Beauty Must Haves For September!

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Matte Revolution’

Luminous Modern-Matte Lipstick

in Bond Girl

The Laundress Delicate Wash, Lady

St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan

Bobbi Brown Lip Color Shimmer Finish

in Twilight Shimmer

Dermaflage Worryless Starter Kit

Scar Coverage (Has learning curve, but really works

once you get the hang of it!)

Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers

Kiehl’s Original Musk

Beauty Bear Age Delay Pillow

T3 Source Showered Filter

TopShop Lip Ombre

Bodyglide Original Anti-Chafe Balm

Great for preventing blisters!

Charcoal: Why Use This Onyx Skin Savior!

Charcoal this messy wonder is to many of us is associated with many things: art, cooking, camping, fireplaces, fuel, and trains. However charcoal is also used for purification and skincare.  I know not the first thing you would to put on your face when there are much more glamorous ingredients out there to use.
Why bother?
Black Charcoal
Activated Charcoal
White Charcoal


Origins Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask To Clear Pores


Charcoal may be activated to increase its effectiveness as a filter. Activated charcoal readily adsorbs a wide range of organic compounds dissolved or suspended in gases and liquids. Activated carbon is used in water purification, medicine, and air filters. It is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. Because of its natural detoxifying properties, it can be used to whiten teeth, remove poisons from your body, and cleanse!
Charcoal is a clear winner for absorbing oil and debris from pores on your face and body.
It is known to absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities.
There isn’t a lot of clinical data for the use of charcoal on the skin, its been used for thousands of years and from my own personal use on my skin only I find it to be effective. See a medical professional if you want to take charcoal internally. (see data below)
Origins Skin Diver Active Charcoal Body Wash


Boscia Konjac Cleansing Sponge with Bamboo Charcoal
Lush You Snap the Whip Body Butter
GlamGlow YouthMud Tinglexfoliate Treatment Mask
Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

Essential Oil Of The Month: Lime

Lime (from Arabic and French lim) is a citrus fruit

Some species of limes are: Key lime, Persian lime, kaffir lime, and desert lime.

Limes are a good source of vitamin C, and are often used to accent the flavors of foods and beverages. Limes were first grown in southern Iraq and Persia.

Kaffir Limes

The pleasant citrus aroma of lime may help mental clarity, anxiety, and encourage creativity.


In India, the lime is used in Tantra for removing evil spirits. It is also combined with Indian chillies to make a protective charm to repel the evil eye. Furthermore, it was believed that hanging limes over sick people cured them of the illness by repelling evil spirits lurking inside the body.



When human skin is exposed to ultraviolet light after lime juice contact, a reaction known as phytophotodermatitis can occur, which can cause darkening of the skin, swelling or blistering. Bartenders and others in the food industry that handle limes and other citrus fruits on a regular basis may develop phytophotodermatitis due to the high concentration of furocoumarins in limes; the main furanocoumarin in limes is lemittin.


Lime essential oil can help prevent and heal infections, as it is an antiseptic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidal, and disinfectant. Helps acneic skin.

Blends Well With:  Clary Sage, Lavender, Neroli, Lemon, Lemongrass, Letiver, Orange, Basil, Jasmin, Geranium, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Vanilla, Citronella, and Ylang-Ylang.



The tree known in Britain as the lime tree (Tilia sp.), called the linden in other dialects of English, is a broadleaf temperate plant unrelated to the Citrus fruits.


Do not take the essential oil internally.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops of essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.


While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

How Stress Affects Your Skin!

Stress can affect your whole body, including your skin, hair, and nails.

♦In studies on mice at Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University, showed stress greatly increased skin cancer formations and weight gain when they were exposed to UV (ultraviolet) light. In another study¹, Yale University, found that people over their lifetime that had more stress than the norm or periods in their life of extreme stress prior to their melanoma diagnosis were more likely to have melanoma than people who did not have high levels of stress.

♦When you are stressed, you tend to break out more.


