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Tips for Healthy Skin

Post-teen breakouts, dry patches and oil slicks … sometimes our skin plans it own agenda! Dermatologists and other skin care experts tell us the secret to glowing skin is eat right, stay hydrated and use the right products, but what does this mean for most of us?

Skin thrives on natural nutrients, but one of the largest threats to healthy skin is free radicals. Basically, free radicals are environmental factors negatively impacting the body’s molecular structure and function. On a molecular level, free radicals are atoms with an odd number of electrons, and they’re typically formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules, creating a “highly reactive” radical. Free radicals then cause damage and sometimes cell death. Antioxidants can help stop and repair damage before it occurs.

5 Essential Skin Nutrients

  • Vitamin CCollagen makes up approximately 70% of skin, and vitamin C helps to rebuild collagen. Excellent sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits, broccoli, brussels sprouts, bell peppers and strawberries.
  • Beta-Carotene/Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E – one of the most widely used antioxidants, Vitamin E helps to reduce free radical damage. Foods high in vitamin E are olives, almonds, sunflower seeds and leafy greens
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids – can reduce the appearance of fine lines and help reduce inflammation, which can contribute to acne, psoriasis and other skin conditions. Try chia seeds, walnuts, flax seed and fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna.
  • ZincStudies have shown increasing zinc intake can greatly reduce the appearance of acne. Organ meats such as kidney and liver are the most absorbable sources, while high sources of zinc include red meat and lamb, kidney beans, seafood (especially shellfish) and spinach.

5 Steps for a Skincare Routine

  1. Weekly exfoliation with organic jojoba beads to renew skin’s glow. We offer options for normal and oily skin types.
  2. Weekly facial mask to draw out impurities and hydrate. Try Tea Tree & Citrus Facial Mask formulated with green clay for oily skin or Pomegranate Facial Mask for normal to dry skin.
  3. Twice daily cleansing with your favorite gel or bar soap. Tea Tree Face Soap, Gentle Cleansing GelGentle Cleansing Gel, Lavender Goat’s Milk Soap or Cleansing Gel with Tea Tree & Citrus
  4. Daily dose of nutrients with the Green Tea Antioxidant Serum or Organic Anti Aging Oil Serum.
  5. Restore moisture with the natural botanical blend of one of our face crèmes for normal, sensitive or oily skin types.

5 Final Tips

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Let’s celebrate Dads! We asked the men of the Lemongrass Spa home office team what it means to them to be a father. Please enjoy these heartfelt words of wisdom from our coworkers, friends, husbands and sons.

