Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee!

Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.
A rolling wave of blonde hair, a vast landscape ahead that looks as if it could engulf her at any moment — suck her back into its center. It doesn’t though, there’s always a strength to her, rooting her feet on the rock she stands atop. Woodworker Aleksandra Zee may be known to you from her dreamy, golden hued virtual postcards, and entrancing works of art that will make you stop in your tracks mid-Instagram scroll. She’s not just her online representation though, as any woman she is thick with dynamics, journeys, insights. Fearlessly, she shares snippets of these with us through her captions — using the social media platform to as a way of saying “Hey! I’m in this with you.” — however today we get very real with the talented woman on her art, heartbreak, & how to deeply love yourself!
 Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.
V: What was your first experience with woodworking? Was it love at first bandsaw?
AZ: My frist experience with woodworking was just a bit in college, making frames and things but nothing much. My first job out of college was at Anthropologie as a Display Artist and so much of it was learn as you go. When I fully started building things I fell in love! Working with wood, being in a shop, I knew it was what I wanted to do and instantly started planning how to make it on my own.
V: What were you doing before you were able to go full time with your creative passions?
AZ: I decided to leave Anthropologie after about three years and knew that for me, having a boss and working/making for someone else was not for me. I needed to make art for myself and put it out there. So I stated small, working as a waitress for just about three years as I built my business. Working days in my humble little shops and nights at a restaurant. I remember the day I quit waiting tables like it was yesterday. I was serving a few girlfriends some margaritas and they asked me why I was still working there, that I was so busy in the shop and didn’t need to keep the side hustle. So I set down their drinks and went up to my manager and told her I would rather be in my studio, and she said yes please go and come back if you ever need to. It felt amazing and scary and crazy and so freeing. It has been a little over three years since that moment and each day has gotten better and more amazing working for myself. It’s hard ass work, and it never stops, but there is nothing else I would rather do.

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V: You are so wonderfully transparent about the journey a woman takes to come into her own via your social media. Did it ever scare you to be so open?
AZ: At first it was scary, the opinions of others would deeply effect me. When the negative came it would hurt and hold me back. It took a while to grow my thick skin and learn to meditated on the fact that others options of me don’t matter, and they never will. I am responsible for my own energy and my own confidence and happiness. None of that belongs to anyone else. Being committed to openness and vulnerability is something that is so important to me and loving myself though it is so important.
V: Let’s talk about self-love — what life experiences have forced you to come face-to-face with who you are as a woman, and who you want to be?
AZ: This is for sure a loaded question. There are so many experiences that have made me face myself with exactly who I am and who I want to continue to grow into. I grew up with a troubled mother, substance abuse consumed her life and outside of the care my father gave I helped raise my younger sister. That forced me to tap into my nurturing and fierce side at a super young age. Later in life I chose a career that is predominantly male and finding my strong and also feminine (which is powerful and not weak) voice. I felt like I was re-writing what it meant to be feminine for myself. That being a woman didn’t make me weaker but stronger, and promoting that strength in a non competitive and graceful way. About two years ago I lost my mother, and that was a huge face-to-face moment with myself. I needed to strip myself of everything I held onto, the thick skin that I let grow a little too thick and re-open myself to a life of pure vulnerability, not holding myself back because of fears, accepting every bit of who I am and the strength there is in being open.

Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.

V: What is the most painful part of your journey in self-study?
AZ: Growing pains happen because you are making new room for the growth that is happening within. A big part of dealing whit what hurts is self acceptance. That you control your happiness, your confidence, your state of mind. Rising above what breaks your heart and accepting that it takes time. Life is full of heartbreak and how you move though the muck is what gives you the information and wisdom to hurdle the next. It hurts to lose a love, lose a family member, have your business take an unexpected turn, but all of those things happen to show the path before you and the choice you have to hit the ground running. So for me, my heartbreaks and pain that I have lived though are maps and footprints in the path I have chosen, I wouldn’t change it, I love where I have been and where it is shaping me to move forward into.Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.
V: I think every woman learns to be gentle with themselves in different ways — I do this thing where I literally talk to my body in times of stress or trauma. Is there a way you’ve learned to be gentle with yourself that helps you deal with trials of the everyday?
AZ: I do he same, I speak positivity to my body, acknowledge the air filling my lungs in each deep breath, wiggle my toes and feel my feet planted on the earth holding up my body. Finding completely presence within my mind and physical body, reminds me that I am alive, I need to check in, and care for myself. It is the easiest way to get my mind bad n track, those sick couple minutes of acknowledging yourself.
V: I’m so glad I’m not the only one that does that! How do you see yourself through your own eyes?

