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The Best Makeup for Sensitive Skin


Having sensitive skin means taking special care to notice the ingredients in anything you use on your face. Using the wrong cleanser, moisturizer, toner, or foundation on sensitive skin can lead to breakouts, redness, and flakiness. Picking the right products from start to finish can help keep your skin clear and healthy looking.

Picking a Foundation for Sensitive Skin

For those of us who deal with sensitive skin, picking a foundation can be difficult. Many foundations are loaded with harsh ingredients that do more harm than good. Opting for a more natural formula can help you to avoid these ingredients and keep your skin looking flawless. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best natural and acne-fighting foundations on the market, with options for every budget (all prices listed are for US only, other countries may vary). Continue reading

Deepak Chopra: Thinking Outside the (Skull) Box (Part 10)

Skeleton InvertedClick here to read Part 9!

By Deepak Chopra, M.D., Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D., P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Neil Theise, MD

So your genome – the sum total of your genetic inheritance – is not sufficient to code for the entire structure of your digestive tract. You are alive because of your connection to the outside world; indeed, there is no boundary between you and the outside world’s abundance of life.

This realization changes the picture of genes, too. They code for your cells, tissues, and organs; moreover, genes code for the interactions between your cells and the neighboring bacteria, with biomolecules being passed back and forth. The biochemistry of digestion is a shared project between your body and bacteria, a basic fact acknowledged for decades, but by implication, without bacteria there can be no you.

This observation can be extended in every direction. Without trees breathing in carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen, you couldn’t breathe – the forests are part of your lungs. Without viruses constantly mutating, you would have many fewer antibodies – every virus is part of your immune system. The rivers that circulate fresh water are part of your bloodstream. These connections aren’t incidental. Your body is the world, and by extension, so is your brain, since you share with the world every molecule, chemical reaction, and electrical impulse that constitutes the brain.

It makes people woozy to accept that there is no boundary between “me” and the whole world. What about the skin? It is portrayed in high school biology class as an impermeable barrier protecting you from invaders assaulting the body from “out there.” But the metaphor of the skin as living armor isn’t viable. Pause and move your hand, observing how the wrist and finger joints move under the skin. Why doesn’t the skin break down with all this motion, the push and pull of your fingers closing and extending, your arm bending and stretching? Because the bacteria lining the creases in your skin digest the cell membranes of dying skin cells and produce lanolin, which lubricates the skin. How long would “you” and your genome last if your skin were cracking, open to infection just from typing on a laptop or waving goodbye to someone?

What is your body now? It’s no longer just a human body. It’s a community of single cell organisms that function harmoniously together (in times of good health) organizing themselves into tissues and organs. Such astonishingly complex cooperation implies a host of surprising things:

  • Your genes are siblings of bacterial genes.
  • The evolution of bacteria is actually human evolution at the same time.
  • One intelligence binds micro-organisms and “higher” life forms.
  • There is no sharp dividing line between “smart” creatures and the “dumb” micro-organisms that evolved alongside them.

A skeptic may protest that we’ve used physical evidence to support a theory of mind. But science does the same thing all the time. By equating mind and brain, neuroscience has backed itself into a corner, forced to explain thoughts by looking at the interaction of molecules. In the final post of this series, we’ll get out of that corner by putting mind first and brain second. That way, we solve the problem of how molecules of hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon – the majority of “stuff” in the brain – learned to think. The obvious answer is that they didn’t. We think because we are expressions of the mind, not robots being operated by the brain.

(To be continued…)

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Deepak Chopra, MD is the author of more than 75 books translated into over 35 languages with over twenty New York Times bestsellers. Chopra serves as Founder of The Chopra Foundation.

Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor in Computational Physics, Director of the Center of Excellence at Chapman University, co-author with Deepak Chopra of the forthcoming book, Who Made God and Other Cosmic Riddles. (Harmony)

P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, FRCP, Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina and a leading physician scientist in the area of mental health, cognitive neuroscience and mind-body medicine.

Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), co-author with Deepak Chopra of Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-being. (Harmony)

Neil Theise, MD, Professor, Pathology and Medicine, (Division of Digestive Diseases) and Director of the Liver and Stem Cell Research Laboratory, Beth Israel Medical Center – Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. www.neiltheise.com

11 Simple Tips For Healthy, Beautiful Skin

skin treatment applyingYour skin, the biggest organ you have. Keeping it healthy and youthful is not so hard! Here are 11 simple tips to get and maintain beautiful, healthy skin:

1. Lemon water
When you wake up in the morning, drink a room temperature glass of water with organic lemon juice. This cleansing process is a great life practice, helps with great skin and great health.

2. Drink Water
Drink enough water very day, avoid sodas and sugary juices.

3. Wash your face
Don’t just wash your face before bed, suds up when you get home, even if it is early afternoon. Bacteria can irritate skin, clog pores, and trigger breakouts and long term damage can cause scarring.

4. Disinfect your reading and sun glasses
Great practice to implement every few days with rubbing alcohol. Think of all the surfaces glasses touch from desks, kitchen tables, bathroom counters to the counter at your local coffee shop, then they get placed back over the face. Keeping skin clean is important. 

5. Take nutrients
Remember to take your vitamins, minerals, fats and antioxidants even if you are eating a great diet. Fats are especially important to keep skin supple and firm. You can increase your good fats naturally by consuming more salmon, flaxseed, and almonds. Just understand that good fats are not saturated fat such as those found in dairy products and meats, which increase free-radical damage that makes skin more susceptible to aging.

6. Eat great food
8-10 cups of vegetables per day, 2 cups of fruit per day and high quality lean proteins is a good startEat vegetables from all possible colors of the rainbow weekly to ensure a variety of nutrients in your diet.

7. Go organic
Use organic skin care products. There are loads of chemical free products to choose from that don’t break the bank.

8. Sun Protection
Protect your skin from the sun. Ideally, SPF 30 with moisturizing and of course make sure it is organic. Every 10 minutes of daily exposure to UVA ‘the aging rays”can cause changes that  lead to sun spots and wrinkles in a matter of three short months, so don’t skip this step! Studies are now showing using a lower SPF but applying frequently is the way to go for optimal sun protection.

9. Let it go
If something is bothering you, talk about it and work it out – don’t wear it on your skin. Stress and unbalanced emotions can age you fast. You can increase the stress hormone “cortisol” quickly with constant anxiety which can trigger acne and facial redness.

10. Regular exercise
Studies show those who work out on consistently have firmer skin than non exercisers, so get your exercise on, once approved by your doctor. Exercise infuses skin with oxygen and nutrients that you need for collagen production!

11. Get to sleep
Maintaining a healthy sleep routine is critical for long term skin health. If you are in the habit of staying up late in front of the television, break it and get to sleep at a decent time every night. Your skin and overall health will be improved.

Bonus Tips!

How about a little retinoid?

The vitamin-A in retinoid derivatives speed cell turnover and collagen growth to smooth fine lines and wrinkles and fade brown spots. With a version now available over the counter called retinol, we can all use this product easily. Retinol may take up to 3 months to see noticeable  results, so be patient.

Fall in love with your looks/yourself just the way you are

The truth is we will never be at or feel our best until we can fall in love with exactly the way we are right now. It is our inner beauty that shines through our skin. All the practices, products and magical potions in the world can’t improve our looks if the insides are not appreciated, cared for, loved and nourished. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, if you see yourself as beautiful, so will everyone else.

Renay Matthews is a nutritionist practicing in Agoura Hills California and can be reached at www.elitewellnesspath.com & www.greatgrubforkids.com

Originally published July 2010

Fun in the Sun: 4 Natural Oils to Add to Your Skin Care Regimen

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Summer just wouldn’t be summer without plenty of fun in the sun. This is the season of picnics, parades, barbeques, and beach days, when most people are wearing the least amount of clothing they’ve been in all year. Everyone knows that too much sun exposure can lead to not only sun burns, but skin damage, wrinkles, sun spots, and even cancer – but does that stop us?

