We are a few days into Spring. What does Spring bring to mind for you? Spring is a time of new beginnings. It is a time of refreshing and new births. I think it is no coincidence that Jesus went to The Cross in the Spring. Jesus gives us a chance for a new beginning and a new birth.
Spring is finally here and not only are you probably starting to do spring cleaning around your house, you should clean up your beauty regimen as well! Find out how I transition from winter to spring for skin that’s beautiful year round!
Every beauty lover has an arsenal of products! Spring cleaning is the best time to re-visit some of these purchases and get rid of what doesn’t work, and what is expired. No sense in keeping around things you tried and didn’t like, and it’s especially counterproductive to use products that are beyond their shelf life. Old cosmetics harbor a lot more than just no longer active formula; they house tons of bacteria.
Check the dates on your products. You may want to toss the following:
- Anything past the expiration date
- Products that appear dry or crusty
- Anything that has changed consistency, color or smell
- Anything with an SPF less than 15
- Mascara older than three months
- Old, dirty make-up brushes and sponges
Prep Your Skin
The dry and brittle climate of winter can bring the worst out of your skin. It’s time to relinquish yourself of dry and flaky skin, and bring out its better side. A deep full body exfoliation is what I love to do! I emphasize the full body because most of the winter we are covered up and don’t even pay attention to every inch of our deer skin. This is an opportunity to give your skin some much needed TLC and attention.
Here’s one of my favorite DIY home exfoliation remedies that will leave your skin feeling smooth, soft and ready for skirts and sandals:
- Mix 2 cups of brown sugar with 1 cup of olive oil.
- Scrub the entire body using circular motions, giving rough dry patches on the skin some extra rubbing.
- Rinse and moisturize.
For a deep cleansing facial mask to bring out your complexion and natural glow:
- 1 teaspoon plain yogurt
- 1 teaspoon honey
- ½ of an unripe papaya
- Mix the ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Apply to your face for 8 to 10 minutes.
- Rinse and moisturize.
In case you haven’t noticed, summer will be here any minute and right about now, you’re probably panicking because those last pesky 10 or 20 pounds still haven’t melted off yet. Not to worry, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips to whip you into shape just in time for summer.
- Switch it up. So, you workout every day for at least a half hour right before you go to bed. That’s all fine and dandy, but if you really want to start seeing results, set your alarm that it goes off 30 minutes earlier than usual and go for a quick run or power walk before you go about your day. Working out early in the morning causes your body to burn more fat.
- Stop skipping breakfast. You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by dashing out the front door on an empty stomach, but that’s where you’re wrong. When you skip out on meals, especially breakfast, your metabolism slows down, which makes the weight-loss process that much more difficult.
- Cut back on alcohol. I really hate to break it to you, but alcohol is loaded with empty calories and to make things worse, it slows down the fat-burning process. Who wants that when you’re trying to drop the lbs?
- Eat before you hit the gym. Eating a little something before you work out helps you retain and build muscle.
- Do not ignore hunger. When you start to feel those midday hunger pangs, go ahead and reach for a snack! And it doesn’t have to be a full meal fruit, yogurt or a handful of almonds should do it. Actually, eating small meals throughout the day helps speed up your metabolism.
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6.Go raw. You can’t go wrong if your diet consists of mainly fruits, vegetables and complex carbs (beans, legumes, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, and quinoa). These foods are lower in calories but still fill you up for hours.
7.Get some sleep. Eight hours is ideal, but at the very least, you should be getting six hours every night. Anything less than that can sabotage your waistline because get this: Lack of sleep causes you to eat more and when you eat more, you tend to gain weight, right? The last time I checked, that would totally be defeating the purpose.
Good Morning America’s (GMA) co-anchor Robin Roberts, who has been on medical leave since August of this year, won’t be back on the popular talk show until late spring or even early summer, according to TMZ.Reportedly, multiple sources spoke to the celeb website and revealed that Robert’s immune system is just too weak to even run the risk of her going through the rigors that her stressful job demands.
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The sources told TMZ that Roberts’ progress is coming along nicely but that her recuperation puts her on target with a return-to-work timeframe of May or even June of next year. Roberts is not jumping for joy over her doctor’s strict demands but she understands and is being compliant, say the sources.
Meanwhile, Roberts’ GMA bosses would rather see their co-anchor back on the interviewing couch as early as February of next year but they understand this is an impossibility, say the sources.
Roberts was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, went through chemo and thought that was the end of her health crisis. Five years later, the 52-year-old announced she had been diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome. In most cases, the disease worsens and patients develop low blood count caused by bone marrow failure.
Last October, Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant and it was successful; however in November, she was stricken with a virus that landed her back in the hospital for a week.
Throughout her health crisis, Roberts has remained upbeat and her fans have been anxiously awaiting her return, sending her truckloads of emails and cards of well wishes for a speedy recovery.