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IT’S ACNE TIME: 3 SECRET WEAPONS TO SAY BUH-BYE TO ZITS

by
LAURYN

ACNE! What a pest! ISN’T IT THOUGH?

If you know me you know I sure do love to go there. I feel like you do too. We can’t just talk about shoes & lipsticks you know!

SO ACNE. It’s something a lot of women deal with on a day-to-day basis. You definitely know this if you’re a member of The Skinny Confidential secret FB group- I mean, we talk A LOT about skin. Pimples, if we’re getting specific.

Whenever I get a pimple, I turn to FaceTune.

I kid, I kid.

But really, when a pimple pops up, I do three very SIMPLE things. Things that I have tested. Things that work. And things- guys!!- things that are inexpensive! You with me? Good.

You know I’m your human guinea pig- always testing, trying, researching. Potions, lotions, the works. I’m here to try 800 bazillion products & inform you of the 2% that I like. The ones that are ride or die.

Anyway, this is a very long, rambly way of telling you all that life isn’t over if you have acne, so don’t freak out- we got this.

So next time you have a zit – we all get them — have this page bookmarked so you can refer to it. Of course, if you have any other magical additions to add to this quick, efficient list, leave them below so I can try them too. Ok. Let’s do this:

1.) LIGHT THERAPY MASK:

HAVE YOU HEARD? THIS IS ALL THE RAGE. What’s that, you ask? Well it’s basically your new best friend. Light therapy helps eliminate acne-causing bacteria that causes inflammation.

The one I love is super inexpensive. The mask is by Neutrogena & has tons of benefits: it clears acne, allows the skin to heal, & has blue light ( << which targets acne-causing bacteria ) which has clinically proven technology, by the way. So much so, it’s actually dermatologist strength light. YES PLZ, ALL DAY EVERYDAY.

YOU 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 it won Allure’s Best of Beauty. Allure editors test thousands of products over a four-month period, and every October they announce 250+ winners. The awards are considered the beauty industry’s ultimate stamp of approval.

INTO IT.

Using the mask situation is SO simple- it’s a one-step acne treatment that covers your face and is easy to use at home. All you do is:

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 ( I LIVE FOR THIS! ).
4.) Press the power button and hold it down for one full second until the lights power on.
5.) Sit back, relax and 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 sure, Michael thinks I’m psycho for walking around the house looking like Freddy Kruger in pink floral- but what kills me is that I CAUGHT HIM USING MY LIGHT THERAPY MASK LAST TUESDAY. So who’s nuts now?

2.) BLACKHEAD POPPER REALNESS:

I’ve been using this handy-dandy TOOL since I was in high school. And let me tell you- it works.

Here’s the thing: if you pop a zit the juice of the zit is what spreads the pimple. Whenever I pop anything I make sure not to get any of the residue on my skin. If you do get some of the ‘zit juice’ around the zit YOU CAN COUNT ON THE ZIT SPREADING. That’s right guys, bacteria spreads. In fact it’s relentless, it goes everywhere. Which is why when you get a zit & pop it- more zits pop up.

I take this very seriously because I’ve very much perfected this over the years. In fact it’s kind of a magical cure.

IT WORKS.

ESPECIALLY WELL WHEN USED WITH THE LIGHT MASK.

Ok on to the black head remover. The little, super inexpensive tool off Amazon. You will love.

HERE’S WHAT IT DOES:

♡ One end is a loop tip for pressing & extracting, the other sharp end is for piercing or poking.

♡ To minimize damage to your skin, the needle is an effective way to remove blackheads, acne, or pimples.

♡ The remover is also a safe way to clear your pores than squeezing blackheads using your fingernails.

♡ With the help of these needles, it will lessen trauma to the surrounding skin.

