Protein Bars Might Be Unhealthier Than You Think

When you’re headed out the door in a rush, a protein bar often seems like the best option to alleviate any hunger. However, you might be surprised to find that many protein bars aren’t as healthy as you thought they were. Rather, they’re laden with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients, which makes eating them almost equivalent to consuming a candy bar.

The average consumer may suspect protein bars to be a health food because of the way they’re marketed. “When we see the word ‘protein’ and know that protein is good for us, and therefore may assume that protein bars are a healthy snack option” not always the case.

So how can you tell if your favorite protein bar is good for you? Here are three important things I’m going to share with you, so here is what to look for.

Consider sugar content and artificial sweeteners
First, look at how much sugar the bar actually contains. Many bars contain over 20 grams of sugar, which is five teaspoons or sugar cubes in one bar alone. If the bar appears low in sugar, check the ingredient list for artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols. Many bars that are low in sugar are high in artificial sweeteners, which research shows may negatively affect our gut microbiome and glucose tolerance. If the bar is high in sugar alcohols, you may experience digestive upset like excess gas, bloating, or diarrhea.

Check the ingredient list
Don’t get tricked by health claims on the front of the package. The best thing someone can do is flip the package over and look closely at the nutrition facts label and ingredients list. I always encourage people to choose bars with whole food ingredients and a relatively short ingredient list. Avoid bars with highly refined and inflammatory oils, protein isolates, sugar alcohols (erythritol, sorbitol, xylitol), artificial sweeteners (sucralose), or too many words you can’t pronounce. Pay attention to what you are putting into your body.

Ask where the protein is coming from
The amount of protein you’re getting in your bar is important, but where it’s sourced from matters as well. Avoid poor quality and over-processed proteins like soy protein isolate. Instead, look for whole-food ingredients. Healthy sources of unprocessed protein include plant proteins and high-quality whey. In terms of quantity, you’ll want your bar to contain at least 10 grams of protein.

XX, ByJenniferlynn

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Celebrate National Avocado Day With 10 Tasty Recipes

It’s National Avocado Day, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with an avocado-based feast for all to enjoy. While classic treats like avo-toast and guacamole are a must, I’ve got some unique recipes that present the avocado in nontraditional ways.

Check out the 10 easy and delicious dishes below to prepare for your avocado fiesta.

Cacao Avocado Pudding

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados, pitted and the flesh scooped out
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • Small handful spinach
  • 3 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 dates (chopped and pits removed)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ⅛ tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 ½ Tbsp chia seeds
  • Optional: 1 tsp of calming Reishi or Ashwagandha powder
  • Toppings: chopped pistachios, cacao nibs, a little square of your favourite chocolate bar, extra salt or cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients into a food processor, except for the chia seeds, and blend until everything is fully combined.
  2. Once combined, slowly pour the chia seeds into the food processor and pulse until they are mixed into the pudding.
  3. Scoop the mixture into a bowl and let it set in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. Once it has set, scoop mixture into 2 serving bowls and top with crushed pistachios, cacao nibs, cinnamon, sea salt and a square of your favourite cacao chocolate.
  5. This will keep in the fridge for up to two days.
AVOCADO FRIES

Ingredients

  • 1 large avocado, medium ripening, scooped and sliced
  • 2 whole eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp lemon pepper
  • 1 cup of canola oil
  • ½ sleeve of Premium saltine crackers, crumbled
  • salt, to taste
  • Dipping sauce (I used Remoulade)

Instructions

  1. Start by running your knife around the avocado. Separate one half from the other, then whack the pit with your knife, give it a twist, and remove the pit.
  2. Run a small spoon between the skin and the avocado, and get each half of the avocado placed onto a cutting board.
  3. Slice each half in half. Then those in half. If they are thicker and you have big slices, then try slicing them in half again, lengthwise. Think french fries, only with avocado.
  4. Place the oil into a medium sized skillet, and let this come up to a medium heat, just enough time to begin preparing the fries.
  5. Now it’s time for the dredge.
  6. Season the flour with the lemon pepper and mix that around.
  7. Smash the saltine crackers in a sealable plastic bag. Dump those onto a plate.
  8. Take an avocado fry and toss in the flour, then move that into the egg mixture, and then place onto the crumbled crackers. Give a little shake.
  9. Gently place the avocado fries into the hot oil, and cook for a couple of minutes on each side until they are golden brown. These will not take long. Once golden, remove, and place them onto a plate lined with paper towel. Season immediately with a pinch or two of salt.
  10. Plate and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
Avocado Margarita
Ingredients
  • 6 oz Ready made frozen margarita
  • 1 oz Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 Medium avocado, scooped in small pieces
  • 1 oz sweet and sour

Method:

Blend for 10 seconds. Rim the glass with chile lime salt for a zesty kick.

