What Happens When You Go to Bed Without Washing Your Face?

We all do it once in a while (and I have certainly done it more often since I had kids…).  It happens!  Yes, I know it’s bad to leave make-up on your skin overnight, and no, I don’t like how my skin looks the next day, but the world won’t end if it happens once in a while, right?  But…I do wonder: What actually does happen when I don’t wash my face before I go to bed at night?

1.  Fertile Ground for Clogged Pores & Pimples

While pretty much all make-up or sunscreens these days are non-comedogenic and won’t break you out per se, it is still “stuff” that, when it remains on the skin for an extended time, will mix with our skin’s own sebum, as well as dirt and bacteria (how often do you touch your face throughout the day?) to increase the risk of clogged pores and bacterial proliferation, resulting in new pimples or existing ones getting worse.  Even if you don’t wear make-up, the mix of dirt, sebum and added bacteria can lead to pore congestion over time.

2.  Skin Irritation and Inflammation

Throughout the day, we are exposed to micro-particles, pollutants and allergens that can more or less stick to the skin unless we wash it off.  And depending on your immune system and how well your skin’s own protective barrier functions, those allergens, micro-particles and pollutants can irritate and sensitize skin.

3.  Less Efficient Natural Exfoliation

Your skin sheds naturally all the time, although you wouldn’t see it with your eyes.  But having a sticky mix on your skin at the end of the day and through the night impedes the natural exfoliation process, making your skin look dull and possibly clogging pores.  Washing your face with a regular cleanser at night helps your skin’s shedding process, even if it does not contain any actual exfoliators agents.

4.  Skin Dehydration

Even with proper moisturizing, we loose water through the skin throughout the day and night in what is called transepidermal water loss (TEWL).  Not washing your face on a particular night probably also means that you are not applying any treatment products either, that would replenish hydration.  I’ve always wondered why my skin feels grimy, yet parched the morning after not washing (and treating) my face.  Well…after 24 hours of TEWL without replenishment, skin will loose its suppleness…

5.  Missed Opportunity

Your skin acts differently at night than it does during the day.  If not washing your face at night also means not applying any treatment before bed, that means you are missing out on nourishing your skin in a major way during a time when its in peak recovery mode.  If have issues with break-outs, you are also missing out on helping your skin battle pimples and other issues without the typical day-time interference like sunscreen and make-up.  So even if not-washing your face once in a while isn’t a big deal, not treating your skin is still a missed opportunity.

Lately, to motivate myself to wash my face at night, even if I am super tired, I try to visualize how it will help my skin breathe more freely.  And knowing how much better my skin looks and feels the following morning if I go through my skincare ritual usually gets me moving toward the sink as well.  What helps motivate you to wash your face even when you are tired or feeling lazy?

4 Fast Facts to Add Ginger to Your Diet!

 Ever since I learned that ginger is one of only a few spices that has proven anti-inflammatory benefits after consumption. I have been avidly trying to figure out how to add it, and it’s other anti-inflammatory spice friends into my cooking. Don’t like reading articles, watch this video. So let’s get to the point. Why is it exciting to add ginger to your food regimen?

1.It’s anti-inflammatory…

Not sure what’s great about being anti-inflammatory? It means that when your body faces stress or pain – ginger can help stop it. It’s been shown to be effective against osteoarthritis, muscle pain and soreness and even pro-inflammatory cancers like colon, ovarian, or pancreatic.

 

2.  It’s an anti-oxidant!

By now, we all know anti-oxidants help slow down aging or damage of our cells, but ginger’s 6-gingerol’s antioxidant ability is posited for being the reason ginger helps to slow down cognitive decline or even improve brain function in some.

3.  It can help with nausea, menstrual pain, stomach discomfort etc.

1-1.5 grams was shown to be as effective as medication against sea sickness, morning sickness, and pain from the menstrual cycle.

4.  It may be slimming!

Ginger activates the same slimming pathway as sleeping in a cold room or eating capsaicin in peppers. How cold? 62 F degrees cold. Cayenne pepper, like ginger, increases energy expenditure by activating brown fat tissue which helps to burn calories and thus lose weight.

Don’t get me started on the budding research showing ginger’s effects on diabetes and heart disease risk factors.

Convinced?!? Let’s do this!

