Vitamin C Serum- DIY

Vitamin C Serum

DIY Vitamin CPhoto by Christin Hume on Unsplash

Make every 10 days

1 Tablespoon Aloe gel – organic gel from the health food store

! Teaspoon rose water/Witch hazel toner/ green tea extract- I make this myself.

1 teaspoon Vitamin C (I use Resurrection Beauty L-Ascorbic acid Fine Granular Powder (available on Amazon)

¼ dropper lactic acid (L. D. Carlson Lactic acid 88% (available on Amazon)

½ teaspoon ferulic acid powder – Nature and Nurture’s Ferulic Acid Powder (available on Amazon)

1/3 teaspoon papaya powder- optional

1. Slightly warm toner, not above 115 degrees and dissolve powders.

2. Add other ingredients and shake vigorously. Keep in dark bottle in the fridge and apply after washing your face, before moisturizer.


Four Words From Dermatologists That’ll Change Your Life: Stop Showering Every Day

ShowerPhoto by Chandler Cruttenden on Unsplash

by Rachel Lapidos on wellandgood.com

I used to really like showering. I’d linger beneath the spout and luxuriate in the hot water, which helped wake me up in the morning and/or release all my body’s tension after a really long day. These moments let my mind come up with all sorts of creative ideas that only occur when you’re washing your body. These days, though? I’m over it.

Showering’s annoying. It’s just a whole ordeal. And guess what? Dermatologists back me up on this.  You have expert-approved permission not to shower every single day. “It doesn’t matter what time of year it is—your entire body does not need to be washed daily,” says Rachel Nazarian, MD, board-certified dermatologist with Schweiger Dermatology. Controversial opinion maybe, but she’s got backup—dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, star of Well+Good’s Dear Derm video series, says “you’re fine to skip a shower day or two.”   “Your entire body does not need to be washed daily.” —Rachel Nazarian, MD

Before you go carefree frolicking about while allowing your tub to collect dust—you still have to tend to the particularly pungent parts of your body so that you keep all of your friends. “All you need to do is clean the smelly parts,” says Dr. Gohara. The parts in question are the usual suspects: your pits, your groin, and your feet, which Dr. Nazarian says harbor more bacteria than other areas. “I recommend those areas be washed daily with a gentle cleanser since they’re really the primary areas that should be considered ‘dirty,’” she says.

And fun fact: You can skip the body wash if you’re washing your hair. “Shampoo will actually wash the rest of your body passively—there’s no need to take soap and specifically wash your arms, your legs, or your trunk,” says Dr. Nazarian, who adds that using more soap on those areas will actually strip your skin’s natural oils and dry them out.

“It’s certainly part of our culture to over-clean,” she says. You may be wondering: What if I do a sweaty workout, though? “Working out or going to the gym doesn’t actually change this,” says Dr. Nazarian. “Sweating doesn’t make you dirty.” Just stick with cleaning those three bacteria-prone areas of your body, and you’re good to go. (The only sporty scenario where she actually advises more cleansing is if you’re doing something like wrestling or MMA, where you have skin-to-skin contact with others.) So, there have it—showering is overrated.

Read more on the latest wellness trends at Well+Good


Yes, You Should Be Double Cleansing for Skin

Double cleansing is a method of cleansing your face twice: First, with an oil-based cleanser and again with a water-based cleanser. It can help remove stubborn, pore-clogging and acne-causing impurities that can remain on the skin even after washing your face once. Otherwise you are mixing make-up with dirt and dust (or other environmental  impurities) and then rinsing. But you can’t get the skin clean with that method, you are simply rubbing in the dirt. It’s like trying to clean dishes with dirty water.

The benefit of double cleansing is that the first cleanser will break down any makeup, remove dirt and excess oils from the day and clean your skin. The second cleanser will address your particular skin type or concern and should have ingredients to hydrate, smooth or exfoliate and treat acne. Doing both steps will assure that any treatment and moisturizing is not done in vain.

This method leaves the skin truly clean. The second cleanser can then gently remove the oil without stripping the skin and drying it out. While this is important at any age, it is crucial for dry or mature skin!

