Sun Damage Solutions: Reverse the signs of sun damaged skin

Sun Damage Solutions

Let’s face it – there is virtually no way to avoid sun damage. We all forget to put on our sun screen every so often, and most of us don’t re-apply throughout the day or after a dip in the pool or during or after a long hike in the sun. We have spent years in the harmful UVA and UVB rays penetrating and damaging not just our skin’s surface, but also what is underneath – the collagen and elastin. We all suffer from fine lines and wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin as we age all thanks to the sun.

Sun Damage Solutions

While we can’t go back in time to make sure we hide our skin from the sun at all times, we can take steps to reverse the sun damage that we have already incurred. Reversal includes a combination of proper skin care regimens (cleansing, toning, moisturizing) and proper nutrition, drinking lots of purified water, using the right type of topical anti-aging serums all in combination with your professional skin care treatments such as photo rejuvenation and micro-needling. These professional treatments can help remove the skin’s damaged exterior layers, which help in diminishing sun spots and encouraging the growth of new, healthy collagen which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Lucky for you, The Skin and Laser Boutique, offers both of these services and a very affordable price. Leslie has an abundance of experience working with people of all skin types and ages. After a thorough consultation, she will recommend the treatment that will prove to have the best results for you. Contact us at 303-547-0671 to schedule your appointment today!

Read more details on all sun damage solutions here.

treat rosacea with laser therapy

What is Rosacea?

Should you Treat Rosacea with Laser Therapy?

Rosacea (pronounced “roh-ZAY-sha”) is a chronic facial skin disorder, which can be characterized by recurring skin flare-ups. The condition typically begins after age 30 and the symptoms include a redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead and in some cases, rosacea may also occur on the scalp, chest, neck and/or the ears. These symptoms may come and go over time.  As a person with Rosacea ages, the redness tends to become darker with visible blood vessels and it also becomes much more persistent. If the Rosacea is left untreated, bumps and pimples often develop, and in severe cases the nose may become bulbous, swollen and bumpy from excess tissue. In some cases of rosacea, the eyes can also feel irritated and appear watery or bloodshot.

Although rosacea can affect all segments of the population, individuals with fair skin who tend to flush or blush easily are believed to be at greatest risk. The disease is more frequently diagnosed in women, but more severe symptoms tend to be seen in men — perhaps because they often delay seeking medical help until the disorder reaches advanced stages.

Unfortunately there is no cure for rosacea and the cause is unknown, but fortunately, it can be treated to control and even reverse its symptoms via medical therapies such as photo rejuvenation treatments. If you suspect you may have rosacea, we recommend you first to see a dermatologist or other knowledgeable physician for diagnosis. In many cases, your dermatologist will recommend you treat rosacea with laser therapy.

Primary Signs of Rosacea

  • Persistent Redness
    Persistent facial redness is the most common individual sign of rosacea, and may resemble a blush or sunburn that does not go away.
  • Flushing
    Many people with rosacea have a history of frequent blushing or flushing. This facial redness may come and go, and is often the earliest sign of the disorder.
  • Bumps and Pimples
    Small red solid bumps or pus-filled pimples often develop. While these may resemble acne, blackheads are not present and burning or stinging may occur.
  • Visible Blood Vessels
    In many people with rosacea, small blood vessels become visible on the skin.

Other Common Signs and Symptoms

  • Eye Irritation
    In many people with rosacea, the eyes may be irritated and appear watery or bloodshot, a condition known as ocular rosacea. The eyelids also may become red and swollen, and styes are common. Severe cases can result in corneal damage and vision loss without medical help.
  • Dry Appearance
    The central facial skin may be rough, and thus appear to be very dry.
  • Raised Red Patches or Plaques
    Raised red patches can develop without changes in the surrounding skin.
  • Thicker Skin
    The skin may thicken and enlarge from excess tissue, especially on the nose. This condition typically affects more men than women (likely because Men wait longer to seek help).
  • Swelling
    Facial swelling, known as edema, may accompany other signs of rosacea.
  • Burning or Stinging
    Burning or stinging sensations may often occur on the face. Itching or a feeling of tightness may also develop.
  • Signs Beyond the Face
    Rosacea signs and symptoms may also develop beyond the face, most commonly on the neck, chest, scalp or ears.

How is Rosacea Treated?

