Malama Monday: Skin Care for the Confused

August 24, 2009 at 12:16 pm | Posted in Malama Monday, Natural Living | 2 Comments
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I have confused skin. 

It thinks it’s going through puberty, yet it is developing it’s first little wrinkles at the same time.

I never had problems with acne until I started having babies. Something just went haywire and now I’m an almost thirty-year-old with temperamental, irritated, blotchy skin.


I’ve tried many different face washes, serums, lotions, potions, magic drying solution…the list could go on forever! And nothing works. In fact, my newest attempt at finding a good face wash ended up in the worst breakout yet, caused by a little ingredient that was mentioned in the very finest of fine print…sulphur. I am terribly allergic to sulphur! So I had an allergic reaction on top of the acne that was already painfully spreading across my face. 

After much thought I came to a realization…I’ve been using chemicals to clean my skin. I use all natural stuff for the babies and we eat organic and local as much as possible. Somehow that awareness had not translated into a more natural, healthy skin care regiment for momma.

After that quick, “DUH!” moment, I found this new line from Burt’s Bees. I’ve been a fan of their products FOREVER and am so glad they are making skin care for gals like me!

Burts-Bees-Natural-Acne-Solutions-Free-Sample-300x274I found it at Walgreen’s and also saw it at Down To Earth markets here in Honolulu. I’ve been using the Purifying Gel Cleanser for three days and it has done MIRACULOUS work so far. No redness, no drying, less pimples. I’m amazed. The Burt’s Bees Acne Solutions series uses salicylic acid derived from willow bark. As with all of their products, the washes, serums and gels are almost 100% natural and packaged in recycled/recyclable bottles.

In addition to the Acne Solutions wash, I’ve been using witch hazel as a toner. It was on sale at Walgreen’s this weekend for $1.99 for a gigantic bottle! Witch hazel has many medicinal properties and has myriad uses, including:


  • astringent for skin– acne, cuts, scrapes, contusions
  • temporarily tighten and soothe aching varicose veins
  • relieve the pain of hemorrhoids 
  • a throat gargle of witch hazel, myrrh, and cloves reduces the pain of an uncomfortable sore throat (DO NOT USE THE DRUGSTORE VARIETY. A tincture should be made using fresh herbs.)
  • a cotton swab dipped in a witch hazel, goldenseal, and calendula tea and applied to the outer ear is useful in treating swimmer’s ear




Malama Monday: Remember

August 17, 2009 at 7:12 pm | Posted in Family Photos, Malama Monday | Leave a comment

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Malama Monday: Hurricane Prep

August 10, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Posted in Malama Monday | Leave a comment
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hurricaneIt’s hurricane season here in Hawaii and we have just had our first close call–Hurricane Felicia. It was downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to move over us during the next 24 hours. But it was enough to remind us to make sure we have the proper emergency supplies ready and waiting for if and when the next storm occurs. Plus, it’s an El Nino year, so more storm activity is expected throughout the hurricane season. 


Steps for hurricane preparedness include the following:

  • DEVELOP A FAMILY PLAN – Your family’s plan should be based on your vulnerability to the Hurricane Hazards. You should keep a written plan and share your plan with other friends or family.
  • CREATE A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT – There are certain items you need to have regardless of where you ride out a hurricane. The disaster supply kit is a useful tool when you evacuate as well as making you as safe as possible in your home.
  • SECURE YOUR HOME – There are things that you can do to make your home more secure and able to withstand stronger storms.
  • ONLINE VULNERABILITY INFO – There are web sites that can give you information about your communities vulnerability to specific hazards. These include hurricanes as well as other weather related hazards.


The following supplies should be ready and easily accessible in the event of a tropical storm/hurricane:

  • A three-day supply of water. One gallon per person per day
  •  Ready-to-eat non-perishable foods such as canned meats, tuna, fruits and vegetables canned juices, condensed milk, soup and paper plates, cups and cutlery
  •  First aid kit
  •  Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Hand cranked weather radio
  • Cash or traveler’s checks, change
  • Non-electric can opener, utility knife
  •  Prescription and non-prescription medication items
  • Copies of important documents, including deeds, stocks, bonds birth certificates, insurance policies and social security cards
  • Fully charged cell phone and extra batteries
  • Sanitation items such as toilet paper, towelettes, soap, liquid detergent, feminine supplies, personal hygiene items, plastic garbage bags, disinfectant and household chlorine bleach
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members
  • A change of clothes for everyone, including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, sturdy footwear  and rain gear
  • One blanket or sleeping bag per person

For Hawaii residents, it’s recommended to have at least 7-days worth of supplies in case our shipping schedule is interrupted. 

Resources for more information:

NOAA Central Pacific Hurricane Center 

NOAA Hurricane Preparedness 

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