The products I use are ;

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser, Watercress & Cucumber, 6 Ounce

Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser, Watercress & Cucumber available on Amazon

I use this at night after oil cleansing. I make my own oil cleanser using jojoba oil, sea buckthorn oil, MCT oil,  squalane, with powdered seaweed and a small amount of papaya enzyme.

In the morning, since I am not removing make-up, I use my own cleanser that I make and sell. It is honey and oil based with baking soda, available here.


Glycerin and Silicones in Skin Care and My Skin Care Regimen.

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For years I have made many of my own skin care products; dry oils for oil cleaning my face, Honey-Baking Soda Cleanser. Recently I had an allergic reaction to a new, supposedly all natural, product. However the first ingredient was butylene glycol. My whole neck was blistered the day after using it, and quickly peeled and dried out.  I avoided got it calmed down with fresh aloe and in about 4 days it was was way better. A week later I used a product that had a small amount of propylene glycol. Remember these ingredients were in organic products. So I realized what was causing it and began eliminating those products from my skin care.

I then used a very mild product that had glycerin, and while I didn’t break out I did itch on my neck for a few days. Now, glycerin is a very rare allergen, but it did annoy my skin.

So I began looking for organic products that really were clean.  I learned that almost every skin care products that was listed as organic and all natural had these ingredients! 

Butylene glycol is basically anti-freeze. These type of products are used a humectants and as solvents. Because they are solvents, manufacturers of beauty products use them to help their products be absorbed in to our skin. And they are humectants, but remember humectants draw water from their surroundings, as WELL AS FROM OUR SKIN! They feel luxurious when we first put them on our skin, they give the product that “slip” that make them go on smoothly. But within about a half an hour we notice our skin feels dry. So put on more. And these products do nothing to actually nourish our skin, they just sit on the surface. The same as silicones do.

However you do not have to make your own products!  There are many product lines out there that do a great job and are truly clean. Just because a label says “all natural” or “organic” that does not mean that they are good for your skin or do not have ingredients that will  irritate your skin.

I have stopped using any product with glycerin, however it is hard to find products without it!  HERE is a great article on why you should avoid glycerin.

Here is my daily routine-

AM-  Cleanser- I use one that I make myself from honey, baking soda, almond oil, geranium oil, sea buckthorn oil, lavender oil,willow bark (calming and healing for skin).

You can buy it hereSkin Cleanser.

In the morning I use a product from Evan’s Garden called Crème’ Rose. I have been using this for about 15 years.

I then use Amazonian Clay Facial Powder, I then use Peter Thomas Roth powder Sunscreen.

I also use  Zuzu Cosmetics lipsticks, Jane Iredale Mascara, Zuzu eye shadows, and Iniki Organic Eyeliner.

Evening Skin Care- I oil cleanse to take off makeup by using a blend of dry oils- sea buckthorn oil, grape seed oil, squalane, jojoba oil. I massage it in for a few minutes and then wipe off with cotton balls, then wipe gently with a warm washcloth. I then use a cream cleanser called Nourish Organic Moisturizing Face Cleanser, Watercress & Cucumber, then rinse really well. I then use a toner made with willow bark, calendula, rose water and aloe. I make it myself every few weeks.  I mix Vitamin C powder with my moisturizer for daytime use.

I then use Retin-A, prescription strength, and have been using it since I was 38 years old. I am now 66. Here is what my skin looks like!

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I wait about 15 minutes after applying it and then use moisturizer- at night I use Golden Phae Restorative Day and Night Moisturizer. I also use their Eye Cream on my eyes and neck.

Once a week I use a mask that I make myself, it contains Matcha tea, red seaweed powder, papaya enzyme and rice powder.

Of course, the BEST skin care comes from within, making sure our gut biome is healthy, eating lots of fruits and veggies, eliminating fast food and processed foods, eating a moderate amount of proteins (eggs in the morning, fruits and veggies all day, more fruits and veggies with a salad and sweet potatoes at night and about 5 ounces of seafood ,preferably cold water fish).  Avoid sugar, drink no cold drinks, drink a moderate amount of water. No grains or dairy. That’s it, it’s that simple.


Skin Care- Anti-Aging Skin Care, How To’s and Product Recommendations

I began studying skin care in my teens. I was interested in how to treat my teenage acne and the science of skin care. In my early twenties I read about a company called Redken, and though their products were not available widely I liked what they had to say about maintaining the PH of the skin and not stripping it of it’s natural oils. At that time there was very little info on the science of skin care, even less on how to care for our skin naturally.

