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5 Beauty/Wellness Items You Need In Your Caboodle

May 27, 2018
by
LAURYN

caboodle skincare beauty travel essentials by the skinny confidential

Instagram Story has been such a GEM. Just because I’m able to micro-blog to you guys right away, any day of the week. You know what I mean? Like it’s easy to showcase quickly what I am using on the go. At the same time it’s annoying because it disappears in 24 hours. I know, I know you can use the HIGHLIGHT feature which I totally do use. Howeverrrrrr! Nothing is the same as just jolting down a blog post. I feel like it streamlines my train of thought. So whenever I am finding myself IG Story-ing things over & over, what do I do? A BLOG POST!

WITH THAT, HERE ARE 5 TRAVEL ITEMS I KEEP GOING BACK TO! Ones that I think you guys will really love. If I’m missing anything please let me know- you know we want to be thorough here.

I have to give a special shout out to the Dr. Dennis Vitamin C serum. This is truly something I use everyday & I feel like it’s improved the texture of my skin. I’ve been mixing it with this liquid collagen by this brand called Algenist & together they’re really the perfect medley.

Also, side note: you know how I feel about tongue cleaners- everyone should have one really. Like I’m handing that shit out for stocking stuffers this Christmas. I use this EVERY single day. Cannot. Live. Without. It. I’m telling you there’s something about a tongue cleaner. We will get to why I like them. In the meantime, let’s breakdown 5 BEAUTY items you need in your Caboodle.

Ready? Ok, here we go:

5 BEAUTY ITEMS YOU NEED IN YOUR CABOODLE:

PINK CABOODLE DIARIES:

WELL DUH. Everyone should order one of these bad boys. They’re so nostalgic- I mean imagine me at 6 years old decorating my Caboodle with stick-on earrings. I even went as far to send in the name plate & plaster the thin plate on my Caboodle. So vintage. But here’s the deal: Caboodles keep your shit organized! They work so well. I have one for makeup & one for skin care. These items below are- you guessed it- in my pink Caboodle. OBSESSED WITH THIS ONE & IT’S $10 BUCKS.

Don’t grow up & get rid of your Caboodle. They’re the best.

THEY ARE!

SO OFTEN I have tried to switch it up here & it always FAILS. I ALWAYS feel regret for cheating on Caboodle- it never goes well. Keep it simple, stupid. I’m appealing to my six-year-old self, you know?

If you are a die-hard Caboodle fan, check out this video. It’s fun!

JET LAG MASK- HOW FUN:

This jet lag mask was created by influencers ( remember one of the creators was on The Skinny Confidential? ) that are social media practitioners- you can tell this. I mean just stalk their Instagrams! I like this mask when I’m flying. WHY? Because it makes my skin all plump & supple ( can you say supple or is that not the word I’m looking for? Help me out here ). Regardless this mask has a nice feel to it. I would describe it as a bubble bath for skin. What’s great about this is you can do it on the go. You don’t need to make it a whole thing- it’s for the girl who’s BUSY but also is into self-care. It’s a multi-tasking mask if you will.

Afterwards it’s fun to do a sheet mask if you’re on the plane & have time. It’s not necessary but a snail sheet mask is always a good addition any time, any day.

OIL PULLING PACKETS- SO VERY EFFICIENT!:

Whenever I have time, I like to oil pull. There’s something therapeutic about it really. Especially in the mornings. Lately when I can I use Kopari’s mini coconut oil packets mini packets while making the bed, listening to podcasts, cleaning the house, &/or showering.

FOR THOSE who are new to this oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that has become the craze among holistic-lovers everywhere. Basically, you swish either organic sesame oil or organic cold pressed coconut oil ( room temperature ) in your mouth for twenty minutes. During this time the oil, which has a “sticky-ness” to, it travels around your mouth/ up into pockets your toothbrush can’t reach & pulls out the bacteria & disgusting toxins. Rejoice!

Tips though:

1.) Please, please, please do NOT swallow the coconut oil!! After about five minutes of swishing the liquid it will fill up with the nasty bacteria/toxins you’re trying to get rid of it. Ingesting the old oil just puts the toxins back into the body. Big no, no.

