying condition to the shaft and ends of your hair (to prevent an oily scalp).

Brush hair 100x – Every night, brush your hair for 100 strokes to stimulate your scalp and encourage hair growth.  This feels nice with round tip brushes.

Do you have any tips or tricks for healthy hair?  Leave a comment!

xo,
Sheena

Skin Addix DailyFix Revival Serum

Okay, I love love love this stuff.  My girl at SKN Clinic gave me a sample of this, because I was getting break outs over the Winter and she thought it could be that my skin was dehydrated and over producing oils.  She was right!  After finishing the sample, I tried a few others at Sephora and Costco to compare, and ended up coming back to get this one.

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PROS

  • Spreads well, a little goes a long way
  • Nice pump bottle
  • Feels weightless and refreshing
  • Contains Hyaluronic Acid to help hydrate
  • Contains Vitamin E to protect and keep skin healthy
  • Use high quality ingredients

CONS

  • Can’t think of any!

Full product details HERE, and product can be purchased at SKN Clinic in Yaletown.  I also recommend checking out the monthly specials on their website.  They have some really great packages, which sometimes come with cosmetic/body acupuncture that can be claimed through extended health!  Amazing.

Overall, I highly recommend this product!  It feels so nice putting it on and gives me a very clean, fresh feeling.  If you’re unsure, visit the clinic to ask for a sample and see for yourself.

xo,
Sheena

Fresh Sugar Nourishing Lip Balm

Fresh Lip BalmThis “Advanced Therapy” lip balm is pretty awesome!  I purchased it from Sephora for $35 CDN last month when I was desperate to find a cure for my chapped, burning, itchy lips…and this did the trick!  I also appreciated that this one didn’t have any beeswax in it, which a lot of natural lip balms consist of, because I often get a reaction from it.

PROS

  • Extremely hydrating
  • Gentle enough to not irritate more
  • Organic

CONS

  • Super pricey for such a small thing
  • A bit tacky and not very kissable

Overall, this lip treatment worked well and helped calm down my chapped lips immediately…but I found one that works just as well, if not better, for only $2!  Stay tuned for that review tomorrow 😉

xo,
Sheena

Kirkland Borghese Revitalizing Face Serum

20160214_125130-01I’ve been on a hunt for a good serum lately, because my girl at SKN Clinic recommended it to help keep my skin well hydrated and keep it balanced.  I’ve tried a few – Skin Addix DailyFix from SKN Clinic, Arbonne Calm Facial Serum, Kate Somerville Quench Face Serum, and this Kirkland Serum.

Today, I’ll share my review on the Kirkland Serum!

PROS

  • Nice packaging
  • Good price, $24.99 from Costco Canada
  • Hydrating, good for dry skin
  • Minimal fragrance
  • Plant-derived ingredients, providing antioxidants
  • Great return policy

CONS

  • Oily feel, not in a good way
  • Feels heavy, would only want to use in the evening
  • Clogged pores and caused me to break out

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this product because it made me break out…but I do have very sensitive and acne-prone skin, so maybe it’s just me.  It did feel very hydrating and I can see it benefiting someone with very dry skin.  Could be worth a try, since you can return it to Costco no problem.

Stay tuned for reviews on the other serums!

xo,
Sheena