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Why Use Dry Shampoo ?
Why Use Dry Shampoo ?

SAVE TIME

Clean hair in only 2 minutes instead of 30? Every moment counts these days. Use Dry Shampoo in the morning to leave you with clean, voluminous hair in 2 minutes flat, giving you that extra time to fit in a quick yoga session and conquer your day.

 

SPACE OUT YOUR SHAMPOOS

It’s been proven that frequent washing can strip the hair from essential amino acids and proteins leading to brittle hair and scalp irritation. For those with naturally oily hair, daily lathering can be counterproductive – it actually increases oil production. It’s recommended wash your hair every other day at most. Alternate your wash days with a Dry Shampoo specifically formulated for oily hair to help further space out the need for washing. If you just had your hair colored or received a semi-permanent styling treatment, replace your first shampoo with Dry Shampoo, limiting the risk of damaging the color or treatment.

 

EXTEND YOUR BLOWOUT

Your blowout looks amazing, but it is time consuming to achieve on your own. To maximize your time twirl your hair into a bun and secure with a scrunchie at night to avoid bed head. Use a shower cap in the morning and follow with Dry Shampoo. Spray 6-10 inches from hair, focusing on the roots, wait 2 minutes and then use your fingers or a brush to work through the hair. For even more volume, style with your round brush & blow-dryer.

 

HELP THE PLANET!

Did you know that replacing 1 use of regular shampoo a week with 1 application of Dry Shampoo leads to 500L of water saved per year? What is not to love!

 

3 Quick & Easy Hair Styles by Klorane

 

BEACHY WAVES

  1. Hold dry shampoo a bottles’ length away from your hair.
  2. Spray with a focus on your roots and then hair lengths, this will help to hold the wave texture.
  3. Wait 2 minutes, then use your fingers or a brush to work through the dry shampoo.
  4. Using a curling iron or wand, curl your hair tightly and hold the curl for 2 seconds to let it cool before dropping.
  5. Once completely curled, spray dry shampoo all over hair for added texture.
  6. Shake out the curls so they drop into a wave formation.

 

TEXTURED PONY

  1. Hold dry shampoo a bottles’ length away from your hair.
  2. Spray with a focus on your roots, this will help to keep the hair in place.
  3. Wait 2 minutes to let the dry shampoo settle at your roots.
  4. Use your fingers or a brush to work the dry shampoo through the hair.
  5. Following the line of your cheekbones, pull your hair back to determine where your ponytail should sit.
  6. Use a brush to smooth all sides.
  7. Secure the ponytail with an elastic.
  8. Spray dry shampoo at the end of the ponytail for added texture.

 

MODERN FRENCH CHIGNON

  1. Hold dry shampoo a bottles’ length away from your hair.
  2. Spray your roots and hair lengths, this will make the hair less slippery and easier to manage into a bun.
  3. Wait 2 minutes, then use your fingers or a brush to work the dry shampoo through.
  4. Twist your hair from the nape of your neck and up into a bun shape.
  5. Secure with an elastic or bobby pin.
  6. Add a fun accessory to dress up the style!

 

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How to take care of sunburned skin?
How to take care of sunburned skin?

 

Sunburns occur if the skin gets too much UV radiation (i.e. from the sun or artificial sources such as tanning beds) with minimal proper protection. Overexposure of the UV rays, mainly UVB, and minimal sun protection leads to changes in the top layer of the skin (epidermis) that leads to rough texture as well as redness of the skin 1. Sunburns initially lead to observable skin erythema 3-5 hours after exposure, which then peaks at 12-24 hours and subsides at 72 hours.

 

What are the different types of sunburns?

The majority of sunburns are mild and are known as first-degree sunburns, which cause some erythema (redness) and can be painful when touching the sunburned skin. This type of sunburn only affects the outermost layer of the skin 2 and are typically able to be treated at home.

 

Severe sunburns, such as second and third-degree sunburns, are characterized by intense erythema (redness), pain, blistering, swelling and sometimes, can result in headaches, chills, fatigue, abdominal pain or even a fever 2. These severe sunburns compromise the integrity of the protective skin barrier and the ability of the body to maintain a balanced state 2. When this occurs, seeking medical attention is strongly recommended as there may be a concern for sun poisoning.

 

Steps to care for sunburned skin:

 

  • Keep Your Cool: The most important initial step is cooling and protecting the skin. Move to a sun protected area and apply cool compresses to the exposed sunburned skin to help relieve any discomfort, heat and burning. Cooling the skin prevents further heat loss from the skin and helps to maintain thermal regulation of the body.

 

  • Stay Hydrated: A sunburn draws the fluid from the skin’s surface and so it is essential to stay hydrated and quench your skin’s thirst as this will help reduce recovery time.

 

  • Moisturize: The epidermis is compromised when sunburned which causes the skin to experience water loss, peeling and an increased risk for infections. Moisturizers containing ceramide, glycerin, shea butter, Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and other hydrating ingredients may help reduce signs of sunburned skin. A helpful tip is to place your moisturizer in the refrigerator for a few hours prior to application as the cooling sensation will further help to soothe irritated skin.

 

  • SPF: Protecting sunburned skin from further UV sun damage is crucial as sunburned skin has a compromised protective skin barrier. Sunscreens containing mineral sunscreen such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are ideal as these ingredients are often considered to be mild for sunburned skin.

 

  • Pain Relievers: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, available over-the-counter will usually help reduce the redness, pain and swelling. Discuss with your doctor before taking over-the-counter pain relievers.

