Cucumber-Ginger-Seaweed Masque Recipe


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Here is a fun masque recipe loaded with nutrients to invigorate and nourish dull lifeless skin…

I just made this masque this morning for a friend. The aromas of fresh cucumber and ginger will make you swoon! Her skin had a soft dewy glow afterwards. And I cannot wait to try out  the leftovers tonight on myself ❤  Meanwhile, mine is chillin in the fridge!

 

 

 

Add the ingredients below to your blender and blend on high until smooth~

1. Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice

2. 2 Tablespoons Plain Yogurt

3. 1-2 Ounces Irish Seaweed (Soaked for 8 hours, then rinse and add to Masque)

4. 1 1/2 Tablespoons Coconut Milk

5. 1/4 of a Medium Cucumber (peeled)

6. 1/4 Cup Fresh Young Thai Coconut Meat

1. Small piece (1/2 inch) of Fresh Peeled Ginger Root

Blend Ingredients in your blender for 2-3 minutes.  Masque will be consistency of pudding. Add more seaweed if necessary to thicken. The Seaweed will thicken masque nicely. Chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes or longer prior to use.

MASQUE IN BLENDER

You can lather this masque on all over your body. Rub it into the skin in circular motions. Allow it to set for at least 10 minutes before removing with a warm wash cloth, or in the shower.

About The Ingredients~

LEMON~ Has Vitamin C  For antioxidant benefits. Citric Acid acts as a mild skin peel and skin lightener. A wonderful natural exfoliant.

YOGURT~ Moisturizes the skin, fights acne bacteria, prevents premature aging, soothes sunburned and/or inflamed skin. Helps prevent discoloration of the skin.

IRISH MOSS SEAWEED~  Can be purchased at your local health food store, or on Amazon.com. Helps move toxins out of the skin. Reduces redness and irritation. Nourishes the skin with essential nutrients and minerals missing in most modern diets.

CUCUMBER~ Has a natural cooling effect on the skin. Anti-inflammatory, hydrating, soothing. It can help protect your skin from sun damage. That’s because it’s packed with antioxidants like vitamin C and caffeic acid. As an added bonus, the vitamin C also increases collagen and elastin production, resulting in younger-looking skin.

YOUNG THAI COCONUT MEAT~ Has minerals, it’s hydrating and moisturizing to the skin. Anti-viral and anti-bacterial.

GINGER~  Ginger is important to skin health because the elasticity and firmness of skin is what starts to deteriorate with aging. So ginger will help to preserve the skin’s youthful strength and elasticity and slow down the signs of aging. It is ant-bacterial, anti-viral, and it reduces inflammation. A great acne fighter when rubbed directly on to skin.

COCONUT MILK~ The high fat content in coconut milk makes it the perfect skin cleanser. Fats bind to other fats and especially dirt on the skin. Coconut milk binds the impurities and lifts them off of your skin. Skin feels clean and fresh without drying out. Coconut is full of anti-oxidants and also has an anti-bacterial nature to it.  Hydrates skin without over moisturizing.

Thank you for stopping by my blog!

SINCERELY,

CAROLINE

How To Look Younger Without Spending A Fortune


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I want to tell you how you can make some simple, inexpensive, and easy changes to your lifestyle that will make a BIG difference in your appearance with very little damage to your pocket-book. I am a HUGE believer in lifestyle over genetics as a much more compelling influence in the quest to looking younger.

Here is a list of things that I incorporate in to my life, along with some emergency damage control tips when you screw up (like me!) and you need a quick pick me up:

1. On a daily basis, drink LOTS of water (8-10 glasses or more!).

This is often overlooked as important because people do not realise that water circulates in the body and shows up on your face in the form of plumper, smoother skin!

2. Avoid caffeine and alcohol!!!!

It dehydrates and shrivels up your skin!! You can lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in a BIG way by just practicing these first 2 tips! Just take a before and after picture and see for yourself! (wait 3 days)

3. Exercise regularly (brisk walking, Zumba, anything that makes you SWEAT!).

If you can’t or won’t exercise, I have an alternative for you. It’s called SAUNA… Make yourself sweat. This will help release toxins out of your skin and promote circulation to the face.

4. Light Therapy!

Nope, I don’t expect you to go spend $75.00 and up at a Spa for this. I saw a Groupon offering infrared light therapy for 1/2 off at $75.00. You can do this repeatedly at home for a one time fee of around $35.00.

There are numerous benefits to be had with my much more affordable alternative.

Check out my blog post on Sauna Therapy.

You can purchase an infrared bulb and clamp base at your local hardware store. Sit under it at a safe distance (Don’t burn yourself!) for about 20 minutes a day or a few times a week! Read my blog post for more details on the benefits.

5. Buy a “Hydrating” gel masque

For quick emergency plumping when you haven’t followed the first two tips faithfully. A more natural alternative would be one of my oatmeal masque recipes I have posted on this blog. Check them out!