While there are numerous oral and topical medications that can help with the bumps and acne like symptoms temporarily, we recommend treating your rosacea with laser therapy for a more permanent treatment to not only assist in healing the bumps but also the redness, reduce and in some cases eliminate the blood vessels and most other symptoms. Depending on the seriousness of your condition, we may recommend multiple treatments a few weeks apart.  It is best to schedule a consultation with Leslie in order to determine what the best course of action should be for your symptoms and whether or not you should treat rosacea with laser therapy.  Of course, we always recommend seeking medical advice first and foremost, however, Renew Skin and Laser does have lots of experience with identifying and correcting rosacea symptoms.

Organic African Black Soap

12 Days of Beauty – Tip # 10: African Black Soap

My Brother swears by the Organic African Black Soap that he buys from Amazon and sent me a bar for the holidays this year and I have to say, while I thought he was a little crazy with his rants and raves about this product at first, I have since become a firm believer and now advocator of this miracle product.

African black soap is a much gentler solution than most other store-bought soap brands. It is an all-natural cleanser made only from various plant attributes such as plantains, shea and cocoa pods. Not only does it clean your skin, but the suds are also packed full of skin loving benefits.

About African Black Soap

African Black Soap isn’t typically black, but more of a dark brown color. Black Soap originated in West Africa, specifically Ghana. It was initially produced with the ash from cooking fires, which is what made it black as well as many secret ingredients including coconut and/or palm oils, as well as the other plant ingredients listed above. This soap was traditionally used to help heal the wounds, scrapes, cuts and sores of the West African people.

Benefits of African Black Soap

African black soap contains shea butter, which helps with skin moisturizing while it does not clog your pores. Shea butter gives the soap some UV-protection properties too (don’t ditch your sunscreen though as it does not protect your skin from harmful UV rays as much as a 30 spf sunscreen does). Some people claim that African black soap fades skin discoloration and dark spots. It is ideal for people with skin irritation and rashes, rosacea, dry skin, aging skin and other abnormal skin conditions since it is such a gentle cleanser. African black soap contains plantain extract, which has antibacterial properties that can also help treat acne breakouts and blemishes. Some people even use African black soap as a mild makeup remover or even shampoo to cleanse the hair.

This soap is also a perfect cleanser for your post laser treatments since it is so gentle and contains natural skin healing qualities. Be sure when buying African black soap that you are not buying the ‘fake’ American made soap with lye and charcoal. Read this article to learn more about the differences.

30% off Laser Hair Removal special offer for spring

Spring Has Sprung!

No matter what that pesky groundhog has predicted, the facts show that Spring has definitely sprung early in Colorado and everyone has been getting outdoors for their hiking, biking, volleyball games, tennis, Rockies games and I’ve even seen a few people sporting shorts on the slopes of Vail and Beaver Creek lately.  Don’t miss out on our Laser Hair Removal Special Offer for Spring!

Renew Skin and Laser wants to help you prepare for the warm weather with discounted laser treatments!

Take 30% off two or more laser hair removal treatments from 4/4/2017 – 4/12/2017!

Laser Hair Removal is one of the best alternatives to  plucking, tweezing, shaving and waxing, so why not make it easier on yourself this Spring and always by getting your first two treatments or more at a huge discount.  In the long run, it will save you time and money on razors, shaving cream, waxing, and more. Not only that, but this is the best time of year to consider any kind of laser treatment. We recommend that the treatments not be performed on tan skin and since we are only just starting to get outdoors and our skin is still looking a little pasty from the Winter months, this is the perfect time to schedule your treatment with Leslie.

If you are already tan, that’s ok too.  We can still treat you if you stay out of the sun for two weeks prior to your appointment!

You can either call Leslie at 303-547-0671, email, or schedule your appointments online here.  Be sure to mention this offer when you schedule with us.

 

Harmful Skin Care Ingredients

12 Days of Beauty Tips – Tip # 9: 12 Harmful Skin Care Ingredients

Potentially Harmful Skin Care Ingredients that are also found in hair care products, baby products and cleaning products.

Do you know the saying: ‘You are what you eat’? Well, the same holds true for skin care products. When you place any product on your skin, your skin naturally absorbs it. Many people believe all the hype like looking 10 years younger, diminished wrinkles, firmer skin, etc. that most companies advertise. When in reality, most of the products that promise miraculous results can actually be toxic and result in more harm than good.

