How to Get Rid of Blackheads – For Real!

How to Get Rid of Blackheads – For Real!

I’ve been wanting to share this guide for a few months now, since I always get a lot of questions about blackheads, along with commentary about how annoying they are and how ugly they can be and why they just won’t go away foreverrrr. So here we go…solution time. Do You Have Blackheads or Sebaceous Filaments? Do you feel like you are constantly popping out tiny blackheads and watching them return over and over to your nose or chin or other areas? Then you may not have blackheads. I have to say that many people I talk to don’t really have a blackhead problem – they have what’s called sebaceous filaments. Here’s a quick way to know the difference: Blackheads are open comedones (a.k.a. pimples or acne). They are slightly raised and appear black. An extracted blackhead looks like a solid, usually yellow, wax-like plug with a black tip. It can also become infected. Sebaceous filaments are a bit like blackhead impostors. They are pin-like and come in a choice of colors: gray (not the dark black of a blackhead), tan, or skin/flesh-colored. The skin is not raised up around them. They can appear anywhere, but the nose, chin, and forehead are the most common. An extracted SF looks like a plain white or yellowish spike or string. They don’t get infected or inflamed and are natural to every single human. I put them side by side so you can see the difference (see below). See how the SFs are super tiny and dark, but not black, and how they have no raised or puffy skin around them? Now notice how the blackheads are truly...
Get Beautiful Skin in 5 Minutes or Less

Get Beautiful Skin in 5 Minutes or Less

I know we all tend to love a little instant gratification, and I wanted to share with you some of my favorite tips for achieving beautiful, smooth, glowing skin in just 1 minute (plus some bonus treatments that take a bit longer). Have fun! 1 Minute to Beautiful Skin One of the most common things I see is that people think they are washing their skin well, when in fact, they’re only taking maybe 15 seconds to haphazardly mush some foam on their face. I invite you to use a timer and cleanse your skin for a full minute. That is thorough enough to remove excess sebum, dirt, makeup, bacteria, and dead skin so as to prevent rough skin texture, dullness, flakes, blackheads, and pustules. Better yet, use a Clarisonic, which gives a gentle yet deep clean and times the cleansing for you. I use the Clarisonic Mia (with the softest sensitive brush head) with a few different incredible cleansers that I keep in my beauty cabinet on rotation. My favorites to use with the Clarisonic are Kahina Cleanser, One Love Organics Easy Does It, and SIRCUIT Supermild. assets biz2credit sayseasy personal loans no credit check Ice and green tea are my favorite do-it-yourself tools for eliminating puffiness, redness, and inflammation. For a pimple, apply an ice cube or a cold spoon (put a metal spoon in the freezer) for 1 minute directly to the pimple (if your skin is sensitive, wrap the ice cube or spoon in a tissue). Cold constricts blood vessels, and in the case of a pimple, it reduces inflammation, thereby shrinking the pimple. To reduce overall redness, shrink a pimple, or...

Quick Tricks to Ease Common Body Complaints

Hey everyone! I have been compiling truckloads of fast, inexpensive, all-natural skin and body “hacks” for years, and many of them were passed down from my grandparents and older friends. Give these 8 tips for easing body complaints a shot the next time you need a little help. Medical Disclaimer: I assume you are all smart cookies, but have to put a disclaimer in here. I am not a medical doctor (yet) and nothing in this post should be considered medical advice. Consult your physician prior to implementing any of the advice herein. {HEARTBURN} This the cheapest trick in the book, and I use it on my family members when they (rarely) get an indigestion problem. Drink a small glass of water. This will balance the pH of your stomach and ease digestive upset and heartburn. The upset should go away with 1 or 2 minutes. Seems silly, but it works. Not going away after the water and it’s been 5-10 minutes? Put 1 Tbsp. unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar in 8-10 oz. of water. Drink up. That should do it! In the future, prevent the problem by eating slower and chewing each bite completely. You can also take 1 Tbsp. unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar in water prior to eating, to help digestion. Alternatively, use lemon juice on your food or consume some sauerkraut with your meals. {FATIGUE / LOW ENERGY} There are several causes (e.g. low iron, low B vitamins, stress, poor sleep, sleep apnea, insulin imbalance, tannins) and you should see a doctor or naturopath if the problem persists. For a quick pick-me-up, take 2 tsp....

