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Sugaring Versus Waxing

Waxing is waxing, right? Guess again. Waxing and sugaring are both waxing methods, but they work a little differently. All types of waxing are best handled by a professional to avoid burning yourself or tearing skin.

Hard Waxing

Hard wax is applied to the skin hot and then cools to grab your hair. It can’t be applied in long strips so it’s better suited for smaller areas like facial hair. Similar to sugaring it only grabs the hair and not the skin. As a result many people agree that it hurts less than soft wax.


Soft Wax

Soft wax is probably the first image that comes to mind when thinking about waxing. It involves heated wax, wax strips and some sort of application stick. Because wax strips can be long, they are used on larger areas like your legs. A lot of the pain of this method comes from the wax holding on to the skin as well as the hair. If your aesthetician is not careful, this can result in slight bleeding when the wax strip pulls out your hair.

Soft wax is pulled in the opposite direction of hair growth, unlike sugaring which is pulled in the same direction of growth. Going the opposite direction is more likely to cause your hair to break and not be pulled out of the root. 


Sugaring

Sugaring is an ancient, natural, hair removal method done with sugar-based wax. It pulls out your hair from the root without latching on to your skin and many believe that it not only hurts less than waxing but also lasts longer.

The mixture is placed directly onto your skin without the need for strips and heating equipment. Because of this and the ingredients in the mixture it’s more gentle and favored especially among people with sensitive skin.



With all methods exfoliating two to three days afterwards regularly helps toward preventing ingrown hairs. Follow up each waxing visit roughly every month. Waiting longer can make the next waxing experience more painful than it need to be.

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Don’t Buy Expensive Products, Make Them!

With thousands of natural beauty products on the market today, sorting through them all and finding the right one can be quite overwhelming. Not to mention, the price tags on various products can be highly discouraging. What if, instead of buying expensive natural products, you could make them yourself? Well, you can! Starting with a bottle of Moringa Oil, which has many, if not more, health benefits than other natural oils found in the beauty industry, there are a plethora of recipes for natural beauty products that you can make right at home! We have put together a few DIY recipes for you to try out!


All-Purpose Exfoliation Scrub

  • Mix ratio - 1 Organic Cane Sugar : 1 Moringa Oil : 1 Coconut Oil
  • Combine ingredients in a 1:1:1 ratio and apply to targeted area in circular motions
  • Retail Price: ~$35   Homemade Price: ~15 (depending on ratios quantity)

Eyelash Strengthening Serum

  • Mix - 1 tsp Castor Oil and 1 tsp Moringa Oil
  • Combine oils. Using fingertips, gently massage small amounts of the mixture to base of eyelashes until all lashes are covered including the tips.
  • Retail Price: ~$50  Homemade Price: ~$8

Lip Balm

  • Mix - 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, 1 tbsp Beeswax, 1 tbsp Shea Butter, 10 drops of Moringa Oil
  • Combine ingredients and melt in small container over low heat (recommended: boiling water). Stir heated ingredients and pour into container. Allow mixture to cool for several hours until hardened. To customize the lip balm, try adding drops of various essential oils for scents
  • Retail Price: ~$10  Homemade Price: ~$4

Moisturizing Skin Toner

  • Mix - 1 tbsp Coconut Oil, 2 tsp Moringa Oil, 1 cup Witch Hazel
  • Combine ingredients and store in sterile bottle. Apply to face morning and night to tone and moisturize skin.
  • Retail Price: $35  Homemade Price: ~$7

Anti Aging Serum

  • Mix - 1 Tbsp Green Tea Liquid Extract, 1 tbsp Moringa Oil
  • Gently rub 3 drops of mixture in palm of hands and apply directly to clean face.
  • Retail Price: ~75  Homemade Price: ~10

Homemade recipes are a lot of fun to make and a great way to save money. Do not be fooled by the flashy, high priced products in the stores. Homemade recipes can have powerful results and cost a quarter of the price. As a bonus, you can customize your homemade recipes with various essential oils to add your favorite scent!