Avocado Summer Rolls

Ingredients

  • Sauce
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup smooth natural peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons water 
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium tamari
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Summer Rolls
  • 12 rice paper wrappers
  • 3 ounces thin rice noodles, prepared according        to package directions
  • 2 Persian (mini) cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1 small watermelon radish, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium ripe mango, thinly sliced
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1½ cups fresh mint leaves
  • 1½ cups fresh basil leaves
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, halved and sliced into 12 pieces each
  • 4 large leaves butter lettuce, torn into 3 pieces each

Preparation

  • To prepare sauce: Whisk hoisin, peanut butter, water, tamari, vinegar, chili-garlic sauce and oil in a small bowl. Set aside.To prepare rolls: Soak one wrapper at a time in a shallow dish of very hot water until softened, about 10 seconds. Lift out, let excess water drip off and lay the wrappers on a clean, dry cutting board.Layer 2 tablespoons rice noodles, a few slices each cucumber, radish and mango, 1 teaspoon scallions, 2 tablespoons each mint and basil, 2 avocado slices and 1 piece of lettuce on the bottom third of the wrapper. Fold the wrapper over the filling and roll into a tight cylinder, folding in the sides as you go. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and fillings. Serve with the sauce.
Avocado Mac & Cheese

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE PASTA:

  • 3/4 lb. pasta

FOR THE AVOCADO SAUCE:

  • 2 large avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro, plus extra for garnish (optional)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE:

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • 1.5 cups shredded white cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS

FOR THE PASTA:

  1. Cook pasta according to recipe or package directions until al dente (I always cook pasta in very salty water – it brings out the flavor of the pasta).

FOR THE AVOCADO SAUCE:

  1. Combine all avocado sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  2. Pulse to break up the ingredients, then use a spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl and pulse again until you have a thick, creamy sauce. Set aside.

FOR THE CHEESE SAUCE & ASSEMBLY:

  1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Whisk flour into the butter to form a roux and cook for 1 minute.
  3. Whisk milk into roux a little at a time until you’ve worked out all the lumps. Bring sauce to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until mixture has thickened, about 6-8 minutes.
  4. Whisk avocado sauce into milk mixture. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, until sauce has thickened again.
  5. Remove sauce from heat. Stir in white cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper. Mix until cheese has melted.
  6. Add pasta to sauce and toss until pasta is evenly coated.
  7. Top mac and cheese with fresh cilantro (optional) and serve immediately.
Avocado Basil Pesto

Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh basil loosely packed
  • 2 avocados (2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients in a food processor and mix until smooth.
Keto Avocado Pops

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large ripe avocados, or 3 small/medium sized
  • 14 oz canned coconut milk, full-fat, well shaken
  • 3 Tablespoon honey, or agave syrup

Chocolate Topping:

  • 8 oz 70% dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup candied pecans, chopped, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a blender or food processor, puree avocado meat, coconut milk, and honey. Taste mixture. If it is not sweet enough to your liking, add additional honey as needed.

  2. Pour mixture into popsicle molds until almost full. Place a layer of foil over the popsicle mold, followed by the popsicle mold over. Insert wooden sticks into the mold.

  3. Place filled molds in the freezer for at least 3 hours, or until the popsicles are solid.

  4. Chocolate Topping: Over a double boiler (bain-marie), melt together chopped chocolate and coconut oil until smooth.

  5. Unmold frozen popsicles. Dip coconut avocado popsicles in melted chocolate. Immediately sprinkle chopped pecans. If desired, drizzle additional melted chocolate over popsicles. Enjoy immediately, or store in the freezer until ready to serve.
Avocado Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  •  1/2 of a medium ripe avocado cubed
  •  1 large egg
  •  1 tsp vanilla extract
  •  2 large ripe bananas sliced
  •  1 cup all purpose flour
  •  1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder make sure to use regular and not dutch processed
  •  3/4 cup granulated white sugar
  •  1 tsp baking soda
  •  1 tsp cinnamon
  •  1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease the interior of a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.
  • In a blender or food processor, add avocado, egg, vanilla and bananas. Blend until smooth.
  • Add in flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon. Blend or pulse until batter is smooth. This should only take a few seconds. You may need to use a spatula to scrape the sides or the bottom to make sure all the flour gets mixed with the batter.


