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      Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Savings: Now is the time.

      Frownies Blog Holiday Skin Care Special

      Here at Frownies It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Wait, what?! It is not even halloween! As much as we complain when stores deck the halls while it’s still beach season, it turns out that they are actually on to something. Although we’ve got over a month or two left until the holiday season begins, the best time to start plotting out your holiday spending is NOW, believe it or not. The more you plan ahead, the less likely you are to overdo it — and the more likely you are to still have some jingle in your wallet when 2020 rolls around!

      No one wants to be a sad Santa this holiday season— get moving on these seven head starts to saving so this holiday season is a joyous occasion. We’ve got your budgeting, planning and shopping to-dos.

      Holiday Budget

      Just as with any other financial goal, the first step to getting financially ahead for the holiday season is to nail down a budget.

      One of the best ways to do that, is to add up last year’s holiday receipts and credit card charges for a clear picture of what you spent.

      You can then use these numbers as the basis for creating a 2019 holiday budget worksheet, where you’ll plug in realistic estimation for every holiday spending category — from entertaining and gifts to travel and charity donations.

      Once you’ve landed on the right figures, devise a specific savings strategy that you’ll execute over the next six months to cover those holiday costs — such as brown-bagging your lunch a couple days a week or skipping Starbucks, and save on the difference.

      Holiday Savings Account

      Even if you’re not quite ready to start your holiday shopping, it’s never too early to start your holiday saving.

      While it may seem easier to simply funnel your holiday money into a catchall savings account that also includes your emergency cash—Your emergency fund should be used for emergencies only—we cannot stress enough how vital it is to keep emergency savings separate. Opening different accounts for each savings goal is a good way to keep from dipping into funds assigned for a different purpose.

      When shopping for a place to park your holiday cash, look at online banks, which typically offer favorable interest rates as well as provide an extra layer of protection against the temptation to withdraw the funds for other things.

      Another benefit to starting your saving early is you will be able to take out a smaller amount each pay period than if you wait until December.

      Holiday Spending Plan

      With a first draft of your holiday budget in hand, dig deeper by pinpointing exactly how you’ll spend money within each category to ensure your numbers are accurate.
      Knowing whom you want to buy gifts for — and how much you’ll be spending on each person — is key.

      Creating a plan well before the holidays not only keeps you organized, but it allows you to take advantage of deals throughout the year — alleviating overspending when you’re pressured at the last minute.

      Stop Habitual Spending

      Let’s be real: There’s always room to scale back your budget a bit more. Whether it’s your tendency to toss a magazine into your cart at the supermarket checkout or to order several appetizers with dinner, choose one unnecessary expense you can live without — and funnel the money saved into your holiday account.

      Seasonal Sales

      Since you’re getting an early start to your holiday shopping this year, you’ll actually be able to take advantage of seasonal sales.

      Gift cards are great because you can use them as presents or stocking stuffers, or as a way to save on your own holiday expenses.

      Back-to-school sales are also a great time to find deals on winter wear items that will be perfect for holiday gifts. Also following retailers’ social media accounts to source additional discounts is the secret to shopping sales.

      Want another shopping secret? You can grab gift cards at up to 90 percent off for such stores as Target, Home Depot, and GameStop on a site like GiftCardGranny.

      Redeem Rewards

      Summer spending probably racked up quite a few credit card points that you can put to good use for your holiday spending, but before redeeming, do some research on your creditor’s website to ensure you’re not missing out on any valuable incentives.

      And, of course, remember to only charge what you can pay off in full — lest you end up triggering interest charges that will cancel out those reward benefits.

      Track To-Do List

      There’s just one downside to all this proactive holiday planning: If you’re not careful, you’re likely to forget what you’ve purchased and buy it twice — which is why organization is key.

      While it takes some initial effort to stay organized, your reward will come in December when you’re sipping vegan eggnog by the fire and others are frantically duking it out at the mall for last minute gifts.

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      Treating Skin Issues with Whole Vitamin E Oil

      Best skin care ingredients, clean skin care

      Body oils have become so popular but don’t forget to check the label! FROWNIES stresses how important it is to have organic and natural ingredients! Sadly harmful chemicals in skin-care products are not always listed in the ingredients; it is good to find a brand that you can trust has the best ingredients to promote your health! Whole vitamin E oil has shown MANY health benefits and healing properties for the skin –here we will touch on some skin issues vitamin e oil is ready to tackle! 

