It’s the beginning of 2014 so here’s a few tips to end those bad habits and start the New Year looking good and feeling GREAT!!!!

Do It Yourself Detox:

Start your year with a good detox regime

Start your year with a good detox regime

Kiwi and Grape Fruit Juice Recipe

Mix 225 grams kiwi fruits with 70 grams grapefruit and 60 ml of water, until the drink is smooth. Both kiwis and grapefruits are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, as well as high in fibre, which theoretically helps clear the body of toxins. Fibre has long been known to help promote good digestion and a healthy body and with the added benefit of vitamin C and antioxidants, the drink is meant to provide your body with many of the necessary nutrients, while clearing out bad toxins. Many detoxifying drinks are high in antioxidants as they promote liver health. As we all know, the liver functions as one of the body’s natural detox organs.

When to detox

Most people decide to go on a detox after the December holidays when lots of food and drinks have taken their toll. It might be a good idea to use your own body as an alarm clock. Our bodies go through natural cycles, like the changing seasons. If there are specific times of the year when your body feels sluggish and bloated, it would be worth doing a detox.

What to eat

Changing your diet may be the most important aspect of your detox. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and dairy products. Drink purified cold water or hot water with lemon and honey, which helps flush your system of toxins. Try eating organic food during your detox. Avoid sugar and starches, as this makes you feel more sluggish and can also retain fat. Remember that fat holds on to toxins for longer than muscles do.

6 New Year’s resolutions that everyone should have:

Look after your skin

Look after your skin

1. Ladies, please leave that spot!

We all know that it isn’t pleasant to have a pimple and so many people believe that picking at it wouldn’t affect the skin. Sadly they are wrong.

What causes a pimple? An inflamed blemish happens when the pore becomes engorged with excess sebum, dead skin cells and bacteria.

What happens when you squeeze a pimple? When you squeeze a pimple, you may force the debris from the pore deeper into the follicle. This can cause the follicle wall to rupture and spill infected material into the dermis (the innermost section of the skin).

If you are prone to break outs, try a new skin product, more suitable for your skin type and make an effort to keep your hands away from your face.

2. Wash you face before jumping into bed at night

After a long day at work everyone is guilty of falling into bed without removing your make up.

Fact is: Old make up clogs up pores, causing acne and leaving bacteria on your face. If eye makeup is not removed daily, there is an increased possibility of an allergic reaction or contact irritation. This could also cause an eye infection, which can be painful.

• Your skin “fixes” itself while you sleep and if you leave make up on, your skin absorbs all the chemicals from the make up.

3. Look after your nails:

Nails are seen by so many poeple on a daily basis, so MAKE A GREAT IMPRESSION!! Common causes of fingernail or toenail changes include trauma, aging, infection, and skin diseases. Diet is generally not responsible for abnormal nail changes, unless the person is suffering from severe malnutrition.

A good manicure makes a great impression

A good manicure makes a great impression

Trauma: Can induce horizontal fingernail ridges (beau lines), bleeding (hemorrhage) under the nail plate, and white streaks or spots (leukonychia).

• Splitting or layering of the nail plate (onychoschizia): Is caused by having hands that are constantly wet, frequent use and removal of nail polish or artificial nails and continuous mild trauma (e.g. from habitual finger tapping).

Spoil yourself by going for reagular manicures and pedicures. Invest in a good manicure kit and always remember to use a base and top coat!

4. Protect yor skin:

Our skin needs protection to keep it looking great!

• Long-term exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can damage your skin. To protect it, stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when the rays are at their harshest. And remember that clouds don’t block UV rays.

• Beware that ultraviolet rays generally reflect off water, sand, snow and any light-colored surface such as concrete, so be diligent in applying sunscreen when you’re around these surfaces.

• And in winter make sure to use enough moisturizer!

5. Throw out old cosmetics:

Anything over a year should be thrown OUT!! Cosmetics have a limited lifespan. Using cosmetics that are old can cause several problems. Older cosmetics may harbor bacteria that may lead to breakouts or even infections. The color in some cosmetics may change over time, and a foundation that used to work perfectly may become too dark. Some “all natural products” will also not last as long as other types of cosmetics.

Don't use old cosmetics

Don’t use old cosmetics

The recommendations listed below are guidelines

• Items that last for up to two years include face powder, powder blush, powder bronzer, powder eye shadow, lipstick, lip liner, and pencil eyeliner. While pencil eyeliners should remain safe for up to two years, you can sharpen the pencil regularly so that a clean surface is exposed.

• Cosmetics that should be replaced after one year include oil free foundation, cream foundation, compact powder, concealer, cream blush, lip gloss and nail polish.

• Replace liquid eyeliner and mascara every three months.


6. Exercise

Make sure that you get regular exercise. This promotes healthy blood flow and cuts down on body fat.

Have you got any beauty-related new years resolutions? Please share them with me!