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YOGA Poses for Detoxifying + Energy + Stress Reduction

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If you love yoga, then you’ll love these yoga poses for detoxing, energy and stress reduction. A few weeks ago I met a spirited and enlightened gal who is a yoga teacher, founder of Yogashero.com, and designer of a luxury  yoga carryall bag, Dena Dodd Perry. Dena is a total Balanced Babe in the sense that she embraces a holistic lifestyle, is a determined entrepreneur (with a lot of amazing ideas and drive), a proud mom, wife and Christian, and encompasses a yoga-centric lifestyle that I absolutely love. 

I also got to wear Dena’s carryall bag for a project she is working on and I absolutely loved the feeling of the vegan suede and all the different compartments in there for organization. It’s really the perfect type of bag for someone that practices yoga daily in between meetings or during their lunch break. 


Being a spine surgery survivor, Dena focuses her practice and yoga teachings on back care. How she uses yoga to ease back pain amazes me, and she is a genuine bright light to be around. Since I’m a recent yoga devotee, I wanted to pick the brain of Dena on various benefits of yoga. Read on to see what types of yoga moves to do to stimulate detoxification, energize, and de-stress. Dena also shares her ideal morning routine and her go-to nutrient dense recipe. 

BB: How can we incorporate yoga into our lives to assist us with our natural detoxification process?

Your body is designed to engage in detoxification every day. One way is to assist the body with a detox yoga practice.

How Detoxification Works…

The key components of the body play a critical role in the elimination of wastes – circulatory, digestive and lymph. The circulatory system pumps blood throughout the body, delivering oxygen to and carrying waste away from cells. The digestive systems process the food we eat and separating nutrients from waste and eliminating anything the body does not need. The lymphatic system collects intracellular fluid from throughout the body and transport it to the lymph nodes where anything harmful can be removed.

Yoga was developed to intrinsically  stretch, compress, push and pull every part of the body. It is particularly well-suited to keep the waste-removal departments of the body functioning well.

Breath is very important part of yoga. We lead bad habits in breathing that impedes the lungs from inflating fully. Low stress can lead to a tightened diaphragm, which then prevents a full functioning exhalation process. In summary, our bodies do not take as much oxygen when we inhale, and we end up not  fully exhaling as much hazardous carbon dioxide as we should.

My 5 favorite EASY yoga poses for detoxing:

These yoga poses encourage circulation of the blood via happy oxygen and lymph, OR squeezes the abdominal organs and stimulates digestion and elimination.

1) Seated Spinal Twist – SQUEEZES ABS to stimulate digestion and elimination. How to do it? Sit down with knees pointed to the ceiling or sky. Swing left bent knee down adjacent to the floor with knee facing forward. Keep right knee bent with right foot just outside of the bent left knee. Inhale; extend both arms overhead. Lower right hand behind your right sit bone. Place your left bent elbow outside the right bent knee. Root down on both sit bones. Rotate the mid-torso to right. Pull navel to back. Take your gaze towards the back wall over the right shoulder. Draw the crown of the head towards the ceiling. Hold for 5 breaths. Ardha Matseydrasana.

2) Wide Legged Forward Fold – ENCOURAGES BLOOD FROM MIDSECTION to HEAD.

Heart is above the head in Prasaritta Padottasana. Spread feet far apart along the mat. Point toes slightly inward and heels outward. Inhale the torso upward halfway lift. Exhale forward fold with the crown of the head facing the mat on the floor. This abduction forward bend is probably the safest, most accessible inversion in all of the yoga practice. Hold for 5 breaths.

3) Inverted Lake or Legs up the Wall – ENCOURAGES BLOOD and lymph to travel upwards from the the feet and legs. Bathes the abdomen in fresh blood to stimulate the digestive organs. Soothes the nervous system, allowing your body to shift its attention from warding off stress to daily bodily functions. Place a bolster or rolled blanket mat width distance along the wall. Place your bottom or sacrum onto the blanket so hips are slightly higher than the heart space. Extend the legs up the wall. Inhale Point and Exhale flex the feett. Stay and hold position for 5-10 cycles. Inhale through out the nose and exhale through the mouth. Viparti Karani.


4) Head to Knee Pose. – SQUEEZES ABS. Extend both legs forward flat on the mat. Bend left knee and place left foot onto right thigh. Inhale extend both arms overhead towards the sky. Exhale forward fold using a strap around the arch of the foot or grab the right foot with your fingers. Hold for 5 inhalation/exhaltion cylces. Janu Sirsana.

