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The Perfect Arch

The Perfect Arch

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DIY Pumpkin-Honey Treatment


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Pumpkin Facial To Glowing Skin?

This blog is for you Winter, thanks infinity for your love and ongoing support =)

Lacking radiance while being short on time and funds? You stopped by the Right Blog!  How about a DIY Pumpkin-Honey Facial to perk up your complexion, while getting rid of unnecessary toxins? Did you know that pumpkins contain special enzymes making them excellent mask ingredient for all skin types? A few facts about  pumpkins: they’re high in Vitamin A (skin healing), C (anti-oxidant) and Zinc, which soothes, moisturizes and act as a carriers, all while  assisting other ingredients move deeper into the epidermis, while intensifying the desired end results.

Ingredients: 

  • Medium mixing bowl;
  • Facial brush;
  • Puree, cooked fresh or canned pumpkin;
  • Plain yogurt;
  • Raw honey;
  • Finely ground almonds;
  • Extra virgin olive oil.

Follow the 12 Steps:

  1. Once you gather all ingredients, let the transformation begin!
  2. Begin by mixing 2 1/2 cups of puree, or canned pumpkin.
  3. Add 4 1/2 tablespoons plain yogurt,
  4. 4 1/2 tablespoons honey,
  5. 1 and 1/4 cup ground almonds,
  6. 3/4 teaspoon olive oil.
  7. Mix well until all ingredients form a paste,
  8. Apply to clean skin, be sure the face is not fully dry, the enzymes will  activate and adhere to moist skin,
  9. Relax in your tub for 7 -12 minutes, if tub is not an option, then run the shower as hot as you can until the bathroom is steamy,
  10. Be sure to remove the mask with a wet, warmed face-towel,
  11. Once the mask is off, use an alcohol-free toner, which will re-balance the skin’s ph levels,
  12. One time a week for sensitive skin, 2 times a week for combination skin, and 3 times weekly for oily skin.

WOuld you like to be featured on A Blissful Skin? Why not gain some online exposure? If you have a skincare recipe you’d like to share with us and want it published, feel free to email it directly to ablissfuskin@gmail.com, remember to include you name and number (if you want), so you can receive proper credit =)

Thank you for reading, as always, please “Pass the Blog”!

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Think Clear Skin Before You Buy

Clear, Blissful Skin with Amazing Products!

My good friend Christian Rivera, who happens to wear the most awesome shoes ever, asked A Blissful Skin for product advice. Wow, what an honor! You see, Christian works with the public, therefore, clear complexion is a must! he’s knowledgeable, professional, and funny! Also, he happens to be one of my favorite Realtors in the Las Vegas, Henderson, Nevada area. He truly goes the extra mile by efficiently answering all questions/inquiries. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home, give him a call 702-553-7796 or contact him via email christian@gonzalesteam.com

B. Kamins Chemist – Botanical Face Cleanser $34.00

Having a cleanser to clarify and refine your skin is extremely important to have by you at all times. Don’t own one? Botanical Face Cleanser from B. Kamins Chemist is a unique non-irritating cleanser that will have your skin glowing. This product quickly removes dirt, oil, and traces of environmental debris. Formulated with the unique Bio-Maple compound technology, your skin will be thanking you for its new moisturized, protected, and conditioned skin. Don’t hesitate to try this product, we promise you will not regret it!

  • Get rid of excess sebum;
  • Reduce breakouts;
  • Leaves your skin clean, soft, and beautifully refreshed.

 B. Kamins Chemist Botanical Face Cleanser

Dermalogica – Multi-Active Toner  $34.00

The Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner is ideal when skin is in need of hydration, or calling out for an added boost at anytime of the day! This toner is a refreshing blend of skin repairing Aloe Vera and moisture binding Sodium PCA. The natural Antiseptic of Lavender Extracts, Balm Mint, Cucumber and Arnica will sooth, freshen, condition and purify the skin. The moisture binding proteins work as humectants which will allow more effective moisture absorption.

