How Floating in a Tank Can Improve Your Health

I have been hearing all of the hype surrounding ‘floating’ in sensory deprivation tanks recently so I decided to see what it was all about for myself.  Initially I became a little anxious about floating in a closed pod full of water and Epsom salts, so I did some research first. The health benefit claims were impressive; improvement in sleep quality, pain relief, decreased anxiety and more. I even read one hour in the tank can equal up to four hours of sleep, that was all I needed to hear after a year of poor sleep being a new mom.

My sister and I went to Float Therapy Spa in Huntington Beach a brand new facility offering state of the art float tanks. And here is a little about the process:

  • Watch a brief video that gives you a great explanation about the experience.
  • Take a shower and get ready to begin your float
  • Float! We did a 60 minute float but they have longer sessions available as well.
  • Take another shower to rinse off the salt

There are options, you don’t have to be in the dark with no sound and just sit there. I closed the pod door (but you don’t have to) and chose to keep the light on and listen to music. You can customize your experience so it is comfortable allowing for you relax and feel at peace.

It was such an interesting experience. At the end of my float I felt as though I had had a massage. I was extremely relaxed and felt less back pain than I had before. The benefits increase as you continue to float and people report increased creativity, focus and mind altering thoughts (along with many other benefits). While speaking to people who regualry float, one thing that is common is they do go regularly and each time improves what you get out of it.  I will definitely go back.

References:

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25344737
  • Float Therapy Spa-Huntington Beach

Help! My Tween is Breaking Out!

Rehydrating Neroli Water

Lately I am getting a ton of questions regarding the tween age child and breakouts. I am going to outline three of my favorite products to help prevent and heal existing breakouts in a gentle and effective way. These Kerstin Florian products I recommend are my go-to because of the lightweight and therapeutic nature. Also safe and gentle for the littles!

1. Clarifying Moor Mud Masque-Sweating during play or sports, makeup for dance, not washing their hands and then touching the face are all culprits of spreading bacteria that can lead to congestion. I love this organic mud because it gently exfoliates and deep cleanses. And they will love to get permission to play with mud!

I suggest this product be used in the shower because it should remain moist. After only five minutes they can rinse if off and that’s it!

Clarifying Moor Mud Masque

2.Rehydrating Neroli Water- One issue with breakouts I have seen time and time again is dehydration. The skin at this age may lack hydration (water not oil) and a simple way to help this is to use a floral water. This is a pure and natural product using the extract of the bitter orange blossom to hydrate and oxygenate the skin. The aroma is very uplifting and great for anxiety, perfect for the tween!

Neroli Water can be sprayed throughout the day, at night and whenever the skin needs to be freshened up. It is fun to put in the refrigerator and spray on a warm day, they will love it (and so will mom)!

3.Rehydrating Remineralizing Face Crème– I love this lightweight moisturizer for breakouts because of its protective and re-mineralizing properties. It is safe, recommended for sensitive skin and can be used at night if the tween is feeling a little oily during the day.

All of these products can be purchased on Kerstin Florain’s website, click here for link. Remember to keep it simple, at this age kids should not be focused on long regimens or worrying about their skin. Make it simple and fun and they will respond very positively! Please share this post with any mom you know who may be dealing with tween breakouts and let me know in the comments if there are any products you have used with great results!

Let it GO!

So I may be the only mom who hasn’t seen the movie Frozen yet, I hear the song Let it Go is pretty popular. It’s also the theme for my house as I prep for baby #2. I can’t believe how attached to “stuff” I can get and how this “stuff” is totally dragging me down. I saved many items that my son grew out of because I knew we were having another child. And lucky me I am having another boy so many of those items will really come in handy! My two boys will be sharing a small room and this room was already full and overcrowded. I put off re-organizing and making room as long as I could until all of a sudden I realize I have less than a month until Baby Ezra is here!

What I noticed was the stress of the clutter, just looking at it, was making me stressed beyond belief. I have been sick a lot this pregnancy and I know being stressed out played a role in that. The funny thing is once I got in there and started letting go of what I thought was so important to keep, my mood improved and I felt like a huge weight was being lifted.

I have talked about stress and how it affects the skin in a negative way and also overall health. I am living proof of that. I know its easy to let the clutter and things pile up on me and how badly it makes me feel. Sometimes a good purge is just what the doctor ordered. If it was up to my husband my son would have one toy and everything else would be gone. I love that he is not attached to “things”, it seems so freeing. I am working on being more like that as well.

Update on the room:  there is enough space, we have what we need and I think the boys will be very happy in there. That is all that really matters. Now just waiting on his arrival!

Other posts on this topic:

Oh I’m Stressed!

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Are You Tanning Too Much?

