Curing Cystic Acne During Stressful Times

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These are definitely strange and stressful times we’re living in right now. In our state, COVID-19 has everyone quarantined in their homes. Unemployment is high, grocery stores are pretty cleared out, and everyone is feeling stressed. My job let us know that we’d be off of work indefinitely until it was safe for the school district to resume. My husband’s employer did the same. In addition, less than three weeks prior, I lost my father. Basically, with all the combined stress, my skin started to explode in painful cystic acne.

At the store, my usual cleanser was gone and impossible to find online. I was desperate for a solution! Signature Clear had really good reviews, so I was excited to give it a try.

I have to admit, the idea of rubbing a product with oil all over my cystic acne made me very hesitant. But, I decided to be brave and trust the process. I highly recommend trying the Acne Clearing Bundle. It’s everything you need, and it gave me a chance to try each of the products. For me, the Acne Clearing Bundle worked harmoniously to clear my breakouts.

First, I started with the Magic Melter by taking a pea sized amount and warming it up in the palm of my hands. Then, I rubbed the Magic Melter over my face, avoiding eyes. Lastly, take the dampened muslin cloth and wipe off the Magic Melter from the skin. You may also repeat this process. I love this stuff because it really “melts” away the makeup, oil, and impurities from my skin. My skin looks and feels very clean!

Next, I recommend following up with Magic Oil. Apply a few drops to your hand, rub together in palms, and apply to your face. Concentrate especially on the areas with heavy breakouts. This hydrating oil helps clear acne and strengthens your skin against bacteria. Magic Oil removes makeup, cleanses skin, moisturizes, and doubles as a makeup primer!

The oils in Signature Clear products are ranked very low on the comedogenic scales, which prevents them from causing breakouts. The oils bring balance and nourishment to oily skin. Signature Clear is made from natural ingredients such as hemp, manuka, and black currant oils. There are never any fragrances, fillers, or preservatives.

Signature Clear is a nourishing and natural approach to cystic acne. Even with life’s stressful moments, I like having a natural solution that not only heals my cystic acne, but it hydrates and improves my skin’s texture.

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One Month To Gorgeous: Your Ultimate Quarantine Countdown Guide

Right now, we’re all stuck in quarantine. But sooner or later it will end, and we will all be released like battery-farmed animals out into the fields, skipping and jumping as we go.

Let’s talk about your guide to One Month To Gorgeous! Your Quarantine Guide!

One Month To Gorgeous: Your Ultimate Quarantine Countdown Guide

How we will look when we emerge from our collective hibernation is anyone’s guess. By that point, most of us will have spent more than a month in front of Netflix, munching on pasta we bought when the crisis first hit. And that’s not a combination you’d expect to find in any beauty routine!

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12 Laser Hair Removal Questions You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask

Are you considering laser hair removal for your armpits, bikini line, or another area? If so, you likely have questions and might be too shy to ask some of them. Here are twelve questions and answers to help you decide if the treatment is right for you.

12 Laser Hair Removal Questions You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask

1. It Sounds Complicated… How Does It Work?

While the word “laser” may sound intimidating, it is a more straightforward technique than many people realize. Laser hair removal is based on energy from the laser.

The laser focuses on the hair shaft, picking up the follicle and destroying it at the root. Once abolishing it, the root cannot grow hair.

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How To Lose Weight Safely And Gradually

Feeling unhappy and uncomfortable in your skin is something you have experienced for many years now. As a woman you want nothing more than to feel confident and strong when it comes to your appearance. Whether you’re looking to improve your mental health or tone up your body, it is so important to address all areas of your health if you want to lose weight. Going on a quick crash diet won’t solve your long term issues with your weight, so you need to adopt a safe and gradual strategy. There are so many fad diets out there that aren’t good for your health, so now is the time to adopt safer ones that will benefit you in the long run.

How to Lose Weight Safely and Gradually

Look Into Supplements

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A Different Kind Of Pain Management

A Different Kind Of Pain Management
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When constant pain and aches are part of your every day you are always looking for a different kind of pain management. I’ve never liked being on medication constantly and that’s when I started looking for something new.

