Friday, September 30, 2016

Hands Down - The best anti-aging tips for hands

We often neglect our handy helpers, forgetting that they require care and maintenance to avoid looking old and worn. Simply follow these tips to keep your hands soft, smooth and youthful-looking.

Exfoliate: While many people use exfoliators to rid their faces of dull, dead skin, these same benefits apply to the hands. Continual use and exposure leave our hands vulnerable to, bacteria. Frequent application of hand sanitizers to avoid infection dries the skin and can leave hands hard and calloused, looking noticeably more aged. A simple brown sugar or sea salt scrub can work wonders, cleansing hands and removing dead skin.

 Hands Need Sunscreen Too!  While most of us remember to use sunscreen on our faces and bodies, our hands are often neglected when it comes to UV protection. Exposure to the sun’s harsh rays causes dark spots and wrinkled skin— clear signs that the ageing process has kicked in. So before it’s too late, remember hands need protection too!!

Moisturize Daily, Nightly and In Between. Because we wash our hands numerous times a day, soap and water eventually dry the skin and make it prone to cracking – especially in colder weather. Keep hand moisturizer next to the sink and remember to carry some with you.

Herbacin’s Kamille Hand Cream is specially formulated to moisturize and protect hands. It’s a “hands down” favorite of generations of women around the world!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall fashion 101: colors, textures, styles

In fall we embrace the temperature change and bring out darker colors and heavier textures. Here are some fashion suggestions for the coming season.

Dark Burgundy

Burgundy is an essential fall color because it works well with any skin tone. If you’re concerned about investing too much in one color, you can easily incorporate it into your wardrobe with a scarf, shoes, hat or purse.

Olive Green

Another staple color for fall is olive green.   Neither too deep nor too bright, it pairs well with neutral colors like khaki, brown and black.


Who doesn’t love leather?  Add texture to your fall wardrobe with a stylish leather mini-skirt, trousers or jacket.

Dark lip colors

Dark lip colors are a fall favorite —deep burgundy, purple, and even black are this year’s fall fashion trends. A new season means a new look, so try some new darker shades just for fun!


With fall’s variable weather, it’s easy to dress appropriately by incorporating versatile layers into your wardrobe.  A thick sweater and a light jacket—maybe that leather we mentioned above?—will see you through the season.

Summer to Fall Skincare

Summer tans are slowly fading, cooler temperatures are coming, and fall is around the corner. It’s time to change your skincare routine by using fall-inspired products.

From Papaya to Pumpkin

Think pumpkin! It not only reminds us of fall, it also has many beneficial properties for your skin. Pumpkin contains Vitamins A and C, which soothe and soften the skin and help prevent signs of aging.

Apple and Honey Mask

Honey fights acne and aging due to its antibacterial antioxidant properties. What better combination than apple and honey? Creating an apple and honey mask is a perfect way to revitalize tired and worn-looking skin. Honey rids skin of topical bacteria and replenishes moisture, while apple acts to exfoliate and cleanse pores.


 Rich in antioxidants, cranberries prevent wrinkles and reduce redness. Incorporate cranberries into your skincare routine by adding them to any mask or by making your own. Combine cranberries, yogurt and honey and apply to your face, leaving it on for 15 minutes, then rinsing and applying moisturizer.

We hope you enjoyed our fall skincare advice; let us know below in the comments!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Ten reasons to eat more fruits and veggies

1.They’re versatile: Fruits and vegetables can be incorporated into an enormous variety of recipes. One simple veggie can become many different dinners and, with so many options, something is sure to satisfy everyone!
2.They add color: Where our food is concerned, presentation is key.  Liven up your dishes with color --a beautifully bright fruit salad or a delicious dish of mixed leafy greens.

3.They’re filling: If you’re in need of a quick snack, grab a piece of fruit to hold you over until lunchtime.

4.They improve digestion. Filled with fiber and plenty of other nutrients, fruits and veggies can help ease discomfort stemming from digestive problems.

5.They’re sweet—without the added sugar: We all love a piece of chocolate from time to time, but over-indulging in sugar is a poor health choice. Snacking on fruit will provide the sweet flavor you crave without the added sugar and calories.

6.Fruits and vegetables have your vitamins covered: Make sure you’re getting sufficient vitamins in your diet by eating the proper amount of fruits and vegetables each day. Benefits include increased immunity, stronger bones, and higher energy levels.

7.They’re everywhere: From your own garden to the farmer’s market and the produce aisle at the grocery store, fruits and vegetables are always available.

8. They’re a perfect pre-and-post-workout snack: Bananas, tomatoes and beets are filled with potassium, fiber, and digestible carbohydrates that will keep you moving through even the toughest workouts.

9. They keep you hydrated Cucumbers, lettuce, green peppers and cauliflower are all over 90% water—a great way to achieve your daily water intake without drinking so much liquid.

10.  Eat your way to a clear skin: Heard about the current kale craze? Those leafy greens are popular for good reason. Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, kale—along with blueberries, spinach and tomatoes-- is a fantastic option for anybody battling pesky spots.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Love the Skin You’re In

With so much pressure from the world we live in to look a certain way, it’s understandable why people of all ages may feel self-conscious, especially regarding the issue of skin.

Your skin is your story. It shows who you are and where you’ve come from. It connects you to your past, the past of your parents, and the past of theirs. Skin is so much more than just the largest organ in the human body. It is a representation of who you are as a person, and nobody should feel ashamed of who they are or what they have been through.

It’s time to break the mold of negativity, and love the skin you’re in.

The best way to do that? Appreciate your flaws, while still keeping your skin as fresh and well cared for as possible.

This Skin Awareness Month, celebrate your skin by keeping it in the best possible condition. To treat your skin as it deserves, cleanse daily and moisturize generously!

Above all, remember to appreciate who you are, take care of yourself, and love the skin you’re in. 

Know your Birthstone

Do you know what your birthstone stands for?

January- Garnet

Friendship and trust.

February- Amethyst


March- Aquamarine/Bloodstone

Youth, health and hope.

April- Diamond


May- Emerald

Rebirth and love.

June- Pearl/Alexandria


July- Ruby

Love, health, wisdom and good fortune.

August- Peridot/Spinel

Protection from harm; healing sorrow.

September- Sapphire

Loyalty and trust.

October- Tourmaline/Opal


November- Citrine/Topaz


December- Zircon/Tanzanite/Turquoise

The only month with three gemstones. Love.