My Own Dirty Lemon Detox

Hello, my name is Magdalena and I am a wellness junkie!  I get sold on anything detox very easily. No self control whatsoever, when it comes to that.  So I purchased the dirty lemon detox. It has lemon, charcoal, dandelion root and all that good stuff. I really loved it. Especially their cute striped bottles, which are very cool to carry around. I honestly think the bottles are the main reason I even purchased the detox LOL. So I decided to reuse them and put my own lemon concoction inside and it has gotten me into drinking it more often than ever. I added a little something for clearer skin too !!! My Own Dirty Lemon Detox Recipe:  1 serving 16 oz filtered water - water is everything when it comes to skincare. Drink as much as you can. juice of 1 fresh lemon - detoxifying and has a ton of anti-oxidants to help slow aging process 1 tbs raw apple vinegar - balances pH level of your skin and body  1 tsp honey - anti- inflammatory 1 tsp turmeric powder - kills acne bacteria, anti - inflammatory and boosts immune system Blend and enjoy. Best on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.  Personally, I pre- make 6 bottles and refrigerate, so I have it for the whole week. Saves me a lot of time in the morning and I am more consistent that way.       

Hello, my name is Magdalena and I am a wellness junkie!  I get sold on anything detox very easily. No self control whatsoever, when it comes to that.  So I purchased the dirty lemon detox. It has lemon, charcoal, dandelion root and all that good stuff. I really loved it. Especially their cute striped bottles, which are very cool to carry around. I honestly think the bottles are the main reason I even purchased the detox LOL. So I decided to reuse them and put my own lemon concoction inside and it has gotten me into drinking it more often than ever. I added a little something for clearer skin too !!!

My Own Dirty Lemon Detox Recipe: 

1 serving

16 oz filtered water - water is everything when it comes to skincare. Drink as much as you can.

juice of 1 fresh lemon - detoxifying and has a ton of anti-oxidants to help slow aging process

1 tbs raw apple vinegar - balances pH level of your skin and body 

1 tsp honey - anti- inflammatory

1 tsp turmeric powder - kills acne bacteria, anti - inflammatory and boosts immune system

Blend and enjoy. Best on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. 

Personally, I pre- make 6 bottles and refrigerate, so I have it for the whole week. Saves me a lot of time in the morning and I am more consistent that way. 

 

 

 

SWEETNESS AND HYDRATION

Many of you have been asking me to recommend a hydration mask to use in between facials whenever skin gets really dry from exfoliation products. I did some research and the truth is that a lot of the store offered masks contain either coconut oils, carrageen extracts or other poreclogging ingredients , which are not recommended for acne prone skin.

So I thought – what benefits would my clients want to achieve with this mask ?

1. Hydration. What natural ingredient gives us hydration ? Honey !! Honey is a natural humectant , which means that is helps the skin retain moisture even in dry climates.

2. Brightening. – Brightening is achieved through exfoliation. We want the exfoliation to be really light with this mask, in order to preserve the hydration effect of it. The perfect ingredient for that is Lactic Acid , which is contained in yogurt .Even though I don’t recommend the consumption of dairy, it is excellent to use as a topical.

3. Youthfulness. Antioxidants are the main agents that slow down the aging process. Cocoa powder is packed with antioxidants and vitamin B complex, which nourish the skin and give it a beautiful glow.

And Voila !!! You have yourself a

Chocolate Hydrating Mask

1 tsp greek yogurt

1 tsp honey

1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix well and apply on clean face for 15 mins. For proper cleaning procedure click here .

After 15 mins , rinse well, tone and apply moisturizer.

Enjoy ! You can also eat some of it. Tastes like chocolate pudding ! Yum….

HOW TO PROPERLY CLEANSE YOUR SKIN

Cleansing your face is a basic, yet very important part of your skin regimen. After talking to hundreds of people over the last few years about their skin regimens, it has come to my attention that a lot of times the cleansing step is done improperly, rushed through or skipped all together.

You MUST wash your face at night. People with oily, acne prone skin should also wash in the morning. If your skin is normal or dry, you can only rinse in the morning. When applied on dirty skin, even the most potent serums and creams are ineffective.

So here is how to cleanse your skin correctly:

1. Splash your face , neck and décolleté with luke warm water 3 times.

2. Apply cleanser and gently massage with circular motions for 1-2 mins.

3. Starting with the eye area, rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

Now your skin is ready to be toned and you can apply serums and moisturizers after.

