Thursday, December 31, 2015

10 Hot Health & Beauty Trends You Need to Try in 2016

New Year, Renewed YOU with these TOP TEN Health & Beauty Game Changers.
2016 is the year you are going to make it happen! Since overall health effects our beauty, this year is about improving both with natural organic solutions and a few surprises I've discovered along the way. So here they are just in time for the New Year:

Natural Boar Bristle Brush and Polished Comb by Mason - Pearson

1.) Natural Tools for Healthier Hair - Boar Bristle Brushes and Polished Combs

One of the best finds for less breakage and shiny hair is to switch out your daily hair styling tools for boar bristle brushes and polished one piece combs. I've had the best success with Mason-Pearson Pure Boar Bristle Brushes and their polished, one piece Detangling and Rake Combs. The natural bristle brushes clean and stimulate your scalp while closing the strand's cuticle for a brilliant shine. The Rake and Detangling Combs are made from one piece and highly polished with no seams. These DO NOT snag my hair and there is little or no breakage in these combs. Available online/in store at Barney's, NYC

Kathy Heshelow, CEO and Founder of Sublime Beauty

2.) Oil Pulling for Healthier Teeth & Gums

I interviewed Kathy Heshelow, CEO an Founder of Sublime Beauty and Sublime Beauty Naturals. Both lines are big on using natural, organic ingredients with the latter offering certified organic formulations. I especially like her Certified Organic Pure Sesame Oil which I use in cooking and as a supplement. However it also is perfect for "Oil Pulling". Here's Kathy's introduction to the practice:

Pure Sesame Oil can be a part of effective oral hygiene.

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that is recognized again today. It improves your wellness in tremendous and natural ways.
There are millions of bacteria in our mouths and all bacteria have an oily or lipid skin.  Oil attracts oil, which is why Oil Pulling works!  You swish about a tablespoon of organic oil in your mouth each morning for a minimum of 10 minutes and up to 20 minutes, then spit it out and take those bacteria with it!
You get a healthier mouth, less plaque, whiter teeth and more energy because you are supporting your lymphatic & immune systems. You can also cut risk on a number of diseases that could develop - there is a strong relationship between oral health and your overall health!
I love this quote from ancient Rome:  "Life is not merely being alive, but being well". Make 2016 a great year by new simple procedure.
To purchase Certified Organic Sesame Seed Oil online, visit:

Mira-Skin Ultrasound

3.) Ultrasound Facials

These are a staple of expensive, European Facials nowadays. I reviewed Mira-Skin HERE but after using it regularly for an extended period of time, I've seen pretty impressive results. Better still is when I use it in conjunction with other skincare products as it opens the pores allowing them to sink in deeper. After using it only twice a week since the fall, my skin is noticeably smoother and firmer. This is a starter kit but you can purchase this plus replacement Ultrasound Gel and Hyaluronic Serum at

Hyaluronic Acid is a key component of Certified Organic Zen Power Serum.

4.) Hyaluronic Acid 

This is a new watchword in beauty products so look for it when choosing moisturizers. On another note, try skipping products with Dimethcone within the first ingredients on the label. Silicones are OUT for 2016.
Hyaluronic Acid is included in Certified Organic Sublime Beauty Naturals Zen Power Serum along with vitamins and peptides. Since it is all natural, it is what I use everyday after cleansing and after my Mira-Skin Ultrasound Facial. Like pure moisture without any greasy residue. Check it out at

Boscia Cool Blue Hydration Essence.

5.) Boscia Cool Blue Hydration Essence

This is a deeply hydrating fluid based on a fermented Japanese Sake yeast filtrate. Spreads effortlessly but is only about 1% water! Just two drops covers your face and works well under other moisturizers and makeup. I noticed a plumping difference after the first application. See more online at

Raw fruit and vegetable juices.

6.) Drink Raw Fruit & Vegetable Juices/Smoothies

Try this out for your morning jolt! In addition to getting in some delicious vitamins, minerals and enzymes, you get a daily, healthy cleanse going. Try a VitaMix for whole food juices or smoothies. If you prefer less pulp, get a juicer like the TriBest FruitStar

Coconut Oil & ready made coconut milk smoothies.

I have both and drink raw carrot and tomato juices with Neocell Derma Matrix Collagen Skin Complex, organic coconut oil and my Usana Probiotics mixed in. Another good probiotic to mix with your raw juices and smoothies is Lowfat Kefir.  If you are in a hurry and need a quick shake to go, you might try Cocojoy Pure Coconut Milk Smoothies.

Infused Honey and Fresh Goats Milk Soap

7.) Infused Organic Honey - Bee in Your Bonnet 

Time to switch out fake, chemical sweeteners with all natural, delicious alternatives. Bee in Your Bonnet makes organic infused honeys in wonderful flavors like Vanilla Bean, Harvest Spice and Ghost Chili. These organic honeys can also be used for facials, (I'd skip the jalapeno though), skincare and haircare. Honey is amazing for healing and organic infused honeys like these are very versatile. See all the flavors at Bee in Your Bonnet Online.

Fresh Goat's Milk Soap

8.) Fresh Goats Milk Soap - Serenity Acres Farm

These handmade soaps are cold pressed and made with fresh goats milk, olive and coconut oils with essential oils. They are gently cleansing yet very effective as they are sodium hydroxide (lye) based soaps. You will not believe how smooth your skin will feel after bathing or washing your face with them. My favorite is the Almond Oatmeal. See all the varieties at

Start Running!

9.) Start Running

I've always walked with a little jogging thrown in. However it wasn't until 2015 that I really got serious, especially when training for the More Fitness Half Marathon in April. That was the first milestone of the year and I went on to complete three 5k runs and three 10k races in 2015. I suggest getting fitted for comfortable, supportive running shoes. Start off by alternating fast paced walking and running. Little by little, you will be running more than you walk. Running shapes your body like nothing else while increasing circulation for beautiful skin all over.

Start Using Kettle Bells

10.) Start Using Kettle Bells

Now while running is primarily an aerobic exercise, kettle bells offer weight bearing exercise to increase strength and tone muscles. Lifting free weights of any kind ups your metabolic rate by building lean muscle. Start with at least a 15 - 18 lb weight for women. Men can start off with 25 lbs. Make 2016 the year you drop body fat as women should be between 18-22%. Studies have shown that people in this range of body fat are seen as more fit and attractive. Better than that, you will have more energy while helping to strengthen your bones. There are lots of workouts online or on DVD. Both are great and will help you to get stronger and sculpted. 

Grass Fed Whey Protein

10 and a Half! Get the Right Protein Into Your Diet

When you're done with your workout, grab a Whey Protein Shake for at least 25 grams of protein, Organic Naked Whey Protein is a pure grass fed choice that can be used in other foods/dishes. Just increasing your lean protein intake can help shape you up without changing your diet. Aim for 25 grams of protein at every meal for a total of 75 grams per day.  What does that look like? 7 ozs of Salmon offers 48 grams and 1 cup of cottage cheese gives you 28 grams of protein. A whey protein shake can count for one of those 25 gram servings or more, especially when you add dairy, coconut or almond milks. Your skin, hair and nails will also benefit!

Have a Protein Smoothie and enjoy a Happy Healthy New Year!

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