Stress causes your body to produce cortisol and other hormones, which tells your sebaceous (oil) glands to produce more oil than normal. This causes people to be more prone to acne and other skin problems. Cortisol is a powerful steroid which hinders your immune system. All the while increasing your sensitivity to allergens. Researchers at Stanford University examined the severity of acne at a college during the week of final exams. No surprise the more highly stressed a student was by their exams the worse the acne, while the less stressed students acne was minimal.

♦When under stress people have a tendency to frown more which increases the chance of developing frown lines around the mouth.

♦Stress can have negative effects on preexisting skin conditions, such as psoriasis, fever blisters, rosacea, eczema and cold sores. In one study, researchers examined students in three different scenarios: after returning from and during vacation when experiencing less stress and during final exams when experiencing high levels of stress. The results were that the skin’s normal functions were compromised, because the skin had become extremely dry and dull. This was caused by the skins outer layer to breakdown due to the lipids (ceramides, free fatty acids, and cholesterol) between those cells dissipation and reduction in size of skin cells. A study from Japan was done on patients with atopic dermatitis (eczema – an itchy inflammation of your skin) they experienced a lessening in their symptoms after watching a funny movie. They were also exposed to the allergens that triggered symptoms and still had a reduction it was hypothesized that the laughter lowered levels of hormones related to stress.

♦Stress in a study by Yale University in 2006, showed that stress slowed down wound healing and inflammation.

♦When people are stressed they tend to be less strident in following their skin care routine, which can aggravate skin problems, thus causing more stress over the skin problem causing a vicious cycle. Habits that form when you’re stressed – such as rubbing, scratching and biting your fingers or lip – increase your chances the chances of injuring the skin.


1 – Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.; January 2009, Journal of Investigative Dermatology

What to Look For in an Acne Product!

There are only three ingredients that have been approved for treating Acne topically are (both topical vitamin A derivatives & antibiotics are sometimes also given by doctors):

  • Benzoyl Peroxide – works as a peeling agent. It increases skin turnover, clearing pores and reducing the bacterial count (specifically P. acnes) as well as acting directly as an antimicrobial.
  • Salicylic Acid – derived from willow tree bark it is an anti-inflammatory and an agent that causes the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, opening clogged pores and neutralizing bacteria within, preventing pores from clogging up again by constricting pore diameter, and allowing room for new cell growth.
  • Sulfur – is an inhibitor of growth of the P. acnes bacterium – it is a mild “antimicrobial.” It interferes with of sulfhydryl groups on the proteins involved in the bacteria. For acne treatment, the sulfur is almost always combined with another antimicrobial called sodium sulfacetamide. This compound acts to stop paraaminobenzoic acid (PABA), an essential part for bacterial growth.


That’s not all that you need to look for however. Many people make the mistake of thinking by applying overly drying acne products to the skin it will fix the problem.  In the very short-term it will help but after a day or two it will make acne worse!!!




Those three ingredients treat the problem, but you also need a product that protects the skin’s acid mantle which is part of the skin’s barrier function. The acid mantle is a slightly acidic film that has highly organized lipids, acids, hydrolytic enzymes and antimicrobial peptides on the surface of the skin acting as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and other potential contaminants that might penetrate the skin. It is secreted by sebaceous glands. The pH of the skin is between 4.5 and 6.2, so it is acidic. These contaminants and other chemicals are primarily alkaline and the skin’s moderate acidity helps to neutralize their chemical effects. In addition to the acid mantle the skin’s barrier function also, helps to stop oxidant stress (UV light), protect the immune system, prevent transepidermal water loss.

By creating a physical barrier through keratinocytes attached together via cell–cell junctions and associated to cytoskeletalproteins, is what gives the epidermis (top layer of skin) its strength as a barrier. The amount and distribution of melaninpigment in the epidermis is the main reason for variation in skin color in humans. Melanin is found in the small melanosomes, particles formed in melanocytes from where they are transferred to the surrounding keratinocytes. The size, number, and arrangement of the melanosomes varies between racial groups, but while the number of melanocytes can vary between different body regions, their numbers remain the same in individual body regions in all human beings. In white and oriental skin the melanosomes are packed in “aggregates”, but in black skin they are larger and distributed more evenly. The number of melanosomes in the keratinocytes increases with UV radiation exposure, while their distribution remain largely unaffected.

