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Lasers and Other Skin Treatments to Try

We all want to have smooth, healthy skin, but that isn’t always the case. No matter how old you are, you might have blemishes, wrinkles, or scars that you really want to erase. Well, the good news is that you can do just that, and possibly more easily than you might think.

Start by Following Your Early Instincts
If your problem is related to the natural aging process, you can often treat the problem with creams and lotions, if you catch it early. They can help you to keep your skin hydrated, soft, and wrinkle-free for an extended period of time. Although, it’s worth noting that not all creams and lotions work for all people. So, you might have to experiment a little to find one that works for you.

What to Do if You Don’t Catch Problems Early
If you don’t catch problems early, or if creams and lotions just aren’t enough, it’s time to try something else. Microdermabrasion is quite popular for treating certain conditions. It involves stripping away the top layer of skin with a hand-held device. Chemical peels offer a similar result, but obviously use a completely different method. Both can be great for removing surface blemishes and lessening the appearance of shallow wrinkles and scars.

If your skin problems lie below the surface or are a bit more stubborn, a medical laser might wind up being your best option. But the question is which type of machine should you try. There are a range of devices to choose from, including ablative (affecting the top layer of skin), and non ablative machines. To find the one that suits your skin, you’ll need to consult a dermatologist or skincare technician.

Facelifts Are Also Worth Some Consideration
If you have deep wrinkles or major skin sagging on your neck or face, facelift surgery might be your best option. However, it’s one that you shouldn’t try without a lot of consideration. After all, any surgery can be risky. Costs, recovery times, time taken off of work, anesthesia risks, and other related issues need to be weighed carefully against how important the end result is to you.

The advantage of a facelift is that the results are almost instantaneous. There will be a little recovery time, but once the swelling goes down your wrinkles and sags should be gone, at least for a while. The disadvantage is that facelifts obviously can’t be done on other body parts, whereas some skin treatments can be done on almost any part of your body.

Figuring Out Which Processes You Qualify For
Of course, you also need to figure out if you are even a candidate for certain procedures. If your skin is dark colored or oily, you might have to research a little harder to find a good treatment. That’s because some treatments can actually damage dark or oily skin instead of making it look better. Any conditions you have, such as acne, could also influence your list of possible procedures. But the good news is that your skincare technician or dermatologist should easily be able to go over all of those options with you.

A Time To Cleanse

The change of the season is the perfect time to cleanse. As I transition my home, life & body from summer to fall I have decided to take on a big personal challenge. I have embarked on a 21 day cleanse. I am on day 8 and feel amazing! I have increased energy, my body feels lighter & cleaner, I wake up well rested & motivated to start my days & I have a feeling to just get things done! And as an added plus, my skin in glowing & feels fabulous!

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For anyone interested in a cleanse, I suggest assessing what your personal goals are for doing a cleanse and choosing your specific cleanse or detox accordingly. There are many out there to choose from. (Please note, if you have any health issues, discuss with your physician before starting any cleanse).

From my cleanse I want to share with you a yummy cleansing recipe to replace your afternoon snacks or to consume when you are sick! This is a broth recipe consumed for energy, weight loss, and cleansing. Even if you are not on a cleanse or detox, you can add this broth to your current diet in place of those non-healhty snacks to help aid on natural balancing of the internal organs.

Consume those greens!

Consume those greens!

Originally this recipe was developed by Dr Henry Bieler to heal a variety of ailments. This famous broth is high in potassium and sodium, it alkalizes the body, and supports the liver and adrenal glands. It can help the pancreas control blood sugar.

Dr. Bieler’s Health Broth

Adapted from “Food is Your Best Medicine”
3 stalks of Celery (cut in half)
3 whole Zucchini (cut in slices)
2 cups of String Beans (trim ends)
1 cup of (Italian) Parsley
1 Tbl. of unsalted butter

Place 1 cup of water into a medium sized pot. First add the string beans and cook for about 5 minutes. Next put in the celery and zucchini into the pot and steam for and 8 to 10 minutes or until tender & crisp. Do not overcook.

