Sunday, July 27, 2014

Washing your face with oils....

Washing your face with oils dates back to the days of Cleopatra. An exceptionally beautiful woman in her day. She washed her face and entire body in oils. But somewhere between the days of Cleopatra and the 21st century we got away from that amazing cleansing method for our skin.

The booming skin care industry wants us to believe their claims of the need to rid the skin of oil completely and apply chemicals in order to avoid imperfections. It seems that we all have been influenced by the mega marketing claims, some so much that they find themselves stripping the oils from tender, delicate tissue of their facial skin with antibacterial this and that. I mentioned on Real Raw Beauty's  facebook page the other day that two of the main reasons to reconsider using OTC cleansers, 1) They strip the natural oils out of our skin leaving our face to try and produce excess amounts of oil to replace the moisture. This causes an imbalance in our natural PH which is necessary to maintain beautiful skin.
2) Most cleansers contain fragrance. Even most "unscented" products contain a fragrance. All of this leads to dry, irritated skin being replaced with oily inflamed skin.

People in the Health industry are beginning to see the importance of cleansing your skin with oils. Also publications, such as the Huffington Post and Cosmopolitan are producing articles about the subject.

The Huffington Post published an article "The Face Washing Method that will give your skin good oil." The article states that women in Europe have been using oils to clean their face forever.
 In 2013 Cosmopolitan served up an article "The Magic of Oils", Have you tried the sexiest product in history?" Here is a little exert from the article,
"As a cleanser, oils dissolve the denser sebum that collects in our pores, (causing blackheads). As a moisturizer, oils rapidly penetrate the deeper layers of the skin, protecting against the breakdown of proteins in the cell wall with fatty and linoleic acids mimicking what our bodies produce naturally. The oils act as humectants which help our skin retain moisture."

If you haven't tried this method of cleaning your skin you are missing out on a wonderful experience and glowing healthy skin. I will admit that the idea of cleansing an oily face with oil does sound a little strange. But here are a few reasons to give it a try:
*Oil dissolves oil
*They will cleanse your pores of dirt and bacteria NATURALLY
*With consistent use clears up skin issues such as oily skin, dry skin, whiteheads, blackheads, mild to moderate acne.
*Leaves your skin clean, balanced and moisturized.
*No harmful toxins or chemicals

Real Raw Beauty only uses the purest Organic oils in their products. The combination of the oils will dissolve the dirt and oil on your skin, help clear up your skin and leave it clean, moist and glowing.

If you are still not completely sure, you can order our sample bottles to try them out. Read the product descriptions and our Product Review page and find out what real customers are saying about using oils to cleanse their skin.
If you have any questions, you can email me from the contact section of the drop down menu at
Until next time,

Monday, July 14, 2014

Some Real Raw Beauty Truth

One of the main questions that I get asked about RRB products is, "where did the idea to create this product line come from?" So for everyone that has been wondering the same thing but hasn't personally asked me, here is the answer.

I have been interested in beauty and face products my WHOLE life. When I was 10 or 11 years old I would save money from babysitting and go to a store like Walgreens and buy OTC face masks in a tube, cleansers, toners and moisturizers. No one had ever talked to me about beauty and skin products, but I was just fascinated with them. As I got older and had more money I would try out any new skin care product that came on the market. I read fashion magazines, not for the fashion but to read about the newest skin care rage. I always saw myself working in the beauty and skin care industry.
I honestly believe that I have tried over 50-60 different skin care lines in my life. But the truth of the matter is they only made me happy for a while and then I was on to the next better product.

When I became an adult and a mother I was very concerned about what my children ate and what I put on their skin at a time when there was no internet or cable to inform us of these things. This was almost 40 years ago when no one was really talking about health and nutrition or products that were good or bad for you.
 I bought wheat berries and ground flour and made my own bread. I baked healthy granola from scratch,  I bought milk from a local farmer. When my children were babies I made their baby food, it didn't come in jars from the grocery,  it came from my kitchen. I fed them fresh fruits and vegetables instead of food in a box. I didn't give them cokes and candy. I would go to farms and buy fresh vegetables and fruits and can and freeze them for the winter. No one told me about these things or to do them, I didn't even know other people that were doing these things.  It truly was something that came from within, call it inner knowing, intuition, universal consciousness.....but I had it coursing through me. I just "knew" things.

