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DIY: Detoxify Your Skin AT Home With This Bad Boy

When we think of detox, we usually think of detox drinks or colon cleansers. But you can also detox your body by taking care of the most important external organ, your skin! Did you know that our skin is called the “Third kidney”? It is called the third kidney because our skin’s primary function is to get rid of toxins. So one of the best ways to detox our skin is to use a Dry brush. That’s right! this bad boy can detox your skin from outside-in.

The dry brush method has been used for thousands of years by Greeks, then Japanese and American Indians. They used dry corn cobs to brush off dead cells on their skin. According to researchers, dry brushing with a corn cob was their secret for longevity.

Hmm, if I want to live longer all I have to do is use a corn cob to detox my skin? – exactly my thoughts when I found this out.

Dry brushing involves using a brush or any rough material that can take off dead skin cells. Here’s what else dry brushing is good for:

DRY BRUSHING BENEFITS:
  • Accelerates toxin elimination
  • Stimulates blood flow and circulation
  • Improve digestion & Kidney Function
  • Reduces cellulite by redistributing Fat cells
  • Unclog pores
  • Stimulate Your Nervous System
  • Enhances lymphatic flow
  • Exfoliates & Remove dead skin
  • Anti-aging through cell regeneration
  • Polishes skin
  • Stimulating both the sweat and sebaceous glands
HOW TO DRY BRUSH THE SKIN:

Use a natural bristle brush with a long handle, so you can reach each part of your body. You can also use a loofah sponge, gloves, or a dry face cloth.

  1. Start brushing your feet then upward your legs. (Brushing the front and back of your legs.)
  2. Then, once you reach your abdomen area always brush towards the direction of your heart. Use brisk circular motions or strokes.
  3. After you finish brushing your abdomen and chest go up your neck and down your arms, back and buttock area. ( do not dry brush your face since your face is very sensitive.)
  4. Remember to brush lightly on sensitive areas like your breasts and soles of the feet.

Note: You can dry brush before or after a shower. Most women dry brush in the morning, since toxins build up when we are sleeping. After brushing it is recommended to drink eight glasses of filtered water because water also help remove toxins. In addition to drinking eight glasses of water, you should massage your skin with pure oils. Like almond, avocado, olive, cocoa butter or coconut. This will help keep your skin hydrated.

Dry brushing is not recommended for pregnant women or women with sores and sensitive skin. For everyone else, purchase a dry brush at your local beauty supply store and practice this skin care regimen 5-6 times per week for 5-10 mins, to get faster results.

SELF LOVE IS TAKING CARE OF YOUR SKIN

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Combination Skin:Tips and Products To Try

I have combination skin, meaning that I have dry skin in some areas of my face and oily skin in other areas on my face. Usually, my t-zone tends to be the oily area, like around my eyebrows, nose, and chin. While my dry areas are on my cheeks and chin. Having combination skin can make it a bit more challenging to take care of your face and keep it clear. But I’ve found a few tips and products that work really well for my combination skin and address some of the common problems that we encounter with combination skin. However, there is no one size fits all solution when it comes to combination skin. Therefore what has worked for me may not work for you but you just might find something to add to your routine.

Routines

Having a morning and night routine is crucial. Consistently using the products that work well for your skin will help it to stay healthy. In the mornings, I typically use a cleanser and follow it up with a toner and moisturizer. While at night, I use a cleanser and follow it up with a toner, serum, and moisturizer.

Currently, I’ve been using the Mario Badescu combo oily kit which simplifies the process of creating a routine because all of the products that I need are right there and work well together.

Mario Badescu Combo Oily Kit

Gentle Cleanser

A great cleanser that I use for combination skin is micellar water. Micellar water “is made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water. “The idea is that micelles are attracted to dirt and oil, so they are able to draw out impurities without drying out the skin.” There are many different brands that sell micellar water. 

Garnier Micellar Gel Face Wash Combination Skin

Rosewater Micellar Cleanser for Combination Skin

SEPHORA Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water – Cleanse + Purify

Exfoliators

I also like to exfoliate my face twice a week. This helps to get rid of any impurities in my pores at a deeper level then my cleanser does and helps to refresh my skin. I use an exfoliator that is great for all skin types since I have two different skin types that I’m working with. Some great exfoliators to consider include

SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub

Oil Blotting Sheets

I discovered these this summer, but for the times when I have excess oil on my t zone area, I use oil blotting sheets. These work pretty well. Below are a few brands that sell them:

e.l.f. Mattifying Blotting Papers – 25ct

Unscented Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Facial Blotting Sheets – 50ct

Petal Fresh Aburatorigami

I hope some of these tips are helpful! What tips and products do you use for your combination skin? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Makeup Free Beauty Tips

While makeup is a great way to enhance one’s beauty, being an esthetician, I know skincare and our internal routine makes us even more beautiful. If you’re ready to take a break from makeup here are some simple tricks and tips for looking just as beautiful and feeling just as confident without makeup.

