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Skincare….. Summer Skin Routine

So now that we’re officially into the heart of summer there’s a possibility that your skin is responding differently to the warmer weather.

Higher temperatures, higher humidity, increased time out in the lovely sunshine… your skin might be in need of a different routine from 3 or 4 months ago.

Quick Tips for summer skincare: 

  • Add some Rose Water into your daily routine and keep it in the fridge for a refreshing splash after you’ve been out in the sun! Rose water has anti-inflammatory and skin soothing properties plus it smells amazing! (I spray it in my hair too!)
  • Turn down the heat in the shower! Just like during the cold winter months… hot water can continue to dry out your skin in the summertime.
  • Up your water intake to stay hydrated! Dehydration does contribute to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles so keep on drinking that H2O.
  • If need be, reduce the amount of moisturizer you’re using. You may have to play around with this one to find the right amount… but if you’re skin is not as dry in the summer or your skin is appearing more oily…. try lightening up on how much product you’re using.
  • Keep up with Exfoliation…. if you’re out in the sun “glistening” more (ie. sweating) or slathering on sun screen… remember to exfoliate to keep your pores free of gunky build up.

Apriori's Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub is an awesome way to get a full body exfoliation.

 

While you’re laying out by the pool, or sitting by the surf or taking a cruise down Crocodile Mile… think about what your skin might be needing with the warmer weather. And as always if you’re in need of some personalized, individual insight… you can email me at eastcoast.beauty at hotmail.com or message me on the Lookin Good Girl Facebook page…. just scroll down on the right hand side of our home page and click “Like” on the Facebook tab.

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Skincare…. Apriori’s Right Now Retailer for May

So is this is pretty fun and exciting…. I was chosen by Apriori to be featured as this month’s Right Now Retailer.

I really do love this company and to be recognized for my business building efforts is something I’m proud of.

A huge (HUGE) thank you to all of my clients because without you… I wouldn’t have been considered. I very much appreciate your business and wholeheartedly want to help you with all of your skincare needs! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.

If you want to check out the article… click on the link below

May Right Now Retailer  – this link takes you to Apriori’s website where you can see the write up. Scroll down towards the bottom of the page once you land there.

Happy MAY!

Beth

 

 

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Skincare……. Apriori’s Best Buys for Treatment Products

 

 

Continuing with Money Cash Month and keeping you, your skin and your wallet lookin’ good… this week’s post is on Apriori’s Best Buys for Treatment products….according to me.

I use both of these products on a weekly basis and they were chosen based on how many uses you get out of each container. As a treatment product in your skincare regiment you won’t be using these items every day but probably more like 1-2 times a week. (Or maybe 3-4 like I use my beloved Sugar Scrub).

First item up… The Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub.

Why it’s a Best Buy: 

  • It’s absolutely amazing and gives your skin a healthy glow!
  • It does a knock-out job of gently removing dead skin cells via Sugar Beet Crystals and Papaya derived Enzymes
  • It’s NURDLE FREE !!
  • It can last any where from 3-5 months! Divide $38 by 3 or divide $38 by 5 and you’ve got yourself a Best Buy, baby!!!!

A full scrub lasts me about 4 months but I use it frequently because I know my skin will be okay with that much use. 

 

Get your Glow On Girl.

 

 

Best Buy number #2… but not because it comes in second place… The 20Ex Acid Peel.

Yes, the name sounds a little intimidating. BUT the only thing that should be shaking in its boots is the dry, dull skincells that will be turbo blasted away by the Acid Peel! Or I guess more like turbo peeled away.. but you get the idea.

Why It’s a Best Buy:

  • Contains pharmaceutical grade ingredients that provide immediate and long term results.
  • When it comes to exfoliation… It’s kickin’ butt and taking names and making your skin look radiant in the process.
  • There are between 20-25 uses in each tube… so divide $55 by 25 and what do you get… A BEST BUY!! (whoop whoop)
There are some peeps who need to be mindful of the Acid Peel ….Pregnant Women and people using Retin-A or Retinol are advised to not use the Acid Peel and you need to use daily sun protection when using it.. but otherwise it’s an at home treatment product that will leave you wondering why you didn’t start using it sooner!

