Our Esthetician. Jennifer Laz, explains different skin conditions and imbalances, such as acne, rosacea, broken capillaries, fine lines, deep wrinkles, hyper pigmentation, and more, and describes the effective, non-invasive methods for improving them.

Inflammation 101

inflammation

photo credit: well and good

http://wellandgood.com/2015/06/14/everything-you-need-to-know-about-inflammation/

 

This terrific article does such a great job of explaining the basics of how inflammation causes distress on the system. The author also points out the major causes of inflammation and how to avoid triggers using diet change and stress management. I’ve been saying this for years – inflammation is the root of all imbalance and any skin disturbance. Glad to see this getting more press and love the simplistic language and explanations in this article. read, enjoy and pass along the info to someone you love!

 

 

Candida Cleansing


Im starting a 90-day Candida Cleanse this month. Yes, it does sound like a long time to cleanse, but it is very necessary! Candida albicans is a natural yeast that lives in the body, but it can become overgrown due to high levels of sugar, stress, or antibiotics. Overgrowth can occur after just one round of antibiotics, and with our high sugar, high stress lives we could all use a little cleansing!

A wonderful resource for leaning about Candida is a book titled “The Candida Cure” by Ann Boroch, CNC. There is a questionnaire to take as well as guidelines for cleansing and maintaining healthy gut flora. Some common symptoms of Candida overgrowth are: digestive disturbances, bloating, hair loss or thinning, acne, rosacea, eczema, fungal rash, blurry vision, headaches, lethargy, infertility, extreme sensitivity, sleep problems, cold extremities and many many more. If left untreated (or if symptoms are repressed, as is the case with topical steroid creams for example), Candida flourishes and the problem is forced deeper into the body. This can lead to much more serious, chronic conditions like cancer, auto-immune disorders and heart disease.

For 90 days I will be omitting sugars, gluten, most dairy, yeast, alcohol and refined foods. I will instead focus my diet on lean protein and vegetables. In addition, I will be drinking lots of water and taking digestive support supplements and an herbal anti-fungal remedy. I will also be incorporating aromatherapy in the form of oils in epsom baths and topically on the soles of my feet every night. Lemongrass, oregano, and tea tree oils are just a few oils highly recommended. To maintain the results, I will keep sugar and gluten to a minimum, omit any foods that cause a negative reaction, and take a high quality probiotic.

I highly recommend that all of my clients start their road to healthy skin with a 90-day cleanse. It is proven to enhance results and boost inner and outer health and beauty!

Pigmentation: Facts, fiction and Treatments


So many of my clients suffer from some form of hyperpigmentation and melasma. There is a huge misconception that the sun is the only culprit of hyperpigmenting and that sunscreen prevents those pesky brown spots. Sunscreens only convert UV rays into heat, which can still cause inflammation in the skin yet help prevent a sunburn. The use of sunscreen actually gives us a false sense of security and allows for us to be out in the sun much much longer than evolution intended for our skin.
I advise EVERY client to wear only sunblock, use a hat and find shade when out in the sun. I also think (GASP) that a little unprotected sun is GOOD for you. I know! A little, read (LITTLE) bit of sunlight is wonderful for increasing natural Vitamin D production and helps to lift our spirits. Flowers and plants need the sun to grow and bloom…and so do we. That being said, if you are suffering from unwanted discoloration there are two gentle and effective ways to help: liver detox support and topical essential oils. I am very reluctant to recommend laser or intesive chemical peels for pigmentation as they set the stage for the destruction of healthy skin. They cause massive trauma and inflammation – both of which increase pigment and free radicals. They also make you extremely vulnerable to sun damage – NOT good.

I love this article because it does such a great job of explaining in plain terms where hyperpigmentation comes from and how to work with your body to relieve it.

Here’s my topical oil recipe for melasma and hyperpigmentation. Note: I ONLY recommend Young Living Oils as they are the very best quality and have more than two decades of experience growing, distilling and blending! You can contact me anytime for more information on how to order these amazing oils for your own use!

topical recipe for 1 oz bottle – make sure its blue or amber glass:
Use all of these oils or just the ones you want…should be about 15 drops total to 1 oz carrier oil – place all essential oils in bottle first, then roll bottle to blend and then fill almost to the top with carrier. Use dropper to apply a pea sized amount in lieu of traditional moisturizer twice daily!

sandalwood
geranium
frankincense
carrot seed
lavender
chamomile
rose (awesome but optional as the real stuff is way expensive!)

The Best of Natural Laundry


So many people suffer from dermatitis, eczema or skin sensitivity. These people must avoid harsh additives like perfumes, artificial fragrances and fabric softeners. For this reason, many choose natural alternatives for their laundry needs. I personally find some of these alternatives do not live up to expectation in the cleaning and freshening departments. But there is good news! I took to the internet to research the very best laundry options for those who want to avoid harsh ingredients yet demand quality. Here’s what I found – and tested – to be the best:

Best natural laundry detergent –
http://www.mrsjonessoapbox.com/products/laundry-soap-fabric-softener-all-in-one-72-108-washes

DIY detergent recipe – which I personally use!
http://wellnessmama.com/462/homemade-laundry-detergent/
*I personally use Dr Bronners lavender bar soap option in this recipe, and add in a little oxyboost for whitening

Best natural fabric softener DIY
http://www.overthrowmartha.com/2013/07/diy-100-natural-laundry-fabric-softener.html

Wool Dryer Balls – a necessity!! I add a couple drops of young living lavender or purification to them before using – amazing!
http://www.amazon.com/Smart-Sheep-Eco-friendly-All-Natural-Softener-Great/dp/B00GA9P5P0

Your Amazing Skin


Here is a very interesting infographic from UK online beauty shop Beauty Flash with 50 interesting facts about the skin you are in. Enjoy!

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