Retinol 101: Do’s & Don’ts

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Retinol, also known as Retina A, is such a hot topic for its anti aging properties, keeping pores at bay and helping you keep a clear, blemish free glowing complexion.

Dermatologists talk about it being the gold standard of anti aging ingredients. Retinol helps boost your cell turnover. It helps produce collagen, it’s important as we age to keep our collagen in tact so we can look youthful longer. Collagen depreciates for everybody at about the age of 25. In order to trick the hands of time we can add retinol into our skin care routine and encourage rapid cell turnover so your skin acts younger.

If you are using retinol you’ll need to be using a minimum SPF 30 (the higher the better up to SPF 60) be sure to apply every 3 to 4 hours to protect your new cells and prevent photo-aging (a.k.a dark spots).

Do not apply a retinol in the day time. In all my research and trainings I was told that is a big “no no”. Instead apply at night and allow it work while you sleep. Trust me you will thank me for this tip alone.

Another major tip is to start slow. Start once a week to avoid massive peeling and thinning of the skin. Less is more until you build up.

The seasons and the weather also need to be considered with retinol use. Do not start the use of retinol in the summer months to avoid unneeded sun exposure. Trust me I learned this the hard way. This simple mistake will cost you hundreds of dollars in corrective measures.

Make sure you are using the right moisturizer, you may need to switch for the duration of your retinol routine. Also you’ll need to use a great exfoliator in tandem.

Keep the basics such as a cleanser, toner, moisturizer with SPF 30 to 60 and exfoliator. It’s important to note that retinol is an added tool, not a replacement.

Be careful when applying it and avoid the eye area. The skin around your eye is way too thin and sensitive for this concentration of retinol.

Check with your doctor if you are on any medication that could make your skin thin or sensitive to burning and tell your skin advisor if you have any illness that impacts your skin.

Lastly, create a plan with a professional, don’t go in blind! Most likely you will get pink and when you increase your usage you will peel, this is completely normal.

Beauty Expert Review! OxyGeneo, the Best Facial in the Greater Toronto Area?

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My most recent beauty find was the OxyGeneo Facial at Allure Medical Spa in Hamilton Ontario. This is a three-in-one facial in which Allure uses medical grade ingredients to ensure you achieve the best results. 

Facial Assessment

When I first arrived at Allure I was treated to a skin assessment and cleansing. This process was completed to ensure they found the best beauty treatment for me. They assessed my skin under six different lighting settings allowing them to assess skin damage in all forms including; photoaging, inflammation, texture pigmentation, redness, and fine line wrinkles. 

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OxyGeneo Facial

An OxyGeneo Facial is a treatment that uses 3 steps to renew and anti age the skin using exfoliation, infusion and adding oxygen into the skin resulting in a beautiful glow.

The ingredients in the facial are said to be vegan, natural and paraben free, which I am a large advocate for. For those who don’t know, parabens can disrupt your hormones and lead to health issues.

The best part about this facial is that it is customizable to suit your individual needs such as balancing, brightening or revitalization (this is the one that I did). It uses red algae to help reduce fine lines, improve texture and give you refreshed hydrated skin. They come in individualized pucks with unique benefits.

Facial Process

The facial is completed in three different steps which are detailed below: 

Step 1: Exfoliate

This process removes the topical layer of dead skin. It reminded me of wet microdermabrasion with a bit of a kick. It felt kind of spicy, almost like a chemical peel, which I personally do love. While it was being performed I did however wonder if I would end up looking like a tomato afterwards as I am very prone to redness. Surprisingly I did not!

Step 2: Oxygenate

This uses something called the bohr effect which results in a natural body process that oxygenates blood cells. This process will help your cells to function younger and healthier resulting in a more youthful appearance.

Step 3: Infusion of Serum

During this process things like hyaluronic acid are added for hydration, vitamin C for brightening or anti-aging ingredients like peptides to help increase collagen production. 

Facial Results

The Oxygeneo Facial will produce immediate results making your skin baby soft and glowy. As time passes you will begin to see improved texture in your skin and will notice that your products work more effectively. This is the part that I loved the most as normally my skin looks best immediately after a facial, but with the Oxygeneo Facial my skin continued to improve even two weeks after the treatment. 

