Lemon Juice Benefits
Today I am highlighting a super star ingredient: Organic Lemon Juice Extract. Lemon contains potent antioxidant values to the skin and countless overall benefits in many different areas. You can find lemon in cleaning products because of its antiseptic qualities.
It is used internally to promote hydration, improved skin health and can even aid in digestion. I have been drinking a few tablespoons of lemon juice in my water daily and am loving it. (I have heard there can be negative effects from drinking lemon water when it comes to tooth enamel, so I drink it with a straw just in case.) I have been buying lemon juice concentrate from Costco and the flavor is really good. I also add fresh mint leaves because I love the flavor of lemon and mint together. Another benefit of adding mint is it aids in digestion.
Lemon and the Skin
Lemons contain flavonoids that offer potent antioxidant properties making this ingredient amazing for skin health. They are rich in vitamins, minerals and citric acid making it an amazing option for natural skin brightening. The skin conditions that this ingredient is helpful for are:
Rough Skin Texture
I use Organic Lemon Juice Extract in my BOOST vitamin c complex because of how well it works together with the other highly effective antioxidant ingredients. Combined with Vitamin C extract, Organic White Tea Extract and Orange Oil, these ingredients create an antioxidant medley that helps promote cellular protection and brightening in a powerful and all natural way. You can read more about the benefits of using BOOST vitamin c complex here!
To receive the biggest boost of antioxidant protection, remember to use products topically and also internally through diet and nutrition.
After all the questions I have had around Botox I thought I would finally address my opinion here. I can start by saying that I am not here to judge if you are currently using Botox, I only am here to answer the question of what do I think of it and are there any other alternatives. If you are currently using you can also add in some of the tips I suggest in this article, it can only help boost your skin health.
How it works:
It is used for a wide variety of medical conditions including migraines but today I will be focusing on cosmetic use. Botox works very well reducing wrinkles, that is the truth. Botulinum toxin type A or Botox is injected into the skin on the face paralyzing the muscle used to cause the wrinkling on the skin. Pretty instantly wrinkles appear less visible and skin looks smooth. Results are temporary, typically lasting around 3-4 months depending on the individual. The most common area treated with Botox are the forehead and in between the eye area.
In 2002 Botox was approved by the FDA and it has become the most popular cosmetic procedure with millions of people receiving it. It is so common and can be performed in plastic surgery practices, medical spas and other facilities medically licensed.
What are the possible side effects?
The most common side effects include: bruising, bleeding and pain. Of course there are other less common side effects that can be more serious.
Are there alternatives?
Like I said above Botox works for reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fast. But there are other actions you can take to help the reduction of the fine lines and wrinkles if Botox is not your jam.
Do I use it?
Here are my last thoughts on this topic, there are other tools we can use to help minimize our fine lines and wrinkles. Will it have the same result as Botox? Not exactly in my experience, however you can still get a great result. I have had Botox in the past, a couple of times. I worked at a Medical spa so I tried many of the treatments they offered. I was only in my 20's but I have had wrinkles from a young age. It worked but I didn't love the frozen look (or the cost!) so I decided to embrace my wrinkles. Now that I am more interested in a natural regimen it is a no for me, that is my personal choice. I even considered Botox under my arms to stop the sweating. Many people do this but I do not recommend it at all. The body needs to detox and stopping this process is an unhealthy option.
Because I take such good care of my skin I feel like it looks good even with the wrinkles. And I am 42 years old, I am not trying to pretend I am 18. Living in southern California and spending many days in the sun is just part of the reason I have them and it's ok. I decided the risk is not worth the perfectly smooth forehead and this is just a part of aging. When people ask me if they should do it, I think it just depends on how you weigh the benefits and the cons. Make the decision that works best for you and if you decide to have it done go someplace reputable. When it comes to certain procedures, cheap is not the best way to go. The better you take care of your skin on top of getting Botox the better the Botox will work for you as well.
If there are any questions about this topic, send me a message!
It is officially day 31 and I have complete my Whole 30 program. I had some questions about the Whole 30 after I posted that I was going to be doing the program and I wanted to give and update, especially in regards to this program and my skin.
