Feeling Uplifted with Upward Plank

I don’t usually like spending a lot of time in front of the computer but the past few weeks, I had to for various reasons. I can feel the extra tightness in my shoulders and upper back. When I need to re-balance my body after a long day of working at a computer, I like to do Upward Plank Pose.

Practicing upward plank can be a great way to counteract the negative effects of desk-slouching, driving, and other forward-facing actions that can cause rounded spines. ¹ Purvottanasana opens up the whole front side of the body and it is invigorating!

 

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Benefits 

Upward Plank is a very good yoga and Pilates exercise for improving your posture, building strength and flexibility. It stretches the shoulders, chest, abdomen, forearms, tops of the feet, and ankles; while strengthening the arms, shoulders, upper back, legs, glutes, and wrists. Practicing this skill regularly, builds core strength, and increases energy levels.

How to do Upward Plank:

Sit up with your legs stretched out straight in front of you, your feet together and spine erect.

Bring your hands several inches behind your hips, shoulder width apart. Rotate your palms so your fingertips point in the same direction you are facing (toward your feet).

Draw your shoulder blades together, lean back and support the weight of your body with your hands. Do not bend the arms.

Breathing in, raise the pelvis up toward the ceiling keeping the whole body straight and long. Your chest is lifting and the spine is in one straight line.

Keep your knees straight and bring the feet flat to the floor. Point the toes towards the ground and let the head fall back. Your hands should end up under your shoulders.

Hold the pose and continue breathing. As you exhale, come back to a sitting position and relax.

Do not practice Upward Plank Pose (Purvottanasana) if you have carpel tunnel syndrome, a wrist or shoulder injury. ²

Upward Plank (also called Reverse Plank or Incline Plank) requires a lot of strength. Beginners can take some of the weight off their arms by practicing with their hands on a raised solid surface like a step or sturdy bench. If the intensity of the pose is too much, try Reverse Table Pose instead. Reverse Table has similar benefits.

For the Challenge

More advanced students can come into One-Legged Upward Plank Pose (Eka Pada Purvottanasana) by extending one leg off the ground and up into the air. Just remember, take it slow and don’t push the pose too far. Safety and form is first and foremost.

 

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My head is turning towards the camera in this One-Legged Upward Plank Pose; but normally, you would hold your gaze straight up.

 

Have an uplifting week, Linda

 

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD. – Psalm 31:24

 

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©All Rights Reserved. This blog is not intended to take the place of professional medical advice; consult your doctor before starting any new physical activities.

 

Footnotes:

  1. https://www.yogaoutlet.com/guides/how-to-do-upward-plank-pose-in-yoga/
  2. https://lifenlesson.com/upward-plank-pose-and-its-benefits/
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The Beach Body 24 Hour Fix

“I use a mirror to see myself, but the mirror reflects only the image I can see with all its imperfections. I’m sure that somewhere God is laughing at me. She laughs because she sees more than I do. She can see through me. As I turn away from the mirror, for the first time I see my self, my essence, and my beauty reflected in God’s eyes.” – 365 Prescriptions for the Soul ¹

I don’t know any woman who doesn’t have some part of her body she would like to improve, me included, but I no longer feel I have to ‘punish’ my body into a certain form. Instead, I try to attain a long loving relationship with it.

LOVING THE SKIN YOU’RE IN 

I am not going to tell you about a 24 hour crash diet or miracle fitness work out. What I will tell you about are my favorite products and treatments that will leave you feeling pampered. Plus, they will immediately improve the look and feel of your skin and get it ‘beach ready’.

Natural Non-Insane Ways To Get Ready For Skin Baring Season

Dry Brushing For Healthy Skin

Dry brushing is easy to do; it takes less than 5 minutes and it’s great for sloughing off dry flaky skin. You will see improvement in the look and texture of your skin right away.

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Dry brushing aids in the elimination of toxins from the body.

How It’s Done

  • Use a brush with natural bristles like 100% wild boar or similar. The bristles should be stiff but not too hard. Look for one that has a handle long enough to reach your back.
  • You should only brush towards the heart, making long sweeps, scrubbing in a circular motion.
  • Start at your feet, moving up both sides of the legs. Make small circles at your knees. Direct the brush counterclockwise on your stomach.
  • Next, you’ll work from the arms toward your chest, moving your way down your back.
  • Brush several times in each area, but not too hard; this should be an enjoyable experience. Skin should be invigorated but not irritated or red.