Put the vegetable water and the cooked vegetables together into the blender. Blend until liquefied. Add a teaspoon of raw unsalted butter and a large handful of parsley. Blend together until the parsley is liquefied with the broth.

I hope you enjoy!!!

Summer Skincare

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It’s getting warmer out there & beach weather will be here before we know it!  Now is the time to think a little about our summer skincare routines. Everyone would benefit from tweeking it a bit for the warmer months. Obviously everyone’s skin is different and you should see a professional for the best routine for your specific skin type & condition but there are a few things everyone can benefit as the weather starts to get warmer and the sun starts to shine!

Summer Sun Care for The Skin

1) Sunblock: The #1 most important tool you can aid to your kit!! Avoid sunburn & protect yourself from future hyper pigmentation, sun spots and even skin cancers.

2) Self Tanning Spray for body & face: Wearing the sunblock can keep you from getting that glow you love during the summer months. But you can still get that glow! There are a number of great body sprays & facial self sun tanners that work well and don’t turn you orange.  Two of my favorites:

Clarins Golden Glow Booster - $30

Clarins Golden Glow Booster – $30

Infinity Sun Glow on The Go for the Body- $40

Infinity Sun Glow on The Go for the Body- $40

 

3) A hat or two: Be stylish while protecting your face in the sun! A love a classic fedora or woven cowboy hat!

4) A body treatment and at home body exfoliation product: As we start to wear less clothing and that skin that was hidden all summer long starts to peek out it can shine. Having a good exfoliating treatment will help to even out the skin of the body and brighten dull winter skin. (With any exfoliating product it is very important to apply sunblock when you are in the sun so be sure to remember it on the exposed skin of the body as well as your face!)

PCA Skin Body Therapy- Contact me for ordering details!

PCA Skin Body Therapy- Contact me for ordering details!

5) A less heavy, greasy moisturizer.  Oil free if you produce excess oil.

6) A refreshing toner – a refreshing toner can be sprayed throughout the day when you are feeling greasy and sticky from the heat and humidity.

Coconut Oil is All the Rage

Coconut oil is all the rage these days for both health & beauty. Many people are introducing this amazing oil into their daily skincare regimens. Coconut oil protects the skin from free radical damage, moisturizes, repairs the skin and can improve the look & feel. According to the maker of Cocome Body Stick, it can actually change a persons complexion. After becoming a mom, Lisa Wurtz (the woman behind the brand) realized she wanted a more natural approach to her beauty routine. Not being able to find a great lotion that she loved on the market she developed the CocoMe Stick.

Cocome Stick

All it is is pure virgin, organic coconut oil & a bit of beeswax. The stick can be used on anyone – even on a baby for diaper rash! Throw it in your bag for those moments you need a little moisture on the skin throughout your day! Or use the lip balm to protect the lips from cold weather & prevent drying. I am addicted it it after one day of use!!
You can find this amazing, all natural, organic product online at www.cocomebodystick.com

The At Home Hair Removal Rage

It’s all the rage & you are seeing them everywhere! Nordstom, Bloomingdales, Saks, even Bed, Bath & Beyond…. They are at home laser hair removal systems and there are a number of them out there for you to try. All promising permanent hair removal!

The concepts are the same as IPL hair removal you can get from some laser hair technicians and hair removal establishments, but in the privacy of your own home!  These are light based systems that can give you permanant hair reduction when used over time. One machine stating that after 3-4 treatments, two weeks apart you will start to see results. There are some precautions though when using a device like this at home.

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But Beware: If you are a dark skin type you cannot use this machine! You take a big risk doing so and should see a professional for guidance for the best hair removal process for you. Darker skin types can burn and hyperpigment when using this type of at home system. It is not recommended by the manufactuer and you can do permanant damage if you try one of these machines at home.

