Your New Fave 10-Step Facial Massage

Your New Fave 10-Step Facial Massage

Firming. Lifting. Calming. Brightening. De-puffing. Hydrating. Nourishing. Plumping.

All words I myself have used right here on this very blog to describe beauty and skincare products. And while there are, without a doubt, clean, natural ingredients and formulations that will perform what each of those adjectives promises, there’s also a totally and completely natural way to get roughly the same results without a drop of anything touching your skin.

Any guesses? (Not magic, no. Though that would be very cool.)

If you said facial massage, you either 1) read the headline of this piece or 2) are very wise because yes, the simple act of gently rubbing your own hands over your own face can work wonders on your complexion and the health of your skin. A few drops of oil, five minutes of your time and the brainpower to actually remember to do it every day, and facial massage may just become the best part of your skincare routine.

Before I get into how, let me quickly explain the why. So many of our skin woes are caused by inflammation, both within our organs that then shows up on the skin or closer to the surface in the form of puffiness. When it comes to the former, the only way to control it is diet. But for the latter, much of it can be combatted by making sure our lymph system is free of blockages and flowing smoothly.

When lymph is circulating freely, draining and refreshing optimally, puffiness goes down significantly. It also means toxins that can mess with your skin are being continuously flushed from the body, which keeps the skin clear and glowing. Fortunately (or unfortunately), the lymph system relies mostly on external movement for circulation. When you eat a lot of salty, processed, fatty foods and then go to bed right away, I’d bet you wake up in the morning feeling and looking pretty puffy thanks to all that stagnant fluid that’s taken up residence in your body. But as soon as you really start to move again, getting the blood (and lymph) moving too, that puffiness starts to subside.

Now apply the same reasoning to your skin. Yes, your regular blood flow and exercise is helpful for the health and appearance of your skin. But just like you need targeted movements and exercise to strengthen and tighten muscle groups, you also need targeted care for your face. (No, facial crunches don’t exist…yet.)

Which is where facial massage comes in. By taking a few minutes every day to focus on moving your hands over your face in a specific way, you can help your facial muscles stay active, relieve tension, increase blood flow (hello, glow!), and help that lymph circulate and drain properly so puffiness doesn’t haunt your gorgeous head.

Ok, now the how.

First, a note on technique: You should approach anything having to do with the skin on your face with the utmost care and a very gentle hand. It’s better to underdo it and have it take a bit longer for the results to show up than to overdo it and damage your delicate skin. The pressure you use to massage your face should be similar to that with which you shave your legs — you’re not trying to dig into your skin with the razor (the horror!) and the same goes for massaging your face. A light touch is also better because lymph is close to the surface and responds better to gentle pressure. If you press too hard, you risk bruising that sweet, sweet face.

When it comes to technique, there are many. YouTube is rife with tutorial videos (though proceed with caution) and a quick Google search will also turn up many instructional pieces. Proceed however you like, though one constant you may recognize is direction; you’ll want to start with your fingers in the center of your face and move them out to the edge, then down. That’s because the direction of the lymphatic pathways on the face move from the center, out, then down to just above the collarbone where it all collects to be flushed away. When you empty the trash can in your kitchen, you don’t move the garbage bag into your bedroom — you take it out to the curb. Same goes for your face.

So with all this in mind, here’s my approach to facial massage. I do it every morning after cleansing and applying moisturizer, and every night on clean skin with a few drops of oil. As long as you stick to the basic rules of facial massage (gentle hand, moving from the center out, performing on clean skin with a bit of oil or moisturizer for some slip), you can make up your own pattern. I’m partial to the technique below because it was taught to me by a holistic facialist friend who has the most gorgeous skin you’ve ever seen and, when I skip a day of doing it, I notice the effects immediately, but you do you.

Facial Massage Sequence

Start with freshly cleansed skin and clean hands. Apply moisturizer or face oil as usual and, while it’s still absorbing into skin, start the massage. I do both sides of my face simultaneously since, you know, I have two hands, but feel free to perform one side, then the other.

Place your index, middle and ring fingers at the top of the neck, just below the ears (outer corner of the jaw). Apply gentle pressure and drag your fingers down the neck until you hit the collarbone. Repeat 5x.

With your thumb and index finger in a light pinching formation, start in the center of your chin with the pad of the thumb pushing up into the jawbone and the index finger resting a few centimeters above it. Gently drag your fingers out toward the earlobes along the jaw bone, keeping that slight pinch the whole time so it’s almost like you’re lightly gripping the jawbone. Repeat 5x.

Make peace signs with your index and middle fingers with the pads of the fingers facing you. Rotate the peace signs 45 degrees so they bracket your mouth. Apply gentle pressure and move your fingers out toward the edge of your face, pulling up slightly at the end. Repeat 5x.

