THE QUEEN OF BEAUTY: Manuka Honey

 

G’day Gorgeous!

We’re back from an amazing trip to my hubby’s homeland of Australia. Such a wonderful time with his family! Family truly is everything. We helped his parents move from the mainland over to the stunning state of Tasmania to be closer to the grandkids. A beautiful new chapter for everyone and we will make it our 2nd home!

 

Aside from the family time, one of the things I love most about traveling is learning about the local foods, plants, animal life (we got to feed kangaroos and learned all about the nasty Tasmanian Devil.. yes, it’s a real thing not just a cartoon character), fashion and beauty rituals. For months, I’ve been hearing about the beauty benefits of Manuka Honey which is native to Tasmania and the neighboring country of New Zealand. Of course, I had to pick some up and give it a try.

To recoup from 36 hours of travel and intense jet lag, I’ve been detoxing my body with lots of ACV & lemon water, epsom salt & baking soda bath, cat naps, light walks and a DIY mask with the Manuka Honey. Love that it lived up to the hype!  Here is the recipe I used:

  • 2 Tablespoons of Manuka Honey
  • 2 big dashes (about 1/2 a Teaspoon) of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Rosewater (make sure not to use too much of the mixture will get too runny)

Simply mix together in a ceramic or glass bowl and apply all over a dry clean face. You can use a brush or just use your fingertips like I did! Let it set for about 20 minutes then use a warm wet washcloth to remove. Use a cotton pad saturated with rosewater to get any residual stickiness off. Apply your usual moisturizer.

WHY THE MANUKA & CINNAMON COMBO?

Cinnamon is an antiseptic so it will reduce the bacteria that causes acne. It also reduces inflammation and redness, stimulates circulation, exfoliates and revitalizes the skin by drawing blood and oxygen to the surface of your skin, leaving it clear and glowing. WooHoo! 

Manuka honey, produced in New Zealand and Tasmania, AU by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush (which is a Tea Tree variety), is one of the most unique and beneficial forms of honey in the world. There are many Manuka honey uses that range from healing sore throats and digestive illnesses, to curing Staph infections and gingivitis.

FUN FACTS:

What makes Manuka honey different is its amazing nutritional profile. Regular raw honey is already known for its tremendous nutritional and immune boosting abilities. Generally speaking, the typical raw unfiltered honey is a rich source of:

  • Amino acids
  • B vitamins (B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid)
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc

Yet with Manuka honey, the nutritional content is up to 4 times that of normal flower honeys. This is what is called the Unique Manuka Factor.

Unique Manuka Factor

In 1981, researchers at the New Zealand University of Waikato discovered that Manuka honey has a considerably higher level of enzymes than regular honey. These enzymes create a natural hydrogen peroxide that works as an antibacterial. Some strains of this New Zealand honey are particularly rich in hydrogen peroxide, methylglyoxal and dihydroxyacetone.

This medicinal trilogy helps make up what is referred to as the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF), a global standard in identifying and measuring the antibacterial strength of Manuka. (3) Essentially, the UMF is a guarantee that the honey being sold is of a medicinal quality.

UMF is not found in the nectar of all Manuka flowers and, comparatively speaking, regular Manuka only contains the hydrogen peroxide antibacterial property that is common to most types of honey.

What separates UMF Manuka from other Manuka varieties is that it has both the natural hydrogen peroxide and its own natural UMF antibacterial property, which greatly enhances it effectiveness. The UMF properties of Manuka is extremely stable and, unlike the hydrogen peroxide common in most honey, is not easily destroyed by heat, light and enzymes in the body.

How to Verify Genuine UMF Manuka Honey

The minimum UMF rating recognized is UMF5, however, it is not considered beneficial unless it carries a UMF 10+ level of antibacterial activity in the honey. Anything ranging from UMF10-UMF15 is a useful level, and anything UMF16 and up is considered a superior quality.

Genuine UMF Manuka Honey will have these four things:

  • It will have a UMF trademark clearly labeled on the front of the container.
  • It will be from a New Zealand UMF licensed company and labelled in New Zealand.
  • It will have the UMF company’s name and license number on the label.
  • It will have a UMF rating number of 5-16+. If it is labeled without the UMF or without a number, then it is not the genuine article.

 

This means that a UMF rating of 20+ is equivalent in strength to a 20% solution of phenol. The ideal UMF rating varies depending on your purpose, but laboratory studies have shown that manuka honey with a non-peroxide activity level of UMF®12 to UMF®15 is effective against a wide range of very resistant bacteria.

Here is an explanation of what manuka honey UMF you should use:

0-4 Non-therapeutic

4-9 Maintenance level with general honey health benefits

10-14 Supports natural healing and bacterial balance

15+ Superior levels of phenols that are highly therapeutic but shouldn’t exceed taking 1 tbsp at a time

[via Dr. Axe]

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You can get Manuka Honey on Amazon and at health food stores. 

Try it and let me know your results! 

