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DIY Pumpkin At Home Facial 

Pumpkins are loaded with vitamins and minerals that can work wonders on your skin. Besides exfoliating the skin, pumpkin can help your skin become smooth and blemish-free. In the form of an enzyme, all the naturally occurring minerals and vitamins stay intact.

Products Needed:                                                  

1. Cleanse skin with Pumpkin Cleanser, then press Pumpkin Rinse into skin. 
2. Mixing half and half, Pumpkin Parfait Enzyme and Milk Mask together
3. Apply mixture to face.  Leave on for about 10 --15 minutes.  Remove by rinsing skin thoroughly.
4.  Apply Serum
5. Apply Moisturizer

UVA Rays How Dangers Are They?

Don’t put your sunscreen away yet.  Read about the dangers of UVA rays and the best sun protection ingredients to protect your skin, including sensitive types.

The hot summer months have pasted with cool fall days almost upon us.  You may think wearing sunscreen is not too important this time of the year.  Not so, my friend!  You still have to wear sunscreen during the fall and winter months. 

There are two types of UV rays that affect us, UVA and UVB.  Although, you may not feel the burning effect of UVB rays, this time of year, studies has shown that even on cloudy winter days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can still reach your skin.

 UVA rays are very dangerous during fall and winter months

 We still have to contend with the fearfully sneaky “UVA” ray.   You may not feel it, as in the case of UVB rays, all the same,  it’s causing all sources of havoc to your skin.   It’s the “aging” ray. 

UVA rays penetrate deep into the layers of your skin to cause the long-term damage, lines, wrinkles and sagging skin.  You get the picture.  See, I told you it was sneaky.   I just read an article on hyperpigmentation and according to Dr. Kourosh, M.D., M.P.H., director of Community Health and the Pigmentary Disorder, “UVA has an important role in causing hyperpigmentation”. 

How should you select one and what should you look for?

Read the package label….The label should display zinc, titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. 

If you have sensitive or rosacea skin, it’s possible to avoid the problem of skin irritation if your sunscreen’s Active Ingredient is one or two of the above. 

People of dark complexion can avoid the chalky or milky look when your UVA sun protection has been “micronized”. 

When ingredients like zinc or zinc oxide has been micronized, it’s been  processed into very small particles.  They are so small the product appears clear when applied on the skin.

In conclusion, don’t put the sunscreen away.   Use one that gives you protection from both UVA and UVB. 

Brow Tools

  Tuesday Tips brows

Brow gels will help hold the shape and can add a soft tint by drawing in individual hairs, its the pro artist secret. Brow pens and pomades are excellent for drawing in a natural way. If you have bald spots or uneven growth patterns a quick line of either of these in the direction of your hair growth gives you a fuller finished look.

Types Of Clay Mask  (Mud)

  • Bentonite Clay      Normal  -  Oily Skin     Pulls out toxins and impurities from the skin
  • French Green Clay (sea clay)    Normal  -  Oily Skin       Detoxify, Healing  Anti-inflammatory. Very good for acne.
  • White Clay (Kaolin)   Sensitive skin mildest of all clays.  Soothes irritable skin and skin prone to breakouts, rashes and redness.  Absorb excess oils in pores
  • Moroccan Red Clay    Oily  -  Acne Prone Skin    Blackheads Control and clogged pores,   absorb impurities and detoxify the skin 

    Gentle Milk Mask Treatment For Hyperpigmentation

    • Rhonda Allison Milk Mask
    • Rhonda Allison Skin Brightening Enzyme
    • Mix 3 parts Milk Mask to 1 part Skin Brightening Enzyme

    Cleanse face with current cleanser

    Apply mixture to face.  Allow mask to stay on your face for 10  -  15 minutes.  Remove mask with a clean wash cloth, wet with warm water.  Next rinse your face and wash cloth thoroughly with tepid  water.  Then pat dry your face with the wash cloth.