Facial wipes can be used before cleansing if you are using heavy make up, but they are not enough on their own. Cleansing with wipes only is like wiping a dirty dish without washing it with soap and water and then serving food in it. Yikes!

Hope this is helpful and it improves your daily skin care!

Live beautifully!

2015 SKIN RESET CHECKLIST

Happy New Year, everyone !

I really love the holidays, but I am also relieved that its all over now and I can get back to my daily routine. I am sure most of you ,just like me, had a lot of candy, wine and not so healthy food and that always reflects on our skin.
As of January 1st I have been following a Skin Reset Checklist that I created for myself , so I can detox my skin and body and bring back my glow.
It has only been five days and I already see a difference so I thought I’d share it with you all !

1. Drink 100 oz of water a day.
I always thought I drank a lot of water until I started recording my intake in my Fitbit app. Turns out I don’t drink even half as much as I though I did. Water flushes toxins out of your body and it is the only way to get rid of dark circles and puffy eyes ! Free water > Expensive eye creams. Take it from someone who has tried all the eye creams out there.

2. Get a humidifier for your bedroom.
Less humidity in winter + Heat indoors + cold weather = very dry, dehydrated, rough skin
I got the Homedics Humidifier for Bed Bath and Beyond- about $60. So worth the money! No noise , very fine vapor and looks pretty in my bedroom  Humidifiers replenish the water in your skin lost due to almost no moisture in the air and make your skin look plumper and dewy. When skin is dehydrated it looks aged, grey and scaly and nobody wants that !!!

3. Drink more tea and less alcohol.
I have been drinking a cup or two a day of Yogi Skin Detox Tea, that I bought in Whole Foods. It tastes great , its good for the skin and it counts toward your daily water intake. Yay!

Alcohol -wise I am shooting for two drinks per week in the month of January . I know !!!! This is going to be hard, because I love my ‘glass’ of wine every day , which is more like two -ish glasses , but so far I have been doing good . Alcohol dehydrates the body and makes your liver sluggish, thus it is not able to process and get rid of the toxins.

4. Get your beauty sleep ! – 8 hours every day.

This is another essential rule. When you sleep skin regenerates and heals itself. Inflammation gets reversed and skin becomes younger. For those of you that can’t sleep very well taking Magnesium right before you go to bed helps tremendously. It calms your nevous system and reduces anxiety.

5. Moisturize !

Use a good moisturizer with SPF  / I recommend  #SKIN moisturizing SPF 22  / in the morning and an extra hydrating one at night / my pick Cranberry Cream /.  Moisturizers protect your skin from harmful environmental conditions like cold weather ,UV rays etc.

So that’s it  – five steps that are simple and inexpensive and will make a positive impact on your skin. I also feel like January is the best month to do it, because it’s the beginning of the year and you can start your skin off with a clean slate ; it’s freezing out and there aren’t many temptations for going out and drinking ; it’s a time to nurture your skin and get your glow in time for the spring and summer months. Start today – don’t wait for a Monday or the 1st of the month- just decide and do it now. I would love to hear feedback at the end of the month.

Wishing you a great and successful 2015 !!!!

Truly ,

Magdalena

HOW TO CHOOSE A PRODUCT THAT WILL NOT CAUSE BREAKOUTS

Whatever products you decide to use, you always have to make sure they are non-comedogenic. That means that they cannot contain ingredients that clog your pores, because that is how acne starts in the first place. Below I will post a list of those ingredients (courtesy of Face Reality Acne Clinic). Please make sure that you always check for yourself, regardless of whether the label says that it is non-comedogenic or not. These particular ingredients are not regulated by the government and a lot of misleading information can be printed on labels.

 

Click here for a list of poor clogging ingredients.

SCIENTISTS BLOW THE LID ON CANCER & SUNSCREEN MYTH

According to a June 2014 article featured in The Independent (UK), a major study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day.

The epidemiological study followed 30,000 women for over 20 years and “showed that mortality was about double in women who avoided sun exposure compared to the highest exposure group.”

Researchers concluded that the conventional dogma, which advises avoiding the sun at all costs and slathering on sunscreen to minimize sun exposure, is doing more harm than actual good.

That’s because overall sun avoidance combined with wearing sunscreen effectively blocks the body’s ability to produce vitamin D3 from the sun’s UVB rays, which is by far the best form of vitamin D.