Look for a product that doesn’t interfere with the skin barrier function by containing hydrators, plus antioxidants (to help against free radical oxidation) and anti-inflammatory ingredients to help reduce the inflammation that the acne causes.


Such as – Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid), E (tocopherol), A (retinoids), green tea, Niacinamide (vitamin B3)

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories:

Such as – chamomile, aloe vera, calendula, mallow, indigo, willow bark

Summary:  look for a product with benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and or sulfur that is hydrating, and has antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

Homemade Toner Recipes!

Dry/Sensitive Skin:

Mix 1/2 cup rose water and 1/2 cup orange water, to 1/3 cup chamomile tea,  2/3 cup green tea (that has been steeped and allowed to cool (steep for at least 5 minutes, loose tea or tea bags are fine; make sure with loose to strain out the leaves – don’t buy blended tea/extra flavors added to the tea)

Optional: 2 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, 3 drops of lavender, geranium, carrot seed, chamomile, and 1 drop of frankincense, and sandalwood essential oil(s)

Oily/Acneic Skin:

Mix 1 cup witch hazel, 2 teaspoons of either lemon juice/lime juice/apple cider vinegar to 1 cup mint/peppermint/white sage tea (with loose and bags don’t buy blended/extra flavors added to the tea) that has been steeped and allowed to cool (steep for at least 5 minutes, fresh leaves are better but tea bags or loose tea is fine; make sure with fresh or loose to strain out the leaves)

Optional: 3 drops of tea tree/cajeput/manuka, and 1 drop of juniper, rosemary, and ylang ylang essential oil(s)

Normal/Combination Skin:







Mix 1 cup witch hazel, 2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin or 1 teaspoon aloe (plain, nothing added), 1 cup green tea (that has been steeped and allowed to cool (steep for at least 5 minutes, loose tea or tea bags are fine; make sure with loose to strain out the leaves – don’t buy blended tea/extra flavors added to the tea)

Store in a sterile container or spray bottle:

Refrigerator Freezer
Prepared Tea lasts for 3-5 Days 6-8 Months


Must Have Products For February!

FacePlace Original Daily Face Shampoo

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Renewal Treatment

Ambra di Venezia by AEDES

Nars Single Eye Shadow, Daphne – matte deep violet

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eye Liner in Cobalt Ink

Butter 3 Free Nail Lacquer in British Racing Green

My Must Haves For September!

Revision Skin Care Nectifirm

To keep your neck &
decollette youthful!

Decollette Pads or buy Silicon Scar Pads

Prevent and correct chest wrinkles
that are caused by sun damage,
aging, and gravity. Our reusable,
adhesive silicone pads are discreet
enough to wear under clothing, 
allowing you to smooth existing 
lines and wrinkles during the day
or to prevent new creases from
forming as you sleep. Apply the
self-adhesive pads while sleeping
or for 20-60 minutes during the
day to restore the décolletage area
Lightly apply your skin care
moisturizer, etc. then apply the pad.

Smile’s PRID Homeopathic Drawing Salve

Draws out splinters, boils, some cysts, even acne;
it smells but it works!

Squip Himalayan Sea Salt Inhaler

Read my article on:
Salt Cave Salt Therapy Salt Speleotherapy/Halotherapy!
Yes or No?

Top Types of Honey For Skin Care & Health!

From skin-care multitasker to wellness elixir, honey is stepping out of the shadows from its sweet-stuff reputation to take the reins as one of the hottest total-health ingredients. You’ll want to incorporate this sweet ingredient into your diet and skin care to reap all it has to offer. Here’s how:

1. Buckwheat Honey: For a High-Dose of Vitamin C
Considered the antioxidant powerhouse, buckwheat honey is the darkest in color and has one of the highest concentrations of vitamins (it actually contains vitamin c).

