Category Archives: Skin Care

Why the Desperate, Frustration-Driven Approach to Clear Skin Does Not Work

angryFighting with problem skin is a frustrating thing, especially as an adult. There’s a misconception that acne or breakout skin is only a problem for the adolescent going through puberty, when most of us know that that is not at all the case. It’s maddening, it’s embarrassing if we’re willing to be honest, and it’s often not getting any better.

I know many people who feel like they’ve tried everything out there for their skin. Been to dermatologists, ordered online, tried over the counter stuff… and still frustrated with no lasting results. Desperate for a cure, there is usually no in-depth contemplation about what all the quick-fixes are doing to their skin, they just want it to clear up. Here’s the thing: did you know that the skin is our body’s largest organ? It absorbs what is put onto it into our bloodstream, and whatever we used can be traced to our vital organs in under a minute. So, my point is if it is that sensitive in this regard, what else don’t we realize? Our body is a complex, wonderfully woven masterpiece that works together in ways we possibly had no idea of.

Most of the products that are available in the marketplace are full of harsh chemicals that wreak havoc on our system, and leave behind traces of itself. So when trying something new that claims to be pure, safe, and/or beneficial for their skin, they are horrified when their skin breaks out anew, and immediately ditch it. The problem with this approach is that our bodies don’t respond in a microwave fashion like everything else we’ve become so used to in our society. We’ve got to understand that all the years of toxic, harsh chemicals have left their calling card, and must be dealt with and removed. So it will take a week or two for that initial flare-up to settle down. Then there will also be the deeply-stuffed impurities within our pores that must be drawn out and banished as well. It can take time. Which is why you need to be assured that what you are using is truly a good choice: pure, safe, as well as beneficial.

The other thing most people ignore is diet. For some reason, a large portion of doctors and even dermatologists out there don’t think what we eat has any bearing on how our skin behaves. I would like to call that out.  Virtually everyone in my life has complained about how their skin responded after a chocolate-eating frenzy, or pizza indulgence. My nineteen-year old daughter has figured out all on her own that her skin despises processed foods, so she does her best to stay away from them. Eating plenty of leafy greens, beneficial oils, practicing oil pulling, and keeping our insides as healthy as possible is the goal. Our largest organ responds directly to what we take in our mouths just as much as what we put onto it.

So be aware of what you eat, and what you put on. Your body loves to be pampered with healthy, whole ingredients both in your food, as well as your products. Take care of it, and it will reward you.

Do You Have to Be Young To Be Beautiful?

beauty2There’s a bombardment from, well, everywhere, of anti-aging do’s & don’t & must-haves and I for one have been guilty of falling into the trap they inevitably pound us into: that our youth is the most important and the most beautiful stage of our lives, so we’d better do what we can to either keep up the facade that we still have it, or try to get it back. Not only is that an immense amount of pressure, but it can be expensive! We see actresses that we’ve watched over the years hit some magic number where they decide it’s time to mess with nature and have a ‘procedure’. And we can tell!

We ooohh and aaahh at babies and toddlers, exclaiming at how adorable they are, knowing full well they will grow into another stage of cuteness, and another after that. We don’t put a stop sign on children’s aging, so why do we put one on ourselves as adults? There is beauty in every stage of life. Just as the nurture and care of children changes as they grow, so must our nurture and care for ourselves continue to grow, and yes, continue to be embraced.

63 modelBeauty is far more than just a set of numbers, like the size of our jeans, how many miles we can run, or our age. It goes beyond the surface like our skin or the color of our hair, or the absence of cottage cheese on our thighs. It is seen in the quality of our smile, the wisdom in our choices, the care we take of what we’ve been blessed with. Beauty is mysterious, it quickens our senses, it captivates us. It is deep and abiding, and it is a gift.

So, rather than focusing on desperately trying to hold onto a stage that is ready to move on, let’s celebrate the stage we are in now. Let’s appreciate and nurture our bodies and our souls as they are, treating them to health and life, wholesome food and products , proud of how far we’ve come, and confident that we are becoming all we are meant to be.

Be happy. Be healthy. Be beautiful. Be you. Absolutely.

Written with love,

Sheavaun

Dream and Fight For It!

Dream and Fight For It!We can overcome the junk that has weighed us down in the past and go after the dreams that have been fighting to be acknowledged from the recesses of our heart. Sometimes we just need to keep our focus, other times we may need to tweak our plan, but almost all the time we need to continue on the path and trust that it is all going to come together because we can see it. We can taste it. We can feel it.

