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Not All Sun Protection is Created Equal

Walking down any isle in any pharmacy or supermarket that contains millions of different brightly coloured bottles which all carry a fairly hefty price tag can be somewhat of a daunting prospect. They all claim that they are the best and will stop the harmful suns rays from burning your skin or worse, your precious children’s skin and at the end of the day – which claims can you trust? They all serve the purpose of sun protection but what do you need to look for when choosing which sun cream will be right for you and/or your families needs?

The question you need to ask yourself is simple…. do you want a product which works for an hour or so and needs to be reapplied. So in other words, there is no falling asleep on the beach or extensive periods of swimming while enjoying your summer holiday and constantly needs to be interrupted by reapply sunscreen or do you want a product that you apply once and carry on doing your thing without having to excessively worry whether or not that you are getting burnt to a crisp? I know which one I prefer. SOLRX

Last year, I was introduced to Solrx, a product that to me stood out miles beyond the rest. Every single sunscreen in the range proudly doesn’t contain any of the following products:

What’s NOT in Solrx Sunscreen products
Don’t You Want the Best for yourself?

  • All of our sunscreens are Titanium Free which, in some instances, have been known to be absorbed into the body through the skin.

  • Free of Nano-Particles which have been known to enter the body through your skin. (Nano-Particles are 1 billionth of something)

  • No Petrolatums or Mineral Oils. These have been known to dry out your skin.

  • 100% PABA & PARABEN FREE & have NO PABA DERIVATIVES.

  • Oil Free, Water or Aloe Based, Non-Greasy Light Lotions that go on Clear.

  • Unscented and Non-Irritating to the skin. (Tested by AMA Laboratories, NY)

  • NO Animal Testing

  • Make-up can go over our products and Does Not sweat into eyes.

This is a huge bonus, but to me the complete selling point on the Solrx range is that once applied to the skin it is guaranteed to continue protecting the skin for 8 hours after before the need to reapply. Even if 8 hours is spent in the water or excessive sweating has occurred. Water proof and Sweat Proof…. Sounds good right? Well, this is due to the specialised Solrx formulas that results in virtually NO-WASH OFF of the product and that the product maintains 97 – 100% strength for the 8 hour duration.

WaterBlock

The product I have been using (and loving) is the Extended Water Block SPF 44, 120ml sells for R225.00 or 60ml for R149.50. This sounds pricy, but you apply it once a day and wham bam you’re done – so its worth the investment as the product lasts for ages. Don’t settle. Also, other sunscreens are expensive too and you’ll use up to triple the amount in getting the full days protection.

My favourite’s packaging has had a face lift and will be available online only in 1 litre and 500ml.

Newly launched packaging for the Waterblock Sunscreen from SOLRX

Newly launched packaging for the Waterblock Sunscreen from SOLRX

The redesigned packaging for the entire SOLRX range.

The redesigned packaging for the entire SOLRX range.

The best news is that these products are all cruelty free and will really work in protecting your skin this summer or any season really. To view their full range, check it out here. Bonus, if you order online now and before 26 September 2014 you will get 10% off your order. Otherwise have a look at their range at your nearest Cape Union Mart to be converted to the Solrx way of sun protection!

x flea143

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Guest Contribution : The Way to a healthy Lifestyle

Research is showing that the way to good health is lifestyle. Making simple changes to diet, exercise and stress management is all you need to turn knowledge to results. The following are tips to healthy lifestyle:

Think positive and focus on gratitude- positive attitude will help you build healthier immune system and boost your overall health. It is true that our body believes on what you think and thus it is credible to focus on positive undertaking.

Eat more vegetables– put more interest on eating vegetables at least five times a day. A diet high in vegetables is associated with reduced risk of developing cancers of the lung, colon, breast, cervix, stomach, pancreas and ovary. Put more interest on eating foods such as cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, grapes and leaf greens.