Health Benefits

Dry brushing works most beneficially when it’s performed daily. It increases the circulation, opens the pores and stimulates the lymphatic system which will help the body release toxins. You will notice your skin is smoother with a rosy glow!

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The Skin is the Largest Organ of the Body.

After brushing, your lotions will absorb more quickly, so treat your body to natural, chemical free skin care products. A particular favorite of mine is Raw Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, one of natures most amazing gifts. It contains beneficial vitamins and minerals like Iron for oxygen transportation and vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin that protects cells from damaging free radicals.

Another natural oil I love for my body is Meyer Lemon infused Cold Pressed Olive Oil. It feels and smells wonderful on my skin.

St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse

Self Tanner

Once your skin drinks in your oil or lotion, it’s ready for self tanner. My first choice for self tanner is St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse. It will give your skin rich, long lasting color that will deepen over a few hours time; and it has a pleasant fragrance. I recommend the applicator mitt, sold separately, to ensure an even streak-free application.

Best Natural Moisturizing Sunscreens

I have spent a lot of time trying to find a good moisturizing natural sunscreen for the face and the body. A lot of natural sunscreens are drying and leave a chalky film on the skin, but these brands.

DeVita natural skin care products are very hydrating, partly because they contain hyaluronic acid. For my face, I use DeVita Solar Protective Moisturizer. It’s moderate priced and  blends well with serums and make up. Their C Serum is great too, as well as their Rose Facial Toner. It smells heavenly!

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Aveda’s Daily Light Guard SPF 30 is formulated with 100% mineral-derived sunscreens with UVA/UVB protection and features advanced coating technology that makes zinc oxide and titanium dioxide glide on sheer and smooth.

Daily Light Guard contains organic kukui seed oil and ginger extracts. It feels silky and instantly disappears on the skin. Foundations and powder can be applied on top smoothly without any chalkiness or balling.

Water Resistant Lotion

If you are going to be swimming, you will need to use a sunscreen that is more water resistant than the Aveda or DeVita lotion. CeraVe Sunscreen is one of my alternatives for a chemical-free lotion when I am enjoying water sports. I also like the rich felling of Coola mineral sunscreen. It’s wonderful on dry skin. It contains nourishing rose hip oil. For sensitive skin, I recommend Elta MD chemical-free sun care.∗

Applicators

For getting sunscreen on to those hard-to-reach spots, Aquasentials has  an easy lotion applicator with a long curved handle. Bass products developed a nice folding applicator, convenient for traveling or carrying in your beach bag.

Keep Our Reefs Safe

Natural sunscreens not only protect the skin from sun damage but they also safeguard our ocean reefs from the damage caused by the chemicals found in synthetic sun care products.

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Enjoying a good yoga stretch for the hips and thighs after a long walk on the beach.

To have beautiful, healthy skin for the long term, nothing beats a wholesome diet filled with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables along with daily exercise.

Your body is your vehicle. Love it. Take care of it.

Enjoy your beach day. I hope it’s delightful!  ~ Linda

Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord and delight in his salvation. – Psalm 35:9

∗ I have not been paid or compensated in any way to endorse the products mentioned in this blog.

Footnote:

1. 365 PRESCRIPTIONS FOR THE SOUL by Dr. Bernie S. Siegel

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Eternal Summer – Yoga For Mid-Life and Beyond

If you’re a beach goer and live in Southern California, the words “eternal summer” probably have a wonderful meaning to you. Some of our best beach days are in the fall and later in the year. Life is beautiful at the beach!

One spectacular day this October, a family outing to Zuma Beach turned into an impromptu, Yoga session with fellow yogini’s, Maria and Marianna. My sister, Maria and I are yoga instructors, so we were showing off for each other, just a little, doing a few postures we don’t usually get to use in our classes.

Rejoicing in Health – Enjoying Fitness Yoga 

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My boogie board came in handy as a platform for my headstand.

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Playing in the ocean, Maria practices her yoga wheel.

We practically had the beach to ourselves that day. We made it our own glorious playground. My niece, Marianna joined in the fun; and she had a few good yoga poses of her own.

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Marianna takes crow pose to the extreme, balancing on one leg.