It takes more than just motivation and drive though. It takes planning, it takes skill, and it takes a whole lot of gumption. Know this: whatever it is you feel you are called to, be it in a lay-capacity, volunteer, or full-time ministry or business, you will become a much more rounded and fully alive person as you slug it out. Don’t give up! It may be painful as you stretch and learn, but it will be so worth it when you get closer.

I have a dear friend who has had a dream for as long as I have known her to have her own bridal shop, designing and creating custom gowns for the bride-to-be. That dream has finally come to fruition, but she has made sacrifices, mistakes, and learned plenty about herself along the way. She is a strong, capable, illustrious, hard-working woman who believed in her dreams and her gifts, and has honed her talents as she forged ahead. Get this: she contacted me the other day because she is still dreaming and planning on how to make her business unique and about the “whole woman” who comes into her shop, so among other things, she believes that offering  Arbonne skincare in her shop is a perfect fit. Music to my ears! Giving out samples and encouraging her brides to take care of themselves in another way, to feel beautiful and healthy… what a marvelous idea!

(You can find Shannon on FB here: https://www.facebook.com/vuedesign or her website here: http://home.vuedesign.net/about/ )

Be creative. Be focused. But above all, just BE YOU. We need you.

With love,

Sheavaun

p.s.  Come say hello on Facebook!

Be-You-tiful Skin

skincarepicWe All Want Beautiful Skin,

            No Matter What Our Age.

“Ok,” you say, “so how do I know what to use?” Good question. The fact is we need to be just as careful in what we put onto our skin as we do what we put into our mouths. We know that the skin is a very active organ that responds to many different factors, including harmful ingredients.

The key is to look at the ingredients list on your beauty products just like you do your food. Be aware that what you’re putting on your skin can affect your health as well as your looks. Using beneficial oils like unrefined extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil with shea butter are good natural choices for moisturizing, though I’m not a huge fan of how ‘slippery’ I feel when using them.

If you haven’t been looking at the ingredients list on your beauty products as keenly as you do your cereal boxes, I strongly encourage you to do so. Taking care of our skin is just as important as taking care of what we put into our bodies.

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Finding a company that prides itself on not using harmful ingredients or testing on animals is important. Arbonne skin care products fit into this category because they are:

  • Botanically based
  • Vegan certified
  • Never tested on animals
  • Formulated without animal products or animal by-products
  • Formulated without mineral oil
  • Formulated without dyes
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Allergy tested
  • Clinically tested
  • pH correct
  • USFDA compliant
  • Health Canada compliant
  • European Parliament and Council Regulation compliant
  • Australia NICNAS and TGA compliant

To learn more about Arbonne and their absolutely sumptuous products, just click here.

I’d love to talk with you, so please fill out the contact form below so I can get back to you right away. And don’t forget to hop over to my Facebook  page and leave me a message there too if you’d like. Can’t wait!

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Be happy, be healthy, be beautiful, be you. Absolutely.

Sheavaun

 

 

 

I’m Too Old For Acne! (I thought)

acneAdult acne stinks. Here we are, safely out of the awkward teen years, and BAM! we’re smack dab in the cycle again. Weren’t we supposed to grow out of this madness?

According to WebMD Magazine, skin problems afflict almost everyone growing up, but some never outgrow it. Jonette Keri, MD, PhD, assistant professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and chief of dermatology at the Miami VA Medical Center estimates that nearly 30% of women and 20% of men ages 20 to 60 (and beyond) are troubled by breakouts.

Adult acne is caused by sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Sebum clogs pores, which attract bacteria and become inflamed. For some adults, breakouts are a result of hypersensitivity or overproduction of androgens (male hormones). But an imbalance in both male and female hormones (estrogen) can also cause breakouts. For women, this can happen during pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. Some medications, such as corticosteroids, and cosmetics can also contribute to the development of acne. So how do we treat adult acne? It can be tricky. Most acne medications are geared to teens’ oily skin. Effective treatment often requires a trial-and-error approach that takes time, Keri says.

  • Avoid too-strong gels and products containing beads or granules, which are abrasive and can irritate and worsen sensitive skin.
  • Prevent discoloration and fade acne scars with products that contain salicylic acid.

Believe it or not, there’s a trick to skillful face washing. To start, try to keep your face clean during the day.  Then wash your face twice daily with the cleanser (if your skin is dry, try using water the second time). Use only warm water (hot water is drying). Wash for just 1-2 minutes (more can irritate your skin). And use your hands instead of a rough washcloth. (If you must wash with a cloth, choose one made for babies, so it’s as soft as possible.)

