Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Fewer facets of your day to day life have more of an effect on your body than what you ingest. Help slow the process of aging by carefully selecting your foods. This will not only benefit your looks, but also your overall health. Without your health you have nothing.

"To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear."

One of my favorite quotes. Because it is so true to keep our mind, body and skin in the best possible condition.

I have put together a list of "super foods" and their benefits :

Watercress - are rich in lutein which acts as a natural sunblock for your eyes. Mix with salad or fish , use oil and vinegar to dress it but not overpower it.

Apricots - 20-30 calories each. They are loaded with potassium, which is great for cardiovascular health. They are extremely high in beta- carotene. The orange pigments of the apricot give your skin a glowing look.

Cucumbers- The skin of the cucumber is most important. It is loaded with cilica. Cilica is an essential component of connective tissue. Plumps wrinkles and boosts collagen production. Do not peel cucumbers. Also make sure to get organic cucumbers that are not covered in pesticides (You can check if the cucumber has pesticides on it by rubbing the cucumber, if it smells like pesticides,opt for a different cucumber. If it is too shiny it has a wax film on it that you do not want to ingest). It is used as a marketing tactic, the waxy film makes the cucumber look more appealing. When really, it is the complete opposite.

Blood Oranges-
more vitamin C then regular oranges. They contain anthocyanin an antioxidant known to act as a sunscreen. It also contains 130 % of DV of vitamin C. You can put some blood oranges in salad to give it an unexpected taste and a kick of antioxidants !

Other foods rich in anthocyanin:

blueberry,cranberry & bilberry,black raspberry,red raspberry and blackberry,blackcurrant, cherry, eggplant peel, black rice and Concord grapes.

Ginger: Next time you are out for sushi, don’t pass on this ! Ginger can help the digestive and circulatory systems and even prevent against the development of certain types of joint problems and arthritis.

Avocado: is a great source of monounsaturated fat which helps the body naturally lower the rate of bad cholesterol. In addition, it is a great source of Vitamin E which promotes healthy skin and can also fight the aging process.

There are plenty more super foods that I will be blogging about. These are just the few that, I am sure you can incorporate into your daily diet. Check back soon, for more super foods !

Monday, August 29, 2011

Contest Winner Selected selected comment number 74 out of 578 comments left on this post ! The winner is being contacted as we speak ! The winners name via GFC - Mimz and you can congratulate her on twitter if you have it @thriftybeauty .

Thank you, to everyone who participated ! And as always there will be more !!

So, stay tuned !

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Maximize your Beauty Potential- What to Use, What NOT to use

Everything you eat shows up on your skin. Eat a lot of junk food? It shows. By your thirties, if you have had bad health habits they will show on your face. Too many late nights, unhealthy food, yo-yo dieting…these are the bane of your skin! One of the best ways to maximize your beauty potential and truly let your radiance shine is through your diet. Treat your body well, you skin will repay youJ.

No matter how hard we try to get all the nutrients we need in our diet, life gets busy, and what we eat is one of the first things to go. This is why supplements are fantastic. A few everyone should use for their over-all wellbeing (and skin of course!) are:

Omega-3 Fatty acids- Fish Oil, AND Flaxseed Oil (both of these)

Vitamin C

A multivitamin

Supplements are like skincare, sometimes a little extra money gives you a better product. Vitamin C, and Fish-Oil break down over time with Oxygen exposure. Keep your supplements in a dark, cool place, and I do not recommend buying in bulk. If you buy in huge supply, before your fish oil or Vitamin C supplements are used up, their potency will be gone.

Adding Green tea to your diet can really be beneficial, and it works wonders for your skin! Try drinking as much water as you can (without over-doing it of course), and adding regular cups of green tea to your diet. You will see an improvement in your skin.

Also reach for pomegranates! Several studies have shown that pomegranates have more antioxidant power than Green tea and red wine!

If you have any skin problems, or just want to maintain the glow that you have, stay away (or limit more realistically) these:

Refined white sugar





High fructose corn sugar

Saturated fat

And yes, as of recent several studies have come out in favor of caffeine. Caffeine does have many benefits, between anti-aging, and even sunburn, and skin cancer! But remember, caffeine does dry out your skin. If you drink one cup of coffee per day, and drink water before consumption, that’s fine. Remember, it is all about maintaining skin’s barrier…because if that breaks down your skin is susceptible to bacteria, allergens, and other irritants that are the root of acne, rosacea, and eczema. Maintain your skin’s barrier and protect your skin.