  • Pour batter into greased loaf pan. Sprinkle surface evenly with chocolate chips so that it covers most of the surface. Bake for about 50 minutes. The top of the loaf should bounce back if pressure is applied and a toothpick inserted should come out clean (except for any melted chocolate that might get on it). Allow bread to cool slightly before slicing and serving.
Chickpea Salad Stuffed Avocado

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados, halved and pit removed
  • 14 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup each fresh dill, parsley and chives
  • 3 scallions, cut in 1 inch pieces
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ranch dressing
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the avocados by scooping out approximately half the flesh from the center and placing it in a small bowl. Set aside
  2. Add the scooped out avocado, herbs, scallions, garlic and lemon zest to a food processor and pulse until everything has been small diced. Add in the chickpeas and ground mustard. Pulse a few more times until the chickpeas are incorporated and small diced but stop before the chickpeas become a hummus texture




  3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Stir in the lemon juice, ranch dressing, mayonnaise, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Taste and add more salt/pepper to taste
  4. Scoop the salad into the avocado halves and enjoy immediately
Spaghetti With Spinach-Avocado Sauce

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces uncooked whole-grain spaghetti
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup rinsed and drained unsalted cannellini beans
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 ripe peeled avocado
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

Step 1

Prepare pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Drain pasta.

Step 2

Combine reserved 1/2 cup cooking liquid, spinach, and next 8 ingredients (through avocado) in a food processor; process until smooth. Combine pasta and spinach mixture; toss to coat. Sprinkle with tomato and almonds.

The Best Lip Balms I Have Ever Tried (Treat Beauty)

I usually don’t carry around a bunch of lip balm, (I know, I know), but there is just one brand that I’ve become crazy about. I would classify as a necessary winter, fall, spring and summer splurge: these jumbo size shiny, sugary stuff is the out of this world. In the constant rotation of items jangling in my pockets, it always makes the cut. Here are just a few of these amazing scented, tasty lip balms.

While we’re all secretly kids at heart and still feel our heart fluttering in excitement at the prospect of balloons and presents on our birthday.
BIRTHDAY CAKE JUMBO LIP BALM $14
There’s nothing quite like that first coffee of the day, whether you’re a non-fat latte person or prefer a double long espresso.
MOCHA CAFFEINATED JUMBO LIP BALM $14
Magical candy flavored multi-tasking color balm for lips, cheeks and eyelids
for a sheer wash of delicious iridescent color that will make you look and taste good enough to est.
UNICORN KISSES IRIDESCENT JUMBO COLOR BALM $14
As kids we were drawn in by the trio of delightful colors of traditional rainbow sherbet ice-cream, until our first lick where we could link each bright color to a flavor.
RAINBOW SHERBET JUMBO LIP BALM $14
No matter how hard life may get, there’s always cake, and oh boy, are we grateful for that! We adore fluffy white sponge cakes dripping in layers of thick, creamy buttercream frosting, but sometimes we need a little more.
CONFETTI CAKE JUMBO LIP BALM $14
If you like Piña Coladas or getting caught in the rain, then this sweet cocktail of a lip balm is definitely for you! Picture yourself on a white sandy beach with turquoise water lapping at your feet as you sink your toes into the surf. 
PINA COLADA JUMBO LIP BALM $14
I’m always looking for recipes that make my customers swoon, and Better Than Sex Cake just topped the list! If you’ve never experienced the pleasure, let me tell you how decadent it tastes! 
BETTER THAN SEX CAKE JUMBO LIP BALM $14
For all you sweet ladies who like to keep it classic, this yummy cotton candy balm with a subtle nude pink shade is sure to become your new favorite treat.
SHIMMERING COTTON CANDY TINTED JUMBO LIP BALM $14
What smells and tastes like a s’more and can be used all over? Our Marshmallow “Anywhere” Jumbo Moisture Stick of course! Busy ladies deserve multi-purpose products that smell like a dream, are free from harmful chemicals and deliver on their promises and we know you won’t be disappointed with this one!
MARSHMALLOW “ANYWHERE” JUMBO MOISTURE STICK $14
“You look beautiful,” your dad proudly exclaims as the makeup artist adds the finishing touches to your look. “Thanks dad,” you manage to get out, grateful for the waterproof mascara to stop your tears from ruining your makeup.
WEDDING CAKE JUMBO LIP BALM $14
You’re almost completely packed up and ready to go on your annual family camping trip, but you feel like you’re forgetting something. You’ve got the graham crackers, the creamy slabs of milk chocolate, so what could it be? 
MARSHMALLOW CREAM JUMBO LIP BALM $14
What do you do when your lips are dry and flaky and in serious need of a drink? Sure, you could apply one of our decadent balms, but don’t even think about applying our balms before indulging in one of our lip scrubs first! 
MARSHMALLOW CREAM JUMBO LIP SCRUB $14
One whiff of vanilla and you’re instantly wrapped in a soothing cocoon of comfort. Vivid memories emerge, conjured up from your childhood, of licking rich, creamy vanilla buttercream frosting straight out of the bowl while mom goes to work whipping up your favorite sweet treats.
SOFT CANDY VANILLA BUTTERCREAM JUMBO LIP BALM $14
Did you know that angel food cake has long been regarded as “food of the angels” due to its light and fluffy texture? Well, this balm sure does it justice! 
ANGEL FOOD CAKE JUMBO LIP BALM $14
There’s something oh so romantic about cherries. Think back to those days you sipped your cherry soda while cheekily fluttering your eyelashes at your crush.
CHERRY JUMBO LIP BALM $14
You sigh in pure bliss as you turn over to tan your back and revel in the glorious summer rays. You find yourself getting a little thirsty, but sigh in disappointment when all you see is your trusty water bottle at your side. 
SNOW CONE JUMBO LIP BALM $14

