Robin Luce shares Nerium AD

Working close to 40 years in the Film and television industry, I got to meet people from all over the world and I must say that Robin Luce is one of the people that I will always like to have a relationship with, she is a very unique individual in so many ways she has inside and outside energy that reads integrity,love and compassion, so rare to find. She radiates, not only she is beautiful to look at but she has a nurturing personality that you can help to want to be part of, she is a person you know right away is to be trusted in so many levels. We want to introduce her to you and share her knowledge, wonderful energy and her findings on a product she endorses and wish to share, enjoy.

Isabel Harkins

Robin Luce

 Robin Luce

Emmy Award Winning makeup artist Robin Luce has been a makeup artist in the motion picture and television industry for approximately the past 30 years. She has over 35 feature credits, over 25 television series credits, and an extensive celebrity clientele list. She is most recognized for her beauty skills and is always on the lookout for great products. “Great makeup starts with great skincare”. “In the quest of always looking for the best,  I was introduced to Nerium almost a year ago. I became a user myself and was entirely sold on the product. So much so that I decided to become a distributor. It is by far the best anti aging product I have come across and the Body Firming Cream is also by far the best for tightening up sagging skin, fading stretch marks,  and alleviating cellulite.” “NERIUM is an intricate part of every makeup I do.” For more information you can contact Robin at or nerium-ad-3-bottles1

Nerium AD

Since Nerium International launch in 2011, They have grown exponentially and continues to surpass all projections. Nerium International rate of expansion is unprecedented in the relationship marketing industry and has garnered attention from many. Whether tracking our dedication to our favorite charities, our recognition received from prestigious awards, Nerium International commitment to exceed their record-breaking sales, or their red carpet appearances for NeriumAD, find out why thousands are “looking better and living better” with Nerium. The NeriumAD product line speaks for itself, but while their products are improving skin, the Nerium International company is changing lives. If you’re one of the millions on the search, you know the anti-aging market is saturated with products, treatments  and promises. You have options. For example, expensive laser treatments could make a difference, but you’re talking serious bucks followed by days of hiding out before your face is fit to be seen. Or you can start with something less invasive. head to the drug store or the high-dollar cosmetics counter and you will find countless options The scene is familiar. Diving into the multibillon-dollar anti-aging market-place. you search for a miracle cream-the one that will help those distressing signs of aging. You read the backs of bottles and jars, wondering whether the potions will keep their  promise. Are they worth the money? Which ones really work? Do ANy of them deliver results? And all those “systems” require you to use layer after layer of expensive products, Millions of women look in the mirror each morning and ask the same question     Finally, a product that provides the satisfaction of real results with the confidence of real science. Ready to look better? NeriumAD Age-Defying Treatment is a night cream developed from the patent-pending extract of the Nerium Oleander plant. NeriumAD contains the most effective age-defying ingredients, chosen for both their individual and synergistic benefits. These premium ingredients are blended at optimum levels to nourish your skin and provide real results, as seen in Nerium product reviews. These kinds of results are exclusive to Nerium International, as we are the only company to ever harness the power of the Nerium oleander plant for high-performance skincare and NeriumAD treatment. Third-party clinical trials show that NeriumAD dramatically reduces the appearance of:

  • Fine Lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Discoloration
  • Aging Skin
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Uneven Skin Texture

Nerium International™ Receives Industry Awards Recognizing Company and Executive Leadership August 2014 Nerium International, the leader in age-defying skincare products backed by science, has been named this month by Happi Magazine among the Top 50 Household and Personal Products Companies in the U.S., while Nerium’s Chief Marketing Officer, Amber Olson-Rourke, achieved a spot on Direct Marketing News’ 40 Under 40 list of inspirational marketers. Read more > Nerium International Leads the Way in Social Media June 2013 Nerium International™, an innovative skincare company dedicated to making people better, has been breaking ground in the community service sector lately, since co-sponsoring the Time for Hope Gala on May 18, 2013, and several fundraising initiatives with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Read more >

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A·R·T® Skin Care System

A·R·T® Skin Care System- Age Refining Technology – is a superior concept in skin restoration that combines the advanced technology of DNA recovery enzymes with a proprietary anti-aging Peptide Complex to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, diminish age spots, even skin tone, and increase the elasticity and density of skin. Recognizing the incredible power of essential oils, Young Living added frankincense and sandalwood to this unique formula to reinforce DNA renewal. Add the legendary wolfberry seed oil, known for its superior moisturizing and skin conditioning properties, and you have the formula for a truly unique and effective skin care system.



