Sunday, March 17, 2019

Shampoo for Stronger Hair: Maple Holistics Silk18 Shampoo Review

maple holistics silk 18 shampoo
If you like a shampoo that gives you billows of lather and reduces hair breakage, this is the shampoo for you! 
shampoo lather
Maple Holistics Silk18 Shampoo is a shampoo good for men, women and children with all hair and scalp types. It is especially good for repairing dry, damaged hair with it's blend of 18 amino acids. Amino acids are protein building blocks. The 18 amino acids in this shampoo are derived from silk and help to strengthen the strands of hair and protect the hairs from damage and breakage. This shampoo contains botanical keratin which is another protein beneficial for strengthening hair. 


Our hair is made of hard keratin protein just like our nails. Skin is also made of keratin, soft keratin protein. Nutrients in our diet help our bodies create strong, healthy keratin cells for good hair, skin and nails. Applying keratin and other proteins to our hair and nails is beneficial as well. 

Professional keratin protein treatments done in salons straighten and smooth dry unruly hair. Using a shampoo that contains proteins will also help the hair look smoother and less fly away plus, the hair will be less damaged from the heat from blow dryers, flat and curling irons. 


Panthenol, aka Vitamin B5, is another nice shampoo ingredient for strengthening, conditioning and adding shine to hair. You can see it's in there, too!
Maple Holistics Silk18 Shampoo ingredients
The Silk18 shampoo also contains hair loving argan oil, jojoba oil and glycerin to moisturize the hair and give it amazing shine! 

This shampoo is safe for color treated hair and is great for people with sensitive skin. 

I tried it!
I love a shampoo that really lathers up. I feel like it's foaming away all the dirt, excess oils and dead skin flakes. You only need a quarter sized dollop of Maple Holistics Silk18 Shampoo to create rich lather that leaves your hair feeling super clean and fresh. 

It has a very light scent of vanilla which is perfect for people who are sensitive to smells and those who don't like hair scents competing with their body wash scents and perfume scents.

I find it leaves my hair feeling smooth and silky with beautiful shine. There is a Maple Holistics Silk18 Conditioner which also contains their blend of 18 silk amino acids along with shea butter, jojoba oil, argan oil, aloe and more.
shiny hair
Maple Holistic products are cruelty free, are made with natural ingredients, are sulfate free, paraben free and are made in the USA. Many of their products are vegan. The Silk18 shampoo and conditioner are not considered to be vegan because they contain silk amino acids. 

Purchasing Info:
Maple Holistics products are available from their site and on my favorite, Amazon. A 10 ounce Silk18 Shampoo sells for $12.95. The 16 ounce size sells for $17.95. 

An 8 ounce 
Silk18 Conditioner sells for $10.95, 10 ounce is $12.95 and the 16 ounce size is $18.95.

Click here to visit the Silk18 Shampoo page. 

Maple Holistics makes many other great shampoos and conditioners, too. I just love the smell of their Hydrating Shampoo.

Click here to read my review of the Maple Holistics Hydrate Shampoo.


Have a Healthy Hair Day! 


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Saturday, March 2, 2019

Cold and Flu Season: Ways to prevent illness and get well faster

It's cold and flu season. We don't feel or look beautiful at all when we are sick. My daughter's good friend has just come down with the flu. She is a teacher so she is exposed to many germs that can cause illness.  The CDC says flu season can start as early as October and end as late as May so we still have a ways to go. The CDC, doctors and even the drugstores promote getting the flu vaccine but I hate the idea putting a virus, whether it's dead or not, into my body! For me, serious prevention and immune system boosting is key.

There are a lot simple things we can do every day to keep ourselves healthy and boost up our immune systems. Some of these things we all know, like washing our hands. There are other things we can to do stay healthy that we just don't think of, like keeping our handbags clean.  Here is my list of my favorite tips to stay healthy and beautiful! Many of these things will also help you heal faster if you do happen to get sick.
airborne immune support
 Easy Things You Can Do To Stay Healthy and Also, Get Well Faster


Foods and Nutrients:
Supplements
People swear by Airborne. It's an immune support supplement full of vitamins, minerals and herbs to help strengthen your immune system.  Chew 1-4 tablets at a time. You can take it 3 times per day. It really seems to help the immune system fight off illnesses.

Vitamin C
I swear by Vitamin C! Vitamin C supports the immune system allowing you to fight off colds and flus better. It also helps keep you looking younger, by the way! The body uses Vitamin C to build collagen which keeps our skin firm and young looking.  Vitamin C is found in fruits and vegetables such as broccoli, sweet green peppers, strawberries, citrus fruits and in supplement form.

Green Tea
This is another remedy I swear by! Green tea contains a powerful anti-oxidant called Epigallo Catechin  (EGCG).  This anti-oxidant fights free radicals, fights the adenovirus (a cold virus), repairs DNA, inhibits the growth of cancer cells, increases metabolism and is anti-inflammatory. Black tea and white are beneficial as well. 

Matcha green tea is a powdered form of green tea. It's a super concentrated anti oxidant power house! It's a lovely shade of green and can mixed with water and used as a tea or used as an ingredient in recipes. 1 glass of matcha tea equals 10 glasses of regular green tea. That will fire up the old immune system!!!  
Eat more Fruits and Veggies
Increase the amount of colorful fruits and veggies that you eat. They are high in those magical defensive anti oxidants. These plant chemicals help you fight off viruses.

