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Chemical vs Enzyme Peels

Chemical vs Enzyme Peels, what’s right for you?

Pining for Pineapples: gina anne

 

A chemical peel exfoliates or peels off dead skin AND living skin cells. PEELS OFF skin. Working beyond the outer layer of skin and into the deeper layer, the dermis. Chemical peels are made of chemical compounds varying from degrees from superficial the (alpha hydroxy acids) to deep peels (trichloroacetic acid & phenol acid). Deep peels can only be done once…think Samantha from Sex & the City. Two to three weeks to heal scaling, swelling, or blisters may occur before the skin starts to rejuvenate again. Smoother, less wrinkles will reveal in the face.

An enzyme peel is a bit gentler on the skin. Enzymes pull away or peels ONLY dead skin cells. Loosens the outer layer of skin on the epidermis and binds to this skin and sloughs off. Enzyme peels are good for all skin types. Depending on sensitivities will depend on the enzyme needed. Enzymes are natural compounds, easier on the skin. There will be no hiding in the dark after an enzyme peel.

Natural enzymes are mostly found in fruits. Pumpkins, bromelain from pineapple, papaya, blueberries, and even japanese mushrooms are enzyme examples.

Chemical peels can be alpha hydroxy acids, lactic acids (sour milk), glycolic acids (sugar cane), malic acids (apples), trichloroacetic acid (vinegar) and salicylic acid (strawberries & wintergreen). Both peels turn over the facial cells improving the overall texture and appearance.

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” -Mark Twain

Benefits:

  • Chemical Peels – regenerate healthier, radiant skin. Improves the elasticity and collagen to decrease wrinkles. Evens out hyper pigmentation and sun spots.
  • Enzyme Peels – soften and smooths the skin. Making the skin appear bright, youthful, radiant. Enzyme peels are also great primers for serums to penetrate deeper into the skin seeing positive benefits quicker.

Talk to your facialist or esthetician and decide what is right for you. If you are still at a loss here are some of my at home favorite peels.

  1. Perfectly Posh’s Pineapple Pick-Me-Up exfoliating fruit enzyme face mask Pineapple Pick-Me-Up: Loaded with fruit (pineapple & papaya) enzymes, acai and mangosteen extracts. Goes on clear, leave on for a five minute savasana, breathing sweet, and rinse with warm water, apply your favorite face toner. YES!
  2. DIY facial: Organic pineapples blended up with plain yogurt gently apply to face and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. Enjoy some fresh water or a glass of wine, then rinse and viola. Use a moisturizer to follow.
  3. Eminence’s Bright Skin Licorice Root Exfoliating Peel Pads. This comes with organic cotton pads, a textured side and smooth for the face.

As an esthetician, my favorite professional peels to give give during a treatment are:

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

gina anne

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, Girlfriend!

 

Thanks, Girlfriend GIF: gina anne

This just in…Girlfriend Collective leggings.

Hey, Girlfriend have you heard the news. A new clothing line featuring eco-friendly, made responsibly leggings. Are you in? Well yes, of course! I’m sitting here, staring at my computer, eating a tasty veggie burrito & sipping on some Skinny Girl. Supposedly it’s National Burrito Day…and I’m wondering how to describe these fantastic pants.

My aunt sent me an email back in January sharing the news about free leggings. BLINK! She heard from her daughter (my cousin) who already owns a pair of these smooth black cats. WHAT! How can you say NO? I didn’t. Heck, what’s another pair of black leggings…minimalism goals & free leggings goals 🙂 AND!!! They are made out of plastic bottles. Yes! How many people drank from my pants? Girlfriend Collective, [takes post consumer water bottles, removes the tops & stickers shred the bottles into mini tiny chips. Then, process those itsy chips into minuscule, extremely soft fibers & this becomes their yarn. The yarn becomes the leggings] in which I’m wearing as I type.

So I dig deeper, I go to the website and order a pair. Yep, free pair of leggings, with a small glitch noted immediately by the company. The shipping and handling is $20.00. But wait, this is all because they are shipped from Vietnam & need to go through customs. A lot of traveling these little beauties do. Yes, this is right, traveling from Vietnam.

