Category Archives: Skincare

Finally, a Tinea Versicolor Treatment That Works!

Who has heard of Tinea Versicolor?  Unfortunately, me.  I first remember these ugly little splotches popping up when I was a teenager…most prominent on my back/chest.  While mine is not as severe as these photos I found online, and it sometimes goes away for months and/or years,  it’s just as annoying!!!  For those of you blessed enough not to make Mr. Versicolor’s acquaintance, here’s some info:

Tinea versicolor: Overview

Also called pityriasis versicolor

We all have yeast living on our skin. When the yeast grow out of control, a person can get a skin disease called tinea versicolor.

Your dermatologist may tell you that you have a fungal infection on your skin. Yeast is a type of fungus.

Many people get tinea versicolor. It is one of the most common skin diseases in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. People who live in tropical areas may have tinea versicolor year-round.

Tinea versicolor: Signs and symptoms

The first sign of tinea versicolor is often spots on the skin. The other signs and symptoms are:

  • The spots are lighter (sometimes darker) than the surrounding skin. The color of the spots can be white, pink, salmon, red, tan, or brown.
  • The spots can appear anywhere on the body.
  • Spots can be dry and scaly.
  • Skin may itch where the spots appear.
  • Spots become more noticeable as the skin tans. The yeast prevents the skin from tanning.
  • Spots grow slowly.
  • As the yeast grows, the spots can combine and form patches of lighter (or darker) skin.
  • The spots may disappear when the temperature drops and return in the spring or summer when the air gets warm and humid.

 

Fun stuff huh?  Did I go to a dermatologist?  Nope.  I’m a self-diagnoser, and I’m not afraid to admit it because I’m usually correct (90% of the time anyway).  Additionally, I’m more confident in my “diagnoses” because it’s been supported by 2 doctors–I went there for random things (an allergist and a GP for a checkup) and they both noticed, commented, and called it by name.

 

Now to the treatment, man, this crap is hard to get rid of.  It acts up more when I’m hot and sweaty which is a lot since I workout quite a bit, and live a pretty active lifestyle in the super hot Midwest.  The most common treatment is:

Medicine applied to the skin: There are anti-fungal shampoos, soaps, creams, and lotions that can keep the yeast under control. The active ingredient in these medicines is often selenium sulfide, ketoconazole, or pyrithione zinc. 

This has been my go-to.  I’ve done Selsuin Blue (yes, the dandruff shampoo, contains selenium sulfide), which consists of letting this shampoo sit on your skin for an allotted amount of time, and then showering it off.  The downfall is that this sometimes burns my skin, and has occasionally left a bit of a scar.  I’ve even done Monistat 7 (no, it’s not just for hoo-has).  All of these treatments are time-consuming and expensive.  I’ve done more things than I can even go into on this blog post.  Some worked but took 5000 years, some didn’t work at all, and some kept it from getting worse.  None of them worked very well.  I was tempted to try anti-fungal pills (which I despise taking and putting weird things into my body) but I was getting desperate.

Anti-fungal pills: A dermatologist may prescribe these pills if the tinea versicolor covers a large area of the body, is thick, or often returns after it is treated. These pills are taken for a short time. But anti-fungal pills can cause unwanted side effects. They can interfere with other medicine that you take. A dermatologist will monitor a patient who takes this medicine.  Umm…no ma’am!

I was honored with the opportunity to try TVT Sensitive from Elk Haven Herbals complimentary in exchange for my honest review.  I had low expectations honestly, but boy did this stuff make my life!

tvt sensitiveI’m not going to lie, when I first received it and opened it, it scared me!  To me, it had a faint bleach smell.  Yes, you heard me, bleach!  I thought, there’s no way in hell I’m putting that on my skin.  Now, let’s keep this in perspective, I have a REALLY sensitive nose.  No, it didn’t smell like bleach super bad, like I was getting ready to wash a load of whites…it was just faint.  And, the ingredients are ALL NATURAL.  But still, I’m a chicken.  So I put this stuff up on my shelf and thought, no way!  I left it for about 2-3 weeks.

