10 Ways To Take Charge of Your Health!

 

1. Schedule a Yearly Checkup 

Your heart is in your hands. Each year on your birthday, schedule a checkup to have your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels checked, and ask your doctor to help you reach or maintain a healthy weight. Be sure to follow your healthcare professional's recommendations, including taking prescribed medications as directed.

2. Get Physical

Step, march or jog in place for at least 15 minutes a day while watching your favorite TV shows. Increase your activity by five minutes each week until you're getting a minimum of 30 minutes most days of the week.

3. Drink More Water

Take a water bottle with you wherever you go. It'll keep you hydrated and the bottle's weight will strengthen your arms.

4. Eat Healthy

Put raw veggies and fruits in front in the refrigerator and healthy snacks in the front of the pantry, so that's what you see first. If you grab healthy foods for a minimum of 21 times, healthy choices will become a habit.

Also, look for the American Heart Association red and white heart-check mark. This easy, reliable grocery shopping tool helps you identify foods that can be part of a sensible eating plan. 
 

5. Control Cholesterol

Eating foods high in saturated fat, trans fat or cholesterol can lead to high blood cholesterol. To help keep your cholesterol levels down, eat foods low in saturated fat and trans fat, such as lean chicken or turkey (roasted or baked, with skin removed), fruits and veggies, low-fat or fat-free dairy products and whole grains.

6. Cut Down on Salt

To help lower high blood pressure, watch your salt intake. It may be disguised in food labels as sodium alginate, sodium sulfite, sodium caseinate, disodium phosphate, sodium benzoate, sodium hydroxide, monosodium glutamate (MSG), or sodium citrate.

7. Quit Smoking

Try this four-step way to kick your habit:

  • On Day 1, cut the number of cigarettes you smoke by half
  • On Day 3, cut the number of cigarettes you smoke in half again
  • And on Day 5, cut your smoking in half again
  • On your Quit Day... quit!

 

8. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Excess weight increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. To achieve steady, painless weight loss, take it easy. Each day, if you eat 200-300 calories less than you would normally consume, and exercise at least 30 minutes on most or all days of the week, you'll get closer to your goal and be able to achieve weight loss that's steady and painless.

9. Stay Positive

If you get off your exercise schedule, have a cigarette, or eat a fattening meal, immediately get back on track toward re-establishing a healthy lifestyle.

10. Give Yourself Credit

To maintain momentum with exercising, losing weight, or quitting smoking, keep track of your achievements and reward yourself by doing something you enjoy.

Why I don't like wearing makeup!

I know I know. "Zondra, you don't like wearing makeup?" NO"! LOL!  I knew I needed to share it with you. We’re at a point in time where wearing or not wearing makeup is suddenly controversial. If a woman loves to wear a lot of makeup, there is a group of other women screaming, “You don’t need makeup to be beautiful!” If a woman wears no makeup, there is a group out there saying, “You’re a woman! Put on some makeup! It’s almost like you can’t win. 

I don't particularly like wearing makeup. Not because I don't believe that I look absolutely gorgeous when I wear it. I don't like wearing makeup because of the hassle! It's simply too much work for me. I love having beautiful skin. This is one of the reasons I started Blu Skin Care. USDA Certified Organic products are absolutely the solution to fabulous skin. Not only are they nutritious for your skin, they can help fight the effects of aging. It's a win win situation.

But just because I don't like wearing makeup doesn’t mean I judge the people who do. To me, makeup is a choice. Want to wear it? Great! Don’t want to wear it? Great! Only want to wear a little or wear it sometimes? Okay! Who cares? I think we make way too big of a deal out of it. Do I think it’s sad that some girls only feel good with makeup on? Well....No, not really. Different things make people feel good about themselves, and who says it can’t be makeup?

With that being said, I’m interested in hearing why you choose not to wear makeup, because I’m so used to hearing why they do want to wear it.

5 Skin Care Tips For For Healthier Looking Skin!

Good skin care and healthy lifestyle choices can help delay the natural aging process and prevent various skin problems. Get started with these five no-nonsense tips.

1. Protect Your Skin From The Sun!

A lifetime of sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and other skin problems — as well as increase the risk of skin cancer.

  • Use sunscreen. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if you're swimming or perspiring.
  • Seek shade. Avoid the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun's rays are strongest.
  • Wear protective clothing. Cover your skin with tightly woven long-sleeved shirts, long pants and wide-brimmed hats. Also consider laundry additives, which give clothing an additional layer of ultraviolet protection for a certain number of washings, or special sun-protective clothing — which is specifically designed to block ultraviolet rays.

