5 Natural Eyelash Enhancing Serums

natural eyelash enhancing serumEveryone knows that the longer your eyelashes, the more beautiful your eyes appear. So we load up on the mascara. The thicker, the better and even use mascara on no makeup days. Unfortunately most mascaras are laden with chemicals causing dryness and eyelash fallout. You can get your gorgeous lashes back with natural eyelash enhancing serums that truly work to strengthen, repair and regrow your lashes.

But first, did you know that most of the mascaras on the market contain chemicals? Some chemicals found in your mascara include:

  • Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, and Propylparaben.
  • Thimerosal
  • Synthetic Dyes
  • Coal Tar Dyes
  • Aluminum Powder
  • Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A Acetate)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Imidazolidinyl Urea

These chemicals will dry out your lashes and cause lashes to fall out and become sparse. There are other things that cause eyelash fallout including going to bed with mascara on, using falsies, lash extensions, eyelash curlers and even some disorders such as alopecia and thyroid conditions.

How do you strengthen and enhance your eyelashes after years of abuse?

  • Stop using chemical laden mascaras, especially get rid of your waterproof mascara (it’s like plastic wrap for eyelashes)
  • Wash your mascara off before bed. When mascara is left on too long, particles of your mascara will clog the hair follicle preventing it from breathing and can eventually stop hair growth over time.
  • Using coconut oil can remove mascara quickly and naturally
  • Stop with the lash extensions!

5 natural eyelash enhancing serums for eyelash regrowth and strengthening

natural eyelash growth by winkNatural eyelash growth by Wink

While mascara and eyelash extensions can give you the illusion of lush lashes, Wink goes to the root of the problem to actually promote hair growth. And the best part is, Wink delivers thicker, fuller eyelashes and eyebrows—naturally. The formula contains no parabens, sulfates, pthalates, hormones, prostaglandins, or artificial dyes.

The most import thing to note about WINK’s formulation is it’s unique mixture of essential fatty acids, derived from some of nature’s finest and most exclusive ingredients. Your body cannot produce these essential fatty acids on it’s own, and they are essential for strong, healthy and full hair–which includes eyelashes and eyebrows. Our aim with WINK is to bring the essential fatty acid mix as close as possible to our ancestors diets, for improved hair growth and functionality.

LashFood Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancer

The world’s first and only ecocert certified lash enhancer. Created by a team of cosmetic scientists, this breakthrough, powerful formula is clinically demonstrated to provide the appearance of longer, thicker lashes and to support frail and brittle lashes to appear healthy and strong. Enjoy visibly different, stunning lashes. Infused with phyto-medic complex, the lashfood eyelash enhancing system delivers nutrients to feed lashes with nature’s most powerful ingredients.

Orgnyc Eyelash and Eyebrow Growth Serum (high potency)

Grows longer,fuller, thicker lashes and brows in 60 days. Enhancing conditioner treatment boosts regrowth and prevents breakage and fall out.

It is is FREE OF color, fragrance, parabens, sulphate, phthalates, SLS, PEG, and gluten. Vegan. Not tested on animals. No prostaglandin / bimatoprost (found in Latisse) – banned in Europe! NO SIDE EFFECTS such as irritation, allergies, changing the eye color, swollen retina, blurry vision, red/brown rings around the eyes, redness in the eyes or itchy lids. Made in an FDA-registered lab.

Grande Naturals GrandeLASH-MD Eyelash Formula

Longer, thicker looking lashes 100% all yours! GrandeLASH-MD is created with a proprietary blend of vitamins, peptides, and amino acids plus conditioning ingredients. This award winning eyelash enhancing serum promotes a more youthful, healthy and dramatic lash look. GrandeLASH-MD is safe, effective, and results can be seen in as little as 4 weeks (with full results in 3 months).

Monat Eye Wonder Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum (Coming Soon)

NOW AVAILABLE!

Helps lashes and brows appear fuller, longer, healthier and rich with shine. The serum also protects from brittleness and eyelash breakage.

Is Eye Wonder safe? Yes, it definitely is! Press Play below to hear from Scientific Advisory Board member, Dr. Amy Ross.

