Archive | April, 2014

4 Reasons Why We Love the Natural Resources Defense Council

22 Apr

Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day and environmental awareness, 10% of JUARA’s sales for the month of April will be donated to the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

“Why did you choose the Natural Resources Defense Council over the hundreds of other amazing environmental charities you could have chosen?” you may ask. Well, to answer your question:

Here are 4 reasons why we LOVE the Natural Resources Defense Council!

1. Diversity

Unlike other charities who limit their mission to just one aspect of environmental need, NRDC is so large that it can focus on a number of projects at once. Their current Priority Issues include creating clean energy, reviving the world’s oceans, and fostering sustainable communities. 

2. Clarity

NRDC is very clear about where and how the money they collect through donations goes to use. Check out their financial page  to see how the $105,000,000 raised in 2012 was put to use!

3. Credibility

NRDC was founded in 1970, and for the past 40 years has been working its way toward its current 1.4 million member count. The New York Times named them “One of the nation’s most powerful environmental groups” and Worth Magazine named them a top 100 charity in the US.

4. Action Fund

Not only does the NRDC organize and fund charitable projects to support their mission, they also fight for pro-environmental legislation. Because the organization was founded by a group of environmental lawyers, NRDC is able to function as a charitable-acts organization AND a strong political voice for the environment.

 

Inspired to join the cause? Visit http://www.nrdc.org to learn more!


 

Trivia Answer: Richard Nixon 

 
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Let’s Talk About Stress

16 Apr

Stress

New research is released every day that points to stress as a main factor in major health problems. From fighting obesity to fighting the common cold, reducing stress and increasing sleep time are two key ways to Get Well.

The Irony Of The Situation

is that in times of stress (whether it be an overfull work schedule, travel, or family challenges) when we need the most rest and relaxation to maintain our health, falling asleep and STAYING asleep can be quite difficult.

This 15 Minute Nighttime Ritual May Be Just What You Need To Soothe Your Body, Skin, and Mind.

 

 Start With A Simple Yoga Stretch

Begin your ritual with a calming pose that you like. Downward Dog, Cobra, or Happy Child work well to calm the body and clear the mind.

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Yoga

Cleanse Your Face and Apply a Mask

Next, wash your face with your favorite cleanser to remove all the dirt that has accumulated over the course of a long day. Then apply a generous amount of a mask to your whole face. I love the JUARA Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask for this step. The Kaolin Clay draws out impurities from the pores, while the Turmeric helps brighten my skin.

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Turmeric Mask

 

Relax With a Cup of Tea… or Wine

While you let the mask work on your face for 10 minutes, enjoy your favorite decaffeinated beverage in your favorite room of the house. But if you opt for wine, keep it to one glass- too much alcohol effects our quality of sleep and will make you feel sluggish the next morning.
 
Also, try not to watch TV or use the computer during this break. Research suggests that tablet or laptop use up to 2 hours before bedtime hinders our ability to naturally release melatonin (the hormone that makes your sleepy). Instead, read a book or spend some time catching up with your loved ones.

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Pamper Your Skin While You Sleep

After giving your body, mind, and skin time to relax, wash off the mask with warm water and directly apply your favorite moisturizer or serum to leave on the skin overnight. Skin is most receptive to treatment at night, so this is the time to apply product that’s packed with antioxidants and other restorative ingredients. Your skin also loses quite a bit of moisture over the course of an evening, so don’t skimp out on the moisturizer!

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Lights Out!

When you’re finally in bed, give yourself a mini massage with your favorite body creme and turn out the lights. Once the lights are out, focus on your breathing for a bit of light meditation. When I feel worries trying to enter my mind, I visualize stuffing them into a drawer or putting them into a bag and telling them “I’ll get back to you tomorrow”. Breathe deeply, visualize a peaceful, safe place… mountains, ocean waves, warm sun…zzz….

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Rosacea- Debunking The Myths

10 Apr

You may notice one day

that your post-exercise flush on the cheeks won’t go away. Or perhaps you notice little red bumps that look like acne pimples. If you are in your 30s or older and have fair skin, you may have rosacea.

Rosacea is a chronic skin disorder that affects approximately 1 out of 20 Americans, usually between the ages of 30 and 60.

Symptoms:

  • Mostly affects the face or eyes
  • Persistent flushing
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Ruddiness
  • Pimples
  • Irritated eyes that, if untreated, become worse over time.

Currently, there is no cure for rosacea, but with proper treatment and awareness of triggers, symptoms can be controlled and the disease kept in check.Once you are properly diagnosed, your physician may prescribe a topical or oral treatment to address the redness, bumps and skin inflammation associated with rosacea.

Many dermatologiss also recommend laser and intense pulse light treatments to reduce redness and broken blood vessels. These new therapy options are considered safe and can visibly improve skin tone and texture.

 

There are also things you can do on a daily basis to help control the symptoms of rosacea.

1. Be aware of factors that trigger your flare-ups. Triggers include sudden temperature changes, hot baths, exercise, alcohol consumption, spicy food, sun exposure, stress and harsh cosmetics.

