the clean eating, clear skin diet

Clear skin.  Many of us thought those annoying bumps, blackheads, and acne would be long gone by time we hit our mid-twenties. Well, someone lied to us.  And all those times the dermatologist told us eating an entire plate of cheese fries isn't causing those breakouts... well that too was a lie.

Clear skin can be linked directly our diet. In fact, our bodies are a direct product of what we put in them... you are what you eat. Many foods in our diet can cause damaging inflammation, as a result of this our bodies show signs of wear, tear, and damage.

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apple cider vinegar toner

Recently I've been using Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar as facial toner to clear acne, reduce pore size, and fend off wrinkles. Apple cider vinegar is an anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-fungal.  It also restores skin's pH to correct levels helping to restore moisture and elasticity.

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for hair that shines

Hair not as shiny as you want it to be?  A few simple habits could be sabotaging your healthy, luscious locks.

  • Leftover Product - I am a dedicated co-washer to keep my dry, sometimes straw-like hair happy and healthy but overtime conditioners, styling products, and mineral deposits from water can build up on hair.

Fix: Mix baking soda with a little water until you develop a paste and gently scrub through hair, roots to ends. Leave in 5 minutes.  Shampoo out, condition and style as normal!

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magic uses of coconut oil

Remember in the movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” the father was convinced windex could solve all problems, bodily injuries included.  The man obviously never met coconut oil. Dry skin, dry hair, acne, oil pulling, makeup remover, the uses are endless.  Here are a few of my favorites…

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my journey to health

Recently I decided to change up my diet in a huge way.  Blessed with a fast metabolism I have the ability to eat pretty much whatever I choose and stay the same size, even if it is slowly killing me from the inside out.  When I tell someone that I’m not eating gluten, dairy, preservatives, or sugar right now they look at me like I have ten heads and then spit out some remark on how I’m already too skinny, or I better not be trying to lose weight.  Well I’m NOT.

Diet in this country revolves around weight loss.  Here have a brownie that contains 17 different chemicals and something they use to preserve dead bodies and yoga mats BUT it only has 100 calories.  Big companies call this “healthy” food.  FALSE. Real food comes from earth, it’s grown without chemicals, and has no genetically modified components.

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summer skin secrets

Breakouts, sunburns, and red skin can make you look like you vacationed on the surface of the sun as opposed to spending a relaxing weekend at the beach.  Thanks to Allure magazine and some top doctors I have compiled some tips and tricks to help us look like the summer makes us feel.

Trouble #1: Oiliness- Use a peel.  An in office or over the counter peel can help clear dulling skin skin by removing dead skin cells and draw excess oil out of your pores. Also, try a sulfur mask or cleanser.  Sulfur ingredients help absorb excess oil.

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sunscreen secrets

 Sunscreen in the past has gotten a bad rep for its sticky texture, inability to absorb, and less than pleasant smell but with the proper products and application techniques we can enjoy the benefits of sun protection without dragging down our beauty routine.

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the great skin diet

Good diet, great skin.  To achieve beautiful flawless screen you must take care of your skin both inside and out.  Sometimes harder than it seems when our world is full of donuts, sugary cocktails, and processed foods, but the results are almost immediately noticeable and most definitely worth it.  Here is my own take and recommendations on "The Clear Skin Diet" and clean eating.

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product review: GlamGlow mud mask

Heard a lot about GlamGlow mud mask lately?  If you've heard it's one of the greatest skin care products I've used thus far then you're right.  I was skeptical upon purchase because $69 for a face mask can give one a little sticker shock.  I decided to review GlamGlow on my blog for all the skeptics out there.

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the people you meet on planes... life lessons from strangers

I must preface this by saying that I spend a greater than normal amount of time above 10,000 feet. It goes without saying that after spending half of your child's college fund to purchase a plane ticket that either doesn't leave at the time you wanted or you end up having seven connections then having to grit your teeth and bear it through the few hours of torture you're bound to endure until you make it to your final destination, you're most likely a wee bit aggravated.

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