In those weeks, my versicolor roared…rejecting the outside bike rides my husband and I were taking in 90 degree weather.  It spread from one little friendly spot on my back, to all over my entire back.  No, I didn’t take pics, because I don’t like looking at it nor showing it off. 😦 But trust me, it was bad!  I’m blessed enough to where it doesn’t much spread beyond my back and it’s mostly covered, but I do enjoy wearing tank tops etc and it makes me self-conscience for sure.  I thought, screw it.  What do I have to lose?

I tested it for a day or 2 on a small part of my body.  Then I braved up, and put it all over myself every night before bed as the directions instructed.  I was diligent, I did not miss a day.  A week goes by and it still looks the same.  On that second week, I thought I noticed some SLIGHT improvement. Honey, by week 3, I was a fan!  There was no disputing that this stuff was killing the ugly fungus, and restoring my skin to normal!  After about 5-6 weeks, the versicolor was completely gone!

Needless to say, I am a fan for life!  I will ALWAYS have this stuff in my cabinet, and I’m still using it periodically for maintenance.  It’s all natural, and I experienced no skin irritation or ugly side effects.  The price point isn’t bad (it’s a thin liquid that goes a long way), and truly, for great ,clear skin, isn’t it worth it?

Our Tinea Versicolor Treatment for sensitive skin at Elk Haven Herbals provides the necessary concentration of nitrogenous compounds to eliminate an often incurable tinea infection. By combining the nitrogenous compounds with a base of aloe vera, this product reduces the risk of reaction for those with skin sensitivies. Our eight ounce bottle should last on average two months with daily treatment.

CLICK HERE FOR ELK HAVEN HERBALS

So, do you have Versicolor or know someone that does?  What has been your experience?  Hi-Five, dap, head-nod and a twirl to Fashionably clear skin!

XO,

Meek

Great Skin Options: Dermaroller?

Happy Monday oxy moron!

We have been chatting a lot recently about methods to keep our skin looking grand underneath the makeup we wear!  Serums, creams and strict regimens are some of the options we’ve explored! So, when I was approached with the opportunity to provide you with this sponsored post, and it was interesting to me (and I hope to you as well)–I thought it was great timing!

Do you have skin problems that you would like to clear up? The options are truly endless nowadays. There are IPL treatments, laser procedures, chemical peels, Botox injections, and more. One treatment that is often overlooked is called Dermaroller, or micro-needling. Using Dermaroller for clearer, healthier skin is actually quite common, yet not everyone has heard of it–I know I hadn’t!

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Let’s start with talking about skin damage!  The simple process of aging can cause skin problems to develop because the hormones, proteins and other things that contribute to healthy cells naturally reduce with age. Among those is a protein, collagen, which helps to give skin its stretchy, tight appearance and consistency. When collagen levels drop, wrinkles, fine lines and sags may develop.  And, dry skin, sun spots, cellulite dimples, and acne scars are just some of the additional problems that plague our skin.

Some people are genetically predisposed to issues such as acne or dry skin. Lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking, drinking too much alcohol can also contribute to bad skin as well as too much sun exposure, tanning, and chemical exposure.

How can Dermaroller and other treatments improve skin health you ask?

Many skin treatments, including both cosmetic lasers and Dermaroller treatments are designed to reverse some of those problems by encouraging the body to make more of the healthy substances it used to make in higher quantities at a younger age. In other words, a Dermaroller treatment might trick your body into making more collagen, elastin, and other useful substances. Then it will send those substances to your cells to repair them.

A Dermaroller treatment involves a technician rolling a hand-held device over your skin. That device will be covered in needles, which will leave small holes in your skin. The needles are always fairly small, but they do vary in size, depending on the type of treatment you choose. The larger the needles, the deeper they can penetrate. The idea is that the minor damaged caused by the needles will make your body want to repair itself.  Scary, yet intriguing!

derma-roller

It is normal that your skin will bleed for a little while after the procedure. You shouldn’t experience a lot of pain during or after the appointment because the technician will carefully numb the area before they start the treatment.  I’m not a huge fan of needles except in the instances of piercings or tattoos, but it’s an interesting concept for sure!  And, there are a ton of befores and afters online supporting great results!

