Natural Remedies- Quitting Smoking Without Pills Or Patches

Essential Oils To Quit Smoking

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Quit Smoking Naturally

Three years ago, when my husband decided that he wanted to quit smoking, it wasn’t a prolonged, well-thought-out decision.

He hadn’t contemplated how difficult it would be, weighed the pros and cons, or made any sort of plan to do so.

Instead, he made up his mind one summer day when he glanced into the house from the backyard, cigarette in hand.

Our then one year old son was posted at the screen door, eyes glued on my husband, watching him intently as he smoked his cigarette.

Taylor (that’s my husband) decided in that moment that he was finished smoking. For good.

Now, he quit cold-turkey. I wouldn’t recommend that at all – for the spouse of the quitter, at least🙃 There is nothing easy about it, and it took a while for him to adjust.

If you are trying to quit smoking, whatever your reason, I have comprised a list of a few essential oils that could be invaluable on your journey.

Not only can these oils help you to quit, but I’ve included a few that could be of assistance in repairing the damage done by smoke inhalation and the effects it has on the body.

If you’re set on quitting but don’t know where to start (or if the patches give you the uncontrollable hiccups like they did my mom 😬) Keep reading!


My mother used to smoke clove cigarettes under the pretense that “They aren’t AS BAD for you”. Well, that may be true…but not smoking at all is much better!

Clove Essential Oil is a warm, cinnamony, very potent oil – and is one of the main ingredients in the ever popular Thieves oil.

When used directly on the body (you need to be careful not to over apply because it feels just like it smells!), Clove will provide a long-lasting scent which can induce a good, deep sleep, and has an effect that drives off the sudden urge to have a cigarette.

Clove is most effective for addiction when placed on the tongue in a single drop.

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The taste can kick the urge to light up.

If you have never tried the Thieves toothpaste, now would be a great time to start. It contains the Thieves essential oil, and your whole mouth will feel fresh, with the bonus of a total annihilation of bad breath germs.

There is also a Thieves mouthwash that I would use when I had a sore throat (worked like a charm, and you can even swallow it when you are finished swishing so that it has contact with the whole area😀), and with the high content of Clove present, it could be stashed away in a purse or desk drawer and used at particularly difficult times.


Lowered Vitamin C in blood levels is a common side effect of smoking, and, much like the fruit, Orange Essential Oil contains a high level of bioflavenoid activity which assists in the absorption of Vitamin C.

As a skin care specialist, I can tell you that there are a number of Vitamin C serums and products that do not work at all because they contain a derivative of Vitamin C….the most effective way to absorb the vitamin is the by taking in the real thing – and in order for that to happen, you need the assistance with absorption that orange and other citrus oils can offer.

Another wonderful benefit to Orange Oil is that it can bring on a feeling of peace and happiness, helping one to overcome feelings of depression.

Diffusing Orange into the air is one of the best ways to make use of it. You’ll need a diffuser that can cover the amount of space you’ll be occupying, and be sure to use a cotton ball if your diffuser calls for one.Orange Essential Oil

Orange is also very effective when applied to the tongue, but as with any oil, if you intend to use it in a way that it can be internally ingested, make sure that you are using a 100% therapeutic grade oil – not some cheap one that you ordered for 99 cents!

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🌿Neroli (Orange Blossom)

This oil differs slightly from Orange Oil.

It is extracted from the flowers of the orange tree, and is excellent in aiding in the repair process of skin cells.

In my practice, when I had a client with dull, sluggish skin, age spots, or was a smoker, I would add a few drops of oil to my facial steamer and let the client sit under the steamer for about 10 – 15 minutes. This allowed for the pores to open and the oil to break through and work its magic!

This oil has actually been thought to shed skin cells and stimulate new cell growth.

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Why is this important for smokers or those in the quitting process?

Every time you light up, the facial skin is absorbing all the harmful chemicals that are given off. Wrinkles form and deepen over time, the skin can take on a tinted color and develop spots, moisture is depleted…so on.

This particular essential oil can work to repair damage already done.

It has also been used successfully to treat such mental conditions as depression and anxiety, and will also bring feelings of hope and happiness.

Nervous tension can be alleviated with the oil, as well as fear and stress related conditions.

If you would like to double up on your citruses and really get your spirits up, try mixing a little Lemon Oil with the Neroli.

If you’d like a more perfumed scent, try adding a bit of Rose Essential Oil.

Diffusing is a great way to make good use of this oil, or a blend, but you can also apply straight to body.

Make sure to test out a small patch of skin before going crazy, though!

🌿Black Pepper

This great multipurpose oil is perfect for addiction in general! Alcohol addiction and smoking are two things that black pepper has been proven to help with.Black Pepper Essential Oil

With its spicy, warm undertone, could actually be used all throughout the day on the wrists as a pleasant scent.

It provides comfort and warmth, and aids in cellular oxygenation – something quite necessary to counteract the vasoconstricting effect that smoking has on the body.

Diffusing is acceptable with black pepper, but experiment with a little first. It can become overpowering very quickly.

For best results, apply to body with a little dilution (I use sweet almond oil or coconut oil), or applied to the tongue in one drop increments.


This oil is a lovely little blend made by YoungLiving. There are other renditions of Purification out there, but the YoungLiving brand is what I had always used in my practice, and in my essential oil diffuser at home for a multitude of things.

The individual oils in this blend are:

Citronella – deodorizes and purifies odors in the air
Lemongrass – you’re all aware by now that this is one of my all time faves, and you can see why in this article! For the recent quitter of smoking, it lifts the spirit and acts a vasodilator. It also increases the flow of oxygen throughout the body.
Rosemary Cineol – This oil also acts to improve the circulation throughout the body
Melaleuca – works to cleanse and detoxify the blood
Lavandin – can act in the repair of tissue and is an antibacterial
Myrtle – improves oxygenation, helps to discharge mucus, aids in decongestion, and gives an overall euphoric and elevating feeling

This blend oil is actually one of the most effective in helping to keep spirits high while in the quitting process.

It helps you to keep a good emotional stability and balance.

The ways to use it are also endless. Diffusing, using a cotton ball in the vent of your car to get the smokey smell out, applying directly to temples and wrists to detoxify and replace the smell of cigarette smoke that may be clinging to clothes, and it also works wonderfully with Thieves, the oil blend I discussed earlier in this post!

The wonderful thing about Essential Oils is that they can be used repeatedly, usually when needed unless otherwise noted, unlike many medications.

If you are ready to get started, take a glance at your collection to see what you’ve got, or I have linked all the oils mentioned throughout the article. They are highlighted in blue.

You Can Do This!💪👍

Whether you’re just beginning or in the final stages of throwing away the habit for good, you can do it! Keep going no matter what, and remember that your body and mind will continue to thank you for the rest of your life!

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3 Delicious Cannabis BBQ Sauce Recipes!

Hey Friends!

If you follow me, you might have already seen a couple of recipes incorporating cannabis posted in my articles.

If not, check out this article for some delicious recipes!

Everybody knows that a great BBQ sauce can make or break a grilled meal – and if you enjoy mouthwatering grilled ribs, oven baked brisket, or anything in between (c’mon, guys, BBQ sauce goes with anything😋), you’ll want to try these amazing BBQ sauce recipes that all have a little add-in which takes the sauce up a notch – Cannabis!

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Cannabis BBQ Sauce: One To Buy and Three to Make Yourself

After a long winter, warmer weather is finally upon us. And along with the milder temperatures comes BBQ season. So get your grill and spatula ready to fire up some delicious dishes you can enjoy outdoors with friends and family!

From burgers to hot dogs to grilled veggies and beyond, there’s something about barbecuing that symbolizes summer. This season, try adding a little something extra to the traditional sauces that you like to lather on your meats and veggies — like cannabis.

Adding cannabis edibles to your grilled delights can provide both you and your guests with an enhanced dining experience.

The secret is to add marijuana it to your sauce. Cannabis-infused BBQ sauce allows you to tamper with all sorts of different meals while delivering serious flavor.

The question is, how can you infuse your BBQ sauce with marijuana? Here are a few recipes to try out, as well as one ready-made sauce you can buy that already comes infused with cannabis.

Ganja Juice Cannabis-Infused BBQ Sauce

If you’re looking for something that’s ready to go without having to figure out recipes and ingredients, Ganja Juice BBQ sauce is available for purchase. Infused with THC, this sauce will entertain both your palate and your mind.

