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“Mother’s Day Beauty Tips”



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Mother’s put the interests of her children ahead of her own spending much of the time transporting kids between school and activities, managing domestic chores, and many bring home a paycheck on top of all her motherly duties. With her leisure time, mothers like to…who are we kidding, what free time?  The ability for mothers to find time to eat and sleep is nothing short of a miracle.

Even on Mother’s Day she will be fortunate to find a couple spare minutes for solitude, or squeeze a few extra dollars from the household budget to splurge on herself.  Don’t despair mothers!  SerafinoSays has a few Mother’s Day Beauty tips and tricks for the mothers that devote her life to her family.

Steep a Cup of Tea: If you have time to boil water then you have time to experience aromatherapy.  Tea has the therapeutic potential to treatment of many health issues, plus the aroma can alter her mind and mood.  Peppermint tea – controls what you eat, Green tea – builds metabolism, Rose tea – prevents constipation, Oolong tea – promotes fat burning, Star anise tea – promotes digestion.

Homemade Exfoliate: Smoother, softer skin is as near as a box of baking soda.  Mix 2 Tbsp Baking Soda with distilled water into a soupy paste.  Apply the paste by making small circles over the entire face (avoiding eye area) for 3-5 minutes.  Rise well and revel clean, glowing skin.  You can add a drop of lemon for a fresh scent.

Comfortable Tootsies: There are few sensations more satisfying and relaxing than having the soles of your feet massaged.  What you can do for yourself is after a hot shower or bath scrub rough patches with a foot rasp, pumice stone or even a nail file (for best results spread baby lotion on your heels beforehand to seal in the moisture).  When filed and smooth, pat dry then slather on a ton of lotion and cover the tootsies with a thick pair of cotton socks.  You’ll awake to happy feet!

Quick Relaxation: Start by breathing properly!  Place one hand on your tummy then take four seconds to breathe in and four seconds to breathe out (count slowly as you inhale/exhale) while you focus the attention on the movement of your hand.  Do this for five breath cycles.  To further relieve tension bend your toes up as if to touch your heel, then hold them curled as you tighten your thighs, buttocks and fists.  Before releasing, now take a deep breath and hold it while you clench your jaw, and close your eyes.  Hold this position for five seconds, then let go all at once to feel the tension drain from your body.

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino

 



“Food For Healthy Hair”



Food For Healthy Hair

As a child growing up in an Italian home it was authoritatively ordered, imperative and compulsory to eat.  Eating wasn’t just “eating.”  Eating was a loud, animated and gregarious celebration of food.  There was no way of avoiding it… Mangia!  From assorted nuts, cheeses and olives, to pastas, meatballs, and gravy, to pastry, breads, and fruits, to wine, Anisette, and Sambuca, my grandmother, mom and the usual gaggle of aunts made certain there was a wide selection of food on the table.  Today some might argue that a daily bowl of pasta and meatballs might weigh heavy on the carb intake, but my mother always complemented a meal with a healthy main course of vegetables and protein. (Food for healthy hair)

I can still hear my mom yelling, and sometimes threaten with the ol’ wooden spoon, to “finish your chicken and vegetables and don’t forget to drink all your milk or you won’t grow to be tall and strong.”  Seems reasonable today, but as a young kid I was preoccupied with scheming how to bypass the veggie and bird portions of the meal and dive directly into the dessert.

I also vividly remember by grandfather reiterating what my mom was saying, but his reasoning was less appealing.  He shouted, “Finish my chicken and vegetables; it’ll grow hair on your chest.”  Grandpa never took the time to adapt his adage to the audience.  Grandpa, I love you, but I am sure happy that was not one of the side effects of eating healthy food.

Many years later, I not only regularly pour myself a tall, cool glass of milk, but I actually prefer vegetables and protein dishes.  Evidently the shared wisdom of my mother and grandfather left an indelible impression.  Who knew!?

Healthy Hair Food: Poultry

  • Our fine feathered friends, particularly chickens and turkeys, are a source of high-quality protein that leads to healthy hair.
  • Weak, delicate hair is the result of a diet lacking adequate protein or with low-quality protein.  In addition, excessive protein deficiency can result in loss of hair color.
  • Poultry also provides iron with a high degree of bio-availability, meaning your body can easily reap its benefits.

