How To Protect Your Skin from the Sun (Without Sunscreen!)

How To Protect Your Skin from the Sun (Without Sunscreen!)

  

    

The sun is the source of life. Made up of about 1,500 different wavelengths, sunlight is comprised of infrared, visible and ultraviolet light, which filter through the atmosphere to reach us on earth. This is what we experience as crisp, warm daylight.

Apart from the obvious necessity of sunlight for visibility, warmth and also for photosynthesis of the plants we eat, studies have revealed numerous benefits of the sun for humans including:

  • Vitamin D synthesizing: the UVB rays of the sun react with cholesterol derivatives in the skin to produce this important nutrient. Without sunlight, this conversion cannot occur and the body must rely on the available sources in foods or supplements.
  • Increased awareness: studies show that natural light (over artificial light) enhances alertness, drive and focus.
  • Natural pain killer: several studies have shown that sunlight can have an analgesic effect, easing pain.
  • Mood enhancing: spending time in the sun increases serotonin, your feel-good hormone.
  • Cortisol regulating: research has highlighted the effects of natural light/dark cycles on maintaining a diurnal flow of cortisol to modulate energy and stress.
  • Energy creating: researchers are currently looking into the potential of the sun to use a pigment in the skin called melatin to create energy for the cells.

The problem with traditional sunscreen is the sheer chemical load that’s found in these products. Many contain fragrance chemicals, parabens, harsh alcohols, toxic chemical solvents and petroleum oils that are both unstable and harmful- especially when applied with frequency to porous skin.

So what can we do to naturally avoid burns while still catching a good amount of healing golden rays? Our greatest skincare lies in protection and prevention. Here are some of my favorite ways to protect your skin from the sun (that don’t involve sunscreen!):


-We all need vitamin D. When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it manufactures vitamin D. The sun’s ultraviolet B (UVB) rays interact with a protein called 7-DHC in the skin, converting it into vitamin D3, the active form of vitamin D.

The problem is, too many people think that using sunscreen and other forms of sun protection leads to vitamin D deficiency, and that the best way to obtain enough of the vitamin is through unprotected sun exposure. But that can lead to a whole other set of serious problems.

Some people require more vitamin D than others, and some health groups recommend higher doses ranging from 800 to 2,000 IU.

Vitamin D supplements allow you to take in these higher amounts easily. The upper daily limit is generally considered to be 2,000 IU, though some experts recommend even higher levels. Elevated levels of vitamin D lead to a healthier immune system and less free radical damage, helping us process our sun exposure!

-Lotions that contain organic oils, vitamins and essential oils can help to protect your skin from the sun. Before I go outside, I always lather my skin with lotion. Lately I’ve been loving Lavender & Lilies Organic Vanilla Spice Whipped Body Butter. It smells heavenly – good enough to eat! I apply this all over my hands, arms, legs and feet as well as my lips before I go out in the sun. Intensly rich, it will sink into your skin for all day and night moisture.

Organic cocoa butter melts on contact with skin, delivering fast-acting fatty acids to hydrate. Saturated fats are especially beneficial for healing dry, cracked skin because they’re easily absorbed and remain on the skin for hours. This beauty ritual is luxurious. I love this oil because it feels like melting into a vanilla cupcake!


-Hats are a fun, fashionable way to care for yourself out in the sun without having to compromise going outside! I love this hat for sun protection and have been rocking this sun hat all month long. Cute sunglasses are also a must-have! 


-Organic Tanning Oil can provide benefits both before and after sun exposure! Many seed and vegetable oils are rich in antioxidants, natural chemicals and vitamin E to protect, moisturize and heal skin exposed to ultraviolet light.

My favorite Organic Tanning Oil is made with rich fruit oils that not only help tan the skin but protect. It features the very unique Monoi de Tahiti, which is created by soaking Tiare (Gardenia) flowers from French Polynesia in coconut oil for a minimum of 10 days. This can also be applied after sun exposure for a healing and nourishing treatment to sun exposed skin or you can use coconut oil for a better tan.