This sauce includes a unique blend of spices and seasonings along with cannabis-infused oil that provides the perfect dose of THC. Use it for meals at home or take it with you while on the go to enjoy THC with any meal no matter where you happen to be.

You can use it as-is or incorporate it into your own recipe to concoct something truly unique.

Cannabis-Infused BBQ Sauce Recipes

If you’re the type to tinker with different recipes and create something homemade right from your kitchen, then try out any one of these cannabis-infused BBQ sauce recipes to season your next grilled meal.

Mary Jane’s Marijuana BBQ Sauce

Creating something in your own kitchen can be fun, but what you don’t necessarily want is anything overly complicated. Luckily, this particular sauce recipe from Cannabis Cheri is both delicious and easy to make. Requiring only a handful of ingredients, you can whip it up in no time.

Blending both sweet and spicy flavors, this marijuana barbecue sauce will drive the flavor factor way up on just about any type of grilled food, including beef, pork, ribs, chicken, and even veggies and tofu.

This recipe includes 20 mg THC per 1/4 cup serving, though you may want to mess around with the dosing to suit your particular needs. Like any other marijuana recipe, the key is to start on the low end of the spectrum with your dosing and slowly work your way up to achieve the desired effect.


1 onion, chopped

1 tbsp garlic, minced

1/4 cup cannabis-infused vegetable oil

2 tbsp chili powder

1/2 tsp cumin

2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)

24 oz ketchup

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup yellow or brown mustard

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp liquid smoke

Salt to taste


In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-low heat.

Add onion and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring regularly.

Add garlic, stir for another minute, then add the chili powder, cumin, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Add all remaining ingredients.

Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring often.

Allow to cool before using.

Sweet Honey BBQ Sauce

Eat Your Cannabis’ version of cannabis-infused BBQ sauce is a little more on the sweet side, given the main ingredients: honey and brown sugar. A classic type of BBQ sauce, honey-based sauces add just the right amount of sweetness to your meats, and this particular recipe takes things a step further by blending marijuana into the mix.

Any item you grill will match perfectly with this honey BBQ sauce. You may even want to use it as a sauce base for your sandwiches!


1/3 oz finely ground cannabis flower

3 tbsp green onion, chopped

1 lime, juiced

1 tbsp honey

2 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 cup apricot nectar

1/4 cup water

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp soy sauce

3/4 can tomato paste

1 tbsp fresh garlic, minced

1/2 tbsp chili powder

Dash of cayenne pepper


In a crock pot, combine the vegetable oil, ground cannabis flower, green onion, lime juice and water, and cook on low for 2 hours.

Add all other ingredients, mix well, and cook on low for another hour, stirring occasionally.

Store in an airtight container in fridge before serving.

Texas-Style BBQ Sauce

You won’t get a more authentic BBQ sauce than a Texas-style version, and this recipe delivers in serious taste. And with a dab of cannabis included in the recipe, you can enjoy a nice buzz along with your dancing taste buds.

Try Bloom Farm’s cannabis-infused Texas-style BBQ recipe for your next barbecue’d meal.


1 small onion, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 stalks celery, chopped

1/4 cup cannabutter

1 cup ketchup

1 cup tomato sauce

1/4 cup molasses

3 tbsp brown sugar

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tbsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper


In a saucepan over low heat, combine the water, ketchup, tomato sauce, brown sugar, and molasses and heat until the mixture starts to simmer.

Add the onion, garlic, and celery and continue to simmer for about 8 minutes.

Transfer the mixture to a blender, add all remaining ingredients, and puree until smooth.

Cool in the fridge.

Final Thoughts

There are so many creative ways to enjoy cannabis, especially when it comes to edibles. While you can still enjoy the traditional cannabis cookie or other baked goods, adding marijuana to other food products like BBQ sauces is a unique way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis while tempting your taste buds at the same time.

Take your backyard barbecues to new heights with any one of these delicious cannabis-infused BBQ sauces!

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Discover Your Ideal Plastic Surgery Look – How To Achieve Correct Proportion

Good day, Gorgeous!

If you have ever seriously considered getting plastic or cosmetic surgery, you know that there are many things to consider before having the operation performed.

Plastic Surgery Proportion

You may have borrowed a few ideas and looks from magazine pictures of celebrities showing off their beautifully (and often photo shopped) put together faces and bodies – BUT….did you know that the exact same procedure that a celebrity had done will look COMPLETELY different on you?

Everything comes down to face shape, bone structure, skin type, and other factors when it comes to deciding on the exact look you would like to achieve.

And let’s face it sister, what works for someone else might not work for you.

Interested in learning how to come up with the perfect look that is UNIQUE TO YOU? Read on!

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Plastic Surgery Perfection vs. Proportion: How To Achieve The Ideal Look For You

When it comes to cosmetic procedures, it’s proportion — not perfection — that will ensure you look your best. Here, plastic surgeons explain why the key to a “perfect” face is all about balancing your features.

The Duchess of Cambridge’s nose. Penélope Cruz’s lips. Angelina Jolie’s cheekbones.

Ask any plastic surgeon and, chances are, they’ve encountered any number of patients entering their office with pictures of those celebrity facial features.

It’s certainly not surprising that people going in for cosmetic surgery would ask that the body part in question be made to look like that of a certain Hollywood star deemed “perfect.”

But any surgeon worth his or her weight in BOTOX® will tell you that proportion — not perfection — is the secret to looking your best.

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“In our social media culture, we definitely see patients coming in requesting this person’s nose and that person’s eyes.

But I tell them that I’ll make you the best you,” says Philadelphia facial plastic surgeon Jason Bloom, MD. “It’s so important to have a conversation explaining why everything from the patient’s skin type and texture to their ethnicity dictates what will look right on them — not to mention the proportions of their face.”

While we’re all familiar with the phrase “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” plenty of research has been done into what physical attributes so-called “beautiful people” have in common.

The Ancient Greeks discovered the Golden Ratio of nature (which may or may not be able to duplicated in the human body — though Leonardo DaVinci used the mathematic marvel when painting the Mona Lisa), and, needless to say, the interest in perfection has only spiraled from there.

Here’s the thing: There’s a reason why Kate Middleton’s nose is so admired. With its 106-degree nasal tip rotation, the Duchess’ sniffer is about as close to “mathematically perfect” (yes, you read that correctly) as it gets.

Research shows that noses angled between 104 and 108 degrees are considered the most attractive. Scarlett Johansson, Kate Beckinsale, and Jessica Biel are similarly #blessed with the ideal proportion, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone.

Dr. Bloom explains that Kate’s nose wouldn’t necessarily flatter someone with thicker skin or more sebaceous glands.

Rhinoplasty is certainly one surgery where you have to take these factors into consideration — on top of nose shape and facial symmetry,” he says.

In 2016, Amber Heard’s face was found to be 91.85 percent accurate to the elusive Golden Ratio, followed closely by Kim Kardashian and Kate Moss. But taking any one of their features and putting them onto someone else’s body wouldn’t necessarily yield a desirable result.

“The key to facial beauty is proportions, not just particular features,” says Nashville-based plastic surgeon Jacob Unger, MD.

“This means beauty is actually found in how various features relate and interact with one another on someone’s face.

It’s why big features like the eyes or cheekbones of Angelina Jolie work very well on her face, but would not on others.”

Speaking of Jolie, her plush pout is a case study in proportion. According to a study in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, one-third of the fullness should be on the top lip and two-thirds on the bottom lip-chin area.

“If you look at Angelina Jolie, her lips look perfect on her face because they follow this ratio,” explains Dr. Bloom. “So, when a patient says they just want their upper lip filled, I explain that it won’t look natural.

They won’t look their personal best, if it’s not recreating that ratio. You often see when this goes wrong because that’s when people have duck lips.”

The ratios extend to the rest of the face, too.

It may be hard to visualize, but, horizontally, the ideal width of a face is about five-eyes wide — meaning, if you measure your face across, there would be space for another eye between your two actual eyes and room for one more eye on each temple.

Vertically, meanwhile, the face is divided into thirds, with an equal distance between the hairline and brow, brow and nose, and nose tip and chin.

Rather than trying to recreate the alleged perfect face, a cosmetic surgeon can employ any number of tricks to add balance and, yes, proportion as needed.