1. Drink it up

Drinking tons of water, paired with green juices full of fruit and vegetables has an amazing effect on skin. Whenever I am juicing, I notice my skin has a bright glow to it, almost like a natural highlight. Be sure to add more natural juices and water to your diet for a glow that comes from the inside out.

2. Exfoliate

Another great way to get amazing skin results is by exfoliating your skin. Exfoliating gets rid of all of the nasty, dead skin on the skin’s surface and makes way for beautiful, clear healthy skin to shine through. Be sure to exfoliate at least once a week to reveal vibrant skin.

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3. Moisturize

Adding a moisturizer that fits your skin type to clean skin adds a nice illumination to your face. You can add a little extra to your cheek-bones for a natural highlight in the same place you would put a highlighter.

4. Tame your brows

Defined brows can make all the difference with or without makeup. Brows frame your face and tamed brows look so appealing. It doesn’t matter if you like the thin or full brow look, brush your brows before you head out to compliment your look.

5. Moisturize your lips

Let’s face it, no one likes a chapped, flaky lip. Exfoliate your lips then apply a tinted or non tinted chapstick for a natural well-nourished lip look.

Remember true beauty starts within. It’s great to give yourself makeup free days or weeks to get the best skin results as possible. Eat as much fruits and vegetables as you can and drink plenty of water for clear, flawless skin.

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Juicing Your Way To Clear Skin

When I first learned about juicing I tried making all kinds of crazy juices. I had no clue what I was doing and once even juiced a sweet potato. Since then I have read up on juicing, the benefits for health and beauty and found a ton of great recipes. Once I got the hang of juicing I experienced some amazing benefits like better sleep, more energy, less random nausea, lighter periods, clearer skin, brighter eyes, less breakouts. Everything just felt better and looked better when I juiced. When I went back to working full time I stopped juicing as often but being back at home and spending so much of my time on pinterest has awakened my desire to get back to juicing.

One of the benefits I loved from juicing was having amazingly clear skin. I never suffered from acne but I do get occasional pimples, had eczema growing up and have had dark circles for as long as I can remember. When I juice I don’t experience any of that. My skin looks so vibrant without makeup and just has a glow to it from the inside out. 

Here are a few of my favorite juices for clear, vibrant skin.

1. Celery detox

Ingredients:

2 stalks of celery

A handful of spinach or kale

1 green apple

Half of a lemon of lime

2. No more acne

Ingredients:

3 carrots

1 inch slice of ginger

¼ tsp cinnamon

Squeeze of lemon juice

3. Turmeric for clear skin

3 carrots

1 inch piece of turmeric root

½ cucumber

Juice of 1 full lemon

1 cup of water

4. Beet acne juice

1 beet

1 apple

1 orange

5. Glowing skin from within

2 cups of filtered water

Juice of one full organic lemon

½ tbs of organic raw honey

1 organic peeled cucumber

6. No more eczema

2 carrots

2 celery stalks

3 parley leaves

A handful of spinach

7. Dark circles be gone

1 cucumber

2 celery stalks

Half of an apple

A handful of spinach or kale

I hope these recipes are as good to your body and skin as they have been to mine. Let us know how they work out for you!

What is your go-to juice for clear skin?

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10 Natural Beauty Tips From An Esthetician To Give You Healthy Glowing Skin

I learned a lot in esthetics school, working at spas as well as freelancing at MAC Cosmetics but I accredit most of my knowledge of skin care in what I learned working in the beauty care department at a health food store. There I learned our skin and overall health was directly related and affected by what we consumed. 

I learned a simple lesson that I hadn’t put much thought into before, our bodies will always work on healing what is most important first. Therefore if you are eating an unhealthy diet and living an unhealthy lifestyle that causes your body to work overtime to keep your heart, liver, kidneys and lungs working properly guess what gets taken care of last? That’s right your hair, skin and nails. So when we are binging on all the things we know we don’t need we are working against our beauty routine, even if we’re using the best most expensive products on the market. 

Everything starts from within so when you give your body everything it needs nutritionally, limit your alcohol use, workout out frequently, eat plenty of fruits and plants and drink water your body can work at keeping you beautiful externally, aiding in hair and nail growth and keeping your skin glowing. 

I must start by saying I am not a nutritionist but I have noticed how health and daily routines have affected my own as well as hundreds of past clients physical appearance. 

Here are 10 beauty tips that work!

