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Hydration for Beauty

Drinking plenty of is important, but did you know that there are both health and beauty benefits to drinking water? At least eight glasses of water per day will keep both your body and your skin healthy.

  1. Flushes out toxins – Drinking water aids the process of flushing out any toxins that may be in your body. It also promotes kidney functions.
  2. Maintains moisture – Hydration is vital to keep not only your body nourished but also to hydrate your skin. Water also provides nutrients to the skin.
  3. Combats skin irritations – Drinking plenty of water will allow your skin to combat skin diseases such as eczema. It also helps prevent wrinkles in the long run.
  4. Hair growth – Water facilitates vitamin consumption and increases the rate at which your hair grows. If you are trying to grow out your hair, make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  5. Increases energy – Dehydration tends to cause fatigue, so drinking enough water will allow your body to regain energy.

Water is not only important for the health of our bodies, but it can also improve our beauty health!


Healthy Food for Healthy Skin

Skin care is a great way to make your skin glow, but there is another trick that will make your skin flawless. By simply eating the right foods, you can enhance the tone, texture, and color of your skin. All kinds of foods are packed full of nutrients and vitamins that restore your skin’s original glow.

  • Tomatoes – Tomatoes have the ability to protect your skin from the sun and reduce the risk of sunburn.
  • Sardines – Because fish have omega – 3, it poses as an anti – inflammatory for your skin. It can also keep the skin clear of acne.
  • Green Tea – Green tea speeds up the body’s metabolism and essentially does the same for your skin. It provides the skin with elasticity by promoting blood flow.
  • Kale – Kale is full of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, creating a firm skin texture.
  • Grass Fed Beef – Beef has a great amount of protein, providing the skin with firmness. Protein builds collagen and reduces the look of wrinkles on the skin.
  • Almond Milk – Dairy products can be damaging to the skin, for it irritates acne and creates irritation. By drinking almond milk as an alternative, you can avoid this irritation.

Each of these foods not only facilitates healthy skin, but it also promotes a happy and healthy body. Whether you are trying to get in shape for a beauty pageant or simply want healthier skin, try these food products.


Coconut Oil Tips and Tricks

In the beauty world, there are so many natural products that provide benefits to the skin, nails, and hair. There are even natural products that we would find in the kitchen that work as makeup products. One product that has recently hit the beauty industry is coconut oil. Coconut oil may be in your kitchen cabinet, but did you know that it offers many beauty benefits? There are endless ways to utilize coconut oil in your daily beauty routine.

1. Makeup Remover

Coconut oil is a great way of removing your makeup after an exhausting day. Makeup removers can be expensive and drying to the skin, but coconut oil breaks down the makeup while leaving your skin moisturized. Simply moisten a cotton ball with the product and  For beauty queens, it is an excellent way to remove stage makeup after a tiring competition while rejuvenating your skin for the next day.

2. Conditioner

Furthermore, coconut oil works as a deep conditioner for hair. Its natural properties penetrate hair follicles and strengthen the ends. In order to strengthen your hair, massage the product into the scalp and comb through your hair. After, tie up your hair into a loose bun and leave in for as long as desired. Overnight works best, but a few hours will also do the trick. Shampoo after in order to rinse the residue of the coconut oil. Thick and moisturized hair styles better than limp hair; coconut oil is ideal for pageant women to ensure that their hair is healthy and manageable when styling.

3. Shaving Cream

Shaving creams and moisturizers tend to be on the pricey side, and coconut oil does the trick at a much lower cost. Smoothing the product on your skin before shaving creates a barrier to prevent any cuts from razors or blades. It also provides moisture for the skin, so there is no need for lotion after shaving.

Coconut oil is an essential in your beauty and skin care collection. It can be purchased at your local grocery store, or it may be sitting in your kitchen pantry!



Spa Night At Home

After a long week, or even a particularly tough day, you can always use a little quality ‘me’ time. Maybe you just got home from a pageant and are absolutely exhausted, or finals week is coming up and you’re stressing out… All you want to do is unwind and unplug for a little while. Well, a laid-back pamper night may be just the thing for you. My formula for an at home spa night is no fuss, full of relaxation, and a real treat for any body in need of a little TLC. Without further ado, let’s get started.


  1. Get Comfortable

Have you been wearing heels all day for your pageant? Is the dress you’re wearing just a little too tight for comfort at the end of the night? Take it all off. Slip into a comfortable, fluffy robe and maybe a pair of slippers, and just let your body breathe. Not only will you feel instantly more comfortable, wearing a bath robe will also make you feel luxurious and almost like you’re actually at a spa.

