Body Acne: Why Must You Be So Cruel?

Afternoon beauties! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve been very busy with day-to-day life, but I’m always thinking about topics to discuss.  I decided today that I would discuss body acne.  I personally have had major issues with this, but found the most amazing cure!

Most of us have had acne at some point in our lives and some of us still do! Some on our face, some on our bodies or even both!!! Yikes! It’s tough and pretty embarrassing to say the least, but trust me, you’re not the only one out there dealing with this.  I myself have had body acne for yeeeeeeeears and it wasn’t until my adult life (age 29) that I came across Dr. Murad’s Acne Body Wash.  Thank the HEAVENS for this product! I spent hundreds at the Dermo, but it didn’t help me. I got this product through a good friend of mine, whom I just love and I kid you not – after the first week of trying this I noticed a BIG difference! I mean it was seriously a WOW moment for me.

Here are some facts: Your back is the most common break out zone, so rid off dead skin and body debris in the shower with a soft plastic mesh puff or soft body brush, and use a sulphur-based treatment to attack your acne zones. The puff doesn’t hold onto cellular debris in the shower, and the brush can be cleaned with extra hot water and gentle soap.  The sulphur is an anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic ingredient that inhibits bacteria growth and helps with acne on the body.

Certain foods, genetics or physical factors such as sweat and heat can trigger breakouts on parts of the body easier than on the face.  Buttocks breakouts are probably the most annoying. Acne on the butt comes from blockage of the hair follicles when you sit for long periods of time.  Sweat, heat, and prolonged contact from your clothes can clog hair follicles, hence the blemishes! I highly recommend the Dr. Murad Acne Body Wash and for the face I recommend Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Foaming Scrub. I use this with a mixture of other things, but it works!  Dermologica also has an amazing skin care line, but it’s a bit expensive. So if you’re looking to stay within budget I think these two things can help. If you have any questions, please ask! I always welcome that!

Stay FAB, 

xoxo – LL

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Coconut Oil – It’s Magic

Hey guys!  Happy Hump Day!

It’s been a while, I know…LOL!  I’ve been doing some research and trying out some new things (as always) and I came across an article that discussed coconut oil.  I’ve always been a curvy girl who LOVES eating! It’s been that way since I can remember.  I have a personal love affair with food…LOL!  I’ve never been that girl who sits at a restaurant shy about what she’s about to order, but over time I’ve realized that I do have to start watching what I eat and how I cook my meals. 

I came across that article as I was saying, and decided that I would give coconut oil a try when I cooked certain foods. I started with my morning eggs and then started using it as a substitute for shortening or butter when it came to baking, etc.  The article mentioned that it was good for you and that it helped with weight loss, so I figured…eh, what do I have to lose.  Weight, that’s what!! I’ve lost a few pounds since I’ve started using it, but nothing to have a party over. I’ve also been doing other things to help me along the way, but I will honestly say that this has helped. My first thought was, “is it going to make my food taste funny”? Answer: slightly. It won’t be over powering, but you will notice a small difference if you’re “looking” for it.  Here’s what the doctor being interviewed in that article said:

“Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids. MCFAs, unlike other fats, are digested and used differently. They do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats, but are sent directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy, just like a carbohydrate. So when you eat coconut oil, your body uses it immediately to make energy rather than store it as body fat. And as if that’s not enough, Dr. Brownstein said the MCFAs found in this miracle oil have three A’s we all want to get on board with: “It has antifungal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects. It also has healthy saturated fats that help our cell walls remain strong and it helps improve insulin sensitivity and can help lower blood sugar.”

It’s suggested to use 1-2 tablespoons of the oil daily. Avoid partially hydrogenated vegetable oils at all costs because they are toxic to the cells. Use coconut or palm oil for high heat cooking and olive oil for low heat cooking. Give it a shot and let me know what you think! Not everyone is like me, so I don’t expect this to be a hit, but if it does work for you, I’d love to hear about it. If you’re interested in finding out what kind of recipes you can use the oil with, google “coconut oil recipes”.  I did, and that’s how I was able to figure out what I could use it with without having to buy an entire food aisle at the supermarket!