Tips on how to use ginger…

  1. Crush it! Release the juices and increase the surface area. If you like the spiciness of ginger, but don’t want to eat it, take a large piece and crush it with the side of your knife, sharp side away from you of course. Then you can use the piece of ginger for soups, sautéing, etc. but fish it out since it’s still one big chunk.
  2. Add a chunk to your morning smoothie – wakes up your senses and potentially keeps that blood sugar down. My smoothie this morning: banana, apple, fingertip of ginger, strawberries, and kale with cold brewed hibiscus green tea and crushed flax seeds.
  3. Remove the skin with the side of a spoon. Then grate, julienne or mince it. Use it to make tea, spice up soup, add it to almost every stir fry, or brighten up anything sweet. Or try making ginger beer – a probiotic gingery drink!
  4. No fresh ginger? Or don’t want to bother with the root? (I buy mine in bulk and freeze it), ground ginger from the spice rack works too. Ginger tea is just 1/4 teaspoon with hot water, and a touch of honey.

I hope you find more ways and reasons to keep Ginger around! Please share your tricks!

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Why Ginger Can Help You Lose Weight PLUS a Lemongrass Ginger Tea Recipe

by JUARA Co-Founder Yoshiko Roth-Hidalgo

Losing, or at least not gaining weight, is hard for most of us. While there is no magic bullet, the good news is that nature has a lot of the answers.  Movement, fresh foods, fresh air, sleep, mindfulness… For most of us, it’s the good old basics that are the foundation for a healthy weight.  And it is also nature that provides us with “tricks” to help us along the way.  Ginger is one of nature’s brilliant “tricks”.  Humans have used ginger for thousands of years.  In Jamu, Indonesia’s traditional herbal medicine, ginger is one of the most revered staples for a healthy metabolism and immune system  Here is why it helps with weight management. It works!

Ginger Boosts Your Metabolism

Ginger is a spice.  If you notice how your belly gets warm after eating ginger, it’s not your imagination.  Ginger warms the body because it increases your metabolism, which is crucial for loosing weight and maintaining it.

Ginger Suppresses Your Appetite and Increases Satiety

A study by the New York Obesity Research Center and Columbia University showed that participants that consumed ginger before breakfast felt fuller right after breakfast and long thereafter, compared to those that did not take the ginger supplement. It has been theorized that ginger improves leptin levels. Leptin is a compound that plays a role in feeling full and satisfied after a meal

It really works. I have tried it as a way to control my appetite, by drinking a cup of ginger tea before the meal. I will still be hungry but less ravenous, which means it’s easier to slow down, be mindful with every bite, which in turn makes you more aware of when you are full.

Ginger Suppresses Stress Hormone Production

Hormonal changes and chronic stress can spike your cortisol levels, which disrupts our metabolism and our finely calibrated mechanism that signals hunger and satiety. By balancing cortisol production, as research has shown, ginger helps protect this natural mechanism.

Ginger Improves Digestion

Researchers have theorized that poor nutritional absorption is partly responsible for not feeling satisfied after a meal. Your body feels like it needs more nutrients! By helping in the digestive process, you “get more” from the food you eat, plus you will have fewer annoying symptoms like bloating, cramps and heart burn.

How to Consume Ginger for Weightloss?

Ginger is extremely versatile and can be consumed in various ways.  While a simple ginger tea is an easy way to incorporate it as a weight loss supplement before meals, why not get creative and have fun with it, even outside of your daily meals?  Here is a refreshing ice tea recipe my partner Metta Murdaya for those balmy Summer get-togethers:

 

REFRESHING LEMONGRASS GINGER TEA RECIPE (by JUARA Co-Founder Metta Murdaya)

The weather is warming up, time to pop out the colorful glasses and get ready for outdoor cheer with friends! What easy to spruce up a party or a meal by upping the ante on the simple iced tea with this 2-ingredient charmer. The best part is you can make this in bulk and save it!

Great things come in pairs. Lemongrass and Ginger-a combination so happy together it’s like the Peanut Butter and Jelly of teas in Indonesia. Ginger’s signature spice is warming and familiar, while lemongrass is citrusy with floral/grassy notes-together they balance each other and create a flavor that is both comforting an rejuvenating-a winning combo.

