Keto Diet by Cinthia Contreras

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Here is why I got interested in learning more about the Keto Diet, between 2012 and 2014 I hit 200 pounds out of 135, cool huh? Ehhh NO.

It did not matter what I tried I just couldn’t lose the 65 extra pounds I gained! I got to the point of giving up and started enjoying every kind of crappy food you can imagine and tons of sweets, I was able to push 9 YORK and a bag of M&M in 10 minutes and that was just one of the many unhealthy intakes; others were lamb over rice from the habibi’s carts any time of the day and night, 15’ foot long meatball sandwiches from Subway, burgers and fries, cocktails, pasta, etc…

I got out of my I gave up state of mind, the day I went to the store and tried out a trikini, oh dear lord, after I saw myself on the mirror, I ran back home and started reading about the Paleo Diet, I knew the “term” because a friend had mentioned it to me ages before, long story short that night all I had for dinner was can of tuna while reading about this magical diet.

After reading the information I got to the conclusion that Paleo was doable for me. I can’t count calories, I can’t starve, I can’t hate what I am eating and I need to keep myself healthy, so changing to this lifestyle (that is how I like to call it) was not going to be “as difficult” because there are always options for those who avoid empty carbs or sweets. None of these are necessary for the body anyway, but they are a hell of addicting and hard to leave behind. When I stopped consuming them I literally had withdrawn like a drug addict in rehab, but once I passed that stage, my life started looking pinker, I was feeling great, my mood improved, I finally started noticing the weight loss, I had more energy, and on a pinch, I wasn’t starving.

I lost 53 out of the 65 pounds I had gained BUT I never hit the goal because after years of doing something you kind off start slipping in old bad habits here and there and then more often. Now is time for me to hit the mark so I need to clean my diet again, and this was how Keto came to the picture.

The “Keto Lifestyle” sounds very good to me, similar to Paleo, but the problem is that now I can’t consume lactose, even though I love cow milk and cheese and I rarely consume red meat, well since a few years ago but that is another story.

I can’t follow this to the letter, I’ll have to do modifications but I wanted to share the information with you anyway because if you are like me and you want to lose weight keeping your health intact and not starve yourself to death, this diet is a good option.

And always remember that the mind and the body are connected and if you enter a new lifestyle desperate and wanting to see results after three hours you might not reach your goal, get frustrated and stop. If you do it, do it because is good for you in the long term. Also, do not forget to exercise. The combination is 80% what you eat and 20% exercising. When I was younger it was opposite but life happens and then you hit your 30’s.

Keto Diet mini guide for beginners:

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The ketogenic diet (or keto diet, for short) is a low-carb, high-fat diet that offers many health benefits.

In fact, over 20 studies show that this type of diet can help you lose weight and improve your health.

Ketogenic diets may even have benefits against diabetes, cancer, epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease.

What Is a Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet is a very low-carb, high-fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low-carb diets.

It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis.

When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain.

Ketogenic diets can cause massive reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels. This, along with the increased ketones, has numerous health benefits.

Different Types of Ketogenic Diets

There are several versions of the ketogenic diet, including:

  • Standard ketogenic diet (SKD): This is a very low-carb, moderate-protein and high-fat diet. It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carbs.

  • Cyclical ketogenic diet (CKD): This diet involves periods of higher-carb refeeds, such as 5 ketogenic days followed by 2 high-carb days.

  • Targeted ketogenic diet (TKD): This diet allows you to add carbs around workouts.

  • High-protein ketogenic diet: This is similar to a standard ketogenic diet, but includes more protein. The ratio is often 60% fat, 35% protein and 5% carbs.

However, only the standard and high-protein ketogenic diets have been studied extensively. Cyclical or targeted ketogenic diets are more advanced methods and primarily used by bodybuilders or athletes.

The information in this article mostly applies to the standard ketogenic diet (SKD), although many of the same principles also apply to the other versions.

Foods to Avoid

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Any food that is high in carbs should be limited.

Here is a list of foods that need to be reduced or eliminated on a ketogenic diet:

  • Sugary foods: Soda, fruit juice, smoothies, cake, ice cream, candy, etc.

  • Grains or starches: Wheat-based products, rice, pasta, cereal, etc.

  • Fruit: All fruit, except small portions of berries like strawberries.

  • Beans or legumes: Peas, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, etc.

  • Root vegetables and tubers: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, etc.