Healthy Hair Food: Eggs

Health hair doesn’t care how you order your eggs; scrambled, fried, or over easy.  All it cares about is that you order eggs, since eggs are one of the best protein sources you can find.  Eggs also contain biotin and vitamin B-12, which are important beauty nutrients.  I guess that’s why I never met an ugly chicken.

Healthy Hair Food: Carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, which promotes a healthy scalp along with good vision.  Since a healthy scalp is essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair, you’d be wise to include carrots in your diet as snacks or toppings on your salad.

Healthy Hair Food: Dark Green Vegetables

Popeye the Sailor Man didn’t eat all that spinach just so he could have healthy hair, although he could have.  Spinach, like broccoli and Swiss chard, is an excellent source of vitamins A and C.  And why do you care about vitamins A and C?  Because your body needs to produce sebum, which is a result of a healthy diet of Popeye’s favorite energy booster.  The oily substance, secreted by your hair follicles, is the body’s natural hair conditioner.  Dark green vegetables also provide iron and calcium.  Forget goggling over Popeye’s muscles, next time check out his hair.

Healthy Hair Food: Low-Fat Dairy Products

Low-fat dairy products like skim milk and yogurt are great sources of calcium, an important mineral for hair growth.  They also contain whey and casein, two high-quality protein sources.  Two benefits for the price of one!

If you are looking for some healthy hair foods “to-go,” try throwing a yogurt or cottage cheese cup in your bag when you head out in the morning to snack on later in the day.  You can even boost their hair benefits by stirring in a couple of tablespoons of ground flax seeds or walnuts for omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.  Have fun being your own mad scientist!

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kris


“Popeye Loves Spinach And So Should You”



Written by: Kristan Serafino

At SerafinoSays we don’t make it a practice to re-post material, but we just thought this one was worth sharing again…

“I’m strong to the finsh, because I eat my spinch! I’m Popeye the Sailor man!”  Yes, 80 years later and Popeye never looked better.  Of course we all know Popeye attributes his abundance of muscles to a healthy diet of spinach.  But, what Popeye didn’t tell you is spinach is chock full of nutrients and vitamins to improve your hair and skin.  As Popeye would say, “I ain’t no physcikisk, but I knows what matters!”

Fortunately Popeye used his fame to make a positive influence on the American diet and therefore the health of Americans.  Let me explain; The popularity of Popeye during the 1930′s & 1940′s helped boost spinach sales by nearly 35%.  That’s astonishing!  There was a direct correlation between  Popeye’s gain in popularity and increased consumption of the leafy vegetable.  Then again in the early 1980′s there was a resurgence of spinach sales after the release of the live-action film staring Robin Williams.  This character created for comic strips by the Fleischer brothers, Max and Dave, was so persuasive that the spinach-growing community of Crystal City, Texas, erected a statue of the Popeye in recognition of his positive effects on the spinach industry.

But WHAT does this mean for our Skin & Hair?

Spinach contains a very high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when prepared fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled.  It is a rich source of vitamin A (and especially high in lutein that improves skin elasticity and hydration), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids, iron and calcium.   Collectively these nutritional properties promote healthy hair and skin.  A single serving of Popeye’s favorite meal will inevitably improve more than you muscles.

“True beauty isn’t about perfection. By liberating people to realize this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino


“10 Ways To Survive A Bad Haircut”



Written by: Kristan Serafino

At one time or another, we have worn one.  We have agonized with our friends while they wear one.  We have snickered at magazine covers  showing celebrities wearing one.  Unavoidably one stirs strong emotions from tears to tears of laughter.  What is one?  A bad haircut!

Fortunately the old adage, “time heals all wounds” helps to ease the mental anguish of a bad haircut.  You see, hair cells are similar to skin cells so they are constantly multiplying to provide the body with plenty of new growth.  Hair grows at a rate of approximately one-half inch each month or over 6 inches over one year.  This pace of growth may seem comparable to watching grass grow when it is you wearing the bad haircut, but it is quick enough to overcome a bad haircut in reasonable time.  Of course growth will vary from person to person and may be less where there are certain factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, malnutrition or hormonal imbalances.

Other interesting facts about hair is that its tensile strength is that of copper wire of the same diameter, and its elastic properties allow it to stretch up to 20% of its original length before breaking, and up to 50% when wet.  But I digress… I am here today to put your mind at ease that there are ways to survive a bad haircut.

