Hand Saving Recipe!

Honey Sugar Scrub Hand Treatment 

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp coconut oil

1/2 tsp powdered milk

1/4 tsp lemon juice

Mix together into a slightly runny paste in a bowl.

Apply gently rubbing the mixture into damp hands. Let mixture sit on hands for at least 10 minutes. I recommend applying the mixture onto hands over the sink and putting each hand in a baggie to contain any mess. Wash hands in warm not hot water without soap. Once rinsed off apply hand cream.

I like to do this treatment once to twice a week at night.

If you have any allergies or sensitivities to any of the ingredients please don’t try this recipe.

Health & Beauty Tech I’m into Now!

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Northern Light Technology Flamingo Lux Bright Light Therapy Floor Lamp

Why I like it:

Most S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) lamps are small desktop lights that have to be positioned just right to be effective. This floor lamp is much more versatile; it stands 4 feet tall fully assembled with a rotating head which allows you to angle the light for maximum comfort. Electronically powered ballast assures reliable performance with no flicker and no hum. Offers 10,000 lux at Full Spectrum Lighting a comfortable distance of 12 inches, UV blocked. Made in Canada following strict CSA safety guidelines, Canadian Standards Association. I put it together myself in under 5 minutes.

 

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Oral-B BLACK 7000 SmartSeries Power Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush with Bluetooth Connectivity Powered by Braun

Why I Like it:

It talks to your phone using Bluetooth giving you real-time feedback with the Oral-B app focuses brushing on your most important areas, tracks habits over time, motivates with helpful oral care tips, and senses when you brush too hard! Cross Action round brush head with perfectly angled bristles for a precise clean; though my favorite brush that comes with it is the whitening brush. I feel like I just came from a dental check up. Clinically proven superior 3D cleaning oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up and remove up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.

Rechargeable with 6 modes: Daily Clean, Gum Care, Sensitive, Whitening, Deep Clean, and Tongue Cleaner.

Reminds you to floss and use mouthwash. Keeps a calendar on how long and how many times a day you brush. And more….

I’m lazy when it comes to dental care. The least amount of work the better! So I love to be told by the brush what to do to motive me!

 

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Clarisonic Smart Profile Cleansing Brush

 

Why I Like it:

Just when I thought Clarisonic couldn’t get better, it did!!! It got intuitive! SMART technology enables the Smart Profile device to read the two new smart enabled brush heads and to automatically adjust between gentle and deep cleansing for an optimal head-to-toe experience. Brush Head replacement indicator illuminates to prompt you when it is time to replace the brush head. Speed auto-adjusts! Amplified turbo speed removes makeup 11x BETTER than hands alone delivering superior cleansing results. You can use 4 manual speeds as well!

 

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DAFNI Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush

Why I Like it:

Heating to a safe 185°C/365°F in mere seconds, this tool evenly distributes heat without damaging your tresses in the process and you control the level of volume. Plus, it’s simple to use, no clips or fuss, you simply brush your hair! I love that it saves time! The bristles glide through your hair without tugging or pulling, creating straight, frizz-free strands fast.

Favorite Products of the Month!

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Christophe Robin Purifying Scrub

with Sea Salt (for your scalp)

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Lancome Miracle Cushion Liquid

Compact Foundation

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NIA 24 Eye Repair Complex

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Kiehl’s Algae Mask

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E.L.F Studio 3-in-1 Macara Primer

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Nail Foils

My Must Haves This Month!

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Laura Mercier Paint

Wash Liquid Colour

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Yves Saint Laurent Volupté

Tint-In-Oil

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Sephora Teint Infusion Ethereal

Natural Finish Foundation

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Artis Elite Mirror Collection

Make Up Brushes

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Perricone Chloro Plasma

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IBM Repair Gel Polish

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Onomie Bright Concealing Elixir

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Revlon Photoready Kajal

Matte Eye Pencil, Matte Marine

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Olay Fresh Effects Dew Over!

