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Get Gorgeous Skin Using Honey

Sometimes the things you find in the kitchen tend to be better than the goo you get in bottles. If it isn’t already obvious, I’m pro natural remedies as opposed to slapping something on my skin that has so many ingredients, most I have no clue what they really are.

One major benefit of using natural ingredients is that there is no side effects (unless you are allergic to it) but natural remedies take a long time for visible results to be seen. However, the results are long lasting.

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“Raw, unheated, organic honey has antibacterial properties that speed the healing of infections and wounds, including acne. It also contains antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals to promote healthy skin”.

It also helps with :-

  • Acne: Honey is naturally antibacterial, so it’s great for acne treatment and prevention.
  • Aging: Full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down aging.
  • Complexion boost: It is extremely moisturizing and soothing, so it helps create a glow.
  • Pores: Honey is clarifying because it opens up pores making them easy to unclog.

Some of my favourite recipes are

Honey Almond Scrub - Mix equal parts of ground almonds and honey. This helps in removing all the dead cells and softening your skin.

Honey Exfoliator – Mix two parts honey and one part baking soda. This helps in gently exfoliating your face and body.

Honey Facial Cleanser – Mix honey with either coconut or jojoba oil. This helps in removing make up and unclogging your pores.

 

- Neha

Superfoods That Can Boost Your Health

When I first heard about superfoods, I was intrigued. These are foods that are packed with loads of nutrients and anti-aging properties. They have been labelled as such because they contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants among other things. Who wouldn’t want to get healthier with every bite!

 

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Berries

Berries have been found to reduce the risk of heart attacks. They also help lower blood pressure and improves blood vessel functions. You can eat anything from strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries and raspberries to the more exotic acai berries. Also to try – noni berries and goji berries.

 

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Nuts

Consuming nuts decreases the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease. It also helps in controlling your weight. Nuts are one of the healthy snacks to have in between meals if you are feeling a peckish. Opt for your favourite unsalted nuts and eat only a handful at a time.

 

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Seeds

Seeds also make for a yummy snack. You can add them in salads, any meat or fish dishes. They also reduce the risk of heart disease. Seeds contain contains good fatty acids that are essential for the body. Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are easy to find. Opt for unsalted seeds.

 

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Beans

Beans provide the much needed protein in a vegetarian diet. They are low in fat and sodium and contain high levels of complex carbohydrates and dietary fibre. Dried beans are a staple in the diets of vegetarians, as it is their only source of protein. Try eating – chick peas, kidney beans and dried peas.

 

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Lentils

Lentils when combined with beans provide a good source of proteins. Lentils can be prepared in many ways. You can add it in a soup, smash it up for a dip, put it in curries or salads.

 

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Cereals and greens

Try adding barley to your diet, it has a low glycemic index, which is very good for people who are suffering from diabetes as it doesn’t cause the blood sugar to suddenly increase. It is also helps the body metabolise fats and lowers blood cholesterol levels.

 

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Sprouts

Sprouts are when beans start growing. Sprouts are a good source of vitamin C and protein. Sprouts can be added to salads, soups and almost anything else. Sprouts to try – mung bean, alfalfa, onion sprouts.

Other superfoods are yoghurt, peppers and spices. They are nutrient rich and can be added to any dish needed.

 

- Neha Prasad

 

Practicing Yoga At Home

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After a long day at the office, sometimes by the time I get home  the last thing I want is to get back in the car and drive over anywhere for a yoga session. So recently I bought myself a nice yoga mat and decided to try yoga youtube workouts in the privacy of my own home, so I can still work out and stretch without having to leave the house and the results have been amazing. Here are some tips to consider in order to prevent injury and maximize the experience:

1) Create  your own space

Set aside a space in your room making sure  it is free from furniture and is clean and serene. I like to light a candle to create a peaceful atmosphere and I have a nice playlist of soothing music from Spirit Vogage and Shiva Rea has  compiled a collection of trance music suitable for Vinyasa flow. Keep the lighting low and relaxed.