2. Don't smoke

Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outermost layers of skin, which decreases blood flow. This depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are important to skin health.

Smoking also damages collagen and elastin — the fibers that give your skin strength and elasticity. In addition, the repetitive facial expressions you make when smoking — such as pursing your lips when inhaling and squinting your eyes to keep out smoke — can contribute to wrinkles.

3. Treat your skin gently

Daily cleansing and shaving can take a toll on your skin. To keep it gentle:

  • Limit bath time. Hot water and long showers or baths remove oils from your skin. Limit your bath or shower time, and use warm — rather than hot — water.
  • Avoid strong soaps. Strong soaps and detergents can strip oil from your skin. Instead, choose mild cleansers.
  • Shave carefully. To protect and lubricate your skin, apply shaving cream, lotion or gel before shaving. For the closest shave, use a clean, sharp razor. Shave in the direction the hair grows, not against it.
  • Pat dry. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on your skin.
  • Moisturize dry skin. If your skin is dry, use a moisturizer that fits your skin type. For daily use, consider a moisturizer that contains SPF.

4. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you look and feel your best. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The association between diet and acne isn't clear — but some research suggests that a diet rich in vitamin C and low in unhealthy fats and processed or refined carbohydrates might promote younger looking skin.

5. Manage stress

Uncontrolled stress can make your skin more sensitive and trigger acne breakouts and other skin problems. To encourage healthy skin — and a healthy state of mind — take steps to manage your stress. Set reasonable limits, scale back your to-do list and make time to do the things you enjoy. The results might be more dramatic than you expect.

Mayo Clinic

Which Essential Oils Are The Best For Skin Care?

Essential oils have wonderful benefits for the skin.

The following ten essential oils help remedy a number of skin conditions — from acne to aging, dryness to oiliness. And when combined with the right carrier oils (be sure to see the important essential oil guidelines at the end of the post), you will see absolutely amazing results.

The top 10 essential oils for skincare:

1.) CARROT SEED ESSENTIAL OIL

It has a rejuvenating effect on the skin. It not only works to help smooth skin, but assists with cell regeneration. For this reason, it can help to fade scars and improve the tone of aging skin. It’s also rich in antioxidants, helping to neutralize inflammation and wrinkles causing free radicals.

2.) FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL

This is a fantastic oil for all skin types. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, making it great for acne-prone skin. It is also a natural toner, decreasing the appearance of pores and evening skin-tone. It encourages new cell growth, helping to tighten skin and reduce wrinkles and the appearance of scars. It also helps soothe chapped, dry skin.

3.) GERANIUM ESSENTIAL OIL

This oil helps regulate oil production and reduces acne breakouts. It also helps improve skin elasticity and tighten skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It also promotes blood circulation to the areas where it is applied, helping to heal bruises, broken capillaries, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, ringworm, and other skin conditions. 

4.) LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL

This one helps you to relax and your body adapt to stress. It helps regenerate skin cells so it's great for mature skin, sun spots, and scarring. Another great oil for all skin types and needs.

5.) MYRRH ESSENTIAL OIL

This oil greatly benefits aging skin. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help improve skin tone, firmness, and skin elasticity, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Myrrh can also help heal sun damage, chapped skin, rashes, and eczema.

6.) NEROLI ESSENTIAL OIL

This oil is great for oily, sensitive, and mature skin. It helps to smooth fine lines and tone sagging skin. This rejuvenating oil contains a natural chemical called citral, which helps regenerate cells. For this reason, it is said to be very good at preventing and healing stretch marks, as well. Its antiseptic properties also balance oil production and shrink the appearance of pores without drying skin.

7.) PATCHOULI ESSENTIAL OIL

This oil is particularly great for aging skin. It promotes new cell growth and smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Because it also has antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, it can also benefit skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and acne.

8.) ROSE ESSENTIAL OIL

It's especially great for dry or aging skin. Researchers have found that it contains several therapeutic compounds known to promote healing, especially antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds. As a result, rose essential oil helps refine skin texture and tone, and can be helpful with managing skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis. Interestingly, one study even found that just inhaling rose essential oil inhibits water loss in the skin!

9.) TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL

It is one of the more well-known essential oils for acne-prone skin. Its antibacterial properties help ward off acne-causing bacteria and assist wound healing. It also helps to regulate oil production, which can decrease the severity and incidence of breakouts.

10.) YLANG YLANG ESSENTIAL OIL

It  helps to control oil production and minimize breakouts. It also helps regenerate skin cells, smoothing fine lines and improving skin elasticity. Another great essential oil for every skin type.