Oh.. Acid Peel.. where have you been all my Life????

 

In case you haven’t added a treatment product to your skincare routine or are in the market for new ones… these are two amazing products which will keep your beautiful face and your Beauty budget… Lookin’ Good!

 

 

Both products can be found by clicking here: 20EX Acid Peel  and Enzyme Activated Micro Scrub

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Skincare…. SPECIAL EDITION

Hey Lookin Good Girl Fans…. I  have a very special treat for you today!!!!

I decided to get off the keyboard and get in front of the camera for this week’s post!! And why would I go to all of the trouble of recording 10 videos and then spending 3 hours trying to figure out how to work YouTube… because I love you guys! And… Apriori is offering a really amazing deal on the DFI.  I wanted to personally introduce you to this amazing machine.. so you can see that I have one and know that I use mine every week!

So without any further wait I give you…. Lookin Good Girls FIRST Video post!

 

If you want to take a quick peak at the Lookin Good Girl post on the 2 different DFI Functions and what it does for your skin.. take a look here: DFI Functions

If would like to take advantage of Apriori’s special discounted rate make sure you’re registered with me so we both know you’ll receive the best customer service and I can contact your for that extra special 1 on 1 skincare consult! Make sure you take full advantage of having an Esthetician on call to answer all of your specific skincare questions. Access to your Client ID and Special Offer

Once you’re registered as a client- go to the Monthly Specials tab on the on the left hand side of the page under the giant word USE.

 

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Skincare…… Nurdle Knowledge!

To continue our Nurdle Knowledge journey… I invited a special guest “speaker” to answer questions about the topic. Kelsey Abbott is a woman of many (many) talents with a Masters Degree in Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University. I asked Kelsey a few questions so we could get to know her a little better before we jump into the Nurdle Business…. her fabulous answers are as follows:

1) So Kelsey, before we get into that Nurdle Knowledge… share with the Lookin Good Girl audience a little bit about yourself? How do you even know about Nurdles?  

Well, I’m a marine biologist—err, a non-practicing marine biologist—and a lover of funny words (like brouhaha, haboob, rapscallion…and nurdle). I used to be a “real” marine biologist and then I found that my real passion was in teaching people about science so I became a science writer. As a science writer I get to write about cool* things like the Pacific Trash Vortex, which is an enormous collection of garbage in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Trash Vortex is filled with a wide variety of garbage, but a lot of that garbage is plastic and a lot of that plastic is in nurdle-form.

 *Obviously, the fact that there’s a giant mass of garbage in the middle of the ocean is horrible, but scientifically, its existence is fascinating.
2) Marie Foleo has a term I love… “Multi-passionate entrepreneur”… I hear you’re a multi-passionate entrepreneur…. what do you do for work? 
I really like how you worded that. Yes! I’m a multi-passionate entrepreneur. In addition to the science-writing gig, I’m a personal trainer and a USAT-certified triathlon coach. I teach some fun classes (like core strength, TRX and indoor cycling), coach a big group of awesome female triathletes and coach individual athletes.  
3)What do you like to do for fun? Do you do any cooking? Blogging? 
I’m kind of hyperactive so I love doing anything that involves moving. I like to play outside and I like to play in the kitchen. If I had an outdoor kitchen, I’d be very happy….if I had an outdoor kitchen with a pool and a zipline, I’d be very, very happy. And yes, I blog occasionally. I have a food blog called Healthy-ish where I post recipes and the occasional race report.  
4)How do you feel about a) Marky Mark and b) The Funky Bunch?
Ummm, I LOVE them! Or at least I love them together and I love Marky Mark alone. Honestly, I’ve never thought about The Funky Bunch without Marky Mark before, but they’re Massholes and I’m a Masshole so I’m sure we’d get along quite well.

