Favorite Products For August


 

 

It has been a while since I have posted a list of favorite products. I thought it would be fun to make a new list for this month and maybe consecutive months to follow. The list will contain a whole variety of different products that are tried and true in my book…

 

 

 

1. Palmer’s Oil~

The first product has so many nourishing ingredients for the skin. Palmer’s is often overlooked in the drugstore and supermarkets. I think most folks just graze right over it and look at the more appealing packaging and fancy names of other brands.

I know that Bio-Oil is VERY popular among some swimsuit models. Perhaps they should look at the mineral oil (yikes!) listed on the back with the ingredients first. I’ll admit I purchased some at Costco (forgot my reading glasses and missed the mineral oil!). I even used some and was impressed by how emollient it felt on my skin.

Once I discovered the mineral oil, well, now  I’ll just stick to my Palmer’s with all of its awesome benefits and properties!

 

 

 

2. Eminence Bearberry Eye Repair Cream~

Where to begin with this one? Let’s start with the fact that it is a result of “Biodynamic Farming” (In a nutshell, it’s farming that utilizes the moon phases, no not hocus pocus but REAL phases in the moon.

When there is a New Moon, the moisture in the soil is at its highest, (that’s when the planting is done!).

This eye cream is gentle enough for me to use on my entire eye area, including lids! Not too heavy, and it feels amazing! It brightens and hydrates perfectly!

 

 

 

3.  Eminence Organic Bamboo Firming Fluid~

I noticed a difference after the first use! Bamboo helps to strengthen elastin fibers. It’s firming and toning as well.

This product is for normal to dry skin. I am normal to oily,  and it is not too heavy for me at all.

It smells wonderful, feels wonderfully light and hydrating. Great underneath make-up as well! The perfect natural anti-aging moisturizer!

 

 

 

4. Exfoliating Skin Towel~

I know some people like loofahs, but I find them a bit harsh to my sensitive skin. I choose to use an exfoliating towel instead.

I lather it up in the shower with my favorite soap and scrub from head to toe every day. It’s gentle, yet exfoliating. I can manipulate it (scrub my back easily!).

I can’t live without this towel! I have been using one (of course I change them out regularly !lol) since the late 90’s!

 

 

 

5. Dead Sea Salt~

I am crazy for this stuff! It is detoxifying and hydrating. It nourishes the skin with essential nutrients and minerals. A Dead Sea Salt bath before bed is relaxing and rejuvenating!

 

 

 

6. Too Faced “No Make-Up Make-Up” Palette~

This has some of the best products in one palette I have ever used. Love the Luminize for accenting the upper lip and tips of eyebrows, the cream blush leaves just a hint of color on cheeks AND lips! The brightener is fantastic under and over cheekbones ! THREE tutorials with suggestions! Wow!

 

 

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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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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

Bentonite Clay


 

I love products that are inexpensive, natural, and have multiple uses. Bentonite Clay is one of those products. It usually comes in two different forms. One is for internal use, and the other external. I keep the internal liquid version in my medicine cabinet. And the external version in the bathroom. The clay forms naturally from volcanic ash and has remarkable absorbing qualities.

Whenever someone in the house starts to feel ill, I always recommend them to drink a glass of water with 2 tablespoons of liquid bentonite clay mixed in. The clay when used internally, will pull toxins out of the body. But you must drink a lot of water so that it can distribute properly throughout your colon and grab all of the bad stuff. Another use for the liquid is to mix into your pets drinking water. It works great at helping to control parasite activity in both animals and humans. Just be careful not to overdo it!

It gets really fun when you discover the many EXTERNAL uses of the bentonite clay powder. This other use seems too good to be true. Luckily if you’re a skeptic, it is very inexpensive to purchase and try out for yourself. You can purchase it anywhere from $6.00 and up at your local health food store or on the internet. Mix the external powder form Bentonite Clay with some water and put anywhere on your body, including hair and scalp. I did this about a week ago all over my neck and shoulders as well. You can literally FEEL the clay sucking the toxins out fo your skin! It starts to feel tight and a bit itchy. Once you rinse it away, your are left with skin so soft you start to wonder if your skin EVER felt this soft. It seems to take years off of the face and neck as well. I saw an instant firming effect in all areas I applied it to.

I had a lot of fun experimenting with the different uses of this incredible natural clay. It comes from the earth, it’s 100% natural, it’s loaded with minerals. What more can I say? GO out and get yourself some!!!

Matt Monarch playing with Bentonite Clay

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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The Ancient Secrets Of Dead Sea Salt


Hello my fellow bloggers and Skin fanatics! It’s been a while since my last post. But it’s good to be back;) I wanted to talk about a simple way to detox your skin from head to toe. I have found this amazing Company that sells Dead Sea Products at much more affordable prices than the norm. More importantly than price of course, is product effectiveness. That’s the beauty of it! I have been taking Dead Sea Salt baths for quite some time now.

The benefits of Dead Sea Salt Minerals are so vast, I will have to shorten my posting about it or it may never end. So let’s talk about the benefits to your Skin. Dead Sea Salt is loaded with essential minerals that most of us do not take internally on a daily basis.

Here are a few essential ones…Sulphur (Great for acne, Eczema, synthesizing Collagen), Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium (one of the most underestimated and undervalued minerals, allows Calcium absorption to the appropriate places and moves Calcium away from places it does not belong), Bromine (helps with the natural repair of the body together with cell metabolism and can be used as a natural antibiotic).

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For thousands of years people from all over the world have been flocking to the Dead Sea and bathing in it to receive it's many treasures.

I like to fill up my tub with hot water and add 2-3 cups of Dead Sea Salt, I will sit in it for at least 30 minutes while I read a book or do a facial in the tub. I set my skin products on the edge of the tub along with a mirror and I do my cleanse, exfoliation and masque all while taking my detoxifying bath. The skin gets a bit red from the stimulation and circulation and actually absorbs products better as the pores are open during the bath. And I love rinsing with the Dead Sea Salt bath water.

My skin feels soft and I don’t even need to moisturize afterwards, as the minerals from the bath water already balance moisture levels in the skin. Just pat dry and enjoy the benefits! Light some candles and try it for yourself!

You can find a vast array of Dead Sea Salt products from The Dead Sea Warehouse.
http://deadseawarehouse.com/

Just Another Day With My Skin


Rosacea back in ‘2005. So, needless to say, whenever I see a person in my
treatment room with this type of skin, I sympathize immediately!

This morning I decided to steep some Red Rose Tea to use as a cleansing agent. Don’t let the delicate appearance fool you! Roses are known for their ability to detoxify the skin, flushing out impurities, tightening and toning and even adding a radiant glow!

After steeping my tea for about 10-12 minutes, I decided to add some to a small bottle to “spritz” on to my skin throughout the day.

You can also spritz your tea on to your skin to seal in your make up or even just to give your skin a little pick up throughout your day. I wouldn’t go past the 24 hour mark before brewing some more though!

After cleansing my skin and rinsing with my Red Rose Tea, I decided to smooth on some “Unfiltered Raw Honey” that I had picked up at Sprouts. I found this big bottle for only $9.99! And was very surprised to find Wild Raw Honey at such a bargain price!

Why Honey? You may ask. Honey, especially raw and unfiltered, has live enzymes that exfoliate and nourish the skin. It also has the ability to hydrate, soften and soothe the skin. Something my skin needed after the ravages of the hot Texas Sun! The Sun draws water out of your skin leaving it dehydrated, revealing facial lines and making it look older than it should.

On my way now to finish the rest of my morning routine. I hope you have enjoyed and learned something from my post!