Starting at the outer edge of your nostrils, sweep your index and middle fingers along your cheekbones out to the middle of the ear. You’ll be able to really feel where the cheekbone is, so no need to go digging for it. Repeat 5x.

Very gently, press your ring finger into the under-eye area once at the inner corner, once in the middle (beneath the pupil) and once at the outer corner. Repeat the pattern 5x.

With your middle finger, gently press into the eyebrow bone at the inner edge of the eyebrow. Slowly trace the eyebrow out to the temple. Repeat 5x.

Place the palm of your hand on your scalp so your fingers hang over your forehead. From the center of your eyebrows, sweep the fingers up the forehead to the hairline and back. You can even lightly run your fingers through the hair for a mini-scalp massage. Repeat 5-10x.

Starting in the center of the forehead, sweep the fingers out toward the temple. Repeat 5x.

With all fingers but the thumbs, start in the center of your forehead and bring your fingers up to your hair. Then, sweep the fingers along the hairline, out and down toward the temples, behind your ears (like you’re tucking your hair back) and down the sides of your neck to your collarbone, just like that first move.

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5 Ways Relaxation Will Make You More Creative

5 Ways Relaxation Will Make You More Creative

Your brain is able to generate more creative thoughts when you’re less anxious…so start doing a whole lot of chillin, now!

This post comes to you from contributor, Kate Mack

Wellness wasn’t always about spin classes or green smoothies. Creativity and the arts were strongly connected with the concept of wellness from the late 18th century to WWII. Great artists like Beethoven, Mozart, Nietzsche, Tolstoy and Proust spent long periods of time relaxing in the grand spas of their eras, and composed many famous works there.

Medical and neuroscience research shows that stress is the biggest obstacle to creative thinking. Alpha brain waves, which occur when your brain is in an idling state (daydreaming, practicing meditation, or aerobic exercise) fuels creativity. Spas, wellness programming, and artistic activities are all proven to expand our imaginative muscles. Your brain is able to generate more creative thoughts when you’re less anxious. So basically, by chilling out you’ll probably create a masterpiece.

Here are 5 ways to inspire your first requiem:

Attend a classical performance.

Or at the very least, incorporate some musical greats like Chopin, Debussy, or Philip Glass into your playlist. You’ll be amazed at how stimulated your mind becomes when you tune into the music.

Aromatherapy bathing.

Fill up your tub, light a candle, and take a bath. The combination of warm water and detoxifying salts, crystals or oils can lower your blood pressure and relieve anxiety, thus freeing up your mind to daydream. Try these with dried flowers for added botanical inspiration.

Knit something.

The repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state, just like yoga or meditation. Except with knitting you get a cozy pair of socks when you finish.

Color!

Adult coloring books are trending for a reason — there’s something especially soothing when you put your focus into coloring between the lines. They’re also a good way to break the “creative ice” and tune into your inner Manet.

Read between the lines.

Find yourself a good ol’ fashioned book and dig into it instead of turning on the TV tonight. I find that reading before bed relaxes me (sometimes too much and I pass out), but choose something that relates to a passion or something you’re curious about. I’d suggest Material Girl, Mystical World if you want to tap into the meaning of life and keep it light. 😉

 

+Looking for more ways to jumpstart your creativity? Check out these articles here

Photo by Jana Kirn

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Petaling Up Your Skincare Routine, Pt.2

Petaling Up Your Skincare Routine, Pt.2

We’ve already explored six flowers you’re likely to find in self-care products (because they’re so dang effective), but since the world of flowers is one that just keeps giving, we’ve got five more your body will love.

JASMINE

What it does: Clogged pores? Dry skin? Reach for jasmine. The scent may be luscious, but jasmine is also an intensely nourishing flower for the skin — just ask centuries of Ayurvedic practice. Packed with antioxidants, topical use can help protect skin from environmental factors. This delicate flower also possesses antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties thanks to naturally occurring compounds, which makes it great for treating inflamed pores and other blemishes, while also being gentle enough for sensitive skin. And let’s be honest: the smell can’t be beat.

Where you can find it: Since jasmine helps treat inflammation, it makes sense that it would be one of the star ingredients in Mad Hippie’s Facial SPF. Just in case some rays sneak through the protective layer, jasmine oil is there to step in and quell any sun-based swelling.

LOTUS

What it does: Considered a sacred flower in many parts of the world, it’s no surprise that lotus is also revered for its self-care benefits. Not only does the scent have the power to soothe and calm a busy mind, but oil made from the root of the plant can work the same magic on skin. Packed with antioxidants, vitamin B, C, iron, fatty acids and proteins—all of which are crucial for healthy skin — lotus root cleanses, purifies and protects. Bonus: lotus also contains alpha-hydroxy acids, meaning it can help naturally and gently exfoliate skin.

Where you can find it: Calm, refreshed, brighter skin with a few mists of facial spray? Check. The Lotus & Orange Blossom BioAffinity Skin Tonic from Pai Skincare is a quick, effective way to infuse your face with calming benefits of echinacea (and makes it smell incredible).