If you don’t have a black head remover…check out this breakdown to pop a zit: “When you get out of the shower, wipe your face with a clean, never-been-used, freshly washed towel. Cover your fingers with a tissue. Even after showering, your hands and nails have bacteria that can infect your about-to-be-popped pimple. To do this, fold a tissue in half and wrap it around your index finger. Repeat with your other hand. Consider yourself prepped for zit surgery.”

Throw your mask on afterwards.

3.) ZIT CLAY WHILE YOU SLEEP:

Zit clay is essential. It’s nothing avant-garde. Quite simple, to the point of boring really. It’s this clay that’s “not regular clay. It infuses minerals that minimize oil production & significantly increase healing times up to 5X’s faster than water based acne products. It contains NO dyes, synthetic or added chemicals. It also clears acne fast, pimples, rashes, bug bites, itches, ingrown hair, blackheads,& much more. Basically it pulls out remaining impurities preventing potential scarring. Individual pimples will heal and clear up faster with spot treatments.”

This zit clay was recommended by my favorite esthetician, Lindsay. It’s from Sweden & has so much praise. Plus it has two flipping ingredients: TWO !!! One of them being WATER. And with no dyes or synthetic additives.

I have used this FOREVER. The stuff works ASAP, immediately. I’ve never seen anything so magical.

Here’s the main secret though: the directions says to leave it on for ten minutes…I leave it on the zit OVERNIGHT. So I sleep with the clay on the pimple. Works like a charm.

Those three items combined? Buh-bye acne. You will kill those little suckers.

What do you guys do for acne? Cutting dairy helps too. My skin is always clear when I cut it for a while.

ANYWAY! That’s it. I’m off to put on my light therapy mask, grab a cup of tea, & then lend the mask to Michael after ( LMFAO ).

Hope you’re having a fabulous Thursday!

Cheers, x lauryn

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STARBUCKS IS ANNOYING.

by
LAURYN

The Skinny Confidential talks Starbucks.
I’m sorry but Starbucks is manipulative.

While I do love their green iced tea with a splash of passion, I’m still very annoyed.

Here’s why: recently they announced that they’re carrying coconut milk.

Well gee golly. THIS IS HUGE, I thought. WOW!! COCONUT MILK. Such a big chain promoting a non-dairy alternative that’s full of healthy fats? YESSSS. We’re making some progress.

Starbucks says it’s “vegan” too! DOUBLE WOW.

Well here’s the real deal guys: Starbuck isn’t telling the full story.

The truth is, it’s full of shit. Literally.

Natural Society breaks it down for us simply…here’s what’s in the ‘healthy’ new alternative:

Tricalcium phosphate – Moderately safe, but can still cause problems.

“Natural flavors” – We all know how ubiquitous these can be – many ‘natural’ flavors were nothing more than chemicals in multiple food trials, but Pepsi-Co and others have had to pay millions to force them to take them out of our food and stop calling something carcinogenic “natural.”

Carrageenan – A strange food stuff that causes inflammation. ( REMEMBER I DID A POST ON THIS CRAP? ).

Gellan gum, xanthan gum, and guar gum – Indigestible gums that can have a negative effect on your gut flora and cause diarrhea. ( Ewwwww ).

Corn dextrin – This is probably used as a thickening agent, but is also likely made from GM corn since so much of it is planted throughout the US now.

* Also it’s non organic, not fair trade, & bad for the environment according to this source.

Here are the REAL ingredients: water, coconut cream, cane sugar, tricalcium phosphate, coconut water concentrate, natural flavors, sea salt, carrageenan, gellan gum, corn dextrin, xanthan gum, guar gum, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2.

OUCH.

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So, uh what the hell Starbucks…this isn’t coconut milk. It’s fake as can be.

The thing is I’m not going to nit pick every single thing chemical or ingredient I ingest but when it comes to something I drink daily ( a cup of coffee ), I want it DONE RIGHT, 100%, A+, ya know? And that’s non-GMO coffee with REAL coconut or almond milk & a bunch of organic cinnamon.

Is that asking too much?