XX, ByJenniferlynn

These Are My 8 Favorite Tatcha Products

If you’ve watched my instagram stories, you probably know that I hold the Tatcha skin-care line dear to my heart. During some of my most brutal skin phases, Tatcha products have single-handedly saved my complexion from bad breakouts, dullness, and dryness. What I love about Tatcha is that while the products are incredibly effective, they’re equally gentle — you get results without harsh chemicals or skin irritation.

Of course, there’s a downside: Tatcha’s goods can be a bit on the pricey side. Their Indigo Cream may have made my dry skin, supple and soft last winter, but paying $85 to re-up became unsustainable. And while the Silk Primer rid me of my fear of primers (they usually make me break out and this one decidedly did not), 0.7 ounces of it will cost you a shocking $52. Are you upset? Remember a little goes a long way. Are you ready for some good news? Here it is: Tatcha products are sold on Poshmark brand new, you can bargain with the seller. If you’re overwhelmed or curious where to start, I’m here to help. Here’s a list of my favorite Tatcha products, all of which are so good, they could each be a holy grail of mine and be found on the site. Unless, of course you want to purchase directly from the website.

Tatcha Indigo Recovery Cream

Tatcha Indigo Recovery Cream $85.00

This is one of the best moisturizers I have ever used. It’s very rich, but it absorbs into the skin very quickly so it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy or sticky. The product’s blend of oatmeal and Japanese indigo is calming and reparative, and has helped me calm redness from sun exposure. For anyone with dry, acne prone skin, this is a must-try.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist $48

When it comes to face mists, this one is the one to try. On rushed, no makeup mornings, I sometimes use this as the only step in my routine: A few spritzes on clean skin provides nourishment and moisture, and makes my face look super-bright and dewy. On full-on glam makeup days, I use this before applying my makeup and as my final, makeup-setting step. It makes everything melt into my skin and gives a perfect, flawless finish.

Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer

Tatcha Silk Canvas Primer $44

I wrote a full-length review of this product, so if you want the nitty-gritty, read it. But very long story short, this is one of the only primers I’m willing to use. Not only does this never, ever make me breakout, it also keeps my makeup looking frighteningly fresh and flawless — like I’ve just applied it — all day long.

Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask

Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Revitalizing Eye Mask $12

These ultra gentle but effective masks are perfect for anyone who wants to treat their under eyes, but happens to have sensitive under-eye skin. They have green tea, rice-bran oil, and red algae, all of which work to hydrate and brighten the skin around your eyes, and make you look more well rested and alert. They’re also great for prepping your under eyes for makeup — concealer glides on after using these guys. I like keeping them in my little beauty fridge; the cold tends to depuff my (famously serial-killer-esque) under eyes.

Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen

Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen $65

If you’re looking for a great, everyday sunscreen this one is definitely worth buying. It absorbs super quickly into the skin and doesn’t leave a white cast. Plus, after you apply, makeup glides on super easily on top of it. It also has a slight matte-ifying effect on the skin, so it won’t leave you looking greasy — which I think we all can agree is unique for an SPF.

Tatcha Camellia Goldspun Lip Balm

Tatcha Camellia Goldspun Lip Balm $30

This lip balm is not only the perfect gift (it has pretty gold flakes in it), it’s also really effective. Apparently Japanese female free-divers have used camellia oil (the main product in this balm) for thousands of years to protect their skin and hair from the salty ocean water. I can see why: this super-thick and creamy lip balm does a truly incredible job at soothing and healing chapped lips. It is probably my second favorite chapstick of all time, right after my beloved Bite Agave Lip Mask.