 

Some important essential oil guidelines to remember:

Essential oils should be diluted in a carrier oil to a maximum of 5%. Since 1 ml is 20 drops, for every 1 ml of carrier oil, you would add 1 drop of Essential Oil. And since 1 oz is 29 mL, for every 1 oz of carrier oil, you would add no more than 29 drops of essential oils. Opinions on proper dilution ratios vary, and some people believe even a 5% dilution to be too strong. So you may want to add even less, such as 15 drops of essential oils per oz of carrier oil, which would be a 2.5% dillution. This depends on your unique skin and how it responds to the higher dillution rate (such as if you experience any irritation).

Why I prefer Goat's Milk For Organic Skin Care!

You may have noticed an ingredient in some of your skincare products that have them smelling scrumptious? Yes, I'm talking about goat’s milk!

Goat’s milk is rich in essential fatty acids and triglycerides. The essential fatty acids have a unique PH similar to humans, so it is less irritating and more easily absorbed by our skin. These fatty acids and triglycerides are super moisturizing.

Goat’s milk is also loaded with precious skin minerals like selenium that is in turn loaded with vitamins, particularly vitamin A, the most important vitamin for the skin. As with other milks, goat’s milk contains lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). It assists in gently sloughing off dead skin cells and helping to hydrate and brighten the skin.

Goat’s milk has unique nourishing properties that make it the perfect ingredient to add to anything which touches your skin, from your shaving cream to your moisturizer. It is both an anti-aging wonder and a lifesaver for dry and sensitive skin. That's why I didn't hesitate to add it to our USDA Certified Organic Oat-Flax Facial Cleanser. It's a win-win for all skin types.

 

Have you tried honey as a natural skin care remedy for Vitiligo?

Honey – Natural Home Remedy for Vitiligo

Vitiligo are chalk-white spots, streaks, and patches of skin and hair where normal pigmentation has been lost due to destruction of the melanocytes, or pigment cells. Once the melanocytes are destroyed, no more melanin, or pigment, is made in these areas.

Honey is one of the most accessible, simple and effective home remedies for vitiligo.  Anyone who suffers from this skin condition should make use of this natural home remedy to get healthy and smooth skin. There are 2 methods to use honey as a natural remedy for vitiligo, but experts recommend that you should apply both of them at the same time for the best results. 

The first way is that you should take 1 or more tablespoons of honey every day. You need to remember that you should use organic honey rather than processed honey because it contains a larger amount of minerals and vitamins. The second one is that you can use honey as a topical medication. You can apply honey on the affected parts of your body and leave it on between 30 minutes – 1 hour. Medical experts encourage people to rinse it off of the body only with warm water because if you use soap, it will remove the necessary nutrients from the skin and leave your skin irritated and dry.

History of Bananas and Skin Care!

Banana History

Bananas are the fruit of Musa acuminata. Acuminata means long-pointed or tapering, not referring to the fruit, but to the flowers giving birth to the fruit.

Antonius Musa was the personal physician to Roman emperor Octavius Augustus, and it was he who was credited for promoting cultivation of the exotic African fruit from 63 to 14 B.C.

Portugese sailors brought bananas to Europe from West Africa in the early fifteenth century.

Its Guinean name banema, which became banana in English, was first found in print in the seventeenth century.

The original banana has been cultivated and used since ancient times, even pre-dating the cultivation of rice. While the banana thrived in Africa, its origins are said to be of East Asia and Oceania.

The banana was carried by sailors to the Canary Islands and the West Indies, finally making it to North America with Spanish missionary Friar Tomas de Berlanga.

Sweet bananas are mutants

These historical bananas were not the sweet yellow banana we know today, but the red and green cooking variety, now usually referred to as plantains to distinguish them from the sweet type.

The yellow sweet banana is a mutant strain of the cooking banana, discovered in 1836 by Jamaican Jean Francois Poujot, who found one of the banana trees on his plantation was bearing yellow fruit rather than green or red.

Upon tasting the new discovery, he found it to be sweet in its raw state, without the need for cooking. He quickly began cultivating this sweet variety.

Soon they were being imported from the Caribbean to New Orleans, Boston, and New York, and were considered such an exotic treat, they were eaten on a plate using a knife and fork.

Sweet bananas were all the rage at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, selling for a hefty ten cents each.

Courtesy of: The Spruce

Is Chia Seed Oil any good for skin care?

I'm hearing nothing but amazing things about Chia Seed Oil. I hear that it smells good as well as plumps and brightens the skin. Yep, it got my attention....real quick!

According to a published reporter quoting Adam Friedman, an associate professor of dermatology at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. “Chia seed oil is chock-full of important saturated fatty acids, which are both integral to maintaining healthy skin cell membranes and warding off the harmful effects of free radicals".