Coconut oil has a natural SPF of 4-5 and contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from harmful radiation from the sun. Natural sunscreen! Obviously that low amount of SPF isn’t sufficient for a long day in the sun, so Lavender and Lilies also add red raspberry seed oil and essential oils in this particular blend, which are natural SPF’s. That’s why I love it!

Red Raspberry Seed Oil found in this luxurious tanning oil contains high amounts of alpha and gamma tocopherols (Vitamin E), polyphenols and Vitamin C. It is also rich in Vitamin A and contains up to 83% omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. I apply it on my legs, arms and tummy and in the last few weeks I have turned a beautiful golden brown color!

-Exfoliating is an essential step in your skin care routine and will help your body protect itself against the effects of the sun. The process of exfoliation rids the body of any dry, dull skin by removing dead skin cells from the surface of the epidermis.
By removing these dead cells, exfoliation with this organic (and gorgeous!) Lavender & Lilies scrub can help keep pores from becoming clogged and leave skin with a refreshed and clean feeling. Let your body glow with fruit oils and organic ingredients that deeply moisturize and nourish the skin. Take care of your whole body, not just your face!

Created in loving partnership with Lavender and Lilies.

The Healthy Beauty Products Every Woman Should Own:

The Healthy Beauty Products Every Woman Should Own:

The healthy beauty market went from 0 to 100 real quick. With so many options out there today, it’s difficult to pin down exactly which healthy beauty products you should spend your hard-earned money on. Today, I’ve narrowed down my healthiest must-have’s to 5 products that you need to own. Now you can consider yourself the ultimate feminine health guru!


No matter what oils or toners you use, there is one extra step to a great complexion: a glow that comes from the inside, out. Vitex not only gives you a killer glow, but it can help with all kinds of feminine health problems like PCOS, PMS, Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia, cystic acne, hormonal acne, thyroid issues and more. It’s also been reported to improve female fertility, promote lactation and lower menopause symptoms. It’s a preventive medicine MUST for every woman! This supplement is beauty in a bottle. Check out the overwhelmingly great reviews!

No beauty ritual is complete without a jade roller! It’s an amazing way to roll organic oils onto your skin as a DIY facial treatment. It’s so luxurious. I love how it feels and my skin responds to it really well. Jade rollers improve blood circulation and skin tone, improve skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles and puffiness. Your jade roller can easily reduce dark under eye circles and eliminate toxins. Leave your jade roller in the freezer and use it nightly for ultimate benefits. The jade roller can also tighten pores since the jade remains cold even when in direct contact with the skin. To use the jade roller, you simply roll upwards and outwards on your face and neck. You literally “lift” and roll the wrinkles and impurities up and out of your skin. jaderole

I preach the holy word of DIM and I always will. This one supplement CURED me of embarrassing cystic acne. Not helped, not improved, not kind of did somethingCURED. My acne is gone and it’s been gone for years now – as long as I take DIM Plus! If you struggle with acne, especially acne that is hormonal, this supplement is your must-have and don’t think twice about it. Don’t just take it from me. My good friend Greta recently started trying it as well and reported on her blog that she saw improvements in her skin overnight! Reviews on Amazon are glowing, too. For $12, it’s a no-brainer. Give it a try for a month. I believe the bottle says to take 2 a day, but if you struggle with BAD acne, take 3 or even 4 a day. I take 4 a day (2 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon), which is when I really saw improvements. My pores shrank, my oil was controlled, my T zone was less shiny, my skin was smoother and miraculously, I woke up the first week acne FREE! Previously I had tried EVERYTHING, including Accutane. DIM truly WORKS.

The reviews on Genetix Organic Enhancement Oil are glowing, from women with an A cup saying they woke up to noticeably bigger boobs on day 2, to mom’s using it to help stretch marks after nursing, there’s a reason why every woman in the World absolutely HAS to try this awesome oil! Personally, it helped me to increase 2 cup sizes in just 90 days! Seriously! (There’s photographic evidence here.) I use this enhancement oil in conjunction with Pueraria Mirifica, an herb which the oil also contains. In fact, this oil has nine potent organic herbs and carrier oils that help to increase breast size, depth and fullness. 

