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Dec 13

Winter is the time where most people will experience dry, flaky skin and chapped lips. This is because of the colder temperatures (for many, freezing temperatures) and change in humidity. These factors cause the skin to loose hydration quicker leaving them dry, flaky and painful. Here are our tips on how to help keep your skin soft & smooth this season.

The first tip is a universal tip that almost every skin care expert and enthusiast will tell you. Use a moisturizer at least twice a day. You can use as often as you feel that your skin needs it. For some, two time will be the perfect amount. For others, a few extra times throughout the day can help keep their skin soft. When picking a moisturizer, determine if you need a light one (water-based) or a heavier one if your skin tends to get dry quickly (an oil-based moisturizer).

Before you moisturize once a week, use a gentle exfoliate on the areas that are dry and flaky. The dry and flaky skin cells are dead skin cells that need to be removed from your body. The dead skin cells on top typically block the living cells below from absorbing the moisturizer which slows down your body's ability to have soft looking skin. So once a week use a gentle exfoliator (can mix Hydrating Cleansing Gel with some sugar), wash off then apply your moisturizer.

If your feet or hands are extra dry, try the old cotton trick. Apply moisturizer onto your feet or hands, but don’t rub in all the way. Put on your cotton socks or gloves and leave them on overnight. The next morning you can wash your hands/feet to rinse off any residue that might have been left behind.

If you can afford it, treating yourself to a pedicure about once a month can be very beneficial. Not only, is it a great way to relax and make your toes beautiful with the new trendy nail colors, it is a great way to keep the skin on your feet looking and feeling great. Most pedicure places exfoliate and moisturize your feet. While you can do this at home, going to a pedicure place is a low effort activity.

So in recap, remember these: moisturize daily, exfoliate with gentle scrub once a week, use cotton gloves overnight and go get a pedicure if you are able to!

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Nov 13

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Not only am I with my entertaining family, but there is so much delicious food to go around. If you are like my household, you probably have lots of left over ingredients that might not make the cut for the post Thanksgiving sandwiches. Here are a few of our favorite masks & scrubs that can use some of the left over ingredients from Thanksgiving:

Pumpkin Mask

Pumpkins aren’t only a great in desserts, they are great for your skin. With a high amount of vitamin A, it is a natural moisturizer for your skin. Check out this Pumpkin Face Mask Recipe from Michelle Phan, for a moisturizing power house for your skin.

-          1/3 cup of ground almonds

-          2 cups of pureed pumpkin

-          4 tablespoons of yogurt

-          4 tablespoons of honey

-          ¼ teaspoon of olive oil

Potato Eye Covers

If you have a potato left over, slice it up and use it like slices of cucumbers over your eyes. Potatoes have a high water content which make them work just like cucumbers on your eyes. They can reduce puffiness around the eyes.

Cranberry scrub

If you have left over cranberries, these little guys are packed with antioxidants and vitamin B which are great with helping your skin fight free radicals. Here is our favorite gentle face scrub.

-          2 tablespoons of crushed cranberries

-          1 teaspoon of almond oil

-          2 teaspoons honey

-          1 tablespoon of oatmeal

 

Carrot mask

With you extra carrots, use them in a facial mask. Carrots are full of iron and other nutrients which helps tone and clarify your skin.

-          1 Full Carrot

-          1 Tablespoon of coconut oil

-          ½ cup of water

 

 

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Nov 13

During #remedychat, we shared our favorite DIY skincare masks and scrubs to help brighten and enhance your beautiful skin. Below are the recipes for these masks & scrubs.

 

Luminating Lemon Mask

1/4 cup Phytoplex Hydrating Cleansing Gel

1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice

Lemon & Hydrating Gel

Directions: Mix the cleansing gel and lemon juice together then apply to the skin. Let it sit for ten minutes, then wash off with warm water. Follow up with a moisturizer to keep your skin soft and smooth

Make this into a scrub by adding a tablespoon of sugar. This scrub will gently exfoliate and brighten your skin in a few short minutes!

 

Blueberry Calming Mask

1/2 cup of Remedy Nourishing Skin Cream

1/4 cup of blueberries

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Directions: Crush the blueberries (ideally with a blender) and mix the crushed berries with the Nourishing Skin Cream. Apply to your skin and leave on for 15-2o minutes then wash off with luke warm water.

 

Ultra Moisturizing & Brightening Mask

1/4 cup of Remedy Nourishing Skin Cream

1/4 cup of Plain Yogurt

Directions: Simply mix these two ingredients together and apply to the skin for 15-20 minutes then wash off with luke warm water.

 

 

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Nov 13

Winter weather has finally moved in, and one of my favorite things to do during the winter is to use my slow cooker for various recipes. My favorite has always been stews. Not only do they usually taste great, they are also one of the easiest dishes to make. Just have to cook the meat, then throw all the ingredient s into a slow cooker and let it sit for a few hours. I found this amazing chicken stew, with some Irish influence (Guinness beer is a great base for a stew) that I had to share.

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This particular recipe is not only flavorful, and a great beef alternative, it is also very good for you. With only 366 calories per serving with 30g or protein and only 28 grams of carbs, it will fill you up with nutrients and vitamins your body needs.

What is your favorite stew to make? Share below or share with us on Twitter!

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Nov 13

As winter comes, chapped lips are something most people end up dealing with. Here are some tips on things you should do as well as things you shouldn’t do to help make your lips feel better.