Set a five meal ideal– it is credible if you mind what, when and what to eat to help you balance your metabolism and energy levels. This ideal situation will help you manage your weight, keep you cool and maintain your focus towards avoiding cravings.

Exercise daily– investing in daily exercises will help you reduce all biomarkers of aging such as impaired eyesight, blood pressure, lean muscles and bone density. Regular exercise will improve bone density, lower cholesterol and help you live longer. Setting aside ten minutes daily for exercise will help you make difference in your life. You can achieve this through dancing in your room, walking to the park with kids, bike to work and going for a hike.

Get enough night sleep– it is credible if you have trouble sleeping to exercise relaxation technique such as meditation, yoga and eating small bedtime snacks. Eating light meal will help your body and mind to switch to sleep mode. You can also darken your room to help remove stress associated with sleep.

Use foods over supplements– supplements are not a substitute for a good diet. Avoid supplements because they are associated with diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Ensure satisfaction– eating and physical activities are fun and should stimulate your sensory experiences. When engaging for physical activity, aim at pleasure and not pain. Pay attention to nutritional value of foods you eat as well as satisfaction, relaxation, tension and relieve fatigue. Be considerate to your eating behaviour that is not motivated by hungry and considering fullness when hungry.

Give yourself a break– make sure that you give your body enough rest to help restore elements of well being. Give yourself enthusiasm and avoid depression that will increase stress hormones. Breaking up will help you introduce various training modes that can help you avoid overtraining.

HEALTHY AND HAPPYThink small– it is credible to start from small while taking plenty of water. Ensure that you take meals some hours before you retire to sleep.

Keep good company– doing all right things is simply as a result of having personal relationships with people who have healthy habits. Getting your family and friends involved in health living will help you plan on health lifestyle and healthier meals.

Choose water as a drink– water is the best liquid to quench your thirst. Prefer taking whole fruits rather than juices. Refrain from taking fresh milk as a drink to relieve thirsty.

Eat fewer snacks– select healthier alternatives that will help address your nutritional needs. Select snacks that are based on fruit and vegetables with reduced fat dairy products and whole grains. Avoid snacks that are high in sugar and saturated fats.

Detox yourself– eat diet heavy in fibre and also try taking substances that will help your body detox.

 

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MAC’s Heavenly Creatures Makeup Collection

Hey Pouters!

I’m sure you’ll join in on my excitement that MAC is releasing another collection of products to try soon. Packed with mineralize eyshadows, blush and skin finish collection was inspired by outer space and universe as beautifully illustrated campaign shots show and product names prompt. Full of beautiful colours, hues MAC Heavenly Creatures Collection will hit the stores in July.

MAC Mineralize eyeshadow comes in nine beautiful colours streaked with complementing hues. Aurora, Neo Nebula, Sky, Water, Universe Appeal, Bright Moon, Invincible, Magnetic Attraction and Earthl offer shimmery browns, purples, blues and greens with occasional pops of silver and gold. Also for eyes the collection offers a False Lashes mascara and three makeup brushes.

Created to give cheeks the glow, MAC Mineralize blush offers gold, pink, bronze and amethyst hues streaked with different shades of gold.

MAC Skinfinish offers a range of sparkly compact powders in shades of brown, bronze, gold and pink named Star Wonder, Earthshine, Center of the Universe and Light Year.

The range of lipsticks are featured in pink, red and beige hues in glae and lustre finish in Cut a Caper, Cusp of Dawn, Pleasureseeker, Venus and Fire Sign.

Cremesheen glass comes in brighter hues including pinks and corals and reds in Celestial Kiss, Glaxy Rose, Meteoric, Astral and Strictly Plutonic.

The collection also includes a makeup remover – Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser, a scrub – Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator, an eye cream – Mineralize Charged Water Moisture, and gel – Charged Water Moisture Gel.

The names alone, never mind how amazing the colours are, just makes me want to buy THE WHOLE SET of these products! My kit will need a revamp to take on all the new Cape Town faces I will be ‘making up’ in the months to come.

