Oily, Dry or Combination skin…

Which one are you?

It’s January and a new year. It is time to refresh your skin care routine. But first you need to do a check in on what your skin is looking like and doing at this time.

Wash your face, look in the mirror in good lighting or better yet I like sunlight in the morning. Discover what your skin FEELS like and see.

1. Do your pores look large or small? Larger pores are typically associated with oily skin. Smaller pores are associated with skin on the dry side.

2. Does your T-zone get shiny? Look Greasy? EspecIally in the midday? This is typically and most common with combination skin a most common skin type.

3. When you press with your thumb on your forehead does it leave a white spot with a bit of redness around it? This usually means you have sensitive skin issues at this time.

This skin care quiz was created by my colleague Victoria Tabak who owns Nature Pure Labs.

Victoria and I both agree for you to keep in mind your skin can change at any time. And your skin will change as you age as well. It’s just a matter of time. Because you’ve messaged me on this I thought I’d share this quiz this year with you.

Stress, the change of weather, exercise regime and your diet all affect your skin and type.

After you do this analysis. Meet with a skin care PRO and look into the possibilities on what they recommend for you. If you prefer to shop for yourself in your local drug, grocery or big box store that’s fine too. Just make sure YOU are buying what’s right for YOU! Your skin at this time too.

FYI

Sometimes you can be all three. Skin care isn’t one size fits all.

Dull dry skin … needs this!

The skin on my lips is peeling. My eyes are getting drier and my skin feels tight. Yes, I get it too not just you!

So here is a simple recipe that works wonders without spending a lot.

All you need for this skincare recipe is:

1 container of unflavored organic Yogurt.

I personally prefer Greek yogurt.

Easy Face masks awaits you in your kitchen!

Apply a spoonful on a clean face. Do this recipe when you have time to spare and don’t rush it. It’s more fun and better that way. Stay away from your eye area. But you can go near the skin on your 👁 area example: lines around the eyes. Some people call them “crows feet” … I don’t.

Leave this treatment on your face at least 15 minutes.

Rinse well with luke warm water and a washcloth.

Next apply your moisturizer.

Yogurt benefits your skin by gently exfoliating it, brightening to the skin and makes it look better.

Say Bye Bye to dull and dry skin.

*Then have a bowl of yogurt with fruit and a a dash of granola. Great for your gut and tastes refreshing too. 😋 Yum!

As you can see I love ❤️ to use store bought skin care with produce and other foodie items from my kitchen.

Take care of your skin and it will take care of you!

Scandal …and Bouncin’ & Behavin’ Hair!

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Yesterday I tried a shampoo and conditioner for the very first time..the brand is called White Sands.It came boxed in a kit and I was anxious to try something new.You know how we love shiny pretty packaging.

And as most girls we like to play with and try new things! My hair (like yours) has been through the winter roller coaster of dry,frizzy and flyaway. Almost like a kitchen Brillo pad.

The floral scent of orchids filled my shower softly and my hair took to it well. I loved the way the conditioner did not weigh my hair down and took away my tangles. My locks are long and are not as strong as they used to be.

I try to eat right and that keeps my hair shiny from inside out.But dry and frizzy it has become from the weather this winter.

You may have noticed in my blog posts I love to whip up things in my kitchen for my hair…but besides my avocado mash…I am aghast!

I AM IN LOVE…this product is amazing. What I am even more amazed is to learn that this brand is used on Celebrities and on shows on TV.

Pretty Little Liars,Mad Men,Scandal,Jane the Virgin,State of Affairs and Glee…I see I am in delightful company!

Avocado & Hellmann’s Mayo Hair Delight

It is a steamy hot day and today I have declared it a day for my husband and I to have a spa like day!
I made a bodacious big breakfast (for a change), we went for a couples massage as we usually do and now just finished yummy Chinese Take Out too.

As he naps I am putting the finishing touches on the recipe I started this morning in my kitchen.Later we will BOTH enjoy this moisturizing hair treatment.