“If you have a surgeon who is focused on proportion, he or she can find ways to lengthen or shorten these areas using optical illusions,” says Dr. Bloom. For someone who wants his or her forehead to look smaller, Dr. Bloom can visually minimize the temples by injecting them with filler. Conversely, if the bottom half of the face is too stout, filler may be injected into the chin to create length.

All of this is not to say that you shouldn’t arrive at your next plastic surgery consultation with inspo pics of your favorite celebs in tow.

The visual cues can be a good way to show your surgeon your preferred aesthetic.

But, ultimately, it is important to let your own facial structure — and your doctor — be your guide in creating a look that could only be yours.

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Is It Practical To Double Up On Plastic Surgery Procedures?

Doubling Up On Plastic Surgery

Hey There, Friends!

Welcome back! Today I want to share an article for those of you interested in one or more plastic surgery procedures.

🤷When is it OK to double up on procedures?
🤷Is it safe to have more than one procedure performed at once?
🤷How many is TOO many?

Interested? Read on to find the answer to these commonly asked questions!

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Plastic Surgery Options

When Is Doubling (Or Tripling) Up On Plastic Surgery Procedures A Good Idea?

If you are in the market for more than one surgical procedure (think: breast implants and liposuction or a tummy tuck and a nose job) is it okay to bundle them together? We asked plastic surgeons when it is safe to combine — and when it is not.

Genevieve Monsma

When Heidi Montag had 10 plastic surgery procedures (including a mini brow lift, chin reduction, fat transfer, and butt augmentation to name a few) in a 24-hour period back in 2010, it was widely considered dangerous.

But, just a few years prior, she had doubled up on a rhinoplasty and breast augmentation, which is a relatively common practice.

So, if 10 invasive cosmetic procedures is, understandably, too many but two is (in most cases) just fine, what is the rule of thumb for when it is safe to combine and when it is not?

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When it comes to doubling or tripling up on plastic surgery procedures, how much is too much?

“More than half of my patients combine procedures,” says Melissa Doft, MD, a Manhattan-based plastic surgeon and clinical assistant professor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. “It is very common for patients to combine a medically-necessary procedure like a septoplasty for a deviated septum with a rhinoplasty or a breast reduction with liposuction.” She will even occasionally partner up with another surgeon and do a tummy tuck after an obstetric surgeon removes a cyst or an IUD.

It is also popular, says Dr. Doft, for patients to combine two or three cosmetic procedures that complement one another — such as a breast augmentation and tummy tuck or a rhinoplasty and a chin implant — because it can improve the overall result.

At his plastic surgery practice in Manhattan, David Rapaport, MD, says his patients will often double or triple up on invasive procedures because of the time and cost savings.

“It’s very common for a patient to undergo more than one procedure at a time, and, in some cases, this is truly ideal,” he says. “For example, combining areas for liposuction takes advantage of a single anesthetic experience and a single recovery period to improve multiple body parts. Similarly, when performing a face lift, I often address the eyelids at the same time. This too allows for more than one area on the face to be treated in a single procedure and allows for just one downtime.”

If bundling procedures saves time and money and can improve the result, when is it not a good idea? “When you double or triple up, the issue is usually not the number of procedures,” says Dr. Doft. “It is how long it will take your surgeon to complete everything.”

Her rule of thumb: a six-hour operating maximum.

After that time, she says, the risk of complications increases.

Dr. Rapaport concurs, and says he, too, tries to not exceed five to six hours in the OR. “After this period of time, there is a real increase in the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) blood clots, a rare but potentially-fatal complication,” he shares. “Furthermore, when patients undergo procedures of extended duration, their body temperature is typically lower, which increases the risk of postoperative infection, nausea, and vomiting.”

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In addition to time constraints, Dr. Doft says it is also important to avoid combining procedures that may significantly impact a patient’s mobility post-operation. “You want a patient to be as ambulatory as possible after surgery,” she says, adding that being able to move around minimizes some post-op complication risks and accelerates healing.

But it’s not just invasive procedures patients wish to combine.

Non-surgical procedures and cosmetic treatments like lasers and injectables (think: BOTOX® and dermal fillers) are also common add-ons when someone is already scheduled for cosmetic surgery.

Thus, the number and types of procedures that can be combined is (a) doctor-dependent (read: how quickly do they operate?) and (b) patient-dependent (i.e. how complex is the rhinoplasty, or how much suturing does the doctor need to do after, say, the neck lift or eyelid surgery?).

“Surgeons must know themselves. I will typically write out a detailed sheet that lists everything a patient wants — breast reduction, lipo, filler, mole removal — to make sure I can realistically keep it under six hours,” says Dr. Doft, who then evaluates how the combination of procedures will impact a patient’s mobility after surgery. Only when she is confident that both considerations are within her safety parameters, will she green light bundling.

Most doctors follow a protocol similar to Dr. Doft and Dr. Rapaport.

But, for your own peace of mind, if you are considering multiple surgeries, have your doctor walk you through the total time it will take for all the requested procedures and detail the recovery process.

If you are not comfortable with the plan they outline, consider scaling back — or get a second opinion.

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The Truth About Living With Rosacea – And How To Treat It


What It’s Really Like To Live With And Treat Rosacea

Treatment Options For Rosacea

Hey there!

If you are new here, you might not know that I used to be in the business of cosmetology.

And my specialty? You guessed it. Or maybe you didn’t, but I’ll tell you 😉Facials.

Many of my clients suffered from hyperpigmentation, signs of aging (from early to advanced), and dry, dull skin.

But, a few of my clients had very sensitive skin. Sensitive skin that was accompanied by a rosy, splotchy redness, mainly in the cheek and nose area. Aside from being a bit embarrassing (if you are experiencing a sudden onset), rosacea is also uncomfortable and can be very difficult to cover up.

While I provided some temporary forms of treatment for my clients on a more superficial level, there are other options for treatment that may be much more permanent.


Keep reading to learn the symptoms of rosacea, what causes it to occur, and what treatment options are available!

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An estimated 16 million Americans have rosacea. Here, one patient chronicles her experience with the skin condition and invites The AEDITION to join her for a laser treatment with her cosmetic dermatologist.

As long as she could remember, Linda had beautiful skin (you know, the glowy and youthful kind you receive compliments on). But everything changed during a particularly stressful time in her life two years ago. At age 57, small blood vessels began reddening her cheeks and nose, and her facial skin grew so sensitive and painful that she dreaded even washing it. “It was really hard to look at myself in the mirror and accept that I was having this extreme redness,” she shares.

Linda sought out doctor after doctor — some of whom even tried to prescribe antidepressants to treat her skin condition — until, after seven agonizing months, a dermatologist finally diagnosed her with rosacea. The skin disorder, which impacts an estimated 16 million Americans, has symptoms ranging from facial redness and extreme sensitivity to pimply bumps (a.k.a. papulopustular rosacea) and irritated eyes (i.e. ocular rosacea).

The exact cause of rosacea is unknown, and flare-ups can be triggered by exposure to stress, heat, hormones, spicy foods, alcohol, and even caffeine. In Linda’s case, her constant worrying about her complexion definitely wasn’t helping matters. “Because I was so stressed out about it,” she says, “I’m sure I was making it worse.”

Dermatologists usually treat rosacea symptoms with a combination of lifestyle modifications, light and laser therapies, specialized skincare routines, and antibiotics, but many patients find it difficult to obtain coverage for these treatment options because insurance companies categorize the skin condition as “cosmetic.”

Frustrated by the lack of results from doctor-prescribed meds, Linda sought out a naturopath, who helped balance her hormone levels with supplements and an anti-inflammatory diet. But she still wanted more. Extensive research led Linda — a Minnesota resident — to West Hollywood’s Jason Emer, MD, a cosmetic dermatologist who specializes in laser technologies.

Since there is no cure for rosacea, Dr. Emer opts for a multi-modality approach to manage it. He likens its chronic nature to having diabetes or high blood pressure. “You’re always going to have it, so you have to maintain treatment for it,” he says. He employs a regimen of in-office lasers, facial treatments, and light therapy, as well as various at-home therapies, to help patients keep their condition under control.

The treatment program is intensive at first. Linda, for instance, made monthly trips to Southern California for the first six months before switching to quarterly visits. Now two years into her journey, Linda invited The AEDITION to experience firsthand what it’s like to undergo one of her laser treatments.

When I met Linda in the reception area of Dr. Emer’s new Sunset Boulevard facility, the first thing I notice is her skin: It looks healthy and porcelain-hued, with no sign of the redness or inflammation I’d expected to see. Dr. Emer’s staff leads us into a treatment room, where a nurse applies a topical numbing cream to Linda’s face, before leaving the two of us to chat for about 40 minutes as the lotion takes effect.

