A Complete Guide to the Best Natural Face Oils [Infographic]

A Complete Guide to the Best Natural Face Oils [Infographic]

Face and body oils are a centuries old beauty tradition. They are luxurious, antibacterial, protective, and highly moisturizing. In the recent past, oil got a bad rap and oil-free products reigned supreme. However, the oils that were causing all the trouble were (and still are) synthetic or unwholesome processed oils that can clog pores and unbalance the skin’s oil production. Now that people are starting to come around on the subject and learn the difference between good oils and bad oils, oil-based cleansers, moisturizers, and serums are making a huge comeback. The amount of face oils now on the market now is staggering, but a lot of them are the typical fluff in a pretty bottle. As usual, I am here to help you wade through the mishmash and make a great choice for your skin. *** Download the PDF Face Oil Guide Here Download the JPG Face Oil Guide Here *** Why Face Oils are Perfect Our skin loves fat. LOVES it. Which makes sense, since our skin produces its own fat (sebum) that acts to protect our skin from outside assailants (bacteria, fungi, funky weather). Oils are protective and help maintain the integrity of our skin’s acid mantle, which keeps out bad bacteria and prevents blemishes, dryness, and irritation. Keeping the skin hydrated and supple also speeds up healing, so if you have a breakout or a rash or dermatitis, a proper face oil will do wonders. Dewy, plump skin is a result of hydration, from both water and fatty acids. If you’ve ever made your own aromatherapy treatments, you may have heard the term “carrier oil.”...
Puffy Face? Here’s How to Fix It

Puffy Face? Here’s How to Fix It

Did you wake up this morning with some extra puff in your face? Never fear! I have compiled a few of my favorite tips to help you fix a puffy face quick, and of course, prevent it in the future. If you have a chronic puffy face, or tend to retain fluid in other parts of your body as well, see your physician, since you will want to rule out any issues with blood pressure, hormone imbalance, or any kidney or liver issues. ELEVATE. Sleep with two pillows (or use a special pillow – I use the contoured pillows from Sleep Innovations) so your head is slightly higher than the rest of your body. This discourages fluid from draining into your face and just “hanging out” there. MODIFY WHAT YOU EAT. Sodium, alcohol, and carbohydrates can all contribute to “puffy morning face syndrome” (ahem, yes, that’s the super scientific term). If you frequently have a puffy face in the morning, try this: for your last meal of the day, experiment with eating natural diuretics and/or potassium-rich foods like cranberry, celery, banana, cucumber, parsley, watermelon, or asparagus. Incorporate them into your dinner. Essentially, we want to ensure we get an adequate intake of calcium, magnesium, and potassium through our food to counteract the water-retaining traits of sodium. SUPPLEMENT. Apparently, a tall glass of filtered water mixed with 1-3 tsp. of acerola vitamin C powder (or a few acerola vitamin C capsules) taken before bed can help prevent a puffy face in the morning. I haven’t seen any studies on this, it’s just a tip I have heard and use myself. And if...
How to Get Rid of a Sudden Breakout

How to Get Rid of a Sudden Breakout

Whether it is one pimple or ten, this is my down-and-dirty system for eliminating a sudden breakout caused by stress or a few bad eating days. This little system ensures that redness and inflammation cease within 12 hours, and any blemishes are completely gone within 24-72 hours. Your results might differ (hopefully for the better!), but give it a go and experiment to see what works best for you! 1. Focus on good food. The key here is to remove anything that is going to slow healing and cause further inflammation and add the things that are going to speed healing and stop inflammation. This means I really focus on excluding all grains (especially wheat) and sugar, and instead focus on eating super nutritious foods like oysters, berries, wild-caught fish, leafy greens, and easy homemade chicken stock or beef stock (a.k.a. bone broth). I also chow down on my grandmother’s traditional chopped liver recipe (read: grass-fed/pastured organic liver is extremely nutritious and no, it is not filled with toxins) or I mix finely ground liver into meatballs or hamburger patties. improve financial rankings slowly This influx of vitamins and minerals does wonders for quickly healing and calming the skin. Here is a recipe for “Multivitamin Meatballs” (a.k.a. liver meatballs). Do a Google search for more recipes! Oh, and this should go without saying, but be sure to drink a lot of filtered water. You should be doing this anyway, but pay attention to your water consumption to aid circulation of nutrients and speed healing. And please DO NOT drink unfiltered tap water (there are too many chemicals to count,...
CLEAN Cleanse: Finished! Advice and Do-It-Yourself CLEAN Kit

