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Noteworthy Nutrition Goals For the New Year

Posted on: December 9th, 2014 by L'Arte Della Bellezza


Keep your body running well in 2015! Remember, eating the right foods will help keep you healthy, ageless, and all-around fabulous.  Below, we’ve outlined some positive nutrition practices to keep in mind for the New Year.


Make Goals

Goals help measure progress. Make sure each goal is specific, attainable and timely. For example, “I will only have dessert on Saturdays.” Or, “I will prepare one new healthy recipe each week for the month of January.”


Track What You Eat

For a period of time (at least two weeks), write down everything you eat. You don’t have to do this for the rest of your life, but it’s a great habit to start and it’s an eye-opening exercise. Tracking will make you aware of each cracker you put in your mouth or that extra slice of cheese on your sandwich. Tracking will help you tweak your diet so that you can still enjoy foods you love without sabotaging your healthy eating efforts.


Eat Breakfast

Your mother was right: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Not only does it give you energy, but breakfast is also linked to many health benefits, including weight control and improved memory and performance.


Think Before You Eat

Why are you eating? Are you really hungry or are you eating because you’re bored? Oftentimes, our bodies confuse hunger for thirst. The next time you feel hungry before dinnertime, drink a tall glass of water, which leads us to our next point:


Drink Lots of Water

Your body is composed of about 60% water. H20 helps your body digest, absorb, circulate and transport nutrients. Water can also help control your calorie intake. Click here to read the many benefits of drinking water.


Eat Plenty of Vegetables

Vegetables are filled with nutrients, water, fiber, and very few calories. Here’s a great tip to keep in mind: fill half of your plate with vegetables. You’ll be satisfied faster, and you’ll cut down on calories without feeling deprived. Give your veggies an extra kick by adding herbs and spices, and whatever you do, avoid salt and butter.


Include Healthy, Protein Rich Foods
Protein rich foods support healthy muscles and your immune system. Want to add more protein to your juices? Toss in a handful of chia seeds, hemp seeds or spirulina. Here’s a great article on different recipes that add healthy proteins to your smoothies.


Eat More Healthy Fats
Eating fat doesn’t necessarily make you fat.  Fat in our foods supplies essential fatty acids that our bodies don’t produce.  Further, fats move vitamins A,D,E and K into and around the body.  Focus on eating unsaturated fats found in avocado, olive oil, almonds, natural peanut butter and salmon.


Load Up On Fruits

Fruit is a tasty, satisfying way to fill up on fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. Berries are cancer fighting, apples provide fiber, oranges and mangos offer vitamin C, bananas provide potassium and so on. Eat plenty of fruits, but remember: try to incorporate these early in the day; fruits do have lots of sugar.


Resolve to make these few nutritional changes to your diet, and see just how far you’ll go. For more tips like these, be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.



DIY Eco-Friendly Beauty Products

Posted on: July 27th, 2014 by L'Arte Della Bellezza

Greening your beauty routine is not only better for your overall health – it’s fantastic for the environment. With so many natural cosmetic alternatives, why sacrifice your skincare routine with harmful chemicals that can wreak havoc on skin? (remember our Toxic Beauty post?!) Below, we’ve outlined our favorite do-it-yourself beauty products that can easily be made at home with ingredients you likely have in your kitchen.


Body Scrub

Salt scrubs are one of easiest home treatments that truly deliver. Not only is slathering salt and oil all over your body exquisitely pleasant, but the exfoliating factor leaves skin refreshed, vibrant and baby-soft.  We recommend the Citrus Salt Scrub from Everyday Roots. This invigorating concoction of natural ingredients will wake you up – great for the morning shower or after an intense and sweaty workout.  Use once or twice each week to help maintain skin between professional treatments.


Ingredients: Epsom salt (or coarse salt crystals), olive oil, lemon or lime juice, and lavender.

Ingredients: Epsom salt (or coarse salt crystals), olive oil, lemon or lime juice and lavender. Mix all ingredients together and apply to the skin in the shower or bath, focusing on dry areas, like your feet, ankles, knees and elbows. Store the extra product in a mason jar for future polishing treatments.


Body Cream

Combat dry, damaged hands, cracked feet, and sun-dried skin with a soothing and repairing overnight body treatment. All it takes is a few minutes before bed for healthier, hydrated skin.


Ingredients: 1/2 oz beeswax, 2 oz coconut oil, 2 tablespoons (30ml) sweet almond oil, 4 tablespoons (60ml) mineral water, 1/2 teaspoon (6ml) lavender essential oil.

Over a low heat, slowly melt the oils (coconut and sweet almond) and beeswax in a large, heavy-based, stainless steel saucepan. Use a whisk (and beat vigorously) to combine the oils and mineral water. Remove the saucepan from the heat and continue stirring until the cream cools to room temperature. Add the essential oil and mix thoroughly until creamy. Massage into skin and leave overnight.


Hair Conditioner

Deep-condition your tresses with coconut oil. Leave in overnight or use before the shower, if you are pressed for time. Coconut oil hydrates and softens hair. It also provides shine, and some studies even claim that it helps penetrate the hair to make it stronger, which can contribute to hair growth!


Ingredients: Simply Place one cup of coconut oil into a bowl of warm water. Leave the cup in the bowl until the coconut oil melts, then massage the oil into your scalp all the way to the ends.


