Top Ten Tips for Teen Skin
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  Remember the days of random pimples before a big date or some life defining moment that you were sure your skin would act up for. Back in the day a little Noxzema (AHH you can smell it right?) or a little Oxy pad would dry those bad boys right up and leave you with dry peeling skin for weeks. I wish I knew then what I know now. We know so much more than we did 25 years ago. Advances in skin care knowledge just in the last five years have been revolutionary.

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So, why not give your teen the edge we all wish we could have had back in the day and avoid all the stress and anxiety so many of us had to deal with when it came to our skin. Here are some tips you can share with your teen about how to treat their skin and achieve the best possible complexion. Now I’ve seen it before, many times. Your teen will not listen to you… I repeat your teen will not listen to you. I guess this is fairly common, I personally don’t have a teen quite yet, but I have a surly 8-year-old girl, so I can just imagine.
  My advice is to have them read this blog themselves. What I am about to share with you comes with over 25 years’ experience, many of them spent specializing in acne prone and teen skin. So, listen up teens as I lay so great advice on you. Ready?

 

 

#1 Having a skin routine earlier rather than later can make a difference. It helps you establish good habits early on. Starting with a 3-step process around 10 or 11 is key. Those pre-hormones kick in around this time and your body usually produces more oils that can clog your pores. This goes for boys and girls. It’s absolutely a must to wash your face every morning and night, and don’t forget about after a workout or sports. You don’t want that sweat sitting on your skin longer than it has to. Check out my blog on post workout skin care.
Your three steps process should include a cleanser, toner and cream. Easy as 1,2,3 and this takes no longer than 2 minutes. Make it easy and keep your cleanser in the shower, anything to help you establish a routine.
A cleanser will free your skin from buildup oil, dead skin, and grime collected throughout your day.
A toner helps to PH balance your skin, which is uber important!

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A cream EVEN IF YOU’RE OILY! This helps to hydrate your skin, so your body won’t produce mass amounts of oil clogging your skin and which causes breakouts.
 

#2 Understand your skin type. This is important because not all teens have oily skin. So often I see many are promoting dry or oily skin with the products they are using. Some teens have dry skin, which means they most likely need a heavier cream, even if they have the occasional breakout. If you’re confused a good way to determine your skin type is to see an experienced esthetician. They can look at your skin and see exactly what type and what’s going on.
 

#3 Use the right products. This in and of itself is a loaded tip. It’s very easily to be confused with all the products and ads constantly thrown at us. My advice is to stick to professional organic brands recommended by a professional. I will tell you this, we here in the states allow many harmful chemicals in our skincare. Many that disrupt hormones and even have been linked to cancer. You have to be educated on the products you choose to feed you largest organ. Just because they are plant based, doesn’t mean they can’t get the job done. I only use Young Living and a couple other organic skincare lines in my practice, and the results are amazing.
 

#4 What you put in your body is as important as what you put on it. I talk about having a healthy gut which includes a healthy diet. You will find I go on about this quite often. Mainly because it’s the key to good skin and many other issues are linked to a leaky gut. In my practice I see such incredible results when my clients include a clean diet with three of my all-time favorite supplements for the skin. I suggest a probiotic at night, specifically Life 9 by Young Living. It’s high quality and works well. I also love Young Living’s Sulferzyme, many of us are depleted in sulfur, because we no longer get it from our food courteously of the soil it grows in. Sulferzyme does beautiful things for your skin, hair, and nails BONUS. But let’s not forget Ningxia. Let me count the amazing antioxidants in this gem. This helps support the liver, where lots of junk filters. You will be amazed at how your skin will glow after a month on Ningxia.
 

#5 Wash your makeup off at night. No seriously, never go to bed with makeup on. This makes you prone to clogged pores, by not letting your skin breathe and regenerate at night. It also causes wrinkles, something you may not care about now, but believe me you will! Also, what type of makeup you choose is just as important as what skincare line you use. Young Living has the most beautiful chemical free makeup line that I have ever seen. They have perfected it, from the coverage to all the beautiful colors. Savvy is beauty without compromise.
 

#6 Don’t be a zit popper! Even your hands carry bacteria that you can transfer to your skin. You also increase your risk of scarring and harming your skin tissue. We all want to go at it, but unless it’s right on the surface don’t touch. When you attack a blemish, that’s not ready, you push the bacteria further into you skin causing more breakouts.
 

#7 What are you drinking? Lots of teens and adults love those sugary energy drinks, which are a BIG NO NO for your skin. Also, something I have found common in the last couple years is high protein drinks can be linked to breakouts. Your body has a hard time processing that all at once, so if you’re a fan of any of these, lay off and you will see a big difference. Of course, water is my drink of choice. It helps to hydrate the skin and flush out all those toxins that can affect your skin. I recommend 8-10 glasses a day. One of my favorite tricks is to add some vitality oils to flavor my water and make it easier to get down during the day.


#8 Be smart and protect your skin when you’re out in the sun. Long gone are the days of baby oil and sun in. If you don’t know what sun in is, I can’t talk to you. My bestie and I once burned ourselves so bad from applying “Chill Out” spray with no SPF on vacation, we had to cut our shirts off and only go out after dark. I cringe when I think of all the damage I did that day. Pigmentation doesn’t come up right away but lurks in the lower layers of your skin until you’re dealing with other 40-year-old issues. Thanks pigmentation.
 

#9 Hormones play a big part in your skin. However, eating cleaner, using chemical free products, and taking extra care of your body can help tame those nasty hormones when they flare up. I also use a few pretty important essential oils to support mine.

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#10 Sleep isn’t an option, it is necessary. Read my blog on beauty sleep and learn how it effects your whole body, mind and emotions. Teens don’t get enough that’s for sure. Studies show they require more hours than a newborn. But they are up late studying and off to school at the crack of dawn. So, catch up when you can and don’t mess around when you should be getting your zzz’s.

 


For more information on acne, checkout my videos in my group The Oily Esthetician (LINK)

Kimberly Esposito
"She Walked in Beauty": Remembering My Mom
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This blog has little to do with skincare this week. It is about motherhood and in particular, my mom. Well, not quite true. In a way she has everything to do with my passion for skincare. She shaped and influenced everything about me today from the way I make my bed to the way I love my own children. So much so, I still deeply grieve her loss every single day. And for those of you who still have your mother, I encourage you to read on. The idea of losing a parent and the pain that goes with it was completely foreign to me a year ago.  I think back to that time before and those of my dear friends who had already lost a parent, and I just marvel at how unavailable, unaware, and how clueless I was. Not on purpose of course, but at that time I had no idea how they were feeling or what I should say in way of comfort.

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My Mom was a lot stronger than I ever gave her credit for. I realize that the older I get, and life gets rough sometimes. Her childhood wasn’t all lollipops and giggles, quite the opposite. My Mom never let me know that until I was older though. Honestly, I don’t understand how she was the Mom she was, coming from the place she had been. From that my mom taught me strength. She taught me you can rise from anything. You choose who you are and what you want your life to become.

My Dad and her married when she was only 16. It was love a 1st sight for him. I can’t blame him; my mom was quite the Betty. I remember looking at her when I was little and knowing I had the most beautiful Mom. He rescued her from where she came from, but she knew she wanted a completely different life than her family. From that she taught me how to love. With your whole heart, fight for it, fix it and love deeper. Love isn’t easy, or everyone would do it.

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She had never even had Christmas until the 1st year they dated. Christmas is huge in our family... like crazy awesome, ridiculous over the top every year. I know why now. My Mom was more excited than my sister and I each year. She was childlike in this way. From that my mom taught me to always have fun. Laugh and laugh hard. Humor was a constant staple in our house. Some say I’ve inherited her smart mouth. Apparently, that doesn’t skip a generation ever! Thanks Mom. As the saying goes, “if you can’t laugh you will cry”. This is completely true. Laugh my friends.

