We all know the routines but a little reminder never goes amiss.
When it comes to a glowing complexion what we put into our bodies and how we treat our skin and ourselves has a huge impact on how we look – no skin care product can overcome certain damage. Here are a few hints to take the best care of your skin and get that radiant glow.
1. Eat a balanced diet – what we put in our bodies will show on our skin. If you eat fatty foods and junk your skin will reflect that, so give your skin proper nutrition.
2. Get at least 7 to 8 hours sleep every night. A lack of sleep will show up under your eyes as dark circles or bags. Proper rest will also benefit your body and your life.
3. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated. It is best to spread the consumption of water in small amounts over the course of the day to be sure it is properly absorbed.
4. Maintain a regular exercise schedule. Exercise gets the blood moving and creates a healthy body.
5. Get lots of fresh air but avoid prolonged exposure to wind and cold.
6. Avoid the sun and tanning beds. The damage done by ultraviolet rays is long lasting and cannot be reversed.
7. Always wear sunglasses to avoid squinting.
8. Try to achieve a well-balanced life and reduce stress.
9. Exfoliate twice a week to rid your skin of dead cells.
10. Develop a skin care routine for your particular skin type.
Running is a popular health kick in New Zealand and can become quite addictive but running isn’t just good for the heart. Read on for some of the other great benefits then get those running shoes on and head out into our Spring sunshine!
1. Healthy heart - Running is one of the best ways to give your heart muscle an effective workout. By running regularly you can improve circulation, and reduce the risk of a heart attack, high blood pressure and stroke.
2. Weight loss - The average runner burns 1,000 calories an hour during a training session. So expect to get thinner, which will in turn help you run faster.
3. Osteoporosis - If you run on a regular basis you are continually taxing your muscles and bones so the bones are stimulated to remain stronger and do not easily weaken with age. So bye bye osteoporosis.
4. Mental health - A regular running habit will you lift your mood and build self-esteem. It also increases your self-confidence as you reach fitness and/or weight loss goals. Running can help relieve mild depression.
5. Sleep - Studies show that runners find it easier to get to sleep at night and sleep longer. Insomniacs take note.
6. Stress - Running increases your ability to cope with everyday minor irritations and stresses.
7. Happiness - Endorphins engendered by exercise mean that people who run are often happier than those who don't: ever felt that sense of elation during or after a run (known as the runner's high)? Running regularly can also improve patience, humour and ambition, and make you more good-tempered and easy-going.
8. Anxiety - Runners generally have a lower level of anxiety than those who don't run. One study suggests that regular training reduces the activity of the serotonin receptors in the brain which regulate mood. Reduced sensitivity of these receptors to stimulation might explain the positive effects of exercise on anxiety.
9. Immune system - If you are a runner you will find that you have a stronger immune system, that means you'll suffer less from minor illnesses such as colds, allergies, fatigue, menstrual discomfort, backache, and digestive disorders.
10. Brain power - You can increase your mental functions by going running as it boosts blood flow to the brain and helps it receive oxygen and nutrients, making you more productive at work.
11. Complexion - Running stimulates your circulation, improving the transportation of nutrients around your system and flushing out waste products. This will help make your skin clearer and give you that distinctive runner's glow.
12. Fat burn - By running you are building lean muscle, changing your body composition and your metabolism. Lean muscle weighs heavier than fat, but burns more calories even when you're resting, so cultivate a regular running habit and you should see a gradual, healthy inch loss.
We all use sunscreen to protect our skin during the warmer months, but don't forget to protect your eyes as well. Summertime means more time spent outdoors, and studies show that exposure to bright sunlight may increase the risk of developing cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and growths on the eye, including cancer. The same risk applies when using tanning beds, so be sure to protect your eyes from indoor UV light as well.
UV radiation, whether from natural sunlight or indoor artificial rays, can damage the eye's surface tissues as well as the cornea and lens," said Michael Kutryb, MD, an ophthalmologist in Edgewater, Fla., and clinical correspondent for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the dangers UV light can pose. By wearing UV-blocking sunglasses, you can enjoy the summer safely while lowering your risk for potentially blinding eye diseases and tumors." It is important to start wearing proper eye protection at an early age to protect your eyes from years of ultraviolet exposure.
Follow these tips to protect your eyes from the sun:
· Select sunglasses that block UV rays. Don't be deceived by color or cost. The ability to block UV light is not dependent on the price tag or how dark the sunglass lenses are.
· Make sure your sunglasses block 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays.
