Hydration is key

One of my all time favorite hydration products is Hyaluronic Acid. You may have heard of this acid, because it is the number one anti-aging ingredient on the market right now.

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Hyaluronic is an acid that we, as humans, naturally produce. This is the key reason why baby skin is so smooth and plump. As we grow into young adults, we slowly start to lose this acid in our bodies and by the time we are adults, it is mainly all gone.
Skin Care specialist are creating a way to topically push hyaluronic back into the skin, for a smooth, hydrated and plump complexion.
Not only does hyaluronic work for aging skin, but it is an amazing product for acneic-oily, and dry skin as well.
Holding 1,000x  its weight in water, hyaluronic provides locked moisture, plumpness, and firming to the skin.

Here is a few ways to start using hyaluronic in your skin care regiment:

Aging/Dry Skin- Use every morning and night, right after you cleanse your face, add moisturizer on top.

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Acneic/Oily Skin- Use at night only, 3/4 times a week. Will help lock in moisture so skin is not so oily the next day.

Post Acneic/Scarring Skin- Use during scarring treatments (micro-needling/microdermabrasion/peels/nano-needle). Put on skin right after a micro-needle session. Use only hyaluronic for 2 days after a session. This will get into the punctured area and fill/plump up the scar to smooth out pit scarring or uneven surface scarring from acne.
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When purchasing  and using, you always want to find the purest, highest concentrate of hyaluronic acid, for the best results!
Blends are a cheaper/good way to start, but will take longer to notice results.
Start plumping my friends!
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Wake up & Smell the COFFEE!

Are you a coffee lover? This AMAZING, and very easy coffee scrub recipe will have even those non-lovers, LOVIN’ coffee!

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What you Need:
2 tbs ground organic coffee
2 tbs organic coconut oil
1 tbs organic ground cinnamon
1 tsp hot water

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Mix coffee and coconut oil into a bowl, add cinnamon and water once chunks of oil are mixed until smooth! Place into a jar, and scrub that bod clean!

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Coffee Scrubs are essential for those who suffer from body acne, eczema, psoriasis, cellulite, and stretch marks!

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For best results, scrub every other night. It is always best to apply in the shower, because coffee can be a little messy! You want to scrub the problematic area for about 60 seconds in a circular motion, leave on area anywhere from 3-5 min before rising! For sensitive skin, add more water to the body while scrubbing!
This scrub is safe to use full body, face to toes!

Enjoy your freshly smooth skin!

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Red Red Vino

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I have just returned back to the states from Italy, and one thing that stood out to me the most, was their food culture.

There was not one night that the servers didn’t bring out a jug of red wine, for the table to share.
I mean you asked for water, and you still were brought wine with that water.
What’s with that? Why is wine such a huge part of their culture?

Let me explain.

Red wine is the new ‘IT’ in ant-aging, weight loss, health, and overall happiness!
I know many of you have heard, “drink a glass of red wine a night, it makes for a healthier heart.” ❤️

Well did you know that new studies show women who drink a glass or two of red wine every night, have higher success in losing weight, than those who don’t? This pairs with those who do drink wine, also have a lower stress and anxiety rates, through an every day work life.

If those reasons are still not enough to encourage you to relax with this wonderful-high antioxidant beverage, how about all the health benefits it gives to your health and skin?

The high antioxidants and polyphenols in red wine will:
make your skin glow, clear up any uneven complexions, make you live five years longer, have fewer precancerous skin lesions, and significantly lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.


Still not convinced? Try it topically first.
New skin care lines all over the world are introducing new “red wine facials.”
These skin care products are being made for topical use to create masks, night creams, cleansers, and scrubs with many beneficial ingredients of red wine.

Now go enjoy a glass.. or two!

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Banana Blueberry Muffies (GF/DF)

Need a quick grab for breakfast?
These 4-ingredient GF/DF Muffies are the PERFECT way to start your morning, with no stomach ache!

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What you need:
1 ripe banana
2 eggs
1 handful of blueberries
Avocado/Coconut Oil

1) Mash the banana into a bowl (as smooth as you can get it!)