My Mom always looked put together. Even when she was so sick, she got up, showered, put on her makeup and jewelry. It wasn’t her trying to impress, it’s what made her feel good about herself. From that my mom taught me pride. To have pride in yourself and family. I guess it’s instilled in me. It’s probably one of the main reasons I went into the profession I did. At her funeral my Dad asked us to say something about my mom. Tell stories, laugh and honor her. I have to say, I was in a panic. I thought, “gee thanks Dad”. The worse day of my life and you want me to publicly speak… awesome. The night before I sat in bed writing down some memories and trying to bring it all together like a last-minute book report. One memory I have so vividly is my mom sitting me on the counter, I was probably only three or four and watching her apply her makeup, flawlessly and showing me how to do it. I was hooked. That was it for me. I knew what I wanted to do.

Some words for those who lost your Mom’s... I get it. I understand now. You feel orphaned in a sense. Lost on how you’re going to mother your own children. The days and months after I lost my Mom, I functioned. I got up, got dressed and mothered, but I realize now I was just going through motions, not dealing with the fact she was gone. You have good days and days where you feel like you can’t breathe. Days where you know no one understands and relates. I found I only wanted to talk to other people who lost a parent. Days where you want or even go to pick up the phone to call her. Days where you’re angry or the guilt is overwhelming. I should have done this, called more, made more time or listened better. Days where you don’t want to parent, when you need advice only a Mother can give you. You have days of complete breakdowns while your kids eat dinner in the next room. Days where you just want to get in a car and just drive. I get it, I’ve done them all. What I can tell you at this point in my grief is that it sucks and sucks even more later. Does it get easier in a way? Maybe, you and reality have a little talk and you come to terms with it, but your heart still hurts.

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For those of you that may someday have a bestie going through losing a parent here’s some advice. Just because we don’t bring it up doesn’t mean we are healed. Not talking about it doesn’t make us feel better. My kids do this to protect my feelings. I find them hushing each other when one goes to say something about their Mimi. The side glances and Mom lip faces that say, “shut up stupid you’re going to upset her”. News flash, I’m already upset. I like when someone remembers a memory of my Mom, especially one I don’t remember. So, ask us how we feel and then know we are lying when we say okay. One thing I’ve learned is to just take control and do what I feel the other person dealing with grief might need. One of my besties, Jenny did exactly that. My husband had to travel the week after my Mom passed, which means I had to be alone. She came from work each day and fed us dinner and sat with me until my eyes were sleepy. She knew I was lying when I claimed I was okay, she knew I didn’t want silence.
Learn not to take offense when someone is grieving. I didn’t want to hear anyone’s trivial problems, issues, or stories. Sometimes I would look around the room and silently scream in my head “I don’t care” and “I just lost my Mom, and everyone is just going on about their day like normal”. Check in... just because you think it’s the proper amount of time for someone to move on and be happy... you haven’t lost your mom. Everyone is different, but don’t shy away from asking how they are. Somedays all I want is a hug and for someone to say it’s okay. That someone use to be my Mom. Moms always make everything okay, that’s why you want them when you’re sick. They have the magic touch, words and love. At 41 I still want my Mom when I’m sick, no offense husbands but your crap.
So, love on your Mom if she’s still here this Sunday, it’s not all about you. Pick up the phone and call your friend on Mother's Day if she’s lost her Mom and tell her your proud of her strength and Mom skills. Encourage your husbands to call their Mom’s, write their own cards and tell their Mom just how special she is.

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Kimberly Esposito
The Truth About Eczema
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Eczema....
This is a dirty word in our house. You can imagine when someone like myself, so passionate on healthy skin had to watch her kiddos and sister suffer with this until we figured out what really was causing it. From the time my kids were babies all I heard was, “use this topical gel” or, “it’s hormones they grow out of it” and sometimes, “it’s the weather”. Wrong. Wrong and WRONG!!
Eczema is the name of a group of conditions that cause the skin to be inflamed, itchy, red, weepy and plain just annoying.

  Eczema is extremely common.  Over 30 million Americans suffer with some form of eczema. In fact, did you know there are 6 types of eczema? Each presenting different ways.
  It’s not contagious, but it can be embarrassing for the sufferer, and you have to be extremely careful not to pick up a staph infection when dealing with the worst types of eczema. When someone develops eczema, it can be a combination of allergens, irritants, or genes. When your body comes in contact with one of these things, it triggers your immune system to over react like your husband when you buy a new pair of summer sandals and matching purse. All that overreacting causes your body to produce inflammation causing eczema to flare up.

So, let’s talk about the different types and what you can do to kick this bad boy to the curb.

Types of Eczema

#1 Atopic Dermatitis is the most common and usually the most severe. It usually makes its grand appearance in childhood and then makes an encore later in life at some point. Research shows that people with eczema may have a mutation gene creating filaggrin, a protein that protects and serves the barrier of the skin. Without enough filaggrin, moisture will escape, and bacteria can enter. This is why some people with a topic dermatitis also suffer with dry skin.

Symptoms of atopic dermatitis are dry skin, infections, itchy open crusted sores (sometimes behind the ears). Scratching just inflames the area and the skin becomes thicker and can discolor. Remember the episode of friends where Charlie Sheen and Phoebe have chickenpox? I’ve wanted to put oven mitts on my daughter at times to prevent her from scratching.

#2 Contact Dermatitis which has is caused when you come into contact with a substance that you’re allergic to or an irritant your body can’t handle. This is one I’ve suffered with at times before our house became chemical free. Harmful chemicals are irritants and just coming in contact with your skin can cause contact dermatitis, causing dryness itching and cracking.
You can also develop contact dermatitis by coming in contact with something that you’re allergic to. The skin can actually take up to four days to react. The first time your skin comes in contact with the new allergen it sends a piece of the allergen to your immune system for analysis. It’s stores it and its memory bank. When is exposed to it over and over again it will develop an itchy skin response, so this is the tricky part because it can take several days for you to have a reaction and to figure out what it was you came in contact with.
Watch out for fragrances, formaldehyde, disinfectants, aspartame, and anything wrinkle resistant labels.
The best thing our family did two years ago was switching to a  harmful chemical free house. Young Living makes it really easy and extremely affordable to make that switch. It’s saved our skin and pocket books the last few years. If you’re interested on how you can save money and ditch the chemicals, shoot me an email at kimberly@theoilesthetician.com

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Contact dermatitis can be very difficult to distinguish from a topic dermatitis another form of eczema.
  Symptoms include red, hot, itchy and weepy blisters most commonly on your hands.
This type of eczema something that we’ve dealt with first hand. So, what causes it? What type of allergies? Nickel allergies for one. It is extremely common among adults and children. Think jewelry, zippers, buttons. However, through my research on some answers for this type, I found nickel can be present in many of the good nutritious foods we eat. Green leafy vegetables, beans, nuts, canned foods, oatmeal and chocolate. Noooooo!!! 
No, I’m not telling you to go on the “McDonald’s Diet”. But I am telling you to do some research on the foods that you may be consuming every day to see if they’re high and nickel content. Even your cell phone and those aluminum water bottles will cause you grief.

#3 Dyshidrotic Eczema- very common form that causes small very itchy and often weepy blisters on  fingers, toes and feet. Ahhhh!!! Allergy season can usually trigger this type for many. However, don’t downplay stress ever when talking eczema. Nickel, moist hands and feet, and pollen can make this type act up like your toddler last nap time as well. My sister even notices a difference when she began using bamboo silverware, ditched the metal water bottles, as well as stainless steel cookware. Sure, we all make fun of her, and are secretly jealous of her bougie place setting, but it prevents her from breakouts of blisters on her hands.