ORCHID

What it does: You’re probably more familiar with the scent of an orchid than you are with its healing power (it’s a popular component of conventional fragrance), but the petals of an orchid are masterful skin protectors. Not only can orchid oil help to protect skin from and keep out environmental stressors like free radicals and pollution, it’s also incredibly hydrating. Thanks to the flower’s mucilages — the stuff that helps plants store water — a skincare product containing orchid oil will help your skin hold onto moisture, thereby restoring a thirsty face and plumping things up.

Where you can find it: Ready to get that orchid mucilage all up in your bod? Since orchid oil is so excellent at retaining moisture, it’ll help whatever surface it’s applied to to do the same. This ability makes it the perfect ingredient in products specifically for dry, damaged or curly hair as these are the thirstiest strands. To deeply repair and condition hair, the aloe, green tea, shea, sea buckthorn, tomato and echinacea in Tela Beauty Organics’ Healer Conditioner Treatment will do the trick. And for everyday use, they also make an excellent Frizz Buster spray that locks in moisture so follicles lay flat.

ECHINACEA

What it does: Though echinacea may be best-known as a cold remedy, it’s actually been used for centuries to treat skin ailments (Native Americans used it to treat wounds and other skin infections). So it makes sense that this pink beauty makes an excellent topical treatment for inflammatory skin conditions, like psoriasis and acne, since it has natural antibacterial properties. What’s more, the flower is rich in echinacin, a substance that helps collagen-creating cells work more efficiently. When your cells produce more collagen, your skin is smoother and more hydrated.

Where you can find it: Because your skin is a reflection of what’s going on internally, it’s never a bad idea to let echinacea help you from the inside out. With a combination of immune-enhancing ingredients like ACV, cayenne, garlic, ginger, turmeric and two kinds of echinacea, Anima Mundi’s Cold’s Cocktails will help your immune system function optimally. And because echinacea also helps topically, treat your skin to a daily session with the Wandering Dusk Hydrating Syrup from Mieux Derma. The echinacea and chamomile will calm angry skin while the cantella herb heals and repairs.

EVENING PRIMROSE

What it does: If you’ve only ever considered evening primrose as an internal treatment for hormonal issues, you’re not alone — it’s a popular natural remedy for balancing a wonky endocrine system. But when applied topically, this cute little yellow flower is a skin health powerhouse thanks to its linoleic and gamma linoleic acid, one of the essential fatty acids that’s crucial for healthy skin, hair and nails, that our body just doesn’t make on its own. These fatty acids also help reduce inflammation, so evening primrose is a good option for relieving symptoms of eczema.

Where you can find it: For allover skin health, look for a body oil that contains Oenothera biennis aka evening primrose oil. Tulsi Rejuvenating Oil with lavender and primrose from Apoterra may be lightweight, but it’s packed with essential fatty oils and acids that penetrate deep into the skin, upping elasticity. And with a blend of olive and sunflower oils as carriers, hydration is real. If you want to concentrate on your face, Sangre de Fruta’s Psyche Face Oil offers a gorgeous blend of lavender, carrot seed, rose geranium, blue chamomile, meadowfoam, rosehip, calendula and evening primrose to gently yet deeply moisturize finicky, combination skin while also combating inflammation.

+ Read more from Allie about pelting up your skincare here

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Petaling Up Your Skincare Routine with These Six Flowers

Petaling Up Your Skincare Routine with These Six Flowers

A quick guide to the flowers you’ll likely come across in self-care products and the good they can do for your whole body…

Few things in nature have the same hold over us mere mortals as flowers. (Well, except maybe baby animals, but that’s neither here nor there.) From their beautiful, alluring colors to the way they make an otherwise drab table pop to their beguiling scents, flowers are borderline magical. But despite their aesthetic and olfactory powers, flowers are more than just a pretty face and nice smell. In fact, flowers have been used in the healing arts for centuries as everything from infection fighters to stomach soothers to skin healers.

This ability should come as no surprise if you’ve ever used a beauty product…ever. True, some conventional brands will tout the inclusion of a flower when they’re really only offering a bastardized version of the scent, but there are products out there that truly harness the power of these beautiful little petals-full-of-skin-and-hair-and-body magic.

Not sure where to start? Here’s a quick guide to the flowers you’ll likely come across in self-care products and the good they can do for your whole bod.

CHAMOMILE

What it does: Lightening, brightening, clarifying, inflammation- and puffiness-fighting, chamomile is a champion of skin rejuvenation. As a vasoconstrictor — something that constricts blood vessels, which increases blood flow (sadly not the name of a new dinosaur) — chamomile has the ability to strengthen capillaries and decrease redness in the skin. It’s also high in azulene, a naturally occurring chemical that fights inflammation and infection. Since inflammation is often the number one cause of many skin ailments and hair loss, chamomile is great for angry skin and a scalp in need of some help.