    Finish with anti-aging or corrective serum and moisturizer


    Holistically Treating Acne with Face Mapping

     Ben Johnson, M.D., Osmosis Skincare


    What's The Differences Between Freckles and Sun Spots?

    Reposted from AEDITSamantha Stone, Author, June 11, 2019

    While freckles are more visible against lighter skin types, they are actually linked to the same gene responsible for complexion. The MC1R gene not only controls the likelihood of freckles but also it is responsible for skin color and hair color, particularly for red hair. Similarly, people with lighter complexions are also most susceptible to develop sun spots. The key difference is that sun spots are more common among older populations and can start forming in the mid-thirties. With repeated sun exposure over years, the skin cells start to produce melanin, forming the sun spots.

    Additionally, the lifespan of freckles and sun spots is different. Freckles typically fade away with age and even seasons whereas sun spots tend to stick around longer. Because of this, sun spots can require skin treatments for removal.   Read Full Article

    3 Steps To Kick Dry Winter Skin Problems?

    Winter weather is here with all its skin care problems.    Cold weather and low humidity levels takes moisture away from your skin all day long.  Ignoring dry skin can lead to cracking and bleeding.  Indoor heat further robs, the air of moisture, as well as showers or baths and harsh cleansers.  Add business or vacation travel to this, and your skin becomes even more dry.

    Skin Care Coaching Questions I Ask My Clients

    Þ Is your make-up not going on right?

    Þ Do you notice more fine lines?

    Þ Is the skin around your eyes and mouth looking thinner

    Þ Does your skin feel itchy and sensitive?

    Þ Do you notice flaking skin or dry patches?

    Þ Do you notice your pores more?

    Þ Do you apply anti-aging  products and it vanishes in seconds?

    If you answered yes, to any of the above questions, it’s time to bump up your Moisturizing Factor ASAP.  Follow the below 3 steps to kick dry, winter skin to the curb and feel great again!

    1. Use a emollient cleaner with out SLS and with smoothing ingredients
    2. Use a hydrating serum UNDER your moisturizer
    3. Use a moisturizer with additional hydrating ingredients.


    A Look At Dehydrated Skin

    Dehydrated Skin feels more flaky more sensitive than normal.   You complexion has a dull and tired appearance looking, lacking its natural glow.

    Dehydration affects your skin’s ability to accomplish normal cell turnover.  Without sufficient hydration, your skin does not shed its outer layer normally and dead cells accumulate on its surface. This plays a roll in clogged pores, congestion and a lackluster complexion.

    Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition and can be relieved by combining  topical treatments with lifestyle changes.

    Best Ingredients To Smooth Out Chest Wrinkles

    Studies have shown using a body lotion or body cream containing  both vitamin C and  retinol can improve the appearance of skin that has become wrinkled through the normal aging process, as well as skin damaged by the sun.

    “... results show that repeated topical application of a preparation containing both retinol and vitamin C is able to reverse, at least in part, skin changes induced by both chronologic aging and photoaging. “   Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2005 Mar-Apr;18(2):81-7.

    Strength of the label

    Researching the net for the best body creams or lotions that combined both  “vitamin A and C” , I found the prices could be as low as $10 or as high as $95.     Why such a difference in the pricing?  It had everything to do about the ingredients and the strength of the ingredients listed on their product label.

     How do you read a product label? 

    The FDA requires skin care ingredients listed on product labels to be listed in order, starting with the highest to the lowest concentration.   If the active ingredient you are interested in is listed next to the last, put the product  back on the shelf.  You don’t want to waste your time or money on a product that will give you little to no results.  Just because the body cream or lotion advertises it has retinol and vitamin c, it  doesn’t mean it will give you the results you are looking for.  You must become an educated “label reader” for all your skin care product selections.


    Milk Eye Puffs

    Milk ProteinThe healing properties of milk have long been understood as a natural cure to a variety of ailments.  Dip cotton rounds in whole milk, squeeze excess liquid out and place on your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes, several times a day. 