Marky Mark (without the Funky Bunch)

5)I’ve heard you dabble in Triathlon events… care to expand upon this? 
Yeah, as I mentioned earlier, I’m hyperactive. I swam and played water polo throughout high school and college and once I got to grad school I found that I desperately needed something (other than my Masters thesis) to focus on. Triathlon filled that need and now I’m addicted.
(Kelsey is actually a World-Class Athlete… Like flew to New Zealand last Fall to represent the United States sort of Word-Class Athlete….)
 

Kelsey Abbott -TEAM USA World Triathlon Series

Ohh…Hey… Here’s Kelsey now… finishing as the 2nd (!!!!!) American in her age group (15th overall in her age group) and the 5th American Woman in the whole damn race in the 2012 World Championship !
Yes. That’s a big deal. She finished the triathlon in an Hour and 19 mins! 
 
Okay…. It’s Nurdle Time…..What are they?
 
Nurdles are tiny bits of plastic and they serve two different purposes. First, nurdles are pre-production plastic. Instead of shipping huge slabs of plastic all over the world, nurdle-makers ship more than 250 billion pounds of nurdles to processing centers each year. Here they are molded into plastic toys, plastic chairs, plastic bottles—every shape of plastic we’re used to seeing. Nurdles are also used as exfoliators in cosmetics.
 
AND, here’s an interesting factoid: That perfect wave-like shape of toothpaste depicted on most toothpaste packaging is known as a nurdle.
 
Why do they pose an environmental threat?
 
1.) Nurdles rarely stay put. They’re small and light and just generally hard to wrangle. (Last July, a shipping vessel caught in a storm off the coast of Hong Kong spilled 150 tons of nurdles into the sea.)
 
2.) They’re plastic. Plastic never really goes away. Even “biodegradable” plastic bags, which manufacturers claim will take 49 days to degrade in salt water, take at least 3 years to break down.
 
3.) They’re toxic suckers. Nurdles are super-absorbent and when they’re surrounded by chemicals like pesticides and PCBs, as they are in the ocean, they eat that sh*t up. A single nurdle can be one million times more toxic than the water in which it floats. 
 
4.) They get eaten. Seabirds, fish and marine mammals accidentally or intentionally eat tons of plastic every year. (Nurdles look like fish eggs.) And every year, up to one million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals and loads of fish die from plastic. And, umm, some fish that eat nurdles don’t choke or starve from eating plastic. They survive…at least long enough to land on your plate.
 
How big are they? 
Technically, nurdles are plastic resin pellets. They can be as small as a grain of sand and as big as a chickpea.

Naughty Nurdles

What is the technical name for Nurdles… because readers probably won’t see that word on the back of their products when they go to look, right? 
Nurdles are found in shampoos, toothpastes, body washes and all sorts of cosmetics. Companies will typically advertise their nurdle-use right on the front of the bottle, but they often use the term “microbeads.” On the back of the bottle, you might see the word “polyethylene.”
 
What are the biggest culprits for housing Nurdles? 
Anything that claims to scrub or exfoliate is likely to house the little buggers.
 
Any suggestions for our readers as to how they can start eliminating Nurdles from their lives?
 
Plastic is everywhere. It’s really hard to avoid it, but if we all become a little more mindful of our plastic usage and try to reduce our use wherever possible, that’ll certainly be a step in the right direction. And when it comes to skincare, well, does rubbing plastic beads on your face really sound like a good idea?
To Recap this awesome post:
  •  If you’re at allll interested in working with Kelsey …. she gets a HUGE thumbs up from me! But don’t take my word for it… go ahead and get Kelsey as your coach and watch yourself kick butt in all your athletic endeavors! Kelsey can be contacted by emailing her at: kelsey @thesustainableathlete . com
  • Or check her out at Healthy-ish
  • And… if reading all these interesting facts about Nurdles makes you want to go Nurdle Free… you can check out  the previous Skincare in a Flash post: Nurdles . There are several Apriori items that are totally, 100% Nurdle Free!!

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It’s a Celebration…. It’s 2013!!!!

Happy New Year!!!! From Lookin Good Girl!!!

Thank you to all you folks who took time to read the posts and spend a few minutes cruising around the site! And a VERY special thank you to all of my Apriori clients! I LOVE helping people with their skincare needs and I truly appreciate every opportunity to do so!

