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Copper Water for Health and Beauty!

Everyone deserves clean, healthy, water. We need it to keep our bodies healthy and functioning optimally. Ideally, we need to drink at least 1/2 our body weight of water in ounces every day.  That being said, I try to keep a water bottle with me at all times. I try to avoid plastic bottled water at all costs for a multitude of reasons; health, taste, environmental, and expense. The bottled water industry is ridiculously profitable for companies- many of them are actually plastic companies who make the bottles themselves, and then fill them on the spot with filtered tap- they fill them while the bottles are still warm, thus leaching plastic into the water from the start. When you buy the packaged plastic water bottles, you have no idea how they were prepared, bottled, shipped and stored. The evidence shows that there are plastic particles in these plastic bottled waters.  If you have a durable water bottle you can always be prepared with your own drinking vessel and find filtered or decent tap water. I try my best to not contribute to the plastic water bottle industry and sharing my passion about this is really important to me. I love to buy water bottles as gifts for friends and family. I try to get everyone to transition to a healthier and more sustainable way to consume our most precious and needed resource.

There are many types of water bottles available. I love a durable water bottle, and especially need one for road trips and travel.  I have been drinking from my new copper water bottle every day.  I love the color- like a fresh penny and the exquisite hammered texture of the bottle not only makes it looks gorgeous, but also makes it easy to grasp and harder for me to drop. It fits right in my car’s cup holders and doesn’t leak even if I throw it in my tote or backpack…Yay.  It’s shiny and bright and the rosy-gold color is eye catching. Yes, it’s pretty as a penny but the bennies don’t stop there …oh no, it’s got some serious body alkalizing benefits. This water bottle is 100% food-safe copper with absolutely no toxic materials used. They are handmade in an old school, artisan fashion- they really are beautiful. The hammered copper is actually more than just aesthetics, it is so the water reaches more surface area for the copper to be absorbed into the water. It is recommended that you let the water absorb for 6-8 hours before drinking- this will give you the maximum benefit. There are actually many water bottles that claim to be copper- but be careful since most are just plated and may contain toxic materials.

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Cheers! To Your Health!!

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I have studied and practiced Ayurvedic health and skin beautifying methods and modalities for years. I use only alkaline water, nutrient rich water in my skincare treatments at Facials by Pearl.  Drinking water stored in copper vessels has amazing health benefits and is widely recommended by health experts. Water stored in a copper vessel is also known as “Tamara Jal” in Ayurvedic medicine- Tamara=Copper and Jal=Water. It’s also commonly known as copper infused water or copper charged water.  In Ayurvedic medicine, it is said to help to balance all three doshas, i.e. vata, kappa and pitta. In Ayurveda they recommend drinking lukewarm or room temp water- I also notice this when I travel in Europe – they never serve ice-cold water. This is a healthier way to consume water as ice water can destroy digestive enzymes and very cold water can also constrict blood and lymph vessels- very vital for many reasons.  In Ayurveda they say this is bad for your “agni”  or digestive fire. In nutrition school we learned disease (dis-ease in the body) starts in the digestive system- The digestive system is how we assimilate nutrients and discard toxins- so vital for health and well being.  Copper is a very powerful anti-oxidant, fights free radicals, helps skin heal, anti-microbial element that also improves immunity, supports good health, eliminates toxins and supports healthy brain function. I think it’s very interesting to note that copper has been proven to induce the growth of the myelin sheath which makes our brain work more efficiently. Our bodies do not manufacture copper- so we need to get it from an outside source. Why not get it from naturally alkalizing the water you drink?

I could go on and on about the benefits of drinking healthy alkaline water- I do believe it is the fountain of youth as dehydration is detrimental for all of our organs and body processes. Your body will age faster if it’s not properly hydrated. Who wouldn’t want to stay hydrated and naturally alkalize your water with your own authentic, artisan pure copper bottle?

I’m going to be doing a giveaway of one of these bottles in an upcoming post…someone will have the opportunity to win their very own free bottle from Copper H20!  I will be posting about this on my “Facials by Pearl” and Glamologie Facebook page so make sure you catch up with me there so you will have a chance to win!!

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In the meantime,  check out https://www.copperh2o.com to learn more about all things copper and this wonderful family owned company who also donates 15% of their profits to non-profits to support healthy drinking water in developing countries.

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Nourish Your Skin with Hydrosols

Hydrosols are a vital part of my skincare ritual and I use them in all of my facial treatments. Why? Simply because they are safe and gentle enough for everyone’s skin and they provide essential nutrients and hydration.  When our skin is properly nourished and we seal in that hydration with a blend of lipids and water we create a healthy barrier for the skin. This is key in all seasons and especially true for sensitive or sensitized skin.  Hydrosols can replace a toner and remove tap water from the skin from your cleansing routine.

If you want glowing and healthy skin a hydrosol is a must.  They are easy to use and not expensive.  I use about 16 different ones in my skincare practice  (www.facialsbypearl.com) and like to custom blend fresh organic hydrosols with a French device called a Lucas. The sprays are perfect for home care.

Three of my favorites below:

Rose: Rose is calming and anti-inflammatory. Roses contain B vitamins, C and E. I use Rose hydrosol on my sensitive skin clients for many reasons. This is the best hydrosol for healing barrier function.  The lipids from the Vitamin E nourish the skin,  the B vitamins help boost hydration levels and Vitamin C quells free radical damage.  Rose tea is also delicious and I serve it at my skincare clinic.  There is something special about taking in an herbal tea internally and using it topically at the same time.  It’s very healing and calming.

