Healthy Smoothie for Glowing Skin

Glowing Skin Smoothie

Give your skin a healthy and natural glow with this green smoothie that is packed with lots of minerals and vitamins!

 

What you need:

  • 1 c. kale
  • 1 c. spinach
  • 1 pear
  • 1 orange
  • 1 banana
  • 1 c. seedless grapes
  • 1 c. ice
  • 1 c. coconut water
  • 1 tsp. chia seeds

What you do:

  • Remove the core and seeds from the pear and peel and pit the orange; add them to your blender
  • Add the remaining ingredients to your blender and blend all until smooth
  • Enjoy your smoothie immediately

 

Recipe adapted from (original recipe from): Womenio

Picture from: OrganicAuthority

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Hydrating and Acne Fighting Mango Smoothie

Hydrating and Acne Fighting Mango Smoothie

This smoothie has many beneficial ingredients in it that will do wonders for your body, both inside and out.  It also has a sweet and tropical flavor to it (thanks to the mango) that makes drinking it enjoyable as well as beneficial.  This smoothie works to improve the health of your skin as well as to prevent acne breakouts and is suitable for any and all skin types.

Don’t let the fish oil ingredient turn you away, the other ingredients mask any flavor of it and fish oil provides your body with A LOT of benefits.  Fish oil can improve the look and health of your skin and aids in reducing redness or blotchy patches on your skin.  The benefits don’t stop there either.   Fish oil can strengthen hair and leave it looking healthier and shinier and also aids in reducing dandruff and dry scalps.  (I can speak from experience that fish oil really does do wonders for your hair.  I started taking fish oil gummy vitamins a couple of months ago and noticed my hair growing faster and looking much shinier and healthier.)  So, if it can provide you with better skin and hair, why not add a splash of it into your smoothie?

What you need:

  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1/2 c. yogurt (plain only)
  • 1/2 c. mango (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tbsp. fish oil
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 1 mint leaf

What you do:

  • If your using a fresh mango, cut the mango into chunks and place in a blender
  • Add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth
  • Transfer to a glass and enjoy immediately

Comments:

  • Depending on whether or not you use fresh or frozen mango, you may need to add a couple extra ice cubes to your blender for a cooler smoother
  • You can always add more mint leaves to the mixture if you want a mintier taste (I tend to like to add a couple more and always enjoy the taste of fresh mint)

 

Recipe adapted from (and original recipe found at): Womenio

Picture from:  BestRecipes

D.I.Y. Raspberry, Honey & Oats Healing Facial Mask

Raspberry, Honey and Oat Facial Mask

This delicious facial mask will do wonders for your skin with just 3 simple ingredients!  The raspberries (which are bursting with Vitamin C) work to fight signs of aging (wrinkles and fine lines) as well as maintaining skins natural glow.  The honey (which is packed with antioxidants) works to moisturize skin while fighting off germs that can lead to acne.  Lastly (but not least), the oats do the job of soaking up any impurities that may have been clogging up your pores.

So, if you have 15 to 20 minutes and these 3 ingredients you have time to treat your face to this healing facial mask!

What you need:

  • 14 ripe red raspberries
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 1/4 c. rolled oats

What you do:

  • Place the raspberries in a bowl and mash them with a fork until they form a liquid pulp-like consistency
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the mashed raspberries and mix until all ingredients are blended and you have a paste like consistency (if your mixture is too runny/wet add more oats and if your mixture is too dry add more honey)
  • Apply the mixture to a clean face and let it sit for 10 minutes
  • Rinse the mixture off with warm water and follow up with a moisturizer

 

Recipe adapted (and original recipe) from: DIYFashion 

Picture from: OhSheGlows

D.I.Y. Cleansing and Moisturizing Strawberries & Cream Facial Mask

Strawberries and Cream Cleansing and Moisturizing Facial Mask

This facial mask is easy to make and uses only a couple simple ingredients yet it does a lot of good for your skin!  The cream in this recipe will leave your skin feeling moisturized and hydrated.  The strawberries help to fight acne as well as to lighten and fade acne scars and blemishes.  The honey has anti-septic properties and acts as a mild astringent.  It also aids in cleansing the skin of dirt and oil.

What you need:

  • 3 ripe strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. cream
  • 1 tsp. honey (raw is best)

What you do:

  • Cut the green tops off of the strawberries and cut the strawberries in half and place in a small bowl.  Mash the strawberries with a fork until a pulp forms.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the mashed strawberries and mix well until all ingredients are blended and a creamy-like consistency forms.
  • Apply the mixture to a clean and dry face as well as to your neck
  • Let the mixture sit until dry (while you sit back and relax in the meantime)
  • Rinse the mixture with warm water and pat skin dry.  Dab cold water onto face to close pores and follow up with a moisturizer

Comments:

  • This mixture can be a little drippy when you first apply it so you may want to lay a towel down on the counter where you are applying it.  You may also want to wear an old shirt when applying it as well.

 

Recipe adapted from (and original recipe) found at: HealthMunsta

Picture found at: Infusioneliquid

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Extra Strength Alpha Beta Face Peel

Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels

Ok, so it’s been a little too long since I’ve taken the time to do some beauty product reviews.  (I’m not really sure why it’s taken me so long either because I certainly haven’t stopped using beauty products….at all!)  Regardless, here comes one and hopefully more to follow in the near future.