2) Prevent Injury

Don’t force postures. Anything that is advanced is much better to do around a teacher who can watch you, but at home dont compete with your body -Be present, warm up, fully get into the poses you know…that is how an at home practice should be. Difficult poses should be in a class, where your teacher can make a safe environment for you.

3) Choose your youtube yoga style ( here are some of my favorite):

Hatha Yoga at Home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAA-SZ05zSg

Weightloss Yoga with Tara Stiles

Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown1

4) Research!

The internet is a wealth of resources for an at home yoga practice.  Itunes has many yoga podcasts and  I Yoga Life has many videos  for a variety of levels.

7) Meditate

Sit with a straight spine, close your eyes and focus on your breath. The benefits of meditation include everything from lowering your blood pressure to improving your mood.

-Leila Antakly

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SPF Protection

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Even though its been “cold”  for Dubai standards, we still get a lot of sun here so our blog contributor Georgina Antakly decided to do a post on the importance of SPF. Little known facts you may or may not already know. Contrary to what many of you believe, wearing SPF does not translate into not getting a tan, plus do you really want to look like Snookie from the Jersey shore? Here are some secret pointers and the best options out there to keep your skin smooth, glowing and more importantly safe from the sun.
Did you know?

Research has found that the number one skin cancer spot on women is their calves, be sure to cover yourself from head to toe in SPF. Many people put SPF around the main spots on their face but forget important and sensitive areas such as the hairline and ears.

Sunscreens DO have an expiration date and the protecting ingredients can break down in the heat, so be sure to store them somewhere shady and check their expiration regularly.

Always be sure to reapply after taking a dip, sweating or in general after two hours just to be safe and not burn.

Some of my favorite products out there now-

For a good general SPF go with Supergoop a new brand that comes in all different styles, SPF for the face and body and after suncare. Cream not your thing ? go with an oil-based SPF such as L’oreal Sublime Sun 50+, For those of you that are more outdoorsy, try Neutrogena Ultimate Sport 100+. For those of you who spend a lot of time traveling, a good everyday one is Estee Lauder Daywear Spf 50. For those of you that want a good ole fashioned tropical smelling SPF, Hawaiian Tropic brings you a new line of ultra luxe products such as the Silk Hydration which starts at SPF 15 and up, you can also try their new Aloe Vera cream for a relaxing cooling sensation.

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Last but not least, you can always fake a sun-kissed body, Most brands are coming out with their own lines of self-tanners, my favorite ones are L’oreal Sublime Bronze that comes in an airbrush spray so you get a flawless, streakless look or you can get it in lotion form. For a pricier option, you can try the St. Tropez brand, which many of today’s celebrities swear by. Ladies at the end of the day, just remember that sexy glow does not always pay off at the end, be smart and SPF savvy and go enjoy those summer vacations you’ve worked so hard for.

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The Benefits of Organic Makeup

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Today we ask Stefanie Ost to discuss organic makeup and its benefits.

What do you think about organic makeup? Does it really help the skin?

I just started using organic make up two weeks ago so I cant judge its benefits yet. Generally, I am blessed with good skin but I believe that his is not only about what you put ON your skin, but much more about what you put IN your body. Consequently, I think a healthy diet is much more important. Yet, I have heard that many skin problems such as acne, contact dermatitis as well as allergies and irritations may disappear once synthetic ingredients and aluminium are removed from your skin care regimen.

My reason for using organic makeup is much more that normal makeup is full of toxic chemicals which have a negative effect on your body. What many people don’t know is due to all this toxins are absorbed by your skin and get in your bloodstream. Consequences of all those toxins in your system might be that you could be gaining weight or be unable to lose weight, though you really watch out what you eat.

How do you choose the products and which ones do you like so far?

I am currently trying the organic makeup series from Dr. Hauschka. I am happy with their Mascara, while the Blush is okay, the foundation acceptable and the concealer could be better. For my taste the foundation was a bit cakey, too much coverage and I don’t like too much that it is matte (I prefer a more translucent coverage during daytime allowing a natural shine), but now I just apply Shea butter below and I am quite happy with the result. Yet, I have to say here that I have dry skin, so I believe it would not work well for someone with oily skin.