  • Soothes and purifies the skin
  • Conditions skin
  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Fragrance-free

Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner

Skin will look and feel re-hydrated, re-energized and re-freshened. This Multi-Active Toner can be used after cleansing to prep skin for proper moisture absorption. Since your skin deserves the good stuff, this Dermalogica product contains no artificial fragrances or color.

Acne Complex Kit $60.00  (a $105.00 value)

Acne Complex is a maximum strength regimen that delivers rapid results without dryness or irritation. Murad Acne products are both effective and gentle because they are formulated with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients and enriched with hydrators, anti- inflammatory and antioxidants according to Dr. Murad’s recipe for skin health. 92% of users experienced a reduction in acne breakouts in just 3 days*.

  • Clinically proven to rapidly clear breakouts;
  • Restores smooth skin;
  • Clears breakouts without dryness or irritation.

Murad Acne Complex Kit

Cleanse | Tone
Clarifying Cleanser, 4.5 FL. OZ.
Prevent breakouts with this maximum strength cleansing gel. Antibacterial agents eliminate 99.9% of irritating surface bacteria while Salicylic Acid heals blemishes and prevents future breakouts.

Treat | Repair
Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel, 2.0 FL. OZ.
Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel’s patented Hydrogen Peroxide delivery system enables Retinol, Glycolic and Salicylic Acids to penetrate deeply for maximum effectiveness. Cell turnover is stimulated, breakouts are controlled, pore-clogging impurities are eliminated and clarity is restored. Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel is clinically proven to reduce acne in 92% of users in just 3 days when used in combination with the Acne Complex regimen.

Hydrate | Protect
Skin Perfecting Lotion, 1.7 FL. OZ.
This oil-free moisturizer provides ultra-light hydration while minimizing pores and refining texture.Queen of Meadow and Algae Extract penetrate to clear pores and balance oil production. Retinol encourages healthy cell turn-over while Arnica soothes irritation.

Free Gift!
Acne Spot Treatment (0.5 FL. OZ.) is yours to keep just for trying the Acne Complex regimen.

Thank you for stopping by, please “Pass the Blog”.

© Anna L., A Blissful Skin, and My Savvy Rules 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

The Key to Youthful Skincare

Products, products, and more products ….

Have you found your niche product? What are the must have products of your choice? Did you know that choosing the wrong items can emphasize the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and crows feet around the eye area? Instead of “experimenting” at the expense of your beautiful complexion, why not learn what Skin Type you are  before selecting a skin care line.

Today, I’d like to introduce your path to a youthful, beautiful, and supple complexion via Murad!

Know Your Skin Type

OILY – Shiny skin, enlarged pores, prone to blackheads and blemishes, some tightness.

COMBINATION/ NORMAL – Medium pores, smooth and even texture, good circulation, healthy color, may tend toward dryness on the cheeks, may be oily in T-Zone.

SENSITIVE – Thin delicate, fine pores. Flushes easily, prone to broken capillaries, frequently allergic, can be rashy.

DRY – Feels tight, especially after cleansing; fine wrinkles, flaking, red patches. In woman of color, appears ashy or dull from dead skin buildup.

AGING OR SUN-DAMAGED – Feels tight, visible wrinkles, slack skin tone especially around cheeks and jawline, leathery texture, broken capillaries.

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Do You Know The 3 Benefits of Coffee?

Coffee with Benefits?

Hi there! It’s been a few weeks since my last post, my apologies to all of you, I’ll be sure to update this site more often.

A BIG “Thank You” to each one of you! Your feedback has been overwhelming, either by commenting, visiting, or referring friends and family to this site, without you my readers, A Blissful Skin would not exist =) I appreciate all of you sooooo much!!!!