I would recommend booking an appointment with Allure and having them personally assess your skin, and if you choose to do the OxyGeneo Facial ….. Get ready for the ultimate facial experience!

Website: http://www.alluremedical.ca


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The Best Anti-Aging Treatment in Canada for your Skin and to Boost your Confidence

Hi, in case you are new to Reawakening Beauty my name is Shawna Patruno. I review the best skin and body treatments so that you don’t end up wasting your money. I provide you with health hacks to look beautiful, have healthy skin, boost your brain health and feel confident from head to toe.

A while back I was very stressed and so I took a vacation to Blue Mountain. While there I had the opportunity to visit the famous Scandinavian Spa where I got a massage and did the circuit of the baths including; hot tub, cold plunge, sitting by the fire and back into the pool. My amazing friend joined me and I am so glad she did because we rocked the cold baths so much that a man asked if we were training to become a Navy Seal. I told him we weren’t, we were just seeing how far we could push our mind and body into submission. The answer for me was five minutes sitting in a tub filled with freezing cold water.

At this moment you’re probably thinking, that sounds completely unenjoyable, but I assure you after five rounds of doing the circuit your body is forced to relax and you’re submerged into the present moment. The only thing I didn’t love was the locker size and the fact that you had to be completely silent.

“Scandinavian Baths and Hydrotherapy circuits have many benefits including cleansing the body, stimulating blood circulation and releasing of endorphins.”

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It’s all about the eyes, making aging beautiful!

Tip Tuesday for aging around the eyes! Last week we spoke about how aging doesn’t need to be scary and I educated you on collagen loss…

Well this week we are going to talk about your eyes, aka the window to the soul … The skin around your eyes is very thin and it’s the first place you age along with the lips.

However we can prevent this, woo hoo! So listen up …

An eye cream in your 20s, 30s and 40s is essential, but be careful because if you pick the wrong one you can develop Milia, and that is not fun. Milia are small cysts that can develop around the eye area. They are not pimples and attempting to pop them can cause further inflammation, damage and scarring.

How about we let your fresh eyes make everyone wonder how you’re aging so well (or hardly aging at all)! I use a vegan luxury eye cream. This gives all skin types a youthful glow while reducing the appearance of puffiness, fine lines and dark circles thanks to a special combination of caffeine = isn’t for everyone

I use a vegan retinol alternative that has been better tolerated by the skin. This anti-aging eye cream formula also features Plant Stem Cell, vitamin C, Peptides and Vitamin B3 to improve the appearance of skin tone around the eyes for an overall healthier, younger-looking appearance that all skin types (including sensitive) will love. This product is allergy tested, dermatologist-tested.

Beauty Expert Review! Mesotherapy, Healing the Skin with Vitamins!

The goal when doing mesotherapy is to allow your skin to work in tandem with the vitamins to heal any issues, boost collagen and the elastin production.

Mesotherapy uses multiple micro injections of minerals, plant extracts, amino acids, vitamins, and other ingredients like hyaluronic acid that are put in the skin in order to help the skin heal. It helps with pores, scars, hydration , fine lines, lack lustre skin, loss of elasticity and premature aging.

The procedure takes about 30 mins and can hurt a little if your face isn’t frozen completely. Through the treatment you’ll be enduring multiple micro needles injected all over the face. You’ll bleed for sure, as it’s going into the skin and you’ll be left with little dots of solution which will dissolve within a day.

They have different types of mesotherapy, some are just cocktails of vitamins and other have more hyaluronic acid to help with lost hydration or volume.

A mesofacial depending on the concern can very from different vitamins and can range anywhere from $125 to $500 dollars depending on what you choose to heal your skin with.

It will not freeze the skin movement like Botox or fill your face like a filler, it will just make the foundation of the skin to be stronger, allowing your face to look more youthful and hydrated & Over time the issues you were concerned will dissolve.

I do it once a year at most, as my skin is pretty healthy and I maintain my skin at home. However, if you are correcting issues you may need to do it more frequently.

