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Good makeup brushes are a must for professional-like application. But if you don’t clean them regularly, they can spread oil and bacteria all over your face and lead to breakouts, says Lincoln Park’s Leah Chavie Skincare Boutique. To do: Dip just the bristles--getting the brush barrel wet can cause the bristles to detach--in a tiny dollop of regular or baby shampoo, or even Dawn dish soap, and let soak in a bowl of lukewarm water.
Also from Leah Chavie: Neutralize the energy of your home (and make it smell great) by combining in a spray bottle one part warm water, one part white vinegar, a splash of isopropyl alcohol, a drop of mild dish soap and a sprig of fresh sage. Muddle the sage at the bottom of the bottle and use it as an all-purpose cleaner or just spritz into the air to mildly scent your space.
Farmer’s Fridge, the Chicago company that uses vending machines to sell amazing salads in jars, tells us how to copy its ultimate healthy-on-the-go lunch in five steps: 1. Prep a batch of homemade dressing ahead of time. 2. Choose interesting greens. 3. Start with veggies at the bottom of the jar. 4. Layer in lettuce and more veggies. 5. Store it in the fridge until you’re ready to mix and eat.
BeeSpa, the Midwestern makers of this insanely moisturizing hand and foot cream, suggests burning only 100 percent beeswax candles in your house. Why? They’re supposed to emit negative ions that cleanse the air of toxins. Bonus: They don’t drip or give off smoke.
The technicians at Lincoln Park?s vegan, all-natural nail spa, Naturally Chic Nails, advise using coconut oil or vitamin E oil on your nails daily as a gentle cuticle oil that helps prevent hangnails and promote healthy growth. You can put it right on top of polish, they say.
Theodora Ntovas, the Chicago woman behind natural skincare line YASOU Skin Care, recommends gently soaking your face with ice-cold water for a few seconds every morning and evening, before applying moisturizers or makeup, for a firming effect.
Fulton Market salon Eleventh Hour says you can make your own exfoliating body scrub like this: Mix 2½ cups organic cane sugar with 1½ cups cold-pressed coconut oil and half a cup of a fragrant essential oil. Start exfoliating regularly in the shower now and you?ll have fresh skin by springtime.
In late March, a group of local health and beauty pros will host Be Healthful: Spring Awakening, a one-day retreat at a West Loop gallery, with a full schedule of pampering, networking and fitness classes. (Register here.)??
It?ll be a great way to jump-start the spring renewal process. Need motivation to sign up--or just to start making changes now? Check out our slideshow of quick life-freshening tips from Be Healthful hosts.
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