The Health and Beauty Benefits of Water

The Health and Beauty Benefits of Water

How many times have you heard that you should drink 8 glasses of water a day? It’s common knowledge but do we really know why we need to drink that much water? Listen up!
Your body is mostly water and comprises about 60 percent of your body weight. According to the Mayo Clinic, water:
  • Eliminates wastes through urination, perspiration and bowel movements
  • Keeps your temperature normal
  • Lubricates and cushions joints
  • Protects sensitive tissues1
But did you also know all the wonderful things water can do for your looks? Enough H2O does more than keep you hydrated. It helps your body flush out toxins more efficiently. The result? Fresher and more radiant-looking skin! Water helps your skin keep its natural elasticity and suppleness.

What do the experts say? According to Howard Murad, author of The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger, not drinking water makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled, which can be improved with proper hydration.

Dermatologist Dr. Rachel Nazarian, of the New York City-based Schweiger Dermatology Group, has said, “I’ve found that water makes a big difference in skin health. Without adequate water intake, skin appears duller, and wrinkles and pores more prominent.”2
Now it’s easier to become more motivated to try and drink 62 ounces of water a day, right?
For those of you who don’t have the patience to track your water intake (or who don’t enjoy guzzling water around the clock), you literally can “eat” your water to supplement your intake. That’s because many fruits and vegetables are almost 100 percent water!
Below are some fruits and vegetables that taste wonderful and hydrate you. Incorporate these into your daily diet and you will meet your water quota, helping your body work better and making yourself look better!
STRAWBERRIES
CUCUMBER
CELERY
CANTALOUPE
GRAPEFRUIT
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TOMATO
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1 Healthy Lifestyle: Nutrition and healthy eating. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256?pg=2
2 Fetters, K. Does Drinking Water Really Give You Glowing Skin? Women’s Health Magazine. February 26, 2015. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/drinking-water-for-better-skin
3 Micco, N., M.S. 7 Refreshing Foods to Help You Stay Hydrated. Eating Well. http://www.eatingwell.com/article/17576/7-refreshing-foods-to-help-you-stay-hydrated/

Hottest Hair Colors for 2018

When it comes to hair, color is IN! 2018 brings brighter, bolder and spicier shades. It’s very 80’s but definitely back in style.
But importantly you have to go with what looks best with your skin coloring. If you’re pale skinned, the icy look is for you, like platinum, a perennial favorite. If you have warm undertones, go for a warm buttery blond or caramel auburn.
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Buttery Blonde
Here, our fav celeb Reese Witherspoon rocks a buttery blonde. Her hair looks multi-dimensional and inviting. Who wouldn’t want a color like this?
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Brunette to Caramel Balayage Is Taking Over the Browns
Balayage remains hot on the radar but now it’s with warmer shades. Jessica Biel’s balayage goes from very dark roots to warm caramel, spanning the spectrum of color and turning heads as she walks in the door.
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Platinum Is A Scene Stealer
Have you noticed how many celebs are going platinum blonde? It. Is. The. Rage. Whether it’s Cara Delevingne’s pure icey platinum or Zoë Kravitz’ slightly warm pixie platinum or Kate Bosworth’s sandy blonde platinum, this color is keeping hair colorists busy everywhere.
Ready for a change but not ready to go full force? Think about enhancing your current hair color with a shampoo made for what you have now. MONAT’s COLOUR ENHANCE products help you play safe by not depositing any real pigment but rather, upping the ante on what you’ve already got. They are formulated with botanical antioxidants and MONAT’s most exclusive plant-derived color enhancing ingredient blends for brilliant results that enrich colour and heighten shine. Whether you’re blonde, brunette or platinum, MONAT’s COLOUR ENHANCE line has a shampoo and conditioner duo just for you!