Also, it’s the ONLY option I’ve found that is totally natural and trust me – I’ve really done my research. Every other option contains scary toxins, parabens, PEG, alcohol or fillers like water or a gel substance (or all of the above!) No thank you! Stick with this affordable, organic option! I just love it! Seriously my best kept beauty secret. This oil also works on plumping and softening other areas, like lips, cheekbones and your neck to chest.

I owe my physique to this oil. Don’t forget to use code “STAYWEIRD” for a huge discount! I also have to mention that there’s worldwide shipping (wheeee!) Many of you asked so I thought I’d include this!

I actually can’t believe that it took soooooo long for organic tampons and pads to exist! Here are a few MAJOR reasons to make the switch (Like, today.)

  • Every year, BILLIONS of plastic laden pads and liners are disposed of, often ending up in landfill sites and even the oceans of our world.
  • Most of these pads are made from over 90% crude oil plastic which goes on to pollute global environments forever.
  • Most tampons and pads are bleached with chlorine which leads to a toxic byproduct called dioxin, which is linked to cancer as it’s a known carcinogen and endometriosis.
  • You often see “Elemental chlorine-free bleaching” on a label (also referred to as chlorine-free). This bleaching process is NOT free of chlorine at all but means that it is not a chlorine gas bleaching process! This does not exclude the use of other types of chlorine in the bleaching process. It is easy to be confused when manufacturers play with language in order to confuse you. Grrrrr!
  • Recycled cotton any better? Nope. Again… tricky marketing at play. Recycled still cannot be chlorine or pesticide free because there’s no way to ensure that the cotton products recycled were clean.
  • Pesticide-residue getting into your lady parts? 26% of the world’s pesticide is sprayed on cotton. These pesticides have been shown to affect the health of wildlife and humans in a devastating way from infertility, hormonal imbalance, even cancer. In third world countries, up to 70% of farm workers are children aged 5-15 and many involved in spraying these potentially cancer-causing chemicals onto the cotton that your tampons are made from. This is just so wrong because these children are being exposed at such a young age.
  • If the cord of your tampon has been dyed, then it’s a possible source of toxic heavy metals, thanks to azo dyes.

(The list above was written by Candice Shrieker of Joyous Health)

My favorite brands are NatracareSeventh Generation + Veeda.

DIY Wrinkle Blasting Collagen Eye Mask

DIY Wrinkle Blasting Collagen Eye Mask

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Dark circles are the second most common skin complaint. If you’re looking for an all-natural way to combat tired eyes, discoloration and puffiness, there are some easy ingredients that you have at home that can work just as well or better than expensive spa treatments. This method is seriously liquid gold!

Many people think lack of sleep causes the appearance of dark circles, but it’s a little more complex than that. This natural DIY treatment contains high levels of collagen. A recent study on collagen shows a “significantly higher skin elasticity level” and a “positive influence” on skin hydration and evaporation.  Read below to learn more about how this eye mask can help address the causes of dark circles, puffiness, skin inflammation and aids in hydrating dry skin + wrinkle reduction! 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 4 scoop Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin
  • 1 packet raw Marine Collagen
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Parchment Paper or Pre-made eye masks (these are the only natural ones I’ve found, and they’re re-usable!)
  • 2 slices of pineapple
  • 1 squeeze of lemon

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Combine raw cashews, marine collagen, coconut milk, pineapple, lemon + water in blender
  • Blend on high
  • Combine mixture with beef gelatin in a pot on the stove
  • Mix until gel-like consistency
  • Remove and place onto parchment paper
  • Let cool + cut eye mask shapes with a knife
  • OR: Alternatively, add mixture to one side of pre-made eye masks + let cool
  • Apply to eyes. Let the magic mixture go to work for 15-30 mins. Remove.
  • Use within 24 hours or store in water to keep hydrated

WHY IT WORKS:

  • Cashew nuts help our body to utilize iron properly and eliminate free radicals. They contain high levels of riboflavin, pantothenic acid, thiamin, niacin + vitamins E + K.
  • Beef gelatin promotes youthful skin, healthier hair, and stronger nails. 
  • Marine collagen makes your skin appear smoother and more supple. In studies, it has been proven to prevent the formation of deep wrinkles and actually decrease wrinkle appearance by up to 80%
  • Pineapple contains vitamin A, which has the ability to reduce inflammation and also act as a natural anti-fungal and antibacterial.
  • Coconut milk has high levels of Vitamin C which helps maintain elasticity and flexibility of skin. It is also rich in copper, and prevents wrinkles, sagging skin and age spots. 
  • Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production.

