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The Sacred Spring at Glanum

July 15, 2018 / 8:35 am

Even when on vacation, I can’t help but check out all things spa and wellness related! I love the history of bath houses and thalassotherapy.

The Glanum archeological site near St Rémy de Provence, France is home to the remains of a healing sacred spring as well as ancient Roman Baths so I had to have a look.

The Sacred Spring was an underground cave with water flow and an additional tunnel that channeled wind. The wind created a noise that caused the people in 200 BC to considered it “devine”. They decided the “devine water” must have healing powers so an alter was built around the cave.

Over the years, this alter became more elaborate, eventually with stairs leading down to the water and treatment areas surrounding it.

Roman solders would travel from all over to receive treatments with the “devine water” for gout and other illnesses. They often stayed at Glanum for months and it was customary to leave a gift of a carved stone pillar in exchange for treatment. These pillars often included engravings of legs which led historians to figure out the water was used to treat disorders of the legs.

Next to the Sacred Spring, there are stone slabs (ancient massage tables) thought to have been used for massage and water treatments. The indent near the top held oil for the treatment.

Around 75BC Glanum became a popular destination for its Roman Bath house. The bath house was for rest and relaxation, not just healing purposes like the spring. Men used a mixture of sand and olive oil to exfoliate their skin before soaking in the pools of water.

The history is fascinating and the site is beautiful. I recommend checking it out if you’re in the area!

The Best Skin Care Routine for New Mothers

July 1, 2018 / 8:24 am

As a new mother, the best skin care routine can be the last thing on your mind. Feeding your baby and getting enough sleep take priority!

When life gets busy for any reason, products that do double (or triple) duty are key.

While breast feeding, continue to avoid all the topical ingredients you steered clear of during your pregnancy.

It is not uncommon for a new batch of hormonal acne to crop up after giving birth. Your skin may also be sensitive during this time so find gentle products that balance oil production.

During the first few weeks (or months), keep it simple. Cleanse your face twice a day, use an SPF moisturizer during the day and a simple moisturizer at night. Set a realistic goal for yourself and build up to your old routine when you have more time and energy.

I love vitamin therapy: fortifying cleanser for most skin types. It removes makeup (including eye makeup) and rinses clean. The cream formula is gentle yet it won’t clog pores.

Suntergrity Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen is my favorite all in one daytime moisturizer plus SPF. It has antioxidants and zinc oxide which help prevent pregnancy related melasma from getting worse. There is a tinted version if you like a little color.

After cleansing at night, I recommend a simple hydrating cream to calm the skin that won’t clog the pores. moisture therapy: calming repair cream is good for most skin types and can be layered with a serum if you have more time.

Once your baby is sleeping thru the night and you have more than 60 seconds for skin care, add a vitamin C serum and exfoliate 1-2 times a week with glycolic acid. These products with begin to diminish any lingering discoloration from melasma or acne and brighten the skin.

The Top Five Moisturizers for Dry Skin

June 17, 2018 / 8:34 am

This winter was the first time I could truly empathize with my clients who have dry skin! Getting moisture back into parched skin is very difficult; here are my top picks for dry skin moisturizers.

Suntegrity Rebound: Organic Antioxidant Renewal & Boosting Serum  $78

This USDA organic power-packed serum blends 20 carefully selected organic oils and botanicals known for their ability to help combat UV induced damage and restore skin’s natural radiance. This concentrated antioxidant serum is also a delicious defense against future damage so we suggest you use it pre- and post- sun exposure together with your favorite mineral sunscreen. The heavenly scent of hibiscus and sweet orange will have you falling back in love with something good for you.

Intense Moisture Therapy: Calming Repair Cream $59

Intense Moisture Therapy is designed for dry skin that is prone to redness. The midweight formula can be used for combination and sensitive skin types when applied sparingly. The cream instantly calms and hydrates the skin and with prolonged use, will help restore the natural lipid protective barrier. Dermatologist tested for sensitive and rosacea-prone skin.

iS Clinical Youth Intensive Creme $205

Far surpassing its other anti-aging, age-defying treatment counterparts, this cream scientifically combines the purest and most effective botanically-derived moisturizers, antioxidants, resurfacing acids and growth factors to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles through powerful hydration.. Clinically proven to show visible results in smoother skin and a firmer and more radiant, youthful complexion, this extraordinarily complex cream not only restores moisture into the skin but provides potent antioxidant protection and increases visible collagen production.