If there’s too much in your mouth & it’s drifting towards the back of your throat…spit some out.

2.) When you’re done- do NOT spit it into your sink!! The liquid will solidify again & this can mess up your pipes big time.

Benefits?

++ Healthier gums/ teeth/ mouth.

++ Helps to clear up sinus issues.

++ If you’ve got strep, oil pulling will help clearing the strep bacteria ASAP.

++ Helps w/ skin issues— side note on this one: my friend started oil pulling & for the first time in a LONG time she has gotten rid of her awful plaque psoriasis on her scalp. Nothing else ever helped her till now. Props to OP.

++ Can help cure a hangover << tried it, works!

++ Overall detoxification.

Kopari’s mini coconut oil packets are BOMB! Especially for traveling- you just pop them in your purse & go.

VITAMIN C SERUM BECAUSE DUH!:

THE MORE I USE THIS THE MORE I LOVE THIS. It’s magic! We’ve gone over this a million times but that’s because this product works. If you haven’t already listened to the podcast with Dr. Dennis Gross, then I highly recommend making a point of it. Reason being: he knows his shit about collagen, Vitamin C, & dewy skin- just all things that are very The Skinny Confidential. This particular product plumps my skin, gets rid of dark spots ( I have a lot of those fuckers ), & brightens the skin. I like to apply this in the day time- usually I’ll do some oils, eye cream, facial massage, this serum, & then of course end the whole thing with SUNSCREEN. Always sunscreen because I certainly don’t want any more brown spots- I think I’m good for life there. Hyperpigmentation is that I struggle with most. UGH.

ANYWAY!  Dr. Dennis Vitamin C serum– buy it, try it, bring on vacation, rinse, & repeat- promise you will JUST love it. Keep me updated.

TONGUE SCRAPER- LET’S MAKE IT VIRAL?:

If you listened to TSC HIM & HER Show ft. Sahara Rose you know the importance of tongue scrapers. Sahara who’s an Ayurvedic guru said to clean your tongue first thing in the morning- what that does it takes out a bunch of bacteria that is on your tongue BEFORE you drink water. Think about it- during the nighttime you get all this bacteria on your tongue. When you wake up the first thing you do ( at least I do ) is drink water ( with lemon & sea salt if we’re getting specific here ). Anyway the whole point is to get that bacteria off your tongue before ingesting any water so it doesn’t go to your gut. BUT LIKE HOW MUCH SENSE DOES THAT MAKE? All the sense in the world, huh?

Everyone ( in my opinion ) should have a tongue cleaner- it’s that simple. I like the steel ones. My favorite tongue scraper is here. You can’t go wrong here- just avoid plastic ones if you can.

If you’re wondering: I always travel with one- ALWAYS.

{ PINK, FLIRTY LUGGAGE | OUTFIT }

& THAT IS THAT! Hope you enjoyed those tips.

I’m very much sold on all of them & I am very confident that when you try any of these travel tips- you will not be sorry. All very The Skinny Confidential-esque.

With that I am off to watch Trust ( have you seen it? I heard it’s fab ) & get ready for tomorrow. I have a full day of work- no fun for me. Cabo was our break so tomorrow ( Memorial Day !! ) is back to work. Speaking of Memorial Day: thank you to all the troops <3.

Hope you’re living it up, talk tomorrow.

x, lauryn

+ WANT MORE SKIN CARE POSTS? I GOT YOU- TONS HERE.

++ be sure to listen to the latest podcast with Dr. Stephen Cabral- it’s on the GUT. Digestion can be tricky but we broke it down in an easy way with Dr. Cabral. Hope you guys are loving the podcasts- we are obsessed with connecting through audio. Happy listening!

TRAVEL WELLNESS ESSENTIALS


The No-Rinse Milk Cleanser Karl Lagerfeld Bathes In That You NEED

May 14, 2018
by
LAURYN

NOW THIS IS A PRODUCT I CAN RECOMMEND WITH EVERY FIBER OF MY BEING.