  • Low-fat or diet products: These are highly processed and often high in carbs.

  • Some condiments or sauces: These often contain sugar and unhealthy fat.

  • Unhealthy fats: Limit your intake of processed vegetable oils, mayonnaise, etc.

  • Alcohol: Due to their carb content, many alcoholic beverages can throw you out of ketosis.

  • Sugar-free diet foods: These are often high in sugar alcohols, which can affect ketone levels in some cases. These foods also tend to be highly processed.

Foods to Eat

You should base the majority of your meals around these foods:

  • Meat: Red meat, steak, ham, sausage, bacon, chicken and turkey.

  • Fatty fish: Such as salmon, trout, tuna and mackerel.

  • Eggs: Look for pastured or omega-3 whole eggs.

  • Butter and cream: Look for grass-fed when possible.

  • Cheese: Unprocessed cheese (cheddar, goat, cream, blue or mozzarella).

  • Nuts and seeds: Almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, etc.

  • Healthy oils: Primarily extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil.

  • Avocados: Whole avocados or freshly made guacamole.

  • Low-carb veggies: Most green veggies, tomatoes, onions, peppers, etc.

  • Condiments: You can use salt, pepper and various healthy herbs and spices.

It is best to base your diet mostly on whole, single-ingredient foods. Here is a list of 44 healthy low-carb foods.

A Sample Keto Meal Plan For 1 Week

To help get you started, here is a sample ketogenic diet meal plan for one week:

Monday

  • Breakfast: Bacon, eggs and tomatoes.

  • Lunch: Chicken salad with olive oil and feta cheese.

  • Dinner: Salmon with asparagus cooked in butter.

Tuesday

  • Breakfast: Egg, tomato, basil and goat cheese omelet.

  • Lunch: Almond milk, peanut butter, cocoa powder and stevia milkshake.

  • Dinner: Meatballs, cheddar cheese and vegetables.

Wednesday

  • Breakfast: A ketogenic milkshake (try this or this).

  • Lunch: Shrimp salad with olive oil and avocado.

  • Dinner: Pork chops with Parmesan cheese, broccoli and salad.

Thursday

  • Breakfast: Omelet with avocado, salsa, peppers, onion and spices.

  • Lunch: A handful of nuts and celery sticks with guacamole and salsa.

  • Dinner: Chicken stuffed with pesto and cream cheese, along with vegetables.

Friday

  • Breakfast: Sugar-free yogurt with peanut butter, cocoa powder and stevia.

  • Lunch: Beef stir-fry cooked in coconut oil with vegetables.

  • Dinner: Bun-less burger with bacon, egg and cheese.

Saturday

  • Breakfast: Ham and cheese omelet with vegetables.

  • Lunch: Ham and cheese slices with nuts.

  • Dinner: White fish, egg and spinach cooked in coconut oil.

Sunday

  • Breakfast: Fried eggs with bacon and mushrooms.

  • Lunch: Burger with salsa, cheese and guacamole.

  • Dinner: Steak and eggs with a side salad.

Always try to rotate the vegetables and meat over the long term, as each type provides different nutrients and health benefits.

For tons of recipes, check out these 101 healthy low-carb recipes.

Healthy Keto Snacks

In case you get hungry between meals, here are some healthy, keto-approved snacks:

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  • Fatty meat or fish

  • Cheese

  • A handful of nuts or seeds

  • Cheese with olives

  • 1–2 hard-boiled eggs

  • 90% dark chocolate

  • A low-carb milkshake with almond milk, cocoa powder and nut butter

  • Full-fat yogurt mixed with nut butter and cocoa powder

  • Strawberries and cream

  • Celery with salsa and guacamole

  • Smaller portions of leftover meals

Tips for Eating Out on a Ketogenic Diet

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It is not very hard to make most restaurant meals keto-friendly when eating out.

Most restaurants offer some kind of meat or fish-based dish. Order this, and replace any high-carb food with extra vegetables.

Egg-based meals are also a great option, such as an omelet or eggs and bacon.

Another favorite is bun-less burgers. You could also swap the fries for vegetables instead. Add extra avocado, cheese, bacon or eggs.

At Mexican restaurants, you can enjoy any type of meat with extra cheese, guacamole, salsa and sour cream.

For dessert, ask for a mixed cheese board or berries with cream.