5) Locust Pose – SQUEEZES ABS onto the MAT and EASY HEART OPENER. Lay flat onto the mat with belly facing downward. Take an inhale. Lift head, arms and legs off the mat giving extension of the entire back and firing up the glutes. Belly remains grounded. Note: Prefer to prep with lying on belly taking one hand and grabbing same side foot. Pull foot towards the sit bones. Alternate sides to stretch the quads first.

Breath: This technique is called Ujayii – inhale through nose, exhale though the mouth

BB: What poses help give us energy?


Yoga poses that energize the body typically involve some form of back extension or lifting the chest forward.

My Top 5 recommended yoga poses for energy includes:

1) Extended Mountain Pose. Tadasana. Stand tall with feet parallel to mat. Extend arms to the sky. Squeeze hips forward. Spiral out the thigh muscles. Press down on the 4 ball mounts of your feet. This activates the stirrups like calf muscles (Tibialis Posterior – lateral outside and Peroneous Longus – medial inside)

2) Upward Facing Dog. Urdhva Mudhka Svanasana. Easier yoga variations of this pose are Cobra and Sphinx poses.

3) Bridge Pose- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana.

4) Half Lord of Fishes. Ardha Matseydrasana. Same as Number 1 listed above. Seated Spinal Twist.

5) Full Wheel. Urdhva Dhanurasana. Back bend. Advanced yoga pose.

Breath: Breath of Fire 2 sets of 10 rapids belly breaths

BB: What yoga poses can we do for stress reduction?


My 3 S: 

  1. Smile because it increases the endorphin levels in our bodies.  
  2. Stretch arms overhead and shoulders where you might hold the most tension. Or, try a Seated Easy Pose: extend arms overhead to the sky. Pull opposite wrist laterally. Switch wrists.
  3. Supported Childs Pose – Place bolster between legs in child’s pose. Gently stretches lower back, relieves shoulder tension and quiets the mind. Kapha pose…grounding.

Breath with Meditation on a Mantra like Heart Chakra – Peace, Harmony, Laughter and Love from Chopra Foundation. Seduction of Spirit.


BB: What is your go-to favorite healthy drink?

Hands down the Green Joy Smoothie from ISAAC’s in Highwood. It includes  Aloe Vera, flaxseed, granola, honey, cucumber, pineapple, celery, cactus, spinach, kale, ice, and orange juice. I like that they include cactus in there as cactus is said to be great for pancreas.

At home I used Breville juicer for my  green juices. My favorite blends are typically kale, spinach, apple, carrot.


BB: What is your ideal morning routine for energy?

Upon waking I feed my dog then wash my hands and face. I love the ritual of oil pulling. I do this  orally with coconut oil. I then indulge in my morning cup of organic green tea: I swirl in a teaspoon of honey. I then make an elixer of  apple cider vinegar (2 teaspoons) and fresh lemon juice (1 teaspoon). It’s then time to make breakfast for my family, carpool my kids to school, then I make time for movement. I walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes and then do my at home yoga routine for another 30 minutes. I love fruit with granola as well when I am on the go. 

BB: What nutrient dense recipes are you currently loving?

My favorite soup: Carrot soup with vegetable or chicken broth, coconut cream, ginger and turmeric.

First you boil the carrots. Then use a  VitaMixer to crush the carrots. After this, you combine the rest of the ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil. Let simmer for about 20 minutes and enjoy! 

Chantecaille Oil-Free Foundation Review

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Chantecaille is a brand most noted for its extraordinary alliance of nature and science. As a runner and yoga teacher, I usually don’t wear a lot of make up but do have special occasions when smoothing out the skin tones works especially well for certain events. Chantecaille (pronounced Cahn-ta-ki …long i) offered me a free spa facial so I gladly accepted and scheduled the appointment. Once I arrived after running Mom errands and cleaning off a ketchup stain from my jeans, I swiftly glided on over to a decadent Chantecaille counter at the Neiman Marcus ready to be pampered.

The esthetician introduced herself to me. We walked over to a private room decorated with hot pink rose petals. (How romantic I thought but, then reminded myself this is facial, not a romantic stay with my hubby but the roses are part of the formulation :D.) Anyway, the most notable skin care products in order of application include their Rice & Geranium cleanser, Rose water as a toner, Bamboo exfoliance, Detox Clay Mask, real Gold Eye Serum (they actually use real gold as part of the formulation) and Stress Repair for the eyes and then, top off with Harmonizing Cream.