After our exercise, we took our boogie boards into the waves. Got to love Southern California’s eternal summer but if you’re a woman going through menopause, the “eternal summer”’ can have entirely different and maybe not so pleasurable meaning.

YOGA FOR MID-LIFE (or Any Time of Life)

Hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings. Oh my! During Menopause we lose estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that cause these changes in our bodies. Yoga can physically help our body’s hormone system.

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Yoga can help relieve menopausal and postmenopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and insomnia. 

A Brazilian study published in a 2012 issue of the journal, Menopause had three groups of women participate in either a passive stretching regimen with a physical therapist, a specific series of yoga classes or no change in their routine. After four months the women who practiced yoga for one hour, twice per week had significantly fewer hot flashes and slept better than the other two groups. The women were so pleased with the results, 75 percent of the yoga group continued with yoga classes after the study.

BALANCE YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM

Yoga keeps your systems fluid and balanced.

As you move your body, the brain, nervous system and endocrine system all work together. “The brain commands the action, the nervous system carries the message and the endocrine system is responsible for long-term body maintenance using glands and hormones”. Yoga is very beneficial for Hormonal Health.

The twisting and bending in yoga energize the adrenals and thyroid gland.

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Just like there are many styles of yoga, there is more than one way to do a yoga pose. Your instructor can give modifications that work for you.

EMOTIONAL HEALTH

Hormones affect your mood. I have been told by many of my friends, that for them, the worst part of going through menopause was the mood swings. I have to agree. A yoga practice can help you relax by focusing the mind. I am allowing myself the time and space to use whatever natural tools are available to reduce stress in my life and protect my nervous system.

INNER BEAUTY

Learn, Love, Grow, Discover! Prayer, deepening my relationship with God, meditating on His word and living in the joy of God’s Son and His creation, has strengthened my inner being more than I can say. Dependence on God has brought certain aspects of yoga into the harmony of my life. I feel I am living the words of the song I sang in Community Bible Study this week with the worship team, “Surely the Presence of the Lord is in This Place,” and yes, that is a very excellent place to be.

THE NATURAL WAY

Good health is a personal journey, it’s a blessing and it is worth striving toward. With God’s guidance, I have been able to get through menopause using these natural methods and without the use of hormones or prescription drugs. For that, I am very thankful.

With a grateful heart, Linda

 

I look up to the hills, but where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. ~ Psalm 121: 1-2 NCV

 

Disclaimer: See a fitness or medical health professional to see if yoga is right for you. © CopyrightAll rights reserved. May not be used without written permission.

Keeping Your Split

I love my work as a fitness instructor! I have the opportunity to teach wonderful woman of all ages in my job at Total Woman Gym. Although I am beginning my senior years, being a dancer in my youth, I am very grateful to have retained most of my flexibility and core strength.

About two years ago I challenged the women in my Yoga and Pilates classes to try and do a split. I heard a few giggles and groans when I went into my split for the class. I know they were saying to themselves, “Ha ha ha, you’re funny Linda; that’s not going to happen.” I’m happy to say, a couple of adventurous ladies did try it.

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I continued the challenge every other week or so (I didn’t want to scare away the new people). Now I have several ladies in my classes, from their 20’s to their 60’s, doing splits. Many are only a few inches away. They kept coming to class and they kept trying. Class by class, inch by inch, and then one day, they had it, a full split!!

Together, my sister and I enjoy giving ‘infotainment’ talks on fitness and woman’s empowerment. Maria is also a fitness trainer and she is a lifestyle educator at Kaiser Permanente. We both have a passion for helping women be the best they can be in body. mind and spirit.

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ALBERICI SISTERS Maria & Linda talk YOU GOT THE POWER – Be Positive, Be Fit

During a recent wellness forum and fitness demo, Maria and I talked about “keeping our split.” I have to say, when we simultaneously demonstrated our splits for the women, they were surprised and really perked up! In addition to speaking on exercise, gratitude and positive thinking are key talking points for us as well as the value of eating fresh whole foods.