There is only one way you’re going to make it through this sunny season – as well as the many summers to come – and that’s by adequately protecting and caring for your fragile skin. The most exposed areas of your body (the face, ear, neck, lips, etc) are also at the highest risk of developing skin cancer from over-exposure to ultraviolet rays. So it is particularly important to take precautionary measures to protect these areas.

These 4 naturally occurring oils, though not enough sun protection on their own, provide amazing skin benefits to bolster your skin care regimen this summer season:

1. Dilo oil: The nut of the Dilo tree, native to the island of Fiji, produces an oil known for its healing properties. Dilo oil contains calophyllic acid, which is scientifically proven to stimulate healing, reduce inflammation and promote the growth of healthy new skin cells. Wakaya Perfection (the same people who produce that amazing, natural ginger powder we’re always raving about) sell a Dilo Cream that restores and regenerates skin, contains antioxidant vitamins and is a natural sun protector.

2. Argan oil: Naturally harvested in Morocco since ancient times, Argan oil contains high levels of fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and vitamin E, all known to help protect and repair skin cells. Nowadays the oil is harvested largely by all-female collectives, providing a major source of income to many Moroccan women. Healthy and socially responsible!

3. Coconut oil: Similar to Argan oil, coconut oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E. And even better, you can put it on your skin and eat it! Just be sure to get virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil, as opposed to the hydrogenated variety, which is much higher in saturated oil.

4. Acai oil: You’ve probably seen this berry all over the place recently – it’s the health fad of the last few years. What you might not know is that the oil extracted from these super-berries provides for a natural, nutrient-rich skin care product high in antioxidants, vitamin C, and essential fatty acids.

What sunshine activities are you enjoying most this summer? Are you making sure to protect your skin against sun damage?


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mailing_diloWakaya Perfection Ginger Powder has been featured in the LA Times, New York Times Gift GuideOprah’s favorite things and many more!

Summer is finally here, and now is the perfect time to stock up on Wakaya Perfection’s 100% organic dilo cream to use in your skin care regime! Visit WakayaPerfection.com to find more healthy recipes (like the Ginger Lime Creme Brulee or Mushroom-Stuffed Pork Chops) and stock up on Wakaya Perfection Organic Ginger to use in your kitchen. 

Use the promo code THRIVE and receive 15% off your next purchase!

Live Your Best Life, Naturally: Tips From The Web

It’s not easy being fabulous. Sometimes it’s even tricky being adequate. We all know sleep, exercise, and healthy eating are essential for a thriving body and a happy heart. But how many people actually have the time and discipline to live exactly as they  exactly as they wish they could? Here are some easy, natural tips to help you thrive between errands and coffee runs.

Some of us don’t have time to pack lunches, and some of us get paid to eat at restaurants every day. Either way, here’s how to eat out and still maintain your weight.

How To Eat At A Restaurant Every Day, Without Gaining Weight (Bliss Tree)

Don’t wait for your yearly exam to take the reins on your health. Is your heart at risk? Start doing something about it today.

7 Surprising Signs of an Unhealthy Heart (Care2)

Next time you want to spend $60 on face cream, go grocery shopping instead. The frugal (and yummy) path to a gorgeous You.

Six Foods to Make Your Skin & Hair Healthy (Elephant Journal)

People of all shapes and sizes struggle with cellulite – here are some simple tips to help you reduce it.

7 Tips to Naturally Reduce Cellulite (MindBodyGreen)

And we know it’s not the weekend yet…

Before you beat yourself up for five days of unhealthy activities, try these weekend tips to undo the week’s damages.

Healthy Weekend Activities: Undo the Office (Huff Post)



Best Of The Week: Better Skin

How well do you take care of your skin? What does your skin say about your health? Check out our exclusive content from our Intent Voice community on tips to become that dewy radiant creature with the ultimate beauty secret: great health and great self-care!