Now, the good stuff for a bit of facial transformation! The skin care lady transferred me to make up counter to meet the make up artist. The makeup artist from Boston prepped my skin with Primer then matched my skin to awesome Oil-Free gel foundation in Banana. I have more yellow undertones than red tones. Try SunTan if you need more red under tones. Both SunTan and Banana are for darker skin tones.

Here is what I love about the foundation. The high performance foundation feels light, airy and effortless. I strongly encourage this one for those who prefer oil-free light-weight foundation for the face. Produced in Japan.

An oil-free gel foundation that has the unique ability to transfer water into the skin without the use of any oil. The formula provides adjustable coverage (medium to full) thanks to light-reflective circular pigment that eases the appearance of flaws.
• Innovative oil-free gel foundation with refreshing, lightweight texture
• Light-reflective circular pigment provides adjustable coverage
• Contains 60% charged water and seaweed
• Protective field prevents water evaporation, blocks environmental oxidation
• Aloe, Chamomile and Arnica work to calm irritation and soothe sensitive skin
• Natto gum, a soybean-derived phyto-collagen is a natural emulsifier used in this process. Clinical evidence shows that after consistent 7-day usage, there is a 26% reduction in sebum production
• Rosemary, Green Tea and Rice Bran boost the immune system and help prevent oxidation

Honesty, I am not sure why people give me free stuff. I just try to give good vibes with a sense of humor and be a good listener. Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog about the upscale beauty brand, Chantecaille.
Enjoy,
Dena Dodd Perry
Founder of Yogashero

Here’s the 411 on Dominican Dance & Music

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The Dominican Republic, known as the DR, is the place to go for music! Rhythm and harmony run deep within the culture on the island. Many don’t know that the island of Hispaniola was the first island in the West instituted for the African Slave Trade. Its rich cultural history runs deep and rich to this day. You can’t think of the Dominican Republic without thinking of Merengue, bachata and the lively style of “son” music. Merengue is the national dance — and it shows. The old merengue works well with sound effective speakers and special effect lasers on a very Vegas-styled stage. My personal experience on New Year’s Eve merged traditional music and dance like merengue with pop music genre, the performances also included today’s vocal interpretations of Rihanna, Beyonce, Prince and Michael Jackson. These songs were performed by a band from Atlanta, Georgia called Like Totally Awesome Band and Latin Band Music by Frandy Sax.

The province of Puerto Plata faces the Atlantic Ocean on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, and includes nearby cities such as Sosua, Cabarete, Luperon and Costambar. As one of the Dominican Republic’s largest resort areas, Puerto Plata remains a favorite for visitors who wish to bask in the sun all day and indulge in a rich nightlife scene all night.

Musically, the Dominican Republic is known for the creation of the musical style called merengue, a type of lively, fast-paced rhythm and dance music consisting of a tempo of about 120 to 160 beats per minute (though it varies) based on musical elements like African drums, brass, piano, chorded instruments, and traditionally the accordion, as well as some elements unique to the Dominican, such as the tambora and guira Its syncronized beats use latin percussion, brass instruments, bass, and piano or keyboard. Between 1937 and 1950 merengue music was promoted internationally by Dominican groups like Chapuseaux and Damiron “Los Reyes del Merengue”, Joseito Mateo, and others. Radio, television, and international media popularized it further. Merengue became popular in the United States, mostly on the east coast, during the 1980s and 1990s,when many Dominican artists, among them Victor Roque y La Gran Manzana, Henry Hierro, Zacarias Ferreira, Aventura, and Milly Jocelyn Y Los Vecinos, residing in the U.S. (particularly New York) started performing in the Latin club scene and gained radio airplay. The emergence of bachata, along with an increase in the number of Dominicans living among other latino groups in New York, New Jersey, Florida and Massachusetts contributed to Dominican music’s overall growth in popularity.” – USA Today

Bachata, a form of music and dance that originated in the countryside and rural marginal neighborhoods of the Dominican Republic, has become quite popular in recent years. Its subjects are often romantic; especially prevalent are tales of heartbreak and sadness. In fact, the original name for the genre was amargue (“bitterness”, or “bitter music”, or blues music), until the rather ambiguous (and mood-neutral) term bachata became popular. Bachata grew out of, and is still closely related to, the Latin American romantic style called bolero. Over time, it has been influenced by merengue and by a variety of Latin American guitar styles.