About Dr. Ross:

Amy S. Ross, MD, is a dermatologist specializing in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and laser treatment of skin and hair disorders. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the most selective organization of skin cancer and reconstructive surgeons in the U.S. In 2008, Dr. Ross founded Palm Harbor Dermatology where she specializes in the treatment of skin cancer.

Eye Wonder with Dr. Amy Ross

Is #EyeWonder safe? Yes, it definitely is! #PressPlay to hear from Scientific Advisory Board member, Dr. Amy Ross. About Dr. Ross: Amy S. Ross, MD, is a dermatologist specializing in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and laser treatment of skin and hair disorders. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and is a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery, the most selective organization of skin cancer and reconstructive surgeons in the U.S. In 2008, Dr. Ross founded Palm Harbor Dermatology where she specializes in the treatment of skin cancer.

Posted by MONAT on Monday, March 6, 2017

Grow Hair Longer With Monat Hair Products

grow hair longerMy quest to grow hair longer started when I was in junior high school and I gave up that quest in my twenties mainly because, well, my hair did not grow! My hair has always been fine, flat and non growing (if that is even a word). I learned to live with it. Keeping it short worked somewhat—at least when it was short, I could curl it so that it looked like I had some hair on my head. I know some of you reading this are feeling my pain.

I grew up in the eighties so long hair was very much in. I was grateful for Farrah Fawcett wings even if they only stayed put for a few hours. Fast forward to today and once again long, straight hair is in. For years I had to listen to my daughter whine about her hair and “why oh why did I get my mother’s hair!” For years I had to follow along on her quest to grow longer hair.

I certainly did not want to discourage her and tell her that the experts say the average person grows only about six inches of hair a year and how long a growth cycle lasts is genetically determined. What? Six inches a year? There was a time I would have believed that, now not so much.

My daughter is not and will not be the only teenager to make long hair a hobby and it certainly is not just teens making a living here. Hair extensions (which gave her bald spots btw), castor oil, horse tail shampoo, vitamins, stimulating shampoos, natural concoctions made with coconut oil and cayenne pepper, dry shampoos, poo-free, give your scalp a break blah, blah (can you say grease bomb?) and lastly Monistat for hair growth. Not sure about you, but I never want to be reminded of yeast infections every morning at the start of my day.

These concoctions are suppose to stimulate hair growth and grow hair longer and maybe they do. But in between using the next miracle hair growth treatment, what are you putting in your hair? Chemical laden shampoos and conditioners that we now know can destroy hair and clog follicles, not to mention cause cancer.

The best thing you can do for your hair health is to buck up and pay a bit more for natural or natural based hair care. (Insert moan here). After all, you probably spend just as much every month for cheap products over and over again looking for something that works, or if like some people I know, use 6 different products every day and spend 2 hours styling it. Who has that kind of time? or money to waste?

One thing I know for sure….I will do everything I can to eliminate hair loss (I can’t afford to lose what I have), and what woman does not want hair full of body? You know the kind, where you shake your head and feel your hair actually moving. No Tresemme hairspray involved!

How do you grow hair longer and thicker?

1. Good nutrition and supplements. You can’t have great hair and skin eating a poor diet. If you don’t know this, you’ve been living under a rock for a few years. I use biotin for hair, skin and nails.
2. Use natural based hair care products that do not contain chemicals that strip hair color and clog follicles.monat rejuveniqe oil intensive
3. Use a natural based conditioner on the ends of your hair, and then wash. For thick hair, condition again.
4. Use a natural hair oil to condition the scalp a and promote hair growth and strength. Rejuveniqe Oil Intensive conditions the scalp and promotes natural hair growth. It smooths the hair cuticle, decreases frizz, and adds shine. In fact the main ingredient, Abyssinian Oil beat my favorite…Argan Oil in an independent clincal trial conducted by TRI Princeton.
5. Use a mask once a week. Whether you notice signs of dryness and damage or not, many factors negatively affect your hair’s health every day. Stress, diet, changes in weather, airplane travel, air-conditioning, styling products, medications, and hormonal fluctuations can all rob your hair of precious moisture and nutrients. A weekly mask is one of your best defenses against these subtle attacks on your hair.