#4 Nummular Eczema- this just sounds made up. It has the shape of coins (meaning nummular) on the body, mostly the legs. It can be itchy, but it isn’t always. Normally the spots are extremely dry, scaly, and sometimes open and wet. It gets mistaken for a fungus infection a lot.
Triggers for this type can be trauma to the skin in that area, poor blood flow, or again heavy metals built up in your system.

# 5 Seborric Dermatitis- this form is affected where the sebaceous glands are present. Normally on the upper back, nose, scalp where genes and hormones play a role. Redness, greasy swollen skin, itching and burning comes along with this type.
Triggers include... stress, hormonal changes, harsh detergents, medicines, and cold dry weather.

#6 Stasis Dermatitis- this one is caused when you have problems with circulation in your veins, generally in the lower legs.
Veins cause pressure to build up as blood flows upwards through the body and heart. The pressure causes fluids to leak out of veins into the skin causing swelling around the ankles.
You will notice as you sleep the swelling disappears but returns when you’re up.

Symptoms are discolored skin, varicose veins, scaling or dry skin, leg ache, and redness.
Triggers are age, high blood pressure, obesity, many pregnancies, and varicose veins.
Pressure stockings, weight loss, elevating legs every few hours can help.

The key to addressing eczema is to figure out the underlying problem. Eczema isn’t a quick fix and is always connected to our gut health.


Topical remedies are just a Band-Aid and won’t hold your issue at bay forever. I’m all for getting ANY skin issue checked out at the doctor, in fact I suggest it, we don’t want anything going undiagnosed. However, just know you need to fix what’s causing the issue, not just address the symptoms of a larger problem.

So, I talk about gut in almost every video on skin in my Oily Esthetician group. If you’re not a member is suggest you ask to join today here!

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Gut health is so very important and often the trick to healthy skin where eczema can’t exist.
Gut Health Musts:
-Probiotics if you aren’t currently taking them, you should be. Young Living Life 9’s is a staple in our house.
- Fermented foods, get your kombucha on ladies.
- removing foods with gluten and dairy. You must give your body 4-6 weeks to completely feel and see the effect of going GF and DF. This also helps acne as well.
- Many people with eczema have food allergies. Cow’s milk, soy products, eggs, gluten, corn, nuts, fish, and shellfish. Keep this in mind when you eat.
- Omega 3’s can help support eczema as well by supporting the inflammation response in your body.

Chemicals can be a trigger as well...
-So ditch and switch. If you’re not a YL member hit me up in an email for your free sample of chemical free cleaner that cost about 1.50 a bottle!!
- Watch out for coconut oil, while I love love this, it can cause havoc for some. So, pay attention and if you think you react to it, eliminate it from your routine.

How can you find some support?

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- Foods high in flavonoids and powerful antioxidants, which can act like a natural antihistamine. Apples, blueberries, cherries, 🍒 spinach, and kale. Just keep in mind NICKLE if you think that’s a trigger for you.



 

-Pumpkin seeds and chia seeds provide a good amount of zinc, which can help aid in healing and metabolizing fatty acids.


 

-Vitamin D gives great support to not only your skin, but your complete system. Most of us lack vitamin D especially in the winter.

 

 

-Moisturize!!! Remember to use something without harmful chemicals or irritants. Young Living has a variety of creams, but I personally love the animal ointment if I really need some protection.
 

 

- Epsom salt bathes! These give you an extra boost of magnesium your body could use. They also help cleanse and soothe that irritated skin. Check out my blog on detox bathes.
 
- Witch hazel compresses... I like this particular brand.


- Remember your probiotics. Every night, I even suggest doubling up if you are dealing with an issue.
 

- Witch hazel compresses... I like this particular brand.

 


 

 

- Stress... use your oils girls. They don’t call it stress away for nothing. Let’s face it as moms, working women, wives and friends we deal with our stress plus others. So, do what you can to help destress your environment. That may be diffusing your favorite essential oil, taking a bath, reading, girls day, a kick butt boxing class, or zoning out with a HGTV episode. You need to schedule it in, take the time. Listen to your body, it’s the only one you get. Self-care darlings, it’s very important. The world will go on. Pray those problems away at night and get some sleep. Self-care is something I stress, because as women we put it off, so be good to yourself ❤️ YOU deserve it!!!

Kimberly Esposito
TLC for Your Tresses
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Ladies, let’s talk Hair. I always say one day when I’m Royal Crown Diamond for Young living, I’m going to have a personal stylist style my hair each day. And I am only half kidding. While I actually enjoy applying makeup, I find spending time on my hair incredibly tedious sometimes with mixed results. Nevertheless, Mom and Grandma always made it a priority to maintain well styled tresses and taught me to do the same from a young age. Growing up in the eighties, hair commercials were big and the hair… it was bigger. Remember Salon Selectives? Your perfectly feathered hair had to be on point or why continue on? While the styles have changed, and the definition of great hair looks like has expanded, the pressure to have some serious hair game hasn’t.  This can cause some pretty intense frustrations in the morning. It doesn’t matter if it’s thick, thin, curly, or straight, everyone has a love-hate relationship with their hair for some reason or another. Well, I’m here to give you some tips and recipes that I have learned to curtail those bad hair days and how to show some love to those beautiful locks of yours. Good hair days, here we come!

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Avoid the chemicals. Chemicals like alcohol and sulfates can strip your hair of their natural oils leaving it dry and dull. Silicone, a commonly found chemical and hair products, can also make your hair heavy causing you to have flat, lifeless hair. Try to pick more natural products. I love Young Living's Copaiba Vanilla Shampoo. No harmful chemicals and it adds some pretty killer volume.

Revise your conditioning routine. Rinse well after cleansing, condition, and rinse again with cold water. Cold water will seal in the moisture, giving your hair tons of shine. It also closes the cuticle layer, great for those with an oily scalp. A cold-water blast at the end of your shower is actually good for your skin as well. It reduces redness, tightens up pores, and all sorts of good things.

Be bougie and sleep on a silk pillowcase. If it’s good enough for Kim Kardashian, it’s good enough for you. We both know that you’re extra, so give in and try it. It prevents breakage, moisture loss, and helps keep any frizz and bedhead at a minimum. This was a game changer I invested in for my daughter who has thick, curly hair. Goodbye Rosanna Danna Anna.

How you wash your hair matters. When your shampooing, avoid your ends. Only hit your scalp to the midsection of your hair. As you rinse your other hair will be come clean without stripping it of it natural oil. Remember your scalp tends to produce oils, leaving your ends dryer. Because I tend to have oily hair, I skip conditioner closer to my scalp, so I can squeeze another day of not washing my hair. Which leads us to the next tip…

Washing hair every day is a big no-no. I know, I know, you’ve probably heard this one before, but it bears repeating. I seriously struggle with this some days.  But all that washing is harder on your hair and if you struggle with oily hair, it can make it worse. The good news is you can buy a day or two with dry shampoo. Seriously, I don’t know what my life would be without that little miracle. I have a great natural recipe for one as well.  

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Supplements and food can help make a difference. Making sure you’re eating clean will definitely help the vibrancy of your hair. Leafy greens and good fats are phenomenal for hair care. Also, certain supplements like Sulfurzyme from Young Living support healthy hair, skin, and nails like no other.

