Be Kind to Your Skin

It’s summertime and we all want that sun-kissed glow, but at what price? Sure, it’s nice to be able to confidently wear shorts or a dress and not blind innocent bystanders on the street with your pasty skin that has followed you around since winter, but there has to be a healthy alternative to the sun damage that your skin will go through if you are soaking up the sun all summer. So, what is the alternative you may ask?

First and foremost, before I discuss the products that will give you an effortless glow we need to discuss daily routines that you should form this summer not only to protect your skin from sun damage but also to keep your skin looking young and fresh.

In the summertime you shouldn’t be using heavy pore-clogging foundations. I would stay away from liquid foundations all together unless you are using a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer. I’m going to discuss summer makeup tips in greater detail in a separate post, so for now I am just going to go over pre-makeup routines.

Step One: Exfoliate. You need to make sure that you are clearing any dry skin that if left alone could cause your makeup to look flakey and discolored.

Step two: Cleanse.  You always need to make sure that you’re starting each day with a fresh canvas. If you don’t wash your face, the makeup that you wore from the day before will linger in your pores and cause you to breakout, and no one wants that.

Step three & four: Hydrate & Protect. Always start your makeup routine with a moisturizer that has SPF 25 or above. (Neutrogena Healthy Defense daily moisturizer with SPF 45 is a great moisturizer that won’t break the bank.)

Now the fun part, how can you get the bronze glow that you desire without spending hours under the burning sun?

I personally was hesitant about using sunless tanners at first because I was scared of the streaks, and I didn’t want to resemble a cheeto. Much to my surprise, some of these sunless tanners actually worked! Just like my pre-makeup tip, you’ll need to make sure to exfoliate your body before using the sunless tanner as well.

My personal favorite is St. Tropez self tan bronzing mousse. You’ll need to buy the tanning mitt when using a the mousse, but it’s worth it for a streak-free tan.

  • St. Tropez: $30-$45
  • Tanning mitt $6.50

Jergens natural glow products are also fabulous.  The Jergens natural glow mousse is a great alternative to the St. Tropez mousse if you are on a budget, but I would still recommend buying some kind of tanning  mitt for application. Jergens also has a Natural Glow lotion + Firming daily moisturizer option. This moisturizer has a slight shimmer.

All three of these tanning products are time saving, healthy alternatives that your skin will thank you for later!

Post by: Peyton Fleming

 

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6 No Sweat Snacks

When mother nature is at her worst this summer, why add fuel to her fire? It’s hot outside, so why sweat over the stove when you could be cool as a cucumber. You already have your refreshing skinny cocktails and now all you need is few guilt free snacks. For most of these recepies you’ll only need a food processor, cutlery, and a bowl.

It’s time to chow down:

Black Bean Hummus

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1 clove garlic, peeled

1 14-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon tahini

1 teaspoon ground coriander seed

¾ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Fit food processor with steel blade attachment, close lid and turn on. Drop garlic through feed tube of food processor and allow to process until finely chopped. Open food processor, and add beans, oil, lime juice, tahini, ground coriander and salt. Process until smooth. Scrape sides, add cilantro and process to combine. Serve drizzled with additional oil if desired.

Salad Kabobs 

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(2) 7 oz containers fresh mozzarella balls

(2) 4 oz. packages prosciutto

1/2 lb. genoa salami, sliced thin

(1) 12 oz. jar roasted red peppers

(1) 6 oz can of black olives

1 bag of your favorite leaf lettuce

Alternate the ingredients onto the skewers in any pattern that you’d like.
Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette or serve with dressing for dipping on the side.

Shrimp with Avocado & Mango Salad *Paleo Friendly

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1 lb. shrimp, shelled and deveined

1 large mango, peeled and diced

1 medium avocado, diced

1 medium tomato, diced

¼ cup chopped green onions

4 garlic cloves, minced

½ jalapeño , seeded and finely chopped

1 tbsp. fresh lime juice;

Lemon or lime wedges (to serve)

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Butter Lettuce & Cilantro Salad

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1 6-ounce bag butter or bib lettuce, about 6 cups

1 small bunch cilantro, roughly chopped

½ medium red bell pepper, diced fairly small

¼ medium red onion, diced fairly small

2 medium avocado

3 medium plum tomatoes

1 cup Feta cheese, crumbled

Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing for cilantro salad:

½ cup fresh Meyer lemon juice

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 garlic cloves

1 tablespoon whole grain prepared mustard

1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs

2 tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon sugar

½ teaspoon sea salt

1¼ cups extra virgin olive oil

Cucumber Roll-ups

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cucumbers

1-1/2 cups low-fat Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 tablespoon lime juice

salt and pepper

1 tablespoon herbs, such as cilantro

if desired ham or turkey (Boar’s head is my favorite)

Watermelon Cake

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Whipped cream or Coconut Whipped cream (Paleo Version)

1 Large Watermelon cut in a circle

Add the fruit of your choice:

Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Kiwi, Strawberries

Almonds

6 Refreshing Skinny Cocktails that will Lift your Spirits

This summer’s heat wave will hit you faster than you think, and you’ll need to be prepared when you’re feeling like it’s time to drink. There’s nothing like a refreshing cocktail in the summertime, but who needs the calories? All of these guilt free skinny cocktails are extremely easy to whip up, and even easier to drink. Whether you are planning a picnic in the park, or a party with your friends these drinks will be the fan favorite amongst your guests.

Keep things light and serve an array of fresh fruits for your guests to add to their cocktails. If you want to take it a step further with the presentation, use mason jars, or if you want to get fancy the Moscow mule mugs are equally as impressive.

Let’s get the party started:

Guilt Free Fizz

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fill glass 3/4 full of sparkling water of choice (I prefer the coconut La Croix)

add fresh juice/nectar of your choice

(orange,blackberry, pomegranate, lime, lemon, pineapple, watermelon, blueberry,strawberry, raspberry)

Add a hint of rosemary, mint, basil, or cilantro

1 1/2 ounces of your favorite vodka

Non- alcoholic guilt free fizz drinks are also a great option if you are just looking for a daily refreshing beverage.

 Coconut Margarita

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3 ounces lite coconut milk

3 ounces blanco tequila

1 ½ ounces triple sec

8 ounces coconut water

Fresh lime wedge

 

Ginger Mule

Skinny Ginger Mule

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1 1/2 oz gin

6 oz diet ginger ale

1/4 fresh lime

Fresh basil Pinch

fresh shreded ginger

Moscow Mule Mugs:

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Mojito Wine Spritzer

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8-10 mint leaves

2 teaspoons agave nectar

juice from 1/2 lime

8 oz sauvignon blanc (Kim Crawford is my favorite)

8 oz club soda

 

Raspberry & Peach Bellini

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2 oz white-peach puree

Fresh Raspberries

4 oz Prosecco (Skinny Girl Prosecco has only 100 calories per serving)

 

Blood Orange Margarita

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2 ounces silver/blanco tequila

2 ounces fresh blood orange juice

1 ounce fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon light agave nectar (Skinny Girl Agave Sweetener is also an option)

Skinny Girl sweeteners are great when you are trying to eliminate refined sugars.

Add sea salt, brown sugar, or both for the rim

 

 

Stay tuned for our next post about the chilled summer foods that you can pair with these fabulous cocktails.

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Michelle’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide on NBC Charlotte!

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