So what do you think?  Have you used a Dermaroller and if so, what were your results?  Will you give this a try?

These Boots Are Made for…Faces?

Top of the morning!  I’ve got the scoop on more healthy skin care–#teamorganic!  Have you ever heard of Boots?  Sure you have.  But have you heard of Boots Botanics?  Well, never fear–I received products for free in exchange for my honest review.  And being the kind girl I am, I’m so happy to share with you what I’ve learned ;).  Let’s get started!

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The first thing I used was Boots Botanics Organic Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm.  This gets an A+ for uniqueness at the very least, I’ve never used something like this before!  The consistency is similar to Chapstick or Carmex and it also smelled AMAZING.  Very natural, very light.  It contains Jojoba  Oil, Shea Butter and Rose Hip, so it didn’t leave my skin dry at all.

“Massage balm over face and neck.  Soak the cloth in warm water and use as a gentel compress to draw out impurities.  Remove remaining Balm.  Finish by soaking the cloth in cold water and press gently over face to close pores.”  Ok? Done!

boots day cream I was provided with the opportunity to try Boots Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream which I also loved.  It too smelled amazeballs USA!  It has a really creamy lotion-like consistency which I enjoy!  It’s on the thicker side, but not at all too heavy for the face.  I also love day creams that have an SPF!  I’ll likely add a stronger one on top of this when I plan to be outside more, but SPF 15 is a great start!  It also contains hibiscus which is said to brighten the skin tone, and Hyaluronic acid to boost moisture levels.  Remember when we discussed the perks of Hyaluronic Acid in my previous post?

 

boots night cream

Boots Botanics Hydrating Night Cream has a great consistency to it as well.  To be honest, it has a little bit more of a perfumy scent than what I enjoy–a scent very different than the other 2 products.  But as I’m sure you’ve noticed, and as I’ve said, I’m really sensitive to scent and very picky!  My skin felt great when using this overnight, and I woke up to really soft skin!

Some key points about Boots:

-Included in each product is a unique key extract, selected to target a specific need

All products are free of parabens, mineral oils, paraffin waxes, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (doesn’t this sound like the name of twin girls?!), replacing with man-made chemicals and natural ingredients when possible

Not tested on animals

Packaging uses recycled materials where possible

The best part is the easy availability and the price points, as you can buy these products at Tarjay aka Target.  Winning!  Click here for Boots Botanics

 

What do you think, have you tried these products?  And if so, was it a win for you?  Will you incorporate Boots into your skincare regimen?

 

Cheers to fashionable skin,

XO

Meek!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Air Pollution and Aging Skin

resting bitch face

 

I was recently browsing through  Shape Magazine, and ran across an interesting article I thought I’d share.  What can you do to keep your skin faboo besides not smiling? Here’s the condensed/paraphrased version:

Scientists who explore the link between pollution and skin problems have found that particulate matter causes oxidative stress in the skin.  The result is that damaging molecules like free radicals overwhelm your defense mechanisms which can lead to premature aging.

Wow!  That’s exciting!  LOL!

So here’s what the magazine suggests can be done:

-Wash your skin every single night…check!  Gunk has accumulated on your skin all day and you don’t want to sleep with that crap on your face.

-Apply a topical antioxidant such as Vitamin C or something that contains ferulic acid.  This helps your skin to fight back against these pollutants!

-Use a moisturizer that contains Niacinamide (I had no clue what that was either, so click on the hyperlink to learn more).  I also don’t know if any of my moisturizers contain this, but here’s to keeping my fingers crossed that they do! 😉

-Use a mineral based sunscreen which protects against the devil UV rays.

So, I need to do some checking on the ingredient lists.  Are you following all of these steps?  It all make sense, however, is this overkill?  Or, are all these steps necessary for great skin?

