Health + Beauty

Pilates Reformer Exercise For Abs + Buns of Steel

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Diet and cardio not quite cutting it? You can lose a little weight, but you won’t be truly happy with your figure until you add some muscle-building into the mix.  Used by women of all ages, Pilates reformer classes will strengthen your core and give you that muscle tone you’ve been yearning for.  It all started with the exercise philosophy […]

Rose Water Naturally Hydrates + Evens Skin Tone

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Here’s our latest beauty crush! We recently discovered rose water and after a few spritzes, are totally sold on the stuff. Delve into the world of facial toners and find out all you can about this amazing-smelling hydrator. Mist, mist, mist! You will seriously become addicted. Read on to find out how to keep your skin super fresh and your […]

Herbal Tea: Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Traditional Chinese medicine worked to enhance health and address core issues in the body.   Chinese practitioners used cooling teas to help the body overcome fevers.  Hot teas addressed problems such as high fat levels in the bloodstream.  Herbal tea continues to be an effective way to heal the body or even lose a little weight.  Teas can be made from fresh or […]

Beets Are in Season! Boost Your Energy + Stamina

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Valentine’s Day is over, but we’re still riding the “red” train!  The best part of the day for us (we all agreed) was giving and receiving treats.  However, it may be time to trade in your sugar goodies for nature’s sweet veggie instead. Beets are officially in season and the delicious, hearty, root vegetable is surprisingly easy to bake with. It is […]

Collagen is All About Making Connections

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Fighting the effects of aging one pill at a time! Since I eat a high-protein diet, I became intrigued with the health (and beauty) benefits of collagen. I started taking a supplement 2 months ago and have been impressed with results! Learn more about the key building block to the health of your hair, skin, joints, and nails. Collagen: KIT […]

Vanquish: Measuring the Cost of Fat Reduction

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Got a stubborn pooch? Cringing at the term “saddle bags”? Cosmetic surgeons are promoting non-invasive alternatives to liposuction, like Vanquish and CoolSculpting. We have a saying that men in their 40s get sports cars, women get plastic surgery. If you’ve got a little fat you are struggling to get rid of via exercise, you might be considering one of these […]

Vitamin C Gives Your Skin It’s Youth Back

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Turn the years back with vitamins!  Easily absorbed through the skin, Vitamin C acts as an anti-aging miracle.   First of all, let me tell you this whole sunscreen + moisturizer is a new aspect of my beauty routine.  I was one of those beach bums growing up who spent countless hours in the sun rubbing Hawaiian Tropic oil into […]

Botox + Dysport: Does Beauty Come With a Cost?

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Most people have different opinions on what it means to “age gracefully”. Are treatments like Botox or Dysport worth the cost of turning the clock back a few years? Take a look at the pros and cons of erasing wrinkles and going au naturel. Being in the medical profession, I understand the importance of researching any cosmetic procedure. Being a […]

Kombucha Tea is Your Detox and Digestion Friend

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Time to start thinking about what’s going on in the tummy region! If you’re looking to detox your diet or lose a couple of pounds, add Kombucha to the mix. This naturally carbonated tea boasts a myriad of health benefits and helps you look and feel better. Just in time for swimsuit season! We are loving the energy boost of […]

Yerba Mate Boasts the Euphoria of Chocolate

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Don’t you love it when you come across a new favorite at Trader Joe’s?  If you’re bored with the herbal teas you have at home, consider giving Yerba mate a try. It comes in a cute little paper bag and the health benefits are mind blowing. Who knew you could get all those antioxidants from a tasty little cup of […]

Caffeine Belongs on the Outside of Your Body

Caffeine skin care health benefits | Girlfriend is Better
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It’s remarkable what coffee and tea can do for you. Caffeine has been coming to the rescue for me lately, but this time on the outside! Because it contains antioxidants, caffeine is used in many beauty products. It can perk up your skin care regimen and may help prevent skin cancer in the future. Marvelous! How it Works You know […]

Castile Soap Cleans Head-to-Toe, Top-to-Bottom

Castile soap home + beauty uses | Girlfriend is Better
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I’m going to throw my sister under the bus and tell you she has never heard of Castile soap. It’s moments like these that gives what we do here at Girlfriend is Better a healthy dose of validation. Maybe it’s my Italian side, but I love this natural soap made with olive oil and sodium hydroxide. It’s delicate enough to […]

Aloe Juice Works to Improve Skin and Detox the Body

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Living in this modern day, we are constantly bombarded by toxins of every kind. We subject our bodies to dangerous chemicals through the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. One of my new little miracle workers is aloe juice, a tangy beverage that helps detox the body and combat skin problems. Aloe Vera is […]

Meditation 101: Try Not to Hallucinate

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I started to do some light research on meditation and came across a freaky warning! “You might get visions and some of them might be horrible. Stop when it happens.” WTF? I of course took a screen shot of the warning and group-texted it to my mom and sisters. One sister replied, “I was just watching Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon […]

Retinol Makes the No-Makeup Look Possible

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Winter is the best time to focus on your skin. All that dryness from indoor heaters takes a toll! Exfoliating and skin care products are more important during this season and Retinol is my new favorite. Basically, Retinol is the technical name for vitamin A, so it sounds scarier than it is. Skin absorbs vitamins extremely well and uses them […]

Honey Home Remedies: Health, Naturally

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Did you know that honey is a versatile ingredient in health and beauty home remedies? Honey combined with another household staple transforms into an elixir guaranteed to satisfy. Ward off a flu bug or do an easy detox without spending all those dollars. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for your consideration. Weight Loss Home Remedy Starting with […]

Epsom Salt for What Ails You

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Last winter, I discovered the magical relief of soaking in Epsom salt. My legs were getting increasingly sensitive to shaving which was turning into a nightmare. I was switching razors and trying a variety of different shaving creams and methods to no avail. I really wanted natural ingredients (such as coconut oil) to be the solution but really, nothing was […]