35 Coconut Oil Beauty Products You Can Make at Home

Karli Jaenike, a Senior Content Marketing Specialist with siegemedia.com, shared with Healthy Lombard that most people want to know what ingredients go into their beauty products. However, with so many toxins, fillers and foreign ingredients in beauty products, it’s difficult to be sure.

One way to stay as natural as possible when it comes to what you put on your body is to make it yourself. Coconut oil is a natural ingredient with many, many uses. It can be used on its own as a moisturizer, lip balm or hair treatment. It can also be jazzed up with a few simple ingredients to create some really useful homemade products.

She offered Healthy Lombard information on 35 coconut oil beauty products you can make in the comfort of your own home. From your hair to your skin to other parts of the body, this list covers everything.:

1. Perfect Skin Facial Moisturizer

Coconut oil on its own can be too moisturizing for many people’s faces, but this mix of ingredients creates the perfect lotion. The inclusion of vitamin E can help brighten your skin, and the lemon scent is invigorating.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 drops vitamin E oil

Directions: Whip solid coconut oil with a hand mixer until fluffy. Fold in the lemon juice and vitamin E oil. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Read more

​​101 Benefits Of Cycling That Will Make You Love It More

Daniel Atlas from Rydoze, a site dedicated to biking, recently put together 101 cycling benefits packed full of information spending tons of time thoroughly researching the topic.  He shared that taking up cycling can be one of the best decisions you’ll make in life. Whether you choose to hop on a bike for health reasons, to help the environment, try a new activity, or even to supplement another sport, cycling is a ton of fun.   After some time on the bike, you may find that the only downside to cycling is that it can be addictive!

And you won’t be riding alone. Globally, more people own bikes than own cars – about 42% of the world’s population – and that number is growing every year.

FOR EXAMPLE, in the US, the number of people biking to work has grown by 60% over the past 10 years and the number of cyclists has grown by 15 million people overall.

If you’re still on the fence about joining the global community of cyclists, Here Are 101 Amazing Benefits to cycling that span all aspects of life.

The best part is, you only need to choose one to start cycling – but as soon as you start, all the other benefits will follow!

HEALTH BENEFITS

Exercise Is A Critical Component Of Staying Healthy. But The Type Of Exercise You Do – Strength Or Cardio, Sprinting Or Endurance – Also Matters. Cycling Is A Great Way To Capture The Health Benefits Of These Different Styles Of Fitness Since It Blends The Line Between Lower Body Strength, Aerobic Training, Intervals, And Long Rides In The Saddle.

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Having Flowers Shown to Improve Physical and Mental Health

Coastal Living shared that fresh flowers and plants may improve more than color in a room. According to new research, pretty blooms can also benefit your mental and physical health.

Apartment Therapy recently bubbled up a 2008 study by the American Society for Horticulture Science measuring the effects of having flowers and plants in a hospital room on a person’s recovery from surgery. The study involved 90 patients who were recovering from appendectomies. Some of them received flowers and plants in their hospital rooms while others did not.

Fascinatingly, the patients who did have flora in their rooms benefitted from lower blood pressure, lower heart rates, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue than those who were plant-less. They also reported more positive feelings and higher satisfaction with their rooms. Can you blame them?

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Coconut Oil, the New Super Food for your Skin

Claudio from Glo Beauty, a site dedicated to all things beauty related, colorful, exciting and informative shared that we all use coconut oil for cooking, baking, all those new healthy ingredient substitutes, but did you know its benefits go far beyond just consuming it. Coconut oil is great for you both inside and out and can help boost your beauty routine!

Here are a few skin benefits, hacks, and uses of coconut oil.

1. FIGHTING DRY SKIN

Okay, an obvious one, we know. But it is the most important benefit as during the winter it is crucial to not let your skin dry out. Skin that lacks moisture ages extremely quick.

Coconut oil offers amazing anti-aging properties as it contains antioxidants Vitamin A & E and your epidermis absorbs all the amazing natural oil. You can use it as a cleanser or alternatively in a recent Cosmo article on coconut oil, they suggest you leave it on your face for 5-10 minutes for it to completely soak in.

Remember to apply it over your moisturizer as it acts as a seal to lock moisture in. Coconut oil is also great to moisturize hands dried out from washing dishes, keep some next to the sink and moisturize, also great for dry cuticles! Give it a go, you will thank us later.