1. Fruit for breakfast for glowing skin, sweet smell and slimmer waist

Eating a meal of fruit only for breakfast works as an amazing detoxification. When you eat fruit instead of a heavy meal or meat you allow your body to use fruit fibers to clean out whatever you ate the day before. When your body is stopped up with stool which happens often when consuming the Standard American Diet toxins often get trapped and have no way to release therefore release through your skin causing breakouts. Eating a diet with a ton of fresh fruits also makes you produce a better natural scent both through your sweat and natural vaginal secretions. 

2. Plenty of water for dark circles, energy and waste elimination

I love water. I probably drink a gallon a day and when I’m in a situation where I can’t get my hands on water quickly enough I get irritable. Water prevents daytime fatigue and unlike coffee has no negative side effects. So instead of reaching for coffee in the morning water should be the first thing you drink. Water also helps to eliminate waste. The more water you drink the easier it is to pass stool. Another great benefit of water is clearer skin and less noticeable dark circles. Water aids in giving you a more refreshed, polished glowing look so drink up ladies. If you’re someone who finds the taste of water boring add fruit or sliced cucumbers.

3. Exfoliation for glowing clear skin, super soft lips and acne  

I remember working at Mac or doing photo shoots and having to pile makeup on top of flaking, dead, dry skin. Often times the clients just put moisturizer on top of their dry skin then makeup not even realizing that the dead skin had to go. Exfoliation is so important to keeping your skin clear. When you have excessive dead skin on your face and put moisturizer on top of that your pores become clogged and all of that excessive oil turns into acne and breakouts. Purchase a facial brush to remove dead skin from your face as you wash. For dry lips mix a tablespoon of brown sugar, a teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of honey together then apply to your lips and gently scrub then rinse. This mixture can also be made to exfoliate your body.

4. Plenty of fresh vegetables for clear skin, long hair and strong nails

Vegetables work wonders at keeping your skin looking amazing, hair growing and nails strong. Find some green veggies that you can’t get enough of and eat them as much as possible. Celery and cucumbers are filled with tons of water and have great effects on your skin, naturally lightening dark under eyes and giving you a natural glow. If chowing down on tons of veggies isn’t ideal for you then juice them! Start with either a few celery stalks or a cucumber, add some dark green leafy veggies, add an apple or pear for flavor and finish off with a lemon or lime for an amazing juice that will keep you looking gorgeous. 

5.Coconut oil for gorgeous hair skin and teeth

The memes about coconut oil are hilarious but true! Coconut oil is literally a gift from the beauty Gods! You can whiten your teeth and avoid cavities by oil pulling with coconut oil which is basically the process of swirling coconut oil in your mouth for ten minutes or so before spitting out and rinsing your mouth. This process helps whiten teeth as well as does a deep cleanse that your toothpaste simply can not. Coconut oil can also be used as a hot oil treatment for hair, day to day leave in and moisturizer for skin. As one of the few oils that can penetrate beneath the skins surface coconut oil provides plenty of moisture to dry thirsty hair and skin.

6. Avoid Alcohol like the plague for clear moisturized skin

I’m not going to lie, I love a good drank especially on days where I have no responsibilities the next day and can enjoy myself. However I notice when I’m not drinking my skin looks so much more vibrant and youthful so these days I’m reaching for water much more than wine. If you have an event you want to look especially good for avoid drinking alcohol as much as possible the weeks leading up because it literally dries your skin up. If you can’t avoid it, drink plenty of water during and after your drinking and eat as much fresh fruits and veggies following your drinking night. 

7. Sweat for clear skin and avoiding cellulite

Of course we all know that exercising frequently can lead to staying in shape but did you know that sweating is actually good for your skin? Sweating is another way to release toxins from your body through your skin. When you don’t get enough exercise those toxin have one less way to release themselves and often come out through your skin in breakouts. By exercising frequently you allow those toxins to naturally release themselves. Many people think cellulite is inevitable but it is absolutely not. Cellulite is a result of eating unhealthy foods and not getting enough exercise. When you sit for long periods of time it is easy for fat pockets/cellulite to form in your legs and butt. By exercising frequently you combat those pockets from forming by staying active. 

8. Extract blackheads for clear flawless skin

I didn’t learn about extracting until I went to esthetics school. I had a nose full of blackheads that always seemed to come back after using the drugstore pull off strips. Those strips only extract the surface leaving the actual blackhead intact. To rid yourself of blackheads you need to first carefully steam your face and then either use an extractor or q-tips to push up the black heads on your nose and chin. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself visit a licensed esthetician for a facial.

9. Avocado for anti aging 

Working in the body care department for a health food store I had to learn all about carrier and essential oils their benefits and how they affected the body. One of the many things I learned is how great avocado works for anti aging in both consuming and in using the carrier oil. If you haven’t already start incorportating avocados in your diet. You can eat it with toast, alone, as guacamole and put it in your smoothies. Using the carrier oil on your skin as a moisturizer is another great way to benefit from its anti aging properties. 

