My Skin Care Routine for Clear, Radiant Skin (Plus Makeup!)

My Skin Care Routine for Clear, Radiant Skin (Plus Makeup!)

My skin care routine changes often due to all the lovely skin care products I am sent for review, and while so many of them are beautifully formulated, they are better suited to other skin types or concerns. Thus I am fiercely loyal to the rare gems that come across my desk, and they are the products that are most effective for me and that I come back to consistently. Over the years and with much trial and error, I have put together a skin care routine that suits my skin perfectly. It has given me clear and radiant skin, even while I was on long-haul flights and eating food that my body hasn’t experienced in years (chocolate-injected croissant, anyone?). Sure I get the occasional pimple, but the overall quality of my skin is due in part to this simple and stellar routine. HOW TO GET GREAT RESULTS: Remember that what works for my skin may not work for yours. Experiment, but give products a solid chance to work. It can take about 2-4 weeks for the skin to become acclimated to a new skin care product. Lightening or correcting skin care treatments require about 12 weeks to properly evaluate the results. Check out my new skin care guides for product suggestions for each skin type and skin concern. If you don’t spot your skin type or concern, leave a comment on this post so I can add it. Most of the links below will take you to my new curated collection shop, Epic Beauty Bar. I was getting a ton of requests to provide a shop where all...
Recipe: Simple Sweet & Savory Glazed Salmon

Recipe: Simple Sweet & Savory Glazed Salmon

Hey everyone! I have a dozen or so half-finished articles lined up, so while I am plugging away on them, I thought I would publish my recent culinary adventure. First, a confession: I recently purchased 14 lbs. of wild-caught salmon from VitalChoice (arguably one of the best wild seafood sources in the world), knowing full well that I seriously dislike the taste of salmon. I do not mind them personally – I think they are swell sea creatures – but the taste of cooked salmon does not bode well with me. I will take stinky canned tuna over any sort of salmon any day. However, I know salmon is perhaps one of the healthiest foods in the world, and contains a myriad of antioxidants (astaxanthin for the win!) and omega 3 fatty acids. It is easy to digest, looks pretty, and is easy to prepare – but how do I get past the taste? Well, I thought, I love the taste of teriyaki or anything remotely resembling teriyaki, so that got my inner wheels turning about using my faux soy sauce (coconut aminos) and a sweet glaze to downplay the strong flavor of the fish. The results practically made me purr. For those of you without this salmon-aversion problem, friggin cook it however you want to, but this one will be a winner for anyone who thinks they cannot eat salmon. Simple Sweet & Savory Glazed Salmon You will need: 16-24 oz. wild-caught salmon filet, boneless (do not get skinless – keep that skin on!) 2-3 Tbsp. coconut aminos Raw, unfiltered honey Garlic granules (garlic powder will also suffice)...

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....

DIY Apple Mask for Smooth, Moist Skin

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted a DIY beauty/handsomeness recipe, so I thought it would be nice to post one today. Like most of my skin care recipes, this one is easy – it’s only two ingredients and will give you a smooth and moist skin with a nice rosy glow. This will be a great mask to use in the upcoming fall and winter months, when dull, dry skin starts creeping back into our lives. 😛 {APPLE MASK INGREDIENTS} 1/2 any kind of organic apple (leave the skin on) 1 Tbsp. raw honey, or raw manuka honey (UMF 16+) Optional: Try adding 1 egg yolk (from an organic egg, the darker orange the yolk, the more rich and healthy that yolk is) for further moisturization. It will also help reduce and prevent acne breakouts due to the vitamin A present in the yolk, which helps balance sebum production for both oily and dry skin. {REASONS & RESULTS} Apples have a very cooling, slightly exfoliating effect on our skin due to the mild acids in the fruit. When applied to the skin, apples bring circulation and nourishment to the skin. And honey is a no-brainer! It is a well-known, ancient natural beauty product. It is antibacterial, a powerful humectant, and very soothing. If you have very sensitive skin or are sunburned, try a small amount of this mask on your neck or cheek first. Depending on the variety of apple, you may or may not be sensitive to the mild acids in the fruit. FYI, green apples contain less sugar and slightly more acids than varieties like Fuji, Pink...

10 More Secrets to Clear Skin & A Flawless Complexion

Ooohkay, so I have more tips for you on getting clear, flawless skin! The more I rack my brain, the more stuff comes up. 😉 Here is a list of posts I wrote before that are all about clearing up acne and getting a flawless complexion: 3 Secrets to Clear Skin (No More Acne!) Get Flawless Skin Without Makeup – Part I Get Flawless Skin Without Makeup – Part II Now on to the “10 Secrets”: Use manuka honey on blemishes — it’s safe and effective to use it nightly if you wish. After washing your face, just put it on, let it sit for 10-20 minutes, and rinse off with lukewarm water. Honey, especially manuka, is antibacterial and contains enzymes and nutrients that are helpful in repairing acne and acne scars. Supplement with MSM (a.k.a. methylsulfonylmethane). It is a white, naturally occurring substance (sulfur) that has been used to treat skin conditions like acne and eczema. Take it in capsule form, or add 1 tsp. of the powdered variety to juice twice per day (it tastes terrible, definitely put it in juice). Use natural hair products that do not contain hydrogenated oils, parabens, dimethicone, or other substances that can trigger acne. You hair inevitably gets on your face during the day and while you sleep, so act like the products you’re putting on your hair are products you put on your face. If you need help looking for natural hair care products, feel free to read my post on my 10 favorite natural brands of 2009. Clean your pillowcase regularly. I have 4 silk pillowcases from Dream Sacks...