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! 

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!

INDIE BEAUTY EXPO: Come See Me + Get 20% OFF Tickets

SAVE THE DATE, May 10th

7:30-8:15pm

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6500 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, Texas 75235

Excited to be part of a discussion panel with RHOD girlfriends, LeeAnne Locken & Stephanie Hollman sharing our beauty routines and on-camera makeup tips. 

My friends + followers get 20% OFF general admission tickets and VIP Shop Indie with code 

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WHAT IS IBE?

What: Indie Beauty Expo is a three-day event showcasing the world’s leading independent beauty, wellness and lifestyle brands to Buyers, Press and Consumers.          

Day One – CONNECT INDIE: Reserved for indie entrepreneurs, this day is for brand owners to learn from industry experts and network with other founders.

Day Two – SHOP INDIE: Open to the public, this is an evening for beauty lovers to discover and shop the best independent beauty brands from around the world.

Day Three – TRADE INDIE: Reserved for industry professionals, this is a day for beauty professionals and buyers to source new, innovative and trendsetting brands.

Texas Ties:

Exclusive to the Dallas show, IBE will be curating a special collection of the best indie brands from Texas, including: Camille CotonBeneath Your MaskHard Night Good MorningMilk + Honey,Merlot Skin CareMy Magic MudOlive + MSkinVedaSource Vital Apothecary and more to come.

When:

Day One, CONNECT INDIE:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Day Two, SHOP INDIE:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Day Three, TRADE INDIE:

Thursday, May 11, 2017, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Where:                

Day One: The Joule, 1530 Main Street, Dallas, Texas 75201

Days Two and Three: sixty five hundred, 6500 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, Texas 75235

Why: Indie Beauty Expo (IBE) was founded to support the growth of independent beauty, wellness and lifestyle brands and the success of the entrepreneurs behind them.  IBE has rapidly grown to become the largest professionally-curated show of its kind, with events in LA, Dallas and NYC.  IBE will be showing in Dallas for the first time this year.  IBE selected Dallas, and more broadly Texas, for their strong economy, massive established consumer retail market and rapidly-growing concentration of indie brands.

To learn more, visit www.indiebeautyexpo.com and follow Indie Beauty Expo on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

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Hope to see you there!

See You Tomorrow On FB Live w/ Hello Whitney

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It’s been a long week so who’s ready for some fun girl time? Just a reminder to join Whitney and I on FACEBOOK LIVE tomorrow at 4:00pm CST in her beautiful glam room.  I thought this would be a fun and different way to connect with you ladies!

This will be the final video wrapping up the 6 week lifestyle series. We’ll be chatting more about our morning routine and discuss a few of the favorite beauty products we use to start the day.  So grab a glass of hot tea or champs and a pen & notepad! We’ll be answering all your questions, too.

Tell your girlfriends to join us!

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ONLINE GIRLTIME! The 1st SOS Facebook Live w/ Whitney Kutch

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Who’s ready for the very 1st SOS LIVE?

I’ve been wanting to try something new (practice what I preach + step out of my comfort zone) so I’m super excited to announce that the final video of the lifestyle series will be LIVE on Thurs, Feb 23rd at 4:00pm CST on my Public Facebook Page with my fellow beauty, style, spirit junkie Whitney Kutch of Hello Whitney.

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Mark your calendars, grab some champs, and get ready for some real + raw girltime.  We did Facebook Live a few weeks ago to launch Whit’s YouTube Channel and had a blast. It’s LIVE.. meaning no editing. What you see is what you get! Her hairdryer broke and had to end up wearing a towel on her head. Classic! We’ll wrap up my lifestyle series with my final morning routine tips so be ready to ask us anything!  My 2017 word is AUDACIOUS:: meaning to show a willingness to take bold risks so here’s me doing just that. Wish me luck!

Tell your friends to come hang with us!

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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.

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