Properly cleansing your face will gently remove environmental toxins, makeup, perspiration, and dead skin from your pores. Young Living offers two cleansing products that are both mild and offer unique benefits.

1. A.R.T. Gentle Foaming Cleanser

2. Orange Blossom Facial Wash

Although morning and night cleansing are important, we also suggest cleansing your face after intense activities or extreme weather conditions. Healthy skin must breathe and our gentle cleansers will not strip the skin’s natural oils if used properly.


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Young Living’s ART Gentle Foaming Cleanser

Young Living’s A·R·T® Gentle Foaming Cleanser cleans the skin without irritation or dryness and contains no harsh astringents. Its powerful foaming action gently lifts and captures makeup and oils, leaving the skin feeling clean, hydrated, and soft.

How to Use

Splash face with warm water. Dispense and lather a small amount of cleanser from pump. With wet hands, massage gently over face. Rinse thoroughly. To be used twice daily for a refreshing cleanse in the morning and a thorough cleansing at night. Suitable for all skin types. For maximum benefit, immediately apply Day Activator in the morning and Night Reconstructor in the evening to freshly cleansed skin.



Orange Blossom Facial Wash

Orange Blossom Facial Wash

Orange Blossom Facial Wash™ is a gentle, nonabrasive, free-rinsing cleanser that removes dirt and makeup without stripping skin of natural oils. It contains MSM to promote healthier and clearer skin, wolfberry seed oil to hydrate, and essential oils to soothe with aromatic benefits. Added botanicals protect skin from free radical damage.

  • Lycium Barbarum (Ningxia Wolfberry) seed oil
  • Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)
  • Pogostemon Cablin (patchouli)
  • Citrus limon (Lemon)
  • Rosmarinus Officinalis CT Verbenon (Rosemary Verbenon)

How To Use

Wet your face with warm water. Put a small amount of wash into the palm of your hand. Gently rub and lather your face. Rinse, pat dry.




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Satin Facial Scrub

Satin Facial Scrub™ Mint is an advanced cleansing formula designed for normal skin. It cleans, nourishes, and stimulates without damaging the skin’s natural pH balance. Safe, gentle ingredients help to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin for a fresher, smoother appearance. Contains MSM, antioxidant vitamins, and botanicals.

How To Use,

Apply Satin Facial Scrub™-Mint directly to moistened skin in a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry.



Your skin replaces its self every 30-60 days. The process of exfoliating speeds up this process by eliminating dead skin cells and allowing the skin new cells to flourish. At the same time exfoliating promotes the absorption of nourishing serums and moisturizers.
“ Exfoliate “comes from the Latin word “ exfoliare”, wish means : to strip of leaves.”Although most exfoliants leave your skin looking smoother and renewed, Young Living Satin Facial scrub Mint has specific benefits that completely renew your skin.
Is suggested to exfoliate twice a week: however, you can determine if you like more or less by simply applying a clear piece of tape over your skin if little pieces of flaky skin are attached to the tape you may want to exfoliate, be your own judge.


The ideal pH level of your skin is about 5.5. After your cleanse is recommended to exfoliate , your skin after that in a period of an hour will restore its pH. An ideal toner however will restore the pH immediately, as well as remove impurities and close pores to their desire original size, and proceed to leave the skin ready for the moisturizer.
A-R-T Purifying Toner is specially effective in keeping environmental debris and pollutants to a minimum; it also increases blood circulation to give your skin an ideal glow.
This product is great for man as well, their pores are considerably larger. Although man usually don’t take time for skin-care regimens,is just as important to the health of their skin.
A-R-T is a great addition for man applying it for after shave!!!!




ART Purifying Toner

A·R·T® Purifying Toner helps support cleansing by removing unwanted oil, dirt, and impurities that can accumulate on skin. This remarkable formula includes frankincense and sandalwood for their ability to revitalize skin, lemon and peppermint to cleanse and energize, and melissa and lavender to soothe and balance.

