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11/8 Razor Burn Remedies

Posted on November 8, 2010 at 4:59 PM Comments comments (1)

Here’s a question from one of my readers:

“I have horrible razor burn on my legs, and it actually gets worse in the winter. What can I do about it?”

It makes sense that your razor burn gets worse in the winter, as your skin is dryer in the winter. Between the scalding hot morning showers and the dry air from all the artificial heating, your skin becomes a little parched around this time of the year and continues to get dryer and dryer by the minute until the relief of spring comes.

Razor burn itself is caused by skin irritation due to shaving, but there are two additional conditions that are often confused with razor burn.

1. Ingrown hairs, also caused my shaving.:These are hair follicles that grow closed and prevent the hair from being able to break through. These show up as red pimple-like bumps that often hurt.

2. Keratosis Pilaris: This is a common skin condition that looks much like razor burn, but is caused by an over production of keratin (natural skin protein). The Keratin builds up around the hair follicles and clogs them, creating red dots or bumps. It is most common on the thighs and upper arms.

There’s no way of knowing for sure which of these conditions you are actually suffering from without seeing them for myself, but luckily for you, the treatments are pretty much identical:

To treat any of these conditions, you need to exfoliate, and moisturize.

It is best to allow the water and heat from your shower soften the hair, and open the follicles before shaving (about 10-15 minutes), so it’s best to save shaving for the end of the shower. I usually do it while my conditioner is setting. Also, it is important to make sure you’re never using a dull razor blade, as this will also cause irritation. Change your blade at least once per month.


Exfoliating opens clogged pores and removes dead dry skin build up to leave your legs looking and feeling soft and smooth. Use about a teaspoon size amount of sugar scrub for the lower leg (from the knee down), rub vigorously of damp skin until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar has dissolved, you will be left with an oily residue, treat this as shaving cream, and shave legs. This will be super-moisturizing for your skin and you’ll actually be able to see what you’re removing to be sure you don’t miss any spots! Use another teaspoon on the upper part of the leg. Repeat on the opposite leg.

*Try my Indulgence Brand Body Scrubs, made from all natural ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about further irritation from chemicals and preservatives. My Scrubs are made with Sugar, Vegetable Oil, Honey, and essential oils…that’s it.


After showering, while skin is still damp, apply a rich moisturizing cream. Applying the moisturizer to damp skin will lock in moisture. Try to use a moisturizer that contains one or more of the following ingredients: Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Vegetable Oil, or Paraffin as they are all natural moisturizers.

*Try my Indulgence Brand Vanilla and Honey Moisturizing Balm, also made from all natural ingredients: Coconut Oil, Vegetable Oil, Paraffin, Distilled Water, Vanilla Essential oil, Honey.

If the bumps continue, you may have to try a medicated cream such as Aquaphor to clear them up.

I hope this helps.

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11/4 Dry Skin Rescue

Posted on November 4, 2010 at 2:01 PM Comments comments (0)

One day back to the blog and I’m already getting questions… I like it!

Here’s a question from one of my readers:

“As soon as it starts to get cold my hands get dry, rough, stiff, and then they start to crack. I’ve tried every different lotion I can find and nothing works. Sometimes lotion makes it turn red and burn. What can do?"

Dry cracked hands are definitely a problem for a lot of people in the cold weather. It sounds to me like not only do you have dry skin, but that you may have some kind of skin disorder such as eczema because of the burning and the redness caused by moisturizer.

My suggestion is to get a gentle and natural (chemical and preservative free) sugar scrub to remove the dead skin, and use it once daily. I suggest a scrub made with brown sugar and honey as the brown sugar is slightly gentler than even granulated sugar and honey acts as an antiseptic moisturizer. It will kill the bacteria around the cuts without drawing what moisture you have out. Try my Oatmeal Cookie, or Gingerbread or Gingersnap Body scrubs. All 3 are made with brown sugar and honey. The removal of dead skin cells is imperative, as no moisturizer will be able to penetrate that dry skin barrier.