2. Choose gentle skincare products that do not contain alcohol, harsh detergents or abrasive ingredients.

  • Products with calming ingredients such as JUARA Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner and JUARA Clove and Turmeric Serum help soothe skin and keep it hydrated.
    • Rice Bran Extract, a key ingredient in the toner, provides calming benefits and minimizes redness in the skin.
    • Green Tea, Black Tea, and White Tea, when combined, calm the skin and deliver a bundle of healthy antioxidants.
    • Turmeric, a super-ingredient, brightens and evens out complexion while providing free radical protection.
  • Concealers with a green tint  neutralize redness in the skin and can be worn underneath regular foundation.
  • Since sun exposure is considered a trigger factor, daily sun protection is key. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher, such as Suntegrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen, and wear a hat and protective clothing outdoors.


 

Eat Chocolate For Your Health

7 Apr

“All you need is love… But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”

-Charles M. Schulz

Chocolate. Yum.

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You love it. I love it. Everyone loves it.
And what better way to celebrate World Health Day than with an ode to chocolate and why it’s GOOD for your health!

1. Chocolate is Good For Your Heart

Flavonoids, antioxidant groupings that help to keep blood vessels strong and flexible, are highly concentrated in chocolate! This high antioxidant concentration helps keep blood pressure down and reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.

2. Chocolate is Key in Diabetes Prevention

In a study, it has been found that people who snack on 3oz (or 2 small pieces) of dark chocolate per day can reduce their insulin resistance significantly. High insulin resistance is a major risk factor in diabetes.

3. Chocolate Wakes You Up

Especially during that mid-afternoon slump! The higher the concentration of cocoa, the more of a pick-me-up it is… so add some dark chocolate to your afternoon snack!

4. Chocolate aids in Weight LOSS

Munching on a small portion (2 small piece) of dark chocolate reduces cravings for unhealthy snacks- all of those salty, sweet, and fat-filled snacks that our bodies long  for in the early stages of switching to a healthier diet.

5. Chocolate Reduces Stress

Adding chocolate to your daily diet helps to reduce stress hormones (especially Cortisol- a major contributor to stress acne!)

But Let’s Remember: Not All Chocolate is Created Equal

Just because chocolate has all of these amazing benefits doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its dangers. Chocolate can also be high in sugar, butter, and calories.  To get the most out of your chocolate habit, look for chocolate with a high concentration of Cocoa (the least fattening ingredient in a chocolate bar). Dark chocolate and unsweetened bakers chocolate have very high concentrations of cocoa (70% or above) and fiber.


So Grab Some Squares of Dark Chocolate or Bake Your Own Healthy Chocolate Dessert! 

 

Happy Vitamin C Day!

4 Apr

Did you know that Vitamin C is important enough to have its own national holiday?

Well it’s true! Today, April 4th, is National Vitamin C Day.

We’ve all been told to “Have plenty of Vitamin C!” when we get a cold, but beyond its immunity boosting powers Vitamin C is a key element in healthy, radiant skin.

Here’s What It Does:

Vitamin C (Asorbic Acid)

  • Key in collagen production– the protein that keeps skin looking young by firming and strengthening
  • Protects skin from free radical damage
  • Reduces the appearance of age/sun spots by repairing sun-damaged cells
  • Helps protect against harmful UV damage
  • Lowers blood sugar
And do you know which food contains more Vitamin C (by weight) than any other?

Goji Berries

The Goji Berry is an amazing super-food rich in Vitamins A, B6, C, E, Iron, and Anti-Oxidants. 

And Did You Know…

Goji Berry is an ingredient in JUARA’s Clove Flower and Turmeric Serum!

 


 

Click the bottle to learn more about JUARA Clove Flower & Turmeric Anti-Aging Serum $62

Check Out This Unique and Delicious Recipe That Uses Coffee, Walnuts, and Rice!

1 Apr
Did you think we were talking about a dessert recipe?

Fooled You!

Those are actually the ingredients in JUARA’s Invigorating Coffee Scrub.

Sumatran Coffee Beans- Used in Indonesian treatments to stimulate circulation in the skin. Coffee has been clinically proven to provide antioxidant and tightening benefits when applied to the skin!

Walnut Shells- A gentle, natural exfoliant for the skin. Primes the skin for the absorption of oils.

Rice- Has soothing, softening, redness-reducing, AND anti-aging properties for the skin. Rich in Amino Acids and Vitamin E.

All with the deliciously indulgent aroma of a mocha 🙂


 

 

And just in case you were really inspired by our little “April Fool”, here’s a delicious EDIBLE recipe containing these miracle ingredients:

Avocado Smoothie with Rice Milk

Ingredients:

– 1/2 Avocado

– 1/2 Cup Rice Milk

– 1 Teaspoon Walnut Shavings

– 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

– 1 Tablespoon Molasses

-A Dash of Your Favorite Coffee

-Ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Tweak to your taste 🙂