Watch those hot tools gals. I love beachy waves just as much as the next girl, but it really does a number on your hair so be careful you are not overdoing it. If you can get by a day or two without putting heat on your hair, that helps. Just like I think you should treat your face to a mask once a week, I believe you should treat your hair just as good. I have a great hair mask recipe to try the next time you are soaking in the tub. This isn’t your mom’s old school V05 hot oil treatment ladies... no need to break out the Jordash jeans just yet. Combining avocado with olive oil through those tresses will really pack a punch. Olive oil smooths the hair and avocado 🥑 actually contains biotin, helping your hair and nails stay strong.

Even your towel can make a difference. Using a special towel will help calm the frizz and not deplete your hair of all its natural moisture.

Get yourself a wet brush. They are the best invention since mascara. No seriously. They are more gentle and effective getting through those knots so now I don’t have the desire to drink a glass of wine after I get done combing out my daughter’s hair anymore.

Less ponytails and tight up does. I tell my daughter all the time she’s going to look like Danny Divito one day because it’s constantly up in a tight rubber band. Pulling and tugging eventually wears on the hair follicle. So, definitely rotate your styles.

Ultimately, no matter your hair type, take time to keep your mane happy and healthy. Long term, this will do well in knocking out most of those bad hair days. If you forget why you are combing a perfectly delicious avocado through your hair and not making guacamole for tonight’s binge watching of Game of Thrones, just remember those old-school L’Oréal commercials, “because I’m worth it.”

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Kimberly Esposito
Getting Started with Microneedling
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Microneedling was something I started using in my skincare practice about 7 years ago. I am all about using something natural and holistic to achieve beautiful skin and this treatment does exactly that.  It’s gained lots of popularity as of late for it’s easy-to-use technology. You might also have heard it referred to as CIT, skin needling, or derma-rolling.  It’s a minimal invasive cosmetic procedure that has wonderful outcomes when done correctly with the right tool. Sounding a little scary? Don’t worry, I am the biggest baby when it comes to inflecting pain upon myself, just ask the person who waxes me… though, that’s a whole different blog lol.

Basically, the treatment uses a small handheld rolling device called a derma-roller. It’s covered with many tiny closely-spaced needles. As you glide the roller along the skin, it creates tiny, fine holes without damaging the epidermis. Its main aim is to create a controlled injury underneath the skin’s surface, so your body will respond by producing more collagen in that area. Your skin will plump and thicken reducing lines, scars, and (HOLLAR) even stretch marks! HELLO!! 

 

IS IT UNCOMFORTABLE?

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The beauty of this treatment when you do it yourself, is that you are in control of the pressure. If you see a professional like myself licensed to perform the treatment, you can go a little deeper with the needle size. I always recommend a 0.5 or 1.00 and to start off 1-2x weekly building up to a daily treatment if you prefer. 

 

What Else CAN IT DO?

The brilliance of the micro needling tool is that it is beneficial for everyone. From the improvement of collagen, lines, scars acne, and trauma to the skin and even pigmentation. My favorite thing I teach about this tool is that it dramatically increases the absorption of your serum. I recommend using a little serum to start and then applying it again after the treatment. It’s common to absorb 1000x more than you would just applying it on its own. 

 

I also sell my micro-needling tools with LED lights for extra benefits. LED (light emitting diode) is a powerful yet gentle way of painting beautiful skin. It’s safe yet extremely effective! It gives you a way to treat many concerns without harsh chemicals or peels. 

 

RED- Helps to heal and produce collagen in the dermis layer. It improves elasticity, texture, circulation, and hydration. Red LED can help assist in the repairing of acne blemishes because of its natural healing process. 

 

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BLUE- Is a therapeutic light which helps to kill acne bacteria. It also helps to speed up healing and reduce inflammation in the skin. It will help to purify and stabilize the oil glands. 

 

GREEN- Has a calming effect on the skin. If you are one like me that suffers from pigmentation (thanks to the pregnancy with my sweet middle child) this light will help. It helps to lighten pigmentation spots revealing an overall brighter complexion. Green light has been used to dilate capillaries and sagging skin around the eyes, or even under eye circles.

 

Make sure to watch my tube video on how to get started. Then hop mover to my shop page and pick your tool to be on your way to beautiful looking skin! 

 

Kimberly Esposito
Secrets Your Esthetician Wants You to Know
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I have been in the skin and beauty business for some time now. And honest conversation, I’ve pretty much seen and heard it all. I always joke with my girlfriends that I should write a tell all book about the things I’ve come across in my twenty-three years in the skincare industry. But just like a therapist, an Esthetician never waxes and tells. So instead, I will let you in on some insider information and share with you the things every esthetician wishes her clients knew.

A quality toner is a game changer. A toner is the foundation of your skincare routine. It’s one of the most important steps and probably the most overlooked. Environmental factors and even stress can cause your skin’s pH to be acidic. Every time you wash your face (even with a good chemical free cleanser) you strip your skin. Using a toner after brings it back to its neutral pH level.  Also choosing the right toner is important. Always look for toners that don’t contain alcohol. Many good organic toners contain anti-aging and restoring ingredients to support the skin. Remember this is step #2 after you cleanse, but before a serum. I typically see major changes in the skin once a client begins to regularly use a toner. I promise, it’s worth it!

The right scrub helps, the wrong one hurts. DO NOT over use an exfoliating scrub. 1-3x weekly is more than enough. Any more than that and you risk microscopic tears in the skin which can cause pigmentation. This goes for choosing the right type as well. Please, please, please use nothing with microbeads or seashells. We aren’t deserted on an island, we don’t need to resort to that nonsense. In my practice I use deeper exfoliants which are extremely powerful like fruit or pumpkin enzymes. These are great without damaging the skin and getting your glow back.

Don’t try to dry out a zit. I know none of us love to look 15 again minus the retainer and still be in our 40-year-old bodies, but you actually make them worse when you pick or use strong or harsh chemicals like alcohol in an attempt to rid yourself of them. Instead remember that moderation is key in skincare. So be patient, give it time to heal.
 

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Cream? Yes, for the love of God... you still need to use a cream if you are oily or have acne. By foregoing cream, you only make your skin oilier. Your body will supply it either way. So be in control and find one to help balance out your skin type. I find switching products quarterly works well, especially if you live in a seasonal region.

Trust us. Please trust your Esthetician, if you trust them enough to work on your skin, trust them enough to recommend a product for you. This is especially true for all my holistic gals out there. If your Esthetician uses good product, trust them to recommend something organic for your skin. We can’t help your skin if we don’t know what you’re using. When we recommend a product, it is because we know what it does.

Do your homework, know your product source. Please don’t buy skincare lines from just anywhere. Yes, it’s work, but it’s your skin. Just like oils, unless you have a quality product source you won’t be able to tell if it’s been tampered, diluted, or who it’s coming from. It’s so important to get it directly from an approved, reputable source.

Let the magic happen. Allow your skin 4-6 weeks when you use a new product. It takes about that long to see a true difference. I know we live in a pretty result and time focused society, but patience is key.

Don’t be embarrassed. Like I said, we’ve seen it all and a good, passionate Esthetician wants to help you. We are always our worse critic and almost 100% of the time you think your skin is worse than what it actually is. So just relax, take a deep breath and ask your questions then listen to our suggestions.

Serum is where it’s at. Serum is an extremely important step. Europeans have been big on serums for decades. Here in the states it’s a new thing for you all, but it’s a huge skincare game changer. I’m here to tell you it’s been a lifesaver for my aging process over the last 10 years. Many serums are packed with pure goodness like hylaronic acid, vitamin C, or collagen. Serums actually penetrate the dermis deeper than a cream can, so they do more. A serum is always after toner, but before cream.

