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How to make a perfect smoothie

Smoothies are a nice way to start the day creatively and deliciously. As the warmer weather approaches and more fruits start to be in season, we find ourselves craving some natural and refreshing goodness, don’t you agree?

One of the many good things about smoothies is that you can follow your gut and try new combinations every day, to create something as delicious as it is nutritious

Today we are going to help you find the perfect base formula to get inventive and enjoy a smoothie with your favorite ingredients. Follow these tips to make a great smoothie every time!

Know the formula

Your smoothie will need two main components: liquid and dry. You can make them as nutritious as you like, adding extra veggies, seeds, or dietary supplements.

Start with 1 to 2 cups of liquid, depending on the thickness you crave or the number of dry ingredients you will use. Some examples are milk, yogurt, juice, water, or tea! Our Indulge teas are excellent options.

Then add from ½ to 1 ½ cups of your favorite fruit or vegetable. Banana, berries, green apple, and mango are great choices to add extra sweetness. And if you’re going for a healthy option, try adding cucumber, avocado, spinach, kale, or other leafy vegetables.

Pro tips

Making a smoothie is easy and quick, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. Here are some of our top tips to make the best smoothie:

  • Always add liquids before dry ingredients or fruit so your blender doesn’t suffer. We don’t want ingredients up on your ceiling!
  • If you want to add use out-of-season ingredients or want your fruits to last longer, freeze them
  • Try it as you go. Don’t be scared to mix different fruits or flavors, get creative and enjoy the process.

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Yoga that can change your skin

If you’re one of those people who have always wanted to practice yoga but never seem to get around doing it, we believe this post will take you the extra mile.

Even if it sounds strange, practizing yoga can help you avoid breakoutsreduce wrinkles, and let out a natural glow

A challenging yoga session will free your skin of toxins, opening your pores and detoxifying your skin. When calming down, your blood flow will improve, nourishing your organs, including the skin.

Get started with facial yoga

If you want to experience the magic in real life, here’s a lifting facial yoga routine for you. 

Start by making an O shape with your mouth, where both your lips cover your teeth. 

Then, raise the corners of your mouth and smile using your cheek muscles. After this, close your eyes and roll them up to the ceiling.

With your eyes still pointing up, create a small O shape with your mouth, and smile. 

Slowly tilt your head back as you tighten your body and lift your chest. With long, deep breaths, raise your hands up and over your head. Imagine all your facial muscles aiming for the ceiling.

Once you’ve reached this position, hold tight for thirty seconds. Lower your hands and head with an exhale. Do this twice a day to relax and help your skin.

Yoga for the body

If you want to go further and exercise your whole body, here are some yoga asanas you should try: Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand), Padmasana (Lotus Pose), Halasana (Plow Pose), Ustrasana (Camel Pose), and Shavasana (Corpse Pose). Research the correct way to do them and practice safe and healthy exercise.

Yoga can be beneficial for both your skin and your muscles. It reduces cortisol levels, increases flexibility, and helps reduce wrinkles. You have nothing to lose with this relaxing exercise, also suitable for all levels!

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Detox your skin now with this routine

Ever so often, both our body and soul need to detox. Detoxifying your face and body is a great way to help your products go deeper into your skin, cleansing and starting with a fresh canvas.

Whether you’re practizing a seasonal cleanse or preparing for a special event, a detox routine can help your skin be balancedprotected, and ready to show its natural beauty.

First things first, cleanse

Everyday your skin is exposed to toxins and pollutants that clog your pores. Cleansing is a fundamental step in every skincare routine, but even more when detoxifying. 

Start with a gentle cleanser that fits your skin type. The top option on our list is the Detox Face Wash, able to remove all pollution, makeup, and excess oil. The aromatherapeutic oils included in the formula will also cleanse your soul.

Go deeper, exfoliate

The best way to remove build-up dead skin and toxins is to exfoliate. Every skin type can benefit from an eventual exfoliation, but it’ll vary how often you should be doing it. Listen to your skin and be gentle with it. 

Exfoliating not only will unclog your pores and avoid breakouts, but it’ll also allow other products to go easier into the skin. If you have dry skin, exfoliate weekly. In the case of oily skin, you can feel free to do it more often, paying attention to your skin’s needs.

The Detox Face Scrub is a rebalancing, mild peel that uses natural extracts to restore and rebalance the skin while providing moisture.

Stay hydrated

No matter your skin type or usual routine, moisturizing is a must. A moisturizer will help keep your skin balanced and protected.

Detoxify your skin from inner and outdoor pollutants with the Detox Serum. This unique elixir will recharge and deeply moisturize the skin.

Shop the full Detox line here, and purify your skin now! Find if your body really needs a detox reading here.

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Your hands matter: a hand skincare routine

Our hands are one of the body parts that we use the most. They should be given major importance when doing our skincare routine but are often overlooked.

The skin on the back of the hands is thinner than on the face, making it easier for ageing signs to show prematurely. They are often in use, washed frequently, and being exposed to the sun and other damaging agents daily.

A treat for your hands

There are a few things you can change in your daily life that will actively help keep your hands healthy. A specialized routine for your hands doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate, as you can add them to your existing routine with ease.

A good start is to wash them every morning with the same cleaner your use in your face. If you use an anti-ageing serum, make sure to apply a few drops to the back of your hands as well.

Hydration is fundamental

Moisture is really important, at APoEM we use the Restore Hand Cream, light cream with special ingredients to protect and renew your skin.

As usual, don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun, even if it doesn’t look like you will be exposed. Wear sunscreen and cover when necessary.

Sugar Detox: a simple guide

Have you thought of having a sugar detox? We’ve all heard that sugar is harmful to the body, but it can really affect your health and overall appearance more than you think. It is true that a simple treat once in a while won’t affect you much, but many people have trouble controlling themselves around sugar. Follow these simple tips to have a healthy and sugar-free life.

Identify it

Be aware of all the sugar that’s around you, it’s hard to stop eating it if you buy foods full of added sugar. You should avoid labels containing ingredients like corn syrup, coconut sugar, sucrose, molasses, maltose, and others. However, be aware that natural – non-added – sugar contains a lot of vitamins, minerals, and fiber; you can keep the food that has this kind of sugar, like whole fruit.

Replace it.

Now that you know what to look for, replace all of those sugar-filled foods with their healthy equivalent. Going for organic and less processed food is a great way to do this. You don’t have to go to an expensive shop to find them, you can make most things at home or get them at a farmer’s market.

Find distractions.

Let’s get real, cravings will strike and you ought to be prepared. When you feel like you need sugar, try to go for a walk or do some exercise, or simply drink a glass of water or snack on some sweet fruits. Making a slow transition will help your body get used to the changes more naturally, don’t expect to cut out sugar in a few days.

Always keep in mind that these changes can’t be made all at once, that will just make it easier to fall back. For a healthy sugar detox, try to make small changes on different weeks. By the third week, you should be living sugar-free. However, it’s unrealistic to think that everyone will be able to avoid sugar forever, so it’s fine if you want to allow a little sweetness back into your life. Moderation is the key, you don’t have to let it become a daily habit.

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