Palo is an Afro-Dominican sacred music that can be found through the island. The drum and human voice are the principal instruments. Palo is played at religious ceremonies – usually coinciding with saint’s days – as well as for secular parties and special occasions. Its roots are in the Congo region of central-west Africa, but it is mixed with European influences in the melodies. Palos are related to Dominican folk Catholicism, which includes a pantheon of deities/saints (here termed misterios) much like those found in the African derived syncretic religious traditions of Cuba, Brazil, Haiti, and elsewhere. Palos are usually associated with the black and mixed populations. They can be seen in different regions of Dominican Republic, but with variations.

DR takes their dance and music seriously. Bring your dancing shoes if you are headed out to enjoy Dominicans’ nightlife. Almost every hotel and resort has at least one club or disco where you can get your groove on! 

Dena Perry, Yogashero.com

How to become safer with your iPhone and/or Laptop?

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At last, a safe protective shield for our phones and laptops! Why? I think a lot of moms are concerned about the use cell phones and laptops for our kids and ourselves. This is due the emerging topic of radiation being emitted from these tech products. The harmful effects are not clear. The founders of SafeSleeve decided not to wait to see. SafeSleeve has protective gear for smart phones as well as laptops. Here is another female testimonial on the SafeSleeve product that I use. “I’ve had my case for about a week. It’s exactly what I was looking for. It’s very easy to answer the phone with the flap cover and talk through the case. I feel protected. The fact that I can carry my credit card is huge plus for any user. It’s just great and my phone is always protected from physical damage.”

SafeSleeve.com was founded in California by two engineering graduates with a desire to make a difference. They wanted to develop a product to help simplify, protect and enhance the lives of their increasingly busy tech dependent peers, family and friends. You simply fold over special flap and talk through small speaker opening.

The original SafeSleeve with anti-radiation technology was developed as stylish and convenient solution for a problem increasing in knowledge and awareness: EMR and its harmful effects on humans. The unfortunate truth is that convenience of being able to use a computer or smart phone any where, anytime often cause many to ignore the consequences. This issue is similar to ground breaking products such as abestos and cigarettes where deadly effect were not apparent until many years after their introduction. Try using AirPlane Mode for lowest radiation emissions, place iPhone keyboard screen towards body and metal back away from the body, do not use phone in the car due to metal enclosure, and turn the phone off.

Each day the vision for a after world for laptop and phone users continue to grow. As electromagnetic radiation awareness heightens, the need for SafeSleeve protection will continue to grow for students, expecting moms, families, business people or any consistent tech user. Let us to continue to share to knowledge to make changes and create a safer, healthier environment for you and all of us.

Love this nail polish but is it really safe?

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LOVE THIS NEW Nail Polish but is it REALLY SAFE? The 911 on safer nail polish for the beauty industry. 

“Smith & Cult represents the duality we all inhabit throughout our lives and our individual expressions of beauty, which reflect who we’ve been, are and aspire to become. Each shade is inspired by and representative of the experiences depicted in the diary entries of our beauty addicted heroine who sees her world through a lens of color.

Smith & Cult was created by beauty veteran Dineh Mohajer, the voice of our beauty junkie, who revolutionized the color cosmetics industry when she launched Hard Candy. Several years and creative collaborations later, Mohajer is bringing about the next evolution of beauty with Smith & Cult.

Smith and Cult’s Nailed Lacquer consistently delivers both flawlessly smooth coverage and brilliant shine. While custom tailored to provide high performance, the exclusive 5-Free formula is formulated without Dibutyl, Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.” – Smith & Cult Website

A study at Duke University and EWG has detected evidence of a common nail polish chemical called tripheynyl phosphate, TPHP in the bodies of every woman who volunteered to paint her nails for the study. The chemical is suspected to have endocrine disrupting chemical capability, meaning it interferes with normal hormone functions. Please google for more details from the nail polish study at Duke University. Well, there is a disconnect her. Smith & Cult is 5-Free but NOT necessarily free of TPHP though. As customers, we have to filter through so many chemicals to get at the essence of the problem of toxins in our beauty products.

So while I am thrilled with the nail lacquer quality and rich texture of Smith & Cult, I was disappointed with the lack of transparency on their website. I tried to dig deeper to find the ingredient list and I could not find it ANYWHERE! Well….ce la vie…it’s better than most nail brands but disappointed that I could not find out whether or not the product is made with TPHP. Unfortunately, our cosmetic laws in America do not require beauty companies to disclose what’s in their products. Personally, I’m calling their beauty headquarters tomorrow to get the answer. Stay tuned!

Where Was Yoga First Introduced to America?