I still want to try other organic makeup brands but so far I will be honest and say that for day time I am happy to continue using organic but for a special event and wanting to look my best, I am still going to use my regular makeup products.

S.O. is always on top of beauty trends don’t forget to book a consultation for a makeover and start the new year not only looking but feeling your best. info@so-famous.com

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Stefanie Ost’s Tips on Looking and Feeling Your Ultimate Best!

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Stefanie Ost,  Founder of Wilhelmina Models Dubai and SO,  was a former fashion model who has graced the covers and appeared in editorials for Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire all over the world. She’s  walked the runway for Cavalli and Dior until she decided to settle in Dubai and had the opportunity to turn her modeling experience into a business helping women and men look and feel their best while also assisting the region’s aspiring young models achieve their dreams. In 2011, Stefanie entered The Big Start, a student entrepreneur competition run by Al Tamimi Investments, and her winning business idea scooped the top prize.

Every Wednesday Stefanie will feature her personal favorite beauty tips and advice on looking and feeling better. Today we ask Stefanie about “ juicing” and the benefits and disadvantages of this fad that is taking Dubai by storm.

What do you think about “ juicing” and how do you do it?

I absolutely love juicing! Every day I have at least 1 or 2 fresh veggie juices that keep me revitalized and glowing. Once in a while I might do a few days of a juice fast which can become addictive as you feel just fabulous afterwards. I do however feel that it is important  not to live on juices only (which is the side effect of this new trend that many young women stop eating solid food completely and just live off their juices). Personally, I consider juices as a great detox tool and as an easily digestible “supplement” to a balanced diet.

As a model did you ever juice to prepare for a show?

I was always quite lucky and never really had to diet much. Yet, if I had a big show coming up now and I had to lose some excess weight, I would do a 3-5 day juice fasting cleanse, which would not only help me to get back in shape, but will also leave me with a beautifully glowing skin. I want to add that one of the benefits of juicing is that it makes you aware of what you eat so once you start eating solid food again you are much more careful with what you put in your mouth and more often than not you become healthier.

What’s your best nutrition advice?

Its all about balance. I don’t think one should count calories and become obsessed with diets, its important to eat as much fresh vegetables and fruits as possible and definitely avoid sugar and sodas.A great sugar alternative is Stevia (it’s natural and has almost no calories). Artificial sweeteners such as Sweet and Low are the worst, the ingredients actually make you even fatter. Also, it is advisable to stay away from white flour (such as white bread, regular pasta, white rice) and instead opt for  healthy grains such as brown rice and whole grain). Finally try to stay away from dairy and too much animal protein – it’s  really not good for your beauty.

Stefanie Ost is trained under The Finishing Academy UK and conducts corporate and private social and business etiquette courses. Contact info@so-famous.com for more information.

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Anti-Aging Makeup Tricks

Anti-Aging Makeup Tricks

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The right foundation or lip color can make you look younger—instantly.

If your skin seems dull, try a foundation with light-reflecting particles (they’re tiny, so you won’t look like a showgirl). “They hide flaws and make skin look radiant,” says makeup artist Sonia Kashuk. Any formula labeled illuminating, brightening, or luminous will do the trick. Try Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation

Smooth lids with shimmer

A neutral-colored shimmery shadow is like Spanx for crepe-y eyelids: It gives the illusion of tautness. Use a powder — not cream — shadow one shade lighter than your skin, such as Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Sin (for light skin), Baked (for medium), or Smog (for dark),

Airbrush skin with primer

It makes you look like you’re always standing in flattering light, says makeup artist Maria Verel. “Primer blurs the appearance of uneven skin and fine lines, so your face seems smoother.” Rub on a pea-size drop after moisturizing — even if you don’t wear foundation over it. Verel likes Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer,

Fight gravity with eyeliner

“After age 40, eyelids can start to droop at the outer corners,” says Sandy Linter, a Lancôme makeup artist. Her fix: Line your top lash line with a creamy black pencil, then use a pointed Q-tip to smudge the line slightly up and out past the outer corner “to create a subtle lift.”