healhthy skin

Friends & Enemies Of Your Skin

When it comes to healthy skin, distinguishing between a friend or foe can be a great arsenal in the quest for healthy and glowing skin. Regardless of skin type, here are some friends and foes that we all share in common.

Friends to Our Skin

Antioxidants – are molecules that protect your skin cells from the effects of free radicals. They are your best friends for beautiful and healthy skin.

Healthy and balanced diet – Consume foods rich in antioxidants, which will fight off the effects of free radical damage. (Free radicals damage and destroy cells). Great sources include, prunes, all berries, apples, raisins, plums, onions, eggplant, beans, salmon, Vit E, Vit A, Vit C, Alfalfa sprouts, beta carotene and other carotenoids. Eat regular, balanced meals, daily. And, of course, drink lots of water.

Consistent and appropriate skin care regimen – Know your skin type (oily, normal, sensitive, combination, dry). Adopt routines and rituals for morning and evening that includes, cleansing, toning, moisturizing and protecting, and occasionally, masking and exfoliating.

Healthy physical life style - this includes, exercise, getting enough sleep and reducing stress. Also, avoid smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and the use of recreational drugs.

Foes to Our Skin

Free radicals – are molecules, which are responsible for cell damage, premature wrinkling and aging.

Inflammation – Chronic inflammation occurs as a result to free radical destruction. It can build up and cause problems like acne and heart disease.

Ultraviolet Radiation – are the harmful combination of UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays can cause visible damage such as freckles, tanning and burning, all of which are indications of internal cell damage sometimes to the DNA. UVB rays are not immediately noticeable, but penetrates further into the skin and causes greater damage than UVA rays. Continued damage can lead to wrinkles and skin cancer.

Today is the perfect time to start thinking about preventing future damage to your skin.

~Dixie Lincoln-Nichols

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Raccoon Eyes? Tips for Getting Rid of Undereye Circles

Over the past year, I’ve developed major dark, Raccoon-like circles under my eyes. I don’t smoke, drink nor do I party all the time. So, where did they come from?  Dark circles are caused by hyper-pigmentation, which makes the under eye area appear darker than the rest of the skin. Other factors may include, genetics, aging, poor nutrition, dehydration, stress, sleep deprivation, TV viewing, and excessive computer usage. I’m blaming mine on sleep deprivation, excessive computer usage and genetics.    

 The eye area is very thin, delicate and sensitive and there are tons of products on the market that are formulated to treat this extremely delicate area. Therefore, when purchasing creams for your eyes, look for ingredients that address your particular problem.

Crèmes for dark circles should include, cucumber extract, Vitamin K and C, yarrow and gingko biloba.

For wrinkles, look for aloe vera, acai berry extract and soy proteins. If puffs are your problem, cucumber extract, aloe vera, Vit C and green tea works really well.

At home, you can also use cucumber slices or a frozen bag of peas on the eye to reduce puffiness. Keep in mind, too many crèmes and excessive pulling can further damage the under eye area. Be extremely knowledgeable and cognizant of what you’re applying and how you are applying it.

Poor nutrition and lifestyle habits can also have a huge impact on the way our skin behaves. So for a healthier eye area, try incorporating the following tips into your daily routine.

  • Drink lots of water to hydrate your skin.
  • Eat foods that are rich in Vit B and folic acid. Fish oil is also great.
  • Reduce the amount of time spent in front of the computer or television. If you must be on the computer, wear reading glasses with an anti-glare treatment.  
  • Increase sleep time and reduce stress.
  • If you’re wearing day, eye crème, make sure it has SPF.

**Keep in mind; if creams or natural solutions do not work to alleviate your problem you should see an Ophthalmologist.

 ~Dixie Lincoln-Nichols

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Dixie Lincoln-Nichols has a passion for all things beautiful. She is a self-described beauty junkie and the founder of Dixie Bits.


Food For Your Skin

Zaboca! That’s what we call the creamy, fleshy and delicious Avocado fruit back in Trinidad. It’s also one of the many fruits found on my grandparents’ property.

So, you can imagine, it was a staple at the dinner table. Aside from using it to delight our taste buds, it’s also one of the best foods for our skin.

 Found in many skin care potions, avocado oil is obtained from the flesh of the avocado fruit. It’s a natural concoction, which penetrates deep into the epidermis and regenerates the skin. It’s loaded with vitamins (A, B1, B2, D, E and K), sodium, calcium, copper, magnesium, protein, lecithin and fatty acids, which makes it great for all skin types. It is especially beneficial for dry, wrinkled and damaged skin or scalp.

A great way to reap the benefits is to make and use Avocado facial masks. Here’s a quick and easy recipe.


1/2 of an Avocado

Preparation and Use:

1. Cut the Avocado and remove the seed.

2. Mash it until it’s mushy.

3. Clean your face and neck.

4. Use your fingers or a flat makeup brush and apply

the squashed Avocado over  your entire face and neck (keep away from the eye area).

5. Sit with the mask for 20 to 30 minutes.

6. Wash with cold water and pat dry with a clean towel.

7. Apply a moisturizer to retain the water.

***Other ingredients you can use in an Avocado mask include, honey, lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice, grapefruit juice, egg yolk and olive oil***

~Dixie Lincoln-Nichols

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Dixie Lincoln-Nichols has a passion for all things beautiful. She is a self-described beauty junkie and the founder of Dixie Bits.