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Where Was Yoga Introduced to America? California…nah…Think again! Read below for what city?

Where was yoga introduced to the United States of America? To understand yoga is to look back to its origin. Spawned in India some 5,000 years ago, yoga is a practice of the mind, body and spirit intertwined with Hindu culture and religion. The yoga that is recognized today is Hatha or Vinyasa traditional yoga. By 300-500 BC, Patanjali, an Indian sage introduced three components to yoga, 1) create structure by adding the 8-Limbs of yoga, 2) link body postures or asanas to breath and 3) promote the practice of yoga as non-religious.
The physical aspect of yoga are included the 3rd asana and 4th limbs breathing pranayama of an 8-Limb system of ashtanga yoga as described by Patanjali. These two steps are but a small aspect of the whole practice but make up for a beautifully designed system that aims to keep the physical body in shape, with the breath becoming the bridge between the minds the body. Stretches of the poses offer more balance and strength while the breathing offers more oxygen to the blood channels. Yoga addresses balance, posture, alignment, breath control and motor control at a specific local level while integrating it elegantly at the systemic level, resulting in optimal functioning of the neuromuscular and musculoskeltal systems.

After a period of time, Swami Vivekandanda, a yoga pioneer, was born into an aristocratic family the Calcutta, India. Swami was a Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th century mystic Ramakrishna. Under Ramakrishna, he studied both Eastern and Western religion and philosophy. His followers to represent India and Hinduism at the Columbian Exposition funded him. He spoke on September 11, 1893 in CHICAGO, Illinois. His speech was short, no more than a few minutes, but his universal message that truth is one; and all religions are a valid means of realizing the truth. This message rippled through the exposition. Chicago and the United States needed to hear this message. This period was after the Civil War when so many American citizens were lost and divided. His message was that he belongs to a nation of tolerance and universal acceptance while denouncing fanatism. His speeches centered on Raja yoga of the mind. As described by Patanjali in Yoga Sutras, Yoga citta vrtti nirodhah, or yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind. The eight limbs include the yama (restraints), niyamas (observances), asana (postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), pratyahra (withdrawal of the senses), pranayama (breathing techniques), pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), dharana (concentration, dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (absorption, unification with the whole). He focused on last three limbs and talked more about the need to do works of charity and service (Karma), saying that meditation meant little with them. In summary, Swami spent his time sharing the last 3 limbs which involved sharing withdrawal from the senses, meditation and enlightenment. His focus was certainly not on poses as we see so prevalent across social media channels today. So, continue to feel welcome to practice yoga as the practice is centered on TRUTH IS ONE as stated from this yoga pioneer.

My personal take away from this fact on the history of yoga in America. I find comfort and support in knowing the truth about yoga and how the practice fits in my spiritual life. I am Christian and I practice yoga. The yoga is like the means to the end of finding your truth. It’s more about exploring your own spiritual journey or process, not the end in and of itself. Each day, your yoga can offer you an universal awareness of your thoughts, feelings, images and ultimately enlightenment or truth. When you become more aware of your thoughts, you can become more ever present in your thoughts without judgement thereby having more power of your own perception of your personal life force or energy. It creates a non-attachment to the physical state and more connection to your spiritual state. For example, you may recognize how you drool over that chocolate cake in the bakery or salivate over that glass of wine at the Saturday night party with your friends. You begin to become more aware of your thoughts in general and as a result, you can better manage those thoughts. In summary, if you have not found your truth, find your truth through the yoga journey.

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Don’t Leave Home Without This!

Your SMILE can be a SMART choice!
Most of us have a basic awareness that our thoughts have an impact on our behavior and that our behavior will dictate the type of life that we will live. But did you know that certain basic behaviors can make the difference between having a good day or a miserable one? On a more foundational level, when we hit rock bottom (which we all have, or will), it our choices that will get us by moment to moment. Commit yourself to making smart choices. The choice can be something as simple as smiling. Smiling can have a beneficial effect on general health and well-being. Why not choose to smile? We spend a great deal of time in thought choosing which outfit to wear for the day; should you wear the jeans or the suit, the red bottoms or the sneakers? Whatever you
choose, don’t forget the final accessory to your outfit… YOUR SMILE. Otherwise your ensemble is incomplete; it’s like leaving home naked.
There are many health benefits of smiling:
Smiling generates endorphins: Endorphins are the brain’s ‘happy’ hormones, or natural stress busters. The more endorphins we have, the happier we feel. The brain reads muscle movement of your face and causes the release of these brain chemicals. Whether your smile gleeful or forced… it doesn’t matter. The good news is that the brain doesn’t distinguish if the smile is fake or genuine. So go on…flash your pearly whites!
Smiling decreases release of cortisol, the body’s natural stress hormone. Cortisol comes from the adrenal glands, which are two small organs located at the top of your kidneys. Cortisol prepares the body for a fight-or flight response by increasing blood sugar levels and inhibiting release of insulin. Without getting too complicated, just know that high a cortisol level is not good unless you are in the woods confronted by a grizzly!
Smiles are a part of our universal language; seen all over the globe, from the remote areas of a rainforest to city dwellers in London. It is a universally accepted form of body language. Smiling will likely draw others to you and contribute to positive interactions. Smiles are also contagious and will help to bring a sense of well being to your life. So hit the streets with your personal, “I am Woman,” (or I am Man!) theme song playing in your head… people will notice.

