Oils for your forever beautiful skin (Part2)

Hello busy moms and dear followers!

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As promised a while ago I am following up with a couple of oils I love and I am using in my beauty routine on a daily basis. These two are in fact my favorite ones. I hope you’ll enjoy them too as they are very accessible and so easy to use.

 

Jojoba Oil

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This oil is not an oil. It’s actually a wax. Its amazing anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties make it one of the best “oils” for your skin. It has a very long shelf life so we can have it in our bathroom for a couple of years. However I go through a 4 oz bottle every couple of months, so no reason to keep it for so long. Use it! It’s an amazing oil with a lot of attributes that can work wonders when you want to remove your makeup in a natural way, to moisturize your skin (I apply 6-7 drops on my clean skin and dab off the extra with a tissue paper, for a matte finish), and its powerful properties will aid in the treatment of acne, killing the harmful bacteria that causes acne (or make it thrive) in some cases and reducing the inflammation often accompanying the acneic skin. It can help heal warts, Athlete’s foot infections and and nails that suffer with fungus!

These are just a few most important properties of this golden wax. You can massage it on your skin morning or night. When you buy yours make sure it’s a pure Jojoba oil and not a blend.

 

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Moroccan Argan Oil

This oil is indeed a superfood for the skin. It’s so easy to use and it penetrates into the skin so nicely, without leaving any residual oily film on your skin. It has the ability to decongest the pores, while hydrating, nourishing and stimulating the skin’s regeneration. It is very rich in essential fatty acids, Vitamin E and other nutrients which help maintain the skin in great shape, without a huge effort.

You can massage it in your hair, on your scalp, use it on your hands, tips of fingers and on your feet (then put on socks and some gloves for a couple of hours) for a softer, smoother skin.

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Oils for your forever beautiful skin (Part 1)

Bianca-1smallAre you one of the people who’s suffered with acne all your teenage years and then some… and who has always tried to find the latest best thing in skin care which could help you get rid of that unwanted acne? Of course in your tireless searches you’d buy anything with the condition to be OIL FREE! Because in your mind your skin was already very oily naturally, so it didn’t make any sense to apply more oil on it…

Or maybe you are someone who has rosacea and sensitive skin and you’re always on the look for the best thing out there to hide and possibly treat that redness…

Or maybe you are like me, someone who has never dealt with the terrible acne or rosacea, but always conscious of the aging signs; always wanting to look good and for the skin to not look prematurely dry and wrinkled and stained…

Well, today I will tell you my secret about the oil cocktails I’ve been using on my skin, which work wonders, even on acneic or rosacea skin. Especially after I turned 30 my skin started looking less plump, more fatigued, dryer, my pores started looking enlarged…So I started reading about the use of oils in skin care and because I found them very accessible wherever I am, I said why not! Anything is worth trying when it comes to aging! Well, almost anything. So far I have been so happy with my results and I think when used correctly, they beat any moisturizer out there! Oils are lipophilic, which means that they love or are attracted to fat, so they are able to penetrate through the skin’s lipid layer faster and more effectively, providing the skin with moisture and preventing the water loss much better than other regular skin care products.

So here we go!

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Coconut oil

It has a very light molecular formulation, which is why it is able to penetrate through the skin layers deeper than your regular skin care products, to hydrate and maintain that hydration in your skin, as it bonds really well with our skin proteins. I use it to massage my face lightly once or twice a week, to remove my makeup, I make my own body scrub with it (you can find my recipe here), I apply it on my cuticles and I also apply it in my hair (as you can see here), alone or in combination with a couple of other ingredients.

 

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Rosehip Oil

It’s an intensely hydrating, brightening and healing oil, rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, which has the ability to penetrate deeply into the skin as well, and it is perfect for applying on the skin at night for an instantly hydrated and plump skin in the morning. Before I massage the Rosehip oil into my skin though, I apply about 10 drops of pure Vitamin A oil on clean skin…and these nights I skip other brands of Retinol/RetinA, because this oil is a pure retinol acetate itself. So you wouldn’t want to use too much of it, because it can dry out and irritate the skin.

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Vitamin A oil 

It’s a natural anti-aging, which stimulates your skin’s cell turnover, without the sting that some RetinA products can give you sometimes. It is also a very affordable product and it really delivers great radiant clear skin. Great for aging, acneic and dull skin. I usually like to apply it underneath Rosehip Oil or an anti-aging night moisturizer. And it’s also great for the eye area. I buy mine in Romania, but I am sure that with a little research you can find one in your area.