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A Peppermint & Vanilla Drink for Your Skin

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WILL WE BE FASHIONABLE?  So, I’m not super big on holiday scentsI know I’m odd man out on this one, but I truly am not a fan.  I usually gag in places like Bath and Body Works around Thanksgiving time, when the store is overpowered with scents like pumpkin spice and fake cranberry.  And Christmas time is a little worse–I love candles, but I avoid stores like Yankee Candle like  the plague!  I just can’t stand all the artificial cinnamon and “tree” scents.  I literally runnnnnnn past the scented aisles in the store.

Therefore, when I was provided with the opportunity to sample Better Shea Butter Peppermint & Vanilla Body Butter for free in exchange for my honest, unbiased holiday scents lovin’ review I was just a tad apprehensive.  But I don’t hate vanilla or peppermint, so I figured, why not?!

Well, once it arrived, that apprehension immediately changed to LOVE!  Wow!  The scent of this stuff is literally mouth-watering!  It smells like one of the best days of my life!  I hadn’t even used it yet, but the smell alone was enough to write Better Shea Butter’s name and mine in hearts on my notebook paper.

Now, let’s get to the feel–this stuff is light and creamy as well as non-greasy.  It really saturates and soaks into your skin leaving it really well-moisturized.  I usually prefer a thicker hand cream and/or body lotion, but this really feels great on the skin!

The scent lingers for hours, even after washing my hands several times throughout the day.   And it’s such a light, faintly-sweet, minty smell.  No worries about smelling like a bowl of C&H Sugar yes, I know, it doesn’t truly have a smell, but you get the picture.  This would be a great stocking stuffer!

While this product is not completely organic shea butter, Better Shea Peppermint & Vanilla Body Butter is made with high quality organic ingredients, it’s never animal tested, it’s vegan and it’s gluten free.

Click Here for Better Shea’s Peppermint & Vanilla Body Butter $17.50

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, but it is often overlooked. Give it the nourishment it needs with our organic aloe vera and shea body butter. This rich lotion is infused with peppermint and vanilla essential oils and wildcrafted green tea, filling it with the vitamins and antioxidants necessary for glowing, beautiful skin. Our lotion is a treat for healthy skin and a safe moisturizer for sensitive skin, dry skin, and skin affected by eczema and psoriasis.

 

 

Two Must-Haves for Your Face!

Mud Mask Mineral Mud Soap

 

WILL WE BE FASHIONABLE?  I have very sensitive skin, and am really selective in the items I use.  My favorites are organic beauty products!

I am so excited to tell you about two wonderful new products that I stumbled upon, and had the pleasure of reviewing!  Aspen Kay Naturals is a family-owned company whose story began in 2007 and focuses on all natural and organic skincare! So, when I was sent a few free products in exchange for my honest, unbiased expert opinion, I couldn’t wait to give it a whirl!

Listen here, when these items arrived, the mud-mask and soap smelled SO GOOD that I literally almost didn’t do a review because I ate them, lol.  I mean, I really wish I could form words on how fabulous they smelled…it just made me want to run and skip through a field with a flowered-headband on in a white dress holding hands with my hubby, happy and jolly like the girls look on a tampon commercial (hope this visual helped). If you can imagine walking into the most expensive uppity spa to get a facial and a spa, where you have a white robe on and a towel in your hair–this was the scene in my little ole bathroom (inside my head).  Ahhh…….hearts, flowers, daisies and sunshine….

The Aspen Kay Dead Sea Mud Mask felt amazing going on my face and neck.  It has something grainy in it, and it was tingling while on the face in a menthol-type way.  I put it on my face and my husbands (don’t kill me, lover) and we sat for 10 minutes.  My son started to cry when he looked at my husband, but I’m fairly certain that had nothing to do with the quality of the product itself.  Once we rinsed, we were both left with such smooth, well-moisturized, exfoliated skin.  The directions say to follow-up with your favorite moisturizer, but my skin was so well hydrated, I honestly didn’t put anything on afterwards.  And, the fab thing is it didn’t leave your skin feeling tight like many facial products do.  The instructions say to use weekly, but truly, I loved it so much that I don’t think I’ll be able to wait a week in between application.