Another 2010 study notes that chia seed oil is the richest botanical source of 18:3 n-3 fatty acid currently known. This is great news because Omega-3's have a reputation for being a powerful anti-inflammatory when applied topically.

It’s really hydrating, which makes it an ideal moisturizer. Bottom line? Chia seed oil can as part of your natural or organic skin care regimen. It will help your skin fight irritation, dehydration, and even banish blemishes. You can look for it in skin-care ingredient lists by its Latin name, Salvia Hispanica. 

Cha Cha Cha Chia!!!!!

Essential Oils for your health!

Did you know that some essential oil scents can actually improve your health? Essential oils can also help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell.

Essential oils can have a healing effect mentally, physically, and emotionally.  You can apply them directly onto your skin, inhale or use through a diffuser.

Technically, essential oils aren’t oils at all, as they lack fatty acids. Rather, they’re highly concentrated plant components. It can take a lot of plant to get out a small amount of essential oil. For example it takes 4,000 pounds of Bulgarian roses to get one pound of oil. 

There are some general tips for using essential oils that apply regardless of the type. Look for a high-quality therapeutic-grade oil: pure, medicinal, and steam distilled. Never apply the oils directly to your skin, as their high concentration can cause a reaction or irritation. Instead, essential oils should be diluted with water or a carrier oil like jojoba or almond. And with a few exceptions, do not ingest essential oils. And always talk to your doctor about health concerns, especially if they represent sudden changes in your well-being.

Is Flaxseed Good For Your Skin?

YES!!! Flaxseed is a plant-based food composed mainly of omega-3 fatty acids, a nutrient that is known for providing a multitude of health benefits..including skin care.

Flaxseed is known for being very high in the anti-inflammatory index. This means that skin irritation, tissue inflammation and redness may be minimized. In addition, skin rashes may be reduced. Chronic conditions such as rosacea, acne, dermatitis and psoriasis may be lessened. Omega-3 fatty acids are known for increasing the speed at which skin wounds heal.

The essential fatty acids found in flaxseeds help keep your skin hydrated and smooth in appearance. Flaxseed is also known for increasing your body's natural oil production. The fatty acids are necessary for keeping your skin soft. 

Is Sodium Bicarbnate/Baking Soda a good exfoliant as part of your skin care?

Let's put this age old question finally to rest. The skin is the largest organ of the human body and it renews itself on a regular basis. As old skin cells die and flake off, new ones grow to replace them.

Exfoliation simply helps this process along; by removing the dead cells from the surface of the skin it helps the new, healthy ones appear at the surface. A good exfoliant has to be effective enough to remove the old cells but not so harsh that it damages the newer growth underneath.

Although there are many different exfoliants on the market they fall into two broad categories:

  • Chemical exfoliants such as Alpha Hydroxy Acid that work by burning away the top layers of skin.
  • Physical exfoliants (like brushes or scrubs) that are designed to remove the skin cells from the top layer by physically scraping them off.

Baking soda falls under the category of physical exfoliants. It works by physically removing the top layer through the abrasive action of the particles within the baking soda mix. What makes it especially effective is that it is a fine, yet hard powder, making it highly effective at removing the dead skin cells without causing excessive irritation.

How To Use Baking Soda for Your Skin:

Baking soda is so versatile that you can use it as either a daily cleanser, as an exfoliator or even as a face mask.

Although many people swear by the use of baking soda for skin care on their faces and claim that using it makes their skin look younger, there are also other people who report that they have suffered side effects from this popular home remedy. Before using baking soda for your skin, please make sure to talk to your dermatologist. 

Baking Soda Face Wash

Baking soda can be used as a facial cleanser to remove dead skin cells, oil or dirt from the skin. This helps to unclog pores and prevent skin conditions such as acne.

To make a baking soda face wash simply take some non-gmo baking soda and place it in the palm of your hand. Add lukewarm water and mix to form a paste. Generally a ratio of two parts baking soda to one part water works best but experiment to find a consistency that works for you.

Dampen your face with lukewarm water and then gently, using your fingertips apply the baking soda paste all over your face before rinsing thoroughly with lukewarm water and then patting dry.

 

 

Why is oatmeal good for your skin?

Oatmeal is one of the best natural treatments for all skin types. Plain USDA Certified Organic Rolled Oats, can be used to make a gentle and very effective natural skin cleanser, exfoliant and soothing facial mask.

An excellent multi-purpose skin care treatment, oatmeal helps to relieve dryness, restoring natural moisture balance to aid in healing minor irritations due to the many causes and sources of skin sensitivities.