Here is what you’ll need if you want to make my nutrition filled delight.

1 ripe avocado
1 cup of real MAYONNAISE (I prefer Hellmann’s brand)
2 tablespoons of almond oil

Mix these ingredients together well and make a creamy smooth potion.

I like to wet our hair first and then apply the mask like green goodness and brush through the hair.

Next is really optional but you might really like it. I use a wet hot steamy towel that I have microwaved for a few minutes. Take care and please dont’ make the towel too hot.

Wrap your hair/head with this wet towel like a turban.
Leave the treatment on for 15 minutes if you have more time to spare try 20 minutes.

Rinse,wash your hair with warm water and your fave shampoo and add a lite hair conditioner.
Your tired and dry summer hair will feel amazing tomorrow,scalp hydrated and your hair will be super shiny!

I’d love to hear from you…share with me any recipes you love too!

Day 16 to more beautiful skin

ALL THIS MONTH…I am sharing easy to understand ways to take care of your skin. I am trying to keep it simple for you the girl or guy next door.

Plastic surgery isn’t always the answer if you aren’t feeling very pretty.
Retinol (Retin A) is a topical product that is a form of vitamin A. It is used for anti-aging,acne and hyperpigmentation. This product comes from a prescription from your doctor and also found in many skin care products today. A little goes a long way. It helps to slough off dead skin cells at a normal rate. Sometimes our cells are sluggish and the skin cells do not shed like they should. This will cause clogging of pores or splotches of dry patches on the skin. While using it can make your skin red and flaky and is a strong prescription. Many people find great results from it for wrinkles,sun spots and issues with severe acne.

In face and body creams Retinol is added and mixed with other ingredients to make your skin look better and may even look younger too. Shedding skin cells and skin cell turnover that’s what it’s all about for baby fresh new skin.

Day 13 to beautiful skin!

Do your SKIN a favor and buy a body brush from a dollar store or spa boutique. Use it to EXFOLIATE that dry,flaky skin and improve circulation.
Not to be used on the face…only the body.This is called dry brushing.

This procedure is done in treatment rooms all over the globe to keep skin healthy! Slough off winter skin and rev up circulation by simply brushing your dry skin with this type brush on dry skin as you stand or sit in the tub. Brushing towards you heart.

Rinse and shower or bathe as usual. Moisturize your body with your fav hand and body lotion.
Your skin will have a healthier amazing pink glow.

I love to do this weekly.
Buff your skin beautiful!

Day 9 to beautiful skin!

BABY Lips…Who doesn’t love the way they look and feel to the touch. Babies are just so kissable!
Weather,heat,AC,outdoor sports and more can make your lips DRY DRY DRY. They can look awful and peel and crack. Licking your lips will only make it worse.

Try using a product called Kissy Lips or D.I.Y. with a brown sugar and honey lip scrub that you can make in a minutes in your kitchen. Place on clean dry lips and leave on 10 minutes. Brush gently with your finger or with a baby’s toothbrush. Next, rinse and enjoy. I do this treatment once a week in the winter.DRINK plenty of liquids and stay hydrated too.
Follow up with a hydrating lip conditioner or balm. Love your lips~

Day 8 to more beautiful skin!

Your scalp is a part of your skin …it doesn’t just stop at the forehead. The winter weather or extreme heat/tropical climates can make your hair really really dry. Olive oil,almond oil or salon purchase Moroccan oil are all essentials you need to stock up on.

Give yourself a light head massage with a dash of one of these oils on your hands and rub gently on the ends of your hair and on your scalp.A little goes a long way. I like to go to sleep after this and allow the oil to nourish your hair.
Wanna learn more about a head massage? Try an Indian Head massage technique…look it up online and discover what you can do. I do this every week on my hair as well as my husband’s scalp too. He loves it and it really works to improve circulation to the scalp…and offers soothing relaxation.
Hair raising couple fun Or massage for one.
Keep your hair nourished,soft,hydrated and say bye bye dry fly aways!