5 Simple Tips to Stay Cold and Flu Free This Winter

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As the days get shorter and the air gets cooler, we tend to spend more time indoors – and that’s exactly where nasty germs and airborne illnesses thrive. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to stay healthy this cold and flu season.

Here are 5 simple (immune boosting and germ fighting) tips to stay cold and flu free this winter:

1.    Fight cold and flu viruses with Vitamin-C rich foods

Vitamin-C is our cold and flu fighting hero. Fresh, organic, fruits and veggies give us the nutrients we need to keep our immune system strong and healthy. Citrus fruits, berries, bell peppers and fresh green veggies (spinach, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts) are all excellent sources of Vitamin-C. If you want to take your Vitamin-C intake to the next level, why not try some of our Vitamin-C rich products.

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2.    Wash away cold and flu causing germs

One simple step that we can all take to stay germ free is to wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Can’t find a sink? Then try a hand cleanser. We recommend our Tea Tree & Mint Hand Cleanser – our chemical-free (and refreshing) alternative to a hand sanitizer.

 

3.    Get plenty of immune boosting rest and relaxation

Sleep allows our body, to rest, recover and recharge, so it’s important to make sure that we get enough of it. When it comes to keeping our immune system strong, reducing our stress levels is equally important as getting enough sleep. Stress can cause havoc on our immune system and can hinder our body’s natural defense mechanisms. What’s our favorite way to relax on a cool winter night? Add a few drops of our Apricot Body Oil to a warm bath and let the exotic, fruity aromas take you away to a state of ultimate relaxation.

 

4.    Make clean, fresh air a part of day

With colder temperatures and shorter daylight hours, it can be difficult to make outdoor activity a priority. Recycled air harbors cold and flu viruses so it’s important to expose ourselves to fresh, clean air as much as possible. If you can’t get outside, try opening your windows (on warmer winter days) to let fresh air in, and stale air out.

 

5.    Boost your immune system with exercise

We all know that exercise is good for us, but what many of us may don’t realize is that regular physical activity can help boost our immune system. When we exercise, we release toxins (through our sweat) and we also heat up our body temperature which in turn boosts our body’s natural virus-fighting ability.

Here’s to a happy and healthy winter!

This post was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

Are These Makeup Mistakes Ruining your Skin?

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Do you know what you’re doing when it comes to your daily makeup routine? We’re not expecting you to contour like Kim Kardashian, but it’s always good to know what you’re doing right (and wrong) in the name of beauty.

What if we told you that some of your everyday beauty habits could be doing your complexion more harm than good?

Below are 4 bad makeup habits to break right now:

1. Sleeping in your makeup

Just when you thought this was old news, it turns out that many of you are still snoozing in your makeup. In an interview with Refinery29, board-certified dermatologist and skin care professional Dennis Gross, MD, gives the skinny on why going to bed with a “full face on” is a huge no no:

“… Sleeping in makeup is “one of the biggest mistakes” a woman can make where her skin is concerned. Doing so can block pores, leaving oil trapped inside,” he adds. “This leads to bacteria build up, breakouts, and enlarged pores — which are many of the reasons women wear makeup in the first place”.

To make your night time makeup removal as effective as possible, DAYSPA Magazine recommends our Rice Milk 3 in 1 Cleansing Water – “… A gluten-free and soy-free vegan formula that cleanses and tones skin while removing makeup and hydrating the complexion and tightening pores”.

2. Exercising in your makeup

First of all, we commend you for making exercise a part of your day. But even though the gym is doing your body good, it might be doing the opposite for your skin. We’re not discouraging you from physical activity altogether, we’re simply asking you to wash your face before hitting the treadmill.

In an interview with Vogue Beauty, professional facialist Debbie Thomas explains that exercising in makeup can be just as bad as sleeping in it.

Your skin needs to breathe – during a good workout… Mix in sweat, heat and open pores and over time the skin will become blocked. Not everyone will get spots, but most will get blackheads coupled with dulling and possible uneven skin texture”.