 

 

Today I have a guest post from Samantha, a medical skin care therapist out of Arizona! Check out the safe tanning recommendations below and thank you Samantha!

After a very cold, harsh winter and with spring just around the corner, millions of Americans are itching to sprawl out under the warmth of the sun to acquire a tan. North Americans consider a deep suntan a crown of glory for good looks and people go to great lengths to obtain bronzed skin.

However, there are numerous dangers to sun ray overexposure and those dangers are growing due to factors such as weakening protective shields surrounding the earth and artificial tanning technologies.

Dangers of Sun Ray Overexposure

The sun’s warmth is produced by ultraviolet (UV) rays of light which affect the skin in various ways. Healthy skin fibers provide elasticity as well as protect underlying tissue from extensive damage such as tearing and bruising. UV rays damage these fibers causing a compromise in the skin’s elasticity and protective qualities.

When skin is overexposed to UV radiation, it begins to break down resulting in sagging and stretching. When skin is exposed to long or intense periods of UV radiation, it develops wrinkles (elastosis), mottled pigmentation (discolored patches), freckles, yellow discoloration (sallowness) and blood vessel dilation (telangiectasias) as well as pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesion development.

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma cases have increased dramatically over the past 40 years. The most significant rise in melanoma has occurred in those 18 to 39 years old with an 800 percent increase in women and a 400 percent increase in men. Although men are generally more susceptible to skin cancer, the higher case increase in women is attributed to tanning bed use. Lack or under use of sunscreen is another large contributing factor for those seeking tans from direct sunlight.

Dangers of Tanning Beds

Tanning bed use has increased dramatically over the years because they provide tans rapidly. Teens in particular are using tanning beds at the rate of 2.5 million every year. The problem with tanning beds is that they emit much greater amounts of UV radiation than the sun, as much as 15 times more.

Also, artificial tanning beds emit high portions of UVA rays which penetrate and damage the underlying dermal-epidermal layers of skin where they cause DNA damage. This damage creates abnormal cell growth which is the beginning of melanoma skin cancer.

Most people understand that sunburns damage the skin. However, what most people do not realize is that tanned skin has been damaged as well and can lead to skin cancer over time. A recent study conducted by JAMA Dermatology revealed that cases of skin cancer have surpassed those of lung cancer due to cigarette smoking. The majority of those skin cancer cases have been attributed to tanning bed use.

Safe Tanning Alternatives

It is highly recommended by various skincare specialists to completely avoid using indoor tanning beds. Those who seek to sunbath under the open skies should regularly apply a sunscreen of 30 SPF (Sun Protection Factor) to all skin that is exposed to the sun’s radiation. Sunscreen should also be ‘broad-spectrum’ meaning it protects from both UVA and UVB ultraviolet radiation and it should be reapplied after sweating and swimming as well as every two hours. Installing sun shades in the home is another easy way to cut down on unwanted UV light from affecting your skin when you feel you’ve already tanned too much.

Sunless tanning sprays and lotions are the safest methods for obtaining a tan without the risks of skin cancer. Although such products only dye the surface skin cells and need to be reapplied every few days, they will keep your skin healthier and younger looking as well as free from the ravages of cancer.

Samantha McKenzie is a medical aesthetician from Tucson, Arizona. She loves helping people get the skin they’re always dreamed of!

4 Simple New Year Skin Resolutions!

Moms In Charge

My latest guest blog post for Mom’s in Charge is up! I share four easy ways to improve the look of your skin in 2014, check it out here!

The mission of this organization is to empower moms to raise healthy vibrant kids and I am a proud member. If you want to learn more about MIC please go to their website and also this past blog post where I interview the president and founder Dotty Hagmier: MIC Post

Fat Rant

My dieting career began in the nineties when the philosophy ‘fat will make you fat’ was all the rage. I became fat phobic and stayed away from anything with fat in it. I was attracted to all the fat-free, sugar-free (real-food free), food I could get. I drank diet coke like it was going to keep me thin (studies actually show people who consume diet soda are heavier than those who drink regular), and actually bought a bag of potato chips with a warning label: May cause anal leakage. Well, only once. I remember my roommates coming home from work at a pizza restaurant with free pizza and I said no thanks. I will just stick to a baked potato with nothing on it. I was eating a lot of fat free foods high in carbs and could not for the life of me figure out why I was gaining weight! I worked out and ate no fat, it wasn’t fair.