Back To Brunette with Celebrity Colorist Sherry Ratay by Cinthia Contreras

Before and After

Before and After

Ok, I’ve done many attempts to turn myself into a blondie and it had never worked for many different reasons, the last two, well let me tell you, ONE went from a simple ombré request to the mess of my life (lets not forget my hair was natural and long) I ended up having to cut off my hair very short because of the level of damage done trying to fix the disaster. The last attempt after having my hair short and back to natural got messed up again by this guy at this supposed to be secluded hair salon last September, he turned my hair into an orange cut in half with a machete! And the nightmare started AGAIN!! From another simple request, a light balayage to add some light to my face and only in the ends! Another mistake I made was to do it the day before taking off to Paris for fashion week.

 It took my regular hairdresser a month to fix the mess, from the color to the horrible harsh lines that divided ¾ of my hair from my natural hair color to this horrible orange. To correct these mistakes, had to go more invasive with the blond, exactly what I didn’t want to hear and see, why? Because as oppose from many girls, I don’t enjoy going to the hair salon or spending my money on giving high maintenance to my hair, I need to keep my life simplified and for a Latina keeping a hair looking blond and no orange its not an easy task.

 So when I heard that Sherry Ratay, an internationally acclaimed, celebrity colorist, Joico commercially artistic colorist, award-winning color expert and salon owner, was is New York I made my appointment with her at Sam Brocato Salon in Soho, seeking for a pro hand to go back to brunette with the less amount of difficulties as possible.

Here is how she did it:

In Sherry words

When looking at a color correction you first have to begin with analyzing the existing hair, skin and eye color. 

I began with a listening to the concerns of what was already on her hair; I heard that it was too brassy-orange.  And I must say I agreed 100% that what we were both looking at did not look good on her skin.  I discussed how when working with hair that is a deep/deeper shade of brown it is very difficult to create lightness without exposing a lot of the underlying pigments (ORANGE). We both also agreed that we would begin our color correction with taking her back to her natural hair color.

Step 1-Deepening and controlling the orange that was exposed…I did show her on my glove the color of choice as you could see the oxidation occur during the processing.  I used a select combination of yellow and blue which overall is green (the foundation of the color wheel)

Step 2-Now that the orange was controlled I needed to create depth. I then did a soft blend of brown, yellow and blue, as I still needed a dash more control of the orange and depth.

Step 3-The depth and the orange was control now it was time to create the final color, a deep chocolate cherry brown. Just a hue of red in the sunlight… BEAUTIFUL!  Honestly it looks and feels incredible.

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To be a colorist it is vital to choose the proper color tool for each service.

And I couldn’t agree more with Sherry! For the first time I love the results after a hair color. Sherry made the process look so easy and clean.

Face Roller by Cinthia Contreras

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 So there I was in one of my many event getting a mani inspired by Elemis colors hues and a juicy gift bag, that happened to include among the goodies this pretty and unknown device to me, that after months of being just kept away in my bathroom shelf, I decided to google and try.

The name of the device is Face Roller, articles claim that this roller helps to reduce wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles and with your face creams and serums absorption (I agree with the last one).

The key to getting the most out of jade rolling is to keep an eye out for rollers that specifically note they're made from natural stone: Many of the cheaper versions on the market are actually made from glass and infused with dye to match the color of the jade stone.

I have been using it and true to be told the results of all these beauty routines are not noticeable right way in most cases, but my motto is, if is good and you know it wont damage your health and appearance, you just do it. As for now massaging my face with this roller feels soooo good and because is a natural crystal it keeps a nice low temperature that feels like heaven after a long day at work.

Facts:

"Our facial muscles store a lot of tension," says Ling Chan, an esthetician and the owner of the facial-specializing Ling Skincare spa. She was also one of the early forces behind the jade roller's recent renaissance. "This tension can cause wrinkles and fine lines, especially around our forehead and eyes. Using a jade roller often can help to release tension in these spots."

According to Chan, using a jade roller as a follow-up to skin-care products helps the ingredients soak in better so they can, in turn, do their jobs better. "Any sort of occlusion, including with a surface like a roller, can increase absorption of a product," agrees Dr. Annie Chiu, a dermatologist based in New York City. This means that anything that you can do to trap skin-care ingredients against your skin until they're fully absorbed (and not evaporated or, say, rubbed off on your pillowcase) will help boost the effectiveness of them. 

How to use it:

You can include it in your morning or night routine.