3. Not using an SPF Moisturizer

To make it clear, makeup does NOT mean sun protection (unless you’re wearing a foundation or mineral powder that contains SPF). When you’re powdering your complexion in the mornings, make sure to apply an SPF moisturizer first to protect against sun damage. For coverage and protection all in one, try our Sun Defense Minerals. Paris-based makeup artist to the stars, Bruno Segni, also recommends our Cocoa Latte Tinted Moisturizer SPF 32:

“I really like Éminence products. They’re great quality. This works on most skin types and I love that it has a built-in SPFI really like Éminence products. They’re great quality. This works on most skin types and I love that it has a built-in SPF

4. Not checking expiry dates

When did you buy that clumpy mascara you’re still using? If you’re asking yourself that question, it’s probably time to buy a new one. We can’t stress enough how important it is to check expiry dates on cosmetics, especially on products that you’re using around your sensitive eye area. As a general rule, you should be purchasing new mascara every three months (Women’s Health). Any longer than that and it’s likely that your mascara will harbor a number of icky bacteria.

This post was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

Green Spa Cares! – A holiday message from Sheila Brody, The Green Spa & Wellness Center’s founder

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I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for continuing to BELIEVE in my company for the past 18 years! 18 years of success & community support which wouldn’t be possible without YOU!  December is THE month for gift card purchases and as a reward for being a loyal contribution to helping my business expand, I would like to share with you some of our missions as well as where your dollars are going when you choose to continue to support The Green Spa & Wellness Center this holiday season.

 

Green Spa Cares is about supporting local charities & organizations that are making a real difference in our community (http://www.pietrosfight.orgwww.frankiesmission.orgrcsprograms.org and so many more)

 

Green spa cares about quality– with the quantity of spas and nail salons on the decline, we are proud to share with you our continued dedication to providing the very best services, products, training and education.  We have updated our nail treatments and facilities to accommodate groups, couples & spa parties where everyone feels welcome and pampered!

We partner with product manufacturers who we believe in as well as test and research every detail of these companies so that you don’t have to.  Each product we use during our treatments or sell for your home care needs are result driven and as natural as possible, vegan, mineral or organic based.  Our therapists are happy to educate you on any of the products available for your home care regimen to keep up with the benefits of your treatments in your daily life.  Shop with both trust and confidence, knowing your purchases are backed by our Green Spa Cares guarantee. 

 

Green spa cares about the heart of our company, our staff!  We hire, train and coach over 30 Green Spa professionals. Our team majority consists of Brooklyn residents who are local moms and working class professionals. When you choose to support The Green Spa, you’re supporting your friends, neighbors and your community.  Each member of our Green Spa Team are licensed and experts in their field so you know that you are in great hands at the Green Spa!

 

We care enough to know that happy employees make for happy guests! Green Spa cares about YOU!  Your happiness is what we care about the most. Whether we are educating you about our products, inviting you back for your next visit or customizing your very own aromatherapy home care products, we want you to leave with a smile.

 

Did you know that healing powers are found in natural essential oils? Ask one of our aromatherapists how they may customize a blend for you today. You can even sign up for a wholesale account here and order on your own. Ultimately we are dedicated to creating lasting changes; not just with your skin and body, but to your life outside our wellness center. Join one of our many workshops and alternative treatment offerings.

 

If you haven’t been in lately, I invite you to come on back and visit us!  See how much we’ve changed and grown.

 

Experience our Green Spa Cares holiday gift card giveaway- now through December 22nd  2015! Valid in store only so stop in today! (Our promotion is simple, purchase $250 worth of gift cards and receive a $25 gift card to pass on to someone new or to keep for yourself- just mention Green Spa Cares).  Gift Cards available for here  & remember you are purchasing from a small business making a big difference with an even a bigger heart.

 

“We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give” -Winston Churchill

 

I’m so grateful that I have created a remarkable life by choosing giving as my way of living. I am so proud to be in involved in the business of giving to all of you over the years and pledge to continue to care for you in many more years to come!

 

Happy Holidays!

Naturally Yours,

Sheila Brody

Maria, Maureen & Our Entire Green Spa Team

 

 

The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

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Are you stumped for stocking stuffer ideas? We’ve compiled the ultimate gift guide for organic skin care – 4 sweet choices that are favorites with the press and will dazzle anyone who finds them in their stocking:

NEROLI AGE CORRECTIVE EYE SERUM
This press darling was recently featured in Conde Nast Traveler by clothing and swimwear designer Mara Hoffman who declared that she was “in love with” our Neroli Age Corrective Eye Serum. For everyone who is crushing on this popular eye serum, finding it in your stocking is the ultimate holiday joy.