AZ: When I look in the mirror I see strength, I see grace and I see growth. I am always changing, and allowing for that growth is acceptance. I meet myself with an open heart.

Art, Heartbreak, a& How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.

V: If you could send one message to young women everywhere what would it be?

AZ: Be fearlessly yourself. No one is you, YOU are you. There is strength in being a woman that should never hold you back from doing exactly what you want to.
V: Three books that have changed your life?
AZ: The Little Prince, currently Reading The Alchemist and it is so so so beautiful, and Just Kids.
V:  When do you feel most yourself?
AZ: I feel most myself when I am creating or when I am out in nature. Free and open, tapped into my soul.
photo credits, from top to bottom: Nikki Ormerod, Antrom Kury, Gillian Walsworth.

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A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo.

A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.It’s no secret that I’m a full fledged skincare enthusiast. I’ve always been the girl who’s shelves play host to bottles, and jars threatening to tumble off for lack of space. I write about it a lot. In fact recently I shared my home-made weapon for keeping my skin glowing in abundance. The lesson here though is, not all effective skincare can be whipped up in my kitchen (or if it can I definitely don’t have the time) — it can however be “totally clean”.

Vérité partnered with Credo to bring you an intrinsic look into my daily regime, and if I’m being totally transparent, now’s the perfect time. Since moving myself, and the business to LA over a year ago my skin has changed in a lot of ways. Blame pollution, blame the dry heat, blame excessive sun, blame the harsh water — all these elements have come into play in leaving my pores rough, and my exterior dehydrated. Thus, I’ve had to do some serious recon on my daily routine in order to make the edits needed to also adapt to this new land. I turn to Credo’s product range as all its brands have been carefully selected for their organic, clean, or natural ingredients. You may have noticed we almost only ever cover clean products on Vérité, so this is the biggest seller for me.

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First thing’s first, my morning skin regime is as slow, and indulgent as my pour over. After brushing my teeth, I have gotten into the habit of using a copper tongue scraper (you can purchase these at Whole Foods or on Amazon) to rid my body of toxins that build up overnight. I’m telling you this unsavory part of my method because these toxins can come back out through your skin in the form of acne if you’re not careful! I then swish my mouth with water and a few drops of Clove Oil for a handful of minutes. This is not only great for white teeth and mouth health — but has been said to be like a form of oil pulling which can be great for your skin’s glow! I’ve always held the belief that (for my skin at least) overly cleansing can strip skin of the natural oils it produces to repair itself. When I wake I simply splash my face with water, sans product. Next, I use One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm to re-hydrate areas in need. With the tip of my finger I dab it all around my eyes, and lips. While this sets in I slather my entire being in RMS Raw Coconut Cream. Coconut oil is possibly my biggest beauty fix found to date. I use it for everything from makeup remover (more on this later), to hair mask. A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

Next, is the most important step of my whole day — SPF. I’m often running errands in the harsh LA light, so this step is one I take very seriously. I use Kypris Heliotropic SPF 30 Treatment Primer on my face, neck, chest, and on the back of my hands for optimum protection. Trust me when I say I’ve tried every SPF under the sun, and this one is by far my favorite.A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

