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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
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Posts tagged ‘skin’
Posted: February 9th, 2014

Golden granulated, light muscovado and dark muscovado sugarI have needed a facial for months. I just can’t find time to get one. I’ve needed face scrub, too, and I keep forgetting to buy it. Then I remembered my former neighbor and her daughters made their own scrubs from stuff they had in the house. So I decided to try it. Here’s a link to several scrub recipes that use ingredients I really do have in the cupboard — tea, honey, coffee grounds, sugar, olive oil, milk. You can make any one of a dozen scrubs at this site. And there are dozens more.

My favorite ingredient is using sugar. I’ve had two pedicures that used sugar recently, and the skin on my feet and legs responds really well.

This recipe from Howcast is my fave link — it suggests you leave it on for 5 minutes. It’s Joanna Vargas in a 3-minute video making a scrub of sugar, olive oil, milk and honey.  She discussed how good sugar is for our skin. Sugar naturally contains glycolic acid — one of the anti-aging things we all need. Vargas has spas and is well-known for celebrity skin care. After I did this scrub, I visited her site to see what else she had. Great stuff you can make at home, and my skin feels maaahhhhvelous! The recipe, however, makes enough to cover your body. I cut it in half, and  it’s still too much.

From about. comJulyne Derrik  suggests a total body scrub of 1 part oil to 2 parts sugar or salt — it won’t stay mixed for long, but it’s OK– slap it on anyway.  She adds that you can add essential oils. I have sensitive skin, so I pretty much stick with the basics.

Here’s one from ChixRX that mixes equal parts ground coffee and raw sugar with 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp sea salt — I don’t have sea salt, so I added more sugar.

The biggest thing I learned: DON’T SCRUB TOO HARD!! Be careful with your skin. You can always make more scrub and try it again if you feel you need more exfoliating, but the point is to help your skin — not to hurt it. Happy scrub making!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.


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Posted: June 25th, 2013

Coffee in Coffee CupFinally an article that says I am doing something right! I eat these foods and they have benefits I never knew, and I like it! Thanks to the folks at Eating Well for sharing. Get the entire article here.

 1. Raisins are good for pearly white teeth

Well knock me over with some dental floss. Raisins contain a natural antioxidant that fights the growth of a common bacteria that has been linked to gum disease and inflammation.

2. Coffee prevents skin cancer

Good news for me! “In one study of more than 93,000 women, published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, those who drank one cup of caffeinated coffee a day reduced their risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer by about 10 percent. And the more they drank—up to about 6 cups or so per day—the lower their risk. Decaf didn’t seem to offer the same protection.” — Eating Well. Click here for some great iced coffee recipes.

3. Fish and fruit benefit skin

Salmon is also good for the skin. Check out the article here. And so is grapefruit — check it out here. Two of my faves — I feel beautiful already.

Well, I’m downing my second cup of coffee and hankering for raisins, salmon and grapefruit. Healthy eats for Tuesday!

Chia seeds coming my way

Speaking of healthy, today, I am testing out nutritional powerhouse drinks made from chia seeds– founded by a woman in San Diego. Stay tuned!

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three and stepmom to three.

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Posted: February 27th, 2013

tanningSo many products and so little time to figure out what you should use.

It won’t be long until spring break, and here are great secrets to your own home-spray-tan from Toni Brattin of www.tansecret.com. Brattin is the founder and owner of Toni Brattin & Co., Inc., a beauty and cosmetics company featured on Home Shopping Network (HSN) at one time.  

  • Spot-Test First – If you’re worried about a reaction on sensitive skin, test the product on a small area of skin.
  • Choose a foam – A consistency of mousse more easily spreads on the skin.
  • If you want a quick tan, make sure you choose one that says it is quick acting and dries quickly.
  • What smells  — check the active ingredients. Dihydroxyacetone and erythrulose are chemicals that have a distinct odors that smell days later. Not all tanners are created equal.
  • Be careful with sprays“Some of the tanning sprays are very apt to produce overspray which is then inhaled, and some people don’t react well to that,” said Brattin. She advises wearing  a mask or holding your breath. 
  • The spray can settle all over the room you’re in, so choose the garage or outdoors.
  •  Use gloves to prevent discoloration on your hands – “That’s why we provide gloves and an applicator wand with every bottle of Tan Secret® Instant Tanning Foam,” Brattin said. 

Toni Brattin is the founder and owner of Toni Brattin & Co., Inc., a beauty and cosmetics company based in the Oklahoma City, Okla., area.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.


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Posted: March 12th, 2012

I never thought of carrots as a beauty treatment, but they are gaining popularity. Here’s a link to Saffron Rouge, a beauty supplier that sells carrot moisturizers and creams. One cream retails for $64 and contains carrot, marigold, castor oil, corn germ oil, citronella grass oil, lemon balm oil, shea butter, carotene (Provitamin A), Vitamin C and E.

Carrot oil is also good for hair. It repairs split ends and more.  One more thing to try — it reduces fluid retention. All good news from the carrot folks. Get ready everybunny – another natural thing to try.

We’ve heard about olive oil, coconut oil and other natural oils as moisturizers. Add this one and let us know what you think. I like them all, but I’m not keen on the odors.

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