What Is Under Your Beautiful Skin? By Eva Barash

The outermost layer of our onion is the Annamaya Kosha, or physical self.  This is the layer we hydrate, stretch, strengthen, and worry about.  The Annamaya Kosha is what at first glance, makes us very unique.

Relax Your Way To Better Skin, Hair and Nails By Kirsten Harrell

In addition to the above stress symptoms, the American Academy of Dermatology’s SKIN academy explains that stress can also cause problems with the hair, skin, and nails.  Dermatologists believe that stress is the number one reason for unexplained hair loss.

11 Tips: How To Have Great Skin By Debbie Mandel

Skin care is inside out. It is crucial to reduce the inflammatory response. Simply put: Stress ages and depletes vitality. Instead of radiating happiness and positivism, you appear negative as you secrete toxins.

Work Your Face: The Best Facial Muscle Exercises For Your Face To Stay Looking Young By Yumi Sakugawa

As facial skin and muscles lose elasticity and start sagging over time, regularly exercising our facial muscles ensure that they will stay firm, support the skin on our face against gravity and have good circulation so that we can decrease wrinkles and droopiness in old age.

The How To’s And ABC’s Of Beautiful Skin By Janice Taylor

Vitamin A helps to even out skin tone, diminish fine lines and may help to make skin more elastic. Good sources are: egg yolks, milk and dairy products, fish oil.

Check out these other past articles from our Intent Voice community to get inspired to give your skin the royal treatment it deserves.

10 Natural Ways To Stay Looking Young By Brett Blumenthal

How To Get Healthier Skin: The Absolute, Most Effective Tips To Younger-Looking Skin By Donna Gates

Clear Skin At Any Age By Dr. Herbert P. Goodheart

Korres Night Cream: Do Your Skin A Favor With Oak And Quercetin! By Angie Provost

DIY Beauty: 9 Ways To Use Olive Oil For Your Face And Body By Yumi Sakugawa

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / swanky-hsiao




Work Your Face: The Best Exercises For Your Facial Muscles To Stay Looking Young

Our facial muscles need as much exercise as much as the rest of our body. As facial skin and muscles lose elasticity and start sagging over time, regularly exercising our facial muscles ensure that they will stay firm, support the skin on our face against gravity and have good circulation so that we can decrease wrinkles and droopiness in old age.

Thankfully, facial muscle exercises don’t require any equipment or gym memberships, and can be done pretty much anywhere in just a few minutes. Many facial exercises work just like regular muscle exercises, where you are working against resistance and building strength over time for greater fitness and of course, to feel fabulous.

Check out the following facial muscle exercises to start doing on a regular basis, all of them which can be repeated five to ten times in the mornings when you wake up and in the evenings before you go to bed. No Botox or plastic surgery for you in your golden years! 

1. Raise your eyebrows as high as you can and hold them for five seconds.

2. Open your mouth as wide as possible and stick your tongue out as far as you can and hold for a few seconds.

3. Using your three center fingers, press down on your cheeks and smile as hard as you can to raise your cheek muscles against your fingers.

4. Move your nose as much as you can from side to side.

5. Lift your eyebrows as high as you can, open your eyes as wide as possible  and frown at the same time.

6. Pucker your lips out as far as possible into the shape of an "O." Then change your expression into a wide smile. Repeat several times.

7. Sit in a comfortable chair and look up at the ceiling. Pucker your lips and stick your tongue out as far as possible to exercise your neck muscles. You can also simulate a chewing motion (or chew gum!) while you are in this position.

Bonus tip: regularly massage your face, too! Press your fingers into your facial muscles and give yourself a mini-massage in gentle, circular motions from top to bottom. This increases circulation and also helps your facial muscles relax if you have been looking really stressed.

Sometimes it helps to look at videos to get a better sense of how facial muscle exercises work. Check out the following facial muscle exercise demonstrations, all of them hand-picked for brevity and clarity. (Ok, and some of them are kind of hilarious, too.) 


Enjoy your facial work-outs!