I started doing mesotherapy because I wanted to prevent wrinkles and keep my skin young. Based on my results I do enjoy it and I know it does help to maintain my youthful skin.

If you would like to work with me personally to find unbiased skin care advice please email me and I’ll set up a consultation

Vitamin shot, yes please

Beauty Expert Review! Is Cryotherapy worth the hype?

What standing in a literal freezing chamber pretty much naked can do for your body, mind and health for only 3 minuets and why it was one of the first things I did when things opened up from covid.

First off the definition of Cryotherapy is a treatment of extreme cold temperatures, using liquid nitrogen on the body to go anywhere from -160c to -196c in an enclosed space for 1 to 3 minutes. You are simply in your undies with knee high socks, gloves and slippers to protect yourself. It’s a great look!

Cryotherapy tricks your body to go into survival mode. These frigid temperatures trick your body into thinking something extreme is going to happen. Making your major organs the prime focus and therefore your mind sends signals to redirect all you blood to protect your organs. Once completed and you leave the chamber, your mind realizes it’s “safe” again and starts pumping new oxygen rich blood throughout the body. It decreases toxins with the extreme blast of cold.

Its said to decrease inflammation, help produce collagen, detox the blood, boost metabolism, heal injuries faster, improve sleep, hair and elevate your mood and it did all these things for me.

After 5 treatments I noticed a significant decrease in the swelling in my knee, a decrease in pain for up to 4 to 6 hours afterwards, I slept like a peaceful baby that night, my skin looked more toned on my face and body. My water retention also decreased. I noticed an elevation in my mood and my hair is shiny and more manageable, which is rare for me. The results are temporary at this point.

I have done over 50 treatments ish in total to see if the results are long term and honestly this treatment rocks and I’m addicted to my skin looking firmer, and my eyes looking brighter and pain management. You do have to keep up with it so I go at least twice a month now ✨

I would invest in cryotherapy if you are in pain or your an athletic person with aches and pains. It would be highly beneficial if you are jet legged from travelling, as it instantly gives you a jolt of energy. There are skin benefits, but I can’t say if they are long lasting at this point. I’ve been doing it for two years and it has been such a help. However be careful where you go as you need someone experienced.

I would say it’s worth a shot at least once and decide for yourself, however, i f you have heart problems or health issues check with your doctor before proceeding.

Now go freeze your ass of literally 😉 Seriously it burns extra calories too 🌿

How to find happiness in the chaos!

Everything happens for a reason: the good, the bad, & the ugly…

I know this is a cliche you have heard many times. How bad do you want to punch me in the face this second? Here’s the thing no one likes struggle, but what if I can switch up your mind set and shake up your world. Give me until the end of this blog post to do so.

This statement was born because every time I forced something to be different was when I suffered. It was always chaos, heartbreak, illness and I am not saying give up, but I am saying accept it. Two very different things.

When I accepted what my reality was and moved in fluidity to this I was gifted something better out of chaos and rebel. It was like a dance where you let life lead and you are gifted a new blessing from your demise.

My life was not a cookie cutter life, we moved around a lot, I was poor, bullied and constantly felt alone. My mom was ill and was in and out of hospitals. She did her best, but People judged us and I learned fast to act happy and to be whatever I needed to be to survive.

I would often wish for friends, a mom who wasn’t sick, a stable home, to travel and was constantly trying to change everything. Force, force, force which resulted in pain, pain, pain!
However, I surrendered and accepted some huge pain points, such as, I can’t learn the same way as before because of brain aneurysm and accepting that I had a severe ED and moved through it. I was gifted with a real best friend and some amazing blessings.
I grew stronger from the ashes and that paved the way for friendships, love, a purpose and authentic relationships.

When I pushed for what I thought was right, I was often scorned. When I fought for friends they often betrayed me. When I fought for my moms approval my eating disorder got worse & when I fought for anything it often blew up in my face. Trust the process, let it go it’s not for you… Surrender!