    This home remedy will relieve any soreness you are experience with your tired eyes while helping to reduce puffiness.

    Does your mirror reflect puffy eyes or dark circle under Eyes?

    When you look in the mirror, does the image you see has puffy eyes or dark circles?  Perhaps you need a good night sleep. 

    Sleep is very important for your circulation. 

    A healthy circulatory system brings oxygen and nutrients to the cells .  This a good thing.  Why you ask?  Because oxygen restocks the tissues in your body, including your skin. 

    A sleep deficiency slows it down.   When this blood becomes stagnant, dark circles under the eyes may  appear.

    This lack of oxygen is also responsible for poor wound-healing and making the skin look dull and lifeless. 

    Lack of sleep affects the lymphatic system

    A disrupted lymphatic system allows toxins to accumulate and swelling in the skin.  Particularly around the eyes where fluid can easily build up, causing puffiness


    Why does the skin around the eyes tends to wrinkle first ?

    The skin surrounding the eyes is thinner and more delicate, an area without many oil glands and collagen in comparison to the rest of the body, so it’s more prone to fine lines and dehydration, which makes it look dull. 

    As collagen decreases, veins are more obvious, increasing the look of dark circles.  The thinner skin fills easily with fluid, causing eye puffiness. 

    How do you lighten elbows and knees?

    Elbow and knees are the Hardest area to lighten on people of color because of the constant rubbing or friction of clothing against our skin and using our elbows to lean on a hard surfaces.

    The continuing friction causes a darkening of the skin.   The products you use on your face can work on you knees and elbow.   Be careful not to dry out the skin.  You have to keep that are very hydrated or it will darken more.

    If the darks spots on your knees was caused by an injury.  That’s another story, depending on the type of injury and the age of the injury, “one skin care product” will not work.  

    You'll need professional skin care treatments as well as home care products to control your melanin production.  I like Neova  Serious Clarity 4X.  


    Large Skin Pore ImageHow do I get rid of the pores on my face that appear due to acne? What are some good treatments or home remedy?

     Pores are little openings in your skin.  These tiny openings are attached to the sebaceous glands to produce sebum, the body's natural oil.  Pores also house hair follicles.

    If a person naturally has large pores, reducing them may not be a factor.   But, it’s possible to reduce the appearance of large pores. 

    How?  By keeping them clean and unclogged.

    Don’t Over Cleanse or Over Exfoliate!  Be gentle to your skin, it works hard to protect your other body organs.

     Thoroughly cleanse your skin to remove surface dirt and oils.   Exfoliate* to remove dead skin cells, to prevent them from clogging your pores.   Finally, protect your skin’s pore openings and moisture level by using a light moisturizer.

    Your Cleanser

    Take into account your skin’s condition when you select your cleanser.  Choose one that will give you the results you’re looking for.   Do you need a cleanser to control your oil production?  Or does your skin need anti-bacterial ingredients, such as green tea, totarol or tea tree?   Your cleanser should not overly dry your skin or strip it of its much needed moisture.

    Exfoliations Methods*

    Dermaplaning  (Professional Treatment)

     a manual exfoliating treatment to remove dead skin cells and vellus hair, (peach fuzz).

    Microdermabrasion (Professional Treatment)

     a light-cosmetic procedure, it involves an exfoliation’s mechanical medium in order to remove the outermost layer of the dead -skin cells.

    Professional Chemical Peels

    When you receive a professional peel from an esthetician or physician you could get a superficial or lunchtime peel, a medium or deep peel depending on the acid used.

    At home peels

    There are a few safe “at-home” light treatment masks available on the market.  But, I should issue a warning at this point.  Be careful when using chemical peel products.  You could cause damage and more problems than you started out with.   Some side effects are: skin inflammation, blisters, excessive dryness and flaking, hyperpigmentation, redness and or itchiness.