Once you've applied your hydrator, serum, cream or moisturizing mask, you can massage all over the face for three to five minutes with the jade roller. Gentle pressure and motion also promotes circulation, which plumps and firms skin and is a major contributor to that clean-living, eight-hours-of-sleep glow we're all striving for.

You can also store your roller in the fridge or freezer for an extra chilly pop of puff-fighting, but even a room temperature tool will be pleasantly cool, warming slightly as you work.

3 Days Detox|Post-Traveling by Cinthia Contreras

You try to lead this healthy and disciplined lifestyle but then you travel and find yourself surrounded by mouthwatering food and a lot of wine, cheaper than a cappuccino by the way… Your so call discipline and willpower start succumbing and then you just let yourself go, but its ok there is this wonderful thing called DETOX after traveling and I found a doable one three days one:

Upon Waking:

Hot water with juice of half a lemon.

Breakfast: 

Smoothie #1: Blend 1 banana, 1 handful of blueberries, 2 tbs ground flax seeds, 1-2 cups kale, 3 ice cubes and 1/2 cup water

Mid-morning:

Coconut water or kombucha

 Lunch:

Smoothie #2: Blend 1 mango, 4 strawberries, 1 scoop of protein powder (or 1/4 cup almonds), 2 cups spinach, 3 ice cubes and 1/2 cup of water

Mid-afternoon:

1 apple

Dinner:

Salad: 3 cups of your choice of greens topped with half an avocado and your choice of raw veggies (tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, cucumber, or anything else you'd like) with 1 tbs olive oil and lemon juice for dressing.

Tips to keep in mind:

Make sure to drink lots and lots of water!

Avoid coffee and caffeinated tea, but feel free to drink herbal tea (peppermint, chamomile etc.) throughout the day.

WORKOUT!

It looks easy but true to be told when your palate and brain are overly stimulated by sugar and bad carbohydrates, simple diets can become a challenge, but never impossible so keep it up!

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SLEEP and GO by Cinthia Contreras

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It’s so funny (sarcasm) to hear some people say things like: “you sleep when you are dead”,  “I haven’t slept in days because I have to finish this or that” “if you want to succeed in life you need to work 24 hours a day and no rest” and on and on… How clueless I find those people! I mean how can a tired, sleepless brain make a good decision? Or avoid making mistakes?

Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles.

Sleep, learning, and memory are complex phenomena that are not entirely understood. However, animal and human studies suggest that the quantity and quality of sleep have a profound impact on learning and memory. Research suggests that sleep helps learning and memory in two distinct ways. First, a sleep-deprived person cannot focus attention optimally and therefore cannot learn efficiently. Second, sleep itself has a role in the consolidation of memory, which is essential for learning new information.

Even if you are trying to lose weight you need to sleep, otherwise you simply won’t why? Too little sleep triggers a cortisol spike. This stress hormone signals your body to conserve energy to fuel your waking hours. ... So it's not so much that if you sleep, you'll lose weight, but that too little sleep hampers your metabolism and contributes to weight gain.

At night, while we sleep, our skin cells are busy with the process of renewal and repair, because skin follows circadian rhythms, creating waves of activity which trigger cells to perform important processes at specific times of the day. Disturbed sleep and lifestyle factors can cause a cumulative effect; your skin can become out of sync and unbalanced, its healthy appearance compromised.

If I keep going this would be a essay (and you wont read it lol) and guess what I’m doing while I’m writing this post?! Letting the deep scent of rosemary relax me and help me concentrate better.

SLEEP IS GOOD AND VITAL FOR YOU! So love your bed, floor, hammock couch or whatever it is you sleep in.

Bright+Brilliant by Cinthia Contreras

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The revolutionary Clear + Brilliant fractional laser technology helps in:

Prevent the signs of aging

Improve the look of fine lines

Improve skin tone and texture

Improve skin’s overall appearance

Minimize the appearance of pores

Improve the appearance of dyschromia

Noninvasive and nonsurgical, Clear + Brilliant lets you get right back to things. What’s more, it’s budget-friendly.

Now let’s talk about my experience…

I have to admit I was very unsure about leaping to these types of invasive facials but the curiosity and the desire to have great skin and age with dignity are stronger than me, also I prefer to avoid using makeup as much as I can.

As expected it did hurt, the lack of ability to talk because my face was previously numb was very uncomfortable, the burning feeling when the anesthesia fades away was horrible, the sun burning sensation on my face that lasted for 3 days and this sandy effect on your skin when you touch it, are just part of the process to get great skin.