Enter: NO-RINSE, SOFTENING CLEANSING MILK.

What, you don’t know what NO-RINSE, SOFTENING CLEANSING MILK IS? Oh, well you should. Then you will be addicted like me. And Karl.

Because after using this $28 dollar, French product for the last 3 months, a The Skinny Confidential reader in the secret FB group told me that Karl Lagerfeld bathes in it.

That’s right, BATHES IN COLLOSOL!

Now, this really shouldn’t surprise you at all because it’s meant for babies. And if you’re like me & Karl you like to keep your skin baby-soft. I would consider bathing in it too if I had time for a long bath. I mean, can you just imagine it- Karl in a tub full of no-rinse milk cleanser- probably listening to Mozart or Bach or some intelligent, high level shit thinking up next summer’s Pantone colors ( baby blue or…pink lavender? I’m stressed even thinking about it)?

Who really cares about Pantone colors though, when your skin is as soft as a baby’s because of a cleansing milk bath. What a dream.

( * & HEY: if you’re looking to take a bath with this stuff like Karl instead of cleanse your face, a sweet TSC reader named Alison found this info: “Look what I found…bath instructions! “Use Eau de Lait for the bath: When poured into bath water ( two or three corks ), the milky whiteness of Collosol provides a moment of peace and relaxation. A trick for a dream bath and a queen’s skin” ).

The second this stuff arrived on my doorstep? I ate it up. Skin felt: FRESH- CHECK ✓, DEWY- CHECK ✓, TIGHT- CHECK ✓. I’m SO not a fan of over-cleansing. I like to cleanse in the morning or night but not both, so this cleansing milk solves the problem. Because here’s the catch- you don’t use water with it. That’s right, just use an organic cotton round & rub it all over your face. I’m a fan of going upwards here but you do you. This magic milk also removes makeup.

OH & did I mention it’s for babies? Which we just love. Because if it’s fussy enough for a baby’s skin, it’s good for troop TSC. We don’t ask for much.

I keep this right next to my oils, serums, potions, & lotions. It very much fits right in with the whole crew. The no-rinse milk cleanser is just ideal for the girl who’s been up all night with heaps of black eye liner on OR for the mom who’s on carpool duty at 6 AM- it’s versatile you know?

For me, the routine is simple: use Collosol, a good serum with some facial massage, organic oils, Vitamin C eye cream, a little skin mist. SPRITZ, SPRITZ! This usually happens at night. Sometimes I use it in the morning- it just really depends how I feel here. That’s the cool thing about this product, you can kind of just do what you want here. It’s THAT soothing. Trust- your skin will be SOFT. Like the softest of soft.

You can find this at French pharmacies or online.

Alessandra Steinherr, Beauty Director of Glamour UK says “it is the secret to my skin, because it makes it so soft. It brings my face to life. I’ve never talked about it because I’ve never wanted to share it, but I do think this is a wonder product. People always ask me, ‘What are you buying in the French pharmacies?’ I’m always saying, ‘You can get everything everywhere now, but this is the one thing.'”

For the naysayers who are going to ask: “why not use micellar water?” Well it’s different- it’s milky, you know the consistency. The micellar water smells & feels chemical-y to me. I hate that, don’t you know? When products are ruined with that chemical-ish smell. Anyway, my magic milk obsession certainly doesn’t smell like your tile cleaning spray. My skin also feels softer after Collosol.

I should mention- just because YES- the bottle is cute. Like ‘you want it on your Instagram feed’ kind of cute. Thought I would let you know.

The Skinny Confidential TIP: sleep on a silk pillowcase. Especially if you’re into taking care of your skin. This will change your skincare game. After I do all my potions & lotions, I lay down on my silk pillowcase ( using this brand lately, I have the rose one ), close my eyes, & dream of a bath full of cleansing milk.

SKIN IS IN! Lead with your skin. Makeup is great & all, but for me, I prefer fresh skin. & HEY! KARL AGREES.

Have you tried this product? Do tell.

