• Baby Belly, Pregnant Mermaid
    Stretch Marks

    Stretch Marks: If Only Your Belly Could Do Yoga

    You peed on the stick and waited with bated breathe for the answer. Those were the longest few minutes of your life. When the little plus sign showed up, you never knew you could feel so much joy. With this most exciting time in your life comes the not-so-exciting hormonal changes and inevitable weight gain. While not everyone will experience nausea, heartburn or any of the many other annoying symptoms associated with pregnancy, almost everyone will experience stretch marks. What are stretch marks? Stretch marks that develop during pregnancy are…

  • Tron
    Red Light

    Shine On You Crazy Diamond… With Red Light LED that is.

    What if I told you that you could reduce fine lines and wrinkles, decrease inflammation, and clear up acne while relaxing in the comfort of your own home. What if I also told you that you could do all of that with no pain, no downtime, no side effects and in only 3 minutes per day. Would you be curious? We’ll briefly stop in at 1988, when Professor Harry Whelan and his team at NASA developed a new generation of light emitting diodes (LED’s) that they named the NASA LED. …

  • Surf Set
    Prevention,  Sunscreen

    Turn Your Golden Faces Into the Sun, Just Put on Some Sunscreen First

    Ever wonder what your skin would look like in 5, 10, or 25 years?  Will you have dark spots, wrinkles, or, worse, skin cancer? We don’t have any working crystal balls, that I know of yet, but there are ways to see into the future of our skin. You may be able to find a clinic that offers photo assessments of your skin like the Visia Skin Complexion Analysis or Optic Slim Skin Analysis.   These show your current level of UV damage and provide a valuable glimpse into future damage…

  • Rodan + Fields,  Wedding

    Perfect Skin for that Perfect Day

    You want everything to be perfect on your wedding day and that includes your skin.  To get glowing skin you need to start the right regimen now!  The longer you are using proper skincare, the better your skin will look.  Here’s a countdown list of skin care must do’s and recommendations for perfect, glowing skin on your big day. Five Months Before Your Wedding Start taking care of your skin now.  Remove any makeup at the end of the day, wash your face, use a pore refining toner, apply a…

  • Hydration
    Glycerin,  Humectant,  Moisturizer

    Glycerin

    Have you ever seen glycerin, glycerine or glycerol listed in the ingredients of any of your skin care products?  Have you ever wondered what it was doing there? A Little Background First, glycerin, glycerine, and glycerol are used interchangeably, and they all are the same when it comes to skincare.  It is colorless, odorless and sweet-tasting.  In fact, it is derived from the Greek word glyko which means “sweet”.  It was discovered by a Swedish chemist named Carl Wilhelm Scheele in the late 1700’s and Proctor and Gamble started producing it…

  • Fill up my cup
    Being Awesome,  Health,  Motivate

    Is Your Cup Half-Empty or Half-Awesome?

    Ever wonder if there was an investment you could make that would always pay out?  Just one investment that will continue to pay out over and over? Intrigued? The answer is investing in yourself, and I believe it’s the smartest investment you can make. It’s not always the easiest thing to do.  Sometimes, it seems like it’s the hardest, most selfish thing to do;  I completely understand.  I’m the last person on my list to take care of.   By the very nature of my nursing job, I take care of others…

  • Turtle Bay Surf
    UPF clothing

    Put Some Clothes On

    I absolutely love spending time outside.  I love breathing in the fresh, crisp air and in the Pacific Northwest we are blessed with majestic evergreen trees all around.   It really is pretty magical.  There’s also research to suggest that spending time outside boosts mood and lowers blood pressure, so bonus!  But wait, I need to do something very important before I get too excited and rush out the door. I need to sport some form of sun protection before exposing myself to that burning beacon in the sky (even if…

  • You can leave your hat on
    Hats

    How to Wear a Hat

    Do you wear hats?  I never thought I was a hat person.  I wanted to be one.  I watched the Kentucky Derby and wished I could pull off one those gorgeous, elaborate hats.  I would try on different styles just to be disappointed.  It didn’t help that I was doing this when I was a teenager, the only people I knew who wore hats were men and they wore baseball caps.  Although baseball caps can be cute, they’re not really the best choice for every occasion. As teenagers we are…

  • Body,  Feet,  Foot,  Pain

    Barefootin’

    My feet depend so much on the ground to walk. I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts the other day, Freakonomics, and it got me thinking about feet (of course it did, the episode is called “These Shoes Are Killing Me!”). I have seen a lot of feet throughout the years and let me tell you, people don’t take care of their feet!  We seriously under-appreciate our tootsies.  They’re a pretty important piece of anatomy and are the foundation for our entire body.   If you didn’t have your…

  • Algae,  Seaweed,  wrinkles

    Under The Sea

    The ocean is wild and calm, dangerous and beautiful.  It holds miraculous treasures; powerful, healing treasures.   Life flourishes here.  Algae are one of those life forces with abundant potential for our skin. Algae are nonflowering, mainly aquatic plants.  They can be classified as macro (large enough to see with the naked eye) or micro (small enough to need a microscope to see it).  Some algae live in the salty sea and others live in fresh water.  They both hold promise, but for now, I want to focus on the macroalgae…