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Beauty is a lifestyle. Feed your body with pure, natural ingredients, try to maintain a healthy diet, get sufficient exercise and rest, and your skin will glow and respond with results of which you have only dreamed. This is an ‘Alapure Lifestyle’, and it will allow your beauty to radiate from the inside out. The ‘Alapure Lifestyle’ offers women of color not just the very best nature-based products suited to them but also a wealth of information on the latest beauty secrets and wellness.

Marula, Argan, Coconut, Shea

What are the Differences?

Many people are curious about the differences and similarities between the naturally occurring oils such as Marula oil, Argan oil, Coconut oil and Shea butter. These oils and fat offer numerous beauty and health benefits, and are used in a number of skin care products.
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7 Incredibly Easy Tips To Say Bye-Bye To Dry, Itchy Skin For Good

alapure-smooth-skin1Is Dry, itchy skin dampening your spirits and keeping you from shaking hands and wearing sleeveless clothing? If you think about it, the whole skin care industry is thriving on the fact that people will do anything to get rid of this problematic skin condition. But, it is not the end of the world; there are many solutions to soothe dry, itchy skin without having to spend a hefty amount on pricey skin care products. This blog is a godsend for all those who want to transform their dry, itchy skin into soft supple skin.
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Steam or Sauna, Which Is Better for Skin?

spaHave you ever wondered which takes the cake when it comes to your skin? So have I, and many others as well. So, I decided to test the two and ask some of my friends along as well. First up, the sauna–for those unaware, the sauna provides dry heat with very high temperatures around 200 degrees Fahrenheit! That’s enough to make anyone sweat.

My Experience in the Sauna

Let’s get a little background information. Saunas and stream rooms have various health benefits for every kind of person. From cleansing to relieving stress, or even just relaxing those tense muscles after an intense workout.
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5 Miraculous Ways To Combat Age Spots

AloeDo you have small dark colored spots on your hands or face? Do you know what they are called? Well, these are age spots; spots that are a telltale sign that you are aging. Even though age spots have nothing to do with the functions of the liver, they’re also known as liver spots. Age spots are not uncommon in mature women and yes, they affect men too. The reason behind these dark colored spots occurring on the skin of 40+ women is extreme sun exposure. But here’s some consolation. Don’t worry yourself sick over them because they don’t cause skin cancer.
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4 Tips To Achieve Healthy Skin

Healthy and glowing skin is the indicator of natural beauty. No matter how good a skin you were born with, maintaining a healthy skin through time can prove to be quite a challenge. Making the right choices in your daily diet and proper cleansing can help you attain naturally glowing and healthier skin, apart from saving you the hassle of having to worry about common skin diseases. Making efforts to maintain a healthy skin can also help prevent early ageing and keep you looking fresh for a long time. Here are a few pointers that can help you with your daily skin care routine and maintenance.
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Marula Oil – The Unsung Hero

Understanding the Link between Beautiful Skin & Marula Oil

alapure-marula-oil-productWhile many anti-aging cosmetics claim to do wonders for the skin including lightening, brightening and tightening it’s helpful to understand why Marula Oil is the unsung hero of vegetable oils.

Marula Oil is an age-old skincare remedy with an African heritage. Traditionally, African women have use Marula Oil in cosmetic formulations for its remarkable benefits suitable for the face, hair, body and skin alike. It is extracted from the seeds of Marula fruit, widely grown in southern Africa including South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Namibia.
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Be Healthy – Be Green

Many people who have visited the Green Festival over the past few years affirm that it has changed their lives. Perhaps they were inspired to adopt an organic way of living, encouraged by the organizations that introduced their amazing green products at the show.

This festival is meant to make organic and environmentally friendly products and services accessible to everyone and to encourage people to live a better quality life. The awareness of being eco-friendly has made it swag. Each year this festival becomes bigger and bigger and this year, Alapure Cosmetics is proud to be a part of the excitement in NYC on April 26 and April 27 (Booth #764).

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Get Ready For Spring

Alapure-Spring-2014With winter now behind us, it is time to move on to the newest spring trends in town. Every spring, the entire makeup industry goes through a change. From trending makeup hues to the fabric prints designed to complement individual body types, spring is one season everyone looks forward to. However, before you start following the fads, spend some time and efforts on your skin.