Sweet dreams, lauryn x

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HOW TO FAKE A BLOWOUT

May 6, 2018
by
LAURYN

I am just not a fan of doing my own hair. In fact, I loathe it. I want it to be a quick situation- like snap my fingers Cinderella style & everything falls together kind of quick. Is anyone else like this? I can’t be the only one on the planet who dreads doing my hair- I mean, if I have a good podcast to listen to it’s ok BUT it still has to be quick. In & out.

Anyway, leave it to me to find a random hack. A HACK THAT WORKS. This is one of those things that I fully recommend because I know when you guys use it, it will work for you too. HOW DO I KNOW THIS, YOU ASK? Because I used it on myself in 5 minutes & it looked like I spent an hour on my hair. There’s nothing I love more than recommending a product that I know you guys will take home, use, & love over and over again. Really nothing is better.

So with that, I have broken down how to use this very quickly in a video I shot on my phone- I’ve noticed you guys like these at-home tutorials. So OF COURSE I’ll do more.

HOW TO FAKE A BLOWOUT:

Here’s the deal: this gadget is selling time. That’s all we are looking for lately. I see it everywhere. Postmates, Uber, Amazon- what they’re selling is simple: TIME. Which is another reason I love podcasts– they save time. You can paint your nails, do your makeup, cook, clean the kitchen- while you get knowledge in. TIME.

I am always looking for time in whatever I do. I call this ( & made this name up, mind you ) PASSIVE MULTI-TASKING. This is where you do something passive…that doesn’t require focus ( like doing your makeup ) while doing something effective ( listening to a podcast on finances ) so you’re getting shit done while learning.

Is anyone else like this?

So ta-da! That’s how I fake a blowout all while listening to a 5 minute inspiration podcast. Just make sure you use some hair SPF after- ha!

QUICK AT HOME BLOWOUT:

+ AIRLESS
+ alligator clips
+ heat protector
+ hair sunscreen

MORE PLEASE:

+ my hair care story
+ how to style a lob
+ blonde hair tips
+ jean top ( sold out, similar )

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Hope you guys had an amazing weekend.

I’m off to bed to watch Billions– have you watched it? Such a good show. Also doing my full-on night routine tonight with a serious wind down. Think: CALM tea, CBD drops ( should I do a post ), a nighttime watermelon mask, lots of lemon water, my Kardashian blanket, & blue light glasses. Anyone else?

See you tomorrow- hope you all kick Monday’s ass.

x, lauryn

+ if you want more hair content, be sure to check out the podcast with Ali Webb of DryBar. She is FAB.

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EFFORTLESS AT HOME BLOWOUT


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5 AFFORDABLE THINGS OFF AMAZON YOU WILL JUST LOVE

April 19, 2018
by
LAURYN

amazon light mask skincare tips | by the skinny confidential

Yo! So yes, sure I did The Skinny Confidential Master List which I will continue to add to BUT I feel like we needed a streamlined version too. You know, one with like 5 items. So instead of pulling only from the Master List, I figured I’d add the 5 things I’ve been using most in the last 3 months.

Now I am very much an Amazon person. But who isn’t in this day & age? I mean every time I am on the site there’s something I need. Ok maybe not- need, but you get it.

It’s like “OMG THAT PINK PENCIL HOLDER BOX!”

“OH LOOK A MATTRESS TOPPER!”

“WAIT, WHAT ABOUT THAT ACUPRESSURE PILLOW!”

“WELL WHO DOESN’T NEED MOROCCAN SPICES!”

“PENS THAT COME IN PINK CHEETAH? COUNT ME IN.”

YOU KNOW THE DRILL.amazon light mask skincare tips | by the skinny confidentialSo let’s get to the top 5 right now- shall we? Well firstly, who doesn’t want a pill holder.

Wait, I guess it’s a vitamin holder– at least that’s what I use it for. In go my amino acids, probiotics, & the occasional D3 when I’m feeling extra healthy. Secondly, I feel a light mask is an essential. We’ve discussed this before. Especially one that’s $19 bucks.