Minor irritations can be caused by your skin being sensitive to the ingredients in skin care products, exposure to chemicals found in household cleaning supplies or excessive scrubbing. Cleansing the face with oatmeal can help to soothe those irritations. 

Oatmeal Facial Cleanser & Scrub: Pour a small amount of ground USDA Certified Organic oatmeal into the palm of your hand. Add a little distilled water (tap water is ok too) to make a paste. Massage onto face and neck for :30 seconds. Rinse with warm distilled water (tap water is ok too). Follow up with a toner and moisturizer. 


 

Memorial Day Celebrations & Organic and All Natural Skin Care!

Memorial Day 2016 will be celebrated on Monday, May 30th. Festivities usually equal picnics, parades and other warm weather activities. To get your skin ready for these outdoor events, you need products that protect and rejuvenate the complexion. 

Before you expose your complexion to the sun during Memorial Day celebrations, apply a sunscreen to defend against burns and signs of aging. 

One of the best parts about spring and summer skin care is the lightweight, sheer formulas that are a breeze to apply. Blu Skin Care's USDA Certified "Organic Whipped Coconut-Green Tea Moisturizer" contains coconut oil which contain properties that may help protect the skin from sun damage. The product is hydrating. When you use this lightweight moisturizer, you won’t have to worry about your makeup running and smudging in the warm weather.  

After a long winter, your complexion needs a pick-me-up to create a youthful and healthy appearance. Use products with plenty of vitamin C. This helps fade signs of aging, creates a more even tone and improves collagen production. 

One of the tell-tale signs of too much sun exposure is dark spots. To fade this damage and create a healthy complexion that is perfect for spring and summer, use Blu Skin Care's USDA Certified Organic "Oat-Flax Facial Cleanser".  This product contains oatmeal and flaxseed which are known to reduce pigment and inflammation to fade dark spots and sun damage for flawless summer skin. 

Which products are essential for your Memorial Day weekend? 

Summer is right around the corner. Are you ready?

For most of us, Summer-time usually means sun, shorts, sandals and bathing suits. But with beach hair and shorter hemlines comes the dangers of a higher risk of skin cancer and the aging process. Sun exposure is essentially, subjecting yourself to sun damage – but in the same note, avoiding the outdoors altogether is both impractical and nearly impossible. Taking preventative measures is crucial in keeping your skin in tip-top condition for the ultimate skin-baring season.

Understanding the Dangers of Overexposure 

Sun exposure isn’t necessarily bad – it is a key source of Vitamin D. As with all good things, however, keep exposure in moderation. The ideal maximum is 20 minutes before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m. Anything over is considered overexposure, and any exposure during midday – when the sun is at its harshest – should be limited (if not altogether avoided). Sun rays at this time of day are 10% UVB and 90% UVA: a combination that can cause melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. 

UVA vs. UVB Rays: What’s the difference? 

Rays used to be nondescript and UV protection was generalized. More recent and in depth research has shown that there are two kinds of UV rays: - UVA and UVB – rendering standard sunscreens inadequate. Do look for sun blocks that offer protection from both types. 

UVA Rays 

On average, most people have already been exposed to large amounts of UVA rays throughout their lifetimes. Though less intense than UVB rays, UVA rays are 30–50 times more prevalent and are present during all hours of daylight – even on the cloudiest of days – making it necessary to incorporate SPF protection into your everyday routine. 

Wrinkles and sunspots are largely caused by these rays. Able to penetrate glass and deep into the skin, these rays speed up the aging process and contribute to – if not initiate – the development of skin cancers below the surface. 

UVB Rays 

UVB rays cause sun burns and reddening. While UVA rays penetrate beyond the superficial layers, UVB rays damage the skin’s surface layers. Its intensity differs by time of day, locale, forecast, and season, but still holds potential in causing sun damage. These are the rays responsible for change in darkness of skin pigmentation, age spots, and the more common tumors that may ultimately evolve into cancer

Sun Damage and Aging 

Signs associated with aging - wrinkles, freckles, skin thinning, sunspots (also known as age spots), uneven pigmentation – are the aftermath of sun damage. Ninety-percent of wrinkles are caused by the sun, and while intentional overexposure (tanning, sunbathing) is incredibly harmful, two-thirds of all sun damage is surprisingly incidental (walking the dog, jogging or driving). 

With that being said sunscreen is not limited to the poolside or beach – it should be applied on a daily basis. Opt for moisturizers and body lotions with SPF, and if possible, always choose a higher SPF for your face. Don’t forget your hands especially when driving. Hands are an instant giveaway to your true age, so invest in a hand cream that offers SPF protection. 