 

  • Aloe: Aloe vera is derived from the succulent plant, Aloe, found around the world, primarily in warm, dry climates 3. Aloe vera has been found to be hydrating and can help to lock in moisture and soften the skin. Aloe vera’s most prominent benefit for the skin is its soothing properties, which makes it great for treating signs of sunburns.

 

  • Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps to decrease skin inflammation. Use the oil in a Vitamin E capsule and rub it gently onto the sunburned skin to help protect the skin from further UV ray damage 4. Vitamin E oil may also help reduce skin burning and itching.

 

Avoid Picking and Popping: Blisters may occur as the top layer of the sunburned skin loses its integrity. To reduce scarring and risk of skin infection, avoid popping skin blisters or peeling off dry, flaking skin.

The guide of oils by Comptoir des Huiles
The guide of oils by Comptoir des Huiles

Which oil for which use? At Comptoir des huiles, 1 oil = 1 exceptional property. This guide will help you understand the virtues of each oil to help you quickly find the ideal oil for your skin, your needs and your desires. Health, beauty, well-being... Discover their fabulous natural powers and learn how to use them to best advantage thanks to the expertise and know-how of our team.

 

ANTI-AGEING OIL

 

The Prickly Pear

  • For mature or dry skin
  • For the care of stretch marks
  • Face and body

 

Prickly Pear Oil is known for its restructuring, nourishing and antioxidant properties. Its properties give it anti-ageing actions, so it is the perfect ally for mature skin to counter the effects of time. It will also appeal to younger skin to prevent the signs of ageing. It is also ideal for dry skin as a daily care product, it will nourish and revitalize the epidermis. The repairing virtues of Prickly Pear oil make it suitable as an anti-stretch mark oil. The cracks are nourished in depth, less contrasted and less apparent. The skin appears firmer, smoother and plumper.

 

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DRAINING OIL

Calophyllum

  • For mature, sensitive and problem skin
  • For heavy legs and pain
  • Face and legs

 

Calophylla oil is an oil with remarkable multipurpose properties. It is perfectly suited to mature, sensitive and problem skin thanks to its repairing, purifying, soothing and anti-bacterial properties. It concentrates numerous restructuring and protective active ingredients such as omega-6, omega-9, polyphenols and calaustrin. These different nutrients make it an oil with soothing, softening and antioxidant properties. Damaged tissues are thus regenerated and strengthened.

It is also a natural soothing oil that calms pain and decongests by stimulating circulation. This oil is not recommended for people on anticoagulant therapy.

 

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ANTI-BLEMISH OIL

Neem

  • For problem, sensitive and reactive skin
  • For sensitive scalps
  • Face and hair

 

Neem oil has been known for centuries for its antibacterial, cleansing and emollient properties. Rich in oleic acid and vitamin E, Neem oil nourishes the skin. It is also an ideal purifying agent to help problem skin. It helps to soothe and soften tight skin and sensitive scalps.

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REGULATING OIL

Jojoba

  • For combination to oily or dull skin
  • For dry and brittle hair
  • Face, body and hair

 

Jojoba oil is one of the most renowned oils because it has undeniable virtues. Its original composition regulates the production of sebum in mixed to oily skin and leaves a matte appearance. Moreover, the dry texture of Jojoba oil allows a good nourishing and softening application without leaving an oily film on the skin. It revitalises dull and lifeless skin thanks to its concentration of omegas-9 and fatty acids such as gadoleic acid and erucic acid. Jojoba oil also has a very positive effect on the hair. It acts as a real cure for dry and brittle hair. The hair fibre is nourished and the hair regains its suppleness and shine.

 

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ANTI-POLLUTION OIL

Moringa Oleifera

  • For sensitive and tight skin
  • To clean the skin
  • Face and hair

 

Rich in vitamins A, B, C and E, Moringa Oleifera oil is the ideal treatment for soothing sensitised and tight skin. Rich in antioxidants, it helps to fight against premature skin ageing, replenishes tissues by nourishing them and helps to keep the skin firm.

 

A less common use for an oil, Moringa Oleifera oil is also a very good daily facial cleanser. It is very effective in protecting the skin from external aggressions and removing pollution. Used daily, it leaves the complexion clear, radiant and skin soothed.

 

When applied to the hair, Moringa Oleifera oil will form a film around the hair fibre to protect it from external aggressions, from the roots to the tips.

 

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EXTRA-NOURISHING DRY OIL

The Baobab

  • For dry skin
  • For dry and split hair
  • Body, face and hair

A real asset for our skin, Baobab oil has an ultra-nourishing, anti-ageing, softening, lipid-replenishing and regenerating action. Thanks to the omega-6 and omega-9 it contains, Baobab oil nourishes the skin in depth and preserves its hydration by acting as a natural protective film. The vitamin E present in this oil makes it an effective anti-ageing complex, helping the skin to retain its elasticity and youthfulness. Baobab oil concentrates a large amount of phytosterols which act to repair damaged tissue. It is also beneficial for the hair, nourishing it in depth while protecting it from external aggressions. Dry and split hair regains its tone and beauty.

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STRENGTHENING OIL

Ricin

  • Promotes growth
  • For brittle nails
  • Face, nails, hair and eyelashes

 

Castor oil never ceases to amaze us because its effects on our bodies are considerable. The ricinoleic acid naturally contained in this oil purifies the skin. It is also said to have a soothing effect on sensitive and irritated skin. It restores strength to nails, eyelashes and hair and promotes their growth. It is also an excellent repairing and plumping agent for damaged skin. (chapping, cracks...). Used on the face, it restores radiance.

