The bitter truth of dark chocolate and your skin

Finally, something positive about one of the most infamous sweets that every person in diet hates so much but love so much at the same time.  It turns out that chocolate comes from a very special ingredient called Cacao which contains some of the most powerful antioxidants and it also brings health benefits that not only save your skin but it also help to improve your body such as improving blood circulations, IF, of course, you take it moderated.

Now, don’t jump out from your seat yet to buy your chocolate.  The bad news, we are not talking about your M&Ms, Snickers bar, or any other of your favorite chocolate bars, we are talking about Dark Chocolate.  Yes, the bitter, boring, and nasty version of your chocolate (sniff!).   It seems that studies has shown that chocolate by itself (around 70%),  can help your skin to fight against free radicals, keeping it soft, giving you a younger looking.   Dark chocolates also provide your skin with protection against UV rays and promote better skin cell regeneration.

Wondering why many heart broken women eat and eat chocolates while crying a river over the lost of their love ones? well, chocolate also helps to give you a better mood because of the high level of magnesium and relieve anxiety by releasing calming endorphins.

FACIAL MASSAGE Daily Anti-Aging Routine

Facial massage is an important anti-aging treatment because helps stimulating circulation, oxygen and nourishment. This will create a lifting and firming effect on the targeted areas. Helps eliminate toxins, impurities and puffiness. When tight facial muscles relax and collagen production increases, reducing the visible the signs of aging. The massages helps balance the moisture in the skin and restores radiance for glowing healthy skin.

A facial is a beautifying therapeutic way to relax while defying the signs of aging at the same time.

Tighten those facial muscles by stimulating and massaging your face to keep the muscles toned and prevent the skin from sagging.

Facial massage Increase blood and oxygen flow to the face by massaging the soft lines around the mouth, eyes and brows.

The most important part of skin care routine is to massage your face while applying you intensive repair serum and moisturizer for better absorption. This will increase the effectiveness of the skin care products.

Stimulating and gently massaging the points around the eye orbit helps smooth out fine lines, and help clear puffiness and dark circles.

Massage reduces the levels of stress hormones. Facial massage increases the level of endorphins that makes you feel better.

Please let us know if you noticed a difference in your skin by trying these tips and leave us a comment. We would love to hear your story.

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Stem Cells Skin Care Innovation

Nowadays, stem-cell products are popping up more and more in dermatology offices and on makeup counters everywhere. So what’s all the hype about?

Stem cells are beneficial for the natural process of healing and regeneration. Stem cells are found in all living things and have the ability to turn into all different kinds of cells and help the body regenerate.

Naturally, your skin is already made of stem cells. As you age, you start to lose them, and by the time you hit 50, you’ve lost about 98 percent of them. Yikes! When you’re young, the average turnover for your skin is about 25 to 30 days. When we get older, the production slows down, the turnover can take up to 60 days. When it’s exposed to the elements longer, it loses that youthful vibrant look. That’s where products come in.

The stem-cell skin-care products contains the proteins and amino acids that the youthful cells secrete.

This is what your body recognizes and can use to help rejuvenate and repair cells, these are the natural body healers.

The cocktail of proteins and amino acids that are harvested from the actual stem cells themselves signal your own cells to produce more collagen and elastin and ultimately fire up the rejuvenation process. Say hello to the fountain of youth.

It’s important to note that stem-cell science is still in its infancy, and even though not all dermatologists are totally convinced that stem cells by themselves are miracle anti-agers, they do agree that these products are still packed with age-defying benefits.

I believe that these products are worth using primarily for their high concentration of antioxidants, which work to reverse UV-induced skin damage, and also for their potential to improve cell turnover and renewal.

Milk & Acne

When I was first taking action on what to do in order to improve my skin, I made sure to do my research online. I looked up “what to eat”, “what exercise to do”, even “what material of pillows” I should use. Yes I was obsessed! I wanted to know everything about my skin, and how to make it clear.

One thing that kept on popping up when looking at food to avoid was dairy. Many skin websites out there will warn you against dairy if you’re trying to get rid of acne. I was frightened so much that I tried cut out all dairy from my life. And yes, my skin did get better. But this is no proof that dairy was the culprit, since I totally cleaned up my diet and lifestyle at this time.

Actually, there’s really aren’t that much research that proves dairy causes acne. It’s one of those half-truth myths that circulate the internet. I’m not saying to drink all the milk and eat all the dairy products that you love. You should test if dairy is your specific acne trigger (or one of them). Cut it out of your diet for two weeks and monitor your skin. If you see improvement, there’s a chance that it may be your problem.

Some people find it hard to kick the dairy habit, especially if they have been eating cereal with milk from a young age. But there are healthy alternatives to milk, in form of soy or almond milk. You can easily find these at your local market. Even when I use to order from Starbucks, I asked for almond milk instead. I actually think it taste better.

Live Snails Anti-aging Facial Treatment

Placing snails in the face as an anti-aging facial treatments

Snail natural skin care benefits

It might sound gross the idea of placing live snails to roam around your face leaving traces of slime (mucin) absorbed in your skin, but snail has anti-inflammatory, regenerating, and moisturizing properties to delay the signs of aging.