No makeup can cover unhealthy skin. You can hide the dark circles but the creases still show. So, track down all the latest that you can apply to your skin to make it fresh and vibrant again. Choose natural and organic products that are aimed at bringing back the glow and tightening the skin.

Let your skin say it all and join the spring celebrations confidently!

Natural or Organic: Understanding the Key Difference

Natural-OrganicNatural and Organic are often considered to be synonymous terms and are commonly associated with food items. Surprisingly enough, these are misconceptions. Not only do both these terms have key differences, natural and organic produce are not just confined to edible treats. They are used in the manufacturing of several products including cosmetics and beauty products. (more…)

How Well Do You Know Your Skin Type?

skin-typesAs important as it is for you to follow a daily skin care regimen, you must first understand what your skin really needs. To put it another way, you must be sure of your skin type so your skin care products and methods generate results that improve the health and condition of your skin. . (more…)

My Yoga Teacher

“I enjoy breaking down a challenging pose and seeing a student take the steps to get there.”

My name is Sylvia Samilton-Baker, and I hold an M.A. and ERYT (Experience Registered Yoga Teacher- 500 hours). I started yoga as an adolescent – late teens. In my early 20’s, I met a wonderful woman named Margo Jenni who turned the practice of yoga upside down for me. She was an African American woman (there were no AA in classes I was taking during this time or before) and had been teaching for many years.  She studied with Tao Porchon-Lynch (95-year old yoga instructor) and Barbara Kestenbaum. She was terrific – and not only was she my teacher but a mentor and friend as the years progressed. She encouraged me to take teacher training – said I owed it to the AA population to teach because it would save our lives. The spiritual and health benefits of yoga, she believed – would take us all to another level! (more…)

My Yoga Practice

JillAs you may know, the Alapure Lifestyle champions a holistic lifestyle approach, and this includes mind and body exercises. I have been doing yoga now for a couple years and the benefits are just amazing! While some of us may never achieve the flexibility of a gymnast, I believe that if done with a respect for our limitations and physical challenges, yoga can be a boon. (more…)

Differences in Skin of Color

There are many facts about the skin that generalize its characteristics and structure. Common skin types show specific characteristics like normal, sensitive, mature, dry, oily, etc. Similarly, ethnic skin shows its own set of characteristics that is commonly differentiated on the basis of color scale that falls between ivory white and dark brown. Because of varying ethnicities, these skin types have their own specific reactions to the environment, mainly Ultraviolet light. (more…)

The Significance of Body Lotion for Well-Nourished Skin

Alapure-moisturizerDespite the lack of time in average daily routines, women continue to make an extra effort to pamper themselves. Whether it is to enjoy their “Me-Time” or to look and feel good about their appearance, many women find delight in taking care of their skin and appearance with easy-to-use and effective cosmetics and beauty products. Among these options, body lotion is widely used, and known to hydrate the skin while improving its condition.

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Hydrated Skin is Smooth Skin

The Benefits of Water for Maintaining Healthy Skin

Glass WaterWith 75% of your body made up of water, there is good reason to stay hydrated. Drinking ample water is not just a healthy lifestyle decision but it is also a great source for maintaining smooth and glowing skin. You might find it to be a centuries old tip, but it is definitely not an obsolete or unproven one. Primarily, drinking plenty of water, at a minimum 8 glasses each day, could play a vital role in keeping your skin hydrated and looking visibly radiant.
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Things You Should Know About Tamanu Oil

Top Reasons for Using Tamanu Oil Products to Get Beautiful Skin

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The Tamanu tree is native of various islands of Polynesia including Fiji, Hawaii, Tahiti, etc. The nut kernels of the Tamanu fruit are cured for a few weeks before the greenish-yellow oil is extracted. Tamanu Oil is nature’s gift with abundant benefits for skincare treatment. This is why the wonders of using Tamanu Oil products range from beauty benefits like younger looking skin to medicinal properties like anti-inflammation. As a skincare regimen, here are a few facts about Tamanu Oil that will make its products rise to the top of your shopping list.
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What are Wrinkles?

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As we age the skin loses elasticity, moisture and protein, it begins to sag and fold resulting in what we know as wrinkles.

What Causes Wrinkles

Wrinkles form as part of the natural aging process. However, habitual facial expressions, such as frowning and squinting, exposure to the sun’s rays, environmental pollutants, smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages can also contribute to premature wrinkling. (more…)