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OIL TO PROMOTE HYDRATION

The Marula

  • For normal skin
  • For shiny hair
  • Face, body and hair

The high concentration of antioxidants, saturated fatty acids and vitamins C and E make Marula oil a versatile oil suitable for all skin types. Its nourishing and protective properties help to keep the skin smooth and full of vitality. Marula oil also promotes skin hydration by limiting the evaporation of water from the epidermis. It will bring comfort and suppleness to the skin from head to toe. Marula oil brings protection and shine to the hair by nourishing it without making it greasy.

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SHEATHING OIL

The Carapate

  • For curly, frizzy or dry hair
  • Promotes hair growth and curl retention
  • Face and hair

 

Widely used to promote hair growth and prevent split ends, Carapate oil has qualities similar to those of Ricin oil. Ideal for curly, frizzy or extremely dry hair, Carapate oil is particularly effective thanks to the fatty acids it contains (ricinoleic acid). It helps to nourish, protect and coat the hair fibre. It also cleanses dry or irritated scal ps thanks to its anti-bacterial properties. In addition to its effects on the hair, Carapate oil is effective in strengthening and encouraging nail and eyelash growth.

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SOOTHING OIL

Moringa Drouhardii

  • For tight and sensitive skin
  • For hair fortification
  • Face, body and hair

 

Rich in vitamin E and alpha-tocopherols, Moringa Drouhardii oil is a versatile beauty essential known to soothe and protect sensitive skin. Rich in antioxidants, it helps fight premature skin ageing, replenishes tissues by nourishing them and helps keep skin toned and firm.

 

Applied to the hair, Moringa Drouhardii oil will help to nourish the hair fibre in depth, from the roots to the tips. Lightly massaged into the scalp, it will help to cleanse the scalp. The vitamins and minerals naturally contained in this oil help to strengthen the hair and make it shine.

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REPAIRING OIL

The Ximenia

  • For damaged skin
  • For dull and damaged hair
  • Body and hair

Rich in fatty acids, this oil has very nourishing and repairing properties. When used on the body, Ximenia oil will help to repair damaged tissues in depth. Its film-forming action helps to keep the skin well hydrated. This film will also play a protective role, creating a barrier to repel external aggressions. The epidermis is restructured and the skin appears softer, smoother and protected.

 

Applied to the hair, Ximenia oil will restore strength and vitality to dull and lifeless hair thanks to its vitamins and nutrients. It will form a protective film around the hair to nourish, protect and restore shine.

 

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The advantages of using pure vegetable oils

Apart from the fact that the most commonly used vegetable oils are the same and very popular in the kitchen, they are in fact wonderful cosmetics (some of them are not edible at all). Thanks to the vitamins and fatty acids they contain, vegetable oils are a real goldmine for our bodies.

 

Depending on the plant from which they originate, they can be moisturising, protective, anti-oxidising, repairing, fortifying or sebo-regulating. Depending on the oil chosen, there are many uses, which makes it an inexpensive natural cosmetic. It can be used for the face, body and/or hair. In short, one oil can be enough to moisturise from head to toe. Because it is a pure, naturally rich and simple ingredient, the use of a vegetable oil is beneficial and rarely allergenic, unlike essential oils for example.

Four essential supplements for joint health and flexibility
Four essential supplements for joint health and flexibility

 

Our joints endure a lifetime of wear and tear, with daily exercise routines and restrictive diets taking a serious toll on our flexibility. But, a bad back or a stiff knee could be an indicator your body is suffering from a hidden nutritional deficiency.

 

4 Nutrients to Support Bone Health

The effects can range from irritating to debilitating, but whatever the cause of the pain, these four ingredients have proven to be essential in protecting your joints:

 

  • Glucosamine

Glucosamine is naturally found within the joints of the body but rarely found within our diets. We need it to help build and repair cartilage which helps to aid joint lubrication, strength and flexibility. However, as we age our cartilage steadily breaks down. Ideally, glucosamine should be available to keep cartilage healthy, but if our glucosamine levels are too low our joints can deteriorate causing pain, limited movement and bone deformation. Many people suffering from osteoporosis are recommended to supplement glucosamine to combat its painful side effects.

 

  • Wintergreen

More than just a minty scented oil, Wintergreen has some amazing benefits. When massaged into the skin, this oil is readily absorbed to help warm the affected area and induce relaxation. It is used on the skin as a ‘counter-irritant’ to relieve muscle and joint discomfort. Counter-irritants work by causing irritation that helps to reduce discomfort and swelling in the underlying tissue, often used as a solution for achy joints (rheumatism) and sore muscles.

 

  • Menthol

This herbal oil has been used to treat a wide variety of ailments due to its anti-inflammatory and cooling properties. Known as a natural and effective pain reliever, it instantly brings a cool, soothing relief to inflamed joints by increasing blood circulation. Studies have shown that using this oil has helped patients reduce pain and increase the flexibility of their joints, and has been known to help people with arthritis.

 

  • Magnesium

Magnesium is responsible for over 300 chemical reactions in the body every day and has been proven that it is vital for joint health. It is one of nature’s finest relaxants, it helps relieve muscle tension, stiffness and cramping which assists in reducing unnecessary stress on joints. By encouraging the body to absorb calcium, it prevents calcification in muscles and soft tissue, helping the body maintain flexibility and movement.

 

Put the joy back into your joints

Formulated for direct joint and muscle application, BetterYou Magneisum Oil Joint Spray combines these four essential ingredients in a single, handy spray, which has been proven to absorb up to 5 times faster than traditional tablet supplements.

The Immune System
The Immune System

How does the immune system work?