Snail skin care products the new kid of the block?

Although sounds recent the use of snails for Korean skin care became the latest popular anti-aging solution. The earliest use of snail trace back to ancient Greece and farmers from Chile but it became more popular when Korean skin care entered the US market.

Snail Cream

The snail slime for skin care products are harvested when snails slide thru mesh net to collect the thick fluid that they secrete. No snails are harmed in this process. The snail slime is a natural source of hyaluronic acid helps stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, it also retains moisture for cellular turnover and skin rejuvenation.

Snail skin care products makes the skin incredibly supple, because it seals in moisture allowing active ingredients to penetrate the skin preventing dryness and enhancing the skin dewy glow.

Many people noticed incredible results after using snail products for few weeks.

Always request a sample to see if you might be allergic to snail. These products are not recommended for sensitive skin.

Electronics can cause skin aging.

Our face is daily exposed to light waves which can damage and age the skin. But it’s not just the sun causing problems – now some scientists are claiming light from laptops and smartphones can be dangerous too. Electronic devices emit high energy visible (HEV) blue light, which some studies have shown to be as harmful as UVA and UVB rays, penetrating deeply into the skin.

One study has suggested exposure to blue light could affect the skin’s ability to heal – a key factor in speeding up the ageing process, and they’ve created a product to help combat it. Holding a device like a smartphone on a sunny day could increase the skin’s exposure to UV light by up to 75%.

While sunscreen may help protect against UV rays, it won’t protect the skin from blue light. HEV (high-energy visible) light, which is emitted from our phone and computer screens, is as damaging if not more so than UV light from the sun, penetrating more deeply than UV light and has a negative impact on the DNA within the cells as well as causing oxidative stress and inflammation. This all accelerates skin ageing.”

Is it really bad?

Blue light might interfere with the body’s circadian rhythm – which regulates sleep – and it’s when we sleep that our bodies take the opportunity to repair cellular damage.

“Anything which interferes with sleep affects the body’s ability to heal,” he said. “In skin, this means it affects its ability to repair itself which leads to accelerated ageing.”

What to do?

If you’re worried about your levels of blue light exposure you can try a specialist cream designed to block HEV light. Also use an antioxidant serum for protection, a serum at night to stimulate collagen production and stabilize the melanocytes which cause pigmentation. Wearing a  good SPF sunscreen will also help limit the effects from reflected UVA and UVB rays.

But experts agree the best prevention is to avoid using your phone for long periods outside.

Embrace your natural beauty

Many women especially celebrities were encouraged to wear makeup in order to perfect all the time. The race towards today’s beauty standard can increase your insecurities to the point you don’t have the courage to walk out of the house without makeup. Women often feel that makeup is the perfect shield against judgment and often opt to put on this mask to feel comfortable and hide their insecurities of not being beautiful enough. The unrealistic beauty expectations that no human can achieve completely is a lost quest.

In 2016 Alicia Keys stopped wearing makeup in public in her journey toward self-empowerment to show her true face, mind, soul, thoughts, dreams, struggles, and emotional growth.  Keys only focus in enhancing her natural glow with a complete skin care regimen, serums, masks, rollers, oils, facials, SPF, healthy meals and exercises. Many artist followed her path posting bared faced Instagram pictures.

True confidence and empowerment is to accept ones flaws and work to fix your skin issues instead of using makeup to cover it up to exude confidence. Many skin issues are due to bad habits that we need to fix from the inside out and protect the skin from the harsh environment. This will help to decrease the signs of aging in the long run, something that makeup won’t be able to cover.

In addition, love yourself and stay positive to supporting each other in the realization that worth isn’t based on looks. When you chose to wear makeup once in a while on a fancy occasion to change you look and have a dramatic red carpet entrance is awesome but not to depend on makeup to feel beautiful to please the tough audience.

Embrace your natural face with flaws and all.

Be proud to be you!

Blanna will make your skin say love you very matcha

Your skin will thank you

Green tea (matcha) is a very popular beverage all over the world. People drink green tea because of its health benefits. I sometimes drink green tea because it is great for slimming and getting rid of toxins in my body. There are many ways to benefit from its antioxidant powers besides that cup of green tea. Use a green tea mask once a week for greater skin benefits. We often forget that our skin needs extra care once a week to repair all the damages and toxins that our daily skin care routine fail to fix.

Green tea is very high in antioxidants, as well as enzymes, amino acids, and phytochemicals. All of these components can do great things to your skin. With this said, you can always count on a green tea mask to improve your skin and enhance your beauty. Here are 5 beauty benefits:

  1. Green tea can help get rid of toxins in your skin. It is great for healing blemishes, scars, and reducing inflammation.
  2. The antibacterial agents in green tea can help fight acne. It can also reduce the redness on your skin.
  3. Green tea has anti-aging benefits that can help delay signs of aging. It helps neutralize free radicals and also help fight against skin cancer.
  4. Green tea draws out impurities, reduce large pores, and give your skin a nice healthy glow.
  5. Green tea helps reduce puffy eyes and dark circles! Now that’s something I really need. It reduces swelling and puffiness.