· Choose wraparound styles. Ideally, your sunglasses should wrap all the way around to your temples, so the sun's rays can't enter from the side.
· Wear a hat in addition to your sunglasses. Broad-brimmed styles provide the best protection for your eyes.
· Don't rely on contact lenses. Even if your lenses have UV protection, remember to wear your sunglasses, too.
· Don't be fooled by clouds: the sun's rays can pass through haze and thin clouds. Sun damage to eyes can occur anytime during the year, not just in the summertime—so be sure to wear sunglasses whenever you're outside.
· Never look directly at the sun. Looking directly at the sun at any time, including during an eclipse, can lead to solar retinopathy, which is damage to the eye's retina from solar radiation.
· Take special care at peak sun times: It's best to avoid exposure between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun's UV rays are the strongest, but if you must be outdoors it's especially important to shield your eyes with a hat and sunglasses.
· Don't forget the kids and older family members: everyone is at risk, including children and senior citizens. Protect their eyes with hats and sunglasses.
Do you know the difference between UVA and UVB rays? They both cause damage - but how and yes, you do need sunscreen protection against both – here’s why.
Here's a quick way to remember the difference: think of UVA as Ageing and UVB as Burning.
UVA makes up 95% of the UV light emitted from the sun, and penetrates the skin deeper than UVB. Long exposure to UVA breaks down the collagen in your skin, speeding up the aging process.
UVA rays are weaker than UVB rays, but stay the same strength throughout the year, regardless of season or distance to the sun, so year-round protection is very important.
UVB rays affect the top layer of skin and are the cause of your sun tan - or burn if you're not careful. The strength of UVB rays depends on the season: they are stronger the closer you are to the sun.
Both UVA and UVB rays are dangerous as they contribute to, or even cause, the formation of skin cancer cells.
For the best protection against UVA and UVB rays look for sunscreen that is labeled as having "broad spectrum" protection. Look out for sun care containing zinc oxide, dioxybenzone or titanium dioxide as these block UV rays the best.
It's Christmas and here at Linku2 Hibiscus Coast we just wanted to say have a very Merry Christmas. Safe travels if you are heading away and enjoy time with friends and family - they are the most precious gift you can have!
A. Roman pagans first introduced the holiday of Saturnalia, a week long period of lawlessness celebrated between December 17-25. During this period, Roman courts were closed, and Roman law dictated that no one could be punished for damaging property or injuring people during the week long celebration. The festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.” Each Roman community selected a victim whom they forced to indulge in food and other physical pleasures throughout the week. At the festival’s conclusion, December 25th, Roman authorities believed they were destroying the forces of darkness by brutally murdering this innocent man or woman.
B. The ancient Greek writer poet and historian Lucian (in his dialogue entitled Saturnalia) describes the festival’s observance in his time. In addition to human sacrifice, he mentions these customs: widespread intoxication; going from house to house while singing naked; rape and other sexual license; and consuming human-shaped biscuits (still produced in some English and most German bakeries during the Christmas season).
C. In the 4th century CE, Christianity imported the Saturnalia festival hoping to take the pagan masses in with it. Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians.
D. The problem was that there was nothing intrinsically Christian about Saturnalia. To remedy this, these Christian leaders named Saturnalia’s concluding day, December 25th, to be Jesus’ birthday.
E. Christians had little success, however, refining the practices of Saturnalia. As Stephen Nissenbaum, professor history at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst, writes, “In return for ensuring massive observance of the anniversary of the Savior’s birth by assigning it to this resonant date, the Church for its part tacitly agreed to allow the holiday to be celebrated more or less the way it had always been.” The earliest Christmas holidays were celebrated by drinking, sexual indulgence, singing naked in the streets (a precursor of modern caroling), etc.
F. The Reverend Increase Mather of Boston observed in 1687 that “the early Christians who first observed the Nativity on December 25 did not do so thinking that Christ was born in that Month, but because the Heathens’ Saturnalia was at that time kept in Rome, and they were willing to have those Pagan Holidays metamorphosed into Christian ones.” Because of its known pagan origin, Christmas was banned by the Puritans and its observance was illegal in Massachusetts between 1659 and 1681. However, Christmas was and still is celebrated by most Christians.
G. Some of the most depraved customs of the Saturnalia carnival were intentionally revived by the Catholic Church in 1466 when Pope Paul II, for the amusement of his Roman citizens, forced Jews to race naked through the streets of the city. An eyewitness account reports, “Before they were to run, the Jews were richly fed, so as to make the race more difficult for them and at the same time more amusing for spectators. They ran… amid Rome’s taunting shrieks and peals of laughter, while the Holy Father stood upon a richly ornamented balcony and laughed heartily.”