The immune system plays a vital role within our bodies. It is made up of a number of organs, cells and proteins, which work together to protect your body from any harmful germs or substances by triggering an immune response. When your immune system is working well, it can prevent germs from entering your body and, if harmful cells do get in, it can limit the harm they do.

 

The immune system: how it works

The immune system is your body’s natural defence against harmful viruses and bacteria. It’s made up of a network of cells, tissues, organs and molecules that work together when your body is exposed to harmful germs and is crucial for preventing infection and disease.

 

The key purposes of your immune system are:

  • Fighting disease-causing germs (pathogen) and removing them from your body
  • Recognising and fighting substances from your environment
  • Fighting disease-causing changes within your body
  • When elements your immune system does not recognise (known as an antigen) enter your body, it prompts an immune response, which helps to protect your body and get rid of harmful pathogens.

 

Once you have been exposed to a specific pathogen, your immune system learns about them and develops antibodies to protect you from them when you encounter them in the future. When you are given a vaccine, your immune system is able to build antibodies to those foreign cells and will remember and destroy them if you are exposed to them again in the future.

 

The immune system is made up of two different sub-systems which are closely linked and which work together when an immune response is triggered:

  • Innate immunity – the immunity we’re born with
  • Adaptive immunity – the part of our immune system that learns to fight the germs we come into contact with as we move through life.

 

The key parts of the immune system

The immune system is made up of a number of different parts that work together to protect your body from harmful germs and substances. These parts include:

 

  1. Antibodies

Antibodies are the proteins produced by your immune system to prevent foreign germs, viruses and tumour cells (or antigens) from harming your body. If an antigen is found by your immune system, antibodies will be created which stick to and identify them so that they can be destroyed.

 

  1. Thymus gland

The thymus gland is a small gland situated to the left of your stomach. It plays a key role in the functioning of the immune system by producing the hormone, thymosin, which aides t cell production, a type of white blood cell. Once they’ve been created, these cells operate within other parts of the immune system once it’s activated. The thymus gland is largest in children and produces and matures cells from before birth, through to puberty. Once you reach puberty, it begins to shrink as it has already produced all of the t cells your body will need.

 

  1. Bone marrow

Bone marrow is a crucial part of your immune system. All of your body’s blood cells originate from bone marrow. Bone marrow contains immature cells that divide to form white blood cells (b cells and t cells). Once the cells have matured within the bone marrow and thymus gland, they travel to the lymph nodes and spleen where they sit until the immune system is activated.

 

  1. Spleen

The main function of the spleen is to act as a filter for your blood. It works by removing red blood cells that are old, malformed or damaged and allowing healthy cells to circulate throughout your bloodstream. Within your immune system, the spleen identifies unwelcome bacteria or viruses in your bloodstream. Once a virus is detected, your spleen works alongside your lymphatic system and lymph nodes to create lymphocytes, which act as a defence against foreign germs.

 

  1. Lymphatic system

The lymphatic system is a network of tubes placed throughout your body, which helps to rid your body of toxins, waste and other unwanted substances. The lymphatic system’s primary function is transporting lymph, a fluid that contains the white blood cells that are able to fight infection, throughout the body.

 

Lymph nodes form part of the lymphatic system and are the glands that help to monitor and cleanse lymph as it travels around your body. Your lymph nodes help to filter out any damaged or cancer cells and will help to attack and destroy any harmful bacteria that enters your body.

 

  1. White blood cells

White blood cells are an important part of the immune system. These cells move through the blood and tissue in your body and attack and destroy germs in order to keep your body healthy. There are different types of blood cell, each with its own role within your immune system.

 

What role do vitamins and minerals play in your immune system?

Your body needs a number of vitamins and minerals to function properly and many of them play a role in your immune system too.

 

  • Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 plays a key role in the production of white blood cells, which are crucial for the proper functioning of the immune system. Vitamin B12 is found naturally in a variety of animal foods including:

  • Beef liver
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Eggs

It is recommended that vegetarians and vegans take a supplement, as Vitamin B12 is not naturally found in a plant-based diet, though it is often available in fortified foods, such as cereal. However, Vitamin B12 is notoriously hard to absorb through the gut, even if you eat many of the foods listed above, so supplements may be the best way to ensure that your body receives adequate amounts of Vitamin B12. You can find Vitamin B12 in supplements such as Oral Sprays and it is also commonly found in multi-vitamin sprays too.

 

  • Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is mainly produced by your body when your skin is exposed to sunlight and Vitamin D synthesis is triggered. It is also found in a few foods but it is very difficult to ensure adequate levels of Vitamin D within your body through diet alone. Food sources can include:

  • Fatty fish
  • Cheese
  • Mushrooms
  • Fortified cereals and juices

 

Vitamin D contributes to immune system functioning and helps to strengthen it, so ensuring you get enough Vitamin D will help to keep your immune system strong. If you think you may be suffering from a Vitamin D deficiency, you can test yourself at home to find out whether you may need to take additional supplements. Vitamin D supplements can be found in the form of oral sprays, which can deliver the vitamin through the soft tissue of your mouth and allows for optimal absorption.

 

  • Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble nutrient that is found in a wide variety of foods such as:

  • Vegetable oils
  • Nuts
  • Green vegetables

 

Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant within your body and is needed to help boost your immune system to fight off harmful bacteria and viruses.

