• Camping and skin care
    Camping,  Cleansing,  Cleansing Cloths,  Micellar Water

    In the Glow of the Campfire. Oh wait, that’s your skin.

    I love to go camping.  There is just something about roughing it for a few days that really appeals to me.  I love assembling our tent, setting out our cooler and camp chairs, starting a fire, and just being outside. Everything is simplified; I wear comfy clothes, no makeup, and my hair is in a ponytail or braids the whole time.  There are no distractions, like a phone or television, to get in the way of pure family time.  Often, where we go camping, we don’t even have cell service,…

  • Exfoliation

    Exfoliation

    Our skin cells get old and die. When we’re young, those dead cells remove themselves with little effort on our part.  As we get older they need more help, and if they don’t get that help, they start to pile up in a disorderly fashion. This makes our skin’s surface irregular.   The irregular surface refracts and reflects light in funky ways.  That funkiness is what makes us look dull, drab and sallow.  Those piles of dead skin cells, along with oil and dirt, can also get trapped inside your pores. …

  • Organic Mineral Sunscreen Spray
    Reviews,  Sunscreen

    Review: Coola Mineral Sunscreen Spray

    Spray sunscreens, some people love them and some people hate them. If you’re one of those that love them then this review is for you. If you’re one of those that hates them, maybe this review will change your mind. Why Spray Sunscreen: I am one of those people who loves spray sunscreens. My favorite bit about them is they’re easy to use (especially on squirmy little humans). Easy is my favorite word right now. If something’s easy, I’m more likely to do it and be happy about doing it.…

  • Scorching Sun
    Cancer,  Prevention,  Sunscreen

    May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

    Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States! But, it’s also the most preventable! According to the Skin Cancer Foundation about 90% of non-melanoma skin cancers and 85% of melanoma skin cases are related to UV exposure from the sun. Ah, the sun. I have a love/hate relationship with the sun. I love it because it makes me happy. And I know it makes other people happy too. I see more smiling faces and people just generally being nicer to each other when the sun is out.…

  • Smoothies for glowing skin
    Food,  Health,  Nutrition

    You Put the Lime in the Coconut… Smoothie!

    Who doesn’t like a good smoothie? You can pack some powerful nutrients into your blender. Not to mention they can be quick to prepare and they are highly portable. I feel like I am constantly rushing about and don’t have the opportunity to sit down and enjoy a good, nutritious meal as often as I would like. The smoothie is my answer to good nutrition on the go. You can put almost anything in a smoothie, almost. I was watching a Fixer Upper where Joanna made Chip a ham sandwich…

  • 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”.  Glycerin was discovered by a Swedish chemist named Carl Wilhelm Scheele in the late 1700’s and Proctor and Gamble started producing…