Monday, September 20, 2010

The Tomato Knob

My daughter and faithful side kick Maddy came up with this fabulous idea :)
Cut a large tomato in half. (This is perfect for a mommy-daughter facial evening, you will have 2 knobs out of one tomato) Dip the juicy part of the tomato in natural cane sugar. Grasp the un-sugared portion, "the knob" of the tomato. Gently use this sugared tomato to scrub and buff away any makeup residue or dry, flaky skin. Rinse your face with warm water. Discard your tomato knob. Lastly, apply a few drops of extra virgin olive oil as a moisturizer. Your skin will be silky soft and supple. Enjoy :)

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Devilish Free-Radicals

Free radicals are highly unstable oxygen molecules missing a single electron form their outer orbit. Since these little guys prefer traveling in pairs, they steal electrons from healthy cells, wounding those cells and setting off an inflammatory response. These little devils aka "free radicals" surround us internally and externally. They are formed on the skin within five minutes of unprotected sun exposure and reek havoc on our skin, specifically the collagen layer of the skin.

External factors include: pollution, sun, x rays, chemicals and toxins in lotions and cosmetics. (GREAT TIME TO START USING NORABLOOM):)

Internal factors include: smoking, hormonal imbalance, poor diet, high glycemic foods, undiagnosed food sensitivities, artificial sweeteners, and trans fats.

To make significant improvements in the tone and texture of your skin, you need to soothe inflammation on 2 levels:

1. by neutralizing free radicals (inside and outside)
2. boosting immune function through fantastic nutrition, supplements, hormonal balance, detoxification and topical support.

To counteract the devilish free-radicals, our immune system relies on certian nutrient that defend the cells from free radicals. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals and quench minor inflammation by sacrificing an electron without the adverse effect.

Antioxidents include:
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
CO Enzyme Q-10
Alpha-Lipoic Acid