Summer is a great time for a health and beauty reboot, since many of us are far more body conscious during this sizzling season. Below are some wellness boosters you might consider embracing to keep your skin smooth and supple, mitigate the effects of too much fun-in-the-sun, enhance your grocery game and ensure your energy stays elevated throughout the elongated days.
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LumaRx Mini & Full Body Hair Removal Devices (www.LumaRx.com) - $379 - $449
With so much skin on display as the temperature rises, it’s time to say goodbye to unwanted hair with these two new at-home devices from LumaRx offering safe and effective hair removal. The Full Body Device is ideal for larger areas of use, more intensive treatments and power users who require the highest number of flashes available. The Mini Device features a convenient handheld design, and is ideal for smaller and hard-to-reach areas like the female face, underarm and bikini line. It's also handily rechargeable for easy use from anywhere. Both devices use intense pulsed light (IPL) , which is one of the most effective technologies for long-lasting hair removal. The IPL technology emits light energy, which penetrates deep into the skin to reach the hair root. Studies have shown up to 94% hair reduction in just three treatments and the LumaRx coverage window is reportedly more than 3x larger than competitors' to give you better results with much faster treatment times. It's never been easier to permanently reduce body and facial hair at home...in just a flash!
MyPainAway After-Burn Cream (www.MyPainAwayCreams.com) - $19.99
Hello sun, bye-bye burns! Topricin’s MyPainAway After-Burn Cream goes above and beyond in after burn repair and pain relief. It’s a soothing combination of natural biomedicines that offer a safe, natural alternative to chemical-based lotions and ointments. Even one application soothes the skin and works to revitalize, restore, moisturize and even provide vibrancy. It heals UV damaged cells in and under the skin, preventing blisters and scarring. It also helps to reduce existing scars through an enzyme action of the cream. The product actually treats the damage caused by UVR (Ultra-Violet Radiation) while at the same time prevents DNA disruption to the skin cells. So it immediately starts healing the burn from inside the skin cell. And, in addition to sunburn, it’s also great for windburn, blisters, cooking and other minor burns, and even chafing and itching. The After-Burn cream has no odor and is non-greasy…it uses a coconut oil base to naturally moisturize the skin and it feels fantastic. You just massage it into the painful tender points until absorbed. So, if you’re in the sun at the beach, while traveling, at sports games and all other outdoor activities, it’s a great item to have on hand.
Advanced Skin Repair with Ceramides (www.LESkinRepair.com) – Current Special Offer $39.95 for 90-day Supply—Normally $70
Speaking of keeping skin in tip-top shape, here’s a noteworthy product that’ll help you bolster and maintain your skin health from the inside, out this summer—super important as we all know how damaging the sun can be to our skin. And then there’s aging in general, of course. Instead of depending on those messy creams and serums to keep your skin looking its best, a dietary supplement from Life Extension called Advanced Skin Repair with Ceramides will rehydrate, revitalize, and help refresh dry, itchy skin from within! It’s an innovative formula packed with ultra-pure ceramide oils to protect your skin from environmental damage and to lock in moisture, helping maintain healthy skin hydration and appearance. Special ceramide oils actually make up 35-40% of the binding matrix that maintains moisture and protects the surface of your skin. Unfortunately, ceramide levels decline as we age, and you just won’t get enough absorption of these nourishing lipids through creams, lotions or topical formulas. With this in mind, Life Extension’s Advanced Skin Repair with Ceramides works internally to deliver an ingredient called Lipowheat, which is the only patented, clinically-validated ceramide oil that’s been shown to deliver a dramatic skin improvement relative to both look and feel. I also love that it’s a super-convenient nutritional supplement solution—just one liquid capsule that’s taken once-a-day to help restore radiant, youthful-looking skin.
