You already know you don’t need to hit the gym to stay fit.
But did you know you could actually burn calories while lying in bed?
Yup. Burning calories in a horizontal state may seem like a dream come true (pardon the pun), but the truth is – your body actually works quite hard while you snooze away. In fact, you’re actually constantly burning calories during homeostasis – which is the process of keeping your organs and body systems functioning.
When you do the maths, you’ll realize your body can burn quite a bit even during periods of what may seem to be inactivity.
But if you want to melt even more calories without leaving the house, or the bed for that matter – here are a few pillow-friendly activates to incorporate into your routine.
If you do them consistently, you’ll be surprised at the wonders they can work.
Do some light yoga
Your bed is a comfy and cozy places to practice light stretching and yoga poses. Use the bedhead to hold onto and deepen your stretches. There are a variety of poses you can do, our favorites being the Happy Baby pose and the Supine Spinal Twist.
Read a book before bed
Bet you didn’t think reading could help burn off your dessert, but life is full of surprises. Not only is cozying up with a novel good for your emotional and mental wellbeing, it also burns calories – almost twice as much as sleeping! Why? Because using your brain requires energy. So next time you want to watch Netflix in bed to unwind, think twice and pick up a book instead.
Do some journaling
Before you nod off, pick up a pen and paper and write about your day. Perhaps you could jot down the things you’re grateful for, or create a to-do list for the next day. Doing this will help untangle the knots in your mind so you can get a sounder sleep, therefore ensuring less anxiety, sugar-cravings and stress-eating.
Breathe it out
You may have heard this before, but the eight-count breathing hack is one of the best things you can do before falling asleep. You simply breathe in for eight counts, hold the breath in your lungs for eight counts, and breathe out for eight counts. Doing this will also reduce your stress hormone, cortisol, which is linked to belly fat and sugar cravings. Cortisol also decreases lean muscle tissue, which is bad news – because the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn. Therefore, reducing cortisol is key.
Relax your muscles
Perform muscle relaxation exercises under the covers to burn a few more calories. Lie on your back and place your arms at your sides. Start tensing and relaxing the muscles of all your body parts – progressively, starting with your toes. This will help with burning calories and sending you off for a sound night’s sleep.
If your skin is in need of a little TLC due to the season change, and you’re struggling to find the perfect batch of hydrating products, don’t give up, your winter skin can be saved. It just takes knowing what to put on it.
We’ve got your back! We know you want skincare products that don’t expose your precious skin to harsh chemicals! Here are our top five products that will make your winter skin look ten times better. From zero to hero, real quick.
Almond Milk + Agave + Oatmeal Simply Body Wash (Sensitive Skin)
The last thing your parched winter skin needs is a chemical-laden cleanser stripping it of its natural moisture. What it does need is a gentle cleanser that’ll clean and nourish at the same time. Our Almond Milk + Agave + Oatmeal Body Wash is a soothing lather of calming oats, rejuvenating sweet almond extracts, Cold Pressed oils, and healing agave that’ll keep your skin both clean and hydrated.
Bath Fizzer Lemon Sugar
What your skin needs most right now is to heal and re-energize, and our Bath Fizzer in Lemon Sugar will do just that. Enriched with essential oils, this fizzer will feed your skin fruit extracts, exfoliate, and invigorate – leaving you feeling like a new woman after every soak.
Raw Coconut + Mango Sugar Scrub
Scrub away the frosty days and icy evenings with our Raw Coconut + Mango Sugar Scrub. Exfoliation is key in getting your skin back to its well-hydrated self, and this nature-made scrub will slough away dead skin and scales like it’s nobody’s business. A skin-softening formula enriched with Cold Pressed fruit oils, it will leave your skin with a protective moisture veil – and a glow.
Raw Coconut + Mango Body Butter
Give your skin the ultimate moisture hit with a pure superfood smoothie made by Mother Nature. Made specifically to care for extra-dry skin, our Raw Coconut + Mango Body Butter is a creamy, conditioning blend of Shea Butter, enzyme-rich Cold Pressed oils and plant-based extracts that give dried-out skin the hydration it craves. A power shot of vitamin E and aloe vera helps heal dry, cracked skin, and Certified Organic coconut oil revives and brightens – so you’re all set for those glowy summer days.
Simply Body Lotion Sensitive Skin
Want weightless moisture during the day? You’ve got it. Like a comforting hug for dry, sensitive skin – this soothing, healing blend will keep your complexion hydrated without weighing it down. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and gentle infusions of vitamin-rich Blue agave, it’ll keep your skin feeling calm, happy and well-loved.