Be sure to comment on this post! With any questions, feel free to email me at, or via Twitter- @madihebert

Thank you! –Madison Hébert

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How to Beat Acne...For Good.

If we do not feel good about the skin we’re in- it shows. Between 40 and 50 million Americans suffer from acne. However, the vast majority do NOT use the right products. Trying to blast the problem away with powerful chemicals is NOT the answer. So if you suffer from cystic acne, acne, or even the occasional pimple, these are some of the steps you should take.


In order to evaluate your products correctly, you must first know your skin type. Wash your face with a mild cleanser like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser and wait a half hour. Does your skin feel dry? Does it feel oily? Normal? This helps to determine your skin type. A common misconception is that only oily skin types can develop acne.

If your face looks shiny look at your regular skin care routine products. Do any contain Benzoyl peroxide or Salicylic acid? What percentage of the ingredient does it contain?

Benzoyl peroxide is more powerful than Salicylic acid. If you use a product with Benzoyl peroxide and your face is red, raw, or irritated, this chemical is too strong for you. Benzoyl peroxide is generally too strong for sensitive skin. To break away from Benzoyl peroxide overuse, try using a Salicylic acid product with a 2 or 3 percentage.

If your skin is oily and has never reacted to Benzoyl peroxide, check to see how much Benzoyl peroxide is in the products that you use. Generally 10 percent Benzoyl peroxide is suitable for acne on the body, and 5 percent for the face. PanOxyl Bar 5 percent Benxoyl peroxide is a great acne choice for those not Benzoyl Peroxide sensitive.


Too often acne sufferers do not moisturize their skin at all. After that half hour waiting period, if your skin is really oily, you probably do not need moisturizer. However if after that half hour your skin feels dry, tight, or is flaking at all, you need to moisturize.

Moisturizing is frequently essential to conquering acne. This goes against what you would think, right? But for a lot of people, moisturizing actually clears up acne.

Great acne moisturizers include the Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Control 2-in-1 Acne and Mark Eraser Kit’s Daily Protecting Moisturizer SPF 15. This kit is especially good for sensitive skin because the cleanser is less harsh than other over the counter acne prescriptions, and it moisturizes as well.

Products containing retinoids such as Retin A are excellent to use to treat acne. Just be sure that any retinoid or Benzoyl peroxide product you buy comes in an aluminum tube with a small opening to minimize air exposure.


I really like the Proactiv Refining Mask. Proactiv is great for Oily, Sensitive Skin Types. Sulfur containing masks are great for clearing up the skin, especially if you only have an occasional pimple.

What are your favorite acne products? Tell me about it!

Madison Hébert

Email- or via Twitter @madihebert

Monday, August 22, 2011

Favorite Sunscreens

I have been wearing sunscreen every day since I was 14.

And it was because I wanted to age as beautifully as my grandmother has. My grandmother did everything she could to
avoid the sun. To this day she wears big sunglasses, and always wears sunscreens and creams. And let me tell you, she has the skin to prove it. She is 76 years old, never had any cosmetic work done in her life and she has the skin of someone less than half her age. Yes, she has terrific genetics,but she has worked really hard to get the skin she has today. And, beautiful does not do her (or her skin) justice. At 14, I did not quite understand the correlation between wrinkling and the sun, but I started to read about skincare because of all of the problems I encountered with my own skin (I was NOT genetically blessed to be without blemishes in my teens!)Trying to figure out my own skin is what got me into skincare.

So, I do know a thing or two about sunscreens. ClickR Day Brilliant Lotion SPF 15 is my relatively new favorite! I know that Lauren blogged about it, but I could not resist- I absolutely love this company! No preservatives, all natural, and Vegan! To protect from the sun, it contains Avobenzone, Octislate, and Octinoxate. Mother of Pearl helps to protect the skin barrier, and the Diamond Powder gently polishes. It contains silver to fight bacteria, and
Gold to deliver oxygen to your skin cells. You absolutely cannot go wrong with this product, even if your skin is NOT as sensitive as mine.

For other sensitive (and/or) dry skin, my first Skincare line, La Roche-Posay has a great sunscreen- Hydraphase UV SPF 30.
Dry types might also like L'Occitane Ultra Moisturizing Fluid SPF 20
Dark Skin
, I really think that Darphin Vital Protection, Age-Defying Protection Lotion SPF 15 looks fantastic!

For all skin types, especially Oily- Purpose Dual Treatment Moisture Lotion with SPF 15 is great- and works well under make-up.
For Oily skin, I love the ClickR (again) Day Brilliant Lotion, or La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Ultra Light Sunscreen.

