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Riddle: The More You Use It, The More You Need It. What Is It?

March 25, 2014

It could be a lot of things, but my guess is makeup. Foundation, mineral powder, concealer...all designed to cover up various skin issues and conditions, but is it a vicious cycle? Does the very use of makeup create a dependency? I was lucky because my mother never wore makeup, so I just grew up not thinking about it or wanting to use it. It’s possible that it ended up being a really good thing for my skin. 

I was very inspired by the question: “Is makeup at the root of some of our skin ailments?” There are differing views on this and it’s been widely debated. I personally believe that wearing makeup on a daily basis is a problem and so one of the goals for the D.E. line was to enable people to go without and let their skin breathe and heal.  So, what exactly does it take to restore skin health? I researched until I came up with a list of things I think we must have in our daily routine. Here is my list:

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Here's Something You Need In Your Life: Dry Skin Brushing

March 12, 2014

I had heard of it many times, but I just couldn't see myself taking the time to do something like that every day. It wasn't until my husband gave me a gift certificate for a massage on my birthday that I finally decided to go for it and buy a dry brush while I was there.  The lady who sold it to me said it would take care of everything from exfoliation to cellulite reduction.  Sounded a little too great to be true, so I went home and did some research and as it turns out, dry brushing is really, really great for many things.  Our skin, the largest organ, is responsible for 10-15% of body elimination, so dry brushing gives your kidneys and liver a break by helping the skin regenerate more efficiently.  It helps to smooth and tone your skin, rid your body of dead skin cells and boost circulation.  In addition, it has a cleansing effect on the lymphatic system, which is an important filtration system that helps eliminate toxins from your body.  And, finally, it truly does help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.  I know...

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What I'm loving now: DIY Drunk Elephant Home Facial...just in time for New Year's Eve!

December 28, 2013

Happy almost 2014!  I've been messing around in the kitchen again and wanted to share a wonderful, quick facial that you can whip up before your next party.  I'm personally not big on professional facials.  They are expensive and they cause me to break out every single time.  I don't love that a bunch of irritating ingredients are being used either.  I know the whole point of a facial is to feel pampered and relaxed, so automatically you know that essential oils and perfumes are playing a big role in that experience.  So, I do it myself in the comfort of my own home.  I think you'll agree it's a convenient way to give yourself a boost and a great glow.  Here you go:

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Your skin's morning wake-up call: the The JuJu Bar

October 17, 2013

 

There's a lot happening with your skin at night, and sleep enables the body to reverse everyday free radical damage through cellular renewal. While cells repair and rebuild throughout the night, the majority of cell turnover and regeneration occurs during REM sleep.  So, that makes deep sleep a critical component in the quest for healthy looking skin.  T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, applied before you hit the sack, will help get the dead skin cells nice and loose and ready to come off.   In the morning when you wake, the JuJu Bar will be there, ready and waiting, to help gently remove those dead cells that have loosened in the night.  Those dead skin cells, by the way, if allowed to stay and build up, can lead to dry patches, blackheads and acne, which nobody wants.

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Chemical vs. Physical Exfoliation. Are they both necessary?

September 14, 2013

The short answer is yes.  We do need to both chemically and physically exfoliate our skin.  Chemical exfoliants dissolve keratin protein or the "glue" that holds the dead skin cells together and work best at night while the skin is regenerating itself.

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Glycolic T.L.C. Framboos™...a dreamy product come true!

August 28, 2013

 

 

This could be my favorite child.  I don't know, maybe because it's the "baby", the last to be formulated, the last piece of the puzzle.  Whatever it is, it came out exactly as I had hoped.

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