Where you can find it: Any product that claims to calm anything is likely to contain chamomile. From Pai’s Calming Day Cream — whose chamomile-and-rosehip combo are powerfully soothing for red and inflamed skin — to the scalp-friendly Nourish Conditioner from Josh Rosebrook to the perfect-for-sensitive-skin Organic Soothing Gel from Dr. Alkaitis, chamomile is easy to come by in green products, and for good reason.

LAVENDER

What it does: As relaxing for your skin as it is your mind, lavender is an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory powerhouse that will soothe irritated, inflamed skin (think dermatitis, eczema, etc.). It’s also fairly mild as far as essential oils go, so it’s great at helping to normalize skin (particularly the oily kind) by balancing sebum production. This little purple gem has also been shown to speed up the healing process when it comes to cuts and burns, so look for products that contain lavender if you’ve got abrasions — like if you just couldn’t help yourself and picked at your face.

Where you can find it: If you’re a nighttime shower-er, Lulu Organics’ Soap will help you unwind before bed and clarify skin with a lavender/oatmeal formula. For a more targeted approach to lavender, the Clear Skin Spot Treatment from Province Apothecary holistically heals blemishes and soothes scars by combining lavender with carrot seed oil.

CALENDULA

What it does: With crazy-high levels of carotenoids, flavonoids and phenolic acid  (powerful antioxidants, all), it’s no surprise calendula (aka marigold) can help with everything from chapped lips to aging skin. Those antioxidants? They work overtime to protect skin cells from free radicals, plump skin via hydration and improved circulation, help wounds heal faster and prevent unwanted inflammation aka it’s great as a spot treatment for zits.

Where you can find it: For the healthiest, most soothed skin of your life, opt for RMS’ Beauty Oil. The luxurious blend pairs calendula with a host of other gorgeous ingredients to promote healthy tissue growth. The Nutrient Moisturizer from Juice Beauty works similar magic in cream form, and the Bright Eye Serum from Root Science lets the extra-sensitive skin around your eyes in on the glory of calendula as well.

HIBISCUS

What it does: Used in Ayurvedic medicine in the quest for thicker, faster-growing hair, hibiscus is your scalp’s best friend. Thanks to its high concentration of mucilage polysaccharides — a thick, gooey substance naturally produced by plants to help with water and food storage and the thickening of cell membranes — hibiscus helps dry, damaged hair and stressed out skin retain much-needed moisture.

Where you can find it: Since hibiscus is also known to aid in preserving hair color, it’s no surprise that it features prominently in Rahua’s Color Full Shampoo, resulting in serious shine and strand health. You can also drink the flower via Anima Mundi’s Mangosteen Hibiscus Beauty Tonic or Nicole Granato’s Hibiscus Tea, both of which use the flower to boost hydrating for healthy skin and hair.

SUNFLOWER

What it does: You may only be familiar with the excellent snack sunflower seeds make, but their oil is also a great topical treatment. With impressive amounts of vitamin E, sterols and squalene — all of which are vital for healthy skin and hair — sunflower oil is an inexpensive yet effective way to pack a seriously moisturizing punch. What’s more, the oil also acts as a barrier when applied topically, meaning it locks moisture in without keeping much-needed oxygen out.

Where you can find it: With sunflower oil as its base, the Detoxing Body Oil from Flora Remedia is a lightweight, super-hydrating formula that helps skin retain the water it needs to be healthy and happy. And RMS’ Lip & Skin Balm uses the same thinking to lock in moisture for parched, patched lips.

ROSE

What it does: Sure, you probably only think about roses in mid-February, but don’t discount these prickly beauties when it comes to self-care. Scatter some petals into a soothing bath, spritz its water on your face or massage its oil into your skin — any way you use rose is a good way. Antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, rose is uber-hydrating and conditioning. What’s more, rose is packed with vitamin C that’s often less harsh than the kind found in citrus, making it perfect for light exfoliation without residual redness.

Where you can find it: In its simplest form, rose water makes for a great mild astringent and toner, perfect for skin that’s on the dryer side. The Aloe & Rose Toner from Captain Blankenship combines rose water with another powerful hydrator to leave skin soothed and refreshed. If soaking is more your style, adding rose to a bath — like with Moon River Naturals’ Rose and Geranium Soak — offers whole-body hydration and exfoliation. And for a serious glow, rose oil like that found in the RoseGlow Serum from Living Libations plays nice with all skin types and leaves smooth, hydrated, luminous skin in its wake.

+ What is your flower of choice? 

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May Catalog: Bali Fitness Guide

May Catalog: Bali Fitness Guide

Who says vacation can’t be about keeping busy AND having fun? If you find yourself in Bali, check out…

This post comes from our Junior Art Director, Stephanie!