Use Blanna Acne Mask mixed it with water apply it onto your skin and let it dry 25 mins, then peel it off. Helps diminish inflammation, shrink pores, balance oil secretion, promote epidermic cutin’s metabolism. Recover and heal the acne scars. Skin type: Mixed and oily skin.

There are many different ways of using green tea. What’s your way?

How to tighten skin while losing weight

The determination to lose weight can have a toll on your skin. Many people only focus on losing weight dramatically without taking care of their skin at the same time. Many people were proud of losing massive amount of weight but another issue came up sagging skin. If you are worried about the unsightly bat wings from losing a lot of weight, there are ways to prevent that from happening.

There are natural ways to tighten the skin while losing weight taking in consideration the amount of weight lost and the length of time your skin was stretched out.

The top part of your skin is the epidermis that works like a barrier to hold moisture and protect the skin from harmful environment. The dermis is the layer under the epidermis that produces collagen and elastin to support your skin’s structure.

Elastin is in charge of the skin’s elasticity to allow it to keep it’s original form after stretching and contracting.

Collage strengthens the connective tissue in the skin, essential protein that keeps the skin firm, supple and constantly renewing the skin cells.

Lose weight gradually at slower rate 2 pound per week to let the skin adjust to the changes and shrink to the new size. Losing weight quickly can compromise the elasticity of the skin and distort the contours of the face and body.

Once you reach the ideal weight range is really important to maintain the current weight and exercise to keep the skin tight. When the person loses a lot of weight and gain it back constantly can damage the structure of the skin.

Healthy and delicious food high in leafy greens, vitamin A, lycopene, vitamin C, omega 3 and lean proteins. Make sure you get daily doses of these vitamins to keep the skin in optimal conditions to adjust better to your changes.

Exercise strengthens muscles creating a layer of muscle underneath the skin. This will help pull the skin tighter and contour the definition of the muscles. Exercise 1hr daily combination of warm up, stretching, yoga, cardio, toning set of exercises targeting problem areas and weightlifting. It’s extremely important to work out every part of the body but emphasizing more in the problem area to balance the proportions.

Stay hydrated with water, foods and fruits high in water content. Water helps the skin stay moist and flexible from the inside out. While exercising you sweat a lot of the toxins. It’s extremely important to replenish the fluids to maintain endurance to finish the workouts without crashing from dehydration.

Relax your body with exfoliating sea salt with peppermint oil shower soap, it’s rejuvenating, anti-bacterial, moisturizing and nourishing properties protects your skin from all the downside of working out.

Keep your skin moisturized, apply vitamin C super hydrating serum to keep your face plump and moist all day long that fights existing sun damage as it also protects from future sun damage. The 20% concentration of Vitamin C and Ferulic acid reduces fine lines and wrinkles, evens the skin tone, rebuilds collagen structure, and neutralizes free radicals without causing irritation.

Daily application of shea butter or cocoa butter body lotion to keep the skin supple and reduce stretch marks. These lotions are always used from early pregnancy because it helps the skin adjust after giving birth.

Apply sunscreen SPF 15 and above every hour to protect the skin from harmful UV light that makes your skin age faster. People with sensitive skin can use UPF sun protecting garments and hats instead of constantly applying sunscreen constantly.

After long exposure of the intense sun is strongly recommend to apply Aloe Vera after sun gel to relieve the damages caused by the sun.

Pamper yourself after a week of hard work, get a massage to relax the muscles, increase circulation, and stimulate the skin tightening properties. Sweet almond oil is often used for massage to tighten loose skin.

Adjusting your lifestyle and eating habits can change your life forever. These tips should become part of your daily life even after reaching your goals to maintain good health. The key to maintain a healthy weight in the long run is to keep all these habits for anti-aging purposes as well.

Get the lashes of your dream naturally

Sometimes we wonder why our lashes are so thin and short while others are naturally blesses with beautiful ones. Its about what you eat, a daily diet high in protein and essential fatty acids to have beautiful lashes.The most effective way to improve eyelashes is to focus on the inside out nutrition rich in protein and vitamins like fish, eggs, beans and soy protein, which will help your eyelashes to grow.

Vitamin B-3, (niacin) increases cellular reproduction and  metabolize keratin that promotes hair growth. Foods rich in vitamin B-3 are salmon, chicken, tuna, anchovies, sunflower seeds, peanuts, mushrooms, asparagus, avocado and green peas.

Vitamin H (biotin) promote eyelash growth, increasing blood flow to your hair follicles, and aids the absorption of essential fats, amino acids and carbohydrates that stimulate and maintain healthy eyelashes. Foods rich in vitamin H are milk, soybeans, bananas, mushrooms, sweet potato, sardines, eggs, walnuts, and meat.

Rub castor, jojoba oil and olive onto your lashes before bedtime. Take off all of your eye makeup, wash your face then dampen a cotton swab with the oil mix. Close your eyes and dab it onto your lashes before going to sleep for the night. Rinse your eyes with water if the oil get into your eyes. It takes 3 months to see dramatic results.