Solving Skin Problems With Mineral Makeup

Posted on November 18, 2009 by kate | 5 Comments

We all have them--aggravating complexion issues, that is. Whether you're bothered by uneven skin pigment, red, splotchy skin, a sallow skin tone, or dark circles, you're certainly not alone. Smart, disciplined skin care, coupled by a healthy diet high in the right oils and antioxidants, can prove helpful--as can regular exercise. But beyond this common wisdom, what can be done to create that clear, luminous, even-toned canvas we all seek?

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Cold Weather Care

Posted on November 10, 2009 by kate | 2 Comments

As winter approaches, so can dry, winter skin. That doesn't mean you need to put away your mineral foundation -- it just means you might need to change your routine a bit.

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Beautiful White Tea

Posted on October 20, 2009 by kate | 0 Comments

Many of us are familiar with the health benefits of green tea. But did you know that white tea is even more powerful than green tea? It also contains significantly less caffeine. No wonder everyone from Oprah to Dr. Oz to Alima’s own Kate have been spreading good cheer about this healing and salubrious natural treat.

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Natural Skincare

Posted on October 08, 2009 by kate | 9 Comments

“Less is more.” We’ve all heard this phrase. Most of us know the importance of preserving natural resources, of avoiding waste wherever possible. But this idea also has widespread value in other areas--even in the realm of cosmetics and skin care, where excess often reigns. In fact, many skin problems can simply be resolved by limiting the number of products we use and the amount of ingredients to be found within each product.

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Oil as moisturizer

Posted on October 06, 2009 by kate | 10 Comments

Many of us have been frightened away from using facial oil, but in fact it can be marvelously nourishing and protective. In the summertime my skin seems to be fine without it, but as the weather changes I find it's the perfect natural moisturizer.

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The Best Natural Skincare Ever

Posted on October 01, 2009 by kate | 1 Comment

We get lots of queries for skincare recommendations, and there are some fantastic ones out there (Talulah, for example), but one of my favorites doesn't come in a jar.

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Kate goes under the needle

Posted on May 28, 2009 by kate | 4 Comments

Make that needles. 57, actually, not including the few in my hands and feet. It’s all part of an experiment to see whether acupuncture ‘facelifts’ work – on me, at least. There will be pictures, though not quite yet. I’ll post the ‘before’ pic when we have an ‘after’ for comparison.

The project began when my lovely friend Katy Nielsen of Waterlily Facial Salon mentioned that she and an associate were teaming up to offer acupuncture facelifts (10 acupuncture sessions and 2 natural facials over the course of 5 weeks), and they were looking for ‘guinea pigs’ to help get the project rolling. How could I resist? So, within a couple of weeks I got a call that we were ready to roll, and Katy came by my office with a lovely bag of ‘homework’ – Eminence skincare products. There is a lovely rose cleanser along with toner, serum, moisturizer, and a grapefruit masque specially chosen for my skin type. My assignment – use these products throughout the course of treatment, to support the effects of the acupuncture. So far, so awesome.

On to the acupuncture. The treatments are administered at the Healing Path Holistic Medicine Clinic, by Anja Middelveld, who uses the Mei Zen traditional protocol for facial rejuvenation. Ok, I can hear your first question. Yes, it does hurt a bit, at first. Not all of the needles, just a few of them, and only while they are being put into place. People with thicker skin would probably experience less discomfort, but it was not too bad.  Anja gives me a wonderful facial massage to begin which seems to really help relax my face and ease any discomfort. And once the needles are in place I have even fallen asleep a couple of times. 

The sessions occur twice weekly for 5 weeks, and I have now had 3 treatments. So far the results have not been dramatic, but I think they are noticeable. My skin seems to be more vibrant – similar to the glow after a good workout.  I had one small needle-induced bruise on my cheek that is fading pretty quickly. So far, the effect seems to be well worth the discomfort. The results will be more pronounced next week, if my skin behaves like most. 

And Friday I get to go back and see Katy for another of her fabulously pampering Eminence facials. And there’s more to come…..

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