I would love to answer your questions about Arbonne skincare, so drop me a note here or on facebook and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Or Click here to shop the Arbonne virtual catalog.  (check out Clear Advantage for acne prone skin)

The Arbonne Difference

 PREMIUM SKIN CARE PRODUCTS    FORMULATED IN SWITZERLAND – MADE IN THE USA

Arbonne premium skin care products are formulated in Switzerland at the Arbonne Institute of Research and Development (AIRD) and made in the U.S.A.

 

Pure, Safe, Beneficial.
Pure, Safe, Beneficial.

Our proprietary formulas are:

• Botanically-based: A proprietary blending of science and nature based on herbal and botanical principles.

• pH correct: Skin care pH of 5.5 insures maximum benefit.

• Hypoallergenic: Voluntary human testing meets Hypoallergenic substantiation claim criteria.

• Dermatologist tested: Voluntary human tests done under the watchful eye of an independent Dermatologist.

• Never tested on animals: Voluntary substantiation and safety testing is performed at independent laboratories on human panels.

• Formulated without animal products or by-products: Plants and herbs together with science and technology offer superior benefits.

• Formulated without mineral oil: Occlusive oil that can interfere with skin functions as well as advanced delivery systems.

• Formulated without dyes or chemical fragrances: Dyes and Fragrances are known irritants and can cause allergic reactions.

Scientifically Advanced Nutrition Products
Based on similar principles that propelled the success of our skin care products, Arbonne expanded into total body care with Arbonne Bio-Nutria®. Developed for every stage of life, these nutrition, weight management,
fitness, life enhancement and remedy products are convenient, safe and backed by the latest scientific research.

These Products Contain:

• The finest pharmaceutical grade ingredients
• Standardized botanicals and herbs
• Proprietary herbal blends that work synergistically
with active components for optimal results

All of Arbonne’s dietary supplements are formulated:
• To meet U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) disintegration time
standards (30 minutes)
• Without colors, starch, yeast, caffeine, preservatives or salt
• To provide maximum absorption with highly bio-available ingredients

The Arbonne Product Guarantee
We are so confident that you will love our products. Clients may return
products within 45 days from the date, for any reason.

Click here to shop online for Arbonne products.

The Open-Toe Shoe Pledge

Spring is here……that time of year again… <http://www.msplinks.com/MDFodHRwOi8vdGlueXBpYy5jb20=>Alright ladies, it’s that time of year once again!!! I think we need to be reminded of a few things.
So my sisters, PLEASE, raise your big toes and repeat after me below…The Open Toed Shoe Pledge
I pledge to follow the Rules when wearing sandals and other open-toe shoes:I vow to go polish-free or to keep the polish fresh, intact and chip-free. I will not cheat and just touch up my big toe.

I will sand down any mounds of skin before they turn hard and yellow.

I will shave the hairs off my big toe.

I won’t wear pantyhose even if my misinformed girlfriend, coworker, mother, sister tells me the toe seam really will stay under my toes if I tuck it there.

If a strap breaks, I won’t duct-tape, pin, glue or tuck it back into place hoping it will stay put. I will get my shoe fixed or toss it.

I will not live in corn denial; rather I will lean on my good friend Dr.. Scholl’s if my feet need him.

I will resist the urge to buy jelly shoes at Payless for the low, low price of $4.99 out of concern for my safety, and the safety of others.
No one can walk properly when standing in a pool of sweat and I would hate to take someone down with me as I fall and break my ankle.

I will take my toe ring off toward the end of the day if my toes swell and begin to look like Vienna sausages.

I will be brutally honest with my girlfriend/sister/coworker when she asks me if her feet are too ugly
to wear sandals.

 AND . . . I WILL CALL MY ARBONNE CONSULTANT AND ORDER THE  RE9 BODY SERUM AND BODY LOTION!!!
RE9 Advanced Reactivating Body SerumRE9 Advanced Hydrating Body Lotion
Item#: 708
RE9 Advanced Reactivating Body SerumThis botanically based, pre-moisturizing body gel absorbs quickly to help replenish skin’s moisture barrier. ( 100 mL )
Item#: 709
RE9 Advanced Hydrating Body LotionExtremely moisturizing body lotion delivers antioxidants and vitamins to help nurture skin, leaving it soft and hydrated. ( 200 mL )

Letting God Create Beauty From Our Ashes