You may be well and truly immersed in 2019, but is your hair?
If you’ve been a bit too busy to be keeping up hair trends, don’t worry! We’re here to fill you in and you’re going to love it.
No, it’s not scrunchies (although we were all over that one), nor is it chic fedoras (not that we’d pass one up!). It’s, drumroll… hair clips.
But not just any kind of hair clips…we’re talking about barrettes – and you’re about to start seeing a whole lot more of them on your feed.
It all started during Paris Fashion Week, where models wore barrettes to accessorize…and it was a hit! So it looks like the Eighties’ renaissance trend is coming back!
A favorite style has been stacking barrettes and pinning down your hair to hold it out of your face. Another way you could wear a barrette is at the bottom of a plait, or above a sleek ponytail.
Fashion and style is about having fun & barrettes add personality to every look! The best thing about barrettes is that it’s a low-maintenance trend and you can play around with the style. Brush your hair out, pop on a clip or two to keep it off your face and voila – you’re walking out with the Zoe Kravitz hair style!
Barrettes are simple & easy to pull off. Take your pick and rock it, sugar!
Because Lips Need Lovin’ too.
Do your lips need a little more attention? With winter on its way, they’ll probably require a little extra TLC.
Most lip balms promise the world but only keep your lips moisturised for a hot minute, eventually drying them out even more than before – forcing you to re-apply constantly throughout the day.
Well, enough is enough, we say. It’s time to be out with the artificial and in with the natural.
The skin on our lips is thinner and more sensitive than anywhere else on our bodies – so it’s much more prone to chapping and cracking.
Our pouts don’t have many oil glands, and little to no ability to produce sun-filtering melanin. This means they can’t really defend themselves against harsh conditions – like the bitter cold of winter where the dry air depletes our skin and lips of moisture.
Natural lip balms are the best, and only, way to keep your lips well-hydrated and healthy in any kind of weather. Here are 5 other reasons you absolutely need all-natural lip care in your life.
Your Lips Will Look P lumper
Because natural lip balms heal and deeply hydrate your lips, they act as a natural plumper – giving your pout a smoother, fuller appearance.
Your Lipstick Will Last Longer
Nothing ruins the look of a lovely lipstick than cracks and flaky lip skin, so for long-lasting lip paint – you first need well-hydrated, happy lips. Natural balms lock in moisture for longer, creating the perfect base for lipstick.
They’re Safer for you
Most non-natural lip balms include a laundry list of nasty chemicals – the kind you definitely don’t want near your mouth where you’re susceptible to ingesting them. Opting for a product with natural ingredients is the safer alternative.
They Protect Your Pout From the Elements
Need a natural shield against the sun, wind and cold? You’ve got it with natural lip balms. They’re packed with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that defend your lippies against the bad guys.
You Won’t Need to use as Much
Because all-natural balms actually improve the health of your lips by providing real nourishment, your lips won’t need as much product. Their hydrating and healing properties go beyond the surface – meaning nourishment is long-lasting.
Because your skin needs a wellness plan too.
When you went into the new year, perhaps you set some goals. A few may have been fitness related, like practicing yoga three times week. Others may have been about diet and practicality, like vowing to meal prep your lunches. And maybe you had a few related to personal growth, too – such as meditating or journaling every night.
If there’s no amount of lavender spray and breathing techniques that’ll keep your head on the pillow, there could be something else amiss.
Often, the things keeping you up at night aren’t what you’d expect. Putting aside the obvious habits and patterns that lead to sleep deprivation, we’ve busted a few unexpected factors that are preventing you from getting your full eight hours.
If there’s anything we’ve learned on our journey so far, it’s that life is all about balance.
When it comes to your complexion, there’s so much conflicting information about what really works. Some say there’s nothing better than healing on the inside to beautify the outside, while others swear by nourishing their skin from the outside in.
Did all the partying over the holidays take a toll on your skin? The effects from the festive season can become visible on the skin, and giving yourself some TLC is not a bad idea for restoring it to its original glowing. There some great ways to rejuvenate dull and tired skin. Not only can we be left tired and depleted, but our big night out also takes a toll on our skin, hair and bodies. To avoid this, here’s a little preparatory guide to help you stay gorgeous and feel as renewed as your resolutions; Despite the late night and fast times.