Spider Veins: How to Prevent & Get Rid of Them

Spider veins are a bit tricky. They exist on the majority of  human bodies, although some more obvious than others thanks to skin coloring, genetics, and sex (male or female). Their causes can be a bit difficult to prevent, but the cures are simple and effective. {CAUSES} Hormones – specifically too much estrogen or estrogen surges (can be caused by birth control pills and pregnancy) rotating categories each month Sitting or standing too long Sun exposure Genetic predisposition {FIXES} Eat a truly healthy, “Epic Beauty Guide approved” diet which will keep your organs healthy and your hormones in balance. Exercise daily to keep your entire vascular system healthy and strong, which prevents weak vessels and pooling blood. Try yoga, walking, HIIT/Tabata, spinning/biking, swimming, boxing, whatever you like. If you sit all day, get up every half-hour to stretch and walk (even if it’s just walking back and forth to the water cooler). If you can’t get up that often, stretch at your desk every 30 minutes: do calf raises 15-20 times, then flex and extend your ankles 10-20 times to prevent blood pooling in your legs. This may sound like a lot, but it feels good and it’s important. We’re not meant to sit all day, so you have to take measures to keep yourself in good condition. If you stand all day, take breaks to stretch and exercise your legs by doing a few calf raises, squats, fold-overs (to stretch hamstrings), etc. For spider veins on the legs, wear supportive compression socks or tights (good brands to try, often recommended by doctors: Sigvaris and Jobst) to prevent spider...

Secrets to Buttery Soft Skin

Hey everyone! Today I wanted to share with you some of my personal secrets to getting super soft skin. You should see results in as little as 1 or 2 weeks (it may be 4-6 weeks for some). Medical Note: As with anything involving a change in diet, supplementation, or exercise, please consult with your doctor prior to making any changes to your routine, particularly if you have any pre-existing medical conditions or allergies. 1. Go easy on the wash. Most body washes strip the beneficial oils from your skin and result in dry, flaky skin and sometimes contribute to body acne. Try a natural body wash (I have two different ones from 100% Pure that smell fantastic – one is the Vanilla Bean Hydrating and another is the Foaming Gel in Peach) that does not contain any sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or any harsh cleaning surfactants. You may also be someone who benefits from not using a body wash at all, except on your armpits and down-below-bits, or when you’re filthy from rolling in the mud. 2. Banish chlorine. This is key to having naturally soft, moisturized skin. Chlorine binds with the proteins in our hair and skin and cause dryness, breakage, and rough texture. This is a known fact, and it’s important to filter chlorine out of your drinking, showering, and bathing water. Your best bet is a USA-made, quality whole home water filtration system from a brand like Environmental Water Systems (if you can afford it, the EWS Spectrum model is the best, highly-rated one on the market – I put mine on a credit card...

Eliminate Puffy Eyes

Hey everyone! I get a lot of questions related to under eye issues like puffiness and dark circles, so I thought I would address the puffy issue since I have already covered dark circles. Here are some of the causes of under eye puffiness and how to treat them…Epic Beauty style. 😉 First, know that there are two types of puffiness. One is essentially water (fluid) – they are quite squishy and tend to fade or flatten out on their own as the day goes on. The other type are actually fatty deposits – they are hard and do not fade or flatten, and are usually a result of not treating under eye puffiness early on. Unfortunately, the fatty type is harder to get rid of and there are only two solutions I know of: 1. face massage such as Tanaka, done daily and consistently to help remove fat from the area, and 2. cosmetic surgery. Of course, I recommend you try massage first. Wait at least 2-3 months to see any change, though the time varies from person to person. If you have the watery type, keep reading. {Common Causes of Puffy Eyes & Under Eye Bags} Lack of sleep or quality sleep Excessive sodium intake or sugar intake Stress and resulting adrenal fatigue Over consumption of alcohol and/or caffeine Hormonal changes or imbalance Changes in weather or temperature Sinus problems or allergies Water retention Medication side effects Like all things in our lives, the above causes are interconnected. For instance, if you are stressed, your adrenals become less efficient, which can lead to hormonal imbalance, which can...