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Toxic Beauty: Chemicals to Avoid in Your Bathroom Cabinet

Posted on: July 11th, 2014 by L'Arte Della Bellezza

travel5Could beauty and cleansing products be toxic to your health? Would you continue to buy a certain anti-wrinkle cream if it could destroy your immune system? You shouldn’t have to compromise your health and safety for the sake of beauty.


One in three cosmetics in the US contains a carcinogen, an agent directly linked to cancer. Below, we’ve outlined some of the most harmful ingredients found in your bathroom medicine cabinet – AKA – your anti-aging arsenal.



  • Formaldehyde: Used in cosmetics as a preservative, this ingredient is a known carcinogen, and is often found in creams and hair treatments. Formaldehyde can also trigger allergies and weaken the immune system.
  • Parabens: These chemicals serve as an antifungal agent found in shampoos, conditioners, styling products, soaps and body washes, lotions, shaving creams, deodorant, makeup and even toothpaste! It’s absorbed through the skin, mimics estrogen, and is linked to breast cancer. Parabens are also extremely harmful to the environment.
  • PEG Compounds: Often passing as Polyethylene Glycol, it’s what makes your hair conditioner thick and your moisturizer extra creamy. This chemical is especially harmful to the nervous system, as it can interfere with human development. It also leaves skin more vulnerable to bacteria and other chemicals in the environment.
  • Sulfates: Disguised as Sodium Laureth Sulfate, SLS, or SLES, these chemicals are used in foaming cosmetics like shampoos and body wash. It can irritate your skin and eyes, and it’s a known degreaser, meaning it strips natural oils from hair and skin, which by the way, can lead to dry patches and wrinkles!
  • Phthalates (Artificial Fragrance): Found in nail polish and perfumes, phthalate exposure is linked to early puberty in girls, a risk factor for later-life breast cancer. Even more frightening, Mind Body Green reports that phthalates are also linked to bioaccumulation, which means they become trapped in the body FOREVER.
  • BHA and DEA: Both induce allergic reactions in the skin and, like other substances on this list, are known carcinogens. DEA-related ingredients are used in foaming products, such as facial cleansers and shampoos. According to this article, DEA is also used in oil refineries to remove hydrogen sulfide from process gas emissions – not exactly what you want in your shower!
  • Triclosan: This chemical is found in antiperspirants/deodorants and cleansers and in hand sanitizers as a preservative and an anti-bacterial agent. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) registers it as a pesticide, giving it high scores as a risk to both human health and the environment! If that’s not your cue to stay away, we don’t know what is.


So as you toss these chemicals out of your life (or at least remove them from your bathroom cabinet), give us a call and schedule a complimentary appointment with an expert at L’Arte Della Bellezza. Let’s clean your beauty routine!


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Anti-Aging Tips: How to Care for Mature Skin

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by L'Arte Della Bellezza

blog1The Fountain of Youth. Heard about that one, right? Yeah, we haven’t found it either…


Although the ever-elusive “Fountain of Youth” might not be in our grasp, at L’Arte Della Bellezza, we’ve got some tricks and tools that are sure fire “next best things.”


The thought of aging can be alarming for many women. Everyone wants to age gracefully, but caring for maturing skin is a learned exercise. As we age, estrogen levels begin to drop and we experience a slowdown in oil and skin-cell renewal. The result: skin that lacks elasticity and looks dull.  We may begin to notice fine lines, brown spots, and rough patches. As we age, we need to modify our beauty regimen and reassess our lifestyle choices.


Get Your Glow Back

A dull complexion with signs of hyperpigmentation (uneven skin tone) might suggest to the world that you’re tired or older than your years. Get your youthful glow back with products blog2that contain antioxidants, like the Obagi C-Clarifying Serum. Antioxidants help prevent free-radical damage (what ages skin), and also help keep it tone, bright and even. Using sunscreen and applying eye cream and a great moisturizer (or face serum) daily can also go a long way toward counteracting dull, sagging skin.


Combat Mid-Life Moisture Loss

Estrogen stimulates oil production, so when estrogen levels decline, your skin may become drier, more wrinkled and lose elasticity. One way to help prevent moisture loss is to drink lots of water and eat healthy foods rich in nutrients like omega-3 oils and unsaturated fats. They’re known to strengthen the skin’s tissue, which helps to promote a healthy complexion. As we’ve said before, clear and healthy skin starts from within. You should also use a day and nighttime moisturizer that has both collagen and elastin, as these two ingredients help keep skin tight, smooth and supple.


Relax and Recuperate

Unchecked Tension = Wrinkles. Did you know? When you’re under pressure, your body increases the production of cortisol, a hormone known to damage collagen and elastin, and decrease the skin’s ability to repair itself (Yikes!).  A stressful lifestyle can cause skin to age faster than it should. Get stress under control with exercise. Learn about the many beauty benefits of working out, here.


Invest in a Good Beauty Regimen

blog3The key to a quality skincare product is its potency, so ask a skin care expert who can address your concerns and educate you on the best product for your specific needs. For faster results, you might consider Botox and/or dermal fillers that can plump up wrinkles and areas that show signs again and/or a loss of elasticity.


At L’Arte Della Bellezza, we have everything you need to address all your skin care concerns. For more skin care tips and information on anti-aging, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.