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, Travel Size

Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil $48

While we’re talking camellia, I’m completely obsessed with this oil. It is a 2-in-1 makeup remover and cleanser of Camellia Oil gently melts away impurities, even waterproof makeup, leaving behind pure, silky soft skin. It doesn’t leave your skin oily and heavy. I like to use it as a cleanser and moisturizer at night.

Tatcha Rice Polish: Gentle

Tatcha Rice Polish: Gentle $65

This is a physical — not a chemical — exfoliant. Though it is technically a scrub, it is incredibly gentle — it contains rice bran and papa enzymes and transforms into a foam when you add water to it. Tatcha’s motto is, essentially, “doing small things for your skin every day will give you the best results” (instead of using super-intense chemical exfoliants, in other words). This product the definition of that ethos: It’ll never make your skin red and dry, and will make your skin noticeably smoother within just one use.

XX, ByJenniferlynn

July’s 15 Beauty Launches That I Loved

From Independence Day to National Lipstick Day, it’s safe to say that July was nothing short of eventful. The hottest summer month brought us new hair trends, and a new slew of must-have beauty products.

A superfood-infused scrub, a blue light-diffusing concealer, and more – check out the best July beauty launches below.

This water-resistant, soft gel liner effortlessly glides on your lash line for a precise and bold finish.
ILIA Clean Line Gel Liner $26
With sparkling yellow and red undertones, this metallic gel polish is a surefire way to stand out.
essie what’s gold is new $11.50
This brand new collection offers 11 refillable shades of a moisturizing formula that hydrates and conditions your lips while delivering gorgeous color.
Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips 2 $37
The three-in-one scalp scrub is made with gentle exfoliating crystals, probiotic sake water, and hyaluronic acid to remove product buildup and balance your skin’s PH.
NatureLab Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub $16
Achieve fine, hair-like strokes with this precise tip and smooth, long-lasting formula.
LimeLife Claim to Frame Brow Pencil $20
This travel-friendly gadget combines the heat of a straightener with the design of a brush to help create a smooth, frizz-free style.
Drybar Baby Brush Crush $59
Brunettes need toning too! These concentrated drops instantly increase luster and prevent the look of color fading.
IGK Mixed Feelings Leave-In Brunette Toning Drops $29
I’m obsessed with this dirty pink mauve shade that’s perfect for every summer occasion.
essie into the a-bliss $9
The brand’s first-ever lash curler is designed to lift lashes and create a soft, long-lasting curl.
Hourglass Lash Curler $30
Add instant volume and texture without dulling hair color thanks to this lightweight dry spray.
R+Co BALLOON Dry Volume Spray $32
The brightening and blue light-repelling under-eye concealer works to diminish the appearance of dark circles.
Smith & Cult Cancelled Light Diffusing V-Concealer $28
Formulated with a powerful blend of peptides, amino acids, and a plant-derived Retinatural Complex, the rejuvenating treatment increases skin firmness and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Beautycounter Countertime Tripeptide Radiance Serum $79
Infused with argan tree oil and shea butter, this vibrant red lip provides both intense pigment and hydration.
Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge Matte $50
Packed with nutrient-rich ingredients like avocado and spirulina, this superfood scrub nourishes and hydrates the skin.
frank body Superfood Scrub $18.95
Remove buildup, boost circulation, and optimize hair health with this unique tool that gently massages and exfoliates the scalp.
ColorProof Scalp Cleansing Brush $19

XX, ByJenniferlynn

13 Best Dry Shampoos for Different Hair Types

Dry shampoo is a gift bestowed upon us from the beauty gods. It allows us to shampoo less and keeps our locks looking fresh even after the third (or fourth) day.

While it may be tempting to buy whatever dry shampoo is available at your local drugstore, it’s helpful to know that there usually is a specific dry shampoo match for every hair type. Finer hair types, for example, may not want to use a product that is extremely drying or detoxifying. Similarly, oily and thicker hair types may want to look for buildup-busting products that keep greasiness at bay.

Additionally, I suggests that the way you use your dry shampoo is equally important. Dry shampoo would typically be used on day two (or three) after a blowout or other fresh style. I would only spray the product on your roots in quick spurts and always spray from a distance. Doing so prevents the product from dulling your hair color.

To help you find the right dry shampoo product that is best suited for your needs, I’m sharing my favorite dry shampoos for common hair types below.

Coiled or Curly Hair

Suitable for coily and wavy hair types, this dry shampoo product can be used on fine, thick, and medium hair for an instant boost of freshness.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo $24


This volumizing dry shampoo is great for wavy, curly, and coily hair types because it uses micro-fine rice powders and golden root extract to treat your tresses and deliver volume.
DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo $23
Pump up your waves with this special texturizing product that lightly adds volume without leaving your hair dry or damaged.
Joico Body Shake Texturizing Finisher $19.99
Those of you blessed with tightly coiled hair should pack this dry shampoo in your purse or travel tote as it lightly cleans and deodorizes your tresses without weighing them down.