Iron Sharpens Iron [1]

Maria and I influence other instructors as well. My gal pal, Colleen Kincaid Jackson, who is a fitness and water aerobics instructor came home from one of our presentations with a fresh vision for herself. She told me, “I warned my students, they are ‘in for it’, now that I have the goal of recovering my split!” Colleen is equally inspiring to me as she exudes the inner beauty that comes with a close walk with Jesus. She and her husband, Randy, have poured out a good portion of their lives into their ministry in “Young Life”. [2]

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Linda Eichberg and Colleen Jackson

Colleen, Maria and I met up again last month at a national reunion of the Dean Martin Show. We were all singers and dancers on that show in the “Golddiggers” group. So many of the cast and crew showed up for the reunion. It was a blast!

Photo: Colleen, Maria and I back in the day as Dean Martin Golddiggers

The Golddiggers - 1973, from left to right: Patti Pivarnik Gribow, Linda Alberici Eichberg, Robin Hoctor-Horneff, Maria Lauren. Colleen Kincaid Jackson, Deborah Pratt, Susan Buckner, Lee Nolting

THE GOLDDIGGERS – 1973, from left to right: Patti Pivarnik Gribow, Linda Alberici Eichberg, Robin Hoctor-Horneff, Maria Lauren, Colleen Kincaid Jackson, Deborah Pratt, Susan Buckner & Lee Nolting

Some of Dean’s celebrity guest stars from the television show also made an appearance at the event. I had the pleasure of sharing some TV memories with Florence Henderson. You might remember her best as the mom from The Brady Bunch TV series. She has a lovely spirit. I enjoyed talking with her.

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Florence Henderson with Linda Eichberg

This occasion brought together all the different generations of Dean Martin’s Golddiggers groups. It was great to reconnect with the ladies I performed with for so many years and have the opportunity to meet other woman who shared the “Golddiggers” name. The highlight of the “Gold Event” was when we all came together for some singing and dancing!

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THE GOLDDIGGERS of the Dean Martin Show – 1968 to 1991 at the 2013 “Gold Event” Reunion

“Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold.”… as in “Golddiggers.” 

I have great appreciation for everyone who put this reunion together. There is something to be said for being with and working with friends who have known you for so long and know the good and the not so good about you. True love to be sure!

“If power doesn’t mean that you have the opportunity to work with the people that you love , then you haven’t really got any.” – Frank Sinatra

Working on the Dean Martin Show and touring with the Rat Pack, was an amazing time in our lives. Check out our book, BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS. It’s a fun read that will transport you back to that glamorous time!

~ All the best, Linda

Beyond Our Wildest Dreams

BEYOND OUR WILDEST DREAMS by The Alberici Sisters, is available at Amazon.com and BarnesNoble.com.

 

References:

1) “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

2) Young Life – http://www.younglife.org/us

 

DISCLAIMER: This is a personal blog, reflecting my personal opinions and its contents are not intended to offer personal medical advice. This blog does not necessarily reflect the opinions of my employers. You should seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. All content is copyrighted. Photo credit is given when know but some photos of unknown origin may appear on this blog. Please contact me if you have additional information about photo credits.

Beauty Products That Are Good Enough To Eat!

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Last week, a couple of people asked me about what beauty products I use on my face and if there were any products I would recommend to them. I am not loyal to any particular beauty potion. I look at the contents, and stick with products that mostly contain ingredients found in nature. First, I must say that I don’t think any face cream can do what genetics can do. I have my parents to thank for my clear complexion, but there are several things I do to keep and appreciate what God gave me.

The questions brought to mind my dad, who was considered a ‘health nut’ because of his forward thinking about natural foods. Now, people are making money on those same ideas. As a young teen, when I wanted to start wearing makeup, my father showed me how to put fresh sliced  red beet root on my cheeks and lips to give them a rosy glow. Of course, I hated it when he did this. Why couldn’t I wear makeup like normal girls? I was very surprised when I recently saw a young “beauty expert” on television, showing viewers how they can apply fresh sliced red beet on their cheeks and lips as a cosmetic. She was fashionably dressed and used special makeup brushes for the application so it looked a lot more ‘cool’ than how my dad did it but I could hardly believe what I was seeing.

This spokesperson inspired me to record some of my natural facial creations that I have personally used. Similar formulas have been used by the women in my family for decades. You don’t need to pay a lot of money to make your skin look and feel better. Here are the15 natural food products you would need to make 15 fantastic beauty products!

