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The Vitamin C – Craze

Oranges: gina anne

The Vitamin C – Craze, What’s it all About?

I always imagine lots of oranges when I hear the word vitamin C. Drinking a big glass of freshly squeezed oranges is how I imagine intaking a healthy dose of this lovely vitamin.

First off, what is vitamin C and where does it come from. Vitamin C is a nutrient which is good for our health and well being. Vitamin C comes from the land of fruits. Some fruits and vegetables have higher vitamin C content than the citrus family. Peppers, dark leafy greens, strawberries, kiwis, brussel sprouts and papayas to name a few.

Second, why is vitamin C good for my skin. Vitamin C repairs tissues. When applied to the face vitamin C acts as an antioxidant which fights free radicals. Vitamin C repairs and regenerates the skin. It can reduce the appearance of dark spots. Also, helping with collagen synthesis.

“Mimosas are a good source of vitamin C” -unknown

Third, how can you add vitamin C to your day. Vitamin C can be added into the diet. Make daily smoothies, drink hand squeezed juices, eat more salads. Be creative with your diet, have fun. Smile. Breathe Sweet. Yum!

Lastly, vitamin C is very popular in skin care products. When I first became an esthetician products with vitamin C became the craze. Everyone seemed to use it. Vitamin C is probably one of the most popular questions I get in the spa, during my facial treatments.

A lot of products contain vitamin C. The best way to see results in the face would be to use a serum with vitamin C. Serums penetrate a little deeper into the skin than a moisturizer will. But, your diet is going to be the BEST way to gain the benefits of receiving vitamin C. So go grab yourself an orange, take a deep breath, breathe sweet & enjoy!

Be you. Be kind. Breathe Sweet.

-gina anne

Favorite products with Vitamin C: Yon-ka pamplemousse (grapefruit), Eminence Citrus & Kale Potent C+E Serum, Kerstin Florian Correcting Serum C+ Infusion.

Favorite Vitamin C Smoothie: 1 yellow bell pepper, 1 kiwi, handful of strawberries, 3 peeled cuties, some spinach, and 1/2 cup grapefruit juice from a fresh grapefruit. Blend in blender. Pour in a fun glass, cheers!

 

Why I Love Body Butter!

Body Butter: gina anne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why I love body butter!

NOOO, not that kind of butter, body butter! I remember way back in junior high using my first body butter from The Body Shop. I loved going there rummaging through all the testers, smelling the yummy goodness. I bought strawberry and lathered it on every day until it ran out. I was young, my skin was young, my body was well hydrated. I probably put too much on because I remember feeling creamy, the butter slipping off my skin in the sun. I loved it. This was my very first introduction to ‘good’ ingredients and non-animal testing. My heart swooned. I tried every butter from here, loving the girls dressed in black asking me, “Have you tried this one, yet?”

Jump ahead some years and yep, still a sucker for body butters. I apply butter on my skin every day before I get dressed. Body butters are thicker and creamier than a lotion. Like frosting. Usually containing Shea, coconuts, or olives. In the past I collected an assortment of flavors. Now, I’m trying to do this minimalist thing, and only buy what I need (at times). So, one butter instead of say, three…unless there’s a special. 😉 wink!

“Butter my butt, and call me a biscuit.” -southern phrase

I used L’Bri’s Mandarin Fig Body Butter for a long time…Amazing. I ran out. Conveniently, my girlfriend was having a Perfectly Posh party. I pondered to try something new. I tried my aunt’s Posh butter, then went home sifted through the website. Deciding on Snuggle Buddy Skin Joy from my friend’s party…I LOVE IT!!! I love the aroma. I lust the name. I love the kitties on the label. AND… it’s pure joy…skin joy. Snuggle Buddy Skin Joy

Body butters make my skin feel as if I drank a carafe of water. I feel young, flirty, and happy when I lather on my butter. I massage the butter from my ankles to my neck, thighs, arms, belly, bosom, and buttocks. YES! This morning or evening ritual wakes me up, lifts me up, and puts a smile on my face. I especially use extra butter in the winter and dryer times. Or after a long sun-kissed day. So, hurry up grab yourself a body butter and find the love I have for butters. Enjoy!

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

-gina anne