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
SPINACH
TOMATO
WATERMELON

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/

The Holidays Are So Over So Let’s Get Back To Healthy Living!

The holidays? So 10 days ago! Now it’s time to get yourself feeling the best you can, both mentally and physically. Yes, a recipe for healthy living takes a bit of work but the rewards really are priceless. By creating a lifestyle that centers on health from the inside out, it becomes an ingrained routine and much easier to stick with…so you’ll feel and look great!

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The first thing you can do to help you is drink a lot of water! It will help cleanse your system and get you turned around in the right direction. Remember—64 ounces a day or half your body weight in ounces of water daily.

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Second…and don’t groan…you need to exercise three to four days a week. Find something other than the boring treadmill that is different and that you like, such as kickboxing, TRX straps (invented by a former U.S. Navy Seal – here’s a primer) or hot yoga. Group classes make it easier and more fun to stick with a regimen because you end up not wanting to let your classmates down if you ditch a class. Plus, you get much needed support! Bonus! When you’re in shape, you will feel like you can leap off tall buildings! (Okay, sounds fun but don’t!)
Next, really take care your diet. Really. Dr. Agin, MONAT Scientific Advisory Board member, advises to eat a balanced diet: hydrate yourself and eat nutrient-dense foods (with the greatest amount and variety of nutrients) and minimally processed foods. This will help you look good from the inside out, as if you’re glowing! Here’s a great article, “Add more nutrient-dense foods to your diet” from Harvard Health Publishing/Harvard Medical School that will get you on the right path. And we can all use some help there!

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In fact, eat like you’re on vacation. A dinner of broiled fish and fresh vegetables looks the same anywhere. Take time to enjoy what you eat. In fact, pretend you’re overlooking the sea and try eating the Mediterranean way, with heart-healthy fats, minerals, and antioxidants in foods like hummus, olive oil and feta. The Mediterranean diet has been proven to not only keep you slim but help lower your risk for heart disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.1 If you want to get started on a healthier way of eating, here’s a great overview – 10 Things to Know About the Mediterranean.
Finally, if you really want to put the holidays behind you and get back on a healthier way of living, make sure you get good sleep, adds Dr. Agin, member of MONAT’s Scientific Board. This is something the body must have to recover, heal and function at its best! So healthy year here we come!

1 Mayo Clinic Staff, Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan. Nutrition and Healthy Eating. Mayoclinic.org. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/mediterranean-diet/art-20047801

MONAT Employees Stand By Their Products!

After writing so much about haircare and what is best for taking care of different kinds of hair, we decided to ask MONAT employees what products they can’t live without! We rounded up three more-than-willing candidates who gladly shared their MONAT experiences with us!

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Frances Salichs, Marketing Products Manager
Frances has been with MONAT for 3+ years. Her favorite MONAT product is REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive: “I apply it on my face every single morning, either alone or along with my daily moisturizer. It leaves a subtle glow without looking greasy AT ALL which is amazing! I also like that it smooths my skin so my eye concealer just glides right on. Some love its fresh citrusy scent… I just love how it feels on my skin!”
Frances picked MONAT’s top seller! REJUVENIQE™ nourishes the skin with an invigorating blend of 13+ unique rare oils, scientifically combined with powerful, active botanical ingredients that are compatible with the skin. It helps to deliver long-term age-prevention results on both hair and skin.

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Efrén de la Torre, Director of Packaging and Design Innovation
Efrén swears by MONAT BLACK GROOM STYLING CLAY because it creates versatile styling looks. He says, “Black Groom Clay is my favorite MONAT product. I always keep it handy to achieve a nice hold to my natural hair that lasts all day and never flakes. I really enjoy its fresh cool scent and its versatility. I can use it on damp hair for a slicker look or on dry hair for a natural matte finish. But the best part of this neat grooming clay is knowing that its naturally based ingredients will never harm my hair!
Designed with MONAT’s secret weapon, Kester Wax, GROOM STYLING CLAY makes modern styling easy and gives fine hair the extra boost it needs.

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Victoria Muniz, Administrative Assistant
Victoria’s must-have is REJUVABEADS™, known for its spectacular and proven hair repair qualities: “I cannot live without REJUVABEADS! It is what I call a split-end eraser. It keeps my hair looking luxurious and my curls looking voluminous! It destroys any frizziness that tries to disrupt my hair’s beauty and keeps people wowing at my hair! Would I recommend MONAT’s REJUVABEADS? Absolutely yes!”
REJUVABEADS is like a miracle! In just 60 seconds, thousands of microscopic REJUVABEADS go to work on hair, providing targeted hair repair! Advanced product technology means it goes right where it’s needed to smooth and repair the hair shaft and mend split ends.

*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.
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.
5 Ways Friendship Improves Health!

5 Ways Friendship Improves Health!

Did You Know Friendship Improves Health?