WHERE TO STAY

Temple Lodge, Bingin Beach

WHY WE LOVE IT

The View: The stunning Temple Lodge overlooks the ocean from atop Bukit peninsula’s cliffs. You can access the beach from a staircase connected to the lodge (which we HIGHLY recommend). Also, don’t miss the infinity pool — you’ll feel as though you’re swimming right out to the vast ocean.

The Yoga: Offered on the daily, with schedules updated seasonally. Classes vary from Hatha Flow to Vinyasa, Yin Yang Flow and 5 Element Yoga. They welcome all ability levels and the temple is perfect for ultimate meditation.

The Spa: The Temple Lodge provides personalized spa treatments incorporating organic herbs and oils. The spa room is very intimate — and every single person we encountered was beyond welcoming.

WHAT TO DO

Bingin Beach: Bingin Beach is an idyllic spot nestled on the Indian Ocean. Surfers travel from all over the world just to say they were there! We recommend trying out at least one surf lesson (or two). This is definitely the spot to do so.

Morning Run: The village surrounding the Temple Lodge is stunningly colorful and classic Balinese. Take a morning jog and explore your surroundings. And, if you lose your way, there are friendly folks everywhere to sort you right.

Gili Islands: Escape to the Gili Islands and snorkel with the turtles! Hundreds hatch on the Gili Islands annually and the babies are the cutest. Swim in the crystal clear waters alongside these magnificent creatures.

Nusa Dua: If you’re really up for an adventure, we recommend you try a scuba diving class at Nusa Dua Beach! The ocean floor is full of bright coral, submerged statues, and an array of sea life.

+ Check out all three of our Bali guides here and don’t forget to shop the collection

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May Catalog: Bali Relaxation Guide

May Catalog: Bali Relaxation Guide

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how our catalog team found down during their latest shoot, in Bali…

This post comes from our Junior Art Director, Stephanie!

WHERE TO STAY

Sal Secret Spot, Bukit

WHY WE LOVE IT

Design: This eco-resort boutique resort is beautifully designed with clean white walls, a saltwater swimming pool, private balconies and open-air design. We loved the daily communal breakfasts and immersion in nature. Each room is so uniquely different! It was exciting to visit each one its unique theme!

Size: We loved the intimate nature of this resort… incredibly private and tucked away from the world. Sal Secret Spot affords luxury feels in a magical environment.

Beach: One of Sal’s perks? Its access to some of the most famous surf spots in Bali. The resort recommends visiting between May and September for the best surf experience!

WHAT TO DO

Uluwatu Temple: We highly recommend making the trek up to the Uluwatu Temple. Watching the sorbetcolored sunset over the Indian Ocean from 200+ feet above sea level is truly breathtaking. Monkeys may greet you at the front of the temple and, be warned, they love to steal!

El Kabron: In keeping with the theme of sunsets, consider treating yourself to a dinner at El Kabron outdoor restaurant at dusk. They provide awesome Spanish appetizers, great drinks, and take reservations online!

And, don’t forget to explore a few of our favorite beaches:

Padang Padang: This beach, one of Bali’s biggest surf spots, also serves as the perfect place for laying out and/or swimming in the crystal blue water. The rocks poking out of the Indian Ocean paint a stunning backdrop as surfers dance along the waves.

Uluwatu: Exploring the coastline of Uluwatu Beach made for one of my favorite memories. The water was so clear and warm, the rocks so stunning, it just felt perfect. Words dare not even describe how amazing this place is — just go and see for yourself.

Saba: Though this beach is a bit of a trek, this black sand beach is pretty incredible and worth the drive. We arrived at sunrise, just in time to watch the sun peek above the horizon and the fishermen pulling their colorful fishing boats out to sea…so many bright colors juxtaposed against the black sand. If you’re up for it, horseback riding is a huge activity on this beach. The horses even love to walk into the ocean so make sure you’re wearing a swimsuit!

+ Stay tuned for our last Bali guide — geared around fitness! Coming on 5/5!

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May Catalog: Bali Adventure Guide

May Catalog: Bali Adventure Guide

No passports needed here, as we look behind the scenes at what adventure lay at our catalog team’s feet in Bali…

This post comes from Junior Art Director, Stephanie!

WHERE WE STAYED

Bambu Indah, Ubud

WHY WE LOVE IT

The Food: Dapoer, the resort’s restaurant, can hardly be called just a restaurant. Their team of gardeners harvest and hand-pick the on-site organic veggies, herbs and rice used to create each dish. The kitchen cooks warmly welcome guests into their massive space to observe the making of their meals. I can say, from personal experience, it’s pretty incredible.

The Location: The resort is quite off the beaten path (in the best way possible). You have two options when staying here… Option A: you can stay in the Javanese teak wood villas by the restaurant and lava stone natural pool… Option B: travel down the mountain in a hand-made elevator, over a bamboo bridge, and into a carved out safe haven overlooking the lush jungle and personal freshwater pools. These two cave houses are luxurious and tucked away from the rest of the resort. If you’re up for bathing outside and watching the sunset from the comfort of your bed, this is the place for you.