The best advice for long, healthy hair: Go as natural as possible, maintain a clean diet, and exercise. Healthy inside = healthy outside.

Natural Oil Cleansing Method

cleansing_smaller-1Even the simplest skincare routine needs an effective cleanser. Makeup, dead skin cells, sebum and just the daily dust and grime all accumulate on our skin during the day. With green cleansing, you get rid of this guck using products without harsh detergents, preservatives, fragrance or enhancers.

There are several chemicals to avoid in our daily beauty products and most cleansers are not an exception. Many non-foaming cleansers contain mineral oil, a hormone disrupting stearic acid and drying propylene glycol. Foaming cleansers rely on sodium laureth sulfate to create the suds that we have been conditioned to associate with clean.

Forget the skin typing marketing ploy. Pay attention to your skin’s need, experiment a little and choose a cleansing method which works for you. If you are starting your natural beauty journey or just looking for a change, try any of the methods below to clean and nourish your skin.

Try a natural oil cleansing method. Cleaning your face with oil might seem counter productive. Surely adding oil to your face will make you break out? Nope. Oil cleansers are gentler to the skin and will not aggravate acne. Like dissolves like and since most of the grime that collects on your face during the day is oil based (makeup, sebum etc), oil will help loosen this dirt.  Always use high quality oils which are organic and cold pressed. There are a number of oils to choose from. If your skin is feeling dry, try avocado or apricot kernel oil. Jojoba oil is a great for all skin types as well as sweet almond and grapeseed oil. Add a few drops of something special like argan oil or peppermint and rose essential oils. Experiment with different oils and combinations and find the best one for your skin.

Oil cleansing is simple. First, rinse your face with warm water. Then, massage a small amount of oil onto your skin with a circular motion and upward strokes around your neck. Be extra gentle around your eyes. Soak your washcloth in warm or hot water and lay on your face. Leave it for about 20 seconds, then wipe the oil away.

The double cleansing method adds an additional step. Massage a cleansing cream, gel, oil or organic plant bar soap into your skin after your oil cleansing. Splash your skin with cool water to close pores.

Both methods will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized.

Make your own cleansers. You can tailor the formulations to your needs.  Most recipes require only three or four ingredients and a few minutes to complete. If you want a foaming cleanser, start with water and a liquid castile soap base. Then add your favorite natural oils like jojoba or sweet almond oil Add a few drop of essential oils such as lavender and rosemary or tea tree oil if you are acne prone. Place in a foaming dispenser and start cleansing. Experiment with other ingredients like raw honey and aloe vera gel  to help calm the skin.

If you are not interested in making your own products, there are several natural products you can online and in stores. Look for brands like Trevarno, NUXE and Bareskin Beauty.

6 Safe Beauty Products For Girls

P.R.E.P. face and body lotion for girlsThis is a guest post by Carole Aponte co founder of P.R.E.P cosmetics, a new innovative line of natural skin care products for young girls.

Anyone who has ever had skin cancer or knows someone who has had skin cancer realizes how important it is to keep our children protected. Founders of P.R.E.P cosmetics Carole Aponte, MD and Kelly Barker with children of their own have created a line of skincare products that do exactly that.

In keeping with the American Academy of Dermatology’s recommendations for daily use of at least SPF 30 sun protection, P.R.E.P focuses strongly on sunburn prevention. And every product in the collection is free of parabens, harsh chemicals, and unnecessary additives.

It’s about time we get our pre-teens out of the cosmetic department at Walmart and offer them skincare and cosmetics that are free of dangerous chemicals while protecting them from the dangerous rays of the sun. Gather your girls and read on.

6 Safe Beauty Products For Young Girls

Our mission is to help you look your best today and for years to come! You deserve safe and effective ingredients that you can use everyday to help keep your skin clean, clear, and protected from the sun. Here are 6 safe beauty products for girls that we love!