Internal: Similar to molasses in taste and color, Bee Raw Buckwheat Honey’s ($12) semisweet flavor lends an earthy, malt-like flavor that pairs perfectly with citrus fruits, mild cheese or greek yogurt.
Topical: Formulated with a blend of honey, coconut fruit extract, tonka beans and jasmine, Molton Brown Ultrasmooth Coco de Mer Body Lotion ($30) offers serious hydration and a delicate, floral scent.

2. Manuka Honey: For Serious Skin Care
The antibacterial one in the bunch, manuka honey can be hard to come by (the true form is only found from New Zealand manuka plants and there are set measurement systems dedicated to verifying its authenticity), but its unique enzymes and compositions make it a potent multitasker.

Internal: With just one ingredient, Honeymark Manuka Honey Lozenges ($8) slightly sticky (but not overly sweet), pure honey drops can help relieve a sore throat while freshening breath.

Topical: Harnessing the hydrating power of manuka honey plus potent peptides, Dermelect Cosmeceuticals Get Lifted ($44) claims to fight the signs of aging for a more contoured, youthful look.

CT Esthetic- I will buy a jar of straight Manuka Honey and add it to a mask or use as a acne spot treatment sparingly!

3. Royal Jelly: For Overall Health and Aging
Not honey or bee pollen, royal jelly is a unique substance that is the food of the Queen Bee (who lives about four to six years, while the average worker bee only lives six weeks); Traditional Chinese Medicine considers it a key ingredient both internally and externally in the fight against aging and for overall health.

Internal: Unprocessed and sans additives, BeeAlive Pure & Natural Royale Jelly ($125 for a three-month supply) is said to help increase energy and vitality with just one-fifth teaspoon a day.
Topical: Just a few drops of Hey Honey Good Night Royal Honey Gel ($39) leave skin looking dewy, refreshed and radiant thanks to the powerful ingredient of CoQ10.

4. Wildflower Honey: For Fighting Allergies
Comprised of a wide variety of nectars, wildflower honey comes from undefined sources, typically during Spring. It is one of the most common types of honey and is usually the one associated with combating allergies.

Internal: Expertly blended to create a unique flavor balance, Honey Republic Organic Wildflower Honey ($11) is a healthy substitute for sugar in sauces and spreads.

Ct Esthetic – The more local the honey the better when used internally for allergies!

Topical: Burt’s Bees’ star honey ingredient is beeswax, a potent nourisher that meets with shea, almond and aloe vera in its skin-perfecting Sugar Scrub ($13).

CT Esthetic – A simple mask made of honey & yogurt (plain cow, goat, or sheep, the higher the fat content the better) is a great mask for dry, acne, mature, sensitive or mature skin.

Via New Beauty

While I’ve attempted to use

credible sources for information,

this is not intended to be a

substitute for professional

medical advice or treatment.

If there is a disparity between

the information presented

within this blog and the advice

given by your medical professional,

please follow the medical professional’s

advice as he/she will know you

and your medical circumstances.

Don’t eat or use honey topically if you have a bee allergy!  Avoid yogurt if you have a dairy allergy!

Pores Strips: No Thank You!

Pore strips are excessively promoted!!!!

Your pores are usually clogged much deeper down and pore strips are generally just fancy adhesive tape.

There is no way they can grab deeply clogged pores.

They can do more harm than good:

Mechanical pore extractors expand the borders of the pore. Though pores may seem cleaner and smaller this is a temporary effect. Since pores cannot permanently shrink, the unfortunate consequence of continual use of pore strips will lead not only to bigger pores but possibly more and bigger blackheads. Unless you’re seeing a licensed professional it’s best to leave any pore extractor alone.

Extractions by a professional is the best way to remove debris from clogged pores!

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