Hydrobio Creme Rich Moisturizing Care $25

The rich and creamy texture of Hydrabio Cream intensely nourishes the skin thanks to an emulsion inspired by the structure of the epidermis. The active ingredients of Hydrabio Creme penetrate deeply and in a more targeted manner allowing the skin to regain its natural hydration capacities. Dead cells are eliminated and the corneum stratum is progressively thickened while salicylic acid evens up and smoothes the skin. Vitamin E helps to protect the skin against oxidative stress while combating the appearance of premature skin aging. Apple seed extract stimulates the activity of Aquaporins, which are the natural channels allowing water flow within the skin. This creamy, light and fresh moisturizer provides long-lasting radiance with a sensation of softness and comfort.

OSEA Advanced Protection Cream $98

This ultra rich Organic Seaweed and botanical anti-aging moisturizer deeply hydrates and firms skin. DPHP, an amino acid compound visibly evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Luscious Grapeseed, Jojoba and Avocado oils minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a plump, renewed complexion.

Visiting The Lavender Fields of Provence

June 3, 2018 / 8:31 am

Lavender has been called “the soul of Provence”. This region in the South of France currently grows a large percentage of the world’s lavender supply.

On a recent trip to the area, I couldn’t pass up the chance learn a bit about this popular plant. I’ve worked with essential oils for over two decades but haven’t had the chance to see this kind of production up close.

Since WW1, the French Government has encouraged lavender farmers in the area. Farmers cleared almond orchards to make room for lavender. The leaves, flowers, and essential oil from the plant have many uses. Lavender flowers are even an ingredient in the popular cooking spice “Herbs de Provence“.

The plants bloom in late June and are harvested in early August so July is considered peak time to see the purple fields. During our trip in early May, we saw purple flowers starting to bloom but quickly learned these are lavendine plants, not lavender plants.

Lavendine is a hybrid of lavender and camphor. The two were blended to create a heartier plant that can flourish in a wider range of climates and has a longer growing period. This creates a less expensive end product that is used to scent mass produced soaps, candles etc.

 

You must find “lavande vraie” (literally translates to “lavender true”) for 100% pure lavender essential oil. The expert I spoke with near the village of Les Baux de Provence insists only “lavande vraie” has the medicinal healing qualities the lavender plant. Lavendine will not produce the same results for relaxation, help with inflammation, wound healing etc.

Next time you find yourself in the South of France, I highly recommend learning about the local lavender farmers. It’s a beautiful part of the local culture!

 

My favorite (simple) skin care tool

May 20, 2018 / 8:33 am

I love it when I find a simple skin care tool that delivers real results.  Currently, my jade roller is that tool!

You can use it over a sheet mask for extra product penetration or with your favorite serum for a face massage. It’s a fun addition to my daily routine, my face instantly feels less puffy and smoother.

A general rule of thumb for facial massage is move up from the jawbone and away from the center of the face. 

I do four passes with my jade roller on each of the areas above. Once you get the hang of it, you can complete your entire face in a few minutes.

What’s your favorite way to use your jade roller? 

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

How Do I Treat My Melasma?

April 29, 2018 / 8:31 am

Melasma is a very common concern among the clients I see in my studio.

Often called “the mask of pregnancy”, the discolored patches of skin are triggered by hormonal activity and sunlight.

The first step in any treatment plan is to determine what triggers your skin discoloration.

If hormonal fluctuations cause the discoloration, it is considered melasma.

If the discoloration is from acne inflammation, it is considered hyper-pigmentation. A treatment plan for hyper-pigmentation will include products and treatments to keep the acne under control, as well as treat the pigment left behind.

Adequate, daily, sun protection is a part of the treatment plan for discoloration. The sun is a trigger for any melanin disorder, regardless of the trigger. SPF with a physical ingredient is more effective at controlling pigment than SPF with a chemical ingredient.

Treating melasma is a two step process. First, remove the existing pigmented skin and second, prevent new pigment from forming.

Melasma pigment is removed with varying degrees of exfoliation using microdermabrasion, chemical peels or lasers. The best treatment for you depends on your skin tone, your lifestyle, the amount of downtime you are comfortable with, and the amount of money you are willing to spend.

Melasma is controlled with religious sunscreen application, regular exfoliation, topical vitamin c and a rotation of hydroquinone and botanical skin lightening creams. A consult with a skin care professional will determine the best routine for your skin and your lifestyle.