LIP KIT TRIO
These sleek little containers slip easily into any stocking and include the Citrus Enzyme Lip Exfoliator, Lip Comfort and Plumping Masque and Citrus Lip Balm (available separately for professional use only). Gift our Lip Kit Trio to anyone who needs their lips prepped for holiday romance because Vurb magazine recommends it for the “perkiest and softest lips ever.”

STONE CROP HYDRATING MIST
Delight friends and family with this versatile toner that refreshes skin, especially during dry winter weather. Popular with celebrities, our Stone Crop Hydrating Mist attracts stars like Alanis Morissette, as well as Jena Malone who describes it as her “lifesaver” to Vogue magazine.

FACIAL RECOVERY OIL
Come bearing gifts of gold with shimmering bottles of our Facial Recovery Oil. Recently recommended by DaySpa and Dermascope magazines, this toning and hydrating oil is a luxury stocking stuffer for the person who deserves the best. Spoil your friends and family with this little surprise in their stockings and you’ll be the hero of the holiday season.

This post was written by Karen Young Chester from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here

7 Unusual Ways To Use Facial Recovery Oil

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We named it Facial Recovery Oil. They call it “Liquid Gold”. For adoring fans, this extraordinary golden oil is one of our most popular products and holds near-cult status. One such devotee, celebrated model and swimsuit designer Malia Jones, expresses the kind of passion that grips many of the oil’s users: “Eminence Organic Skin Care’s Facial Recovery Oil is my favorite product in the whole, wide world. If I had to choose just one, this would be it.” We agree and here’s why: facial oil benefits are more than just hydration. This oil, made from organic and Biodynamic® ingredients, solves a whole host of problems on your face and body.

Need to know more? Here are 7 ways to use Facial Recovery Oil that you might not have known about:

1. SIGNS OF AGING IN THE NECK AREA

When applying Facial Recovery Oil, don’t forget the crucial neck area! The hydrating oils tone and moisturize with pure oils and sage leaf extract, giving the delicate skin in this area a plumped up glow. Regular use directly affects the visible signs of aging for the neck, especially fine lines and wrinkles. Dermascope recently spotlighted the oil in its anti-aging feature “The Future 40”.

2. KERATOSIS PILARIS

Also known as “chicken skin”, these unsightly bumps are hardened protein which builds up in hair follicles often in the arm area (XOJane). A lack of sebum and fatty acids cause these protein plugs which explains why liberal use of Facial Recovery Oil seems to melt the bumps away.

3. PUFFY EYES AND CROW’S FEET

Did you know that Facial Recovery Oil especially benefits the eye area? Key ingredients reduce puffiness under the eye and hydrate intensely. Since there are less oil glands around the eyes, the oil delivers the extra moisture needed in this area prone to dryness.

4. CHAPPED LIPS

Drop the petroleum-based chapstick and soothe chapped lips with Facial Recovery Oil. With winter winds chafing your lips, the oil relieves your pucker with a single drop. Afterwards, add a slick of shimmering color with our Organic Kiss Lip Gloss.

We discovered this oil three years ago and can’t imagine life without it.

5. DRY CUTICLES

After applying facial oil to your complexion, why not rub the remaining traces into your cuticles as well? Soften irritated dry cuticles and ensure your nails stay hydrated, healthy and strong.

6. THE LOOK OF UNEVEN SKIN TONE

Vitamin E and herbal ingredients in Facial Recovery Oil target the look of uneven skin tone on your cheeks. With regular use, skin appears smoother, more even, and refreshed.  Beauty editors at The Fashion Spot testify, “We discovered this oil three years ago and can’t imagine life without it.

7. STRETCH MARKS AND SURGICAL SCARS

For skin issues like stretch marks and surgical scars, intense moisture from Facial Recovery Oil increases elasticity and improves the look of skin. Also, a key ingredient, clary sage oil, has anti-inflammatory and healing properties for the skin – important qualities when hydrating damaged skin. (OrganicFacts.com).

This post was written by Christie Pike from Eminence Organics.
You can find their blog here