H. As part of the Saturnalia carnival throughout the 18th and 19th centuries CE, rabbis of the ghetto in Rome were forced to wear clownish outfits and march through the city streets to the jeers of the crowd, pelted by a variety of missiles. When the Jewish community of Rome sent a petition in 1836 to Pope Gregory XVI begging him to stop the annual Saturnalia abuse of the Jewish community, he responded, “It is not opportune to make any innovation.” On December 25, 1881, Christian leaders whipped the Polish masses into Antisemitic frenzies that led to riots across the country. In Warsaw 12 Jews were brutally murdered, huge numbers maimed, and many Jewish women were raped. Two million rubles worth of property was destroyed.
Winkalotts is great for kids goodies and Fishing Direct for those who love to get out on the water. NZ At Home in Tavern Road has a wide range of goodies and for those francofiles you can't go past The French Cupboard at the start of the shops up by Northern Union.
If you're looking for that special something you're bound to find it at Bendon Lingerie on the corner of Agency Lane and for the young at heart head to North Beach. If you'd like to personalise a gift and frame that special photo visti Emma Jean Framing in Agency Lane or for that home and garden decor check out Sunbliss. For jewellery and gems visit The Goldsmith in Millwater Parkway or if you're after that deal visit Crazy Deal in Peters Way or if you're trying to help someone get over that awful smoking addiction check out the huge range of flavours at NZ Vapor in Silverdale Street.
Then of course if you want everything in the one place why not hit Silverdale Centre where you'll find everything from homewares, shoes, jewellery, the larger stores including The Warehouse and Noel Leeming plus you'll also find Santa from 11 December!
Orewa Beach has lots of amazing shops to wander around, or cycle around if you've been into Saint Cycles. Not only are there great shops, but there are heaps of festive Orewa Markets which always have a wide range of local bits and bobs. A beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers from Flowers by Joanne is always a great present.
Are you feeling new year, new you, but you're also conscious of the damage fast fashion has on the planet? Restyle Boutique has new clothes, top quality recycle clothing, shoes, handbags, jewellery, acessories, hats, swimwear, ballgowns, menswear and bridalwear - in fact just about everything! Treat yourself without feeling guilty and still have pennies in your pocket!
For those artsy people there are a number of different places to go for them. If you know someone who loves scented candles, head to Vixen and Co and don't miss their pop up Christmas sale on Sunday 17 December! Get a stunning frame for that photo or painting at Orewa Framing Studio or perhaps a gift voucher for a professional custom picture frame, canvas or print. Or maybe you know a bookworm would love to get lost in a thrilling story from Never Ending Books.
Get the men in your life looking fly with face, hair, and body products from the Clooney Club, or a trendy new do from Slim Jim's Barbershop. Have you been thinking about getting some new ink for the new year? Don't forget Tattoos by Ben Kaye is local!
Look out for our blog post next week featuring Whangaparaoa, Manly, and Gulf Harbour!
As we are about to launch our "Flavours of the Coast" feature, showcasing some of the amazing dishes you can find across the Hibiscus Coast from 4 December we thought we'd just discuss some of the amazing cuisines of the world ...
It doesn't matter what culture you come from food gathers people together. Whether a dinner party, family gathering, dining out with friends or just simply the family time in the evening around the dining table and the tantilising array of cuisines is simply mouthwatering.
India is one of the most densely populated countries on the planet. With so many people within the nation, Indian cuisine is highly varied. Curries are the traditional fare, but Indian food is not confined for just curry. There are a number of regions that make vegetarian dishes, and ayurvedic medicinal traditions are often used in creating food. Within India, visitors will find a range of sweet, hot and spicy dishes. Even better, the nation is home to millions of street food stands. At these stands, visitors can try out unique treats for a very cheap price
Over the last decade, Thai food has grown in popularity. Hands down, the most popular dish is pad thai. To truly experience Thai cuisine, you should step away from the basic pad thai and try some of the broths and noodle dishes that make this cuisine so delectable. This cuisine focuses on a lot of herbs and offers a range of sweet, sour, spicy and bitter tastes. It focuses on fresh herbs, so this cuisine always has a vivid flavor.