  • “First and foremost being a father is a tremendous responsibility. Part of that responsibility is to teach my kids right from wrong, values, morals, ethics and personal responsibility. The duty of a father is to first be a father. Then when you’ve done a good job at raising them, hopefully a true friendship can ensue. It is a great responsibility but also rewarding. When you see your kids smile, value their presence and appreciate them willingly wanting to spend time as a family, those are the most satisfying moments.” Bryan, Florida
  • “Being a father, in general, is an important role. I have a son, and I think it is important to raise my son to become a future leader. I do so by spending quality time with him. Just enjoying the time we can spend together is so rewarding.” Carl, Florida
  • “Some things have surprised me more than others when it comes to being a first-time dad. I think the first thing for me that comes to mind is being able to sacrifice anything and everything for one little person, without a second thought or a moment’s hesitation. There's no thought to what effect a choice might have on me, because if the kid smiles it's all worth it. Also, my reaction to poopy diapers, deafening screams, public tantrums, and all other manner of toddler bi-products has been shocking in that I really don't mind much at all. If anything I am guaranteed to make it to my golden years a little deafer, a little more resilient and with a much stronger stomach.” Tyler, Colorado
  • “I have six children and I'm proud of all of them, proud of them in general and proud of the people they have become. My proudest moment is regarding my son who is in the military. He spent five years training and involved in the young marines. This helped him be able to go straight into the military as an airborne ranger, which takes most others five years to get to. It makes me proud to see all his hard work and dedication pay off. I was there by his side, by all of the kids’ side, coaching them and leading them into the amazing adults they have now become.” Mark, Florida 
  • What my family and children have given me, cannot be described in a blurb. Watching your children grow into young adulthood is amazing! To be a father to a noble young adult will make your heart melt. My children are a direct extension of myself, filled with the knowledge I have gained, and eager to learn more.” Ben, Colorado
  • “Being a father makes me grateful. I’m grateful to have someone to take care of, to raise and to provide for. My kids bring so much joy into my life, sometimes pain, but overall joy and happiness. I love that I can watch them achieve their goals and know that I helped them get there and helped them achieve them.” Richard, Florida 
  • “Being a father is the greatest responsibility a man is given. The role of a father is an honor of utmost importance. Becoming a father provides a man with a distinct purpose. The love of a father is unconditional, unbreakable and undying. Being a father is the greatest gift a man is given.” Jim, Colorado
  • “My proudest moment as a father is teaching my son how to catch a ball. We went to the park one day, and my son was feeling insecure that he didn’t know how to catch, like the rest of his friends. So I set aside some time to play ball with him and teach him the skills he needed. Later on he made the football team. And one day his football coach asked him ‘where did you learn to catch like that’ and my son replied with ‘from my father; he’s my hero. Nothing beats hearing that.” Gus, Florida 
  • “I feel proud to be a father. I love seeing my kids do well at things when they set their minds to. I enjoy spending time with them and riding motorcycles together as a family.” Chandler, Colorado

We would love to know what being a father means to you. Please let us know in the comments.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21. Looking for gift ideas? Even the most rugged men fall in love with Lemongrass Spa Products! We suggest a Private Reserve or Men’s Essentials Gift Set.

 

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6 Eco Friendly Ways to Pamper Mom

God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers. ~ Jewish Proverb

Moms gift us life and awaken a lifetime of experiences. They are showered cards for Mother’s Day, but these often find their way to the recycle bin once festivities have ended. Create memories and priceless moments with one of these personal and unique gift ideas to celebrate all the special moms in our lives.

  • Offer a living gift in the form of Mom’s favorite potted flowers, trees or herbs. Growing a plant is also a beautiful way to honor a mom or grandmother who has passed.
  • Offer a day of services like housecleaning, cooking and grocery shopping. Younger kids can have fun showing Mom how responsible they can be and how much she has taught them.
  • Make a small donation to an organization important to Mom. If you live near each other, instead of a monetary donation, plan a day of volunteer work for the organization. Not sure where to start? Try an online volunteer matching service such as VolunteerMatch.org.
  • Present Mom with a personalized gift made from old pictures, kids' art and other paper keepsakes. Create one-of-a-kind handmade cards, scrapbook pages or framed collages. 
  • Enjoy what nature offers. Take mom on a stroll through the park, hike on a mountain trail or dip in the ocean. Plan a fuss-free picnic in the garden. If Mom is limited by mobility, offer a mini escape to far away lands through a documentary or television program about a place she’s dreamt of visiting.
  • #LemongrassLovesMoms! One of my favorite means to show mom appreciation is by offering a rejuvenating home spa experience by hosting a Lemongrass Spa party for Mom and her friends. Help them unravel stress with a relaxing foot soak, soften hands with an exfoliating hand spa and restore radiance with a natural facial.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, but you don’t need to wait until then to spoil Mom. Remind Mom she’s exceptional by surprising her throughout the year with one of these personal experiences.

In the comments let us know other fun, environmentally friendly and unique ways to celebrate Mom.

 

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5 Languages of Appreciation

Everyone wants to feel appreciated. We want to know that we matter. What are you doing to show appreciation to your employees at work or to your direct sales team? You may be surprised to find that your efforts might not be making the impact you were aiming for.