Do you have a favorite sunscreen? Tell me about it! Comment here, or contact me at or via Twitter- @madihebert

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Skin vs. the Sun...and the Sun Always Wins

Have you ever wondered what all the hype is with sunscreen?

Sunscreen the single most important product in anti-aging.

Fact: Skin that never sees the sun will not wrinkle.

Why is this? The sun emits 3 types of ultraviolet radiation: UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. About 95 percent of the sun’s rays that reach our planet are UVA rays. UVA rays result in a breakdown of collagen and elastin. UVB rays cause sunburns. UVA and UVB rays are both responsible for cancer, however UVA rays affect skin cells the most, because they penetrate the deepest into the dermis. The majority of UVC rays are absorbed by the ozone layer.

Damage to important skin proteins leads to premature aging, dark spots, and skin cancer. Collagen is the protein that gives skin its elasticity. As collagen deteriorates, wrinkles appear. Elastin is a protein that keeps skin flexible. With age, skin’s elastin breaks down, resulting in wrinkles. To keep your skin healthy, AND youthful, sunscreen is essential- every single day. Whether you will be inside or out, put on sunscreen, (UV rays can penetrate through windows!). Inside, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Outside, use an SPF of at least 30 or higher, and re-apply every four hours. But, be careful, because applying too much sunscreen can clog your pores! Sunscreen-containing moisturizers are amazing- find one that works with your skin.

A lot of women use SPF containing make-up and believe that they are fully protected. The fact of the matter is- you are not. Sunscreen in make-up is fantastic, but it will unevenly cover your skin, and the SPF on the bottle is rarely the resulting SPF.

My advice on make-up with sunscreen is to use a moisturizer containing SPF underneath. Make sure that it absorbs completely before you apply make-up. A 5-10 minute wait period is usually an adequate amount of time for the sunscreen to absorb completely into your skin. Cream or liquid foundations and powders will look great on top of your moisturizer, but apply lightly- you can always add more. Mineral make-up like Jane Iredale’s line is incredible and great for those who are acne-prone. Her products usually contain a SPF between 15 and 22. Be sure to cover skin evenly, and use a fat powder brush, for even distribution.

Who needs sunscreen? Everyone, all skin types, all skin colors. Even darker skin needs sunscreen- the darker your skin does not make you immune to sun damage.

Even if you can tan, my advice is- fake it. Fake tans are better than ever and provide great, natural looking color. I recommend a self-tanner that contains antioxidants, because they result in a more natural, less orange hue.

In the morning, antioxidants are better absorbed. Try using an antioxidant containing sunscreen in the morning, your skin will be better prepared to fight free radicals all day long.

And especially in the middle of the day- wear a hat! For hats- canvas fabrics give better protection than straw or mesh. And do not forget sunglasses! Wraparound sunglasses labeled UV 400 are best. Wrinkles around the eyes are the typically the first to emerge, because the skin there and between the eyebrows is the thinnest in the whole body. There are sunscreens specially formulated for around the delicate eye area, to avoid irritation especially if you wear contacts. I like Clarins Paris Sunscreen for Eyes Wrinkle Control Cream.

When choosing sunscreen, remember your skin type, and your skin color. If you have darker skin, look for gels or foam sunscreens, and tinted SPF make-up. There are two types of sunscreens, physical and chemical. Physical blocking sunscreens deflect or block the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens absorb some of the sun’s rays. I love physical blocking sunscreens that contain Titanium dioxide or Zinc oxide. The Clarins Sunscreen for Eyes is an example of a physical blocker, with 8.1 percent Titanium dioxide.

The FDA advises a half hour waiting period from the time you put on sunscreen, to sun exposure. Do not forget to put sunscreen on and behind your ears, neck, arms, and especially your chest! The skin on your neck and chest are very thin, they are among the first to show skin-damage from the sun.

If you have sunscreen sensitivity, avoid:

  • Avobenzone
  • Benzophenone
  • Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane
  • Isopropyl dibenzoylmethane
  • Methylbenzylidene camphor
  • Octyl methoxycinnamate
  • Para-amenobenzoic acid (PABA)
  • Phenylbenimidazole sulfonic acid

Vanity purposes aside, Melanoma is the most common type of skin cancer. Melanoma strikes without warning, and is the leading cause of death from skin disease. It’s unrealistic to escape the sun completely, you have a life! Just wear sunscreen while you live your life.

Your skin is the body’s largest visible organ. Protect it.

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