Sandalwood: Sandalwood is grounding and brightening. The Sandalwood I use has notes of vanilla and is very calming when you inhale the fragrance.  It is great for blemish prone or travel-weary, stressed skin. The hydrosol is a wonderful liquid to mix with masks to brighten skin.

Lemon Balm: I use this to help relax the facial muscles. This is a great hydrosol to apply before bed with a serum to massage your skin with your hands,  a jade roller or GuaSha stone.  It’s also called Melissa and the herbal tea is amazing for insomnia and relaxation before bed. Lemon Balm contains a host of polyphenols and is also considered anti-viral.

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Cooking With Joni Sare….

Happy New Year!! I have been so busy working and opening up a new skincare clinic- which I’m so excited about, and will share more soon. I haven’t done a lot of blogging lately :( and I miss it!  I have so much to share with you and lots to catch up on. Let’s start with my new food related obsession- It’s cooking, learning, and eating with Chef Joni Sare.

Here is Chef Joni!

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One of my passions has always been cooking- ahem…. more specifically eating, but I also love the creative process of combining new flavors, especially international cuisine!! This passion has actually turned into a  “gig” aka “side hustle” – but more like a side-alignment since it never feels like work. I mean my office is Joni’s beautiful kitchen, my desk is an oven, and my computer is the fridge!  Cooking with Joni is fun but every time I’ve taken a class or been an assistant I learn something new.  She is a natural teacher and makes what may seem like complicated cooking concepts easy. So, each class we prepare yummy food, discussing how to best develop umami with nice guests, and did I mention wine??? Someone has to make sure the Sangria is balanced, more on that later. Joni is a personal trainer for your kitchen. I call her the skinny chef you CAN trust. She specializes in Thai, French, Italian, Paella and more and she even has an Instant Pot class- for the busiest home chefs, which we have a lot of in busy Silicon Valley.

Leading Sangria instruction is one of my specialties with Joni,  and has earned me the nickname #sangriagirl. Did you know National Sangria day is December 20th? It’s also my birthday, which is fitting since I LOVE Sangria!  It’s like a health elixir the way Joni teaches it – I mean we add high antioxidant organic herbs. Trust me, this is the best way to spend an afternoon or evening, if you want to have a great team-building event with your workmates, girls night in with yummy food, couples bonding, etc. You can learn how to make Sangria with your own herb-infused simple syrups – I mean how healthy are you?!?!  and how to really fruit it up, to match any cuisine.  If you’re a serious culinary student, you  may even improve your knife skills- her tearless onion technique is life changing. Joni has taught me how to expertly dice a red bell pepper with no mess or waste and now I share this new skill with guests in my Ragu sauce, which you will enjoy with homemade pasta,  you make yourself in Joni’s Italian class..  You will learn to chiffonade, macerate, and my personal favorite deglaze. You will walk away with satiated taste-buds, healthy, tasty cooking tips, and last but not least a great memory.

Here is Jon’s website for more information.

 

www.jonisare.com

 

Hope to see you in the kitchen!!

 

Warning!! Taking a class with Joni may cause a sudden obsessive urge to purchase a crinkle cutter

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Event! The Makeup Show SF, Introduces, iArtist, an All New Beauty Event

I’m very excited to share that The Makeup Show will be launching iArtist an ALL-NEW BEAUTY EVENT in San Francisco from March 21st – 23rd!

Have you ever wanted to know how the best makeup artists in the industry reach their success? I, Artist – The Makeup Show Forum reveals just that. Making its debut in San Francisco on March 21st, the event was created not only for professional makeup artists, but for anyone in a creative career. The forum’s sole purpose is to help create an environment for anyone, whether up and coming or a seasoned artist, to get insight from some of the most successful in the industry and be re-inspired. I, Artist – The Makeup Show Forum will be a platform for those who may be looking to redefine their success, re-engage with their passion, and discover how to get back on their path.

Following iArtist, on March 24 and 25 the highly anticipated TMS Makeup Shop SF will also be coming back – who doesn’t want to shop the best cosmetics and talk beauty for 5 days?!  Below is a sneak peek of these events!!
  • I, Artist – The Makeup Show Forum will kick off on March 21st with over 25 of the most successful artists and industry experts taking the stage.  During this three day event artists from Jordan Liberty, Matthew Jordan Smith, and Yvonne MacInnis will divulge in their best kept secrets and reveal how they reached success.
  • TMS Makeup Shop SF  is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!  This is your chance to shop an exclusive luxury beauty event that introduces all the makeup must-haves and beauty secrets of the pros!  And did we mention sales?!  These products will be offered at steep discounts, some normally only offered to pros!
Click here for the complete list of speakers traveling to SF for the debut of iArtist – and they can’t wait to share their secrets!

 

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Lipstick Angels – Warm Welcome to SF by Credo Dec 12th

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Lipstick Angels, a non profit that was started in Los Angeles is now in San Francisco at UCSF!! Lipstick Angels provides skincare services and makeup application for women going thru chemotherapy and other cancer treatments.  I’m honored to be a part of this wonderful team, as a Special Events Ambassador!

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We are having our first San Francisco fundraiser (20% of sales going to Lipstick Angels!) This is being hosted by the clean, green and incredibly awesome, Credo Beauty on Dec 12th. There will be wine, skincare tips, makeup applications and generous gifts with purchase. The event is from 5-7.  Come and get slammed up for the holidays for a very worthy cause. I would love to see you and share a toast and help you get some clean and gorgeous glam. Credo has so much to offer, and if you haven’t been yet you must come! Every purchase over $75 will receive a tote bag and a 7 piece free gift! RSVP to events@credobeauty.com

Hope to see you there!!

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