 

  • Iron

Iron is essential for many bodily functions and is needed for immune cell creation and growth to help keep your immune system healthy. Low levels or iron can lead to a weaker immune system and leave you more vulnerable to illness. Your body does not produce iron on its own so it’s important to include it as part of your diet or through supplements. Foods that include iron are:

  • Lean beef
  • Chicken
  • Beans and lentils
  • Dark leafy vegetables such as spinach

Some people struggle to get enough iron from their diets alone so it’s possible to take iron oral sprays to help the iron get straight into your bloodstream. If you’re not sure whether you’re suffering from an iron deficiency, you can take an at-home test.

  • Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and helps to support the cellular functions of the innate and adaptive immune systems. As a water-soluble vitamin, your body will only keep a short reserve of vitamin C so it’s important to take supplements regularly or eat foods containing the vitamin regularly such as:

  • Mango
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries
  • Green and red peppers
  • Sweet and white potatoes

 

It’s important to include plenty of these foods in your daily diet but, if you still struggle to get enough vitamin C, most multivitamin supplements contain vitamin C so this can be an easier way to ensure your body has enough.

 

  • Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in a wide range of foods, including:

  • Beef liver and other organ meats
  • Fish
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Dairy products

Vitamin A is important for immune system functioning so making sure you have enough in your diet will help to keep it working as it should. It is also available in many multivitamin sprays to help ensure you get the right balance of vitamin A in your body.

 

Looking to increase your immune system? Why not try including an immunity support supplement to your daily routine. BetterYou's range of pill-free immune supplements support the body's first line of defence against infection, in an effective and convenient oral spray.

Magnesium for muscle tension—how it works and how to choose the right type of supplement
Magnesium for muscle tension—how it works and how to choose the right type of supplement

Magnesium for muscle spasms plays a crucial part in relaxing muscles and helping them to function normally. If your body is magnesium-deficient, this can cause spasms, tightness and tension in your muscles and joints.

How does magnesium for muscle spasms help with muscle tension?

Muscle spasms

Spasms are painful muscle contractions, and one of magnesium’s functions within the body is to prevent them. Ensuring you take magnesium supplements for muscle spasms helps by encouraging the body to absorb calcium. Calcium is another abundant mineral essential for good health. It also prevents muscles and soft tissues from calcifying (hardening due to excess calcium).

 

Inside the body, calcium and magnesium are in competition. They do this by binding with the same proteins within your muscles. A build-up of calcium causes muscles to over-contract, leading to spasms or twitches.

 

A benefits of magnesium is that is helps to regulate muscle spasms and contractions and allows the muscles to relax. This is why some health professionals advise increasing intake to alleviate and prevent these spasms. Muscle spasms are often considered symptoms of magnesium deficiency. This is where the body lacks the magnesium it needs to stop the contractions. Other muscle spasms are side effects of certain medications or linked to specific health conditions.

 

Although lots of people suffer with nocturnal muscle spasms when sleeping, supplementing magnesium for muscle spasms has had positive results. It has worked particularly well in treating pregnant women and the elderly.

 

If your muscles spasm or twitch after you’ve been exercising or standing for a long period of time, this might be a sign that you're deficient in magnesium. Supplementing magnesium for muscle spasms could be a good place to start. As magnesium dosages vary depending on health and lifestyle, always check the packaging first. Ensuring you receive the correct dosage will make the magnesium supplement more effective.

 

Muscle strains

A muscle strains when it over stretches or tears. This kind of injury is quite common, and most frequently happens to:

  • Neck muscles
  • Back muscles
  • The Ham string

Straining a muscle can cause it to tighten and/or spasm as well as feel very sore. Supplementing transdermal magnesium for muscle spasms, such as bath flakes or a magnesium oil spray, can help limit any tension by helping the muscle to contract and relax.

 

Why is magnesium good for the muscles?

Magnesium for muscle spasms is absolutely necessary to help proper muscle function. Magnesium works with other essential minerals in your body to keep the muscles loose and flexible.

 

When you exercise or do some kind of physical activity, magnesium relaxes your muscles and controls their contractions. It also helps lessen the build-up of lactic acid, which can cause muscular tension. This then enables your muscles to get the oxygen they need. Magnesium sport performance supplements can help this process by relaxing your muscles.

 

An important role in your body’s energy production is ensuring you take enough magnesium for muscle spasms. Much of your energy comes from adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a molecule that converts energy from food sources into fuel. This fuel is then used for other bodily processes. This process contributes to proper muscle function. Your body produces growth factors with the help of magnesium for muscle spasms. These are proteins that facilitate muscle growth and strength over the long term.

 

Not having enough magnesium in your body puts you more at risk of suffering muscle:

  • Spasms (especially in the legs or feet)
  • Tightness
  • Aches
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue

 

Which type of magnesium is best for muscle tension?

Your magnesium for tension intake depends on two things:

  • Your diet (dietary magnesium)
  • Any supplements you take

 

With supplements, it’s important to understand that there are several different forms of magnesium for muscle spasms. Each one has a different purpose or effect on your body. Some forms, such as oral sprays, are easier for your body to absorb than others, a characteristic known as “bioavailability”.

 

Magnesium chloride

Probably the most common type of magnesium for muscle spasms, magnesium chloride is extracted from natural sources in rock or saltwater. All BetterYou’s magnesium products use a highly pure kind of magnesium chloride taken from the Earth’s crust.

It’s used in both:

  • Oral magnesium supplements—those you take by mouth, such as pills and tablets

Transdermal magnesium supplements—those you absorb through the skin, such as oils, bath flakes, lotions and sprays (also known as topical magnesium).