6. Practice “Icing” your skin.

Joan Crawford and Michael Landon did this every day. First thing in the morning after cleansing your skin, hold ice to your cheeks, forehead, and all over for as long as you can stand it. What does this do?

Cold molecules actually spin in the direction of your cells and drive water into your skin. Hot water molecules spin in the opposite direction and pull water and moisture out!

The ice also shrinks capillaries resulting in less redness and inflammation on the face as well as smaller pores!

(THANKS to Olga Burova my very brilliant Russian friend for teaching me about hot and cold molecules!).

7. Use a Collagen Masque.

You can purchase one at any drug store or beauty supply very inexpensively from anywhere from $1.99 and up. Make sure to exfoliate before laying fabric on the skin.

8. Exfoliate gently 1-2 times a week.

You don’t have to purchase an expensive exfoliant.

Simply mix together some sugar and honey and rub in circular motions all over the face after cleansing (while skin is damp). You can also use a little baking soda mixed in with your facial cleanser for a beautiful glow.

This removes dead skin from the face, helps other products to penetrate deeper into the skin and encorages new skin cell growth. This is perhaps the most underestimated skin care habit out there for a more youthful appearance.

9. Get To Bed Before 10:00pm!

Studies show the hours between 10:00pm and 2:00am are crucial to the bodies own natural repairing and healing process. People who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to overeat and have more health problems.


Now for some tips that take a little more effort but not a lot:

1. DR. PERRICONE 3-DAY FACE LIFT~ Check out his website for details.

http://blog.perriconemd.com/perricone-3-day-diet-get-a-face-lift-in-your-kitchen/

2. GREEN TEA BAGS~

Carry them with you on vacations or keep a good stash in your kitchen. Steep a couple of them for a few minutes and then throw them in the fridge or freezer. After about 10 minutes, lay back and apply them to your eyes. Leave them 10-15 minutes.

Afterwards your eyes should look much brighter and happier. I am so glad I thought to stash them in my bag on a recent trip to Dallas. I threw out all of my normal practices and ate loads of pizza and junk food. After a night of wine tasting I woke up to a very inflamed face and swollen eye lids.

I am not a party animal at all, it was just some innocent wine tasting! Something I could have done in my 20′s with very little consequences in my appearance. I broke out my green tea bags to the rescue!

3. FACE MASSAGE~

I think Tonya Zavasta has one of the best self protocols out there! Do this several times a week to relax and strengthen facial muscles.

These are just a few tips. There are so many other natural things that you can do. But this is a great start and promises some astounding results. Pick one or two and try them out. Take some before and after photos of yourself!

Thank you for visiting my blog and please rate me, follow me on FB and/or Twitter @SecretsOfTheSpa. Or just leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

Hope to share some more Spa Secrets very soon!

Caroline

My Favorite Products


I thought it would be fun to post a few of the products that I love to use. I know before I became an Esthetician, I was always curious about the products my Esthetician used. I never could seem to get a straight answer from her. Now I know why! It’s because we are always trying out different products and we are always discovering new and exciting ingredients, protocols and technology. How can we just settle on any one product line? We can’t! So I decided that I will be posting a regular update on my favorite new or old product discoveries on a regular basis. Just a little help to satisfy anyones curiosity!

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Dead Sea Minerals Body Polish~

The first one pictured above, is an invigorating all in one Face and Body Polish from the Dead Sea Warehouse. It is loaded with minerals and gives the face and body an amazing stimulating exfoliating treatment. Skin feels soft, smooth and hydrated afterwards. As far as a facial exfoliant is concerned, I noticed visibly smaller pores after my first use.

If you are prone to eczema or itchy dry skin, then your body will love this product! The best way to use it is on dry skin. So I suggest rinsing off in the shower with some soap and water first. Go ahead and use your regular cleanser on your face while in the shower. Afterwards, step out of the shower onto a big towel, towel dry face and body thoroughly, make sure to pin your hair up! Then squirt a generous amount onto your hands, rub the product onto the skin from the feet up toward the heart in a circular motion. You may want to use exfoliating gloves during the body treatment.

If product dries too quickly, go ahead and add a little water. Once you are finished exfoliating your body all over, remove your exfoliating gloves. Look into a mirror (I prefer a magnified one), add a small amount of polish into your hands and begin exfoliating your face in circular motions. Make sure to get that T-Zone area where dead skin likes to hang around! Afterwards, get back in the shower and rinse off the product.

~Unrefined Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Unrefined Organic Virgin Coconut oil is easy to find in the cooking oil section of may health food stores. It has a plethora  of uses that move beyond cooking and right into your bathroom, which is where I always keep a jar underneath the sink. An excellent replacement for body lotions as well as a moisturizer for dry brittle hair ends. During the Winter months I will often times use coconut on my skin before bed and after cleansing. Skin can be a bit oily during the Summer months, coconut oil is a great Winter time moisturizer in the evening before bed. It helps alleviate dry tight skin, acts as a barrier (if you accidentally over exfoliate or get razor burn), is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal,  anti-viral, aids in the healing process, and slows down elastin loss. There’s much more, but I will stop there!

