Daily Archives: September 13, 2015

Cocoa For The Win

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Hihihi.

Look at me, posting in the early evening! I worked this morning and then did a post-work gym session (bench press, awh yea), so now I have the rest of my Sunday to relax before my first FULL week of classes begin. Don’t y’all feel loved that I choose this precious free time to focus on you? You should.

Speaking of focus, the yoga studio that I attend (which was called Focus Yoga) has since merged with All That Matters yoga, which now has three locations: East Greenwich, Wakefield, and Providence. Since I work at a juice bar (i.e. am health conscious), an instructor came in and gave me a free yoga class pass… YAY FREE STUFF. I’ll do a little synopsis for you guys once I go, and if you’re a Rhode Islander, try it out for yourself! Yoga = very good for you. They also offer beginner classes, so don’t be afraid; yogis are very nice people.

While I was in the sauna today, I was reading a Women’s Health magazine, and I obtained some pretty cool information that naturally, I wanted to share.

Fun Fact: We have zero oil glands in our lips, which is why they can get so dang dry; especially when mercury levels drop. To combat this crispy dilemma, try and use lip balm that contains Omega-3, -6 or -9 fatty acids — they help seal in moisture. A good example is Chapstick Total Hydration.

Maybe you never gave any thought to nail polish and the ingredients within, but take heed: there can be some pretty gnarly things in those bad boys. Major nail brands have been reformulating their products to be “3-free”, which means they are free from the carcinogens toluene, dibutyl phthalate and formaldehyde (yikes). Then, there were “5-free” options, which are free from synthetic resin and camphor. Now, parabens and animal products have been eliminated in “7-free” lines, though the only company I have seen selling this is Pacifica.

Finally, the best for last; in my opinion. In the past I have talked about cocoa and cacao and how they are awesome for you and great in smoothies. Now, apparently, cocoa is also great to bathe in. Yes, that is correct. Due to its high level of antioxidants, soaking in cocoa can make your skin feel luxuriously smooth and supple. So, if you’re daring enough to try it (which I certainly am), here’s a recipe:

  • 1/8 c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 c instant dry milk*
  • 1/2 c unscented bubble bath

*Use 2% or whole milk; the fat content will help moisturize your skin. It also acts as an exfoliate.

For best results, add ingredients to warm running water, froth it up and relax for at least 15-20 minutes while the antioxidants work their magic. BOOM!

That’s it for me tonight, folks. Happy Sunday 🙂