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Guest Post: “Fountain of Youth” by Kirsten @F00dVentures

A few days ago, I posted this post asking anyone if they wanted to do a guest post and Kirsten @F00dVentures sent me an email with an awesome post so without further delay, here it is and I hope you enjoy and check out her blog!

“Fountain of Youth: What I Do to Stay Looking (and Feeling) Young

First of all, I want to thank Tianna for allowing me this opportunity to be a guest blogger. I have had a blast writing posts on my own blog. It’s a bit of a funny story how this came about. I decided I wanted to do a post on the types of foods you should be eating for healthy hair. That same morning (literally as I was typing out that post for my blog), Tianna made a post asking if anyone wanted to be a guest blogger. If I had known that sooner, I would have saved the healthy hair post for her blog. ( Check out that post – here! ) But I think the fountain of youth will make for a fine post as well.

So let’s get to it 🙂

The fountain of youth is not a foreign concept. Everybody wants to not only look young but feel young.  While I can’t say there is really some miracle elixir out there that will suddenly transform you back to the way you used to look when you were in your 20s, there are small things you can do on a daily basis that will make all of the difference in the world as you age.

I think I’ve done a pretty good job so far, implementing these into my daily lifestyle. I take a look at my peers (I am 26) and can’t help but judge them. I remember what these people looked like in high school. Many of them have gained an excessive amount of weight, they have horrible diets, and still carry on as if they are teenagers (smoking and drinking and partying). They look like they are in their 30s instead of their 20s. I know that stressful jobs and lifestyles will take their toll, but there are only a handful of people I went to school with that have aged well (and we’re only in our mid 20s!) If these people look this bad now, just imagine how they are going to look when they are actually in their 30s.

So here are my tips for having that youthful glow:

1)      Protect yourself from the sun. I don’t mean skulk around in your house all day. Wear sunglasses and SPF. Even when it is cloudy out, the rays from the sun will still shine through even if you can’t see them. They can still do damage to your skin and cause wrinkles. So make sure to protect both your skin and your eyes all year round.

2)      Avoid smoking. There is mounting research constantly talking about smoking and the detrimental things it can do to the body. The most recent research is now saying that smoking can age the skin by releasing enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, important components of the body. When this happens, you are more likely to get wrinkles than your non-smoking counterparts.

3)      Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Dry skin is unhappy skin. Dry skin also makes lines and wrinkles more noticeable. Moisturized skin is happy skin. It also gives the appearance of youth. I make sure to moisturize my face and my body every day.

4)      Get enough zzzz’s. Research has shown that a lack of sleep can cause the body to produce excess cortisol, a hormone that breaks down skin cells. In order to counter this, hit the pillow. Sleeping produces human growth hormone (HGH) which helps the skin remain thick, more “elastic” and less likely to wrinkle.

5)      Eat a wide array of fruits and veggies. These foods contain free-radical fighting substances called antioxidants. Free radicals are known to cause all kinds of diseases, including aging. Antioxidants combat free radicals so make sure to eat plenty of them on a daily basis.

6)      Eat lots of fish. Fish, especially salmon, contains essential fatty acid omega 3. One of the things this fatty acid is responsible for is keeping the skin nourished and youthful. The reason it’s called “essential” is because the body cannot make it on its own. So if you want that youthful glow, be sure to include fish into your diet at least 3 times a week.

7)      Don’t overwash your face. Like hair, your face makes its own oils that keep it looking nice and youthful. If you constantly wash your face, then you’re constantly stripping it of these oils.

8)      Avoid excessive alcohol use. I think the number one thing my peers do that makes them age is excessive alcohol use.  Alcohol dehydrates the skin due to its toxin content. These toxins remove moisture from your skin resulting in wrinkles. I’m all for having a good time but I’m a firm believe that a good time can be had w/o alcohol.

9)      Drink lots of water. Your body is made up of water. In addition to its many other functions in the body (transporting nutrients for example), it also hydrates the skin. So drink up that H20.

