Archive | June, 2014

Turmeric? Tumeric? Turmer-what?

22 Jun

Turmeric. 

We’ve been hearing about this super food for months, but what is it? A powder? A root? A magical health elixir? 

Thankfully, the JUARA Turmeric Benefits Guide is here to answer all of your questions!

So, let’s start with the basics. What is turmeric?

Part of the ginger family, turmeric is a native plant to southeast India. Turmeric is most popularly used in two forms: raw and dried. Turmeric has been used for almost 1000 years in cuisine, medicine, makeup, skin care, and clothes dying. 

What are the health benefits of turmeric?

When ingested, turmeric has historically been used to heal stomach and liver ailments. Turmeric powder concoctions have been used to bring down fevers. It can also be used as an anti-bacterial salve on open wounds. Those who consume turmeric on a regular basis report a reduction in arthritis pain, heartburn, sensitive stomachs, headaches, colds, and menstrual cramps. It may also help those with diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s, and certain types of cancer.

What can turmeric do for my skin?

Turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory and redness reducing properties, can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions including eczema, allergic hives, and even chicken pox! Turmeric is also a great treatment for acne, as it is both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. The JUARA Turmeric Face Mask maximizes the healing properties of turmeric by combining it with kaolin clay! 

Are there any side effects of ingesting or topically applying turmeric?

There are no known side effects for applying turmeric directly onto the skin. When ingesting turmeric, however, it is important to remember that turmeric is a blood thinner. Consuming turmeric daily makes it more difficult for your blood to clot, so lessen your turmeric intake if you take medicine that thins your blood. 

 

Do you still have questions about Turmeric and its uses? Leave a comment on our Facebook page!

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Just For Men- Skincare Exclusive!

12 Jun

June is Men’s Health Month!

Which means we get to chat about my favorite topic: men’s skin!

Men of the world hear me now: DO NOT NEGLECT YOUR SKIN! We know that you are rugged, tough creatures who can do 200 push ups without breaking a sweat. We also know that your skin is just as prone to breakouts and wrinkles as ours is… and we know you don’t like it.

So here are 4 EASY things you can do to keep your skin ruggedly, kissably soft:

1. Wash Your Face

And not with the old spice bar soap you use on your body. The skin on your face is much thinner and more sensitive than your body skin, which makes it more prone to breakouts from the heavy fragrance in most body care products. Try a cleanser like JUARA Rice Facial Cleanser or even a bar soap designated specifically for face (think Neutrogena). 

2. Change Your Razor Blade

After 3 uses. No exceptions. None.

3. Wear Sunscreen Everyday

Even when it’s cloudy, the sun’s rays beat down on your face. Constant unprotected exposure, over time, can be dangerous and cause premature aging. To protect yourself from rays without greasing up your skin, try a sunscreen specially designed for the face! Suntegrity makes a sunscreen/moisturizer duo with SPF 30.

4. Try a Fragrance-Free Aftershave

Do you get little red bumps after shaving and you can’t figure out why? You’re shaving in the same direction the hair is growing, but the bumps won’t disappear! It may have something to do with your aftershave. As heavenly as men’s aftershave can smell, the fragrance may be doing more harm than good. Try something fragrance-free to keep a smooth complexion. JUARA Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner makes a great, soothing aftershave! 

 

5 Ways To Be Friendly To The Environment

5 Jun

In honor of World Environment Day, here are some quick and easy ways to be friendly to the environment today!

1. Turn Off Your Computer At Night

Most of us close our laptops to put them in sleep mode, but by actually turning our computers off we can charge them less often!

2. Institute Family Veggie Night

Go meatless once a week! Did you know that it takes over 2500 gallons of water to produce 1 lb. of beef?? Crazy! Conserve water (and your waistline) by opting vegetarian every once in a while.

3. Re-Gift Gift Wrap!

You know that beautiful gift bag your sister wrapped your birthday present in? Don’t let it fade away after one use! Wrap a friend’s gift in the same bag to keep the beauty alive while cutting down on waste 🙂

4. Turn the AC OFF

…when you’re not at home. Running the a/c all summer while the house is empty adds up to over 480 hours of wasted energy!

5. Switch to Online Bill Pay

Paying your bills online isn’t just great for the environment, it’s great for your credit! Automatic bill pay ensures that you’ll never miss a payment. Annnnd online bills = no more paper bills = no more mailbox anxiety.

 

Super Food… For Your Skin!

4 Jun

Avocado

Just the word sounds delicious. We’ve all grown to love this pear shaped, green, smushy super-food. We put it in salads, on sandwiches, make dips out of it, and even eat it straight with a spoon! 

 

But did you know that the amazing benefits of avocado don’t stop in your stomach? Applied topically, avocado is a super food for your face!

So let’s Talk About Avocado For Face. What Are The Benefits?

  • Anti-Aging

Avocados are high in glutathione, an important antioxidant in anti-aging!

  • Vitamin E

Vitamin E, when applied topically, helps to prevent scarring, clear dark spots, and mask imperfections on the skin!

  • Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a natural cleanser. It helps detach dead skin cells, leaving room for healthy new ones to shine through.

  • Moisturizer

Avocado oil is a natural moisturizer. It deeply nourishes and rejuvenates even the deepest layer of the skin.

So How Do You Use It?

The most effective way to use this super-food on the skin is to apply an avocado facial mask! 

A basic avocado mask can be made at home using:

  • Avocado
  • Lime Juice
  • Sugar

For a more complex mask that harnesses the power of avocado with complimentary ingredients, try one from your favorite beauty brand! JUARA Avocado Banana Moisture Mask combines the rich, moisturizing avocado with emulsifying banana to exfoliate AND moisturize in one simple step!