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THINK DIRTY. SHOP CLEAN. Must Get App

Hey Savvy Shopper!

As a beauty junkie, it’s always a challenge to choose the healthiest products because many of the hot, must have items are loaded with highly toxic ingredients. I do my best to choose what’s best for my health and now it will be even easier! Last week, my dear friend and lash stylist- Kathy Mitchell, co-owner of Bella Lash Boutique and essential oil enthusiast- told me about the Think Dirty App. It is simply brilliant! Go download it now. You scan the barcode on any cosmetic or personal care product and it will show a rating from 1-10 on carcinogenic levels (cancer causing), developmental & reproductive/hormone toxicity and allergy & immunity toxicity. Many companies “claim” to be organic and all-natural, but are not! Ladies, we must educate ourselves especially those of us who are beauty junkies and use several products a day. If I counted every product I use from toothpaste, deodorant, body lotion, shampoo, hair masks, body wash, facial creams, perfumes, hairspray and we haven’t even gotten to my makeup vanity yet. Yikes!  Kathy has lost 55 lbs by eating cleaner and changing out the toxic products she was using. Our bodies carry so much inflammation which effects everything from our metabolism to our hormones.

The founder of the app, Lily Tse comes from a family with a history of cancer. She began researching the carcinogenic and hormone disrupting ingredients in beauty products:

“I never realized the environmental impact cosmetics had on our health, until I watched Annie Leonard’s “Story of Cosmetics”, which examined the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products.

There are hormone disruptor chemicals in many products that have been possibly linked to breast cancer. I was shocked the cosmetics industry was not regulated like the food and drug sectors. And like most women, my lipgloss and shampoo are products I would never think to describe as “toxic” or could contain cancer-causing chemicals.

Finding safer alternatives for myself was a huge challenge. Although many products are labeled “all-natural” or “organic”, there is little transparency in labeling cosmetics. There was also no real tool out there for consumers to find information easily. With my background in design and marketing, I wanted to develop and create something not only for myself but for others as well, and that’s how Think Dirty® was founded.” For more, go to https://www.thinkdirtyapp.com.

Did you download the app yet?
DO IT NOW!

I Want To Hear From You, Darlin!

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[Throwback Thursday photo in the sanctuary our 1st Spring in DFW. I’m kind of missing that dark hair!]

No, I’m doing the typical “new year, new you” crap that everyone else is doing, BUT– I am gearing up to give you the latest + greatest potions, lotions and wellness products I’m loving right now. Trust me, I love getting rid of the old this time of year- old habits, old clothes, old makeup- and clearing the clutter to make room for the new. I just prefer thinking it terms of a BETTER you!

I need your help. Next week we are planning and taping new videos! I’m so excited.

  •     What questions do you have?
  •     What do you want to see in terms of beauty and wellness?
  •     What issues are you having?

Talk to mama. 

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Also, if you are in the DFW area, please mark your calendars on March 25th for an amazing event I will be emceeing called Stix & Brix benefitting Treasured Vessels. 

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Did you know TEXAS ranks #2 in the US for human trafficking cases with the DFW are having over 400 girls who are trafficked and forced to work on the streets each night? YET– there are less than 30 beds available for girls rescued from trafficking in the ENTIRE state of Texas. Treasured Vessels Foundation is building a shelter to give these girls a safe haven! JOIN US March 25th to help raise funds to build it! Get your early bird tickets by Jan 31st! After mentoring an underage girl in Canada for 3+ years who had been a victim and CPS shuffled her from one bad shelter to another- I am committing to raising awareness & helping give shelter and love to these girls in our very own backyard!

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GET YOUR ZEN + GLOW ON: Save 20%

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Hey DFW Dolls! 

Holly Henderson, owner of Zen Den— a soothing space at The Village Salons in Lakewood, is offering my friends & followers 20% off any facial plus a free eye treatment for the month of November. With the busy holiday season approaching, this is the perfect way to pamper yourself and/or treat a friend. Great holiday gift idea, too!

Last week, I got Holly’s signature Gold Facial and it felt amazing. I was so “zen” I think I actually fell asleep for a bit! This unique treatment is the gold version of her “Red Carpet” facial. Combining our Intraceuticals Oxygen infusion, Environ customized peel, Micro-current and Atoxalene infusion to leave you refreshed, rejuvenated and revitalized! I’ve never had facials like Holly’s and the technology is truly the latest and greatest. 

INTRACEUTICALS FACIALS 

Australian based company, founded in 2002 as a result of research into various applications for oxygen. Intraceutical facials revolutionized the use of hyaluronic acid as both an exceptional hydrator and effective delivery system for specific concern vitamins.  The brand also includes a cast of highly effective skincare products designed to maximize the treatment and help balance and correct skin concerns, such as dehydrated, anti-aging, pigmented and problem prone skin. It is essential to complement each other and enhance the results of Intraceutical facials.