Summer Skin Tips 

In addition to following these tips, dress to protect. Lightweight, cotton cover-ups along with a cap or broad-brimmed hat will act as shields from harmful UV rays. 

Apply sunscreen religiously. It’s a surefire way of protecting your skin. Always apply sunscreen 20 minutes prior to allow time for the product to absorb into the skin; re-apply every few hours or as needed. Look for sunscreens that offer protection for both UVA and UVB rays – keep in mind that a high SPF number is no longer enough.

  • Wash morning and night with a usda certified organic facial wash. 
  • Moisturize with SPF. Applying moisturizer with SPF is essential regardless of the season. With the onset of warmer weather, however, consider switching your current moisturizer for another with higher SPF and lighter formulation to prevent sun spots, freckles, and early signs of aging.
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  • Don’t skimp on eye creams and lip protection. Sun exposure will gradually thin skin and cause wrinkles. Protect the delicate areas of your face with appropriate creams and balms. Continue to use an eye cream, but if your usual cream feels too heavy for summer, replace your current product with a lighter formulation or use only at night. Apply and liberally re-apply a lip balm with SPF.
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  • Protect your hands and feet too. Your neck, chest, and hands are an instant giveaway to your true age. After moisturizing your face  bring it down to your neck as well. Be sure to apply sunscreen to your chest area as it is one of the areas of your body more susceptible to sunburn. Invest in a hand cream that offers SPF protection, and apply it at least 20 minutes before driving – keep in mind that two-thirds of all sun damage is purely incidental. 
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  • Also, with summer comes open-toed shoes and sandals, so be sure to exfoliate, moisturize, and protect exposed feet as well. Take into account that sunscreen will rub off faster than it would from the rest of your body from rubbing against the straps of your shoes and abrasive sand. Thus, it is recommended to re-apply more frequently to prevent burnt feet. 
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  • Boost your block with antioxidants. Skincare products containing antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and green tea can help reverse sun damage.
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  • Keep hydrated. Drink water throughout the day. If you’re on the go, try bringing a bottle and a container of fresh fruit on the go to prevent dehydration and heat stroke.
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  • Exfoliate. Exfoliate according to your skin type.

Cellulite! UGH!

I don't know about you, but I did everything imaginable to try and get rid of those tiny little dimples on my thighs. No matter how skinny I got, they never really went away. I'm so glad that I educated myself and now can exhale. lol There are a lot of nasty rumors out there claiming that you can get rid of cellulite. LIES, LIES all LIES! As I perused through the internet, I ran across this tid bit of information:

Reality: “No cellulite fix is permanent,” says Howard Sobel, a dermatologist in New York City. Some treatments might minimize the look of cellulite, such as creams that contain aminophylline (which helps break down fat cells) and massaging devices that iron out fat cells somewhat so that they don’t appear as pronounced. But these remedies last, at best, a few months. “Even liposuction, which removes excess deep-fat deposits, doesn’t necessarily improve the surface of the skin to the degree where the dimpled effect is invisible,” says Sobel. There is, however, a ray of hope: Cellulaze, a laser treatment that cuts the little vertical bands under the skin that are attributed to the dimpling effect and smooths them out. The treatment recently received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating cellulite long-term, says Barry DiBernardo, a plastic surgeon in Montclair, New Jersey, and the lead clinical investigator of the FDA trials of Cellulaze. But it doesn’t come cheap. The cost can run from $3,000 to $8,000 for the one session that you’ll need. 

Hum, I don't think it's worth it. Ha! I think I'll just stick with the few dimples that I have. LOL As long as I stick to a nutritious diet, organic and all natural skin care, exercise, get plenty of rest and stay prayed up...I'll be just fine! 

 

Z

 

Rituals For Maintaining Perfect Skin using Organic and All Natural Skin Care!

Getting perfect skin isn't hard. You just have to take care of yourself. Remember to stick with USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC OR NATURAL SKIN CARE/PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS to receive maximum results.


1. Get enough sleep

Staying up until the wee hours of the morning will results in a tired and worn out look for the skin. In addition to dark circles under your eyes, you’ll also notice that your skin breaks out more.

Make sure you're getting a minimum of  8 hours of sleep EVERY night. If possible make sure you are sleeping during the hours of 10pm-6am, because according to doctors, you'll get the most healing effect. Going to bed early and waking up early is one of the best ways to see a noticeable improvement in your skin.

2. Work-Out

Getting daily exercise to the point of sweating is good for a number of reasons, and of particular interest is how it benefits the skin. Unfortunately for many of us exercise has become something that we do only sporadically, or perhaps not at all.