Redken came out in the early 70’s with their PH  balanced mild bar of soap for your face. Their advice to help not strip our skin of it’s natural oils was to rinse our face in the water we had washed with, as it contained oils from our skin. This did not make sense to me, I wanted my facial skin clean, not rinsed in washing water. SO I began studying skin care, looking for mild products that were effective. I tried Kiss My Face soap, it was too strong, made my face tight and dry. And even though my skin was oily it made it oilier. I tried and couldn’t find anything I was happy with. I ended up using Clinique and Lancôme for a while, and while they were effective I didn’t like all of the chemicals. My sister gave  e a book on making my own beauty products and I was off to the races!  I learned to make soap, I made them with olive oil and used Apple Cider vinegar as a toner. Still just ok. Slowly more and more products were coming out that were organic. Skin care, along with makeup, that was available in health food stores were clean, but not very good. They were too oily, too heavy. I discovered it when I was pregnant with my daughter, Rachel and used it exclusively while I was pregnant. It was the first mineral make-up I ever found.

Skip forward to 1996 and my daughter Rachel was going to school to become an esthetician. We saw the first articles about the link between breast cancer and Parabans. Even the health food store brands had this ingredients and they began scrambling to reformulate. I could not find a cleanser that didn’t have it. At this point I had been using Cetaphil cleanser for a long time because it was very mild. But it wasn’t strong enough to remove makeup well. SO I decided to formulate a cleanser myself. For months I studied formulating (it’s not such a stretch form being a Chef!) I started by studying ingredients. This was the cleanser I made and I have been using it ever since. It has honey as it’s main ingredient, with baking soda as an exfoliator, a very small amount of Dr. Bonner’s soap, almond oil, geranium oil, evening primrose oil and water.  I still used it until last year, when it became a little strong for me, so I reformulated it without the baking soda. I have been using Retin-A since I was forty years old and found as I aged my skin was more sensitive and was dryer.

That Honey Cleanser is available- Honey Cleanser

About this same time mineral makeup burst on the scene and I discovered Jane Iredale. Pricy but amazing quality. I also discovered Evan’s Garden. They are a small Company in Clearwater, FL that makes small batch skin care and make-up. I LOVE her Skincare for Mature Skin. I have used her Crème Rose for day and Ma Juennesse for night as moisturizers ever since!

This new blog topic is going to cover the science of skin care, with a focus on organic products, and I mean truly natural and organic…not the stuff full of glycerin and  silicones that are out there today claiming to be all natural. I will review and cover makeup as well as skin care products and I will share my skin care regimen as well as the makeup I use. We will talk about why silicone sand glycerin are horrible for our skin, and the right was to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and nourish as well as how to protect our skin.

It is imperative to not just cleanse our skin with clean ingredients but to truly nourish our skin. Of course the best thing we can do for our skin is be healthy, active and well nourished. We will cover what foods to avoid for great skin, how to combat the things that ages our skin, and how to care for it as we age.

My first blog post will be about the dangers of glycerin and silicones, how to avoid them and the products I use that do not have them.

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High Glycemic Index Foods and Dairy Products Linked to Acne

This article shows studies that high carbs and dairy intake cause acne, but those dietary practices also lead to obesity, poor health, a compromised immune system, and malnutrition.

Feb. 20, 2013 — A study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has determined that there is increasing evidence of a connection between diet and acne, particularly from high glycemic load diets and dairy products, and that medical nutrition therapy (MNT) can play an important role in acne treatment.

17 million Americans suffer from acne, mostly during their adolescent and young adult years. Acne influences quality of life, including social withdrawal, anxiety, and depression, making treatment essential. Since the late 1800s, research has linked diet to this common disease, identifying chocolate, sugar, and fat as particular culprits, but beginning in the 1960s, studies disassociated diet from the development of acne.
"This change occurred largely because of the results of two important research studies that are repeatedly cited in the literature and popular culture as evidence to refute the association between diet and acne," says Jennifer Burris, MS, RD, of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. "More recently, dermatologists and registered dietitians have revisited the diet-acne relationship and become increasingly interested in the role of medical nutritional therapy in acne treatment."