It’s Valentine’s Day. Whatever Can You Do That’s Different?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and that age old question pops up: What can I do with my boyfriend/husband/significant other that’s not same old, same old?
Here are a few ideas for Valentine’s Day that go outside the usual flowers, chocolate and lavish dinner out.
  • Go Dancing. Real dancing. Take a class, hit a salsa club (for quickie lessons, try this link or simply go see live music where you just have to dance!
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  • Try Karaoke. As hokey as it may seem, karaoke is really a ton of fun. What better way to celebrate your chemistry than singing classic couples duets such as “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” and “I Got You Babe” together?
  • Hit a Comedy Club. Laughter is at the heart of intimacy, after all. Laugh the night away with a Valentine’s Day themed show at a local comedy club. A stomach aching from laughter is the best feeling when it’s shared.
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  • Get a Couple’s Massage. Not only is this relaxing and totally indulgent, it will put and your boo in the mood for love! Tons of spas make hay out of this romantic holiday with couples specials so take advantage of reduced prices.
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  • Make Your Man Breakfast In Bed. You can’t go wrong with this one, especially when you blow caution to the winds and make chocolate chip pancakes!
  • Go Tapas Hopping. Instead of sticking to just one spot, hop around to different places, grab seats at the bar, and order different kinds of wine and tapas at each place. It’s soooo much more fun than a regular sit-down dinner.
  • Get Out of Town. From a bed-and-breakfast to a 5-Star, you can’t go wrong with a special night away. In fact, many places hold Valentine’s specials so scour around for the trip that looks most fun!

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While there really are a ton of different things you can do, it’s important to realize that it’s not what you do but rather, how you treat your special love while you’re on this Valentine’s Day date. Romance happens anywhere as long as you pay attention to your partner, remember what they like and let them know your heart goes pitty-pat when you see them. In the end, anything can be romantic, even hot dogs and a baseball game, when you’re with the one you love. The key to long-lasting romance is not the bouquet of roses but the spark of knowing there’s always more to learn about each other.
New Year? Get New Hair!

New Year? Get New Hair!

It’s a New Year, time for new resolutions and goals. If you let your hair take a back seat last year, then use the New Year to make some haircare resolutions that ensure your tresses reflect new shine! Making small changes to your regular haircare routine can have a major impact on your overall look.

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But first, take your nutritional supplements, emphasizes Dr. Brent Agin, MONAT Scientific Board Member. These days, with soil depletion and water depletion, you can no longer rely on getting all of your nutrients from food. Dr. Agin recommends S3 Supplement Support System as a great supplement for general health that promotes healthy hair as well as skin and nails, an added bonus!

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Also, get on a new regimen of hair care. Make it a resolution to take better care of your hair to get bouncy, manageable hair that puts a smile on your face. Really, your routine can be quite simple.

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  • Wash with a nourishing shampoo and conditioner to keep your locks hydrated. Try Renew Shampoo and Restore Leave-in Conditioner to provide brilliance, strength and vitality for droopy strands.
  • Using a hair treatment once a week/month, like Replenish Masque. Deep treatments are a great way to get hydration back into your hair.

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  • Have your hair trimmed regularly to keep it in shape and eliminate split ends. However, you also have an alternative to the scissors when it comes to split ends! It’s called REJUVABEADS™, the first independently tested hair care technology that selectively targets and heals split-ends and other damaged or stressed areas along the hair shaft.* This amazing product literally seals the hair’s cuticle, reversing damage and sealing its surface. All those dry wisps at the ends of your hair? Gone!
  • Choose one day a week to give your hair a break from heat styling tools and let it air dry naturally. Your strands will thank you!
Dedicate yourself to treating your hair as you’d want to be treated and you’ll get back luster, gloss and bounce, exactly what you want to travel through 2018 on a high note!

*Independent testing has demonstrated that application of the product resulted in a 100% repair of split ends 3mm long and under.

Fly New Year’s Eve Solo With a Spa Night!

Fly New Year’s Eve Solo With a Spa Night!

If you find yourself alone this New Year’s Eve, don’t sweat it. Not every New Year’s Eve needs to be wild dancing, blowing horns and partying until you’re sick, with all of New Year’s Day spent recovering. Consider this New Year’s Eve as one mellow holiday from the holidays and reflect on 2017 with an at-home spa night. Think about it: one whole night devoted to you! You’ll feel fantastic, sleep great and wake up to 2018 with a fresh outlook.