I’ve never been much of a makeup girl so this part of getting ready is easy. My overall vibe is: I’ve just been riding the Manhattan subway in the dead of summer — dewy and flushed. I achieve this by brushing up my brows, applying a few flutters of mascara, and then laying on the glow-inducers. I can’t go without my RMS Living Luminizer and Kjaer Weis Dazzling Bronzer. The first is more of a highlighter, second a bronzer, but when at work together they create pure magic. Using my fingers I place these two consecutively on the bridge of my nose, along the protrusions of my cheekbones, below and above my brow, and in the inner corners of my eyes — anywhere you would want to define your angles. The sexiest place you can apply these is sitting right on top of the cupid’s bow of your top lip. For special occasions I’ll go for a glossy eye — again applying RMS Raw Coconut Cream in a thick layer on my eyelids.A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

On any given evening, I can be seen smothered in some kind of skin treatment. First I’ll wipe the day off my face with Acure Coconut + Argan Oil Cleansing Towlettes, then rinse with water. I take my time with this making sure I get all the pollution out of my pores. For days when I might have tougher makeup to wipe off, I use raw coconut oil and a wipe. Next is a step I’ve adapted since the relocation — getting so much more sun I find it important to give my skin some extra help with brightening. Sun can leave its caresses all over us in the form of dark markings or discoloration. To even everything out, I use Herbivore Botanicals Brighten Mask (smells like a tropical cocktail, big plus) a few times a week. Once or twice a week, after my brightening, I will mix up this mask and let sit for about 15 minutes.A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

Once I have successfully given my face all the love it can soak in, I turn yet again to One Love Organics Vitamin E Eye Balm, before moisturizing for a night of rest. I’ve been really into skin oils so I have a variety to choose from, but I love Herbivore Botanicals facial oils. Lastly before crawling into bed, I wipe on a heavy gob of lip moisturizer, and massage both temples with sesame seed oil for a calm sleep with a bottle of water at my side. A Beauty Diary: The Ultimate Clean Regime with Credo., NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Organic Skincare, Credo Beauty, RMS, Herbivore Botanicals, Acure Organics, One Love Organics, Kypris, SPF, Daily Sunscreen, Kjear Weis, Natural Beauty.

 

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Is This At Home Face Mask The Fountain of Youth? Vérité’s Founder Shares Her Most Secret Beauty Tip!

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Words and images by Michaela d’Artois.

It’s in my roots to be what I call a kitchen beautician. My mother is one in her own right, always passing on her knowledge — olive oil acts as food for the cuticles and eyelashes when needing length and strength. A glass of whole milk in the bath makes for a wonderful skin cure. Coffee grounds are your best exfoliant. Steeped green tea bags wake sleepy eyes. Thus, it’s only natural that many of my beauty routines do not come in a pretty package, but from the pantry. Cue my ultimate beauty secret, a hybrid concoction of this knowledge and my studies of ayurvedic medicine — The Everyday Queen Mask.

This face mask is truly made for a queen (you’ll find out why in a second) and is made up of three exotic yet easy ingredients that in their own right gift skin with nourishment, and a proper glow — we may have found the fountain of youth here people! This is a mask that I turn to once a week (twice if I’ve been traveling or in the sun an extensive amount). Depending on how much of your body you would like to cover in this dreamy potion, we’ve included measurements providing enough for face, neck, and the back of your hands — essentially all the places that suffer most from harsh elements, sun damage, and aging. On that note, let me introduce you to the trifecta:Is This At Home Face Mask The Fountain of Youth? Vérité's Founder Shares Her Most Secret Beauty Tip! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- fountain of youth, skincare, natural skincare, organic, clean ingredients, at home facial, at home face mask, raw honey benefits, royal jelly benefits, rose water benefits, anti aging, anti fungal, anti bacterial, acne, acne solutions, natural acne solutions, beauty products.

1 tbsp Raw Honey: This sweet ingredient is the basis of the lush mask not only for its beneficial elements but also because raw honey’s coarse texture acts as an amazing exfoliant for wiping away dead skin cells, and build-up that sits atop our pores. Also adding to this cleansing process is it’s ability to work as an antibacterial and anti-fungal — working wonders on acne. The raw honey is insanely moisturizing, leaving skin with a plump, succulent feel for hours after the mask has been washed away. I prefer the 365 Whole Foods Mountain Forest Organic Raw honey US Grade A.

