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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.

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

 

 

 

Motor Oil in My Toothpaste?

Pure_web arbonne logoMost of us are fairly conscious of what kind of food we eat, and are aware of how certain kinds affect us beyond just weight gain. Yet how much thought do we put into what goes on our largest organ: our skin?

Did you know that most cosmetics, shampoo, body lotion, laundry detergents & softeners, furniture polish, pesticides, toothpaste, fertilizers, city water, plastic containers and even some foods contain deadly ingredients? Think I’m a nut-job trying to stir the pot? According to a Cancer Prevention Coalition Press Release on June 17, 2002: Cancer and health risk experts just concluded reviews that indicate mainstream cosmetics and personal hygiene products pose the highest cancer risk exposures to the general public, higher than smoking.” Say what? In a 1989 government hearing, a House sub-committee called for the analysis of nearly 3,000 chemicals used in cosmetics after cosmetologists complained of headaches, loss of balance, memory loss, asthma, nervous system damage and respiratory damage. What’d they find? (Ugh!) After the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) studied 2,983 ingredients, they found 884 to be toxic. Of the 884:

  •  314 could cause biological mutation
  •  218 could cause reproductive problems
  •  778 could cause acute toxicity
  •  cancer tumors by 146
  •  skin & eye irritation by 376 (Debra Lynn Dadd, Home Safe Home, p 167-168)

So what’s the problem? Most products are made from petrochemical derivatives of nonrenewable crude oil, and it’s what these petrochemicals do to the nervous system and hormones that is the problem.

“Neurotoxins are so called because they are toxic to your nervous system. The core of your nervous system is your brain, which not only affects thinking and feeling but regulates every system in your body. When your nervous system is damaged, your entire body can be affected,” said Debra Lynn Dadd an internationally-recognized consumer advocate specializing in identifying products that are safe and environmentally responsible.

Feel older than you are? Are you experiencing any of these side-effects? — fatigue, skin irritation, personality changes, vision damage, destruction of the immune system, memory loss, headaches, sexual dysfunction, hormone problems, sleep disturbances, disease, nausea, vomiting, muscle dysfunction, aches and pains.

Here’s the thing: some of the toxins derived from petrochemicals can act as mutagens when found in sufficient amounts, meaning they can change the genetic coding in cells. Other ingredients may not be harmful all by themselves, but when combined with other ingredients we take in, they can be dangerous. Many come of these neurotoxins come from the same petrochemicals that cause cancer. Sound like I’m just trying to scare you?

Well, we know that many medications are applied to the skin to ensure they get working quickly, rather than just being injected. It takes approximately 26 seconds after exposure to chemicals for them to be found in every organ of the body. Too bad that we haven’t been given the heads-up about the stuff we slather on every single day… Many lotions and cosmetics have a mineral-oil base, which, of course, is a petrochemical. Mineral oil molecules are too large to penetrate the water after a spill in the ocean so they stay on the surface, creating a barrier. Same thing on human skin. Mineral oil blocks all nutrients that might be in a product, and offers no nutritional value in return. Actually, it draws nutrients away. There is no such thing as a good mineral oil, either. The human body simply does not know what to do with it.

Here’s another disgusting tidbit for you: dead animals that need to be disposed of are sent to a rendering plant. Bones, blood, hoofs, horns, heads, intestines are all dumped into huge grinders, mixed together and steam-cooked. Mmmmm… Then the fatty substance that floats to the top is scraped off and used to make lipstick and other cosmetics, lubricants, waxes and soaps.

So why is this stuff available for public consumption? Because the FDA isn’t required to test cosmetics for safety before being sold. They can only remove a product form the market after they’ve had enough complaints and then evidence to warrant it’s removal. Many cosmetics have drug-like effects, yet go unregulated and untested. Until the day the FDA moves fast enough to protect us from these neurotoxins, we as the consumer must fend for ourselves. Get educated! Know what the harmful ingredients are, and look for them on ingredient labels. More importantly, find a company you can trust who only uses safe ingredients. A reliable company can save you hours of checking and even studying, because you can buy from it without worrying about what it uses in it’s products.

