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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. 

       

      Dieting for Your Dosha According to Ayurveda

      At Frownies we think it is interesting and fun to look into all cultures and ways of improving your life's quality. Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is one of the world's oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It's based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. We also know from modern science, your skins appearance corresponds to your internal health. 

      How Your Dosha Affects Your Skin

      Vata imbalance can produce blackheads. Dryness in the body can cause an overproduction of oil, clogging the skin. Pitta imbalance may cause inflammation and toxins to accumulate, resulting in red, painful pimples. Kapha imbalance can create cystic acne due to excess dampness in the body.

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      Balance for Youthful Skin

       Balanced skin, flaky skin, dry skin ph balanced skin

       

      BALANCED SKIN FOR LIFE

      In all areas of life balance represents a health medium. When talking about healthy skin you can see what happens when your skin is not balanced, you end up with dry or oily skin, which leads to other skin problems. An imbalanced pH level of the skin and skincare products are to blame for numerous skin disorders such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, and early aging of the skin. There is a pH sweet spot for your skin to function properly and look it’s best.

      pH BALANCE FOR YOUR SKIN

      You can throw off the pH balance in the skin by what you put ON the body and IN the body. Most skincare products have harmful chemicals that destroy the acid mantel and wreck the pH balance. Your dermis will warn you when you have thrown off the pH balance by becoming sensitive, swelling (inflammation), sudden acne breakouts or having the appearance of aging (rapid wrinkles).

      SKIN PROTECTIVE LAYER

      The skin’s protective layer (Acid Mantle) is responsible for keeping lipids and moisture in, and keeping germs, pollution, toxins, and harmful bacteria out! A healthy pH balance for the skin ranges from 4 to 6.5 (some areas of the body require varied ranges). When you are younger the acid mantel is more active and maintains a healthy environment for skin to look young. With age the pH begins to become alkaline (more neutral) providing more opportunity for bacteria to grow, sensitivity to develop, and wrinkles to occur.

      FROWNIES AND SKIN PROTECTIVE LAYER

      Frownies skincare products keep the skin at that perfect pH sweet spot! Frownies skin care products keep skin healthy and youthful appearing at any age!

      BALANCE IN SKIN CARE PRODUCTS

      Soaps have high alkaline content that destroys the acidic balance; especially if you have sensitive skin you should use acidic pH balance cleansers to promote skin health. The problems with skin care products are they are either too alkaline or too acidic, find balance in Frownies skin care. Frownies pH Balancing Complexion Wash and Frownies Rose Water Hydrator Spray have all-natural ingredients, to cleanse the skin and protect from harmful bacteria by balancing the skin’s ph. Frownies Complexion wash and Frownies Rose Water Spray are guaranteed to improve the health and appearance of your skin leaving you looking your most youthful self!

       

      Healthy Skin One Bite at a Time

      Foods to help with skin health

      WHAT FOODS HELP WITH SKIN HEALTHY GLOW

      At FROWNIES we know what you feed your face matters. What you eat can affect your hormone balance, cause acne, and create inflammation (which is associated with skin aging). That is why we are telling your what you eat is as important as the serums and creams you apply for that healthy glow look.

      YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

      Frownies has collected a list of foods that help prevent skin problems and promote skin health. The term "you are what you eat", is reality when it comes to your skin. How much mind you pay to what you eat, not only shows in your figure, but also shows on your face. You’re welcome in advance for your gorgeous, healthy skin!

       FOODS THAT HELP PREVENT SKIN PROBLEMS

      Olive Oil ~ Researchers found higher consumption (more than 2 teaspoons) of olive oil is associated with fewer signs of aging compared to people who ate less than 1 teaspoon a day. Olive oil beat out sunflower and peanut oil when tested. 75% of the fat in olive oil is monounsaturated fatty acids, which gives a youth boost. Antioxidants polyphenols in olive oil also quench damaging free radicals.
      Tomatoes ~ 2008 Research study found people who ate 5 tablespoons of tomatoes paste daily along with almost a tablespoon of olive oil for 12 weeks, had 33% more protection from sunburn compared to a control group that ate just olive oil. The antioxidant lycopene improves skin’s natural SPF (levels of which are higher in cooked, processed tomatoes. Tomatoes are not a replacement for sunscreen.
      Dark chocolate ~ Rich Cocoa flavanols, and plant compounds with antioxidant properties, help hydrate skin and improve circulation. Those who consume high flavanol cocoa powder drink, a one-ounce serving, or a 150-calorie portion will experience less skin roughness and scaliness.
      Oatmeal  ~ Oatmeal as a good substitute for sugary breakfast foods. Refined sugary carbs that prompt your body to make insulin and increase the production of hormones known as androgens. Elevated androgens cause sebaceous glands in the skin to secrete more oil that gets trapped inside pores, causing pimples.
      Sardines ~ One serving of these small fish contains 1.5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, making it one of the best sources of the fat. Fatty fish is particularly rich in the type of omega-3 called DHA, an anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is now known as the root cause of acne. Packing your diet with DHA omega-3’s can help keep your skin clear.
      Green tea In a 2011 study people who drank a beverage containing green tea polyphenols daily for 12 weeks had skin that was more elastic, smooth, and had ¼ less sun damage when exposed to UV light compared with control group. Green tea’s catechins like EGCG (antioxidants) boost blood flow and oxygen to the skin, which delivers key nutrients to keep your complexion healthy.
      Kale ~  One of the best sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that absorb and neutralize the free radicals created by UV light—including wavelengths that actually get through sunscreen and reach your skin. Just 1 cup gives you 134% and 133% of your daily value for skin-firming vitamin C and A.
      Walnutsthe only type of nut that contains a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which is especially important for vegetarians who are skipping fish. Walnuts have an omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid. (Deficiency in this fat can result in eczema, which is associated with dry, scaly skin).
      Rosemary ~ Consuming 4 or more herbs regularly—rosemary or thyme for example—was associated with up to a 60% reduced risk of melanoma, herbs pack a ton of antioxidants into a tiny skin-protecting package, squelching free radicals from the sun before they can damage skin.
      Almond milk ~ This tasty drink makes the list because of what it is not—Dairy! Research shows dairy is highly inflammatory, which means it will aggravate acne, wrinkles, and rashes.
      Water ~ Water keeps your kin hydrated—and staying hydrated makes it appear plumper and less wrinkled. Another reason to fill up on water over other drinks: you’ll save on sugar. Sugars found in juices, sodas, and sports drinks cause your skin major woes. When blood sugar levels are high, sugars can attach to proteins in collagen and produce compounds thatcause skin to sag and wrinkle.
      Sunflower Seeds ~ 37% of your daily needs for vitamin E per ounce, these seeds can help keep your skin pimple-free. Vitamin E is thought to enhance immune function, allowing the body to fight off the inflammation that leads to acne.
      Mackerel ~ One of the best sources of vitamin B12 containing 16 mcg, or 270% of what your body needs in a day. Many people miss out on B12 when trying to eat less meat (or vegetarians who do not eat any at all). Some symptoms of B12 deficiency are hyperpigmentation (dark spots) and vitiligo (white spots). Making sure you get enough of this vitamin everyday (vegan sources include nutritional yeast) can help keep skin even toned.
      Carrots ~ Filling up on carrots can give you a natural glow. 2011 study found that people who eat a higher amount of carotenoid- containing fruits and vegetables, like carrots, have more yellow tones in their skin, giving them a completion that others rated as looking healthier!