Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The PMD: Your Passport to Beautiful Skin

If you're a savvy skincare shopper, you've heard of exfoliation. In fact, if you're like me, you have a bathroom cabinet full of scrubs, creams, and peels geared towards shedding away the lifeless layers of your skin. For those of you that are new to the game, exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from the surface of your skin. The skin’s natural exfoliating ability weakens with age and products are often needed to provide results. Chemical exfoliants, like peels or gels, utilize acids or enzymes to loosen and dissolve. Manual exfoliants, like scrubs or microdermabrasion, use friction to rid the skin of dead skin cells and unclog pores. Today, I'm going to delve into microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive form of exfoliation and mild skin resurfacing that removes dead skin cells from the stratum corneum. Basically, with microdermabrasion, your imperfections are broken apart in the outermost layer and your skin thinks it's sustained an injury. Your skin then uses it's defense mechanisms and begins to toss out the old, rebuild, and reveal younger, healthier skin. After it's all done, your skin is more radiant, your makeup goes on smoother, and your skincare products are able to penetrate up to twenty times deeper than with untreated skin.

There are a lot of at-home microdermabrasion products on the market right now, and there is one product that we feel lives up to the hype: The PMD. PMD stands for Personal Microderm and is an at-home microdermabrasion device that uses Aluminum Oxide Crystals and a vacuum suction to smooth away dead skin cells and literally uncover younger skin. When used just once a week, the PMD will minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, tone, texture and blemishes for a vibrant, youthful complexion. It's simple to use and highly effective.

The PMD has a few different discs that you can use. First of all, there is the white disc. That is the training disc and is recommended for all first time users. When you get comfortable with this one, you can move on to the blue disc, which is recommended for sensitive skin. If you feel that this is not providing you with the results you desire, you can move on up to the green disc. This is a bit more abrasive and is suitable for most skin types. If you're still not achieving your goals, move on to the red disc, which is only meant for the most resilient skin. Each color/strength of disc has a small and a large disc. The larger disc is meant for the body and the smaller disc is meant for the face. Once you've chosen the disc for you, it's time to begin.

1. Cleanse your skin and pat dry. Make sure the skin is completely dry before you begin your treatment.

2. There's no battery to worry about. Just plug it in, pick your disc, and it's ready to go.

3. Begin on the arm, then move to the neck, then finally to the face. Pull the skin taut and use upward motions. Don't press down too hard and never hover in one spot. Once the device is suctioned to the skin, you'll want to maintain the bond. Make one pass over each area and never more than two passes. DO NOT treat above the cheekbones and into the eye area. The skin in this area is very thin and particularly sensitive.

4. You're done and on your way to perfection! We recommend you follow each treatment with a toner to balance your skins pH and follow that up with a moisturizer. In about 6-7 days you can repeat the process.

The key to at-home microdermabrasion is to be gentle. As a beginner, you must start slowly and see how your skin reacts. If you're not sure microdermabrasion is right for you, talk to your dermatologist.

Until Next Time,
♥ Kimberly

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Summer Cleaning

Hey, lovelies!

You know how most people have some sort of fabulous Spring Cleaning routine? Something about shaking out the mothballs and closed doors of winter and instead welcoming the wonder of spring? Well, I don't really get it. Possibly because spring is the season I respond to the least, or maybe because I'm always a little sad winter is over (seriously: candles, snow, gifts, candy?!). Either way, the whole "spring cleaning" thing never really does anything for me. This time of year, however, when the heat has settled nice and heavy into all the crevasses of life, when taking a deep breath feels more like inhaling scalding soup, when malls are packed with back to school shoppers and sales saturate every type of media imaginable, that's when I want to shed some of the excesses in my life.

I took a moment this weekend to look at my shelves, feeling inundated with products. I examined my bedroom and nearly drowned in the mess. My walls left me uninspired and my kitchen? Less than functional. What's a girl to do?

Well, to begin with, having a bathroom overrun with products makes me infinitely less likely to follow any decent skincare regimen. If I can't find something or don't know how long I've had it, it's hardly functional. And that's what practical skincare is about. So I began.

I’m loath to discard things I'll use or things that I might need (hail, packrats!), but sunscreen expires for a reason. A very practical reason. Its efficacy really does decrease over time and I had a range of sunscreens, from physical to chemical, drugstore variety to high-end, face, body, lips, shoulders, base coat, reapply, half-empty, nearly full, insanity! 90% or more were expired.

I discarded them.

Of my four moisturizers, two had been opened for more than a year.

I discarded them.