So it seems that you’ve got nothing to lose by smiling. Make a decision to smile each day. It may not be obvious, but find something to smile about. Spend time with people who smile and laugh. Find a comedy or funny show to watch or listen to. The choice is yours… Just don’t leave home naked. Nobody wants to see all that! What???… I said it with a SMILE.

Dr. Shane Dodd
Forensics Psychiatrist

Model Shown: IG: @dena.dodd, my baby sister!

 

non toxic beauty products

What do you think of my safe beauty Make-Up?

💄💄💄👛👛👛❤️❤️❤️ What do you think of my safe beauty Make-Up? Our skin is important since it’s the largest organ on our bodies. Finding the perfect match for our skin is so personal, its like finally finding your soul mate. 😘 😆😆 Just wanted to share what I found to work best for skin like mine’s! I have combination dry and oil skin.

 

I recently heard about BeautyCounter from Katherine Styne Type, one of the founding members. I decided to test out her beauty products touting better beauty safety this week. After all, the BeautyCounter products are supposed to be so much safer than my Dove soap, MAC, Laura Mercier and Bobby Brown (level 6-9 on unsafe ingredients list according EWG) I just LOVE the results of the BeautyCounter’s TINT SKIN, Hydrate body cleanser and Hydrate lotion. Amazingly soft!!!

 

I’ve been passionate about environmental science since age 12 as all of my science fair projects were related to chemical safety. And that was over 35 years ago. I did some scientific research and knew that green-conscious Beautycounter’s Christy Coleman created this fab beauty line. Coleman uses the better products on the faces of Heidi Klum, Gwyneth Paltrow and other celebrities but I was thinking, “that’s nice …I’m not Heidi Klum!” To my surprise, I am very happy with this non-toxic safer beauty product line. It’s the first full safety beauty care line including essentials like cleansers, lotions, Countertime’s anti-aging, tinted moisturizers, lipstick and even stuff for your KIDS!!!

 

  1. First wash your face with Countertime Soothing Face Wash. Rinse and dry off.
  2. Apply Radiance Firming complex. Radiance Firming Complex is like a serum but richer and creamier. It hydrates skin while working overtime to combat the appearance of wrinkles and discoloration. Hydrolyzed algin, chorella vulgaris and algae marine extracts supply hydration wile mixed fruit acid complex and boerhavia diffusa root extract work to brighten the skin. Ginger root extract fight redness and irritation.
  3. Use Uplifting Day Cream. Uplifting Day Cream promotes firmer looking skin reduces redness and boost skin’s defenses against environmental stress.
  4. Hold Rosewater Uplifting Spray six inches from face. Spritz skin generously. Organic rose essence and purified water combine to nourish skin and create a dewy glow, leaving skin instantly refreshed.  Perfect for midday pick me up.
  5. Use the LUSTRO Face Oil #3 to set your makeup. Apply one drop onto entire face avoiding the eyes.  Ylang ylang oil provides a creamy, delicate aroma — plus it promotes more balanced looking skin. Concentrated yet lightweight, this elixir is easily absorbed, sinking into the skin for lasting moisture.
  6. Apply TINT SKIN of your choice. In my case, use Tan around the eye then use Chestnut everywhere else. Adding lighter tan along the midline center of the nose. (Ironically, the name Chestnut is a family surname so I knew this was love at first sight.)
  7. VOILA! Powder the face with nice brush. DONE!

 

Lip Sheers: Twig, Rose.

 

Hair: #halfnotbun #betterbeauty #saferbeauty
Share with friends and family if you are open to not compromising safety for beauty?