Friday, April 27, 2012

Her ROCK Journey | Smell Good Spa™

ROCKS >>  A girl who is learning that she is enough.  A girl who is learning to use her power for good and not evil.   A girl who esteems other girls.   A girl who is learning the big difference between needs and NEEDY.  A girl who makes mistakes, but isn't afraid to make a Way.

All those and more, to help her on her journey to becoming a whole woman.  Her ROCK Journey.

I am a mommy to girls.  Empowering my daughters is not a part-time kind of thing.  In fact, empowering words were spoken to my children while they were in my womb.  Although the words are self-esteem and self-worth, it really is the mission of the parents to help that child understand SELF.

I created the Stay Sweet Power Scents to help mommies (and daddies), as they encourage their daughter(s) on the journey of self-awareness.  I've received heartfelt messages from mothers, telling me that after having a bad day at school, their daughters come home to read the affirmations on the Stay Sweet products, and are reassured about who they are.  I must admit, I feel extra special when the Warrior Princesses hug me in the morning, and I can smell the Power Scents.  They make it a part of their morning routine: soap & water, toothpaste, Power Scents.... LOL.  I think that's pretty cool.  

Thank you for welcoming my products into your home - to inspire, motivate, encourage, and uplift your daughter, niece, granddaughter, and the little girl next door.  


Monday, April 16, 2012

2 Solutions for Repairing Dry & Discolored Elbows and Knees | Smell Good Spa™

Two weeks ago, in the Hyper-Pigmentation post, I mentioned that the increase of melanin in my skin is a gem, because of the extended protection from the sun, and its ability to slow down the process of skin aging.  Well I'm certainly not taking that for granted.  Two areas that I give extra care to are my elbows and knees. When I was a young child and teenager, I remember admiring my mother's legs--so beautiful and fit.  She is now in her 60's, and I am still admiring them.  Her youthful knees look so good in a pair of shorts.

Skin on elbows and knees naturally tend to be dry, due to the lack of oil glands in those areas.  Being used more than other body parts, daily, the elbows and knees become flaky, chapped, rough and scaly.  With the warm weather gracing you with its presence, make sure your elbows and knees are making a healthy appearance.


Dry and discolored skin on elbows and knees, can usually be repaired with these two solutions:

  • Exfoliate- Help your body regenerate healthy skin by gently removing dead skin cells.  Do this 2-3 times a week. 
  • Moisturize- If you are using a body polish in step #1, then you are already sealing in moisture.  However, your elbows and knees will not object to more TLC.   Moisturizing right after a bath or shower is best (45-minute window).   Remember, when you are giving that bit of TLC to your hands, feet, and neck at bedtime, give love to your knees and elbows, too. 
If dry, rough elbows and knees are a problem for you, try the tips above.  You will notice a difference.  

Don't have those problems?  Good.  Add the tips above to your bath & body regimen, and continue to have healthy looking elbows and knees. 

Be Whole,

Friday, April 6, 2012

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Monday, April 2, 2012

3 Solutions for Uneven Skin Tone Due to HyperPigmentation | Smell Good Spa™

I love my dark chocolate skin!  Being one of my favorite physical attributes, my skin motivates me to remain consistent with my skincare routine -- water intake; healthy eating; exercise; giving special attention to pimples, burns, blisters; and taking preventive measures before spending major time in the sun (which I love).  Truly, the increase of melanin in my skin is a gift, giving me extended protection from the sun, and slowing down the process of skin aging. But, like many with this gift, uneven pigmentation can be an issue.  Hyperpigmentation.

The effect of an increase in melanin, the substance in the body that is responsible for color.

There are several causes for hyperpigmentation (pregnancy, antibiotics, illness, etc.), but exposure to sunlight is the major one.  Let's say you have a pimple that accidentally gets ruptured (mmhmm, stop popping those pimples), you go out for a day in the sun, the next day, you notice a dark spot were the pimple use to be.  Maybe you already have dark patches on your skin, and after spending a day out in the sun, those patches have become even darker.  Why is that?  Melanin protects your skin when it is being overexposed to the sunlight, but in order to do that, the skin has to absorb the sun's ultraviolet rays.  Hence, dark spots/darker patches.

When speaking of uneven pigmentation, many solely reference the face as the victim.  The face is the most exposed area on the body, but hyperpigmentation happens all over. With warm weather returning, arms and legs are anxious to make their appearance.  Be sure you're ready to protect your bronzy glow.

Cleanse- To aid your skin in regenerating pigment due to skin damage (blisters, burns, skin infections), use moisturizing cleansers high in vitamins and vegetable oils twice a day.

Exfoliate- For skin cell regeneration and a youthful glow, don't forget to exfoliate.  This time of year calls for scrubs that are fine in texture.  Plus, it's spring/summer time, so get something fun!  Sugar!  Use exfoliants to gently remove dead skin for a healthy-skin-glow, and for even skin tone.

Moisturize- For a topical shade use wholesome emollients infused with vegetable/fruit oils and raw butters. These products help in defending your skin against UV rays (however, they are not a substitute for sunscreen).  They are light in weight, making them excellent for warm-weather jaunts.

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Be Whole,