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There are many skin care products to use, but using a great mask can make a huge difference. I have been exploring natural facial masks that targets aging signs. The ingredients that work best to deal with aging signs include:
After trying many natural masks, here is my pick of natural masks that will make your skin look plump and glowing.
Good Medicine Honey Bee Blossoming Revelation Mask, $32
The | HONEY BEE | BLOSSOMING REVELATION MASK| is a 3-minutes mask that will leave your face soft and smooth.
Made with wild honey, apple pectin, aloe vera, this mask is formulated to soothe and hydrate irritated and tired skin. It promotes glowing skin. I use it 2 per week. You just need to apply a little; A tsp is plenty to cover you face. I usually apply with a mask brush. Apply on your face and leave it for 3 minutes before rinsing off. I love the sweet honey scent of this mask. I also love that this mask is so non-toxic that you can literally eat it. You can find this effective honey mask on Good Medicine Beauty Lab website or on Amazon.
Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask, $65
I have been exploring natural masks for glowing skin and smooth skin and I Love Josh Rosebrook Advanced Hydration Mask. It leaves my skin super hydrated and nourished. It feels like my skin just absorbs the moisture in this mask at a deeper level. If you are concerned with aging-skin or have dry and dull skin, this mask will be perfect for you. It leaves my skin plump and super soft. Many people with sensitive skin also love it. Beauty Tips: I found that applying the mask, massaging it into the skin, and leaving it overnight works wonder too. I wake up with a super soft skin especially under in my under-eye area and my checks. This is a great mask is you want help with wrinkles and fine lines.
How to Create a Minimalist Natural Skin Care ? A Lazy's Girl Guide To Minimalist Natural Summer Skin Care
I have a solid skin care routine all year round, but it become a little difficult to follow through during the summer months. Between outdoor activities, concerts, and long evenings, enter my lazy simple natural skin care routine! I had to find a way to create a simpler minimalist natural skin care.
Now, I have a minimalist skin care routine to keep my skin glowing and healthy during summer.
Minimalist Natural Skin Care Routine
After testing several minimalist skin care routines with natural product, here is what I learn -
1) I found that if I wanted to have a minimalist skin care routine, I need decongested pores so that the few products I used can really be effective and get in my skin instead of seating on top of my skin. Exfoliation is your BFF with a minimalist natural skin care.
2) Multi-taskers are my best friends
What type of natural products worked for my minimalist skin care?
The most effective products: deep cleanse my pores, exfoliate and nourish your skin, and deeply moisturize my skin. I found natural multi-taskers that help with all of these this. They are all natural and super effective.
Why I added hyaluronic serum to my skin care routine - Best Natural Ingredients for anti-aging skincare
From Vogue, Allure, to Mindbodygreen magazine there is so much praise about the skincare benefits of using hyaluronic acid that I needed to find out more about it.
As beauty curator, my clients needed to find natural products that would make their skin look younger and smoother. My skin also was so much in need of some loving natural skin care products that will help my glow. I went through dermatologists publications and magazine, worked with a few natural beauty brands, and tested several hyaloronic serums. And, here is what I found out.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
There is a lot of confusion around few different acids that have amazing impact on our skin texture and elasticity. AHA acid and BHA acid are often confused with HA (Hyaluronic acid). They are very different (Alpha hydroxy (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA) exfoliate the topmost layers of your skin to reveal a softer nicer skin.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is is a super power ingredient to boost skin moisture. No matter what our skin type, we need moisture to have soft and smooth skin. That's especially important if you have dry and or mature skin.
Hyaluronic acid is so praised because it can incredible ability to hold up to 1,000x its weight in water . Hyaluronic acid (HA) acts as an humectant to attract moisture to the skin. Humectant are critical for hydration. [Source McLean Dermatologist Center].
We naturally have hyaluronic acid in our body and it is an heavy contributor to keeping skin supple and hydrated. Since we have hyaluronic acid in our body, it is easily by our body when we apply it is in our skin care products.
So what are the benefits of the hyaluronic acid?
Have you noticed that your skin gets so oily during the summer? You need to rethink your natural cleanser beautiful; it is just not working.
For years I was so unhappy with my combination face during the summer. It was as if I had oily skin and oil was pouring out of my face. I was battling clogged pores and frequent acne flare-ups. Ugh Ugh! I did some research and found out that my cleanser was not working. That was a relief; it was not me... I needed to change my cleanser.
We often forget to switch up our skincare routine for the warmer months of the year and our cleanser are the first thing to change. For oily and combination skin, sebaceous glands increase oil production during hot and humid weather.
A good cleanser is so important for skin, it removes excess oil and clears your pores so the other skin care products you apply can get in your skin and to their job.
If you your skin is super oily and your pores are clogged during spring and summer, you need to change your cleanser!! For oily and combination cleansers, gel and foam cleansers are the best. They deeply cleanse our pores. However, it is important to use natural cleansers that do not strip our face from all its natural oils. Our skin natural oils are here to protect it and we only want to remove the excess of oil.
Here are 3 natural cleansers that made a difference in my skin.
Juice Beauty GREEN APPLE Brightening Gel Cleanser, $28
This cleanser has ingredients that will wash away excess of oil that might clog pores and leave me my face glowing and nourished. I use this cleanser on days when my skin is a little bit extra oily. I also love the brightening effect on my skin.