In the USA, vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic levels. Ironically, vitamin D deficiency can lead to aggressive forms of skin cancer. A ground-breaking 2011 study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that optimal blood levels of vitamin D offers protection against sunburn and skin cancer.

Additionally, vitamin D protects the body from diseases like multiple sclerosis, rickets (in the young), tuberculosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren’s syndrome.

According to the Vitamin D Council, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently reported that “lack of sun exposure may lead to cognitive decline over time.”

A DISSIDENT DERMATOLOGIST

Bernard Ackerman, MD, (deceased 2008) was one of the world’s foremost authorities on the subject of skin cancer and the sun, sunscreens and melanoma skin cancer risks.

Below are Ackerman’s views excerpted from an article in The New York Times (July 20, 2004), titled “I BEG TO DIFFER; A Dermatologist Who’s Not Afraid to Sit on the Beach”:

The link between melanoma and sun exposure (dermatology’s dogma) is unproven.There’s no conclusive evidence that sunburns lead to cancer.There is no real proof that sunscreens protect against melanoma.There’s no proof that increased exposure to the sun increases the risk of melanoma.

A 2000 Swedish study concluded that higher rates of melanoma occurred in those who used sunscreen versus those who did not.

SUNSCREENS: CANCER-CAUSING BIOHAZARDS

Elizabeth Plourde, PhD, is a California-based scientist who authored the book Sunscreens – Biohazard: Treat as Hazardous Waste, which extensively documents the serious life-threatening dangers of sunscreens not only to people but to the environment as well.

Dr. Plourde provides proof that malignant melanoma and all other skin cancers increased significantly with ubiquitous sunscreen use over a 30-year period. She emphasizes that many sunscreens contain chemicals that are known carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDC).

Environmentally, she notes: “In areas where there has been much exposure to ED [endocrine disrupting] chemicals, coral and other sea populations have died off and the prevalence of dual-sexed fish has risen.”

Dr. Plourde’s research on mice and sunscreen exposure also showed increases in both pup and maternal mortality as well as reproductive issues in subsequent generations.

Additionally, the book documents how sunscreen chemicals have polluted our water sources including oceans, rivers and municipal drinking water. Worse yet, testing revealed that 97% of Americans have sunscreen chemicals in their blood!

Dr. Plourde’s book also has a chapter on the importance of vitamin D3 to health, and she posits that the widespread vitamin D3 deficiency is linked to overuse of sunscreen combined with sun avoidance in general.

Sources for this article:

http://www.independent.co.uk

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

http://www.vitamindcouncil.org

http://www.nytimes.com

http://www.faim.org

https://www.vitamindcouncil.org

http://science.naturalnews.com

Credit: Natural News

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PIMPLE EMERGENCY

I recently discovered a really cool product at Sephora called eradicate by Kate Sommerville. Fortunately it is not as expensive as her other products. It costs $22 and is really helpful when you need to dry out a pimple really fast. Remember though that this is just a temporary emergency fix that does not prevent pimples. You still have to be on an acne regimen which will control the majority of your break outs.

 

The best things to do when you feel a pimple is coming :

1. Wash your face with your non-comedogenic cleanser.

2. Ice the pimple for at least 2 minutes.

3. Pat dry and apply Mandelic Serum and Acne Cream.

4. With a q-tip apply a small amount of Eradikate by Kate Sommerville on the pimple only.

5. Take a doze of Optizinc and Dim Plus.

6. Get a good night of sleep.

This is the ritual I always do when I am about to break out and it helps significantly reduce the size and duration of the pimple. Hope it works as well for you too.

WHAT IT ALL COMES DOWN TO

As an esthetician who specializes in the treatment of acne I am often asked what the most important thing is when it comes to getting rid of acne. My answer is always the same –  it all comes down to your home skin care regimen. When you are prone to acne your skin needs more exfoliation than regular skin , because your pores are constantly getting clogged up by dead skin cells. And you also need  an antibacterial agent to kill bacteria that grows in clogged pores thus causing pimples. Last but not least, you have to make sure that all of the products you use do not contain pore clogging ingredients, because that will reverse the effects of exfoliation by filling up your pores with cloggers.

To summarize :

1. Make sure you use an exfoliating product with AHA’s daily.

2. Use Benzoyl peroxide daily to kill acne bacteria.

3. Make sure that none of the products you apply on your face, including make up contain pore glogging ingredients.