Over the steady buzz of the laser machine warming up, Linda tells me that one of the hardest parts about having rosacea is the impact avoiding her triggers has had on her previously active lifestyle. “I like to ride my bike, kayak, walk,” she says. “But now I can’t just go out without thinking about it — I have to be careful.” Going out to eat can also be a challenge due to her dietary restrictions. “I can’t just have a glass of red wine with friends,” she shares, “because it’s not worth having to deal with the consequences.”

The nurse returns to remove Linda’s numbing cream in preparation for her treatment, and Dr. Emer arrives to calibrate the laser before getting started. In the past, he explains, the standard rosacea treatment was light therapy in the form of intense pulsed light (IPL), which just wasn’t that effective. Dermatologists were reluctant to combine technologies for fear that using lasers, light, and peels would overly irritate sensitive skin. “As it turns out,” he says, “non-ablative lasers — ones that don’t burn the skin but just heat the underlying surface — actually help.”

Depending on the patient’s skin tone, Dr. Emer uses different lasers with an array of wavelengths. In Linda’s case, he combines the Vbeam® vascular laser (which exclusively targets the skin’s blood vessels) with the Clear + Brilliant® laser (which works on the skin’s surface to help decrease inflammation). According to Dr. Emer, just two or three sessions with these tools (coupled with a program of facials, skincare, and at-home light therapy) can help many patients achieve up to a year of remission.

But is there any risk to doing all of this at once? Dr. Emer says that, when used incorrectly, the heat from the vascular lasers can damage the skin and advises patients seek treatment with a board certified dermatologist for mild cases of rosacea and a cosmetic dermatologist (i.e. someone with extensive training in these advanced therapies) for more severe cases.

And what about the cost? On average, one session with a vascular laser ranges from $250 for a spot treatment to between $500 and $750 for larger areas like the face. Clear + Brilliant® runs about $500 per session, depending on the doctor and location.

As Dr. Emer prepares to apply the laser beam to Linda’s face, he places metal shields over her eyes and requires everyone else in the room to slip on purple-hued glasses to protect the blood vessels in our eyes (this laser can cause blindness). As the procedure begins, the handheld device imparts a dime-sized green light that glows on the skin in the moments before each high-pitched laser pulse. It sounds painful, but Linda seems unfazed. “They always say it feels like a rubber band snap,” she explains, “but I’ve never been super uncomfortable, no matter what he’s done.”

Partway through Linda’s treatment, Dr. Emer re-calibrates the Vbeam®, honing the focus to target her visibly dilated blood vessels. “This laser attracts the blood in the blood vessels. So, it heats it up and the vessel starts to spasm, which causes inflammation,” he says of the eight-minute procedure. “Then the body comes in and eats up the blood vessels.”

Next up: the Clear + Brilliant® treatment. The machine is considerably smaller than the Vbeam® — and much quieter, too. The nurse gives Linda a small, handheld fan to cool her face, as Dr. Emer carefully glides the device back and forth along every section of her skin. “By combining the deeper, vascular laser with the lighter, superficial laser, you actually get more improvement,” Dr. Emer says.

Minutes later, Linda’s face is flushed but otherwise smooth and plump looking. She says her skin feels hot from the laser, and the nurse applies a crystal-fiber cooling mask to soothe it. After letting it sit for five minutes, the nurse follows it up with a 10-minute red LED light treatment to further soothe the inflammation. Post-treatment, things get worse before they get better — Linda says the redness usually persists for a few days and calms down over time.

Finished with her light therapy, Linda bids me farewell, still peppy and positive in spite of the afternoon’s scrutiny. She realizes how fortunate she is to have the means to make traveling for treatment a possibility. “For me, coming to Dr. Emer is more than worth it,” she says of her regular trips. “I have to take time off work to fly out here, but I see the results. I know I’m going to have rosacea for the rest of my life, but there is hope.”

She says her journey with rosacea has made her passionate about being her own health advocate. “Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer,” she shares. “There are things that can be done — you just have to find the right person to help you.”

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These 7 Things Could Totally Change Your Skin!

Greetings, Gorgeous!

If you follow me, you know I’m crazy about skincare!

For the most part, I believe that beautiful skin starts from the inside out – but there are many things both inside AND out you COULD be DOING but MIGHT NOT BE that are causing you to struggle with skin issues such as acne, hyperpigmentation (sun damage), or dry, dehydrated skin.

GOOD NEWS: If you struggle with ANY skin issue, chances are, you might not have to!

Want to know more? Read on to learn how to quick fix these problems. The solutions are so easy, they might surprise you!

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7 Things You’re Not Doing For Your Skin But Should

7 Things You’re Not Doing for Your Skin But Should

The quest for clear, smooth, radiant skin can feel like an uphill battle at times, especially when dealing with hard-to-control variables like pollution and fluctuating hormones.

Ask any celebrity about the secrets to a smooth, dewy complexion and you’re likely to hear, “Drink water and get plenty of sleep!” While hydration and rest can work wonders for your skin, most of us require a little more TLC to achieve a flawless face.

An estimated 85 percent of young people between the ages of 12 and 24 are plagued by breakouts – whether it’s pimples, congested pores, blackheads, or all of the above. As we get older, the worries over blemishes don’t end. The number of adults that struggle with acne is increasing, affecting up to 15 percent of women.

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Add fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles to the mix and it’s no wonder the average American woman spends up to $300,000 on face products in her lifetime.

The quest for clear, smooth, radiant skin can feel like an uphill battle at times, especially when dealing with hard-to-control variables like pollution and fluctuating hormones.

This can make it all the more frustrating to see models like Kendall Jenner and Jaime King look amazing even without makeup.

While genetics have a lot to do with their perfect complexions, these celebs also have access to a crew of beauty professionals brimming with knowledge about the best acne treatments, face masks, and eye creams for every skin type.

Of course, having a makeup artist and facialist on speed dial is unrealistic for most of us. So, we asked a few people with great skin about their biggest skincare secrets.

Here are seven simple tips for getting an Instagrammable complexion – no filter required.

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1. Cut back on sugar

You’ve heard it dozens of times – sugar isn’t great for you.

In addition to weight gain, cavities, and diabetes, eating or drinking too much sugar can lead to skin issues.

When you consume sugar, it causes your insulin levels to spike, which creates inflammation in the body.

Inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, contributing to sagging skin and wrinkles.

In addition to aging your skin, sugar can also make conditions like acne and rosacea worse.

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“Our diet can really impact our skin health,” explains Dana Sivak, a registered dietitian in Chicago.

She says cutting back on sugar helped improve the tone and texture of her complexion. “Watching my sugar intake throughout the day so it doesn’t exceed the recommended 25 grams can be challenging, but I notice my efforts paying off when my skin remains healthy.”

Start small by swapping white bread, pasta, and rice for whole grains. Read food labels to look for sugar hiding in “health foods,” like pasta sauce, salad dressing, and granola.

2. Look to supplements for hormonal balance

Katie, a 30-year-old blogger in California, never struggled with acne as a teen.

But as she approached her late-20s, she began to get cystic acne around her mouth and chin. “I stopped taking birth control and my hormones went haywire,” Katie explains. “I tried so many different cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and oils to get my acne under control, but nothing worked.”

After a year of battling painful acne with no success, Katie turned to supplements to treat her sensitive skin from the inside out.

After filling out a survey by HUM Nutrition, Katie began taking Gut Instinct™, a potent probiotic, Daily Cleanse™, which contains organic algae and cleansing minerals, and Red Carpet™, a supplement with black currant seed oil – a source of ALA and GLA shown to maintain hormone balance.

“Within two weeks my cystic acne was completely gone,” says Katie. “At this point it’s been a month and my skin has improved so much. I’m floored by how taking supplements has transformed my complexion.”

Katie’s friend Rachael also relies on supplements to promote a healthy complexion.

“I take collagen gummies and prenatal vitamins every morning to help with my skin,” she explains.

Rachael started paying closer attention to her skin two years ago after moving to the desert. “My oily skin started to dry out and break out, so I had to set up a routine to keep it moist.”

In addition to supplements, Rachael credits her dewy complexion to a regular morning and evening skincare routine along with LUSH Don’t Look at Me face masks twice per week.