15 NATURAL FOOD PRODUCTS:

Avocado
Green tea
Pineapple
Papaya
Red Beet
Yogurt
Lemon
Honey
Coconut Oil
Cucumber
Oatmeal
Oat Bran
Coconut Sugar (or Brown Sugar)
Cinnamon
Orange Juice

15 BEAUTY PRODUCTS: Blush, Lip Stain & Gloss, Daily Moisturizer, Moisturizing Mask, Moisture Mask – For Oily Skin, Exfoliating Mask, Toner, Brightening Mask, Healing Mask, Vitamin C Fruit Facial, Lightening Mask, Anti-Bacterial Mask, Make Up Remover, Exfoliating Face and Body Scrub and Eye Revive.

The skin is our body’s largest organ. It absorbs a good portion of what we put on it. We should provide our skin with nutrient rich natural skin care products instead of products that contain unwanted chemicals. These blends are low-cost alternatives to expensive commercial creams and can be made at home from ingredients readily available in your kitchen. Using these items will save you money while limiting your exposure to toxins. I designed the following recipes to provide your skin with nourishment, revival, deep enzymatic cleansing, brightening, lifting or for the removal of dead skin cells. The results will be glowing, healthier and younger looking skin. *

1) Avocado & Coconut Oil Moisturizing Mask

Avocado has been used for centuries as a beauty aid to nourish dry, sun-damaged and mature skin. Avocado is a fruit high in nutrients such as iron, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, and E. They are rich in oils that will replenish skin’s lost moisture, reduce eye puffiness, and leave skin soft, smooth and rejuvenated. Avocados are also a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C.

Recipe: Mash the flesh of 1/3 of a ripe avocado with a fork and ½ tsp. extra virgin coconut oil; blend together. Spread on your face and let it sit for 10 – 20 minutes, rinse & pat dry. The green color of the avocado flesh will disappear once you rub it in. If some of the mixture is left over, spread it on some whole grain toast or crackers with a little raw honey, Yum!

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2) Avocado and Citrus Moisturizing Mask – For Oily Skin

Mash the flesh of 1/3 of a ripe avocado add a squeeze of lemon or other citrus fruit and half teaspoon honey. Leave on your face 10 – 20 minutes, rinse & pat dry.

Lemon is a natural skin lightener but it can be drying. A little goes a long way. Follow up with a moisturizer and a high SPF sunscreen. This is important. Lemons make your skin photosensitive.

3) Make Up Remover

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is excellent as a make up remover. It is also great for removing eye makeup & as works great as a lip gloss.

A number of studies over the years have found that coconut oil improves the absorption of the B vitamins and also vitamins A, D, E, K, beta-carotene, CoQ10, and other fat soluble nutrients, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and some amino acids—the building block for protein.

4) Facial Toner

Green tea is full of antioxidants. Steep a green tea bag in hot water for 3 minutes & let it cool slightly so it is still a little warm. Apply to your face. If you have time to lie down, soak a face cloth with the brew, squeeze out excess and cover your face with the cloth. Use Jasmine green tea if you like the refreshing smell & taste of Jasmine. Drink the remaining tea or store in a small spritzer bottle for later use.

“Green tea is the best food source of a group called catechins. In test tubes, catechins are more powerful than vitamin’s C and E in halting oxidative damage to cells and appear to have other disease-fighting properties. Studies have found an association between consuming green tea and a reduced risk for several cancers, including, skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder.” – Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School.

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5) Honey and Coconut Oil Daily Moisturizer

In a small bowl, mix 1/4 teaspoon raw honey and ½ teaspoon pure water. Blend well with the back of a spoon until the honey is completely dissolved. Smooth over your face with your finger tips. Let the honey and water mixture dry for about 30 seconds. Next apply a thin layer of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Blot off any excess oil. For day wear, follow with a 15-SPF sunscreen or higher. Makeup will blend nicely over this nutrient rich moisturizer.

Honey is a natural humectant and will restore and hold moisture to your skin.

Coconut oil has the potential to aid in the protection of a number of health problems due to its documented antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

6) Exfoliating Mask

Ingredients
½ cup Papaya fruit;
1/4 cup fresh pineapple
½ teaspoon honey

Add papaya, honey and pineapple to a blender or food processor and blend together. After cleansing your face apply a layer of the pulp to your face. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes.* Rinse the mask off with warm water and then cold water to close your pores. Drink the leftovers or add them to a smoothie. Finish your facial with a spritz of green tea toner.

