Is it Güd?

This week I was asked to blog about a body wash that meets the following requirements:

Cruelty-Free

Natural

Makes skin soft

Can purchase at Target

I remembered seeing a new line from the creators of Burts Bees called Güd last time I was at Target so I gave it a try. I tried the Vanilla Flame and loved it! It does not contain parabens, phthalates or petrochemicals. It does contain terrific naturally occuring ingredints such as raspberry leaf extract, black walnut and rose.

It is $7.00 for a 10 oz bottle and is really concentrated so less product is needed. You can learn more about this product and the product line here. I am going to be testing more of the line for future posts, Target here I come!

Oh I’m stressed!

I watched a documentary about stress recently and it really got me thinking. Stress is incredibly detrimental to our health, causing illness and disease in millions. An interesting study even stated that mothers stressed while pregnant had babies that were effected throughout the course of their lifetimes. (Pre-natal yoga anyone!?)

It made me stop and think about stress and how it relates to the skin. I know personally when I get stressed I usually get a break out and my skins appearance suffers. Because the hormone levels change during times of stress, oil production in the skin can increase causing acne. And lets face it hormones control everything. One dermatological study suggested the skins outer barrier function is compromised during times of stress leading to less protection and healing in the skin. This really had my full attention.

So we know stress is bad for your skin and it’s really bad for your heath. What should we do? I have had my fair share of stress in my life and worry about continuing down a path filled with it. Because after learning about the havoc it causes, frankly it stressed me out. I don’t think we can ever fully escape it but we can try to find healthy solutions to cope (hobbies, exercise, meditation etc). For me, I like to sit back and count my blessings and try not to focus on that which I lack. It helps. Oh and wine. Wine helps.

 

 

 

Flax Seed-Super Skin Food

The second food I will be highlighting in my Super Skin Foods series (Click Oysters to read the first), is Flax Seed. This super food is loaded with antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and Lignans. Flax seed has been shown to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes and even cancer.

In regards to skin health, the benefits include plumper skin due to better hydration, leading to a reduction in fine lines. You can also get the benefits of Omegas in Salmon and walnuts, which is especially beneficial to those of us with dry skin.

Whole flax seeds can be difficult for the body to break down which is why I eat the pre-ground flax seed which you can buy just about everywhere now. My favorite way to eat flax seed is by putting it into my morning Smoothie. It is loaded with tons of antioxidants (protects skin from the sun), Vitamin A (promotes cellular turnover) and of course Flax seed. It’s great for the whole family too.

Super Skin Smoothie:

3-4 servings

Ingredients-

1 cup raw baby Spinach

2 cups water

1 Banana

2 tablespoons of Ground Flax Seed

1/2 Greek yogurt

1 cup Frozen Berries (such as Strawberries, Mangos, Blueberries)

Blend together until smooth. Do not be afraid of the color, it doesn’t always look pretty but it tastes great in my opinion! You can always add honey if it is not sweet enough. If you want to make it creamier you can add 1/2 of an avocado and get even more healthy skin benefits with the essential fatty acids. Enjoy!

 

New Year, New Skin?

If you are not totally happy with the appearance of your skin and would like to see an  improvement in 2012, here are a few suggestions to try if you are not already doing so. Not all of these goals or resolutions include spending money but just a few tips to help start of this New Year right!

1. Take away one bad habit.

Whether this habit is rubbing your eyes, sleeping in make-up or smoking, you know you should not be doing it… so stop!

2. Add Vitamins to your regimen.

Beauty from the inside out, heard this one before? This is becoming more and more common knowledge, here are a few of my favorite supplements for the skin: SKIN HEALTH

3. Add one new step to your at home program.

If you are not using a mask or eye cream treat yourself to a new product that targets an area of concern to YOU on your skin.

4. Visit a Dermatologist and get checked for Skin Cancer.

Self explanatory, this is an annual appointment we need to keep.

5. Raid your Beauty Drawer.

Have a cleanser from the Reagan administration? A blush they stopped making in the 90’s? Get rid of it! While you’re at it, wash all of your make-up brushes and clean your phones. This will help prevent breakouts as well.

Here is to a more beautiful and healthy 2012, cheers!

MythBusters-Skin Care Edition

 

From time to time I hear a friend or someone at a spa say something that is just not true in relation to skin care and cosmetics. Here are some of the doozers I have heard:

1. You need to use the same skin care line for all of your products.

Really, why? I am sure the woman behind the counter at the mall would love you to believe this. Use what works for you, if that means using an exfoliation from Dermalogica and your favorite cleanser from SkinCeuticals, do it.

2. When a product turns color and starts to smell-it’s still good.

Well, as much as you want to believe that your $80.00 Vitamin C serum is still good to put on your face even though you have to hold your breath to apply, don’t do it. Products do not last forever, it is important to remember the date you opened it and toss it out when the product turns. Because at this point the product is rancid.

3. The more you exfoliate the better for your skin.

My friends in the beauty industry are most guilty of this, even though they know better! (you know who you are.) Over exfoliation can lead to a break down of healthy skin, sensitivity and even premature aging! Follow the directions of your products and a good rule of thumb for over the counter peels is two to three times a week.

4. You don’t need SPF on cloudy days.

Come on people, we know harmful UV rays can penetrate though a hazy sky, apply it every day no matter what.

5. Natural Products are the best.

Next time your friend says she only uses “natural products” on her skin ask her what the definition of that is. Just because a product says “natural” doesn’t mean it is. There is no legal consequence for putting natural on a label when it is not because there is no legal definition. I have seen a natural line include fragrance and other items most would not consider natural so read your labels and make your own choices. As for making your own products at home, be careful. You don’t want to be smearing a bunch of bacteria and oxidized food from your fridge on your face now do you?

Do your own research and just remember not everything on the web is accurate when it comes to cosmetics or anything else for that matter. Always consider your source and what their interests are. If you have heard something skin care related you are a little iffy about please let me know!

 

Multivitamin Thermafoliant-A love letter

Dear Dermalogica,

Thank you for creating the Age Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant. After one application and two quick minutes, my skin looked and felt amazing. Perfectly soft yet not stripped of hydration. This combination therapy of physical and chemical exfoliation is the perfect blend to achieve that glow I was desperately in need of. Especially with the stress of the holidays. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Sincerely (or should I say Love?),

I heart skin care

P.S. Just found out my husband has been using my MT…better stock up before its all gone!

 

 

Happy Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday! One filled with little stress a LOT of love and good times. And a little bubbly never hurt.

♥,

I heart skin care

 

Stocking Stuffer Beauty

 

We have less than a week until the big holiday is here and I love to give (and receive) fun beauty products. Here are a few favorites I have found this season:

Glittery nail colors are a great stocking stuffer and New Years Eve is just around the corner! Deborah Lippmann Holiday Nail Color in ‘Shake Your Groove Thing’ is too much fun.

I live for gloss of all kind and I love the Stila Lip Glaze. I found a set of 7 at Costco for $16.99! This is an awesome deal considering just one lip glaze will run you 22 bucks. Just be careful, Costco can get you. I went in for toilet paper and 300 dollars later I walked out the door. I know that beach umbrella will come in handy one of these days…