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...

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....

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...

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...

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...