Ursa Major Facewash, Toner, and Face Balm

I honestly didn’t care about my skin for a long time. I’d wake up, splash a little water on my face, brush my teeth, quickly change and dart out the door. Acne was never really a problem for me until I joined the gym. In a regular gym, there’s the sweaty equipment that the previous user didn’t wipe down, which is fairly common. In a mma gym, you come along much nastier things. Wrestling mats need to be cleaned after every session…most gyms don’t do this. You just need one dirty person to infect everyone on the mats with ring worm and even worse, staph. I have had both. Ringworm just doesn’t look good and you’ll get it bad if you accidentally give it to your girlfriend. Staph on the other hand will eat your flesh.

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A Really Bad Staph Infection

I rarely go on the mat unless I have both a rashguard and tights on but this still leaves your face uncovered.  There are many kinds of products on the market but most are marketed to women.  Most people don’t realize that men’s skin is very different. Our skin is thicker, oilier, plus we sweat more. We also shave our faces…
Lots of products contain many synthetic chemicals. Just like the supplement industry, the personal care industry is not regulated and nobody is responsible if you become sick or get cancer.

In comes Ursa Major super natural face set. I have been using the face wash, toner, and face balm for the past couple of days.


Face Wash
99.5% natural, 51% organic
Toner
98.5 % natural, 53% organic
Face balm
100% natural, 82 % organic

You can compare your current products and find nothing near this level of quality natural ingredients.  Check it out yourself.

What does it smell like?
The mild scent of all three products is why I like them all. They all smell good but are not overbearing at all.

Directions
Let’s run down what each product does.

Face Wash- General cleaner, dissolving dead surface skin (exfoliate)
Face Toner (4 in 1 formula)- Exfoliates, cleanses, shrinks appearance of pores(toner), and post shave healer.
Face Balm/Moisturizer-hydrates and protects skin

How Often I Use These Products
Wake up- Shave, use face wash, small amount of toner and face balm.
After Gym- Face wash
Night- Face wash, toner, face balm.

Lately, my face has been feeling fresh and clean. I actually look forward to waking up and getting the day started by washing my face.  Even though my face gets punched often, has mine and other people’s sweat literally poured on it, I’m happy to know I can clean it to the best of my ability with these “super natural” products.
You can purchase these products at UrsaMajor.

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Vegan Eating

I get excited when I’m able to help others with their lifestyle/health goals.

My buddy Jhed was interested in trying some vegan cooking so I gave him this recipe I cook often.

Not only can everything be bought at the local Trader Joe’s, going vegan isn’t crazy expensive (this is a very common misconception people have).

Ingredients:

Kale  $1.99

Organic Tempeh $1.69

Organic Spaghetti Sauce with Mushroom $2.69

Organic Quinoa $3.99

Recipe:

1. Break up tempeh and pan fry using olive oil.Cook until golden brown.

2. Throw in kale into fried tempeh. Add a bit more olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.

3. Mix cooked quinoa with spaghetti sauce, top with kale and tempeh.

You could totally mix the spaghetti sauce with everything, but the sauce will drown the taste of the olive oil on the kale and tempeh.

BOOM. Perfect Protein:Carbohydrate Ratio. Wombo Combo; where you at?

Let me know what you think! Thanks Jhed for the photos and trying it out!

Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock

My friends know that I’m adamant about getting a good nights rest every night. If I know I’m not going to sleep more than 8 hours, I absolutely try to take naps throughout the day. The Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock was recommended to me by a friend of mine. She was wondering how alcohol really affected her and used the app to see why she would wake up in a shitty mood every time she was drunk.

Sleep Cycle uses the Iphone’s accelerometer to sense movements when placed on your mattress. When you sleep, the app can determine what stage of sleep you are in based on movements. The more motion you have when you are asleep suggests being awake or in a light stage of sleep. Deep sleep usually involved limited movement. REM sleep which in synonymous with dreaming involves limited if any movement. I was quite interested to see what the graphs showed about my sleep habits.  The app tries to wake you up within a thirty minute interval of your alarm time, at the proposed lightest stage of sleep.

I’m not sure how accurate the app would be with two people on a bed or on a really expensive, Tempur-Pedic mattress.  Other than that, I think it’s pretty clever what the creators did here.  There are a lot of gadgets that already do this but can cost around $100 or more. For 99₵, the app is pretty awesome. Below you can see some of my sleep charts. I actually noted how my sleep was on these nights.

 

Even though I slept fairly late and only had 6 hours of sleep, I felt great. I guess this might of been because most of the night I was in a deep sleep with limited movement. I definitely dreamt some weird stuff this night.

 

Slept late again but I had a really shitty morning. Maybe because I woken up from a state of deep sleep?

 

Even though I set my alarm, I was definitely playing with my Ipad for a good half hour before I really slept. The sleep app definitely could tell I was awake moving around.

I still really want to the charts of me on prescription medication, or after being really hammered :).

 

 

Score: 8