My Face Lift In A Compact


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Suzanne Somer’s Face Master

I like to call this my personal “face lift in a compact”. The Suzanne Somer’s “Face Master”. It uses electromagnetic wave energy (micro current) to stimulate and tone the skin and facial muscles. It works great to kill the bacteria that causes acne!

The year I attended beauty college was one of the most financially strapped years of my life. I could not afford expensive beauty products. But, I DID own a Face Master. I used it 3-4 times a week back then. I was dealing with unusually oily skin. I know now it was caused from lots of stress and the Texas heat stimulating my oil glands in to overdrive!

At the age of 38, I was desperate for something that could help me with anti-aging and skin tone. I started to use my Face Master out of necessity. I noticed firmer, toner skin. I also noticed smaller pore size and way less break outs! My skin glowed!

Here’s another plus…It plumps your lips! Whenever I have used the feathering technique around my lips there is visible plumping! One of my instructors at school used to have me bring it to school and plump up her lips before a night out!

https://www.facemaster.com/?gclid=CNGd2IK9k70CFY0-MgodPzMAug

O.K. it gets even better. One of the Rep’s for a popular skin line came to our school to demonstrate microderm to our class. She took one look at me and said to the instructor “I want whatever SHE is using!”. I told her” it’s just my Face Master!”

No, I do not work for Suzanne Somers or Face Master. I am simply passing on some really valuable information to those who are interested in this amazing product!

Thank you so much for reading my blog. Now go get your Face Master! I LOVE mine!

XOXOX Caroline;)

Fighting Hyperpigmentation


The skin problem I get the most complaints about? Hyperpigmentation. It seems that most of us are destined to deal with this problem at some point in our lives. It can come in many forms. I won’t list them all, but here are a few…Age Spots, Melasma/Mask of pregnancy, Sun damage, Freckles (Mottling), inflammation and trauma to the skin.

Hyperpigmentation happens when the skin produces too many melanocytes in particular areas on the body. Heat and Sun exposure cause these melanocytes to rise to the surface and darken the skin.

People with darker Asian, Mediterranean, or African skin tones are also more prone to hyperpigmentation, especially if they have excess sun exposure.

These skin problems have been studied for many years with various explanations and solutions. I am not going to list them all out, but I will state a few possibilities.

Typical treatments of hyperpigmentation may include hydroquinone, kojic acid , alpha hydroxyl acids , azelaic acid, ascorbic acid, tretinoin (Retinol), topical glucocorticoids, and licorice extract. To help prevent these dark spots, sunscreen may be applied.

Some people believe that certain forms of hyperpigmentation are the result of a toxic liver. Others say it is a result of the Sun damage from hours in the Sun or a natural consequence of getting older. And then we have the hormonal changes from pregnancy and menopause combined with Sun exposure and so on.

So we DO know that heat can exasperate hyperpigmentation and make it worse. We also know that Sun exposure can do this as well as tanning beds.

Certain professional peels and lasers can also make this problem worse. Heredity also plays a role as to the severity or the predisposition to have hyperpigmentation.

So are you a person that wants to treat the core of the problem or the symptom or both? That’s a loaded question I know! I am one of those that wants to treat them both. Talk about taking the hardest route possible!

I suggest you start with the symptoms and then move on to the possible core when you start to see results, or you may give up the fight all together!

Here are some suggestions…

1.   Start with using products that will lighten the skin naturally. I am not a Retin-A user! I won’t bore you with the why, that is another blog post…I am just not a fan!

2.   Avoid hot showers (warm is ok!) and hot baths, Jacuzzi’s etc..,

3.   Avoid direct Sun on trouble areas. I say trouble areas because moderate Sun exposure is healthy for Vitamin D production as well as certain hormones and even food digestion!

4. Avoid deep peels that cause heat production. (TCA etc.,)

5.   Avoid lasers that cause too much heat. I actually recommend going to a school to get your laser work done…The Instructors here know which lasers to recommend for those dealing with hyperpigmentation. It is also more affordable for the budget conscious individual.