  1. Wash Your Face

Whether or not you’ve been wearing makeup for a beauty pageant or a night out, it’s always a good idea to wash your face at the end of the day. The dirt, oils, and sweat that build up on your face throughout the day aren’t something you want sitting on your skin any longer than necessary. And a freshly washed face will nearly always make you feel a little better. Brush your teeth as well for added freshness. Now is also the time to treat yourself to a nice face mask if you have one. This is an easy way to make your skin feel pampered and taken care of.

  1. Run A Bath

What’s a spa night without a luxurious bath? Fill your tub with warm water (make sure it’s not too hot!) and set the mood with some scented candles. If you’d like to, put on some calming music as well. Throw in a bath bomb, some aromatic bath salts, or bubble bath and watch your bath transform into an oasis. Scents like lavender and jasmine are great aromatherapy scents for relaxation.

  1. Relax and Unwind

I like to jump in the shower to quickly get myself clean and wash off my face mask so that the bath water doesn’t get too dirty, but if you can’t or don’t have the energy to, feel free to skip that step and just wash your face at your sink! Before you get into the bath, you might want to grab that book you’ve been meaning to read for company, or maybe you just want to do absolutely nothing and let your mind free. It’s all up to you. Tie your hair in a top knot so that it’s out of the way and you don’t have to go through the trouble of getting it wet. Now all that’s left to do is relax, soak in the water for as long as you want, and not think about a thing.

  1. Time for Bed

Once you’ve adequately let your tired muscles rest, it’s time to get out of the bath, drain the water, and blow out those candles. But your perfect night is far from over. Dry off your body and apply your favorite lotion or body butter all over your body so that you feel soft and smell yummy. Slip into your most comfortable pajamas, and if you’re up for it, make yourself a cup of your favorite tea or hot chocolate. Now, here comes the best part — snuggling up under the sheets of your dearly-missed bed, maybe indulging in some Netflix, and finally falling fast asleep after a pamper night fit for a beauty pageant queen.


Holiday Treat Traps and How to Avoid Them


Part of what pageants girls are being judged on is their physical appearance so it is important that you eat healthy and exercise to stay fit.

During the holiday season, however, this is easier said than done. There are temptations everywhere, and I mean everywhere! There are chocolates sitting in your living room, cookies on the counter, latkes at the Hanukkah party, and your neighbor’s famous caramel popcorn delivered right to your front porch.

Here are a couple ways to avoid putting on those holiday pounds:

–       Share the treats you are given. Invite your friends over to munch on cookies with you so you do not end up eating the whole dozen on your own.

–       Don’t sit down to watch a movie with the box of chocolates because by the time the ending credits roll you might find that the chocolates are all gone.

–        If you receive a holiday treat, make sure to cover it in a non-transparent container so you are less tempted to snack on it throughout the day.

–       Don’t buy big bags of candy to put out for holiday decoration—it reduces the chances that you will end up eating it.

While it is important to stay healthy, don’t prevent yourself from having a treat every now and then—it’s part of the holiday spirit to have some sweets.

And if you find that you accidentally ate a dozen cookies or drink a whole bottle of apple cider, don’t be discouraged. Just forgive yourself, go to bed, and wake up the next morning and try to do better. Hating yourself for eating that extra piece of pie will get you nowhere, but the confidence from loving yourself will.  Happy Holidays!!


How to Turn Normal, Daily Activities into Productive Exercise

ID-100202042 Prepping for a pageant is fun, but it can also add more demands on your time in an already busy life. This can make finding time to get in a full work out in difficult. If you are struggling to make time in the day to get that cardio in then try incorporating physical activities into your daily life, so you can burn some calories without actually going to the gym.

  • Make it a goal to take the stairs whenever possible and you will be surprised how often you will find yourself climbing up some steps and burning those calories.
  • Just get up. At whatever age, we all find ourselves sitting for extended periods of time without moving around.  Set a timer for 20-30 minutes and get up and walk around your house, school, work building etc. This can keep your metabolism up and keep you active.
  • When you plop down on your couch and turn on the TV, make an effort to do some abs when the commercials come on. Or do some jump squats and push ups every 5 minutes. This keeps your mind on other things, so you don’t feel like you are actually working out (for those of you that aren’t particularly fond of hitting the gym).
  • On a similar note, try to prepare for pageant interview questions while you exercise. For instance, find a stable piece of fitness equipment like a treadmill or stationary bike, that lets you SAFELY watch, listen to, or read the news as you exercise to help you prepare for current event questions.
  • Maybe you like tanning poolside? Try hopping in the pool and splashing around so you can get moving while still being where you love. Then just hop out the sun will dry you off in no time.
  • Try putting some rhythm in your chores. Instead of half-heartedly doing the dishes, put on some music and shake it while you scrub. Not only do you get your heart rate up, but it makes chores a lot more bearable.
  • Try yoga. It’s fun, relaxing, and gets your work out in. Maybe you can try yoga on the beach!

