Simple, Clean Skin

When the weather gets colder, my skin gets absolutely parched unless I am very careful washing my face. The dry cold disrupts my already fragile moisture barrier and I have to use extremely mild cleansers.

When I need a cosmetic that has qualities I can’t find in a product on the market, I  make it myself.  That is what I did with the cleanser I now use. It is a gentle, nourishing and very simple formula, with avocado oil, vitamin e, and panthenol. I don’t need any other oils or lipids than these in a cleanser. Less is absolutely more when it comes to cleansers.

Of course it has ingredients which clean – but without sudsing and stsripping – the molecules just  bind to grime and are whisked away when I rinse.

Simple science is what I always use in products I make for myslelf.

If you are interested in trying my favorite cleanser, send me an email to   nikkizeoli@gmail.com and I will get you a sample. It is amazing. I bet you’ll think so too.

 

I Start My Day With An Explosion of Healthful Stuff

First you need to know, I started doing this over 15 years ago. Now, “smoothies” are very popular, but I want you all to know, I did it first!! Ok, I was at least among the early ascribers.

Every morning, I throw in a blender, carrot juice, a scoop of vegan protein powder (with stevia as sweetener) and a two huge handfuls of spring mix lettuce, and/or baby spinach, and/or some raw broccoli, and a splash of vanilla almond milk – lightly sweetened with honey, and whirr it up.

Dark green leafy vegetables and broccoli are nutrition super-stars and considered the most nutritious and beneficial foods of all. Not only do they have loads of vitamins and minerals, nutrition professionals are discovering seemingly limitless phytochemicals that carry enormous health benefits. They really are magic. I think most Americans don’t fully grasp the expanse of benefits these vegies bestow on us.

So I drink them every day. By putting them in a blender, NOT A JUICER, I enjoy the full benefits of the whole food.

I am generally not crazy about greens, so, while I do eat salads – usually with tasty dressing – I prefer to drink my nutrition every morning.

This starts my day with a boost of energy, hydrating and supplying nutrients to my skin from the inside, where they work even better, and I don’t feel so guilty on the (many) occasions when I choose to eat not-so-healthy stuff later in the day.

It’s a win-win. Do it.

Beauty Comes in All Sizes

I love plus these sized models. These two were the first to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated’s famous swimsuit issue. I was proud of SI for having the courage to go against the skinny bosomy stereotypes.

I truly find these woman-sized models inspiring, dazzling. Of course they are insanely gorgeous. And brave considering the fat-shaming that goes on in this mad world of ours.

I look back at when I was a teenager and younger, I always thought I was fat. Such a distorted perception of my body. I had a beautiful figure – as do a great many young women who shame themselves for being too fat in their own minds.

These models unabashedly sport their curvy figures letting us know it is ok not to fit the artificial standard of skinny – but gorgeous to have some weight and curves. I love it!

These two models are Robin Lawley and Ashley Graham.PlusSize

Fewer Ingredients, Better Results

I have often wondered why hair care products, like shampoos, conditioners and skin moisturiizers, are formulated with so many ingredients. Most bottles have enormous lists of ingredients, usually that I can hardly read without a magnifying glass. Why so many? Do more ingredients help my hair get healthier? Make my skin better? No.

There is no scientific reason for so many ingredients. Excessive ingredients diminish the therapeutic benefits of the few very effective ones. Also, there is a greater incidence of alergic reactions and potential toxicity with lots of different ingredients.

What I want are products that have few, but powerful, ingredients to make my hair and skin as healthy as possible. I have been formulating some one-of-a-kind hair conditioning cleansers for myself and family. These have less than ten ingredients, and have given me, my husband and kids better looking hair and a healthier scalp. Family and friends are always trying to hit me up for some too. I don’t mind. I am happy to share the science of beauty.

Yeah, I Use Botox

I confess, I use botox and dysport. And I love them. They help me look younger and, I think, prettier.

My frown lines have not been around for years thanks to botox. I love that they are gone because I usually feel happy and relaxed, so I want to look happy and relaxed. Frown lines look strained, angry and unhappy. That just isn’t me. I am not even saying I think they are unattractive. They just make me look stressed and angry even though I am usually happy and calm.

I also use dysport around at the outer corners of my eyes, and a little below to keep my eyes looking more open, and crow’s feet minimized. This looks terrific, but does not last as long as the botoxed areas.

I use botox above my outer eyebrows to lift the eyelid – diminishing the hooded look of them. And I loooove using  botox just below my bottom outer lip corners to keep them from turning down (think of Sam-I-am from Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham.”) It is not a pretty picture. I find these down-turns at the end of my lips make me look unhappy, hard – old, like my Italian Grandmother used to look. I don’t like it! But I love the effect of botox injections there.

Botox and dysport are amazingly effective in helping me look happier, more relaxed, and younger. If you can afford it, go for it. You probably won’t be disappointed – but will rather be delighted and psyched.

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Honey Bees Help Keep Our Skin Gorgeous

Raw honey has been a favorite ingredient of mine for years. There is a great reason for this. It has an abundance of beauty benefits (as well as health benefits when eaten, in moderation).

First, it is an excellent natural cleanser. It cleans skin as well or better than many store-bought cleansers – without detergents or sulfates! Deteregents and sulfates are not just a no-no for your hair, they are brutal on your skin as well –  breaking down your natural moistsure-barrier. It has natural antibacterial and antifungal to clean and disinfect skin as well, again, without the harsh effects of disinfectants like alcohol, chlorine or detergents.

Raw honey is also an excellent humectant – drawing moisture to your skin to keep it well-hydrated, so skin stays moist after cleansing.  Raw honey is packed with antioxidents, phytonutrients, polyphenols ( a superfamily of naturally-occurring phytochemicals) which assist in the repair of skin damage, as well as prevention, protection from more skin damage.

The natural enzymes in raw honey help to keep your pores clean – so helps avoid break-outs and enlarged pores.

The stuff really is amazing for your skin (and hair, and overall health). Raw Honey is really packed with magical nutrients – above and beyond the ones we have identified as healthful. This is not a fad I am promoting here. It is a fact for healthy, beautiful and blemish-free skin, there really is no match, in nature, or made in the laboratory.

But be careful, only natural raw, unprocessed, unheated honey has these special properties.  On top of it all, it tastes fantastic and is a far superior alternative to table sugar.