Let’s get back on topic here! Coffee, yes, good old coffee! I can’t live without it, I must have my morning cup, and my favorite one is Starbucks of course! Budgeting is my daily routine, a trip to my local Starbucks is not part of it, so how do I manage? Simple, I buy the pre-measured packets, my favorite flavor? Mocha of course! =)

With a busy work, travel, and family schedule, making a trip to my local grocery stores is a nuisance …. I love online shopping, this is why I write blogs about products I use and believe in, making them accessible for you and me! Please remember to CLICK on the product images for ordering details.

Now that I’ve shared my favorite coffee with you, let’s carry on to the health, skin, and cardiovascular benefits of this amazing, natural source!

Starbucks $6.95

1. Mood Therapy

Are you feeling down? Depressed? Need a Uplifting Mood alternative? Have a cup of coffee! Studies across the globe show that coffee contains a compound called trigonelline which promotes neurite outgrowth in neurons, meaning this is a very beneficial compound which helps and rescues damaged neuronal networks, giving coffee the power to positively improve brain health, by uplifting your mood! Let’s brew a delicious cup now!

Starbucks Classic Pour-Over Brewer $9.95

2. Blood Circulation

Coffee bean facials and body scrubs??? What and why? The answer is simple, coffee beans exfoliate the skin by increasing circulation to the  cardiovascular system, and it doesn’t stop there, caffeine also  firms and reduces the appearance of cellulite! If you ask me, it’s a win-win for anti-aging and body treatments! Let’s make it a coffee-spa-day!

Bliss ‘thigh-namic’ duo $51.00
SKU :BLISS-SET101

3. At Home Skin Treatment

We all need some skin texture enhancement tips, well, coffee is another remedy with long-lasting results. Products containing caffeine may also have an effect on wrinkles because it constricts the blood vessels, you may  begin to notice a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and a tauter overall appearance, why not make your very own mask? See below and enjoy! =)

Home-Mask / Body-Scrub:

    • 5 Tbsp. finely ground espresso or coffee beans
    • 5 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 9 Tbsp. plain yogurt, soy almond milk. Use less dairy if you like a thicker paste. Substitutions are allowed: Try an egg instead of dairy if you are an egg mask lover, or substitute oils, such as olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil or almond oil if you have dehydrated skin. If you choose oils, using oils, half the amount or it will be too runny.
    • 3 Tbsp. honey (for dry-dehydrated skin), or lemon juice (for combination, oily, and problematic skin)
    • Apply the freshly made product to your clean face and neck, (you may apply it all of the body as well, just double the dosage)
    • Leave on for 10 – 15 minutes
    • Wet a small towel and gently apply  to your face in order to soften and loosen the mask, then rinse with warm water.
    • Additional uncontaminated product can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for several days.
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Explore The Top 3 Exfoliants

Top Benefits of Exfoliant Products

Aestheticians are key professionals in the Skincare industry; their vast experience, combined with ongoing education, will provide patients like you and I, the best and most effective products the market has to offer in order to achieve a radiant, beautiful complexion. According to Dermascope – “In our struggling economy, we all work hard to make the best choices when choosing which products to use so as to maximize results while minimizing costs in the treatment room. We also have to carefully consider these factors when recommending to our clientele what they should use for their home care regimen to complement the treatments we provide.”

Why exfoliate? 

Is your complexion a target to minor breakouts? Well, using a good exfoliant product will balance your skin ph levels by controlling sebum production while treating and normalizing clogged skin with blackheads, white-heads, and minor acne breakouts.

Does your skin feel tight? Dehydrated? Do you have dry, scaly patches? By exfoliating, you will remove dead cells buildup, and your complexion will regain the radiant, glowing, and refreshed look again!

Exfoliants may restore radiance and a youthful appearance to the skin. Exfoliants containing natural marine extract will remove dead skin cells and impurities.

Top 3 Exfoliants

Below, I have included my preferred top 3 products. You may purchase them directly by clicking on the images.

