FEBRUARY BEAUTY TIPS!

February always brings the consumption of chocolate. But get a load of this month’s tip! The cocoa bean contains high levels of flavonoids, specifically epicatechin, which is one of the most powerful. It also has the power to improve skin, blood flow, prevent clotting, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and help muscles recover from exercise. Cocoa beans contain phenylethylamine (PEA), an antidepressant that stimulates the body’s adrenaline and dopamine levels for a dose of happy feelings, which is great for these gray winter days.The catch is processing lowers a lot of the benefits so stick with the purest form of dark chocolate that you can.  Also, for the men out there, are you having issues getting a close soft shave? We have an answer.  When you wake up in the morning your face is swollen from fluid that collects in your skin while you are sleeping.  Try waiting to shave until after you have been awake for a while. Start preparing by using a facial scrub to exfoliate and eradicate any dead skin cells and open up the pores of your skin.  Follow by shaving as usual and end with applying an oil free moisturizer to soothe and protect the face.  You can also use conditioner in your beard while in the shower to help soften the coarseness of your facial hair.

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By Amber Luebke and Bree McLain, owners of Lotus Salon in Stoughton, WI, have over 35 years combined experience specializing in hair color, accenting your best features and addressing your specific needs. Google+
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