• Healthy Skin
    Cleansing,  Retinol,  Sleep,  Sunscreen,  Tips,  Vitamin C

    10 Tips for Beautiful Skin

    Taking care of our skin does not have to be difficult or expensive.  There are simple things you can do every day that will give you glowing skin. Drink water. I know that for some of us this can be a difficult task.  Some people forget and some people just don’t like drinking water.  I get it.  I used to be there, but I have since become a believer in the power of water.  When I started drinking more water I began getting compliments on how nice my skin looked,…

  • Hydrate Your Skin
    Facial Water,  Hydration,  Thermal Water

    Thermal Water

    I love thermal waters, or any kind of facial water really.  For the past several years I have spritzed thermal water on my face, all day every day.  I keep a little spritzer bottle in my bag so I can use it whenever I feel the urge.  I love the way it feels so much (like a cold drink of water on a hot day) that I feel compelled to share with others.  Of course, I always ask before I just go about spraying perfect strangers with a bottle of…

  • Flawless
    Complexion,  Pores

    Complexion Perfection

    Look in any beauty magazine and you will see the smooth, poreless complexions of gorgeous people staring back at you.  With a long sigh I say “I wish my skin looked like that!”  Well, the truth is those photos have most likely been Photoshopped.  Sure, when I was 6 years old my skin looked like that but I’m an adult now (sort of ) and my skin has grown up with me. My previous bad habits (not wearing sunscreen, slathering on baby oil, and laying out in the sun pretty…

  • Passport in hand
    Travel

    Vacation

    My husband, my son, and I are planning a much-needed vacation this summer.  This will be the first time we have gone on a family vacation during the busy summer months.  We usually try to plan our trips during slower times, when there is less chance of encountering large crowds.   Fewer crowds means less waiting in line, less traffic and just less stress in general.  There are even studies that have been done that show we are kinder and more giving when we have a little room to breathe.  I…

  • Bath

    Bath Time

    I absolutely love taking baths.  I get a chance to relax and read a good book or listen to some relaxing music.  I don’t get the opportunity to take very many baths because of the many excuses I have, but I would really love to make more time for me and a bath. When I do get a chance to soak I like to make the most out of it.  I like to incorporate soothing ingredients for my skin and aromatherapy for my mind.  We have a dimmer light in…

  • Beauty Rest
    Sleep

    Beauty Sleep

    When I was a little girl I hated bed time.  I thought if I was sleeping I was going to miss out on all the fun stuff.  As I transitioned into my teenage years this relationship with sleep continued; I was a “night owl” never going to bed before midnight.  I am now an adult (even if I don’t act like one) and I have a much healthier relationship with sleep.  Sometimes I get excited just thinking about getting into bed, snuggling up to my husband, and going to sleep. …

  • Coffee
    Coffee

    Coffee

    Ahhh … coffee.  The world runs on coffee.  We drink it (sometimes too much), but can we put it on our skin?  And if we do, what will happen? I always want to know if there have been any formal studies on skin care ingredients.  I search these studies out and then try to determine if they have any meaning.  Topical application of coffee extract has been studied, not a lot, but what has been done shows promise. The extract comes from coffee berries which is from the fruit of…

  • Retinol
    Retinol

    Retinoids

    I think we may have found the fountain of youth, at least as far as our skin’s appearance goes.  The vitamin A family, or retinoids, just may become your best friend like it is mine.  It goes by many names including retinal, retinol, retinaldyhyde, retinyl palmitate, and retinoic acid.  Our body has the ability to turn any of these forms into the others but retinoic acid is the active form and the one proven to fight lines and wrinkles and stimulate collagen. Retinoids have been studied and used for greater…

  • Hyaluronic Acid
    Hyaluronic Acid

    Hyaluronic Acid

    Hyaluronic acid (also known as hyaluronan or hyaluronate) is a large sugar molecule that is found naturally in our bodies.   It is a key component of connective tissue and provides cushioning and lubrication for our joints and eyes.  The largest quantities are found in our skin.  It has an incredible ability to retain moisture and can bind over 1,000 times its weight in water!   As we age our bodies slowly produce less and less hyaluronic acid which translates to dehydrated, dull, lackluster skin.  I want youthful bouncy skin.  So, can I…

  • Green Tea

    Green Tea

    One of my favorite things to do every day is drink green tea.  I love it, especially with jasmine.  I’ve been drinking it for years and I don’t think I could go a day without it.  I wanted to know more about it: it’s origins, its benefits, and most importantly, can I put it on my face? Green tea is a popular beverage especially in Asian countries, although for one reason or another, it’s not as popular as black tea.  Green tea, black tea, and oolong tea all come from…