    Exfoliating Ingredients:

    Salicylic Acid  -  Salicylic acid can be the best acne treatment ingredient to help reduce the number of cells around the follicles of your skin's oil glands

    Lactic Acid   -    Improving skin tone and texture      

    Glycolic Acid  -    Smoother Texture

    Light Moisturizer

    Don’t fall victim to the myth,  “oily skin doesn’t need a moisturizer”.   Use a light oil-free moisturizer.   Every skin type needs hydration (water) to remain healthy.   Some oily types mistakenly use too many skin care products that reduces their skin’s moisture level to the point of sensitivity.     Your face moisturizer should have ingredients to control your oil production, protect your skin’s moisture level or add additional hydration if necessary.

    Additional Reading:

    *Why You Should Not (Over) Exfoliate

    Thank you for your question,  Here are my skin care products recommendions:

    Rhonda Allison Beta Green Tea Cleanser reduces surface oils, and enhances the clearing of problematic skin gently and therapeutically. The salicylic acid and green tea combination works effectively to minimize surface bacteria, reduce oil and provide a deep pore cleanse.

    Rhonda Allisn Aloe Matte Moisture Cream is a light, creamy formula best for oily, acne problematic and combination skin. It has healing, moisturizing and antimicrobial factors. Active ingredients balance excess oil and provide water-binding moisture to prevent dehydration. 

    Hope this helps...Lois 





    Does Honey Make My Skin Smooth?

    Some types of honey, like Manuka honey  is a natural extract with excellent moisturization benefits. It also contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

    Medical-grade honey has been used as a dressing for wounds and burns and has also been included in treatments against pityriasis, tinea, seborrhea, dandruff, diaper dermatitis, psoriasis, hemorrhoids, and anal fissure.

    In the beauty industry, cosmetic formulas, honey is used in emollient, humectant, soothing, and hair conditioners, anti-aging and retards wrinkle formations.  Also to regulates pH and prevents pathogen infections.

    Honey-based cosmetic products include lip ointments, cleansing milks, hydrating creams, after sun, tonic lotions, shampoos, and conditioners.

    Will honey make your skin smooth?  When it’s mixed with other ingredients. 

    Read more “Skincare Tips”

     Moisturizing daily is an important step managing dry skin.

    Wash Your Face Morning and Evening - Shop Loisstores image

    Choose one that targets not only your skin type but the it’s condition also.     Examine its ingredients.     The ingredient composition of the moisturizer controls how it will  effect your skin barrier function.       Some moisturizers may have ingredients that weaken the skin barrier function, while others strengthen it.     When you choose yours,,,,It’s a good time to ask, “What's In It For Me”.






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     What is "mineral makeup?"

    Mineral makeup is made mostly of naturally occurring minerals mined from the earth. Minerals like zinc oxide, iron oxide, titanium dioxide, mica and ultramarine are ground up into fine particles and used to make powders and foundations. These minerals provide not only pigment, but also have sun protection and anti-inflammatory effects.

    An advantage of mineral makeup is it’s purity. Products are supposed to be natural so they should be less irritating and healthier than conventional cosmetics.

    When buying mineral makeup, they should be free of questionable ingredients like parabens and phthalates, in addition to artificial dyes and fragrances, which can irritate sensitive skin.


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    Whats the difference between Mineral Hygienics and the traditional makeup?


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     A: Traditional foundations cover the skin with a thick compound that acts like an icing or glazing. They wear off and are absorbed into the skin. Traditional makeup fills pores and fine lines which can cause acne, and prevents the skin from breathing. They are heavy and wear out the skin which makes it look tired and aged. Mineral Hygienics can cover a wide range of skin imperfections, even sun spots, rosacea and acne are able to be covered giving you a clean clear complexion. Apply as much as you want, or as little as you want to achieve the look of flawless, natural, beautiful skin.     Buy Now! 

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