CLEAN Cleanse: Finished! Advice and Do-It-Yourself CLEAN Kit

All done! 21 days complete. I feel great. My skin looks stellar. I learned that this was not just about the smoothies and a restricted diet. It became about remembering to breathe, to slow down (which I always confused with laziness), and to stop doing a million things at once. I relearned how to stop sacrificing the present moment for reviewing the lengthy to-do lists swirling in my head. I feel balanced, I feel calm, and my outward appearance is clearly reflecting that. I feel like I did a few years ago, before I had a bajillion projects. I feel like I had a major reboot. My final thoughts and post-cleanse plans In a word? A-friggin-mazing. This is the only cleanse I have really been able to stick to because it is super easy and I noticed a BIG difference within a matter of days. When something is simple and results-driven, it acts to motivate you to keep going. That is exactly what I needed, and that is exactly what I got. It has been about seven days post-cleanse and I have continued having a lovely smoothie for breakfast and a hearty salad with pastured organic chicken, wild-caught fish, or grass-fed organic beef for lunch. Dinner has been whatever I feel like – I have had smoothies for some dinners, and on other nights it has been a full meal, like a burger patty with a bunch of delicious toppers or chicken tikka from my favorite Indian restaurant. We’ll see how things go, but for now, I do not want to venture far off my EBG/Clean guidelines. Ah yes,...
Days 11-18: CLEAN Cleanse Program

Days 11-18: CLEAN Cleanse Program

I am nearing the end of my clean cleanse (only 3 days left), and even though I’m loving it, I am looking forward to having a bunch of nigiri for my first post-cleanse meal. More results My skin looks the same from last week. I feel energized, my sleep is deep and refreshing, and I often wake up on my own without an alarm. Most importantly to me, my cognitive skillz are returning to normal. It was probably a combination of too much stress, constant computer and iPhone use, and multitasking that has lowered my attention span and ability to “be present.” I didn’t like feeling that way, and one of the results I am glad to be seeing with this program is a return to normal brain function. I have been taking it slower, enjoying a half hour or so of sunshine in the mid-mornings, and really focusing on the task or conversation at hand instead of thinking of multiple things at once. I’ve also been doing a free Chopra guided mediation, which is just super relaxing and an all-natural mood booster. (FYI! For pictures and daily updates, follow me on Instagram.) Post-cleanse plans For one thing, I will definitely continue to have at least one shake per day for a meal. I did green smoothies (water, greens, and fruit blended together) every day for several years, but I would find myself hungry again shortly after finishing one because there was no fat or protein to keep me sated. That wasn’t really a problem because I would just have a “real” meal afterward, but I prefer to just...
Days 5-10: CLEAN Cleanse Program & RESULTS! [Pictures]

Days 5-10: CLEAN Cleanse Program & RESULTS! [Pictures]

Everything has been going incredibly well on the CLEAN cleanse program. Week 1 was great, and week 2 has proven to be much the same. I am both excited and a bit sad that there are only 11 days left. Halfway through! Results so far My energy and focus is much better, and I no longer feel that general malaise that I had been experiencing. My usual vibrant, lucid dreams have also made a comeback. Man, I really did miss those. Another huge difference I have noticed is with my skin. Since about day 3, it started looking positively glowing. On Day 9 I went to see my aesthetician, and before I even said a word, she went all wide-eyed and began exclaiming how incredible my skin was looking again. Ace. I love hearing that from a professional. 😉 Under that incredibly unflattering magnifying mirror, she was further amazed at how “deeply hydrated” (her words) my skin was. This is a big deal because those words have never been uttered about my skin. Not ever. My skin has always been prone to dryness, despite the fact that I have normal-ish/oily skin. (This is why skincare can get a bit complicated – you can have plenty of oil, but at the same time, your skin can have trouble maintaining proper barrier function and hydration within the cell.) My skin always looks good when I stick to my EBG dietary protocol, and mixing that with CLEAN has taken things to a whole new level. Now do you see why I am not so keen on ending the cleanse? My conclusion cannot...