Were you one of the sun goddesses that laid out for hours on end, trying to get that much admired “golden glow”? I was. Well…sort of. I had a deep olive complexion growing up, from a Sicilian heritage on my dad’s side of the family, so I had no trouble getting that “glow” that everyone raved about. It actually only took me a few minutes in the sun to get that look, where other girls would either lay under the sun or in a tanning booth for hours. I was, however, a pool queen. I would swim for hours and hours, so my sun exposure was compounded.Read More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! Everyone’s experienced it at lest once in their lives. You wake up and look in the mirror and don’t recognise that person in the mirror. Those dark circles that makes you look like you were punched in the eyes by a kangaroo, and undereye puffiness (a.k.a. eye bags!) that gives the impression that you haven’t slept in weeks. There are lots of causes for puffiness and dark circles, some of which are treatable and some that are not. Dark circles can come from weak or broken capillaries, or sometimes it’s just skin discoloration. Puffiness can come from water retention orRead More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! Physical Sunblock, Vitamin C and Antioxidants All in One Do you only have the budget for ONE product, but you need a moisturizer, sunblock, antioxidants, and so on, and so on? Well, this is IT for only $31. I was amazed 2 years ago when I first tried this product, and I’ve haven’t been disappointed since. It goes on creamy and blends in really well. It only takes a pea size amount to do your whole face, a little more if you’re doing your neck (which you should be). I’ve heard that some have had an issue with the scent, butRead More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! Winter can be harsh on your skin, even if you live in a milder climate. Wind, cold and lower humidity can wreak havoc on hair, nails and especially skin. But you can protect yourself from these foes, you just have to know how to fight them. When winter shows up on your doorstep, you’ll notice changes that are minor at first. Maybe your lips get a little chapped, or maybe your arms or legs get a little dry and itchy. But did you realize that everything about you changes? Your hair is probably a little drier, and your nails might chipRead More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! Think painting your nails is a simple and safe process? Well, think again. there are chemicals that the nail industry has been using for years, that are known carcinogens. A handful have removed all of the chemicals from their nail products, but these harmful ingredients are still in a number of brands. The chemicals that I’m talking about are Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Toluene and Formaldehyde. Yes, you read correctly, the same chemical morticians use to embalm people. DBP has been known to cause asthma in young children and nervous system disorders. It can also cause a variety of birth defects.Read More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! Image by Annemarie Vriends via Flickr Rosacea is one of those skin ailments that never really goes away. Living with Rosacea is difficult, and can have a negative impact on self-esteem. You don’t “grow out of it”, and there isn’t a cure. But there are ways to manage it, are you helping or hurting your skin? There are many different kinds of Rosacea. The most common presents itself as red, dry cheeks. Unfortunately, most women just try to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Here’s the issue, moisturized corn flakes eventually dry out and look like corn flakes again. So if your skinRead More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! A common question I’ve been getting is how to tell the difference between skin ailments. There are a few that can be mistaken for one another. Being misdiagnosed is very frustrating and can lead to months, or even years of inaccurate treatment, sometimes causing bigger problems than the original ailment. Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is probably one of the most misdiagnosed skin ailments. It’s very common, and is usually easy to figure out if you’ve had any experience with it. The most common form is usually referred to as “chicken skin” because of the raised bumps that form on theRead More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! As a lot of you may know, I’m a mobile spa consultant and specialize in at-home spa treatments. The one thing I’m told often is:”I don’t have time to do this every day”. So I’m here ro show you how to pamper yourself in 5 minutes or less in the morning by giving yourself a “Busy Girl Facial”! Normally, when you go to a spa, they wash your face with a cleanser, and then they might apply a scrub. And last but not least, they will probably do some sort of antioxidant mask. I can’t even begin to tellRead More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! I’d love to tell you the story of a boy who has chicken skin, and how he manages this skin condition doctors call Keratosis Pilaris. He was born with the condition, and his mom noticed it when he was about 4 months old. The pediatrician insisted that most babies get occasional little white pimples and it would go away. But it didn’t. The condition seemed to get worse and worse. The boy also tended to get very red and hot in the face when he went outside with other kids. His arms were very rough and pimply, and theRead More →

Like this? Then share it with your friends! Exfoliation is the big buzz word now, from doctors to hollywood stars. It makes your face feel smooth and look great for a few weeks max. But there’s a way to make that feeling last as long as you’re willing to do some of the work yourself. Basically, if you looked at a plug of your skin, it’s like Grapes, Raisins and Corn Flakes. The Grapes are the plump, moisture filled cells as they’re created. As they start to move to the surface, they lose some of their moisture and resemble Raisins. When they finally get to the surface, they’re completely driedRead More →