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

Acure Organics

Acure Organics - Acure For Your Skin, Acure For The Planet

I am always on the look out for a skin care line that uses pure ingredients and doesn’t break the bank. I recently discovered the Acure Skin Care line and have been testing one of the moisturizers. I was drawn to the company philosophy and the care in which they source ingredients. They look out for natural, organic when possible, fairly traded ingredients while maintaining an eco-friendly status. The list of ingredients they avoid is impressive-click here.

I purchased the Sensitive Facial Cream and am enjoying it. Because of my dry skin I chose this moisturizer over the others even though I am not sensitive because I wanted the richest cream. The ingredients include organic Chamomile and probiotics. Some of the more cutting edge technology used are the Chlorella Growth Factor and Argan Stem Cells which aid in the skin rejuvenation process: making this cream both highly moisturizing and anti-aging. It can be used day and night.

I am looking forward to trying more of this line. They carry it at health food stores (you can find out the nearest location near you here) and the price is great considering the quality of the product! I will report back when I have have the chance to try more.

 

 

 

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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Repair Post ‘Summer Skin’ with Sircuit Cosmeceuticals!

If you were anything like me this summer you spent plenty of time in the sun. Between beach and pool visits not to mention plenty of time at the park, I had my fair share of sun exposure even while wearing a hat most of the time. Now that summer is winding down (although you would never know it here in southern California with the dreaded heat!), I like to start thinking of ways I can replenish and repair the damage that has been done.

One of my all time favorite brands Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, has a product that is just what the doctor ordered post-summer. Infusion-A is a very effective protecting and correcting serum that I love to use to help improve the look of my skin. Due to the vitamin A, proteins and other cutting edge ingredients, benefits include decreased hyperpigmentation, improved skin tone and wrinkle reduction. What I love about this product (and the brand itself) is that the combination of natural and high performance ingredients together achieve dramatic results without the irritation (like many other products I have tried).

While this product is highly corrective it is also a terrific preventative tool. The peptide complex protects skin from cellular damage. Because it promotes cellular turnover, skin can be more sensitive to the sun, so use this product at night and follow up with a sun protection before you leave the house in the A.M. If you are really serious about correcting sun damage, couple Infusion-A with a Vitamin C serum in the day time. Sircuit Weapon is a 10% Vitamin C serum jam packed with powerful antioxidants to help repair sun damage, protect the skin from free radical damage and pump up that collagen production. Among other things this serum makes your skin smooth and leaves it glowing, I love it!

Sircuit Cosmeceuticals is cruelty free, green, never uses artificial colors, artificial preservatives or artificial fragrances. You can be assured you are getting a top quality product that works every time. Learn more about the company here and what other amazing products may work for you. I have a feeling you will be as impressed as I am.

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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!

 

 

 

Kale-Super Skin Food

Kale is good for you. Duh. I am pretty sure this is not breaking news.  This happens to be one of the most nutrient dense foods out there. Kale has been studied and linked to cancer prevention, detoxification due to the sulfur content, and used as a tool for inflammation in the body.

As a bonus, it is also amazing for skin health. It is loaded in iron, vitamins (such as vitamins A, C, K), minerals and antioxidants. Due to the high amounts of vitamin C, kale helps promote collagen production in the skin, making the skins surface appear smoother. Vitamin A assists with skin repair and maintenance. Because of the carotenoids found in kale and other colorful vegetables, another positive side effect of is glowing skin.

There are several varieties of kale, but the typical two you see in the market are curly kale and Lacinato kale. I am really love Lacinato kale, it tastes almost sweet. I use it in my kale salads, smoothies, and juice. I love the curly Kale for kale chips, to throw in soups and sauteed kale. I love kale fritattas, yum! Due to the stalk being so tough I peel the leaves off and then save the stalks for the juicer. It is edible but I find it bitter when consumed raw.

One of my favorite things about kale is that it is sturdy. I make a salad in a big batch, even put the dressing on and it still does not wilt or turn. When I hear that people don’t like kale, they usually say it is too tough and bitter. Massaging the kale, I find, is the perfect solution to this. By doing so you break down the structure a little, changing the texture and even the taste of this green. You can see the color change as well, almost like you have gently cooked it. It is actually worth the 1-5 minutes it takes for the outcome of a beautiful green salad. Massaging your food? How spa!

If you are looking for kale recipes, check out one of my favorite blogs, For The Love of Food Blog. There are some great recipes and beautiful photos that accompany them.

So how do you eat your kale?

My Must-Have Summer Product

The other day I walked by the mirror and saw my skin, I have to say it was looking pretty good. It had been about a week since I started using the Beyond Complex C Anti-Aging Vitamin C Serum by Hylunia and it was starting to show. I could actually see a notable difference in my skin, it looked smoother and brighter and in a short period of time. As I continue on my journey to ditch the toxic chemicals in my life across the board, I am always on the lookout for topical skin care that is safe AND efficacious. I think I hit the jackpot!

The main benefits of Beyond Complex C include:

  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Protection from free radical damage
  • Soothes and calms redness in skin
  • Less irritation
  • Beneficial for Rosacea

Green tea and Chrysanthemum are powerful antioxidants which help fight free radical damage, Vitamin C is a great wrinkle fighter and Horsetail is a natural way to lessen redness in skin and heal.

For best results apply this product twice a day underneath a moisturizer. It is lightweight and is easily absorbed into the skin. Check out the Hylunia website to learn more about the Beyond Complex C and the other products in the Hylunia line. Shipping is free every order (score!) and check out the amazing sales going on here.

As this line was created skin sensitivity was the main focus, ensuring that the most pure and safe ingredients are utilized. Hylunia is a very green brand, cruelty free, and this company avoid all the harmful and toxic ingredients used widely in mass marketed products. The holistic approach to skin care and the use of natural ingredients that actually work is a total win in my book! I am trying out a few other products and will report back soon!