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Indulge in chocolate this New Year!

3 Jan

I came across an amazing recipe for a chocolate face mask that I might start incorporating into my routine at the spa. I have to say I tried it out on my skin, and not only did it work – it tasted great!

Technically, you are not supposed to eat it, but if a little bit did accidentally happen to get in your mouth, or your clients mouth – it is completely safe!

This mask is stimulating to the skin, hydrating and also opens up the pores. It is rejuvenating and safe to eat as I mentioned earlier.

For the recipe –

2 tablespoons cocoa powder (think raw, organic, pure)

2 tablespoons plain yogurt

1 teaspoon of honey

Make a paste of all of the ingredients and spread it on the face after a thorough cleansing. Avoid the eye area. After 10 minutes, remove with a warm, damp towel.

Then savor the amazing results – which are completely guilt free. A great way to indulge your sweet tooth and enhance your home skin care routine.

Credit for this recipe goes to Cortney Matz who is based in Los Angeles.

 

 

Some winter love for dry eyes and puffiness with a homemade eye treatment!

14 Nov

Winter always brings out seasonal allergies and overly dry skin in some of my clients. In addition, we all tend to overindulge in all that the holidays has to offer. Between the sweets, food, stress and alcohol consumption during holiday parties it’s no wonder we all look a little ragged. If you are looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive way to relax, ease those itchy allergy eyes and puffy circles look no further. Using some cucumber slices and lavender essential oil, this is probably the easiest and most effective of the treatments I have offered.

Cucumber and Lavender Eye Treatment
1/4 freshly cut cucumber, chilled
1 drop Doterra Lavender essential oil

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Slice the cucumber thinly, and place it in a small bowl of fresh spring water. Place in the refrigerator for at least ten minutes. You can add ice cubes to chill it faster if you desire. Add a drop of Lavender essential oil and let the bowl sit on the counter a few minutes until the scent is infused into the mixture. Place the slices on the closed eyelids to reduce puffiness or to relieve eyes that are red and itchy from seasonal allergies for approximately five to ten minutes or until the cucumbers are no longer cold.

To make this experience more “spa like” – put on some relaxing music. Maybe something along the lines of Carla Bruni’s “Le Ciel dans une chambre,” “Yellow” by Jem, or “Duet” from Rachel Yamagata. Timing wise, you could probably listen to all three and be transported into a state of beauty bliss.

I hope this amazing little tip helps you through this rough skin patch, also known as winter time.

Stay Beautiful!

Spice it up with Cucumber, mint and jalapeño infused water!

15 May

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Hot weather always makes me think about margaritas, and sitting on a beach somewhere melting my troubles away. But, let’s face it. Most of us don’t have the extra time or money to travel every time the temperatures rise. Thankfully, I live in San Diego so I can retreat to the water when I’m not working. I wanted to create an infused water that gave me that tropical, exotic retreat feel without even having to leave my work.

Mint is always a great herb to give a different flavor to your water. Paired with cucumber, you can’t go wrong. But what could make it a bit more interesting? Jalapeño. Yep, you heard it right. This exotic mix is reminiscent of a mojito I had in Hawaii last night. It’s got just a little kick to it without really even tasting the pepper.

For the recipe:

1 gallon water
1/2 of a jalapeño (de-seeded, and completely cleaned out)
1 whole cucumber (or a little less if you want more of a spicy taste to it)
2-3 springs of mint

The flavor on this one kicks up quickly so you could safely make it in the morning to drink all day.
Hope you love it!!

Collagen and Vitamin Supplements for the skin

7 May

I am typically asked about collagen supplements, or which vitamins are essential for the skin. This is a tough one for me because I strongly believe that you can’t really “fix” something with just a pill. I think that in addition to taking a supplement, your overall diet needs to be just as beneficial and you should be drinking enough water. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter how expensive your creams, or supplements are – you won’t see that much of a change. So, what are some of the more common supplements that I have head clients asking about?

Primarily collagen, vitamin C, and Hyaluronic acid supplements.

But, what is collagen?

Collagen is an essential protein that is derived from animals (usually bovine skin) or can also be from shellfish. It is essential for the formation of pretty and supple skin and other tissues in your body. As we age, we see a decline in the collagen production of our skin which leads to loss of fullness, and loss of elasticity. To help boost collagen, you can supplement your already nutritious diet with pills, liquid, or chew forms of the nutrient. It is also great for your hair, nails and bones.

Some of the collagens pair up with other nutrients known to be beneficial for the skin. Some of the items they are paired with are usually vitamin C, or hyaluronic acid. vitamin C is essential to boosting collagen in the skin and can often lead to that “glow” of the skin that most women feel they lose. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body and is a moisturizing agent.

So, how much collagen should I be taking?