Love your skin and it will love you. Remember your skin is your largest organ. We tend to forget that as we are buying our chemical filled cleansers, makeup and lotions. Be just as smart about what goes on your body as what goes in it. Unfortunately, here in the US we still get away with putting harmful, cancer causing, endocrine disrupting chemicals in our beauty products. It’s sad, but that’s a whole other blog. So, start swapping out to more organic, natural products for better skin and health.

And remember, going to the esthetician is not like going on trial for skincare crimes. We are not here to judge or to put anyone in the hot seat. We are here to guide you on your journey toward the skin health you want for yourself. Ultimately, I just want to see my clients happy in the skin they are in. Finding the right information on how to achieve that can be tricky, there is a lot of bad advice out there. But, remembering these few steps can save you a lot of time, money, and blemishes. And honestly, it doesn’t get better than that!

Kimberly Esposito
Spring Skin
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So, I’ve heard tales of this thing called “spring”. Something between summer and winter when the sun and rain take turns coaxing the green back into the landscape. I guess its warmer too from what I hear. Here in the upper Midwest, there is no such thing this year. In fact, today was grey, cold, and snowy. Yep, snowy. April, you are drunk, go home.

Even though it doesn’t feel like spring, I am whipping out the Thieves, unloading closets, and picking out which one of my lucky kids gets to wash the base boards. Spring cleaning folks! But, my home isn’t the only thing I am sprucing up this weekend, I will also be spring cleansing my skin. Like Chicago, many regions in the winter are dryer and/or colder, wreaking havoc on the skin. Skin becomes dryer these months making for a duller complexion. And before we don shorts and tanks and stop hiding behind layers of sweaters and scarves, I have a few tips to change things up and get that glow back!

Usually spring is where we want to go a little lighter on the moisturizer and switch up your serum. My favorite serums for spring skin care include vitamin C. I love the way it makes my skin glow. Even if your using a great holistic moisturizer, I always recommend to my clients to switch up their products to get more of a bang. Your skin gets use to the same thing and doesn’t respond as effectively after a long period of time on the same product. So, try something different within the line. A lighter moisturizer or a mask can make a big difference.

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Exfoliating needs to be part of your routine no matter what month it is, but spring is where we really need it most. Dead skin cells have accumulated from winter and it’s time to brighten things up. Avoid shells, micro beads, and apricot pits. These are too harsh and cause microscopic tears in the skin. This is an esthetician’s worse nightmare. I always recommend you buy scrubs, not make them. Make certain it’s safe for your skin and formulated right for your skin type. My personal favorite is the Satin Mint Face Scrub by Young Living. If you’re not a member of YL, this scrub is a great reason to be. To learn more about becoming a member click here. Two times weekly is all you need to keep your skin looking fresh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is also the time of year I recommend everyone have a professional facial. If you’re seeing a holistic esthetician, they can do deeper peeling with certain enzymes and products. Facials are recommended every 4-6 weeks, but if you can’t swing that, always at least aim for one at the start of spring.

 

 

 

Spring is also a good time to consider upping your SPF game as well. Make sure you’re using a good one, free of unsafe chemicals. Harmful chemicals can cause all sorts of issues on the skin, working against all your good intended efforts. Look for ones with zinc oxide and skip the harsh, nasty stuff. Young Living came out with one last summer that saved us! It literally took all summer to use up and my skin loved it.

With that being said, water, water, water. Your skin cells need water to function optimally just as much as the rest of your body. I will be going into depth on hydration in upcoming posts, stay tuned. Until then, let’s get spring ready (even if spring isn’t necessarily ready for us)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Your Glow Back Mask

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Kimberly Esposito
Workout Skin Care

One of the most common skin care concerns I get asked is about is post-workout breakouts. Whether it’s the face, chest, or back it can be so annoying. Here you are, doing good things for your body and this is how it repays you, skin circa 7th grade awkward phase. Admittedly, I am just now starting back up a workout routine and I’m in love. Boxing my friends. Maybe it’s the inner Laura Croft wannabe in me but it’s a blast and it makes me sweat. So much so, that I’ve been experiencing a few breakouts here and there and seriously, no thanks. And since quitting my quest for the perfect roundhouse is not an option, I should start following my own advice as I share with you. So, if you are going to sweat it out at the gym, make sure to follow these tips to keep your complexion in shape too!

 

#1 Before your workout make sure you have clean makeup free skin.

You have a higher chance of breaking out working out in makeup. As you sweat your pores open up and they can easily be clogged with makeup on your skin. So, if you’re coming from the office, pack a travel case of your 3-step process cleanser, toner and cream.

 

#2 Wipe down that yucky equipment, it breeds bacteria.

Bacteria loves places like the gym and equipment. Before you know it, you’ve touched some sort of equipment and then your face and bam! Bacteria transferred. I always carry my travel thieves spray or some thieves wipes to make it easy to wipe it down.

 

#3 Wear your hair up or back with a sweat band.

I’ll admit, I hate a sweat band. No matter what I do I look like an Aerosmith roadie. It doesn’t work for me. Many of you look so cute and it does a bang-up job at keeping the sweat and hair products from your hair of your face and body. That’s important, because so hair products can wreak havoc on the skin.

 

#4 Change your workout clothes.

 Never reuse the same ones you previously sweated in. Again, bacteria can be harbored on them and as you workout, your pores open and allow the bacteria to cause more clogging issues.

 

#5 Recover.

Pimples can occur because of hormone changes in the body. As you workout the level of the male hormone testosterone will rise. So, as you get more fit, build muscle and strength, your hormones will fluctuate. It’s very important to give your body adequate rest not only to recover but to stabilize that hormone.

 

#6 Eat clean and hydrate.

Your diet is so important. As you exercise you lose vitamins and minerals along with hydration. Watch that water intake and be certain to eat a balanced diet and supplement with good quality nutrients. Young Living’s supplements are AMAZING and infused with essential oils for a more long lasting effect in the body.

 

#7 Deep clean and exfoliate.

Make sure to exfoliate no more than two times a week. This helps you get rid of the dead skin cells that are hanging around. If you’re having back breakouts grab a loofah and use a high-quality body wash free of harmful chemicals. Young Living’s Morning Start one is my favorites. A loofah will help loosen the dead skin cells on your back making it harder for bacteria to stay. A deep cleaning mask like the “Deep Cleanse Mask” with lavender will help you get all the nitty-gritty gone for clearer skin. Once a week makes a big difference. I like to do mine at night in a bath. Be sure to make it easy and doable so you will follow through.

 

 

#8 Cleanse post-workout.

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Always wash your face ASAP after your workout. I know, I know. You’re out and you want to hit the grocery store and a million other errands before you head home to kids but know this is the #1 reason people break out after working out. You’ve sweated so now you have to get that face clean and Ph balanced with a toner and hydrated with your serum and cream. I promise you it’s well worth it.

 

Now go have a great workout without worrying about your skin. Know that you are in control and every one of these tips helps. Good luck and kick butt!

Kimberly

Kimberly Esposito
Beauty Sleep
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You’ve been busy all day. Now, it’s 9pm and you can finally sit down, grab a book or catch up on that show you’ve been meaning to watch all year, have some tea, and leisurely make your way to bed when you begin to feel oh so sleepy. Hahahaha, yeah right. There are lunches to be packed, clothes to lay out, backpacks and workbags to ready, and probably more dishes to do, there are always more dishes somewhere, somehow. And don’t even get me started on the laundry. Seriously. And that’s on an easy night. Sleep will have to wait, it just isn’t as important. Here’s the thing though, when I was younger I could make sleep low priority and pull off a late night getting it all done, and function reasonably well the next day. But, hello 40’s. Not only do you get up three times to pee, but you feel like your nights are too short and too long all at once. How is this even a thing?! Just like you can literally eat ice and carrots and gain weight. Wow, thanks 40… you’re my hero. 