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“What Popeye Didn’t Tell You About Spinach”



“I’m strong to the finsh, because I eat my spinch! I’m Popeye the Sailor man!”  Yes, 80 years later and Popeye never looked better.  Of course we all know Popeye attributes his abundance of muscles to a healthy diet of spinach.  But, what Popeye didn’t tell you is spinach is chock full of nutrients and vitamins to improve your hair and skin.  As Popeye would say, “I ain’t no physcikisk, but I knows what matters!”

Fortunately Popeye used his fame to make a positive influence on the American diet and therefore the health of Americans.  Let me explain; The popularity of Popeye during the 1930′s & 1940′s helped boost spinach sales by nearly 35%.  That’s astonishing!  There was a direct correlation between  Popeye’s gain in popularity and increased consumption of the leafy vegetable.  Then again in the early 1980′s there was a resurgence of spinach sales after the release of the live-action film staring Robin Williams.  This character created for comic strips by the Fleischer brothers, Max and Dave, was so persuasive that the spinach-growing community of Crystal City, Texas, erected a statue of the Popeye in recognition of his positive effects on the spinach industry.

But WHAT does this mean for our Skin & Hair?

Spinach contains a very high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants, especially when prepared fresh, steamed, or quickly boiled.  It is a rich source of vitamin A (and especially high in lutein that improves skin elasticity and hydration), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids, iron and calcium.   Collectively these nutritional properties promote healthy hair and skin.  A single serving of Popeye’s favorite meal will inevitably improve more than you muscles.

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“Madonna, Gwyneth, Sienna & Demi Drink It”



SerafinoSays is a big proponent of drinking water!  In fact, it may just be the most important daily element of your beauty routine.  Regardless of how many creams, lotions, gels, or sprays you utilize, nothing can add a more natural glow than a well hydrated body.

The Mayo Clinic insists, “Water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.

Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions.  Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.”

Now that you’re convinced of the importance of proper and adequate hydration, I am the first to admit that some days the thought of drinking another 64 ounce bottle seems physiologically impossible.  Therefore I am regularly trying to “spice” up my bottle of water with additives from as simple as crushed ice to a slice of  lemon/ lime.  But some days drinking my daily required amount of water is tantamount to water boarding.

We have found the perfect solution!  Wait for it…..Coconut Water.  We have seen Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sienna Miller and Demi Moore carrying bottles of coconut water.  Why?  Because it has been recommended by the finest doctors, therapists, and trainers.  It is easy to locate thousands of articles written on coconut water and all its benefits.  The team at @SerafinoSays has found its favorite;  Zico Water.

We turned to our friends at WebMd to get their thoughts on the benefits of coconut water.

“In many countries, coconut water is thought to have health benefits.  Coconut water is 94% water and fairly low in calories.  It seems to be a good source of B vitamins and potassium.  Coconut water contains electrolytes, various plant hormones, enzymes, and amino acids.  Some substances in coconut water could theoretically have antioxidant benefits in the body.

Scientific studies of coconut water have been limited.  One study suggested that drinking coconut water might be associated with a lower rate of heart attacks.  Another small study found that coconut water significantly lowered systolic blood pressure in 71% of people with hypertension.

Coconut water has been used as a way to rehydrate after exercise or illness.  Coconut water has even been used as an emergency substitute for IV solutions.  Also, it may be a good storage solution for a tooth that has been knocked out until someone can see a dentist.

However, for now, there is no scientific evidence that coconut water offers clear heath benefits.”

SerafinoSays figured if coconut water is good enough for Madonna, Gwyneth, Sienna and Demi then it’s good enough for us!  Thank you Zico for being so Yummy!

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Daily – “What Vitamins Are Right For Your Hair”



Aside from helping women to feel beautiful when they leave my chair, I cherish every opportunity to share my tips, tricks, fundamentals and experiences as a hair stylist.  A few months ago I was challenged by a client’s query on what vitamins they should I take to assist in hair growth.  While I am familiar with the chemistry behind the practice of trichology, which is the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp.  I have even referred actors and models to trichology clinics for treatment and care since their hair is regularly abused by excessive product, heat, tension, wigs, and so on.  I felt “challenged” because I have not adequately researched vitamin treatments for the hair and scalp.  In order for me to offer creditable advice, or write an honest blog post on a topic, I insist someone on the staff always uses a product personally or compiles creditable research to share with our readers.  In order to answer my client’s question about vitamins to promote healthy hair SerafinoSays first conducted online research, followed by corroborative conversation with specialist, then the final test was person use… here are the results!

