Acne - the word alone still brings stress and tension to my entire being. It’s been apart of my life for almost half of my existence. I have allowed it to become the main source of my depression and anxiety. On numerous occasions I’ve given into my insecurities and societal expectations, while permitting it to hold me in isolation. I’ve avoided beautiful conversations because of my inability to look people in the eye with confidence. Many times I hid under make up because of the shame I felt for not being able to control this skin condition. But most importantly, through all the negative - it has been the main driving force behind my passion for skin care, and full spectrum healing.Read More
These photos were taken 2 weeks apart.
With no warning, one day I woke up and suddenly looked 5 months pregnant, and I was allergic to several food groups. I couldn't pin point why my stomach had expanded while living such a healthy lifestyle. I eat mostly plant based and take probiotics, work out everyday and drink tons of water. After several months of dealing with severe bloating after every meal accompanied by hives produced by a histamine intolerance, I decided to immerse myself in gut research.Read More
For those who have never heard of drinking bone broth, let us jump right in to the many benefits:
High in glutamine - a key ingredient to repair and maintain gut health.
High in gelatin which boost collagen in the dermis - glowing, plump & smooth skin. The increase in collagen also strengthens nails, and promotes hair growth.
Aids in joint health, and enhances flexibility with it's high gelatin content.
Contains amino acids that help improve liver detoxification.
Not too many objects have entered my booty hole in my lifetime - outside of an occasional finger here and there. So when a friend expressed her interest in trying a coffee enema and asked if I’ve ever tried it, I immediately responded with, “no” and carried on with my day. However, this is my second article about poop - so I am clearly not one to shy away from experiencing a new, and exciting way of eliminating waste. To my surprise, this would be a major topic of discussion over the following two weeks. It was even brought up in a conversation during brunch with my girls, in the middle of discussing our frustrations with Big Pharma. Turns out a friend of a friend used it during her chemo treatments, along with additional natural alternatives and fell in love with the benefits. I knew right then and there this is something I need to try.Read More
Perioral dermatitis is the trickiest skin condition I have ever dealt with. It is characterized as a red, inflamed thickening of the skin, primarily around the mouth and nostril area. It is sometimes accompanied by papules and pustules - which causes most of us to confuse it with acne. After much research, I found the most common triggers for PD include:
- use of topical steroids
- toothpaste with fluoride
- sodium laureth sulfate
- laundry detergent with overactive ingredients
- hormonal changes
- birth control
So grateful that I was able to spend the third week of my new year in Hong Kong. The last time I visited was almost 20 years ago! My excitement was overflowing and the last thing I wanted to worry about was skin issues or tummy bloat. Being that I am an ultimate planner, I made sure everything was organized and prepared so I could have the best possible trip without any new break outs or stomach discomfort.Read More
Ego exemplifies so much more than just a cocky character trait. It typically rises to the surface when we are not living in our truth. Instead, we're living to uphold a perception we believe others have of us. Ego appears when we are too comfortable to face a new stage of growth, when we are scared to come to terms with an insecurity - or when we are just being plain selfish. It is an extension of fear. But the bonus here is , without ego we would have no contrast or hope for a brighter light in life.
That being said - we know that this universal character trait is somewhat of a necessity. Here are a few things that have helped me, and continue to aid in me taming my ego.Read More
Did you know that it is totally natural to perspire from our underarms? We've been conditioned to believe that we need conventional deodorants with anti-perspirants to, "control" our natural human functioning. The chemicals added to these products are toxic and should be released often. Not to mention, the extreme build up after years of using anti-perspirant has been proven to cause an overproduction of bad bacteria.Read More
I will never forget that one day a little over ten years ago when I experienced stage four endometriosis symptoms for the first time. I had recently given up on birth control after trying six different brands over the span of a year. They all left me with the craziest acne I had ever seen. I am talking big, purple and blue cystic bumps all over my face. - What a sight to see. The birth control I tried also made me emotionally insane. I was naturally a little nuts and temperamental but this took me to a whole other level. After making the conscious decision to eliminate something that my body clearly did not want, I experienced such a change in my menstrual cycle.Read More
After seven years of contemplating, the stars were finally aligned for me to try magical mushrooms. The date was December 31, 2016. I decided one week prior that I would be making my New Years Eve a magical one. - And magical it is was.Read More
How freeing it feels to finally know that I am a valuable human being. In my last relationship I had no purpose in life and I was literally just there - along for the ride. My self worth was minimal and my coping skills were terrible. Any issue put me into fight or flight mode and lead me to be reactive as opposed to productive. Clearly not the traits of someone ready for a healthy, conscious relationship.Read More
2016 has been a year filled with work. Work to keep my finances afloat, work on my business ventures and constant self-development work. I spent the majority of my year working almost every day of the week for a company that isn't mine. Although I am extremely grateful for every opportunity to maintain a steady income; it is extremely draining to run my own business on top of this. There have been a lot of sleepless nights and a lack of self care when I really needed it.
But the Universe ALWAYS has my back.Read More
Not the sexiest title but guess what? Not being full of shit is SEXY! - Pun intended. Having a successful bowel movement first thing in the morning is your gateway to clear, glowing skin. The lack of it causes skin congestion and acne, predominantly on the forehead area.Read More
This year has brought out so much warranted hurt and anger. Even as I write this, I find myself being very cautious because this topic is so touchy. I don't want to hurt anyone but I am here on this earth to share my experience and hopefully inspire a few people along the way. So here it goes...Read More
I've had to postpone sharing this topic for almost a year now because I have honestly had trouble taking my own advice. There are months where I reach serious emotional growth spurts, then times where I have to start my healing process all over. In November of 2015 I had to say goodbye to a man who treated me with so much respect and love. He is someone who I could have spent my life with. I spent the last year in complete denial that this man no longer wanted to put up with my petulant bullshit.Read More
As many of you may or may not know, I have been a long time acne sufferer. I spent several years coming down on myself and feeling like I wasn't enough. Living with such a small amount of self-love pushed me to realize: maybe self-love is the answer to overcome this skin ailment.Read More
I know many women can relate to this topic. Since we were young girls we were taught to pop a Midol when our "Auntie Flow" came to visit for the month. I'm here to tell you there are so many other safer and natural alternatives to curb your menstrual cramps, fatigue and bloating.Read More