Science meets Nature

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As a healthcare provider, I always research product claims.  Some of the information I have found is actually scary!  So that is how I was led to using Arbonne products. I found that they didn’t make false claims, they just made good, pure products based on science and tested in clinical trials.   Then I got a little lazy and bored and tried some other “natural” products.  I wasted money on stuff that I really didn’t like and my skin suffered for it.  One day my husband said – “Maybe you should just use that Arbonne stuff – your skin sure looked a lot better then”.  

Hilariously-Surprised-DogsWhat????   a husband who actually notices a difference in your skin?   Well, you can believe I got more Arbonne as quick as I could.

 

Why Arbonne?

There is actually a scientific advisory board and Peter Matravers (photo at top) who is a Pharm D.  So, I know that there is science behind the products I use.  Dr. Matravers has quite a few patents in the cosmetic/beauty industry.  When you can trust that the products you are getting are  pure and actually beneficial to your skin that means alot.  The botanicals make the products smell amazing – just a light scent and natural – not heavy perfumes.  I get products that do what they say they will do.   They are concentrated and last so I don’t have to purchase as often.

Arbonne is always on the cutting edge, keeping up with current trends.  Just this month they announced a bunch of great new products!  I will highlight the Genius Ultra tomorrow – a device that delivers ultrasonic waves to your skin.

All in all, I found products that I really like, that I can trust, and that come with a 45 day money back guarantee.  And then I share those products with people I know and make a pretty nice income.   So what’s not to love?

Curious?  I would love to help you with any skin problems or questions or just get you some samples.  If you aren’t interested – you may have a friend or know someone – so send them my way.

Click on this link to get to my website where there is plenty of information and some pretty pictures.   Thanks for taking time to read along today!  Enjoy the day . . . . .and be good to your skin – it’s the only skin you get!

 

 

Love the skin you’re in!

 

 

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So they say wrinkles are a sign of character.  Well, as far as I know most people would prefer to erase or cover up wrinkles on their face in order to look younger.  In fact, the skin care industry is a rapidly expanding global market.  I have found statistics to show that the global cosmetic industry was a 460 billion dollar industry in 2014 and estimated to reach 675 billion by 2012.  That is a market increase of 6.4% per year. Apparently people are spending money on their skin and make up!

 So, what do women want from their skincare products?

“There’s an overall market shift taking place in skincare, “ says Andrea Van Dam, CEO of Women’s Marketing. “Women are doing their research. Widespread use of the internet and social media has resulted in women becoming more informed and knowledgeable shoppers. They’re concerned about ingredient safety, increasingly aware of the latest world-wide beauty trends, and are paralyzed by too many choices. They want natural products, prestige trends at mass market prices, and more effective tools to help them navigate the skincare aisle,” she advises.

There are many formulas out there – creams, serums, oils, potions that promise great results.  Actually, one could go quite broke searching for that miracle cream.

Newsflash . . . . . . there is no miracle cream – wrinkles will not vanish – you won’t look 10 years younger overnight!    But not to give up hope – there are some things you can do to look younger, brighter and help your skin feel great!

  • Drink plenty of water, eat a healthy diet and get 6-8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Take care of your skin!   Wash morning and night to remove pollutants, irritants.
  • Nourish your skin with vitamins, emollients that actually penetrate the skin.  Our skin loves Vitamin C.  But you have to use vitamin C that can be absorbed and that is active.  Collagen is the supportive network in our skin. Unfortunately collagen is too big of a molecule to be absorbed when put on the skin.  ShareIt_Instagram_RE9-CorrectiveEyeCream

Your skin needs to breathe!  Don’t plug up your pores with petroleum or vaseline or other nasty chemicals.  Did you know petroleum is a by product of oil refinement.  It is a waste product – in other words – trash – cheap.  Is that what you want to put on your face at night?   It clogs the pores so that air and moisture cannot penetrate.  Essentially it seals in the dirt.

