May is fast approaching and we are excited for a special day — Mother’s Day! It’s just one day of the year to show the moms in our lives some extra love and appreciation. Keep reading for some ideas on how to spend the day with your mom!
1. Spa weekend getaway
Treat mom to a weekend getaway for just the two of you. There are a million ways to indulge whether you’re going for mud masks or massages, the options are endless!
2. Breakfast in bed
Remember the days when our parents made breakfast before sending us off to school? Return the favor and make mom a breakfast to enjoy in bed. You’ll need: a tray, some fruits, homemade meal of your choice and a whole lot of love!
3. Go for a walk
You know what they say, “April showers bring May flowers”. Take some time out of your busy life to appreciate the newly blossoming flowers and fresh green grass that spring has brought with the #1 lady in your life. According to Huffington Post, taking walks in nature can help lift your mood and promote mental health!
Get started on your Mother’s Day shopping early! We recommend the Aiona Alive 4 Step All Skin Set for mom to pamper herself at home every day. Our four step regime includes a serum, cleanser, moisturizer and mask made with collagen and potent all-natural ingredients.
Think Dirty featured our President and Founder, Lisa Strong, in their Top 3 Rituals for Self-Love series last month. We are breaking it down and taking notes from Lisa today! Here are Lisa’s top three rituals for self-love:
1. 15 min energy - alignment process (quiet your mind, feel your vibration rise and write a list of things you appreciate in your life).
We have heard that the benefits of meditation are endless! Some of our favorites that Huffington Post mentions include reduced stress, improved concentration, increased happiness and self awareness. Take 15 minutes of quiet time for yourself a day and you will notice the improvements in your health overtime. Showing your gratitude goes a long way as well— start your list of things you appreciate in life and feel uplifted instantly!
2. Chinese herbology.
Herbal therapy is widely used in the Asian culture for treating and preventing illnesses. We are not experts in Chinese herbology, but here’s a list to help you get started if you are interested. Herbology is a great way to treat the skin and body from within but for external application, our not-so-secret, go-to product is the Aiona Alive E-ternal Mask for all skin types.
3. 3 x 4 km runs per week.
Regular exercise can do wonders for your health (but that’s not new information, is it?). Outdoor runs can be refreshing but while we wait for the weather in Canada to warm up, a treadmill will have to do. Don’t like running? Maybe you can try these exercises instead.
Valentine’s Day is today! While you are planning your meal for this special occasion, we have come up with this list of Valentine’s Day themed foods to eat that your skin will love.
1. Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Chocolate, and chocolate dipped strawberries are a Valentine’s Day essential. Strawberries also happen to be rich in vitamin C, which helps with collagen production. This sweet berry has many nutritional benefits that you need to know about. Dip them in dark chocolate and there’s a bonus. According to mensfitness.com, dark chocolate has properties that can actually protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Now you can indulge without (too much) guilt!
2. Raw Oysters
3. Grass Fed Beef Steak
Steak is definitely a staple for date night, and a likely meal for most Valentine’s Day meals. Like oysters, beef steaks contain a large amount of protein. An article on Prevention.com tells us that the grass fed variety in particular has a higher ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, which helps with inflammation. Be sure to include grass fed beef stake in your Valentine’s Day menu for many great health benefits.
3 Reasons to Avoid Microbeads
Microbeads, in a nutshell, are tiny pieces of plastic that are found in personal care products ranging from body wash to toothpaste. They are added to these products to create an exfoliating effect, but the consequences don’t stop there.
1. Microbeads are extremely bad for the environment.
According to this Forbes article, these tiny beads are non-biodegradable and proven to contain many polluting chemicals— meaning that they will just sit at the bottom of the ocean forever while possibly releasing toxic chemicals. They are also damaging to the marine life as fish often mistaken it for food.
2. It can cause breakage in skin.
Our skin is more sensitive than you think! Daily or overuse of scrubs and washes containing microbeads can cause breakage in the skin. Exfoliating the skin, often in general, is too abrasive— breakage in the skin can allow for bacteria to enter!