I used to believe every single ad and I did indeed try virtually every single product without questioning the ingredients. Not one of them lived up to the hype. Check out the following list of 12 potentially harmful skin care ingredients that you should watch out for before purchasing and massaging these products onto your precious skin. Some of these ingredients are linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental complications, DNA damage, brain and nervous system damage, contact dermatitis (rashes and irritation to the skin), or other health issues.

  1. Parabens (Phenoxyethanol, Methyl, Butyl, Ethyl, Propyl): Used as preservatives and found in many creams or lotions, deodorants and other skin care products.
  2. Benzoyl Peroxide: Benzoyl peroxide is typically found in acne products.
  3. Propylene Glycol and Butylene Glycol (Plastics): A highly toxic material made from petroleum. It is so toxic, in fact, that the EPA requires full protective gear for anyone burying it in the ground to prevent brain, liver and kidney abnormalities.
  4. FD&C Color Pigments: Found in many beauty products, color pigments are synthesized from coal tar and contain heavy metal salts which are toxic to the skin and shown to be carcinogenic.
  5. Dioxins (triclosan, Polyethylene Glycol or PEGs and sodium laureth sulfate): Found in most non-organic tampons and linked to cancer an interfere with the immune system. Unfortunately, you won’t see ‘Dioxins’ listed as such on ingredients. Look for triclosan, PEGs and sodium laureth sulfate instead and steer clear.
  6. Triethanolamine (TEA, DEA, MEA): Not the good kind of tea. It is used to increase foam in cleansers and to adjust pH in many creams. Unfortunately, TEA is easily absorbed by the skin and accumulates in the organs of the body and the brain.
  7. Formaldehyde (DMDM hydantoin, Imidazolidinyl urea, Diazolidinyl urea, Quaternium-15, Bronopol, 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1, Hydroxymethylglycinate): typically found in nail polish, eyelash glue, and hair smoothing and straightening products. These ingredients are used as preservatives and release formaldehyde which is linked to cancer, allergies, chronic fatigue, depression, ear infections, insomnia, ear infections and headaches.
  8. Phthalates: Can be found in personal care and skin care items including soaps, body washes, cleansers, shampoos, cosmetics, nail polishes, hair spray and baby care products and usually not listed on the label.
  9. Triclosan: used as an antibacterial agent in creams and lotions. Even the EPA has listed it as a pesticide that damages human health and the environment. It is used as an antibacterial agent in in creams and lotions. It is classified as a chlorophenol which can cause cancer in humans.
  10. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES): used as foaming agents and degreasers in shampoos and found in 90% of all products that foam. SLS and SLES have been linked to eye damage, labored breathing, depression, skin irritation and diarrhea.
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  11. Toluene (benzene, methylbenzene, toluol and phenylmethane): Found in many nail polishes, even ones that are supposed to be safe from Toluene. Also found in hair coloring products.
  12. Sunscreen Chemicals (avobenzone, benzophenone and ethoxycinnamate): These are known to generate free radicals which can lead to cancer and DNA damage.

Our recommendations when confronted with these harmful skin care ingredients is to try to avoid them. Always check ingredients of the products you are interested in purchasing and if there is no ingredient list, do NOT purchase them no matter what their miracle claims are. Try to search for skin care solutions that are organic, like AnnMarie Gianni or NaturaVeda.

So please remember “Buyer Beware!” and Be Aware ALL the time!

The right way to apply makeup - Beauty Tip

12 Days of Beauty Tips # 8 – The Right Way to Apply Makeup

We all have that friend that cakes on her foundation, mascara, eye liner blush and lipstick and ultimately looks like a clown. Now if you are a good friend, you will tell her how ridiculous she looks (using somewhat nicer language hopefully). If you are a really good friend, you will send her this article which will teach her the right way to apply makeup for any age, complexion and/or occasion.

There are two messages you should take away from this article and they are: less is more (LIM) and keep it simple stupid (KISS).

Moisturizer and Eye Cream

First, make sure your hands are clean and apply your favorite eye cream using your ring finger on either hand. Massage in circular motions around your eyes for thirty seconds. Next, choose a moisturizer with SPF protection, place a quarter sized amount in your palm using a cotton swab or clean applicator, warm it up in your hands and press it into your face, neck and chest. Massage it in an upward motion on your chest, neck and jowls and a circular motion on the face for thirty seconds.

