Acne Fighting Herbs & Supplements That Work



Skin issues?
This could be the end of the battle on acne for you. This combination of progesterone & phyto-estrogen rich supplements maybe just what you need to fight hormonal acne.


Researchers have explained that the main cause of most acne is an overburdened liver. The liver, with its numerous functions,  filter, detoxify, and clean our blood. It is hit hard every day by hormones, fats, caffeine, allergens, etc. When it is unable to filter these components it recycles them back into the body to be expulsed either through the digestive system or the skin.

It has been said that the skin is the window to the gut/ intestines.

Unsatisfied with my regimen that mainly treated/prevented troubled skin, I dug deeper to get to the gut of the problem and find a natural solution that would STOP acne from ever occurring. 

I hypothesized that my acne was hormonal, because I eliminated known allergens and high fatty foods from my diet a while ago. I hardly drink caffeinated drinks and only eat chocolate occasionally.

In my case, my acne occurred 7-10 days before my cycle and began to subside a few days after the last day of my menstruation.

This could only mean that my acne was simply hormonal.



Hormonal acne is typically caused by a spike in estrogen levels prior to menstruation. So, I figured that if I could balance my hormones, preventing estrogen to peak during the time of my usual PMS period I could possibly, successfully eliminate the possibility of acne all together.

So, far I have been acne free :) My skin is smooth and clear.

I focused on the balancing hormones by taking Omega 3 and 6 supplements along with papaya enzymes to dreak down these essential oils properly. The Omegas promote the production of "good" hormones, and many people are deficient in these. Then, I completely changed my skin care regimen.

I did not change my diet. I even had fried food and some chocolate on  occasion. This too proved my guess that my acne was caused by a hormonal imbalance.

Daily Skin care regimen:

1. Gentle Soap for cleansing twice a day (Earth Science/Burt's Bees Baby Bee)
2. Aloe Vera Gel as a moisturizer (Fruit of the Earth)

Supplements (Taken 7-10 days before my cycle) :

1. Liver cleansing herbs 3-6 times a day:
   Milk thistle, Artichoke, Dandelion, Turmeric (Natural Factors Milk Thistle Phytosome)
2. Barlean's Omega Swirl or Evening Primrose (3 times a day),  Flax Seed (3-5 capsules times a day). or 1 Tbsp Flax Oil daily
4. Burdock (3 times a day)
5. Super B Complex vitamin (daily suggested amount)

Alternative Supplements (pictured above):

1. Solaray Skin Blend (recommended daily intake) 
2. Vitex/ Chasteberry- take daily recommended amount but stop the week of menses and begin again the day after the last day of menses.
3. Barlean's Omegas

DRINK MORE WATER!!!
It's amazing how much more my water intake improved the overall condition of my skin. If I haven't drank enough my skin begins to look oily and blotchy.


This has worked for me, and I hope it will for you or someone you know :)

Detox Recipe: Mason Jar Salad Mix

Why Use Mason Jars? 
 
I was well overdue for a detox and to get started I wanted to keep it fresh and clean without skimping out on the essentials-carbs and protein. Also, instead of my typical salad, I thought I'd add a little pizazz to my work lunch. What better eye candy than a beautiful rainbow salad in a mason jar? For the essentials, I added natural vegan proteins incorporating legumes and grains. For the best mason jar salad, I began by filling the bottom with salad dressing, then layering according to food type: dressing, legumes, grains*, fruit/vegetables,finally greens. Keeping the wet ingredients at the bottom prevents the entire salad from becoming soggy and stays fresh longer which is a wonderful feature for meal prepping (should stay fresh 4 days before use). I hope you enjoy this salad as much as I did!

Ingredients:
1/4  cup French Salad Dressing
1/4 cup Edamame
2/3 cup Quinoa
2/3 cup Mango
1/2 cup Strawberries
2/3 cup Blueberries
1/2 cup Spinach

Directions:
Assemble salad by adding salad dressing first, then layer each ingredient in order with Spinach as the last ingredient on top. When ready to get, give your salad a stir and ENJOY!

**Feature Ingredient- QUINOA by Viva Labs (Organic & Non-GMO)
It can be purchased by clicking on the following link:
 http://www.amazon.com/Viva-Labs-Organic-Quinoa-Non-GMO/dp/B00M3EBI20/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1432554773&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=viva+labs+quinoa

This premium product was given to me free of charge by Viva Labs

 

Review: Pacifica Stellar Glaze Mascara and Smoldering Eye Gel

Fresh out the box!

