Handling Nail Fungus

A family member recently had an issue with a nail fungus and the doctors put her on antibiotics which upset her digestive system and caused more harm than good. So she stopped taking the antibiotics. The over-the-counter creams aren’t much better, they can take up to nine months before a new nail grows in and to keep buying these creams can become quite expensive.  I recommended she try our amazing Shopping Club products…and let me tell you…it worked beautifully.
The first step was to wipe your toe down with Sol-U-Guard wipes.
Second  step: soak it in a Sol-u-Mel solution and
The third step was to  put a few drops of Melaleuca Oil on it, followed by placing a  loose bandage  over it. It took about three to four weeks for her new nail to start coming in. She was thrilled.

Solutions for those Bags & Sags around the Eyes

Yesterday we talked about what can cause eye bags. Now we know what causes them, here are some simple solutions to reduce those bags under our eyes:

Tea Bags: The caffeine in the tea contains powerful antioxidants and may increase blood flow to your skin. It’s also said to protect against UV rays and potentially slow the aging process.

Cold compresses: Cooling the area lessens inflammation and swelling by reducing blood flow. You can place anything cold, such as an ice pack, frozen bag of vegetables, chilled cucumber slices or refrigerated spoons, over closed eyes for a few minutes.

Hemorrhoid creams: Some people pat over-the-counter creams designed for hemorrhoid treatment under their eyes. Product ingredients such as phenylephrine narrow blood vessels to reduce swelling. But use these products with caution: They may cause irritation in this sensitive area. Also, it’s important to keep this medication from getting in your eyes.

Use a Neti Pot: A neti pot is a device you fill with a saltwater (normal saline) solution. You place the spout in your nose and irrigate your sinuses, removing mucus and other debris.

Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can contribute to under-eye bags. Upping your water intake should help.

Take an Antihistamine: Allergies can cause puffy, dark circles under your eyes. You may also experience redness or watery, itchy eyes. This reaction is caused by your immune system’s response to something that irritates it, or allergens.

Use an Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover: Using oil based eye makeup removers can create film in the eye and swelling underneath the eye.

Sleep with Your Head Elevated: Elevating your head helps to prevent the pooling of fluid in your lower eyelids that creates puffiness while you sleep.

Of course, not smoking, reducing your salt intake, taking antioxidants, etc all help to improve that area around our eyes!

Under Eye Bags…Oh No!

One of our members asked what do I recommend for under eye bags.

Well, before you rush and go purchase some expensive eye care product with a million claims, it’s always important to look at the root cause.

WHY do we get bags under our eyes?

SLEEP ISSUES: When you sleep, fluids settle in the tissue beneath your eyes. Getting too little sleep can cause your blood vessels to leak and mix with those fluids, leading to dark circles.

ALLERGIES/SINUS PROBLEMS: In addition to stuffing up your nose, allergies cause swelling in sinus tissue, which can appear as puffiness under your eyes.

TOBACCO USE: The nicotine in tobacco disrupts your natural sleep patterns, which can cause fluids to collect beneath your eyes. Smoking also produces substances that break down the elasticity of the skin and the collagen that helps keep skin firm.

ALCOHOL USE: Although alcohol is a liquid, it dehydrates the body. When you are dehydrated, the skin under your eyes becomes flabby and weak, causing bags to form.

AGING: As you age, muscles and tissues weaken, and the fat that naturally supports the eyes can sink to the area beneath your eyes, making them appear swollen. Fluids can also collect in the area.

EATING SALTY FOODS: Your body retains fluid when you eat salty foods. One of the places these fluids collect is beneath your eyes.

NOT REMOVING MAKEUP: If you don’t remove makeup before going to sleep, it can irritate the tissue beneath your eyes, causing it to swell.

TOO MUCH SUN: Sun exposure can damage skin cells and the collagen that keeps the skin beneath your eyes firm.

HEREDITY: Some people are simply prone to having under-eye bags because it runs in the family. If your mom or dad had them, chances are you will too.

Tomorrow, we will look at some solutions for bags under our eyes!

Sharing the little things

Nearly twenty years ago, a friend shared with me that the moisturizing cream from her shopping club might help the chronic skin problems that many members of my family had—dry skin, sensitive skin, eczema, hives and rashes—you name it, someone in the family suffered from it.

We didn’t have much hope that it would cure anything but it it could provide relief, we would be thrilled. Surprise! Everyone showed improvement d in that first week.