This post was created in partnership with Vital Proteins, a company that I really believe in, use daily and truly love.

(PS lippie is Gressa lip boost in Radiant.)

 

 

The Simple Beauty Secret I Don’t Leave Home Without (with Coupon Code!)

The Simple Beauty Secret I Don’t Leave Home Without (with Coupon Code!)

Last month, I was committed to restoring my personal glow.

After a week of travel, my skin was seeing the effects. Weather changes, airplanes, germs, dirt, different linens and stress had all caught up with me: I was at my wits end. As I packed for the East Coast, I searched my beauty cabinet’s for one, triumphant, multi-task oil that would help me get through my time in NYC while maintaining a healthy glow for meetings, desk sides, family time and even a feature on PIX 11 news. Out of frustration, I was about to give up and mix my own concoction when out of the corner of my eye I caught what I had been looking for all along: my Alpine Pure Oil. YESSSSS!

Since a full bottle of Alpine Pure Oil is under the TSA limit, I let out a sigh of relief, packed it in my purse and instantly was able to move on from packing beauty products to packing my clothes.

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Telluride Glow, the company behind Alpine Pure Oil, has quickly risen to the top of My Favorite Companies list. After quite a bit of trial and error (28 formulas, a rockstar cream, 2 years of research and hundreds of product testers), Mary Alice created a multi-tasking oil that is truly a standout.  Alpine Pure Oil is loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids that are incredible for the skin. Each oil, herb and essential oil contained in Alpine Pure Oil has it’s intelligent purpose. The synergy of each organic, thoughtful ingredient combined is equivalent to 5 star gourmet skin cuisine.

You guys know I love my oils, but this product is a standout because I can really use it for everything and take it everywhere.

In NY I slathered this on dry skin, my arms, legs, my face as well as the ends of my hair. I swear by organic hair oil as the one and only way to truly get rid of split ends for good! I even use Alpine Pure Oil as a lip scrub by adding organic coconut sugar! It’s easily transportable, so I just kept it in my bag and break it out if my hands or face are dry. I also dab it on my cheeks over makeup for a simple glow. I love that it worked just as well for me in New York as it had in California. That is TRUE multi-tasking (and something I have truly struggled to find in other products!) This organic oil has a permanent place in my purse and makeup bag.

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Simplicity rules. 

This is the attitude that Mary Alice Heape exudes, and it’s a motto that I can truly appreciate.

These ingredients are perfect for skin to absorb as the weather changes. Our skin constantly encountering WTF moments left and right during seasonal changes.

Here’s how this organic oil can help you:

  • Helps rejuvenate the skin and give a healthy glow due to high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids
  • Cold-pressed and unrefined to retain the healthy benefits of the ingredients
  • Repairs, nourishes and moisturizes skin
  • Reduces fine lines
  • No greasy feeling
  • Supports national nonprofit AmpleHarvest.org
  • Won’t Clog Pores
  • Can be used on face or body
  • Smells divine!
  • Can be used under or over makeup for a glow
  • Perfect for hair as well
  • Use overnight as a hair mask, rinse out in the morning
  • Use as an oil cleanser and remove with an organic muslin cloth
  • Unisex and great for many skin types

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Check out these stellar ingredients:

INGREDIENTS: Virgin Coconut Oil*, Golden Jojoba Oil*, Rosehip Seed Oil*, Argan Nut Oil*, Evening Primrose Oil*, Baobab Oil*, Geranium Essential Oil*, Lavender Essential Oil*, d-alpha-tocopherol natural vitamin E oil (500 IU/G), Pomegranate Seed Oil*, Watermelon Seed Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil*, Cranberry Seed Oil, Plum Seed Oil, Maracuja Oil, Moringa Seed Oil, Ylang Ylang Complete Essential Oil*, Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil*, Tamanu Nut Oil*, Neroli – Orange Blossom Essential Oil*, Frankincense Essential Oil*, Roman Chamomile Essential Oil*, Sweet Orange Essential Oil*, Mica.

