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Smart Winter Skin Care PDF Print E-mail

As great as it feels to go in from the cold, heaters can cause skin to get dry and flaky.  It's tempting to head to the drug store or beauty counter and drop money on anything that claims it will help.  Before doing that,check out this article from the experts at WebMD: 10 Winter Skin Care Tips

In additon to offering advice that includes items you likely already have at home, it also includes one of our favorite tips for skin care - see a specialist!  A dermatologist can save you hundreds of dollars by suggesting products they know will work for your skin - rather than a potentially very expensive trial and error method.

Shop Your Bathroom PDF Print E-mail

Tired of the cosmetics in your makeup bag? 

Before heading to the drugstore or department store, check your makeup drawer and look for loved, but forgotten items.

You can do the same for shampoo and conditioners.  When you find that you're not getting the same results from your favorite hair products, swap them out for something else you already have on hand.

You Can Afford Yoga Classes, Massages and Other Wellness Therapies PDF Print E-mail
By Todra Payne
Alternative health and wellness therapies are often viewed the same as organic food - reserved for those with higher amounts of expendable cash. But in all honesty, I’ll tell you, I’ve never had a “money to burn” lifestyle, but I’ve almost always found ways to include wellness therapies (a massage, an acupuncture treatment) into my budget. As someone who values my health and my looks, I am determined to set my priorities. Physical health, mental relaxation and spiritual renewal are non-negotiables in my life. Because I’m not rolling in cash, I’ve had to be, let’s say, “creative” in how I incorporate these. But with a little extra work, I’ve always been able to keep balanced and healthy. Here are a few tips to help you do the same.
Do an Internet search of various wellness therapies. I’ve looked into everything from Reiki  to colonics to understand how each is designed to assist the body, mind and spirit. I also seek out videos on YouTube to learn what to expect from a session/class. If I’m seeking calmness and relaxation, a gentle aromatherapy massage will help me unwind from the week’s stress. If my mind feels muddled and unfocused, a Kundalini yoga session is in order. Understanding what you need is the first step to finding it.
Look for local practitioners who are offering discounts.
Obviously, the Internet is a great place to start your search for a Reflexologist or Meditation Coach, but don’t rule out other great sources, like your city’s free newspapers, health food stores and community boards. In my city, there are four free community newspapers that list cultural events, neighborhood happenings and small business offers. Many times these papers list special deals from alternative health practitioners, like a first session free code. Or a discount if you sign up for a certain number of sessions. Health food stores often have their own newspapers or email newsletter that feature sales from local natural health experts. I’ve even taken free wellness workshops at my local health food store. These give you the opportunity to try something first hand before making a larger financial commitment.
Call community centers, public libraries and massage schools to inquire about wellness programs/discounted sessions. Where I live (and in many cities), community centers offer acupuncture and yoga sessions priced on a sliding scale based on your income. In most cases, it’s on a trust system, too. There aren’t mounds of paperwork and embarrassing questions to answer about your household income. I’ve been able to say, “I can afford $12 for this class,” and that’s been good enough. Massage schools often offer one hour massages from $5-$25 (depending on the city and how fancy the school is) by senior level students who need to put in hours towards graduation. Don’t forget to tip. If you go this route, pop by the school first to look at the set up. Some schools have private massage rooms, while others put 15 massage tables to a room and work with males and females in one communal setting. It’s important to find a place that fits your comfort level.
Call fancy wellness studios and ask the owners about deals/discounts
This may not work with small, single person practices (say at a chiropractor’s office), but at studios where there are multiple classes or wellness sessions, it’s not farfetched. Down the street from my home, a very posh yoga center offers “pay what you can” classes taught by their newer yoga teachers. A regular class at this studio cost somewhere around $25 each. You can take a class with a new instructor for $5. Not bad. Even if a business doesn’t have a discount system in place, they will often offer a “first class for free” courtesy, especially if they’re offering something exotic or new to your area.
Sign up for online discount programs like Groupon and Living Social.
These programs can be wonderful for sampling all sorts of wellness programs. Recently I bought 20 pilates or yoga classes at a very nice local gym for $50, thanks to Living Social. These classes would normally cost $15 each. That’s a savings of $250. Not bad. I recently saw a colonics center offer a $35 session through Living Social. Colonics at full price run $75 - $150.
Check With Your Health Insurance Provider
It’s becoming more common for health insurance providers to offer a limited number of alternative health sessions under their regular policies. Some plans allow for pregnancy massages, others for chiropractor visits. The cost may be completely covered or require a small co-pay. So, read the fine print on your insurance policy. You never know.
The most important (and difficult) part of any health program is starting. But without worrying about price, you can have more confidence that it’s not out of your range. Give wellness therapies a try. I’m sure you’ll love them as much as I do.
If there’s someone you know who’d love to try a yoga session, or find a meditation coach, heres a great gift you can give to get them started.
Todra Payne is a green beauty and wellness educator and professional speaker. She’s also the founder of Healthy Beauty Social and Healthy Beauty Project. Look for her beauty articles in Kiwi Magazine.
"Free" Beauty Products PDF Print E-mail
Tired of the cosmetics in your makeup bag?  Before grabbing your wallet and heading to the mall or drugstore, check your makeup drawer first! There may be much loved, but forgotten items in there.
In fact, you can do the same for shampoo and conditioners.  When you find that you're not getting the same results from your favorite hair products, swap them out for something else you already have on hand. 