By day number 5 I no longer had any weird sensation, but I still had the sandy skin in some parts of my face and when I took a closer look to those spots where I still felt it I got alarmed to see all these black particles that give the effect of having big dark spots on my face. Panicked by it, I started scratching those particles with my own nails and guess what, that was just all the dirt coming out of my pores and dead skin, impressive, huh? And of course that afternoon I started helping all that dirt to come off with the help of my electric face brush, micellar water, and an exfoliator cleanser.

Tips: Stay very far away from the sun as long as you can, they said 48 hours I stayed away from it 4 days and do this procedure when all you need to do after is go home and rest because it does hurt and it doesn’t look pretty.

Looking forward to my next session!!

Session 2 and 3

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Now I’m on session number three of the clear and brilliant treatment. I thought about stopping it for now in case is too invasive for my skin but guess what; the nurse told me that to see results you have to do minimum 6 sessions! But I have been seeing results since the first one! So imagine by session number six how I’m going to look! Can’t wait!

I didn’t write about my second session, but I still remember it was very painful, but the third one was actually bearable and part of the reason is because I used the cold ventilator, which I didn’t know was an option; so now you know, ask for it.

Another piece of information: I didn’t know this treatment treat two different problems:

 - Collagen production, diminishing the early signs of a maturing you, shrinking pores, giving you a glow

- Enhancing your skin tone and texture y harmonizing your pigmentation.

Prickly Pear Oil: What is it? by Cinthia Contreras

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I had no idea about this oil until I got the one I have in a goodie bag during a beauty event. What got my attention about it that I decided to go and do a little research? Well, reading "Apply to face, neck and around your eyes" on the box, that REALLY got me curious, because as far as I knew applying a natural pure oil directly onto the face wasn't recommended, but hey serendipity with this one you can but only 2 to 3 drops 2 or 3 times a week and before going to sleep (so don't get too excited with it)!  

What is prickly oil?

Many of us love a good facial oil treat which explains our obsession with rosehip seed oil and Moroccan argan oil. However, there is a great do-it-all facial oil called prickly pear seed oil with excellent moisturizing properties. It is derived from a cactus called Opuntia Ficus Indica, used in herbal supplements for weight loss.

Pricky pear oil, also known as barbary fig seed oil, is native to Morocco just like argan oil. The process of extracting the fruit from the seeds is a lengthy operation, which can take three to four days. It is a manual operation and the season only lasts for a few months. It is worth noting that half a ton of these cactus fruits only produce one litre of prickly pear seed oil. Each seed only contains 5% oil and it is these combination of factors that makes prickly pear oil one of the most expensive beauty oils in the world.

What’s so special about prickly pear seed oil?

Prickly pear oil contains the highest amount of vitamin E of any other beauty oil on the market. In fact it contains 150% more vitamin E than argan oil. This oil is also extremely rich in essential fatty acids including omega 6 and 9, antioxidants, polyphenols, amino acids and vitamin K.

Prickly Pear Oil’s Skin Benefits

Prickly pear seed oil has a high content of essential fatty acids which help calm down any inflammation and redness especially for those prone to rosacea. The oil is easily absorbed into skin and penetrates quickly without leaving any greasy residue.

This oil contains effective and potent antioxidants known as betalains which are red and yellow pigments found in plants. Prickly Pear contains the highest amount of betalains than any other plant including beetroot, Goji berries and Acai. These super antioxidant pigments help to protect skin against ageing from various types of damaging radicals which would otherwise encourage wrinkle formation.

Aside from its content of betalains, this seed oil contains amino acids which may help stimulate collagen production.  Containing vitamin K, prickly pear oil helps to brighten hyperpigmentation areas such as dark spots as well as being of benefit for under-eye dark circles.

The fatty acid profile of linoleic acid and oleic acid replenish lost lipids within skin which helps moisturise and restore skin’s elasticity. The high linoleic acid content, roughly 62%, ensures that even the most dehydrated skin is ameliorated.

Sufferers of acne usually have higher levels of oleic acid in skin compared to linoleic acid. It is therefore beneficial to use a non-pore clogging oil rich in linoleic acid to help achieve balance in skin. Enter prickly pear seed oil – its high linoleic acid content helps prevent sebum from hardening and thus prevents blocked pores which would lead to acne and spots. This oil may be used as a night time treatment two or three times a week.