* Certified Organic

These ingredients stand out to me because they truly work is synergy to support one another.

For instance, sea buckthorn berry is known for intense cell membrane nurturing and plum helps reinforce skin’s natural defenses and restore suppleness. Watermelon seed oil has incredible moisturizing capabilities and rich composition of essential fatty acids help to dissolve sebum buildup, while pumpkin oil contains Zinc, Vitamin C, selenium and Vitamin E, which all help to promote healthy collagen. I can see the true science behind these organic ingredient choices. They are genius – and they truly work!

Take 15% off this week over on the Telluride Glow website with code 15november! Don’t miss this one!

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Can A Pill Give You Great Skin? 4 Beauty-Boosting Supplements

Can A Pill Give You Great Skin? 4 Beauty-Boosting Supplements

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that supplements have completely saved my skin. In SOOO many ways. If you’re frustrated with dry skin, cracked lips, acne, eczema or a dull complexion, this article is for you. A supplement is most likely your answer! Find out which nutrients have the power to give you a younger look, a natural tan, and clear skin.

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Fenugreek:  Fenugreek has a high concentration of vitamin B1, which is responsible for generating energy from food. With this vitamin you can maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. Fenugreek is rich source of vitamin K, which is why you will inevitably find it various skin care creams. Doctors also use vitamin K as it helps in blood clotting. Assorted properties in vitamin K helps to treat stretch marks, spider veins, fade scars and reduce dark circles and fenugreek is one of the richest sources. Other minerals in Fenugreek like calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium and iron help to treat minor to moderate skin problems.

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Echinacea: This supplement smells like honey and has a myriad of skin benefits, often used in anti-aging serums, moisturizing lotions and skin refreshers.  Echinacea extracts works like a magic on your face. It soothes the skin by bringing down the swelling of the skin tissues, including inflammation that can cause acne. It also helps fight the acne-causing bacteria and provides freedom from acne in the long run. Echinacea is rich in tannins, the substance that works like an astringent and has a shrinking effect on the skin cells. When used in time, it helps in reducing the appearance of wrinkles by up to 55%.

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Rhodiola is one of my very favorite supplements. I raved about it in my book and I still take it each and every day because it’s a proven anti-aging herb and big cancer fighter! Rhodiola Rosea is probably most well knows for its ability as an adaptogen used for reducing stress and its negative effects. But that’s not all it does. This herb can also be successfully used to restore the skin and bring back its youthful look. Rhodiola contains powerful antioxidants that can remove toxins and free radicals from the body. Toxins and free radicals are not only dangerous to our health, but they can also be very damaging to the skin and make us look old before our time. Studies have shown that Rhodiola is comparable to vitamin C as an antioxidant, and you probably know how effective vitamin C can be for the skin!

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I was introduced to Olive Leaf when I asked my family how my Great-Uncle (who is 100% Irish!) had such dark, illuminated, golden skin – year round. There was a story: supposedly he was born pre-maturely and very sick. His 1930’s Doctor wrapped him in olive leaves to starve out the sickness for the first six months of his life. Other than a few brief moments to eat, he was rarely unwrapped in the olive leaves. Over time the olive leaf changed his skin color to a golden tan, which stuck for life.

I know. I’m kinda jealous too.

I was also intrigued, and started my research immediately. It turns out: this story is probably true!! Olive leaves and olive leaf extract—both from the leaves of the olive tree, rather than the fruit—also have many health benefits, including the potential to boost the immune system and to fight off harmful bacteria. Clinical trials have shown olive leaf extract as having potential in the treatment of viral diseases like herpes, pneumonia, & even the flu!! Pop some if you feel ANYTHING coming on!!

Olive Leaf is also known as “liquid gold”. Wounds heal faster with olive leaf extract, according to a study published in a 2011 issue of “Journal of Medicinal Foods”, wounds treated with olive leaf extract showed 87 percent increased closure and 35 percent better strength compared to wounds treated with a commercial ointment!! 

