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exfoliate by J.barna

 Why is it essential to EXFOLIATE?

So what does exfoliation mean?  It generally means the ‘aiding in the removal of surfaced dead skin cells.’   This can be done with tools and machines (which should always be done by a licensed professional however can be very abrasive) or can be done gently and naturally with the right natural ingredients or the right products that you can use at home.

Understanding the Skin ~                                                                                   the skin is the largest organ of the body and the only organ that is not only functioning from the inside but is the only organ that is exposed and functions on the outside of the body. We will talk a lot about taking care of your skin both from within and ‘face on’ from the surface in this blog. Before we do that lets ‘breakdown’ the layers. Our skin consists of three layers of tissue.

These layers are:

  • The Subcutaneous layer – this most deep under-layer of the skin is made-up of fatty tissues, nerves and blood vessels that behave as insulation protecting us from outer temperatures. The fatty tissues also act as a layer of protection cushioning from minor bumps and falls.
  • The Dermis layer – the middle layer of the skin which consists of blood vessels, nerves, hair follicles, sweat glands, and is the majority of the thickness of our skin which is made up of collagen and elastic fibers.
  • The Epidermis layer – the outer most layer of the skin is a very thin layer that acts as an outer-shell of protection. It is made up of the cells that contain melanin which gives us our pigment that creates our skin color. It is also made up of layers of dead skin cells.

The Epidermis holds the job and does it naturally by consistently renewing itself . The inner most part of the epidermis manufactures new cells that move their way through and up to the surface where they end their life and harden. This natural cell production cycle lasts about 28 days. Although the layers of dead skin serve their purpose as protection, they can overproduce, pile up and trap dirt and bacteria. These days there are large amounts of harsh chemicals in products we use and the pollution that we are exposed to which are known to throw off our natural cycle of skin production. These harsh synthetic chemicals used in most over the counter skin care products often cause the opposite effect than what we are trying to achieve by over-drying our skin and causing an over production of dead skin cells.

Exfoliation gently breaks up and washes away the layers of dead skin cells, lifts and removes trapped dirt and bacteria and then reveals the healthy new skin underneath waiting to surface. This is the perfect time to properly hydrate your new healthy skin . Exfoliation should be done once or twice a week but certainly up to three times a week during the fall and winter months.

We will be constantly adding many new DIY home recipes for natural exfoliating, reviewing over the counter brand products , and discussing exfoliating techniques …. but for now here is a quick WINTER LIP FIX:

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  1. 2 Tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil 
  2. 1 Half squeezed organic lemon
  3. 2 Tablespoons of raw organic brown sugar

MIX all ingredients in small bowl and generously apply on and around your lips, try not to lick it all up, as it tastes like candy I attest ! Let it sit for a few minutes to let the citrus enzymes do its natural exfoliating and let the honey do its natural hydrating ! Gently massage and scrub the mixture into chapped lips and let the brown sugar granules naturally exfoliate and rinse away the mixture for soft kissable lips!


Sweet and Sour


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I will be continuously adding easy DIY home-made honey based skin remedies but for a simple quick treatment that works amazingly on an unwanted, unruly breakout……

Try thisA simple marriage of ‘Sweet and Sour’.

lemonhoney by J.Barna


What you will need:

  • Organic raw honey
  • 1 Organic lemon  
  • A small bowl  
  • Mixing spoon (I use a wooden coffee stirring stick)

You can use this simple concoction as a facial rinse or a face mask . For optimal benefits , prep your skin with a brief cleanse and face steam for 10 minutes. Have your mixture prepared and ready to use before your steam. Always use caution when steaming at home. Always use distilled water, which eliminates the impurities rising with steam that do absorb into and affect your skin . I use a distilled alkaline water that I purchase from my local natural food store. Bring water to a boil and carefully remove pot to set it on a towel or protective surface . Make sure to keep face at least two feet above scolding pot and water . Exposing skin too close to water and steam to that degree can result in first and/or second degree burns , and ultimately damage the skin. However done safely and properly, steaming moistens the skin , softens and lifts trapped dirt and bacteria and preps your skin and pores to reap the benefits of this treatment .


Mix two tablespoons of raw honey with a whole organic lemon squeezed. This consistency will be thinner and is more potent with it’s rich citrus acidic enzymes which break down the build up of trapped bacteria and naturally exfoliates dead skin cells. Because this is stronger it can be a bit irritating on sensitive skin with it’s proportions , therefore should only be used as a rinse to thoroughly cleanse and wash away bacteria and dead skin cells. Simply emulsify in your hands gently apply across your face in circular cleansing motions, avoiding the eye area . Rinse thoroughly with water.


