• 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…

  • Hair,  Sunscreen,  Tips,  Ultraviolet

    Hair! (Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair)

    When we think about protection from the sun’s rays we think of our skin. Our skin is very important, and deserves thorough daily sunscreen application. There is another part of our bodies that is exposed to the sun every day, and yet we don’t even think about protecting it… our hair. We may not think much about protecting our hair from sun damage because it’s not living and therefore, can’t get sunburned or develop life-threatening diseases like cancer. Also, if our hair becomes damaged we can just cut it off,…

  • Food,  Health,  Probiotic

    Probiotics

    You’ve most likely heard of probiotics for good gut health.  It’s a hot topic with a lot of buzz right now.  There has been some promising research to suggest that if we keep our digestive tract happy, the rest of our bodies will follow suit.  Yes, even including our skin. So what are probiotics anyway?  Simply put, probiotics are live microorganisms like bacteria and yeasts that have health benefits. Our bodies host large numbers of microorganisms on the inside and out.  These tiny “bugs” help keep us in a state…

  • Sunglasses, Maui Jims, Ocean
    Eyes,  Sunglasses,  Ultraviolet

    I Wear My Sunglasses at Night

    Every part of our bodies that sees the sun’s rays is susceptible to premature ageing and skin cancer. The best defense, aside from staying inside all the time which is not recommended, is to apply sunscreen. There happens to be one place that we cannot and should not apply sunscreen, our eyes. Just like our skin, our eyes can get sunburned.  Our eyelids are designed to protect our delicate eyes but the skin is so thin that light passes through, including sunlight.  Over exposure to the sun can lead to…

  • Stop, Hawaii, Smile
    Melasma,  Retinol,  Vitamin C

    Patience Pays

    Each one of us was born with our very own personal body suit, our skin.  It is the largest organ that we possess.  It grows and changes as we grow and change.  It has a very important job to do, and that is to protect our inside from infection and germs.  Our skin is constantly exposed to injury, whether from UV exposure, pollution, or physical injuries like scratches, scrapes, and other wounds.  It is perpetually making new skin cells to repair itself.  It’s always on the defensive, just waiting to…

  • Blue Tumeric
    Food,  Health,  Nutrition

    Food, Glorious Food

    When I was in elementary school I had the most wonderful music teacher.  She loved what she did and her enthusiasm spread to me so profoundly, that music was my favorite class of the day.  She taught us to sing the popular music that we liked; she taught us to dance.  Each spring she would choose a musical for us to perform.  She directed and produced each one herself, and my favorite was Oliver Twist. If you don’t already know, Oliver Twist is a tale written by Charles Dickens.  It’s…

  • Sio, Silicon, Chest patch
    Chest wrinkles,  Hydration,  Sleep,  wrinkles

    This one weird trick for chest wrinkles

    One day I woke up, looked in the mirror, and there they were.  Vertical creases in between my cleavage.  It was official, I had chinkles!!!  I had worried about and took steps to prevent and diminish wrinkles on my face, neck and hands but I didn’t really think about my cleavage.  Were they permanent?  I slathered those babies with moisturizer and peaked in on them throughout the day.  Luckily, they disappeared by the mid-morning.  Phew. The next morning those chinkles reared their ugly heads again.  I hastily researched cleavage wrinkles…

  • Melasma,  Retinol,  Sunscreen,  Tips,  Vitamin C

    Melasma

    I had no idea what melasma was until I was pregnant.  I never had as much as a freckle on my face beforehand.  I didn’t even really notice it until after I delivered my baby.  It started out as uneven, light brown patches on my cheeks.  Those patches went from light to dark in the summer time when I was outside more.  What I learned from my summer time hyperpigmentation fun was that I was not doing a very good job at applying my sunscreen.  I was not applying enough…

  • Prevention,  Sleep,  Sunscreen,  Tips,  wrinkles

    An Ounce of Prevention (…or what I would love to tell my teenage self).

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.  All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again. We have all heard this nursery rhyme but what does it have to do with skin care or health in general?  The point I want to make is, that once something is broken it can be really difficult (and/or expensive) to fix.  The same thing goes for our bodies.  The earlier we start taking care of ourselves the less damage we will have to…