You must also stay out of the the sun four weeks before you treat and area and during your treatment times. Summer is not the time for a treatment like this if you plan to be directly in the sun! Be sure to wear sunblock at all times after treating any area with an at-home hair removal system.

But, these are some amazing machines with good results and worth a try!

One machine out there right now are the Silk’n Flash&Go 5K which has been FDA approved. It is $199 on www.silkn.com with free shipping.

LALUN MODERN BEAUTY ALCHEMY

With wild botanicals incorporated into each beauty product by Maggie Mahboubian, Lalan Seasonal Skincare is just divine. Within the Lalun Naturals line you will find facial skincare, body skincare and natural perfumes.

Lalun Skincare is considered a seasonal line, recognizing that the skin responds in certain ways throughout the different seasons and that plants reveal themselves in the environment when the body needs them most. Makes sense! The skincare line is meant to rebalance the skin throughout each of the seasons.

MoonButter Lalun

Maggie Mahboubian only makes micro batches of her products that are made from whole, raw, and virtually unprocessed ingredients. The botanical extracts in her products are wild-grown in West Hollywood.

The perfume line is made with the finest extractions from around the world. She infuses the spirit of her own wild grown botanicals.

Qajar Rose Lalan

You can purchase Lalun Modern Beauty Alchemy products online- www.lalunnaturals.com

Protect & Drive

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I talk a lot about staying out of the sun & using sunblock on a daily basis. It is so important in the  prevention of skin cancer, hyper-pigmentation, sun spots and premature aging. I am so “anti-sun” that I have been known to apply sunblock throughout the day to my hands, face & chest as I am driving in my car.  I know exactly how much of the damaging sun rays come through the car window, do you?

Most cars have a UV protection on the windshield, but normally not on the side windows. The side of the face and arm exposed to the sun through the drivers side window happen to be where many forms of skin cancers are being found on patients by dermatologists. Studies show that many skin cancers have been detected on left side of the upper body in many patients. In the US this is our driving side and the side of the face that is exposed to by the sun out through the car window.   Research on this topic was published in February 2013 by the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and it is stating that its participants had  “significant left-sided predominance of non-melanoma skin cancers except in patients that used automobiles with tinted windows.” Also in this study, most respondents reported that they did not think that had to wear sunscreen while driving, especially with the windows closed.

So, having tinted windows it is!  And luckily I have come across a film for my car windows that will give me even more peace of mind & sun protection as I am driving! Eastman Chemical Company manufacturers a clear window tint called LLumar. These films are available at many car detailing shops & window tinting specialists. Check out www.llumar.com to find a dealer near you! I would 100% suggest these window films for anyone concerned about the risks of sun damage, premature aging & even skin caner while they are driving. I am beginning to think that maybe they should they should be “standard” in all cars!  They can help slow down the aging process & maybe even prevent future skin cancers!

XoXo,

Carrie

 

A More Youthful Appearance Without Fillers!

I toy with the idea whether or not to inject with botox or fillers – as amazing as they are, the idea of aging gracefully enters my mind regularly. The wrinkles, creases and marks on my face are supposed to be there? Right? I still don’t have that answer but if I chose not to use fillers or injectables in my face there are always the Rodan + Fields Acute Care patches.

These patches are meant to smooth lines, tighten skin and provide a more youthful appearance. Rodan + Fields infuse a “Liquid Cone Technology” that is meant to allow for hyaluronic acid and peptides to get into that wrinkle and plump it up. You place the patches directly on the areas you wish to treat and wear the patch over night, every three days for a month. A set of the 10 patches cost $220 – which is considerably less than a trip to the dermatologist for botox, if it works! It is suggested that these patches should be used along with the Rodan + Fields Redefine skin regimen, which is one of Rodan + Fields daily routines of cleansing, serums, moisturizer and eye cream.