To prepare your Ginger-Lemongrass happy-duo:

  • 2 stalks of Lemongrass, cut into pieces 3″ long (or approximately the length of your index finger.)
  • A generous handful of fresh ginger
  • Honey, brown sugar, or coconut sugar to taste

Slice the ginger into thin pieces and rinse until the loose skin pieces falls off and water runs clear. Slice the lemongrass pieces down the middle from top to bottom so it exposes the center and lets the aroma out.

Fill a pot with a quart of water, add ginger slices, lemongrass and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20-30 minutes. Note this recipe is loose in ingredient percentages as it can be adjusted to taste. For a brighter, citrusy note preference, add more lemongrass. For a heatier, hotter punch, add more ginger. The amount of water used can also be adjusted to taste.

Pro tip: Smash and pan roast the ginger pieces before slicing until the skin is dark. We do this in Indonesia as this process helps release the flavors and brings out the heat of the ginger. To decorate like we do in Indonesia, add a stalk of lemongrass to the beverage which can be used as a stirrer for the sweetener. Slip in a few pieces of the boiled ginger slices in the drink as well for that exotic and enticing look.

This tea can be served hot or iced, during a meal or after a meal for a nice digestive.

 

5 Minutes of Self Love

By JUARA Co-Founder, Metta Murdaya

February 14 is supposed to be a day of love, but really, wouldn’t it be great of it were all days of love? I personally think taking care of thyself comes number one – because from there we are in a better position to love others – and be loved. Often we take ourselves for granted and that “we can do it!” as we run through the day, attending to others’ needs, getting our job done, and the next thing you know, we’re too tired to even wash our face before passing out! (*Gasp* says the skincare line founder, moi.)

So – 5 minutes…It feels like forever when you’re waiting for someone to leave a parking spot, or like a second when spending it with a loved one about to board a plane. It’s all about what you make of the time. And if you think you’re worth it, then 5 minutes is almost nothing to spend each day – especially if broken out into small intervals. Try some of these 1 minute rituals and see what they can bring to your day. Do all or repeat what resonates with you 5x a day, or make up your own. (Then please share! I want to know what works for you!) I know that for me it helps me feel a little more grounded and glad.

Breathe.

This is clearly not an original suggestion, but still worth noting to practice. Taking 60 seconds of space helps clear your mind and ground you – allowing for the space to mentally regroup, reflect, and also re-oxygenate. I find that even smiling when I breathe (or even imagine yourself smiling if it’s less appropriate to be doing a solo-grinfest) helps lift mood. Counting breaths also help – believe it or not, I find it easier to count down vs count up if becoming distracted mid-count is an issue.

Say Those Three Words.

No, not I Love Me (hehe, of course.) Take a moment for a mini-reflection of your feelings or mood. State 3 words that describe how your feel. This small practice of being present and grounding yourself in the moment helps you feel clearer of mind, perhaps even ready to tackle what’s next. Even if the emotions feel negative, at least you’re aware of them and not just reacting to them, and constantly being reactive can feel very draining.

Mini Facial Massage.

We have many pressure points on our face – and some are easily accessible for low-maintenance self care. Using thumbs to give these points a firm-yet-gentle press can help release tension and increase circulation, which in turn also brings fresh nutrients from the blood into our facial area. I like pressing in on my temples for a few seconds and repeating a few times. Pressing upwards on the inner parts of my eyebrows, as well as across the cheekbones feels nice too. Doing gentle massage circles at the jawline and outside the side edges of your mouth is surprisingly relaxing – especially for those of you who grind your teeth, clench a lot, or well, talk a lot too. Give that jaw some TLC.

Spice It Up.

I like to have Ginger powder, Turmeric powder, and Cinnamon powder ready within reach in my kitchen. Take a second to add a pinch of spice into your anything you eat or drink, like cinnamon in your coffee, turmeric on your eggs, ginger in the stir fry – just a little smidge each day still gives health benefits and that special touch of gourmet. Because hey, we’re special.

Vibe Good Mojo at Someone.

Take a moment to think about someone you care about – whether in your daily life of someone you haven’t seen in a while, and why you’re grateful for their presence (or input) in your life. This should be a positive feeling. Then reach out (or make a mental note to), call, email, or even just text a hello. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Studies show that longevity is correlated to having strong social bonds and connections, so taking a minute a day to reflect on your social bonds can be a reminder to keep investing in healthy friendships and living longer!