Papaya contains a natural enzyme, papain which will help your skin shed dead cells; the enzyme will also speed healing of damaged skin. It has an abundance of health giving phytonutrients.

Pineapple is a natural source of glycolic (alpha-hydroxyl) acids. This acid will help fight free radicals, acne and help your skin shed dead skin cells. Bromelain, the enzyme found in fresh pineapple is concentrated in the core of a pineapple, the tough center. You can get most of its benefits by juicing.

*If you’re short on time and want to skip the blending process, you can rub a fresh slice of papaya or pineapple onto your skin to receive the benefits of their natural enzymes. If irritation occurs discontinue use.

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 7) Vitamin C Fruit Facial

Ingredients
1/4 cup mashed Papaya fruit;
1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
½ teaspoon warm honey

Scoop out 1/4 cup fresh, ripe papaya and thoroughly mash it with a fork. Add honey, orange juice and blend well. Apply to cleansed face. Let the mask sit on your face about 10 minutes.* Rinse the mask off with warm water and then cold water to close your pores.

Tip – if honey is too thick, warm the honey in its original bottle by placing the bottle under hot running water. Once the honey is runny, measure out half a teaspoon and add it to the mixture while stirring. The mask is now ready to use.

Fresh orange juice contains vitamin C (ascorbic acid), plays a key role in the formation of collagen, the most important component of connective tissue. As an antioxidant, it can help prevent the cell damage done by “free radical” molecules. Adequate collagen synthesis is essential for strong ligaments, tendons, dentin, skin, blood vessels and bones, and for wound healing and tissue repair. Vitamin C has been implicated in halting the progression of several disease states including: cataract formation, cancer, and heart disease. Be sure your diet contains lots of vitamin C-rich foods.

Consume any left over mask for the added health benefits or it can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator. It will keep for a couple of days.

8) Yogurt Brightening Mask

Yogurt is used around the world as a beauty product. After using this mask, you will know why. It will leave your skin soft and supple.

Apply a thin layer of full-fat or low-fat plain Greek yogurt to your face. Let sit for about 15 minutes. Your face will feel tightened and refreshed afterwards.
(If using regular, non-Greek style yogurt, gently press cotton squares onto the top of the area where you apply the yogurt to keep the mask from dripping. Leave the cotton squares on your face until you are ready to rinse off the mask.).

Variation – Add finely ground oatmeal for a thicker mask.

Oatmeal is very soothing to the skin. Oats contain silicic acid which increases skins immunological response and protects dry skin from irritation.

9) Lightening Mask

Mix together ½ teaspoon honey, ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice, (discard the seeds) and ½ tablespoon plain yogurt, preferably Greek yogurt. If the mask is too runny, use cotton squares on top to hold the mask in place. Rinse off after 10 – 15 minutes.

Honey will calm any inflammation in skin. Honey can also be used alone as a mask to moisturized and reduce redness.

Lemon juice contains vitamin C and citric acid which has lightening properties. Using this mask will make your face brighter and reduce dark spots. You can also dab lemon juice directly on age spots to lighten them up. Let sit for 5 minutes. If irritation occurs discontinue use. Lemon may make your skin photosensitive. Always follow with a moisturizer and a high SPF sunscreen.

10) Anti-Bacterial Mask

Take 1 tablespoon yogurt; add a teaspoon of honey and half teaspoon cinnamon. Mix well. This is a good mask for acne prone skin. You may leave this mask on your skin 10 -20 minutes. Yogurt with honey and cinnamon, how yummy! Enjoy eating any left overs and enjoy your silky smooth skin.

Honey is naturally anti-bacterial.

Cinnamon is a natural anti-bacterial and preservative. Just smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.

Arthritis Relief – In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month. Other studies have found success with cinnamon in: Fighting some types of cancer, helping to regulate blood sugar, and for lowering cholesterol.

Ceylon cinnamon is the best. Using more than half a teaspoon of cinnamon can cause side effects. Check with your doctor.

11) Blush

Slice a disk of fresh Red Beet Root. Lightly dab it onto your cheeks and blend in color or swirl a make up blush brush over the beet and apply color lightly to cheeks.

Red beet’s unique crimson-red color is due to betalain pigments. Betaine is known as a terrific antioxidant and is rich with beneficial phytochemicals.