Lifestyle is an important consideration for melasma treatments. You can erase all the pigment spots you currently have only to see them return after an hour unprotected in the sun. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, please consider a more moderate approach.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

The Top Five Products For Treating Melasma

April 15, 2018 / 8:17 am

The top five products for treating melasma!

Melasma is a frustrating skin issue for many people and requires a comprehensive home care routine (including adequate sun protection). Here are my top 5 favorite treatment products for lightening stubborn spots.

White Lightening Serum $128

Clinically proven to decrease the intensity of pigmented areas by 75% in only 3 months, iS Clinical White Lightening Serum is the key to unlocking even, brighter skin. This lightweight serum inhibits the darkening of spots, provides controlled exfoliation and gently resurfaces the skin without causing inflammation. A highly active blend of Norwegian sea kelp extracts and powerful botanical acids lighten as well as deliver anti-aging benefits, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.

SkinBrite Serum $60

DermaQuest SkinBrite Serum lightens and prevents discoloration for a brighter, more vibrant complexion. Alpha hydroxy acids resurface skin, sloughing away dead skin cells and promoting new cell growth for a smooth, soft finish. The serum restores moisture as peppermint soothes and comforts.

Pigment Gel $57

PCA’s Pigment Gel is formulated with 2% hydroquinone to lighten and inhibit hyperpigmentation of all types, including age spots. Effective for all types of hyperpigmentation including hormonal, sun-induced and following inflammation or breakouts

Nu Derm Clear FX $94

Obagi Nu-Derm Clear Fx provides a hydroquinone-free treatment for those seeking a whitening cream without bleach. Formulated with vitamins, antioxidants and natural extracts, this facial lotion addresses hyperpigmentation such as melasma, dark spots and even the ruddy aftermath of breakouts while clarifying and evening your overall appearance.

Tri-Luma $188

Tri-Luma requires a prescription from a doctor but has long been considered the gold standard for treating difficult melasma cases. It combines hydroquinone with tretinoin and an anti-inflammatory topical to calm the skin.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

What is Melasma?

April 1, 2018 / 8:41 am

What is melasma? How is it different from hyper-pigmentation or freckles?

Melasma is a dark patch of skin, usually triggered by hormones and sun exposure. Hyper-pigmentation is a dark patch of skin, usually triggered by inflammation (such as acne) and sun exposure. Freckles are dark patches on the skin, often present since birth but they get darker with sun exposure.

The one common denominator? SUN EXPOSURE! Any unusual melanin activity is made worse by excessive, unprotected sun exposure.

The first step to treating discoloration and preventing new discoloration, no matter what the cause, is adequate sun protection.

The next step is to determine the root cause. Are you using hormonal birth control? Is the hyper-pigmentation showing up in areas where you previously has acne? This helps determine what treatment products are best for you.

Melasma triggered by pregnancy or birth control will usually begin to fade on its own 3-6 months after hormone levels have returned to normal.

Hyper-pigmentation from inflammation can take a few weeks to a few months to fade, depending on the melanin content of the skin.

A comprehensive routine of home care and professional treatments is the best way to treat both melasma and hyper-pigmentation.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

Do Skin Care Gadgets Work?

March 18, 2018 / 8:28 am

Skin care gadgets are popping up everywhere, but do they work?

Derma-rollers, skin tightening devices, and LED masks; you can purchase many devices to treat yourself in the comfort of your home but how do they compare to professional treatments?

Any device approved for sale to the public isn’t going to be as powerful as the professional version. Yes, even the ones sold on Amazon labeled “professional”. To obtain a professional machine, you must show the manufacturer your license and receive proper training.

Instructions on most home-use devices will tell you daily use is required to see results. This is important. Ask yourself “Will I devote 15 minutes every day to this machine?” before making the investment.

It’s better to spend your hard-earned money on a few professional treatments instead of a closet full of expensive gadgets you don’t use!

Home-use devices like facial cleansing brushes, skin tightening devices and LED masks can be beneficial if you use them properly (and daily!).

Avoid home-use microdermabrasion machines and microneedling. When you pierce the surface of the skin, there is a risk of scarring and infection. These are treatments best left to the professionals.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

The Top Five Anti-Aging Moisturizers

March 4, 2018 / 8:37 am

Anti-aging moisturizers are an important step in your skin care routine when you reach your late 20’s/early 30’s. They contain powerful ingredients that keep your skin youthful as well as reverse the signs of aging.