Here’s to a fantastic 2013 with “champagne wishes and caviar dreams”  or whatever your little heart desires. xoxox Beth

 

Go ahead and turn up your speakers.

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Try It Out……

Hey All!

Just a quick reminder in case you haven’t cruised around all of the pages on Lookin Good Girl…. you have the special opportunity to receive a 3 day sample set of Apriori’s skincare line! This is outlined on The Products Page.

All you have to do is register to receive Apriori’s once a month email on product specials and First Friday Sales. Sign Up Here!

Benefits of signing up:

  • Gain direct access to the monthly specials and 1 Day Events…. which means you can get your favorite products on sale!
  • It’s FREE!!!
  • Apriori does an amazing job of NOT filling your in-box with emails – just one a month with the details of the special or an email when we have a special promotion for a limited time.
  • By signing up you’ll receive excellent customer service with Apriori and you can e-mail me directly anytime with your skincare questions!

Once you are registered I will send a follow up email with 3 quick skincare questions so I know which products to recommend for you unique needs.

PLEASE be on the look out for an email from eastcoast.beauty at hotmail.com within 2-3 days of when you register. Make sure to even check your “spam” email section.. just in case. And  if you haven’t heard from me.. then by all means- EMAIL me!! I do my best to stay current with sending out samples but as we all know life can get super busy!

I love sharing Apriori and I would love for you to try these products on your beautiful face!

Photo Credit: Apriori Beauty LLC

 

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Skincare… Like Sands Through The Hour Glass…..

So Are The Days to Be Taking CARE OF YOUR SKIN, Girl.

This week’s post is short and to the point.

I just started taking care of my skin at 35 and now at 37 I look fantastic!

 

Taking care of your skin at an early age and protecting it from the sun WILL payoff when you start reaching the ages of 30 and beyond.

There is only a certain amount of time you have to take care of your beautiful face as your birthdays fly by!

From  age 18 to 30: 4,380 days to cleanse, moisturize and protect from the sun

From age 21 to 30: 3,285 days to cleanse, moisturize and protect from the sun

From age 25 to 30:  1,825 days to cleanse, moisturize and protect from the sun (Old man time is gunning for you 25 year olds…..)

From age 27 to 30: 1,095 days to cleanse, moisturize and protect from the sun

From age 29 to 30: 365 days to cleanse, moisturize and protect from the sun.

 

If you’ve missed the Prevention boat in your late teens and early twenties … it’s NEVER to late to start a solid skincare regiment with good products. You will ALWAYS (always) benefit from a solid skincare routine- even if you’re now needing to go into recovery mode.

If you need suggestions or recommendations on how to get started~ I would love to help! Email me at eastcoast.beauty at hotmail dot com.

 

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Skincare….. You Can’t Touch This (as in leave your Zit alone)

(He doesn’t think you should pick your zits either…. just sayin’)

 

Okay so the title says to leave your zit alone but….This week’s post is about the best possible way to do something you really shouldn’t be doing… and that my dear friends is popping zits.

Disclaimer: I am not offering medical advice, nor encouraging or condoning picking or squeezing your breakouts-I would highly encourage you to leave it alone and spot treat the heck out of them. However, you know that old adage that says “Haters gonna hate and zit pickers gonna pick” well,… if you’re going to pick.. at least utilize some techniques that may reduce the likelihood that you’ll end up with a red spot or a bigger zit. (However, let it be known there is a good chance you’ll end up with either one OR both! So a heads up on that)

If you just have to pick at your face or if you really do have a habit  of popping zits here are some suggestions to doing it in slightly better, less trauma-drama way:

1) Work with a clean surface. If you have a zit that is filled with pus- you’re messing with an infection. It may be small, but nonetheless, the pus is a sign of an infection (See what I’d rather you not be picking!) and you want to make sure the surface around your breakout is clean. So wash your face before you do anything. Don’t try and squish it through your makeup or right after your 3 hour Elliptical workout at the gym… Wash your face first.