I really don’t think so?

Millions of other people love their Starbucks so when it comes to calling them out, I’m coming from a place of wanting all the info before ordering a cup of Joe with “coconut milk.”

Starbucks is simply capitalizing on the latest health & wellness trend.

I for one will still be drinking my coconut milk…this kind is my favorite one to drink because there are barely any ingredients, from Thailand, & organic. I ordered it off Amazon & it’s delicious!! Goes well with coffee, smoothies, oatmeal, &/or in soups!

So yah, that’s what going on today, I’m pissed at Starbucks.

WEIGH IN >>>?

lauryn, x

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Shock Your Taste Buds With This Vanilla Frapp

by
LAURYN

The Skinny Confidential shares a Frappacino recipe.The Skinny Confidential shares a Frappacino recipe.The Skinny Confidential shares a Frappacino recipe.

It all started in line.

The line that wrapped around the block ( but not really ) at Starbucks this morning.

Three people in front of me order caramel .

Mmmkay…

And then to make matters worse a ten year-ish boy in back of me orders a strawberry CRAPPuccino.

IS THIS REAL LIFE?

Usually I would whistle, advert my eyes elsewhere, & act like I heard nothing but today was different.

Different because…I just can’t.

To tell you the truth, I’m surprised Frappuccinos are even legal. They’re honestly filled with so many nasty-ass GMO’s/chemicals that I’m shocked they don’t use Frapps as car fuel…actually- false, I’m surprised they’re not used as rat poison.

Ok, so today I’m taking a stance against Frappuccinos.

After sweating & perspiring ( wouldn’t you if four people in line casually ordered a Frappuccino? ), I ran ( ran, ran ) to the local health food store & stocked up on TSC Frapp essentials:

The Skinny Confidential shares a Frappacino recipe.

1.} 1 packet of vanilla chia Vega plant based protein powder

2.} 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

3.} A couple shakes of pumpkin pie spice

4.} 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

5.} 1/2 banana

6.} 1 splash of organic vanilla extract

7.} 2 tablespoons of chia seeds ( FIBER!!! )

Directions: add a handful of ice & blend. Add a cute pixy straw to sex it up.

The Skinny Confidential shares a Frappacino recipe.

Phew!!!

Soooo glad to get that off my chest.

This drink is seriously amazing if you’re in a pinch & need something filling ( << the chia seeds x the 15 grams of protein really get the job done ).

And promise, you won’t miss Frappuccinos at all.

What’s your favorite blended drink? I’ll try to post a TSC version!

Happy Thursday,

xx L

P.S. add peppermint extract for a pop of mint! x.

The Skinny Confidential shares a Frappacino recipe.

The Skinny Confidential shares a Frappacino recipe.

Need A Quick Tea On-the-Go? I Gotcha Covered.

by
LAURYN

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

Let me set the scene: it’s a typical Monday morning & I’m ready to kick my ass into gear. I wake up, shower, oil pull ( sometimes ), have a little espresso shot, drink a green smoothie, return some e-mails…you know, the usual. And before beginning the work day, I’m usually dying for a Starbucks green iced tea. So I’ll go to Starbucks grab an iced green tea, no water, no sweetener, maybe add a splash of passion fruit tea, if I’m feeling crazy.

BUT {!!!} no more Starbucks for me.

Why?

Because Suja just came out with the most amazing selection of tea ( perf for a girl on the go ). Some of their new flavors include: Honeybush Peach, Unsweetened Biodynamic Black, Jasmine Pomegranate, & Chunmee Tropical. & let’s face it: I’m kinda indecisive in general ( GEMINIS!!! ) so when it comes to tea, I never can pick just one. Naturally, having a couple options to stock my fridge with is sort of like, the most amazing thing ever.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

As you guys know I’ve been always been a die hard Suja fan. I’m always running around like a psycho doing too many things at once so typically I prefer anything easy/accessible/quick. Don’t get me wrong, I love my juicer more than life itself but throwing a pre-made green juice in my oversized handbag, makes life 10 x easier.