Use an anti-aging moisturizer at night, on clean skin, for best results.

Youth Complex $150

iS Clinical Youth Complex helps stimulate collagen and elastin production to promote a youthful appearance. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, it restores moisture and plumps skin, diminishing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Mixed fruit acid extracts provide antioxidant protection as white willow bark calms and soothes the skin.

age therapy $90

Age Therapy Refining Complex is an effective anti-aging treatment moisturizer suitable for all skin types. The unique blend of active ingredients will visibly firm, smooth and re-energize the skin while protecting it against daily environmental assaults. With regular use, the skin will become firmer, more hydrated and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles will be minimized.

Dermal Repair Cream $129

Skin Medica’s deeply penetrating cream with vitamins C and E, retinol, hyaluronic acid and omega-3 fatty acids. This moisturizing treatment is just the trick your dry skin-care regimen’s been lacking. Offering the same benefits as a handful of essentials yet delivering it in one, potent cream, it’s bound to become a key player in your day-to-day rotation.

Cereve PM $14

Developed with dermatologists, CeraVe PM Lotion effectively moisturizes and helps to restore the protective skin barrier of the face and neck. This lightweight, non-greasy lotion contains 3 essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid. Fragrance free formula is suitable for sensitive skin.

Advanced Protection Cream $98

This ultra rich Organic Seaweed and botanical anti-aging moisturizer deeply hydrates and firms skin. DPHP, an amino acid compound visibly evens skin tone and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Luscious Grapeseed, Jojoba and Avocado oils minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a plump, renewed complexion.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

Anti-Pollution Skin Care

February 18, 2018 / 8:54 am

Anti-pollution skin care is a trending but what does it mean?

Environmental pollution at an all time high; how does it affect your skin?

No matter where you live, air and water quality are getting worse and a weakened ozone layer has strengthened the intensity of the sun.

How does skin care protect you from environmental pollution?

Proper cleansing and hydration of the skin is the first step.

The skin is one of your largest organs and it’s primary function is protection.

Clean, hydrated skin functions at an optimal level to protect your system from pollution. Dehydrated skin has a compromised barrier so it becomes more susceptible to damage from environmental pollution.

Antioxidants like green tea and vitamin c help fight free radical damage from environmental pollution.

SPF with a physical ingredient like zinc or titanium dioxide helps provide an invisible barrier between your skin and the environment. These ingredients provide the best protection from the sun as well.

Use a cleanser that removes your makeup, sunscreen, and the traces of dirt from your day. When clients tell me they don’t wash their face at night because they don’t wear makeup, I tell them to run their finger across the window of their car after driving around all day. All the same particles end up on your face!

The combination of an antioxidant serum and a physical sunblock will provide the best protection from the elements on a daily basis. Save the heavy, anti-aging creams for nighttime when your skin is in repair mode.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

The Top Five Moisturizers for Oily Skin

January 28, 2018 / 8:41 am

The top five moisturizers for oily skin!

Oily and combination skin types need hydration as much as dry skin. You need to layer a moisturizer under your SPF on a daily basis so why not use one that provide a matte finish, gives an antioxidant boost or oxygenates tired skin?

B5 Moisture Matte from DermaQuest $75

This lightweight gel serum significantly reduces shine in minutes, while providing oil-free hydration. A must if you want to reduce the appearance of pore-size and desire a matte finish.

IS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion $90

iS Clinical Reparative Moisture Emulsion smoothes and hydrates skin with pharmaceutical-grade botanicals, peptides, marine extracts and antioxidants. The lightweight texture quickly absorbs into skin and acts as makeup primer to create the perfect canvas.

daily therapy: vitamin c and e complex $67

sowd:therapy for skin daily therapy is a lightweight moisturizer for oily or combination skin or it can be used as a base layer under a rich moisturizer for dry skin. It combines three forms of concentrated, time-released Vitamin C to firm skin, even skin tone, and discourage clogged pores.

take a deep breath oil-free oxygenating gel cream $37

take a deep breath oil-free, oxygenating moisturizer restores and refreshes a dull skin. with exclusive clean-air technologyTM, skin receives the oxygen delivery it needs to breathe freely, while a patented blend of antioxidants and anti-pollutants helps neutralize damaging free radicals.