Dried up mascara (or mascara open for more than three months), lipsticks that just didn't look good, cleanser, exfoliators, toners: if it was expired or smelled wrong, if I'd had it for longer than the recommended shelf life, if I'd never liked it and doubted I ever would, it's gone.*

And I feel better.

Not to mention that my bathroom is organized, my products are safe and fresh, and I stand a real chance of using my nighttime moisturizer at night since I can always reach it after washing my face. I now also have a real idea of what I actually use and what I need to replace.

My bedroom took less time, washing all the bedding, spoiling myself with brand new (teal!) pillowcases, hanging some of the gorgeous artwork from my travels. I know that, going home tonight, out of the chaos of summer activities and back to school madness, I have an established retreat, a safe calm space to retire to every evening and launch from every day. It is clean and organized and when the holidays get started, it will still be clean and organized.

My kitchen? Well, it's not perfect yet. But there's always next weekend!

*How long should your products last? How long are they good for? For hair and skincare products, look for a symbol that looks like this:

“12 M” indicates that the product is good for twelve months after the date you open it. Most skin and hair products will probably say either 12 M or 24 M. For makeup, take a look at the chart below:

3 months
1 – 2 years
Liquid/cream foundations
3 – 6 months
Pressed powder foundations
1+ years
Loose powder foundations
1+ years
Powder eyeshadow and blush
1+ years
Cream eyeshadow and blush
3 – 6 months
Eye and lip pencils
1+ years

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Facts About Osmosis Harmonized H2O Waters

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fitness Finesse

Hello beautiful people! If you're like me, the word "gym" might make you cringe. In fact, if someone asks me to work out with them, I instantly come up with about a dozen reasons why I'm just too busy to join. It's time to stop making excuses and start making changes. Working out doesn't have to be the bane of your existence. In fact, it can actually help improve your mood, control your weight, boost your energy, and combat disease! It doesn't sound so bad now, does it? Read on for some tips and tricks on how to survive the gym and get the most out of your workout.

Get Pumped

Before you work out, there is one thing that you just have to do: Wash your face! When you work out your skin will get hot and you will sweat. Because of this, your pores will open up. If your skin has any makeup, oil, dirt or debris on it, you're basically inviting that stuff into your pores. Before you work out, rescue your pores from potential clogs with a deep clean from a cleanser like EltaMD Facial Cleanser .

My favorite excuse for not working out: I'm too tired. Sleepy, let me introduce you to Osmosis Skincare Elevate. This caffeine free supplement boosts your ATP levels naturally, giving you the energy and focus to complete a fantastic workout. For those of you that aren't biochemists, ATP is required for the biochemical reactions involved in any muscle contraction. As the work of the muscle increases, more and more ATP gets consumed and must be replaced in order for the muscle to keep moving. More ATP= More movement.

Tummy Toning

Contrary to popular belief, crunches are not your only ally in the struggle against belly fat. One of the best ab exercises you can do is the "Side Plank". It's more challenging than the traditional plank because you are supporting your entire body weight on two points of contact instead of four. As a result, you are forced to work harder to stay stabilized. If you are still set on crunches, try mixing it up and working your obliques with this move: Sit on the ground with your thighs and upper torso forming a V shape. Cross your lower legs and lift them about a foot off the ground. Holding a weight between both hands, swivel left to right and back, bringing the weight across your body while maintaining your V shape. Regular exercise and a healthy diet, combined with the use of some fabulous tummy toning products, like the Billy Jealousy Six Pack Slimming Solution or the bliss Fat Girl Sixpack, will have you looking svelte and feeling fabulous in no time!

Leg Day

Repeat after me: "I won't give up, I will do another rep!" Squats are hard. They are especially hard because they are so easy. You do about five and think, "Oh, why bother...what's this going to do for me?". When you start getting to the double digits, you'll be feeling it the next day. Working hard will allow you to reap the benefits, but it will also leave your muscles a bit tense and sore. After pulling off the perfect leg routine, give those gams a good rubdown with Mio Workout Wonder. This gel is perfect for easing muscle soreness and improving circulation. It's also great for pre-workout because it stimulates the muscles.

The Finish Line

What you do post-workout is just as important as the workout itself. After your last set, give your body a cool down with about 5 minutes of light cardio. Follow that cardio with a stretching routine that incorporates all the muscles that you used during your work out. In addition to cooling down and stretching out, you'll need to hydrate. In order to look like a fox, one must sweat like a pig. Your body just lost a lot of fluid through sweating. Drink up that water and admire all the progress you've been making! In fact, reward yourself with a relaxing post-workout soak. We recommend the Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak . This soak is rich in magnesium, which relieves aches, improves circulation, and eliminates toxins.

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