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Half tsp (or product provided spoon full) Royal Jelly: this ingredient is truly lush, and royal indeed — royal jelly is produced in bee hives to feed the Queen during her life span. In the beauty world it is said to have magical anti-aging powers. Naturally containing silicon and anti-oxidants, royal jelly will increase the collagen produced in your cells, which literally slows the aging process. It is also brimming with lots of other great things like enzymes, zinc, and all kinds of B vitamins. It can get pricey to pick up at the store, but purchasing from a certified brand such as this one is worth it’s weight in gold.Is This At Home Face Mask The Fountain of Youth? Vérité's Founder Shares Her Most Secret Beauty Tip! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- fountain of youth, skincare, natural skincare, organic, clean ingredients, at home facial, at home face mask, raw honey benefits, royal jelly benefits, rose water benefits, anti aging, anti fungal, anti bacterial, acne, acne solutions, natural acne solutions, beauty products.

A few splashes of Rose Water: I have written about rose water time extensively because it has so many amazing benefits for our complexions (I use it daily, especially when returning from long jaunts in the sun). It too acts as an antibacterial, but further its anti-inflammatory aspects diminish redness or swelling from our exterior, and act as a natural SPF. It is calming to skin that has been through the ringer — like a vacation for your pores. I live off of Santa Maria Novella’s Acqua Di Rose. If you want to stick with the entirely natural ingredients you can make your own rose water by crushing fresh organic rose petals into the mixture.

Mix these three with a spoon in a bowl until the honey melts into the rose water, and apply with fingers to areas of need.

 

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Anti-Aging, Acne, & Botox — We Asked A Skin Expert All The Questions Burning Inside of You!

Anti-Aging, Acne, & Botox — We Asked A Skin Expert All The Questions Burning Inside of You! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Anti Aging, Preventative Beauty, Preventative Skincare, Beverly Hills, MD, Botox, Laser Treatments, Los Angeles, Plastic Surgeon, LA, Hollywood, Skin Secrets.
Skin can be so damn confusing, why? Because each of our exteriors are tailor made just for us. Sounds chic, but what it really means is there’s no one right answer for everyone when it comes to its mysteries and maintenance. There are however a few proven guidelines, that if followed can extensively aid in caring for yourself, and in slowing the aging process even just a little. We got ahold of Ursula Diaz, Beverly Hills Beauty Expert, and Co-Founder of Honor MD — a three step skincare regime crafted to make you radiate — to ask her all those beauty questions we know you want answers to!

VÉRITÉ: How can women in their early twenties begin preventative aging in their skincare regimes?

URSULA DIAZ: The best thing women in their twenties can do to prevent signs of premature aging is to add sunscreen and antioxidants to their daily skin care regimen. Studies have shown that the sun’s damaging UV rays are responsible for approximately 80% of visible signs of aging on the face. i.e. wrinkles, uneven skin tone and hyper-pigmentation (brown spots). Applying sunscreen to your face, neck, and chest daily will not only prevent signs of aging, but it will also prevent skin cancer. By applying topical antioxidants to the skin like vitamin c protects the skin from free radical damage caused by pollution and they also add an extra layer of UV protection.
My two favorites are Protect SPF 45 and Renew vitamin C serum by Honor MD.  Protect is great physical sunscreen that is good for all skin types and contains hydrating hyaluronic acid. Renew is a powerful antioxidant serum that contains 15% vitamin C, vitamin E and ferulic acid. Renew not only prevents premature signs of aging it also helps to reverse any existing lines and dark spots. 

V: How is pollution in our cities harmful to our skin and it’s aging process?

UD: Pollution breaks down collagen in the skin, causes inflammation and can impair healthy cell function. This process will eventually lead to wrinkles, skin laxity (the lose of elasticity) and discoloration.

V: Does pollution speed up the aging process?

UD: Yes, pollution does speed up the aging process by causing free radical damage to the skin. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that cause damage to cell membranes, lipids, proteins and DNA. This damage results in inflammation, wrinkles, brown spots and overall bad skin quality. If you live in a heavily polluted city like Los Angeles it is imperative to clean your skin everyday and protect it with antioxidants and sunscreen. The Honor System Anti-Aging by Honor MD is a simple and effective skin care regimen that prevents and treats signs of aging.