SerafinoSays Search for the Perfect Vitamin:

1.  Research:  We decided to turn to our friends at WebMd to find out the best Vitamins to help improve the health of your hair:

Essential fatty acids — especially omega-3 fatty acids — play a key role in skin, hair, and nails. You should eat some of these foods, which are rich in omega-3, every day:

  • Salmon, tuna, mackerel, and other fatty fish
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Walnuts and almonds

Vitamins B-6, B-12, and folic acid are also important to your hair. Vegetarians and vegans often don’t get enough of these vitamins.

Good sources of vitamin B-6 include bananas, potatoes (both white and sweet), and spinach.

Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables — especially citrus fruits and tomatoes — will help you get folic acid. Whole grain and fortified grain products, beans, and lentils also contain folic acid. Major sources of B-12 include meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products.

Protein is also critical for keeping hair healthy, but many people don’t get enough. Lean meat like fish, chicken, eggs, and soy products are good sources of protein; eat one serving every day.

Because trace minerals like magnesium and zinc also affect hair, it’s a good idea to take a daily multivitamin.

2.  Head to a Vitamin Store:  With our pages & pages of research printed and in-hand, we headed to Whole Foods to speak with their “Supplements Specialist.”  Although understanding the material from WebMD was an entry way to the world of vitamins, we had the very good fortune of speaking with a Vitamin Authority.  Her name was Jill and she was extremely knowledgeable, professional and anxious to assist.  She earnestly discussed every page of our research while making certain to show us each suggested vitamin bottle as we cruised the aisles.  Nearly one hour later, Jill recommended we try BioSil.  Just when we thought we had it all in order, she through us a curve ball.  Although Jill can attest that BioSil flies off the shelve and customers make a point to tell her they were satisfied with the state of their hair, she had not personally used BioSil.  Therefore, we decided we would give it a try.

3.  Be Religious:  As for any vitamin, it is important to follow the usage instructions…religiously!  BioSil says to take one capsule, two times per day.  You do not earn the right to critique a product unless you first play by their rules.

4.  The Waiting Game:  It is often the case with vitamin supplements that they take approximately 3 months to impact our body if taken as manufactures suggest.  We committed to the three months regimen with the following result:

Month 1:  No changes to the hair

Month 2:  We thought we saw the tiniest fuzzy hairs (non-technical term for new growth) growing around our temples.

Month 3:  We definitely noticed more of those fuzzy hairs, as well as the shaft of the new hair thickening, including the existing hair cuticle.  Also, we noticed a few hairs popping up around our crown.

Month 3.5:  We can report that our new hair continued to grow and our existing hair showed signs of more body and elasticity.  We did a pull test on those new strands and they seemed to be strong and healthy.

5. Analysis:  We found that by adhering to the manufactures instructions, our hair appeared to have regrowth.  Your expectations should not be compared with the hair regrowth solutions of women’s Rogaine, or like hair growth formulas.   BioSIl is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  BioSil is a natural protein specially formulated to help nourish all three essential health & beauty structural proteins; collagen, keratin, elastin.  Keratin is the protein thats packed into your hair shaft providing hair with thickness, strength, and elasticity.  The hardest part about taking the vitamin supplement was simply remembering to take them at all.  Not wanting to fall off the schedule of my test, I decided to set my alarm clock on our phone to remind me twice daily to take the Vitamins.  Overall, we are very excited to see how our hair looks in 6-9 months.  Stay tuned!

(SerafinoSays was not compensated for recommending BioSil for this post.)

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Daily – “Pimples and Acne Be Gone!”



My best childhood friend was in town on a business trip.  Since we live 1,273 miles apart, and both maintain crazy hectic schedules, we rarely have time to visit each other’s home.  Therefore, she decided to take advantage of the anomaly that we would be in the same city at the same time and extend her two-day work trip to include a long weekend of fun in NYC.

It had been many years since we painted the town red.  We are so far removed from our youthful, carefree early 20’s that I wasn’t certain we still had it in us.  I was thinking the best we could accomplish was a shade of pink.  Even so, I was anxious to reminisce about our days basking on the beach, late dinners, even later clubbing, then faithfully end the evening (actually, begin the morning) with Kripsy Kreme donuts (if you are familiar with the “Kreme” you know the HOT sign typically flashes ON around 4AM).  Awww, the good Ol’ Days.