How to Use

After cleansing with the A·R·T® Gentle Foaming Cleanser, sweep Toner over face with a cotton ball. Can be used in the morning and again in the evening. For best results, apply the A·R·T® Day Activator or Night Reconstructor cream over the Toner.

Shake well before use. Suitable for all skin types. For external use only. Store in a cool, dry place.


Deep Facial Massage Cleanse With Essential Oils

3 teaspoons of V-6 ( Vegetable Oil Complex ) 4 Drops of Lavender, Frankincense, or Rose essential oil ( or use one of your favorite oils) Put the mixture in the palm of your hand and rub your hands together to warm the oils. Smooth the mixture over your face gently in a smooth massaging movement to stimulate circulation for better absorption. Relax and enjoy your message. Soak a washcloth in warm water and gently hold it over your face until it cools. Gently pat your face until it cools. Gently remove unwanted residue released from the skin. Rinse washcloth and repeat if desire. You can use this procedure as often as desire.


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A∙R∙T Beauty Masque and A∙R∙T Renewal Serum

The benefits of both of these products, and specifically the use of the orchid flower, are based on thousands of years of Chinese herbal medicine. It is believed that orchids have the ability to absorb and retain moisture and adapt well to many extreme environments. The longevity of the flowers is the key benefit that is utilized for skin care.

Orchid extracts are used for their intense moisturizing effect and for their ability to help delay senescence—or natural aging—by supporting the strength of the skin’s main proteins.

Another valuable ingredient found in our A∙R∙T orchid line is Japanese knotweed—a polygonum that has been traditionally used for its wound healing properties and for its ability to support healthy skin and provide protection against the effects of free radicals. The Japanese use this plant in order to prepare a tea called Itadori, a word that means well-being. This and many other properties that may help generate youthful-feeling and -looking skin are found in the A∙R∙T orchid line.


Use A∙R∙T Renewal Serum after cleansing your face morning and night. Be sure to follow up with your favorite Young Living moisturizer. Incorporate the Beauty Masque a couple of times a week to help promote a younger, healthier-looking you.

Here’s to your health,

Luba Vozarova, PhD—YL Sr. Portfolio Manager Personal Care


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ART Day Activator

An extraordinary day cream, the ART Day Activator contains the superior Photolyase enzyme that uses visible light on damaged DNA. This light-bodied, water-based face and neck cream absorbs quickly and is perfect for wearing underneath makeup and sunscreen

How to Use

Day Activator: Apply in the morning after cleansing. Using fingertips, massage a generous amount (usually two to four pumps) of Day Activator over face and neck regions as needed. Suitable for all skin types. For maximum benefit, Day Activator should be used with Young Living’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser and Night Reconstructor Cream. Day Activator should be reapplied after prolonged sun exposure.

Caution: As with any cosmetic, if you are currently being treated for any skin condition consult your medical professional before using.

For external use only. Store in a cool, dry place.


Night Reconstructor

ART Night Reconstructor

Night Reconstructor is a powerful night recovery moisturizer that contains the unique endonuclease enzyme. This medium-bodied, water-based face and neck cream contains enhanced moisturizers for maximum hydration.

How to Use

Apply in the evening after cleansing and toning. Using fingertips massage a generous amount (2 to 4 pumps) of Night Reconstructor over face and neck regions as needed. Suitable for all skin types.

Caution: As with any cosmetic, if you are currently being treated for any skin condition consult your medical professional before using.

For external use only. Store in a cool, dry place.








Wolfberry Eye Cream

Wolfberry Eye Cream™ may be applied morning and evening to ease the appearance of puffiness and dark circles around the eyes, and to promote skin tightening. Wolfberry Eye Cream is formulated from oil that is carefully extracted from the seeds of the Ningxia wolfberry. Rich in vitamin E and linoleic acids, wolfberry oil has unusual chemistry that makes it ideal for nourishing and hydrating skin. It is highly regarded by Asian women for its regenerative properties and its ability to protect aging skin and add luster to skin tone.



To complement your skincare regimen, make sure you are giving your skin the nutrients it needs.