6.   Use an LED light. You can purchase a 3-way light on Amazon. The green light helps to discourage melanin activity in the skin. Not to mention numerous other benefits. Use this faithfully to lighten and brighten the skin! You may apply a lightening serum before use with added benefits.

7.   Never over exfoliate the skin…This includes microderm, peels, and manual as well as chemical exfoliants that can irritate and cause further damage.

8.  Use a good Sunscreen. A broad Spectrum Sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Go higher for more Sun exposure (A day at the beach calls for a 50!). Allow your Sunscreen at least 15 minutes to absorb (Chemical reaction with skin to be effective takes 15 minutes!)before exposure.

9.   Dust minerals over your skin for added and immediate protection. Minerals are an instant protection, as these minerals sit flat on the skin surface and deflect Sun rays instantly.

So here are some products I recommend using to fight your hyperpigmentation:

1. Eminence Organics Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant is gentle enough to use every day (2-3 times a week is good!) and it has lactic acid in it which is a gentle and natural skin lightener.

2. Eminence Organics Bright Skin Collection is the perfect natural alternative to traditional solutions. Try these products, use them faithfully for best results!

3. I cannot praise my Aurora Hand held LED enough…With three different lights for your skin concerns, My skin has lightened and brightened. It took several weeks to see the big difference. This is a “cannot live without” product for me! I will take it on vacation! Always! (Another Blog Post!)

4. Eminence Bright Skin Serum has licorice (A known natural skin lightener). A great companion to the LED light. Dot on to cleansed skin before using your LED light, then finish your skin routine after.

 

 

5. Dr. Natura Detox. Start a regular detoxing regime to clean out your liver and colon. Just a suggestion that couldn’t hurt. There are some studies that show this helps.

In closing I would like to note that I obviously did not cover all of the causes or possible solutions for hyperpigmentation. That would take far too long. However, I want to note that my solutions are natural ones.

This is because my personal experience is that whenever I have chosen the medical route to treat this issue personally, I have seen the condition worsen. Harsh laser treatments and peels can make this problem much worse than the original problem. So try the natural route first, is my suggestion.

Stick with it, whatever regime you choose. Results will come with persistence and a consistent skin routine that addresses the problem!

Have a great week and thank you so much for reading my blog!

XOXOX,

Caroline;)

Homemade Seaweed Masque


SEAWEED

You can create your own seaweed masque simple and easy at home. Seaweed has so many wonderful properties in it for skin health and overall appearance. It is loaded with minerals and anti inflammatory properties.

This masque also has many other ingredients that make it a wonderful alternative to expensive store bought masques.

The ingredients are all active, fresh and natural without any preservatives.

This masque works for any skin type!

Here are the ingredients:

1. 1 cup of Irish Moss Seaweed soaked for 8 hours or more. (Fully immerse in a jar of water, store in fridge over night until plumped)

2. 1/2 of a Fresh Ripe Organic Avocado

3. 1/4 Cup of Organic Whole Plain Yogurt

4. 1 Tablespoon of Organic Raw Honey

5. 1/2 Cup of Coconut Milk

6. 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. This may take several minutes depending on your blender. Chill Masque in fridge for 2 hours. Apply over cleansed, exfoliated skin. You may use this recipe all over your body and store it in the fridge for up to a week.

You also might want to add more coconut milk for consistency after being stored for a few days.

Leave masque on for 10-15 minutes, then gently remove with a warm wash cloth.

Make sure to moisturize and add sunscreen after use to avoid sun damage. This recipe includes lemon juice which is a natural exfoliant.

IRISH MOSS~

Can be purchased at your local health food store or online at Amazon and other places. This is an excellent anti-inflammatory.

It also helps to move toxins out of the skin and body (when taken internally). Reduces redness and irritation.