~Exfoliating Gloves

Exfoliating gloves are a must if you want to get a really good deep down body scrub. I start from the bottom and work my way up toward the heart. This helps with lymphatic drainage as well. I love to use these gloves whenever I am using any type of body scrub. Be careful not to overdo it or you will have patches of sore skin! Two to three times a week is good. And NEVER use these gloves on your face, they are much too harsh. It is very hard to know how intense you are exfoliating with these gloves on, so avoid the delicate skin of the face….I do, however gently go over my neck area, but very gently! Make sure to use a good moisturizer after exfoliating. Coconut oil is a great one! But any one will do.

~Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath

I LOVE Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath. Mustard seed and essential oils open up the pores and help the body to eliminate toxins. Circulation is stimulated. Yes, this will make the skin red in places, but the benefits far outweigh that little inconvenience. Have embarrassing “Bacne”? Then you will love this bath potion!

~Tea Tree Oil

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Tea Tree oil, the Australian Oil is best. It is supposed to be the purest form. You can actually mix a drop of this with your moisturizer in the evening to help clear up acne. Got “bacne”?, then use after your mustard bath! Be sure not to use too much as it can also be drying and cause flaking. Moderation is the key. A few nights a week or every other day. You can also add a few drops to your favorite shampoo to help fight dandruff. There are so many uses for this. It’s anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, makes a great mouthwash, can be used to treat bronchitis and other ailments.

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~Auromere Licorice Toothpaste

Want your teeth to be as white as a professional whitening treatment? Despite many of the specials on tooth whitening that spas are always advertising, I’ve never had a whitening treatment because I am paranoid of the gum damage it can cause. Ever see a person with receding gums?  No thanks! A natural healthy way to whiten your teeth is “Auromere” toothpaste. I use the “Licorice” flavored one because “Licorice” is known for it’s natural whitening abilities…Everything in this toothpaste is natural.

I will be posting more of my favorite products in the future.

Professional Facial Brush…Is it Necessary?


When I first saw the new facial brush by Clarisonic I watched carefully to see if it was worthy of all of the “hype” I call it. Should I spend that much money on a facial brush? I contemplated carefully the pros and cons. I watched as a friend of mine (also an Esthetician) purchased one, and then listened as she raved and ranted about it, touting it’s exfoliating capabilities and exclaiming to me that her face never “felt so clean.” I was once told by a “Face Reader” that I often take a very “long time” to “make a decision” because I am so analytical. I still did not rush out to buy this brush, even after a representative offered me a discount.

Instead, I told my friend after her first use, that I wanted to compare her results using a skin scanner.

I knew that this would reveal what the Clarisonic Brush was really doing to Lisa’s skin. Good or bad, the proof would be as they say “in the pudding”. I am so glad I did this now looking back in retrospect. The first scan revealed what we had expected, very little sun damage and oils on Lisa’s skin, which were perfectly normal.Image Detail

After a couple of weeks of Lisa using the Clarisonic Brush, we then put her back behind the scanner. What I found was light violet light all over her face through the scanner. As you can see on the chart above, Lisa’s once Normal/Oily skin was now very dehydrated. She was surprised to see that, as she felt like her skin had improved since using the Clarisonic Brush. So we started talking about the length of time that she was using her brush and how often. We compared to the manufacturer recommendations.

It turns out that she was ignoring the recommended time alloted usage. Whenever the little buzzer went off that “time was up”, she would just restart her brush and continue using it! She was “over using” her brush to the extreme and dehydrating her skin severely! Not good at all. Oily skin can be a blessing if we balance it correctly. The skin needs it’s oils. Dehydrated skin will age faster. Picture a piece of paper in the sun that was once wet, when it dries up, it shrivels up!!!

Too much of a good thing is a BAD thing! Just remember that. I recommend these facial brushes be used only according to manufacturer instructions. They are great for exfoliating and cleansing the skin. Mine felt softer after the first use. And thank goodness I had the sense to do a little experiment before purchasing or I can honestly say I would have done the same thing as my friend! There are other less expensive facial brushes out there that work excellent!

I purchased one at Costco by Oil of Olay that works comparable to the Clarisonic for a fraction of the price. I believe it was around $35.00. I love the exfoliating properties of a facial brush and it’s ability to cleanse my skin more thoroughly. You don’t always have to pay top dollar to get the best out of a new concept! Just do a little investigating first, check out online reviews of the product first.

Case in point: Last year I purchased a “Pretika” facial brush from Marshalls for around $35-40.00. I read reviews after I got home with it and discovered it was not a good product do to the fact it literally “died” on people after only a month or two. I decided to give it a chance and….well the darn thing died on me after a few months!!! Lesson learned!~ Pay attention to consumer reviews!!

I hope I have helped anyone out there trying to decide whether they should invest in a facial brush. I do think it’s a good and effective skin tool for anyone to have when used appropriately.

Until next time, and hopefully sooner than later!

Caroline;)