Try including these foods as part of your healthy diet:

  • Carrots

Carrots are packed with vitamin A, which is good for clearing up breakouts. It helps reduce the overproduction of cells in the skin’s outer layer were dead cells and sebum can clog pores. Add nibbling on half cup of carrots a day to your snack routine and reap these benefits!

  • Dark Chocolate

As if we needed another reason to eat chocolate! Flavonols, the antioxidants in dark chocolate, can reduce roughness in the skin and protect against sun damage. It only takes a few ounces a day to get this antioxidant in your system—what a sweet benefit!

Possible substitution: Blackberries, cherries, blueberries, or raspberries (although you would have to eat a large amount).

  • Flaxseeds

These seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, known to diminish age spots and erase fine lines. Consuming just over two grams (just a teaspoon) will help prevent irritation and redness in the skin as well as contribute to better hydration. Try just sprinkling a teaspoon over oatmeal or veggies to get your daily dose.

Possible substitution: Flaxseed oil (1 tablespoon with sautéed veggies), salmon (4 ounces), or walnuts (1 ounce or about 14 halves).

  • Green Tea

When green tea is hot, it releases catechins, a type of antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties. These antioxidant powers fade as it cools, so drink it while it’s hot. Only two cups a day will help cells’ resilience to sun damage, and may even help reduce sun damage.

Possible substitute: White tea.

—Rebecca Jarvis

Product Manager, Essential Living

Synthetic or Animal Hair Makeup Brushes


Makeup brushes fall into two categories: ones made with animal hair and ones made with synthetic bristles. Today’s synthetics are actually better than animal-hair brushes, for many reasons. While the feel of a high-quality synthetic brush may be similar to an animal-hair one, there are actually many differences between the two.

  1. Synthetic brushes made of nylon or polyester filaments are less likely to become damaged by the makeup itself or products you might use to clean your brushes.
  2. Synthetic brushes are easier to keep clean because they don’t absorb the makeup pigment. This means less cleaning and wear-and-tear.
  3. Synthetic brushes are better for creating a soft, layered look with makeup.
  4. Some people are sensitive or allergic to the animal hair that some brushes are made from, including squirrel, mink, sable and horse hair. Synthetic brushes are better suited for people with those sensitivities.
  5. Synthetic is a great brush option for you if you are vegan or choose not to use brushes made with animal hair.

Today, there are more cosmetic companies than ever focused on quality products that are cruelty-free and eco-friendly.

Aveda offers brushes with bristles made from taklon (a non-animal fiber) and handles made of 30% natural flax fiber and 70% polypropylene (of which 90% is post-consumer recycled resin), making them not just animal-friendly, but environmentally-friendly as well.

The Body Shop, which does not test its products on animals (neither does its suppliers) or sell brushes made from animal hair, offers good-quality synthetic brushes in different shapes and sizes for different applications. Whether you’re adding a touch of pink to your lips or a soft finish to your forehead, consider the variety of its synthetic brushes available.

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From the Body Shop I selected one of my favorites the Eyeshadow Brush item #10611, the brush is a high-quality make up brush even though they sell it as an eyeshadow brush which I use it often for and love, the brush is great for concealer detail and anything else you find a use for, so often people ask me what brush I use with which products and my answer is always whatever works for you. There are really no rules, companies design brushes to work for different uses and to provide us with bigger selections and more product, to tell you the truth all of us that use brushes on an every day terms, have our favorites that we adopt.

My last bit on this brush, I like that the brush handle bottom is flat and I can place the brush standing up, easy for me to grab and it doesn’t get product all over my setup.

NVEY ECO, originally from Australia but you can order its products online, offers certified organic makeup products. Along with that the company sells makeup brushes with bristles made of synthetic fibers, not animal hair, and include the world’s first compostable makeup brush handle. None of the ingredients in the company’s products are made from ingredients derived from genetically modified crops, nor does it use mineral or petroleum oils.

Urban Decay is known for its creative and alternative colors (along with product names like Smog and Acid Rain and Oil Slick), and for its cruelty-free and certified vegan products. Check out its “Good Karma” line of brushes made from recycled plastic bottles and aluminum.

