Prep Your Body for Summer: A Guide for Busy Folks

These days most of us are professional jugglers - running between work, home, family, friends, projects; all while trying to be mindful, eating well and staying fit. It’s not easy being super woman/man, we get it!

Now that spring is here and summer is around the corner, most of us want the same thing - to feel good about our bodies, have glowing skin and enjoy fun in the sun! With a busy lifestyle it can be difficult getting into a self-care routine that yields results quickly so we wanted to share some tips on how we get our bods summer ready.

FITNESS

Our fave is the life saving Scientific 7 Minute Workout. It targets all major muscle groups - arms, core, thighs and booty - and can be done pretty much anywhere, anytime. 

Push ups not for you? Try a quick Yoga Routine to help with flexibility, muscle tone and easing the mind (a win-win).

GLOWING SKIN

Whether a quick routine or a sweat session at the gym, skin dehydrates after exercise. We recommend rehydrating with skincare containing anti-inflammatory ingredients to expedite post workout recovery.

Our go-to are Malaya Moisturizing Body Oils, which are infused with anti-inflammatory arnica - an ancient remedy used to relieve pain, muscle tension and bruising. Our oils absorb quickly, never feeling greasy, so you can get into your clothes and on with your day in no time.

NUTRITION

We heard it all before, eating plenty of veggies, fruits and staying hydrated is key. But whatever your dietary choices are, the ultimate way to keep body feeling lean, light and energized is minimizing your portions - eat smaller meals more frequently. This may take a few days to adjust to, but once you do, it will feel natural to stop eating once you’re full. Save what you don’t finish, in a few hours enjoy the rest of your meal, and actually fuel your body rather than feel stuffed or sluggish.  

No matter how busy life gets, there is always room for quick and mindful self-care rituals. Enjoy the warmer days beauties!

Xoxo

Katya
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Beauty From The Inside Out: 5 Foods For Glowing Skin

Spring is here and what more can we want than glowing skin as we shed winter layers?!  Of course taking care of skin externally is vital for radiant complexion, but nourishing skin from within is just as important!  

Externally we recommend trying our phytonutrient dense, multi-corrective elixirs - Rejuvenating Face Serum and Moisturizing Body Oils. You will be amazed at how soft, supple and smooth skin becomes after just one application of our anti-inflammatory, anti-aging potions.

Supporting skin internally doesn’t just mean eliminating foods that can cause skin inflammation - refined sugars, salty treats, dairy and greasy foods - but also introducing foods that can create a healthier complexion.

Here are our fave 5 foods for glowing skin -

  1. Healthy Fats: Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are the “good fats” that are vital in reducing inflammation and regenerating skin cells. A great source is wild caught fish - mackerel and trout. Vegan? - be sure to fuel up on avocados, almonds, and olive or pumpkin seed oil!
  1. Dark Greens: Antioxidant rich kale, spinach, and chard help renew and repair skin cells. Dark greens also have high levels of Vitamins A, C, and E; all essential in strengthening skin tissue.
  1. Cantaloupe: This sweet treat is great for curbing sugar cravings. Maintaining healthy insulin level is essential for good complexion, as sugar interacts with collagen and can cause discoloration. Cantaloupe consists mostly of water, which helps keep skin hydrated and regenerated.
  1. Blueberries: Just like dark greens, blueberries are a great source of antioxidants. They also contain high levels of fiber, helping your digestive system eliminate toxins that can result in pimples or rashes.
  1. Sweet Potatoes: Are high in vitamin C, which is known to help stimulate collagen production and smooth appearance of fine lines. Sweet potatoes are also high in beta-carotene, which helps enhance skin tone and texture.

Eating for beauty doesn’t have to feel like you’re depriving yourself. It’s not about restriction but rather choosing foods that nourish, and enhance your overall appearance and energy. When you choose foods that leave you feeling well, you will naturally begin to gravitate towards these foods.

To your health beauties!

Xoxo

Katya
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Love is in the air…. or in our hearts… Let’s show we care.

Ahhh Valentine, who even remembers the third century Roman saint now associated with courtly love? Let's be honest, these days its commercially shoved in our faces with less regard for the actual concept. Since we at Malaya Organics are committed to increasing awareness, yet like most love gifting, we've decided to use this holiday to broaden our understanding of LOVE - perhaps the most vital aspect of humanity.

How we express love and let our gifts shine is how others benefit from our time and existence. Obviously it looks different from person to person, but we can agree it typically includes listening, accepting, helping, giving, learning, teaching and sometimes lots and lots of hugs and kisses! In this spirit, we want to share some of our favorite ways to spread the love, using ecologically ethical and aware brands.

Here are a few romantic products we love and think you might get a kick out of too:

  1. Chocolate With A Cause - Nicobella Organic Vegan Chocolate (fair trade, 5% donated to animal organizations)
  2. Sexy Lingerie - Clare Bare Eco Friendly Lingerie (so sexy and so unique)
  3. Sensual Massage - Malaya Organics Moisturizing Body Oil Woods - (a sensual, aphrodisiac, aromatherapeutic blend that leaves your skin kissably soft)
  4. Intimate Moments - Yes Organic Lubricant (trust us - it’s the real deal, non irritating and completely natural)
  5. The Perfect Bath - Malaya Organics Ultimate Bath Due (relaxing, detoxifying, soothing, restorative and oh so romantic)

When time and energy is not readily available - supporting others’ great work is a fantastic way to feel connected. Sometimes finding a cause that speaks to your heart and donating whatever you can is truly enough. Here are some of our favorite groups:

Girls Inc.

http://www.girlsinc.org/

V-Day

http://www.vday.org/

Skin Cancer Foundation

http://www.skincancer.org/

Operation Smile

http://www.operationsmile.org/

Women for Women

http://www.womenforwomen.org/

Natural Resources Defense Council

https://www.nrdc.org/

Since at Malaya Organics, February is first and foremost our founder’s Bday month, we want to give ourselves a gift and show you guys we care. Until February 14th, get 15% OFF everything on our site when getting yourself or someone you love a little dose of happiness… Just use code AMORE15 at checkout!

