How to Do an At-Home Facial

How to Do an At-Home Facial

Whether you are battling the last remnants of acne, subclinical acne (little bumps without heads), blackheads, or simply want to take your skin condition to the next level, a great facial will do wonders. I highly recommend treating yourself to at-home facials or professional facials from a licensed aesthetician. I now make sure to treat myself to a professional facial at least once per month and I do at-home facials every week (except for the week I receive a pro facial) to closely mimic the professional ones I receive. Regular proper facials will prevent breakouts and blackheads, speed healing, slow aging, and provide concentrated nutrition to the skin. I know several older women (50s, 60s, and beyond) with beautiful skin that looks far younger than their actual years, and they all credit it to excellent skin care, regular skin treatments, and of course, staying out of the sun. Like we haven’t heard that before. 😉 And just to clarify, I am definitely not saying that you have to do facials every week or even every month to have beautiful skin. I went without facials for years and my diet and basic skin care routine alone kept my skin clear and glowing. However, I do regular facials because I enjoy it (like a hobby haha), I put aside the time, and it gives my skin that extra boost. Below is my at-home semi-pro facial. Take 30-60 minutes and treat yourself to this luxurious routine. Do It Yourself At-Home Facial Routine A Note on Products: To make it easy on you, I recommend a few products for each step and skin...
30 Minute Ritual for Baby Soft Skin

30 Minute Ritual for Baby Soft Skin

I went to a spa yesterday (day 7 of my CLEAN cleanse) for some relaxation and TLC, which came highly recommended by the CLEAN team (and I am not about to argue with a spa day). I hit it off with my wonderful therapist, who had gorgeous skin and a skin care philosophy to match. I discovered that she hailed from the Ukraine, and that she and all the women in her family use a a simple, luxurious ritual for the most amazingly soft, smooth skin all over. In her exact words: “Your skin will be soft like baby for a week!” She did a similar treatment for me at the spa, and my skin looks and feels incredible. I almost can’t stand it. She shared everything about the 30 minute ritual with me, so I turned around and detailed it below for you. Sharing is caring. 😉 You will need the following supplies for Step One – Bathe: Filtered water 1 cup Epsom salts 2 Tbsp. full-fat coconut milk You will need the following supplies for Step Two – Scrub: 3 Tbsp. organic cornmeal (you can also use sea salt or sugar instead) 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and/or grapeseed oil Squeeze of lemon 1 Tbsp. honey Mix together to form a smooth, spreadable paste. Adjust ratios as needed. You will need the following supplies for Step Three – Moisturize: Body oil (homemade or store bought) Homemade Recipe: My favorite homemade body oil recipe: combine 1/4 cup macadamia nut oil, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. apricot kernel oil, 1 Tbsp. sea buckthorn oil, and...
DIY Deodorant

DIY Deodorant

While body odor is attributed to a not-so-healthy diet, it can also happen when you’re stressed or anxious. Many health practitioners will tell you that your sweat should not stink, but it’s always nice to have a little insurance just in case. Before I get into the oh-so-easy DIY deodorant recipes, here is a really brief list of foods that will cause and inhibit body odor. Foods Attributed to Body Odor Junk/fast food, processed meats, conventional meats. Processed snack foods high in sugar and refined grains. Onions and garlic can also cause an odor – the amount that causes an odor varies on an individual basis, and may just end up smelling like garlic, not body odor. Foods that Prevent Body Odor All leafy greens! Kale, spinach, baby greens, romaine, parsley, cilantro, etc. Cucumber, celery, mint, and lemon. Sprouts. Supplemental chlorophyll. I like to make my own deodorant, and sometimes I buy it (my favorite is Elegant Rose Boutique on Etsy). Below are my two recipes for all natural, super effective deodorant (works on men and women). Recipe #1 Actually not a recipe at all. If I’m lazy, I just swipe my underarms with some aluminum-free baking soda. If I use too much or the regular (not aluminim-free) baking soda, I get an itchy rash that goes away in a day or two. I have simply learned to only use the good stuff. Recipe #2 This one is so nice and moisturizing, and allows for some creativity in the function and fragrance of essential oils. How much you sweat, fragrance preferences, and skin sensitivity is a very individual thing,...
Best Dairy & Soy Substitutes

