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!

Essential Oil of the Month: Petitgrain – The Stress Relieving Aphrodisiac!

Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium bigaradia Rutaceae) translates to small grains. It comes from the immature bitter orange.

Stem distilled from Twigs, leaves and stems.

It has a sharp green, fresh orange, floral with a touch of woodiness.

Note: Top & Middle

Chakra: Root & Heart

Chakra Color: Yellow

Blends well with:

Basil, bergamot, coriander, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, lime, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, rosewood, sandalwood and ylang ylang.


It treats acne, fatigue, oily skin, insomnia, and stress. It is an antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, antidepressant, deodorant, nervine and sedative substance. It encourages a balanced monthly cycle for women. This oil can help to release denial, avoidance and self judgment.

It is energizing, reassuring, stabilizing and uplifting. It is considered an aphrodisiac. It inspires strength and commitment.

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 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.

Skin Care Tips To Get You Through The School Year: Sports, Band, Cheerleading, & Gym Class!

With a new school year around the corner here are some skin care survival tips!

Sports, Gym, Marching Band Drills, & Cheerleading:

Take off your make up before these activities if possible, I know that during some of these activities you would like to look you best and would prefer to wear make up. If this is the case wear makeup that is long-lasting and made for acneic skin. Make up that is made specifically for skin that has acne usually has salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide included in the formulation which can help to prevent breakouts when you are sweating.

A makeup setting spray and blotting papers will also help to keep your make up in place.

Wash your face as soon as possible! Don’t let the sweat and grime dry on your face if you can help it.

Disinfect any equipment that will touch your skin; 91% alcohol, bleach, or soap & water! Get into the habit of killing the bacteria. Keep alcohol wipes, a bleach solution in a spray bottle, hand sanitizer available at all times or ask the parent volunteers to keep it handy.

Wash your gym clothes, uniforms, and towels after every use.  A hassle to always have clean ones on hand; buy some cheap towels keep a few clean in separate bag in your locker or gym bag. You can do the same for socks, underwear, and bras. Take home every few days to wash.

Keep witch hazel wipes, epsom salt (not sea or table salt) solution 2 tbsp. to 1 quart water in a spray bottle, or alcohol wipes handy to help prevent breakouts if you are sweating facial or baby wipes just won’t cut it!!! Use on any place sweaty: face, back, neck, or any place where you break out. The epsom salt solution is great for break outs.

If you have athletes foot or the potential to get it don’t use powder that has corn starch in it! Corn starch will make the athlete’s foot worse!

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.

Essential Oil of the Month: Palmarosa!

Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martini) is a species of grass in the lemon grass genus  and is also related to and citronella it is best known by the common name palmarosa. Other common names include Indian geranium, Turkish geranium, gingergrass, rosha or rosha grass. Palmrosa grass occurs in two varieties, Motia or Palmarosa, and Sofia or Rusa. Originally from Central and North India, and now cultivated in Africa and Madagascar as well, the grass is slender, bearing panicles of a blue-white color which mature to a dark red. It has been distilled since the eighteenth century, especially in Turkey, to simulate or adulterate Turkish rose oil (which is very expensive).

The essential oil of this plant, which contains the active compound geraniol, a natural antiseptic and bactericide. It is valued for its scent and for a number of traditional medicinal and household uses. The plant is used in curry and meat dishes in India and West Africa, where its properties kill bacteria and help the digestion of fatty food.

Palmarosa can relieve the discomforts of flu, a high temperature, infection, and acne. It contains a small of antioxidants.

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 palmarosa 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.

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Antibacterial Activity of Essential Oils from Palmarosa, Evening Primrose, Lavender and Tuberose – M. H. Lodhia, K. R. Bhatt, and V. S. Thaker

Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Disease – Antioxidant activity of palmarosa essential oil (Cymbopogon martini) grown in north indian plains


Milk of Magnesia Great Mask For All Skin Types – Including Sensitive!

I love Milk of Magnesia!

It is watery so use a brush with the Milk of Magnesia in a bowl if you use it straight with nothing added to thicken it.


Dry skin- mix with almond/olive oil & powdered milk or greek yogurt (optional: essential oil of Carrot seed, Chamomile, Neroli, Rose, Geranium, Lavender, Palma Rosa, & Rosewood; one to 2 drops of oil only of 1 or 2 oils)

Oily/Acneic Skin- mix with clay (I like Aztec Secret Brand) & lemon juice (optional: essential oil of Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Tea Tree, or Ylang Ylang; one to 2 drops of oil only of 1 or 2 oils)

Combination: mix with clay (optional: essential oil of Geranium, Rosewood, Ylang-ylang, Geranium, or Neroli; one to 2 drops of oil only of 1 or 2 oils)

Sensitive: optional: essential oil of Geranium, Jasmine, or Lavender; one to 2 drops of oil only of 1 or 2 oils

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!

Ways to Get Rid of Acne Through Your Habits!


Acne can be the bane of your existence. It’s just the worst, isn’t it? Even when it’s mild, it can keep you from looking and feeling your best, that’s for sure. I’ve had my own struggles with acne in the past, something I discuss in The Beauty Detox Solution. Improving your diet can definitely help a lot, as your skin is an eliminative organ that helps dispel toxins. Let’s start from the beginning though in our discussion…

What Is Acne?