Reawakening Beauty: Vegan Lemon Ginger Spicy Glazed Glow Tofu

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Vegan Lemon Ginger Spicy Glazed Glow Tofu

Ingredients:

  • Firm Organic Sprouted Tofu
  • 1 tbs Organic Ginger Juice
  • 2 tbs Coconut Aminos
  • 1 tbs Lemon
  • 2 drops Stevia
  • 1 tsp Holy Smoked Pepper Sauce
  • 1 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • Pepper and Sea Salt to taste

Instructions

Evenly cut the organic tofu into cubes and set aside in a bowl. Preheat oven to 375°F.

Now in a separate bowl add the organic ginger juice, coconut aminos, lemon, stevia drops and pepper sauce along with the dry ingredients. Mix well adding in the organic tofu cubes until evenly coated. Allow for the tofu to marinate for 1 hour. Place the organic tofu cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake on one side for 10-12 minutes, then flip and bake for another 10-12 minutes. Remove from the oven and enjoy!

Benefits: Lemon is high in Vitamin C which is said to reduce skin damage and premature aging.

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Reawakening Beauty: Vegan Vanilla Matcha Glow Tea Latte

Vegan Vanilla Matcha Glow Tea Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 2 tsp of Matcha (*I use 1 pkg of Matcha Ninja Pure Organic Tea)
  • 1 drop Vanilla Liquid Stevia
  • 1 scoop Vanilla Vegan Protein (*be sure yours can be heated)
  • 1 tsp Organic Cinnamon

Instructions

Add 1 cup of almond milk into a pot and put on low heat. Add in 2 tsp of Matcha and whisk together. Next add in 1 scoop of vanilla protein and 2 drops of liquid stevia. Bring to a gently simmer and remove from heat. Add a teaspoon of cinnamon and stir until blended. Pour in a mug and sip!

Benefits: Matcha is a superfood which is filled with antioxidants and is said to help improve brain function.

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Reawakening Beauty: Vegan Gluten Free Pizza for Healthy Skin

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Vegan Gluten Free Pizza for Healthy Skin

Ingredients:

  • 1 Gluten Free Cauliflower Crust (I prefer Farm Boy Gluten Free Cauliflower Crust)
  • 2 tbs Pizza Sauce
  • 1/8 cup Organic Red Pepper (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Organic Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1/8 cup Organic Onion (chopped)
  • Optional add any veggies you want 💗
  • 1/2 cup Vegan Cheese
  • 2 tsp low-sugar Vegan Buffalo sauce

Instructions

Heat oven to 450F. Place frozen cauliflower crust on a pizza tray. Spread the pizza sauce evenly on top of the cauliflower crust. Add the Organic Red Peppers, Organic Sliced Mushrooms and Organic Onion. Sprinkle the Vegan Cheese on top and place in the oven. Cook for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and set to broil. Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and drizzle on top the low-sugar Vegan Buffalo sauce. Cut into even slices and enjoy!

Note: If you are experiencing breakouts avoid adding corn

Benefits: Cauliflower crust is high in Vitamin C and K. Vitamin C helps to protect your cells against the effects of free radicals and Vitamin K helps in building strong bones.

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Reawakening Beauty: Vegan Rose Glow Elixir Latte for Gorgeous Skin

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Vegan Rose Glow Elixir Latte

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 cup Filtered Water
  • 1 tsp Organic Rose Powder
  • 3 tsp Organic Red Beet Crystals
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 drops Stevia
  • Garnish with Edible Rose Petals for Presentation

Instructions

Add 3/4 cup of Almond Milk to a pot and simmer to just before boiling then reduce heat to lowest temperature. Add into the pot the room temperature filtered water and remaining ingredients. Whisk until blended and remove from the stove. Add to a cup. Optional for presentation lightly sprinkle a pinch of Rose Powder and Red Beet Crystals on top and enjoy!

Benefits: Rose powder is said to be anti aging and calming for the nervous system and is loaded with polyphenols & antioxidants, which is great for good health and gorgeous skin.