Tarte Hair Goals Dry Shampoo $19

Dry and Color-Treated Hair

Color-treated, dry, or damaged hair types should feel encouraged to use this dry shampoo for its lightweight formula that gently removes oil without drying out the hair and scalp.
Oribe Gold Lust Dry Shampoo $45
Whether your hair is auburn, platinum, or pastel pink, you’ll love to know that this budget-friendly dry shampoo cleanses your locks while leaving your hair full of volume.
Love Beauty and Planet Volume and Bounty Juicy Grapefruit Dry Shampoo $8.99
Great for anyone looking for maximum volume and hold, this dry shampoo is perfect for both shorter and longer lengths.
Sachajuan Dry Powder Shampoo $35
This multitasking dry shampoo is suitable for those with keratin-treated tresses as it’s free of potentially damaging ingredients, such as sulfates and sodium chloride.

Tigi Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo $21.99
Formulated without ingredients like talc or aluminum, this dry shampoo provides your hair with immediate relief whenever you need it most.
amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo $25

Oily Hair

This dry shampoo is worth investing in if your hair tends to get greasy quickly – it normalizes oil production while also drawing out impurities.

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo $24
This dry shampoo cuts styling time in half in the morning by absorbing excess oil and blending nicely into the hair.
Chi Dry Shampoo $19
This dry shampoo powder product can be a real godsend for those with oily hair. It gently sucks up any buildup and grease lingering on the roots.

Aveda shampure Dry Shampoo $31
Free of sulfates, gluten, and artificial colors, this coconut-scented dry shampoo is perfect for those with finer hair because its lightweight formula absorbs oil and sweat instantly.

Hask Coconut Dry Shampoo $7.99

xx, ByJenniferlynn

According to Derms, Here are 7 Tips to Deal With Sun Damage

Although a day spent at the beach may be filled with lots of fun, there’s no denying that exposure to the sun can cause unwanted skin damage, especially if you forget to reapply SPF throughout the day. Both intense intermittent sun exposure (think family holidays in the summer when you were younger) and chronic sun exposure produce changes in the skin that causes sun damage.

Remember both forms of sun exposure can lead to photoaging, which forms premature signs of aging including wrinkles and sunspots. In fact, researchers at Yale have shown that DNA damage continues for hours after UV exposure.

But you should also know that there are easy ways to help your skin bounce back after a day out in the sun. I asked my dermatologists to share her best aftercare tips for sunburns, wrinkles, and sunspots.

Cool your skin and treat the initial discomfort
Make sure you help your skin cool down with cold showers, cold cloth compresses, and cool aloe vera-based skin gels. If you notice a heightened inflammation in the sun-exposed regions of your skin, an anti-inflammatory may also help.

To help cool down inflamed skin, she recommend storing a fast-acting cooling gel, such as the After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe for Face and Body, in the fridge to provide immediate comfort to irritated, sunburnt skin.

Hydrate and moisturize
“Always remember to consume lots of water after sun exposure”. Sunburns tend to dry us out and steam the moisture out of our bodies, making it crucial to drink enough fluids throughout the day.

Invest in retinol products
Preventing sun damage is far more effective than erasing it. Topical retinoid treatments can help fight the appearance of fine lines and decrease pigmentation. If you are looking for a retinol that can stand up against sun damage, we suggest the Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Bright & Plump Moisturizer because it uses a stabilized retinoid blend to promote clearer-looking skin.

Try chemical peels
Chemical peels can help to remove scaly, sun-damaged patches and even out skin tone. Gentle peels will leave skin with a two-day to three-day glow while stronger ones will leave you pink or flaking for up to a week.

If you are eager to try a gentle peel at home, try the Murad Intensive-C Radiance Peel. It won’t leave your skin inflamed or irritated as it instantly exfoliates and brightens for enhanced skin radiance, and has brightening results comparable to a professional peel. Great for all skin types, it features an immediate tingling sensation after application and cooling affect after removal. 

Look for skin-lightening agents
The ingredients in topical masks and night creams that promise to help even out pigmentation patches work by peeling the skin, blocking the enzymes involved in pigment production, and breaking up the actual pigment. Look for ingredients like hydroquinone, kojic acid, azelaic acid, licorice root, and vitamin C.To bring the power of vitamin C to your skin-care regimen, be sure to tuck the Drunk Elephant C-Firm Vitamin C Day Serum in your beauty cabinet. It’s packed with powerful antioxidants, essential nutrients, and fruit enzymes.