      Anti-aging

      Vitamin E oil has an amazing anti-aging effect that will leave skin looking amazing. Habits such as excessive intake of alcohol, smoking, or lack of the proper skin regime often induce onset signs of aging before time. Topical application of Vitamin E oil promotes the production of two key protein components, collagen and elastin (improves skin elasticity). Vitamin E reduces the appearance of age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles, which gives you younger looking skin. Vitamin E has antioxidant properties that fight off damaging effects of free radicals and lower the chances of new wrinkles appearing. WHOLE form vitamin E is used as a key ingredient in Frownies Immune Shield Vitamin E Serum.

      Dry Skin

      Vitamin E prevents the skin from loosing water and helps to retain skin’s natural moisture. Vitamin E helps dull, dry skin look healthy and moisturized. Vitamin E oil can be used regularly for deep pore cleansing of dry or oily skin to restore the normal oil balance of the skin.  

      Sunburn

      Vitamin E oil is used to treat sunburns! When applied topically vitamin E oil is instantly absorbed by the by the epidermal layer of the skin, healing damage caused by ultraviolet radiation and relieving pain. Vitamin E can also be used for protection from sun damage. 

      Scars 

      Vitamin E helps remove and decrease the appearance of scars from the skin! Apply Vitamin E oil to acne scars or any other form of scar to rid skin of scaring. Vitamin E oil first softens the affected area of skin and then lightens the mark after a few weeks of application. The scar will eventually fade out after a few months. Vitamin E speeds up the regeneration process of skin cells, replacing damaged skin cells with healthy new ones. 

       

      Stretch Marks

      By now you cans see how Vitamin E oil would be equally effective at removing or lessening the appearance of stretch marks. If pregnant apply vitamin E oil to abdomen when belly starts to expand. This will relieve itching sensation caused by the stretching of the skin and prevent stretch marks! Vitamin E oil can also be used to remove preexisting stretch marks. Vitamin E oil increases the production of new skin cells and helps restore skin’s natural elasticity. Regular application will eliminate stretch marks. 

      Nails and Cuticles

      Vitamin E oil is most commonly known for maintaining nail health. Just a few drops of vitamin E oil can help heal broken nails and prevent future breakage. Bring poorly kept nails back to life by using regularly!

      Serum 

      When choosing any product you want to remember that if you compromise on the quality of the ingredients you can end up compromising possible health benefits. Many products extract only part of the Vitamin e and then combine with other ingredients (sometimes harmful). Be sure to look for WHOLE Vitamin E. 

      Frownies is 100% WHOLE plant based ingredients! Frownies Vitamin E Skin Serum contains whole form vitamin E from oat lipids, and outer fine oils, along side ingredients with potentially healing properties. 

      GET THE GLOW FROM THE INSIDE OUT: VEGAN LIFESTYLE AND SKINCARE

      Vegan lifestyle and skin health

      We at FROWNIES have noticed that more people are talking about vegan lifestylecelebrities, former presidents, eating advocates, and younger people are talking about changing their diet for the many benefits going vegan allows. The movement continues to grow at a very impressive rate—why? It's ethical, healthy, and delicious even if you don't change altogether you and your skin benefit from adding veggies. 

      WHOLE FOODS DIET

      The food we eat is reflected in our complexion. Nourishing the body with organic fruits, vegetables, avocados, nuts, seeds, and whole-grains shows through the skin’s healthy glow.  We say go for the glow—eat as close to nature as possible, consume a high whole-foods diet, and make sure you are getting your greens in! If you can’t seem to manage eating them boiled, saute, or in salads make a fruit and greens smoothie! Fresh juices like cucumber, carrot, and celery will also beautify the skin deliver hydration and skin-nourishing and rejuvenating fats, vitamins, and minerals and are some of the top anti-aging foods.

      The first and most important factor for healthy, radiant, youthful skin, begins with a whole foods diet. Fresh vegetables and fruits are full of antioxidants and phytochemicals and (we cannot stress it enough) are particularly important in hydrating the skin. Try to incorporate as many alkaline foods into your diet-not just for skin health but also for overall health. Then use only quality skin care to enhance your glow!

      STAYING HYDRATED

      Hydrate topically and hydrate internally but how? We all know that drinking a lot of water is good for the skin. Here’s the problem with that message, however. The distinction needs made between hydrating with water and naturally hydrating foods.  Fruits and vegetables are water-rich, even bananas and avocados (which have no juice) have a high water content. For sure keep drinking plenty of water (and stop drinking artificially sweetened drinks and sodas) but, increase your consumption of natural, water-rich plant foods.You will notice your body becomes hydrated from those foods (as well as receiving vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, etc.) and you will not feel as thirsty. Of course add an aloe rich moisturizer like "Frownies Moisturizer Face and Neck" topically and your doing it all. 