Hanoi, Vietnam to be exact. The factory where these satiny leggings started their debut. From the GFC tag, “The factory, made in our SA8000 certified factory…specializes in high-end knits. our leggings are lovingly constructed by people who know their stuff. To top it off, they provide fair wage, safe & happy workplace as well.” I love when I know where my clothes came from. Girlfriend Collective launched their line this winter. The full line is coming this spring. I am so happy to be writing about Girlfriend Collective and sharing the joy of these flirty black leggings, and excited for the rest of the fashion line.

I check the mail March 22 and THEY. ARE. HERE!!! I am so ecstatic I don’t even open the cute white envelope with lovely GIRLFRIEND COLLECTIVE typography stamped on the package. I send a picture to my aunt instead & wait a day. The next day is like Christmas morning. I strategically paw at the envelope, touch, photograph, & try them on immediately. Image the woman laying on her bed pulling on her tight jeans. Yep, that’s me. The slick pants fit like a glove. Tight, sultry, smooth. Woah! They feel slippery and ultra soft. Not soft like a puppy, but soft like a seal. AND, puppy fur does not adhere to these pants. Dog fur brushes off so easily, this is my favorite quality of these leggings. BONUS! The pants also have a little pocket on the inside of the back for your key or money while your out and about showing off your new “girlfriends.”

My first look is an athleisure look for work. Throwing over a striped dress and my rain boots. The next day I teach yoga in them. Bendy, strong, irresistible. They don’t stretch too much. These girlfriend’s contort to my figure, rocking my curves. I love the seams, the line in the leg. The waist is high, not what I am used to…but slowly falling in lust. The material is crafted out of “polyester, recycled, spandex, sheer-proof, and soft as a cloud full of kittens” -GF Collective tag. Beautiful marketing! The third look, I run home grab my pup & take him to the park to walk the trails. These leggings are perfect for the walk. I feel light, breezy, fast.

Detailed washing instructions is also included for the Girlfriend Collective leggings. Love your pants, care for your pants. A cheeky red card which reads, “Thanks, Girlfriend” is included! With all these sweet gestures I feel this company cares about me & the world we live in.

Here are a couple of looks in my “Girlfriend Leggings” having fun, breathing sweet.

 

 

Girlfriend Leggings: athleisure work

 

Girlfriend Collective: yoga class

 

Girlfriend Leggings: trail walking

 

Thanks for reading. Do you have a pair of Girlfriend Collective leggings? Tell me what you love about your pair & how you show them off. Can’t wait to hear.

Investigate Girlfriend Collective Leggings for yourself: GF Collective

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

gina anne

Triangle Pose

Trikonasana: gina anne

 

How do you get yourself into a triangle? Give yoga a try. 🙂

In yoga class I adore triangle pose (trikonasana), there is so much lengthening in the limbs, opening the heart, grounding in the feet. I love teaching triangle in class as well. Holding the class in this grounding extension. Arms fly high and ease fills the studio.

I chose this pose for spring because triangle pose is fun, open, slightly detoxifying and springy. Triangle pose gets the name because two triangles are made with the arms and legs. We are working the front leg’s hamstrings and the back leg’s gluteus. The spine twists slightly and the arms extend freely one down to the ground while the other yearns for the sky.

“If you were a triangle, you’d be acute one!” -unknown

Feeling springy? Put on some airy tunes & let’s get into triangle. Start in downward facing dog. Step your right foot forward, spin the back foot down. Rise into warrior II pose. Straighten the front leg, hips move back, right arm moves forward, yes…now tilt into triangle pose. Left hand to the sky. Gaze at your foot, to the side, or for full expression rotate your head. Set the focus on the top hand. Five deep breaths here. Inhale…Exhale! In & out…breathe sweet. Three more breaths. Relax, tranquil, serene.

Notice how the feet ground into the earth, feeling lines of energy up through the knees stretching into deeper movement in the legs and hips. The spine twists kindly amidst the thoracic back. Open the heart space to the side, shine some light, dance to the music. Detoxify through the core…intestines, liver, pancreas twisting, squeezing, massaging. The arms are open, fun, and free like a bird in flight. One more deep breath in, exhale the arm down to the floor. Stepping back to downward facing dog. Bend the knees to the floor, head rests down. Another breath.

Bring gratitude to the physical body for being such a gift of movement and feeling. Compassion to the mind for being able to focus on breathe. Getting yourself into triangle is a joy, a blessing, a gift…and this is why I chose it for spring beginnings.

