Do-it-yourself beauty treatments

August 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Do-it-yourself beauty treatments for more beautiful skin and a healthier you! Esthetician Pearl Dworkin shows us how.

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Give yourself a facial with a blueberry scrub

Blueberry Scrub Recipe

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP of pureed blueberries
  • Half lemon (squeezed) for oily skin
  • Use honey for dry skin.

The antioxidants from the blueberries soften skin. The brown sugar exfoliates and the lemon brightens the skin!

Body Brushing

Use a dry massage brush on dry skin everyday to exfoliate the skin.

Feed your skin: Eat your way to beautiful skin

Raw fruits and veggies are good for your skin because they contain a lot of enzymes. The vitamins and minerals are not heated in the cooking process, so they are still present. Juicing (why veggie juice is so good) is even better for you. Liquid nutrients are more easily absorbed. Seaweed is fantastic for the skin: mineral rich. Also, nuts and whole grains. If you drink freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices every day, you'll notice a major improvement in your skin within 2 weeks.

Red tea (30 times the vitamins and minerals than green tea)

A lot of people have never heard of red tea. It's a great alternative to coffee. It is rich but has no caffeine and really does make your skin glow!

Walk and Breathe (its free!)

It increases circulation and bring nutrients and oxygen to all cells.

Flax Seed Oil

Flax Seed Oil contains omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids, B vitamins, potassium, lecithin, magnesium, fiber, protein, and zinc and also provides approximately 50% more omega-3 oils than what you could get from taking fish oil, minus that horrible "fishy" after taste.

Treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and rosacea

The essential fatty acids in flaxseed oil are largely responsible for its skin-healing powers. Red, itchy patches of eczema, psoriasis and rosacea often respond to the EFA's anti-inflammatory actions and overall skin-soothing properties. Sunburned skin may heal faster when treated with the oil as well. In cases of acne, the EFAs encourage thinning of the oily sebum that clogs pores.

Promote healthy hair and nails

The abundant omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil have been shown to contribute to healthy hair growth (in fact, low levels of these acids may cause dry and lackluster locks). Hair problems exacerbated by psoriasis or eczema of the scalp may respond to the skin-revitalizing and anti-inflammatory actions of flaxseed oil as well. Similarly, the oil's EFAs work to nourish dry or brittle nails, stopping them from cracking or splitting.

How much water should you really drink a day?

Everyone knows you are supposed to drink 8 glasses of water a day right? Well, we are all different sizes and have different activity levels and lifestyles so obviously. One size doesn't fit all. The rule on water is drinking half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 120 pounds, then you would need to drink 60 ounces. If you drink coffee which is a strong diuretic then you may need a little more. If you exercise and sweat a lot, then you need more. Yes, you can substitute some other liquids for water as long as they are not full of caffeine and alcohol, which of course means you need to drink even more water. Lemon or mint or cucumber in water makes drinking it more palatable. Did you know being thirsty is a sign of dehydration? Being dehydrated has a lot of negative health effects. It slows metabolism, can make you feel tired, and slows the digestive process. We need water to eliminate waste from our bodies properly.

Lip Plumper

Add a few drops of cinnamon oil to your lip gloss to plump up your pout.

Safflower Oil

An affordable way to remove eye makeup.

About Pearl Dworkin:
Pearl Dworkin has been a licensed esthetician for 12 years, earning certifications from nationally recognized institutions such as the International Dermal Institute, the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy and the Institute for Educational Therapy. She has completed advanced courses in lymphatic drainage, the effects of hormone and menopause on the skin, the causes and treatment of rosacea, reflexology, aromatherapy, holistic nutrition and makeup techniques for film and television. She is also certified as a personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise and a registered yoga instructor.

Pearl's philosophy reflects a holistic, individualized approach to skincare. Services include facial treatments, microdermabrasion, makeup, tinting, and waxing. To optimize treatment results, Pearl analyzes lifestyle, attitude, exercise and nutritional practices. She not only provides relaxing and therapeutic treatments, but also recommends at-home skincare, reading material and stress-reducing techniques.

LINK: www.skincarebypearl.com

Skincare by Pearl
Holistic & Clinical Skincare Services
2660 Gough Street at Union Street, Suite 204
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 310-9465
skincarebypearl@gmail.com


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