You want a company that chooses to go beyond FDA regulations. Choose a company with a philosophy of health, based on all-natural, botanical principles. That won’t use mineral oils, petroleum-derived products, paraffin wax, soluble alcohol, lanolin, phthalates, collagen and elastin of high-molecular weight or animal products.

I personally use and recommend Arbonne products. If you would like to learn more bout this company who has been around for over 30 years, and whose motto has been “pure, safe, and beneficial” for all that time, then stay tuned as I continue to share about it’s products with you.

Feel free to check out my Arbonne website: www.awonderfulyou.myarbonne.com and let me know if I can help you make some decisions.

With love,

Sheavaun

 

 

 

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.

Beauty From Within

beauty2If beauty is really just skin-deep, then why are we drawn to those people who don’t necessarily fit the Hollywood/model molds? Those people who have such a warm smile. Who are gentle. Don’t seem to be looking down on us when we talk or share something important. Those people who seem to have a knack for making us feel important.

I’m convinced that there is so much more to beauty than meets the eye. I had coffee today with a girlfriend who is very pretty, and when I first met her a couple of years ago she seemed very fearful of what others thought of her and whether or not she really had worth. I have had the privilege of watching her bloom as she has begun to let God in to the secret places within her heart. I cried tears of joy today as I listened to her tell me that even though she doesn’t know exactly what God will do, or how, or when, she does know He loves her, and is up to something good.

I watched my dear friend as she shared her heart with me, and I was overcome with her beauty. Her confidence in Her King and Friend has transformed her smile, her eyes, her speech…

Beauty goes so much deeper than the skin. Rather, it springs from an Eternal Well.

Thank you, Living Water, for bestowing us each with beauty. Help us to discover it, so it may blossom for the benefit of others.

Is it wrong to want to be beautiful?

monalisaBeautiful:

  • the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit : loveliness.
  • having beauty; possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind

So, how do you respond to these definitions of beauty? Do they line up with your own definition? Who comes to mind when you think of the word beautiful? Someone famous? Someone you know? (I know, I know, I ask a lot of questions.)

Here’s the thing: do you consider yourself beautiful, or is that honor only reserved for the exceptionally good-looking-few out there? How about this: can you consider yourself beautiful?  (Did you squirm?) Frankly, there’s not very many of us who have the self assurance to declare that, yes, we are beautiful. First of all, we think it’s awfully arrogant to admit such a thing, and secondly, not everyone has a mug like Halle Berry, so how fair is that?

But let me ask you this, isn’t beauty relative? Isn’t it supposed to be in the eye of the beholder? Let me further ask you, did you read the definitions at the top of the page? Beauty is defined as ‘something’ that pleases the senses (not just sight); delighting the senses or mind. We all have met  that one person who appeared so gorgeous when we first spotted them, yet as soon as they opened their mouth, or acted in a certain way our perception immediately changed. And we also know of someone who isn’t necessarily eye-candy to the average Joe, but who we can’t help but gravitate to because their attitude and demeanor pulls us in.

I will admit that I have struggled with this whole beauty thing for years. Our society touts a certain kind of beauty and if you don’t quite measure up to the standards, well then, you don’t measure up at all. After 4 babies, then hitting depression full-on due to unresolved issues, plus a failing marriage, I have really felt ugly. Not only ugly on the outside, but I felt ugly on the inside too. I just couldn’t see myself in a favorable light, and sadly, it affected my behavior.

It has taken a ton of in-depth searching for me to not be disgusted with myself anymore; a complete over-haul of my understanding of God and how He sees me to assist in getting over my “bad case of the uglies”. Learning to take responsibility for my emotions, my thoughts, as well as my eating habits has resulted in a more favorable view of myself. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t fawn over myself in the mirror. But I also don’t sneer at my reflection anymore either. Knowing that my Creator smiles at me, calls me Lovely, and waits patiently for me to welcome Him into my thought processes and daily living is nothing short of amazing. And the same goes for you.

You are loved. You are beautiful.

Food for thought, Chica.

 “For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song.” Zephaniah 3:17

Talk to me. Tell me about how you see yourself in terms of beauty.

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