Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Clear Skin with Kukui Nut Oil

Kukui OIl

Hawaii. Up until this year I was the only person in my family and circle of friends who had not visited this USA land of paradise. Our family stayed on the Big Island, Kona side. Breath taking really is the only way to describe it.

It was also the first time in years that I stayed in the sun longer than walking to my car or subway station. We hiked, beached, walked, hiked some more and I ended up with a nasty sunburn.

While visiting the Hilton mini outdoor shopping strip I found an oil that I had not heard of called Kukui Oil. On the bottle it read “Natural Relief for Dry Skin, Sunburn, Eczema and Psoriasis.” (Hmmm…I’m suffering from one of these and the Aloe Vera is making it worse.) Being an “I love oils” girl, I poured some out of the tester and rubbed it on my shoulders. It was oily but not greasy. It immediately absorbed into my skin…not just onto my skin.

It felt good. Hours later it still felt good and my skin was not as red, so I decided to Google it!

It’s been used in Hawaii for years to moisturize and protect skin from sun, salt, wind and other environmental elements. (Especially by Hawaiian royalty) It’s chocked full of essential fatty acids (linoleic and alpha-linolenic), more than jojoba and argan oil. Plus it contains the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E so it protects against free-radicals.

It absorbs completely into the deepest levels of your skin to form a protective barrier and is fantastic for all skin types even acne prone skin. It’s noncomedogenic, minimizes scarring and calms irritated skin. For mature skin it locks in moisture and softens fine lines and wrinkles.

I began using it all over my body (yes, my face too). I started noticing that my skin looked less red and naturally dewy – NOT greasy!

I have, in the past suffered from acne to the point of being on accutane. (Not fun!) So, I am always looking for ways to keep my skin clear whether it’s what I put on my skin or what I put in my body.

I’ve been using the Kukui Oil for 2 weeks now and acne has been practically non-existant. Through a menstrual cycle, eating peanut butter and soy (my too skin allergy issues), only a few very small pimples. Using this oil is the ONLY thing I’ve done differently.

I’m ECSTATIC with my results!

I’m currently using a combination of blended oils: 35% Kukui oil, 35% Jojoba Oil and 10% Argan oil in a 1 oz glass dropper bottle. The jojoba and argan bland was what I was using prior to my Hawaiian discovery. The addition of Kukui has been a godsend!

What I bought: Oils of Aloha

Resources:
Suite 101
Live Strong
Herbal Healing
Venus & Vetiver
Ingredients to Dies for

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Day I saw Rafa Nadal Play Tennis!

If you keep up with me on my social network feeds, you’ll know that yesterday my husband gave me the BEST one year anniversary present I could have asked for! A day at the US Open to see my favorite player Rafael Nadal!

And what a day it was! He snagged court side seats right where the players emerge to play with a perfect angle to view the match.
My husband, Chris, always laughs and says that one reason all us women go crazy for Nadal is that he reminds us of Atreyu from The Neverending Story. And as much as I hate to admit it…he’s probably right.
So there we are with these FANTASTIC court side tickets where the players were practically touchable. Instead of rooting for Rafa, like me, Chris decides he’s going to root for the underdog, Philipp Kohlschreiber. He figures Rafa has plenty of support anyway, so why not. I said, “Whatever honey!!” (With a snicker!)
Anyone who knows my husband knows his laugh! He has an AWESOME, hardy…telling laugh.
It’s the first set and Nadal attempts a play that should guarantee a win. The play backfired and Kohlschreiber answered back triumphantly and stunned the entire crowd. At that moment of silence is when my husband’s laugh was heard ’round the stadium. (I’m NOT over-exaggerating!) It was a laugh that had the distinct tone of…”Well, well, well, ya thought you had that one in the bag, but OH Ho-Ho-Ho NOOOO!”
Nadal whipped his head around and looked STRAIGHT at Chris!!!
My mouth dropped open and Chris looked at me like, “Oops!” I lowered my head and started to silently laugh! I was worried it was gonna be ME not able to control my emotions and yell out something too loud. Nope, it was my husband!!
Chris started laughing too…a little “tail between his legs” silent laugh.
Then Nadal proceeded to lose that set. 6(4)-7(7).
Well, I continued to yell for Rafa. I even got a little more physical with my cheers letting him (Rafa) know not to hold my husband’s heckling laugh against me!
When it was all over, we were both overwhelmed with the amazing athletic performance of these two men! It was AWESOME to experience!! As Kohlschreiber left the stadium, I quickly thought to grab Chris’s white baseball cap for him to sign and he did.
Strangely enough when Nadal came by, he looked up at Chris and passed on signing the cap.
Ah, well, I don’t blame him…Nadal OR my husband! (giggle!)
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