Mix 4 tablespoons of raw honey with a half squeezed organic lemon . This should result in a far thicker consistency . Apply over entire face in a generous amount avoiding the eye area . Depending on your skin type, leave on for 15-30 minutes. For extra sensitive skin, leave on for 10-15 minutes. For problematic oily skin leave on for 30 minutes. Relax and let it do it’s thing. Remove gently with a warm dampened all-natural cloth then rinse thoroughly with warm water.

What the lemon does :

The natural citric acid this fruit contains helps break down and kill off acne causing bacteria . It literally ‘eats away’ at the dead skin cells which is part of the natural regeneration of the epidermis but if not exfoliated , these layers of dead skin cells can pile up on the surface and trap pollutants and bacteria’s … even fungus. The juices from the lemon act as a natural toner . It also is believed to effectively even out the complexion buy lightening acne and Rosacea scars , sun and aging spots etc….

Lemons contain :

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B5
  • Other flavonoid antioxidants
  • Minerals including potassium,iron, copper and calcium etc…

What the raw honey does :

Naturally helps to regulate the PH balance of the skin to it’s most natural balanced state of 4.5 to 5.5 on a scale from 1-14. 1 being the most acidic and 14 the most alkaline. Offers antiseptic, antibacterial properties and healing enzymes . This nature’s nectar soothes , hydrates and moisturizes. Full of anti-oxidants and is an anti-inflammatory . Treats , Feeds and nourishes the skin making it beneficial to all skin types and aids in all chronic skin ailments . (read more on raw honey here)

What raw honey contains :

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B6
  • Antioxidants
  • Minerals including iron, calcium, zinc etc ..

Nature’s Nectar


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Honey by  J.Barna

HONEY. Nature’s Nectar , is truly the ‘Bee’s Knees’.

Those bees for certain, know exactly what they are doing . There is great reason for why Mother Earth cannot thrive without these little ‘winged wonders’. What they do is beyond miraculous,but we are going to focus on that ‘magical bronze serum’ they produce here on this blog. Honey has been used for centuries in almost every ancient culture across the globe for nutritional and medicinal purposes , and there is no mistaking why . This truly organic ‘salve’ has amazing healing properties . Throughout history it was most commonly used as an ointment to dress wounds due to it’s natural antimicrobial action. It also served to protect and moisten wounds with it’s natural consistency and has been known to repair and promote new growth of healthy tissue cells.

I recommend staying away from the standard commercially packaged ‘store shelf -honey’ and sticking with Raw Organic Honey in it’s natural form . Most of the Honey sold on shelves at stores has been processed with industrial high heats which kills off it’s nutrient rich properties and healing enzymes . It’s so easy to get your hands on raw, natural organic honey… Look Into your local farmers markets and natural food stores. It’s worth it . I also highly recommend ‘Manuka Honey’ above most standard flower honeys .

Honey by J.Barna

Here are just a few reasons why Natural Honey is hands down my ‘go to’ base for at home face and body concoctions , to treat , heal and feed the skin with nutrients ……

The antimicrobial /antibacterial properties kill and inhibit the growth of bacteria making it ideal for acne prone skin as an ‘on the spot’  tincture for blemishes or as a consistent treatment regimen to calm ,control and prevent breakouts.

~  Honey , in it’s raw form, contains compounds which make up it’s natural antioxidant behavior which has reported to aid in and promote anti-aging .

~  Raw Honey and it’s naturally healing enzymes also have shown it’s use as an anti-inflammatory agent . This property, in any treatment, is vital in aiding the healing process with chronic acne and Rosacea as these both cause such inflammation of the skin.

~  Honey’s natural PH is 4.5 and aligns with the natural PH balance of the skin which lies between 4.5-5.5. Keeping this natural PH balance helps keep your skin healthy. Exposing your skin to highly acidic or alkaline throws our PH off drastically and our skin behaves as if it’s being attacked resulting in drastic reactions.

~  This Natural moisturizer soothes and feeds the skin preventing dry, chapped skin and gives your skin a ‘pick-me up’ appearance and a beautiful healthy glow . Keeping the skin moisturized and maintaining it , prevents the over production of natural oils/sebum we produce in response to dryness … which in turn traps bacteria and causes breakouts.


I will be continuously adding easy DIY home-made honey based skin remedies …but for a simple quick treatment that works Amazing on an unwanted, unruly breakout …. Try thisA simple marriage of ‘Sweet and Sour’.

lemonhoney by J.Barna

Loving Lavender


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loving lavender
Lets talk Lavender. I am quite sure many of you already know the benefits of lavender in aiding in relaxation and aroma-therapies etc… But did you have any idea how beneficial it is to our skin? I am going to break it down for you and give you every reason why you should be ‘Loving Lavender.’