The Yoga: Walk to the centrally located open-air Minang House for morning yoga. If you are a yogi or seeking peaceful meditation, this is a must visit. Fun fact: each curve of the roof mimics the exact symmetry of a rising full moon.

The Adventures: The small village is located on the Sayan Ridge across from the Bongkasa rice paddies. Bambu Indah offers personalized adventure themed activities for those seeking to absorb everything this location has to offer.

WHAT TO DO

Monkey Forest: Take a 20-minute ride to the Ubud Monkey Forest…trust us, you won’t regret it. It’s full of baby monkeys, iguanas, and trees towering hundreds of feet above.

Sari Organic: Hop on a motorbike to Sari Organic for lunch! Crack open a fresh coconut, eat a delicious, clean, organic meal, and overlook the glistening rice paddies. Its novelty comes from the truly unbelievable surroundings and open-air eating environment.

Pura Tirta Empul: Give an offering, put on a sarong, and take a dip into the holy water. This is a truly surreal and spiritual experience…koi fish swim around you as Balinese locals pray for healing and spiritual enlightenment. Tip – don’t wear a white t-shirt, and make sure you bring an offering.

Ubud Art Market: Shop for trinkets, silk scarves, sarongs, hand-woven bags, and local goods at the art market! It is open daily, and centrally located, which makes it a must to visit. We bought some incredible hand-woven bags there that accessorize pretty much anything.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace: Ubud’s tiered rice paddies are quite a hike up and down the stairs, but well worth it if you’re seeking adventure. If you get hungry, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants overlooking the rice terrace! Tip – drink fresh coconut water before and after since you’ll definitely be working up a sweat.

+ Check back later this week for our Bali relaxation guide — and shop the collection today! 

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Wellness Encyclopedia: Epsom Salt

A couple weeks before, I came across myself of getting to decelerate and look after myself within the uncomfortable placement. I understand. I understand how absurd that seems. But as somebody having a propensity to burn the candle truly getting time-out of my day-to concentrate on myself and certainly slowing is just a scarcity. A task earmarked for that periodic rainy when or day the e-mails have now been clarified and also all of the tasks are completed and also the deadlines have now been fulfilled (i.e. when hell freezes around or I ultimately get ill). Certain, my supplements are taken by me, I create great, wholesome foods fulfill and to recover my physique, and that I get my workout. But t inform you exactly what a rest feels as though although I couldn&rsquo, or you realize, simply viewing a film in the centre of your day and relaxing around. Then when a problem with my knee arose and also the proposed therapy was treating it… within an Epsom salt tub… for twenty units an evening to get a week… my preliminary response was among shock along with a fast computation of how, precisely, I had been likely to create that occur. But there is no navigating it, my wellness was at risk. I dove as they say. Also it wasn& rsquo. Every evening I deb established an alert to permit myself the full time for this fresh routine, attract on the bathtub and put in a information of salts. After which the time stay watching, for atleast the very first couple of days. I want I possibly could declare it got easier with time, but I recognized that making out time on your own may difficult. An alert might have to continually be established. Tasks will need to continually be put aside, but must — or recovery ourselves may &mdash . Every evening to get a week , I combined mdash and heated water . This type of typical, Easy To-discover mixture (a-5 pound case of Epsom salt may usually cost you $3), that provides withit a lot of advantages. Easy pressure, detox, stress-relief, decreased so a lot more, and discomfort. Within our fast paced, hustle tradition, our formidable thoughts in many cases are using what our anatomies truly, certainly require at possibilities. Rest might be craved by your body, as it rapidly turns along and progresses to another product about the to do record. It s worth it hear &mdash and to decelerate ? How will you help it to relax? It might be as adding salt as easy. The advantages are apparently limitless, but don’ my term is taken by t for this. Continue reading to understand how this naturally occurring substance substance might help reduce irritation, enhance rest, decrease tension and inspire recovery.

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What’s salt? also called magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt (called for Epsom in Surrey, Britain where the substance can be found in organic spring springs) isn’t the same whilst the seasoning available on your dining table. Salt is definitely an inorganic sodium comprising air, sulfur the 2nd most plentiful aspect in individual tissues. You ve for valid reason, as well as probably observed a carton rsquo cupboard. These therapeutic salts have been recognized due to their use within from reducing arthritis discomfort (an ailment appropriated not only for octogenarians, actually), to rushing healing period Post Workout. While put into heated water, sulfur and the magnesium melt and start to become more designed for our anatomies to digest and place to utilize.

