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...

8 Steps to Flawless Skin

I love fash­ion and all the the­atrics that come with it dur­ing Fash­ion Week, and I was inspired to write this post after see­ing the flaw­less, air­brushed look of the mod­els on the run­way. I believe this is the first time I’m men­tion­ing make­up, but I get a lot of requests for nat­u­ral make­up and con­ceal­ing imper­fec­tions, so I fig­ured I should write a post about the 8 steps to flaw­less skin. Here are my 8 steps to get you look­ing gor­geous in the morn­ing (if you’re a guy, feel free to skip the make­up part, even though it’s not weird if you want to use con­ceal­er). 1. Streeeeetch. Stretch­ing, yoga, and short car­dio cir­cuit train­ing are an excel­lent way to keep your skin glow­ing. The rea­son why is because cir­cu­la­tion is super impor­tant to keep­ing our skin nour­ished, healthy, and vibrant. Do a few min­utes stretch­ing or yoga right after wak­ing up to get the blood mov­ing in your whole body. It feels great, it’s good for your skin, and it ener­gizes you for the day. 2. Eat well and hydrate. Diet plays a huge role in how healthy your body and skin will be. Choose organ­ic pro­duce over con­ven­tion­al pro­duce as much as pos­si­ble to avoid ingest­ing pes­ti­cides that will bur­den your liv­er and poten­tial­ly cause hor­mone imbal­ances. Choose organ­ic and/or grass-fed meats, and organ­ic dairy (or cut out cow dairy alto­geth­er). It’s a huge top­ic, and I sug­gest read­ing my oth­er arti­cles or my guide book for exact details on good food options and what foods to eat/avoid for flaw­less skin. In the morn­ing, drink a glass or two...

Banish Dark Circles for Good! Part II

This is the third and final step of my guide to ban­ish dark cir­cles: how to hide your cir­cles while they’re dis­ap­pear­ing from your love­ly face! So hope­ful­ly you have already read the first part of the guide. If not, I high­ly sug­gest you read Dark Cir­cles — Gone for Good! Part I first, as it will explain how to get rid of cir­cles with­out hav­ing to dis­guise them every­day. PICKING A QUALITY CONCEALER This real­ly depends on your pref­er­ences. I like cream con­ceal­ers because they’re easy to apply and they just glide nice­ly over the del­i­cate skin of the under eye area. I have also just start­ed using min­er­al pow­der to con­ceal the area and I actu­al­ly like it just as well. Late­ly, if I’ve skimped on prop­er sleep or green veg­gies and need a lit­tle cov­er­age for my bluish-pur­ple cir­cles, I’ll use Ali­ma Pure Sat­in Mat­te Foun­da­tion min­er­al make­up in Neu­tral 01 ($1.50 for a gen­er­ous sam­ple, $20 full-size) and fol­low it up with a light dust­ing of their Sat­in Fin­ish­ing Pow­der in Yuki ($1 for a sam­ple size, $15 full-size). I’ve also tried using 100% Pure’s Fruit Pig­ment­ed Con­ceal­ers in Cre­me and White Peach ($20 and $21) under­neath the min­er­al pow­ders, and that works well — I found that I get less creas­ing that way (I tend to smile a lot, and I’m not going to stop just so I get less con­ceal­er creas­es haha). I rec­om­mend you look up some qual­i­ty, nat­u­ral con­ceal­ers from 100% Pure, Ali­ma, nveyE­CO, Dr. Hauschka, Liv­ing Nature, Suki, or The All Nat­u­ral Face (I can’t wait to try some her of stuff)....