Primer or Foundation

We recommend either a primer OR a foundation for most days. The primer will help create a beautiful even toned canvas for the rest of your makeup application. Be sure you apply it in the same way as your moisturizer and don’t neglect your neck. If you opt for foundation and prefer something lighter, we recommend using a tinted moisturizer. For special events and occasions, you can opt for a heavier foundation in order to optimize those ‘photo op’ moments. The best way to apply foundation is to use a make-up sponge. After applying it, flip the sponge over and buff it into your face using the dry side of the sponge. Be sure to use a tone that is similar to your neck tone.

Concealer

For days when you have dark circles under your eyes or blemishes, use concealer to help cover them up. You could also use it to cover up broken capillaries and conditions like rosacea. We recommend purchasing a lighter shade and a darker shade and blend them together on the back of your hand with a brush in order to get a custom camouflage color. Test the shade on your chin first. When you’re happy with it, gently brush a bit of concealer onto the area where you need it and then press it in with your finger until the area is covered.

Powder

Next, use facial powder to set your foundation and help to prevent your skin from getting too oily or too shiny. It will also make your face look smoother and more even toned. You can use a puff or a powder brush. Be sure to blow off the excess powder before applying.

Eye Shadow

If you wear eye shadow, you will want to first apply eye shadow primer or for even longer lasting lids, use a cream shadow over powder. We recommend darker shades in the crease and lighter shades on the lid and orbital bone. User a powder brush and not the applicator to apply and blend powder shadows. You could use your finger or foam to apply cream shadows. Always start in the center and smooth out to the left and then the right.

Eye Liner

Eye liner can open up your eyes, making them pop and bring more volume to your lashes. Line your upper lash line and/or lower lash line by aiming for the roots of your lashes. Apply it and then smudge it with a brush to blur it a bit. Do not apply to the waterline (the inside of your eye) as it can cause infections.

Mascara

Before applying mascara, use an eye lash curler in three quick stages. Start at the base, then move to the mid-section and then finally curl the upper end of your lashes. To apply the mascara, start at the base of your lashes and wiggle the wand a bit as you pull it up through the lashes. Repeat one time on each lash. Use a light circular motion on baby lashes. Then, wipe off the brush and very lightly apply to the bottom lashes. We recommend waterproof mascara only if you are doing something active (swimming, skiing, etc.).

Blush

Blush will help you look even more radiant when applied correctly. A little blush goes a long way. It is important not to over apply and use a shade that looks natural on you. Do not apply it below the cheekbones as they used to do in the 70s and 80s. Instead, brush it right on top of your cheekbone (this is higher than the apple of your cheeks). It will look more natural and lift your features. Use blush sticks for longer lasting results.

Lipstick

Finally, use lip color with your moods. It can help you express yourself so you can have many different shades and colors for many different occasions. When applying lipstick, use a brush, dab some in the middle of your bottom lip and then roll your lips together to help distribute it. Then add the color to the rest of your lips. For a glossy look, add a small amount of lip gloss over the color. There are many long lasting lip sticks available today, however, we do not recommend these as they are damaging to your lips. If you would like to plump your lips a bit, get yourself some cinnamon essential oil and mix a drop of it with jojoba oil or your lip gloss. Make sure you test it before using it as some people are very sensitive to pure cinnamon.

Now that you know how to doll yourself up properly with the right way to apply makeup, go find yourself a special event and turn some heads!

Sun exposure

12 Days of Beauty Tips # 7 – The Truth About Sun Exposure

You’ve been told by your Mother, your Dermatologist, your Esthetician, your doctor and your Grandmother, over and over and over again, to wear more sunscreen, keep re-applying during the day and make sure that it contains at the very least 30 SPF protection. Well, guess what people? Studies have shown that brief periods of unprotected sun exposure is actually beneficial to you and your skin.

Some of the benefits include heart disease reduction, diabetes prevention, Multiple Sclerosis prevention, cavity prevention, aches and pain relief, boosts fertility, reduces the risk of certain cancers, reduces issues with menstruation, Helps to heal skin conditions such as psoriasis, acne and eczema, assistance with weight reduction, eases Inflammatory Bowel Disorders, increases your energy level and last but not least, sun exposure makes you happy!

So don’t worry if you forget to put your sunscreen on for a half hour in the morning before 10am or in the afternoon after 2pm and let that fantastic Vitamin D seep into your skin and your soul.

That being said, you absolutely DO need protection if you are going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time because over exposure can indeed cause skin cancer, wrinkles, permanent sun spots or damaged skin.