3. Use vitamin E to rejuvenate your skin

While hard to resist, it’s not a good idea to pop your pimples or pick at your skin during a breakout.

Doing so actually tears your skin and can leave a scar that lasts way longer than a pimple ever would have.

That’s exactly what happened to Andrew, a 33-year-old musician, who battled breakouts as a teen. “I had really bad acne on my nose and cheeks in high school,” says Andrew, “I picked at my face a lot and it left some pretty bad scars.”

Andrew, who now has a clear complexion and barely-there acne scars, credits vitamin E and Korean sheet masks for his even skin tone and smooth texture.

While there’s little evidence that vitamin E heals acne scars, it can help regulate the production of collagen and elastin.

By blocking free radicals, vitamin E reduces wrinkles and keeps your skin looking youthful.

While vitamin E has many beauty benefits, this miracle serum should be used with caution. If you’re prone to breakouts, it could make your blemishes worse.

Talk to your dermatologist before incorporating it into your skincare routine.

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4. Drink enough water

There’s truth behind the blanket statement celebrities give about maintaining a clear complexion.

“Hydration is a key factor,” says Sivak. “Women should aim to drink about nine cups per day.”

Staying hydrated helps flush toxins from the body that can accumulate and cause acne.

And, because the skin is made of 64 percent water, hydrating will help keep your complexion from becoming dry, tight, and flaky.

Hydrated skin is more resilient than dry skin and is less prone to wrinkling.

5. Establish a nightly skincare routine

Gone are the days of falling asleep before washing your face.

For a flawless complexion, it’s important to establish an evening skincare routine that cleanses, nourishes, and moisturizes your skin. Ideally, a nightly skincare routine will include using makeup remover, a gentle cleanser, toner, and moisturizer.

“I use Image Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser and splurge on Creme del La Mer Facial Moisturizer before bed,” says Katie.

“I tend to use sheet or clay masks more in the summer months when I’m sweating more and traveling.”

Katie takes a preventative approach to her nightly skincare routine to thwart blemishes and the signs of aging. “I never used to wash my face before bed,” says Katie. “Now I see it as a form of self care, rather than a chore.” She uses Kate Somerville Anti Bac™ Acne Clearing Lotion and InstaNatural Retinol Serum on alternating nights to minimize blackheads and promote healthy collagen production.

6. Give skincare products a chance to work

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking to try the latest best sellers and new arrivals in skincare.

It can take some trial and error to find products that work for you, but constantly switching up your night cream, face oil, and acne treatment doesn’t give the products a chance to produce visible results.

You need to use most products for at least a month to see a difference, since average cell turnover is 28 days.

Serums, like vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, can take up to six to eight weeks to brighten your complexion.

Retinol in particular is known to cause redness and peeling at first, which many people mistake as an allergic reaction. They throw the product away before giving it a chance to work its magic to bust acne, reduce scarring, and minimize the signs of aging.

When you find a product that works, stick with it.

At 65 years old, Carole has maintained a youthful complexion without the use of fillers, lasers, or serums.

Her anti-aging secret? She has used the same skincare products for decades. “I wash my face with Mary Kay cleanser and follow up with Mary Kay moisturizer every morning,” says Carole. “I’ve used Mary Kay since I was 22.”

7. Use sun protection every morning

Sun care isn’t just for beach days.

Even if you work indoors, you’re still exposing your skin to harmful UV rays during your commute that can cause dark spots, wrinkles, and worst of all, skin cancer.

Unfortunately, the SPF built in to your makeup isn’t enough to provide anti-aging protection.

After cleansing and moisturizing your face, liberally apply broad-spectrum sunscreen with zinc oxide all the way up to your hairline and down your neck. Allow the sunscreen to soak in for a few minutes before putting on your makeup. “After applying vitamin C serum I use Coola Moisturizing Face Sunscreen SPF 30 followed by Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Brightening Makeup,” says Katie. “My foundation has SPF 25 so I feel like I’m really protecting my skin.”

To touch up your SPF throughout the day without messing up your foundation, try a face mist. A thorough coating of Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 will lock in your morning makeup while providing added sun protection.

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The Future Potential Of Cannabis – Benefits Beyond Measure

Hello there, Lovelies! 

So, if you follow my blog you know that I have used CBD oil as a form of anxiety treatment, and successfully at that.

As the market continues to expand for the use of cannabis as more than just a form of “recreation”, many different uses and benefits are being discovered and built upon.

Now, let’s not get carried away. I have never used marijuana in a recreational way (yes there are still some of us around😉) and I certainly am not endorsing it, however I can say that the medical and environmental benefits are exceedingly impressive!

Benefits of Cannabis

Take a look at what cannabis may have to offer us in the near future:

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Beyond Consumption: The Future of Cannabis

The use of marijuana goes way back and actually has a long history dating back centuries.

While ancient civilizations didn’t exactly use marijuana to get stoned, they did use it for its medicinal effects and treatment of ailments.

In fact, the use of cannabis dates as far back as 500 BC in Asia and back to the colonial days in America when hemp was grown for use as textiles.

Yes, marijuana’s healing properties have long been acknowledged, but only recently have they been brought to the mainstream and clinically tested for medical efficacy and safety.

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The stigma surrounding marijuana and other cannabis products only started in the 20th century, stemming from political and racial factors. As a result, marijuana became an illegal substance and has remained so for decades.

But as we know, the laws regarding the production, distribution, possession, and use of medical and recreational marijuana have been changing.

We’re on the cusp of a revolution in the realm of marijuana, and thanks to all the incredible ways that the marijuana plant and its cannabinoids can benefit the mind and body, it’s become more widely accepted — even by the law.

Today, the cannabis industry is exploding, and it’s not showing any signs of stopping.

In fact, it’s estimated that the global cannabis market could be worth as much as $130 billion in as little as 10 years.

And while there will always be the typical ways to consume cannabis – including smoking, inhaling a vape pen, eating, or applying it under the tongue as an oil or on the skin as a topical – innovators and cannabis companies are always looking for new and different ways for users to consume it and take advantage of its benefits.

Not only that, but hemp is being used in revolutionary ways outside of just the health and wellness sphere.

In fact, many in the cannabis industry are using marijuana to create cutting-edge intellectual property that promises to create a better, healthier world.

Here are just a few futuristic uses for marijuana that users may be able to benefit from in the near future.

Potential Futuristic Cannabis Uses

Medicine for our furry friends

Lots of people use cannabis oil to relieve anxiety and pain, and even improve their sleep.CBD For Pets

But humans aren’t the only ones who can stand to benefit from cannabis.

Loving owners have been administering CBD oil to their cats and dogs to alleviate ailments such as pain and anxiety.

CBD’s reach can even go so far as having cardiac, anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, and even anti-cancer benefits for animals, though conclusive results in clinical studies are still needed to solidify these findings.

That said, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to support the notion that CBD can be incredibly helpful for animals that may be suffering from various ailments.

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To administer to pets, CBD manufacturers have come up with convenient CBD pet treats that animals are more than happy to gnaw on.

The CBD is disguised quite well in treats that taste great to animals, making it a lot easier for pet owners to deliver the desired amount of CBD oil to treat whatever issue is ailing their beloved pet.

Improving our health

There are all sorts of supplements available in the wellness sphere to help consumers maintain optimal health, and hemp seeds might have a place in this world.

In fact, pure hemp seeds come packed with an amazing nutritional profile, making them an ideal component to improve and sustain a healthy diet.

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Two tablespoons of pure hemp seeds contain the following nutritional makeup:

· 2g fiber

· 5g protein

· 300 mg potassium

· 15% vitamin A requirement

· 25% iron requirement

Hemp seeds also have the ideal ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help promote a healthy heart and immune system.

It’s pretty easy to consume hemp seeds, too.

Simply sprinkle them in salads, cereals, dips, or smoothies to add a nutritional punch to whatever you’re eating or drinking.

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A more sustainable type of plastic

Cannabis Eco Friendly

Plastics that comes from natural, biological sources as opposed to petroleum are referred to as bio plastics.

For example, they can be derived from things such as vegetable oils, straw, wood chips, food scraps, and so forth. And cannabis may be playing an emerging role in bio plastics.

The benefits of bio plastics are pretty obvious: namely, they leave a much less significant carbon footprint on the planet.

Further, they can help to minimize our dependency on fossil fuel sources as they become increasingly expensive over time.

So, how is the cannabis plant involved in bio plastics?