The rest is history. I found a whole slew of products that were safer, money saving AND worked great! Plus they are delivered to my door.

It’s been a long time and every time we use these products, we are so grateful she shared.

Gotta love Renew.

I suffered of eczema. My arms were full of rashes and scratches. The itching was unbearable and I was using Aveeno per a healthcare providers suggestion.

I was sick and tired of using every over -the-counter products out there and still not finding any relief.

It wasn’t until I started using Renew lotion did I find relief.  Renew lotion’s natural USP ingredients relieved my itching and inflammation in a few days. USP is a standard manufacturers have to follow to limit the amount of impurities to an acceptable level. Without the USP, there could be a concern regarding impurities but having the USP at the end adds assurance the product is as pure as possible. The Aveeno lotion label shows it doesn’t have this USP designation.

All I know s that with Renew I can sleep throughout the night without itching or scratching.

I’m one satisfied customer!

Take Action: Cover Up

With Memorial Day weekend coming up, you may be planning a full three days of being outdoors—basking in the sun; at the beach; at a barbeque or at the park. Since you will be out in the bright and shiny sun’s rays, you will want to take these simple steps to help prevent skin cancer.

Cover up with long sleeves, a hat, and sunglasses.

Wear a long-sleeved shirt and long pants or a long skirt. Clothes made from tightly woven fabrics are best.

Wear a hat. A hat with a wide brim that protects your face and neck works best. Avoid straw hats with holes that let sunlight through. If you wear a baseball cap or visor, be sure to protect your ears and the back of your neck with sunscreen.

Wear sunglasses that block UV light. This will help protect your eyes and the skin around them from sun damage. Wrap-around sunglasses are best, because they block UV rays from the side.

Stay in the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. The sun’s rays are the strongest from mid-morning to late afternoon. Try to stay out of the sun during these hours. If you are outside, stay in the shade – like under a tree or umbrella.

Use sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 or higher. Use sunscreen with both UVA and UVB protection, also called broad spectrum sunscreen. My dermatologist recommends using a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad spectrum coverage. My favorite sunscreen that meets all of those requirements is Sun Shades Sport. Sun Shades Sport’s principal ingredient is Avobenzone. Avobenzone gives my skin a highly effective broad spectrum protection. The photostablized avobenzone maintains its UVA protective power even during long periods of sun exposure. I especially like that I can spray it on and it sticks!

One thing you always need to do is check the expiration date on the bottle to make sure it’s not out of date—especially if you found a bottle from last summer.

To get the most protection:

  • Wear sunscreen even on cloudy days. UV rays can still harm your skin through the clouds.
  • Plan ahead – put sunscreen on 30 minutes before you go outside. Put on more sunscreen every 2 hours and after you swim or sweat.
  • Be sure to use enough sunscreen (a handful). Don’t forget to apply it to your ears, hands, feet, the back of your neck, and any part of your scalp that isn’t covered by hair.
  • Use lip balm with sunscreen to protect your lips.
  • If you wear very lightweight clothing (like a beach cover-up or thin T-shirt), put sunscreen on under your clothes.


It’s May everyone! May marks the beginning of summer and is also skin cancer awareness month with the first Monday being Melanoma Monday.

Melanoma Monday – a day to promote awareness of the most serious form of skin cancer is brought to us by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Melanoma is a type of skin cancer, and it is the deadliest of skin cancers. There will be many events focused on skin health, sun safety, tanning prevention, and skin cancer screenings and resources.

“Check Your Partner. Check Yourself”e encourages folks to check both their partners and themselves for signs of skin cancer. In fact, the campaign strongly targets women because research has shown that women are nine times more likely than men to notice melanoma on others.

When detected early, skin cancer – including melanoma – is highly treatable. According to the AAD the five-year survival rate for melanoma when detected and treated in its early stages is 98%.

All are asked to join the American Academy of Dermatology in wearing orange and encouraging others to wear orange for skin cancer awareness.

What is skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common kind of cancer in the United States. There are three major types of skin cancer: Basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma and Melanoma.

Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are also called non-melanoma skin cancer, and they are more common than melanoma. Melanoma is the most dangerous kind of skin cancer.

Skin cancer can almost always be cured when it’s found and treated early. That’s why it’s a good idea to check your skin regularly for new growths (like moles or lumps) or changes in old growths. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you find a change.

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