Cactus & Kale Oil Free Recovery Lotion $14

Pacifica’s Cactus & Kale Oil-Free Stress Recovery Lotion breathes vitality back into dehydrated, tired and stressed skin. Factors such as blemishes, sun, polluted environments and daily emotional stress tend to aggravate and make skin appear dull and can even make it more sensitive. Good for all skin types, even blemish prone.

Do you have questions about your skin and what products you should be using? Have an Online Skin Care Consult with Hannah!

Radioactive Skin Care?

January 7, 2018 / 8:44 am

This article documenting the radium skin care trend from the 1920’s and 30’s is fascinating.

“Radior” Chin straps are guaranteed to contain Radio-active substance and Radium Bromide. If placed on the face where the skin has become wrinkled or tired the radio-active forces immediately take effect on the nerves and tissues. A continuous steady current of energy flows into the skin, and before long the wrinkles have disappeared, the nerves have become strong and energised, and the tired muscles have become braced up and “ready for service.”

(Radior advertisement, 1915)

It was thought to literally give you a glowing complexion!

Should I get Botox?

December 17, 2017 / 8:31 am

Clients of all ages ask me “Should I get Botox?”.

The answer is never a simple yes or no. First, think about what you are trying to change.

Botox will temporarily soften lines on the glabella, the forehead and the “crows feet”. It works by paralyzing the muscle so it is considered to be very effective.

However, just because you’ve paralyzed a facial muscle and no longer have a wrinkle, you still may not look the way you expected. It may require several session to perfect the injection pattern and get the results you want.

Botox relaxes the muscle under the skin but does not treat the surface of the skin. If you are unhappy with the texture of your skin, have large pores and discoloration Botox alone will not make your skin perfect.

You will need to have a treatment every 3-6 months depending on how fast your body metabolizes the product. Injectables are very effective anti-aging tools but consider the overall cost when adding them to your routine.

If you decide to try Botox, find a reputable dermatologist who does a lot of injections. The science behind injection patterns and dosing is constantly being adjusted for better results. Choose a doctor who is up to date.

Avoid discount websites and deals that seem too good to be true, this is your face!

How did people protect their skin before sunscreen?

November 26, 2017 / 8:10 am

Do you ever wonder how people protected their skin from the sun thousands of years ago?

Clothing, scarves, and shade were early methods of protecting skin from the sun. However, applying products to the skin for additional protection also started thousands of years ago.

Early civilizations used a variety of plant products to help protect the skin from sun damage.

Ancient Greeks used olive oil to protect their skin from the sun and to condition it after sun exposure. Modern science tells us olive oil has an SPF of 7-8 (and this protection breaks down when the oils is heated) so it is NOT considered effective protection from the sun but given their options, it was better than nothing.

Ancient Egyptians used extracts of rice, jasmine, and lupine plants. Again, these ingredients offered low levels of sun protection but were proven to be very beneficial to the skin and are still used in skin care products today.

Burmese women have used Thanaka cream to protect from sunburn for over 2000 years.  Thanaka is a creamy paste rich in vitamin E and is applied on the face in pretty designs. It also provides a cooling sensation and has anti-inflammatory properties to calm acne.

Zinc oxide, a popular sunscreen ingredient today, was being used for medicinal purposes as long ago as 500 B.C.E.

In the 16th century, pale skin was very important to the the upper class. The clothing of the era covered the body from head to toe but ladies were required to wear uncomfortable Visards to protect their skin from the sunburn when traveling in open carriages.

Thankfully, by the 17th century parasols and bonnets had become popular as a means of protecting the face from the sun.

The production of sunscreen as we know it today started in the 1940’s. More user friendly versions appeared on the market by the 1960’s and in the 1970’s the formulas protected against both UVA and UVB rays.

When faced with options like a Visard or a can of greasy “red vet pet” I’m happy to have my Suntegrity!

What happens when you drink 100oz of water a day?

November 5, 2017 / 8:55 am

A few months ago, I started drinking 100oz of water per day.

Drinking 100oz of water per day is no small feat. The first few weeks were rough, drinking water all the time seemed like a chore and I was running to the bathroom every hour.

Between week 2 and week 3 my body adjusted. Bathroom breaks became less frequent and I woke up craving water. I easily downed 32oz before leaving my house in the morning.

What else did I notice?

I drank less coffee without even trying, my morning water became almost as important.

Four people complimented my skin and asked if I had tried a new treatment!