Do’s

Use a lip balm daily, whenever your lips are feeling dry or uncomfortable; apply a layer of lip balm to help moisturize them.

Exfoliate your lips with a lip scrub. You can make homemade ones by mixing brown sugar and water together then applying to your lips. Wipe off after using.

Drink water. Chapped lips can be a sign that you are not drinking enough water. Be sure to stay hydrated!

Don’ts

Do not pick off the flaking skin. This only makes the chapped lips worse and can even lead to bleeding.

Don’t lick your lips to try to moisturize them. It is only a short, temporary fix. Also, salvia has enzymes in it that could cause your lips to dry out more.

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Nov 13

We are excited to share this amazing news about Remedy's Phytoplex Skin Care line. The gentle line of skin care products is ideal for anyone with sensitive or fragile skin types. Read below to see how Remedy is helping patients going through radiation. See the entire article on Medline's Blog.

 

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), approximately 85 percent of breast cancer patients treated with radiation therapy will experience a moderate-to-severe skin reaction. Furthermore, severe skin reactions or damage can lead to an interruption in radiation treatment and delay the patient’s overall healing process.

A recent study conducted by Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago showed that when breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy applied a topical skin cream formulated with a blend of natural ingredients made from botanical and marine sources to moisturize and soothe skin – Remedy with Phytoplex Nourishing Skin Cream – none experienced treatment interruptions due to skin damage. Those results are in sharp contrast to the 50 percent of patients at the same facility who underwent radiation therapy using a different topical skin cream and experienced interruptions in treatment.

Remedy with Phytoplex | Clinincal Skin Care. Nuturing Botanicals.

“Consistent use of the skin cream has made a positive impact on our patient’s quality of life,” said Nancy Chaiken, CWOCN, ANP-C, Swedish Covenant Hospital. “No lapses in therapy have occurred since the hospital started using Remedy and we’re pleased to see our patients’ skin hydrated throughout the duration of their treatment.”

As skin can become very sensitive after radiation therapy, it’s important for patients to talk to their doctors about how to safely care for their skin. Remedy with Phytoplex is designed for sensitive skin and is formulated without aloe, parabens, phthalates or sulfates. When you compare skin condition among these patient groups, the difference is quite dramatic.

Copied, with permission from Medline Industries. View the entire article on Medline's blog.

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Nov 13

This daily cleanser and body wash is low sudsing and easy to apply as well as remove. In fact, you don’t even have to throw water against your face. You can use a wet towel, or use it as a leave-in cleanser.

The Hydrating Cleansing Gel makes a great cleanser because it uses natural ingredients including algae, green tea, sunflower seed oil and more to bring your skin nutrients and hydration. It is also made with known skin irritants such as parabens and phalates.

This gel comes in 4 sizes: 2 ounce for travel, 4 ounce for around the house, 8 ounces and 16 ounces for families.  Starting at just $1.50 for a 2 ounce bottle, this is a great alternative to many brands available at drug stores.

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Oct 13

Dry, cracked heels are not a pretty site and never fun to have to walk on. Here are some tips to help you get your heels back to the soft skin they were supposed to be!

  1. Moisturize daily. Your feet have a tough time keeping feet hydrated and moisturized, so help by applying a moisturizer, like Remedy Skin Repair Cream, daily.
  2. Wear cotton socks. During the day or at night wear cotton socks. One trick is to moisturize your feet with a lotion or olive oil and put cotton socks on directly afterwards to help lock in the moisture.
  3. Every couple of days, exfoliate your feet. Use a loofah, pumpice stone or simple a cloth and gently rub away the dead skin cells. This will help with the cracking and flaking that can happen with dry skin.
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Oct 13

Fall Favorites

Fall is my favorite season of the year! With the leaves changing colors, the air a bit crisp along with activities such as apple picking, pumpkin carving, hiking and of course cooking! Here are a few of my favorite recipes for fall as well as a few of my favorite decoration ideas for the season.

Favorite Side Dish: Sautéed Carrots with Sage

This dish is easy to make and is the perfect side dish! Just need butter, olive oil, carrots, water, salt, pepper and some sage! Mix them in a pan together and you have some jazzed up carrots to compliment your main course.

 

Favorite Fall Dessert: Apple Crisp

After apple picking, I love to make this dish for dessert. It is a household favorite and really easy to make! It’s also a great dish to make with children, as the steps are easy to follow along with!

 

Favorite Fall Decoration Ideas:

One of my favorite parts of fall is the decorations aspect. With all the warm colors like orange, red, brown, gold and yellow it’s easy to transform a space with a few fall decorations. Here are pictures of my favorites:

Pumpkin Vase with fall colored flowers

 Candle centerpiece

Mums and pumpkins is an easy way to brighten up a front stoop, a porch or deck.

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Oct 13

If you love pasta like myself, you will love this Spinach-Tomato Pasta Shells recipe!  This dish seems like something out of a fancy Italian restaurant, however it takes just 20 minutes to make! Made with pasta shells,spinach, crushed red pepper, Romano cheese, grape tomatoes and more, this dish can please everyone in the family.

Another great aspect of this meal is how healthy it is- here is the breakdown:

Calories: 402

Protein: 17 grams

Sugars: 5g

Fiber: 9g

Sodium: 165mg

 

I love this recipe because it is also pretty easy to customize based on what your family likes. I like to add chunks of grilled white chicken, or lean steak to my pasta (just note- this will change the nutritional information of the dish).