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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


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!

Help keep that winter skin glowing with some all natural skincare routines!

23 Oct

During the winter time, not only does the weather dry out your skin but the chaos of what’s supposed to be the happiest time of the year stresses you. In turn, this dehydration and stress leads to premature aging. Yuck. No one wants that.

So, here are a few tried and true skincare treatments that can do at home to liven up your skin, help you relax and keep looking your age (or hopefully even younger!)

Honey is a natural humectant, and it’s so great for both your hair and skin. If you select this option, make sure to always use raw or organic honey. No need to add any additional contaminants into the mix.

A simple honey hydration mask can make all the difference.
For this recipe – it’s easy.
1 soup spoon of honey (raw/organic)

Cleanse your face first, and then dampen a face towel with warm water. Heat it up in the microwave, or put it in a bowl of hot water to make it very warm. Let the towel cover the entire face for 3 minutes while you relax. Remove the towel and apply the honey mixture to the skin with a gentle spatula. Leave on for 10 minutes and then remove it with another warm towels. Apply a light moisturizer and voila! Smooth, glowing, hydrated skin.

For an amazing hair remedy (dry scalp, dry hair, lack of lustre) follow this trick:

3/4 cup aloe vera skin grade gel (I like Aloe Life’s brand – pictured) which you can get at Sprouts or online.

2 tablespoons raw or organic (or both) honey
2 drops lavender essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
OR: emit the essential oils

Mix together then add to dry hair at the scalp and rub into scalp. Work through the rest of your hair, and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse well no need to shampoo it out or add any additional conditioner. Your hair and scalp should feel clean, shiny and flake free.

Hope you like these, and if you try them out make sure to let me know what you think!
Stay Beautiful!

The benefits of Pumpkin for the skin!

21 Jul

For that youthful glow and healthy skin, you may not have to look any farther than your pantry. Pumpkin is known to have many benefits for our health both internally and externally. One of my most popular and loved Skincare treatments that I utilize in the spa is my pumpkin peel from PCA skin.


This particular peel is very strong, but suitable for oily, acne skin, and aging skin with pigmentation issues. Due to the strength of this peel, it is not available to the general public and is only available as a professional treatment.
Often I get asked if there is any type of pumpkin mask that would be ideal for home use, and the answer is yes. You can safely make your own pumpkin masks to use at home to receive some of the benefits you would get a the spa. Just remember, your at home mask will not do the same as a spa treatment due to the strength of the ingredients, but it will definitely get your skin glowing and renewed!

Pumpkin is rich is vitamins, alpha hydroxy, and enzymes. More specifically they contain vitamin c which naturally lightens and brightens, vitamin a which encourages cell turnover, and vitamin e which moisturizers. In addition to those vitamins, pumpkin is also rich in zinc, magnesium, iron, copper, potassium, and beta carotene to name just a few. In order for our skin to continually look young and renewed, we need to encourage the dead skin to come off, and encourage the healthy cells to form. Normal cells take about 28 days to regenerate, and this slows down as we age. Stress, diet, lack of sleep, smoking, and sun exposure can also slow this regeneration down.This is typically why most facial treatments are recommended every 4-6 weeks to ensure quality skin maintenance. Alpha hydroxy acids break down the glue ( or intercellular cement) that hold that dead skin cells together, and enzymes typically digest the dead cells.

Using a pumpkin mask once a month at home can greatly improve your skin. For acneic skin, this would be suitable for once every three weeks.


Using the recipe below, mix all the ingredients and leave on slightly damp skin for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with warm water, followed by a cool water rinse to close the pores. A gentle, moisturizing cream to follow will enhance the treatment. Please avoid directly under the eyes, and sides of the nose. Do not apply to neck or chest.

1/2 can organic canned pumpkin (or fresh pumpkin that is boiled and mashed)
1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon grape seed oil
1tablespoon lemon juice (fresh lemon)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon honey

If you have any allergies to honey, you can omit this step and use skin grade aloe vera gel.

Start off leaving the mask on for a shorter time period to make certain your skin will tolerate the pumpkin, and gradually work your way up to the 15 minutes.

Please let me know if you try this mask and your thoughts…now get glowing!!