 

 

avocado oilAvocado Oil (cold pressed)

Very rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, similar with the ones contained in the olive oil, it’s a natural hydrator for the skin. It’s molecular formulation is very similar with the molecules that compose our natural oil (sebum) produced by our own skin. That’s why, when massaged into the skin, it’s able to penetrate, retain the moisture and give your skin this velvety smooth sensation. Being very rich as well in vitamin E, C and K, makes it also a great antioxidant. I like to apply it on damp skin. Just 4-5 drops, then follow with a mineral sunscreen and makeup and you’re good to go.

That’s all for today, but next timeI’ll write more about this topic, as I find oils so highly effective, and I have an entire collection in my bathroom. Thanks for reading!

Please share with me which are your favorite oils to use topically on your skin.

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Saving my hair from Androgenic Alopecia

As many of you know I have been suffering, yes that’s right “suffering” is the right word… of androgenic alopecia for many years now. I was diagnosed only 3 years ago, but as it is often a genetically transmitted  or inherited disease, I’ve probably had it for my whole life, but it had become very severe during the past 10-15 years. While I’ve had a very beautiful hair during my childhood, once I started being really stressed, with the adult life, my hair started going away. And I mean every day I would kiss goodbye anywhere between 100-200 hairs.

I’ve been dealing with severe hair loss , for so many years now I barely can remember, and during this time I’ve got a lot of opinions from doctors. That I was anemic, that I had a vitamin deficiency, that I had to check my thyroid, or that it couldn’t be SO many hairs I was losing and that they thought I still has beautiful hair.  Well, I finally did check my thyroid 3 years ago and yes, I do have Hashimoto’s disease, which is a form of hypothyroidism. However, while my hypothyroidism has been controlled ever since I got diagnosed, my hair loss has not.

Needless to say that I have tried everything over the years. From massaging my scalp with coconut oil and chili peppers, to massaging with olive oil and raw onion juice (FYI this last one is going to make your hair smell like raw onions for 2 months straight!), to taking all kind of supplements and vitamins like Iron (both pill and liquid form), Vitamin D, Biotin, Saw Palmetto (a natural remedy for enlarged prostate which has been shown to help with hair loss), marine algae supplements….and the list can go on and on for a while. Not to mention the solutions I’ve tried topically on my scalp! Oh boy. You name it, I’ve tried it! Nothing worked.

Recently though, after many conversations with different doctors and friends, and after hours of research online, I seem to have found “The Solution”! Well at least the solution that works for me, and that seems to have decreased my hair loss with 50%(just approximating here, but trust me that when you see the tub and the sink completely covered in hair, after each wash, and after endless tears I’ve poured seeing my hair leaving my head, I think I can approximate pretty well)!

So I thought I would share my combination of remedies with you all who suffer of this terrible disease, called androgenic alopecia, but please keep in mind that I am not a doctor, so I am not prescribing this, nor promising that it’s going to work for you. But when you’re losing all your hair pretty much anything is worth it!

This is what I’ve been doing for the past 3 months and it’s been working!

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  1. 30 min before washing my hair I massage my scalp with rosemary oil mixed with castor oil (in Mexico this is called (aceite de ricino). Sometimes I also mix a few drops of Vitamin A to this cocktail, but I noticed that it dries my scalp, so I don’t do it much.
  2. In the shower I apply Tio Nacho shampoo on my scalp and hair and leave it on for 5-10 min. This is a shampoo from Mexico that is supposed to strengthen the hair and reduce hair loss, in a natural way. The ingredient list does not show that it’s so natural, however since I was desperate, I’ve decided to try it anyway…Since my whole life I’ve probably used mainly un-natural shampoos 😉
  3. After rinsing this shampoo off, I apply another one called Pilopeptan shampoo (also found here in Mexico) and leave it on for another 5-6 minutes.
  4. After rinsing all these off very well, I apply a conditioner, strictly on the hair length, and NOT on the scalp. This is something I’ve learned from my hair stylist friends who I trust, so I’ve been respecting this rule very carefully.
  5. Once out of the shower, I towel dry my hair, very gently, and while it’s damp, I apply one bottle of this concoction called Kevis 8, a trycozymes, enzymes and peptides cocktail, to the scalp, and I massage it in gently.
  6. Every morning, I take 2 medications. One is Pilopeptan oral supplemets and another is Aldactone A 25 mg with the active ingredient Spironolactone. This is a medication that might help you with fluids retention in your body, as it is a diuretic. So for me this works and I haven’t been too concerned about its potential negative effects, nor have I had any. Please make sure you consult with your doctor though, if you decide using this medication. hair1

A couple of other notations: *I do not style my hair unless absolutely necessary * I do not blow dry my hair unless absolutely necessary *I only color my hair once every 3-4 months. Yes, I do have grey hairs, but I am choosing to have my hair as opposed to it looking always freshly colored but not healthy!