So I finally got tired of trying out OTC skin care lines. My diet was an organic plant based diet. I had the same conviction about what I put on my body as what went in my body.  I searched for months to find a natural organic line that was chemical and toxin free. I didn't want to have to look up the ingredients in a dictionary anymore. I wanted the search to be over. The result, I found one, but I was so disappointed at what I experienced, I decided to create my own. I studied oils for months and months. I read everything I could find and ordered and tried 100's on my skin. After a year I finally came up with what I considered the perfect combination of oils for my face. I used them for months before I told my friends and family about them.

They worked!!

Not only did they work, but they were making my skin look better than when I was in my 30's and 40's. I "knew" I was onto something. My plan was just to share with my friends and daughters, but they all convinced me that I had to make this available to the public. They were all experiencing the same results that I was! They all said, " there are no products out on the market like these." So this is how Real Raw Beauty came about.
 And now so many women and men are enjoying the remarkable effect of these products on their skin and body.

 In the product line you will only see ingredients that are 100% organic. The oils are unfiltered and unrefined which means that not only were they grown organic, but during the extraction process of the oil from the nut or fruit there has been no use of chemicals. Most companies use petroleum to extract the oil from organic nuts and fruits, because it makes the oils cheaper to produce. So if you are buying a product that claims to have organic oils and it doesn't say unrefined and unfiltered, it has probably been extracted with chemicals.
Our oils are all high end chemical free organic oils.

Check out our website at and read about our products.  Also read the reviews. These are real customers and their experiences.

Thank you to all my RRB customers that love their experience and keep spreading the news!

Until next time,

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Dead Sea Mud Masks!

I have become a Dead Sea Mud junkie!!! Since I have discovered the benefits and Results of this amazing simple product, I want to use it all the time. It is so easy. All you need is 30 minutes out of your day to experience tighter, softer, more radiant skin. It is so effortless. I put it to my face, neck and chest. Wait 20 minutes and rinse it off in the sink or shower. Then I apply Real Raw Beauty's Radiant Skin or Daily Moisturizer as the icing on the cake!

Here are a few facts about the Dead Sea Mud mask:

The Dead Sea mud mask can improve the appearance of your skin by improving the elasticity and minimizing pores, wrinkles and lines. It also removes toxins from your skin cells.

The mud is unique because of it's high concentrations of salts and minerals, particularly magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium. These minerals are very healing for the skin.

People use Dead Sea Mud to control skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and acne. The rich mineral content accelerates exfoliation and restores your skin's PH levels.

I say use the mud anywhere on your body that you want to see minimized pores and tighter skin.

Many companies that sell Dead Sea mud actually put harsh preservatives in the mud to make the shelf life longer. We can promise you we do not add anything to our mud. What you are buying is pure untouched mud from the Dead Sea. You are getting the benefits without having to travel across the world! Add our Dead Sea Salt Coconut Scrub and Radiant Body oil to your Dead Sea Mud, and you have your own luxurious spa treatment at home.

I just finished doing a Real Raw Beauty mud mask treatment and I want you to see how amazing your skin can look! I do not have any makeup on my skin, only on my eyes. I put the mud on my face, neck and chest for 20 minutes then rinsed it off and applied Radiant Skin!

You all are going to LOVE the results you see! The Dead Sea Mud mask is available now at along with all our other incredible organic skin care products!

Until next time,

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day a little early to my wonderful mother who passed away 18 years ago. This picture was taken with my mom when I was 5 months pregnant with my 4th child, Rob. My mom was truly an amazing woman. I think she was way ahead of her time. She was strong and independent. She ran a household, held down a job, raised 4 kids and found the time to cook, sew and be a room mother for all four of her kids every year we were in elementary school. Honestly, she made every Halloween costume we ever wore. ( what mom does that?)
One of her greatest talents was that she taught herself to paint in her 40's and became one of the best artist in my hometown, Paducah, Ky.

