Lindi Skin Care: for Inner Strength & Outer Beauty

I’m fortunate enough to wake up each morning with a strong, vivacious, and fully-functioning body — a blessing, which I’ve learned should never be taken for granted.

However, for some people, health is a fragile fantasy or distant memory. Their days are filled with stark white hospital wards, tubes and monitors, radiation treatments, and chemotherapy. They’ve forgotten how it feels to not constantly battle the weakness overtaking their bodies.

They are cancer patients. This is their reality.

While I can’t fathom the agony they endure, my heart goes out to these fighters. The physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion must feel beyond overwhelming, yet somehow their brave, beautiful souls press on.

Almost 10 years ago, I watched one such fighter in action.

Her name was — no, is — Kalyn. She was my childhood friend, surrogate older sister, and the most incredible person I’ve ever met. Cancer could never steal her spirit. Still, I wish she hadn’t suffered so intensely.

The sad truth is, even potentially life-saving medical care can produce painful side-effects. Chemotherapy, for instance, is notorious for hair loss. But, the lesser known skin reactions must be equally demoralizing. These aren’t just your typical break-outs either. We’re talking acute dryness, flakiness, and redness caused by chemo’s cocktail of antibiotics, steroids, and other potent drugs.

With everything else cancer patients face on a daily basis, skin irritation should NOT have to be an added stressor. They deserve the confidence of a glowing complexion.

So, when I was approached to test out Lindi Skin, a line of facial products created to therapeutically counteract the harshness of chemo, I jumped at the opportunity. My skin may be sensitive and acne-prone, but I have no reason to complain. Therefore, I’m honored to spread the word about a product, which will help inspiring individuals — like Kalyn — see their vibrant inner strength reflected on their faces.

Lindi Skin manufactures and distributes clinically-proven skin care to soothe and relieve the residual effects of cancer treatments. Plus, this company believes that the power of feeling beautiful can actually improve overall health.

lindi skin

The creation of Lindi Skin started with my experience watching friends go through cancer treatment. They expected the nausea, fatigue, and hair loss associated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, but they were not aware of the impact that these therapies would have on their skin. In discovering there was not one line of skin care products specifically developed for people with cancer, it occurred to me that someone had to create one. And that person ended up being me.

In formulating Lindi Skin products, we aligned with dermatologists, oncologists, nurses, patients, and skincare formulators to create products that can treat even the most sensitive of skin. Our formulas are unique, gentle, and soothing. We use the finest ingredients for the ultimate hydration.

We are excited to offer the rejuvenating power of our products to everyone. Our products, elegant and luxurious, are intended to help you look and feel incredible.

– LINDY SNIDER, FOUNDER & CEO

Lindi Skin’s healing philosophy is grounded in four simple yet powerful words: HOPE. LONGEVITY. PURITY. LIFE. 

And, the following products promote just that…

1. Face Wash: 

“This gentle alternative to soap cleanses without stripping and works to achieve optimal pH balance. After rinsing, you can actually feel a veil of moisture laying the foundation for smooth, healthy skin. Use as often as needed on the face, neck, and scalp.”

lindi skin face wash

2. Face Serum

“Formulated with the highest concentration of LSA Complex, — replete with lavender botanicals, antioxidants, and vitamins —  this serum provides beneficial moisture and ultimate comfort to compromised skin on the face, neck, and chest. The unique, non-oily formula glides on silky smooth and begins restoring immediately.”

lindi skin face serum

3. Eye Hydrator

“This moisturizing gel is formulated to improve skin tone. Its effectiveness lies in its ability to attract moisture to the delicate skin surrounding the eyes. Apply a small quantity around the eyes and dab lightly with fingertips.”

lindi skin eye hydrator4. Lip Balm

“Enriched with Vitamin E and natural extracts to provide a protective layer over parched lips, this non-greasy formula works double-duty to keep nail cuticles healthy and intact, too. After using on lips, simply work the balm into cuticles.”

lindi skin lip balm

Cancer claims lives. That’s a heart-breaking reality. But there’s one thing this dreaded disease can’t take away — beauty.

Both inner AND outer.

Suck it, Cancer!

(Oh, and just in case you were wondering…Lindi Skin made my face glow too! So, there’s that.) 

*Special thanks to Lindi Skin & Lipton Publicity for supplying the products for this review.*

Behold: the Not-so-Average Avocado

I’m an avocado aficionado. And not just because of Chipotle guacamole (Although, real talk: what’s more delectable than a creamy, gloppy mound of Chipotle guac? Uhhh…what is “NOTHING for 200,” Alex!)

But — I digress — there’s more to this superfood than a slathering of lusciousness on top of your burrito bowl.

The avocado is truly a nutritional powerhouse, which may just be the best news you’ve heard all day. Why? Because you can enjoy all that rich texture and flavor without  questioning your life choices afterward.

YAAAAAAAS!!!

avocado good fat

image courtesy of Theresa Garnero — defeatdiabetes.org

This wondrous fruit runs the full spectrum of health benefits, thanks to 15 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, 6 grams of protein, 7 grams of fiber, and a veritable pantheon of essential nutrients.

