You’ve no doubt already heard the buzz. After all, if you walk into any grocery store, the trend is just about hitting you right in the face. Yes, we’re talking about water, but more specifically: alkaline water? Just what is it and why does it have the Goops of the world all up in a tizzy? Allow us to explain.
Alkaline water, simply put, is water with a lower pH (acidity) than your run-of-the-mill tap and bottled water. Why is this important? That means the water is rich in alkalizing components and basically has a lot of the minerals you need to keep your body acidity leveled... and your skin and overall beauty game where you want it.
So, let’s get down to the benefits, shall we?
1) Prevents Acidosis
Alkaline water helps with neutralizing your body’s blood acidity, which in turn prevents Acidosis, a condition that can cause hormonal imbalances as well as other maladies. Yikes!
2) Metabolism boosting
On top of keeping your body acidity leveled, alkaline water and foods can help boost your metabolism, and keep it maintained at a healthy level.
3) Your gut!
Alkaline water can help disinfect your gut flora, and cleanse it of unwanted free radicals and other dangerous bacteria. A happy gut basically equals a happy everything else... including your waistline and complexion.
Along with your gut, alkaline water’s disinfecting properties also applies to other toxins in your body. In other words, it pulls double duty.
So, how do I get Alkaline?
Luckily for you, bottled alkaline water is pretty much everywhere you go, but if you wanna pull a little DIY (or, just feeling adventurous), you can get a water ionizer that’ll do the job for you, too. But you don't need to get too crazy just yet—the experts agree that eating a diet high in alkaline foods is the real key over anything. Just what foods are alkaline? Pretty much everything you already know is good for you: fruits, nuts, legumes and vegetables. Oh, and that whole hot lemon water in the morning thing? Turns out squeezing a little citrus into your water is the ultimate DIY when it comes to getting your water alkaline. It's a great way to start your day, gets your metabolism instantly ignited, detoxifies and helps to raise your pH once the minerals begin to dissolve in your bloodstream. Go on, get citrus-y.
Sure, hyaluronic acid is good... but we've got something better.
Hyaluronic acid is hot right now. And we totally get the hype—it's a fantastic ingredient that's an easy fix for dehydrated skin that plumps up your complexion (it can carry up to 1,000 times its weight in water).
The only problem? The molecules are too big to penetrate the skin's surface.
Translation? Those pricey hyaluronic acid-loaded products you're spending your pennies on end up going right down the drain.
Don't get out your pitchforks just yet—we have the fix. Quick science lesson (bear with us—your skin will thank you!): a little something called sodium hyaluronate is the salt of hyaluronic acid. It's a smaller molecule, with a more 'bioavailable' structure that can penetrate the skin. Translation: with this stuff, your skin actually stays moisturized and reaps all of the benefits of hyaluronic acid. Get it?
Now, stay with us: turns out Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer is even better than SH, if you can believe it. First, pretend you're looking at a Rubik's Cube. Each square is one unit of sodium hyaluronate. That’s a polymer: several units stuck together. When the polymer goes into the dermis, the enzymes our body naturally makes break the units down slowly, delivering moisture over an extended period of time. Again, translation? A moisturizer that works harder and faster, for long periods of time, and penetrates the way you want it to, rather than just sit on top of your skin.
Did we mention it attacks age-accelerating free radicals, too? We're so crazy about it, we even got The New York Times (!) talking (they hinted at our up-and-coming products—shhh!—too). Oh, and it's vegan, too.
By numbers, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer looks a little something like this:
- Possesses 50 TIMES (!) the water-binding (aka locking moisture in) capacity of hyaluronic acid
- Is FIVE (!) times more moisturizing than hyaluronic acid after 24 hours
All in all? We're pretty sure we just found your skin's new BFF.
This is undoubtedly the top resolution for 95% of the planet, so, why not join 'em? Kick the new year off with finding that workout that, well, works! Seriously, there are millions of them lurking around, from high cardio to more weight intensive ones, there’s something for everyone, so there’s no excuse! But... how do you keep it up? One word: Data. You’d be surprised how motivated you’ll become when you log everything you do. Download a couple of good workout and nutrition apps (Lose It! is great and MapMyRun is amazing for the more cardio inclined), and watch as you feel guiltier and guiltier for missing a workout (it’s a good thing, promise!).
Somewhere after all of the family stuff, the joy of the season, the best part about the holidays is... we admit it!... well, the presents! Whether you're giving or receiving, it’s pretty much the reason for the season, right?
