The months leading up to my breast ultrasound were awful. I could not sleep. I was anxious, worried, afraid and cried a lot. I was paralyzed by my fear. Then to top it off, being in my mid-40’s, my body is changing and my breasts are so sore all of the time. My emotions are a mess and then I had a rash under my left (lymph side) armpit and at the airport the TSA agent “saw something” under that left armpit that she had to check again with her hand-held scanner. Also, since I was young I have always had a HUMUNGOUS (is this how you spell it) fear of hospitals, down to the lights, smells and color of paint on the walls. I am afraid of doctors and illness and so the past few months I have been swimming in “facts” and my own terrifying story.
I felt alone in my fear. I have had cystic breasts since I was a teenager and it was when I was 17 that my OB-GYN recommended that I always have ultrasounds instead of mammograms as a precaution.
I haven’t had one in a few years and so the past few months my worry consumed me. It seems everywhere I turn someone has cancer and I’ve read that breast cancer has little to do anymore with one’s family history. Now there are so many other factors that play a role that even people with no family history of breast cancer are getting it. Continue reading
Living in a digital world adds enormous stress on our eyes that if ignored will prematurely age and damage our eyes.
Imagine lying in the direct sun, day after day, without sunscreen. Your skin would inevitably burn, itch, dry out and eventually it would be left much that vulnerable to disease. Well this is what is happening to our eyes when we expose it to hours of blue light and glare on our phones and computers without the proper care and protection.
The pain that happens to our eyes when staring at computer and phone screens is similar to what happens to wrists and hands with carpal tunnel syndrome. These are both repetitive motion injuries and for our eyes, when they follow the same path over and over they become more strained.
Working on a computer or staring at a phone means our eyes have to focus and refocus all the time while also moving back and forth to read. Also you may have to look down and then back up to type while the entire time your eyes react to the changing images on the screen so your brain can process what you are seeing and we do all this without blinking. This requires tremendous effort from our eye muscles and to make matters worse, unlike a book, our screens add contrast, flicker, and glare.
It has been a whirlwind month that began early December with a lot of frustration living in LA without a space to host my clients (and forget hosting editors or A-List clients). When I closed my salon in Venice after seven amazing years and two years in another space, I began seeing clients in my flat. This was something I would have never considered in the past but I had clients to host and at the time there was no alternative.
I am so excited have access to Rock Front Ranch honey for all of Elique’s products. Beekeeper, Alisha Taff was introduced to me by Larry Kandarian of Kandarian Organic Farms. I was in search of a local and pristine honey that I could use in our products and knowing my high standards, Larry immediately referred me to Alisha.
Very rarely do we hear about the beauty of Vitamin B’s and the essential role they play in achieving radiant skin and optimum health of the entire body.
There are eight B vitamins in the B family and because they are all water soluble, they are eliminated through your urine and must be replenished either with supplements or foods. Only when you begin depending on them to nourish your body will you begin to see true results manifested on the surface of your skin.
Below is an introduction to each B vitamin but it is most important if you decide to take a supplement to take a B-Complex as opposed to an individual B vitamin to avoid creating a deficiency or imbalance. For example if you decide just to take biotin for luscious hair and strong nails you are left unable to absorb vitamin B5, creating deficiency that leaves your skin vulnerable to breakouts. Also please consult your wellness practitioner, especially if you are taking any pharmaceutical drugs as there may be contraindications.
When I meet clients with inflamed skin, whether rosacea, acne, pimples or eczema they are looking for a reason and a solution and more often than not, they see product as both the culprit and the answer. I have to tell you now that seeing your skin’s health through this very narrow lens will never allow you the long-term results you are looking for and while product can definitely inflame an already sensitive and reactive surface of the skin, it is most definitely not the root of the problem. I mean, why is your skin so reactive to begin with? Continue reading
The first thing to know is that both Retinol products and a prescribed Retinoic Acid are Retinoids and before using one, learn the differences and be clear about why you want to go down this path to begin with. The more clear you are with your goals and your understanding of the many products available to you, the more successful you will be using them.
Before slathering any of these on your skin, think about why you want to use a Retinoid. Is it to brighten skin afflicted with hyper-pigmentation, reverse sun damage, improve collagen production or clear your acne? Be specific as certain skin conditions are better suited for specific Retinoid products.
Join Elisha for Sun Kissed! Sunset Spa on the Beach. We are partnering with our friends at Beach Now who are known for curating a perfect beach experience for an evening of organic beauty talk, mini facial massage treatments and summer skin care advice as well as Elisha’s homemade farm fresh nibbles and sips too.
It will be too hot on the beach for the creams to come out and play but you can pick up the newest Elique Essentials like Spiritand Conquer as well as many of your other beloved products all at 10% off.
Meet us under our tent at Brooks Avenue in Venice Beach 90291 – Ticket holders will receive a complimentary Elique Essentials Sampler Kit! See you on the sand.
Oh wait, did we mention the raffle valued at over $150! AMAZING!
I became obsessed with creams after a few core experiences that happened on my Elique journey… It started during my mentorship in product development with heavy hitters in cosmetic chemistry and manufacturing and then researching everything I would learn from them on my own. This was a time when no one was manufacturing organic, clean skin care and when you understand basic anatomy and physiology you understand that the skin needs nourishing skin foods to encourage a strong surface immunity and the best time to “feed the skin” was after cleansing when one is applying a cream or oil to the skin. This got me thinking…
I will never lecture anyone about their choice to eat meat. Instead, my work is to educate and inspire my audience to use food as a vehicle for living a healthy and happy life however when I do feel a moral obligation to give some tough love because I feel we are sabotaging the chances of a bright future, I cannot sit idly by. Continue reading