 

How it helps muscle tension

Magnesium chloride is known to be effective at treating muscle spasms. It:

  • Helps relieve muscle tension, tightness and stiffness
  • Aids working muscle tissue, allowing for quicker muscle recovery after strenuous exercise
  • Enables calcium absorption in bones

 

Other benefits of magnesium for tension

  • Said to have the best bioavailability—in other words, the body can absorb it better than any other forms of magnesium
  • Encourages restful sleep, and magnesium helps improve sleep quality
  • Aids digestion
  • Repairs and replenishes skin

 

Magnesium sulphate

Better known as Epsom salts, magnesium sulphate contains magnesium, sulphur and oxygen. Like magnesium chloride, it can be taken transdermally (through the skin) or orally. Most people take Epsom salts by dissolving them in a hot bath or foot soak. As they have a lower concentration of magnesium than magnesium chloride, they have a lower bioavailability too.

 

How it helps muscle tension?

Magnesium sulphate has analgesic properties that help to soothe sore muscles such as muscle spasms.

 

Other benefits of magnesium sulphate for muscle spasms

  • Draws toxins out of the pores
  • Laxative effects help relieve constipation (when taken as tablets)

 

Magnesium malate

Magnesium malate is made by combining magnesium with malic acid. This acid is found in fruits such as oranges. Together they make a magnesium salt that has a higher level of bioavailability than other forms such as magnesium oxide and magnesium sulphate.

 

How it helps muscle tension?

Magnesium malate relieves muscle tension by relaxing tense areas. It is for this reason it is so effective as being a magnesium that helps muscle spasms.

 

Other benefits of magnesium malate

  • Supports hundreds of enzyme processes inside the body
  • Helps the cells in your body produce and use energy

 

What causes muscle tension?

The body has so much muscle tissue, tension is extremely common and can occur in nearly every area. Mostly it comes as a result of straining the muscle during physical activity, or injuring the muscle doing strenuous work or exercise.

 

Neck tension in particular is usually the result of a strain through exercise, heavy lifting or sitting, standing or sleeping in an awkward position. Back tension is also very common and can occur in joints and bones as well as the muscles and soft tissue. It might come as a mild but constant ache or a sudden, sharp soreness.

 

However, there are also certain medical conditions that cause muscle tension, such as muscle spasms. These include:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Flu, or other similar infections
  • Thyroid problems
  • Being potassium-deficient

 

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10 superfoods for radiant wellbeing
10 superfoods for radiant wellbeing

Whether you’d like to boost your immunity, increase your energy, elevate your mood or simply make a delicious smoothie, we’ve got a superfood for you.

ALOE

The ancient Egyptians were onto something when they recognised the healing power of aloe ferox. Proudly homegrown on South African soil, the succulent desert plant can be applied to the skin in the form of aloe gel or added fresh to juices and smoothies.

  • Detoxifies
  • Regenerates skin
  • Enhances immunity
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Restores tissue elasticity

BAOBAB

Revered as one of Africa’s most magical trees, the ancient baobab bears fruit that has been used medicinally by traditional cultures for centuries. The women of Africa have turned to the creamy fruit and its seed for skin, hair and general wellbeing, and you can do the same! Most readily available as a baobab powder, baobab is a delicious addition to juices, smoothies and even desserts!

  • Helps feed the good bacteria in the gut
  • Contains alkalising vitamins and minerals
  • Naturally low in calories
  • Supports the immune system
  • Powerful antioxidant

GOJI BERRIES

Goji berries hail from Tibet, China and Mongolia, and have been revered as a rich source of nutrition and botanical medicine in the east for thousands of years. They’re tasty and sweet, and great for adding to warm water infusions, juices, granola, sweet treats and even soups!

  • Support the adrenal glands
  • Complete protein source
  • Rich in vitamins and minerals
  • Aid digestion
  • Boost the immune system

CHIA

This little seed packs a big punch! Considered more valuable than gold by the Aztecs, chia seeds boast a near complete nutritional profile. It adds great texture to breakfasts, smoothies and desserts.

  • Soothes the digestive system
  • Lowers inflammation
  • Increases endurance
  • Stabilises blood sugar
  • Potent antioxidant

CACAO

It’s no surprise that this one is known as the food of the gods! Nature’s raw, unprocessed chocolate, cacao beans are actually the seeds of the theobroma cacao tree native to the Amazon Basin. It was traditionally used to make a beverage for sacred rituals performed by priests, kings and nobility, and is still revered today – mostly as an ingredient in decadent smoothies and healthy desserts!

  • Elevates mood
  • Improves blood flow
  • Can lower blood pressure
  • Helps reduce inflammation
  • Powerful antioxidant

HEMP SEEDS

Native to Asia, the seeds of the hemp plant are known as a nutrient-rich superfood with a rich, nutty flavour. Although hemp is a variety of the cannabis sativa plant, it does not induce a high. Rather, hemp seeds can elevate your health when eaten as a snack or sprinkled on anything from soups and salads to yoghurt and baked goods.

  • Rich in essential fatty acids
  • High in protein
  • Great source of vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc
  • Easily digested
  • May reduce the risk of heart disease

SPIRULINA

A blue-green algae hailed by many as one of the most nutritious superfoods on the planet! Spirulina is higher in protein than red meat and boasts an impressive vitamin and mineral profile. Most readily found in powdered form, you can add it to your smoothies or simply mix it with water for a powerful green juice.

  • Source of essential fatty acids
  • High in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • May help prevent plaque build-up in the arteries
  • Considered by some as a cancer-fighting food
  • Powerful antioxidant

ACAI BERRIES

Acai berries are a grape-like fruit from the rainforest of South America, where they are honoured for their immune-stimulating and energyboosting properties. Steadily growing in popularity in the west over recent years, they can be used in everything from smoothies and snacks to breakfasts, desserts and healthy baked treats.