Urban Decay Brush

In Urban Decay brushes I would like to go over a few of them that I have tried lately.

Lets start with Good Karma Optical Blurring brush, (the blurring name is probably referring to blending well I assume),The brush is very good at blending. I use it especially with clients that favor mineral make up.  For me it is easy to handle and blends very well. It works with cream foundations, liquid foundations, and mineral powder foundations even though it was created for Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Foundation,  (wow the names are extremely long)

The brush bristles are amazingly soft, it just glides.  Not only do I like the feeling but the idea that it seams very gentle on the skin, which is a concern for me, to much pulling and rubbing can cause IRRITATION! no so good especially for the long term.

Brush presentation

The brush is very easy to clean and dries very fast, another great plus for me being that it is synthetic. it is not bacteria friendly and wont cause allergies for people that have animal hair allergies, not to mention CRUELTY FREE. The brush is medium size with a dome head. Very easy brush to manipulate for chin area, nose area, and eyes if you choose to. And to ad another quality that I admire, the fact that it comes in a container to store it, great to keep sanitized .


EcoTools, All materials used in the EcoTools collection are earth-friendly, and include tree-free paper, a natural hemp blend, recycled plastic lining, as well as non-toxic inks. The brushes are made with recycled aluminum, bamboo, and synthetic bristles.

For more information on synthetic versus animal hair makeup brushes  click here


Cruelty Free Makeup Brushes

Review – Synthetic Makeup Brushes – Cruelty free – ELF & Eco Tools No Animal Hair from CrueltyFreeQTs


Cleaning your brushes

I personally clean my brushes every time I use them . I use individual bags with their brushes and their make up, it is a great way to avoid cross contamination and break outs . One of my mentors taught  me to use 99 % alcohol for several reasons, one being that it kills bacteria in contact another is that dries very quickly so no more bacteria or fungus mold can take to it,The alcohol doesn’t damage the brushes at all contrary to what one would believe. I have over 500 brushes and use them for years and they are in perfect shape. The commercial Brush cleaners tend to have scents that can cause allergies,  Skin break outs, and contain Petroleum byproducts  like oils that get in the Farrell of the Brushes (that is the metal cylinder that holds the hair to the Brush handle ) it doesn’t let it dry and bacteria grows there. they are more expensive and a lot less quantity . I get a Gallon of 99 % Alcohol and it lasts me for several months.Is too much risk of contamination to take so have a Brush Cleaning Party with your friends!!!

Eczema and the Medical Herbalist’s Perspective

Since I was a little girl,I have used herbs, fruits, vegetables, seeds and the gifts that mother nature had to offer.

I was trained since very young by the indigenous people I grew up with, and my mother’s teachings to resource and be and alchemist, is a passion and my way of life.

When I connected with Tami my gut feeling immediately told me that she was the ideal match for us and after communicating with her my feelings were confirmed. She is a nature being that knows her work very well and I wish to introduce you to her and her gifts, with much gratitude for the opportunity to do so.

Isabel Harkins

Tami Bronstein, BSc Phyt (Hons), MNIMH, AHG


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Just Scratching the Surface:

Eczema and the Medical Herbalist’s Perspective

By Tami Bronstein, BSc Phyt (Hons), MNIMH, AHG



something we desperately seek when suffering. Skin, as the largest

organ of the body, can be an all-consuming suffering when Eczema is in the

picture. As adults, we learn to distract ourselves from discomforts to some

degree; children don’t understand, they simply succumb to the

overwhelming and all-consuming frustration of not feeling well.

That said, regardless of age, Eczema is deeply troubling for anyone who

experiences it.

At its worst, Eczema causes skin to chronically inflame, weep, crack and

bleed to the point of secondary widespread bacterial and fungal infection.

The skin is our barrier to resist opportunistic infective microbes of our

environment, and its integrity is compromised when chronically inflamed.

It goes deep.

Why the vicious cycle? Why won’t topical preparations work long-term?

The answer is deep. The answers are internal. The answers are complex

and unique to the Individual, and not simply solved with remedies found on

health food store/pharmacy shelves or in a conventional prescription tube.

These conventional topical preparations often contain petrochemical

ingredients, toxic preservatives, and related to a litany of potential and

common side-effects –of which cancer is included.