I also suggest getting a medicated Moisturizer like Aquaphor, which can be purchased in any drug store. This is what I used on my eczema as a kid and it always worked wonders for me. Rub it onto skin after every washing, while skin is still slightly damp, and several times throughout the day.

At night, immediately after exfoliating, apply a liberal amount of Aquaphor to affected areas and leave on while you sleep. It is best to cover with cotton gloves if you have them, but will still work if you don’t. Leaving on overnight will make a world of difference.

Even if you don’t have eczema, and you truly are just suffering from extremely dry skin, the Aquaphor will greatly improve the condition of your skin.

You should see a difference within a day or two, and it should clear up completely within a week or so. Once the rough dry skin has been removed, you can reduce your use of the sugar scrub to one or twice weekly. Continue to use the Aquaphor as your regular hand lotion throughout the winter months. If you keep up with the treatment, your results will keep up as well.

This process will also work for dry chapped skin around your nose, due to a cold, as well as dry cracked heels, and any other severely dry skin you may have. 

I hope this helps!

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11/3 The Un-Manicure Manicure

Posted on November 3, 2010 at 5:26 PM Comments comments (0)

As a special request, from a magician who is very close to my heart, I am writing a blog about keeping your hands looking neat and professional.

For those of you who don’t know, my boyfriend is a professional magician, which means people are constantly looking at his hands. Luckily (for him), he has me to keep is digits looking neatly groomed!

Most people don’t have a job in which people are constantly focused on their hands, but you would be surprised at how many people notice your hands on daily basis. The condition of your skin and nails says something about you.

Don’t believe me?

Don’t think anyone looks at your hands?

Go get a spa manicure (or follow the steps below), and see how many compliments you get when your nails are even, your cuticles are neat, and your skin is exfoliated and hydrated.

If you start following the steps below now, you may even avoid those dry cracked winter hands!

The steps below are intended to make your hands and nails appear healthy and neat. The focus is not on polishing, but rather on nail and skin care.

The Un-Manicure Manicure:
(you can purchase an at-home wax kit and remove hair from fingers if you wish.)
1. Use nail clippers to trim nails to desired length (if necessary)
2. Use Nail File or Emery board to shape and smooth the free edge of your nail, making sure that all nails are the same length and shape. Uniform means neat. Always file nails starting at the outside corner, and going in towards the center, then repeat on the other side of the nail, going with the “grain”, as if you were sanding wood.. Avoid filing back and forth on natural nails, as it can weaken them and cause them to split.
3. Soak fingertips in warm water for a few minutes to soften cuticles (you can add *bath salts for aroma and conditioning)
4. Use a cuticle pusher or orangewood stick to push cuticles back. Use gentle even pressure, starting mid nail and pushing toward cuticle. You should see some excess skin lifting from the nail and collecting around cuticle.
5. Use cuticle clippers to clip away any loose skin. At this time, you also want to clip any hangnails you may have. You do not want to remove cuticle skin that is attached unless is looks thick and overgrown.
6. Exfoliate skin. Use a *Sugar Scrub to gently slough off dead dry skin. Go to sink, apply about a quarter size amount of scrub to damp skin, rub vigorously, concentrating on the back of the hands, where dry skin tends to build up, and rinse.
7. Moisturize skin. Try using a *moisturizing balm instead of just lotion. Look for something with cocoa butter, shea butter, paraffin, coconut oil, almond old etc… a natural product that will deeply moisturize your skin.
8. Buff nail beds. If you have ridges or discoloration or even just little white spots due to injury (leukonychia) going over the nail with a block buffer will smooth the appearance of the nails and make them look more neat and clean.
9. Polish (Optional). Now that your hands and nails are looking their best, you can choose to polish your nails. Remove oils using nail polish remover on a cotton ball or pad, apply base coat, 2 coats of color, and a top coat using the 3 stroke method. Allow to dry completely.
10. Apply oil to your cuticles. If you have cuticle oil, go ahead and use it, but if not, regular cooking oil (vegetable oil, olive oil, etc…;) will work just fine, put a small amount around cuticles and rub into skin. This will prevent hangnails and dry cuticles.