2) Warm shower or warm compress. You want your pores to be as open as possible so either apply a warm compress (ie. warm rag, warm cotton ball) to the target area or get out of the shower while your skin is still warm.

3) Apply a spot treatment and leave the zit alone. HA!….This is what I really would like you to do but I don’t think that’s what you’re here for.

3a) Take toilet paper or a tissue and wrap each of your pointer fingers in the paper. You don’t want your fingers directly touching your zit. When you press the pus out- it will be on the paper which means the bacteria will be on the paper and that’s where it needs to stay.

4) PRESS- don’t squish or squeeze or pop... gently press down around the zit with your toilet paper fingers. When you gently press instead of going into kill mode with squeezing… you’re  inflicting less trauma to your skin.

5) If the Zit is “ready” it will come out. If it’s not and nothing comes out -then guess what- leave it alone! Don’t keep pressing until blood or clear fluid comes out because that means you’ve taken it to far! And please – if a zit ever hurts – leave it alone from the start!

6) Clean up and Recovery. Make sure what came out is on the tissue or toilet paper and apply your favorite spot treatment. I personally have a detoxifying mask I use for spot treatments and it does a nice job of drying things up. You can also use tea tree oil or find a product with Benzoyl Peroxide that you already like using.

***If you have more than one zit to attend to- move the used tissue aside and start with a fresh part of it. You don’t want to be transferring bacteria and infection from one zit to another – or transfer it to another part of your face (where it can cause another breakout!)***

There is a chance that if you don’t take careful precautions when pressing down on the zit or if it’s really not ready to come out- the bacteria inside the follicle can travel to another nearby location under your skin. So just know you are running the risk of this happening by picking your face. But if you like to throw caution to the wind, and double down at the table all the time then have at it.

I hope this helps with your future zit-picking endeavors . I wish you Godspeed and little to no new breakouts!

 

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Skincare…. You had me at Derma Firm Illuminator

The Derma Firm Illuminator (or more easily pronounced as the DFI) is Apriori Beauty’s at home skincare machine. And what it does is make your skin (Derma) look firmer (Firm) and brighter (Illuminator)…. get it- the Derma…Firm…Illuminator. Or just go with DFI.

The reason why this little machine is so rad is because it combines four different technologies into one gadget that takes 10 minutes to use. I personally use mine at least 3 or 4 times a week while I’m watching Netflix, or reading a book or looking at the glow-in-the-dark stars on my bedroom ceiling. (Yes, I actually have those on my ceiling and yes they’re still very fun even at 29).

The DFI uses some of the same technologies that your Esthetician is using during  your facial treatments including Galvanic Ion therapy, Far Infrared, Vibration Therapy and Ultrasound Wave Therapy. For inquiring minds who want to know  what the big deal is about these four different technologies I’ll list a few highlights for you.

Galvanic Ion Therapy- without getting to0 technical  I’ll just share that this technology extracts impurities and pushes nutrients from the Precision Skin Rejuvenator deeper into the skin. Your Estheticain may have a Galvanic Machine in her treatment room or you can buy your own for several hundred dollars ( but it won’t have the other three therapies the DFI provides).

Far Infrared (FIR) – this may sound like a Cold War weapon referenced in Rocky 4 but in fact it’s a beneficial type of light that warms the skin, unclogging pores and increases blood flow that helps eleminate toxins. It also promotes the regeneration of skin tissue and increases blood flow to the skin.

Ultrasound Wave Therapy- this therapy generates sound waves which vibrate at about 5 million vibrations per second… which then raises the temprature of the skin. As a result, pores are opened so that impurites are removed and elastin and collagen production increase.

Vibration Therapy- this technology relaxes the facial muscles and activates the skin’s natural healing properties. Elastin and Collagen are also strengthened.

There are actually even more benefits to list for each of the four technologies and if you’re super interested in learning about all of them- contact me via email and I can send along a handout with more in-depth information.

As always I’m totally about you continuing to go see your trusted skincare professional for facials and facial treatments but if you’re only in her office once a month or every six weeks, the DFI is an awesome way to take excellent care of your skin on a weekly basis.

 

 

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