Nourishes the skin with essential minerals missing in most modern diets.

http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/articles/ireland/irish-moss-health-benefits/2058

AVOCADOS~

Avocados are rich with vitamin A which helps to remove dead skin cells from your body. They also contain an amino acid known as glutamine, which cleans and protects your skin from environmental damage. The antioxidants in avocados help to get rid of toxins that promote premature aging and wrinkling of the skin.

RAW HONEY~

Acne and enlarged pores
Rosacea
Eczema
Hyperpigmentation
Sensitive, mature, and dull lifeless skin

* Raw honey also contains gluconic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid that brightens the complexion, evens out skin tone, and lightens scars and age spots.

COCONUT MILK~

The great thing about Coconut milk is that it’s extremely high in fat, which makes it the perfect cleanser to use on the skin. Most of the dirt on our skin consists of various oils and other fat-soluble materials. This is the reason that you can’t shower with water alone and expect to truly get clean; oils only really want bind to other oils.

Since Coconut milk is high in fat, it will easily pick up all these fat-soluble particles, leaving your skin clean and fresh, but not completely dried out afterwards.

Coconut is full of antioxidants, and is also thought to be possibly antibacterial in nature. Those with acne especially can benefit from these possible antibacterial properties.

LEMON JUICE~

Lemon juice may aid in diminishing the appearance of scars and age spots. It may also reduce the appearance of scars left behind from acne lesions. The citric acid contained in lemon juice works as a mild skin peel by removing the outermost layer of your skin and reducing shine.

ORGANIC PLAIN YOGURT~

When applied topically, yogurt will moisturize, fight acne, prevent premature aging, soothe sunburn and help prevent discoloration of the skin.

*Original Recipe by Me; )

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Thank you Sincerely,

Caroline

Dead Sea Salt and Sauna Detox


Often times when people have a slow metabolism, they also fail to sweat effectively. This can be a potentially dangerous condition as the body is then not eliminating toxins properly. Even if you have a normal metabolism, it is always beneficial to aid the body in the detoxification process.

One simple way is through the use of Sauna Therapy. You can use a steam sauna at your local gym with many benefits. However, a near infrared sauna has many more benefits as the heat will penetrate 4 inches beneath the skin’s surface killing bacteria, virus, fungi and parasites. Infrared will also aid the skin in collagen productivity,eliminate toxic metals and dilate blood vessels allowing them to push toxins through the blood and out the body. There are so many benefits to this form of therapy. Too many to list. Please see the enclosed link via Dr. L. Wilson’s website.

If you are interested in creating your own infrared sauna at home, a very much more affordable option exists. I have taken a small walk in closet, purchased 3 250 watt infrared light bulbs with bases at my local Lowe’s. The estimated cost around $75.00 total. I used the clamps on the bases to secure these onto the shelving in my closet. A homemade sauna! I prefer to preheat my sauna for around 30 minutes before entering.

A wonderful way for you to enhance your sauna therapy is through the use of Dead Sea Salt. You can purchase Dead Sea Salt at your local health food store. You may also use just plain sea salt which may be purchased very inexpensively at Costco or similar warehouse.

Prior to using your sauna,step in to the shower and rinse off your body. Take the Dead Sea Salt (regular sea salt works also) and begin to exfoliate your skin (do not shave) all over with it. Once you have rinsed off the salt, go ahead and towel dry your body. Take the container of salt with you into the sauna room. When your body begins to sweat, start to rub the salt into your skin. You will begin to feel your body temperature rising and your skin will begin to pour out sweat like a fountain!

Make sure that you drink plenty of water before, during and after the detoxing. And be sure to step back in to the shower at the end of your sauna therapy to rinse off the toxins that you have eliminated. You can finish washing your hair and/or shaving at this point.

Thank You Olga Burova for the information necessary for this post, as well as the invention and discovery of this amazing detoxification technique!

http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/sauna_therapy.htm

Cellulite…What Is it?