Probiotics
Eat Yogurt. The probiotics yogurt contains can help boost the activity of immune system cells helping you fight viruses. Just buy yogurts that are low in sugar. Chobani make a delicious low sugar Greek yogurt.

Garlic
Use a lot of garlic in your cooking. Garlic contains compounds including allicin and diallyl sulphides to help fight viruses. Crush or chop your garlic and allow it to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes to trigger an enzyme reaction that boosts the compounds. I make a minestrone soup full of garlic, basil and oregano at the first sign of feeling under the weather. Oregano is also known for it's immune system boosting anti oxidants. Minestrone is the medicine at my house!

Water
Drink water. A hydrated body is better at fighting off illness than a dehydrated body. Drink 6 to 8 glasses per day.

Limit Alcohol
Reduce your alcohol consumption. Too much alcohol can reduce your white blood cells' ability to fight viruses for up to 24 hours. 1 drink per day for women. 2 drinks per day for men.

Don't Touch It!:
Hands off the Face
Avoid touching your face. Cold and flu germ could be on your hands waiting to infect you through your mouth, nose and eyes. Don't bite your nails. Germs may be lurking under your nails.

Proper Hand Washing
Wash your hands frequently throughout the day. Suds up with soap and water for 20-30 seconds and rinse well. Sing the ABC's song to make sure your are washing long enough! 🎶 A regular soap, not antibacterial, will do the job without creating resistant bacterial bugs. Always apply hand lotion after washing to help prevent the skin from becoming dry and dehydrated.

Use Hand Sanitizer
Use an alcohol based hand sanitizer and alcohol based wipes if you are in a place where you can't wash your hands. 

Wipe it down
Take advantage of the wipes many stores provide. Wipe your shopping cart handle with a wipe at the grocery store.  Use alcohol based wipes on doors and plumbing handles in public bathrooms. Use a paper towel to protect your hand when opening the door to exit the public bathroom. Wipe down the keyboard of a shared computer at work and the phone that is shared at work before you use it. Keep a pack of wipes handy in your car and in your handbag. Speaking of your handbag...

Clean your Handbag
We set our handbags down everywhere. I don't even want to think about what germs are on them! Carry a handbag that is made of a material that you can wipe down frequently with an alcohol based wipe. Whatever you do, don't put your handbag down on the floor of a public bathroom!!!😬

Clean your Phone
Keep your cell phone clean with alcohol based wipes. We set them down everywhere like we do with our handbags. They can be full of germs and then we touch them.

Use your Elbows!
Use your elbows to push elevator buttons, automatic door opening buttons, etc. 

Body Care:
Epsom Salt
Take an warm Epsom salt bath at the first sign of illness to dilate the blood vessels and boost circulation, decrease cold and flu symptoms and promote quicker healing. Epsom Salt, which is Magnesium Sulfate, eases muscle aches, detoxifies the body and actually raises white blood cell counts. Dissolve 2 cups of Epsom Salt in a warm bath. Relax and soak for 20 minutes.You can find Epsom Salt in your local drugstore, superstore or on my go to site Amazon.
Get a Massage
A study done at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center showed that a 45 minute Swedish massage significantly boosted levels NK cells and T lymphocytes, which are virus fighters, in the blood. Try Hand and Stone.


Aromatherapy
Try Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils for relaxation and health benefits. Many oils have high anti viral and anti bacterial  properties. Geranium, lavender, rosemary, peppermint, lemon, cinnamon, ginger, clove, basil, thyme, oregano, tea tree, ravensara, frankincense, and eucalyptus are a few good ones.  

Essential Oils used straight out of the bottle are too strong. Always mix them in a carrier oil. Mix 5 drops of essential oil into 1 tablespoon of oil. Jojoba, avocado, almond and sunflower oils are nice oils to use as carrier oils. Massage the oil mixture on your skin to gets the healthy benefit from the essential oils.

Essential oils can also be diffused into the air. Never diffuse essential oils if you have cats. Cats are unable to metabolize essential oils. Diffused essential oils will build up in a cat's body and become toxic. Find essential oils at health food stores, some drugs stores and Amazon.


Meditation
Try meditation to reduce stress hormones and strengthen your immune system. Meditation has always been a challenge for my busy brain! Here is a site to help get you started with 6 steps on how to meditate. 


Exercise
Exercise 30 to 60 minutes a day to boost your immune system. Another challenge for me! Try walking. It's an easy, low impact way to get some exercise.

Get your Beauty Sleep
Sleep 7-9 hours per night. A tired body is less resistant to illness and a tired body takes longer to fight off an infection.

Use a Humidifier  
Moist air effects how viruses linger in the air. Dry air allows them to float around, while moist air makes them heavy and fall to the ground or floor faster. Moist air, above 40% humidity, also helps to deactivate virus particles. A humidifier moistens our noses and airways to help keep them clear. Our skin also benefits by staying more moisturized in higher humidity.

Well, that's it for my favorite immune boosting tips. I hope they help you stay beautiful and healthy all year long!


Have a Beautiful, Healthy Day! 


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