I have always wanted to have a chemical peel done but can never actually bring myself to have one done because I don’t want to deal with the downtime of having a red, flaky, peeling face for a couple of days afterwards and the thought of them kind of freaks me out…just a little.  My skin can be very temperamental…I have periods where it’s great and periods where it’s anything but great.  I also tend to have acne spots that last long after the pimple is gone (I guess it’s an annoying and pesky way of reminding me of what used to be there.)  So, when I stumbled upon these little facial wipes I was definitely tempted to try them being that they aren’t as invasive as an actual chemical peel and have no downtime.

These wipes are available in two different strengths, regular and extra strength.  I dove right into the extra strength wipes and didn’t even try the regular strength ones because I was dead-set on getting results and thought that the extra strength ones stood a better chance at giving me my desired results.  If you have sensitive skin, I would highly suggest starting out with the regular strength wipes first.

Another great thing about these wipes is that they are available in different quantities which is great for someone who is just looking to try them out.  These treatment wipes are available in the following quantities: 5, 30 or 60.  Packs of 5 retail for $15.00, packs of 30 retail for $82.00 and packs of 60 retail for $145.00.  (For my first time using them, I obviously went for the 5 pack.) They also have them available in a package deal called the “14 Day Challenge with Ferulic Acid + Retinol Brightening Solution” which retails for $45.00. (This is also a great deal, which I’ve also purchased….more than once.)

We’ll start with the 5 pack, which is what I tried first.  Each treatment consists of two conjoined pouches which each contain a wipe (so two wipes per treatment).  Wipe 1 is to be used first (but I’m sure that is obvious to everyone) on a clean face.  You simply rub your skin in circular motions until the wipe is no longer moist.  Then you wait two minutes before using wipe 2.  After the two minutes are up, use wipe 2 the same way that you used wipe 1.   That’s it.  It’s quick and easy but I will say that I did (and still do) notice a burning sensation when using wipe 1 so be aware of that and don’t be surprised if you notice it too.

I noticed a subtle glow to my skin immediately after using these but really noticed it after using them for a couple of days consecutively.  I noticed an even better glow after trying the 14 day challenge treatment with the brightening solution.  The 14 day challenge works the exact same way as the 5 pack of pads does except there are enough treatment packs for 14 days and there is the brightening serum.  The brightening serum is applied after you use both wipes and I think that this serum is really beneficial and just gives your skin that much more of a healthy glow.

I will say though that I would not do this treatment after doing a face mask of any kind prior (speaking from experience.)  It could have been something in the face mask I did prior to using this treatment or my face could have just been feeling sensitive but it was not a pleasant experience!  The burning sensation was a lot worse than ever before and my face was left looking patchy and red….so don’t follow in my footsteps there!

Overall, I like this product and like the results.  My skin always looks like it has a nice natural glow after doing these treatments and it also helps reduce my acne spots in a significant way.  (I notice the most dramatic results and lighter/faded acne spots after using these for multiple consecutive days.)

What I like:

  • Gives skin a natural glow
  • Reduces and fades acne spots
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Noticeable results….quickly

What I don’t like:

  • Burning sensation
  • Results seem to fade if this isn’t used on a regular basis

The Lowdown on Sunscreens

Lowdown on Sunscreens

Summertime is here!  That means plenty of picnics, pool parties, trips to the beach, and outdoor activities!  It’s important to remember that despite all the fun in the sun that you’re having you still need to take care of your skin and be smart by protecting it from the sun by using a sunscreen each and every time you venture outside.

There are countless different sunscreens available to purchase each with different options so if you are wondering which one is right for you it’s best to first know the basics:

Just like we all have our own preferences when it comes to the types of makeup we like and what it does to our skin, sunscreen is no different.  What works on one persons skin may cause breakouts on another person and so on and so on.  Below is a breakdown of the types of sunscreen you should look for depending on your specific skin type as well as examples of sunscreens that are most suitable for you.

 

Dry Skin

  • Creams/lotions with extra hydrating ingredients (aloe and glycerin)
  • Steer clear of spray or gel sunscreens that contain aloe (they’ll just dry out your skin that much more)

Try

Murad Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 15

L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise Futur-E SPF 15

 

Oily Skin

  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Water or gel based sunscreens are most commonly oil-free

Try

Ocean Potion Anti-Aging Sunblock SPF 50

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 45

 

Acne Prone Skin

  • Light and/or oil-free lotions
  • Sunscreens that contain the chemicals avobenzone and oxybenzone
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Fragrance free sunscreen

Try

Hawaiian Tropic Oil Free Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30

 

Sensitive Skin

  • Paba free sunscreen (this is very common)
  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Fragrance free sunscreen
  • Chemical free sunscreen
  • Hypoallergenic sunscreen
  • Mineral based sunscreen

Try

Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion for Face

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60

 

Active/Outdoor Skin (for those that spend a lot of time being active outdoors; sports/swimming)

  • Water-resistant or waterproof sunscreen
  • Highest SPF sunscreen available

Try

Coppertone Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 30

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with Helioplex SPF 70

Apple and Honey Acne Facial Mask

Apple and Honey Acne Facial Mask
Fight acne with this delicious acne facial mask!
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium apple
  • 5 tbsp. honey
Directions:
  • Grate the apple; combine with honey and mix well
  • Apply the mixture to a clean face (avoid the eye area)
  • Let sit for 5-10 minutes
  • Rinse with cold water