How does it work so well?? Secoiridoid Oleuropein, the active ingredient in Olive Leaf, is a powerful anti-oxidant. Many studies have confirmed it as an anti-oxidant, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory compound. Olive Leaf contains linoleic acid, a fatty acid that helps moisturize and keep moisture from evaporating from skin. Because of its unique ability to mix with water, it helps your skin drink in the moisture without clogging pores. Oleuropein extract of olive leaf reduced reddening of the skin, dehydration and blood flow to the skin better than vitamin E, according to a study published in a 2008 “International Journal of Cosmetic Science.”

This makes it a great hydrator for all types of skin, even sensitive and combination skin that may be prone to acne. Personally, Olive Leaf also helps me to maintain a tan (I fight anemia and this helps soooo much!), and it brings a glow to my skin that I just love! It’s a powerful anti-wrinkle fighter, too!

One of the top questions I receive is what supplement companies you can trust. Nature’s Way makes my some of my favorite supplements! I’m a huge fan and I swear by their DIM Plus! They have soooo many options to choose from, and carry just about every vitamin or supplement you can think of for anything you’re trying to treat!

They’re also a proud partner with the Non-GMO project, and are the first major brand to be certified to be TRU-ID. TRU-ID is an independent testing program that uses cutting-edge DNA biotechnology to ensure the authenticity of herbal products. With TRU-ID validation, you can be sure that the herbs listed on the labels actually match what is in the products.

Nature’s Way also recently donated $100,000 from the sales of their herbal products to the Rainforest Alliance to conserve biodiversity and foster sustainable livelihoods. Neat, huh?

Cheaper, Easier, Totally Natural Botox?! I’m In!

Cheaper, Easier, Totally Natural Botox?! I’m In!

Botox. It’s all the rage – especially here in Southern California. Kind of considered standard, actually. I recently even overheard girls in HIGH SCHOOL banter back and forth about “who would need it first” (no talk about maybe not needing it at alloh no!) I wondered: why is it considered standard to 15 year olds to head straight for the needle when there are SO many amazing ways to create and maintain a youthful appearance naturally??

Before taking the plunge into Botox – or maybe as a healthier alternative for the future – try these suggestions first!

What IS Botox??

Botox is a neurotoxin. Let me repeat that. It’s a neurotoxin: a POISON that acts on the nervous system. Cosmetically it’s used to remove the appearance of wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles.

Possible short term effects include flu-like symptoms, droopy eyelid or cockeyed eyebrows, crooked smile or drooling, trouble breathing, loss of bladder control, and other super sexy sounding things.

Its long- term effects on the brain, nervous system and muscles are unknown, although we do know that there can be some decreased ability to perform routine facial expressions depending on how and where it is injected.

Also, it’s injected straight into your face.

By the way, it doesn’t last. Nope.

Get over that fear of needles in your face, pray that the injection sight doesn’t scar, hand your hard earned money to a stranger to “fix” something that’s “wrong with you”… and you STILL have to go back 6 months later!! Sometimes even sooner!

Maybe I realllly just don’t care about having wrinkles that much (in fact, I think they’re kinda sexy) but. I’m sorry. Somebody has to say it.

WHAT?!

I mean, really. WHAT?! WHY?! Why are we injecting a neurotoxin into our faces for SHORT TERM cosmetic benefits?!? A few wrinkles here and there? Too long in the sun, maybe?! A few too many cocktails and not enough water?! Guuuuuuyyyssss.

Do it, don’t do it. I don’t judge. Most of my friends have had it done and they know this much: I love them just the same. I’ve even gone with them to appointments. I’ve held their hand. I’ve watched doctors explain how safe it is. I’ve held tiny paper cups of water to their paralyzed lips. I’ve even been offered it FOR FREE.

But for real, I just can’t do it. Not my style. It’s the neurotoxin in the face thing. I can’t get over it. If there’s even a zillionth of a chance that I’ll end up slobbering, crooked eyed and pissing myself, you can count me out any day of the week. I don’t care WHAT it makes me look like.