One characteristic that I loved about my mother was that she never took no for an answer. She always found a way to get something done. She instilled within us, if there is a will there is a way.

Oh and yes she had a sense of style!!!

Even though my mom isn't here with me anymore, I still honor and love the incredible woman I knew. And everytime this holiday comes around, I always wish I had done more and pampered her more.

 So are you still wondering what to do for your wonderful mom?
Select any product from Real Raw Beauty and get 11% off with your order. Just type in the word mother in the discount code and  you will get 11% off from now until mother's day. You will need to order by Wed May 7th.

Happy Mother's Day this May 11th to all mother's!!

Until next time,

Monday, April 21, 2014

Makeup habits that could make us look older!

I ran across an article from Oprah's  website last week on things that we do with makeup that could be adding years on our face. I am going to give you the highlights of the article. You will probably recognize at least one of these from your daily routine.


Using too much foundation,
 it will settle into any fine lines and wrinkles. Only apply where needed.


Over concealing your under eye dark circles.
Too much concealer will actually draw attention to your under eye area because the skin there is thin. Apply it only near the inner corners of your under eye where shadows are most prominent. "My tip" use concealor highlighters on top of regular concealor.


A dark color lipstick makes any lip surface look smaller.
To make your mouth look fuller-choose bright lipsticks and glosses, (peaches, pinks and vibrant reds over deep shades, (burgundies, wines and browns)


Finishing off your makeup with face powder prevents light reflection and tends to magnify lines and wrinkles in the skin.


Don't skip eyeliner altogether-it's a great way to make your eyes look more open, but choose brown over black.
Using liner and mascara on lower lids. Playing up your lower lashes can make your eyes look  droopy and draw attention to dark circles. Personally I like a little liner and mascara on the lower lid.


Going overboard with lip liner.
If you line your lips too heavily with a lip color that is too dark, they will look tight and pursed. For the most natural effect-your lip liner should match the color of your lips.


Skipping blush.
If blush is applied correctly it can offer a little lift. Smile and find the fleshiest parts of your cheek and apply the blush. Blend the color towards your temples.


Applying lipstick straight from the tube.
Use you finger or a lip/brush, so you don't apply too much. Concentrate the lipstick in the center of the mouth and blend with your finger.


Choosing too dark of an eyebrow pencil.
Choose a shade lighter than your natural brow.

It's always fun to get beauty tips!! Apply what ever makes sense to you!

Until next time,

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Your skin and your liver

Before I wrote this blog post on the liver I really didn't know very much about my liver and how important it is to my overall health and the condition of my skin. I really could not believe how many functions the liver performs daily. Here are a few facts to get us started.

  • Largest glandular organ in the body
  • Detoxifies the blood to rid it of harmful substances such as alcohol and drugs, (prescription and recreational).
  • Stores vitamins and iron
  • Converts sugar to usable sugar when the body's glucose levels fall below normal
  • Destroys old red blood cells
  • You cannot survive without a healthy liver
  • It weighs about 3 lbs and is located in the upper right portion of the abdominal cavity, under the diaphragm.
  • The liver receives 1.5 quarts of blood every minute
This is only a partial list of the functions of our liver. As you can see the liver plays such an important role in keeping us healthy and alive.

Pictures say it best! Here is a picture of a healthy liver and one that is not.

In my research on the liver I ran across an article written by Sandra Cabot, M.D., who is a specialist on our liver and it's relationship to our skin. I wanted to share her information for this blog.

"Not many of us relate the outer glow of our complexion to our liver health. Over many years I have come to understand the tremendous importance of our liver function to our appearance. Your liver is the metabolic factory of your body producing energy to sustain the thousands of functions performed every minute by all of your body’s cells. Your hair follicles need energy to grow strong shiny hair and your skin cells require energy to eliminate toxins and repair and regenerate themselves. Your heart requires energy to pump blood efficiently to your skin to maintain collagen production and oxygenate the cells to protect them from aging.