  • Loaded with antioxidants
  • May promote brain health
  • Activate detoxifying enzyme
  • Rich in fatty acids
  • Support the immune system

MATCHA

Made of powdered green tea leaves, matcha has become particularly popular amongst those wanting to cut down on coffee. One cup of matcha tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea! It also boasts traditional significance, with the preparation of matcha being the focus of Japanese tea ceremonies, and long associated with zen. Enjoy a matcha latte or smoothie, or try your hand at making matcha cakes, muffins, macaroons and more.

  • Packed with antioxidants
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Detoxifies
  • Rich in fibre
  • Can enhance mood and aid concentration

MACA

A root vegetable grown in the Andes, maca is dried and processed into a powder with a rich, earthy flavour. It’s an adaptogen, which means that it can help undo damage from fatigue and help with regeneration and repair. Sprinkle it over your breakfast, add it to your smoothies or try your hand at incorporating it into your baking.

  • Boosts energy
  • High in essential vitamins and minerals
  • Increases libido inmen and women
  • May increase fertility in men
  • May help alleviate menopausal symptoms
What is elastin and why is it so important for your skin?
What is elastin and why is it so important for your skin?

It is no secret that young skin has more spring to it than older skin — the secret is in where that bounciness comes from. Skin's springiness is the result of elastin, and though it occurs naturally in the skin, your elastin production can slow due to a number of different factors.

So, what is elastin's role in your skin's appearance, and how can you lean on it to keep your skin looking firm and healthy for the long haul?

 

 

What Is Elastin?

Elastin is a protein in the fiber of the connective tissue of the skin that provides a resilient and elastic quality. It's what gives skin that bouncy, full look and feel so often associated with a youthful, healthy complexion. Elastin depletes naturally with age, leaving skin more prone to visible sagginess, fine lines and wrinkling.

 

 

What Causes a Loss of Skin Elastin?

 

Many factors affect how skin ages. For the most part, the breakdown of collagen and loss of elasticity is perfectly normal — as you age, you may notice your skin becomes more dry, dull and lined, and that's natural. However, these changes may also stem from:

  • Sun exposure. The sun's rays can cause UV damage that contributes to the appearance of sagging and wrinkles. Skin exposed to the sun without protection is also at greater risk of DNA and cell damage.
  • Pollution. Air pollution is often overlooked when it comes to skincare, but your skin sure feels its effects. Free radicals created by air pollution and other environmental factors can lead to the appearance of premature aging of the skin.
  • Lifestyle choices. In many ways, your skin reflects how you treat it — for example, research indicates that free radicals are created by cigarette smoke, which can contribute to early signs of aging.

 

 

How to Improve Skin Appearance?

Thankfully, there are ways to address the changes caused by elastin-depletion in your skin.

  • Moisturizer. Skin aging is a fact of life, but you can have visibly healthy skin by keeping it moisturized. Use moisture-rich products formulated with ingredients that target the visible effects of elastin depletion in skin, such as peptides, for a visibly firmer appearance.
  • Sunscreen. Using a daily sunscreen year-round helps to prevent visible signs of skin aging. Choose a sunscreen made with moisturizers so that your skin feels comfortable enough to wear UV protection every day.
  • Antioxidants. Protect skin from the visible signs of aging from UV rays and pollution by including antioxidants in your skincare routine. Vitamin C & E for example are natural ingredients rich in antioxidants with big beauty benefits.
  • Diet. OK, it's not all green juice, but a little greenery in your stomach certainly does not hurt. Eating a colorful range of fruits and vegetables is a good foundation for any eating plan — accompany them with whole grains and lean proteins to fill out your macronutrient needs.
  • Water. Get plenty of hydration into your daily regimen to keep your skin looking gorgeous and youthful. Aim for between 2.7 and 3.7 liters of water a day. That doesn't just mean water: Biting into a juicy orange contributes to your daily water intake, too.

 

Elastin is just one tool your skin uses to keep itself in shape. There are plenty of ways in which the skin loses elastin, but fortunately, there are just as many ways to keep skin looking youthful for years to come.

 

Why skin exfoliation is a game-changer for your complexion
Why skin exfoliation is a game-changer for your complexion

Skin exfoliation is a simple technique that dates back all the way to ancient Egypt — and it is still the key to a vibrant, healthy complexion. It involves sloughing away dirt and dead skin cells to reveal a fresh, radiant layer of new skin underneath. There's no shortage of exfoliating products to choose from, so it's important to consider how different exfoliants can affect your skin. If your skincare routine is looking a little rough around the edges, here is why rounding it out with exfoliation is a great place to start.

 

So, what is skin exfoliation?

The epidermis, or the outermost layer of your skin, is made up of five sublayers. New skin cells are born in the deepest layer. As these cells mature, they travel up to the top layer. From there, they typically shed away naturally, allowing fresher, plumper and more evenly pigmented skin to emerge.

Healthy skin sheds an incredible 30,000 to 40,000 dead cells per minute, but this is often slowed down by a number of factors such as sun exposure, hormonal fluctuations and aging. When the shedding process is delayed, dead cells start piling up on the skin, leaving it looking rough and dull. If they sit for too long, they may even clog your pores — which can lead to everything from blemishes to fine lines.

Enter exfoliation, which whisks away dead cells and brings fresh skin to the surface. As an added bonus, it also allows other skincare products to work more effectively!

 

Physical or Chemical: How to choose your exfoliator?

