Pumpkin on my face??

Yes! Pumpkin for you face! Pumpkin is amazing for your skin!

This time of year, is all about Pumpkins. Summer is filled with peaches, plums, nectarines, etc. They are summer fruits, but fall is filled with other fruits, namely Pumpkin. (I searched Google, and that is how I know Pumpkin is a fruit).

Now, I am not personally a huge fan of pumpkin in my drinks, but I am all about putting it on my skin! And my clients’ skin!

Why you may ask? Well, let me share with you why this big orange fruit is not just meant to decorate your porch as a Jack-O-Lantern:

First, it just smells yummy! I mean, pumpkin pie smell on your face? Yes please! In fact, many of the seasonal and festive ingredients we love to eat and smell are often great for the skin too. Pumpkin is actually chock full of things that are corrective, soothing, and anti-aging. So, aside from smelling amazing and putting us in a cozy autumn mood, what are the benefits of using pumpkin on the skin?

Pumpkin is filled with quite a long list of active properties that are well known for producing beautiful, soft, supple skin. For starters, it has Natural Fruit Enzymes and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) which work to exfoliate dead surface cells leaving the skin soft and silky smooth. These enzymes and AHAs reduce the appearance of fine lines, improve skin texture and allows other topical nutrients to be better absorbed. They provide a healthy glow to the skin. So now you will say Yes, I want Pumpkin on my face!

Pumpkin is also rich in Vitamins A and C. These powerful antioxidants soften and smooth skin while also boosting collagen production and working to reduce the visible signs of aging. Vitamin A specifically helps to decrease wrinkles, remove brown spots and help reverse sun damage. Vitamin C helps boost your body’s immunity to fight off colds, the flu and infections, as well as helps fight sun damage and free radicals on the skin, preventing aging, wrinkles and brown spots. In fact many aging factors can be dramatically improved with antioxidants (both topically and internally). So putting antioxidant rich foods into your diet is beneficial in many ways for your body!

Zinc is another beneficial active found in pumpkin. Zinc regulates oil production in the skin and can help decrease active breakouts as well as healing blemishes in the skin. Many skin care experts often refer to Zinc as “nature’s best healing agent,” for its acne-preventing and skin-healing abilities.

Pumpkin seeds, are high in Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamin E. These properties provide moisture to the skin as well as providing a barrier to restore hydration to dry and compromised skin.

Are you ready to take advantage of the many beauty benefits of fall’s favorite fruit? If you are ready Book your Pumpkin Spice facial now! 10% discount on this antioxidant filled and super yummy smelling facial during the month of October!

How to Tell if You Have a UTI or a Bladder Infection

Many women suffer from urinary tract infections, and some are prone to get them more often than others. UTIs are defined as any infection of the urinary system, which may include the bladder, the kidneys, the ureters and the urethra. If a UTI is left untreated, the infection may spread to the kidneys and have serious consequences. Because of this, it’s important that you know what signs and symptoms to watch for.

 

Symptoms of Urinary Tract Infections

If you’ve had a UTI before, you’ll know almost immediately if you are developing another. Some women (and men) are unaware of the likelihood of an infection and may go days or weeks before realizing treatment is available. Common UTI symptoms include:

  • Pressure or pain in the lower abdomen or back
  • Burning feeling every time you urinate
  • Intense or frequent need to urinate, although not much comes out when you try
  • Feeling shaky or tired
  • Chills or fever
  • Strange-smelling, bloody, dark or cloudy urine

If you have the chills or a fever, it is a sign that the infection has likely moved to your kidneys and you should seek medical attention immediately. Fortunately, there are ways to build up a bacterial defense to help you prevent the recurrence of these infections.

 

Preventing Infections

If you suffer from these infections and wonder how to prevent recurrent UTIs, there are several things you can do regularly.

  • Avoid scented douches, hygiene sprays and scented bath products
  • Take a dose of vitamin C and B6 every day
  • Shower over taking a bath
  • Stay hydrated and drink water
  • Empty your bladder regularly
  • Wipe from front to back
  • Always urinate after sex

There are over the counter products that treat the symptoms of a UTI, but don’t get rid of the actual bacteria. You will need an antibiotic to get rid of the infection and this involves a costly visit to the doctor. If you have recurring UTIs, there are many ways you can prevent them with products that are designed to fight bacteria from growing in your body.

 

Giving Your Body A Bit Of TLC

Think about how your body is feeling right now? Is it feeling full of energy, healthy, and generally in check? Or is it feeling a bit run down, with a lack of life, and an energy store that has been low since time began? We get that life can get us down sometimes, and not all of us are going to be these Instagram fitness bunny’s, that seem to be jumping around left right and center with energy levels that would give us a years worth of supply. We’re not all going to be as full of life as they are all of the time, but we can definitely give our bodies a little TLC to improve a thing or two. Nobody likes that sluggish feeling that we carry around, so here are our top ways that you can give your body a little TL

 

Take A Relaxation Day

So, if you really want to give your body a bit of TLC, you’re going to have to take some time to focus on you. Forget about the rush of life that you’re usually caught up in, and focus on having a relaxation day. If you want to splash some cash, you could go for something such as a spa day. It’s the perfect way to melt all of your troubles away, have a little pamper, and to forget about the rush of life for just a few hours. But, we understand that some of you won’t be suited to a spa day, so, instead, why not just take a day to relax around the home. Have a nice soak in the bath, do a face scrub and mask combination, read a book or two, and eat lots of junk food. Yes, our bodies need a bit of junk food sometimes, especially when it’s seeking some TLC from the rushes of life. If you need TLC because you’re always eating bad, focus on finding healthy alternatives to the foods you’re eating at the minute.

 

Managing Any Health Issues

If you’re struggling with some health issues in the background, then don’t panic. At some point in all of our lives, we’re going to have something health related that will hold us back. If it’s injury, then give your body a little TLC from home. You can get plenty of medical supplies online that you can stock your cupboards with to make sure that you have a quick recovery. If your health issue is something that’s really getting in the way of your life, you should consult your doctor. They might have tips for you to help with daily life, and can even refer to you therapy.

 

A Detox

If you’re always feeling a little bit down and sluggish, then the chances are that you’re probably in need of a detox. On a daily basis, we put so many toxins into our body without even realizing it. From that cheeky can of coke with your dinner, to the chocolate bar and crisps you pack with your lunch. There are plenty of detox packages that you can purchase of the internet. Or, alternatively, you can try homemade detoxes, such as these!