Friday, September 30, 2011

Product Obsession!

Who would have thought of putting concentrated nutrients from breast milk in a skin care product??? Epicurin did=)  Epicurin's signature Colostrum Cream Serum is one of my favorite moisturisers ever made. If you like that dewy, supple feeling you will love it too! The Colostrum serum speeds up the growth of skin cells and acts as a great night repair and cell regenerator. The formulation is also packed with other great ingredients such as Aloe Concentrate (which is also exfoliating), raw finely processed Almond , Macadamia & Kukui Nut, Seaweed Extract, Witch Hazel, and Apricot and Orange Oil. It is great for dry skin, sensitive skin, Rosacea, or anyone who needs that extra hydration and glow. 

Shop around, prices vary from $70 for the 2 oz. bottle, to $140 for the 4 oz. My advice to is buy the smaller bottle (keeps fresh that way, the 4 oz lasts a long time) if you don't get a much better deal for the bigger. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Save $$$, Make your own Vitamin C Serum

In an earlier blog, I discussed the benefits of Vitamin C. Some benefits discussed include; anti-aging & the prevention and correction of sun damage. Unfortunately, the expensive Vitamin C products are not always stable and effective.  When exposed to air, vitamin C undergoes oxidation and becomes not only ineffective but also potentially harmful (oxidized vitamin C may increase the formation of free radicals). So many of the Vitamin C products we buy, may be ineffective a week after opening or sometimes sooner. Another issue with Vitamin C products that are bought in department and drug stores are that they claim to give amazing results from the Vitamin C, but don't contain nearly enough quality Vitamin C to product results.

***The cheapest and most effective thing to do is make your own. Make batches weekly to ensure quality, and store DIY (do it yourself) product in a small dark amber, air-tight bottle to avoid oxidation.

Here are 2 great recipes I found on a website=)

Vitamin C Serum #1
This serum is quite flexible, but you need to make new batches regularly so it stays fresh and potent.

  • ½ teaspoon l-ascorbic acid powder
  • 3½ teaspoon distilled water (bottled water is fine, should be at room temperature)
  • 1½ teaspoon vegetable glycerin or aloe vera gel
  • 1 amber or dark blue glass bottle
1.     Make sure your glass bottle is sterile by boiling it in some hot water. You can also sterilize it with some rubbing alcohol.
2.     Wait for the bottle to cool and dry completely.
3.     Add the l-ascorbic acid to the bottle.
4.     Add the distilled water.
5.     Swish around the bottle or use a stirrer until all the l-ascorbic acid is dissolved.
6.     Add the propylene glycol or glycerin or others. 
7.     Mix well (cap the bottle and keep shaking until everything is blended or use a stirrer) and use up as early as possible.  

Vitamin C serum #2
This vitamin C serum mixes vitamin C with ferulic acid and E. Ferulic acid stabilizes the vitamin C. 

  • 2 shot glasses
  • 1 oz. cobalt or amber dropper or pump bottle
  • 1 tsp L-Ascorbic Acid
  • 1/4 tsp (1 ml) Vitamin E (equals 1%)
  • .5% of Ferulic Acid (1 good pinch)
  • 2 tsp SKB (Sea Kelp Bioferment)
  • 3 + 1/2 tsp of distilled water
  • 1/2 tsp of vodka (vodka will dissolve the FA so it's not gritty, and it also keeps the ph low enough.) 
1.     In first shot glass, put 1 tsp C into the 3 + 1/2 tsp of distilled water. Put on the side, stirring occasionally till FULLY dissolved (This can be anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, so have patience.)
2.     In 2nd shot glass put in 1/2 tsp vodka, and sprinkle the FA in and mix. When it has dissolved fully, add in the vitamin E + SKB and stir it all up well.
3.     When the LAA has fully dissolved in the 1st shot glass, mix the contents of both glasses together, stir very well, and carefully pour into your 1oz bottle.
4.     Keeping it in a cool, dry and dark place or the fridge will keep it potent and stable.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

More YUMMY skin secrets

I think I will dedicate this week to yummy cafe finds that are good for your skin. ACAI bowls!!!! My healthiest addiction. It has been a craze in Hawaii for a while, and is slowly but surely making it big around the world.

What is it??? a dark purple antioxidant rich berry that comes from a type of palm tree native to Central and South America. It is quickly becoming the most Amazing "SUPERFOOD" in the world because of its many mood enhancing & health benefits. 

Healthier skin and a more youthful appearance, improved sleep, better digestion, & detoxification benefits (all which contribute to healthier skin as well), weight loss and increased energy are also some nice benefits.

Bonus:  Acai bowls are made from frozen Acai ,other powerhouse (high in antioxidants and vitamins) berries such as, blueberries & strawberries and can be blended with HEMP milk!!! It is then topped off  with other fresh fruit, honey, and bee pollen. ( All GREAT for your skin)  OOOH and the taste is heavenly!! 

P.S- I appologize in advanced for contributing to your new addiction XOXO 

Monday, September 12, 2011


Its been a while, but feels great to be back. I took a month off of writing to enjoy the last bit of summer with my family. We did a lot of road tripping and had a ton of fun. One of the cool trends that I found while cafe hopping was hemp milk. In coffees, smoothies and cereal. The taste is similar to almond milk and a little heavier than rice milk, but it is gold for your skin. It is rich in essential amino acids, fatty acids such as Omega-3 and ALA (alpha linolenic acid) and also contains Vitamins B, C and E!! What does all this mean for your skin???

Benefits of Hemp Milk for your skin:

So next time you are at a cafe or health food market ask for HEMP MILK. Enjoy XOXOXO!!