Quite a few years older and exponentially wiser, we decided to begin our first evening with an early dinner, then a Broadway show, followed with…. well, let’s just say she went back to her hotel and me to my apt.  We sent each other a text letting the other know we made it home safe, laughed at our lame excuse at resurrecting the past, and in bed by 11pm. But tomorrow would be different.  We were on a mission, we had a plan…..stay awake past midnight!

The next day I sent my sweetheart off to watch a pre-season game of football with one of his buddies.  When she arrived to my apartment the music was already blasting the Disco beat of our era (wow, dating ourselves), the vino was flowing, and the extra cheese pizza was on the way.  I laughed to myself how easily we slipped into our old routine of picking out clothes to wear, styling our hair and painting on our faces.

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The evening was off to such a great start… the memories of our youth flooded back.  I began to style our hair (of course, I have  a few years of practice under my belt) while she opened the second bottle of wine.  After stuffing ourselves with pizza we emptied out my makeup bins on the bed and began to paint our faces with heavy liquid eyeliner and blue mascara.  We had decided to go retro with our makeup and recreate our style from years past.

We were having so much fun!  Our styling up to this point was at an all-time best as we moved on from Pinot Grigio Santa Margareta to Cosmoplitans.  We now both squeezed in front of the thin wall mirror pushing each other to get closer.  Remember using liquid eyeliner takes skill and agility and a good mirror to look into.  Note to self; funny how the dimension and accuracy of the eyeliner application is directly proportional to the glasses of vino consumed.

As we each leaned in closer, me applying liquid liner, her mascara, my best friend let out a gasp reminiscent of the first girl to “get it” in a slasher movie.  I turned to her in shock… then it hit me.  How was it possible that both of us could have missed the Rock of Gibraltar protruding between her eyes?  Could we possibly have drunk that much booze?  More important, would we be able to cover it up with anything less then spackle?

She turned to me to ask, “how was it possible a stunningly beautiful lady in her 40’s has begun a second phase of puberty?”  Fortunately this disaster in the making didn’t dampen her sense of humor since she suggested that if a second round of puberty was truly the case, then she also requests having the things she missed the most that went along with her teenage ache; lack of responsibility, inconceivable resilience to lack of sleep, weekly allowance, and a phone bill mailed directly to her parents.

My guess is she was not hitting round two of puberty but round one of “welcome to her hormonal 40’s”.  Research shows that about one-third of women will get adult acne, usually starting in their early 30’s, even if they didn’t have breakouts when they were younger.  According to WebMD; “Starting in your late 20’s, estrogen levels decline faster than testosterone.  Because testosterone is an androgenic hormone, it increases masculine qualities and boosts oil production, plugging your pores and causing blemishes.  The difference between adult acne and the teenage type?  Small red bumps (not painful, cystic pimples) are more common when you’re older, and acne along the jawline or around the mouth are a telltale sign that you’re dealing with a hormonal outbreak.”

Since I pride myself for always maintaining my calm and acting professional during a crisis on a photo shoot, I naturally shifted into risk mitigation mode.  I was determined to save my friend from a potential pimple calamity that would leave her feeling anything less than exquisite or feeling like she looked like Mike Wazowski.  I ran to my closet and reached for my magic concealer that I was confident would work magic on her facial dilemma.

Here is the SerafnoSays Secret to cover Pimples:

Dab a small makeup brush into Kevyn Aucoin’s “The Sensual Skin Enhancer.”  A small amount is required as a little goes a long way, and more isn’t better.  Celebrity Makeup aritst Robyn Tamura suggets to “brush lightly onto pimple and blend area around it.  It is  important to blend the concealer in order to maintain an even skin tone.”

The night was a huge success!  My friend looked her usual beautiful self, we closed the clubs, and we substituted Kripsy Kreme donuts for bagels with strawberry cream cheese piled on high.  I wish I could report that I bounced back physically like I did 20 years ago… but that would turn this blog into a fairy tale.


“True beauty isn’t about perfection.  By liberating people to this simple fact, we help them see the real beauty within themselves.” Kristan Serafino


Daily – “Who Wants Healthy Hair and Skin?”