Happy Lovin’!

Let’s Avocado All Over, Inside & Out

Did you know there are hundreds of types of avocadoes in the world, and that they’re actually a fruit, not a vegetable? And not are they just super tasty, but additionally extremely nutritious so here’s to a moment of celebrating an ingredient that we can all love and be creative with, as seen in cultures all over the world. Like in the US, they are super delicious as a guacamole – but in Indonesia, common uses include drinking them as a juice, and also putting it in your hair… Curious? Read on.

BASICS FIRST. WHY ARE THEY SO HEALTHY?

Avocados are a good source of pantothenic acid, dietary fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin E, and vitamin C. They are are full of beta sitosterol, a chemical that has been shown to have a beneficial impact on the blood levels and helps reduce inflamation. Research shows that avocados are rich in oleic acid, which is a fatty acid associated with reducing the LDL (bad cholesterol), improving the ratio between good and low-density lipoprotein… all in, this is a super heart healthy fruit we should all enjoy!
The great thing about avocados is its ability to be utilized in a wide range of dishes. A simple sandwich with avocado and a little lemon juice sprinkled on top can be a fantastic snack and keep you feel full and satisfied for very long, and you can always enhance with anything from sundried tomatoes to hummus. Avocados are also a great addition to any vegetable salad. Make certain to include avocados in the daily eating routine. My dad makes it a habit to eat 1/2 an avocado every morning with olive oil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar to maintain his youthful 77 years young!

USES IN INDONESIA.

I like to think the centuries of its use has given us a lot of time to get creative with it…
IN A JUICE: Blend 1/2 an avocado with ice, water (or coconut water), 1 tbsp of condensed milk, and 1/2 tsp of instant coffee. Makes 1 cup. It has a sweet, delicious Avocado flavor with just a touch of a coffee aroma and flavor to make it a touch more aromatic and flavorful. For an decoration, you can squirt some chocolate syrup on the inside of the walls of a transparent glass cup before pouring in the juice for extra festive appearance! Here’s a fun recipe.

 

IN YOUR HAIR: Yes, seriously. In your hair. An avocado’s fats and rich texture makes for a great hair conditioning treatment and nourishes your scalp. In our traditional Indonesian “cremebath” treatment, you go to a salon to get a 45 min head, shoulder and arm massage (aka mini piece of heaven) while receiving a deep conditioning treatment with a natural hair mask. For dry skin, we use Avocado. You can make your own hair mask by mashing an avocado and mixing in an egg yolk if you have dry hair, or a banana if you have dull hair. You can give yourself a hair massage if you want then put on a shower cap for 30 minutes. Rinse with water or light shampoo.

 

ON YOUR FACE: There are DIY masks, but then there is our Java Plum & Avocado Nourishing mask that has all the yummm without the mess. Nourishing avocado is mixed with skin firming Java Plum and mild fruit acids to smooth and hydrate skin in this leave-on mask. We love avocadoes for skin so much we decided to make a mask with it!

Deliciously Soft, Juicy Skin with this Quick & Easy DIY Mask

By JUARA Co-Founder, Yoshiko Roth-Hidalgo

“OMG, you have to check this out, I can’t stop touching my skin!”  That was my chat message to my partners Metta and Jill, after I experimented with a new DIY face mask recipe to help with my winter-parched, rough skin.

I love to experiment when I cook.  No matter how specific a recipe is, I can’t help but tweak it somehow, even if in small ways, just to see what happens to the flavor.  Same thing with skincare.  I am constantly experimenting with products, not only with what I use, but also how I use them.  That’s how I stumbled across this easy and quick DIY face mask that left my skin soft, supple, almost juicy…simply yummy.

What makes this so easy is the fact that you are combining 2 actual products, JUARA Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner and Radiance Vitality Oil, with 2 readily available food ingredients:  brown sugar and honey.  This mixture together makes for a luscious treatment that polishes, hydrates and smooths skin immediately.  The toner is packed with hyaluronic acid, tamarind seed extract and soothing green tea, white tea and black tea extracts.  The face oil nourishes skin with 7 different omega fatty acids (3, 5, 6, 7 & 9) and Vitamin C.  Sugar acts as a polish but together with honey also acts as a wonderful humectant.  This recipe is so quick and easy, you can do this mask any time of the day, as a quick pick-me-up or as part of a relaxing ritual.