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Set the Mood
Light some scented candles and be sure to place some in the bathroom! Play your favorite mood music on your Bluetooth speaker. Make some fruit-infused water to sip (it’s easy – mix sliced lemons and fresh mint leaves in a bowl and chill. Then strain and drink!) Go the extra mile and prepare a fruit and cheese plate to nibble on during your relaxing night. Best treat of all? Have fresh, clean sheets waiting for you on your bed when it’s time to hit the hay.

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Start with a Facial Masque
Clean your face first with your favorite cleanser. Then, to prep your skin before the face masque, pour boiling hot water in a bowl and bend over it to let the steam open your pores. For a masque, you can use a store-bought product…or make one of your own. Here’s a link to Pinterest for a few ideas. Rub the masque mixture on with gentle circling motions, let your skin soak it up for 15-30 minutes and then wash away with warm water and a final splash of cold water to close your pores.
Finish by applying a hydrating oil like REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive , a replenishing treatment with Abyssinian oil and a blend of 13 unique molecular ingredients. This nourishing oil offers anti-inflammatory properties and improves texture and tone, leaving your skin silky soft.

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Next: A Body Scrub
Prepare your body by first gently dry brushing your skin. It’s a great way to help loosen dead skin cells, stimulate the skin and increase circulation. To learn more, check out this article, 5 Reasons Why You Should Dry Brush Your Skin.
For a body scrub, you can use a store-bought product or make your own by mixing one cup of sea salt with ½ cup of lavender oil so the mixture feels like wet sand. Spread the scrub on your body using small, circular motions. This will exfoliate dry dead skin, leaving you with a natural and healthy glow! Rinse off in the shower or sink into a warm bath filled with bubbles!

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Give Your Hair a Treat
Admit it. You hair takes a lot of abuse. Not detangling properly when it’s wet, hot styling tools, sharp-edged hair clips, brushing it rapidly when you’re in a hurry…all this contributes to damaged hair and split ends. Give your hair the maxed out beauty treatment on your spa night. After washing with a great shampoo, like Renew Shampoo, which has no harsh chemicals or sulfates in it, put a super moisturizing masque on your hair. Try MONAT’s Only for You Super Moisture Mask to repair and hydrate your hair. Since you’re staying in, let it air dry naturally for some total hair R&R!
Indulge Your Fingers and Toes
If you feel up to it, you can also give yourself a manicure and a pedicure. Pick out fun colors to greet the New Year. Take it slow – there’s no rush. At the least, rub balm around your nailbeds and on the heels of your feet to soften them up.

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And Finally…
Throughout the night, don’t forget to sip your infused water or some tea and have some treats (even chocolate, if you prefer). After your spa, if you want to hit your pillow facedown early, do it! If you want to binge-watch a Netflix series, do that instead.
Remember, this night is all about you!
Happy New Year, beautiful.
4 Fabulous Hairstyles You Want to Steal For Your 2017 Holiday Parties

4 Fabulous Hairstyles You Want to Steal For Your 2017 Holiday Parties

The big holiday parties are this weekend. How are you wearing your hair, which is after all, any woman’s masterpiece? We have three great styles and three tutorials for you so you can watch step by step how to do these tresses without having to rush out to the hairdresser!

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Dutch Braid Updo
Combine elegance and old world beauty in this breathtaking updo. While it may look like you spent all day at the salon, you can do this magical style yourself in less than 10 minutes. Then watch how the room stops when you walk in! Click here to watch and learn how from Missy Sue.

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High Pony Tail
High and full pony tails put the edge on sophistication! If you have long, curly or straight hair, they’ll work for you and let you make a party entrance with a sashay in your step. Learn from Kayley Melissa, YouTube hair expert, how she makes a high ponytail in just over four minutes. Watch here!

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Braided “Updo” for Medium Length Hair
What do you do when you want to make a smashing entrance but you don’t have long, flowing locks? Try this gorgeous “updo” which rests on your neck and is made of beautiful braids. You’ll look stunning! Find out how to make this look yours from Abby Smith. Watch here!