Rodan + Fields Redefine Line with Acute Care

Rodan + Fields Redefine Line with Acute Care

Rodan + Fields is a direct marketing company and the creators of Proactiv. A business model for those who are interested in managing their own business. They have a number of lines for pigmentation, anti-aging and acne. If you can find an independent consultant in your area that is the best route in buying the products, especially if you are interested in joining the company. For more information check out www.rodanandfields.com or ask me directly and I can point you in the right direction, I happen to know a few consultants!

Be the perfect you!

It’s been a while since I have posted here… Life has sort of gotten in the way, but I have not stopped the journey that I started almost a year ago…A journey on a path leading me to greater beauty, wellness and self-appreciation. Of course, there have been a few bumps in the road like on any journey… But in 2015 I plan to continue my journey and plan to keep you all involved with more blog posts, weekly tips, contests and offers! Please stay tuned.

I have learned a lot about myself in this past year, some things that I like and even some that I don’t!  But there has been one thing that has been resonating in my mind about my new definition of “perfect”. What is perfect? You look at someone and think “oh, she’s so perfect” or “how can she be so perfect all of the time”?  And the truth is– she’s not, I am not and you are not. And that is okay. No one is perfect, but you can be the perfect “YOU” and your perfect can even change from day-to-day.

We all have thoughts of how things might be perfect or what is perfect. If I was just a few pounds lighter, things would be perfect. If I had just a little more money, things would be perfect.  If I could get rid of the wrinkles on my forehead, everything would be perfect. If I didn’t over-indulge, it would have been a perfect night. If my kids would stop fighting, my day would be perfect….and so on and so forth.  And my reality is and I have realized that I am perfect, just the way I am. I am the perfect version me with those few extra pounds, my face showing my age, and some occasional over-indulgence – and even when my three  boys are bickering and fighting and I cannot see straight, I have learned to be another version of perfect. I have learned to breathe even more in those moments & to chose my words and tone of voice wisely and hey, there is a whole lot less yelling around here. I have learned that more mindfulness, meditation practice and taking care of myself lead to a feeling that is more “perfect”. You can learn this too!

In this coming year, going forward I will continue to be the perfect version of me and help those around me, my clients, friends,  family how to be the perfect versions of themselves. To accept that no one is perfect and we each have something we may want to change and we can, if we want to. There is no better time than 2015! There is not better time than NOW!

XoXo,
Carrie

On the path to change and on the journey of life always self appreciate and be kind to you!!

XoXo

My “Must-Try” Sunblock List for Summer 2014

We are close… Summer 2014! Most of us are going to start spending a whole lot more time in the sun.  We need to be sure to protect that beautiful skin that was rejuvenated over the winter from last summer. Here is my list of “Must-Try” sunblock for this summer.  You will definitely see them in my summer bag!

OLE HENRIKSEN – Protect the Truth 50+ Sunblock
Light weight, sheer sunblock that can be worn everyday! Protects from UVA & UVB Rays.  And it is paraben & sulfate free. $35 at Sephora.com

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MDSolarSciences Mineral Cream- Broad Spectrum SPF 50.
This is a mineral based SPF broad spectrum. Best for rosacea & acne prone skin types. This block is hypoallergenic, paraben free, gluten free and made without synthetic fragrances.

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Clarins Sunscreen Care Oil  Spray. If you like an “oil” this is an SPF 30 for the shine.  I got to out this one to the test last trip to Florida & it’s lovely for those who like a sun oil as opposed to lotion. I would not use on the face, but you can use it in the hair!

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Boscia Daily Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 PA+++. This is a daytime facial sunblock – UVA & UVA protection for all skin types! This is already one in my bag & has been put to “the test”!

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Coola- Limited Edition Sport SPF – Coola & The Melanoma Research Alliance are helping to raise skin cancer awareness. This is my “go-to” sunblock for the whole family! Which reminds me – I need to place my summer order!!

coolaPlease remember your sunblock! Prevent future sun damage, prevent premature aging and most important protect yourself from any of the potential skin cancers!

XoXo,

Carrie