Thanks to hemp becoming more and more popular to be used as a raw material as a result of the deregulation of hemp in the US, hemp-based bio plastics are on the horizon.

With almost 80% of plastics that don’t reach the landfills polluting and overwhelming our oceans and natural environment, the emergence of bio plastics is welcomed.

But by reusing leftover hemp waste from the nutrition industry instead of using it as cattle feed, it can be recycled into a usable, sustainable packaging.

Wholesale “green packaging” supplier Best Practices Packaging has applied for patent protection and partnered with big producers of nutritional hemp products in North America to create and commercialize hemp packaging and plastics.

Hemp-based construction materials

Along the same lines as plastic alternatives, hemp-based construction materials are also becoming a reality in the world of building.

Rather than depending on synthetic materials to create products for the industry, hemp-based materials are more sustainable, better for the environment, more affordable, and even better for our health.

The inner core, outer fibrous skin, and seed oil from hemp can create concrete alternatives, insulation, and wood finishes and deck stains that contain far less toxicity than traditional materials.

Many companies have natural cannabis patent products in the works that promise to make the industry a more eco-friendly one.

Replacing fossil fuels

Hemp can actually be used to create two types of fuel: hemp biodiesel (made from hemp seed oil), and hemp ethanol/methanol (made from the fermented stalk).

Considering how much damage fuel can do to the planet when spilled and how much more expensive fossil fuels are getting these days, coming up with more sustainable alternatives to fuel has never been more important.Cannabis Replacing Fossil Fuel

And hemp may just be a reliable, viable, and cost-effective source to use to create better fuel.

Hemp biodiesel is made by pressing the hemp seeds to extract the oil.

It can extend the life of diesel engines because of it’s more lubricating compared to petroleum diesel fuel, and can be made from domestically produced and sourced renewable hemp seed oil.

And when it’s burned, it releases far less harmful toxins into the environment.

Along the same lines are hemp batteries. They work based on carbonized hemp, graphite electrodes, and CBD isolates for conduction.

The fibers from hemp are able to store just as much energy as graphene.

In fact, hemp batteries may even work better than traditional lithium batteries, creating the potential to completely revolutionize the global battery industry.

Final Thoughts

Between cutting back on the carbon footprint on the earth, creating a healthier environment for everyone inhabiting the earth, and offering a more sustainable form of “clean” energy, hemp really may have so much more to offer than its healing properties.

Based on continued research into hemp’s applications, the innovative possibilities seem both incredible and promising.

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Why Lip Lifts Are Trumping Lip Fillers!

Ok, Ladies. Raise your hand if you want your lips to look full, thick, and pouty WITHOUT the need to inject filler. 🙋And reinject. And reinject…..🤦

Great news! There is a solution to the maintenance and uncomfortability of lip fillers.

The truth is, full lips are not a trend. They are ALWAYS in.

Many people have indulged in some form of lip filler (I’m to join the list very soon), and enjoyed the benefit of an enhanced lip look.

The problem? It does have to be retouched eventually, and even if you won’t say so out loud, we are all just a BIT scared of emerging from the doctor’s office with duck lips.Lip Lifts

The good news? A lip lift procedure can take the place of the temporary lip filler you have considered or partaken in the past.

The lip lift is of a more permanent nature, and because it simply exposes more of your natural lip, there won’t be any foreign matter in your face. Which is always good 🙂

If you are interested in PERMANENTLY rejuvenating your lips, READ ON!

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Why It’s Time To Trade Your Lip Filler For A Lip Lift

When most people think of lip enhancement, they think of fillers. But lip lifts provide a more defined Cupid’s bow and crisper edges so you can skip lip liner all together.

Karina Giglio

Even before Kylie Jenner released her first Lip Kit or filled, unfilled, and refilled her famous pout, Americans have had an obsession with lips.

Sometime in the last decade, plumping pouts with filler became almost as common as highlighting hair — just one more thing to add to the beauty maintenance list.

While temporary, hyaluronic acid-based lip fillers like Restylane are synonymous with a voluptuous (read: Instagram-friendly) mouth, longer lasting fixes have also taken hold.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were nearly 31,000 surgical (i.e. non-injectable) lip augmentations performed in the U.S. in 2018 — a 66 percent increase from 2000 and 4 percent boost from the previous year.

So, what’s behind the surge?

The lip lift, a far-from-new but largely under-the-radar surgical procedure, is breaking the bee-sting barrier with permanent results that are customizable and appear naturally full with nary a “trout mouth” or “duck lip” in sight.

“In-office lip lifts are super hot right now,” says Philly-based board certified facial plastic surgeon Jason Bloom. “Surgeons have really perfected the technique so that lips are actually rolled out and rejuvenated.”

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For the uninitiated, the lip surgery raises the edges of the lips (a.k.a the vermilion border), causing the pout to look larger and plusher. “You’re essentially releasing the red part of your top lip that lies underneath, so the upper lip looks fuller and bee-stung,” says Dr. Bloom.

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Long coupled with a facelift, stand-alone lip lifts are now a common cosmetic surgery request. Ideal for patients who are (a) tired of the maintenance associated with lip injections or (b) want a more natural looking result, the 90-minute operation is performed under local anesthesia in a plastic surgeon’s office and can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000.

During the procedure, the surgeon carves a bullhorn-shaped strip of skin below the nostrils to pull up the philtrum (the space between the Cupid’s bow and base of the nose).

In doing so, the inner part of the upper lip is revealed and the shape and appearance of the pout in enhanced.

“As we decrease the length of the philtrum, the area under the top lip is rolled out and maximized,” says Dr. Bloom. “The larger the wedge of tissue you remove, the more significant the pout, so you are able to customize the effect and the results are permanent. Your face continues to age, of course, but you don’t need to worry about coming in every six months.”

That personalized fullness is exactly what Jayne, a 41-year-old sales rep, had in mind when she opted for a stand-alone lip lift surgery after seeing her mother have it done as a part of a facelift. “Her lips looked more youthful and fuller — but still like her lips,” she says. “It was a beautiful effect overall.”

The results were just what she hoped for: a youthfully plump pout that completely changed her beauty routine. “They work perfectly with my face and feel great because they’re all mine,” Jayne says of her new lips. “It’s not something I ever achieved with filler. I don’t even use lip liner anymore. I can wear a little bit of gloss and it looks clean and neat and just right.

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While the end result is a permanently bee-stung pout, patience is required during the recovery process.

For the first five days post-surgery, Dr. Bloom encourages patients to wear a surgical mask to conceal the significant puffiness (tightness and tension in the lip area is also common) around the mouth.

During this time, ice and over-the-counter pain relievers are a girl’s best friend.

Around the two-week mark, the swelling is typically reduced and patients can return to regular activities.

A bit of concealer may be needed up to six weeks post-op as the incision heals, and it may take six months or more for the mark to fully fade.

“The key to having a good result and avoiding scarring under the nose is meticulous planning and suturing,” Dr. Bloom explains. “Make sure you have a cosmetic surgeon who is well-versed in understanding how the lip functions and where the tension comes from that supports the upper lip.”

Fortunately, even the lengthy recovery couldn’t dampen Jayne’s enthusiasm for her lip lift results. “There’s no question that the downtime was significant,” she shares. “It was a couple of weeks of just humongous swollen lips, but now I love them.”

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Is Microblading For You? Permanent Eyebrow Solutions!

Hey, Beautiful!

So, eyebrows. Sore subject for me. Or at least…it used to be 😃

Dark, perfectly defined eyebrows are the biggest trend across social media platforms and in the beauty industry right now…and there are no signs of change in the near future.

So – what do you do if you’re like me and you have basically nonexistent blonde eyebrows, sparse eyebrows, or just eyebrows that aren’t “Instagram Worthy”?

I would suggest, if you are looking for a semi-permanent fix, that you look into the wonderful world of Microblading.

Last Christmas, I gifted myself with a brand new set of Powder Eyebrows.

Well, OK, they weren’t NEW eyebrows…they were mine. But they look brand new!💁

Powdering is a form of Microblading, and the overall premise is a tattoo-like pigment being injected into the eyebrow area in a shape, color, and perfectly designed size that only exists in some of our dreams.

They look GREAT!

I went in for one touch up, and they have done wonderfully. Plus, I wake up with eyebrows and don’t have to worry about them sweating off or coming off in the pool or shower 😬

If you are in the market for an eyebrow solution that will leave you speechless, DEFINITELY look into Microblading.