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So often you hear people say about their friends, “She’s like a sister to me” or “I don’t know what I’d do without him.” There are more than good reasons people say this about their friends…there’s science to back it up. Having a strong social network of good friends really does help improve your health and keep you living longer. That’s all the more reason to celebrate your friends on National Friendship Day, which is right around the corner on August 6. The bonds you have with your friends are good for you!

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Friends Improve Our Overall Health

Research shows that people as young as teenagers to elders in their 90s have healthier lives and lower blood pressure than those with less friends.1 Solid friendships can help us overcome stress and get through all the obstacles that life hits us with – job loss, break-ups, divorce, health scares, you name it. A friend’s support really makes the difference.

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Friends Help Us Keep Our Wits About Us
Studies show that people with extended social ties are far less likely to develop dementia in older years as opposed to people with fewer friends.2, 3 Why? Because lively conversations with good friends draw upon different parts of our brain to keep our minds sharp and focused.

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Friends Keep Us Physically Healthy

Like osmosis, friends can soak up other friends’ habits, like exercising and eating well, according to study published in Science (December 2011).4 If your friend wants to stop for a smoothie instead of a fast food joint, you’ll likely go along with her. And how many times do you see friends taking power walks together? It’s true. Friendship improves health!

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Friends Can Help Us Live Longer

People who have strong social relationships are less likely to die prematurely than people who are isolated.5 A 2010 meta-analysis6 showed that the effect of social ties on life span is twice as strong as that of exercising, and equivalent to that of quitting smoking. These studies also found that the strength of people’s social relationships, from number of friends to integration into the community, were all linked to decreased mortality. So make friends and work to keep them!

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Friends Keep Us Calm and Improve Our Mood

If you need a rock to lean on, lean on your friends. A 2011 study7 showed that spending time with your friends can alleviate your stress. And, your social relationships also have a good influence on your overall mood. Making new friends lifts your spirits due to the he release of the “feel good” hormone oxytocin in your body. And of course, who can make you feel better than a good BFF—it’s like putting a warm blanket around your soul.

So the next time you feel like being alone, remember that friendship improves health and pick up the phone and go out for coffee with a friend instead!

 

As Aristotle once said,
a friend is “a single soul dwelling in two bodies.”

 

1 Lockhart, E. 6 Ways Friendship Improves Our Health, April 27th, 2016, activebeat, http://www.activebeat.co/your-health/6-ways-friendship-improves-our-health/6/
2 Lockhart, E. 6 Ways Friendship Improves Our Health, April 27th, 2016, activebeat, http://www.activebeat.co/your-health/6-ways-friendship-improves-our-health/6/
3 Pappas, S. 7 Ways Friendships Are Great for Your Health. Jan. 8, 2016. LIVE SCIENCE.
https://www.livescience.com/53315-how-friendships-are-good-for-your-health.html
4 Brownstein, J. Healthy Habits Are Most Contagious Among Similar Friends. Dec. 1, 2011. Live Science. https://www.livescience.com/17265-healthy-habits-contagious-similar-friends.html
5 Holmes, L. 5 Ways Your Friends Make You Happier, Healthier And An All-Around Better Person. Healthy Living. 07/09/2014 HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/benefits-of-friends_n_5568005.html
6 Pappas, S. 7 Ways Friendships Are Great for Your Health. Jan. 8, 2016. LIVE SCIENCE.
https://www.livescience.com/53315-how-friendships-are-good-for-your-health.html
7 Holmes, L. 5 Ways Your Friends Make You Happier, Healthier And An All-Around Better Person. Healthy Living. 07/09/2014 HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/09/benefits-of-friends_n_5568005.html

Want To Be Happier, Healthier? Keep A Gratitude List!

Want To Be Happier, Healthier? Keep A Gratitude List!

Do you ever feel like you’re down in the dumps and can’t climb out? Do you ever wish you had more energy? The antidote? A gratitude list.
Gratitude List Helps

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Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, enjoy good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships, say researchers.1

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Wow! Who doesn’t want to feel that way? The most common way to cultivate a pervasive feeling of gratitude is to keep a gratitude list – it will change your life! People who keep a gratitude list report feeling:

  • Alert, alive, and awake
  • More joy and pleasure
  • Increased optimism and happiness
  • Less lonely and isolated2
Writing Your List

When writing your gratitude list, use a full sentence for each item like, “I’m grateful for…” or “I’m grateful that…”

This allows you to put down a thought that is giving thanks as opposed to just listing things or people.

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
—  A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Try it yourself! Within only a few weeks, you will find that doing a regular gratitude list can actually change your entire perspective on life!
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Here at MONAT, gratitude is a core part of our culture.

Which is why we all exhibit a MONATtitude of gratitude! Gratitude is what makes our world go around!

1 MAIN, D.5 SCIENTIFICALLY PROVEN BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE. NEWSWEEK. NOV. 25, 2015. http://www.newsweek.com/5-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude-398582

2 EMMONS, R., Ph.D., Why Gratitude Is Good. Greater Good Magazine. Nov. 16, 2010. http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/why_gratitude_is_good/