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Winter Blues

Heya Poutlings!

Winter hasn’t even started and I’ve already got flu!!!!
I HATE having flu with a passion, nothing worse than feeling horrible due to some flu bug!
So I did a little research on the top tips to prevent the horrible flu bugs from attacking our amazing pouters!
The flu is a virus that is transmitted through contact with someone who is infected, by droplets through a cough or a sneeze, or through contaminated items, such as pens or any other daily items.
Preventing the flu!!!

1. Take your vitamins
Firstly I’m not one for taking multi-vitamins, personally they don’t work for me. However taking vitamins in different forms is essential to fighting the flu and also for staying healthy all year round. My best bet would be the vitamin B12 shot, and vitamin C and vitamin D.
2. Eat flu-fighting, anti-oxidant rich foods

An overall healthy diet will boost your immune system, but the following foods are rich in anti-oxidants and are essential in fighting against various viral infections. The presence of antioxidants in your body will ensure you stay healthy, longer.

– Spinach – High in iron and antioxidants
Spinach is low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol. It is also a good source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fibre, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.

– Broccoli – High in Vitamins A and C
Broccoli is low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol. It is also a good source of Protein, Thiamin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron and Selenium, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Manganese.

– Garlic – High in minerals such as copper, iron, zinc, calcium and selenium
Garlic stimulates the multiplication of infection-fighting white blood cells and also contains the phyto-chemical allicin, which has anti-bacterial properties.
Garlic is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of Calcium, Phosphorus and Selenium, and a very good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Manganese.

– Blueberries – Packed with Vitamins C and E, and disease-fighting antioxidants
Blueberries are a good source of vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Blueberries are also strong sources of dietary fibre. Each half cup serving of blueberries provides a full two grams of dietary fibre which is as much as in one slice of whole wheat bread.
Blueberries are among the richest sources of antioxidants and other important nutrients. Blueberries are also delicious, versatile, high in fibre, and low in calories.
The health benefits associated with blueberries include improved eyesight, stronger blood vessels, reduced risk of heart disease, reduced risk of urinary tract infections, better memory performance, and promoting and maintaining

– Oats – High in soluble fibre, which absorbs cholesterol and helps establish a healthy environment in your digestive tract.

– Water – Drink six to eight glasses of water a day to stay well hydrated. Water keeps the mucous membranes in your upper respiratory tract moist and resistant to infection.

– Cold-water fish – The omega-3 fats in cold-water fish, such as salmon and tuna, create high blood levels of flu-fighting T cells and interferon.

– Pumpkin – High in Carotenoids, Vitamin A and B-Group Vitamins
Pumpkins are a good source of Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.
Pumpkins are high in beta carotene, vitamin A and other carotenoids that are powerful antioxidants. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of healthy polyunsaturated oils.

Garlic stimulates the multiplication of infection-fighting white blood cells and also contains the phyto-chemical allicin, which has anti-bacterial properties.

3. Sleep more, stress less
Sleep rejuvenates and revitalises your body, and helps your immune system function at its best. 
Deep sleep stimulates the thymus gland to produce T-cells, which are a type of white blood cell that helps reject foreign substances, and controls the production of antibodies to fight infection. 
Sleep also helps your body deal with stress, which has a strong influence on your immune system. Stress triggers the release of adrenaline and cortisol—hormones that reduce your body’s ability to produce antibodies. 
That’s why people who are highly stressed get more colds, suffer more digestive tract problems and are more frequent bouts of fatigue. Aim to get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night, and practice relaxation techniques to help prevent stress.

4. Wash your hands frequently
With good old-fashioned soap and water (60 seconds).  Antibacterial soap, contrary to public belief, does not to a better job and in fact could be aiding more resistant strains of bacteria.

Some quick tips to keeping healthy ladies and gents, hope you don’t get attacked by the flu bug like me!