Best Dairy & Soy Substitutes

Dairy and soy often contribute to breakouts, due in part to the hormones present in these foods (and dairy’s tendency to spike insulin) that can disrupt your own hormonal balance. Acne is an inflammatory condition – you need to remove the cause of the inflammation for the inflammation to go down and the skin to heal. “…dairy still has casein (protein) that looks like gluten to our immune system. That means…milk still stimulates immune system problems. For those with food allergies / sensitivities it is still a major problem. Once sensitized – always sensitized. I avoid and strongly urge all with an a chronic disease or autoimmune disease to AVOID.”– Dr. Terry Wahls, M.D. Aside from several studies done in the past few years that show a marked decrease in acne after removing dairy/soy/grains (not all at once), I have had hundreds of individuals email me that following the Epic Beauty Guide food guidelines has completely cleared up their skin. Don’t knock it til you try it! In case you’re unfamiliar with the guidelines, here is a brief overview (there are tons of detailed articles on the site and in the book). Focus on fresh, whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible. Think grass-fed meats, wild-caught seafood, organic veggies, and organic fruits. (Side Note: It’s not hard, it’s not boring or tasteless, and it doesn’t take long to make your own fresh meal. It took me 10 minutes to make dinner last night, and it was a delicious grass-fed steak marinated in freshly minced garlic and spices, with steamed organic broccoli on the side. Delicious and super healthy.) Dairy and...

Tasty Skin-Clearing Green Drink

Hey everyone! I have always been impressed with the benefits of green tea, but could never stand the taste of it plain. I would always order it and then someone would say, “but Steph, remember you don’t like green tea…” Oh yeah. Until I discovered matcha. Matcha green tea is the dried, powdered version of green tea. It is grown in the shade (and/or moved to the shade for a few weeks prior to it being harvested), making for a sweeter taste and more amino acids. Matcha contains a bevy of beneficial substances, including the amino acid l-theanine, which has a calming effect and mitigates the effects of stress and cortisol on our bodies. Further, matcha lowers cholesterol levels and prevents glycation, which is responsible for loss of elasticity (wrinkles, sagging) in our skin and damage to our organs. In 2003, researchers at University of Colorado determined that the “concentration of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) available from drinking matcha is 137 times greater than the amount of EGCG available from China Green Tips green tea, and at least three times higher than the largest literature value for other green teas” (emphasis mine). In case you’re wondering, EGCG is the cancer-inhibiting, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective antioxidant that comprises 60% of matcha. When you purchase matcha, make sure it’s ceremonial grade because you will get the most bang for your buck – the most amino acids, the most EGCG, the best and sweetest flavor, etc. Matcha has a great taste on its own, but my favorite way to consume it is in the form of a delicious latte. Check out my very own EBG green...

Clear Skin Chocolate Mini Cakes

Hey everyone! I’ve been baking up a storm lately, making delicious grain-free treats that I’ve been testing on my unsuspecting friends and family. The chocolate chip cookies and chocolate cupcakes have been their absolute favorites. So today I have a special treat… I wanted to share with you my recipe for their #1 favorite – chocolate mini cakes. They are a skin-friendly dessert, meaning they follow the EBG “rules” for clear skin – they contain no grains and nothing high-glycemic that would spike your insulin and contribute to breakouts. Clear Skin Chocolate Mini Cakes {DRY INGREDIENTS} 2 cups almond flour (packed down to measure) 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2 tsp. aluminum-free baking soda 1/2 tsp. sea salt 1 tsp. cinnamon powder 1 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar if you’re in a pinch) ……….. {WET INGREDIENTS} 1/2 cup coconut oil (or unsalted grass-fed butter, softened) 1 large omega-3 egg (preferably soy-free, if you can get it) 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 can full-fat coconut milk** Paper or parchment baking cups **Do not use the whole can of coconut milk. You want to refrigerate the can for at least 4 hours or overnight, and scoop out the thick white cream that has separated from the water. Try not to scoop out the clear liquid/water with it – you just want to use the separated white cream. {HOW TO} Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (or 170-175 Celsius). Mix dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Then mix both bowls of ingredients together. Blend well with a hand or stand mixer. You should end up with a thick batter, not...