I am an Independent Consultant with Arbonne, International.  So of course, I recommend Arbonne skin care products.  But that is not just because it is my business.  It is my business because I trust and love the products!   The products do what they say they will do – they make fine lines less noticeable, skin feels softer, looks brighter – they don’t claim to erase wrinkles.  A good deal of science goes into creating these products. Dr. Peter Matravers , Pharm D studies and develops products for Arbonne.  He actually holds several patents for skin care products and nutritional products that are botanically based. Arbonne actually tests it’s products independently and is involved in third party clinical trials.

Arbonne’s market share continues to grow each year while the other big names like Clinique, Lauder, etc are fairly stagnant.  I believe that is because consumers are now more informed – we look at labels and search for harmful ingredients that we wish to avoid.

groupAnother thing about Arbonne – they never pay models to advertise a product they don’t use.  All of the advertising and print media has actual consultants who use the products.

So if you want skin care that:

does what it says – contains no harmful chemicals – is good for your skin – smells fresh and clean with pure botanicals and not fragrance – comes with a 45 day money back guarantee – always includes a personal consultant who will help you discover what is best for your skin . . . . .

Then message me or click on my website

Be good to your skin – it’s the only skin you get!  

 

 

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Newborn babies have the softest, sweetest skin.  As a parent, you want to keep that soft baby skin and protect it from dryness, harmful chemicals and other damaging things.

Well, Arbonne has got the answer!

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A complete skin care line for babies!   Tear free body wash and shampoo, 24 hour moisturizing lotion, protective diaper cream and even SPF 30 sunscreen.  All of these products are scientifically formulated to be safe for your baby and deliver great skin care at the same time.

These products have gentle cleansers and skin softeners

All products are vegan, never tested on animals, no petrolatum, no talc other other harmful chemicals

Botanically based formulas with cottonseed, sandalwood and hibiscus for a pleasant smell

I have had great reports from clients who have used these products on their precious ones.  I see less rashes and I have seen great results with eczema (not just on the babies).  In my experience I have seen a red, itching, bleeding rash on my grandson’s legs improve in 2 days and be completely healed in a week.  With daily use he has not had more outbreaks!  I have done a lot of research into chemicals in personal care products and the way Arbonne products are formulated.  I can promise you, these products are truly “the best of science and nature”.

As they say – a picture is worth a thousand wordsbefore and after

 

I would love to be able to help you try these products for your kids! Comment below or email me for samples.  My website is here if you are interested in more info.  As always, readers who contact me will receive at least a 20% discount.  Also makes a great baby shower gift set!

Baby skin!

Pure Genius!

geniusWhoever came up with the name Genius for these products was sure on their game.  That is because these products really are pure genius.  They promise soft, moisturized skin with improved texture and tone, elasticity and firmness.  And I can tell you . ..  .

THIS STUFF REALLY WORKS!

In as little as 2 hours:

• 90% revealed significantly smoother skin texture.

• 90% exhibited more radiant skin.

• 80% showed significant improvement in skin clarity.

After 2 weeks:

• 96% showed significant improvement in skin clarity.

• 94% exhibited more radiant skin.

• 75% had improved skin firmness and elasticity. Based on an expert clinical graded study.

(results from Arbonne website and independent clinical trial).

Botanicals.  Safe and pure substances from nature.  Skin just loves those botanicals.

Phytinol – from alfalfa and chicory plants, rejuvenates and signals cells – promotes cell turnover and clear, brighter skin

Ceramide – a complex molecule of sea buckthorn oil and olive oil that help moisturize

Red Algae – firms and tones skin

These are gathered together in a polypeptide that supports the elastin and collagen in our skin.  Topical collagen is too big of a molecule to absorb into the skin. So,  we can’t actually put more collagen on our skin but we can support the collagen we have.   Also in the Genius products are retinoids which help fade dark spots and remove skin discoloration. Again cells are turned over much like microdermabrasion or chemical peels.  Mandelic acid is an alpha-hydoxy acid that comes from bitter almonds.  These products all work together for improved skin.   I have definitely seen results. So many others have also – there are tons of testimonials out there.    Here is a little video for you: Arbonne Intelligence Genius

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The results from the Genius products is equivalent to some results you get at a  dermatologists office.  For much less cost.  Message me for more info or check out my website – Deb’s Arbonne       I always offer my followers at least a 20% discount.