‘Slawsa’ Cabbage-Based Relish (www.Slawsa.com) - $3.00-$3.99
On the foodie front, I definitely have a new obsession—a really unique product called Slawsa, which is essentially a healthy, cabbage-based relish with deliciously addictive heat undertones. Besides the fact that it’s incredibly flavorful and adds great texture and spice to a dish, it’s also waistline friendly! In fact, it’s entirely fat free and one tablespoon has only 15 calories! The all-natural product is also cholesterol-free, gluten-free and kosher as well, and has half the sodium and 20% more vitamin C than dill relish. Health benefits aside, it just tastes so great! It’s really ideal atop grilling fare like hot dogs, bratwurst, burgers, pulled pork, fish, and even as a dip for tortilla chips…or as that secret killer ingredient within countless recipes. It even takes Deviled Eggs to a whole new level! Slawsa comes in 4 flavors, including Original, Spicy, Garlic & the new Habanero Fire, and it’s definitely a product you need to add to your weekly grocery list because I think you’ll love it as much as I do. But it’s not just me who finds this item crave-worthy, as Slawsa made Hungry Girl's 2016 MUST HAVE Grocery List and has been raved about by celebrity chefs as well as in the media. I should also mention that it’s very affordable, typically running anywhere from $3 to $3.99 a jar. Just look for it "in the relish aisle" at Kroger, Stop & Shop, Jewel, Giant and other stores—you can log on to Slawsa.com to locate a retailer in your area.
Bio Coffee (www.BioCoffee.com) - $20
I’ve found a noteworthy health-promoting beverage item called Bio Coffee, which is the only Alkaline Coffee on the market. The company actually calls it "The Healthiest Coffee in the World" because there are 3-5 servings of green vegetables in just one cup! Not only is this coffee an excellent source of fiber and a great pre-biotic and pro-biotic, it also provides key nutrients like chlorophyll, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and others that’ll benefit your body all season long. Bio Coffee's key ingredient is wheatgrass, which is one of nature's super foods, and it contains digestive aids that can help those with gastrointestinal issues and generally help eliminate waste from the body. This coffee is also unique in that it aids in alkalizing the body and preventing acidity. The typical American diet is very acidic, which can undermine the body in various ways. But, drinking just one cup of Bio Coffee a day brings the body back to alkalinity, which provides for better health and well-being. This coffee is also organic, gluten free, kosher, caffeine free, GMO free, soy free, dairy free and it tastes delicious! It comes in easy and convenient sachets that allow you to just add water and enjoy. So there’s no need to give up on coffee as this offers a tasty, health-promoting alternative. In fact, you can partake in the company’s 12 Day Challenge where you drink at least one cup a day for 12 days in a row to realize significant improvements to your digestive system and body in general.
Alkaline88 (www.Alkaline88.com) – Starting at .99 cents for 1/2 liter
What do Beyoncé, Miranda Kerr, Elton John, Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Kelly Ripa, Janet Jackson and Ray Kurzweil all have in common? They've all gone on the record to say that they drink alkaline water. I’ll officially add my name to that A-list. Because why not? Alkaline water is also my own go-to. Many athletes, celebrities and regular health-minded folks are attracted to the benefits of an alkaline diet, since a balanced body pH results in greater energy, more restful sleep, improved digestion and fewer colds according to some medical authorities. The Alkaline Water Company, Inc. has developed Alkaline88 for the convenience-driven alkaline water drinker who understands the benefits of electrolysis and who is looking to save money. Enhanced with 84 trace Himalayan minerals and electrolytes, Alkaline88 is premier alkaline water that achieves its 8.8 pH level through a state-of-the-art, completely chemical-free process. The product offers consumers the unique opportunity to purchase alkaline water in usefully packaged and economical 500ml, 700ml, 1-liter, 3-liter and 1-gallon sizes.
BioTerra Herbs Energy & Detox Supplements (www.BioterraHerbs.com) - $19.99 (20% off first online order with ‘TAKE20’)
Be prepared to be active with BioTerra Herbs “boing” Energy Supplement, which is a great product to fuel all of those summer activities like traveling, excursions, extra outings with the kids who are out of school and more recreation time while the days are longer. What’s great about this energy supplement is that it helps to boost and enhance your energy without stimulants, instead utilizing Asian gingseng, grass leaf, sweetflag and other all-natural ingredients that won’t cause you to have jitters or experience that dreaded crash. This is a safe form of herbal energy that’ll give you a little boost to get you through your day and those action-packed summer nights. The product is also vegan and is GMO free like all of the items offered by BioTerra Herbs. In fact, I also really like their “Detox... ahhh” Supplement, which is fitting amid the glut of summer barbeques, picnics and parties where libations and fatty foods abound. This natural herbal supplement eliminates toxins, provides gentle internal cleanings and generally supports liver function. But, unlike those typical 14 day cleanses, this is just a two day detox program. And here’s a good tip for you: I do know the company is currently offering 20% off your first online order with promotion code “TAKE20.”
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***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided and/or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way. This editorial is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease & not intended as a substitute for professional care. Consult your own healthcare practitioner prior to use.****