If your liver is not doing its job of breaking down toxins efficiently they must be eliminated from your body by other means – in many cases they come out through your skin! When excessive toxins build up in the deeper layers of the skin this causes inflammation to occur and this can manifest as:

·         Dermatitis

·         Eczema

·         Premature aging and wrinkling of the skin

·         Brown liver spots which make you look older

·         Red itchy rashes anywhere in your body

·         Deep painful rashes which may lead to ulcers

·         Hives

·         Psoriasis

·         Acne rosacea on the face – this causes small red pimples which affect the cheeks, the chin and area around the nose and small yellow heads may occur on the top of the pimples

I have often found that worsening skin problems are a sign of liver dysfunction or of future liver problems on the horizon. There are thousands of different types of skin problems and an accurate diagnosis often requires a consultation with a skin specialist or dermatologist. Sometimes it is very difficult to pinpoint why a patient has chronic skin problems and for this reason these problems can be difficult to treat effectively. Most conventional treatments for skin problems use creams and/or drugs to suppress the rash or the underlying problem with the immune system; but in the long term these strong medications have side effects and that is why I prefer to look deeper and treat the cause (usually the liver and the immune system) with nutritional medicine. It’s more logical and scientific to treat the deeper causes of these skin problems than it is to suppress the symptoms – don’t you agree?

If the skin is treated with strong steroid creams or antihistamine drugs to stop the rash, the toxins are suppressed deeper into the body and cannot escape through the skin; this may cause health problems to appear on a deeper level in the future. Steroid creams should only be used intermittently for short periods of time. Long term use of steroid creams causes loss of collagen in the skin resulting in thinning and wrinkling of the skin.

Generally acne rosacea is treated with antibiotic drugs, which do not work very well and if used long term will make your liver unhealthy and possibly damage your liver seriously.

The vast majority of skin problems can be helped with a natural approach
A good liver tonic is vital to support the liver’s ability to detoxify and eliminate.

·         Omega 3 supplements – either fish oil, flax seed oil or hemp oil. Capsules can be used but when it comes to fish oil I recommend good quality liquid fish oil stored in a glass bottle in the refrigerator. Some chronic skin problems, such as very dry skin, dermatitis or psoriasis require large doses of fish oil – doses vary from one teaspoon daily to one tablespoon three times daily just before food

·         Selenium 100 to 200mcg daily

·         Vitamin D 1000 I U daily

·         Iodine 160mcg daily

These nutritional supplements can reduce inflammation in the skin and support the detoxification pathways in the liver.

Raw juices are another tool to clear the skin and I recommend you juice citrus, pear, carrot, kale, mint, basil, apple and cabbage.
Other factors which may cause skin rashes and inflammation are food intolerances particularly gluten intolerance. Gluten can worsen or trigger autoimmune diseases such as lupus which will then attack your skin. I have cured many skin problems just by putting my patients of a gluten free diet! To see if gluten is causing health problems for you ask your doctor for a blood test – “Test genotype for gluten intolerant genes”. If you have these genes which predispose you to gluten intolerance, try avoiding gluten in your diet and you may find a huge improvement!
The other cause of skin rashes is imbalances in your nervous system and this is not surprising as during development of the human embryo, the skin is formed from the same stem cells as the nervous system. Thus you can expect that factors which upset your nervous system will manifest as skin problems. Stress, unresolved emotional conflicts, suppression of emotions, lack of sleep or excess alcohol intake will overload your nervous system and may manifest as recurrent skin problems. "

I am in agreement with her about finding natural remedies for these issues. I have discovered a supplement that I want to pass on that helps improve the function and well being of our liver. It is called Liver Rescue +5 made from Healthforce, (one of my favorite companies). I order mine from Amazon.

Liver Rescue contains herbs that help our challenged liver to function at a more optimum level, because most people overtax their liver and their health is compromised. The older we get and the further away we get from a plant based diet the more liver stress there is. Nearly all medical drugs can and DO cause liver damage.