First, lets reevaluate how we prioritize our sleep and exactly why we need our beauty rest. I am not just talking beauty here either my friend, sleep affects your entire body and overall health. Consistently not getting those precious seven to nine hours each night not only makes you look like you’ve pulled an all-nighter at a frat party but also puts your physical health at risk. During sleep your body heals itself and restores balance in your system. Without proper slumber your body and brain systems will not function properly. This is where coffee comes in, but no matter how much we joke… coffee will not make you smarter. During sleep pathways form between nerve cells helping you remember new information. Your nervous system also controls your coordination skills, so you can avoid accidents more easily. Ever had a long night and been stumped on spelling the word AND or been on your cell phone looking for your cell phone? #truestory #itsscary Not to mention, the mood swings are real. Continual sleep deprivation can actually cause depression, paranoia, and another frozen pizza night eating your feelings.

Without proper sleep, your immune system is deprived and is prevented from building its army of good guys as well. Remember, when you sleep you heal. Your digestion system is the command center, I talk about this a lot. Sleep affects the levels of two vital hormones leptin and gherlin which control the feelings of hunger and fullness. Ever wonder why after a bad night you turn into an episode of Wayne’s World and consume a bag of chips on the couch watching Netflix so long it asks if you are still there? Hormones, but these we can control with sleep. Without enough sleep your body reduces leptin and increases ghrelin which is an appetite stimulant. I need this said NO ONE EVER. Insomnia and poor sleep is also linked to stroke and heart attack, the largest threat to women’s health. Heart disease kills more U.S. women that all forms of cancer combined. 

 

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What Does lack of Sleep Actually Do?

So now that we know what happens to your system, let’s talk how it affects us beauty wise ladies.

Wrinkles

Skin makes new collagen when you sleep. More collagen = plumper skin. Collagen also helps you to stay hydrated at optimal levels.

Glow

Want your glow back? Try getting more sleep. When you snooze, it helps to increase blood flow which aid in a healthy glow.

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I remember my Grandma ushering us to bed early saying, “you’ll be bright eyed and bushy tailed.” Well, this is why. Your eyes are the first thing compromised after a stunted night’s sleep. You will notice puffiness, sagging, and even dark circles. The blood will pool under your eyes due to poor circulation.  On the contrary, after a good night’s sleep you will notice improved blood flow and a rosy complexion riding yourself of that vampiric look. Sorry Edward, I don’t pull of the undead look as well as you do.

Hair

Yes, lack of zzz’s can mean more than a bad hair day. Hair gets less nutrients and minerals because they have a harder time being absorbed. No sleep usually means stress which can also cause you hair to fall out. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

A Happy Appearance

When you’re tired from lack of sleep it can cause your skin to droop. We tend to frown and furrow more often when we are tired. Ever had anyone say to you, “you look tired”?

I always want to say something snarky back but am usually too foggy to form a complete and witty response. I can only utter a mumbled, “thanks buddy, thanks”.

 

 

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So, what can we do?

Here are some tips and tricks to help you get a goodnight and restorative slumber…

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I like a bath right before bed to relax me. Take a look at my blog on detox bathes. I always take a shower or bath before bed. It’s a ritual which gives my body the signal it’s time for sleep and those little rituals are important and help you prepare for nighttime. Plus, scientifically speaking, when your body temperature drops after getting out of a warm bath, it helps the body naturally relax. Some tricks I use are Epsom salts and essential oils. Lavender is one of my many favorites.

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A sleep schedule helps. Until this year I have never been great at this. My husband swears by it. It helps to regulate your body’s clock. I guess that’s why he can literally fall asleep and snore within 45 seconds.

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Exercise… YAY that pesky word always seems to find its way into something healthy. Activity helps your body, just to be tired. Just don’t do it too close to bedtime.

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Be careful how you nap. Even a 10-minute power nap can ruin my night’s sleep, but everyone is different. I am not a napper unless I need to be up late. I’ve always wished I lived in Europe where they take naps and stay up to all hours of the night drinking wine and luxuriously dining for several hours. But, I am from Illinois and apparently that’s frowned upon.

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Have a comfortable bed and pillow. If anyone wants to play pillow match-maker for me, please send them my way. I feel like pillows come to die at our house. I still haven’t found my perfect pillow.

#6

It’s all about the room. They say the perfect temp for a bedroom is between 60-67 degrees. This is where my husband and I throw down. If I am hot, I will not sleep. Also, the lightening in your room needs to be optimal. I like it dark, like coffin dark. My best friend since I was 10 tells me I really am a vampire. If there is a crack of light I will not sleep well. I am all about a good sleep mask. And of course, creating a tech free zone before bed helps. Screens mimic daylight and can keep your brain going. Shutting down is a challenge, but I promise you one that comes with numerous benefits.

I don’t know about you, but I could go for a nap now! If you have any sleep hacks, as always send them my way on my Instagram or Facebook. Until then, sweet dreams Beautiful!

-Kimberly

Kimberly Esposito
Tea Therapy
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In the morning we have our routines, coffee, shower, breakfast, aaand go. These routines are important little things, no matter how conscious of them we are. They offer stability, comfort, and are a bridge to the bigger things we want to accomplish for the day. However, I have found over time that routines in afternoons and evenings tend to get overlooked. A bit reflective of our fast-paced world, isn’t it? If it does not directly relate to productivity, then it just loses priority. So, consider for a moment… what do we do to wind down the day? If you are like me, you struggle with that off switch, it’s like my body and mind have too much momentum to just stop. I need, need, need that signal to the slowing of the day just as my body chemistry and the natural world around me is doing the same. For me, that signal is tea and it is an absolute ritual. I say ritual because where routine is a regularity, and habit -like, ritual is done with mindfulness and intention. My afternoon tea is just that, it is a slower, careful process that cannot be rushed from the time it takes to boil water, to sieving, and finally enjoying. I feel a bit like Pavlov’s dogs, just the sound of my teapot switching on after a long day, and I cannot help but begin to relax. It’s not unlike that moment and the end of the day when the bra comes off, sorry family, Mom’s not going anywhere now.

The bonus to this ritual is that it is pretty healthful too. For one, tea has less caffeine than coffee. Green especially so. Now I am not hating on my coffee, some days I seriously cannot function without it. But, in the afternoons especially it is time to start that slow comedown from the day and the less caffeine, the better. If coffee is something you are looking to move away from, but you love the taste, try chicory root. It offers all kinds of benefits and support for areas like the liver and gut. As well, there is just an endless option of other teas, mainly herbal, for nearly any ailment you can think of. Some time tested like chamomile to aid the body for a calming effect and ginger to support digestion (A word of caution though, do your research first for any medicinal teas, especially if you are pregnant). And don’t be intimidated by loose-leaf teas. They are delightful, maybe a little extra effort but certainly well worth it.

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One of my personal favorites, loose-leaf or otherwise, is green tea. It tastes amazing hot or cold, you can get it paired with all kinds of other flavors, and its benefits are huge. It is an anti-inflammatory, contains antioxidants, it can improve dental health, and limit the growth of certain bacteria’s. Plus, I hear Cindy Crawford drinks tea every day, and seriously either its helping her look amazingly young or she’s a vampire, just sayin’.

