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Eat These Healthy Foods for a Whiter, Brighter Smile

Eat These Healthy Foods for a Whiter, Brighter Smile

While professional dental treatments may be the best solution for teeth whitening, what you eat and drink is more important to achieve and preserve a bright, white smile. There are many natural and organic ways to protect your smile and reveal natural whiteness without having to use any of those chemical products.
Did you know that certain fruits and vegetables are full of ingredients that can protect your teeth from decay and stubborn plaque? Try eating these healthy foods more regularly and you’ll have a brighter smile with every bite!

Strawberries

white smile

This sweet summer fruit contains an enzyme called malic acid which is a natural enamel whitener. For a brighter smile, eat fresh strawberries several times a week! Their antioxidants can help reduce stain-attracting bacteria while vitamin C can help prevent gum inflammation.

Pineapple

Pineapple

A recent study revealed that bromelain is an effective ingredient in a stain-removing toothpaste. Well, you should know that pineapple is the only fruit that naturally contains bromelain, a component with cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, it contains a lot of water that helps wash away acid-producing bacteria.

Citrus fruit

Citrus fruit

This might sound surprising, but even though citrus fruit is acidic, it may actually whiten and brighten the surface of the teeth. Research has proven that eating plenty of oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruit tends to protect tooth enamel, thanks to the increase of saliva production. Besides, their powerful enzymes kill bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath.

Broccoli

Broccoli
This nutritional veggie is high in fiber, and eating lots of fiber helps reduce inflammation, not only in your mouth, but in the rest of your body as well. Another benefit of these green florets is its high levels of iron that can coat the teeth enamel to help prevent stains, bacteria and acid erosion.

Carrots

Carrots

This crunchy orange root has an abrasive surface that doesn’t allow stains to stick to the surface of your teeth. Besides just having a raw carrot as a snack, try rubbing the bright roots against your teeth for a quick smooth polish. It really works!

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Dairy products

Dairy products

Lactic acids in yogurt, milk and hard cheeses may help protect teeth against decay. Cheese, for instance, helps keep your teeth stay strong with minerals such as calcium and phosphorus, and protein that protects tooth enamel. Dairy products are rich in calcium, which guards and strengthens bone which holds teeth in place. Moreover, chewing hard cheese like Cheddar or Gouda encourages saliva flow which helps remove food particles that can stain. There’s another good reason to say “Cheese” and smile for the camera!

Water

Water

Drinking water throughout the day also helps you keeping your teeth white! Sipping water during and after a meal washes away any debris and loose plaque in your mouth.

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Beauty Checklist for Every Modern Woman on the Go

Beauty Checklist for Every Modern Woman on the Go

Whether by plane, train or car, traveling can be pretty stressful and could have a bad effect on your appearance. To avoid doing the last-minute travel preparation, start a bit earlier with your beauty routine. Remember to make a list of items you absolutely need to take with you before hitting the road. Do not miss this Travel beauty checklist.

Pre-travel Beauty Routine

travel beauty checklist

Even before packing your suitcase you need to make sure to leave enough time to get all of your beauty treatments done.

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1. Exfoliate

Exfoliate

A week before you leave treat yourself to a deep exfoliating treatment. A good facial and body scrub will help you remove all dead skin cells and create a perfect base in case you want to get a glowing tan in the sun.

2. Get your nails done

Get your nails done

A good gel manicure will last up to four weeks. That way you don’t have to worry about your nails while you’re away. We suggest you to go with neutral, nude colors that are less likely to show chips. Get them done two days before you go.

3. Moisturize

Moisturize

The night before you set off, don’t forget to apply moisturiser on your face and body. This will keep your skin hydrated before getting exposed to the dry air on a plane or train. This is also a perfect time to drink as much water as possible.

4. Try a hydrating hair mask

Try a hydrating hair mask

Treat your hair with a nice nourishing deep conditioning mask the morning before you leave. Your hair will be soft as silk and less prone to frizz. Book an appointment with your hair stylist a few days before you go away to get your split ends trimmed and your roots done.

 

Pack Smart – Travel Light

Pack Smart - Travel Light

When it comes to beauty tips for traveling, it’s all about keeping things simple. You need to be smart when selecting your beauty products. Take time to focus on what essential beauty products you need in your travel beauty case. Once you figure it all out, try using travel-friendly containers for your favorite shampoo, conditioner or body lotion. Besides these, here are some items you should never forget to pack:

  • Face Wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Razor
  • Deodorant
  • Q-tips and Cotton Pads

 

Slim Down Your Makeup Bag

Slim Down Your Makeup Bag

Make a list of basic make up products that you use and you will be amazed with an extra space in your makeup bag. Here’s a list of those essentials:

  • BB cream with SPF protection (instead of foundation and moisturizer)
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Bronzer / Highlighter
  • Lipstick / Lip balm

 

Keep these beauty tips in mind next time you hit the road and packing will no longer be stressful and time consuming.

 

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Homemade Ways to Whiten your Teeth Completely Naturally

How to whiten your teeth naturally

Did you know that 40% of people say they notice a person’s smile before any other physical feature? Having a shining set of white teeth is something that everyone wants. Not only can it tell a lot about your dental health, but it can also boost your self-confidence and make you feel more comfortable around people.

However, other research has shown that constant use of teeth-whitening products can damage your teeth by causing erosion of enamel. This can lead to tooth sensitivity while consuming hot and cold food or drinks. Also, many teeth-whitening treatments at dental clinics can be very expensive.