Give these a try and see what other ideas you can come up with to get a little more activity into every day life between those workouts.


Thanksgiving Advice: 3 things to avoid, 3 things to do

The leaves are changing, the air is crisp, and Turkey Day is fast approaching. Thanksgiving is full of yummy, fattening food and it is often hard to resist that huge piece of pumpkin pie; at the end of the day you find you are letting out your pants a bit.

Trying to stay in shape for the pageant takes a lot of will power and trying to maintain a healthy diet and exercise plan around Thanksgiving can be very difficult. Instead of cutting yourself off from all delicious foods and being miserable throughout the holidays, try out these tips to get the most out of your Thanksgiving.

3 things to avoid:

  1. Make sure to eat breakfast on Thanksgiving. Many of us are tempted to “save up” our hunger for the big feast so we can fill up on turkey and mashed potatoes. However, eating earlier in the day will help you avoid consuming an overwhelming amount of calories during the Thanksgiving meal.
  2.  Drink water instead of punch or another drink. This is a great way to cut out empty, unnecessary calories. But if you are just in love with the special drink your grandma makes then have a small glass and count that as a treat.
  3. Don’t nibble at little things because you will lose track of how much you are actually eating. Make yourself a plate of food, eat it slowly, then sit for about twenty minutes before going up to get seconds so you can tell how full you really are.

3 things to do:

  1. Cut yourself some slack! Eat healthy the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, so you have a little freedom with what you get to eat on the actual holiday.
  2. Try cutting down on the super fatty parts of the meal (gravy, butter, pies, cream) and load up on veggies, turkey, and fruit.
  3. Choose your desert wisely. Instead of taking 4 pieces of pie and scarfing them down, choose one small piece and savor it, really enjoy it. Try pumpkin pie instead of the chocolate cream, it is lower in calories and has many nutritional benefits!

Remember that balance is the key to being healthy in most things, so enjoy the holiday! Just remember the holiDAY is not all week. Get back on your healthy eating plan and keep your goal of general wellness–and performing well at your pageant–in the front of your mind. That makes it easier to make good choices day in and day out.


Healthy Weight Loss Tips for Pageant Girls

Trying to lose those stubborn pounds before a pageant can be very stressful. Remember, you are beautiful already so do not over-worry this!  But if it is indeed part of your plan then realize that there are countless ways to do it, many of which are hazardous–which is why many professionals suggest reaching your target weight about a month before the pageant to avoid any dangerous diets.

However, if you find yourself a few pounds shy of your goal days before the pageant then here are a few suggestions for healthy weight loss. And we do want healthy pageant contestants! :-)

–       If your sweet tooth starts kicking in, try munching on some dark chocolate instead of reaching for the cookie or bowel of ice cream.

–       Get a vegetable in at every meal— they fill you up before you can chow down on high calorie foods. They are low in calories, high in volume, and high in critically important nutrients–need I say more?

–       Eat breakfast everyday. A healthy breakfast jump starts your metabolism and helps raise you energy level for the rest of the day. It also helps you feel more satisfied throughout the day, preventing over eating or binge eating.

–       Portion control. I cannot stress this enough. Eat all the low-starch veggies you want! But other than that even too much healthy food can hinder weight loss; it’s not just the junk food.  You not only have to watch what you eat, but how much as well.

–       Eliminate all drinks other than water and herbal tea: many drinks such as soda, juice, alcohol, and other processed drinks are full of empty calories with no nutritional value.

–       When you feel a hunger pang, before reaching for that snack try drinking a big glass of water—you might be dehydrated.  Either way, water is also a must have to flush out all the toxins that may be inhibiting your weight loss. Drinking water is an easy way to stop yourself from binge or stress eating.

Remember that every one is different–use your head and avoid foods that you are allergic to or are otherwise intolerant of. For instance, some foods might make you bloat a little, or a lot!, so learn to listen to your body and avoid what it doesn’t like.

And no matter what, stay hydrated and get enough protein often enough in the day. It won’t help you out at all if you are feeling dizzy or weak ever, let alone during the extra demanding schedule at the pageant.  Be healthy!