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What’re the advantages? Fighting insomnia? Aching muscles? Irritation? Poor flow? That can be helped with by salts. And much more. Although it’s thought that the sodium-like framework of the chemical substance is a handy automobile for magnesium and sulfate to enter your body through assimilation after being mixed in heated water, both of these components feature enough advantages to persuade actually the absolute most dedicated bath-devotee to decelerate and have a bathtub when and awhile (that’s me). The current concentrate on growing calcium consumption frequently indicates the typical human anatomy is poor in magnesium (which calcium normally dissipates), however the catch-22 is the fact that calcium may’t be precisely consumed without magnesium. It s-a drive/draw along with a noise debate for revealing you to ultimately magnesium, but — prepare for it & rsquo isn & mdash;t therefore effortlessly consumed when drawn in tablet type. The clear answer? Treating it in! And before you write-off sulfate like a bystander to incredible, tension-relieving magnesium (it’s been proven to help your body in binding correct levels of serotonin, the feeling-improving substance within our minds), we are in need of sulfates also! Sulfates promote the pancreas, develop head muscle and develop the meats that point our intestinal areas and assist our anatomies cleansing.

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Just how to utilize epsom salt: Epsom salt includes a wide selection of uses, from inner to relevant, however the easiest method to utilize its forces athome is by using it like a soak to calm aching muscles, arthritis discomfort, irritation, enhance flow, flush contaminants from tissues and reduce tension. It’s as easy as flowing two glasses of Epsom salt right into a warm bathtub and treating for some time, or you will get more innovative and include calming essential oils, for example rose or lavender, and skin-calming oils, for example nice almond and sesame, to get a certainly tension-relieving expertise. Follow the formula below to create your personal anti-inflammatory Epsom salt tub that is.

Epsom Salt Bath Soak

Makes enough for just one utilize – boost quantities for greater yield

Ingredients:

2 cups basic epsom salts

1 tbsp sesame oil

5-10 drops lavender acrylic

1-2 tbsp dry rose

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Mix all elements in container or a dish and blend to mix. Utilize instantly or shop in a covered container to provide like a gift.

To make use of: Put epsom salts into your bathtub because it fills with water (hot, although not too hot). Move the salts by operating both hands through the water to make sure they melt before obtaining in. Soak for so long as you would like, then jim skin dried to permit the sesame oil to bathe in.

There are occasions once the carpet might be drawn from beneath our toes, when we could find ourselves at possibilities with this psychological or bodily wellness (or equally) also it’s in these occasions that people’re frequently pressured to come quickly to conditions with how we take care of ourselves. Attempt producing Epsom salt part of oneself- find out what goes on &mdash and treatment program; 20 units may be found by you an evening to get rsquo & a isn .

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Awakenings: Wake with Motion

This is actually the next in a-4-component series about awareness with elegance by Jolene Hart, wellness mentor and writer of the Consume Fairly guide collection.

The options while you start&nbsp you create;every day are a few of the very impactful relating to nbsp & your; wellness and elegance. Mdash morning programs &; including ideas, diet, motion, and home- mdash & treatment; established the tone for the whole evening.

This week, think about movement’s energy to shape from its start. Even the pace with that you execute these movements, and your day movements, firmly affect mind and your elegance. Not just are your initial day actions an opportunity to counter the hours you’ve simply invested in a horizontal placement, they are able to motivate the body to oxygenate and boost flow, that are two crucial methods for glowing skin, power and general wellness. Inhaling significantly from your own stomach, while you do within the yoga rsquo & sun salutation; series under, becomes about the physique’ s nervous system, making emphasis and you calm. Additionally, it triggers detox within you from your own initial awakening times. Another cause that I really like the exercise of the morning yoga series is the fact that it extends, lengthens and carefully warms up parts of your muscles for that evening, while helping like a hypnotic second that you can exercise without extreme emphasis, when you’ve discovered the program. You ll provide equally actual physique and the mind several pleasant occasions to awaken and alter before leaping into your entire day.

Jolene’s AM Sun Salutation for Elegance

Exercise this series, my personal favorite evening- opening salutation, breathing completely any time you extend upward and start, and exhaling completely while you collapse or achieve downhill. Attempt to work this series through your entire day prior to starting atleast twice, to boost circulation and stretch muscle tissue. Feel liberated to alter the actions to fit physique and your personal requirements.

  1. Start position, at your torso together together with your fingers, breathing generally.
  2. Increase up your hands and breathe significantly wake and to stretch the body.
  3. Fold-down while you exhale to the touch your feet.
  4. Increase your hands and breathe again while you transfer into a bended-leg present.
  5. Break the rules into downhill puppy present while you exhale drive ahead before you are not raised on a lawn together with your belly pressing the ground.
  6. Drive up your arms pose while you extend and breathe torso and your primary.
  7. While you exhale break the rules into downhill puppy present.
  8. Increase your hands and breathe again while you transfer into a bended-leg present with one leg bent (the alternative leg in the one you selected instep 4).
  9. Fold-down while you exhale to the touch your feet.
  10. Increase up your hands and breathe significantly wake and to stretch the body.
  11. Go back together with your hands at your torso, to the start, breathing generally.