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Super Curly Hair Updo
There’s nothing like an updo that says glamour! But what if you have super curly, almost kinky, hair? What to do? Learn from GLAMOUR Magazine how to make a totally ab fab braided updo that makes the most of your curls and you really can do yourself! Click here to watch!
How to Survive the Holidays and Still Look Your Best

How to Survive the Holidays and Still Look Your Best

For many of us, the holidays are a special time of year when we connect with friends and family, attend gatherings, share food and drinks, and exchange gifts.
But all of this excitement can easily create a lot of stress and anxiety. I ate too much! Am I wearing the right dress? Is this the right present? It can be challenging to remember the true meaning of the holiday season—being present in the moment with peace and love.
“I think the biggest obstacles people face during the holidays are the pace and the many different influences that create changes to a ‘normal’ schedule,” says Brent Agin, M.D., MONAT Scientific Board Member. “I personally survive the holidays by keeping my focus. Although my schedule undoubtedly changes, I do not let it interfere with my key health habits that keep me feeling good. If I want to eat some delicious foods that are not in my normal diet I make sure I exercise to earn and burn!
“The holidays are always stressful with both good and bad stress,” Dr. Agin continues, “so dropping your health habits will just worsen your body’s response to these stresses. Staying as close to your regimen as possible is the best way to get through this time looking and feeling your best.”
Tips for Making It Through!
  • This is important! Don’t skip meals on the big party day. Instead, eat early and eat often. Keep the fire of your metabolism burning all day rather than slowing it down during periods of “mini-starvation.” Your metabolism will work faster and more efficiently.
  • Eat a small, nutritious snack before the party. This cuts your appetite and will help you resist hors d’oeuvres and save your calories for the main meal. And let’s face it: a hungry girl is a hangry one.
  • Use a smaller plate to help you cut down on the total amount you eat. And don’t go back for seconds!
  • Watch your alcohol which makes you uninhibited around food. If you drink at parties, stay hydrated during the event. As we like to say, go one for one. Drinking plenty of agua at the bar will likely reduce the chance of waking up with a hangover. Trust us on this one.
  • Focus on family and friends, not food. Shift your attention to what really matters rather than making a dive for the buffet.
  • Keep up your regular physical activity schedule and make sure to get in a good workout on the day of a party or event. NO excuses! You’ll thank yourself later.
  • Don’t overlook sleep. As Dr. Agin says, “Sleep is tough during the holidays but try to keep on a good regimen when can.” Your body needs time to recuperate.

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When the Days Are Overwhelming
No matter what you do, sometimes the holidays are all just too much. If that happens, just do you.

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  • Treat yourself to some alone time to rejuvenate your spirit. Perhaps read a great book, get a mani/pedi, take a yoga class or get a massage.
  • Reach out to a friend or family member who lives too far away to travel to. You’ll both get a positive benefit from the connection!
  • Carve out at least five minutes a day to sit quietly, meditate, relieve stress and use your breath to calm your body and mind. Namaste!

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Remember that love and sharing are the best parts of the holidays. Focus your efforts toward maintaining a healthy mind and body so you can really appreciate the festivities.
winterproof your hair and skin with these easy hacks

Winterproof Your Hair and Skin with These Easy Hacks!

While winter weather is a great time to get cozy with a cup of hot chocolate, you can’t forget that the dry and dreary weather can be brutal for your hair and skin. It’s harder to retain moisture in your hair so it can become brittle and prone to breaking. Frizz and static also occur with your winter clothes. And your skin also can become drier and itchy to the point of flaking.
Avoid steaming hot showers
While hot, steaming water may feel good when it’s brrrrr outside, it isn’t good for your hair or skin since it strips away natural oils. Shower in lukewarm water instead. Limit yourself to one five or 10-minute bath or shower daily.

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Alternate Dry Shampoo with Wet Shampoo
Winter temperatures can make your hair and scalp become dry and damaged. Instead of using wet shampoo every day, take a break every few days and use dry shampoo like THE CHAMP™ Conditioning Dry Shampoo which will get your hair clean and give it bounce. When you do wash your hair, don’t use very hot water since it will strip away your hair’s natural oils. Lukewarm water gets the job done by helping hair keep in its natural moisture. Also use a hydrating shampoo like Renew Shampoo that adds essential moisture back into the hair.