Hydrating Gel Facial Moisturizer

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Bioré Combination Skin

Balancing Cleanser

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Les Senteurs Gourmandes

Eau de Parfum, Vanille Violette

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Sumigaki Japanese

Charcoal Toothpaste

Algenist Genius Ultimate

Anti-Aging Bi-Phase Peel

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour

Skintuitive Blush, Energy

 

Dermaplaning: What Is It?

Dermaplaning or Dermabrasion smooths the skin, removes impurities, improves skin texture, evens pigmentation, removes fine facial hair, and leaves the skin with a refreshed glow. It is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (or peach fuzz). This procedure is performed by gently moving a scalpel over surface layers of the face for maximum exfoliation. It’s a non-invasive treatment, and can be performed on its own, or prior to other skin care treatments in order to enhance their effectiveness. The procedure is also a great treatment for the reduction of acne scarring and small lines. This is a great treatment for patients who are pregnant or nursing. By skimming off ‘peach fuzz’ and with the extra exfoliation it provides, dermaplaning enhances the effectiveness of other skin care treatments, helps with product penetration, and allows for a more flawless make-up application.

Although merely an old wives’ tale, many patients are often concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning or shaving. And as with all old wives’ tales this isn’t true. It will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment. People believe that the hair grows in thicker because when the hair is shaved the blade cuts the hair flat across the top of the hair shaft in the middle of the hair where the hair is thicker. When a hair grows naturally the tip of the hair is slightly finer so it seems that when you shave the hair seems to grow in thicker.

 

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Yes We Shed Skin – Talk About Dust!

The top layer of skin sheds a million dead skin cells every forty minutes!

That means you shed about 1.5 lbs/.68 kg of dead skin cells a year!

If you live to at least 75 years of age you will have shed 112.5 lbs/51.03 kg!

Want proof look at the dust in your home, dead skin cells make up 90% of the dust in your home!

My Must Have Beauty Products For May!

 

ColoreScience Pro Sunforgetable Powder Sun Protection SPF 50

 

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength

 

DevaCurl Light Defining Gel – not only great for curly hair, it’s great in combination with beach texturizing spray

 

Misto Olive Oil Spray Mister Non-Aerosol – I put my toner in it, store in the fridge for a even more refreshing mist

 

Fun DIY Recipes For Your Face & Body With Thanksgiving Leftovers!

Exfoliating Brightening Pumpkin Mask

2 TBSP raw pumpkin or butternut squash finely grated or pureed

add 1 egg white, 1 TSP lemon or lime or tomato juice, & 1 1/2 TSP honey

Mix together and apply to a cleansed face, leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off.

 

Brown Sugar Body Scrub

Mix 1/4 cup coarse brown sugar with olive, grapeseed, or almond oil (just enough oil to make a paste)

Apply to the paste in a gentle scrubbing motion to your body, excluding the face for 1 minute. Rinse off and towel dry.

 

Oily Skin Cranberry Mask

2 TBSP pureed fresh cranberries

1 TBSP honey

1 TBSP cranberry juice, no sugar added or apple cider vinegar

Mix together and apply to a cleansed face, leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse off.

 

Disclaimer:
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.

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in these recipes, don’t make them.

Hayflick Limit Theory of Aging – Life Extension Technology!

Exfoliation brightens the complexion, refines the texture of the skin, minimizes pores and fine lines and promotes circulation for better cellular nutrition. Exfoliation is a good thing. We all know, however, too much of a good thing is not a good thing at all. Deep, frequent exfoliation (microdermabrasion, AHA peels, etc.) that works hard at removing more than its share of cell debris stimulates excessive cell division. That is not a good thing and should be avoided. Seriously. Moderation is the key to a healthy skin care program. But, there is something else . . .

The Hayflick Limit is worthy of serious consideration. During the early 1960s, Leonard Hayflick and Paul Moorhead theorized that since human cells are finite there is only so much cell life and division to go around. Cells can only divide a certain number of times before the division stops and they become senescent (old, sluggish, dying). Senescent cells are dysfunctional, slow, enlarged, interfere with younger cells, and build up the pigment responsible for age spots. The skin of older people has approximately 33% times the senescent cells, and as a result, their skin is more fragile, blotchy and wrinkled.

