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Organic Products

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We got lots of feedback and comments on S.O’s post and advice on organic make up so here we are with more information.

Stefanie what ingredient one should look at while choosing an organic makeup product?

Personally, I suggest looking out for USDA organic-certified products and be aware of so called “natural” products, which only claim to be natural and they are in fact petroleum based and contain in fact only very little plant extracts and lots of artificial fragrances.

What are the advantages of using organic makeup products for long term use?

I believe that using organic makeup and skincare can definitely improve the condition of your skin but also help to limit the amount of toxins we are exposing ourselves to. By detoxing and absorbing less toxins, you start looking more beautiful and believe it or not begin to lose weight considering that you are following a healthy diet as well.

Which organic products do you recommend to keeping skin healthy and fresh?

I have begun washing with face with Manuka honey and using Organic Argan Oil as a night cream and organic Shea butter whipped with Argan Oil for Daytime. I also really love Dr. Hauschka products which I buy at the Organic Shop.

S.O. Beauty Secrets

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Stefanie Ost always share her favorite beauty secrets with our team here at S.O. so we asked her to share some of those with you our lovely audience.

Stefanie what is one of your best kept beauty secrets?

I have plenty of beauty secrets but here are just a few of my favorite:

If you have a pimple and you know it’s gonna look really nasty, apply Manuka Honey on it before going to bed and the next day your complexion will be a lot more clear. Honey has been known as an antimicrobial and antibacterial properties since prehistoric times.  Manuka honey is honey produced from bees that eat only plants flower known as manuka or tea plants in several countries.

I take vitamin E oil which is fabulous for your skin, Chlorella tablets and Spirulina (a species of algae as seen in photo above) which is packed with minerals.  I love to add Chia Seeds to my foods as they are full of omega 3 fatty acids which are also good for your skin and apparently they help with metabolism.

Argan tree is one of the world’s oldest tree species. This tree grows only in southwest Morocco, between Essaouira and Agadir. Oil from the argan tree is known as an oil rich in antioxidants and vitamin E so that both are used in skin and hair. This oil is absorbed much more easily than the beauty oils in general.

Perhaps this is not a secret anymore as everyone has heard of the benefits of juicing, but  it is definitely one of my favorite beauty remedies.  Just don’t think that because your juicing that you wont be needing your daily intake of eating fruits and vegetables as well! Juicing will supercharge your nutrient intake by providing you with pure micronutrients, vitamins and enzymes so you can kick start your metabolism and give your body a break from all of the strange chemicals you’ve been challenging it to process until now.

Prepare your fruits and veggies the night before if you plan on making a morning juice by selecting the ingredients for your juice, washing the produce, placing them in a storage container in the fridge and assembling the juicer in your kitchen so it’s ready.

-Sherri Jafferi- Social Media Manager

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The Glowing Green Smoothie

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Stephanie got inspired by Kimberly Snyder’s ‘Glowing Green Smoothie’ so here is the recipe for her own slightly ” sweeter” version to achieving smooth vibrant skin.

The recipe makes 2-3 glass servings:

1/2 cup of water (add more if you prefer a thinner consistency)

3-4 ice cubes

1 cup lettuce chopped

1 cup fresh spinach chopped

1 stalk celery ends trimmed

1/2 apple core removed

1/2 pear core removed

1/2 cup pineapple (add more if desired for more sweetness)

1 banana

1 teaspoon chia seeds

1 teaspoon extra virgin coconut oil

1/2 cup of squeezed lemon

Add the spinach, lettuce, and water in the blender and blend for two minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and start to blend.

If desired, papaya, kiwi, berries or half an avocado can be added but avoid watermelon as it should not be mixed with other fruits.

Blend well and enjoy :)

Have You Heard of Coconut Oil Pulling?


Stefanie Ost recently read this article on MIND BODY GREEN and decided to try it at home. She has since become a fan of “oil pulling” and raves on the results.  The following excerpt comes from the article.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method for detox and rejuvenation. It’s a simple practice, with quite remarkable results. Many have heard of it, but never actually dove in to try it. It definitely has a mystical and exciting vibe around it, which made me eager to try. But what exactly is it? What does it do?

To oil pull, simply swish your choice of unrefined, high quality oil in your mouth; similar to the way you would use a mouthwash. My favorite is coconut oil. This can be done anywhere from five to 20 minutes. The process attracts and removes bacteria, toxins, and parasites that live in your mouth or lymph system, and also pulls congestion and mucus from your throat and loosens up your sinuses, which is amazing! With the help of your saliva, all these scary undesirables bind with the oil, ready to be disposed of. Pulling also helps re-mineralize your teeth and strengthen your gums by thoroughly cleansing the area. This sounds good, right? But how exactly do you do it?