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REJUVENATE OXYGEN INFUSION

The Intraceuticals treatment application method utilizes hyperbaric oxygen to promote the delivery of hyaluronic acid and vitamins into the skin. the serum applicator creates a hyperbaric pressure bubble to initiate osmotic hydration and ingredient delivery. The elemental nature of oxygen inspires, heals and invigorates.

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ENVIRON FACIALS

This scientifically formulated skincare system was developed by world-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Des Fernandes. Environ was born out of Dr. Fernandes’ study of mechanisms of skin and skin cancer as well as retinyl palmitate (vitamin A). His research showed that photo-aging is a vitamin deficiency skin disease caused by exposure to light and free radicals, which destroy vitamins A, C and E and beta-carotene in the skin. Vitamin A is known as the skin normalizer and is responsible for maintaining healthy-looking skin. Environ facials home care products deliver intensive treatments for problematic skin, scarring, pigmentation, rosacea, fine lines, skin laxity, sun damage, photo-aging and maintenance for healthy skin.

ACNE VITAMIN TREATMENT

Created to purify, exfoliate and calm acne, scared and deeply congested skin.  This treatment focuses on gently removing bacteria and debris, to allow your pores to absorb vitamin enriched nutrients into the skin for a glowing complexion. 

VITAMIN C INTENSE PEEL: Rx for sun damage!

A treatment specifically formulated to target sun damaged, pigmented skin and to aid in reduction of fine lines, broken capillaries and diffuse redness.

BOOK NOW!

 

 

A MAGIC PRODUCT [New Beauty Vlog]

 

Happy Weekend My Loves!

After spending an hour in Ulta trying all the popular BB & CC creams, I am thrilled to share my  top pick with you ladies.  It’s seriously a magic product and I wish I had found it months ago. The IT COSMETICS CC+ with illumination and SPF 50 makes you look flawless and it saves time. Hallelujah!

WATCH THIS: 

 

Here’s the MAC #187 stipple brush I buff the cc cream with:

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What did you think of my candid “Video from the Vanity”?

I have several new beauty products to share with you so stay tuned!

Comment and let me know. I would love to hear your 2-cents.

Make sure to share this with your friends. This product is perfect for the busy woman!

Love,

Tiff

P.S.

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As I mention in the video, please release any unloving thoughts about yourself and begin the daily mirror work of telling yourself you love yourself! Focus on your strengths and unique qualities that make you beautiful. The moment you are about to cut yourself down or tell yourself you are stupid- STOP! Replace those abusive thoughts with loving ones and watch your life transform.

I LOVE YOU, TOO.

THE 5- MINUTE FACE LIFT: Tiff’s Latest Beauty SOS

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Hello Gorgeous!

You know I love sharing the latest and greatest finds that help us look and feel our best. I’m excited to tell you about the new addition to my vanity! Have you seen this little gadget yet by NuFace I first heard about it on the Today Show with Kathy Lee & Hoda sometime in the summer. My interest was immediately peaked because I was approaching my 44th birthday in August and was starting to see the first signs of dreaded sagging- especially in the jowl area. GRRRR!

A birthday gift to myself this year was a new skincare regimen and a new health/wellness supplement and vitamin program. I’ve always taken fairly good care of myself, but I admit I was slacking on my skincare and buying cheap vitamins from wherever. Life gets busy and we put ourselves on the back burner. I needed to practice what I preach and desperately needed a beauty and health SOS! My birthday was the perfect time to give it to myself. I’ll tell you about my new supplements in a different post later. All I can say is I have more energy than I did when I was in my late 20’s. HOLLA!

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Back to the gadget. The NuFACE Microcurrent Toning Device is known as the 5 minute Face-Lift and it really works! I’ve been using it for nearly 2 months and can see a difference in my jowl, the folds by my nose and eyelids are lifted. Can I just say how strange it is to start seeing your eyelids sag and your mascara gets all over your eyelids from your lashes rubbing?!? What the heck!  It’s easy to use and really only takes 5 minutes so it’s perfect for even the busiest gal. It’s also painless and you may only feel slight little tingles from the microcurrent. There is a setting to increase or decrease the microcurrents to your comfort level. The NuFACE device is clinically-tested to stimulate the skin to improve facial contour, skin tone, and wrinkle reduction across the jawline, cheek area and forehead.

Here’s a quick video of how it works:

I went to LA for my birthday and took it with me so my sister could try it. She’s a licensed esthetician and I knew she would give me an honest review after she tried it. Even she was amazed and saw instant results on her eyebrow and eyelid! After further research, we found that the microcurrents are like a “workout” for your face. Just like working out- our muscles atrophy when we stop. So, the recommended use for the NuFACE device is at least 5 times a week for the first 3 months then a few times a week for maintenance. Easy breezy. Safe and simple.

Amazon has this new Trinity model with FREE SERUM. Check it out here.

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Feel free to ask me any questions. You know I only endorse and give positive reviews of products I believe in!

Be good to yourself today.

Love, Tiff