Aging is a fact of life. It can be graceful or it can be dreadful. The choice, as with most things, is up to each individual. There is a visible need to reduce the rate of cell division to live longer. The bigger question is what on earth can be done about the Hayflick Limit? Avoid excessive exfoliation. Eat properly. Understand the profound health benefits of antioxidants. Maintain a healthy body weight. Exercise. Minimize stress. Use appropriate skin care. Be careful about UV exposure. Live a moderate lifestyle.

The Hayflict Limit is directly connected to the shortening of the telomeres. Telomerase is an enzyme that offers restoration and health to the telomeres. This is exciting life extension technology. Is it time to catch the youth train? Not quite, but the train is definitely on the track.

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Skin Mistakes That Make You Look Older!

Skin Mistakes That Make You Look Older

We love the idea of aging gracefully, and we’ve got nothing against laugh lines (we’ve all earned them!), but who wants to look older than they need to? Instead of investing in a bathroom full of anti-aging creams, head off signs of aging before they start by swearing off these bad skin habits ASAP.

Using the wrong cleanser.
Does your skin have a squeaky-clean feeling after you splash away your face wash? You may be overdrying your complexion by stripping away its natural moisture. Only the oiliest skin types should use foaming cleansers or washes with scrubbing beads. If your skin is dry (and most of us get drier as we age), choose a moisturizing cream cleanser. Combination skin can handle a little bit of lather, but opt for a gentle formula that won’t irritate dry patches, such as Atopalm Moisturizing Facial Cleansing Foam ($16.29, target.com).

Making faces.
Yep, Mom was right – your face will stay that way, eventually. If you’re constantly squinting or furrowing your brow, your skin will develop permanent lines in those areas. Wear sunglasses to help avoid crow’s feet (bonus: they filter UV damage, too) and make an effort to relax your face while you concentrate or apply makeup. Yoga or meditation can help you build awareness of tense facial expressions so you can learn to relax those muscles.

Sleeping on your side or stomach.
Just like making the same facial expression over and over can lead to lines, squashing your face against a pillow night after night can cause what dermatologists call “sleep wrinkles.” If you can’t retrain your body, try minimizing the damage with a satin pillowcase or a wrinkle-preventing pillow such as the Juverest, which has a design that reduces the contact your face makes with the pillow.

Getting “a little color” in the summer.
Whether your skin turns lobster red or golden brown, any color is a sign of skin that’s been damaged by the sun. A summer tan can lead to dark spots that won’t fade come fall, and those with darker skin tones are more susceptible to hyperpigmentation because of the higher levels of melanin in their skin. Choose a faux tan instead of a real one; today’s advanced formulas are natural-looking, non-orange and some, like Jergens‘ newly reformulated Natural Glow line, even have less of a telltale tanner smell.

Over exfoliating your skin.
Exfoliation helps skin layers turn over faster, which can make your complexion look younger and more glowing. But too much exfoliation messes with the skin’s barrier, causing it to lose moisture and even be more susceptible to redness and acne. It’s easy to overdo it when you’re using a mechanical exfoliant, such as a scrub or washcloth. Instead, opt for a weekly gentle-strength chemical exfoliant or peel, which loosens dead skin cells using an acid (glycolic, salicylic, lactic) or enzyme. Always moisturize and use sunscreen after exfoliating. And avoid scrubs made with particles such as seeds or crushed shells; these exfoliants have jagged edges that create microscopic tears in the skin.

Neglecting your neck.
Our necks are exposed to the same aging effects as our faces – the skin there is similarly sensitive and sees sunlight almost year-round. When applying your moisturizer and SPF, don’t stop at the jawline. Want a more targeted treatment? Amorepacific Line Revolution Firming Neck Creme ($185, us.amorepacific.com) visibly smooths fine lines almost instantly.

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