Monthly Archives: February 2016

Did you know…

HAPPY FRIDAY FAMILY!! ‪#‎DidYouKnow‬ that you can reduce the amount of breakouts on your face by simply NOT touching your face all the time? Our hands touch EVERYTHING and by proxy, so does our face. Practice using a hand towel or napkin to wipe your face rather than your hands. To help control the amount of breakouts, also try making a lime (lemon if you cannot get limes) solution and rinsing your face with it. The deep cleansing and antibacterial properties of the lime juice help in getting deep into the pores to remove dirt and acne causing bacteria.

HOW TO…make the lime rinse? Simple, you want to start out with about 1 part lime juice to about 1 part water. You can make it stronger if you wish by simply adding more lime juice. But be careful, the stronger it is, the more likely it is to sting. Use this rinse in the morning and then again in the night just before bed time to ensure that the day’s dirt has been removed from your face. And remember, anytime you wash your face, ALWAYS make sure you put back the moisture. So use a light oil to keep your skin healthy and looking young after EACH facial, mask, and wash.
And now you know!

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Hot, Cold and Hot again.

One thing I learned while being in NYC last week was that the cold is NOT friendly, :/ So I made a daily regimen of using a serum as soon as I got out the shower followed by one of the butters. It kept my skin from feeling dry and itchy and helped with the freezing weather my skin was experiencing for the first time.

I figured that once back home my skin would “fall back in line”. No such thing. The extreme change in weather and temperature actually caused my skin to behave badly. This was the first time I had experienced wind that actually burned my skin 😥 and now I have wind-burned skin. So now my next step in taking care of my skin is incorporating an exfoliant in the mix. So what I did first of all was reach for my coffee polish and that became part of a quick four day regimen to get my skin back in line and fast! So for two days I used the coffee polish just before the shower. Bathed as I normally do and started with using the serum on still wet skin. Pat dry or air dry and then followed with a lotion (it is just too hot right now to use butter on my skin). Then on the third day I switched to one of my cornmeal polishes; still continued with the serum and lotion application after the shower. I am so relieved to say that my skin has finally decided to “fall back in line” and the burned portions of my skin have gone.

It is so important to make sure that a regular routine of exfoliating is part of your daily skin care regime. Whether during the summer or during the winter. You need to make sure your skin has all that it needs to stay healthy and beautiful even when the worst weather comes…or you have to go to it 😉

Green Papaya and you ;-)

Did you know that Papaya, green Papaya that is, is great for the skin?

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Organically grown papaya just picked

Papaya (carica papaya) is a wonderful fruit that is great when ripe as a sweet treat or green to be used in stews. But the papaya is a wonderful fruit that has many beneficial properties. The papain in papaya is found in its highest concentrations when the fruit is green. Here is where the wonders of the fruit abound! The papain found in papaya has many attributes for skin care such as a treatment for ringworms, psoriasis, used as a poultice to help aid with wounds, burns and stings. The papain is also a great at helping to exfoliate the skin.

So it is with this in mind that I often go back to nature to find other ways of creating great skin care products. I decided to revive a very popular product, Island Cream and do a 2016 version. Of course, the main ingredient in this particular product is the green papaya juice. This product is great for helping to exfoliate the skin and smoothing rough, dry patches found on the elbows and heels.

What is papain? “Papain is an enzyme that is found in green papaya (papaya that is not quite ripe). It has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years because of its many health benefits which include treating wounds and cuts, stings and burns and internal illnesses.” Read More Papaya is not one of my favorite fruits to eat, but for skincare, it is a powerhouse. I respect it as much as I respect Turmeric for skincare and overall holistic care. So it was with that that I began using the juice from the Green Papaya in rich, decadent butters and creams for myself and my customers. A few days ago I decided to take another look at a recipe I had created and made many, many years ago. You can see how I juiced the papaya on my Instagram (@itibabeauty) page by clicking here.

At the end of the pictorial tutorial on “How to Juice a Green Papaya” you see the end result was the whipped body butter. This product, or any product made with Papaya enzymes, is a great way to slough away hard to remove, dry skin. And it leaves you feeling so smooth! I am still refining the recipe and considering a re-launch of a new and improved version of this cream.