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6 Healthy Snacks For Moms On The Go

We form a lot of habits very early in life, which can be hard to kick as an adult. With our evolutionary biology literally programmed to devour high calorie, sugary foods, we need all the help we can get to make healthy food choices. On top of that, it’s usually easier to grab a bag of pretzels or a candy bar at the grocery store than to plan out and cook nutritious snacks to pack into lunch boxes throughout the week, or even just to eat ourselves.

Even though there are increasingly available healthy options at stores and markets these days, there’s nothing quite like enjoying something fresh out of your own oven. So if you find yourself with a couple hours of free time over the weekend—or in need of a constructive activity to do with the fam on a rainy afternoon—try some of these easy homemade snack ideas, and feel good knowing exactly what’s in the food your feeding your family.

1. Roasted Chickpeas

This low effort, tasty snack is high in protein, iron and fiber, and low in saturated fats. It’s also extremely versatile, so you can make multiple flavors to suit the whole family’s tastes. More of a savory person myself, I usually create my own spice mix, but for some great flavor suggestions, check out these four recipes for crunchy roasted chickpeas.

Supposedly they stay good up to 4 days stored in an air tight container—but they’ll never last that long.

2. Vegetable Chips 

A great alternative to store bought potato chips is crispy home made veggie chips. Get the same satisfying crunch without the added oil, sodium and preservatives with 5-minute microwave sweet potato crisps, or beautifully colorful baked root vegetable chips.

For a different but equally delicious take on vegetable chips, I love the light oniony flavor of baked leek chips. And finally, there’s the classic kale chip, constantly the healthiest option, high in fiber, Vitamins A, K, C and magnesium.

3. Fruit Chips

Though not quite as quick or easy as any of the vegetable chip recipes, these fruity crisps are definitely more kid friendly. After a bit of slicing and dicing, you just have to find away to entertain the kiddos for a couple hours while they slowly dehydrate in the oven at low heat—just don’t forget to set a timer!

These highly addictive apple chips are vegan and gluten free, as are these banana chips, without any of the added sugar and corn syrup found in their store bought counterparts. 

4. Roasted Squash or Pumpkin Seeds

Although the season is still a few months away, I basically live off of squash throughout the fall and winter. It’s a great, hearty meat alternative, super versatile, and every time you make it you’re left with this great snacking ingredient as a by-product.

As someone who tries to minimize waste, being able to use the scooped-out seeds is extremely satisfying. They’re also low cal, crunchy and flavorful. I’m addicted to this spicy pumpkin seed recipe (can be substituted for any squash seed), but it’s easily altered for a milder, kid-friendly version.

5. Spiced Mixed Nuts

Mixed nuts are a great energy source, high in poly- and monounsaturated fats, protein and fiber, plus the added benefit of antioxidants and other nutrients found in spices. This recipe for sweet and spicy mixed nuts is the perfect blend of flavor to satisfy a sweet tooth or a salty craving, and takes less than half an hour to prepare!

6. Life Saving Protein Bar

There are a million protein bar recipes on the internet, but I’ve yet to find one as delicious and nutrient=packed as the one my friends and I developed for our backpacking trip on the Guinean Plateau while in the Peace Corps. Of course we had been cut off from many of our favorite snacks for close to two years at that point, which made every homemade concoction that much more satisfying, but when we got lost on the mountain and our 2 day hike turned into 3 ½ days, those protein bars provided us enough nourishment to keep going, even after all our other food ran out—hence the name. 

High in fiber, protein, Vitamins A, E and C, and poly- and monounsaturated fats, these bars have everything your body needs to push forward. So even though I don’t expect most of you to find yourselves with no access to sustenance, they should at least get your kids through soccer practice.

The recipe:

2 ½ cups rolled oats

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

¼ cup honey or agave

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup chia seeds

¼ cup moringa powder

¾ cup natural peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)

½ cup pitted and chopped dates or dried fruit of your choice

½ cup chopped walnuts or nut and seed mix

Preheat oven to 350°

Mix honey, coconut oil and peanut butter in a saucepan over low heat until smooth, then set aside.

In a mixing bowl, combine oats, baking powder, chia seeds and moringa powder.

Slowly combine the dry ingredients and the peanut butter mixture using a wooden spoon. Don’t over mix. Stir in nuts and dates until just incorporated.

Pour into a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely and then cut into bars.