      EXERCISE AND SLEEP

      When you exercise there is an immediate glow and the skin looks radiant, this is because exercise improves blood circulation to the skin. Exercise also improves immunity,elevates mood, and supports sleep. Sleep is the most important when it comes to overall health. Sleep is the time when everything rests in repair mode while we rest – everything including the skin repairs. When the switch is made to exercise and eat a clean, whole foods diet, sleep quality improves. When one feels rested one is more energized to keep exercise a routine and plan for healthier eating. The holistic cycle continues fomind, body, soul – and skin.

       

      VEGAN IS MORE THAN A DIET

      There are a lot of incredible choices for vegan skin care out there. Some more expensive than others, some available in stores, others online, some are small independent local retailers some are huge corporate companies. Frownies products work for all skin tones, skin types, and climates. You can rest assured in that products you chose to spend your money on when you choose Frownies Skin Care.

      You carefully watch the products you put into your body, now do the same when picking out skin care products

      LESS INFLAMMATION

      The National Institutes of Health (NIH) calls inflammation "a pathological condition underlying a number of diseases including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and chronic inflammatory diseases.Evidence that plant foods and non-nutritive constituents associated with these foods modulate immunological and inflammatory processes." While the NIH study mostly covers diet, we all know avoiding inflammation is vital for skin care.  Curb inflammation and immune disease please!

      LESS SENSITIVE SKIN

      No brainer: natural ingrdient skin care products work best for sensitive skin. Beauty experts note that a vegan diet typically results in healthy, incandescent looking skin—and for those with sensitive skin, plant-based products protect the glow.  All the natural, plant-based ingredients in Frownies products protect against skin irritation, and we all know how irritating irritated skin is!

      ETHICAL FOR THE PLANET 

      Many of us know that one of the greatest threats to rain-forest  is the clearing of land for cattle ranches.  Just like a vegan diet supports saving the planet, swapping for vegan skin care products is also ethical for the environment! 

      CRUELTY FREE

      Using vegan products also helps protect the animals. We are all aware of the horrors of animal testing. Animal experimentation is incredibly cruel and frankly it is disheartening that animal experimentation is currently up 73%. Choosing vegan skin care products is not just good for the skin, it's good for the conscience.  Frownies products are cruelty free, join us in doing good, feeling good, and looking great!

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      7 Tools to Spiritual Wellness

      7 tools for spiritual health

      The foundation of FROWNIES mission is to promote total health and wellness. If that be through products such as skin care, fitness and nutrition, or spirituality and meditation. What areas are more challenging for you? The spiritual element of wellness can sometimes be the most personal piece of the puzzle when trying to place all the dimensions of wellness together. Generally, people like to live a life with meaning and purpose. When these goals are met, it brings harmony to life, and the others they surround themselves with. So, what can you do to improve your spiritual wellness? It’s best to figure out what techniques work for you as an individual. Since spiritual wellness involves one’s values, beliefs, and purpose, it can be achieved in several ways—both physically and mentally.Here are some tips to get you unstuck and on your way to spiritual health!

      Exploring your spiritual core.

      By exploring your spiritual core, you are simply asking yourself questions about the person you are and your meaning. Ask yourself: Who am I? What is my purpose? What do I value most? These questions will lead you down a road where you will think more in-depth about yourself and allow you to notice things about yourself that will help you achieve fulfillment.  

      Looking for deeper meaning.

      Looking for deeper meanings in your life and analyzing occurring patterns will help you see that you have control over your destiny. Being aware of this can help you achieve a happy and healthy life.

      Get it out & Let it go.

      Expressing what is on your mind will help you to maintain a focused mind. After a long day or a significant event, you may feel confused and not be able to make sense of your feelings. By writing down your thoughts, you may be able to think clearer and move forward.

      Trying yoga.

      Yoga is a physical technique that can help improve your spiritual wellness by reducing emotional and physical strains on your mind and body. Yoga is taught at all different levels and can help lower stress, boost the immune system, and lower blood pressure as well as reduce anxiety, depression, fatigue, and insomnia.

      Travel.