Consider microneedling
Microneedling (with PRP) is a less expensive way to create acute tissue damage to ultimately trigger new collagen production. If you don’t have time for an in-office treatment, let the Ora Face Microneedle Dermal Roller tool treat your skin to great benefits at home – it triggers the skin’s regeneration process in just 60 seconds.

Don’t skip out on sunscreen
Always use a sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30. The biggest sunscreen mistakes are failing to reapply sunblock and not using enough sunscreen on the skin.

If you’re looking for a water and sweat-resistant product that shields both your skin and your hair, be sure to pick up the Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil Spray, which contains the necessary SPF 30.

XX, ByJenniferlynn

Alternative Healthy Coffee for When You Need an Energy Boost

Nothing beats a warm cup of coffee in the morning, but drinking too much of it can be a problem. While coffee has a number of health benefits, such as boosting brain health and increasing lifespan, it can also have negative effects like nausea, headaches, and dizziness.

Below, we’re sharing some healthy coffee alternatives for the next time you’re in need of an energy boost.

Tea
According to Harvard Health Publishing, tea helps lower risk for heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Tea is also a great source of antioxidants, vitamin B, and minerals that boost energy, and it contains more caffeine than coffee without the horrible crash on the other side of the last sip.

Coconut water
Instead of replacing coffee with sugary sports drinks, try this healthy, milky substitute. Coconut water is rich in bioactive enzymes and electrolytes, which restores any electrolytes lost after a hard workout or long day.

Probiotic drinks
Probiotics help restore the balance of friendly bacteria that antibiotics remove. This helps with digestion and promotes a healthy immune system, metabolism, and nervous system, which regulates mood and energy levels. Probiotics also help regulate your gut microbiome, the trillions of bacteria living in your digestive tract, which promotes restful sleep, nutrient absorption, and healthy blood sugar.

Exercise
Regular exercise is a natural way to boost your energy levels. In fact, studies show that even a low-intensity cycling workout can decrease tiredness. Adding exercise into your daily routine, even if it’s oh something as simple as a walk on your lunch break, serves as a natural pick-me-up.

Sparkling water
Delicious and hydrating, sparkling water can solve the issue of dehydration that leads to fatigue and dreariness throughout your day. The good thing is that sparkling water comes in a variety of flavors that are sugar-free, so you won’t get bored with the taste.

Kombucha
If there’s any drink that has been trending in the last year, it’s this sweet, bubbly drink mixture made of green or black tea, yeast, and bacteria. Kombucha acts as an antioxidant and contains alcohol, vinegar, vitamin B, caffeine, and sugar. Plus, it has a number of health benefits like weight loss, gut health, and mental health management.

Let’s Get Real About Anxiety 14 Women Share Their Story

Perhaps you know someone who struggles with anxiety, or maybe you live with it yourself. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety is the most prevalent mental illness in America, affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.

However, the mental condition has been kept largely under wraps as a taboo topic of conversation — until recently, that is. Now, more than ever, people are sharing their stories in hopes of destigmatizing the mental disorder.

So what is it really like to live with anxiety? Here are real women stories to give you a snapshot of what day-to-day life with anxiety entails. See what they had to say below.

[Anxiety is a] nagging self-doubt in the back of my mind; the idea that I could always be doing better.” – Sally, 25, Actress

“My anxiety is highest in the mornings. I think that’s part of the reason why my internal clock is set to 7:20 or 8:30 a.m. no matter what day of the week or what time I went to bed. Even as a person that doesn’t have a routine 9-to-5 job with literally no stress in my life, it’s still something that I experience daily…I get an urge that I need to be surrounded by people, happy thoughts, and doing something. Laying in bed and doing nothing heightens it even more. I also get social anxiety. I get nervous and clammy and awkward and I think of any situation sometimes to get out of something. I overanalyze and am constantly critiquing what I say and how I act.” – Julie, 27, Flight Attendant

“Anxiety feels like overthinking anything and everything.” – Sarah, 25, PR Intern

“Living with anxiety means a commitment to being honest with myself, learning new and healthy ways to be patient with my thoughts and worries. It also requires me to connect with my intuition, take action in my life, and make intentional decisions.” – Jayne, 32, Performer and Fitness Instructor

“Overthinking [and] stressing about anything and everything – most of the time knowing it’s irrational.” – Camille, 34, Salesperson

“Some days are better than others, and certain situations have definitely triggered my anxiety more than I would like to admit, but it’s better than it was three years ago. I have also come to accept that my anxiety will always be something that I live with, and that’s okay with me. It’s made me a more compassionate and understanding person, and I’ve been able to help friends who are still struggling with it. And I guess that makes it all worth it.” – Denise, 25, Editor

“It plays like a continuous loop in my head. It’s over-analyzing every word, action, and thought. Should I have said this instead? What if this happens? Who did I offend? Why did I do that? Is he [or] she mad at me? Some days it’s bad, some days it’s manageable, some days it’s nonexistent. The only consistency is that my anxiety is inconsistent. It loves to pop up unexpectedly.