1. Guinot Gommage Biological Peeling Radiance   $36.00

Guinot Biologique Biological Peeling Radiance Gel is formulated with Green Tea Extract, Shea Butter and natural Alpha Hydroxy Acids that will nourish and strengthen the tired skin and leave it with a new radiant complexion that will be softer and healthier if used on a regular basis.

How-to-Use:

  • Apply on cleansed face avoiding eye contours.
  • Leave on for 10 minutes to absorb excess sebum.
  • Remove by gently massaging in small circular movements to reveal fresh healthy skin cells.

2. Phytomer Gommage Marin Purifying  Exfolian  $38.00

This exfoliant with natural marine extracts restores the skin’s radiance and tone. Its exfoliating particles deeply cleanse the epidermis, eliminating dead cells and impurities.

How to use:

  •  Exfoliant can be used once or twice a week.
  • Apply a thin layer on clean and dry skin.
  • Leave it on for 2-3 minutes before remove by using a circular motion over the skin.
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

 

3. Cosmedix  Defy Exfoliating Treatment  $74.00 

Formulated with three chirally correct AHAs. Invigorates and regenerates maturing skin. Restores youthful looking skin. Safe and efficacious for all skin types. Recommended for damaged dehydrated and asphyxiated skin

How to use:

  • Apply a small amount to clean dry skin at night.
  • This product may help smooth visible bumpy areas and help manage blotchy skin.
  • Sensitive enough for every night use.
  • A pacifying all-natural exfoliator.
  • Apply a small amount to clean, dry skin.
  • May mix with Refine if prepping sensitive skin for a peel.

Thank you for reading and as always “Please Pass the Blog”.

© Anna L., Savvy Rules and A Blissful Skin, 2010 – 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

The Truth about AHA’s

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

Known as AHA’s, fruit acids found in citrus fruits (citric), apples (malic) and papaya (pyruvic). Other acids in the family include lactic acid (from milk), tartaric acid (from red wine), and the most exciting and therefore most widely researched, glycolic acid (from sugar cane).

Lactic acid has been used to soften the skin for centuries and resurfaced in modern cosmetic creams in the 70’s after studies showed that combined with sodium lactate, it improved the skin’s moisture-holding capacity. Tartaric acid, too, has been in used for years: French women used to apply red wine to their faces. Collectively, AHA’s have recently been in the vanguard of the new cosmeceutical movement as they are used to formulate creams which perform beyond the normally superficial cosmetic role.

The dead skin cells build-up which gave icthyosis sufferers their crocodile-skin appearance could be alleviated with a glycolic acid preparation. They showed that the acid molecule dissolved the protein bond which kept a dead skin cell attached. Not only did glycollic acid prove capable of normalizing the desquamation process but could also improve the skin’s own moisture-retaining capabilities.

Dermatologists use AHA’s in concentrations up to 70 percent to perform acid peels and prescribe 5-20 percent AHA creams. The percentage contained in cosmetic creams varies from 1-7 percent. Some over the counter pharmacy brands  contain between 5-15 percent.

Cosmetic AHA preparations can help keep the skin free of dulling and skin-pore clogging dead cells. They can make  the skin slightly brighter and improve its moisture retention. Unlike the physician-prescribed higher concentrations, they cannot produce radical improvement in the ageing complexion. Recent studies suggest that AHA’s may also act as free radical scavengers, sending messages to the dermis to increase  collagen production and increase the skin’s tolerance to retinoids.

© Anna L. A Blissful Skin, and My Savvy rules 2010 – 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

The Truth about Fillers

Beauty  ….