But it always comes with a caveat: what makes for a good gift? We can definitely rule out ugly sweaters, useless tchotchkes, underwear, and those obvious joke gifts (a snuggie? Again? Seriously?). For us, a good gift is all about what comes from the heart. Or, at the very least, from this list!
Here's our sure fire wishlist of our favorite gifts for the holiday season. Let’s get to it!
A host of dreamy scents and wax made from biodegradable fungi makes this not only a completely unique gift, but a thoughtful one, too.
Super luxe, hand painted, hand engraved... the list of adjectives go on, but these glasses stay on our list.
Our definite go-to cookbook by the always fabulous Deb Perelman. There's just too many irresistible dishes to count in here!
The curler to end all curlers. If you’ve got hair, this is the gift you need. Do yourself a favor and pick one up already! Beats socks as a stocking stuffer any time.
We mean, how could we not? Elephants and diamonds? It’s called a wishlist for a reason! Like we said on Instagram, whether or not this will actually be waiting under our tree this year is another issue entirely.
Pinterest is like a jungle; it’s easy to get lost in there. Where do I get that perfect smoothie recipe? How much kale? Where’s that workout plan I’ll never follow? Where’s the perfect version of all three? Well, we’re taking out all of the hard work. Here’s a few of our favorite Pinterest accounts you just HAVE to follow. Trust us, it’ll change everything.
Needless to say, goop is one of our favourites on every other social platform, and their Pinterest is no exception. Expect drool worthy food pics, healthy living inspo, and basically pretty much every other thing you could possibly want your life to include.
Into the Gloss’ beauty off-shoot has got some serious Pinterest game; you’ll find every kind of beauty tip you could ever need and tons and tons of pretty pics. This is one of the boards you’ll spend hours on, guaranteed. Check out their beauty how-to’s!
How can we talk about Pinterest without talking about food? You can’t, and that’s why we’re all over Jeanine of Love and Lemons. This Texas (!!!) native dishes out some too-pretty-for-words recipes and kitchen tips that will give you some serious envy. She covers all your food bases, from sweets to healthy eating, so you won’t feel too bad afterwards.
It’s true, 2 million plus followers can’t be wrong, and Jennifer Chong lives up to the hype. Her boards cover all the standard Pinterest fair; beautiful meals, great style, you know the rest. But what you really need to check out is her Wanderlust board, which is pretty much just a constant stream of breathtaking shots that are worthy of daydreaming over. Give her a follow right now!
We can’t forget about our friends over at Byrdie! If you’re looking for the definite style guide for your life, this is the board for you. From pretty eyes to gorgeous hair, they’ve got pretty much everything to keep you charming for the rest of your life. Check out their make-up looks, too.
Here’s something that a lot of people don’t know about; Buzzfeed has an amazing food-focused Pinterest! Now, this isn’t the most healthy board we’ve posted, but we’re only human, and they’ve got some ridiculously delicious recipes. Their Cookies board is a testament to this, and we won’t get started on the Deserts board. It’s a must follow!
Kimberly of eat.sleep.wear knows what it takes to make an amazing Pinterest board. A little style, a bit of decor, and everything else to make your world a lot more beautiful. The must follows are her personal style and apartment inspiration boards.
Let’s face it. Trying to eat clean and healthy is pretty hard to do, and all those hashtags and Instagram posts aren’t helping, each one endlessly guilting you on your feed as you like away, regardless. We mean, when do you even have the time to reach your #goals? Is there a Starbucks run anywhere in there, too? Well luckily, we’ve found a quick and painless method to get you on your way to health harmony: it’s the smoothie bowl. Yes, the ubiquitous too-pretty-to-eat meals that seem embarrassingly simple to make, yet you never do. Now, you’ve got no excuse, cause’ we’ve got a list that’s gonna fix you right up!
A double dose of detoxifying Acai and berry blend to boot, also a good way for you to get your greens in (there’s some hidden spinach in there, believe it or not).
A tropical combo with oats that add a dash of protein from the oats. Throw in the seeds and you’ve got all your bases covered.
A bowl that’s literally too pretty to eat, and vegan to boot! Spice it up with the extra granola and chia and you’re good to go.
If you’re feeling adventurous, check out this recipe that plays with creamy textures. The avocado does wonders with the cashews!
Finally, we’ve got a really decadent combo for you. It’s almost better than ice cream, honest!
And that's it, hope you get inspired to #eatclean!