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Microblading: Hollywood’s Secret to Achieving Naturally Defined Eyebrows

Symmetrical and tamed eyebrows can make someone look polished even on a makeup free day

Samantha Stone

Like everything else cosmetic, eyebrows also have their own trends.

From full and natural to pencil-thin and arched, brows are constantly evolving. While their fullness, shape, and style change over the years, the one thing that remains the same is their importance in framing the face.

Because of that, many consider the eyebrows to be the most important facial feature. In fact, symmetrical and tamed eyebrows can make someone look polished even on a makeup free day.

If you’re not entirely satisfied with your natural brows, fortunately there are a number of ways to refresh them.

Waxing, tweezing, and threading have long been popular options to tame and shape eyebrows. On the other hand, eyebrow pencils (this one is my fave. It’s very clean and easy to apply), brow gels, and powders have been an inexpensive way to thicken and fill out brows for those with more sparse brows.

Electrolysis and eyebrow tattoos have also been popular for people looking for more permanent solutions.

So, how does everyone in Hollywood have perfect eyebrows?

I’ll give you a hint: It’s not because of their makeup artists! It is because of a semi-permanent treatment that leaves you with natural looking and beautiful brows called microblading.

Like electrolysis and eyebrow tattooing, it requires a little of an investment but microblading will last you for one to two years.

So, What Exactly Is Microblading?

Eyebrow microblading is a semi-permanent makeup technique that uses a super-fine pen to deposit pigment into the skin.

Because the tip is so fine (the tip is actually made up of a bundle of 12 to 15 tiny little needles), it can create hair-like strokes so natural looking that it can be hard to tell real hair apart from the ink.

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While the process sounds like a traditional cosmetic tattoo, it is actually quite different because the microblade needles only penetrate the superficial layers of skin, making the technique semi-permanent unlike tattooing which is permanent.

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What does the microblading process look like?

Microblading is done manually with a handheld tool, not by an automated machine.

Technicians meticulously draw the strokes on one by one and pay close attention to detail.

During the first hour, technicians draw on the eyebrows with removable pencil to determine what the ideal shape and fullness should look like. Afterwards, they take a photo and line it up with a grid to make sure the eyebrows are perfectly symmetrical – you don’t want mismatching eyebrows, right!?

Once the eyebrow shape has been determined, technicians will apply a topical numbing cream and a liquid anesthetic to minimize any pain.

Depending on the client’s preference, the technician will choose a needle from a variety of diameters to control the thickness of each hair stroke.

The diameter is customizable to each client because it is important the microbladed hairs match the width of the native brow hairs to make the eyebrows look as natural as possible.

As with other tattoos, there is no downtime for microblading, although it can take about two weeks for scabs to fully heal.

Microblading patients are encouraged to avoid heat and sun exposure, eyebrow makeup, swimming, and facials for one week following the treatment. Additionally, many salons offer creams or skin care products to use post procedure to help the healing process.

There are a few different types of microblading and similar treatments in the broader family of semi-permanent eyebrows.

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The Different Types

Created by the Los Angeles based celebrity brow artist Kristie Streicher, Microfeathering™ is a technique to create less bold and more natural looking brows.

Microfeathering™ is not for statement brows or to recreate an entire eyebrow, but instead it is to fill out existing brows for a soft and subtle look.

The goal is to achieve eyebrows that look completely natural and untouched by tweezers or waxing. Because it is not a typical bold eyebrow, there will likely be some skin showing in between the hairs after the procedure.

The best part of the treatment is that you can not only have everyday brows but also you can have full “Instagram brows” with the addition of pencil, gel, or powder.

Unlike traditional Microblading, Microfeathering™ requires the patient to already have natural eyebrow hair.

The technique is to work with the native hair and mimic the hair’s natural growth pattern for the utmost natural look.

The goal is to fill in gaps within the existing eyebrow rather than creating an entirely new one.

Because of this, after the initial appointment most clients are instructed to have a grow out period of four to six months to ensure they have enough natural hair for best results.

Compared to Microblading, Microfeathering™ has similar maintenance.

The treatment is a two-part process, with touch-up’s one to two months after the first session.

Because Microfeathering™ has finer strokes compared to microblading, it lasts slightly less as long. It is expected to last around eight to twelve months depending on the person.

Microshading is the ideal technique for those looking for filled in, thick, “boy brows.” Like Mircofeathering™ and microblading, microshading also uses a handheld or manual tool to create customizable brows.

The big difference is that, unlike microblading and Microfeathering™, Microshading does not draw on hair-like strokes.

Instead, it uses a stippling method of dotting the pigment into the skin. This creates more of a powdered eyebrow that you would achieve with eyebrow powder.

Think Kim Kardashian or Kylie Jenner.

Ombré Brows

This type of microshading has a two-tone effect — à la ombré hair.

The tails of the brow are darker and fade into light color as it reaches the start of the eyebrow. It is a better option for someone looking for a trendier brow or someone with a darker skin tone.

Microshading is expected to last just as long as microblading with a touch-up a month after the treatment and annual touch-ups.

Many people opt for a combination of both microblading and microshading if they have thinner brows.

Who Is Microblading Right For?

The treatment is a great option for someone looking for smudge proof, low maintenance, and natural looking eyebrows.

Aside from the initial investment of around $700 or $800, you would also need to sacrifice about two hours for the procedure and a brief touch up once a year.

If you are looking to entirely reconstruct, fill in gaps, or add definition then microblading can be the answer to achieve those picture perfect brows you have always been dreaming of!

Overall, a microblading procedure is relatively safe and shares the same safety precautions as any type of tattooing procedure.

Minor complications can include misapplication, migration, or discoloration of the pigment.

Since there has not yet been a formal testing or certification specifically for microblading (only for general tattooing), prospective microblading patients should ask the appropriate questions around safety to minimize risk.

While it is unlikely, blood transmitted diseases, such as HIV or Hepatitis C, are always a risk with any form of tattooing.

The Bottom Line

Gone are the days of painted on, Sharpie looking eyebrows.

Missing or sparse brows can be a result of genetics, over plucking or waxing, or illness, but regardless of the reason why, almost anyone can instantly enhance their beauty with the semi-permanent microblading technique.

Eyebrows help frame the entire face and create symmetry and everyone deserves to be the best version of themselves!

I hope you enjoyed this article, and I hope to see you again soon!

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15 Recipes To Help You Integrate Cannabis Into Your Meals

Hello, Beautiful!

If you are new to the cannabis world, you may not know exactly how to make the most of it, and may even be a little intimidated!

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Below is a list of 15 recipes, taking some already tasty food combos, and adding cannabis to the mix.

These recipes might help you to make the transition into regularly integrating cannabis into your meals.

If you are intrigued by this naturally-sourced treatment for ailments ranging from physical pain such as arthritis to mental and emotional issues such as depression and anxiety, read on!!


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15 Superb Food Recipes Infused with Cannabis

Forget “pot brownies.” While this classic cannabis concoction is still immensely popular, there are plenty of other recipes that include cannabis plant on the list of ingredients.

They’re not only delicious, they also allow you to enjoy the benefits of THC and CBD.

The world of edible cannabis has nearly limitless possibilities. Whether you’re looking for main courses, desserts, drinks, or desserts, there’s a cannabis-inspired recipe to suit your needs.

When searching for marijuana recipes, you’ll find a couple of products on the list of ingredients, including:


The process of creating canna-oil involves decarboxylating raw cannabis (basically, heating it in the oven), tossing it into a saucepan with oil, then straining out the plant material. What you’ll be left with is a simple, potent base for cooking.


The process of creating canna-butter is similar to the above process, and involves decarboxylating the weed in the oven, placing it into a saucepan with butter and water, straining the canna-butter, and refrigerating it.

Get creative and try these amazing cannabis food recipes.

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Certain types of foods – including pasta, meat, and potatoes – are staples in many peoples’ lives. And while entrees are meant to nourish our bodies, there’s no reason why they can’t tempt our palates too.

Here are a few cannabis-infused dishes you absolutely need to try.

Cannabis-infused Gnocchi

Gnocchi Recipe

Pasta is a staple in most people’s diet. It’s filling, tasty, and affordable. Gnocchi, in particular, is especially hearty, and with this recipe from Munchies, you’ll also be left with the benefits of cannabis too.


