I don’t know where you live...but if you live in Indiana right now, you know that our weather this year sucks! We reached highs of 60 last week, but as I am staring out of my window now, it’s snowing. Yep, snowing! Mid-April and and there is a wintery white mix swirling around outside.
These drastic changes in weather play havoc on my health. I’ve had a cold for the past 3 weeks that I just can’t seem to shake and with all the pressure changes I’ve been getting the worst headaches!
According to WebMd: “In a survey by the National Headache Foundation, headache sufferers were given a list of 16 possible triggers. They then were asked to rank them in terms of what commonly brought on their migraines and other headaches. Three out of every four respondents said that weather triggered their headache pain. Specific weather triggers include:
Changes in humidity
Changes in temperature
Extremely dry conditions
So how do we remedy this?? My first thought is to change the weather, laughable and not possible...I know. I really don’t like the idea of popping Tylenol every time the weather fluctuates around here. So instead, I grab my Tension Balm. I seriously don’t know what I would do without it! The Tension Balm has a carefully selected mixture of oils that will melt away your tension, stress and headaches alike, with just a small dab rubbed gently onto your temples and wrists.
So next time the weather decides to be sporadic and cause havoc on your head- reach for a little dab of Tension Balm instead of that bottle of Tylenol!
Yawning, smacking off your alarm as you stumble out of bed with the only thought on your mind being -GIVE ME CAFFEINE! Sound familiar??
Did you know that as an adult you should be getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night? Now, how many of you just laughed at that? You’re thinking “Ya, right?! How am I supposed to get everything done and squeeze in 7-9 hours??” You and everyone else is thinking that same thing. According to the CDC only 1 in 3 Americans get the recommended sleep that they need!
Maybe you’re thinking what’s the big deal??? That you always seem to make it through the day and that caffeine is your best friend. Short term effects of your sleepless nights could include a lack of alertness or impaired memory. Maybe you're scoffing and thinking that meh, those side effects just come with getting older. But there are actually some serious potential problems associated with our chronic sleep deprivation: high blood pressure, diabetes, heart attack, heart failure and stroke just to name a few.
Although sleep is oftentimes overlooked, the lack of it can lead to serious stuff. Maybe you're in the camp of those that do try to get the recommended sleep, but your mind just won’t shut off. Hours get spent tossing and turning because there just isn't a way to evict the anxiety and stress that has taken up residence in your brain. In light of it being Sleep Awareness Week, I am here to let you know that we totally get it - been there, done that and that's why we're excited to help!
Our Sweet Dreams Salve is formulated with German Blue Chamomile, Frankincense and Lavender which help to relieve chronic and emotional stress and the anxiety that keeps us tossing and turning, preventing that sweet, sweet slumber we’re all after. Helping to calm your nerves, while inducing the much needed sleep you deserve, it's easy to use just by applying a little to your wrists and temples. You won’t know what you’re missing out on until you wake up feeling bright-eyed and bushy tailed after a full and restful night’s sleep!
I can’t even keep count of how many times I reach for my lip balm to apply it daily. Is it because I need it? Not necessarily anymore, but it’s an ingrained habit that I formed several years ago.
I consider myself to be a self-proclaimed lip balm addict! I’m owning it! I have one in my purse, my pocket, in the car, on my side table and my nightstand - annnd I am sure I am missing other spots where I have them stashed. The point is I CANNOT go anywhere without one.
But I began to notice that it didn’t matter how many I had, or how many times I applied it in a day, my lips were cracking and bleeding. I thought that maybe it was the brand I was using so I tried Chapstick, Nivea, Carmex, Vaseline and many others and much to my disappoint my results didn’t change.
So just like with the lotion, I began looking carefully at the ingredients. I read things like petrolatum, parabens and mineral oils….sounds okay enough and minerals are good for you, right?
I was beyond wrong with this assumption. These 3 ingredients have been known to be addictive and have carcinogenic agents. Great, so not only am I licking poisons off my lips, I’m addicted to licking poisons off lips.
Something had to change. Lip balm was one of Sincerely Different’s first products for the exact reasons listed above. I wanted something that worked, wasn’t addictive and didn’t cause cancer! Not only does our lip balm not cause cancer, but it helps prevent cancer with the added benefit of vitamin D.
We have 9 different flavors all hand-crafted with beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, apricot oil and vitamins E and D. Try it out and feel the difference for yourself!
Have you ever read the ingredients list on your traditional bottle of lotion?? Have you ever read them and been able to understand them (hehehe)? It may read something like this:
WATER, GLYCERIN, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, PETROLATUM,STEARIC ACID, C12-15 ALKYL BENZOATE, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, DIMETHICONE, LAURETH-3, CETEARETH-20, DMDM HYDANTOIN, ALLANTOIN, METHYLPARABEN, ARGININE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PROPYLPARABEN, CARBOMER, FRAGRANCE, PANTHENOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, LECITHIN…..
You are probably noticing that the first ingredient is “water”...which should not be a bad thing, right? I mean we’re supposed to always be hydrating and water is supposed to be good for our skin. So then what could I be rambling about??
Don’t get me wrong, water is the perfect liquid for you to consume but it does something entirely different when we add it to our body products. Water in our lotion causes the good oils our skin produces to evaporate off our skin and dry us out even more. So then what do we feel like we need to do? Put more lotion on - which continues to dry us out and perpetuates that yucky lizzardy cycle. (Ever wondered why you feel like you need to lotion so many times every day??? This is why!) The other ingredients in traditional beauty products like alcohol and fragrance also contribute to drying out skin which then causes your body to overcompensate in its production of oils and often leads to super oily skin. It’s a lose-lose situation!
I bet you're thinking that although this may be true, the more all-natural products I've tried have always left my skin greasy and heavy feeling. I hear you! Everyone I know was SO SICK of the hamster wheel of traditional products and the heavy and overly oily expensive natural stuff that I decided there had to be a better option and that in a nutshell is why Sincerely Different exists! Using all-natural high-quality comprehensible ingredients (shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil anyone?) paired with unique handcrafting processes, your skin will receive the nourishment and results you're looking for, with a feel that will make you think you’re still using traditional products. We also don't use those fillers so you have to buy huge containers (ain't nobody got room for that). As a result, our packaging is smaller (because it's just the good stuff) and our product goes farther because it does what it’s actually supposed to. At the end of the day, ingredients matter so give your skin what it really wants and feel the difference for yourself!
Sarah Dwigans, Author
Hi! I’m Sarah Dwigans,