Car accident 2016

It’s been nearly four years now since my life was turned completely upside down. A seemingly normal day came to a crashing halt when my family and I were struck head-on by a drunk driver at 3 pm in the afternoon, forever changing my life. I still don’t remember very much, and I doubt that I ever will, in retrospect is probably the best. I remember leaving work that afternoon to take my kids to the local pumpkin festival. The next thing I remember waking up completely unable to move.

I was told there was a car accident, and that I have broken several bones. I didn’t care, all I cared about at that time was where were my children and were they ok. I remember I must have asked where they were over a hundred times. Looking back, I’m sure that also had something to do with the concussion I had. Turns out the concussion was my least serious injury. Of all four limbs, there was only one that wasn’t broken.

My left arm was so mangled that I now have a plate and 8 screws in it, My right wrist was broken and now has a pin. My right knee had a laceration down to the bone, ( had it been any worse they said I’d have lost the leg). My right heel was by far the worst of the broken bones I had. My heel was shattered, the doctor said that it looked like a bomb when off in my heel. He also said usually the force it takes to break a heel will break persons back. So I guess you could say I was lucky.

In the span of the first week after the accident I had 5 surgeries. Before it was said and done I ended up having a total of 7 surgeries in correspondence with the accident. I was left wheelchair-bound, I spent 8 months of recovery learning to walk again. I’ve lost 50% range of motion permanently. You can read my initial thoughts on the accident in this original blog, ” Starting Over: Life After Tragedy.”

Getting my life back.

Basic CBD

So pain is something that I now live with every day. Pain management isn’t always easy, shortly after my accident I weaned myself off of all narcotic pain medication because I didn’t like the way they made me feel. I know how easy it is to become addicted, and that’s something I didn’t want to put my children though. So I started researching alternative pain management options. That’s when I found out about Basic CBD.

First let me say that I am in no way a medical professional, and all the opinions in this are my own. I have found that using these CBD products has helped with my pain management tremendously. I urge you to do your research about the products before you use, and always check with your doctor because starting something new.

A Different Kind of Pain Management.

Basic CBD THC Free

With that being said, after extensive research, I decided to give CBD products a try. Basic CBD is grown in Colorado, and are always pesticide-free. These products are also vegan and non-toxic. There are two different kinds that I have tried. The Basic: Zero THC and Basic: Full Spectrum CBD Oil. Usually, I can take the Zero THC oil and it does the trick, but on high pain days, I will take the Full Spectrum. Using the dropper take 1ML under the tongue.

Since starting Basic CBD I’ve also noticed a decrease in my migraines. After being on many different kinds of medication for my migraines I could never find anything that helped, using these at the start of a headache and laying down has now decreased the amount of time that I am out of commission from the usually debilitating migraines.

I’m really glad that I’ve finally found something to help with my pain management. I can finally start looking forward to days with limited and no pain with no side effects. This has finally given me my life back. To get your own Basic CBD be sure to visit their website, Facebook, Or Instagram.

Three Fun Ways to Build Self Esteem

In a bit of a rut? Want to build more confidence and improve your skills? The Coronavirus isn’t helping those with mental health issues. Today, we share three fun ways to build self esteem! These are fun ways to go about it!

Three Fun Ways to Build Self Esteem

Travel- especially solo travel

Travel is always a good use of your time and money, and travelling solo can be so empowering. For obvious reasons with a global health pandemic going on at the moment travel isn’t possible right now, but it won’t always be this way. Have a think about where you’d most like to go in the world, and start planning your trip for the future when the virus is under control and life as we knew it before can resume. If there’s one thing that this health crisis has taught us it’s that we shouldn’t take travel for granted, and how incredible it is that on any normal day we can book a trip, hop on a plane and go. Solo travel is great for your self esteem as it shows you that you can manage alone- if you can navigate a foreign country, what can’t you do?! 

Find your personal style

It’s easy to say that confidence should come from within, but it’s not that easy to be completely happy in your own skin. We all have our hang ups and insecurities, although the right clothing, hair and makeup can certainly minimise these and help us to feel more confident. Work on your skin, issues here are often a result of underlying problems in the body such as hormonal imbalances meaning topical washes and over the counter treatments won’t be that effective. In other cases, your skin might just need a pamper and cleanse after being subjected to pollution and daily stresses, a hydra facial acne treatment will leave it feeling and looking fresh. Your hair will also be strongly linked to your self esteem, so when you’re able to visit a salon. Go in with a vision and have them bring it to life for you based on your hair type, length and colour. Buying new clothes and makeup and making an effort with your day to day look can also help you to love yourself and enjoy your appearance- have fun with it!