In the meantime, we’ll continue caring for you through every creation we release…. And inspire you to love (hopefully not just yourself)... but the skin we’re all in.

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New Year Resolutions! What - that’s not just a December thing?

It’s new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life and 2017 is here to stay! Two weeks in and the question on our minds is - how do we make New Year’s resolutions into achievable goals?

If you’re like us, you dream BIG - but sometimes, it’s easy to lose track of those late December intentions. What do we recommend? Small daily steps. Wise peeps say ‘how we are in one thing is how we are in all things’. Adding pockets of self-care into the day will help increase mindfulness in all areas of life. Since skin care is our specialty, here are some tips from our table to yours.

1. Forgive us for stating the obvious, but - You must Cleanse Your Face Effectively! Especially before bed and especially if you’ve been wearing makeup. Dirt clogs pores and leaves oily residue that can build up acne causing bacteria creating all sorts of unpleasant blemishes. 
Meet the newest addition to our line - Black Clay & Geranium Detoxifying Beauty BarIt’s the perfect cleanser to help prevent and reduce black and white heads, eliminate bacteria & toxins - leaving skin smooth and renewed.

2. Moisturize Effectively! After washing, tone or mist and apply moisturizer immediately - while skin is still damp. Why? Because, moisturizing doesn’t just treat skin, it helps lock in moisture to maximize hydration. Effectively also means using a product with antioxidants, which helps prevent cell damage and gives skin a healthy appearance! 
There’s a reason we use phytonutrient-dense whole-plant extracts and nourishing oils & essences in our Rejuvenating Face Serum. It’s what gives our restorative blends antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and elasticity improving properties. Using it even just once a day feeds your skin the best, most pure, ingredients!

3. WATER IS LIFE - drink plenty of it!
We hear this everywhere and for good reason. Aside from helping keep bodily fluids in balance, energizing muscles and controlling calorie intake, H20 keeps skin looking fresh, improving dry weathered skin. During the winter months it can be hard to remember to drink enough. We suggest keeping a water bottle by your side and adding alarms on your phone. In case you’re wondering - here’s our favorite bottle to go.

4. Sun Protection! Over exposing unprotected skin is proven to cause wrinkles, age spots, and increase risk of skin cancer. So whether on a sunny vacation or just catching some rays - be sure to protect your skin. But don't forgo post sun care! Getting into an after sun care habit helps rehydrate skin, repair sun damage and replenish vital nutrients - all of which restore skin’s natural elasticity.
Looking for the perfect solution? Our vitamin rich Moisturizing Body Oils hydrate and revitalize dry or sun damaged skin! Your future self thanks you!

5. And finally - we are what we eat - so enjoy a Healthy Well Balanced Diet! Live foods grown with direct sun and plenty of water are always best. We know how hard it can be to crave leafy greens in the winter, but that doesn’t mean forgetting all other veggies as well. Eating seasonally allows us to indulge in squash, cauliflower, leeks, and potatoes - just to name a few. Add at least one side of veggies per meal and you’re sure to help your body run smoothly. Need an extra boost? Try this raw greens powder supplement. And of course - don’t skip breakfast. Starting your day right, helps keep you on track. 

Remember - small changes lead to lasting results. But don’t take our word for it...

TRY IT YOURSELF!

It’s all part of our mission to inspire you to be good to your body and…. love yourself & the skin you’re in!™

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Up Your Gratitude Game and Boost Your Radiance

We’ve looked at the data and we’re convinced Gratitude makes you Beautiful - inside and out!

Research has shown that people who practice gratitude consistently reported not only more joy, compassion, generosity, and overall happiness, but actually showed stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure! Other scientists found that even a one-time act of thoughtful gratitude produced an immediate 10% increase in happiness and 35% reduction in depressive symptoms. And that’s not all! Expressing appreciation also demonstrated wondrous benefits for romantic relationships - and not just the one we have with our Lavender Lip Savior!

 It’s proven! Our ‘thank yous’ make us happier, healthier, and more resilient.

Truly! You can google it :)

Since we already know skin is our largest organ and reflects all the subtle states of our body, mind, and soul -  we can safely infer:

GRATITUDE = RADIANCE!

(It’s simple math. If A equals B and B equals C, then A must equal C!)

Acknowledging and expressing gratitude, we exude the radiance of our world’s beauty.

So what can we do to up our gratitude game? Here’s some stuff smart lab-coat folks have recommended:

  1. Remember your daily ‘thank yous’.
    (at home, in the office, at a studio or store)
  1. Writing gratitude journals regularly
    (we don’t know what regularly means, but weekly sounds like a good start!)
  1. Think of someone you are truly thankful for in your life. Now call ‘em to say exactly what you feel.
    (for proof, check out one of our favorite videos from SoulPancakes

And - while you work from within, we promise to continue feeding your skin and hair with only the highest quality, nutrient-filled products. Let’s call it a team effort to spread radiant beauty throughout the world!

Enjoy the holidays and once again,

THANK YOU!

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