Tea is also a great way to get in some essential oils. When I am feeling the first signs of a cold bug, I hit up Lemon and Thieves Vitality in my mug with some raw honey. A little Orange or Clove Vitality makes a nice spicy addition. But as in everything we consume or put on our bodies, opt for organic and make sure you are ingesting a wholesome, quality product to get all of the amazing benefits of your tea. This is one of the reasons I am an Oola Tea subscriber. They produce some wonderful, quality organic teas and with each bag purchased, provide a meal to a child in need in their partnership with Rice Bowls. How amazing is that!

So, the next time we meet on my blog, consider bringing along a warm, replenishing, soul-healing tea. Because even better than relaxing with your tea, is sharing some (along with plenty of laughs) with your tribe.

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Kimberly Esposito
Beginnings

Nervous? Nope, that doesn’t quite cut it. I think the one of the main reasons I have put off launching my blog is the thought of it not being just right, not being quite so perfect. Being real while trying to inspire others is a tall order, one that sometimes I doubt my effectiveness. Because when you’re real, you’re not always inspiring, can I get an amen on that? I hardly feel inspiring when my youngest gets me to seriously consider Bailey’s in my morning coffee even before I’ve applied my eyeliner for the day.

 

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One of the reasons I founded the Oily Esthetician website was to put an ever-growing wealth of valuable information and resources where it is accessible. However, it evolved and bloomed into something bigger than even that for me. There is nothing I love more than waking up to a message saying “I can’t thank you enough...” for whichever skin or beauty mishap one of my contacts were enduring at the time. This turned into something of a movement for myself on what beauty really is and what it means to us and how to help women on their own journeys of empowerment as they realize that beauty really is only skin deep. Over the years I’ve learned beauty goes beyond choosing the perfect lipstick color or flawless skin, it is your attitude, your soul, and your daily intention both inside and out. When you feel healthful and beautiful on the inside, your potential to bring beauty to the world increases exponentially. What I endeavor to do is help you achieve this, help you on your path to pure and holistic self-care, to empower you with knowledge and self-confidence in a world where such things are quite often rare. I want to help you pass this information as well as a sense of empowerment onto your daughters, to the women in your life you treasure. Unexpectedly for myself, the Oily Esthetician has grown from education on holistic beauty, and it has transcended into a spring of inspiration.

 

What I truly hope as I begin this launch is that in your day, at some point you pause, take a cleansing breath, stop by and learn something, something that will encourage you to spend some time and care on your own self. Let us start that journey together now, it will be a beautiful thing.

 

“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” -Humphrey Bogart

Kimberly Esposito
Detox Baths

It should come as no surprise that I am passionate about the skin, it quite literally is what I do. I have spent years helping others achieve and maintain a beautiful, healthy complexion. We all love to look and feel beautiful and I certainly am honored to be part of that journey. However, what isn’t quite so obvious is perhaps why I care so much about skin health apart from aesthetics. Simply put, it is one of the most vital parts of our overall health and one of the most overlooked. Skin is the body’s largest organ, it is complex, it is our foremost barrier, and it often reflects what is going on inside the body. We encounter countless harmful and toxic elements daily. From microbes to harmful chemicals, our skin does a ton of heavy lifting and takes a ton of abuse. However, I have a little trick (albeit well known yet often forgotten) up my sleeve that combats all those toxins and uses the skin in a kind way while it pampers it (and you). Detox baths, my friend.

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Hydrotherapy is ancient, yet so underutilized. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, around the 5th century began to recognize the power of water and its therapeutic benefits with its varied minerals and properties. Though practiced in spas for centuries, detoxifying baths are seldom if not at all utilized in the home. So, ladies with all that is available to us in the current century, let’s take advantage, shall we? It doesn’t have to cost a ton and is just as great for the soul as well as the body.

First though, let’s start with some basics. Personally, I make my detox baths a ritual. Come Sunday night the door gets locked and everyone stays off the radar. Even my youngest knows my bathroom is off limits for the next hour or retribution comes swift in the form of an early bedtime and an out of sorts Mama. I grab my tea, diffuser, and my favorite essential oils. I like to add my EO’s straight to the bath for better dispersion throughout. Another key ingredient I am apt to use is Epsom salts.  They boost the magnesium levels that so many of us lack. Magnesium is the “helper molecule” and vital to so many of our bodies biochemical reactions. Seriously, I challenge you, google “magnesium” and you will be amazed. It is easily absorbed through the skin and helps flush out toxins and heavy metals from our cells. Not to mention, it eases muscle pain, improves nerve function, relieves stress, reduces inflammation, and prevents/eases headaches and migraines.

 

 

 

A second gem is Apple Cider Vinegar. Okay, so I realize ACV doesn’t have an amazing smell, but the benefits make it worthwhile. Just SOME of its gifts are restored PH levels to the skin, as well as its softening ability to the skin and shine to the hair. It is a natural source of B and C vitamins and combats fungus and bacteria. Again, doing some further research on ACV will make you wonder why you waited so long in adding it to your weekly bath routine. Below, I’ve posted one of my favorite detox baths that brings together the best of both worlds. Keep in mind, the warmer the water the more effective the detox will be. The bonus here is that you will sleep like a baby. Your body temperature naturally lowers at night. The change of temperature from a warm bath to cooling when you step out will naturally relax you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another favorite of mine is the Oxygen Bath. Remember when hydrogen peroxide came out from under the sink when you skinned a knee or elbow as a kid? I don’t know about you, but this is when I would run. Scary stuff then, but there all sorts of benefits using this food grade hydrogen peroxide (link) now. By this I mean the 35% pure stuff instead of the 3% like most of us have at home. It oxygenates the blood and oxidizes the unhealthy cells to eliminate the bad without hurting the good cells.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now there will be those days that you are short on time and maybe even resources. For those days or while I am traveling I like to keep pre-made bath bombs on hand. Young Living makes two mineral-rich bath bombs, Lavender Calming and a Stress Away Relaxing. You simply add it to a warm bath and you’re on your way to calmer, smother and ultra-moisturized you. And the best part is that its Young Living so it’s almost a given that it is paraben, phthalate, petrochemical, synthetic preservative, synthetic fragrance, and synthetic dye/colorant free and of course it is made with 100 percent naturally derived ingredients and pure essential oils. Win!

 Young Livings Stress Away Relaxing and Lavender Calming Bath Bombs.

Young Livings Stress Away Relaxing and Lavender Calming Bath Bombs.

 

 

Finally, when choosing your EO’s look at purity. I like to choose relaxing or grounding blends for my baths and it just depends on what I need. Eucalyptus for sinus support, Lavender if I need to relax, or Frankincense for an extra little skin pampering. Begin with the basics and build from there. Most importantly, take this time for you. Yes, this is good for the body but also consider that these moments are necessary to put your mind and soul inline with what you want to bring to the world.

 

“Carve out and claim the time to care for yourself and kindle your own fire.” - Amy Ippoliti

Kimberly Esposito
Love Your Body

This time of year is full of emotions. We are all trying to better ourselves, strive for major goals, most of which have to do with losing weight and getting into shape. Ugh, right? We are slowly approaching our third week in “Resolution Month” and I would be willing to bet that most of us are feeling the pain. Well, I come to you this drizzly Wednesday as a soft place to rest your workout weary self for a moment and remind you to love your body because you are gorgeous! I will be honest though, a “love your body” mentality is something I have struggled with most of my life too. But with time comes experience, and we all know it is our best teacher. Over the years I have learn a few key things I want to share that have helped me on my journey to appreciate my body for the beautiful vessel it is.