Try a new hobby

Hobbies are essential for people of all ages to have, even if you think you’re too busy to try something new, it’s so worth making the effort to fit it into your schedule. This is because hobbies allow you to build new skills, meet like minded people and stay productive on your days off. Do you spend your days off work lazing around watching Netflix and going back feeling like you’ve achieved nothing? Having hobbies prevents this from happening. You could start up a sport, try baking, crafting, blogging, the list is endless. Even right now while most of the world is locked down, there are a ton of great hobbies from home that you could start and would keep you busy and entertained. It’s so satisfying seeing yourself improve. 

Getting Clean and Safe Water When Supply is Limited

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These are definitely uncertain times we’re living in right now. It’s almost like being in a science fiction movie, isn’t it? Due to COVID-19, our state has ordered all residents to shelter in place. Many other states are also ordering people to do the same.

In Michigan, this means that we are expected not to leave our homes unless we’re getting groceries, seeking medical attention, aiding a family member, or working in an essential field. Our governor has also requested that people get groceries delivered when possible. For nearly three days, I tried to order groceries. A lot of the supplies I had requested were out of stock, which was very frustrating. I quickly learned that water is one of the essentials that seems to be in shortest supply. How can we find clean and safe water when supply is so limited? I had to get resourceful with other options.

Water filtration systems are a great thing to have in your house, whether you’re in quarantine or not. It’s much more cost effective than purchasing countless jugs or bottles of spring water. In addition, it’s also far better for our environment. Less plastic in our landfills is much better for our planet.

When water is in short supply, water filtration systems allow you to make plenty for your family! I was even able to fill up a few jugs of water for family and neighbors who weren’t able to get any from the local grocery store.

I’ve used many filtration systems, but my favorite by far is the Aquasana Clean Water Machine. I actually love this machine so much, after I reviewed mine, I purchased one for my mother.

Aquasana Clean Water Machine effectively purifies one gallon of water at a time. I love that it removes 99% of lead and asbestos, as well as 96% of chlorine, chloramines and 73 other harmful contaminants.

In addition, it removes:

  • HEAVY METALS– like lead and mercury
  • CYSTS– that resist chlorine like giardia and cryptosporidium
  • ORGANIC CHEMICALS– like herbicides, pesticides and VOCs
  • PHARMACEUTICALS– like estrone and ibuprofen

For Alkaline water fans, Aquasana Clean Water Machine reduces acidic compounds and preserves naturally occurring minerals that improve water alkalinity and overall pH levels for optimally hydrating water.

The Aquasana Clean Water Machine is very easy to use. I’ll admit that I was intimidated by how impressive it looks. But it’s really very simple! Just fill the pitcher, place back into the filter dock, and the Aquasana Clean Water Machine will filter the water for you in about 30 seconds.

Here’s a informative video that shows you just how easy the Aquasana Clean Water Machine is to use:

The Aquasana Clean Water Machine is a good investment for you home, family, and health. Clean water helps our bodies operate at optimum capacity. This machine has been a life saver and made it possible for my family to get clean water while there’s been a massive shortage. We will continue to use Aquasana because it’s economically and environmentally smart. I highly recommend this for your household as well.

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Simply Real Eating

Simply Real Eating--Cookbook Simply Real Eating by Sarah Adler

Life all around us just seems to keep getting crazier, busier, and more unbalanced. Sometimes, no matter what you do trying to balance one area of life can tip another part out of whack. It’s definitely a balancing act, constantly in motion and needing adjustment and consideration as we are constantly assessing what best meets the needs of our families and ourselves.

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My Favorite Anti-Aging CBD Beauty Routine

A couple of years ago, if someone would have told me that I would be using CBD beauty products in my daily routine, I would have looked at them weirdly. Now I can’t see my daily routine with anything else- just saying! 

I use Moon Mother Hemp products because they are high-quality and the purest CBD beauty products around!  It is organic and all about healing for the well-being of the body and mind. The older I get, the more issues I have with my skin.  Having a good skin/beauty routine will help with the wrinkles and aging process. 