Even though my diet is very clean, I have no control over toxins that are in the air. water or environment. So I want to do all I can to keep my liver functioning great which is not only for my health but for my skin. If your liver is not functioning properly, it will show up in your skin. My husband who doesn't like to take any pills or capsules, takes Liver Rescue. And he uses Real Raw Beauty's Daily Moisturizer! His skin looks amazing. Both of these products have transformed him, and they can transform your skin too. What are you waiting for? Take care of your liver and skin and they will take care of you for years to come!!

Until next time,

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Your Skin and Caffeine

According to USA Today, about 83% of American adults drink coffee. It is the most consumed beverage in America. An average cup of coffee contains 95 mg of caffeine. A cup of tea contains 26 mgs. Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts have triple that amount. But coffee and tea are not the only things containing caffeine. It can be found in Energy drinks, soft drinks, candy, chocolate and aspirin, to name a few.

I didn't start drinking coffee until I was 27 and I have stopped and started back several times over the last 31 years. I am sure my body enjoyed the break anytime I did stop. Trust me I have always LOVED coffee and really enjoyed the aroma!! Then I learned to make it in a french press and loved it even more!! But the more I pay attention to my health and my skin I have created a cross roads about coffee. Now I know too much about the effects of caffeine on my skin, so I have had to make a decision. Here are a few things that I have discovered about caffeine.

Caffeine contains Tannins. Tannins are chemicals found in both coffee and tea. Commercially, tannin is used in tanneries when processing leather to make the leather soft and shiny, which is a great indicator that you shouldn't be drinking it. Tannin blocks the pores cells, preventing them from receiving nutrients provided by food. The aspects that make Tannin great for leather are its hydration-removal properties, which can cause your skin to become depleted of moisture and appear rough and dry.

Liver Spots
A common skin problem is liver spots. These dark spots are caused by a high level of toxicity and congestion in the liver. Your liver acts like a filter for your body, purifying your blood so your cells can receive nutrients and oxygen. Long term coffee use may block your liver with toxins, preventing your liver from purifying your blood, according to Chet Day's Health and Beyond. This impure blood then taints the cells in your body, including skin cells. which may result in the development of liver spots as you age.

The connection between caffeine and acne has been a topic of debate over the years. Some experts believe that while caffeine may not cause acne, it could worsen the already existing conditions, says AbsoluteAcneInfo. The toxic effects that coffee can have on your liver can also lead to acne , as the liver is unable to purify your blood, resulting in tainted cells.

In addition to the dehydrating effects that tannin has on your skin, the caffeine in coffee, when taken in high amounts, also acts as a diuretic, which further dehydrates the body. Diuretics cause you to urinate more frequently, which can dry out your body as well as your skin.  While drinking only a few cups of coffee may not dehydrate you to badly, when you get up to 4-7 cups a day it may become problematic. Also, if you are drinking Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts coffee, 2 cups is equal to drinking 7 cups of regular coffee. If you are a big coffee drinker, at least try to match 8oz of water for every cup of coffee for hydration.

Now that I am aware of the fact that high doses of caffeine put toxins in your body, contribute to liver spots and acne and dehydrate the body which all have a major effect on your skin, I have to choose to put coffee down, since coffee has the highest amount of caffeine of anything I drink or eat.  As my very good friend Nancy always told me " when you know better, you do better"! Well I know better. So I am drinking better choices. It has taken some getting used to, but I am loving the way I feel and the positive results on my skin. My skin is clearer and my pores are smaller. It also is more radiant because it is more hydrated.

I have replaced my morning coffee with Teecinno.

You can get them from Amazon, they come in several different flavors and taste amazing!

I also drink Matcha tea, is does has a very tiny amount of caffeine .01g/100g.

I buy my Matcha from Breakaway Matcha.

Another quote form my friend Nancy, " knowledge is power". Now that I have read the information on caffeine, and it resonates with me,  I have the power to make better choices for myself. No one elses experience can convince us to do anything. We have to make choices based on where we are in life and what makes sense to us and speaks to our heart. This information makes sense to me so I made changes for myself. And I am so happy with my choices!! Are you making good choices for your health and skin???

Until next time,