What is beauty? Allure, physical attractiveness, good looks, grace, or style? You tell me, enlighten me with your definition of such term. Beauty is perceived differently by all of us, making it easy for us to like different types of people. Every age has its own beauty, we need to embrace and cherish our inner and outer elegance, unfortunately we don’t. We are our own worse critic, we pick, hide, and complain about imperfections, very much unknown to the outside world; in front of the mirror we pull, tuck, and stretch our skin, hoping it will appear tighter, smoother, and perhaps plumper. Society has made coming of aging unacceptable, we look for quick fixes, from facials, peels, and fillers, we are thriving for perfection, which doesn’t exist.

Fillers

Q: Do fillers really remove years?

A: Yes, but the results are temporary.

1. Which are the most common areas fillers are used on?

  • Chin Creases
  • Uneven Brows
  • Dropping corners of the mouth
  • Muscle bands of the neck
  • Crow’s feet (outside eye-corners)
  • Marionette lines
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Lines on the bridge of the nose
  • Deep expression lines

2. Possible side effects?

Always check with your doctor prior any procedure, safety and well-being are more important than beauty.

The crow’s-feet area is a bit pesky, the skin is thinner and the muscle causing the wrinkles is quiet strong, which may cause the treatment to go wrong, by pushing the solution in different parts of the face resulting in deeper wrinkles and a possibility of uneven skin around the injected area.

3. What kind of fillers are available?

There are more than 70 different types of fillers on the market, consult with your doctor by asking questions in ensuring the best choice for you.

The most common fillers are :

  • Botox
  • Juvederm
  • Hylaform
  • Captique
  • Radiesse
  • Restylene
  • Collagen
  • Fat Fascia Dermis (your own fat, which is the best option and less expensive)
  • Liquid Silicone
  • Poly-L-Acid known as Sculptra (currently only available for HIV – patients)

Beauty is beauty, but if a treatment or two makes a person feel better about themselves, I say go for it, why not? Keep it in moderation, be healthy and happy!

Want to know more? Buy this Cosmetic Dermatology book, CLICK on image for ordering details.

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Have a Happy and safe Thanksgiving!  Thank you for reading, and as always, don’t forget to “Pass the Blog”!

© Anna L. A Blissful Skin, and My  Savvy Rules 2010 – 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

The Secret to Glowing Skin

Cleansing your way to beautiful skin

Make-up, skincare products, and free radicals have one thing in common, clogged pores. Proper skin cleansing is imperative for healthy skin and the beautiful complexion we all want. Trusted dermatologists and aestheticians recommend gentle cleansing, especially to patients suffering from ageing skin, acne, rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis, (if you suffer from any of these conditions, you know how painful it can be).

The Clarisonic Systems are  highly recommended by doctors, make-up artists, and everyone in the skincare industry; this gentle and effective cleansing system has a micro-massage action, which promotes circulation and restores your natural glow without the use of  products containing harsh chemicals.

Finally, having a brighter, more energized, and smoother complexion has never been easier, buy your Clarisonic today, this life changing gadget is magical!

The Clarisonic Benefits:

  • Removes 6X more make-up  than manual cleansing
  • Leaves skin feeling and looking smoother
  • Cleansing helps products work more effectively
  • Gentle enough to use twice a day
  • Reduces oily areas, dry skin patches and blemishes
  • Minimizes the appearance of visible pores

How to use the Clarisonic Mia Set:

  • Gently move the brush using small, circular motion;
  • Use on forehead (20 seconds);
  • Nose/chin (20 seconds);
  • Both cheeks (10 seconds each).

To order, please CLICK on the image below.

The Set Includes:

    • Clarisonic Mia in Lavender.
    • Travel-sized bestsellers in a Jurlique beauty bag:
      • Rosewater Balancing Mist, 15ml;
      • Moisture Replenishing Day Cream, 15ml;
      • Skin Brightening Essence, 5ml…and bonus samples of other products in the clinically proven regimen.

Feel free to comment, share  your questions, opinions, and/or concerns. Thank you for stopping by, as always, please “Pass the  Blog”!

© Anna L. and A Blissful Skin, 2010 – 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Anna L. and A Blissful Skin with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.