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Treat Those Feet

Kerri Vilaverde

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I can’t say that I think about my feet too much.  It’s very unfair because they take me everywhere I need to go.  But you know when I do start thinking about them? A lot??? Around 10:30 pm... on the dance floor...at a wedding...in heels.  That’s when they are screaming at me and will not be ignored. Like the rest of your body, you should give them a little attention to keep them healthy and working for you.  

  1. Wash them every day.  I know it sounds so obvious, but they need a thorough washing with soap, including in between the toes.  Just letting the suds run down in that direction is not enough (guilty). Bacteria gets hidden in those little in between spaces.

  2. Try a scrub for dry or scaly feet and to keep the skin from thickening and cracking.  They need exfoliating as much as the rest of you!  (We love the Mint Your Feet Scrub)

  3. Dry thoroughly to prevent that bacteria you just washed off from coming back.

  4. Keep your nails neat and straight to help prevent ingrown toenails.

  5. Moisturize.  This is my favorite.  Go ahead and give yourself a foot massage with our Mint Your Feet foot balm.  You deserve it. And then put on some comfy cotton socks, get in bed, and binge-watch something fabulous.  Yes, all these steps are required.

  6. See a doctor at signs of fungus or cracked heels, you may need a prescription, or if you are experiencing recurring pain.

  7. Wear comfortable shoes as much as possible.  Take special care when choosing appropriate footwear for exercising and be sure to replace those running shoes when they are showing the signs of wear and tear.

  8. Speaking of exercise.  Your feet need this too!  Walking is good for them. So are some gentle stretches.  Try placing a tennis ball on the floor and roll it around under your foot.  It should feel like a nice stretch and massage in one.


Taking good care of your tootsies will feel great and BONUS!... keep them looking great in your favorite summer sandals.  Don’t forget to sunscreen them at the beach or the pool. And a nice soak after a long day of walking or a long night of dancing will have them feeling fantastic again in no time.

Olive Oil Is Skin Care Gold

Kerri Vilaverde

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I once spilled nearly a half bottle of olive oil on my kitchen counter.  I could have wept. To avoid it going to waste, I hand-squeegeed it into a Tupperware and moved it to the bathroom.  I used it on my legs, my cuticles, in the tub, and in my hair. Anywhere I thought sounded like a good idea. It’s something my grandmother would have recommended, and let me tell you she knew what she was talking about.  

Olive oil is packed with antioxidants, lipids, fatty acids, and squalene.  These components can help protect against free radicals and plump and hydrate skin.  It also has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

Olive oil has a long history of skin care use.  Considering that the olive tree is possibly the oldest known tree on earth, that’s not too surprising.  In 2012, scientists carbon-dated olive trees in Gethsemane and found them to be at least 900 years old AND in excellent health.

The ancient Greeks thought that olive trees were a gift from the goddess Athena.  As the story goes, the first king of Athens, Cecrops, who was half person and half snake, wanted to find a patron God or Goddess for his city.  Athena and Poseidon were chosen to compete and after much fighting, presented a gift to the King and the city for judgment. Poseidon struck the earth with his trident and created a salt water spring. Athena, on the other hand, planted an olive branch in the ground. After a tree grew in its place, Cecrops chose Athena’s gift and the olive tree has remained a central part of Greek culture for thousands of years.


Ancient Greeks and Egyptians used olive oil in cleansers and as a moisturizer.  Cleopatra is said to have used olive oil on her skin as part of her many famously luxurious rituals.  Many ancient cultures including Indian and Greek believed that if you couldn’t eat something and put it into your body you wouldn’t put it on the outside of your body either.

Many of us have adopted a similar philosophy today.  Beauty icons such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Kerr, and Chloë Grace Moretz have admitted to using olive oil in beauty treatments.  But perhaps the most revered user is the legendary movie star, Sophia Loren. Throughout her life, she was often asked about her secret to looking young and beautiful and is quoted as saying  “a love of life, spaghetti and the odd bath in virgin olive oil.". That is how I want to live my life. How about you? Pass the pasta, please.

The Eyes Have It

Kerri Vilaverde


My cosmetics obsession is anything to do with lashes.  I like products that lengthen and lift those lashes to new heights.  After all, the eyes are the window to the soul right? And I want people to SEE me.  I remember when I heard my first commercial for prescription eyelash lengthening medication.  I was intrigued. Like many drugs, it came about as an accident. A side effect for glaucoma patients using prescription eye drops was a lengthening of their lashes.  It can also change the color of your eyelids and eyes. (No thanks. I’ll keep my hazel peepers.) And in some patients, a swelling of the retina and blurred vision were reported.  The side effects were too much for me, and I assume also the cost, to consider pursuing.

Quickly afterward, it seems like every cosmetics company came out with a serum or treatment in an attempt to grab a bit of that market.  It’s been a few years now and these serums continue to be popular. The problem? They, too, are filled with some scary stuff. In researching this blog post, I reviewed the serums I do have, yes I should have done this before, and some of the most popular sellers on Amazon.  And you know what I learned? They are EXPENSIVE, some of them retail for as much as $150 a tube, the reviews are mixed, and many people have reported scary side effects.

I came across an interesting article on The Cut explaining the science.  In order to actually create longer growth, a serum would have to create “a hormonal effect”.  Just those words are scary. I have enough “hormonal effects” already, thank you very much. Sorry folks.  Just not going to lie to you. These types of serums aren’t going to make your lashes grow longer than your DNA dictates.

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I’ve determined that using a natural lash conditioner seems to be the way to go.  The most commonly recommended oil for lashes is castor oil. The ricinoleic acid in castor oil may make the lashes grow in faster after shedding.  Coconut oil (seriously, is there anything you can’t use coconut oil for?), almond oil, and vitamin e also seem to be popular. You can use these to fortify your lashes and help prevent breakage.  That can make them appear more voluminous, thicker, glossier, healthier, and dare I say…. younger. Like the difference between your hair without conditioner and after your favorite treatment.

Here’s a recipe to try.  You will want to apply this with a spoolie and take care NOT to get it in your eyes.  

  • 1 drop each of lavender essential oil and rosemary essential oil. Both believed to promote hair growth.
  • 1 teaspoon castor oil
  • ½ teaspoon sweet almond oil or coconut oil

Apply at bedtime and wash off in the morning.  Discontinue if you notice any irritation. And as always, when in doubt, consult your doctor or ophthalmologist.  We want you to be safe and healthy.



*This blog is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional or any information contained on or in any product.