I love that your pour the active product out of a sealed bottle.  You know that’s fresh.  With these botanicals and moisturizers you avoid the redness and irritation you might get with other such products.

 

My Friend Frank!

frankincensce    Today I am showcasing FRANKINCENSE essential oil.  Yes, this oil is my friend and I use it every single day!  In fact, I have noticed everyone in my house has started using my friend everyday.   Hmmm – must be pretty good, right?

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) has been sought after since ancient times. The oil comes from the resin of the Boswellia tree pictured above.  These trees are found in Africa and the Middle East. The complex aroma of this oil can elevate many aspects of your life. Diffusing frankincense oil has effects on your spirit and emotions. It seems to improve my focus and help me come up with new ideas and work out problems.

Frankincense essential oil has an earthy, slightly spicy and warm aroma. The Young Living website says: “Create a safe and comforting environment when you diffuse or inhale this empowering oil—a perfect opportunity to collect your thoughts. When you seek purpose or engage in prayer or meditation, use this oil to enhance your experience.”

In addition to elevated spiritual experiences,  Frankincense essential oil is  great for your skin. It smooths your skin and makes it more radiant.  This is an oil that has been used since ancient times for beauty products.

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What makes these oils work, anyway?

The monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes are the most valuable elements of frankincense oil.  According to the book Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley, monoterpenes help prevent and discharge toxins from your liver and kidneys, and have antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, analgesic (weak), and expectorant properties.   Meanwhile, sesquiterpenes can go beyond the blood-brain barrier and simulate the limbic system of your brain, as well as your hypothalamus, and pineal and pituitary glands.

Here is a little beauty secret – Frankincense oil was used by Egyptian royalty to maintain beautiful, firm and wrinkle free skin.  It was also one the gifts the 3 Wise Men presented to baby Jesus.

I put 1-2 drops of Frankincense oil in with my facial moisturizer every evening – it smells good and is so good for my skin.  The oil improves cellular function, promotes regeneration of skin cells and is also an astringent.  Soooo . . . . good for your skin!

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Look back at my previous post where I cite a couple references of how frankincense has been shown to destroy certain cancer cells.  The sources and links to the scientific data is in that post.

Now that you have met my friend, Frank – what do you think?  Need a friend like Frank?  Let me know if you have tried frankincense oil and how you use it.   Thanks and I hope these posts are helpful.   For further information follow this link .  I would love to help you get started with essential oils, so feel free to message me with questions.  See you tomorrow!    deb

Lavender!

lavender Tell me, can anyone really look at that lavender field and not smell the lavender and instantly feel calm and relaxed?

I really love almost any essential oil I try.  But, for day one of “An Oil a Day” I decided to showcase Lavender.  It is, in my opinion one of the most useful oils, with many uses and most well known to everyone.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm.  Because of this dynamic aroma this flower is a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners, and beauty products.   Lavender essential oil isn’t just a favorite because of its classic scent—but also because it has so many uses.

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Lavender oil is a great beginner oil and a must for every home.

Here are a few ways you can use Lavender essential oil:

  1. Put a few drops into a diffuser and the scent will create a calming, relaxed feeling in the room.  This is great at night in your bedroom.
  2. Fill a squirt bottle with water, add a few drops and use as a “spritz” for pillows and linens to aid in relaxation and sleep.
  3. Add a few drops to your favorite fragrance free lotion and use on your skin.  It is great for calming redness in the skin.
  4. Many people use lavender oil to help with allergies.  I have found that a drop applied inside each nostril stops that sniffly, sneezing, itchy nose that happens when my allergies flare up.  Since this isn’t a medication – you can reapply as often as you wish.

In my home we all use the Lavender for allergies – even the kids.  It has done wonders and my young grandchildren reach for the Lavender when they have that itchy runny nose!  When I use it topically in my nose, my allergy symptoms are gone in a short time.

Lavender Relaxation Soak

  • Fill the bathtub with really warm water.
  • Add 1 cup of Epsom salts or Dead Sea Salt

    bowl of lavender bath salt - beauty treatment

    bowl of lavender bath salt – beauty treatment

  • Add 4-5 drops of Lavender oil

I find the Dead Sea Salts or Pink Himalayan salt work best.  I often mix up a large batch – just add the oil to the sea salts and store in a GLASS container.  (oils will leach into plastic over time).  This is the most relaxing bath and it is also great for your skin and hair.  You have got to give it a try!