Other benefits of prickly pear seed oil

Prickly pear seed oil is an excellent choice for dry, dull and lacklustre hair. As a hair treatment, simply use one or two drops and massage into hair every night; leave for 15 minutes before washing.

When applied regularly to the nail cuticles, this oil works to strengthen nails making them less prone to breakage.

From anti-aging to the treatment of acne, the versatility of prickly pear seed oil makes it a superb treatment oil suitable for all skin types and a great night time treat.

TURMERIC: BEAUTY by Cinthia Contreras

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So just before I had my surgery I read Turmeric was a good anti-inflammatory source so there I go and buy a huge bottle and obviously I need to finish it buuuuuttttt turmeric happen to leave stains and I’m concern about my teeth, so only drinking it won’t do it for me and adding too much to your dishes alters the flavor negatively, then I was like wait hold it, let me check how I can use it externally and what it does for my skin.

Turmeric is full of beauty benefits, so I’ll include it in my routine as much as possible. The high antioxidants levels slow down cell damage and it’s also anti-inflammatory. That means it works against acne, uneven skin tone and even on fine wrinkles. Read on for ways to add turmeric to your beauty routine:

TURMERIC FACE MASK

Mix flour, turmeric, honey and milk to make a paste

Ingredients:

     2 Tablespoons of flour. You can use regular flour; rice flour or ground oats if your skin is dry.

     1 Teaspoon of turmeric

     3 Tablespoons milk. You can also use yogurt to fight acne.

     A few drops of honey

Apply a thin layer to your face and let it dry for 20 minutes, rinse off in the shower, scrubbing gently to remove. Apply your favorite moisturizer.

SKIN-IMPROVING TURMERIC ACNE MASK

Naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, turmeric and honey soothe inflamed skin and acne.

·       Organic apple cider vinegar

·       1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

·       1 tablespoon of organic, raw honey (preferably Manuka honey)

·       Milk

Apply vinegar to a cotton ball and swipe all over the skin. Wait about five minutes before you apply the mask.

Mix the turmeric powder with the honey. Use your clean hands to apply the mask, avoiding the eye area. Let the mask sit for 15-20 minutes then rinse with warm water. If the turmeric powder leaves a yellowish tint on the skin, use a milk-soaked cotton ball to go over stained areas. Repeat mask twice a week.

EGG YOLK HYDRATING MASK

·       1 egg yolk

·       1 pinch turmeric

·       1 teaspoon olive oil

Mix yolk, turmeric, and oil together to make a paste. Apply to the face and let it dry for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Egg yolks are great for dry skin. The egg proteins promote skin repair and the B vitamins; the olive oil hydrates and locks in moisture and turmeric make your skin glow.

And for a whole body experience, I’m even thinking about filling my tub with water, turmeric and my Elemis skin nourishing milk bath and marinate myself for a good 20 minutes maybe more!

WILL IT STAIN MY FACE?

It won’t turn your face yellow or orange. But it’s definitely recommended a thin layer – the more you pile on the greater your chances of staining, especially on your neck where skin is thinner. Some staining was noticed on hands but it comes off easily. You can always wash your face again after showering.

 

From Earth: Rosemary & Rice Flour by Cinthia Contreras

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A few weeks ago I had a curious conversation with this lady, who had a great skin and she was aware of that because without even me asking her, she started talking about how people don’t believe her age and true to be told she does not look 48 at all, I couldn’t find a dark spot, wrinkle or any sign of aging in her face, of course, I had to ask about her beauty routine and I was shocked not to hear that she uses expensive face products but natural essential oils, vitamin E and ponds cream, wait what?!!!? Please say more!

- “ I scrub my face with rice flour mixed with vitamin E once a week”.

But then I read that if you mix rice flour with the following ingredients, you can double the benefits:

Ingredients

•   Rice flour – 2 tablespoons

•   Gram flour – 1 tablespoon

•   Hung curd

•   Turmeric powder

Direction of Use

•   Take the above-mentioned quantity of rice flour and gram flour. Add 2 spoons of

hung curd into it. Stir well.

•   Add a little amount of turmeric powder to the facemask. You can also add a little amount of water if needed.

•   Now clean your face thoroughly with water and apply the mask on face and neck.

•   Massage gently for a few minutes and let it dry for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water.

- “I take rosemary, the oil coming from a vitamin E soft gel capsule and ponds cream, put it in a pod, then with a towel over my head I let the steam do me a facial, pulling out my face time to time so the heat doesn’t burn my skin. I do it monthly but this is better if you do it once a week.” 