As far as managing my anxiety, working out is usually my go-to. I find that when I have a good/hard workout in the morning and let my brain go into autopilot, I usually have less anxious days. I also use CBD oil in the evenings to fall asleep or read a book. Otherwise, I find myself replaying my entire day in my head and analyzing what I did [and] said and think about what I should have said [or done], which then usually leads to me tossing and turning and waking up multiple times in the middle of the night.” – Erika, 28, Sales Representative

“Anxiety, especially a panic attack, feels like you’re blacked out. Your heart races, your head feels clouded, and your body starts shaking. Your mind tells you to relax, but you have absolutely no control of your body and actions. [It’s] the worst feeling ever.” – Annette, 23, Model and Social Media Manager

“Living with anxiety is like a constant check and balance system. Are these emotions valid or is this my anxiety? It causes me to doubt real valid emotions constantly. Anxiety also causes me to be detrimentally non-confrontational. I never know if I’m fighting for something because my erratic emotions think I should, or if this is something I should really stand up for. Was that argument wrong? Did the other person just make a point that sways me? [It causes] constant doubt and questioning.”– Debbie, 29, Purchasing Agent

“In my life, anxiety seems to go hand-in-hand with depression. If I have a day where I’m feeling really low, I also experience waves of anxiety. My heart rate increases to a level where I swear others can hear it, I develop a heightened sense of awareness to things around me, and I’ll fidget with things, namely my cuticles. When it hits, I try to take a walk or watch videos on YouTube that will make me laugh in an effort to zap me out of it, but more often than not I just barricade myself in my office or bedroom for a while until it passes. I consider myself lucky though. I don’t have it nearly as bad as others that I know. I feel that my episodes of anxiety are tolerable/manageable rather than completely debilitating. Gotta find that silver lining somewhere!” – Mary, 32, Service Desk Technician

“Anxiety is something I have lived with my whole life but got [worse] when I had my first kid, and worse when I had my second. I just recently got medicated for it and wish I had done it a long time ago. I over plan and prepare to prevent myself from kick-starting the anxiety. I’m very aware of the things that set me off, [such as] being late, so I make sure to adjust accordingly. It’s something that I work at every day and I make a conscious effort to never have it affect my kids. I’m so grateful to have my husband and family who understand and are supportive. It’s not fun, but it’s something I finally accepted and have grown to be better since.” – Eva, 33, Stay-at-Home Mom

“It’s paralyzing at times, triggers my multiple sclerosis, causing me to have tremors, and puts my stomach in endless knots. My career and autoimmune disease are the cause of it, so at some point soon a change must happen.”  Barbara, 39, Publicist

“Anxiety is oftentimes embarrassing. I feel judged by people that don’t have anxiety. They don’t understand why I feel the way I do or why my brain works the way it does. Instead of being able to work through my anxiety, I have to explain myself or justify my thoughts.” – Parker, 26, Medical Office Assistant

“What’s it like to live with anxiety? It’s re-reading every single email response three times over, worried that you may have made a typo. It’s walking out the front door and down the street only to have to turn around, walk up the stairs, and double-check that your front door is locked. It’s including exclamation points in every email (despite despising the punctuation) to ensure that your tone comes across positively. It’s being hyper-aware of filler words and stumbling over your speech or going radio silent when you notice you’re using them. It’s succeeding at your job but questioning said success and feeling like an impostor. It’s finding solace in your girlfriends, only to wonder if they secretly resent or judge you behind closed doors. It’s falling in love but having trouble trusting that the other person’s emotions are faithful, real, and lasting. It’s overanalyzing every single text, wondering what the tone might be — often assuming the worst. It’s a quick spiral when alcohol and emotions come into the picture. It’s the overwhelming feeling of being pulled in a million different directions but still wanting to respond and show up for those pulling, in fear of what life may be like if you don’t. It’s doing absolutely nothing wrong but fearing that you’re about to be found out. It’s being honest about your emotions, only to be called crazy. It’s constant cognitive dissonance and subconscious comparison. It’s wanting to keep things short, but always writing a novel in hopes of being understood. And, if I’m being totally honest, it can feel like the end of the world. Thankfully, it’s not. Instead, it presents an opportunity for growth, compassion, and empathy — all things the world could use a little more of.” – Becky, 27, Writer

XX, ByJenniferlynn

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