If all of this seems like a lot of work, and you have $25 to spare, just book a spa manicure with me.
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*Try indulgence Bath and Body Products made from all natural, edible ingredients. Body Scrubs, Bath Salts, and NEW Honey & Vanilla Moisturizing balm made with Paraffin, Coconut Oil, Honey, and Vanilla essential oil.

If you need a Family Friendly Magician for your next child's birthday or event, contact Sam at [email protected] 

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8/4 Freshen Up

Posted on August 4, 2010 at 10:29 AM Comments comments (0)

So are you sick of sweating yet?

This summer has been painfully hot! While the heat is great for those leisurely ladies who can float around in the pool all day, it’s torturous for those of us who live in the real world… It just causes our hair to frizz, our make-up to run, and all our 2,000 parts to sweat.

I’m fortunate enough to have air conditioning in my house and at work, but even then, the morning shower seems awfully far away when walking out into the scorching parking lot at the end of the day. I have a feeling that August is going to be seriously sweaty after the June and July we’ve had, here are a few ways to stay fresh in the summer heat:

1. In addition to your regular deodorant, get a spray antiperspirant for areas that need a little extra help in the summer time (between belly and chest, behind knees, inside of elbows, between legs…basically anywhere there may be skin-on-skin action.) If you’re a back sweater, this will prevent a mid-day wet spot. Also, spray on the back of your thighs when wearing shorts (or short skirts) to help prevent the dreaded seat sticking.

2. Carry blotting papers. Sebaceous glands are more active in the summer. Use blotting papers to remove excess oil and sweat.

3. Carry a travel-size deodorant. (for re-applying)

4. Get a light summery scented body mist for freshening up. Bath and Body works has a great “Cooling Mist” product. I have it in White Citrus. It’s great for hot summer days, because the scent isn’t heavy or nauseatingly sweet (so you can re-apply without over-doing it) and the light cool mist gives you a few seconds of “ahhh” when you spray it on.

It’s very refreshing, which is exactly what you need to perk you up in the heat.

Hopefully this helps you stay confidently fresh for the remainder of the summer (and probably well into the fall, based on the past few years' experience).

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7/22 Sun Protection For Your Lips

Posted on July 22, 2010 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (40)

As you may know, I’m a bit of a sun worshiper. I’m an esthetician, so I know better than anyone how bad it is for me. I’ve heard the horror stories and even seen the text book pictures of sun spots, wrinkles, and melanoma, but somehow a life confined to the couch in the summer time seems just as bad as living my golden years with the face of a shar pei.

I can handle pink cheeks and shoulders, but sun burnt lips are the absolute worst! Not only are they painful, but they dry up, crack, and peel, making you look and feel like a leper.

The point of having a great tan is kind of defeated when your lips are literally falling off of your face… I mean who wants to kiss that?

Protect your pout with Nivea’s “A Kiss of Protection” lip sunscreen with SPF 30.

I choose Nivea over any other lip protection because it contains Shea Butter, vitamin E, and Jojoba oil to replace the moisture that the sun is sucking out of your lips, as well as the highest level of SPF.

It’s colorless, odorless, and tasteless, and it gives a great moisturized even base, so you can wear it under your favorite gloss, lipstick, or even lip stain. I wear it everyday, even if I’m just planning on going to the office and back home, just to be safe.

If this advise is too little, too late, and you’ve already burnt your smoocher to a crisp, try these tips to minimize the damage:

1. Apply Vaseline to lips as much as possible. It will restore moisture, and soften the dead skin that’s peeling off.

2. Exfoliate! Depending on how painful they are, choose one of the following exfoliates for your lips:

- Sugar scrub

- Facial scrub (not St. Ives…never put St. Ives on your face!)