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Reawakening Beauty: Spicy Vegan Gluten Free Cauliflower Wings

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Spicy Vegan Gluten Free Cauliflower Wings

Ingredients:

  • 1 Head of Organic Cauliflower
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1/4 cup Filtered Water
  • 3/4 cup Almond Flour
  • 3 tbs Organic Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tbs Spicy Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tbs Paprika Powder
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 cup low-sugar Vegan Buffalo sauce
  • 1/4 cup no sugar Keto Gluten-Free Vegan BBQ sauce (I like Good Food for Good)
  • 1 tbsp Organic Hot Sauce

Instructions

Set oven temperature to 425-430F. Wash and chop the cauliflower into small florets and place aside. In a large bowl mix well the almond milk, water, flour, organic garlic powder, spicy sea salt and paprika powder. Coat each cauliflower floret with the mixture and place flat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the oven and bake for 20-24 minutes turning over at the halfway point. While the cauliflower is cooking mix the following in two separate bowls. In one bowl mix 1/4 cup Buffalo sauce and 1/4 cup BBQ sauce. In the second bowl mix 1/4 cup Buffalo sauce and 1 tbsp of Hot sauce. Remove cauliflower from the oven and evenly coat half with the first mixture and half with the other. Add the cauliflower back onto the baking sheet and place in the over for an additional 20 minutes. Top with pepper and let cool for 2-5 minutes and enjoy with a side of your favourite vegan dipping sauce.

This is a great snack to serve as a side complimented by a vegan pizza.

Benefits: Cauliflower is high in fiber which can help with digestion. Cauliflower also has a ton of vitamin B6 which is said to support normal brain development and improve your immune system.

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Reawakening Beauty: Vegan Black Magic Lemonade for Glowing Skin

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Vegan Black Magic Lemonade for Glowing Skin

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp Activated Charcoal (food grade)
  • 1/2 tsp Organic Lemon Juice
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 to 3 drops Stevia Drops (vanilla)
  • 8-16 oz. Filtered Water
  • 4 Ice Cubes

Instructions

Add filtered water and ice cubes into a glass. *Ensure it is glass not plastic as charcoal is said to absorb toxins* Add remaining ingredients to the glass making sure to use a wooden spoon when adding the Activated Charcoal, Stir with the wooden spoon until completely mixed and enjoy!

Benefits: Activated charcoal (food grade) is said to help promote kidney function and support pulling toxins from your body. Organic Lemon water is said to help with clear skin, aids in your digestion and is loaded with Vitamin C which helps boosts collagen.

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By the way I was inspired to make this for Halloween. So wishing you all a magical Halloween!!

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Dry Brushing 101

Dry brushing is something that I’ve personally done for about two years now and in this blog, I will be explaining about what dry brushing is, how to properly use it and what are the benefits of dry brushing.

What is Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing is a method of gently brushing your skin using a specialized body brush with bristles made from natural material which range from soft to hard.

How to properly use a Dry Brush?

So, now I’m going to explain exactly how to use my dry brush. This is something you are going to want to do before you shower. Before starting you will want that remove any jewelry or crystals, as I always have crystals on me. Start by brushing towards the heart. The reason why is because you want a blood flow which moves towards your heart. You are also going to want to start with the smallest limb, so typically I like to start with my hands, and brush in short strokes towards the heart. I continue brushing towards my heart and begin to move slowly up my arm. It is also safe to brush on your armpit if you would like too as well. Once I have completed one arm I move to the other and do the same motion there. Once both arms are finished, I like to gently dry brush my neck area, but be sure to brush in a very gentle motion as the skin is more sensitive here. Finally, I move onto my legs. Again, I start with the smallest limb, so my feet, and I brush gently in short even motions towards the heart. Continue brushing up towards the groin area as this is said to help with detoxification by supporting getting your blood flowing. Once one leg is done move onto the other.

What are the benefits of Dry Brushing?

Dry brushing helps with a lot of different benefits including helping to wake up your circulatory system, helping to detoxify the skin, decreasing cellulite, and helping to make your skin more radiant and glowing. It’s also really good for people who have sensitive skin, especially if you have reactions to different products, this is a very natural way to exfoliate the body. Dry brushing also helps with inflammation because you are getting rid of the toxins in your body. Since doing dry brush I have noticed that my skin looks more youthful. Before dry brushing, I used to notice that my elbows were looking a little bit aged as I was getting older, and dry brushing really helped to improve that. But my favorite benefit about dry brushing would be that it helps with waking you up. I love doing this in the wintertime as people tend to be a little bit more tired during winter and this will help to wake you up make you feel great.