Plant-based crèmes and homeopathic preparations may ease the flare-ups

temporarily, but patches of Eczema stubbornly linger or return in shortorder.

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So, what are we to do?

Certainly as we can observe, topical remedies ease and soothe the

symptoms of this condition, but they fall-short of getting to the causative


When I see an Individual for Eczema, I like to establish a foundation in

understanding the skin as an organ of the body and its basic physiology

(its functioning), on its own and as a part of the entire body. From the

basic concepts, I find it useful to explain the various factors that can

contribute to the condition.

The first take-away: Skin conditions such as Eczema are a symptom of

something more systemic, rather than simply a superficial dysfunction of

the skin itself.

That is to say, it indicates some other internal disruption that the skin is

reflecting, reacting or responding to. So, you can repeatedly apply any

crème or ointment you wish to manage the inflammation, itchiness, and

other unpleasant symptoms, but it will return until you address what is

going on at a deeper level of the brain and body.

The Organism and Neuro-Endocrine connection

Even if it seems like a foreign language and impossible for the Individual to

remember the details, I find that a general sense of the bigger picture

empowers a person with insight and more efficient management of

recurring flare-ups, should they occur along the way.

First we begin by seeing skin as a functioning organ, our physical barrier to

the external world, and one of the largest channels of waste elimination. It

is amongst other waste-management organ systems including:

• digestive (bowels)

• respiratory (lungs and sinuses)

• urinary (kidneys)

• lymphatic

• skin

Skin acts to help regulate body temperature, excrete waste products of

metabolism/environmental exposure, and functions as a metabolicallyactive

envelope to contain/protect muscles, bones, organs and connective

tissues within our bodies as a functionally-integrated organism.

To help Individuals understand the role of skin as part of the integrated

picture, it is important to discuss the core collaboration between physical

function (physiology) and its nuances that regulate the entire body. We

look to the ultimate brain-body connection:

• Central Nervous system (brain) and

• Endocrine system (hormones/neurotransmitters)

This core collaboration coordinates the function of every cell in the body,

and fluctuates in response to being at-rest versus responding to the

demands of life. There is a feedback loop of information returning from the

body to the Central Nervous system to complete the circuit between brain

and body.

Let’s touch upon a few key realms we must explore in getting to the cause

of the Eczema in order to resolve the condition, keep the tendency at-bay

and/or manage what does surface.

Channel an inner Sherlock Holmes

Okay, I will admit to a personal fascination with the current television

series on Masterpiece Mystery of “Sherlock”, featuring Benedict

Cumberbatch. I also enjoyed the series “House, MD”, featuring Hugh Laurie

(which mirrored the Sherlock Holmes storyline, in its own clever way).

Getting to the cause of a dysfunction requires quite a bit of medical

detective work, and perhaps why these shows are compelling to me. This is

what makes my work uncommon, methinks; the conventional world dwells

upon symptoms, separating care of organ systems rather than seeing their

integration, and limiting insight to the bubbling source of the recurring

condition. Just like Sherlock, it is my job to be the detective and examine

every subtle (some seemingly insignificant) nuance that leads to the


If any two individuals who suffer from Eczema were to stand side-by-side,

the causative picture for each is different. Each Individual’s experiences

are the result of a unique mosaic -a woven tapestry- of factors discovered

when I am exploring a thorough medical history. Some exploration delves

back into their history by decades!

I thought to review a few of these clues that I sleuth in solving an

individual’s unique mystery.

This is evident as –if you have tried everything your friends, family, online

blogs or health food store clerks have recommended to no avail— I have

seen results.

The Nemesis is typically a composite of factors, rather than one source. So,

let’s have a look at a few common areas that I must explore when

managing Eczema in an individual:


The Clues

• Environmental Allergies : Airborne mold spores and general

seasonal allergies are a common trigger alongside other factors of

allergic eczema, and individuals often benefit from air filtration in

the home. Air filters on the central heating/air-conditioning units

can be found with HEPA qualification down to 3 microns, and must

be changed regularly, every few months. Additional stand-alone air

purifiers can be of use, as well. Frequent saline nasal flushing can

reduce allergens that affect mucous membranes of respiratory

system via allergic reaction, which compromises one of the 5 major

channels of elimination (lungs/sinus) and triggers skin dysfunction.