The skin is the largest organ of the body, and it is capable of absorbing and storing toxins that can make your skin look tired and ragged. A daily sweat helps to release these toxins and gives your skin a new and improved look. Not only that but you’ll just feel better and have more energy as long as you don’t work yourself too much. Your workout should be just enough to get you sweating while still leaving something in the tank to finish the rest of your day. 

By exercising every day you’re oxygenating the blood and improving blood flow throughout the entire body, which improves the shape of skin cells and helps them function at their best.

3. Use an Organic or All-Natural Cleanser

Keeping your skin clean is essential, but if you’re using a cleanser that is made up mostly of chemicals you’re doing your skin a disservice. Consider that most cleansers will use different acids and other chemicals in an attempt to “clean” your skin and instead end up causing breakouts and damaging your skin in the process.

While cleanser shopping, look for products that contain organic ingredients, and make sure you recognize and can pronounce any other ingredients that aren’t organic. Also consider the soap that you’re using for the rest of your body, and make sure that it does not contain ingredients you wouldn’t want on your body, because that’s where they end up.

Getting your skin clean is paramount to perfect skin, and using an organic or all-natural cleanser means you’re getting rid of the problem without causing another one.

4. Use an Organic or All-Natural Toner

A toner helps to soothe your skin and therefore you wouldn’t want to use a store bought toner that is not made with organic or natural ingredients. Go with one that is made with natural fruit and vegetable extracts that will nourish your skin instead of wearing it out.

Avoid toners with harsh chemicals in them that are meant to be used as an astringent. Often they will leave behind redness or dry out your skin, working against you and causing you to use other products to try to cover up the redness or handle the dryness.

A toner provides the essential go-between for a cleanser and a moisturizer, and can be the key to flawless looking skin if you use the right kind. Don’t be afraid of using a good quality toner, even if you’ve been scared off by low-grade toners.

5. Use an All-Natural Moisturizer

If you’ve gone moisturizer shopping you’re probably aware that a vast majority of moisturizers have a lot of ingredients in them that you can’t pronounce. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it’s most assuredly a chemical, and doesn’t belong on your face.

Remember, your moisturizer should pamper your skin, so look for ingredients that have a calming and moisturizing effect. Each ingredient should serve a purpose and even better should be something that you could eat. The skin is very absorbent, so when you’re rubbing moisturizer all over your body you don’t want that moisturizer to contain things that are harmful to you.

Depending on the type of moisturizer it will either add moisture to your skin, help protect the moisture that’s already there, or both. When the skin is properly moisturized it looks its best and has that special glow to it that you’re after.

6. Drink Enough Water

Being in a dehydrated state is a surefire way to limit how good your skin can look and feel. Aside from making you more energetic and helping your entire body feel better, staying hydrated will provide your skin with the moisture it needs to look and feel its best.

While there’s some debate over how much water you should drink each day to stay hydrated, the best calculation we’ve seen is to take your body weight, divide it in half and drink that number of ounces of water each day. As an added bonus, when you drink more water you help get rid of excess water weight, which will give you a slimmer look and make you feel better all over.

Keeping your body hydrated helps to keep skin supple and smooth. Dry body, dry skin, so be sure that you’re getting your recommended daily water. If you’ve been dehydrated for a long time, increase your water intake gradually to give your body time to adjust to the changes.

7. Use a Face Mask

Don’t save face masks for a once-a-week thing, they should be used daily because your skin has different needs each day and masks can address them.

The best way to treat your skin using a mask is to have a list of face masks to choose from so you’ll be ready for anything. These one-ingredient face masks use all-natural ingredients that you can eat, but that provide plenty of benefits to your skin. Pick the one that goes with the problem you’re experiencing with your skin and you’ll notice a difference overnight.

There are different masks you can make depending on what you skin needs that day. There are hydrating masks, masks that can lessen redness, and others that can help even skin tone. Use them each day so that you’re always giving your skin what it needs.

Skills I Learned From Corporate America!

 

I worked as an account executive for 7 years in corporate america before starting Blu Skin Care, LLC. Blu manufactures and distributes usda certified organic skin care products. Some of the most valuable lessons that I learned were “getting the job done”, “getting past the gate-keeper” and “selling myself”.  In corporate america, there were no excuses as to why a project wasn’t completed. You were penalized, end of story! The same rings true in self-employment. If you aren’t focused and tenacious enough to get things done, nobody else will..ultimately being penalized.  The years of experience working inside of a really big company has been invaluable in helping me get past the “gate-keeper”. Corporate america is known for spending countless hours on training to help employees master the skill of "cold-calling” which ultimately will get you past the "gate-keeper."  Finally, "selling yourself" is a must. As anyone in a start-up can attest to, is that you have to sell yourself before getting to the next step. People do business with people they like. 