XoXo
Megs 

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Basic Wellness

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Hey Fabulous Pouters!

So we all trying to keep fit and healthy in the busy lifestyles people have now a days, yet most people struggle due to the fact that they are so busy.

We all need to keep it simple, and remember the basics about what our bodies need and what they don’t need, we often put our bodies through stress because of the type of foods we eat or by not giving our bodies time to relax.

I am going to give you our Pouters some helpful tips one should use, whether you male or female.

Tip 1: Replenish your energy.

Energy is essential in this sleep-deprived, over stretched, high-speed world.

-Firstly we need to add more alkaline-forming foods into your diet, such as green leafy vegetables, almonds, dates, celery,

-We must now get rid of excess sugar as this can cause fluctuations in blood sugar level which can cause plummeting energy levels.

-Insufficient protein can cause lowered energy levels, so pack some almonds and nuts for a quick convenient snack.

-I know this will be hard for our very own Sandylash, yet we need to cut down on the intake of coffee, as coffee initially raises stress hormones and gives a rush of energy. Try to gradually cut back on the coffee intake.

-Take time for yourself, at least a 20min relaxation period, where you do nothing stressful, like read a book, have some tea in the garden, listen to some music, or a soothing bubble bath.

-And the all time common one is drink plenty of water.

Tip 2: Revamp your diet.

-Start your morning right, have breakfast! Eating breakfast has shown it prevents over-eating during the day. Stick to a healthier option for breakfasts, either high fibre, or a smoothie, some yoghurt and muslei.

-Eat more veggies, try stick to veggies that are most natural as these contain the most nutrients.

-Cut out butter or margarine, these are both tasteless fatty substances we use to create the illusion of something tasting better, all you tasting is the salt that’s been added into these products. Rather cook with olive oil or avocado oil.

-Cut out fizzy drinks, they packed with sugar and are overall not good for you, if you feel you really need a fizzy drink choose Appletizer, their fizzy drinks are a lot healthier than the others.

-Cut down on the in take of carbs, if you are gaming or doing any type of sporting activity make sure you have your daily carbs before your workout. Don’t eat carbs later than 4pm.

Tip 3: Improve your digestion.

-Chew, chew, chew! Take smaller bites, put your fork in between bites, thoroughly chew each bite of food, do not rush when you eat. If it helps use chopsticks to eat, this will cause you to slow down.

-Increase your dietary fibre. Eat dried fruits, beans and legumes, take an apple to work.

-Practise mindful eating. Slowly savour the flavour of the food, and be aware of how much of the food is enough. Create a peaceful atmosphere to eat in, this will prevent you from rushing and you will enjoy your meal more, which will help with cravings later on.

Tip 4: De-stress your schedule.

-Write it down. Have all your events, meetings, plans, birthdays, etc written down and planned out in a diary of some sort, so you can see where you have space open to make further plans, or to prevent missing important events or meetings.

-The five minute rule. If a task comes up and it’s going to take less than five min, do it there and then. It will help from those little jobs building up, without impacting our productivity.

-Think carefully about the things you take on, do not over crowd yourself with things to do, this will lead to you disappointing either yourself or someone else if you can’t handle it.

Tip 5: Move your body.

-My all time favourite is to get into the gym and get moving, there is nothing better than a great workout, 20-30min of medium intensity exercising daily is sufficient to keep the body going, but it has never harmed anyone to push a little harder and do a little more.

-Target your ‘core’ this is the area around your trunk and pelvis, including your abs and lower back. Targeting these muscles, not only gives you nice abs, but gives support to your lower back. A week core over time can lead to bad posture, lower back pain and injury.

-Try new and different exercises, otherwise you’ll get bored and lose interest.

-Make gym your friend and enjoy the time there, don’t turn it into something you dislike

Stick to the basics when it comes to health and wellness, and your body will thank you for it!

XoXo

Megs

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