Jolene Hart, CHC, AADP is just a Philly-centered wellness mentor and founding father of Elegance Is Wellness, an all natural elegance and wellness training exercise. Her training and Consume Fairly guide collection shows ladies to make use of diet and lifestyle options to appear and experience their finest in the inside-out.

 

Heart Sunday: why You’ll Need

Three items so incredible that it’s difficult to choose a popular…

While two badass ladies get together to discovered a business having a mission -, artwork- and journey-impressed organic home-maintenance systems towards it, the individuals ’s virtually confirmed the material will incredible. And trust us, Spirit Sunday does not fail. Their great- for you, preparations that are unique promote a feeling of imagination and independence, and encourage ideas of weekend days that are simple performing whatsoever feeds your spirit.

Then when People had the opportunity to synergy with Spirit Sunday to get a type of home that is unique -maintenance systems, the clear answer was a no brainer. Following ldquo & a definite;heck indeed!” the cooperation functions three incredible items and, as being an assortment of it, precious shades s difficult to choose a popular.

Don we are believed by t? Have a look on your own, but we& rsquo t have the ability to perform with favorites both.

Breathe & Exhale Aromatherapy Oil Collection

Whomever stated & rsquo & ldquo;you may;t go along with rdquo & you; was an idiot. Certain, there are specific issues best loved in as soon as &mdash as well as rapidly; ice-cream on the evening that is warm, for mdash & example; but that sensation you receive after rsquo an incredible yoga exercise isn&;t-one of these. Whether you& rsquo yoga-ing for exercise, rest, stress-relief, a variety of additional factors, what you do about the pad or psychological launch may stick with you after your exercise has ended.

Therefore wouldn’t it’s good to include only a little endurance that is additional to that particular sensation using the aid of handcrafted, small batch, aromatherapy that is beautiful oil mixes?

Impressed by mdash & yoga; and designed to cause you to smell / and tasty or help with mdash & a regular yoga routine; Exhale acrylic mixes and the Breathe may carry you back again to that ballerina that was ideal present with every whiff.

Breathe is the fact that first yoga breathing: eyes shut, seated along, focused, prepared. With records comfortable vanilla and heavy florals, of natural vetiver, body and a troubled mind wills calm, welcoming serenity and stability. The mixture of beautiful oils helps relax lightly and anxious pressure peaceful your brain.

Exhale may be the launch you are feeling after keeping seat present before you tremble. It s that second you remain high, hands elevated and let a victorious breathing out, starting oneself towards the amazing probabilities of rsquo & that which you . Mixing nice jasmine and vibrant, sharp acid, lighting and an open-heart motivates to help you undertake your day.

Natural Deodorant Product

Producing the change to deodorant that is inexperienced could be frightening: rsquo & we;ve all observed horror tales of the one who quit a path of body smell in her aftermath and applied a gem on her behalf sets. However the Organic Deodorant Product from Spirit Saturday is definitely an easy option.

Whether you’ battling to get a spot-on a packed practice, re walking, dance, this material does it nicely and does its work. Certain you’ve to use it together with your fingertips (which may take some finding used-to), but this deodorant lotion keeps you dried, moist and smelling clean all-day-long.

Need to know how? You are able to appreciate the all natural, elements that are vegetarian. A butter foundation reduces and feeds skin, while uncooked natural coconut-oil functions like a normal antibacterial agent to fight BO germs. Subsequently obviously rsquo & there;s the powder, which is really a deodorizer.

The lotion also contains rose oil, which could help which means you work less reduce tension, and orange-peel oil, which certainly will assist in flow and is likewise antibacterial. All this to say that in addition to actually doing its deodorant job, the Natural Deodorant Cream will also make you smells not as ugly while you feel and look.

Replicate Encounter & Body Cream

Peeling isn t a lifestyle routine that is good, also it truly isn’t as it pertains for your skin a great search. Even though hauling a large container of coconut-oil around along with you if dried skin hits isn’t precisely useful, there’s a simple repair for your on-the-proceed skin requirements, also it is available in the shape of Spirit Sunday’s Replicate Encounter & Body Cream.

For seriously nurtured, Ultrasoft, ultra-sleek, ultra-glowy skin, this small pipe of-organic goodness (aka multi purpose cream) ought to be along with you at all occasions.

The natural avocado fat that is uncooked acts as a super- normally and treatment -antibacterial foundation. Subsequently comes the butter, that will be extremely wholesome because of its focus of essential fatty acids and supplements. Wax helps lock in humidity, while E Vitamin acrylic functions like a free-radical and potent antioxidant -fighter. It s completed with rose oils and orange-peel. Ostensibly, this material may be one’s dreams’ lotion.