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12) Lip Stain and Gloss

Slice a wedge of a red beet root and apply to lips or use a lipstick brush evenly apply its juice to lips, let set. You can also apply a gloss of coconut oil over the stain. If you don’t have a lipstick brush, rub the wedge of beet over your lips being careful to stay inside the lip line. Take it with you “on the go,” stored in a zip lock bag.

Beets are a major source of cartenoids to ensure healthy eyes, folate and potassium to keep your heart pumping properly, fiber for digestive care, vitamin C, copper and magnesium for healthy bones, as well as energy-producing iron and phosphorus.

You can use this lip color alone or seal it with a gloss of coconut oil or a mixture of coconut oil and honey. Go ahead and lick your lips!

13) Eye Revive

Cucumbers are the most wonderful and natural eye pads you can find for yourself. It is used as a treatment for tired eyes around the world. Slice a disk of cool cucumber. Find a comfortable place to relax and place over eyes and rest for 10 minutes.

Cucumber contains caffeic acid which can bring down water retention, diminishing the puffiness and swelling under the eyes. Cucumbers are 95 percent water. Eating this vegetable will keep the body hydrated while flushing the body of toxins. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance of vitamin C.

Another refreshing eye reviver is green tea. Soak two cotton squares with cool, organic anti-ageing, green tea. Squeeze out excess liquid. Lay back and place the cotton pads on your eyes. These eye pads do wonders after a long day. Enjoy!

14) Healing Cucumber Facial

Cucumber makes a great treatment for irritated skin. Because the cucumber is pH balanced to the human skin and full of water, it improves irritation caused by rashes, wind burn, sun burn and any other situation where the skin is aggravated. It helps in soothing, tightening and softening your skin. Cucumbers have a good amount of vitamin B. It also contains the vitamin’s A & C and essential nutrient mineral’s magnesium, potassium, and silica. This makes cucumbers an important part of skin care.

Puree a small amount of cucumber, with seeds removed, in a blender. Lightly rub blended cucumber onto face and let sit for 10 – 15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Your face will feel revitalized and refreshed!
If you don’t have access to a blender, you can slice a half inch thick disk of cucumber. Lightly pummel to release its juices.

15) Exfoliating Scrub for Face and Body

1) Place 1 tablespoon oat bran and 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar in a small bowl. Add a few drops of water, just enough to make a thick somewhat dry paste. Caution – too much water will dissolve the sugar completely.
2) Blend together and apply to your face and body in a circular motion. You can also leave the scrub on your face for 5 – 10 minutes for added benefits.
3) Rinse with cool water. (Optional) Finish with a spritz of green tea toner.

Oat bran will soften and smooth your skin. It contains enzymes that stimulate circulation and gently exfoliates. It has been used for decades to treat a wide variety of skin ailments. Eczema, poison-ivy and poison-oak rashes respond well when treated to a warm oatmeal or bran bath.

Coconut Sugar contains small amounts of the minerals Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium, Amino Acids, B Vitamins and antioxidants that may provide some health benefits.

Brown Sugar is the perfect texture for a scrub and works great all by itself. The molasses in brown sugar supplies some nutrients. Sugar is a source of glycolic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid and a key ingredient in pricey beauty products. The natural glycolic acid in sugar conditions and moisturizes skin.

If your skin is on the drier side, add extra virgin coconut oil to the mixture for a more moisturizing scrub. Follow all facials with a sun screen before going outdoors.

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Drink plenty of water, breathe fresh air, eat natural food and exercise to refresh your skin. Spread a little joy and take some time to take care of yourself. You’re worth it! 

 Thanking God for his glorious bounty and wearing a smile that comes from a grateful heart. ~ Blessings, Linda

“A smile from the heart is a beautiful gift. It can change someone’s day.” – Linda Eichberg

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The Alberici sisters, Linda Eichberg & Maria Lauren exercise to keep their skin healthy and glowing.

“I blend my mind with beauty, so that it may create good. I blend my mind with the life force, so that I may control it intelligently and direct it into the proper channels. I blend the life force with beauty, so that my progress will be a glorious one. I blend my soul with beauty, so that true inspiration will come to me complete. I blend my soul with my body, for my body is the house beautiful in which the soul lives.” – Paul Bragg

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” – 3John 1:2

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