My 11 year old neighbor, Mackenzie, recently performed a science experiment for school where she compared five different sunscreens and determined that the best sunscreen to buy with regards to ingredients and effectiveness is Palmer’s which you could find at any grocery or super store or pharmacy. Her experiment won second place throughout the entire sixth grade class!

We also found this great article about the best and worst scoring sunscreens that you should check out on the EWG website.

In addition, it is imperative to have full sun protection after one of the Renew Skin and Laser treatments. Leslie will direct you with the details about your sun exposure for each treatment.

Be sure to contact Leslie at 303-547-0671 to schedule your appointment for Laser Hair Removal or Photo Rejuvenation today!

12 Days of Beauty Tips #6 – Eat More Chocolate!

EAT MORE CHOCOLATE!

This is no joke. Remember all those times your Mom told you to stop eating chocolate because you will break out and get fat, well, guess what – she was WRONG! At least with dark chocolate, which is not only good for you, but it is great for your body and your skin. The Flavonoids found in dark chocolate protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays (this does not mean you could throw away the sunscreen, however). Regular consumption of dark chocolate will help you achieve a smooth and problem-free complexion by keeping your skin moist and well nourished. The flavonoids antioxidant properties can also help prevent blood clots and stroke, thus reducing the risk of heart attacks. It also helps to keep your blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure in check. When you are feeling stressed, pop in a little dark chocolate to help reduce your elevated stress hormones! It is also a very effective anti-inflammatory

Studies have shown that dark chocolate can strengthen your brain, your vision, improve your blood flow, increases your endurance, help control coughs and can help you live longer.

Many nutritionists recommend starting your day with a small amount of dark chocolate (1.5 – 3 ounces) to help give you energy, burn more calories and boost your mood. My favorite dark chocolate is from Theo Organic Fair Trade Chocolate, which could be found at most grocery stores throughout Colorado. Please share with us your favorite dark chocolate so we can give some other brands a try!

12 Days of Beauty Tips – Tip # 5

Natural Skin Care Remedies!

In all aspects of life, it is better to opt for natural remedies versus expensive store-bought ones that likely use toxic chemicals and fragrances. There are so many skin care options available and if you decide to purchase toners, anti-aging creams, facial masks, moisturizers, eye creams, lip treatments, neck treatments, etc., please make sure you review the list of ingredients to verify they are all natural. We recommend you try testers for a few days to see how your skin reacts and only test one product at a time. Believe it or not, topical creams and toners have been known to cause not just minor issues like acne and early signs of aging but also bigger problems like hormonal issues such as irregular periods, allergies, infertility and even cancer. These are serious reactions to simple, over the counter daily face regimens that you have the power to control just by taking a little extra time one day a week to make your very own skin care line, made especially for you!

Take a look at some of these foods, oils and even spices that can help you look and feel your best. Mix and match them based on your skin type and then let us know how you feel after doing this for yourself for 30 days. We have a feeling you will never go back to store bought brands. And who knows… maybe you will find a miracle combination that you would like to share with the world – package it, market it, and voila – you become the next Clinique, but only better since your brand is all natural and organic! I have literally saved thousands of dollars in product since I started doing this and my skin has been in the best shape it has ever been in.