• Food Allergies and Leaky Gut Syndrome : Food allergies often

compromise lower bowel function; As one of the 5 major channels of

waste elimination having reduced efficiency, skin can react to bowel

inflammation and disruption.

Have your physician test for the major food allergy culprits, such as:

gluten, dairy, wheat, soy/legumes, citrus, shellfish, nuts, MSG

derivatives, etc (to begin with). Allergy testing can get fairly

overzealous at times with some practitioners, overwhelming an

Individual with limitations. Starting just with the most common

allergens reveals enough to make a difference and get a handle on

primary irritants. The best approach: eliminate the primary

irritating food allergens indicated via testing and vary daily food

choices, as much as possible; Eating the same foods day after day

can be problematic over time.

Leaky Gut Syndrome is often a result of chronic bowel inflammation

from concerns such as food sensitivities, repeated antibiotic use and

yeast overgrowth; once the bowel membrane lining is inflamed and

weepy, large protein molecules cross bowel walls into the

bloodstream, tipping-off a hyper-immune response. Reviewing bowel

function is a significant review point when I am going over the

medical history.

(NOTE: To those gluten-intolerant, watch nutritional supplements as

the excipients [base ingredients] may contain fillers possibly

contaminated with gluten, such as some sources of xanthan gum;

some Individuals react to corn sugars in a similar way to gluten


• Chronic Constipation: Chronically sluggish bowel motility can trigger

skin issues as well, because the bowels can re-absorb toxins back

into the system while bowel movements await evacuation. This can

be most commonly due to poor dietary habits, lack of activity,

antibiotic use, Candida (yeast) overgrowth, excessive dairy intake,

unmanaged stress, and dehydration. Repopulating the bowels with a

refrigerated, enteric-coated Probiotic is helpful, even with a

significant gap of time since taking the antibiotics.

Candida (yeast) overgrowth from repeated use of antibiotics and

diets high in sugars can be a relatively silent contributor to the

picture, and must be considered.

[Note: non-organic foods contain pesticides like glyphosate, which

can disrupt the natural bacterial flora of the lower bowels,

contributing to digestive disorders; probiotics are useful in diets high

in non-organic foods]

• Chemicals and Heat : Unlike simple Contact Dermatitis reactivity to

irritating chemicals in laundry or body care detergents, many

typically benign body care ingredients that are synthetic can be

activated to irritate by the addition of heat and friction (exerciserelated

or in warmer seasons). Eczema tends to flare in skin folds

when the body heats up, so using commercial products with

synthetic ingredients and fragrances can set-up a perfect

environment for an extraordinarily troubling flare-up where the

body’s heat is concentrated. This includes the scalp, inside/behind

ears, eye folds, inside elbows, backs of knees, and underarms.

Carefully selected plant-based, chemical-free & hypoallergenic hair,

skin and body products keep potential irritants out of the picture.

Rule of thumb: Keep product use simple.

• Acid/Alkaline balance: Diets high in acidic or acid-forming foods

favors general inflammation in the body, which feeds inflammatory

skin conditions. I advise keeping a more neutral diet by increasing

alkaline foods, reducing all sugars (including fruit sugars),

minimizing dairy, reducing animal meats, avoiding processed meats

(such as smoked or cured) and eating more vegetables, whole grains

and raw or dry roasted nuts/seeds (as tolerated). Proper hydration

supports acid/alkaline balance, improves bowel function, and

sustains skin moisture.

• Chronic inflammation: By-products of inflammation add to general

metabolic wastes that the lymphatic system must work to drain for

excretion out of the body. Extended, repeated periods of

inflammation place an ongoing load on the lymph glands to drain the

tissues bogged-down with waste products, and must be supported in

expediting the healing of Eczema flare-ups.

