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)

6. Vitex/ Chasteberry- recommended daily amount but stop the week before menses and begin again the day after the last day of menses.

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

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 :)

Review: Garden of Life Perfect Food , Country Farms Super Green Drink Mix, Paradise ORAC-Energy Protein & Greens

I've been a naughty girl lately and it caught up with me. The acidity from chocolate, starches, coffee, etc. have literally held me down. Thank goodness for alkalizing foods and supplements. If you have been skeptical or indecisive to try alkalizing green powders here are a few reason why you should:
1. Alkalizing/ Healing (blood, joints, liver, skin, etc)
2. Detoxification/ Purification (blood, digestive tract, liver, kidneys etc)
3. Probiotics/ Digestion
4. Adaptogens (not all carry stress fighting and calming herbs)
5. Vitamins & Nutrient Density
6. Plant protein & Iron
7. Energizing & Revitalizing
8. The benefits are noticeable within minutes!
Here are a few to consider:

Garden of Life Perfect Food RAW Organic (Priced $30.39+)

This was the first green powder that I tried. It was suggested that I avoid all acidic foods including chocolate flavored green powder mixes so APPLE was a great alternative. This powder was still rather "chalky" in texture after mixed in a blender cup that includes a blender ball. I found it best blended in a smoothie or juice.

For a little extra, the Protein & Greens were great for breakfast with the vanilla flavor offering a similar taste to cereal.

Country Farms Super Greens Alkalizing Greens Blend ($14.97+)

Among it's many benefits it's very affordable and found locally at Wal-Mart. Most importantly it's the best tasting and best texture of all that I have tried. It blends very smoothly when shaken with the blender ball. It tastes great alone and it's affects are instant.
Paradise Herbs Energy Protein & Greens  (Price Range $27.49+)
This mix has all the best ingredients including adaptogens like Rhodiola (my favorite), Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, Ginseng, and Suma.
The unflavored is very bland (not even sweetly "green" like other green powders) and does not taste GREAT mixed with non-dairy milk. The taste is easily masked with fruits and juices in smoothies.
I hope you experience the same benefits my family has - I'd love to hear about it! So, please leave your comments below.    

Review: Burt's Bees Soy Candle Wax Melts - Not Manufactured by Burt's Bees

I was so excited when I spotted quite a few Burt's Bees brand wax melts at my local Wal-Mart.
I warmed them up as soon as I got home. The fragrances were not over powering and did not affect my sinuses, but the ingredients were not labeled. So, I did a little digging and find out that although these melts carry the brand name of a company I have trusted for years they are not found on Burt's Bees site. Alarming, I know. Although this products carries the name it is not manufactured by Burt's Bees and honestly there is no telling what ingredients are used. I noticed the jar candles are labeled to use "soy".

As if that wasn't disappointing enough, after the first two melts the product dissipated but did disappear in a timely manner after heating. The separation of solid and "liquid" remained for quite some time as opposed to other wax melts. I associate authenticity of  natural and organic products with the time it takes to break down and disintegrate.

More importantly after the waxes were heated there was no longer a distinguishing of the labeled scents. They all melted and faded into one - Vanilla. Not that It was unpleasant but simply unwanted.

No, I will not purchase again until there is a label one the front that says "New and Approved" and on the back clearly lists the ingredients.

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!

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

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:

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 

                                                                               Stellar Gaze Mascara: Supernova

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

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?
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