Again, we aren’t asking for much here. Another item on my list is Gua Sha tools. I know, we haven’t had an in-depth convo about this ( YET ) but stay tuned because I’m going to do like a little tutorial video on the whole process. And then of course you need ( NO REALLY YOU NEED ) a wet brush. This isn’t one of those things that’s negotiable. Your hair will be tangle-free forever. Think of it as the brush your 5 year old self always dreamed of. Oh, wait: lastly A COMPUTER STAND. BECAUSEEEE….well so many reasons. We’ll get to them, k?

You’re gonna say, “I don’t need a laptop stand.” Yeah, well, I do because I really don’t want a Dowager’s hump. Anyway, if you don’t believe me just read this post on my computer stand obsession while simultaneously stalking this post on humps. I am very specific about things; but you know this. So yes, I like my computer stand if given the choice. Let’s break each item down so we can really drive the point across:

5 Affordable Items From Amazon

PINK VITAMIN HOLDER

This is simple & straight to the point- PILL ORGANIZER. I have a few different ones of these ( this one is another favorite ). This is something I love for ( like I said ) my amino acids, hair vitamins, probiotics, D3 ( not a sun fan, so I make sure to keep the D3 balanced here ).

This keeps everything all tidy & organized. Also, this isn’t one of those ones that pops open in your purse & makes your vitamins go everywhere. You know what I mean? And then they melt all over your purse & it’s a whole nightmare.

Pink, simple, & straight to the point- just how we like it!

Guess what? A little TSC tip: you can use your pill organizer to hold your fake lashes- works like a gem! Trust me! I do this a lot! Ardell #113, you know me!amazon light mask skincare tips | by the skinny confidential

LIGHT THERAPY MASK

Again: ALL THE RAGE. Light therapy helps to eliminate acne-causing bacteria that causes inflammation. THANK GOD!

The one I love is super inexpensive- we’ve discussed this before. Really, it’s only $19 bucks off Amazon. The Neutrogena Mask helps clear acne, allows the skin to heal, & has blue light (which KILLS acne-causing bacteria ). ALL, BY THE WAY, are clinically proven. AND it’s a dermatologist strength light.

YES, YES, WE KNOW I am a freak about light/sunlight on my face, but this one by Neutrogena is different- it’s a UV-free treatment. Basically safe for skin and eyes because the mask emits no UV light. Also you should know it won Allure’s Best of Beauty. Allure editors test thousands of products over a four-month period, & this was on the list. The awards are considered the beauty industry’s ultimate stamp of approval- so yes, this needs to be added to everyone’s Amazon cart. Using the mask situation is QUICK- it’s a one-step acne treatment, covers your face and is easy to use at home. SEE?

LIGHT MASK HOW TO:

1. Cleanse & dry your face.

2. Plug the mask’s power cord all the way into the activator.

3. Put on the mask like a pair of sunglasses ( JUST MY STYLE! ).

4. Press the power button & hold it down for one full second until the lights power on.

5. Sit back, relax, & enjoy your 10 minute treatment. You do not need to press the power button again- your mask will automatically turn off at the end of treatment ( I like to listen to a podcast while my mask is on ).

You can use it every day for clearer, healthier skin.

AND, YES YOU LOOK LIKE FREDDY KRUEGER.amazon light mask skincare tips | by the skinny confidential

PINK GUA SHA TOOLS

This guys, is a simple, effective scraping technique used for centuries in the Far East for maintaining health and helping to prevent and combat ailments such as headaches, colds, neck and shoulder pain, anxiety, backache, insomnia and depression ( via ).

What you do is take the little boards & use it as a massage tool- I like to go out & down the face to drain fluid from the face while simultaneously triggering lymphatic drainage. See? My kind of tool. The brand I like is made by hand & with rose quartz.

The gentle pressure & motion of the tools also promotes circulation, reduces sinus inflammation, & is FAB for lymphatic drainage ( AKA getting rid of puffiness & bloat in the face ). It’s kind of like WHY WOULDN’T I WANT TO LOSE 10 POUNDS IN MY FACE?