INGREDIENT BENEFITS USAGE
Coconut Oil removes dead skin cells, protects us from sunburns, strengthens underlying epidermal tissue, and contains antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antioxidant properties. It goes without saying that there a also an incredible number of benefits when ingested as well including improved digestive function and improved immune system. Use as topical treatments for your skin and hair to cleanse, moisturize, heal wounds or scars quicker and remove makeup. Use it before shaving to help prevent razor burn.
Olive Oil contains three major antioxidant properties: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols that may help protect the skin from premature skin aging. The Vitamin E in Olive Oil restores skin smoothness and protects agains UV Rays. Much like coconut oil, you can use olive oil on your skin, nails and cuticles. Replace your shaving cream to get a smoother shave or use it as a post shower moisturizer and aftershave. Mix it with Himalayan sea salt or brown sugar to create a natural exfoliating scrub or mix it with any of the ingredients listed here to create your own unique facial or body mask.
Tea Tree Oil Fight breakouts, redness and inflammation on the skin. It reduces harmful bacteria and provides healing benefits. Tea tree oil also has few medicinal uses. It can help you deal with your cuts and burns better. It also helps relieve you from the itchiness of rashes, chicken pox, insect bites. It has been found to assist with hair growth as well. Use it in combination with bananas and a few drops of apple cider vinegar to help reduce and in many cases remove your acne, blemishes and redness or put a few drops of the essential oil in your bath to help kill bad bacteria and fungus. Take few drops of tea tree oil, mix it with walnut oil and simply massage it onto your scalp. Let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinse.
Walnut Oil Walnut oil is high in both vitamins and minerals and a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids that help prevent cell damage. It is a great anti-aging remedy that can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles if used daily. It can be used to fight fungal infections and psoriasis. It is also very helpful in reducing hair loss when applied to the scalp. Add it to your bath or apply it topically. You may want to incorporate it into a facial mask with other beneficial ingredients and was if off after 20 minutes, or apply it alone in the evening before bed.
Apple Cider Vinegar Helps to kill pathogens (like bacteria), clears skin problems caused by digestive issues, cleanses the skin and helps to stop acne, and can also be used as an anti-fungal treatment. It also has major digestive system and liver function benefits when consumed orally. Best used as a facial wash by diluting with water (depending on how sensitive your skin is, you can do anywhere from a 1:5 ratio – 1 TBSP of ACV to 5 TBSP of purified water – to a 1:2 ratio). Take a clean cotton ball and apply the mixture. Then apply to your face and neck using upward motions from bottom to top. Add a few drops to all of your facial mask concoctions.
Green Tea or White Tea Studies show that topical green or white tea can help to protect the skin from cancer. Other benefits include better skin tone and complexion, treat acne or pimples, reduce puffy eyes and dark circles, fights the signs of aging, and stimulates hair growth. There are too many benefits for the consumption of green and white tea to mention here. Check out: https://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea/ and https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/beverage/white-tea.html for more health benefits. * remember that if you suffer from hypo-thyroidism, green tea is not good for you to consume, you should opt for white tea. To fight your puffy eyes and/or dark circles, place two used tea bags in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Place on your closed eyelids for 15 minutes. Repeat this twice a day until you see optimal results. To treat acne or pimples, simply brew the tea with warm water. Apply to affected area with a cotton ball and allow to dry. You can also brew the tea with warm water and let cool, add to a spray bottle with a drop of orange essential oil and voila – you created your own skin toner. There are many different types of masks you can make with tea. Be sure to scoop out the used tea contents and mix with your other ingredients such as plain yogurt and turmeric for an anti-aging mask. For hair growth stimulation, rinse your hair with freshly brewed tea. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse it off with cool water. Do this 2 or 3 times a week for a couple of months.
Raw Honey Raw honey is one of the best natural sources of nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and skin-boosting acids. It can help reduce breakouts, provide moisture to your skin, can be used as an antiseptic treatment, help heal scrapes and cuts, fights allergies, rashes and itchy skin, and helps to reduce scars. Add raw honey to any or all of your facial masks for added benefits and nutrients. To use it as an exfoliator for dry winter skin, try adding two cups of honey to a bath, soak for 15 minutes, then add one cup of baking soda for the final 15 minutes. Your skin will thank you!
Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salts Sea salts contain the same minerals and nutrients like magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium that are naturally found in our skin, which is why it can help to balance, protect and restore our skin. Try mixing two teaspoons sea salt with four teaspoons raw honey and one teaspoon olive oil, then apply the mix evenly to clean skin, rub it gently for 2 minutes, let it stand for 15 minutes and rinse
Turmeric Improves skin elasticity, helps reduce facial hair growth, lighten pigmentation including stretch marks and age spots and even skin tone, help control oily skin, cures acne, heals cracked heels and skin and helps to control dandruff and hair loss. There are so many different benefits and application options that we thought the best way to share it with you is to link to this great page on the Home Remedy Shop!
Cinnamon Can be used as an anti-septic for cuts and scrapes, treats Eczema, nourishes the scalp, cures acne, plumps the skin and reduces signs of aging, softens and soothes dry, dead skin and improves complexion Make a raw honey, cinnamon powder, turmeric and nutmeg facial mask. Or try it in a scrub with ground coffee, sea salt or raw sugar and avocado oil. Before adding cinnamon oil to your mask ingredients, be sure to test it on your skin as some people have complained of allergic reactions to the essential oil. Powdered cinnamon does not have the same affect. I made the mistake of adding a drop to my lip gloss and while it worked to plump my lips, when my girlfriend tried it, she immediately started getting sores on her lips. It wasn’t pretty and she wasn’t very happy with me.
Black Pepper Black pepper is rich in potassium, magnesium, iron and vitamins C and K. It is a great ingredient to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots and pigmentation issues when used topically. It can also be used to stimulate hair growth, reduce dandruff and achieve shiny, strong locks. Mix it with plain yogurt and a little lemon juice for an effective exfoliant or mix with lemon seeds and a light carrier oil like jojoba oil or mustard oil, apply to your scalp and hair before shampooing, leave on for 10 minutes and then shampoo away. Remember that pepper can be an irritant, so be sure to test it out before you go full on.
Avocados Avocados are a great source of vitamins A, D and E that are all able to penetrate the skin. It can help soothe sunburned skin, boost collagen production and treat age spots. It also works to reduce inflammation of the skin when applies topically and can do the same internally when eaten. Before adding cinnamon oil to your mask ingredients, be sure to test it on your skin as some people have complained of allergic reactions to the essential oil. Powdered cinnamon does not have the same affect. Make a raw honey, cinnamon powder, turmeric and nutmeg facial mask. Or try it in a scrub with ground coffee, sea salt or raw sugar and avocado oil.!
Bananas High in potassium and vitamin A, bananas will hydrate and moisturize your skin giving it a very healthy and youthful glow and at the same time, help control oily skin. It helps in reducing the signs of aging. There are so many ways to use and apply bananas to your skin for all the health benefits that they would take a very long time to list. Luckily, there are many resources out that that can assist us. Check out http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-benefits-and-uses-of-using-banana-for-skin-and-hair/#gref for a variety of applications!
Plain Yogurt Use plain yogurt on your skin to help fight infections, improve pigmentation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, fight acne, soothe sunburns and reduce dark circles. It also conditions hair, reduces hair loss and treats dandruff. Add it as a key ingredient to all of your facial masks. Try it in combination with cocoa and raw honey to help moisturize. Combine it with aloe vera gel and coconut oil for a natural hair conditioner. Combine it with oats and turmeric to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Apply it with a cotton ball directly to acne, under the eyes to repair dark circles or add a little lemon juice to fix age spots and pigmentation issues.