First, don’t confuse appreciation with recognition. Recognition acknowledges good performance or a milestone. Appreciation acknowledges a person’s full value. Want to make someone feel really special? Acknowledge them for who they are, not just for what they do.

In their book, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, Gary Chapman and Paul White explain that what makes one person feel appreciated does not make another person feel appreciated. By determining his or her individual “language” you can express your appreciation in a way that is the most meaningful and deeply felt.

The Five Languages are:

  • Words of Affirmation – Focus on the person’s character and not just his or her performance. Go out of your way to thank and praise them verbally or perhaps give them a handwritten note.
  • Quality Time – People who prefer this language want your focused attention. If it is impossible to spend time face-to-face because of distance, try a phone call or Skype session, as long as there are no interruptions.
  • Acts of Service – If you enjoy being shown appreciation through acts of service, you know how good it makes you feel when someone offers to help you with chores or work tasks. Be cheerful when you offer to help and be sure to do things their way!
  • Tangible Gifts – The important thing here is the thought behind the gift, not the monetary value. Present them with a homemade gift or a gift card to their favorite coffee shop. Of course, Lemongrass Spa Products are always the perfect choice!
  • Physical Touch – While physical touch is not appropriate in most work settings, the consultants at Lemongrass Spa love to hug and high-five when we are together! Just make sure the recipient is comfortable with any type of physical gesture before assuming it’s okay.

The most important ingredient in showing appreciation is sincerity. Be genuine in your praise. By doing so, you can make a difference in the life of someone else. By making someone feel truly appreciated you can encourage him or her to climb higher and reach his or her true potential!

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The Direct Sales Industry – 2015 Outlook

*Lemongrass Spa Products’ Founder & CEO, Heidi Leist, shared her industry insights alongside four Direct Selling executives in the Direct Selling Association’s annual "Industry Executives Discuss Challenges, Opportunities Ahead" piece in the DSA's January 22, 2015 InTouch newsletter.

The direct selling industry has experienced a steady increase in retail sales since 2009, with a 5.9% increase between 2011 and 2012 (most recent statistical year available) according to the Direct Selling Association (DSA). In the U.S., an estimated 15.9 million people are involved in direct sales, and approximately 80% of them women. Lemongrass Spa Products is no exception boasting a 65% percent increase in sales force in 2014. Click here to read Lemongrass Spa Products’ 2014 year in review. The industry growth trend continues as consumers move toward buying from small and local retailers, direct selling companies offer a variety of quality products, and people look for flexible income avenues.

I believe the direct selling industry will continue to experience growth in 2015 because of key economic indicators, a continuing surge in internet purchases, social media and the increasingly popular selling model we offer. Generation Xers and Millennials have found the extra income they can earn by having a direct selling business satisfies their need to supplement their income. Competition for well-paying jobs is at an all-time high and college graduates are discovering that the direct selling industry offers an entrepreneurial path to success. Baby boomers find that our business model is easily adaptable into their lifestyles, it can offset healthcare expenses and the social connections are invaluable to them.

Many direct selling companies have done an effective job of reforming the image of today’s direct seller from one who is pushy, old-fashioned and dishonest to one who is trendy, successful, educated and legitimate. We’re finding that social media plays an integral role in helping build a brand and in improving the perception of direct selling by helping to establish a personal connection through the use of an electronic medium. The social media venue is geared toward supporting our philosophy of sharing and caring – whether it’s sharing the lifestyle, the products or the income opportunity. Sparking change in the perceptions of consumers’ minds can happen with positive messaging, consultants who are trained to uphold ethical business practices and media attention focused on the positive impact of direct sellers. We tailor our content to touch on at least one of these areas each time we post

At Lemongrass Spa Products, it’s our goal to continually improve our product line by adding innovative, affordable and healthy products that capture the attention of our customers. Consumers of our products are generally well-educated when it comes to the ingredients we use and because of this we are continuing to find ways to anticipate their needs and meet their expectations regarding value and outstanding quality.

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