      It’s true! Taking time for yourself to travel to a comforting place or somewhere new can-do wonders for your mind. When you are at a place where your mind can keep out distractions and help you reflect and rest, you will have a better connection with yourself. This allows you to weed out stressors and set your mind on the right path for overall wellness. Some activities to take part in when on a trip can be exercising, speaking with a counselor or advisor, meditation, or taking a temporary vow of silence.

      Thinking positively.

      Once you start viewing things in your life in a positive manner, you will find yourself thinking differently and refocusing your mind to a happy, healthy place. When you eliminate negativity and re-frame how you think of certain things and situations, you’ll notice yourself being more relaxed.

      Taking time for meditation.

      While managing your time and daily tasks can be hard, it is crucial to devote time to connecting with yourself. Whether in the morning when you wake up, during your lunch break, or before you go to sleep, take five to 10 minutes to meditate each day. Fitting mediation and relaxation into your lifestyle will free your mind and foster a stronger relationship with your spiritual wellness.

      Treating Dry and Dehydrated Skin with Frownies

      Best treatment for dry and dehydrated skin

      Dry skin is one of the most common FROWNIES customer complaints, especially when working with mature aged adults. The first thing to do when addressing this issue is identifying the difference between dryness and dehydration. In order to determine potential causes it is important to separate these two issues. Once this has been done, the whole picture can be evaluated to develop an effective skin care plan. There will often be overlap, and the two issues usually impact one another directly. Fortunately, there are a range of modalities available to help comfort and treat both dry and dehydrated skin.

      Dry Skin

      Dry skin is a skin type that is related to oil production. Skin is genetically predisposed to inadequate oil production, which leads to chronic dryness. Skin may also become dryer due to diet or oil production decreasing with age. Skin with normal oil production will have a light hydrolipid film composed of oil, as well as perspiration and moisture from the air (commonly know as “the T zone”). The T zone may produce more oil than other areas. Commonly, customers observe oil in the T zone and believe that they have overactive oil production. For some reason many people believe skin with no oil is healthiest which leads even those with normal oil production to stripping their skin with harsh cleansers in order to remove all traces of it. The truth is they need this film to keep skin properly protected and hydrated.

      Dry skin presents with a lacking or nonexistent hydrolipid film. It may appear tight, dull or may show signs of premature aging (fine lines and wrinkles). This dryness and lack of barrier function is a leading cause of dehydration because, with no protective barrier, skin is susceptible to transepi­dermal water loss (TEWL). In this case, even if enough water is being taken in, the skin will be unable to retain the hydration. According to international esthetic educator, Florence Barrett-Hill: “There is a simple law of physics that can be applied to TEWL and that is: Oil sits on top of water. Logically, if we wanted to retain water within the epidermis or to slow down water movement, the oil phases of the skin are the key to achieving this.”

      Potential causes of dry skin 

      Because dryness is a skin type, those afflicted are simply genetically predisposed to inadequate oil production. However, several factors can worsen this type of skin or make otherwise normal skin feel dry due to reduced surface oil. Some of these factors include powdery makeup that absorbs the oil, using harsh products that strip away oil instead of those that are protective, as well as certain medications or dietary choices.

      Potential Causes of Dehydrated Skin

      Dehydration is a skin condition that is related to the water content of the skin. Dehydrated skin can include epidermal dehydration, dermal dehydration or both. Each has different causes and treatments and, which also often overlap and closely impact one another. Well-hydrated skin will appear smooth and dewy on the surface. The epidermis will be plump, supple and bounce back easily, indicating good elasticity. Epidermal dehydration is indicated by crepiness or small lines that form when the skin is manipulated during skin analysis. Scales may form in the case of more severe, chronic surface dehydration. Dermal dehydration causes depletion of the dermis and will ultimately result in deeper wrinkles that are visible on the surface of the skin, as well as loss of elasticity and sagging skin.

      Common causes of epidermal dehydration include lifestyle choices, such as smoking, medication or illness; a diet high in salt or stimulants, such as coffee; environmental factors, such as seasonal changes and the artificial indoor environments caused by both heating and air conditioning; or overexposure to sun, which can cause moisture loss and lead to dermal dehydration. Additionally, those with redness-prone or rosacea skin can often experience a higher rate of epidermal dehydration, because the heat present with their condition can encourage TEWL, especially in the instance of impaired barrier. Although drinking enough water is vital to hydrated skin, this alone cannot prevent dehydration. Even if a customer drinks the right amount of water, if the skin’s barrier is impaired, the water is likely to be lost through TEWL.

