3 Essential Ingredients for Glowing Spring Skin Dirty Lemon Has You Covered

March 6, 2019

It’s the age of beauty beverages!

Why? They incorporate key nutrients to promote a fresh complexion and are a perfect addition to a low maintenance beauty routine.  I devour collagen daily – anyway I can – bone broth, supplements, powders. And now, Dirty Lemon.

Veteran naturopath Dr. Laurie Brodsky, N.D., identifies the three essentials to include in your beauty routine to maintain glowing, hydrated skin during the transition from winter to spring.  

  • Collagen — Promotes cellular renewal for enhanced elasticity, plumper skin and fewer wrinkles  

  • Resveratrol — Serves as a protective layer from harsh outside pollutants and neutralizes free radical damage to provide powerful anti-aging and antioxidant support for all skin types

  • Turmeric — Reduces inflammation to accelerate wound healing (aka prevents breakouts and decreases acne scarring)

And lookie what we got here!

                       

Dreamscape Immersive At Westfield Century City

February 27, 2019

We’re always on the lookout for ways to infuse adventure and play into our lives here in LA. Especially in the wellness world where things tend to get a bit dry and serious.

Enter a next level way to share levity and excitement with the  kids. Look no further than Dreamscape, the immersive VR experience like no other at Westfield Century City. Talk about a mini-vacation.

The experience is three original epic adventures, full sensory storytelling as viewers are transported to fantastic new worlds. It combines the emotional power of Hollywood storytelling, the visceral excitement of great theme-park rides, and proprietary full-body tracking technology to create stories and worlds that push the limits of virtual reality.

Walter Parkes, co-chairman of Dreamscape Immersive notes, “At its heart, Dreamscape is about merging the scope and emotional power of cinema with the pure visceral excitement of a great theme-park ride — all within a totally new VR technology that allows our audience to enter into and become part of the story.”

What’s to see:

Alien Zoo, which earlier this year had a sold-out, critically acclaimed six-week pop-up run, offers guests the opportunity to travel to a larger than life, intergalactic haven where they come face-to-face with endangered alien creatures from across the galaxy. Upon arrival, travelers will experience the exhilaration of being able to play ball with exotic frogcats, pet majestic creatures, and, by working together, even narrowly escape the galaxy’s greatest predator.

In Lavan’s Magic Projector: The Lost Pearl audiences are offered a fundamental wish fulfillment: to step through the screen and become part of a movie. Once inside this heart-pumping adventure, participants will be challenged to unlock clues, escape treacherous traps, and work together as they discover the secret of The Lost Pearl.

In The Blu: Deep Rescue, Dreamscape’s breathtaking co-production with WeVR, an epic descent into the ocean to explore dazzling underwater worlds and aquatic life soon becomes an urgent mission to rescue a trapped baby Blue Whale and unite it with its mother.

OMG – this was quite literally the most fun day I have had in years. I was totally blown away. We all were. It was the most unreal experience, I don’t even know where to begin. Run don’t walk and do all three. Yup – you need to do them all. All next level amazing!!

For more information about Dreamscape and to purchase tickets: dreamscapeimmersive.com

Westfield Century City

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(310) 277-3898
10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

 

CBD Oil – Is the Hype Real?

February 26, 2019

Since medical marijuana has started to become legalized in some states of the U.S., cannabidiol (CBD) oil is the new craze sweeping the nation. The thought is that this non-intoxicating extract is able to help treat a wide range of medical issues such as seizures, mental health problems, inflammation and insomnia. However, experts have been saying that the evidence found is insufficient to prove most of the benefits it is supposed to possess. So, is the hype real?

About CBD and Legalization

Marijuana or hemp plants can have cannabidiol extracted from their flowers and buds. It doesn’t contain the chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which causes intoxication in people who smoke the plant.

Thirty states have now legalized CBD oil. These states have also legalized recreational and/or medical marijuana. An additional seventeen states have laws that are CBD-specific on the record.

As its legality increases, so does its availability. It can be found in pharmaceutical stores as well as online. US Hemp Wholesale is one of the popular companies that provide CBD products. If these products really work for you, then this site sells it wholesale which will help save you money in the long-run.

Strong Evidence Supporting Epilepsy Treatment

There is a significant amount of scientific evidence that supports the use of CBD oil to effectively treat epilepsy. In May 2018, a study was completed by the NYU School of Medicine which found that CBD could significantly reduce the number of seizures in patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome; one of the most serious forms of epilepsy. An earlier study published in 2017 by the National Neurological Institute in Pavia, Italy, had similar findings in regards to controlling seizures.

Recently, a unanimous decision was made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel to approve recommending CBD medication ‘Epidiolex’ as a remedy to help with the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy in children. This is the main area where there has been enough evidence for the FDA to accept the new drug as a prescribed treatment.

Positive Results as an Anti Inflammatory Medication

Further studies have found that cannabidiol oil is proving useful as an anti-inflammatory treatment. Although most of the positive results so far have come from studies on animals, there is strong evidence to suggest that CBD is 20 times more effective than aspirin when used as an anti-inflammatory, and twice as effective as prescription hydrocortisone. It is because of this that it is currently being used by patients suffering from swelling, cardiovascular inflammation, arthritis, chronic pain, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Other patients that CBD may aid include those with alcoholic liver diseases, which are associated with inflammation and oxidative stress, and those who have suffered from strokes. More research is of course still necessary, but many believe the studies on humans will have similar results to those performed on rats.