1. SPF 30 FACE + BODY LOTION

Here at PREP, we think the most important product of your daily beauty routine is a chemical-free sunscreen. Sun damage is what causes wrinkles, freckles, and sunspots, and even being exposed to the sun just a little bit every day adds up over the years. The sun’s rays can even come through the clouds, so you’ll want to make sure your skin is protected every day, even when it’s raining! (CNN) We love our P.R.E.P. SPF 30 face + body lotion because it keeps your skin moisturized throughout the day, helps to curb acne breakouts, and contains natural zinc oxide, which provides built-in sun protection.

2. SPF 15 LIP GLOSS

Although our most important product of your daily beauty routine is a chemical-free sunscreen, it’s just as important to protect your lips. The skin on your lips is very thin compared to the rest of your skin and can easily burn or chap (Skincare News). Using our P.R.E.P. SPF 15 lip gloss can keep the sensitive skin on your lips protected from those UV rays. And because our SPF 15 lip gloss is full of safe, natural ingredients like beeswax and shea butter, your lips will stay hydrated and moisturized throughout the day.

3. PURIFYING DAILY CLEANSER

Every girl should have a safe and gentle daily face wash that she can count on to leave her skin feeling fresh and clean, without having to worry about irritation. In our P.R.E.P. purifying daily cleanser, we’ve left out harsh ingredients like sulfates and parabens that are known to cause skin irritation, dryness, and even breakouts (Livestrong). Instead, we’ve formulated our cleanser to be gentle enough for daily use, so you can wake up every morning with fresh, clean skin.

4. BODY LOTION

It’s great to keep your skin moisturized, but what’s not so great is slathering harmful chemicals all over your body in the process. Look for lotions that don’t contain petrolatum, oils, or parabens. We love our P.R.E.P. body lotion (coming out on June 15!) because it’s free of the junk. We believe in safe ingredients that you can use to moisturize your skin daily.

5. BODY WASH

Along with a great daily face cleanser and moisturizer, every girl should rely on a safe and gentle body wash that won’t damage her skin. Showering and personal hygiene is so important at this age! Choose a body cleanser like the P.R.E.P. body wash (coming out on June 15!) that doesn’t contain harsh ingredients like sulfates or parabens. Ours doubles as a bubble bath, too.

6. LIP GLOSS

Add a little pop of color to your lips with a natural lip gloss that doesn’t contain artificial flavorings, parabens, or petrolatum–ingredients commonly found in many lip glosses– that can cause allergic reactions or skin irritation. We just launched our P.R.E.P. lip gloss colors with natural vanilla as a safe alternative.

GET THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

You don’t have to choose either beauty or safety–you can have them both! By just taking a little extra time to read the labels on your beauty products, you can make sure everything you’re putting on your skin is safe, gentle, and effective. Here at PREP, we encourage all girls to embrace their beauty and their brains by choosing smart, healthy skincare products.

Stay healthy,

CAROLE APONTE, MD

Founder & Chief Medical Officer

Natural Anti Aging Night Cream With Retinol

night cream with retinolThe most effective moisturizer you can use to prevent and diminish the effects of aging should contain retinol. That ingredient, combined with hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E creates a powerhouse of a night cream that’s absorbed quickly and will work to moisturize your skin while you sleep.

Each of these ingredients performs a certain job to keep your skin youthful looking. Retinol is a form of Vitamin A and aids in skin regeneration by encouraging the production and health of collagen cells which hold the skin together. Retinols are worth researching not only because they are widely available but because of their proven ability in clinical tests to tighten pores, prevent and reverse UVA/B damage, reduce wrinkles, increase blood flow in skin, fight acne, increase cell turnover, boost your collagen and even skin tone.

Retinols are not as effective as retinoids (these you can only purchase with a prescription) however many people find retinoids to be too harsh for their skin type.

Stay clear of over the counter products that claim to have “age defying” retinoid effects that often say “Vitamin A” in the ingredients list. These products have retinyl palmitate in them which is weaker than retinol. Unfortunately every time you use the product, you weaken the effect because it takes 3 conversions before you have retinoic acid and each time you add a conversion it lessens the concentration. Not going to kill you but certainly a waste of money.