      Treatment Options For Dry & Dehydrated Skin

      Frownies Inspired Skin Serum (Infusion). An oil infusion can be an effective way to help correct barrier impairment to address dryness. This will generally improve epidermal hydration. In order to perform an oil infusion, Skin Serum should be applied to the skin after a thorough-yet-gentle cleansing, toning and exfoliation. The oil should remain on the skin as steam is applied and left in a comfortable position for 10–15 minutes. The heat and moisture from the steam will allow the oil to facilitate barrier repair. Frownies Inspired Skin Serum is full of ingredients that matter to the skin! It instantly penetrates so even if you cannot do a steam infusion (to to health concerns or simply by choice) the Serum will still help to build up a new protective barrier for retaining hydration.

      Red LED Light. Although an adequate barrier will not ensure proper hydration; generally, proper hydration cannot exist without a functional barrier. Additionally, red LED light will help improve function in the dermal layers. Red LED light therapy has been shown to trigger repair mechanisms that stimulate fibroblast activity and new cell growth for tighter, rejuvenated skin. This increase in activity boosts collagen and other proteins that are critical for the skin’s ability to retain hydration. This increase in important skin proteins simultan­eously improves elastosis caused by chronic dehydration.

      Niacinamide. This potent form of vitamin B-3 takes a multifun­ctional approach to hydration by addressing several aspects of dryness and dehydration simultan­eously. By dramatically boosting ceramides and fatty acids in the stratum corneum, topically applied niacinamide has been shown to have an overwhel­mingly positive impact on barrier function. In one study, niacinamide was shown to reduce TEWL by 20% throughout 24 days. Additionally, niacinamide has been shown to improve microcir­culation in the dermis, which provides numerous benefits, especially for mature skin.

      Multi-weight hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is well-known as one of the most effective skin-hydrating ingredients. However, it is not always used to its potential when only one type is included in a formulation. By featuring multiple weights of hyaluronic acid, different aspects of hydration and skin health are addressed. Normally, when hyaluronic acid is discussed, medium weight is the type talked about, which helps draw moisture to the skin for general hydration. The introduction of a low-weight hyaluronic acid allows hydration to penetrate deeper and more quickly in order to aid in improving elasticity. Additionally, a high-weight hyaluronic acid sits nearer to the surface of the skin and acts similarly to a dermal filler, helping improve surface hydration, and make fine lines and wrinkles appear less visible. This technology can be put to use by choosing serums and moisturizers that incorporate multiple weights of hyaluronic acid.

      Acetyl hexapeptide-37. As the “buzz” associated with peptides winds down, they have now earned their place as powerful skin care tools. One peptide in particular takes a novel approach to improving hydration, even for the most sensitive of skin. Acetyl hexapeptide-37 works with aquaporin 3, a protein found naturally in the skin, to regulate the way hydration moves between the basal layers of the epidermis and the stratum corneum to improve overall hydration. Acetyl hexapeptide-37 has also shown promise in collagen production. This powerful anti-ager was shown to boost the synthesis of collagen I by 61% in vitro. One important consideration when working with acetyl hexapeptide-37—and all peptides—is repetition. In order to see the best results possible, any product containing these ingredients should be applied to the skin repetitively so that the peptides can signal the skin consistently.

      Healthy Diet For Your Skin

      The best approach to dry or dehydrated skin is to look at the situation as a whole by performing a thorough skin analysis, and asking detailed questions about lifestyle and skin care habits. Only by piecing together multiple potential causes can the correct treatment be determined. Whether new technologies or more traditional treatments are chosen, the key to correcting dry or dehydrated skin lies in determining the initial cause and helping the skin to compensate, balance and repair. Give your skin the proper diet of ingredients that come in Frownies Inspired Skin Serum: Hemp Seed Oil, Grape seed Oil, Raphanus Sativus Seed Oil (Diakon Radish Oil), Macadamia Nut Oil, Avena Sativa Kernel Oil (Oat Oil), Olive Squalane, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Avocado Oil, Comfrey, Vegicide (Glyceryl Monocaprylate (and) Glyceryl Monoundecylenate), Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamin E MT-50 (Tocopherol Oil), and Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower Oil).

      Frownies Skin Serum is rich in antioxidants, peptides and beneficial lipids to soften and smooth the appearance of your skin. Skin Serum is high in ceramides, lipids naturally found in skin membrane to support the structure of the skin and improve skin appearance, We created this product as an after sun treatment. UV rays cause oxidation on and in the skin leaving the skin looking aged and damaged, Skin Serum aids in restoring the cells leaving your skin with a dewy glow.