10)   Be conscious of what you put not only in your body but on your body. This may fall on deaf ears since this is somewhat of a beauty blog. I mean no disrespect when I say this. I love Tianna’s blog and I think she does a great job of using natural products. But one thing I believe that has helped me stay young looking is the lack of makeup I wear. I stopped wearing makeup when I was 19. The main reason was because I worked in a soup restaurant and by noon my makeup was practically melting off my face. It was not very becoming. Another reason was that it was just an added expense. And lastly, I was just sick of constantly having to check myself all day to make sure my makeup looked okay. I definitely have my flaws though. I still break out like a teenager which is annoying. But I feel that piling on makeup is not going to help the problem, I feel letting my skin breathe is going to be a better solution. So my point after all that, is if you are going to wear makeup or put things on your face, at least make it natural. Tianna has done a great job of reviewing natural products and has even sent me a few of them which I am ecstatic to try out. Just like you should be mindful of what you eat, be mindful of what you put on your body.

Hopefully this post will help you all find your own fountain of youth 🙂 “

Thanks again to Kirsten @f00dVentures for doing this awesome guest post!

Please be sure to follow her blog – here!

Happy Friday !

Beauty Wish List for June!

So lately I have just been dying to go shopping for a whole lot of natural and organic beauty products.

I have seen so many beautiful brands online whose products I am just aching to get my hands on!

Here are some of the awesome products that have caught my eye so far this month!

Konjac Sponges – French Green Clay for Normal/Oily Types

I am pretty sure this one is old news, but I have just recently heard about it myself and now I am just dying to try this funky little beauty product!

If you’re a newb like me, konjac sponges are naturally made from the konjac potato, a potato that is very dense in water and vitamins and minerals.

Japanese women have been using these potatoes in their beauty regimen for over a century!

Now available commercially, various kinds of sponges are available and formulated with other natural ingredients to suit various skin types.

They are totally 100% natural, biodegradable, pH balanced and very affordable.

I love oddball ideas for beauty such as this!

Has anyone tried this thing?

It seems like so much fun!

Check out the whole line of Konjac Sponges – here!

Revolution Organics’ Freedom Glow Beauty Balm

I am all about lip and cheek tint type products and this beauty balm makes it even sweeter because it’s USDA certified organic, gluten free, multi-tasking and offers beautiful glowing colors while including skin beneficial ingredients in their formula!

Check Freedom Glow Beauty Balm out  – here!

Megan Miller’s 3 Free Nail Polish in “Coral Bliss”

Awesome natural nail polish, their colors are all custom designed and the packaging is so lovely!

3 Free = No DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde!

Check out her entire line – here!

Lush Uluru Bath Bomb

I am such a HUGE Lush fan!

They have great natural beauty products, especially their bath bombs, melts and soaps!

This new bath bomb, Uluru includes sandalwood, desert rosewood oil and lemon myrtle!

Check it out – here!

Lulu and Boo Organics’ Shea Butter & Jojoba Deep Hair Treatment

This award-winning hair treatment is safe for all types of hair, including color treated hair!

Organically certified, this hair treatment includes a host of beneficial ingredients for your hair. It is said to help moisturize dry ends, improve hair thickness and volume, tame frizzy hair and improve overall hair health.

I am sucker for a hair treatment and the fact that they have such great natural stats makes me even more inclined!

Check it out – here!

Davines’ MOMO Shampoo and Conditioner

Utilizing vitamins, minerals, olive oil and other natural extracts, MOMO Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner is made with natural ingredients and with eco friendly ideas in mind. Aside from that, they work to create beauty with complete sustainability!

Check out their products – here!

Suki Skincare SukiColor Tinted Active Moisturizer

This tinted moisturizer is formulated with skin beneficial ingredients that work to unclog pores, clear acne and calm redness and skin inflammation. With 15% active salicylic acid in the formulation, acne prone types are specifically said to benefit from using this!

As someone with sensitive and reactive skin, I would love to try this because it’s claims sound amazing!

Check it out – here!

What beauty products are you dying to try?

Let me know in the comments!

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Get Glowing Tan Ready Skin for Summer! DIY Brightening Face & Body Scrub

Brown sugar scrubs are super easy to make.

The one that I made today is a bit more complicated, but it’s simply to show how diverse and creative you can get when you make your own body scrub at home.

The First thing you need is, of course, brown sugar.

I used normal kitchen type brown sugar because that’s what I had on hand, but you can use the more crystallized granular raw cane brown sugar if you want. It just depends on the type of consistency that you like.