As always, stay FAB, healthy and beautiful!

xoxo -LL

That Dreadful Thing Called Cellulite

Hi pretty babies!

I was up late last night researching ways to get rid of Cellulite.  It’s a major problem for many of us, me included.  The biggest misconception is that if you have Cellulite, you’re fat.  This is NOT the case! Even thin people have Cellulite.  The #1 factor in the development of Cellulite is being a woman. Genes also play an important role. If other women in your family have Cellulite, there’s a good chance you will too. Other factors that influence the amount of Cellulite you have and how visible it is include: poor diet, fad dieting, slow metabolism, lack of physical activity, hormone changes, dehydration, total body fat and thickness and color of your skin.

Cellulite is nothing more than normal fat beneath the skin. The fat appears bumpy because it pushes against the connective tissue beneath the skin, causing the skin above it to pucker.  There is always someone out there saying certain creams work or certain spa treatments work, but the reality of it all is that there is little evidence that many of them do. Diet and exercise are key components in getting rid of it. Plain and simple. 

I came across so many things last night, and quite honestly some were just out of control crazy…LOL!  The one thing I found most interesting, was that coffee can be a powerful beauty elixir? This is what I found:

“Coffee, when applied topically, has the ability to not only leave you with a glowing complexion, but also help reduce Cellulite!  Take your leftover coffee grounds [after the coffee’s already been brewed] and combine them with honey. This mixture can be used as a scrub on both the face and body. Just apply as you would a normal scrub, exfoliate and rinse when complete”.

Honey is a natural anti-inflammatory and purifying agent. It both moisturizes and softens the skin, and in this case, it can also functions as a good “glue” for the mixture. Coffee, too, does a number of things for the skin. When applied topically, the caffeine and antioxidants work to tighten and energize skin while also promoting circulation. This gives it the ability to smooth out the skin. It has also been known to reduce varicose veins as the result of its ability to shrink blood vessels.”

I’ve tried everything except this! I noticed great results once I worked out and ate better meals, but it doesn’t mean I won’t give this a shot too. I mean, what do I have to lose, right?  If you decided to also give this a try, let me know how it works out for you? I mean it doesn’t ONLY have to be Cellulite treatment. You can do this and use it as a DIY facial scrub!

Sigh…the things we do for beauty…lol. 

Have a great Thursday and stay beautiful!

xoxo-LL

The Best Super Food: Avocados

Beauties, did you know that avocado is considered by most to be one of the best beauty foods out there! The creamy fruit is full of good beauty fats and nutrients, and works just as well for your insides as it does slathered on your skin! I read an article in which they interviewed celebrity food coach and Mom Energy author Kathy Kaehler, and discovered that not all fat is bad for you. In fact, you need healthy fats in your diet—they can lower your cholesterol, maintain cell growth, and keep your skin moisturized!

“Avocado is a super food, and one of the best things to include in your everyday diet,” says Kathy. “It’s full of potassium, which combines with the sodium in your body to help fight against cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and cholesterol problems.” This delicious fruit also has a high amount of folic acid, which is especially important for pregnant women because it helps prevent birth defects.

Avocado’s real beauty secret is its bounty of monounsaturated fats. These fats are essential for a healthy body and help to add moisture to your skin. They work to keep you full for longer, help to break down bad fats, and develop and maintain cell growth—which is extremely important for healthy skin, hair, and nails.

“Avocados contain around 200 calories, so it’s fine to eat one a day,” according to Kathy. Try it alone with some chopped tomato, in guacamole, or on toast for a yummy breakfast!

I had an avocado arepa for lunch the other day and it was sooooo YUMMY! Avocado’s monounsaturated fats also work miracles when you apply the buttery fruit directly to your skin. Fresh avocado and avocado oil both provide plenty of moisture and contain vitamins A, D, and E – which provide your body with plenty of antioxidants to fight free radicals, maintain cell growth, and prevent the signs of aging and sun damage.

So what’s stopping you, beautiful? Go out and buy some avocados! If you live in California, you’re bound to find them all year round! Enjoy and let me know what your favorite avocado snack is.

As always, stay beautiful & healthy!

xo-LL

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