3 baking potatoes

1 tbsp olive oil

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp baking powder

3 cups flour

Weed-infused butter

Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)



Boil the potatoes with the skin on in salted water. Once done, remove the skin and finely mash them.

Mix all products together with a wooden spoon, then knead the mixture on a floured cutting board. Roll out the dough into thick squares and cut them into small pieces. Roll the pieces and press into one side with the back side of a fork.

Boil as many pieces as you wish to eat at one sitting for a few minutes until they rise to the top of the water, and place all remaining gnocchi in a plastic bag for future use. Strain and rinse the gnocchi, and top them with your favorite sauce or grated cheese.

2. Canna-Chili

Another classic dish, this recipe has been tweaked by Culinary Cannabis to include some cannabis.


2 15 oz cans black beans, drained

2 15 oz cans black-eyed peas, drained

2 15 oz cans dark red kidney beans, drained

2 sweet onions, chopped

8-12 plum tomatoes, chopped

1/3 cup dry red wine

1-2 pounds chopped beef

1-2 tbsp cumin

2 tbsp chili powder

1-2 tbsp dried chili flakes

3 tbsp Lea and Perrins

3-4 large tbsp marijuana butter


Place all the beans in a large pot and cook under low heat. After a couple of minutes, add the spices, wine, and Lea and Perrins.

Stir occasionally for about 30 minutes to an hour, then add the tomatoes and onions.

In a separate wok, add a few cloves of garlic, then stir-fry the beef with a dollop of extra virgin olive oil. Once browned, add the beef to the pot of beans.

Allow the chili to simmer slowly for 1 to 2 hours over low heat while stirring occasionally. Add the melted cannabis a few minutes before serving.

3. Pizza with Cannabis Oil Crust

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Classic pizza is getting an additional ingredients tossed into the mix thanks to this recipe variation from

Crust Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour, sifted

2 tbsp cannabis-infused olive oil

2 tsp granulated yeast

1 tsp salt

2 tsp sugar

Warm water

Topping Ingredients

Tomato sauce

Mozzarella cheese


Place all dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together, then create a divot at the top. Pour the marijuana-infused oil into the divot.

With a knife, mix in some warm water to make a dough, making sure to add a little at a time to reach the right consistency. If it’s too wet, add some flour to dry it up.

With flour on your hands, knead the dough for about a minute, then cover the bowl with a plate or towel and let it sit for at least an hour to allow the dough to rise.

Lightly grease a pizza tray and add the dough. Press out the dough towards the edges to cover the tray evenly. Spread the sauce over top, then add the mozzarella and basil.

Bake in the oven at 400°F for 25 to 30 minutes.

4. Mac, Cannabis & Cheese

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Swapping traditional butter with canna-butter makes this classic dish, tweaked by The Cannabist, somewhat unique.

Macaroni Ingredients:

1/2 lb elbow macaroni or shells

1 tbsp canola oil

1 tsp salt

Cheese Sauce Ingredients:

5 tbsp cannabutter

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3 cups milk, warmed

4 oz mozzarella, grated

8 oz medium cheddar, grated

1 tsp salt

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1 cup breadcrumbs

1 tbsp canola oil or canna-oil

2 oz cheddar, grated

Onion Rings Ingredients:

1 cup canola oil

1 onion, peeled and sliced


Heat oven to 375°F. Boil macaroni in salted water according to its directions, usually around 8 to 12 minutes, then drain.

In a small saucepan, melt the canna-butter, then add the flour and cook for about 5 minutes, whisking constantly. Add the warm milk and cook for another minute until thickened, then add the cheese, salt, paprika, pepper and nutmeg. Add the cooked macaroni and mix, then add the mixture to 6 to 8 buttered ramekins.

In a small bowl, mix the canola oil, breadcrumbs, and cheddar, then sprinkle over top of the macaroni mixture. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes.

In a medium saucepan, heat the oil, then add the onion rings and cook for about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Place the onion rings on top of the ramekins and serve.

5. Cannabis Sesame Honey Lime Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are a classic dish to serve up at large gatherings. They’re relatively easy to make, and they’re a crowd-pleaser.

This particular recipe concocted by Cannabis Cheri takes a spin on things, tossing in a little lime juice, honey, sriracha sauce, and of course, cannabis.

Snacks and Quick Bites

It’s tough to go between meals without putting a little something in our mouths and settling our grumbling tummies.

With these snack recipes, you can keep hunger at bay, satisfy your cravings, and even add a little marijuana to your life to reap its many rewards.

Give any one of these snack recipes a try.

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6. Cannabis-infused Guacamole

The classic avocado-based dip has been spun to include cannabis oil. Cannadish has created their own version of guacamole, and it’s pretty easy – simply mash some avocado with cannabis oil, then stir in chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro and lemon juice (although as guacamole purists, we’d have to recommend using lime juice) .

7. Cannabis Popsicles

Easy to make and totally refreshing, popsicles make the perfect treat on a hot sizzling day.

This recipe from Original Weed Recipes combines mangos (or any fruit of your choice), yogurt, and little bit of what they refer to as “medicated” coconut oil.

8. Cannabis Fruit Galette

Cannabis Fruit Galette Recipe
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A fancy name for pancakes, “galette” may be a simple recipe, but it’s taste is anything but. For this cannabis fruit galette recipe from Sous Weed, you’ll be filling the galette with a variety of fruits, blackberry jam, and lemon verbena.

To top things off, a dollop of whipped cream completes a truly delectable dessert.

9. Rosemary Mashed Potatoes with Cannabis

Eat Your Cannabis has put its own spin on traditional mashed potatoes by including canna-butter in place of olive oil or animal butter.


4 large potatoes, cubed

1/2 cup canna-milk

4 tbsp cannabutter

2 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced

Salt and pepper


Boil water in a large saucepan, then add the cubed potatoes. Boil for 10 minutes, then drain the water, leaving the potatoes in the saucepan.

Add the canna-butter and canna-milk, and mash into the potatoes until smooth. Add the rosemary, salt, and pepper to taste.

10. Cannabis Artichoke Dip

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like artichoke dip. Just about anything can be dipped into this dish, making it a universal dip to serve with various appetizers.

Wake and Bake’s take on artichoke dip calls for a few cashews, mustard, swiss chard, artichoke hearts, and some marijuana-infused walnut oil.


No meal is complete without a sweet treat to top things off right. Try these marijuana-inspired dessert recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth.

11. Cannabis Caramels

You might be able to find traditional caramels at the grocery store, but you won’t likely find any infused with cannabis.

This easy-to-make recipe from Original Weed Recipes combines canna-butter along with corn syrup, brown sugar, and vanilla for a tasty treat.

12. Cannabis Snickerdoodles

Snickerdoodles might be the most commonly baked cookies in the world. Original Weed Recipes’ version takes the classic recipe known to millions of grandmothers and simply substitutes regular butter with canna-butter.



Cookie flour

1 egg

Sugar and cinnamon (to roll the cookies in)


Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cut the canna-butter into smaller pieces and melt it in the microwave for a few seconds.

Pour the flour into the melted canna-butter and mix until no lumps are visible.

Add the egg and stir until it turns into dough. Take small pieces of the dough and roll them into your hands to form balls.

Roll the balls into the sugar and cinnamon and place them onto a baking tray.

Bake it for 8 to 12 minutes and allow to cool before serving.

13. Cannabis Donut Holes

Just as good as the whole donut, donut holes are just enough to satisfy our sugar cravings.

This recipe from Munchies adds canna-butter to the mix, along with conventional ingredients like flour, sugar, and eggs.

14. Chocolate Cannabis Peanut Butter Bars

There may never be a more perfect union than chocolate and peanut butter, and these bars from Original Weed Recipes cleverly sneaks THC-cannabis flower alongside the chocolate, peanut butter, sugar, flour, and eggs.

15. Cheesecake with Cannabis

A delicacy in the dessert sphere, cheesecake is a timeless treat that can take on various forms, including chocolate, fruit, or simply plain. The Weed Scene’s take on cheesecake involves adding canna-butter, in addition to cheesecake recipe staples like cream cheese, sugar, flour, and, of course, the graham cracker crust.

Final Thoughts

With so many different recipes out there with THC-laden or CBD-rich marijuana, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy your favorite dishes or desserts while taking advantage of the medicinal and wellness benefits of the plant. Use your imagination, get creative and give any one of these cannabis-inspired recipes a try!

Thanks for stopping in, ya’ll! I hope you have a beautiful day!

Blessings and Beauty,

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