2. TEMPORARY SUNSCREEN

Yes, we know, this stuff is amazing! It can be used as a very mild sunscreen, with an SPF of 4, it won’t keep you covered on a beach day but errands to and from home has you sorted by blocking 20% of UV rays and protecting you from free radicals.

Add zinc oxide or red raspberry oil to create a stronger sunblock. Coconut oil can also be used to soothe skin and relieve redness from sunburn thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.

 

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Vision Health for Millennials

The CDC shared that although eye problems can feel like a long way off, take simple steps today to protect your vision for the future.

Vision problems develop most often in older people, so if you’re a millennial-aged 25 to 35, eye trouble can seem like a long way off. But it may be closer than you think. In 2015, more than 12 million Americans over 40 had vision and eye problems, a number projected to double by 2050. Many millennials will find themselves included in that statistic.

Whether you’re looking forward to the view from the corner office or setting your sights on the Eiffel Tower, take simple steps now to protect your vision for the future.

  • Give your eyes a rest. Phones, television, computers – screens are all around us, all day long. Practice the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet in front of you.
  • Protect your eyes – at work and at play. Wear protective eyewear that blocks 99-100% of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation when playing sports or doing activities outside such as yard work. Also protect your eyes from injury when doing work around the home, such as home repairs. To make sure you have the right kind of protective eyewear and you’re using it correctly, talk with your eye doctor.
  • Eat right to protect your sight. Eat plenty of dark, leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens and fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, albacore tuna, trout, and halibut.
  • Quit smoking or never start.
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Free healthy meals and snacks are available to Illinois students and families during the summer

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will provide healthy meals and snacks to children and teens age 18 and younger at hundreds of sites across Illinois this summer. Families can find their nearest summer meals site by calling (800) 359-2163, texting “FoodIL” to 877-877, or visitingsummermealsillinois.org.

Hunger touches every community in Illinois. Only 12 percent of children who receive a meal at school during the school year in Illinois receive an SFSP meal in the summer, according to theFood Research & Action Center. Illinois’ summer meals programs rely on community organizations, school districts, and other sponsors who are dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Illinois.

“A healthy return to school starts with a healthy summer,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “Equity means ensuring students get what they need year-round. ISBE is grateful to all those who have stepped up to sponsor the Summer Food Service Program, making it possible for free and healthy meals and snacks to reach the families who need them.” Read more

Hydration

College of DuPage Nursing Student Lukas Kubilius wrote for Healthy Lombard that many people frequently get headaches, feel fatigued, or get dizzy because of something that is missing from their lifestyle. The solution to this absent need may be as simple as; adequate hydration.

Not only does drinking enough water keep us in a good mood, but it can also improve the function of the intestine and digestive system. It is important to drink enough water during the day because we don’t obtain adequate hydration solely through our food. Starting the day with a glass of water can improve alertness and assist with keeping one focused throughout the day.

Along with mental clarity, drinking enough water will prevent headaches and dizziness; common symptoms of dehydration. According to Deborah Weatherspoon (2017), the brain may shrink slightly from fluid loss and result in what is called a dehydration headache. Drinking adequate quantities of water through the day can prevent this from occurring.

A potentially serious problem in the digestive system that may occur as a result of inadequate water intake is constipation due to dehydration. If someone is consuming through their diet, enough fiber, constipation may still exist even if there is not enough water intake. Constipation may seem harmless but can lead to further complications, such as an infection. According to Dr. Raponi (2018), drinking adequate quantities of water, keeps things flowing. When the body is lacking in fluid; things become stagnant – understandably.

 

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The Ultimate Guide To Drinking More Water

fitnessfornonathletes.com, that provided simple and easy health & fitness tips for the unathletically inclined shared with Healthy Lombard some great information on the benefits of drinking water.

Drinking more water can seem like a daunting task in your busy schedule, but the simple fact is, it needs to be a priority. With all the functions your body carries out, water is the essential ingredient for performing those functions properly and giving you the most energy. Without water, your body does not work at its best self.

Dan Barcelon writes that as an endurance athlete in his early twenties, he was pushing his body week after week to perform feats of distance running both in training and in racing.

Knowing very little about diet and nutrition, he was not fueling himself as well as he should have been and was struggling with low energy levels, slow muscle recovery, and joint pain on a consistent basis.

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