OH & DIFFERENCE between jade & rose quartz: Ancient Egyptians believed that Rose Quartz crystals had anti-aging properties. Apparently Goddess Isis would gather rose quartz crystals by the Nile River and use them to keep her skin clear. The pink crystals have powerful vibrations to heal the heart from sentiments of lost love, anger, resentment and jealousy. Rose quartz is believed to also lower stress, raise self-esteem, restore confidence and balance emotions. It has minerals ( including magnesium, iron and oxygen ) that help reduce inflammation/support renewal of skin cells.

Randomly I put my tools in the freezer so it’s EXTRA beneficial.

Also, if you’re confused on how to use the tools, read this book- I read it, it’s very helpful with showcasing exactly how do the massage.

+ Note: it works on all skin types. FUN!amazon light mask skincare tips | by the skinny confidential

THE WET BRUSH

If you don’t have a wet brush, GET ONE NOW. I’m not kidding. This brush is a total game changer. It miraculously detangles the biggest, dreadlock knots, without doing damage to your hair. As soon as I got my hands on one of these, I ditched all of my other brushes. Once you go wet brush, you never go back. Trust me, it’s like for 5 year olds but still everyone needs one because who doesn’t have a perpetual rat’s nest?

The bristles kind of glide through the hair in the most easy-going way. I use it on wet/dry hair- whatever. Always doing my slick back buns with them too. You can use this on extensions, real hair, your dog, wigs, whatever really!

Plus this color is called ‘Pink Sorbet.’ CHIC.amazon light mask skincare tips | by the skinny confidential

 LAPTOP STAND

I don’t like using a laptop if I don’t have a stand to support it. AND if I’m in bed ( sorry Michael ), I’ll use a bed tray so technically I’m still adhering to the whole stand thing ( tip from a bed laptop pro: use two pillows underneath the laptop if you don’t have a tray, this also keeps radiation from the computer off your legs! ).

Ok so, as I’ve talked about before, I have a bad neck. Perhaps it’s from years of looking down at the computer or the whiplash accident I was involved in at nineteen years old. But who knows? Anyway, it’s BAD.

So the worst thing I can do is work ( & as you can imagine I’m on my computer A LOT ) while looking down at the computer. Think about how horrible it is to be looking downward, instead of neutral, all day long.

I PERSONALLY DON’T WANT TO LOOK LIKE THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME WHEN I’M OLDER SO I’M TAKING PREVENTATIVE MEASURES NOW.

But let’s go deep here. Because my love is deep.

Some benefits of this chic stand include

♡ Raises notebook screen height to eye level for better ergonomics.
♡ Tilt design brings screen closer & improves airflow around laptop.
♡ Cable organizer behind routes wires neatly.
♡ Keeps neck neutral.
♡ Transforms your laptop into a comfortable workstation.
♡ Helps prevent carpal tunnel posture problems.

Also you should know: it looks great on the Instagram feed. Ok not need, but you get the point.

amazon light mask skincare tips | by the skinny confidential

That’s the thing you guys, we don’t really need anything…but we do want it. So use this little list to navigate your Amazon purchases wisely. I’m not steering you wrong here. These are random-ass items you will use, love, & eventually even maybe ‘need.’

Currently in LA getting ready to speak at Loyola Law School. We are talking to a bunch of students tomorrow– which is super exciting. Never really thought I would be speaking at a law school but here we are. I have to go because I’m writing from bed & really need to prop my computer up- trying to avoid a Dowager’s hump at all costs. THANK GOD for laptop stands.

Hope you’re having the best day ever! Love, light masks, & tangle-free brushes,

x, lauryn

+ this post is in collaboration with and sponsored by Amazon & Neutrogena. As always all opinions are my own.

++ MASTER LIST POST: FOUND HERE.amazon light mask skincare tips | by the skinny confidential

AFFORDABLE EASY ESSENTIALS

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THE ONE SUPPLEMENT I TAKE EVERY SINGLE DAY: PROBIOTICS

April 12, 2018
by
LAURYN

We’ve been here. We’ve done this.

BUT RIGHT?