If characterizing Indian food was hard, Chinese food is impossible to pin down. China has one of the most diverse mixes of cultures and cuisines in the world. The main eight styles of cooking are: Fujian, Cantonese, Anhui, Zhejiang, Szechuan, Shandong and Hunan. In Chinese traditional medicine and culture, the opposites of yin and yang must always be kept in balance. This same balance extends to food. When cooking, the Chinese try to balance different colors, tastes, textures and smells. This focus has paid off and made Chinese cuisine one of the world’s finest.
In a traditional Chinese meal, you can expect to have noodles or rice. Although many American-based Chinese restaurants use fried rice, most China-based Chinese restaurants serve basic steamed rice. With a strong Buddhist history, vegetarian dishes like tofu remain popular. Interestingly, garlic and chilies are considered non-vegetarian in Buddhism because they stimulate the chi. If you go to a Chinese vegetarian restaurant, don’t expect a lot of spices. For non-vegetarian dishes, you can expect Peking duck, thousand year old eggs, squid and a range of meat dishes. Vegetables are always included with dinner, and they are far from your mother’s broccoli. Chinese vegetable dishes are often the most delicious part of the meal.
Like Italian cuisine, Greek food dates back thousands of years. Many common Greek dishes have unknown origins because they have been around so long. This cuisine has a unique mix of different Mediterranean styles. Back in the day, the Greeks were well-positioned to become a major port for sea trading. Every time sailors returned from traveling, they brought back different dishes and dining styles. In Greece, visitors can expect fresh herbs, olive oil and feta. Due to its location near the sea, fish is a popular dining option. Pork and lamb are common meat choices because many of the islands are too small to host cattle.
The Hibachi or Teppanyaki grill are some of the most delectable of Japanese dining options. At a Hibachi grill, you can watch a cook flip, fry, griddle and cut the food in front of you. This cuisine focuses on noodles, tofu, sushi and vegetables. Each meal is meticulously prepared and exceptionally delicious. Even better, Japanese restaurants often serve oolong or green tea.
There is some debate if there is actually a Mediterranean cuisine. This term mostly developed in the 1970s when there was a Mediterranean diet. In general, it consists of fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood and olive oil. Depending on who you ask, it could include different Greek, Italian, Arabic, European or North African dishes.
Say Oui, Oui to French cuisine! Five-star chefs are often trained in French cooking. It uses cheese, chocolate and baguettes for delicious meals. Of course, a French meal would never be complete without some wine! Despite their focus on cheese, bread and chocolates, the French amazingly remain thin. Perhaps eating more of this cuisine could be a weight loss plan?
With a culinary history that stretches back centuries, Italian cuisine is one of the world’s favorites. Spumoni ice cream, spaghetti, lasagna and pizza are traditional dishes that are widely available in the United States. Beyond these basic dishes, there are a number of regional favorites like Parmesan cheese and Parma ham. One part of Italy is even known for making a kind of maggot cheese. The cheese is fermented and allowed to sit out so that flies lay eggs. Afterward, it is packed at the perfect time for maggots to develop. It might not suit everyone’s taste buds, but it is a specialty from the country. If this cheese is not to your liking, the country has more than 400 types of cheese.
Although Italian cuisine varies from region to region, each meal will generally be set up in a similar way. It will begin with the antipasto or appetizer menu. Next, diners enjoy the primo course which consists of pasta or rice. The second course is a meat. To top it off, the last course is the dolce or dessert course.
That is just a small sample and you can find all the above on the Coast ... We'll let you know when voting is open in our feature so you can let us know your favourite dish to be in to WIN ... #flavoursofthecoast
So who doesn't love some great outdoor sport and exercise options when it is warm and the sun is shining!
There are lots of options locally which you can enjoy and here are just a few of those ...
Orewa beach cricket, Bootcamp at Manly Park on Saturdays at 7.30 am, Yoga on the Beach (we are checking the timetable), summer soccer with Hibiscus Coast Soccer Club , Hibiscus Coast Raiders summer events, tennis at one of our local clubs, twilight bowls at Manly Bowling Club, petanque with the Hibiscus Coast Petanque Club
Or how about heading along and having a go with the Orewa Croquet Club Have a Go Day coming up next week?
There are lots of great local activities and we will link to more above as we get full details. If you know of any we should list please let us know so we can all get out into the great outdoors and have lots of sporting fun this summer!
We love the Hibiscus Coast, the beaches, the community feel and the wide variety of things to do and places to go and this isn't diminishing as the Coast grows, although we are finding there are rather too many sets of traffic lights than the old days!