Ingredients & Directions:   

Brown Sugar  – 2 teaspoons

Tamarind Tea Hydrating Toner – 2 pumps

Radiance Vitality Oil – 1 dropper-ful (not just 1 drop!)

Honey – Big Drizzle, 0r up to 1 teaspoon

 

Gather all ingredients.  Add all ingredients in a small glass bowl and mix with a spoon.  Add more of the ingredients to get the right consistency.  As the sugar starts to melt, it will become a slushy consistency, that spreads easily on the skin.

Apply all over face massage lightly in circular motion.  Leave on for 10-15 minutes.  I even leave it on for an hour or so, while I do all kinds of household chores and other work.  Rinse off with lots of tepid water and pat dry.  You can follow with a moisturizer for added dewiness, if you like.  For my normal to dry skin type, I usually don’t.

Enjoy smooth, supple skin!

Renewing Myself Inside & Out

By JUARA Co-Founder, Jill Sung

There’s something about the winter holiday busyness that makes me want to snuggle in, drink hot chocolate, and watch the snow fall. After all the family entertaining and year-end parties, it’s nice to take some time off for oneself or find some quiet away from the kids. I talked my husband into taking the kids for the next few hours, and I plan to INDULGE. Thankfully, pampering oneself these days can be healthy and delightful, on my mind because new year resolutions are prime in my mind right now.

Since moving into our new home, I have yet to submerse myself in our new bathtub, unlike my bubble loving girls. I have had plans, though, since laying eyes on the tub. The girls and my husband just left. Cue music. Cue fiction from the likes of Margaret Atwood, call me old school and a fan of the Hulu revival. A large cup of curried hot cocoa from Cocoa Cravings in Chicago that has an amazing cocoa, cardamom, cinnamon and clove powder mix.

Fun fact for all you health ingredient junkies like me! If you did not know, when consumed in normal amounts, clove, ginger, rosemary and turmeric allow one’s body to reduce inflammation (produce less TNF) compared to someone who has not consumed those spices. Watch this video to learn more.  I don’t stop there, because I do anti-inflammatory self-care inside and out. Do you?

So to round out the curry theme, I’ve got our Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask on. My skin is thanking me for this creamy leave-on mask to detox from winter heaters and too much partying. Plus, I’m also indulging in a detox bath soak of 1/3 cup of himalayan salt, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, epson salt and lavender essential oil. Right at the end of the bath, I take ten minutes of meditative breathing as recommended by this NYTimes article.

I’m a gratitude-filled, calm and ready to conquer the world and new year woman!

#womanstrong #holiday #selfcare

Spice up leftover Eggnog for health!

So the holidays are over, and now you have extra eggnog! What to do? One way to spice up (literally) a yummy but rich and indulgent beverage is to add a hint of spice that not only adds a zing, but also health benefits! Surprise your guests with a new take on a traditional drink, or enjoy it yourself. Antioxidant rich turmeric, spicy ginger, and a smidge of pepper, (which brings out the benefits of the turmeric) marry together to add an exotic twist to your post festivity recovery, inspired by the Indonesian herbal health tradition called Jamu. How’s that for a mix of the best of the east meets the best of the west?

Jamu Eggnog

Easy Spice Blend (serves 2 3/4 cup servings):

1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Ginger Powder
1 pinch Black Pepper
2 tbsp water

1 1/2 cup eggnog (in a carton from the supermarket is fine.)

DIRECTIONS:

Blend together the Turmeric Powder, Ginger Powder, black pepper and water in a small pan and heat on med/low until mixture thickens, but not boils. Let the liquid cook for approximately 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.

Pour eggnog into 2 cups (3/4 cups each.) Blend in up to 1 tbsp of the spice mixture, or to taste. Start with 1 tsp and add more until desired flavor of grassiness with a little bit of spice is desired. Decorate with a cinnamon stick and/or a pinch of cinnamon.

Voila, a new original recipe based on 2 traditional drinks – and you’re in the know!

Recipe by JUARA Co-Founder Metta Murdaya

 

 

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