First of all if you have never heard of the Whole 30, it is a 30 day program where you eliminate commonly known problematic foods such as sugar, gluten, dairy for 30 days. The list of what you can not eat seems pretty overwhelming so I focused on what I could eat. To learn more about the details I will just link the Whole 30 here because they explain it best: WHOLE 30
My personal goal of doing this program was to start feeling better, period. It is not a quick fix diet, and it truly encourages a healthy mental food relationship along with troubleshooting possible foods that could be causing issues in your body. I was overindulging with foods and drinks this summer and I wanted to get back on track. This was the perfect program for me to achieve my goals and below I will list the benefits I was able to see and feel.
Another benefit I have seen is the confidence that I do not need the items I was not able to have and still be ok. The good outweighed the bad and I found that I was loving this month. I have cooked and cleaned so much more but I found that I got used to that part.
For those of you who have contacted me asking about the program for whatever reason, I say go for it. One common problem I see with clients is an unknown rash or breakout with their skin and I think this is the perfect program to see if it could be stemming from a food allergy. I have heard so many reports of skin cleaning up and rashes going away during their Whole 30. Elimination diets are a great way to see if something you are taking in internally is having a reaction in your body causing skin disruptions.
Have you completed a Whole 30? What was your experience?
Skin types are what we are predisposed to have through our genetics and also the environmental factors such as the way we care for our skin. I remember the first time I had a facial, I told my esthetician I had oily skin and she looked at me like I was crazy. She said I had the driest skin ever. I was only 20 years old, yet I had massively dry and dehydrated skin (it didn't help that I was using an astringent with alcohol that was literally striping my skin. I won't mention any names, but we all started there). Although I could take action to help alleviate the extreme dry condition my skin was in, I was always going to be a dry skin type.
So, what are the different skin types?
Although skin types will not change, skin conditions and changes occur throughout life. For example the skin can change due to the environment, hormonal changes and even become sensitized due to harsh ingredients and poor lifestyle choices. Though practicing a regular skin care regimen the health and condition can improve regardless of your skin type.
What is your skin type, have you noticed the skin changing over time?
Had a great question the other day: What is the one thing most people could be doing to improve their skin that they are not doing? While it is difficult to narrow it down to just one thing, if I had to choose it would be a solid skin care routine. One that is so consistent that it becomes a habit.
For example, I hear about women going to sleep at night and not removing their make-up. Cleansing my face is something I do no matter what, even if I didn't wear make-up that day. Not removing make-up can clog pores, causing breakouts. The night time is when are cells are regenerating and repairing so its a great time to apply your anti-aging products on a nice cleansed face. And think about your pillow case! Removing the dirt and debris from the day should be as much of a habit as brushing your teeth.
Using a treatment serum and exfoliator on a regular basis in your routine is critical for the most healthy skin. Exfoliating and assisting the cellular turnover, especially as we age, should be done on a regular basis. Same goes for your treatment products, if we just use a serum here and there you will never achieve the greatest benefit from the product.
Whatever it is you decide is your skin care program, stick with it daily to see the best results. Keep your products out and ready and make it as simple to do as brushing your teeth. If you feel like your routine is too basic add in a high performing serum or toner to boost the results!
Are you consistent with your skin care products? What is something you do every single day without fail?
Recently I was asked how do we shrink the pores on our skin. Sadly, the answer is we can not shrink pores. However there are steps we can take to minimize them and I am going to give you three tips below to help do just that!
If you have tried all of the above and still are not happy with the size of your pores, a laser therapy treatment is a wonderful option. I love the laser genesis treatment, it helps with collagen production helping to minimize the pore size. There are other more invasive laser treatments out there as well that help with the same issue.
Do you have enlarged pores? What has helped for you?
Camu-camu is a shrub that’s native to the Amazonian rainforest, and is a berry that resembles a cherry. Traditionally this plant was used for wound healing because of the high content of vitamin C. This is helpful for collagen formation and cellular growth and repair. It also brightens and evens out skin tone. Camu-camu has 30 times more vitamin C than oranges!
This natural plant is also high in antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory, no wonder it is so good for sun protection! This means it helps fight free radicals which lead to a breakdown in collagen. It is even known to be highly antibacterial making it a wonder ingredient for even oily and acne skin types.