1/2 – 1 Cup of Brown Sugar

The amount of brown sugar that you use depends on your taste.

If you like a scrub that is more liquidy, I recommend you use 1/2 cup, but if you prefer yours to be more on the dry end then use 1 cup or even 1 1/2 cups.

I recommend you just play around with the amount as you go to get your desired consistency.

1 Tablespoon – Sake / Rice Wine

Many people are not familiar with the incredible brightening powers of rice wine AKA Sake. A very popular ingredient in Asian countries, rice wine and water have been used for centuries to achieve beautifully youthful white skin.

Apparently, it began when women who made sake in old times were discovered to have beautiful bright glowing skin on their hands.

Sake is great for its skin softening properties as well.

If you don’t have sake on hand, you can also use rice water. Simply soak a bowl of rice in water for up to 1 hour, sift out the rice and use the water. This will have similar effects, though no as potent as sake.

If you don’t have any rice or sake on hand at all, vodka may be a good substitute.

Natural Tinctures / Extracts

Natural plant and fruit extracts are also great for brightening the skin.

Just the same as they are used in facial beauty products, so too can they be utilized in your body scrubs.

I chose to use a few drops of the orange peel, papaya and licorice root extracts as all 3 are known for their natural brightening abilities.

If you don’t have any tincture / extracts on hand, feel free to substitute them for lemon, orange, lime or grapefruit juice for similar brightening effects.

1 Tablespoon Each – Natural Fruit Powders

I love using natural fruit and plant powders with my scrubs. They exfoliate gently without being too abrasive and a lot of them also have brightening powers. Raspberry and rose hips powders are both really great choices for brightening scrubs because they are high in vitamin C and other nutrients to help your skin look healthy and glowing. Other great choices include natural willow bark powder (for a more herbal scent!), alfalfa root powder, or rose flower powder.

1/4 – 1/3 Cup Olive Oil

After mixing all of the above ingredients together first, you will want to then add some kind of oil to the mix.

Olive oil is great for its moisturizing properties.

High in EFA’s, or essential fatty acids, olive oil helps to rebuild the skin and protect it from free radicals.

This will leave your skin feeling very moisturized and soft.

If you don’t like olive oil or don’t have it on hand, other choices include grape seed oil, rose hip oil, apricot kernel oil or rice bran oil.

Once you add your oil to the mix, you’re all done!

Be sure to keep this in an airtight container.

Small plastic or glass containers work well or otherwise recycling your old store bought scrub jars is a good idea as well.

This scrub works really well and is gentle enough for both face and body.

Just make sure you apply in gentle, circular motions and don’t press down as this can be too abrasive on the skin.

 

I hope you try and make your own body scrub!

They are surprisingly easy to make and fun to do with friends!

Have you ever made your own scrubs?

Did you find they work as well as store bought ones?

Let me know in the comments!

Be sure to follow my blog for more DIY recipes!

Happy Memorial Day! 

Stay Beautiful

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Get Your Custom Skin Care Items Handmade by Storybook Apothecary

At Storybook Apothecary, I hand craft a variety of skin care products including serums, creams, cleansers, toners, treatments, and healing facial powders for all different skin types and concerns, but did you know I also make custom items on request?

Per your request, I can make any number of formulations for a variety of issues and concerns including wrinkles, anti-aging or wrinkle prevention, moisturizing and hydrating, healing damaged skin, repair UV damage, hyper-pigmentation, acne, irritation, redness and a host of others.

I can do a skin consultation either through email or by phone where I would ask a series of questions regarding your skin type, concerns and issues for whatever custom item you want made. You can even specify which functions you would like the item to have and I can do my best to fulfill those requests.

All you have to do is ask and I will do my best to make a formulation that you will be delighted with!

Below are just a few examples of what I can make custom upon request:

  • Cream & Gel Cleansers
  • Cleansing Oils
  • Cream & Gel Serums
  • Eye Serums & Creams
  • Hand Creams
  • Gentle Hand Washes
  • Body Washes
  • Body Lotion
  • Chest & Breast Nourishing Cream
  • Foot Creams
  • Toners

…And More!

Request A Custom Item Through Etsy Here

or

Shoot me an email at TiannaSicilia@yahoo.com

Stay Beautiful

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