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

gina anne

Word of Caution: 

  1. some yoga knowledge is required to practice triangle
  2. please consult a physician if you have any doubt about practicing triangle
  3. for a learning experience look up the yoga poses new to you and find your triangle
  4. read this to a friend and be their teacher. 😉

 

Hello Spring.

Hello Spring: gina anne

Hello Spring.

Spring is here. The birds are singing. Wildlife is active. Flowers are peaking through the desolate winter’s earth. The sunshine is stretching his rays through this chilly Wisconsin morning. I start my day with a mile walk with our pup, Winston. He is not really a puppy any more. He is one year & 2 months. Exactly, a year ago Andy and I picked up this sweet boy. Our walk is brisk, with a slight chill, normal for Wisconsin March. Winston’s snout notices the spring ground, sniffing for scraps. Spring is in his step. Robins are everywhere searching for breakfast. Squirrels recovering fall’s hidden treasures. The earth is muddy and brown, regrowth is happening.

“Spring, is nature’s way of saying…Let’s Party!” -Robin Williams

Spring, where the days become longer. A positive hope for warmer weather ahead. We spring clean, spring detox. Make life lighter, shedding our winter coat. Finding our own regrowth. Our inner spring step.

What do you do when spring is in the air?

I usually have plans to clean, detox, set some regrowth myself, on life ahead. Spring came all too fast for me. I still have yet to do a deep cleaning, hopefully soon. I do have four months of spring, right? To de-clutter, detox and cleanse the air. I enjoy clearing my closet every spring, storing my winter clothes…a fickle Wisconsin spring is quite hard to let go of those cozy sweaters though. What are your spring goals?

here are some of mine:

  • do a thorough deep cleaning, get rid of the old
  • organize my closet (my goal is to have a capsule closet) this has been my goal for 3 years now…still a work in progress. Very challenging. Very funny.
  • be more creative
  • do a 3 day juice cleanse
  • more evening walks
  • oh, and have I mentioned triathlon training? Eeeek!

Can’t wait to hear what is in your spring step. Happy spring to everyone. Let me know your spring rituals. Add some advice on how you spring clean your home, your body, & your soul. Enjoy!

be you. be kind. breathe sweet.

gina anne

Spring Spa Favorites:

Perfectly Posh’s Body Butter: Indigo Girl

Perfectly Posh’s Chunk: Easy Peasy Lemon-Mint Chunk

 

 

Ujjayi Breath

Ujjayi: gina anne

Ujjayi, WHAT?

Ocean waves, see-saw effect, soft whisper, hissing, Darth Vader breath…giggles vibrate the yoga studio. What is an ujjayi breath? New to yoga, ujjayi is quite the foreign word. It is Sanskrit meaning “victorious breath.” Mastering the breath. Staying in the moment with breathing. The breath, the respiratory system, the lungs flowing of oxygen and releasing carbon dioxide, is the only autonomic system we can control.

What is an ujjayi breath? Ujjayi breathing is a slow, rhythmic breath used in most yoga classes. The breath is done in and out of the nostrils. The inhale is victorious, full and vibrant. The exhale is cleansing, and audible from air tickling the vocal cords. A gentle breath which brings awareness to our inhalations and exhalations. A conscious breath to allow mindfulness, self care, and hyper awareness to the body, the outside environment. Traffic jams, chaos, tension… when and wherever life needs to slow down and breathe sweet. Ujjayi breathing slows the heart rate, calms the mind, decreases blood pressure, releases cortisol (stress hormone) and brings heat to the body.

“Tread softly, breathe peacefully, laugh hysterically.” -Nelson Mandela

Why do we do this Darth Vader breathing in yoga classes? Not only to release stress, but from my experience when I concentrate on my ujjayi breath it helps me to focus and experience peace. I am able to stay in a balance pose. Be strong in a warrior pose. Relax in a restorative pose. Be present in my body & relax the anxiety in my mind. Most of all bringing attention and awareness to my own yoga practice and my own yoga teaching.

Sit back relax. Take a DEEEEP belly breathe in through the nose. Hold 1-2-3… and out through the nose saying the word haaaaaa…fogging up a mirror, hold 1-2-3! Do this 3 or 4 times and see how you feel more victorious. Then allow the breath to go back on autopilot, enjoying your day.

Be you. Be kind. Breathe Sweet.

-ginaanne