The texture of the skin around my eyes changed.

I don’t get hungover from two glasses of wine like before!

My one PMS pimple has stopped making it’s monthly appearance.

The jury is out on whether increased water consumption will directly hydrate your skin, but the positive effects have been obvious for me.

I’m fortunate because I can sip on fruit flavored spa water all day and I’m never far from a bathroom.

This is one lifestyle experiment I’m happy to continue!

LED Light Therapy

October 15, 2017 / 8:29 am

LED therapy uses therapeutic light wavelengths to treat the skin. The technology has been scientifically proven to stimulate fibroblasts that increase collagen and elastin production as well as kill acne causing bacteria.

Over 40 years of research shows LED has powerful therapeutic benefits on living tissue. In the 1960s, it was noted that certain single wavelengths had therapeutic effects on treatment tissues through a process called photo-stimulation.

Cancer researchers discovered a single red frequency combined with a topical cream kills certain types of skin cancer cells. The skin tissue regenerated and the appearance of the skin also improved with these treatments. The red LED light alone produced positive results in the treatment of rosacea, aging skin, and sun damaged skin.

NASA found LED light waves helped to stimulate cell growth which promoted healing in weightless environments.

LED light therapy is a cleared by the FDA as a cosmetic procedure. It is painless, safe, and effective to help reverse the signs of sun damage and aging as well as heal acne lesions and rosacea,

Red LED light encourages collagen production and increases blood flow to the skin therefore increasing cellular metabolism and strengthening the capillary walls.

Blue LED light is effective for treating acne. In clinical studies, blue light has shown to generate singlet oxygen which attacks the bacteria which is the root cause of most acne flare ups.

How do I treat my back acne?

September 24, 2017 / 8:34 am

“How do I treat my back acne?’ is a question I often hear from clients.

The first step is to figure out what might be aggravating the skin on your back.

Do you shower soon after working out or do you sit around in sweaty workout clothing?

Sweat is full of things our body wants out of our system. When we sweat, our skin starts producing more bacteria to neutralize the sweat. More bacteria plus a layer of dried sweat (ew!) left to sit on our skin for too long isn’t doing the back acne any favors.

Do you wear cotton or sweat-wicking fabric when working out?

See above. Take every precaution possible to keep sweat off the area.

Do you wash your back after conditioning your long hair in the shower?

Wash and condition your hair, rinse. Pin your hair up if you need too. Then wash your back with your medicated body wash. Heavy conditioners can leave a residue on your back that can clog pores.

Do you wear your “dry clean only” clothing multiple times between cleanings?

It may look clean and smell clean (and we all want to save a few bucks on dry cleaning) but the build up of sweat and dead skin could be contributing to your problem. Also, some back acne reacts poorly to dry cleaning fluid all together. Try layering a cotton camisole under your dry clean only tops.

Does your laundry detergent or fabric softener have fragrance that could be irritating your skin?

Try unscented laundry products.

So, you’ve made all the lifestyle adjustments, how should your back for the best results?

Use a medicated body wash once or twice a day depending on the severity of the breakouts. Spot treat the breakouts as necessary. Use a clay mask and a home glycolic treatment once a week to keep the pores clean. And have a Back Facial once a month.

 

 

 

 

 

How I Controlled My Sugar Cravings

September 3, 2017 / 8:55 am

My sugar cravings have always been out of control.

I can skip alcohol most nights and I love green vegetables, however a decadent dessert paired with a cappuccino gets me every time.

I don’t worry about my moderate coffee consumption but sugar doesn’t do my skin or body any favors.

I’ve seen the memes on social media; “Eat spinach when you are craving chocolate, your body really wants magnesium”. Would you really eat a plate of spinach instead of a slice of chocolate cake? I wouldn’t.

Additionally, it takes almost two ten ounce bags of spinach leaves to meet an average adult’s daily recommended magnesium requirement. That’s a lot of spinach!

My neurologist recently recommended a daily 400mg magnesium supplement to help my migraine headaches, it had the bonus side effect of curbing my sugar cravings. I didn’t need to eat mountains of spinach when I was craving chocolate cake, I just stopped craving chocolate cake!

After a few months of decreased sugar intake, I have seen positive changes in my skin, my sleep habits and my mood.

According to WebMD, the daily recommended does of magnesium for adults is 320mg for women and 420mg for men. Always consult your doctor before taking adding new supplements to your daily routine.

 

 

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