I use Camu-camu in my REPAIR toner and one of the biggest reasons is because it is a powerful UV radiation fighter. Vitamin C in general is amazing for helping to proactively protect the skin from the suns rays as it enhances collagen production to help fight the effects of the sun. Ultimately, exposure to the sun leads to wrinkles and pigmentation, two things we want to avoid.
While my REPAIR toner is NOT a sun protection factor, it is such a wonderful compliment to one. My clients have used it on sun burns and rashes, and even clients who have acne report a calmer skin and feel hydrated without an oily feeling. Many people keep one in their purse, gym bag or beach bag and spray often throughout the day. I also recommend spraying right after you get out of the sun. It is also to keep at your office desk because of the wonderful lavender scent which is very calming.
Do you use REPAIR toner? Let me know what you think and how you use it!
I have heard from a few friends and clients about how their skin has not been looking its best lately and how during the summer they tend to overindulge. With so many summer parties and bbq's it seems pretty easy to do. Most people are off their normal schedules and many moms I have spoken to look forward to the kids heading back to school to get back on track with their routines and food.
Some of these overindulgences can totally affect the skin in a negative way. I know personally I have had skin rashes and redness in the past just because of a food I was eating. I know people with mystery breakouts that clear up when they reset their diet or cut out some inflammatory foods. Below I am going to highlight a few foods to cut back on or avoid to get your skin looking better from the inside out!
If you are seeing a negative difference in your skin and have been consuming many of these foods, try cutting back or going without and see if it helps get the glow back into your skin. I think when we start with something as simple as what we are eating when we are having skin issues, this alone can lead to huge positive changes. I recommend trying a program like the Whole 30 for a month if you are experiencing skin problems or feel like you need to reset. Especially people who are having unexplained breakouts or rashes, it is so common for those to be caused by food. Have food choices ever had a negative impact on your skin?
I was asked if my products help with acne. It is a great question. For now, Simply Jess skin care does not have acne treatments however the products in my line are a wonderful complement to acne products. Because of the dryness and irritation that can occur when using a product for an acne prone skin, using Simply Jess can reduce some of the side effects that can typically accompany harsher products.
The lightweight and super soothing UNDO serum is a great way to calm down the inflammation without it being heavy or clogging. Many of the ingredients such as Arnica, Aloe Vera and White Tea extract promote healing in the skin. While Hyaluronic acid and Coconut water infuse hydration without a heavy feel. There is a reason this is my number one seller, it can be used on basically every skin type!
Many times I see people with extreme oiliness or acneic skin believing they have to strip the skin of any natural oils to get rid of breakouts. Many times what happens is the skin produces even more oil causing more breakouts and irritation. Below are some ideas to help with breakouts and oily skin:
Do you suffer from acne breakouts? What have you seen that works?
While attending college I began working in cosmetics. What I found is that I was the most interested in the skin care and not the make-up (I also learned that I am terrible at applying make-up!). After working in a day spa I knew I wanted to get my esthetician license, it was such a fun environment and I wanted to be a therapist myself. After spending time working in spas I began working for skin care product lines and training other estheticians. It was such a wonderful experience and I loved educating others how to improve their clients skin. I was always drawn back to the treatment room and have worked in many different areas of the industry.
It was not until the birth of my son did I start to be aware of what we put on our skin as being potentially harmful. I was always taught that the ingredients we used didn't penetrate into the skin deep enough to cause a negative impact. As long as a product was effective no one cared if it was made with clean ingredients or not.
As I started to learn more about natural products I started switching over. It was when coconut oil was the biggest thing ever and the products I saw on the market that were natural didn't really impress me. I started making things for myself and my family and it was exciting to see results from clean ingredients.
Simply Jess was born because I had high expectations for products to be efficacious and wanted to get the same results with non-toxic ingredients. I knew there was a way to make sophisticated and beautiful products that worked. A lot has changed since I first started. At first the women and moms I talked to were considered hippies for wanting to use natural products. The major shift I see now is that everyone is much more educated and demanding of clean products. And this trend is a beautiful thing! What made you interested in natural personal and skin care?
As an esthetician and skin care educator who has worked in almost every facet of this amazing industry, my journey began not only with a quest to heal and correct skin but to connect with people. I have spent my 15 year career as an esthetician in the treatment room in every type of spa, as well as a trainer for multiple luxury brands, where I have had the privilege of traveling all over the world.