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I hope all this info is going to help someone out there!

 

Yours truly,

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Chilli Oil for New Hair!

It’s not a secret anymore that I have been struggling with my hair loss for a few years now. A few weeks ago I stumbled on this home remedy for hair loss article, which I am hoping is going to work! I am so excited and I am trying it already, since I have been trying everything lately. Sharing it with you all, thanks to Ishika Sachdev via Huffington Post.

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“We never thought we’d see one of our favorite food flavorings used like this before.The Beauty Reel blogger Ishika Sachdev shares a chili oil recipe in the video above that she uses to stimulate hair growth and reduce hair loss. “I’ve always had very fine and scanty hair, but since learning about my grandma’s secret that I’ve been using for the last three months, not only has the density of my hair improved but the quality,” she says.The mere thought of rubbing chili oil onto our scalp sends tingles down our spines. But Sachdev reassures us that if we use this method at least three times a week, we’ll have “new baby hairs popping up in no time.” She even claims her gray-haired granny has new black hair roots as a result of incorporating chili oil into her regimen.

This homemade hair growth recipe calls for: two teaspoons of virgin coconut or almond oil and one teaspoon of red chili powder (not actual chili flakes). Mix the ingredients together until it forms into a paste. Part your hair into sections, then press the chili oil onto your scalp. Allow it to sit for at least 30 minutes. Rinse out with your normal shampoo to finish.

Sachdev makes a convincing case, but we asked two dermatologists about the science behind this chili oil hair treatment.

According to board certified dermatologist Sejal K. Shah, M.D., the active ingredient in chili peppers or chili oil is capsaicin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It can also increase blood flow, which is key to having a healthy scalp and hair.

While a 2007 study found that “capsaicin promotes hair growth in mice and humans with alopecia,” Dr. David E. Bank of The Center for Dermatology New York notes there is little research to support the beauty benefits of chili oil.

Both doctors point out herbs, including rosemary, lavender, saw palmetto and stinging nettle has also been touted and studied for their abilities to promote hair regrowth. For FDA-approved products that are proven to reduce hair loss and stimulate growth, Dr. Bank recommends Rogaine (for men and women) and Propecia (for men), in addition to vitamin D and biotin.

Dr. Shah cautions anyone using the chili scalp oil that it can cause irritation, burning and swelling. It can also be very painful if it gets into your eyes. She adds, “If there is worsening of the scalp or hair loss, the treatment should be stopped immediately. If you are considering any alternative treatment, you should discuss it with your doctor before proceeding.”

Now that you’ve got all the facts, are you willing to put chili oil on your scalp?”

 

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Happy New Year dear friends and followers!

At the end of this beautiful 2013, I wanted to take the time to thank you all for being in my life and supporting me in this new endeavor. Please receive my simple gift of Love and Beauty

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Here showing an old style bun, å la “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”,  wearing an old dress I got from a friend from Romania :), Mac’s Ruby Woo lipstick, Movado watch rose gold, already featured Dsquared2 pumps (old), makeup and hair by moi 😉

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And for those interested, my New Year’s resolution is not to do things the right way or the wrong way. This year I am going to do things my way 😉

Cheers 2014!

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Merry Christmas!

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Christmas shoot at St. Regis Mexico City, wearing Darell BCBG Dress in New Red, Dsquared2 pumps (old), makeup and hair by moi 😉

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I hope all of you had a wonderful year, full of accomplishments, health, laughter and happiness! 

May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow. Wish you all lots of love, joy and happiness this Christmas and the entire 2014!

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Save time and your hair!

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure to be invited at the InStyler® promotional event in Mexico City. Besides meeting very interesting people I did learn about the Wonders an InStyler® can do for me at home.

Big revelation! As I travel frequently, I always find myself carrying my curling iron, or the flattening iron with me. And I never have what I need, as I can’t travel with both. So, no more restrictions for me. One tool will do it all and how exciting is that!

The InStyler® rotating hot iron is a totally new styling and straightening tool. So it’s all in one. It’s everything you’ve ever needed a hair tool to perform, having straight, or curly hair, or the unruly, puffy hair like mine. Not to mention that it does the work in less than half time!

The InStyler® rotating hot iron’s gentle heat in conjunction with the rotating motion of the polishing cylinder literally polishes your hair strands individually so it doesn’t need extreme heat to get amazing results. This way your hair will also be healthier, as you’ll not overheat it each time you’ll try to style it!

Here with the one and only Dean Banowetz, The Hollywood Hairguy, from Dancing with the Stars and X Factor, and my dear friends Daniella and Rodrigo Estrada, from Agua y Sal Cebicheria, Mexico City.

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Happy Styling!

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