Traditionally, oil pullers used virgin sesame oil. The reason I prefer to use raw coconut oil is because it has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and enzymatic properties. This provides the added benefit of killing any unwanted bacteria that may be residing in the mouth, while leaving behind healthy probiotic strains. A perfect exchange!

To start, scoop ½ to 1 full tablespoon of oil into the mouth; if it’s cold, allow the oil to melt. Now push, swirl, and pull the oil between your teeth, around your gums, and allow it to touch every part of your mouth except your throat. You don’t want the oil getting in contact with your throat because it’s now carrying somewhat toxic material. No gargling!

Have fun with it, though! Hum a little song, or practice deep breathing through your nose. Allow this to be a sacred time. Enjoy the feeling of cleansing, the relaxation with the absence of talking. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of smiling with a mouth full of oil. Something about it just feels so right!

Once your time pulling is over, spit into the trash or toilet, but never the sink — the oil could solidify and clog your drain. Now rinse your mouth out with clean water two or three times. Finally, drink a glass of water and relax. You should be feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

Why oil pull? A popular reason for oil pulling is to find relief from congestion in the sinuses and throat. It is unbelievable how quickly this happens! Immediately after rinsing, you will find yourself blowing your nose and clearing your throat. I have worked with people struggling with chronic sinus congestion who experienced relief unlike anything else, after oil pulling only once! Their condition improved and the congestion eventually went away completely.

I began pulling to benefit my gums and teeth, which used to be extremely sensitive. My gums strengthened, and teeth became much whiter! It also proved to be beneficial to my skin, which cleared up dramatically, and became bright and almost glowing. Swishing with coconut oil has also proven to be beneficial to those with skin disorders such as psoriasis, and is great for anyone who wants to detox and begin taking better care of their immune system.

Oil pulling can be done at any time of the day, but for a more thorough detox, its best to do this in the morning, before eating or drinking. If you are having a hard time fitting oil pulling into your routine, I’ve found a nice time to do this is while in the shower. This way, you aren’t counting the clock until the minutes are up; simply spit when your shower is done.

Is Healthy Hair Possible In Dubai?

Hello lovely audience.  I am Sherri and I am the social media manager at SO. Every Thursday I will be compiling and listing some of the best beauty and health tips from around the world on everything from diet, exercise, to makeup, in fact anything that will help you look and feel better!

My goal is to make this platform interactive and engaging so send me your tips or ask questions or better yet, come in for a makeover consultation.

Today I am sharing some of the best tips I’ve found on keeping your hair healthy in Dubai. Everyone here talks about losing hair whether its the dry weather conditions  or horribly treated water that may be too harsh on most scalps.

1.       One of my favorite beauty bloggers, Huda Beauty shared this  recipe for a serum one can make at home to counter hair loss!

2.       Refinery29 is another favorite website and here’s one of their tips on using apple cider vinegar for voluminous healthy hair.

3.       Savoir flair’s  10 Cardinal Rules for preventing hair loss which are great!

4.     Into the gloss recommended this amazing Vegetarian Conditioner Mask to nourish the hair.

5. Our general manager Leila Antakly constantly complains about losing hair has tried and tested a few solutions . She believes taking Biotene every morning before breakfast and her Ionic  filtered shower head which is supposed to balance the water and nourish the scalp has greatly reduced hair loss.

Quick Way to Smooth Skin: Dry Brushing

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Dry brushing is a great way to slough flaky, dead skin off your body, especially as prep before applying self-tanner.

Spas have offered the service forever, and doing it at home is ridiculously easy. All you need is a soft natural-bristle brush. ”When you give people brushes of all sorts, they think it’s a scrub brush—like you’re cleaning pots and pans,” says  dermatologist Karyn Grossman. “But this is your skin, and you need to be gentle. You’re not supposed to be red or scratched after.” She recommends rubbing in a light, circular motion before hopping into the shower, taking it easy on your chest and avoiding your face completely.  ”You can be a little tougher on your knees, elbows, ankles, and the tops of your feet, where the skin is thicker.”

Then, when you’re ready to shower, cleanse with a mild body wash and follow up with an equally mild moisturizer; a bolder scrub or anti-acne wash may leave the skin stinging. “You’re removing that surface layer, which temporarily makes your skin more sensitive. Otherwise, for two minutes of dry brushing, you will be rewarded with skin that feels soft, smooth, and instantly refreshed.