Burris and colleagues, William Rietkerk, Department of Dermatology, New York Medical College, and Kathleen Woolf, of New York University’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, conducted a literature review to evaluate evidence for the diet-acne connection during three distinctive time periods: early history, the rise of the diet-acne myth, and recent research.

Culling information from studies between 1960 and 2012 that investigated diet and acne, investigators compiled data for a number of study characteristics, including reference, design, participants, intervention method, primary outcome, results and conclusions, covariate considerations, and limitations.

They concluded that a high glycemic index/glycemic load diet and frequent dairy consumption are the leading factors in establishing the link between diet and acne. They also note that although research results from studies conducted over the last 10 years do not demonstrate that diet causes acne, it may influence or aggravate it.
The study team recommends that dermatologists and registered dietitians work collaboratively to design and conduct quality research. "This research is necessary to fully elucidate preliminary results, determine the proposed underlying mechanisms linking diet and acne, and develop potential dietary interventions for acne treatment," says Burris. "The medical community should not dismiss the possibility of diet therapy as an adjunct treatment for acne. At this time, the best approach is to address each acne patient individually, carefully considering the possibility of dietary counseling."


All Natural Beauty Products

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I find soap too drying for my face, cleansers are pricy and a lot of the time if they are gentle enough they don’t clean effectively.  Several years ago when my daughter, Rachel, became an esthetician we began looking at the products on the market that were all natural, supposedly.  We found many to have parabens, even the ones from the health food store.  So I used my knowledge as a Chef and my background in herbal medicine to study the traditional oils and ingredients in cleansers.  I learned to formulate and them started experimenting. I came up with this cleanser; it is inexpensive to make, works really well as an exfoliate, cleanser and has essential oils that nourish the skin.  After I began using it I found it so effective that I stopped using glycolics and other exfoliates.   I will also tell you how to do a great facial at home for almost no money.

WONDERFUL CLEANSER

3 cup water
2 cups baking soda
1/2 teaspoon almond oil
2 drops lavender essential oil
1 ½ cup honey
1 Tbsp. Dr. Bonners Almond liquid soap
2 teaspoon glycerin
1 teaspoon Vitamin C
1 teaspoon Salicylic acid – you can crush up aspirin for this or buy it through a formulation site.
3 Tablespoons Xanthan gum

On low heat, combine water, honey, almond, Dr. Bonners, oils. Remove from heat and let cool about a minute. Add honey. Whisk. While whisking, add ascorbic acid and salicylic acid. Whisk slowly, do not inhale powders. Now add baking soda, a little at a time, it will thicken this mix a tad. Add xanthan gum a tablespoon at a time to thicken. Let sit a few minutes, adjust thickness. I like it to be kind of thick, like a hair conditioner. Apply to the skin like a soap and rinse off with tepid water.

You will notice your skin feels incredibly clean, soft with no tightness or dryness. The honey is a humectant, a good moisturizer and an natural preservative.

FACAIL MASK

This mask with make your skin feel as great as any high percentage glycolic peel and it helps even out skin tone by fading the brown splotches some of us get.

Make a paste out of baking soda and lemon juice.  Apply to your face and leave on for about 3 or 4 minutes the first time.  This is a fairly strong fruit acid so use for short periods at first, you will feel it burn at first.  Use Rose Oil to sooth the skin after washing it off.  Ultimately use it about once a week and your skin will get used to it.  Hold a towel under your chin as you are doing this as it tends to dry out.  You can use half of the lemon to re-moisten it if needed.

Deodorant-  I don’t use it all the time, as eating clean means every low amount of body odor.  But I found that very few all natural deodorants actually worked.   Finally, two years ago I found Weleda’s Citrus Deodorant and it works!!  Loved it.   BUT at $16.00 for 3.4 ounces I was loath to re-buy it.  So, I looked at the ingredients and made it myself.

CITRUS DEODORANT

Buy one bottle of grain alcohol. Buy one small bottle of lemon oil, organic.

I used the Weleda bottle and mixed my own, using 3 1/4 ounces of alcohol and added 1/4 teaspoon of oil, shake well, spray on and enjoy.