We could go on and on with every spice, essential oil, fruit and vegetable you can think of to achieve various health benefits for your skin, hair and nails. If you are wondering about the benefits of any natural ingredient that is not listed here, simply perform a Google search and decide for yourself if it should be added to your own personal skin care line that you create! Try cucumbers, mustard oil, oats, milk, red pepper, grapefruit, lemons, garbanzo beans, eggs, just to name a few that I use frequently in my own remedies.

It goes without saying that we recommend only organic ingredients, but if they are not available to you, non-gmo products will work just fine.

Leslie can help you decide what combination would help you after one of her photo rejuvenation treatments or laser hair removal treatments – just ask her when you come in! Be sure to schedule your appointment today!

Finally, check out this article with some more great natural do-it-yourself skin care options. Write to us and let us know what concoctions work for you and maybe you could help someone else with similar skin properties.

Cosmetic expiration dates

12 Days of Beauty Tips – Tip # 4

Clean Out Your Makeup Drawer TODAY!!

Do you hoard old make-up ‘just in case’ or because you can’t find the same color or brand that you’ve loved for so long? What if I told you that cosmetics expire sooner than you think and these expired cosmetics can cause skin irritations and eye infections. Cosmetics don’t typically have expiration dates on them, so you should try to keep track of when you open each item.

You can use your common sense to help you determine when to toss your expired cosmetics. For example, if your lipstick starts to smell funny or your lip gloss gets too gooey, your mascara starts to clot and congeal or your nail polish starts to separate, you will know that it is time to invest in new ones. I’ll be the first to admit that I am guilty of holding onto lipstick that I loved in the 90s and adding nail polish remover to all my nail polish when it gets old and thick. I used to keep my mascara for six months to a year after opening it and then I would wonder why my eyes would tear every time I walked outside and why my vision deteriorated so quickly.

Alternatively, you could use the following chart to guide you on when you should toss your expired cosmetics.

PRODUCT TOSS IT
Concealers, Creams – shadows, blushes or foundation 12 – 18 months
Lipsticks and lipliners 12 months
Lipgloss 18 – 24 months
Liquid or gel eyeliner 3 months
Mascara 3 months
Oil-free foundation 12 months
Pencil eyeliner 24 months
Powders – blushes, bronzers, shadows 24 months