1.       Go through the motions. I know those words typically have a negative connotation, but bear with me. Fake it till you make it. For example, do something that you might consider typically only a luxury and make it habitual. If rough, dry skin is something you feel insecure about, take the time to do more than apply your daily lotion. Like say indulge in luxurious Egyptian Milk Bath once a week and make yourself some beautiful smelling and amazingly beneficial frankincense moisturizer to follow. It may sound simple, but when you make an effort and take time to pamper yourself, it is an investment in you. Not only is it good for the body, it informs the mind to make you a priority on a regular basis because you are worth it and we don’t need a slogan to remind us darn it. If you have to bar the bathroom door and jam at an unreasonable volume to ABBA’s Greatest Hits to tune out the unsupervised Nerf gun war your children are in the midst of to pamper yourself, by God do it. Your couch cushions may get pummeled, but you will absolutely glow inside and out. And I promise, after time you will love the body you are taking such amazing care of.

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2.       Find the beauty in others. Again, I know this sounds odd, but I have noticed over time my own conception of beauty has changed. Of course, I still find celebrities and the like aesthetically beautiful. I mean Charlize Theron, come on she’s perfect and does not age. Seriously, she might be a vampire. Though lately, I can’t help but see a more powerful beauty in the “real” and “everyday”. I find myself thinking much more often things like “wow, that woman has a such a healthy glow” or “that mother is stunning when she smiles at her children.” Sometimes it is easier for us to see the positive in others before we can see it in ourselves and realizing that we too are beautiful outside of the illusion of marketing media is a powerful tool in the effort to love our own selves.

3.       Fuel yourself with the best. No matter what detailed beauty routine you follow nor no matter how exotic, lovely, and effective the product you use is, its all for naught if what you are putting in your body is, well, junk. You will feel like junk, you will think like junk, and really who could love themselves in those conditions? I bet not even a Kardashian could. And here is the kicker, when you eat with high quality fuel, you perform like the machine you were meant to be. Own that stair climber. So, Grandma was right, you are what you eat so lovies, eat clean and eat happy.

Happy Wednesday Beautiful!

The Oily Esthetician

Kimberly Esposito
Jade Roller

Ok, stay with me… I swear this isn’t some hippy, witchy voodoo technique. I questioned it to, until I started using it on my clients a little over six months ago. Rolling smooth, cold jade stones over your skin—using chic little beauty tools called jade rollers—

The idea comes from a centuries-old beauty tradition. Jade rolling is believed to have been practiced by wealthy Chinese women. Sounds pretty cool right? The jade is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a healing semi-precious gemstone and is considered a sign of power and immortality, which is how it found its way into holistic spas.

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What is a Jade Roller?

So, no one is turning into a vampire after a session, but rolling jade across the skin will get you glowing. “It gets the circulation pumping, de-puffs the eye area, and improves skin elasticity—and since it promotes lymphatic drainage, it’s detoxifying.”

It can help calm and even out your complexion. I like to use the pretty little tool after I mask with a few chosen essential oils to raise your frequency and help support the aging process. 

This is how it’s done!

Put your roller in the freezer a few hours before you want to use it. Estheticians, make sure to warn your client that the roller will be a little chilly or have fun waking them out of their facial slumber with a shock!

Step 1

Cleanse your facial thoroughly.

Step 2
Exfoliate. This is a great way to incorporate your favorite exfoliate, one of my favorites is the Satin Mint Scrub by Young Living. Remember only exfoliate 2-3 times weekly. No more.

Step 3
Apply serum, moisturizer, or a mask. You can roll in any of these 3 steps. My personal favorite way to do it is with a DIY essential oil serum. It’s seriously my favorite thing I do with my skin. I use 2 drops of Rose, 2 drops of Myrrh, 2 drops of Frankincense and a drop of Lavender. Talk about raising your frequency! 

Step 4
Start rolling! Either start at the chest or the forehead, using outward and upward motions doing about three up-and-out passes per area. After just a few strokes on your face, neck and décolletage (that’s your chest ladies) you’ll see that your skin is brighter and your fine lines are rolled away.

Keep it up for 3-5 min. 

Rolling with product on will push the product deeper in the dermis for a more dramatic effect. You may start to see flushing in the area, this is good, you’ve increased the circulation and are collagen building.

Step 5

Yay, you’ve now done your 1st treatment and your skin should look great. Now grab a warm towel maybe infused with your favorite essential oil and remove the serum, mask or cream. This will make you feel like a million bucks. I love to do this treatment in the mornings as my skin always looks simply beautiful after. Make sure to wrap up with toner, serum of choice and your cream for the day. So how many times should you practice this ritual a week? It can absolutely be done everyday, but reality check… we are Mom’s, so 3-4 times a week is suggested. You can also use this treatment to destress your pounding head or jaw line. 

Interested in bringing this technique to your home, Spa or Salon? Check the SHOP button here in The Oily Esthetician.

 

Kimberly Esposito
Even You Out Facemask

Ok ladies… this mask has been a game changer for me. I just recently started to use it on my clients, as I like to test out treatments awhile on myself before I give it a try. It’s pretty easy to make, which is important for me and it has mega benefits. #winwin #oilyesthetician

Let’s talk turmeric... Indian brides have long used turmeric body scrubs and masks before their wedding days to illuminate from head to toe. 

Benefits of Turmeric:

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  • reduces redness
  • treats breakouts
  • helps with age spots
  • reduces scarring and hyperpigmentation
  • helps to heal psoriasis and eczema
  • brightens and tones
  • anti-inflammatory

Apple Cider Vinegar is no slouch either. 

  • helps treat age spots and uneven skin
  • It restores your PH balance to the skin
  • supports acne with its antiseptic and antibacterial properties

Honey, your skin’s new savor

  • Full of antioxidants
  • extremely moisturizing and soothing
  • helps to clarify the skin

Honey is also great for problematic skin because of its antibacterial properties.

Now that we have all these pretty amazing natural products already in our cabinets, let’s bring it up like a billion notches and add some of my favorite essential oils to give this mask a pretty serious kick! 

Lemon, Lavender, and Sandalwood are my tops picks when it comes to uneven skin. You will want to add these in your mask for the ultimate outcome. Make sure you are using pure essential oils, no fillers allowed. Need to know where you can find unadulterated eo’s? Check out my site at yldist.com/revive

So, I promised you easy, here’s the recipe.

Even You Out Facemask

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

1/2 teaspoon of ACV

1 tablespoon of honey

2 drops of YL Lemon essential oil

2 drops of YL Lavender essential oil

2 drops of YL Sandalwood essential oil

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Kimberly Esposito
Thigh Gap

So, one of the many reason’s I chose to start living a more chemical free lifestyle was because of harmful ingredients like talc. For the past few years I’ve heard more and more about how this dangerous chemical is and it is still allowed in our cosmetics and body care. It’s in everything from face makeup, soap, to antiperspirant. I have my ultimate chemical free makeup covered with my Savvy line from Young Living. They also make some pretty awesome soaps and shampoo’s. I like taking the guess work out and ordering from a reputable company. You can go down some crazy rabbit holes looking for information about products. One thing I haven’t found is the replacement for baby powder. You may ask “Why would a middle aged (UGH) woman need baby powder if her youngest is 8. Well I blame my mother (it’s in chapter 5 of things we blame parents for in my book). She has me addicted to it. See, I wasn’t genetically blessed with the thigh gap many girls have. Nope, unfortunately my thighs… they rub together with enough friction to cause forest fires. There, I’ve said it, it’s out in the cyber world now. I’m more likely to see a rainbow unicorn than a thigh gap. So, this is where I took control and made my own safe and healthy powder to protect my three-year-old thighs. It’s easy to make and works like a charm. 

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Thigh Gap Magic

1/2 cup of arrowroot powder

2 drops of chamomile essential oil

2 drops of lavender essential oil

You can store this in sugar shaker jar for quick easy use. 

 

Kimberly Esposito