PHOTO (cc): Flickr / seandreilinger

11 Tips: How to Have Great Skin

We have many expressions for skin, our largest organ and according to Chinese herbal medicine our third lung.  Many of us claim to have developed a thick skin when it concerns criticism.  When we say that we try to get inside someone’s skin, we activate compassion.  An artist might want his work of art to get under your skin, so that you continue to process it. The basic truth about achieving beautiful skin is to feel comfortable in your own skin.  

All the beauty products out there ranging from natural (fruits and vegetables) to laboratory synthetics cannot make your skin glow if you are: Stressed, eating junk food, sleep-deprived and sedentary. Your skin tells your life story.

Skin care is inside out. It is crucial to reduce the inflammatory response. Simply put: Stress ages and depletes vitality. Instead of radiating happiness and positivism, you appear negative as you secrete toxins.

Know your skin type to maximize your self-care:

* Oily to normal – shiny skin especially on the forehead, nose and chin
* Oily – shiny all over most of the time
* Dry to normal – feels tight and gets dehydrated after a few hours
* Dry – especially around the cheek area and usually feels and looks dehydrated

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* Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. The Mediterranean diet is great for skin. Salmon and foods rich in omega 3’s make a positive impact. When it concerns your skin, you are what you eat. Note: Sugar is inflammatory.

* Keep your skin clean and moisturize dry skin; dermatologists recommend moisturizing dry skin twice a day and overnight.

* For oily skin use toner or natural fruit acids.

* A little sun is healthy and mood- elevating. However, protect your face by wearing a sunscreen.

*  Green tea is anti-inflammatory and in the lab has been shown to heal skin.

* Drink water to clean out toxins.

* Exercise to shed stress hormones and improve circulation.

* Get your beauty sleep; skin  regenerates and hormones  balance.

* Don’t smoke and stay away from second hand smoke and other obvious pollutants.

* Aim for good health. When you are healthy, you look more youthful and act that way. Illness weighs you down and saps your energy.

* Smile and you will look younger and prettier.

Don’t force your beauty. Enhance it. Avoid harsh chemicals and treatments. Avoid drastic changes and a lot of makeup. Simplify with a more natural approach. Express who you are – not some artificial ideal. Don’t mask the real you. Living the truth of who you are is gorgeous!


In my Skin – Day 1

Weight: 187

Size: 14

Exercise: 60 Minutes Walking on the Treadmill

Today, well last night laying in bed trying to fall asleep, I decided that maybe if I keep track and blog about my trials with weight loss maybe it will actually help me loose it and KEEP IT OFF! We’ll see right… I guess we will all see now. I am not one to talk about my weight, I am pretty comfortable in my skin. The thing is that I have had 4 children. Lost the weight I gained within the first 4 to 6 weeks after I had them, but put on 10 within that next year AFTER having them. Hmmmm… the doctor said that it is hormones. It could be my genes, it could be that I don’t eat enough, it could be the alcohol, blah blah blah. I have decided to do this MY way. I am going to write about it when ever I get the chance and see how it goes from there. Maybe putting it out in the open will help me. Just maybe! What I would like to do is flatten my tummy and get at least into a size 10. I wasn’t left with no stretch marks so that I have to cover up my body with a one-piece for no reason. I love wearing a bikini and I plan to keep doing it! I also love to dress nice and am a huge picture hound & when I don’t feel like I look 100% in those pictures, forget it! Anyway, here I go!


Massage Therapy Supports your Immune System

Regular therapeutic massage sessions offer significant benefits beyond the instant relaxation we enjoy. People who experience high levels of stress are likely to get sick more than others. Mix stress with lack of sleep and poor diet, and our body’s ability to naturally defend itself against bacteria and infection is seriously reduced.

Stress management is a key factor for anyone striving to reach a balanced lifestyle. Massage therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective ways for achieving stress relief. Research studies show massage therapy in fact boosts the body’s immune system, which can become compromised from prolonged periods of stress.

Jitka Frajbisova, LMT




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