I love the lemongrass face wash from Kosmatology ($28) for super oily days. This foam cleanser removes all the excess oil from my skin in one wash. I love it. This natural foam face wash is also perfect if you are acne-prone skin. It contains lavender to help regulate the amount of sebum our skin produces, rosemary that has antimicrobial effects and prevents bacteria from infecting pores, and lemongrass which is a natural toner and helps close pores. Love it!
My last cleanser is a cleansing oil - One Love Organics, Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover , $42. Yep, cleansing oil for oily and combination skin sounds a little be weird, but it works. It is about oil attracting oil and dirt.
This is a non-greasy cleansing oil that contain pumpkin and papaya oils. both oils help fight acne and control oily skin. When I use this oil, my skin looks so much look healthy and I have less breakout.
To use it, I follow the instructions:
"warm 1-2 pumps between hands and apply to dry face. Add warm water and massage into a delicate milk. Rinse clean. May also be used with a cotton square to remove makeup -- no water or rinsing required."
You should consider also doing weekly clay masks for additional shine control.
As you already know, it is extremely important that you wear sunscreen during the entire year. However, with so many different sunscreens on the market, how can you be sure that you are choosing the best one for your skin?
Sunscreens and its ingredients are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, and a strange as it may seem, FDA hasn't updated their position regarding sunscreens for more than 40 years. Finally, on February 21, the FDA decided to issue a statement where they announced a new proposal for sunscreen safety.
According to their findings, the FDA announced that sunscreens currently have 16 different active ingredients. But only 2 out of these 16 are considered safe to use - zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. PABA and trolamine salicylate, other 2 out of these 16 ingredients were actually considered not safe. In what concerns to the remaining 12 ingredients, the FDA stated that at this point, they don't have enough scientific data to determine if these are harmful or safe.
Here are the top 5 ingredients to avoid In sunscreen
Vacation time is here and I’m so looking forward to the carefree days. That also goes for my skincare routine; my every day skincare routine is pretty solid but on vacation I like to have natural products that are high-performing by super easy to deal with and carry around.
For me vacation means small suitcase and natural beauty product that fit in a small toiletry travel bag. I don’t even remember the last time I checked any luggage. Other the years, I have been able to find super effective travel-size natural beauty products that make my trips so easy.
In this post, I share with you some of my favorite green beauty products to bring on vacation so you have an idea when you plan your next trip.
Best Natural Beauty Products to Take on Vacation – 2019 Edition
1. Osmia Organics - Black Clay Facial Soap
This black clay facial soap is just amazing and it is also multi-functional. I use it as a makeup remover and a cleanser. I love that it leaves my skin perfectly clean without any drying sensation.
2. Kosmatology Mini Body Lotion Bar
I love Kosmatology products and their mini lotion bars are my favorites Mini Lotion Bar. I take one to two lotion bars on vacation. hey are small, practical, and perfect for travel. I love the way they moisturize my skin during summer, not too much, not oily.
3. Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Plant Me A Kiss Kit
I don’t usually apply a lot of makeup on vacation but I like to keep this option with me just in case. This makeup set contains 2 Juice Beauty best-selling products: Ultra-Natural Mascara in black with a full-size PHYTO-PIGMENTS™ Satin Lip Cream in Sonoma in honor of Juice Beauty’s new Sonoma Farm.
Hi Beautiful, if you are reading this, you are probably struggling with dark circles. You tried it all: sleep better, you drink enough water, and more. But nothing is helping with your dark circles. I would like to welcome you because there are a lot of us in this situation.
So, I tested many DIY recipes to get rid of dark circles and I share with you the ones that work in this blog post. You can do these at home and keep them in your refrigerators, but reuse them within couple of days.
First, do not believe the stories about getting rid of dark circles overnight. Your skin might be brighter or the appearance of the dark circles might be better. Also, lots of DIY work best when you have some puffiness; they tighten the skin, but do not get rid of the dark circles overnight.
Second, if you want to see real result, you have to include the DIYs that work in your skin care routine and do them on a regular basis. It is the same with many natural skin care products that give effective results, it takes a little bit of time for them to work.
Third, do not apply any products until you tested on your skin to make sure you are not allergic.
Here are 3 DIY recipes for dark circles:
Sunscreens contains some of the most toxic ingredients. Many claims in the green beauty world can be scary. But the claim that the regular sunscreens containing a ridiculous amount of toxins is so true. FDA's new proposed regulation on sunscreens indicates that out of 16 ingredients found in regular sunscreen only two are deemed safe: zinc Oxide and titanium dioxide. Hawaii banned ingredients in regular sunscreens that are killing reef coral. It is so important to learn more about sunscreen because they are so vital in helping us lower our cancer risk.
For a long time EWG (Environmental Working Group) has been warning about the toxicity of the ingredients in the regular sunscreen. Many natural beauty formulators formulated safe natural sunscreen and the formula have been perfected over the years
One of the major ingredients natural sunscreens is zinc oxide. But natural beauty makers went even further; the standard is using non-nano zinc oxide for natural sunscreens. A nano particle will enter the blood stream but a non-nano is safer because it will not. Zinc is supposed to sit on the skin to protect us from the sun, so why should it get in our blood stream anyway?! Want to learn about how to make your own sunscreen with zinc. Read here.
Ok, now that you have a little more information, let’s talk about the natural sunscreen that actually work.
How did we pick our top natural sunscreens?
1) Clean Ingredients
2) High SPFs
3) Natural Ingredients for their skin care benefits
3) High praise from customers
Here is our top natural sunscreens.
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