3. There is no real benefit for your skin.
Lastly, the main reason you should stop using products with microbeads is because there’s only so much exfoliating can do. Light exfoliating with a cloth can perform the same task of removing dead skin cells from your skin without harming it. If you’re looking to brighten up your complexion, you are better off with looking to other options in skin care.
If it isn’t obvious by now, the best thing to do is stop purchasing microbead products and it’s especially important to stop washing them down our drains and into the ecosystem. Instead, use tools like a konjac sponge to remove dead skin or use a natural exfoliant like our E-Citrus Cleanser.Photo credit: Soundly Living
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The Importance of Daily Cleansing
Washing your face in the morning and evening is vital for great skin. Regular cleansing ensures your pores are not clogged and allows for your skin to properly absorb anti-aging treatments. Get in the habit of regularly cleansing your face, but do not overdo it as it can dry out your skin and strip it of its natural oils.
Always consider the ingredients in a cleanser— generally, it is good to avoid alcohol and fragrance as they can dry and irritate your skin but they are not the only offenders. Our Step 0: E-Citrus Cleanser is made with 100% natural ingredients that are effective in moisturizing skin while deep cleaning. It is fragranced with essential oils and the cleaning power is strong enough to remove waterproof mascara! Suitable for all skin types as well.
Some of the benefits of the key ingredients in our E-Citrus Cleanser include (but are not limited to):
-Bladderwrack: reduces age spots, wrinkles, and inflammation
-Gold collagen: promotes smooth skin
- Hyaluronic acid: improves skin elasticity and retains moisture
A cleanser is the base of your regime— try our E-Citrus Cleanser today for clean, healthy skin.
Now that Summer is officially over, it is time to prepare our skin for the cold weather ahead of us. Take some time to relax and treat your skin to a rhythmic routine of moisturizing skin care. Light some candles and turn your home into a spa with our 4 Step All Skin Set.
How does the 4 Step All Skin Set work?
Step 1: Start with our E-citrus Cleanser and wash away any leftover makeup and dirt from the day. A clean base is key to pampering your skin.
Step 2: Next, apply our Moisture HA Serum to plump the skin. Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is the key ingredient in this serum and is also a carrier for collagen. For this reason, following immediately with the next step is crucial for smooth skin.
Step 3: Follow up with the E-ternal Mask for all skin types. This mask is made with Silver Carp fish collagen, which is small enough to penetrate skin and help replenish our own collagen cells. The E-ternal Mask will help to heal skin conditions, as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Step 4: Finish off with the E-sensual Moisturizer. This moisturizer is the perfect end to steps 1-3 as it will create a breathable, wearable moisture mask that will work to keep the skin hydrated for longer.
As a bonus to having your whole body feeling fabulous, pair the 4 Step All Skin Set with our E-lixir Mask for Body. The E-lixir Mask for Body contains live collagen derived especially for the body.
When we are busy, it is easy to neglect our skin care routine. Take some time to relax and treat your skin. Enjoy $5 on your purchase of a 4 Step All Skin Set until October 31, 2016 using promo code: FALL5OFF courtesy of us.
Aiona Alive featured in Think Dirty's Product of the week! Read more below.
"We love a good skincare regime made with natural ingredients and that is exactly what Aiona Alive has to offer. We picked Aiona Alive’s Moisture Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Serum (rated 0) as our clean product of the week.
The key ingredient in Aiona Alive’s Moisture HA Serum is Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring carbohydrate in the human body and can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water— for this reason it’s able to keep skin plump and smooth. You can read the full benefits of Hyalruonic Acid here.To use, apply directly onto clean skin and around the eye area. The ingredients will work it’s magic to improve elasticity in the skin while deeply moisturizing. Aiona Alive’s Moisture HA Serum is the second step to Aiona Alive’s 4 Step All Skin Set and the everyday solution for all skin types.
Aiona Alive has high standards when it comes to the ingredients used in their products. All ingredients are guaranteed to be 100% natural and formulated to produce the best results. Aiona Alive’s products are most effective when used in the step-by-step system as each key ingredient works hand in hand to improve skin.
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