Another ingredient of an effective night cream is hyaluronic acid. This component is found naturally in the human body and acts as a lubricant to the joints by cushioning them as they move. It’s also used in pure form for cuts and abrasions to skin.

Vitamin B5 – also called pantothenate acid — may not be a familiar B vitamin, but it’s found readily in cells and defined as a coenzyme (CoA), imperative to the effectiveness of the moisturizer to cause the correct chemical actions during the moisturizing process.

It’s fortunate that today, you can get this complete anti-aging formula in an anti-aging night cream in OZ Natural’s BEST Retinol Moisturizer Night Cream. It contains all the above ingredients (retinol, hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E) to bring you one of the most effective night cream’s on the market today.

I have been a fan and written about hyaluronic acid and Vitamin E for years. Retinol, not so much. There are stories all over the internet about retinols being too harsh, causing burning and redness; I just avoided them completely. I am now a huge fan. If you do your research and find one that works with your individual skin type, the results can be amazing.

This night cream is formulated to be used with OZ’s 20% Vitamin C serum moisturizer and using both together can act as a potent formula to diminish the signs of aging on your skin.

OZ products are completely organic and animal-cruelty-free and contain the vegan retinol formula which can be used on all skin types. No fillers, fragrances, sulfates, parabens or dyes are used in OZ’s state of the art facility which is registered with the FDA.

After using the OZ night cream with the daytime OZ moisturizer, you’ll likely notice that your daily makeup beauty products can be applied much smoother than before and your skin tone appears more even – your pores reduced in size.

You may want to check out other OZ products. You can be sure of the quality – and they’re so inexpensive you can try them out without breaking the budget. Plus, OZ guarantees their beauty products with 100% money-back guarantee.

So, you have nothing to lose and can gain a more youthful appearance by using this and other OZ products for your beauty regimen.

Love This Frankincense Myrrh Body Butter

frankincense myrrh body butter

I first learned about frankincense and myrrh essential oils and their healing properties while watching “The Truth About Cancer,” a weekend binge of 9 episodes. While I am not completely convinced that natural remedies will cure cancer, I am convinced that all natural skin care and beauty products along with a healthy diet of mainly fruits and vegetables will reduce your risk of all illness, including cancer.

I said this several years ago when I started this blog: “Why use chemical laden skin care products that may cause cancer when you have other options?” Why take that chance? Fast forward to 2016 and there are thousands of women not only switching to an all natural lifestyle but actually making and even producing their own body lotions, shampoos, lip balms, face creams, and even toothpaste! Using an all natural base of shea butter or coconut oil and adding essential oils with healing properties can produce wonderful smelling, effective body lotions and body butters.

After learning about the benefits of adding frankincense and myrrh to ones beauty regimen (Dr. Josh Axe dedicates an entire page on his website to frankincense oil and cancer), I started my own research.

According to researchers out of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, the potential cancer-killing properties of frankincense are due in part to it regulating cellular epigenetic machinery, which highlights its ability to influence genes to promote healing.

 

Just some of the benefits of frankincense oil

• Reduces inflammation
• Cancer-fighting properties
• Spiritual awareness
• Boosts immunity
• Fights infections
• Improves anxiety
• Heals skin and reduces acne and scarring
• Promotes urination to purify the body and reduce bloating
• Regulates production of estrogen
• Relieves body pain

I’m in!

Immediately upon learning about this miracle oil, the hunt was on. Hours later, I learned that a combination of frankincense oil and myrrh oil can have even more benefits. Both are gum resins extracted from shrub like trees of the same plant family which grow in parts of Asia and Africa and have been used since ancient times for their healing properties as both have similar healing characteristics.