V: What can girls who don’t feel comfortable with / or ready for Botox do to prevent wrinkles and lines?

UD: The first line of defense for preventing wrinkles and lines should be skincare.  Sunscreen, antioxidants and retinol are musts and should be used in conjunction with any in-office treatments, even Botox.
Two excellent Botox alternative treatments are Microneedling and the Clear and Brilliant laser. Micro-needling rejuvenates the skin by creating “micro” punctures in the epidermis (top layer of the skin), which stimulates the skin’s self-repair or wound healing process. This natural process creates increased collagen and elastin production over time. Micro-needling not only reduces signs of aging, but it’s also great for correcting texture issues such as mild acne scarring.
The Clear and Brilliant is a non-ablative laser treatment that helps treat and prevent early signs of aging from the inside out. It uses laser energy to make focused stimulation sites to replace damaged cells with healthy younger looking skin. It is a great treatment for preventing and treating wrinkles and also helps to diminish the appearance of brown spots. I love both of these treatments because they are effective, have minimal downtime and leave the skin with a radiant glow. Both are available here at our practice in Beverly Hills.

Anti-Aging, Acne, & Botox — We Asked A Skin Expert All The Questions Burning Inside of You! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED, Skincare, Beauty, Anti Aging, Preventative Beauty, Preventative Skincare, Beverly Hills, MD, Botox, Laser Treatments, Los Angeles, Plastic Surgeon, LA, Hollywood, Skin Secrets.V: At what age would you suggest women begin Botox?

UD: According to expert injector and Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. John Diaz, early 30s is a good time to start getting Botox treatments. However, there are other factors besides age, like the extent of visible signs of aging and skin quality that should be taken into consideration when deciding when to start getting Botox treatments.  Women who take great care of their skin and use sun protection daily can typically wait longer to get Botox or need much less of it, than women who have neglected their skin or who are sun worshipers.
Generally, if you have lines at rest (when you are not speaking or making a facial expression) then you would likely benefit from Botox injections. I think people misunderstand or misuse the term “preventative Botox.” Someone that does not have lines at rest does not need Botox. If you do have lines at rest, but they are not very deep it good to treat them before the wrinkles become very pronounced. This way you prevent them from becoming deep wrinkles and you will need less Botox over time. 

V: How do you feel about dermarollers?

UD: I think dermarollers can be extremely effective, but can do more harm than good if not used properly. They can improve skin texture (over time) and they can help skin care products penetrate the skin better, but if not used correctly they can tear the skin, which could lead to scarring. I would suggest having it done in a dermatologist or plastic surgeon’s office with a skin care professional.  Alternatively, you could try microneedling treatments. Micro-needling is a much stronger version of this same treatment making it more effective.

V: What lifestyle shifts do you suggest on top of good skincare for preventative measures?

UD: Eating a healthy balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants can do wonders for the skin. Adding skin boosting vitamin supplements like vitamins A, B C, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for beautiful skin from the inside out. Exercising helps nourish skin cells and eliminate toxins from the body. Lastly, getting plenty sleep is imperative for beautiful, healthy skin. 

V: Let’s talk acne, I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter lately about cystic pimples, what exactly are they?

UD: Acne develops when hair follicles or pores become clogged by oil and dead skin cells. Once the pore is clogged, and the bacteria that is present in the hair follicle begins to grow, the pore becomes enlarged and inflamed. These inflamed spots are called comedones or “pimples.” There are many types of comedones/pimples and cystic pimples are pus-filled bumps that form deep within the skin. 

V: How do we prevent them? 