First, and foremost you should NEVER start taking a collagen supplement without speaking with your primary doctor if you are currently on any medications to make sure there will be no reactions. In addition, if you are pregnant or nursing you may also need to speak with your doctor. As a general rule, 2000 -6000 mg of collagen per day is ideal.

Do you have any brands that you recommend?

I have been taking supplements from a company called Neocell for about two months now. I started off on a product of theirs called “Beauty Chews” that combine collagen, vitamin C and hyaluronic acid into a small, fruit punch flavored chew. I noticed a good change in my skin about three weeks in, and they were very easy to take. I also did my research on several collagen supplements online before purchasing, and found these had decent reviews. What sold me on this particular brand was that I got to speak with the rep from the company at an event at Sprouts and ask a zillion questions. They were very up front, honest and recommend what they thought would be best for me. They were right.

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In doing more research on the company I found they also have a liquid form (not so great) and a pill form that has collagen types 1 and 3 in them. These pills were very highly rated online, and I was able to purchase them as well. Since I have started on the pills (3 in the am on an empty stomach, 3 in pm same thing) I have noticed a larger change in my skin. My cheek area is fuller then it used to be, my skin feels more supple and looks smooth, and my dark circles that I ALWAYS have even on 8+ hours of sleep are disappearing. I am definitely happy with the results, and I am typically a very picky consumer.

To find Neocell, you can visit them directly on their website.

Please let me know what you think of the products. I am always interested to hear other results (good and bad) – but just make sure that you give yourself a solid month of using them before you decide if you love it or want to leave it.

Stay beautiful!

A miracle drink? Maybe not, but definitely turns back the clock and aids digestion!

1 May

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I started juicing a few years back, and I still juice on a regular basis. I began that journey by incorporating a green smoothie into my routine each day. Not only is this drink packed full of your daily intake of greens, but potassium, multiple vitamins and gives your. Natural boost of energy. When I wanted to wean myself off of soda and coffee this drink, plus green tea was a life saver.

I started off in the morning by waking up and drinking a cup of warm water, with 1/2 a lemon in it. Then I would take a probiotic. About a half hour later I would drink my green smoothie. It was hard to give up breakfast completely at first and substitute with this, so I would also have one or two pieces of gluten free toast with an avocado spread on it, or some oatmeal with flax or hemp sedans sprinkled on it. After a few days this because my breakfast and then I was able to give up caffeine and stick to my healthy snack about an hour or so later.

So what’s in this drink that will give you more energy, help clear your skin, and give you nutrients you are lacking?

For a single serving you will need:

2 cups raw spinach
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1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
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1 half of a banana, one whole pear, three small celery stalks and half of a lemon squeezed into it.
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Place the greens and one cup filtered water in the blender first and lightly blend for 30 seconds until loosely chopped. Then add the pear, banana, and lemon as those don’t need to blend as long.
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Once blended, it may still be a little thick and chunky. I use my Ninja and it does leave it lumpy, and not like a juice at all. But this also makes it more filling. Always start here so that you gain your full nutrients before switching to juicing.

You can double the amount to make two batches and then store in mason jars in the fridge. This will keep for two days if cold. Avoid storing in anything but glass, and keep the lid tightly closed. You can also make large amount and freeze it. I am up to two drinks per day, one in the am and one for my afternoon snack. Always drink it before you are going to have carbs and/or meat.

You can also adjust the recipe as needed to make it a little sweeter by tossing an apple in 🙂

Hope you enjoy it !! Please let me know your thoughts!!

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Eye cream reviews

17 Jul

“How do I get rid of the bags and dark circles or wrinkles under my eyes?” Is one of the most asked questions I hear at the spa. As a result, I am always on a quest to find a great eye cream.

This month I will be reviewing Eye excellence from PCA skin, and Glo therapeutics Vital eye cream.

Lets start with Glo.

I found this to be a great size eye cream for the value, since its in the $37-55 dollar range online for a .5 ounce size.

Scent: mild, very crisp and refreshing

Use: I used this product twice a day for the last two weeks. It is essentially very hydrating and I did notice a difference in the puffiness and wrinkling under my eyes. I wasn’t sure if I noticed a whole lot with the dark circles, but overall my eyes looked brighter.

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Overall rating 3 of 5 stars.

Now on to the eye excellence with PCA.

I found this eye cream to be exceptional. At a range of $35-50 dollars online for the same .5 ounce size, I felt like this cream lasted longer and was slightly more effective.

Scent: clean, fresh

Use: I used it twice a day for two weeks and noticed a considerable difference in my under eye area. My main concerns are dehydration and dark circles, and within a few days I noticed a significant difference. It’s yet another wonderful product from this line. I even checked the reviews online and saw that it was highly rated.

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Overall rating of 4 stars out of 5