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 black,...
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 de-puff...

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. of black­strap molasses. You...

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 and vari­cose...

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 and pay...

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 lead to water reten­tion and…dun...