How to Be Beautiful - Without Makeup PDF Print E-mail


By Todra Payne
Every time we watch television or flip through magazines, we’re bombarded with advertisements for products meant to enhance beauty and sex appeal. From $10 mascaras to $100 anti-aging serums, the message is clear: Beauty is obtained from a retail counter. Our looks (and moods) can certainly be enhanced with the right products. But fundamentally, how we take care of our bodies aside from cosmetics makes a big difference in how attractive we are to others. And how we view ourselves. Here are a few tips for looking and feeling your best before reaching for hair gel or lip gloss.
Sleep well
It seems “beauty rest” isn’t just a nice phrase. Recent university studies have shown that cells in the body rejuvenate faster during deep sleep than during waking hours. Many tissues in the body also break down proteins at a slower rate during sleep. Proteins are needed for cell growth and to repair damage from ultraviolet rays and other stressors. This translates to softer skin and less wrinkles. To see the full benefit of a good night’s rest, get at least six hours of shut eye.
Reduce stress
We’ve all heard how excess stress can cause problems ranging from headaches to a compromised immune system. But there are also visible signs of stress. Psychologists and beauty experts agree that ongoing, untreated stress ages us prematurely. One reason is our skin looks dull as muscles constrict under stress, restricting blood flow to the skin. Another reason to keep stress in check? Eczema and psoriasis are irritated by excessive stress. Relax with meditation, yoga and walks in nature.
Eat whole foods
What we consume in our bodies is often visible on our bodies. Weight gain is the most obvious connection, but a diet lacking in nutritional choices - green leafy vegetables, protein rich nuts and seeds, and organic, lean meats can also affect our skin and hair. “When we eat well all of our organs function better,” says, Life and Health Coach, Beth (Bella) Garrison, B.S. C.H.H.C. “Our skin reflects our organ health. For example, congestion in the liver is represented by lines between the eyebrows and darkness under the eyes.” The essential nutrients found in unprocessed foods make a big difference in how we feel and look. So skip the greasy burger and grab a salad.
Get moving
Who doesn’t want shiny, beautiful hair and gorgeous skin? An unexpected way to get both is working out. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at all the ways it’ll help your body beyond weight loss. Fitness experts claim exercise helps the body process and use all of the nutrients from healthy foods. As a result, you’ll get prettier hair, stronger nails and better looking skin. If gyms aren't your thing, consider taking a dance class, riding a mountain bike or learning to ski.
Todra Payne is a green beauty expert and the founder of HealthyBeautyProject.com. Her new eBook, Natural Care for Curls & Kinks is only $3.99 and immediately available for download.


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