The lymphatic system is not only part of waste removal, but also a

primary immune system contributor. Lymph glands produce

immune cells to fight infection, and when inflammation of the skin

compromises its integrity as a barrier to germs, lymph glands

activate to mount an immune response toward invading viruses,

bacterium and fungus. Chronic environmental and food allergies are

in-fact excessive or hyper-immune responses to allergens, and so

demands on the lymphatic system are consistently elevated during

Eczema flare-up. Immune support becomes a focus, but rather than

stimulating an already over-stimulated immune system, we look to

modulate immune activity. This is a largely misunderstood but

critical variation between stimulating and modulating immune

functions when working with chronic or autoimmune conditions.

• Adrenal fatigue : Chronic stress, lack of restful sleep, excessive

scheduling of activities, corticosteroid use, excessive sugar/caffeine

intake, and additional factors play-into adrenal gland depletion. A

constant state of “fight or flight” and excessive activity drains the

adrenals of its hormonal output. This affects all inflammatory

conditions, as adrenal cortisol manages inflammation.

When we consistently withdraw from the resource “bank” of the

adrenals without putting those funds “back in the bank”, we are

unable to properly respond to new stresses and demands for


It is important that children are not over-scheduled with physical

activities such as sports, and to watch sugar & caffeine intake as all

of these deplete tiny bodies with already-rapid metabolisms.

• Anxiety : Anxiety contributes as an ongoing source of adrenal

depletion via increased demand for “fight or flight” output.

Sometimes an individual can experience more anxiety when

adrenals are depleted; Equally, anxiety can exist and be a primary

source of adrenal fatigue.

Ideally, we sort the cause and manage situations as they happen;

however, those with generalized anxiety disorders may require

some minor ongoing support, to avoid affecting endocrine balance or

managing endocrine balance to avoid worsening anxiety.

With any mood disorder, we must seek to reduce chemical load of

food flavor enhancers (such as monosodium glutamate and its

derivatives), chemicals, preservatives, synthetic fillers, coloring,

artificial flavorings, neuro-excitotoxins as aspartame (Nutrasweet)

and pancreatic disruptors such as corn syrup.

Anxiety must be managed, as it alters pH (acid levels increase) in

the digestive system, favoring inflammation and constipation;

Irritated, frazzled nerves as a result of Chronic Anxiety on quality of

sleep feeds Eczema flare-ups.

• Puberty and Menopause: Permanent hormonal transitions at

certain stages of life can trigger Eczema, as the Neuro-Endocrine

balance is challenged to find a new norm. We can work to minimize

the effects of these transitions.

The detective deduces…

I see many people who fill their cupboards with various pricey

supplements that are randomly or partially used. It is an

experimentation process much like throwing spaghetti against a

wall and seeing which noodles stick. There is a more direct and

methodical road to recovery. While it may take a bit more time than

popping a corticosteroid pill, with attention to subtle influences,

Individual compliance, consistency of dosage and reformulation of

herbal medicines as the body evolves, we can use whole plants to

give the body what it needs to normalize itself.

The role of the Medical Herbalist is to explore all subtle and overt

influences of the condition, taking great time and care to listen and

mind even the smallest details that truly do matter to healing and

recovery. Following a full medical history review, herbal medicine

formulations (fluid extracts, syrups, teas, powders) are typically

compounded by-hand (although some practitioners do send the

formula out to a compounding dispensary elsewhere), and follow-ups

are booked to monitor progress. Changes in the formula(s) are made

as the body evolves along the way until resolution. Some individuals

require ongoing support depending upon medical history details, but

ultimately we seek the cause to resolve symptoms.

Meanwhile, if you have found some plant-based topical preparations

that give you temporary soothing relief, keep up with it. Internal

therapy with Herbal Medicines take some time, as we work together

to peel back the layers of contributing factors; it is helpful to know

there is something on-hand to soothe the steadily retreating

symptoms as we go.

I enjoy donning my proverbial Sherlock Holmes hat and getting to

the bottom of solving a well-care mystery.

Tami Bronstein is a Medical Herbalist, qualified in East Sussex and

London, England (UK). Her ongoing post-graduate work with doctors

from Paris, France focuses on plant remediation following the

evaluation of neuro-endocrine (hormonal) sources of disease and

imbalance, known as Endobiogenic Medicine. She consults

individuals cross-country privately by phone and in-person from her

organic dispensary in Highland Park, NJ. Tami can be reached at

908.915.1998 and with more

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