PROBIOTIC TALK- we’ve discussed the importance of probiotics in the diet for years ( so crazy I have known some of you guys for years?! ). HOWEVER!!! I still get so many questions- I would say the most questions ever in regards to wellness are: what probiotic do you take?

So as always, let’s get very, VERY specific.

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We will get to the answer but in the meantime, I want to explain the value of a daily probiotic. WAIT- of course, I’m not a nurse. Not a scientist- unless you count mixing oils. & I’m certainly not a doctor. I’m just, you know, here- on The Skinny Confidential sharing what works for me & what doesn’t. Take what you like, leave what you don’t. It’s easy, really!

MOVING ON: probiotics & I have been having a love affair for A WHILE. Anyway, if you’re a The Skinny Confidential regular you know I’m a HUGE, HUGE fan of probiotics.

You know this: we’ve talked about Kombucha ( …with champagne ) & kimchi.

But to be real it wasn’t until I was on antibiotics for ALMOST SIX WEEKS that I really understood the importance of a daily probiotic.

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First of all, if you’re like me YOU GET A YEAST INFECTION IF YOU DON’T TAKE A PROBIOTIC WHILE ON AN ANTIBIOTIC- ya, a yeast infection- TMI? What’s new? Which is like the most horrific thing. There’s nothing worse. The whole egg situation, legs spread, sweating ( who knows what I mean here? LOL ).

Well actually, maybe a UTI is worse? Who knows. They’re both horrid. Anyway, for me a probiotic is my preventative plan- I never get a yeast infection from antibiotics anymore because of my daily probiotic.

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ultimate probiotic prebiotic silver fern | by the skinny confidential

To really get into bacteria here: it mainly grows from stress, antibiotics, & chlorinated water. Probiotics ( also known as an acidophilus ) are beneficial bacteria & microorganism that live in the gut. AKA ‘good bacteria.’

They help with digestion & REALLY, REALLY help absorb nutrients from food. WHICH WE LOVE! The healthy, good bacteria helps eliminate nasty shit in the gut like bad bacteria, chemicals, & toxins.

ALSO TO TAKE A TWIST- I think it’s important to understand the fundamental difference between an acidophilus & a probiotic: “Acidophilus is a form of a probiotic. It is mainly used to aid digestion and repopulate the digestive tract with good bacteria. Probiotics, those with a mix of acidophilus and other types of good bacteria, are considered broad-spectrum, meaning they work better when combined to aid more than one type of problem within the digestive tract. Probiotics that are most effective have a billion or more active organisms.” { via }

I believe SO many diseases/problems/issues start in the gut. When we fix our gut, INSANE RESULTS follow. Personally, when I take probiotics or eat kimchi I notice brighter eyes, clear skin, more energy, less bloating- the list goes on really.

SO WHY WOULDN’T I WANT TO TAKE A PROBIOTIC?

When you’re choosing the right probiotic for you- do your research. This isn’t a one size fits all kind of thing. Everyone is different so it’s important to experiment & see what works & what doesn’t.

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Let’s get to specifics. For the last 3 months I’ve been using the probiotic Silver Fern. The tiny strains in their probiotic will “identify and destroy bacteria overgrowth, replacing them with healthy bacteria, and resolving the imbalances in your gut. They will also enhance your mucosal immune system, lessening your problems with inflammation and helping alleviate several of the painful symptoms that come from these conditions.”

I AM INTO THIS!

Let’s go further: this particular probiotic is DNA verified & “spore forming.” Most probiotics are not DNA verified meaning they do not survive the acid in the stomach & will also die in the heat ( which is why most have to be refrigerated ). Silver Fern is “spore-forming” meaning they only activate in the perfect environment ( AKA the gut )- WHICH WE VERY MUCH WANT. So you’re aware: 90% of probiotics on the market are dead on the shelf or will die as soon as they reach your stomach acid, and this one makes it all the way to the your entire digestive tract.

CRAZY RIGHT.

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SOME OTHER BENEFITS?