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Don’t Forget to Condition Hair
Protect your hair from the winter cold by applying a great conditioner after every shampoo. A leave-in conditioner like Restore Leave-In Conditioner will not only restore essential nutrients but it also tames frizz and flyaways that come from hoodies, sweaters, scarves and beanies! To give you hair the one-two nourishing punch, massage your hair and scalp with REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive and leave it on for an hour to really soak in. Your hair will come out silky and shiny!
Dry Hair Carefully
While it’s best to let your hair dry naturally, not all of us have the time. Squeeze out the excess water to shorten your drying time. Rubbing vigorously can cause fragile wet hair break; it also can cause frizz. Gently blot moisture from your hair with an absorbent towel and try, if you can, not to dry it completely; stop while your hair is slightly damp and let it air dry the rest of the way. Your hair will thank you.

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Your Skin Needs Help Too
  • Choose oils since they are more hydrating. Moisturize with an oil like REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive immediately after showering and again before bed to help relieve chapped skin.
  • Dermatologist Dr. Amy Ross, MONAT Scientific Board Member, advises to avoid deodorant soaps, perfumed soaps and alcohol-based products. All have a drying effect, which you want to stay away from when you are already surrounded by dry winter heat.
  • Make sure you hydrate from the inside out, Dr. Ross also emphasizes. That means you should increase your intake of foods rich in omega oils and drink plenty of water!
  • Use a humidifier, Dr. Ross adds. Inside winter heat is very drying and a humidifier will help both your skin and your hair stay moist.
Remember, moisture is the name of the game!

SUMMER-IZE YOUR HAIR 2

Many people go au naturel with their hair in the summer. They give up on perfect, sleek hairdos and turn to a looser, slightly-but-purposely messy look. That’s good news because shaggy hair is back! And trendy, slightly messy looks are so easy to do.

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  • 1— Second Day Hair, Don’t Care! Add texture applying The Champ Conditioning Dry Shampoo on the roots and Moxie Magnifying Mousse on the rest of your hair, then flip up the ends with a flat iron.
  • 2— The Braded Bunch. Braids are an easy way to make your hair look done. No matter where you put them on your hair, they give a finished look. But let the flyaways have their day. They keep the style looking effortless and not too “done.”
  • 3— Back with a Bang. Try side swept bangs, which give you versatility. You can push them off to the side or pin them off your face. Prep hair with a styling sculptor like Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy for hold and flexibility, point the hairdryer nozzle down and away from your face and then mist the fringe with hairspray, like Refinish Control Hairspray to keep the bangs in place.
  • 4— Groovy Waves. Use Tousled Texturizing Mist to achieve a desirable wavy beach look. Spray it on and scrunch your hair while lightly drying with a diffuser.
Are you more into shiny and smooth hair in the summer? MONAT has you covered!

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  • 5— High-High. Try the high ponytail to keep your hair off your neck. Spray Tousled Texturizing Mist at the roots and then brush hair up toward the top back of your crown. Secure the ponytail with two elastics—one on top of the other—to create volume and height. Flat iron the ponytail (remember, at a low temperature!), hide the elastic with a leather ribbon and finish with a mist of hair spray.
  • Low-Low. You also can go with a low ponytail. Slick back wayward hair with Restyle Instant Sculpting Taffy, gathering the hair at the nape of the neck with two elastics for extra support. Divide the ponytail into three sections and wind each around a curling iron. Finish the look off by combing your fingers through the ringlets for a casual, slightly off-beat look.
LOVE YOUR HAIR
Regardless of the look you want, your hair needs some serious TLC in the summer because the season’s heat, humidity and dry wind can make hair frizzy, dehydrated and weathered.
  • Apply conditioners and oils starting midway on your hair down to the ends to prevent your roots from getting oily.
  • Go for a deep treatment, such as REJUVABEADS™, to bring your hair back to health.
  • Wear scarves, hats or funky hair accessories to provide extra UV protection, help your scalp retain moisture and protect your hair from sun, dust and pollution.
  • Embrace and celebrate the natural texture of your hair!