 

Some of the proven benefits of Myrrh oil

• Aids in digestion
• Fades scars
• Disinfects wounds
• Heals eczema
• Potent antioxidant
• Anti cancer benefits
• Relaxation
• Strengthens gums

Now I know many of you will be interested in making your own Frankincense and myrrh body lotion so here is the recipe from draxe.com

 

Homemade Frankincense Myrrh Body Lotion Recipe

¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup coconut oil
¼ cup Bees wax
¼ cup shea butter
2 tbsp Vitamin E
20 drops frankincense essential oil
20 drops myrrh essential oil

I, on the other hand am not a soap maker nor do I intend on ever being one so I headed over to my favorite go to site for all things natural, Etsy. Lo and behold I found the perfect whipped body butter with frankincense and myrrh made by Red Lips Studio Bath & Body. Not only does it smell incredible, but my skin stays moisturized throughout the entire day!

Every batch is made to order and expires at 6 months. The ingredients include Shea butter, coconut oil, essential oils, olive oil, vitamin E, and natural preservatives. The cost starts at $4.50 for ½ oz. if you want to sample and only $14.50 for 8 oz. So worth the price for the hydrating effects alone. Your body will love this frankincense myrrh body butter. Click like and save 20% good through July 30th.

Myrrh oil can have toxic effects if used in excess. It should be avoided during pregnancy due to its stimulating nature.

Tell us about your favorite natural skin care products using essential oils….

Anti-Aging Supplements With Science Backing Them

Image for Xtend-Life - omega3I am a big advocate of feeding the skin from within and I take at least 6 vitamins daily. In addition to a mindful diet of mostly fruits and vegetables, there are several anti-aging supplements that have gotten my full attention because they have studies backing up the fact that they help reduce the effects of aging on your body – and mind.

For example, PLE (Polypodium Leucotomos Extract) has been proven to protect your delicate skin from discoloration, sagging and sun damage. The extract is derived from a Central American fern and is said to increase the dose of radiation from the sun that it takes to burn your skin.

Studies are now being performed about the possibility that PLE may prevent skin cancer. Vitamin C is another supplement which has been proven to prevent wrinkles and help your skin glow by decreasing stress in cells – helping them grow and produce naturally. The cells are more apt to regenerate and make your skin vibrant and healthy.

Coenzyme Q10 also protects against wrinkling of the skin and helps your internal health and well-being. It’s an antioxidant that reduces cellular damage that the environment and a poor diet can cause and helps promote new cell growth. Antioxidants like CoQ10 bind to free radicals in the body, allowing them to be safely eliminated from the body. This action allows CoQ10 to help defy the visible effects of aging.

Another supplement that can help you remain young both inside and out is Vitamin E. Scientists have proven that it helps prevent sun damage and can make your skin appear more youthful. The skin regeneration it causes can also help your dead skin slough off.

Glucosamine has been proven to combat sagging and wrinkling skin – actually reducing wrinkles and lines by 34% in studies performed with the supplement. It’s been called a “building block for skin-plumping hyaluronic acid.” Regular use of glucosamine, chondroitin, or fish oil supplements reduces high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) by 16% to 22%, a marker of inflammation, according to a new study. Inflammation reduction should be targeted because inflammation is known to influence the degradation of collagan, elastin and HA which are the 3 main skin constituents.

In the end, the grocery store may be the answer to maintaining great skin. Oily fish, nuts and leafy green vegetables are high in fatty acids and protein, both crucial nutrients needed to help stimulate the production of healthy skin. Try adding Omega 3 Fish Oil to your supplement regimen. Choose one containing antioxidants such as astaxanthin and lycopene, naturally occurring sun protectors that not only protect the skin but also restore skin that has been damaged by the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

Many supplements are designed to help you prevent aging from the inside out. If you’re not getting the proper diet and live with harmful environmental factors such as pollution and lots of sun, you may need certain supplements which have been proven to help with the situation.

For example, research shows that your body needs coenzyme Q10 to keep functioning properly. Because this supplement decreases with age, it’s vitally important to maintain the proper levels as you age by taking supplements.

It’s important that you take the proper dosage of any supplement. Consult with your doctor if you’re unsure about how much or which ones to take. Discuss your lifestyle with him or her and together, you can come up with a common sense approach about which and how many supplements you should take.

Anti-aging supplements really can keep you feeling and looking young. Study them carefully and choose which ones are right for you.