Remember, CBD skincare won’t get you high because it doesn’t have the mind-altering properties of marijuana’s tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. Moon Mother Hemp products are made from USDA certified organic Colorado-grown hemp. That is all good, but does it WORK- is what you want to know, right? 

Quality care from Seed to Sale

Moon Mother Hemp Products= Anti Aging CBD Beauty

Weekly

Use the Nourish Hemp & Manuka Honey Mask.  I use it 2x a week, but you can use it daily too!  In the 4 fl oz, there is 500 MG CBD. The mask is a reparative, nourishing, and mineral-rich mask that will leave skin hydrated and glowing. 

Okay, I’m over 50 years old and when my husband told me the other day I was glowing- do you know that made me melt.  So I’m all in for this anti-aging mask that does wonders on my face! I tend to use the mask at night as a way to relax but also great for the morning before you get ready for your day.  

Every Morning

Use the Glow Skin Serum.  This had to come from Heaven!  Glow Skin Serum is a daily moisturizer for all skin types. This nourishing and balancing union of herbs infused in jojoba oil, Argan Oil, Rose, and our full-spectrum hemp extract provides a therapeutic and beneficial experience to help your skin GLOW!. 

If you have never used a skin serum, you are missing out!  This skin serum, though, is something special. I love how the serum makes my skin feel so soft and does glow. It takes away the redness and the puffiness I seem to get a lot of but lately just beautiful glowing skin! 

Every Night

Use the Renew Eye Serum before bedtime.  This eye serum works wonders for my bags in the morning.  I love to look in the mirror in the morning these days. The 35 fl oz 100 MG CBD is the bomb.  

The smile lines and puffiness disappear, so yes, I love the anti-aging serum—no more tired-looking eyes for me. I do have to say this is my favorite product, and I was super surprised how well this works.

CBD Beauty Products are IN! 

I know you want to know more and where you can buy these products so you can buy separately (above links) or buy 3 Part Beauty System Bundle, and you will be set! 

Why Use CBD Beauty Products?

  • Acne-Prone Skin
  • Wrinkles and Anti-Aging
  • Sensitive Skin

I’m over 50 now and I need as much help as I can with my skincare. My skin is in pretty good condition but I see my age creeping in so I want to slow down the process.

OKAY…with any CBD products, you should always do your research, and please read more about Moon Mother Hemp products.  Plus, I’m not a doctor, but I did try the products and use them daily, so I’m sharing how well it works for my needs.   

Please read our article about Ways To Show Off Your Love Of Plants

So what do you think- something you would try? What beauty routine do you have? I really do like these products!

Small Changes To Make For A Healthier Life

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Every once in a while I try out some new healthy food and drink options to see if they are something I could add to my everyday life. Recently, I have tried a new kombucha drink, healthy dark chocolates (because chocolate is life, am I right?), a new coconut oil for cooking healthier, and even a mushroom superfood drink powder.

I like variety and trying new products because it allows me to get out of my everyday rut when it comes to food and drink. So, here are my thoughts about the new items I’ve tried.

Om Mushrooms Superfood Drink Sticks

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I might as well start with the one item that I was the most skeptical about. I mean, I like mushrooms … but as a drink? I was doubtful that I would like it, but intrigued enough to give it a shot.

I think it was pretty smart for Om to pair this superfood up with fruit flavors. Most people are used to enjoying drinks that have some degree of sweetness to them, and while mushrooms add a fantastic layer of savory flavor to many dishes they are not something I would sit down and eat just by themselves.

Varieties

Citrus Orange – Energy+

Lemon Lime – Energy+

Super Berry – Immune+

Mocha – Brain Fuel+

Strawberry Lemonade – Beauty+ (Hair, Skin, Nails)

I tend to like red fruits just in a general sense. So, it was really no surprise to me that I liked the taste of the Super Berry and Strawberry Lemonade flavors. I love chocolate and enjoy coffee, on occasion, so I was reasonably certain that I would enjoy the Mocha flavor (I added it to a few cups of coffee and really enjoyed that).

