Skin Care

….I’ve changed my skincare ways

I have had the same basic skin care routine for over a decade now, with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)  being the foundation – the core – the trust of my routine.  It was pretty much all that I used on my hands (and face and body) to moisturize and condition.  I disliked every product that I tried as most of them left my skin feeling dry and all had a long list of ingredients that I honestly didn’t want to put on my skin.  EVOO is natural, nothing bad added and I always have returned exclusively to it after a 7 day trial of a manufactured product test run on my face.  Occasionally, I have been asked to test out other products or friends would want my opinion, and I’m always game to try new things.  Just nothing took.  Nothing could replace what EVOO did for my skin.  Until now.

I almost don’t have words to describe my reaction to my new glowing goddess of all lotion bottles.  When trying a new skin cream, I test it out on my face.  As an agent told me once, ‘Forget your head, it’s your hands!’ I always do test patches and try new samples on my face before putting anything on my livelihood.

So, a little backstory to my new favorite moisturizers.  I have a friend who is awesome.  She is a ring master, aerialist and all around badass chick and I hadn’t seen her in 4 years.  Our paths finally crossed 44 days ago (yes, I know the days……cuz the path my skin has taken in 44 days is mind blowing, so I’m counting each one!!)  I couldn’t get over her skin.  Tess has always been gorgeous but now she was gorgeous and glowing with flawless tight skin!  What was going on?  It had been 4 years since I last saw her and here she was looking years and years younger!  WHAT THE HEY!!  & um, share the secret, please!

Tess did and that night she took me to a party to meet others on the same skincare journey.  See, this is not only the best product I have ever tried in my entire life (I will never stop using this) it is an incredible community of positive minded entrepreneurs spreading the word and improving lives.  I left that night with a bottle of the day and night cream and resisted the urge to slather it on my face as I drove home from the party.

The night cream is a little different than anything I have ever tried.  You dampen your face and then spread 5 pumps of the lotion all over – forehead, eyes, lips, neck, cheeks – any skin – cover it.  I was, of course, testing this on my face before even considering to put it on my hands.   The cream dries and your skin feels pleasantly tight and smooth.  I noticed the texture improvement almost immediately.  After a few days, my skin was noticeably smoother and softer and I started to swear that my eyes looked more open.  There are a lot of traits I inherited from my father and I love all of them except for the dreaded eyelid fold.  I had resigned myself to it, if I had to have droopy lids in order to get all the other bonuses from my dad, then so be it.  My eyelids started to get saggy when I turned 30.  Just heavy lids, nothing to do about them because I am not having surgery on my face and as a hand model, my face doesn’t matter so much!  But it was always something that I’ve disliked.  Now, when I started trying out the new creams, I was expecting improvement in my fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration and uneven skin tone.  I was not expecting an eye lift in a bottle.   How is that even possible???  It doesn’t seem like it should be.

Here are MY 20 day before and after pictures!  MINE.  My personal results that I took with my iphone in my bathroom!!!

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WHAT?!?!  The eyelid drop is lifting.  HOW??!!  WHAT??!!  After I saw these images, I started using the creams on my hand.  (duh) The only difference in my hand routine is that during the day I do keep moisturizing my hands with either EVOO or Coconut Oil, as I can’t just moisturize my hands 2X a day.  🙂

My 42 day before & afters – This is a magic eraser for wrinkles!

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SO!!!!!   WHAT IS IT???  WHAT IS THIS AMAZING STUFF?????

What is the product that has seriously changed my skin for the better and been the first product to go on my hands in years??  This will change your life if you decide to try it risk free for 30 days – we have a great money back guarantee!  & the magic cream is just the tip of the iceberg of awesome, if after reading more on my link below, you want more information on the incredible business opportunity, email me at info@handmodelusa.com and put ‘The Glow’ in the subject box. Looking forward to seeing everyone looking younger and younger with every single day.  I notice improvement EVERY morning.   I never knew I could be so excited about face cream.

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After you read about this amazing lotion, if you want more information or would like to see tons of my personal before & after images along with my friends (who are now as addicted as I am), send an email to info @ handmodelusa.com with ‘The Glow’ in the subject line.  I am so excited and cannot wait to share with everyone!!!

 

 

 

 

Skincare Routine

I recently asked my friends about their favorite lotions on my facebook page and got a range of products. Some that I’ve tried and some that I will have to try. There are so many different products on the market and it is hard to pick favorites THOUGH I do have my daily skincare routine which I was asked to share…so here goes.

MY FAVES!