That’s me, though. Truthfully, I haven’t felt the need to do it because I know that there are super simple things that can be done – not just proactively, but any time I see an unwanted line creeping in – to stop it in it’s tracks.

You can achieve the same results as Botox – naturally.

Without the needle.

And PS: it’s waaaaay cheaper.

These are my go-to’s that really WORK anytime I feel a wrinkle creeping in or notice a line getting deeper – and they’ve been a skin saver 100% of the time! Taken daily, they are seriously effective, natural solutions that will wipe 5 or more years off your appearance!

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Vital Proteins – Marine Collagen

I can’t get enough of this stuff! AMAZING for skin, hair, nails and it’ll give you a totally natural glow. It’s an anti-aging supplement and it’s components have been proven in clinical trials to rejuvenate the skin, minimize fine lines, wrinkles, boost nail health, beauty and strength, restore hair growth, beat fatigue and even fight insomnia! I put it in EVERYTHING – my cawffee, water, smoothies, tea, and cooked meals – even my breakfast granola!

Vital Proteins – Grass Fed Collagen Peptides

Not sold on Collagen yet? In a recent study, women who took just 2.5 g of collagen once a day saw a 20% reduction in wrinkle depth around their eyes… in 8 weeks!! Even more significant, levels of the body’s own procollagen (the precursor to collagen) were significantly elevated, with production up by an impressive 65%!! It seems that the pills in this study could make a woman’s skin behave like a younger version of itself!!

Without collagen your skin loses the elasticity and vibrancy. With it, you can remain young forever!

Calcium Carbonate

I’ve always loved calcium carbonate in tonics + shots, but I recently started taking more of it and also putting it into just about everything I eat and drink. WOW!

I swear since I started taking Calcium every day, my skin has never looked better, wrinkles, scars and discoloration have been fading and my HAIR has grown an inch or more a week (another post on this coming soon!) SO CHEAP and the results are fantastic – I could not be happier!! This super convenient powder form couldn’t be simpler and it’s tasteless! Get this NOW.

Collodial Silver Spray

Colloidial silver is great for cuts, scraps, acne and… wrinkles?! That’s right! I’ve noticed that this spray is AMAZING on deep set wrinkles and dry spots! Topical creams that use silver sulfadiazine increase wound-healing time and it’s worked miracles on my face!

Cellular Recovery Serum

This is truly the perfect combination serum: moisturizing but not greasy. Long lasting. Scent free. Major amounts of age-defying hyaluronic acid (it’s the third ingredient) and melatonin (the fifth). Organic chia seeds brighten. Zinc clears skin. Rose petals soften. Coffee beans lift. Hibiscus acts as a natural Botox. Rosemary and willow bark come to the rescue as antiseptics in case you’re tackling a breakout. Because of ALL of it’s healing, skin loving properties, it’s dubbed the Cellular Recovery Serum! Now that we’ve been around the world together (literally!), I can absolutely say she’s a total lifesaver!

Simply apply a generous to trouble spots. GO. Done. I couldn’t believe it the first time I tried it and it WORKED. It literally looks like you put a 5 years younger costume on your skin! I just LOVE it! Can’t get enough!

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Sun Potion’s Ashitaba

Ashitaba is known as “the longevity vegetable”, and has been one of my all time favorite herbs for aging and fine lines! Legit, you will look younger. Ashitaba keeps degenerative diseases from occurring and has the power to rejuvenate your body’s cell properties. It also has growth hormones booster! Within weeks of drinking ashitaba in your tea or putting some on your food, you will feel a noticeable difference in the glow of your skin straight away. It has the effect of detoxifying and purifying your liver and at the same time whitening your skin complexion as it goes through your bloodstream.

Nordic Naturals Gummy Vitamins

Don’t let these cuties fool you! They have AMAZING anti-aging benefits! While “fat” is typically a four-letter word in the dieting world, Omega-3 is a good fat. Wrinkles begin with lack of hydration, and healthy fats keep the skin lubricated! They also help maintain the integrity of the cell membrane, which keeps toxins out of the skin and may even help protect against sun damage!

So, there you have it! A few easy, natural, simple ways to go needle-free and still look younger and amazing!

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