Acne is caused by increased oil production and the build up of dead skin cells and bacteria within pores so it is very important to be consistent with a skin care regimen that helps regulate oil on the skin, kills bacteria and increases cell turn over. I recommend using a cleanser with 2% salicylic acid to clear away the build up of dead cells and unclog pores. Followed by a toner that contains lactic, salicylic and glycolic acids to chemically exfoliate the skin and help dissolve sebum (oil) with clogged pores. Using a product that contains between 2.5-5% of benzoyl peroxide on acne prone areas of your skin will kill bacteria causing acne helping to heal active acne breakouts and prevent new ones from forming.
Oil production can be increased by hormonal shifts and stress so incorporating stress-relieving activities (ie: yoga, meditation, bubble bath) is also very helpful. Exercise, eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of sleep also help to prevent acne breakouts by reducing inflammation and boosting your immune system.

V: How do we cure these pesky pimples?

UD: Cystic acne typically needs to be treated with topical or oral antibiotics, hormonal therapy or prescription strength retinoid (vitamin A). Do not attempt to extract cystic pimples because it can lead to severe scarring. If you have cystic acne it is important to seek medical attention from a skin care professional.

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Yoni Eggs Part One | A Beginner’s Guide to The Magic Egg.

Yoni Eggs Part One | A Beginner’s Guide to The Magic Egg. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED. --- Sexual health, sex ed, how to have better sex, crystals, yoni egg, yoni practice, how to choose a yoni egg, ovary health, how to tighten vagina after child birth.

If you’ve yet to hear about Yoni Eggs you aren’t to blame — they are just barely teetering the line of mainstream, but with the increase of interest, and the internet supplying beautiful creations, the practice of Yoni is having a moment. It’s an ancient practice dating back to Chinese concubines who needed other-worldly lady bits to keep Emperors coming back for more. The custom goes so far beyond just sexual sorcery however — these gemstone goods can be tools for healing, manifesting, and protection. It’s a balance between the physical and metaphysical all depending on the root of your feminine being.

Great, but what is Yoni?

The word Yoni is Sanskrit for ‘Sacred Temple’ or ‘Sacred Womb’, and we believe there is nothing more important than starting your Yoni education with that in mind. On the most basic level of these little oval tools: they can be used to strengthen your kegel muscles (those little internal muscles that can stop a flow mid-pee). This promotes vaginal health, and good sex (now we’ve got your attention). Yoni’s are very often used after child birth to retrain inner muscles. Further than just that though, by choosing the perfect crystal Yoni, you can promote all kinds of revelations, and invite healing properties into your body — just like the crystals you’ve curated on your coffee table. These can be purchased either as a drilled or non-drilled egg which you placed inside of your vagina. A drilled egg has a space to tie a string (some come already strung, but you can use non-waxed dental floss as well). Much like the string of a tampon this is just used for removal. While we suggest a string for beginners, it is also believed that a non-drilled egg is great for the practice of growing trust with your body as it will remove the egg itself once it has absorbed the curing properties needed. It’s safest to go with what makes you most comfortable at first.Yoni Eggs Part One | A Beginner’s Guide to The Magic Egg. NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED. --- Sexual health, sex ed, how to have better sex, crystals, yoni egg, yoni practice, how to choose a yoni egg, ovary health, how to tighten vagina after child birth.

Does size really matter?

These magical little eggs come in three sizes, and sizing is important to look into as there are a lot of myths surrounding this part of your Yoni purchase. This choice depends more on muscle strength than vaginal cavity size. Contrary to popular belief a small figure does not mean small Yoni. Small Yoni’s are usually reserved for well-versed egg users who want to exercise various sizes. Larger eggs are actually safer to start with, as you will be able to feel it’s presence. If you are stumped though, medium is your best bet!

Are there safety helmets provided?

Most importantly is being educated about execution, starting with finding a Yoni that is a certified gemstone. With the popularity of Yoni growing, there are many e-retailers out there selling any green stone under the sun and calling it a Jade Egg. We suggest looking for that certified stamp very carefully. Below we have included some of our favorite resources out there. If you find a good egg, it’s worth investing in, these babies can last you quite a long time! Upon receiving your new egg, bathe it in Himalayan salt water to purify, and give it it’s new intention for your practice!

Rosierees.com for education and shopping.

Polar Jade for certified stones.

Chakrubs for beautiful creations you’ll want to spend your whole damn paycheck on, and great educational resources.

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