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...

12 Must-Have Products of 2010

I have come across some incred­i­ble nat­u­ral skin care prod­ucts this year, and I want­ed to share my must-haves with you. 1. 100% Pure Organ­ic Laven­der Hon­ey Facial Cleans­ing Foam, $18.50. This is my go-to face wash, and the only face wash I’ve used con­sis­tent­ly for almost a year. I love foam­ing wash­es, and foams are great for dry skin as well, par­tic­u­lar­ly if you are sen­si­tive and prone to clogged pores (cream cleansers tend to con­tain wax­es that can eas­i­ly clog pores). 100% Pure has a wide vari­ety of foam­ing wash­es for all skin types, so if the laven­der hon­ey wash isn’t for you, try one of their oth­er face wash­es. A bot­tle lasts me about 2–3 months. 2. Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub, $15. My favorite scrub of all time. I’ve used dozens of scrubs and exfo­lia­tors over the years, and none have treat­ed my sen­si­tive skin the way it always want­ed to be treat­ed. You mix a lit­tle of the scrub with your choice of either water, organ­ic milk, or organ­ic plain yogurt and gen­tly mas­sage in cir­cu­lar motions for a min­ute or two. It effec­tive­ly pre­vents black­heads and leaves your skin soft­er, radi­ant, and pol­ished with­out feel­ing dry and irri­tat­ed. Though the price went up a few dol­lars, this scrub is so well worth it. This will always be a sta­ple in my med­i­cine cab­i­net. 3. Arcona Tri­ad Pads, $23. I have been using the­se pads for ton­ing, remov­ing the last rem­nants of my Ubtan scrub, and as a face wash if I’m trav­el­ing and don’t want to use chlo­ri­nat­ed water to wash my sen­si­tive skin. The­se...

Top 5 Natural Scrubs & Exfoliators

Exfo­li­at­ing your skin on a reg­u­lar basis does won­ders for improv­ing its look and feel — you’ll wind up with smoother, soft­er skin, and if you’re prone to black­heads, you’ll have less of them. The trick is find­ing a qual­i­ty scrub or exfo­lia­tor that will do a great job, but doesn’t con­tain unsafe arti­fi­cial ingre­di­ents and won’t irri­tate your skin in the process. The­se are my Top 5 picks for exfo­li­at­ing prod­ucts. {PICK #1} Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub I am com­plete­ly hooked on this nat­u­ral, Ayurvedic herbal scrub. It is sooth­ing, anti-acne (and anti-black­heads), and imparts a gor­geous glow on the skin. Use 1–3 times per week depend­ing on your skin type. This scrub is best for all skin types, and sen­si­tive skin will espe­cial­ly appre­ci­ate it. The bot­tle may be deceiv­ing­ly small, but I’ve been using the Ubtan scrub for over 2 months, 1–3 times per week, and I still have half the bot­tle left! ($9, 2 oz., avail­able at Etsy.com) {PICK #2} Talu­lah Vanil­la Bean Reju­ve­nat­ing Cleanser This vanil­la, rice, and sug­ar scrub is a great choice for those with oily, thick­er skin. Sen­si­tive, thin­ner skin should rub the scrub in the hands pri­or to apply­ing to the face, just to wear down the exfo­li­at­ing par­ti­cles a bit so it’s gen­tler. Smells amaz­ing, too! ($26, 4 oz., avail­able at talulahskincare.com) {PICK #3} Suki Exfo­li­ate Foam­ing Cleanser Organ­ic lemon­grass, sug­ar, and sooth­ing herbs make this lemon­ade-smelling scrub an excel­lent choice for acne-prone skin. How­ev­er, if you are aller­gic or sen­si­tive to chamomile (rag­weed fam­i­ly) or algae (sea­weeds) then you may not find the same pos­i­tive results with this scrub that...

Ayurveda for Great Skin

In my lit­tle quest to get my skin back on track from mess­ing around with too many prod­ucts, I recent­ly re-acquaint­ed myself with the ancient med­ical sys­tem of Ayurveda. If you are not famil­iar with Ayurveda, it is an excel­lent addi­tion to your cur­rent skin care and nutri­tion prac­tices. I love Ayurveda because it ties in close­ly to what I already know and fol­low in regards to car­ing for my over­all health and phys­i­cal appear­ance. There is an intri­cate, insep­a­ra­ble con­nec­tion between your inner health and out­er beau­ty, since the state of your inner health is reflect­ed out­side and any prob­lems (e.g. acne, dry­ness, hair loss, etc.) are not to be ignored. To use Ayurveda prop­er­ly, you should know your dosha (i.e. body type) by tak­ing a free test that will help you deter­mine if you are a pit­ta, vata, or kapha dosha — or even a mix of two or all three. Here are some resources for free dosha tests (I rec­om­mend you take 2–3 to make sure you get the most accu­rate out­come): What’s Your Dosha? The Chopra Dosha Quiz Ayurveda Test for Body Type Atharv Ayur Dosha Cal­cu­la­tor Once you know your dosha, the sites I rec­om­mend above have infor­ma­tion on your dosha and how to bal­ance it. I dis­cov­ered that my dosha is Pit­ta-Vata, and that I had too much fire (pit­ta) in my sys­tem which was exac­er­bat­ing my dry skin prob­lem. Essen­tial­ly I just need­ed to relax and quell the fire! So I have tak­en a tem­po­rary break from my usu­al cir­cuit train­ing and replaced it with more yoga, I’m lis­ten­ing to relax­ing music (right now iTunes is...

5 Easy Ways to Stay Lean & Stress-Free During the Holidays

Hel­lo! I’m real­ly excit­ed to be launch­ing Epic Beau­ty Guide today, and with that, I’m post­ing my 5 favorite, easy tips on stay­ing lean and stress-free…especially dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. It is a fact that stress and weight gain are close­ly relat­ed, so it is impor­tant to pay atten­tion to your stress lev­els as well as what you put in your stom­ach. So enjoy the list and enjoy the hol­i­days! See you back here soon. 🙂 1. To lower stress and cortisol (the hormone that forces us to gain weight) look to these natural aids: • Shankh­push­pi (pro­nounced shank-a-push-pee). An Ayurvedic herb that comes from a flow­er. It low­ers cor­ti­sol lev­els, improves ener­gy, and improves con­cen­tra­tion. The rec­om­mend­ed dose is 200–275 mg., twice per day. • Turmer­ic. A com­mon yel­low-orange root used often as a pow­dered spice. Best absorbed with black pep­per. Low­ers inflam­ma­tion, pro­motes weight loss. Gaia Herbs makes an excel­lent one, and you can also add a pinch of the pow­dered spice to your meals. • Ash­wa­gand­ha. My favorite herb for all-around stress reduc­tion and brain improve­ment. Rebuilds den­drites in the brain (the con­nec­tions between neu­rons). Cedar Bear Nat­u­rales makes a great glyc­er­in tinc­ture. You can also try an alco­hol-based tinc­ture, as it may work bet­ter than glyc­er­in for some peo­ple. 2. If you want to stay lean, get moving. All it takes is walk­ing 30 min­utes around the neigh­bor­hood. Of course, it’s even bet­ter if you can run for 15 min­utes, go bike rid­ing, do some at-home yoga or pilates, or do 15–20 min­utes of cir­cuit train­ing. The hard­est part of doing this? Get­ting moti­vat­ed. So just remem­ber that you’ll...