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2) Add two eggs, stir in with mashed banana

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3) lightly oil muffin pan with avocado or coconut oil. Add blueberry’s (or any fruit) and pour banana mix on top (half way full) muffins3

4) Bake on 400 degrees, for 15 minutes

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Top with cinnamon and powder sugar, for a little extra sweetness… YUM!
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Hold the Dairy


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“Do you eat dairy?”
That is the always the first question I ask my acneic clients when they come to see me.
Why does eating dairy matter? Let me explain, in the simplest way.

First, the facts:

We seem to be the only species that drink milk after infancy, and
we are the only species that drink another species milk.
Cows milk contains three times more protein than our human milk. This amount of protein consumption causes metabolic disturbances.
75% of the worlds population is lactose intolerant, meaning, humans do not create the lactose enzymes the body needs to breakdown dairy.
Majority of the cows in America, are injected with synthetic hormones and antibiotics to’plump’ the cow to produce more. Even those that are not injected with hormones or antibiotics, and are ‘grass fed organic’ still contain higher levels of hormones, than any other animal we ingest.

milk1Why do those with acne prone skin develop a new zit,
after each time they consume dairy?

Humans have grown, technology has advanced, and hormones have significantly increased. Whether you are on a synthetic form of hormones for a variety of reasons, or you are just rocking your natural balance of hormones, dairy can and will affect your levels.
Have you ever noticed why every breakout on a woman is in the same area? (jawline/upper cheeks)
Your skin is showing that your hormones are unhappy.
When dairy enters the body, your natural hormones mix with the synthetic hormones from the dairy and they create a reaction of too many hormones.
Did you know that for acne-prone skin, even the smallest 1% trace of hormones in food, can mix with yours and affect your levels, causing a new outbreak immediately?

Food will affect your skin, it’s in the facts. If you are struggling with breakouts, try eliminating ALL dairy for 2-4 weeks. It takes a while for it to completely get out of the body, but i guarantee you will see a decrease in breakouts within 2 weeks.

Remember* crackers, bread, salad dressings, chips- EVERYTHING now days contain dairy, make sure to look at the ingredient list before you assume! If you are not strict with this, you will not see results.

A few other foods to stay away from for acne prone skin:
Red Meat, iodized salt, algae, seaweed, tofu, kelp, canola oil; supplements with biotin, whey or soy.

There is a reason they say, you are what you eat!
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Homemade Beet Chips!

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LOVE chips, but HATE that greasy shine on your face?
Try my new tip on healthy eats, with HOMEMADE beet chips!
You’ll be safe to snack these chips ALL day long!

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SUCH an easy 3-ingredient recipe for a delicious, healthy, crunchy snack!

1) Wash & slice organic beets to about 1/8 of an inch (I used purple and yellow beets)

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2) On very low heat, melt organic coconut oil (2 tsb) and mix in beets, and pink himalayan/sea salt
(other yummy seasonings may be used as well)

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3) Place on a parchment paper cookie sheet, and bake on 250 for 1 hour. Flip beets over and bake 1 more hour, or until COMPLETELY crisp dry!

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Hint: Beets will shrink down A LOT. Its best not to completely layer them, so they cook even. I used 6 medium sized beets, covered 3 cookie sheets full, and when done had about one cookie sheet worth of chips!

You can also enjoy these recipe with sweet potatoes, red/gold potatoes, or kale!
Mix them all and make a veggie chip mix! YUM!

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OTC vs. COSMECEUTICAL

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I’m often asked by clients, “What is the difference between skin care products sold at a drug or a department store, compared to professional products sold by you or a dermatologist? Do your products really work better?” The answer simply is yes.

Not every product and professional line will be able to fit your skin needs, but as proven, ‘Professional’ skin care lines will benefit your skin in a safer, quicker, and more effective way.

Here are a few reasons as to why:

✔️FDA REGULATES EVERYTHING 

ALL otc (including sephora, ulta, macys, etc.) stores are FDA approved. 

This means that all skin care products are regulated and can legally only penetrate into the first layer of the skin, otherwise known as ‘dead tissue’. Cosmeceutical grade skin products are not regulated by the FDA. 

