Welcome to my website.
My name is June and I am 49 years old. Over the years I have become somewhat of an opinion leader among my friends in the areas of skincare, health, fitness and going green. People are always complimenting me on my skin and asking me what I use or how do I stay in shape and things along these lines.
My friends will tell me that they want to buy a certain product but they wanted to ask me about it first which is where the name of my website came from. I would write up skin care protocols for them, refer them to products that I use, and answer questions concerning anything in these areas. My husband said why don’t you set up a website and then people can go there and get all your successful actions. There is just one more reason I married him, he is a smart guy!
So that is what this website is about; all my successful actions in the areas of skincare, health, fitness and keeping a non-toxic healthy home. I am not an expert in any of these areas nor do I claim to be. I have just always had an interest in the health and beauty field and thanks to the internet I have been able to do a lot of research to further my knowledge. My educational background is actually dentistry. I graduated from dental school in 1994 and was a dental hygienist for about 8 years before that so I do have a science background.
Most of the products that I use are natural or organic but some are not. Okay, once in a while vanity trumps all natural. If I find a product that works but is not natural I use it while continuing to search for a more natural alternative.
I also try a lot of different products so sometimes I change my cleanser, toner or moisturizer. I guess I should have been a beauty editor for a magazine since I am constantly researching and trying all kinds of products.
Most people do not have the time to do this so hopefully this site will help you in some way to live a more beautiful, natural and healthy life. I decided to actually carry some of the products. I have used these products for a while long before ever selling them and I would not promote something that I did not believe in.
There is a lot of data and I do a lot of things to keep myself healthy and looking good. It is just routine for me now and I did not start out doing it all so I guess it could seem a little overwhelming for someone else. I tried to keep my explanations simple and straightforward.
Even if you just get one piece of data from my site that will help you then I will be happy. I have always liked to help others and when I was seeing patients, it was not the actual procedure I was performing that I enjoyed so much but just helping that person. I hope that you find the data useful and inspiring. Here’s to a more beautiful and healthier version of you.
CHARITIES I SUPPORT
If you are like me you would love to help every charitable organization out there. They all have very good causes, and a strong desire to help improve the conditions on this planet. However, it is not feasible to help every single one of them. The charitable organizations that I choose to flow my help to have touched me in some way. Don't think that just because you can't make big donations that you cannot create a good effect. If we all pitched in just a little bit it would not be on the shoulders of a few. The reason that I have chosen these organizations is because they are actually trying to handle the problem and help people become self-sufficient, which I feel should be at the base of all charity.
The charities that I listed below are mostly geared towards helping children.
If we are to reach real peace in this world…
we shall have to begin with children.” Gandhi
The Fistula Foundation is an organization that I have been supporting for years. It was pioneered by Dr. Catherine Hamlin an extraordinary doctor from Australia. She became aware of the problem and realized she could do something about it. She set up a small clinic in Africa in 1959 to help these young girls and dedicated her life to it. She has spent the last 50 years of her life often 7 days a week doing surgeries and educating others on prevention. So, what is a fistula? This is directly off their website:
A fistula is a hole. An obstetric fistula of the kind that occurs in many developing countries is a hole between a woman's birth passage and one or more of her internal organs. This hole develops over many days of obstructed labor, when the pressure of the baby's head against the mother's pelvis cuts off blood supply to delicate tissues in the region. The dead tissue falls away and the woman is left with a hole between her vagina and her bladder (called a vesicovaginal fistula or VVF) and sometimes between her vagina and rectum (rectovaginal fistula, RVF). This hole results in permanent incontinence of urine and/or feces. A majority of women who develop fistulas are abandoned by their husbands and ostracized by their communities because of their inability to have children and their foul smell. Traumatic fistula is the result of sexual violence. The injury can occur through rape or women being butchered from the inside with bayonets, wood or even rifles. The aim is to destroy the women and the community within which the sufferer lives. Once committed the survivor, her husband, children and extended family become traumatized and humiliated.
Most fistulas can be fixed by a fairly simple procedure. Without the surgery these young girls have no chance of having any kind of life other than begging on the streets. Those that cannot be fixed are given a home on the compound where they help to grow vegetables, sew clothes for the patients (these girls literally have nothing) and help care for the girls that are there for surgery. They are given a purpose in life and a community where they are needed and wanted. The surgery costs about $450. I do a monthly donation of $37.50 which covers the cost of one surgery in a year. I feel good that I can drastically change someone’s life for the better for $37.50 a month. Most of us would not miss $37.50 a month. If you want to know more or to make a donation you can go to www.fistulafoundation.org Here is a quote from Dr. Hamlin:
“Nothing can equal the gratitude of the woman, who wearied by constant pain and desperate with the realization that her very presence is an offence to others, finds suddenly that life has been given anew and that she has once again become a citizen of the world."
Another organization that I support is called the Smile Train. This organization travels the world, fixing cleft lips and palates of unfortunate children. There are a couple of things I really like about this organization. First, they actually train the doctors in the areas they go to to be able to fix cleft lips and palates themselves once the team is gone. Fixing cleft lips and palates is actually a pretty simple procedure and costs about $250. Much like the girls with fistulas, children with cleft lips and palates are ostracized from society and have no hopes of any kind of life. $250 divided by 12 months is about $21 a month. This is a basic ruin for these children, and it does not matter what else you do for them, if this is not fixed they will never have a chance at a happy and normal life. This organization also uses 100% of its donations to actually help the children. Everyone else who runs and is involved with the organization donates their time. You can go to www.smiletrain.org to see some amazing before and after pictures and to learn more about the organization. A simple 45 minute surgery that can change a child’s life forever is a lot of help for a small amount of money.
Bless the Children is a non-profit charitable organization that was founded in 1991 by Karen Hubbard. Karen Hubbard began forming Bless the Children to assist orphaned and impoverished children in Romania. Through the years the organization has touched the lives of countless children by improving conditions in areas of Eastern Europe, Russia, the former republics of the Soviet Union, China, Vietnam, the Phillipines, the United States, Central and South America, and the Caribbean Islands. Karen adopted two children from Romania and when she brought the children home to Virginia which is where she was living at the time she could not quit thinking about all the children that were left behind and felt like she needed to do something about it and so she did. I actually know Karen and she is a wonderful woman with a big heart. This is a dedicated organization that is making an impact around the world. You can go to www.blessthechildren.org to learn more about the charity and what they are doing to improve the conditions for impoverished children. Any donation would be appreciated.
If you live in America you do not see children with cleft lips and palates or young girls with fistulas. We certainly have poverty in our nation but not anything on the scale of most third world countries. Most of us live in a bubble and get caught up in frivolous things and forget that the rest of the world is suffering and needs our help. Find an organization to help. If you do not have the monetary means to help then volunteer your time to do something to help others. We all make time for the things we want to do. Your local nursing homes, the animal shelter, the children’s ward at your local hospital could all use some help. I can guarantee that it will bring you more joy than the latest fashion trend or a meal at a fancy restaurant.