Monday, December 10, 2007

Dark Spots: Melasma

Melasma, also known as pregnancy mask, or hyperpigmentation, is an extremely common issue for women. An increased level of the hormone estrogen, either caused by pregnancy, a change in hormone levels, or birth control pills, can cause dark patches on the face. Melasma and sun spots are sometimes hard to tell apart, but Melasma generally appears as patches around the mouth, on the apples of the cheeks, on the forehead and around the jawline. Sun spots, or sun damage are generally spots of darker pigment, or large freckles. I personally have a hard time telling the two apart visually.

How to prevent Melasma:
If your estrogen rises, due to pregnancy or taking the pill, there’s a good chance you could develop Melasma. The single best way to prevent it is by staying out of the sun (and tanning booths) completely. The second best way is to wear a good sunscreen at all times - even if you leave the house for only 5 minutes to run an errand. Zinc Oxide based sunscreens are the absolute best for protecting your skin from the sun. Make sure to reapply if you are outdoors for more than a few hours, and reapply after swimming or sweating. Unfortunately, Melasma can happen quickly, and just one day of sun exposure without a good sunscreen can cause it. Once you get Melasma, it’s difficult to get rid of, at least quickly, so protection is by far your most important measure.

How to get rid of Melasma:
If you are pregnant, you don’t want to be doing professional skin care treatments, or using most prescription skin products, nor do you want to use a product with Hydroquinone as an active ingredient. Luckily Zinc Oxide is safe to use while pregnant.

Hydroquinone, a skin lightener, is the most common used ingredient for Melasma, and sun spots. It has elicited some controversy, because a lot of people claim it can be hazardous. Ironically, it can make you more sun-sensitive, so if you are not staying out of the sun, you can make your Melasma worse! I am not sure what to believe about the safety of Hydroquinone, but a lot of reputable skin care companies still use the ingredient. Glycolic Acid, and Tretinoin, or Retinol are also used by themselves, or in combination, to treat Melasma. Kojic acid, Azelaic acid, Licorice extract, Salicylic acid and Vitamin C are also ingredients that can possibly lighten your dark patches.

I have worked in a physicians office in the past and Obaji Nu Derm Skin Care and Photo Facials (Laser) in my opinion did not show great results if any.

Monday, November 12, 2007

If you love beauty tips you will love my book, Goddess Glow. It makes the perfect gift for gals any age.

Pampering is not just for royalty. I encourage women of all ages to pamper, indulge and take care of themselves. In my book I share what it takes to maintain youth and soulful radiance, a.k.a. the 'goddess glow'. I offer tips on facials, skincare products, beauty foods, hair removal and a flawless makeup application, as well as how to develop a relationship with your esthetician and makeup artist. Enjoy this 52 page, full-color paperback book. $22

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The Power of an At Home Facial

Funny how people with even the most sunny, positive outlook, can still have rainy days or a rainy week. My week started off pretty good, then.... the brakes in my car started grinding, the furnace blows out, a pipe in my basements explodes, my clothing drier just wont dry, my car need tires and everyone decides to bill out. (All in one week!) EEK! My daughter decides that this week is also "I hate you mom week", and if that wasn't bad enough, my hair just would not curl right. So like any other "beauty obsessed junkie" would do, I decide it's time for a new face! The first thing that turns my frown upside down, is some good ole pampering. I do my nightly routine which is tidy up my house, tuck my daughter into bed, take the poochies out for a nighttime tinkle, kiss the husband, lock up and then................ Yes I do it... an AT HOME FACIAL. I lock the bathroom door and line up my products one by one. I cleanse with my blossom chamomile cleanser, I leave it on while I brush my teeth. I exfoliate with the blossom green tea citrus scrub (scrubbing aggressively, trying to remove the stress off my face, then I apply my blossom pumpkin peel masque. It has to sit on the skin for 10 minutes so I lay out a towel in the middle of my tiny bathroom and practice breathing in and out (aiming for my stress to let go and disappear). I then rinse the scrumptious pumpkin peel masque off then to continue with my blossom dandelion face creme, evening primrose eye creme. I look in the mirror and who do I see? I see myself staring back at me, smiling with smooth skin and a glow to die for. I look less stressed. I am ready for a new sunny week! Girls this proves that if we take a little time for ourselves, even the worst week can end with a glow.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Eat well today!

Eat well today! Over processed foods do effect the skin... They can have harmful effects on the skin and body. Try adding some raw foods as well as fresh vegetables lightly cooked to your diet. We all know that when we are tired, we look worn down, our skin is dull. Having proper digestive enzymes from eating raw, live fruits and veggies will give us the extra boost mentally and physically as well as brightening our skin. Today treat yourself to a nutritious snack. Be good to your skin today! Also only use healthy pure skincare to wash and moisturize your facial skin. Try

Friday, October 19, 2007

Skin Care Basics

Your skin shows your overall health. If you're not healthy, it will be reflected in your complexion. But that doesn't mean you should neglect your skin even if you're feeling fine. In this article, we cover a wide range of skin-care topics -- such as hands and nails, makeup, perfumes and colognes, blemishes, and even homemade skin-care aids. We'll start with the basics.

Always wear a moisturized sunscreen when outdoors, winter and summer. The sun's rays can burn you even if the air feels cool, and sunlight reflected off water or snow can be particularly powerful. No matter what your skin type is, use a protective sunscreen when you are in the sun; don't expose your skin for more than 15 minutes. Don't forget to use sunscreen on your face and the back of your hands because these are constantly exposed to the sun's rays.

Always remove your makeup before going to bed.

If your face tends to be puffy in the mornings, keep skin freshener, toner, and cotton pads for your eyelids in the refrigerator for a quick pick-me-up.

Use a humidifier to lessen the drying effects of indoor heat on your skin in the winter.

Get regular facials and get advice from an experienced Esthetician.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Yada, Yada, Yada

We hear the same things over and over again from our moms, friends, celebrities, estheticians, skin gurus, doctors, holistic heath practitioners, nutritionists, magazines and on TV. Eat right, exercises, do not smoke, do not drink, get 8 hours of uninterrupted beauty sleep, sleep on your back, stay away from fast foods, drink 6-8 glasses of water a day, eliminate stress, laugh, eat clean organic foods, eat a diet rich in fiber, follow the food pyramid, surround yourself with positive people, wear sun screen, avoid caffeine, drink organic green tea, meditate, take a walk every day, take naps, don't bring work home and create beauty rituals that are specific for your needs. Well... it is all true, this is what I call the goddess beauty rules!

Goddess Glow

When it comes to feeling young and looking radiant, nothing may be more important than taking care of your skin. A beautiful, radiant glow makes you appear more youthful. A dull, dry and flaky sallow complexion can add many years to your face. Some of us are blessed with great genes and a flawless complexion. It is up to the rest of us (not so blessed) to maintain healthy skincare habits and create flawless skin. Get regular facials and learn how to create proper beauty rituals.

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