But what she doesn’t know as per my research is that inhaling rosemary oil on a regular basis can help boost your immune system.

I’m astonished by the benefits of both rosemary and rice flour, I’ll mention just a few because otherwise, this post will be a book:

Rosemary:

Can help protect skin cells from damage often caused by the sun and free radicals. Since rosemary has natural antiseptic properties, it's a superior disinfectant for our skin and hair. In fact, this essential oil is known to promote a healthy, moisturized scalp and reverse premature graying.

1.      Boosts Immune System

2.      Is Anti-inflammatory

3.      Promotes Digestion

4.      Increases Circulation

5.      Cures Headaches

6.      Relieves Cough, Cold, And Flu

7.      Helps To Improve Respiratory Activity

8.      Lowers Stress: The next time you feel like the stress of day-to-day life is getting to you, indulge in some aromatherapy with rosemary oil.

9.      Prevents STDs

10.  Boosts Oral Health

11.  Improves Cognitive Function: The next time you find yourself getting distracted while studying for an exam or just can’t seem to focus on the work assignment at hand, inhale some rosemary oil or add a few drops of it in your room diffuser. Not only does it help improve concentration, but it is also great for boosting memory.

12.  Helps Reduce Nervous Tension And Fatigue

13.  Works As An Antidepressant

14.  Reduces Acne And Fights Signs Of Aging: The topical application of rosemary oil has been found to reduce the inflammation caused by acne. But that’s not all! It also reduces under-eye puffiness and improves circulation to give you glowing skin. Additionally, it fights against sun damage and free radical damage and tightens your skin to combat signs of aging.

15.   Enhances Hair Health.

Rice Flour:

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Rice powder is a great ingredient for treating skin blemishes and lightening the skin tone.

Asian women have used this amazing beauty potion for centuries as a natural skin lightener. It has essential anti-aging and oil absorbing properties, that makes it ideal for oily and acne prone skin type. It has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe burnt skin, making it smooth, whiter and radiant. Read the post to find out some other miraculous benefits of rice powder and how it can be used to achieve a fairer looking skin in no time.

•   Rice is a very rich source of PABA, a para-aminobenzoic acid that is a great sunscreen. When taken internally, this P ABA increases the vitamin C level in the body.

•   Rice also has a high concentration of allantoin and ferulic acid, which to protects the skin from the harmful effects of the sun.

Ferulic acid: Ferulic acid is an antioxidant that has great sun protection abilities. When mixed with vitamin C and E, its effects are further doubled.

Allantoin: Allantoin is a great anti-inflammatory agent that promotes deep skin repair and negates the impact of suntans.

•   The tyrosinase present in rice powder prevents the excessive production of melanin in the skin.

•   It contains vitamin B that promotes new cell production and delays the process of skin aging.

Rice powder removes the excess sebum from the skin. It offers skin brightening by improving the skin elasticity and collagen levels.

And I don’t know you but if with these routines I can get so many benefits and on a pinch I save money, I’ll add them to my beauty routine.

Laser Hair Removal by Cinthia Contreras

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I tried in two occasions to do waxing and let me tell you something waxing is definitely not for me! I just cant tolerate the pain and no matter how many times I hear the phrase “you get use to it” I just cant picture how is possible to become that resistant to a pain and anyway I like more permanent solutions, so after my second try waxing I started doing research about laser hair removal and since I didn’t find negative information about this treatment, I booked some sessions to get rid once and for all my under armpit hair and this have been so far one of the best decisions of my life!! Not having to shave everyday is such a relief that I decided to go for a Brazilian, but I was concern about the pain, because even if is very quick it is still pain and down there is a more sensitive area, shall I mention the embarrassment of getting naked and opening my legs and butt to a complete stranger?!   

For this new treatment I decided to go to Laser Away, since 2006 they have been driven by customer satisfaction and the latest innovations in aesthetics science and technology to develop some of the best treatments in the field. LaserAway is among the fastest growing companies in the industry because of one simple reason: It’s the science of smooth skin.

Throughout this treatment I’ll be updating you about my experience.

Session One:

I was extremely nervous about pain and getting naked. The pain part well was bearable but again this is my first session and the power they use is progressive, hopefully I’ll be able to complete this! The technician used ice packages and the laser machine blows a cold air that appeases the burning pulling sensation. About the getting naked part I just had to pull it together and block my shyness.