What are you buying for Mother's Day? Organic Skin Care Products...maybe?

What do you give to the mother who already has it all? Extra pampering of course. This mother’s day, I think women would like something a little bit more personal and luxurious than the traditional card and candy. I think the absolute best gifts would be any one of my skin care products because they are all USDA certified organic. The seven that any woman, especially mother’s who want to be pampered would love are organic “Oat-Flax Facial Cleanser”, “Organic Honey-Face Mask” , “Organic Lemon-E Toner (Normal or Oily, Combination & Acne Prone Skin), “Organic Whipped Coconut-Green Tea Moisturizer” and the "Organic Almond-Eye Makeup Remover. These gifts are a must have for any mother because who doesn’t want to be pampered? Our products are the finest on the market because they are cruelty-free, made with no parabens, artificial flavors or colors and are non gmo verified.  Our “Oat-Flax Facial Cleanser is the only American-made usda certified organic powdered facial cleanser on the market. 

USDA certified organic "Oat-Flax Facial Cleanser" $25

USDA certified "Organic Lemon-E Toner (Normal or Oily, Combination & Acne Prone Skin)" $40

USDA certified "Organic Honey Face Mask" $45

USDA certified "Organic Whipped Coconut-Green Tea Moisturizer" $55

USDA certified "Organic Almond-Eye Makeup Remover" $25

USDA certified "Organic Jojo-Eye Serum"  $130

 

Black Men, Shaving, Organic Skin Care & Hair Cuts!

"What are ingrown hairs?”

Ingrown hairs can be a major problem for black skin types. This is where stubble grows back in on itself after shaving to form small and many times painful "razor bumps”. This can occur in any skin type but is especially common in black skin because of the naturally curly nature of the hair. The easiest way to prevent ingrown hairs is to use an exfoliating face scrub before shaving. The scrub clears away the dead skin cells and debris that interferes with growth. Also, always shave in the direction of hair growth rather than against the grain. This can cause the hairs to become trapped below the skin's surface, resulting in ingrown hairs. If possible, purchase a face scrub that’s organic. I recommend Blu Skin Care’s USDA certified organic "Oat-Flax Facial Cleanser" ($25). It’s an exfoliant but it’s gentle enough to use twice a day. It’s made with oatmeal and flaxseed that does an all-star job of sopping up oil and dirt from the skin. 

"DON'T FORGET TO USE A MOISTURIZER AND SUNSCREEN" 

There’s a misconception that black people don’t need moisturizer or sun protection. Although, dark skin tones contain more melanin, which has a small amount of natural protection, sunscreen is still needed. 

On days when you’re likely to be exposed to the sun for an extended period of time, make sure you use a moisturizer with a minimum SPF-15 sunscreen, A great product is Blu Skin Care’s USDA certified “Organic Whipped Coconut-Green Tea Moisturizer.” It contains coconut oil which is a natural sun protector and moisturizer at the same time.

"Shaving Tips"

  • Applying an all-natural shaving lotion after shaving will reduce the appearance of redness.
  • Be sure to always use a clean blade when shaving with a razor. This can be best achieved by only using new blades and discarding ones that have been previously used three or more times.
  • If you use an electric razor, replace the rotary blades or foil after a few months. Of course if you're required to shave daily, you may have to replace them sooner. 
  • While shaving with a handheld razor, always shave in the direction of hair growth. Most hair on men's faces, slant downward, so be sure to shave in that direction. This is also important around the neck areas since shaving against the grain is one of the main causes of pointy, sharp hairs that can burrow back into the skin.
  • Don't stretch your skin while shaving. Pulling your cheeks, chin or neck while shaving in order to get a closer shave, can cause darkness and discoloration of underlying skin tissue. This is especially true for light and fair-skinned Black men who have dark, coarse hair.
  • Watch what you eat. A lot of skin irritations may subside if certain foods are avoided. Fatty foods, foods containing oils, cholesterol and sodium, can make your skin more susceptible to damage while shaving.

"How to use aftershave lotion”

Squeeze or spray a small amount of aftershave into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together and apply the aftershave to the shaved area, including your neck. Use only a small dime-sized amount to avoid a harsh “cologne" scent.

"How are you cutting your hair?"

Which haircut is right for your skin? At the end of the day it’s all about swag and doing what you love and not what some magazine says. Personality and overall style is something the best hairstylist can’t help you with. Hair grows back. It’s all about having fun with looks and fashion.