- Chemical facial exfoliate

- Rough washcloth

7/20 Preventing Blisters

Posted on July 20, 2010 at 2:03 PM Comments comments (0)

For me, a true shoe junky, one of the best things about summer is finding cute sandals, but it’s so hard to find comfortable ones that don’t cost a fortune. Stacey and Clinton would hate me for saying this, but it’s more about quantity than quality for me. I buy the cheapest sandals I can find, because I have so many that each pair only gets a few wears. This is all well and good until those adorably cheap sandals start rubbing blisters!

The cheap (and ventilation-free) fabrics, plastic, rubber, and foam that are used to make the inexpensive flip flops and strappy summer sandals that we love cause your feet to sweat, and then your clammy skin rubbed against those rough fabrics causes blisters, cuts and brush burns. I know as well as the next girl that one bad blistering experience can make you want to retire even the cutest shoe. There’s no quicker way to ruin your night than be trapped in a crowded bar, with nowhere to sit down, in a pair of shoes that are KILLING you, but have no fear ladies! There’s no reason to throw away those flops just because they rub between your toes. I’m going to give you a little tip to solve all of your blister issues.

Before putting your shoes on, apply antiperspirant to any area that will come in contact with a surface that may irritate your skin. This may be between your toes, on the back of your heel, along the top of your foot, etc… anywhere that your shoes may rub. This will create a barrier between your skin and your shoe, as well as prevent the unbreathable fabrics from causing your skin to become clammy.

Antiperspirant can also help prevent "the slide" in your strappy heels. You know what I’m talking about…. You strap those sexy heels on for a night out and they look and feel great but an hour or so later, when the sole of your foot starts to sweat against the lacquered inside of the shoe, your foot begins to slide, and what was once sexy footwear, is now a torture device for your tootsies. Everything that made it look good before has now shifted, causing your feet to look like sausages and the straps, butcher’s string. Your toes are red and overlapping the front of the shoe, and the straps are digging in everywhere…

Rubbing a little bit of antiperspirant on the bottom of your foot before putting your shoes on can prevent this disaster all together. When dealing with a potential “slide”, try to carry a travel size with you in case it wears off.

When I say to apply antiperspirant, I do not mean deodorant. There is a difference. Antiperspirant will actually prevent moisture from forming, while deodorant will just prevent odor from moisture, so make sure you are using antiperspirant, and make sure it is a solid that can be rubbed onto skin. You do not want a gel, spray, or roll-on, as they will not work.

I hope this helps to keep your feet happy, healthy, and beautiful this summer!

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6/3 Get Your Legs In Short-Wearing Shape

Posted on June 3, 2010 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Here’s a question from one of my readers:

“Why do my legs have little red bumps all over them and why do they look dry even though I put lotion on them everyday?”

Smooth, soft, super-hydrated legs seem to be one of those almost impossible to achievements. We all see those girls with the perfectly tanned, so-smooth-they-shine legs and wonder why our legs are white, stubbly by lunch, and razor burned. You don’t even want to wear shorts, let alone a bathing suit, but don’t worry! As always, I have a solution!

The same thing causes both the bumps and the dry skin: Dead skin cell build up. When dead skin clings to live skin, it blocks pores, causing ingrown hairs and blemishes. These dead skin cells also act as a barrier between you and your lotion, so that it never really penetrates the skin. Instead, any lotion you apply acts as glue to help those dead skin cells hang on. They also prevent you from getting the closest shave possible, which explains the 5:00 shadow…

The best way to get rid of these tiny little troublemakers is to exfoliate with a salt or sugar scrub! Use a scrub instead of shaving cream when you shave your legs.

- Apply a small amount of scrub to the lower part of your leg (shin and calf) first. Rub the scrub onto your skin until it dissolves. Then shave the area.

- Repeat on the front of the thigh and then the back.

The abrasive material in the scrub (usually salt or sugar) will gently slough off any loose and /or dead skin cells, opening pores and freeing ingrown hairs. The shaving motion then forces the hydrating oil from the scrub into your pores while giving you the closest shave possible.