Session Two:

There I was walking to my second laser hair removal appointment, concerned about the pain and getting naked but very pleased with the result of my first visit, the hair growth reduced by a 60% and that makes me super happy. I told the nurse about it and she told me that some sessions give more results than others, next time I'll ask why...

As expected it did hurt a bit more and the fetal position I had to do was even more embarrassing.

Session Three:

I have to admit this time was difficult, I had my appointment in the middle of fashion and I was told to shave with a razor for better results and less pain I’m allergic to razors but I did it anyway so imagine my face when I went to my appointment and the girl at the front desk came at me with a story about why she wasn’t going to let me in because I was 12 mins late, enraging but I had no time to argue, since I had a long day ahead and very limited time. I had to reschedule, and two days later there I was, still of fire down there after shaving and guess what already stubbly not to my sight but yes to the expert, who looked at me, warned me and recommend me to go another day with a deeper shave because it was going to hurt, but I did it anyway, well I tried!

Omg she was soooo right, the sound of those little hairs being burned and the reach of the laser machine to my skin made it impossible to finish this session. We tried lowering the intensity and squeezing a stress ball, but at the end we just decided to leave it like that and just wait for the next session. I’ll will for sure shave the same day of my appointment to avoid the extra uncomfortable pain.

Session 4

As the treatment advance the sessions become shorter and shorter which is great! This session we were able to finish it properly, so I’ expecting to see less hair growing and hopefully I won’t need more than 6 sessions!



Actualmente|Now by Cinthia Contreras

Ya mencioné esta líneas de cuidado facial anteriormente en un post, pero como sabrán los productos para el cuidado de la piel son de duración larga y los resultados lo vemos en su máximo esplendor cuando vamos envejeciendo y no aparentamos la edad que tenemos y mientras un producto no me provoque acné o resequedad lo uso hasta que se termine.

Depues de terminar mi ciclo con La Mer empecé con Elemis y continuando con Lumene, los resultados: Me fascina, he podido notar levemente mas brillo y mejor textura en mi piel, pese a la inclemencia bastarda de la temperatura en New York y mi eterna cara de cansancio (porque vaya siempre lo estoy).

De Elemis tengo que admitir que no me agrada mucho el aroma pero hasta ahora solo eso no me gusta.


I already mentioned these skin care lines before in a post, but as you know skin products last a while and we see the results in its maximum splendor as we grow older and don't really look our age, and as long as my face doesn't break out or dry out I'll keep using a product until is over . 

After finishing my cycle with La Mer, I started using Elemis and continued with Lumene, the results: I'm fascinated, I have been able to notice slight changes in my skin elasticity and brightness, despite the inclemency of New York weather and my eternal tired face (because I'm actually always tired).

From Elemis I'm not a fan of the scent, but so far only that.

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Pro Collagen Marine Cream Ultra-Rich

Nourishes, Firms, Smoothes

Clinically proven* to reduce the appearance of wrinkles in 14 days, improve hydration and leave skin feeling firmer and looking more radiant. For normal, dry skin.

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Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Super Cleansing Treatment Balm

This powerful, deep cleansing balm dissolves make-up, daily grime and pollutants. Skin is intensely cleansed, nourished and renewed for a glowing complexion. Luxury cleansing cloth included. For all skin types.

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Pro-Collagen Super Serum Elixir

Anti-wrinkle concentrate

Plumps, Smoothes, Nourishes

Clinically proven, this concentrated anti-aging super serum elixir significantly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles*.

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Valo [Light]

 

Glow Reveal Moisturizer

The Arctic is the guiding light in this delicate moisturizer. Extract from handpicked Antioxidant-rich Arctic Cloudberry and Vitamin C combine to energize your skin, restoring your natural glow. Pure Arctic Spring Water intensely hydrates, working in union with our revolutionary brightening technology to promote the appearance of more youthful looking skin that feels plumper, smoother and looks more radiant.

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Valo (Light)

Bright eyes all-in-one eye treatment

Let the light shine from your eyes with this lightweight cream. Precious handpicked Arctic Cloudberry combines with brightening Vitamin C to help to diminish the appearance of dark under-eye circles for skin that looks visibly fresher and more awake. Our revolutionary technology reduces the appearance of puffiness, recharging the whole eye area for a brighter, more radiant overall look. Experience the eye opening effects of potent Nordic ingredients.