Therefore, when buying a product by a licensed esthetician/dermatologist, they are trained to inform and sell an individual products that CAN penetrate into the stratum corneum & dermis layers, know as ‘live tissues’.

All your problems start in the dermis!

✔️HIGHER % OF ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

Even though estheticians can not diagnose skin conditions, we are trained to understand how and why products work for all skin types. Our professional products can legally contain a higher percentage of active ingredients to ensure the products will do what they state they are going to do. This also means that cosmeceutical grade will not be watered down, they are HIGHLY concentrated. 

✔️ALWAYS MADE FRESH

Cosmeceutical grade products are generally made in smaller batches to guarantee freshness and to deliver immediate results. Since professional lines want to concentrate on the results of your skin, they avoid mass-producing with artificial preservatives, colors/dyes, and fragrances.

Remember, your skin absorbs 90% of what you put on it!

KEEP YOUR PRODUCTS CLEAN!

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O is for Organic


 

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As many of you know, the past few months I have been studying why nearly everyone aged from 8 to 80 nowadays has a skin problem (mainly studying acne).

I have been a skincare provider going on 5 years now, and each year my acneic clientele doubles. Not only have I noticed an acne increase in my clients’ skin, but my own skin has been freaking out as well. I have decided to start sharing my journey to help my clients and anyone else who struggles with keeping a glowing complexion.

With a little change in your product use,  your health and fitness, and to eating clean, your skin should turn around and be smoother than ever!
Now, it’s not going to magically get better over one night of change, but within a couple weeks, you will see a difference!

From my personal studies and what I have gathered so far, our food sources play a huge role with your skin. Some may agree, some may disagree; and that’s what makes us human.
This morning, while doing some reading on food in the U.S., I decided to use a little reverse psychology on myself.

I wanted to share a little food for thought, literally.
I realized that the term “GMO” has become such a trend throughout the U.S. right now.
So I thought to myself, “what if we change the way we labeled a NON-GMO item.”
(side note) Very few of us pay attention to labeling anyways, right? Plus, what makes us believe a label is even 100% true?

What if grocery stores, for all fruits, veggies, dairy and meats, had a sign below the product, listing what ‘synthetic chemicals’ or ‘pesticides’ if you will, the farmer used on or in that certain food?
I mean a tomato is a tomato, right? When you ask someone what is a tomato? They would say its a vegetable, of course. It starts by a seed, you plant in the ground, eventually after some TLC, grows up on a vine, and when it turns red, you eat it. There is no ‘ingredient list’ for a vegetable, because why would we need one? In fact, there is no ingredients in raw meats, dairy products, or fruits either. Because everyone knows a banana, is a banana. No other ingredients are used in these 4 categories.

Unfortunately, that is wrong.

I wonder if we actually saw a list of the 15 pesticide residues that were tested in one single strawberry, would that change the way we eat?
I wonder if acne rates would go down?
I wonder if hormone levels would balance out?
And most importantly, I wonder if diseases would decrease?

Did you know that nearly 99% of the produce in the U.S. contains pesticide residue?

Do you know how your liver breaks down that pesticide residue?
Yup, you guessed it, it doesn’t, and your skin shows all.

Acne prone skin, is most affected by these chemicals.
If you get acne from your mid to high cheeks, this means your liver is trying to purge out toxins.
Toxins from what you are putting into your body.

I will guarantee you that when you start to eat clean; that means no synthetic hormones, pesticides, or sugars,
your liver will start to cleanse, and your cheek acne will fade.

Now, that is a hard thing to cut out of your life. Almost everything you eat contains some type of toxin, but if those breakouts are driving you crazy, it wont hurt to eliminate these three things for at least two weeks, and watch the improvement!

To make you next grocery run easy- follow these guidelines of produce that were tested high and low in pesticide residues.

High Levels:
Apples, Peaches, Nectarines, Bell Peppers, Celery, Strawberries, Blueberries, Cherries, Pears, Grapes, Spinach, Lettuce, Kale,Tomatoes, Potatoes.

Low Levels:
(safer to conventionally eat)
Avocados, Pineapples, Mangoes, Asparagus, Bananas, Sweet Corn, Cabbage, Broccoli, Papaya, Kiwi, Eggplant, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Oranges.

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