Pack Smart -
“1. Keep it to one swimsuit - you’re going only going to want to wear your favorite anyways, right?
2. Wear a sun-shielding hat to the airport so it doesn’t get squashed in your suitcase.
3. Bring a few tunics that you can wear as coverups at the beach or as shirts when you’re around town.
4. A pretty sarong can double as a scarf if the temperature drops when you’re dining outside near the water.
5. Call ahead to see if your hotel provides beach towels so you don’t have to tote them from home.”
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Multitasking Facial Cleansers-
Garnier the Radiance Renewer Cleansing Gelee
Alba Botanica Good & Clean Daily Detox Foaming Cleanser
Maybelline Clean Express! The Flash 3 in 1 Makeup Removing Lotion
To stretch and soothe feet, freeze a bottle of water and roll it under your arches.
Happy, Healthy Feet -
“If you have dry, cracked heels -
The cause : the soles of your feet lack oil glands, making them prone to dryness. Hot showers and exposure to the sun can also zap moisture.
The fix : apply lotion to the tops and bottoms of feet daily, especially after showering. Even better: every few days, rub a generous amount of cream on clean feet before bed, then slip on cotton socks. You’ll wake up to softer heels.
If you have calluses or corns -
The causes : feet already have thick skin to help support your body. Add pressure to a specific area from tight shoes or a bunion, and the skin thickens even more, forming a callus [a hard, flat patch] or a corn [a raised circular patch].
The fix : exfoliate feet up to three times a week to keep corns and calluses pain free. Apply a sugar scrub or use a pumice stone.
If you have sore, tired feet -
The causes : spending a lot of time on your feet and wearing shoes that lack arch support or fit poorly [too big and feet work hard to keep them on, too small and feet may cramp up] can cause pain.
The fix : aside from buying shoes that fit well, try a soothing footbath. Just add a few drops of peppermint oil to warm water. No time to soak? Swipes soles with a minty wipe.”
Boost your Food’s Benefits -
“1. Stir fry carrots or steam broccoli. Chopping and the heating them releases carotenoids, powerful antioxidants that may help from cancer.
2. Add a little oil as you saute or cook leafy greens. The good fats from oil help your body absorb the nutrients that are released as the vegetable is heated.
3. After you mince garlic, let it sit out for 15 minutes. Research shows that exposing garlic to air once you chop it up promotes an enzyme reaction that releases cancer fighting compounds.
4. Cut larger pieces or cook the vegetables whole. Cooking bigger sections of vegetables like sweet potatoes or summer squash exposes less of the food’s surface to air and heat, which can destroy vitamins and nutrients.
5. When boiling potatoes, leave the peels on and cook them whole if possible. This will help preserve their high levels of vitamin C. Also, keep the lid on the pot so they cook more quickly. Longer cooking time leads to higher loss of water soluble nutrients like C.”