Mood, Anxiety, & Depression:

95% of Serotonin ( the happy neurotransmitter ) originates from the gastrointestinal tract. When imbalances in bacteria are present this can lead to real alterations to our brains, causing brain fog, depression, mood swings, and anxiety.

Probiotics make positive changes to the gut by policing and restoring the growth of good microbes to your flora. Restoring a disrupted gut flora can help fight anxiety & depression.

Metabolism & Weight Loss:

The body typically responds to food in one of two ways, it will either burn it for energy or store it as fat. The secret for this decision is short-chain fatty acids ( SCFAs ), the more your body produces SCFAs the more fat and food it will burn.

The Bacillus strain of probiotics convert fiber into short-chain fatty acids. By eating more fiber and supplementing with Silver Fern’s Ultimate probiotic you can increase your body’s production of SCFAs, improving your metabolism and helping you to burn more fat.  YES PLZ?

Immune Health:

The Saccharomyces and pediococcus spores in the Ultimate probiotic stimulate the peripheral T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes to help fight colds, flus, and infections. They also help reduce allergies, asthma, and inflammation.

I NEED ALL THE HELP I CAN GET WITH INFLAMMATION-BUT REALLY SERIOUSLY NOT KIDDING.

Sugar & Hunger Cravings:

The bad bacteria in your gut love sugar and will actually signal your brain to eat more sugar. This “gut brain connection” is what causes those powerful sugar cravings. Meanwhile, poor nutrient absorption causes your body to keep signaling for more food so it can get the nutrients it needs.

We want to replace the bad bacteria in your gut with good bacteria, stopping the sugar cravings all while helping your body to more effectively break down and absorb nutrients. Better nutrient absorption means your body will be satisfied with much less food!

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I want to go VERY SPECIFIC with why I like this one.

To get all scientific with you this probiotic contains:

Bacillus Coagulans:

+ Produces L+ optical form of lactic acid and is often prescribed to patients needing acute immune support.

+ Decreases abdominal pain and bloating symptoms caused by IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

+ Used to treat Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn’s Disease.

Bacillus Clausii:

+ Antibiotic resistant strain that is often used to reduce the negative side effects of antibiotic treatments.

+ Helps treat small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, recurrent respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, and helps prevent diarrhea.

Bacillus Subtilis HU58:

+ Produces Nattokinase, Vitamin K2, and over 12 potent antibiotics for fighting bacteria and improved immune development.

+ Increases short-chain fatty acid production, a key component for boosting your metabolism and weight loss, by up to 40%,

+ Helps treat gut infections like SIBO, Candida, and parasites.

Saccharomyces Boulardii:

+ Unique species of probiotic yeast that fights disease-causing organisms in the gut, prevents diarrhea, and aids general digestion.

+ Helps seal your gut lining, modulates the immune system, and decreases inflammation.

Peidiococcus Acidilactici:

+ Probiotic found in nature that transforms dysfunctional immune systems and reforms ailing guts.

+ Balances the intestinal microflora and promotes healthy immune and inflammatory response.

+ Produces several antimicrobial compounds for dealing with pathogenic bacteria.

This info was via their site so if you want more, head over & stalk the situation for yourself.

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Oh, & let’s talk about storage because it’s a thing. I keep mine in this pink MTWTFSS PILL ORGANIZER to keep it efficient. This is perfect when we are traveling or on the go- I tried the fridge probiotics for a while but they didn’t work well for me because I’m always on the go. I would forget them ALL THE TIME.

What a buzzkill.

With this pink organizer, I can just keep it in my bag or by my keys to GRAB AND GO!

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Again, my advice here is simple: do you your own research & see if a probiotic is a good fit for you. IF YOU DO TAKE A PROBIOTIC: what’s your experience been like? I would love to hear other success stories. Tell me all the juice.

What’s so funny is before I wrote this article, I popped two probiotics– LOL. Perfect timing I guess.

With that, we are off to the Kopari dinner in Palm Springs- a quick in & out trip for the night. See you all tomorrow.

PEACE, LOVE, & PROBIOTICS! LOVE YOU ALL, lauryn

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