After showering, apply moisturizer to skin that is still slightly damp, as this will lock in moisture. If you use a self tanner, always apply a layer of regular moisturizer to skin first to even out the texture and allow it to dry completely before applying the tanning product. This will prevent streaks.

Now comes the part where I mercilessly plug my own line of bath and body products: Indulgence, which is made from all natural all edible ingredients. I have 5 delicious scents of sugar scrubs that are gentle enough to use even on your sensitive bikini line everyday. They are reasonably priced and I promise they will make your skin look and feel like silk.

Use my scrubs to shave your legs for 2 weeks, and I promise you’ll hardly recognize them!

To see the products, please click on the “Indulgence Product Line” tab on the left hand side of the screen.

To purchase products, please call or e-mail me 412-759-2423 [email protected]

Also, all Induglence Products are 25% off when ordered during a Pamper Party, so book a party and share this little secret with your friends!

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5/28 Sun Kissed Skin Soothing Home Remedy

Posted on May 28, 2010 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

In Honor of my favorite weekend of the year, the weekend when the pools open, I’m going to give you a little after sun home remedy to soothe that first-day-in-the-sun overexposed skin.

If the weather cooperates, which seems to be likely, I plan on hitting the pool at least one of the 3 days this long weekend, and I know I’ll be feeling a little crispy after that first all-day raft float at Mineral Beach!

Mix-up this Fruit Smoothie and pop it in the fridge while you soak up the sun. Apply it after you sunbathe to soothe tender sun-kissed skin!

Add the following items to a food processor:

- 2 slices pineapple (rind removed)

- ½ medium honeydew Melon (rind removed)

- 1 dozen grapes - 1 medium banana (peeled)

- 1 medium kiwi (peeled)

- Puree ingredients until well blended (mixture may be slightly lumpy).

- Remove all but about 8 - 12 oz from food processor, and put in a large bowl.

- Squeeze a generous about of honey into the bowl and mix well

- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before applying to skin.

- Add a few spoon-fuls of yogurt to the mixture left in the food processor and puree for an additional 30 seconds.

- Pour this smoothie into a large glass (add a twisty straw if you have one) and enjoy this fruity drink poolside!

*Add some coconut rum or citrus flavored vodka to your drink for a fruity summer-time cocktail*

- Once you have come in from the sun, remove the fruit mixture from the refrigerator and apply to skin. (it’s best to do this in the bathtub, or outdoors as it may make a mess.)

- This mixture can be applied all over your body, including your face.

- Allow it to sit for 30 minutes and rinse with tempid water.

- Apply LOTS of moisturizer after rinsing to hydrate your sun and chlorine dried skin.

The fruit juices combined with the honey will both cleanse and moisturize at the same time, and the cold creamy texture will feel great on over-heated skin.

Now, get out there and enjoy that summer sun!!!

Send your beauty questions to [email protected] and I’ll answer them in my next beauty blog.

Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to stop back next week for another dose of the beauty blog!

Thanks for reading,


5/12 Summer Skin Must-Haves

Posted on May 12, 2010 at 12:12 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s already the middle of May, which means Summer is right around the corner. Soon we will trade in our springtime raincoats for bathing suits and towels. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to go to the pool!

There aren’t many things in life that can make you feel as good as a day in the sunshine! You get that sun-drunk happy feeling, and everything looks great on your freshly sunkissed skin. It just makes you want to celebrate, but before you start soaking up the rays, here are a few summer skin must-haves!

1. Sephora Sun Safety Kit

We all know that sunbathing causes all kinds of damamge: wrinkles, sunspots, and worst of all skin cancer. This $25.00 kit has everything you’ll need to soak up the sun without causing irreversible damage to your skin, and the best part is: ALL the profits go to The Skin Cancer Foundation!