I’ve used the Dead Sea Mineral Soap a few times in the shower, and it smells soooooooooooooooo good.  The scent is light and not overpowering, but boy is it fab and my skin has such a great glow to it afterwards.  Both of these products were a true 10 out of 10 for me.  I can’t wait to try more of their products, and if you’re into organic for your body and skin, I highly recommend you give it a whirl!  The icing on the cake is that the price is great!  Here’s the scoop about how these work for your skin:

Aspen Kay Dead Sea Mud Mask $22.99 USD: 100% PURE AUTHENTIC DEAD SEA MINERAL MUD FROM ISRAEL. As this luxurious mud mask gently dries on your face, it draws out impurities & toxins from your pores. At the same time your dermal layers are infused with ancient Dead Sea minerals, organic unrefined skin loving oils and skin repairing soothing herbs. This mask leaves your face clean, fresh and naturally moisturized. If used weekly your complexion will gain a new clarity and an all day refreshed glow.

  • WE USE ONLY THE HIGHEST QUALITY ORGANIC AND NATURAL INGREDIENTS With Unrefined Organic Skin Loving Oils, Organic Raw Honey & Organic Herbal Infusions of Calendula and Chamomile. Lightly Scented With Lavender Essential Oil.
  • A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO YOUR ORGANIC SKINCARE ROUTINE. Our Dead Sea mud mask is made for all skin types and is gentle enough for sensitive skin. This mud mask can be used as a facial mud mask or all over body mud mask. For men, women and teens. Made by hand in small batches to ensure quality. Not tested on animals. 30 plus facial mud masks per jar.

Aspen Kay Dead Sea Mineral Mud Soap $8.95 USD: 100% PURE DEAD SEA MINERAL MUD FROM ISRAEL. Our Organic Soap Is Chemical Free and Preservative Free. Each Bar is Handmade by Our Artisan Soap Maker. No Animal Testing – Cruelty Free – Vegan Soap.

  • MADE WITH CERTIFIED ORGANIC SKIN LOVING OILS: Certified Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Certified Organic Sunflower Oil, Certified Organic Sustainable Palm Oil and Certified Organic Castor Bean Oil.
  • FOR ALL SKIN TYPES. Can Be Used As A Face Soap, Body Soap, Shaving Soap Or Hand Soap. For Men, Women & Teens. Our Soap can Also Be Used To Help With Acne, Eczema, Rosacea, And Psoriasis.
  • NATURALLY SCENTED With Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils Of Lemongrass, Peppermint and Eucalyptus

 

http://www.aspenkaynaturals.com/home.html

What are some of your favorite organic skin care products?  I’d love to hear!

 

 

Avon Anew Reversalist Day & Night Cream

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Avon Anew Reversalist Day and Night Cream

WILL WE BE FASHIONABLE? So I’ve searched high and low for the best moisturizer for my skin. I have been blessed to have good skin for the most part **knocks on wood**but it’s really sensitive. It has been hard to find a moisturizer that doesn’t leave my face so greasy that it feels like I could fry an egg on it…I HATE that feeling! And I hate for it to look extra shiny and gross!

With that being said, I really love Avon Anew Day and Night Cream. The cost isn’t terrible, and a little goes a long way. I like that the day cream has an spf 25 in it as well. I hate sunblock on my face! It’s so thick it makes me look like a clown, so this is a good substitute. The fragrance is really light and not overpowering, and it soaks into the skin very well–I love to wear it under my makeup. I noticed after about a week, my pores were less noticeable.

The night cream is a little thicker which it should be. I wake up and my skin is well moisturized. My face has a nice glow to it! I’ve been using it for about a year now! Sometimes Avon runs good sales on it but I’ve gotten the best price off of….drumroll…Amazon! Ahh…what did we do in the days before Amazon?!?!?

What do you girls use for moisturizer?

$32 USD each: Leaves skin looking renewed and hydrated throughout the day. Dramatically reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles and restores the look and feel of youthful firmness. Formulated with Tri-Elastinex technology. 93% of women agreed that their skin looked virtually line-free in just 1 week.

Avon Anew Reversalist Day & Night Cream link