CBD Proving Useful for Those with Anxiety and Panic Disorders

Anxiety and panic disorders are believed to affect as much as 5% of the world’s population, with many sufferers managing their conditions through a mixture of cognitive behavioral therapy and medication. However, studies completed in 2017 found that CBD may be a promising alternative treatment. Better yet, researchers have found that CBD is a non-addictive form of treatment, and a patient’s tolerance level for it doesn’t increase when used overtime. Because of this, it may be a better treatment option than the current medication options (antidepressant drugs and benzodiazepines) for the 350 million + who suffer from anxiety. It is believed that further studies may have similar outcomes for those suffering from other psychiatric disorders.

To summarize, there is some supporting evidence that this revolutionary new drug works for the consumer/patient and due to this research, it has become a prescribed medication for epilepsy. There is also a strong possibility that it is able to effectively work as an anti-inflammatory and as an anti-anxiety drug and we could start seeing CBD prescribed for these conditions in the future as well. As more studies are completed, we will likely see even more benefits of CBD come to light; one day there will be proof that this new hype is worth being excited about.

LES MILLS’ BORN TO MOVE is Inspiring Young People to Fall in Love with Fitness

I’ve recently had the chance to experience a trial period of Les Mills On Demand which is created to make exercise effective, motivating and accessible at home. I ended up trying a class with my daughter and she loved it. I began looking for more videos that she might like when I discovered a program made specifically for kids! Les Mills’ has a series of classes created specifically for kids titled BORN TO MOVE™. It is designed to encourage movement and to help shape a positive and healthy attitude towards fitness beginning from a young age. Les Mills is taking steps to put a stop to the cycle of inactivity, bad habits and inspire a lifelong love of fitness sparking energy and positive self-esteem. Kids have a natural need to move and keep active and BORN TO MOVE is a fun way to inspire them to do this. 
 
Les Mills has a completely free set of programs that are all available online and tailored toward kids ages 2-16. The programs are separated into five age groups, starting with toddlers through to young teens. Each program specifically designed to make that age group inspired to get moving and most of all to have fun. Videos for small children apply imagination and exploration while classes for teens use top 40 music hits and exercises athletic skills including dance and martial arts. 
 

Les Mills designed the programs using extensive research and world class training to help develop healthier habits at a young age. Les Mills Chief Creative Officer states, “The early years of life are a critical window to form positive habits. That’s why we’ve developed BORN TO MOVE. We want to instil a love of being active in children so they can grow into active, healthy and happy adults.” 

Even better the Born to Move videos are free and available on LesMills.com making it accessible to parents encourage their kids to fall in love with physical activity. To access BORN TO MOVE videos visit https://www.lesmills.com/borntomove

What the Fashion Industry Needs to do This Year to Be More Accepting of all Body Types

February 24, 2019


If you’ve been to a mall or commercial strip recently, you may have noticed ads and/or merchandise featuring plus size models. With the body inclusivity movement going mainstream, it’s hard not to consider bringing out the champagne. 

But it’s too early to celebrate.

Although, Deborah Weinswig reveals that the plus-size category was responsible for 41% of growth in the women’s apparel market in the recent years, there are still companies that are hesitant to diversify their portfolios. For instance, Urban Outfitters were in a pickle last year when they released an ad featuring plus-size models, although it turns out that the company only stocks sizes up to size 12. Victoria’s Secret’s Ed Razek also drew criticism when he said that the company will not feature trans or plus size models because their shows are “fantasies”, implying that these types of models will ruin the shows’ fantastical nature. 

Thankfully, many brands are sincere in their attempts to include all body types in their target market. But in order to truly reach out to this audience, we need more than lip service and media pandering. 

One thing that brands can do is to create designs aimed at all body shapes. This also means changing fashion and design philosophies in general, a task that is obviously easier said than done. Designer Sander Lak admitted in an interview that size “does become more complicated the lower or higher up you go, because it becomes a completely different design.” He added that this is because “the whole industry is built around a certain type of body – so if I make all my samples in a [larger size], it immediately eliminates a lot of possibilities.” Fortunately, this seems to be changing fast, as the fashion world is already expanding its target market, and thus, its design philosophy.

Last year, for instance, the Full-Figured Fashion Week shows drew large crowds, and brands responded with products that address the interest. More designers and manufacturers are coming up with versatile pieces that can be worn by people of various sizes. Oversized pieces such as boyfriend jeans and baggy tops are selling well for big brands like Calvin Klein, Forever 21, and Zara, finally embracing plus size women. Another brand that is fighting the good fight is Woman Within. The 7-day knits leg pant on Woman Within has an elastic waistband that “stretches to fit perfectly”, showing how fashionable attire can easily be designed to accommodate all body types. When our designs become more inclusive and versatile, body type and size become irrelevant. 

But other than creating inclusive designs, removing the division between plus size and the perceived ‘normal’ sizes (under 12) can be helpful in pushing towards real inclusivity. While many brands have jumped on the bandwagon by using the plus size category as an expansion market, some companies such as ModCloth have ditched the plus size section to put straight and plus size garments under the same categories. The aim is to remove the binary notion that plus size is a ‘special category’ and straight sizes are the ‘norm.’ This way, consumers are given more size options without having to go to a separate section or be branded as plus size.

After all, the inclusivity movement is not just about adding a special section for sizes above 12. It’s about making the industry acknowledge the existence of body types that do not fit into the body image peddled by society.

Clearly, what the fashion industry needs to do is to go beyond marketing gimmicks and begin expanding their inventories in such a way that includes all sizes. This means not only offering more inclusive designs but also to actively integrate other sizes. This will take more than a few commercials or token products. What we need, more than ever, is a paradigm shift that will give people of all body types a world that acknowledges their fashion needs.