The reviews are in for 
Pacifica's 

                                                                               Stellar Gaze Mascara: Supernova

(New, on top, longer size, same price)

http://www.pacificabeauty.com/makeup/eyes/stellar-gaze-length-strength-mineral-mascara?id=236#tab-1
Ingredients:
 Aqua, glycerin (vegetable), glyceryl stearate se, jojoba esters, tapioca starch, stearic acid ( vegetable), copernicia cerfera (carnauba) wax, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, arabic/acacia gum, acrylates, crosspolymer, potassium cetyl phosphate, microcrystalline cellulse (plant), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, panthenol (vitamin b), cellulose gum, gluconolactone, macrocystis pyifera (brown kelp) extract, hydrolyzed oryza sativa (rice) protein, sodium benzoate, iron oxides c1 77499


Just 1 stroke gives you moderate fullness and length. To achieve a more dramatic look I applied mascara on top and underneath the lashes. There was little to no clumping. After it dried, my lashes felt soft all day without any smudging.



                                                                                    Smoldering Eye Gel 

This was my very first time using a gel eyeliner. I like the option and versatility of creating a line, crease, or smokey eye with this product. It wasn't as bold and dark as traditional eyeliner and that was very disappointing. The product's texture leans more toward a soft cream which easily smears but I liked that it dried and did not smudge all day. You can't beat the results combined with all its natural and cruelty free properties.

    
http://www.pacificabeauty.com/makeup/eyes/smolder-eye-lining-gel?id=239

Ingredients: caprylic/capric trglyceride (coconut source)[thickener], cyclopentasiloxane [emollient], mica [colorant], tribehenin (plant source)[imparts gloss and color pay-off], cocos nucifera (coconut) oil [emollient], cocos nucifera (coconut) water [emollient],  withania somnifera root extract [beneficial], c18-36 acid glycol ester(plant source) [stabilizer], phenoxyethanol [preservative].  May contain [colorants]: calcium sodium borosilicate, tin oxide, 77891 iron oxides c1 77491, c1 77492, c1 77499, ultramarines c1 77007, titanium dioxide c1 77891.

     


 How did you like it ? Have any tips?
Leave in comments below.

Review: Giovanni Blackberry & Coconut Milk Shampoo, Conditioner, BodyWash, Lotion


I finally got my hands on* the latest products from Giovanni cosmetics newest line:

2chic Blackberry & Coconut Milk 
http://www.giovannicosmetics.com/products/2chicrepair.asp?prodtype=2CHIC4&cat=2CHIC4&subcat=2CHIC4


Each product was intensely moisturizing, rich with concentrated ingredients, giving maximum results.
-vegetarian
-cruelty free
-lauryl & laureth sulfate free
-dye free
-paraben free
-PEG free
-rich in antioxidants Omega 3 & 6

Ultra-Replenishing Body Lotion & Body Wash are not only extremely moisturizing, but a little goes a very long way. My skin felt moisturized for over 12 hours and the BONUS- the scent never faded.
The body wash is sudsy as opposed to foamy which is common in natural body washes. 

Ultra Repair Shampoo & Conditioner are perfect for dry, kinky, curly hair. Like all Giovanni conditioners, having a good slip, your hair will easily de-tangle and receive lots of moisture. Perfect for quenching those thirsty curls. For those sensitive to glycerin, it is the third ingredient in the conditioner. I am sensitive to it was well yet my hair was not affected by its presence. For the protein sensitive, as I am, Brazilian Cocoa Keratin Extract is tenth on the list for both products, yet being so low on the list and smaller amount than a protein treatment, did not affect my results or leave my hair feeling straw-like.

The SCENT (flirty, sweet, intoxicating) of all the products remains consistent when combined together. Alone, the body lotion smells slightly different at first but blends with the body wash.

All the products smell like sweet ripened berries blended with coconut milk, vanilla, almonds, and the warmth of the sun.


I am still impressed and have no buyer's remorse. It's exactly what Ive been looking for for some time and more importantly, it's natural and healthy for us and the earth.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. 

What was your experience? Any tips? Please, Comment below. 




*all products purchased with my own money



Blackberry & Pineapple Twist


Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup pineapple, frozen
1 cup blackberries
opt 1 banana, frozen
opt agave to taste
 
Directions:
Blend pineapple ( if using banana add at this time) then set aside. Blend blackberries with agave and pour half the mixture into cup or serving dish. Pour pineapple mixture into cup. Finally add the remaining blackberry mixture and Enjoy!
 


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