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It was about one year ago that I was on a photo shoot near Los Angeles with an actor well known for his remarkable physique and healthy eating habits.  After several hours of set preparation and shooting under the hot studio lamps I excused myself in order to grab a bottle of cool water.  To my disappointment there was no water in sight, but only a few bottles of green juices and fruit juices in unfamiliar packaging.  The bottles had brightly colored labels numbered 2 through 5.  I reached for the green juice labeled number 2 since it looked most similar to the scrumptious vegetable and fruit drinks I often blend at home.  I read the label, opened the top, took a sip and was pleasantly surprised at how delicious green veggies could taste.

As I was quenching my thirst I noticed the actor’s personal assistant quietly (since the photo shoot was ongoing) freaking out because I was holding a half empty bottle labeled number 2.  Still very confused since I couldn’t comprehend the critical nature of a bottle of juice, I nonchalantly suggested to the assistant that he try the number 3 or 5 since they were both green juice.  It was at that point that he more calmly explained it is part of his responsibility to stock the studio’s fridge with the actor’s daily regimen of the Ritual Cleanse.  A daily regimen the actor never misses during his regular cleanse.  OOPS!

 

Now that the assistant was fully calm (probably at peace knowing he could blame me for swiping the only number 2) he shared the wildly successful story behind Ritual Cleanse and even gave me the co-founder’s name, Lori Kenyon.  I called Lori immediately upon returning to NYC to learn the real ‘skinny’ on juice cleansing.  Lori was eager to share her wealth of knowledge about the industry, as well as the Ritual Cleanse line of products.

Over the past year I have conduced my own research on the pros and cons of juicing, and most specifically how a diet of juicing effects hair, scalp and skin.  Here is some of what I have learned;

Did you know unhealthy hair can signal the presence of other health problems?  It’s true!  Healthy hair and skin is a sign of overall health.  For example, brittle hair or hair loss can be caused by thyroid disease, iron deficiency, or an autoimmune disease.  Fortunately, the same nutritious foods that are good for your body promote stronger, healthy hair and skin.  As an example, your scalp and hair crave a diet chock-full of leafy vegetables and carrots, fruits (especially citrus for folic acid), and trace amounts of zinc, among other nutritional foods.

The typical criticism of juicing is best explained by a quote from the Mayo Clinic; “there is no scientifically-based advantage of juicing over consuming a fruit or vegetable in its original form”.  This important piece of information led me to the logical conclusion… I would sure-as-heck prefer ingesting my daily nutrients in an aromatic, delectable blend of juices instead of sitting in front of a plate heaped tall with dozens of raw vegetables and fruits.  Thanks Mayo!

The variety of products offered by Ritual Cleanse is a fantastic supplement to my occasional home juicing, and certainly a simple healthier solution to strong and lustrous hair, skin and body.  Ritual Cleanse is a superior system of cleansing, detoxification and daily supplements to a healthy diet.  This nutrient dense formalization of each Ritual Cleanse product contains many of the essential vitamins and nutrients I was unable to easily replicate with my home juicer.  Their combination of veggies and fruit has been specifically formulated to provide you all the vitamins and nutrients your body needs to maintain and repair itself while cleansing.  Each day, Ritual Cleanse’s juice is fresh pressed from 100% organic produce and delivered to your doorstep, no matter where you live.  They are so YUMMY!

Here is how only a few of the Ritual Cleanse‘s natural juices specifically help your hair & skin;

* The green juices contain dark green veggies like spinach, kale, and romaine that are an excellent source of vitamins A & C, which your body needs to produce sebum.  This is the oily substance secreted by your follicles that acts as the body’s natural hair conditioner.

* The cashew and almond milk (nuts that contain zinc) help overcome deficiencies that can lead to hair shedding and keeps your locks thick.

* The vitamins from carrots promote a healthy scalp essential for a shiny, well-conditioned head of hair.

* The juices containing mango (my personal favorite) provide powerful antioxidants to help increase skin elasticity.

* The coconut water added to many of their juices is a skin hydration superstar.

The bottom line on Ritual Cleanse is that it makes me feel energized throughout the day, my skin is flawless, and my hair has more luster… really!

When you are ready to give the cleanse a try I encourage you to contact Lori or any of the helpful staff.  You won’t be disappointed.

Note: WebMD recommends, “It is important to remember that juicing alone does not replace an overall balanced diet of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fatty fish, and low-fat dairy necessary to keep the body health.”

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