What Postpartum Confinement Is Really Like

There I am above at nine months pregnant waiting anxiously for our baby girl to arrive, and below is me just four weeks later holding her in my arms!  My month of postpartum confinement ended yesterday (Woohoo! Hello, outside world and spicy food!), and I’m so excited to share my experience here on the blog! Check out my previous post, “I Plan On Following The Chinese Practice of Confinement Postpartum,” if you haven’t already, to get up to speed on zuò yuè zi and the full explanation of this practice. Below I recap my month of confinement: foods I ate, Chinese…
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Why Milk Cleansers Are The Secret To Your Best Skin Ever

Three months ago, celebrity aesthetician, Angelina Umansky, put me on the path to my best skin ever with one piece of advice, “Stop using foaming cleansers and switch to milk cleansers.” Her reasoning: If your skin is dehydrated, dry and/or crepey – which mine is – it desperately needs its natural oils to maintain a strong, healthy skin barrier. And foaming cleansers are capable of stripping away skin’s natural oils. Cleansing milk on the other hand, she explained, gently removes makeup, dirt, debris without stripping the skin. (*read full interview with Angelina here.) But what about gentle foaming cleansers, I…
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New & Noteworthy: Phlur Nontoxic Fragrances

Phlur Reviews The fragrance world is shrouded in secrecy. Ever wonder why fragrances don’t list their ingredients? Well, the FDA views fragrance formulas and scent combinations as proprietary “trade secrets”, and doesn’t require fragrance brands to list ingredients on their labels. Great for brands, but not so for us customers. This lack of transparency leaves us unable to know whether our favorite perfume contains harmful chemicals, like endocrine disrupting preservatives and phthalates used to make scents adhere to skin, lift and linger in the air. But things are about to change. A new nontoxic parfum brand is on the scene…
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Biologique Recherche Placenta Serum Review & Price

I was very excited when I discovered the Biologique Recherche Placenta Serum! I’m a big fan of placenta in skincare after I first discovered placenta beauty supplements and skincare a few years ago in Tokyo where it’s everywhere. I even plan on encapsulating my own placenta after my baby is born (I’m currently 39 weeks pregnant!) and ingesting it for the postpartum benefits. Many of the placenta skincare products I fell in love with in Japan are not readily available here in the states so when I first discovered the Biologique Recherche Placenta Serum was available online I was thrilled!…
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Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix Review

Everything you want to know about vernix and my full Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix review. I first learned about the powers of the natural substance vernix and the Biologique Recherche Creme Masque Vernix during my interview with in-demand Bay-area aesthetician and founder of Spa Radiance, Angelina Umansky. At the time, I was seven months pregnant (I’m now 39 weeks!) and she was raving about the rejuvenating powers of vernix for the skin. She even suggested I might want to take some once my baby is born and apply it to my own skin – which I will undoubtably be…
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