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But, I’m not a huge fan of lemon lime or orange drinks. Which is a bummer, because I thought I might not like the Om versions, either, and I really wanted to since they were the two varieties which offer energy benefits. Lack of energy is something I’ve been struggling with as I get older. I tried both, and I think they both tasted great!

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I like that Om Organic Mushroom Superfood Drink Sticks offer a variety of different types of flavors, to appeal to people who like different tastes. I love that the supplement powder is so portable and easy to carry with you everywhere. That makes it so easy to add into water or coffee or whatever you happen to be drinking for a healthy boost. And, it looks like these are good for just about everyone as they are gluten free and appropriate for popular dietary programs like Paleo and Keto.

Wonder Drink Prebiotic Kombucha

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Speaking of health drinks, here is yet another variety of Kombucha that I’ve tried in the last year or so. Honestly, most kombucha drinks leave me wondering what all the hype is about. I get that they have health benefits, but I can’t generally get into the taste of some of them.

Wonder Drink Prebiotic Kombucha is a bit different. First of all, these are canned drinks versus the other’s I’ve tried which were in glass bottles. I don’t know if that makes a difference in taste or whatever. But, I do know that this is the first kombucha that I have tried and liked well enough to consume the entire drink.

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Second, though it is a healthy prebiotic drink, it comes in some definitely delicious sounding flavors: Apple Mint, Ginger Peach, Tropical Mango. I thought they each tasted pretty good, though the Apple Mint was my favorite overall. Not that I have to choose a favorite, but just in case you’re interested.

These drinks contain a certified organic, plant-based, prebiotic fiber called Xylooligosaccharides (XOS Fiber) which will nourish the probiotic bacteria that is naturally present in your gut, helping it to grow. 

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While, the previous brands of Kombucha I’ve tasted have never made their way back into my home, I think Wonder Drink would be the one that I could see myself stocking in my fridge on a rotating basis with some other health foods that I like to have around.

Alter Eco Dark Chocolate

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Chocolate.

Enough said.

It’s good. Buy these chocolates. You will not be sorry.

LOL — I don’t know what to say here. Chocolate is either good or bad, in my opinion. I’m not usually so black and white in my judgements. But, it’s true here.

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And these are good! Taste is everything when it comes to chocolate. I don’t care how healthy it’s made, if it doesn’t taste good I’m not going to eat it. Period.

Alter Eco uses dark chocolate (known to have health benefits), is organic and gluten free, and uses fair trade ingredients. All of these things make it even easier to enjoy one of my favorite snacks.

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My daughters are both interested in products that are healthy and that benefit people and communities over corporations, so they have both been interested in learning about the company behind these delicious chocolate bars and truffles and sampling the treats.

Salted caramel chocolates are my number one favorite overall. So, my personal favorite of the ones pictured here are the Salted Caramel Truffles. Of the chocolate bars, my fave would have to be the Crisp Mint.

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The chocolate in all of the products is smooth and very satisfying and the truffle centers literally just melt in your mouth! So, so good!!! You can’t really go wrong no matter which one you choose.

Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil

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I like to cook. Finding new and interesting recipes, ingredients, and stuff like that is a fun hobby for me. New cooking oils are something I have enjoyed exploring as they each have different tastes and health benefits.

One of the most recent new finds in our house is sesame oil. We love Asian foods, and the peanut-y flavor has made things like my daughter’s fried rice recipe a whole new dish!

Coconut oil is something I began seeing covered in the media a year or two ago and decided to try. I’m still experimenting and learning about different oils and what uses they have and benefits they offer.

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Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil is the latest one to grace my pantry. It’s organic, non-GMO, and Keto certified and labelled as an organic superfood.

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I know, the other items listed are things you can eat or drink on their own, and coconut oil isn’t. But, I still wanted to mention it here since it’s a health food item that I’ve tried and have enjoyed using. I will, however, talk about it some more in another upcoming article about a new cookbook I’ve been dabbling in preparing recipes from.

It’s called Simply Real Eating by Sarah Adler. It’s all about using real food ingredients and preparing easy and healthy meals. One of the cooking oils talked about in her book is coconut oil, so I will be using this Nutiva Coconut Oil in preparing a recipe from Ms. Adler’s book to share with Beauty Brite readers. Keep a look out for that very soon!

What healthy food swap have you made in your life and how has it worked out for you?