The Ayurveda-Inspired Hair Oil That's Perfect for Autumn Beauty

Late summer is the time of year when the word 'parched' comes to mind, over and over. I drive by browning lawns, watch crispy leaves raining down from the trees, and feel my own skin drink in its nighttime oil treatment more readily than it has in months. And then there's my hair. A season of intense heat and sun exposure, plus regular plunges into ocean and pool water, means that my strands feel (and look, though I hate to admit it) parched from mid-shaft to ends. That stringy, tangly effect is not fun. A little extra conditioner always helps bring hair back to life, but nothing is more indulgent and effective than an oil-based treatment to help restore moisture and shine to hair that's just plain dried-out.

When my September Beauty Heroes discovery box arrived bearing Uma Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil, my hair scored a major victory. This year, Uma's hair oil is my first foray into fall; it's my first acknowledgement that yes, soon the unruly beach waves will revert to well-tamed strands. Since I have fine hair, I prefer to use hair oil as an occasional scalp treatment, not a leave-in product. But I experimented with this oil and found that just 2-3 drops applied to the ends of my damp hair is fantastic for softening and smoothing.

In just a few weeks, Uma's Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil has become a desired ritual 1) for the results and 2) for its natural scent, a herbal blend of rosemary, grapefruit, lemon, hibiscus, and cypriol (a root that has smoky, leathery scent notes that you immediately detect in this formula) that really draws you in.

I also loved sampling the Uma line because it's inspired by the practices of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine that has influenced my approach to beauty nutrition. Also included in the Beauty Heroes September box is the Uma Ultimate Brightening Face Mask, a clay-based Ayurvedic treatment that uses saffron, sandalwood, cinnamon,  honey, and papaya to exfoliate and purify the skin. I loved its gentle brightening effect on my skin, and plan to get a full size!

To check out Uma Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil or Ultimate Brightening Face Mask, head over to the Beauty Heroes store, or grab one of the few remaining September Beauty Heroes boxes before they're spoken for!

NOTE: If you purchase a Beauty Heroes subscription, or one of the aforementioned products, I will receive a small commission on behalf of Beauty Heroes. My honest review and experience with Beauty Heroes and these products was in no way influenced by my affiliate status.

 

Immunity-Boosting Beauty Foods

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Red nose and puffy eyes? Not pretty.

In the midst of cold season, it’s tempting to grab a pill or a vaccine to keep our immune defenses running high. But for most of us, boosting our immunity by incorporating more immune-strengthening foods in our diet gives us adequate natural protection, AND we’ll be getting double the benefits thanks to their natural anti-aging, beautifying properties. You’ll want to put the following foods, which promote both immunity and beauty, on your grocery list for the winter, and any other time when you need a little health and beauty boost. Don’t forget that food IS medicine, and that that powerful healing compounds can also be found in things that we enjoy eating or drinking, not just tasteless supplements that get washed down with a swig of water.

Ready to tackle the flu virus and brush off oncoming cold germs? You’ll do just that, and keep your skin looking radiant, with these immune-boosting beauty foods:

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For Glowing Winter Skin, Start This Holiday Tradition

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I was surprised to see an abundance of strawberries, blackberries and raspberries at my local market this week— isn’t it almost the winter solstice? While we’re lucky to have the option to eat antioxidant-packed, yet out-of-season, berries during the winter, the sweetest beauty gems of the holiday season are citrus fruits. This season you’ll find more citrus varieties available than at any other time of the year; not just navels and ruby reds, but tangerines, kumquats, Meyer lemons, mandarins, clementines, tangelos and blood oranges. Centuries ago, citrus was a status symbol and a treasured holiday treat, but today giving citrus as a holiday gift is a dying holiday tradition (one that that might need to be revived by us natural beauties). The anti-aging support that citrus provides throughout the winter nourishes our skin and revs up our winter glow far more than a box of candy canes.

What makes citrus fruits such powerful winter beauty boosters?

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Build a Better Summertime Breakfast

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It’s a steamy summer morning and the last thing on your mind is food. You’d like to take a cool shower and sit in front of the air conditioner— but no scrambling eggs or cooking oatmeal, please. Problem is, breakfast is your chance to rev up calorie burning after a night of fasting, give you energy to get through a busy morning, and deliver a major dose of beautifying nutrients to your body. Skipping breakfast means that you’ll miss out on all that great stuff!

What will sustain your beauty and body on hot summer mornings without weighting you down—or making you break a sweat? Here's my recipe for the perfect summertime smoothie.

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Naomi Watt's Red Carpet 'Skin Juice'

 

So often gorgeous skin gets credited to products and facials, but you and I know that there's another unnamed secret—a beautifying diet. Skin that gorgeous comes from the inside out!

This week esthetician Abigail James hosted a beauty Twitter event with UK Marie Claire and revealed one of the keys to Naomi Watts' glowing skin on the SAG Awards red carpet: a skin-nourishing juice. Here's what she had to say, I mean tweet:

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Top 5 Winter Beauty Foods

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Need inspiration for tonight's meal? Include one or more of these in-season winter fruits and veggies and you'll be doing your body- and your beauty- good.

1. Citrus Fruit: Lemons, oranges, grapefruit, tangerines- you name it. Their high vitamin C levels are fantastic for collagen production and free radical defense. To borrow a little natural exfoliation (via the citric acid in the peels of these fruit), rub the white part of a fresh citrus peel on clean skin and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing. You'll be treating your skin from the outside and in!

2. Kale: Choose kale for its calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C and iron content. As a bonus, kale also contains sulforaphane, a nutrient that encourages the body to produce the powerful antioxidant glutathione (the potential of which beauty and health researchers are just beginning to tap into). Note: look for organic kale- it's one of the most pesticide-laden varieties of produce.

3. Radishes: Sulfur and silicon, beauty minerals found in high levels in radishes, combine with vitamin C to do wonders for the skin. Radishes also stimulate the liver and circulation and encourage cleansing throughout the body.

4. Pomegranates: The antioxidant levels of pomegranates beat even blueberries and cranberries- making them one very potent defense against free-radicals that lead to visible aging. Vitamins C, B and potassium round out their total-body benefits.

5. Sweet Potatoes: Just one cup packs 377% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which is one of the most important antioxidant vitamins for beautiful skin!