I’ve decided to do a series of posts on acids! Kelsie put a poll on our Instagram story the other day – “Do you know what hyaluronic acid is?” and the majority of responses were no!  And we just can’t have that because it’s amazing stuff and you need to know about it!

Hyaluronic acid (I’m just gonna call it HA) occurs naturally in our bodies, but the concentration decreases as we age.  Why do our bodies insist on getting rid of the good stuff when we’re getting older…? Killin me.  Decreasing levels of HA might leave us looking a little raisin-y.  Dehydrated skin, loss of plumpness and firmness, basically nothing good! So when our body decides that it doesn’t want to cooperate anymore, we can look to an HA skin care product to supplement!

A feature of young, healthy skin is that it’s able to retain a balanced amount of moisture.  HA is like a sponge – it can hold almost 1,000 times its weight in water – so it does an awesome job of keeping your skin in a nice little moisturized blanket 🙂

HA can be taken as a supplement also because who wants creaky joints?! Not I! Again, it occurs naturally in our bodies to help keep our joints lubricated, but the older you get, the more help you probably need!

Lastly, HA is a key ingredient in many cosmetic fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane.  It kind of makes injectables less scary when you realize they’re mostly made of something your body produces naturally, doesn’t it? (P.S. Vanity will be back on December 11th for all your injectable needs!)

We have a variety of PCA and Le Mieux products containing this delightful ingredient!  We also have a special going on this month (I swear I didn’t do this on purpose, it just came to my mind :P) Spend $150 on retail products and receive a free Basic Facial!

xo

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20 September

A, B, C, D…

I have some sad news.

Cold & flu season is officially upon us.  Tragic, I know.

You don’t have to take the unavoidable germ attacks lying down though! Prepare to keep yourself in tip top shape, with these vitamins known to help you inside and out.  There are so many benefits to each of these, but I’m going to stick to the ones relevant to our current season 😉

Vitamin A:

  • Helps with moisture retention, preventing dry eyes and keeping skin soft & helping reduce dryness and symptoms of psoriasis
  • Improves night vision
  • Works to fight free-radicals and toxins, as well as excessive sebum production – all important qualities for healthy, clear skin

A little goes a long way – Vitamin A is only required in trace amounts and can be found in some delightful foods like cheddar cheese, egg yolks, butter, and even though I’m not a fan, pumpkin.  I’m pretty positive your PSL isn’t going to count though…you might just have to bake a pie

Vitamin B:

The Bs! There’s a heap of them with varying benefits.

  • B6 helps your body fight infections
  • Bs 3, 5, and 6 play an important role in converting food into energy, something you definitely need when you’re feeling sluggish on a cold morning!
  • The B complex has been linked to helping with depression, anxiety, and PMS – an assortment of oh so pleasant ailments that plague many of us, especially in the winter

The average person will get enough of their Bs if they eat a varied diet.  Whole grains, dairy, green veggies and nuts are great sources of a variety of the B vitamins.

Vitamin C:

I know you don’t want to get scurvy – let’s keep the imitation of pirates to Halloween, shall we?  Grab yourself an orange and read up on the wonders of vitamin C.

  • In case you’ve been living under a rock, it boosts your immune system in a major way, which can help kick that common cold in the butt
  • It can help prevent asthma symptoms
  • Mood booster – it’s crucial to the production of certain neurotransmitters, which can greatly affect your mood

Emergen-C can be great in a crisis, but if you make sure you’re absorbing enough vitamin C regularly, your body might be able to defend itself from a cold attempting to invade it.  Find it in things like citrus fruits, potatoes, red peppers, and leafy vegetables.

Vitamin D:

Vitamin D deficiency is pretty common – especially in Alaska, especially in the winter.  It isn’t naturally present in many foods, so most people need to supplement with a pill or sun exposure, something we tend to be severely lacking in half the year!

  • It helps to regulate calcium and phosphate levels – in a nutshell, lack of regulation can lead to softening of your bones and I certainly wouldn’t want you to fall and break a hip this winter!
  • Vitamin D and calcium work hand in hand – calcium cannot do its bone-strengthening job well without enough vitamin D

I could probably write a vitamin/mineral blog for every letter of the alphabet! But we’ll stop here for now.  Healthier food = healthier body.  Take care of yourself out there! I’m wishing for a cold free season for us all 🙂

xo

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23 August

Inhale, Exhale

Fun fact – Jennifer offers the doTERRA AromaTouch technique with any of her massages!

What better way to get in the benefits of aromatherapy than with a massage?  The oils she uses are of a very high quality and are safe to be used on your skin – something you need to consider when shopping for your own.  The AromaTouch method uses eight different oils throughout the process that will help you feel grounded, relaxed, and reenergized.  The oils included are Balance, On Guard, AromaTouch, Deep Blue, Lavender, Melaleuca, Peppermint, and Wild Orange.  Each oil offers its own unique benefits and when used in combination with each other you’re sure to walk out of here feeling like a million bucks!

You won’t regret the experience, so book your next massage and ask to have AromaTouch included 🙂

xo

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21 August

Fancy Flamingos

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we have an ever-growing flock of flamingos next door.  They’re in the front yard of the orange and purple house.  I think our neighbor really likes to have a good time!  He put some little babies out within the last few days and they are actually quite cute…

Since the season change is approaching quickly, we’re starting to think about Halloween decorations and we would love some input!  Do the flamingos need a little dressing up…? Something frightening at the front door?? I know there are some creative minds out there, so bring on the fun ideas!

xo

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Because I care.  Because I want you to be a well informed consumer.  Those are the only reasons I subjected myself to this.

That’s a big fat lie.  Brows are life.  Ok that might be a bit dramatic, but seriously, my brows are muy importante to me and how could I resist having them look top notch at all times?! Between this and my lashes, my make-up routine has literally been reduced to slapping on some tinted moisturizer! I’m livin’ the life I tell ya!

Without further ado, check out this video that’ll give you a good idea of the process!  Jessica (@blockpartytattoos) was awesome, super fun and informative, always made sure I was doing ok – I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking to have their brows done.

I am scheduled for a touch up next month, so stay tuned for the final edition!

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