There are so many things that you can do, not only to prevent cellulite, but also to reduce the appearance of it. But, first, I want to give a brief explanation of the different causes of it. Because, in order to fight it, we must know who our enemy is. One of the first and foremost factors in cellulite may surprise you.  To begin with, I will list them out with a brief description.

~Genetics 

The explanation of this one is probably going to be very different then what you may be thinking. Each of us is born with elastin bands/fibers that surround our tissues. Just like our fingerprints, these bands all have a unique pattern in our biological make up. African-American women tend to have elastin bands/fibers that are closer together than those of Caucasians. If your bands are farther apart in places, and you put on a little weight, than your fat will actually bulge between the bands. The appearance of cellulite is then of course intensified in those areas.

~Lifestyle

This explanation has the potential to send me on a lot of rabbit trails. I’ll stick to a few examples to keep it simple. Smoking can dehydrate the skin and weaken elastin fibers. It can also break down elastin fibers, causing sagging and enhancing the appearance of cellulite.

Lack of sleep can actually reduce the body’s ability to eliminate toxins. The end result leaves the body holding on to fat, slowing down metabolism, storing more toxins that cause the fat cells to expand and bulge out of the elastin bands/fibers.

~Eating Habits

Yes, it really does have an impact on the appearance of cellulite. Not just for the obvious reasons. Let’s say you’re a fairly thin person, but you still have a lot of cellulite…If you continually munch on salty snacks and sodas, as well as foods that are laden with toxins (processed foods, etc.) then you will be storing those toxins in what little fat you may have. Eat food that’s fresh, stick with the OUTSIDE area of the grocery store when shopping. Buy organic whenever possible.

~Exercise Habits

You have heard this one a thousand times. Sweat it out! But, without proper water intake, you may be doing more harm to your body than good. And you won’t be reducing the appearance of your cellulite as much as you hoped.

~Detoxing Habits

This is another one with so many options. You can spend time in the Sauna (Please refer to my blog post on dead sea salt and sauna detox, of which I will be posting shortly), Detoxifying enema (gets things flowing…YES I said it!), regular exercise, drinking LOTS of water, eating a healthy diet rich in FRESH food not processed, getting regular massage and SKIN BRUSHING  to encourage lymphatic drainage,  vacuum suction cups (can be purchased online, or you may find a technician at a spa nearby). There are many more. Research the one you like the most.

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~Water intake

You have heard this one before also. You have got to keep your circulation moving. How is the body suppose to move out toxins if you aren’t drinking water? They say 6-8 glasses of water a day should do the trick. Increase on the days that you exercise or sweat a lot.

~Caffeine Intake

Caffeine can be dehydrating. You need to keep toxins moving OUT. If you drink coffee and don’t want to give up that morning cup (or two) , then drink more water throughout the day. For best results, avoid this all together. Or try a new, healthier habit of drinking herbal teas. The caffeine in most teas doesn’t have the same effect as coffee.

~Salt Intake

This really is a BIG factor. Fat cells are surrounded by WATER. The body holds on to water when it has too much salt. Ditch the salt shaker and watch your salt intake. Get low salt potato chips etc.,

If you still want to go spend $1200-$2500 on many of the cellulite treatment options available, please keep in mind a few things I have observed.

~ Results are Temporary

I watched this and experienced it myself. I worked with the “Velashape” machine on clients at a medspa. I also received treatments on my upper arms. If you do not change your eating habits and exercise regularly, the results will be short-lived. Eating a cheeseburger and fries  during/after your cellulite treatment (YES, this really happened! A lady laid on her tummy while getting a treatment  and ate a burger and fries!) is counterproductive.

~Expense

Treatments can cost upwards in the thousands. You never need just “one” treatment. You always require several within a few weeks apart for best results.

~Longevity

Modern technology only offers temporary results without a change of habits. You can use these expensive treatments to boost or enhance your effect with lifestyle changes. But remember, long-term, you must change your habits.

One last word on Spa/Medical treatments for cellulite is this….Yes, Velashape (and several others) do work for most people. But keep in mind, you will have to go back on a regular basis incurring more cost over time in order to maintain results.