2. Sunscreen!

I know we all love to get the best tan possible, but burning is no fun, and it’s TERRIBLE for your skin. Use an SPF appropriate for your skin tone. Very fair-skinned people should wear SPF 30, those of you in the middle should wear SPF 15, and those of you with dark skin tones (the ones who claim they “don’t burn” should be wearing at least an SPF 8. Even people with very dark ethnic skin shouldn’t go unprotected. Never wear less than an SPF 15 on your face, as sun damage can seriously increase the signs of aging! You can purchase indoor tanning lotion with SPF as well. It may take a few more sessions to get your desired tan, but isn't it worth a few extra tans to avoid looking like a saggy hag at age 35?

3. Tan Extended Body Wash

These body washes contain Vitamins, Keratin, hemp, copper compounds, and other ingredients to hydrate and nourish your skin, in order to extend the life of your tan.

California Tan: Daily Rescue Body Wash $9.00

Designer Skin, Pure Intentions: After Tan Body Wash $6.95

4. After sun dark tanning lotions.

These are not to be confused with those indoor tanning lotions that cost 40+ per bottle just to irritate your skin. Do you know why they heat up and tingle? …because they contain chemicals specifically designed to make blood rush to the surface of your skin, while providing you no protection for the UV rays. These are dangerous, especially when used outdoors in un-regulated sun. The lotions I am referring to bronze skin and darken your tan after sun exposure.

Malibu Tan: Golden Glow Skin Firming Moisturizer

Can be purchased at walmart

5. Shimmering Body Lotion:

Perfect for sexy sunkissed Summer Skin! Not only will they give your skin a shimmering glow, but they’ll make you look instantly toned and tanned. Best if reserved for night-time, there’s no need to shimmer at the office…

The Body Shop’s Coconut Shimmer Lotion $18

Tarte at Sephora $34

Supermodel by Victoria Secret $19.50

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5/11 Glowing Skin

Posted on May 11, 2010 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Here’s a question from one of my readers:

“I want to get that dewy, glowing skin look that I see on models and celebrities in magazines. I love how it looks like bare skin, but it’s even and healthy. My bare skin looks blotchy and dull. What products should I get? Do you think it’s possible to get this look without spending a fortune or being a professional make-up artist?

Of course it’s possible, and with summer right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start getting your inner glow on!

There are a few key things you will need…

1. A skin care regimen, including the right moisturizer.

To acquire this fresh-faced look, you will need to make sure your skin is in its best possible condition. This means cleansing, toning and moisturizing twice a day with products that are meant for your skin type. You can’t get clean, hydrated, glowing skin without cleaning and moisturizing it! Also, if your skin looks dull, it probably needs exfoliated. Try adding a manual or chemical exfoliator to that regimen!

2. An Illuminating Primer.

This is the key to that dewy look. You need a product with a pearly finish, not a sparkly one! You don’t want to look like you’ve been dusted with glitter; you want to look like you have a natural glow coming from within. Here are a few products you can try:

Mark (by avon) Glow Expert Face Shimmer

It comes in several colors and can be worn alone or mixed with foundation, if you need extra coverage.

Avon Shimmer Swirls Face Illuminator

Can be used all over in place of foundation, or just on the areas that are naturally kissed by the sun to add natural shimmer.

If you don't have a personal Avon associate, please feel free to use mine, Jeannette, she would be happy to help you!

Sally Hansen Illuminating Face Primer

This can be mixed with a tinted moisturizer, worn alone, or applied under foundation. I recommend wearing it with a tinted moisturizer in the summer, as this will give you that glowing naked skin you’re looking for.

3. Pale shimmery colors to wear on your eyes, lips, and cheeks to accent the barely-there glow.

try pale pinks, peaches, mauves, champagnes, taupes, and browns.

4. Omega 3 fatty acids give your skin a natural glow, so take your FISH OIL!

I hope this helps!

Send your Beauty questions to [email protected] and I'll answer them in my next blog.

Dont forget to stop by tomorrow for another dose of the beauty blog.



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