Posts Tagged ‘coconut oil’


Sunday, February 25th, 2018

photo courtesy of HSPHealth

Recently there has been evidence suggesting that coconut oil should be classified as a super-food.  Why?  Researchers have discovered that organic coconut oil has many positive attributes, if used regularly.  Sarah Shannon of HSPhealth shares five of its health benefits:

Increased Energy  Coconut is built mostly from MCTs or medium chain triglycerides. They are much healthier when compared to long chain triglycerides found in dairy and meat products. When MCT is digested it is not stored as fat in the body. It moves to the liver where it is converted into energy. Therefore consumption of two tablespoons of coconut oil every morning can increase energy levels by 5% in a 24 hour period.

Fighting Infection  Coconut oil is a rich source of lauric acid, which accounts for nearly 50% of its total fatty acids. Lauric acid has powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties, making it effective in killing bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa by encircling and dissolving their cellular valves. Taking a serving of two of coconut oil on a daily basis can help increase one’s resistance to many diseases.  It is also known improve digestive functions, such as healing ulcers found in the lining of the stomach.

Improved Brain Functioning  Digested MCTs are synthesized by the liver and converted into ketone bodies. These are known to provide relief to people who suffer from brain disorders ranging from Alzheimer’s to epilepsy. It has been found to help some children who suffer from drug-resistant seizures. (more…)


Thursday, April 6th, 2017
AGE:  34
CITY/STATE:  Greensboro, NC
PHILOSOPHY: Look fabulous feel even better!
AM BEAUTY ROUTINE:   Wash face with ACURE Brightening Face Scrub, then applyMario Badescu Collagen Moisturizer, and Andolou Naturals 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream, Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional, it Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, Bare Minerals Multi Tasking Face Concealer,  W3ll People Bio Brightner Stick ( awesome), CoverGirl & Almay (just a few) eye shadow, Maybelline New York Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner, Make Up For Ever Lash Fibers (lash primer) and Smoky Lash Mascara ( just basic), bareMinerals Blush in Appreciate A Sorbet Shade, bareMinerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer, and it Cosmetics CC Lip Serum (in Love)
PM BEAUTY ROUTINE:  Maybelline New York Expert Eyes Makeup Remover, Clean & Clear Night Relaxing Deep Cleaning Face Wash and PanOxyl once or twice a week, Proactiv Skin Purifying Mask, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion (only if needed), DIFFEREN Gel Acne Treatment, AHAVA De-Stressing Cream, L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Filler Renew Eye Cream, Prai Ageless Throat & Décolletage Serum — amazing stuff
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT COSMETIC:  Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional
BEST BARGAIN PRODUCT:  Coconut oil is something that can be used for hair and skin and SOOOO many other things
 FAVORITE BEAUTY TOOL:  Eyelash curler or hair dryer


Thursday, February 16th, 2017

With so many at home face masks on the market, choosing one can be overwhelming. Often we purchase a face mask to address one skin issue but then start to ask ourselves, are we using it correctly?  How frequently should it be used and is it even worth the time and money?  Dr. Kally Papantoniou, a board certified dermatologist and clinical professor at Mount Sinai in New York City, offers some fast facts to help us get the most from a face mask.

When it comes to face masks, the products with the most expensive price tags are not necessarily the best. As consumers, we are often swayed by sleek packaging and seductive advertisement. We are also more attracted to expensive products, because we associate a higher price with a superior product. “Do your homework before making a purchase. Read reviews if available. Also know that certain face masks work best for certain specific skin conditions or results, so look to see what kind of face mask will work best for you,” advises Dr. Papantoniou.

According to Dr. Papantoniou, “face masks definitely serve a very useful purpose but in order to get the best result it’s important to know what ingredients address certain skin issues.”  For acne-prone skin, she recommends a mask with charcoal, kaolin, or salicylic acid, which help to draw out impurities, excess oils and unclog pores.  For those who struggle with rosacea, masks which contain green tea, caffeine, hyaluronic acid, sulfur, and aloe vera can help soothe and reduce redness.  A rejuvenating mask is great for more mature skin, where wrinkles are a concern.  A hydrating mask with antioxidants can help to plump lines and rehydrate skin cells; look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, rosehip oil, vitamin C, CoQ10, retinol, vitamin E, coconut oil and glycolic acid.

Applying a mask to a clean face is a requirement.  Dr. Papantoniou suggests using a gentle facial cleanser such as Cetaphil, Ceravé, or Vanicream, which will not dry out the skin.  However, if a mask is applied to skin which has remnants of make-up or product, a barrier can be created and the mask will not work effectively. “You want to make sure your face is clean so the mask can fully penetrate. Exfoliating prior to applying a mask will be too irritating on the skin, and the chemicals and active ingredients in the mask may be too intense, remember that the mask will be staying on your skin for a while,” advises Dr. Papantoniou.