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Aura Glow – I adore this stuff. My friend Amy introduced me to this amazing oil when I was in college, long before hand modeling and it has been a staple in my bathroom ever since. It is downright luxurious to put on after a shower. The ingredients are Peanut Oil, Olive Oil, Lanolin & Vit E Oils. YES! All stuff our skin needs to be moisturized and feel soft. I use this from the neck down after every shower and will put it on my hands a few times a day.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Not just for the kitchen This is my not so secret weapon. I use this on my face and hands. I carry a bottle of EVOO with me wherever I go and this is what I put on my hands X # of times a day. Hard for me to say how many times I put it on as it is just a part of my routine. I use it all the time. EVOO is also great as a hair moisturizer. I put it on my hair every other week or so and let it sit for an hour or so and then wash it out.

Liquid Lanolin – This is the pure thick stuff. It goes on heavy and is not something you would want to put on before you went out into the world. This is my ‘before bed’ moisturizer in the winter months. It is almost like a sealant for the moisture in your skin. You don’t need to use a whole lot of it. Liquid Lanolin can also be mixed with other oils! I’ve mixed it with Jojoba oil with great success. I use the Heritage Product brand as I adore the teachings of Edward Cayce.

Alba Botanica SPF 45 – SUNSCREEN SUNSCREEN SUNSCREEN!! So important for the skin. I try to always remember to put this on, year round, before I step into the world. I love the Alba brand because the products are natural, organic and they don’t test on animals. Yeah – love our furry friends.

The Yellow Jar – My friend Emily’s secret recipes for a lemon hand scrub. I don’t know what she puts in here but DANG I love it. My skin feels silky smooth after using in the shower. And it smells great.

AND THE NEWEST ADDITION to my skincare routine –

Pure Harmony Soap.

This stuff is incredible. I have always hated soap. It dries out your skin and leaves it feeling tight..well, that is what I always thought until I tried the Pure Harmony line. I’m using the Peppermint Stick bar right now and will admit to keeping it on my desk for 2 weeks before I tried it out because it smelled so darn good. Seriously. YUM! I want to get a bunch of these bars for next Christmas and put them in a basket in my living room. The smell is incredible. So how would it work for its intended purpose? I wasn’t sure but I knew I loved the ingredients – olive oil, coconut cream, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, french white clay, peppermint & spearmint essential oils in the peppermint bar. All amazing products for the skin. I also really liked that the bar is hand made. When I tried it out I was blown away! The soap has a rich creamy lather that nourishes my skin leaving it feeling squeaky clean and invigorated. After drying, my skin feels smooth and soft before I lather on the auraglow! I love this because normally soap leaves my skin feeling one of two ways; the first is that dry tight feeling and the 2nd is oily and greasy, almost like a residue was left behind. The Pure Harmony bar wins for BEST SOAP EVER! I am excited to try the other flavors and love knowing that each bar is handmade with love.

Silver Brocade Polish from Karma Organic

WOW! It’s all I can say. And my mom says so, too.

My mom loves red nail polish on her toes (they have been painted red since I can remember). Since I became a hand model, I’ve been the one painting them for her. It’s great practice for me with a dark color and then she gets to have a visible reminder of how long I’ve been gone. When the polish starts to grow out, it means I’d better get my bottom back home for a visit.

On my visit in October, I brought home a bottle of the Silver Brocade from Karma Organic. I put it on my toes and begged my mom to let me put it on hers. She did not want to change from her red, but I persisted and told her that it would help me to know how it wears on someone who is in a pool a lot. My mom exercises with her friends in a pool most days of the week. She also doesn’t treat her fingers and toes as carefully as I do, and I thought she would really put the polish to the test.

When I swiped it on, her eyes got big, and she said “WOW – That’s Silver!”

That was the same impression I had – I fell in love with the color instantly. The color is so rich and silver. It is vibrant and it covers like a dream. It’s almost like you had poured a silver mixture right on your toes. My mom was hesitant, as it was not her red but she agreed to try it out and I promised to change the color when I was home again. At Thanksgiving, when I was visiting, I asked her what night she would like her pedicure so she could go back to Old Faithful Red. She smiled and said, “The silver hasn’t dinged at all, let’s not change it now.”

I was confused. “Mom, it’s fine, you don’t have to wear it for me”

And then she confessed that the color had really grown on her and that she had been getting a lot of compliments at the pool. Her toes just sparkled under the water! I’ve since had to take my color off, as I had a job, but when I spoke to my mom the other day and asked how the polish was holding up after two months she said, “Great! I love it! Perhaps over the Holidays we could freshen it up because my toes have grown out but the polish that is on is still perfect.”

I asked her, “What about your holiday red toes?”

She said, “this year my toes are going to shine!”

Check out all their awesome colors.

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