What if we told you there were natural remedies for teeth-whitening that you can make with ingredients from your own kitchen? They are simple and very efficient, plus budget-friendly.

Coconut Oil

Ways to Whiten your Teeth Completely Naturally

Coconut oil has become a popular home remedy when it comes to its various health benefits. It is rich with lauric acid, known for killing bacteria and reducing inflammation. Simply take one spoonful of oil and swish it around your mouth. Repeat this at least 3 times a week and the results will be amazing!

Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegar for teeth whitening

For centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used effectively as a cleaning product and a natural antibiotic as well. Its antibacterial ingredient, acetic acid, is what makes it useful for cleaning your mouth and whitening your teeth. Rub the vinegar on your teeth and leave it for a couple of minutes, or gargle a mixture of vinegar and water for 2 – 3 minutes. For even better results, do this before brushing your teeth in the morning. Be careful, though and try to limit its use to a few times a week since acetic acid can also erode the enamel on your teeth.

Baking soda

whiten your teeth with baking soda

Baking soda is a very popular toothpaste ingredient thanks to its natural abrasive properties. It can help you scrub away those yellow coffee stains and, while creating an alkaline environment in your mouth, it can also prevent bacteria from spreading around. If you mix it with a small amount of hydrogen peroxide you can make your own toothpaste and use it once a week for instant results.

Turmeric powder

whiten teeth with turmeric powder

Admit it! This Asian spice that gives curry its beautiful yellow color isn’t the first thing you’d think of when it comes to teeth-whitening. But it actually works! Mix ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder with water to make a paste and brush your teeth with it for about 2 – 3 minutes. The moment you’re done with the rinsing, you will notice much brighter and whiter smile.

Strawberries

strawberry juice for teeth whitening

We saved the sweetest for last! Simply smash up a fresh strawberry to extract the juice and then apply this delicious mixture all over your teeth. Leave it there for a minute or two before rinsing thoroughly afterwards. The malic acid in strawberries will help exfoliate your teeth and make them appear whiter.

No matter how these natural teeth-whitening techniques may be effective, don’t underestimate the value of regular brushing and flossing.

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How to Solve the Most Common Winter Beauty Problems

How to solve winter beauty problems

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Winter? Is it a cup of hot chocolate, snuggling up under a blanket, family time, holiday celebrations, and gift giving? Winter certainly has its charms but there’s an ugly side to it, like many beauty nightmares caused by the cold weather. Here’s some help with the most common winter beauty problems and how to solve them.

Regulate the Humidity in Your Home to beat Winter Beauty Problems

Humidify air for dry skin
Change your personal climate. It happens every year thanks to the unpleasant cold winds and low humidity. They are the main culprits behind red, itchy skin that can make our lives a little bit uncomfortable. Who likes to walk around looking “blushed” the entire season? Nobody! In order to combat this issue we suggest you start by increasing the humidity inside your home. Grab a portable humidifier and bring the humidity up, allowing your skin to absorb moisture from the air. Get your own fabulous Violife Humidifier here!

Generously Moisturize Your Skin to Fight the Winter Itch

Fix dry skin problems during winter

Applying a moisturizer from head to toe is a must during the winter, to prevent your skin from getting dry and itchy. Apply generously and choose a heavier moisturizer just before you go to bed. If you are experiencing super dry skin, then you could go for a layer of hydrating oil and then seal it with moisturizer. Our personal favorites are quality almond oil, jojoba oil, or coconut oil. Another thing you are probably doing (at least we certainly hope so) is drinking plenty of water, helping your body stay hydrated at all times.

Dry Irritated Hands is a Common Winter Beauty Problem

Prevent dry hands problem

The best way to cure dry irritated hands is to apply lotion, keeping them nice and hydrated. Wearing gloves is a must, but every time you take off your gloves make sure your hands stay hydrated. We also suggest washing your hands frequently to prevent spreading germs—especially during flu season! Applying moisturizer every time you wash your hands may be hard to remember but it will make all the difference between dry irritated hands and nice, soft hands during the winter. If anything, keep heavy lotion next to your nightstand, apply some just before you go to bed and wake up in the morning with softer hands.

Winter is the Time to Hydrate Your Hair to Reduce Irritating Static Hair

Avoid dry winter hairs

This is another irritating reality of Winter. Static electricity in our hair when we put on a hat to keep warm. It’s a case of doing the right thing and getting terribly rewarded for it! But do not despair, there’s a solution for this as well. The reason we get static build up is due to our hair being dry and under-hydrated. To fight this beauty problem, we recommend washing your hair less often in the winter. The natural oils in your hair can actually help to keep it moisturized! Winter is also a time when you should consider using a hairbrush with natural hair bristles and a wooden handle instead of a metal brush. Surprisingly enough, it helps!

Put an End to the Painful Chapped Lips

Fix winter beauty problems with lips

Chapped lips during Winter – yes we’ve all been there! It’s annoying and hard to fix so prevention is probably the better of the two. In order to prevent chapped lips, you should be hydrating with a lip balm. Pick one that’s got nourishing ingredients and avoid licking your lips when outdoors (since licking your lips in combination with cold dry air will make the situation worse). Also if you are adamant about putting an end to chapped lips, we suggest you remember to exfoliate them regularly.

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