Acne is a skin inflammation that can manifest as anything from small, red bumps to large, pus filled cysts. This inflammation occurs when the pores become blocked and the body responds with inflammation.


There are a number of myths about acne. The most common myth is that having dirty skin is the cause. It isn’t. Actually, scrubbing dirt into the skin may exacerbate the condition. Eating chocolate may not necessary directly cause it…but a high fat diet and dairy can definitely contribute to the condition. A number of factors may be at play with creating acne. These include:

  • Hormones: Hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, menstruation, and others can cause enlargement of the sebaceous glands, which then produce more sebum. The result is clogged pores and acne.
  • Diet: Many dietary factors may contribute to acne. High fat foods, and foods that cause inflammation or result in increases in blood sugar can trigger an eruption.
  • Toxicity: Toxic chemicals in the foods you eat, water you drink, and air you breathe can also cause blocked pores. Likewise, as you begin to cleanse your body of toxic chemicals you may notice a short outbreak of acne as these toxins work their way out of your body via your skin.
  • Stress: Studies show stress increases sebum production, which can result in acne.
  • Medications: Medications can contribute to acne in two ways. First, they increase toxicity in your body. Second, many medications affect the acne-related hormones such as androgens.
  • Poor self confidence. On an energetic, mind-body connection level,poor self esteem, talking down to yourself, or repressed anger can all manifest in the physical form of acne.

 Are Popular Acne Treatments Healthy?

 Conventional acne treatment typically involves one of two chemicals: benzoyl peroxide or Accutane.

Accutane is an oral prescription medication. While it has demonstrated tremendous success at treating a specific type of acne (nodular acne), it also has a number of extremely dangerous side effects that make it NOT worth the cost of clear skin. These super scary side effects include:

  • Birth defects and fetal death
  • Premature births
  • Mental health problems including suicidal ideation, depression, and psychosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver damage
  • Allergic reactions
  • Thinning of hair
  • Headaches
  • Brittle nails
  • Muscle pain and fatigue
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Photosensitivity

Benzoyl peroxide is a topical acne fighting ingredient found in both prescription and over-the-counter acne treatments. It produces free radicals in the skin, which can cause premature aging and are linked to a number of diseases including cancer. You don’t want to trade in zits for wrinkles. Benzoyl peroxide also causes extreme drying in the skin, which can lead to flaking, redness, and irritation.

Plus, topical treatments like this don’t get to the root cause of the acne.

Oust the Acne

The best and safest way to eradicate acne is with a healthy diet and lifestyle, as well as use of natural skincare products that leave your skin clean without chemicals. This allows you to fight acne naturally, without the use of harsh or dangerous chemicals and medications. Here are my recommendations.

  1. Get plenty of sleep. Sleep fights stress and helps your body and hormonal systems function normally. Try for 7 to 8 hours each night.
  2. East mostly organic plants. These foods are anti-inflammatory powerhouses that minimize toxic buildup in your system, fight free radicals, and promote health and well-being. If you do eat animal protein, minimize your intake to once or twice per week of lean organic poultry or eggs (fish is full of mercury, PCBs and other toxins).
  3. Minimize processed foods. These foods contain chemicals and ingredients that contribute to toxicity and inflammation – both culprits in acne breakouts.
  4. Skip the dairy. A paper in Clinics in Dermatology discussed the link between hormones in dairy products and acne in humans.
  5. Eat a low-fat diet. Excessive fat is congestive in any form. Do not overdo so-called “good” fats like olive oil. I barely use any oil myself anymore, and cook with mostly vegetable broth. As I noted in the beginning of this blog, excessive fat in the diet can influence hormones, which can then influence acne.
  6. Cut out the sugar and refined starches. Sugar and starches also change your body’s hormonal balance. As blood sugar rises, so does insulin, which can upset your body’s overall hormonal balance.
  7. Detoxify. While detoxification may initially result in a little increase in acne, in the long-term your skin will be much clearer. Everyone needs to detoxify because our environments are filled with chemicals that gunk up the body.
  8. Drink plenty of pure water. Water helps flush chemicals from the body and cleanses skin from the inside out.
  9. Relieve stress and get some exercise. I’m a big fan of yoga, which accomplishes both of these goals in a single activity.
  10. Dry brush a few times per week to promote detoxification.
  11. Exfoliate. This removes dry skin that can clog pores.
  12. Be nice to yourself. Seriously! If you say negative things to yourself I do believe it can manifest in physical ways…including possibly acne. When you look in the mirror affirm how grateful you are for your healthy, strong body, instead of saying something negative. When you love yourself, everything truly does start to get better, in all areas.

I understand the desire for clear, acne-free skin. Believe me, I know how much it can affect your life when annoying zits come up. But I urge you to get the root cause and follow the recommendations I list above about changing your lifestyle, and especially foods to definitely avoid.

Don’t go for Accutane and other scary popular acne treatments. Your health matters and these treatments can do serious damage for the long run. What good is clear skin if you are sick or internally imbalanced? That’s why I recommend natural acne-reduction methods that are far safer and much more effective than commercial acne products – without the scary side effects.


Via Kimberly Synder

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