Fast forward to today where the research is claiming quite a different story. Essential fatty acids which are ESSENTIAL, are vital to our health. Having fat in our diets (and I am talking about healthy fat from real food like grass fed butter and coconut oil), help with energy, brain function and aid in digestion. If you eat a bunch of greens with no fat (such as healthy oils and avocado), your body is not able to process and absorb these vitamins as efficiently. I see so many women AND men still going for the fat free junk, or eating too little while never feeling satisfied. When products have fat and sugar removed they have to replace them with chemicals to help the food taste good. These chemicals and sweeteners actually trigger the brain to make you believe you are more hungry. This leads to more cravings and eventually binge eating.

What does all of this have to do with skin? Healthy fat is necessary for beautiful skin. No wonder my skin was so dry and flaky back then! This is why you hear about Salmon being so great for glowing skin, it is the essential fatty acids within the fish. Brain function also depends on healthy fat to keep it strong and can cause many problems when it doesn’t get it. (How did I ever graduate college!?)

There are so many studies that prove a high fat, low carb diet is the ideal diet for not only weight loss but for optimal health. They say going back to the way grandma or great grandma cooked is the way to go for starters. It’s something to start thinking about in this current food culture where everything is processed and fat is forbidden. I for one am happy to eat fat again and actually feel good about it.

End rant.

 

Super Skin Foods for Beautiful Skin-Moms in Charge Guest Post

Moms In Charge

My latest guest post for the fabulous Moms in Charge organization is up! If you are wondering how to incorporate super foods into your diet that can affect the beauty of your skin, please click below:

Three Super Skin Foods for Beautiful Skin

The mission of Mom’s in Charge is to empower moms to raise healthy vibrant kids and I am a proud member. If you want to learn more about MIC please go to their website and also this past blog post where I interview the president and founder Dotty Hagmier: MIC Post

 

Hylunia Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Pure Hyaluronic Acid

 

One of the most common skin care concerns I have seen, no matter what the skin type, is dehydration. I have had clients with acne and oily skin have terrible dehydration. Typically skin that is dried out through the use of harsh ingredients is left even more vulnerable to further oil production and acne breakouts, due to the skin overcompensating. It’s a vicious cycle. It is with this skin type that you want to hydrate the skin with a water based ingredient versus an oil. Drier skin types that lack oil can also be lacking hydration in the skin. Almost everyone I see is dehydrated to some degree.

Nicely hydrated skin is always the goal, it’s what gives us the “dewy look” or that glowing skin we desire. Wrinkles look less defined and make-up glides on beautifully. One of my favorite ingredients to achieve hydration is Hyaluronic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is found within the body, in the eyes and joints. One of my favorite qualities of it,  is that it binds moisture from the air, up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. This makes it super powerful for delivering hydration without the heavier feel of an oil. Because of the plumping effects, this ingredient is even used as an injectable wrinkle reducer and for lip plumping in many plastic surgery/medical spa facilities.

One of my favorite topical serums containing this potent ingredient is Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum by Hylunia. It glides on the skin and is instantly penetrated, leaving the skin feeling light and smooth. It is oil-free making it a great moisturizer option for a acneic or oily skin type. Due to my dry skin, I use it underneath my moisturizer as a hydrating booster and it makes my skin feel silky and smooth. This product is for everyone, it is extremely gentle and even healing for more extreme skin conditions like Eczema and Psoriasis.

Check out the Hylunia website for more information, they offer free shipping with no minimum order!

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Suncreen Savvy by Summer-Guest Post

Moms In Charge

One of the most frequently asked questions I get on my blog is that of sun protection. Especially from moms who worry about what to put on their children. I recently wrote an article on everything sunscreen for the Mom’s in Charge Non-Profit organization, you can read it here!

The mission of Mom’s in Charge is to empower moms to raise healthy vibrant kids and I am a proud member. If you want to learn more about MIC please go to their website and also this past blog post where I interview the president and founder Dotty Hagmier: MIC Post

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Dermalogica Skinperfect Primer SPF 30

skinperfect primer spf30

 

As a mom who is always on the go, I appreciate multifunctional items, especially when I am getting ready in the morning. I usually have about three minutes until my toddler starts breaking my make-up (true story).

I just started using the skinperfect primer spf30 by Dermalogica after not using a primer in while. I love the way this product makes my skin look underneath my make-up and even better, I can wear it alone. This product is a three in one; as it is a primer, contains SPF and addresses anti-aging concerns. After I put this on my skin,  I feel my face looks smoother, brighter and more even. If I am just running around I usually do not use a foundation and I feel the coverage, although light, is enough for me. When I do apply my foundation on top, it lasts longer and helps minimize the way my lines appear.

The skinperfect primer is filled with powerful ingredients such as peptides, white tea and SPF to help ensure it not only protects the skin but also repairs the skin from further damage. Because of the consistency of the primer this would be an excellent choice for a more oily skin type, especially with anti-aging concerns.

Do you wear a primer under your make-up? Let me know which one YOU like!