Anyway Suja’s teas are the same concept: they’re quick & perfect for busy people. One less trip to Starbucks, right?!! Plus their non-GMO, organic ingredients are the freshest, purest, & cleanest on the market so I’m not constantly questioning WTF’s in my drink. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

My favorite flava flav is the Biodynamic Black. I’m so obsessed with black tea & this one over ice with a little drop of honey does not disappoint.

Oh, & if you’re looking to de-bloat before your bikini debut ( hello summer! ) then make this lil recipe, & instead of using green tea, use Suja’s black tea. Sooooo good it hurts.

What’s your favorite tea? Spill. x l

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{{ P.S. check out the Suja sponsored party below ( Suja cocktails…yes, cocktails will be flowing! ); it’s an opening day after party, for all you Del Mar racetrack fans, at Rancho Valencia in SD…so fun! x. }}

The Skinny Confidential shares Suja's tea launch.

The Skinny Confidential talks Suja tea.

The Truth About Blended Chemicals AKA Crappuccinos

by
LAURYN

The Skinny Confidential talks diet, fitness, and wellness.

I can’t.

I just…can’t with Frappaccinos.

If you’re a fan, I sincerely apologize in advance ( & maybe you shouldn’t continue reading ).

First off remember circa 2001 when Britney Spears gained all that weight & blamed on Frapps?

Everyone thought it was a cop out? Well, err, ehh I actually believe her.

These blended chemical-filled drinks are so disgusting, I’m surprised they’re even legal.

Like, seriously, WTF?

Anyway let’s get down to it…here’s the real deal on Frappacinos AKA Crappacinos:

First off there’s 81 ( eighty one!!! 8!!! 1!!! 81!!! 8-1!!! ) grams of sugar in a caramel Venti Crapp.

Ok, so 81 grams of sugar is equal to three Snicker bars…hmmm…

& let’s not even talk about the carbs ( 87 grams ) or calories ( 510 cals ) or fat ( 17 grams ).

Yikes!

Ok, so get this caramel coloring equals carcinogen.

Heard of it??

Basically according to this source, “caramel coloring is manufactured by heating ammonia and sulfites under high pressure, which is what creates the carcinogenic compounds. Animal testing has resulted in liver, lung, and thyroid tumors in mice. Coke and Pepsi changed their formulas when it was discovered that caramel coloring could be contributing to thousands of cancer deaths every year because they were using dangerous amounts of it in their sodas. They figured it could be bad for business if they had to include a cancer warning label on the can or bottle. And don’t expect the FDA to protect you because caramel coloring is still on their list of approved additives.”

Annnnddd don’t even start me on Starbucks oatmeal— that’s contains caramel coloring too!!

Fun times.

Oh & you ready for this one? Starbucks admitted here that their strawberry Frappy contains crushed bugs. Yes, bugs.

They say “crushed bugs are harmless.” I say “no thanks.”

& hey, if you have to have a Crappuccino, be smart. Skip the whipped cream, syrup, & at least order a small.

Also, you guys know I’m all about modifying— I’m not big on deprivation, so of course I had to create a DIY version:

The Skinny Confidential Real Deal Frapp:

♡ 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk or Suja’s ‘Vanilla Cloud’

♡ 1/2 cup coffee ( this is my favorite brand )

♡ 2-3 tablespoons 100% maple syrup

♡ A few sprinkles of cinnamon & nutmeg

♡ Top with caramel toasted coconut flakes

♡ 1 handful ice

+ Blend & enjoy!

Next time you’re at Starbucks opt for organic tea & BYOOC ( AKA bring your own organic coffee- like this one ).

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news- please don’t shoot the messenger!!

Happy Tuesday, xx Lauryn

{ Want more? Read the truth about sickie, disgusting syrups here }.