The Fourth of July, boat days, beach days, fireworks and cutoffs.
(And refreshing summer cocktails!)
Our FAVORITE summer cocktail - while not just delicious - is full of antioxidants, natural sun protection and local flavor!
Scroll down for the recipe!
1 cup berries (we used blueberries for this one)!
10-12 mint leaves
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime
1 tablespoon grade A maple syrup
4 oz vodka
8 oz seltzer water
Berries for garnish
Place berries, mint and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and muddle.
Add ice, vodka and maple syrup.
Shake to blend.
Strain into a glass and top with seltzer water.
Garnish away with a sprig of mint, slice of lime, or skewer of berries!
In a time when women are taught to “take care of their face” by getting preventative Botox in their mid twenties; injecting their lips, cheekbones, foreheads and chins with fillers; using aggressive products and services like Retin-A, microdermabrasion and vampire facials; Wheatgrass and Champagne demands more natural options. And that’s just what we’ve compiled for you here - more, natural, options.
Herbs. Facial massage. Mewing. Face Yoga.
We’ll start with herbs. The only way to reap the benefits of herbs is to sprinkle them on your meal or drink them in your tea, right? Wrong. Try putting them on your face in the form of an herbal oil. Dry them out, infuse them in a carrier oil, massage onto your face and your face will thank you forever. Better yet, let a knowledgeable herbalist like Vanessa Pinkham of Guinevere Beauty infuse them for you.
Another easy way to absorb the youthful benefits of herbs is to mix a tablespoon of warm herbal tea with a smidge of coconut oil or jojoba oil to use as a facial cleanser!
Facial massage. With strategic (firm in some places and gentle in others) swiping movements of your hand across your face (once aforementioned herbal oil has been applied to allow for frictionless movement), you can stimulate the lymph below the surface of the skin to prevent buildup and keep that glow. If the lymph under the surface of the skin is stagnant, waste that our body is trying to expel will pile up, thus making our skin tired and heavy. Think rivers - the lymph under our skin is like a river system, and when that gets dammed up, unwanted waste accumulates. When waste is expelled as necessary, the skin appears plump and full!
In addition to moving the lymph, facial massage also relaxes the muscles that might be overworked from hours of looking at a computer screen, squinting in the sunlight, or harboring stress or emotion, thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
Mewing. What the heck is mewing? Named after Dr. Mew, the man we can thank for this wonderful discovery, we now know that we actually do have some control over the appearance of our jawline - it isn't purely up to genetics. Through certain tongue exercises, we can sculpt a better jawline and face. Dr. Mew discovered that by squishing your tongue completely flat onto the roof of your mouth repeatedly over time, your lower chin/upper neck will be drastically sculpted, appearing leaner and more defined.
Face Yoga. First came Annelise Hagen of Yoga Face. Then came Fumiko Takatsu of Face Yoga Method. Both compiled different facial exercises that will firm, tighten, tone and lift the muscles, and therefore the skin, of your face. Yes, you will look totally bizarre doing these exercises. Yes, you should probably do them in solitude as to not run the risk of onlookers calling law enforcement to haul you out of sight... but yes, you will look vibrant and youthful after repetition of these exercises.
With all of these natural remedies yielding Botox-like results, you can forever say goodbye to needles and invasive facial procedures! However, if Botox is still your chosen method of bottling up the fountain of youth, be forewarned of side effects. Tune in to Wheatgrass and Champagne's Botox episode featuring Vanessa Pinkham of Guinevere Beauty to learn all the ins and outs!
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