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....

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...

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...