What to look for when buying a Dry Brush?

The type of bristle that you have on your actual brush will make a huge difference. There are some in the market which are low quality and can actually scrape your skin, so be sure not to push hard because you can actually injure yourself. You want to go with a softer bristle which is not too hard. There was a store in Burlington that I got my original one from but unfortunately, they closed so I’m currently on the lookout for a new one to recommend (sorry there).

If you guys have any other questions on dry brushing or on other things that I do for myself during the wintertime please reach out to me.

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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor; these are just my opinions and knowledge that I have gained over years of experience in the beauty industry

Reawakening Beauty: Vegan Gluten Free Anti-Aging Pumpkin Seeds

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Vegan Gluten Free Anti-Aging Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium Pumpkin
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder (x2)
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika (x2)
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne (x2)
  • 1/2 tsp Spicy Organic Herbed Sea Salt – Herbamare (x2)

Instructions

Before beginning preheat the oven to 350°F

Scoop seeds from inside the pumpkin and clean off the fibrous strands using water. Afterwards rinse pumpkin seeds and drain using a strainer, do not dry. Place strained pumpkin seeds into a bowl and add 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, paprika, cayenne and sea salt, let sit for 10 minutes. Add the pumpkin seeds back into the strainer to remove any excess water. Lay the pumpkin seeds flat onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and top with another 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, paprika, cayenne and sea salt. Place in the oven for 30 minutes, turning over at the halfway point.

Benefits: Pumpkin seeds have magnesium, vitamin E, iron and zinc plus many others. Vitamin E is a great antioxidant which can reduce inflammation. Inflammation is linked to health and skin issues. Magnesium also has anti-inflammatory benefits making this a great snack for your skin.

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Reawakening Beauty: Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Glow Up Cookies

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Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Glow Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of finely ground Almond Flour
  • 4 tbsp of Krisda Stevia Sweetener
  • 1 tbsp Pumpkin Spice
  • 1/2 – 1 scoop Protein Powder (Optional)
  • 1 scoop Prebiotic Fiber (Optional)
  • 1/2 tsp of Pink Himalayan salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp Organic Cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup Organic Pumpkin Puree (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 tsp of baking soda
  • 4 tbsp of coconut oil (preferably stored in a glass jar)
  • 2 tsp pure organic vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tsp of your choice of non-dairy milk (I prefer to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)

Instructions

Before beginning preheat the oven to 325 F. Start by mixing all dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Once thoroughly mixed add the wet ingredients and stir very well until a dough is formed. Scoop cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I like to use a 1 1/2 tbs scoop to form a cookie ball. Place the cookie tray into the over on the center rack for 10-12 minutes. Once finished baking, remove the cookies from the over and let them cool for an additional 10 minutes as they are very delicate when first removed but will firm up once cooled. Enjoy this healthy snack!

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Beauty Expert Tips: Things to Avoid when you have Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin, these are some things you’re going to definitely want to avoid.

Number 1: Avoid anything that has added fragrance. You’re definitely going to want to shelf these while your skin is rebounding to allow for good healing.

Number 2: Avoid anything that’s super stimulating for your skin. You might want to avoid retinol, AHA’s, and Vitamin C, essentially anything that’s going to overly stimulate the skin. Look for products that have calming and soothing ingredients such as green tea, tiger grass, aloe or probiotics.

Number 3: Avoid extreme hot or cold temperatures when washing your face, just use lukewarm temperatures.

Number 4: Avoid dirty brushes, that’s kind of like a given for all skin types, but make sure you’re washing your makeup brushes regularly.

Number 5: Use singular ingredients or products with a very limited amount of ingredients. When you’re looking on your packaging, ensure it has a small number of ingredients that way you are less likely to react. Also, look into getting allergy tested as often your skin is a reflection of your gut.

So if you have sensitive skin keep in mind that you should avoid these five things to ensure you maintain beautiful, healthy and glowing skin.