Lavender oil is a great start when trying essential oils.  I have to say that not all essential oils are the same and I definitely recommend using 100% pure therapeutic grade oils.  Young Living is the company I trust because of their sead to seel guarantee.

Interested in learning more?  Want to get started using oils?  Follow the link here for information or to order .  No cost wholesale membership gets you a 24% discount.  For those who order during the month of February, I will send a copy of “The Chemical Free Home” book as a thank you.

 

About your skin . . .

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Let’s talk about skin today, shall we?  The past few days I have talked to several people (friends, patients, coworkers) who have skin issues.  These people have everything from dry skin to rashes to acne.  I am amazed at how much money they are spending on expensive creams, dermatology appointments, prescription creams!  Seems to me if I went to a dermatologist every month, tried several different creams he/she recommended and a year later my skin still isn’t any better – I might just try something new.  Just sayin’.

Do we even really take care of our skin?  I don’t think most people do.  I think our skin is abused, neglected and crying out for help.scream

SKIN FACTS

  • Our skin is the largest organ on our body.
  • The skin is a protector of our inner body, a covering.  It is porous – so anything we put on our skin is absorbed into our bodies through the pores and enters our blood stream in less than a minute.
  • Our skin gets thirsty and hungry.  When we don’t drink enough water, the skin cells can get dehydrated and shrink making our skin look dull and dry.
  • Collagen is a protein that gives our skin support and elasticity.   The collagen is damaged by cigarette smoking, ultraviolet rays from the sun and high sugar intake.

That’s the reason that slapping a little moisturizer on once in awhile doesn’t count as taking care of your skin.  We need to look at our diets – limit sugar intake, drink plenty of water, and eat protein which provides amino acids for collagen formation.  We do the most for our skin by feeding it from the inside.  Collagen in beauty creams is too big of a molecule to be absorbed through our pores it doesn’t feed our skin.

Be good to your skin – you never get a replacement.  

       I am really passionate about informing people about the toxins we put on our skin.  Since most of the things we put on our skin are quickly absorbed they then enter our bloodstream.  Are you even aware of what chemicals you put on your skin each day? Well, LET ME TELL YOU . . . . . .

Here’s an example:

Soap and shampoo – parabens, sulfates, triclosan, fragrance

Moisturizer – petroleum, phtalates, fragrance

Deodorant – triclosan, sulfates, fragrance

Now, here’s why you should be worried . . . . . . .

Parabens, Petroleum and many others are hormone disruptors.  They alter hormone levels in our body and can affect hormone production and have been shown to cause cancer.  That means in actual research these statements have been proven.  Why do you think our kids are maturing at a younger age.  Why do 8 year old girls have breasts and acne? Hormone levels affect our fertility, phthalates actually damage sperm.  Our products are altering our hormones!

Triclosan is widely used in deodarants and antibacterial soaps and toothpaste.  What is triclosan?  It is a hormone disruptor.  It harms our immune system. It causes bacteria to grow that resist antibiotics. It decreases thyroid function.  Triclosan is an aromatic compound and originally registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a pesticide.  In a 2008 study triclosan was found in the urine of 75% of people randomly tested.

Triclosan has been found in breast cancer tumors.

DO YOU GUYS GET THIS?  THOSE PRODUCTS CAUSE CANCER AND THE MANUFACTURERS KNOW IT!   IT IS NOT A SECRET – THEY JUST DON’T WANT US TO KNOW AND STOP USING THEIR PRODUCTS!.

I don’t know about you – but I really don’t want these chemicals in my body.  So I try to keep them off of my skin.  Read those labels.  You need products without these chemicals. Chemicals and fragrances are actually irritating to our skin so don’t help with the very problems we are trying to solve.

Whats-In-Your-Skin-CareI hope this information has been useful and gotten you thinking about how you treat your skin.   If you would like help with specific skin complaints contact me here or put some questions in the comments.  Love the skin your in,  Deb