Exfoliating products currently fall into two categories: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliators manually scrub away dead skin from the skin's topmost layer using abrasive ingredients like sugar, microbeads, rice bran powder or jojoba seeds. The scrubbing action boosts microcirculation and lymphatic drainage, leaving you with a fresh, glowing complexion.

While the treatment offers a dose of instant gratification, it does come with a caveat: If your product's exfoliant is made up of jagged particles or you scrub too vigorously while exfoliating, a physical exfoliator might leave your skin with microtears rather than a glowing complexion. You can avoid these issues by choosing products with smooth, round granules and treating your skin gently as you exfoliate.

Chemical exfoliators, on the other hand, work by breaking down the intercellular "glue" that holds dead skin cells together. Once these bonds dissolve, the dead cells fall away, allowing newer skin to surface.

While they may sound daunting, chemical exfoliators can be surprisingly gentle — they often feature low levels of natural, food-derived acids and enzymes. Keep an eye out for alpha-hydroxy acid exfoliants like lactic acid (found in sour milk), glycolic acid (from sugar cane) and tartaric acid (from grapes). Skin that's oily or prone to enlarged pores or blemishes will do well with salicylic acid — an oil-soluble beta hydroxy acid that can penetrate through pore-clogging debris. For boosted cell turnover and resurfacing, Neoglucosamine is a chemical exfoliant that hydrates skin while reducing hyperpigmentation — a two-for-one ingredient.

As an added bonus, chemical exfoliants do not require any scrubbing on your part, which allows it to penetrate into skin's deeper layers and boost cellular turnover without requiring the friction that could upset sensitive skin.

 

Mapping the Zones of Your Face

Do you have an oily T-zone or enlarged pores? Do you experience chronic spots on the sides of your nose? More powerful exfoliating products can come in handy when it comes to problem zones — or you can simply exfoliate those areas more often!

On the other hand, eyes and lips have extremely fragile skin. It's a good idea to skip exfoliating these areas unless you are using a product that's specifically made for this delicate tissue.

 

It is possible to over-exfoliate

As with most things in life, moderation is key. After all, there are only so many dead cells to slough away! Going overboard and overexfoliating can disrupt your skin's natural barrier, causing irritation, inflammation and breakouts. It could also make you more vulnerable to sun damage and moisture loss. So, start slowly and gradually work your way up to exfoliating two or three times a week. The key is to watch how your skin reacts and go from there. Finally, remember that freshly exfoliated skin is more fragile and needs to be protected with a good moisturizer and sunscreen.

What to know about Benzoyl Peroxide vs Salicylic Acid
What to know about Benzoyl Peroxide vs Salicylic Acid

When it comes to the best ingredients for fighting acne, two stand out from the crowd: benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. These tried-and-true skincare staples both help to reduce acne-causing bacteria. What is more, you are likely to find them in many of the same types of products — mainly cleansers, spot treatments and exfoliators. However, that does not mean these two ingredients are the same.

 

Here's a look at the difference between benzoyl peroxide vs salicylic acid:

 

What is Salicylic Acid?

Salicylic acid has been used some 2,000 years — even longer than benzoyl peroxide — to target pimples and breakouts on the face. It is a beta hydroxy acid that works by penetrating deep into the skin and dissolving whatever is clogging your pores before it can cause breakouts, whether it is excess oil and dead cells or irritants from the environment, such as dirt and particles from air pollution.

The result? Fewer and less extreme breakouts, thanks to the removal of acne-causing bacteria, as well as the ingredient's natural exfoliating abilities. It is also anti-inflammatory, which makes it less likely to contribute to redness on the skin. Over-the-counter salicylic acid is limited at 2% for products that are designed to be left on your face and 3% for products that are meant to be washed off, such as cleansers or shampoo.

 

What Is Benzoyl Peroxide?

Benzoyl peroxide, on the other hand, is an organic acid in the peroxide family that is been used to treat acne for more than 60 years. Its antimicrobial properties lower the levels of the acne-causing bacteria known as P. acnes in and on the skin while also calming inflammation. However, this ingredient is more likely to cause skin irritation than salicylic acid, which is why it is available over the counter in various concentrations ranging from 2.5% to 10%. The higher the formula's concentration, the more likely it is to lead to red or peeling skin.

 

How Are Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide Different?

The major difference between benzoyl peroxide vs salicylic acid is in their approach: Salicylic acid clears out whatever is lurking in your pores, while benzoyl peroxide actually kills the acne-causing bacteria itself. It is quite possible that both acne-fighters will work well with your skin, but it is smart to consider your skin type before you reach for a new product.

 

How to use Salicylic Acid and Benzoyl Peroxide in your skincare regimen?

Dermatologists generally don't recommend using these ingredients together. Combining the two is a quick way to dry out your skin and cause irritation. Rather than using them together and hoping for the best, try picking one that targets your skin's specific needs.

If you have blackheads and whiteheads, salicylic acid alone should work well to clear out your pores. If your acne tends to be inflammatory, such as papules and pustules, opt for benzoyl peroxide to stop outbreaks at the source.

For sensitive skin, start with salicylic acid, since it is less likely to cause irritation. If you are already using an oral or topical treatment for acne, benzoyl peroxide might be a more effective option — but start with a lower concentration and gradually move up from there to see what your skin can tolerate. This is doubly important if you use benzoyl peroxide products that you leave on your skin.

If your skin is dry, you can still use one or both products. However, you may want to use them in a cleanser so the ingredients do not sit on your skin for too long and cause dryness. Also, make sure to apply a moisturizer along with your acne products to help maintain skin barrier function and minimize the risk of irritation.