For example, in just a single serving, here’s what you’re ingesting:

  • Vitamin C (17% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin B5 (14% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin B6 (13% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin E (10% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin K (26% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Potassium (14% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Folate (20% Recommended Daily Value)
  • Vitamin A (Trace Amounts)
  • Vitamin B1 (Trace Amounts)
  • Vitamin B2 (Trace Amounts)
  • Magnesium (Trace Amounts)
  • Manganese (Trace Amounts)
  • Copper (Trace Amounts)
  • Iron (Trace Amounts)
  • Zinc (Trace Amounts)

Sorry, butter. You should be so lucky to have these star ingredients on your nutrition label.

So, seeking weight management without compromising taste? Grab an avocado! Dying for a Loreal spokesmodel-worthy mane? Yup. There’s an avocado for that! Or, how about a clear complexion? Yet again…avocado for the win!

Now that’s one all-inclusive superfood, which is why I can’t resist sneaking avocados into practically everything I cook — from Asian to Mexican and even some Italian dishes. Versatility at its finest, folks!

And speaking of versatility, here are 5 reasons to make this oval-shaped stud muffin your body’s new BFF:

1. Antioxidant carotenoid properties reduce fine lines, wrinkles, UV damage and other visible signs of aging, while improving skin’s overall firmness and elasticity.

2. Monounsaturated fatty acid properties improve cardiovascular health by lowering harmful cholesterol and blood sugar levels, which cause heart disease.

3. Slow-burning energy properties promote weight loss due to a high density of healthy fats, which satisfies hunger and provides the body with expendable fuel.

4. Numerous protein and vitamin properties stimulate hair growth, while adding noticeable shine to otherwise lackluster locks when used as a deep conditioner. 

5. Anti-inflammatory properties decrease the risk of arthritis-related pain by alleviating joint irritation, while strengthening bone density with potassium. 

So, on the off-chance that sheer delight of shoveling down guacamole isn’t enough incentive to make avocados a regular fixture in your diet…

Oh, who are we kidding?! Of course, it is!

In fact, I might just bite into one right now. Skin and all.

avocados

Who’s judging? We’ve all been there.

*information compiled by authoritynutrition.com and healthiestfoods.co.uk

P.S. Got a favorite avocado recipe in your repertoire? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Ditch the Drugstore: Why Homemade Make-up Is the Way to Go

Sure, it’s a matter of convenience. One quick stroll down the personal care aisle, and you’ve got the entire makings of a beautified face. Maybelline, Cover Girl, and Loreal are definitely dialed into your “make me pretty” needs. Why would you even consider looking elsewhere when it’s time to pile on the glitz?!

Well, for starters…how about because those products aren’t exactly face-friendly?

Yep, gasp-worthy but true.

To prove this point, I looked up the ingredients list for standard Maybelline eyeshadow, and the search results read like a who’s-who-of-toxic-chemicals: Talc, Triisostearin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Stearate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Alumina, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Methylparaben, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Silica, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Tin Oxide, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben.

(source: www.preventcancer.com).

That’s a whole mishmash of words I can’t even pronounce, but it doesn’t sound like a holistic spa retreat, that’s for damn sure! Basically, here’s what you can take away from this little lesson in chemistry: NO BUENO.

So…umm…what’s a girl to do?!

Make your own make-up, of course! This all-natural alternative to those synthetic science experiments cluttering the cosmetic counter is surprisingly simple and completely skin-safe. Before you dismiss this as some tree-hugging-earth-woman mumbojumbo, just consider these perks of taking the organic beauty approach:

Why DIY?

  • You’ll save money since most of the ingredients needed to whip up a batch of foundation can be found right in your kitchen.
  • You’ll also save time since you won’t have to hit up CVS every few weeks upon running out of that precious Cover Girl bottle.
  • You’ll be in total control over which substances your face is exposed to (that means no harsh irritants, preservatives, or anything developed in a laboratory – for that matter!).

Now, time to make it!

This 5-ingredient powder foundation will undoubtedly become a staple for your morning routine…

  • Ingredients:
  1. Arrowroot Powder (get it here!)
  2. Cocoa Powder
  3. Ground Cinnamon
  4. Ground Nutmeg
  5. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Preparation:
  1. Pour the arrowroot powder into a shallow mixing bowl (use 1 tbsp. for light skin and 1 tsp. for dark skin).
  2. Add the cocoa powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg to the arrowroot and combine thoroughly (eyeball the amount of these ingredients you use until the desired skin tone is reached).
  3. Drizzle approximately 5 drops of olive oil into this mixture and stir until the texture is slightly more compact.
  4. Apply the foundation with a large make-up brush.

(recipe courtesy of: Thank Your Body)

diy foundation

Sidenote: I substituted 1 tbsp. Cornstarch since I didn’t have any Arrowroot Powder on-hand, and it still worked just fine.