Glowing Skin Masque


I recently had a friend message me on Facebook asking me for a masque recipe that she could use. I am usually reluctant to recommend lemon juice in a homemade masque recipe to those inexperienced folks who may get “carried away” with the lemon juice. Lemon has a PH of 2.0-2.5 which is obviously very acidic. If lemon juice is used improperly, it can cause damage to your skin’s delicate barrier.

When making a masque that includes lemon juice, it is important to use ingredients like yogurt that help to bring up the PH levels without compromising the wonderful exfoliating effects of the lemon juice. This particular masque recipe covers a lot of skin concerns, as it has ingredients that exfoliate to make the skin glow, and also ingredients that kill bacteria on the skin. The oatmeal is a great anti-wrinkle ingredient.

I know I just recently posted a wonderful hydrating and moisturizing Oatmeal Masque recipe recently. But this particular recipe is much simpler and leaves the skin with a beautiful glow and soft texture.

So here’s the recipe:

*2 Tablespoons of ground oatmeal

*2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

*1 Tablespoon of plain yogurt

* 1 Tablespoon of honey 

*Mix ingredients with a wooden stick or spoon until smooth. Apply to skin and leave on 8-10 minutes. Remove with a warm wash cloth. Enjoy your new beautiful soft glowing skin!

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Home Grown Beautiful Skin


Did you know that you can make a very effective facial masque at home with a few common items from your refrigerator and/or cupboard? Actually in many ways this is better than what you may purchase in a store or Spa. Some Spa’s actually make similar products on their own to use on their clients. Think about it…if you use something from home it is much fresher and many times with more “active” ingredients than something you may find in a jar with or without preservatives (natural or unnatural).

There are many items that you can use in an at home face masque. I will just be talking about a few of them. So here is a list of the things that I chose to use in this particular masque I made….

1. 1 TBSP Organic unfiltered Coconut Oil

2. 1 TBSP Unfiltered Raw Honey (filtered may be used, however raw is much better do to the enzymes in it)

3. 1 Tsp Cinnamon

4. 2 TBSP Plain Yogurt (full fat is best)

5. 1/4 Cup Oatmeal ( ground in a blender)

You may add milk or more yogurt to desired consistency.

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First, grind up your oatmeal (1/4 cup or more if desired) in the blender into a powder. Put the oatmeal into a bowl and add your honey (about a Tablespoon or more if desired).

You can add your other ingredients in any order desired, measuring is not really necessary, just think about what you desire more in your masque…Example, Add more Honey if you want hydration and exfoliation from enzymes, more yogurt for acne and irritated inflamed skin etc.

The Finished Product

Some additional add on’s….Raw milk or milk powder, Sea Salt (may be added for exfoliating with in the shower), Brown Sugar, Almond Oil, Sesame Oil.

ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS……..

1. Coconut Oil
http://products.mercola.com/coconut-oil/

Coconut oil is ideal for skin care. It helps protect your skin from the aging effects of free radicals, and can help improve the appearance of skin with its anti-aging benefits.

2. Raw Honey
http://www.buzzle.com/articles/raw-honey-benefits-for-skin.html

Great for oily acneic skin, or dehydrated skin. Anti-aging benefits. Check link for even more numerous benefits!

3. Cinnamon
http://www.livestrong.com/article/91597-benefits-ground-cinnamon-skin/

Great for dry skin, circulation, plumping, acne and more!

4. Yogurt

http://www.ehow.com/about_5139582_skin-benefits-yogurt.html

kills bacteria on the skin (acne), Soothing, hydrating, moisturizing.

5. Oatmeal
http://www.smartskincare.com/treatments/topical/betaglucan.html

Has an anti-wrinkle effect on the skin, great for irritated inflamed skin, exfoliating and more!

Give it your own spin and add some of the add on’s suggested or look up some other homemade masques online!

Until Next time….More Secrets yet to be revealed. See you soon!

Caroline;)

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