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DIY Moringa Wax Recipe

If you have a small area to wax you might just want to whip up your own wax and do it yourself. Or you’re amazingly talented, patient and ready to tackle larger areas like your legs (or other parts) alone. Either way you’ll save a great deal of money doing it yourself. Check out a Moringa wax recipe you can try at home yourself.


Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsps of Lemon or Lime juice
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsps of water
  • 5 drops of Moringa oil

Tools

  • Pot
  • Measuring utensils
  • A Pyrex bowl
  • Wooden Spoon

Before you start place your Pyrex bowl in the fridge, after coating it with a light layer of water.

Put your ingredients in the pot (but not the Moringa oil) and on the stove at low heat. Stir for 10 minutes continuously not letting it burn or boil. It should turn into a golden brown color. Turn off the stove and grab your Pyrex bowl from the fridge.

Slowly pour the mixture into the bowl and stir. When it starts to get sticky drop your Moringa oil into the mixture and keep stirring. The Moringa oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties to help your skin while waxing.

Once the texture gets sticky pop into the fridge overnight.


How to Use

Sugaring is different from “regular” waxing because you apply the wax on the opposite direction of hair growth and then removing the hair in the direction of hair growth.

Take out a piece of the wax and stretch it against your skin. Pat it down and pull the hair off! You can reuse the piece a few times until it stops sticking and throw away.

If your hair is too short you will not get great results. On the other hand, if it’s too long it will hurt more. Wait about two to three weeks after your last shave to try or roughly a month after your last wax. Do not let water get into the mixture.

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Moringa In 10-Step Korean Beauty Routines

There’s been a lot of talk in the beauty world about the supernatural benefits of the 10-Step Korean Beauty Routine. Personally, 10 steps is a lot for me. One of the main reasons I love using moringa oil is that it’s basically a one-stop product that can serve almost all my beauty needs. Still, I have to say I’m intrigued by the prospect of so many different steps, and why they could possibly all be necessary…

As I looked into what goes into a Korean beauty routine, a lot of it actually makes sense (if you have the time!), and it occurred to me that incorporating moringa oil into some of these steps could give an extra boost to the overall benefits for your skin.

In a nutshell, here are the steps to the process: 

  1. Oil Cleanse/Remove Makeup

Using an oil cleanser to remove makeup and dirt at the end of the day is a great way to gently remove impurities without stripping the skin raw. We’ve already told you about the benefits of cleansing with moringa oil, which will remove fat-soluble compounds while restoring vitamins and antioxidants to the skin.

  1. Foaming Cleanse

This “double cleanse” is one of the most notable (and in my opinion, laudable) aspects of the routine. Using both oil and water to cleanse, you’re sure to remove all the aging and acne causing bacteria and agents, and starting with the oil will ensure the foaming cleanser is less harsh.

  1. Exfoliate (a couple times a week)

You need to periodically slough off dead skin that leaves your complexion looking dull, and prevents beauty products from being absorbed. However, exfoliating too often can leave you raw and do more harm than good. Depending on your skin type, consider either chemical or physical exfoliating options.

  1. Toner

Toning is one of the best ways you can ensure that your skin will actually absorb the products you put on it. It not only moistens but balances pH, and adds an extra jolt of nutrients. My True Moringa Balancing Toner is one of the most essential tools in my beauty arsenal.

  1. Essence

Essence is a nutrient dense serum that is said to be the heart of the Korean beauty routine. It hydrates and aids in skin repair and cell regeneration.

  1. Ampoule

Ampoule is basically a thicker, denser version of essence.

  1. Mask (a couple times a week)

Using a sheet mask is probably the most relaxing part of the process. Just put it on and meditate for 20 minutes—prepare your mind for the amazing hydrating, toning, brightening after effects of this trending beauty accessory.

  1. Eye Cream

Another interesting part of Korean beauty routines is that they focus on problem areas, rather than simply applying the same products over the entire area. In addition to eye cream, you can add a lip or acne treatment stage to fit your needs.

  1. Moisturizer

Any skincare regimen would be incomplete if it wasn’t followed with a deep moisturizing agent. This is another easy step to incorporate moringa.

  1. SPF

If you’re doing this as a morning or daytime routine, don’t forget to end with some sun protection, regardless of the weather!

 

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