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  • 7 Tips for Youthful Skin – Without Botox

    by Paula Gallagher | March 11, 2014

    youthful skinI was invited to a botox party a few months ago and graciously declined. I like my wrinkles... I do wish there less of them, but I am okay with that. Perhaps the main reason I declined is that I am not keen on someone injecting anything with a very sharp needle into my face, even for the promise of more youthful skin.

    Whether you are against botox, or just plain afraid of needles (that’s me), there are many non-painful ways to make your skin appear more radiant and healthy.

    Try the following:

    1. Stop tanning. Baking in the sun is a sure way to get the leathery skin that people want to avoid. Wear big hats and sunglasses to protect your face, and use sunblock for extra protection. Don’t forget your neck and hands! These areas tend to be forgotten and can really show age.

    2. Sleep. Getting insufficient shut-eye can age skin prematurely and, in the short run, result in dark circles and a lackluster complexion.  Read more

  • Benefits of Coconut Oil and How to Use It

    by Paula Gallagher | January 28, 2014

    A friend of mine recently bought a gallon jug of organic coconut oil because she heard it was good for you. But then she emailed me 2 weeks after she bought it because she still hadn't opened it and wasn't really sure what to do with it.

    If you are like my friend and are intimidated by coconut oil, don't be.
    It is probably one of the most versatile oils there is (even if it is solid at room temperature).

    First let's talk about the benefits of coconut oil.

    • Coconut oil is rich in medium chain fatty acids, which the body converts to energy more quickly, meaning they help stimulate metabolism.
    • It is nut-free, gluten-free, carb-free, Paleo Diet-friendly.
    • The majority of the saturated fat in coconut oil is in the form of lauric acid, which is why many consider it to be a healthier choice than other fat sources. There are studies that show that lauric acid can increase your HDL or "healthy" cholesterol and lower your LDL or "lethal" cholesterol.
    • It's great for you skin.

    Now here are some tips on how to use coconut oil.  Read more

  • Great Gift Ideas for Health Conscious People

    by Paula Gallagher | December 18, 2013

    Looking for great gift ideas that are unique, as well as clean, pure and natural? Village Green Apothecary has some great stocking stuffers, even for the person who has everything. If you are still stumped, a gift certificate can go a long way! We offer supplements, teas, hand and body care items, food (including chocolate!)... as well as nutritional consultations.

    Here are some great gift ideas:  Read more

  • Dr. Hauschka Product Demonstration & Consultations, December 13 & 20

    by Margo Gladding | December 4, 2013

    On two Fridays, December 13 and 20, 11:00am-2:00pm, a Dr. Hauschka representative will be at Village Green to answer all of your skin care questions and provide 20-minute individual face care and cosmetic consultations. Space is limited for the consultations, so please call Jeff at 301-530-0800 x1021 to reserve your place.

    Dr. Hauschka is one of Village Green’s premium skin care product lines. Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products are based on a "holistic" philosophy – an understanding of the way skin works and its relationship with overall health, the goal being skin that is balanced and able to perform its natural functions without dependence upon a slew of products. All Dr. Hauschka products are 100% natural and contain the highest quality plant and mineral ingredients. You will never find parabens, phthalates, petroleum-derived synthetics, propylene glycol, silicones, synthetic colors or synthetic fragrances in any of their products.

    Stop by during the demonstration times, and receive a free gift with your $25 Dr. Hauschka product purchase.

  • 3 Steps to Healthy Teeth

    by Paula Gallagher | October 29, 2013

    Halloween is around the corner, and we all know what that means for parents with kids... bags of candy! Candy is a huge culprit when it comes to tooth decay. But so are soda, potato chips and even raisins!

    So although it is obviously best to avoid consuming sugar-laden food, realistically, kids will probably have a few pieces.

    Here are some tips to keeping your little ones’ chompers strong and cavity-free.

    1. Reduce bacteria in the mouth. Since bacteria is what causes cavities and dental decay in the first place, it makes sense to try to keep it at bay. Bacteria feeds in acidic environments and it thrives on sugar... even natural sugar. So cutting back on these kinds of foods will help the mouth not to be such a prime environment for bacteria to reside. Another way to help with this is to sip on water or swish with water while you are eating, so food has less chance to stick to the teeth.  Read more

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