10. Argan, Olive and Almond oil for cleansing skin and makeup removal

Argan, Olive and Almond oils all have anti bacterial properties and are perfect for removing makeup and cleansing skin. You can use a cotton ball or pad to remove any makeup. This method gently removes makeup while cleansing skin without over drying. Once your makeup is removed you can rinse off the oil and continue your normal cleansing process.

There you have it 10 natural ways to keep your skin shining all season! 

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Before bed skincare routine

One thing we don’t do is fall asleep with a full face of makeup. That’s a big no-no! and the reason why is because sleeping in your makeup can cause breakouts, eye infection, wrinkles, and much more damage. So we make sure to cleanse the makeup and dirt away and then prepare our skin for rejuvenation. 

Cleanse and exfoliate

Apply Eye Serum

Before moisturizing, we apply eye serum. The eye serum is highly recommended for women that suffer from dark circles and puffiness under the eye. Iluma intense brightening eye cream is our favorite. It helps to reduce dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness. You can purchase the Illuma intense brightening eye directly from I image skincare website. Some Estheticians use I image skin care products, if you have an Esthetician you should ask if they sell I image skin care products, trust me you will be glowing in no time.

Moisturize moisturize moisturize! All skin types need moisture to keep from getting dry or damage. Of course, we recommend I image skincare again. The Ormedic Balancing Bio- peptide Creme is an organically blended biopeptide creme that offers anti-aging nutrients and vitamins. To see what it looks like view the image above. 

Hydrate 

Every night wash your makeup, oils, and dirt off your face. We like to exfoliate every night, but for some people, it’s not necessary. Exfoliating your skin removes makeup and dead skin cells. You want to use a gentle face exfoliator, we recommend using silicone because it is gentle on the skin and it makes cleansing convenient for you. The Luna mini is our favorite face exfoliator. You can purchase a Luna min directly from Foreo website. To see what it looks like view the image below. After, rinse your face with warm water and let your face air dry do not use a washcloth. Washcloths carry too much dirt and bacteria, you don’t want to use a washcloth after you just finish washing your face. Another reason why we recommend air drying is because your skin absorbs products better when it’s damp and if you spend tons of money on skincare you want to make sure your products do their job.

Gel eye mask

Wearing a gel eye mask to bed is not necessary but we just love gel eye masks. Dark circles and puffiness under the eye can be so unattractive and we try to avoid it as much as possible. Gel eye mask will only work if you apply your eye serum on first. 

           Love you the right way and invest in your skin. Do it Pour Toi

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The best skincare brands – our winter favorites

Winter is here and it’s not a game. Do you have super-duper dry skin? if so, this is for you. Below are some of our winter favorites. Each product is visible in the beauty industry, it’s not hard to find them.

1. Cocoa butter

The famous Cocoa brand! Palmers. It provides deep hydration all over the body. Palmer’s cocoa butter is good for all skin types, even eczema prone skin.

2. Mario Badescu

This mist spray is perfect, you can literally hydrate your skin on the go. It can fit right into your bag with no problem. Use it during the day when you feel like your skin is losing moisture. Mario Badescu mist spray is also good for setting makeup. No setting spray? that’s fine, get you some Mario Badescu.

3. Carmex

“I want chapped lips,” said no one in their right mind. There’s tons of lip balm out there for you but Carmex is our favorite. It soothes, heals and protects. Carmex will have your lips feeling brand new.

4. Lip Scrub, DIY

Nothing like a homemade lip scrub in the winter. It exfoliates and softens the lips and even the skin around your lips. You can make a lip scrub by yourself in seconds. First, get you some coconut oil, honey, lemon, and brown sugar. Next, grab a glass bowl to mix all the ingredients into it. Once you mixed all the ingredients together, you want to place it all in a clean container with a lid. We recommend keeping your lip scrub in your refrigerator to last long. But it should not be used after 2 weeks because homemade cosmetics lack preservatives and it will mess up after 2 weeks.  

5. Image skincare Iluma intense brightening eye cream

We can’t forget about the eyes! the Illuma intense brightening eye cream, hydrates and brighten under the eyes. It helps to reduce dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness.

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6. Kiehl’s ultra facial moisturizer sunscreen SPF 30

For face moisturizer, we need something that will hydrate the skin and protect it at the same time. For those of you that don’t know, you should protect your skin from sun damage in the summer and winter. This is because the earth is closest to the sun in the middle of the winter, causing you to be exposed to the sun at some point. That’s why we like Kiehl’s ultra facial moisturizer sunscreen. It protects your skin from UV and UVB rays and absorbs easily, leaving your skin soft and healthy looking. 

Have you used any of the products we listed? If not, comment below and let us know some of your favorite winter favorites.