FIRST… a little bit about the plant… The Lavendula plant is a shrub species that happens to be part of the large mint family. It is native to the ‘Old World’ and has been cultivated and utilized for culinary , holistic and medicinal purposes for centuries throughout Europe, Africa Mediterranean into Asia etc…

SECOND… a little bit about our skin… Your Skin is an organ just like your heart, lungs etc… it is the largest organ of the body, and the ONLY organ that is part of the inside and outside of the body. I’m telling you this because it’s simple… In order to have and maintain healthy skin you MUST take care of this organ feeding and nourishing it from the inside as well as topically on the outside exposed layers (epidermis). I will talk alot in this blog about taking care of your skin from within, if you eat like crap and live off toxic, it is going to reflect from the outside no matter how well you take care of your skin topically.

How you can nourish your skin from within with benefits of Lavender:                  ‘Calm yourself, Calm your skin.’

1. RELAXATION/CALMING : The inhalation of therapeutic grade lavender oils, aid in a calming effect that is delivered to a specific part of the brain after the aroma is processed through our senses. Stress and anxiety are common culprits to dull, tired looking skin and is a major source of unwanted and unruly acne breakouts.

  • Try one to two drops of Lavender oil (I recommend an organic) in a warm bath. Who doesn’t want to end their day like that?
  • Try one drop in your palms or on your wrists, rub on and around your neck and decolletage area before bed or even in a triggering social anxiety situation.

2. INSOMNIA : Much like above insomnia and any sleep deprivation can lead to unhealthy minds & unhealthy bodies, and our skin reveals and reflects it all. Lack of sleep can lead to impaired immune systems and quite often leads to illness. If chronic lack of sleep is not addressed it will cause a domino effect, your skin,suffering in the end.

  • Rub one to two drops of lavender oil in your hands and lightly spread over your pillow before bed.
  • Try one to two drops applied and massaged into your feet before bed.
  • Chopped up ‘Lavender Angustifolia’ flowers in hot tea with some honey will not just offer aroma therapies right under your nose but will aid in calming the nervous system through digestion. (you only need about a half a dozen individual flowered buds.)

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There is an Endless list of how lavender oil remedies the skin topically and it has been practiced for centuries in various cultures so its safe to say.. it works. here are a few

1. Known as an antiseptic , apply to minor cuts and bruises.

2. Apply to sunburned skin by mixing one to two drops with coconut oil.

3. Lavender contains antibacterial properties and calms the sebaceous glands so a very small amount mixed in with honey can be applied as a tincture on acne blemishes.

4. A small amount of Lavender oil (one drop) mixed in with a tablespoon of coconut oil aids in calming eczema flare ups and provides relief from the itching.

5. Rub one to two drops of Lavender oil with a teaspoon of coconut oil and massage into scalp. This aids in slowing down or stopping hairloss and promotes regrowth. It also fight dandruff with its anti-bacterial properties.

6. Attack Athletes foot by applying a small amount or Lavender oil with a carrier oil and massaged into feet when you can relax shoe-less for a few hours.
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Behind Any Name….


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Behind any name there is a story. I suppose I will launch my first post starting there, ‘Blush and Lavender’ . It seemed to beautifully ‘wrap~up’, a compilation of meanings that related to me personally and was a well~suited fit. First and Foremost, why it came to the forefront for my Skin& Body care blog. Well, if you take a moment to read my Bio you will see that as a licensed Aesthetician for over a decade I have practiced all aspects of the field.


I try to live and practice a holistic, natural and organic lifestyle throughout. From within and outside of myself. I incorporate an array of beautiful bounties from mother earth, with her plants,herbs and oils, into what I put put ON my body and INTO my body…. including the powerful properties derived from the Lavender Plant.


The artist and creative in me (and the feminine part of me that I can not deny) enjoys the art of design in make up and using color to create and contour , much like I do on canvas with paints. and as much as I am truly a firm believer that No woman needs to nor should  hide their Natural Beauty behind makeup , the truth is most just desire to enhance it with a little color to feel lively. No pinching of the cheeks like back in the day, All you need is Blush.

Of course as an artist I am madly in love with COLOUR. Mixing and creating colors…seeing colors and recreating colors …. blush and lavender sounded like the perfect marriage of colours that flowed from the lips quite harmonically. Not to mention Lavender is quite often used to support gay friendly environments.

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