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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.
Summer is here, but so many of us won't be able to take long trips. The best way to relax this summer might be short trips.
With our busy schedule, weekend getaways are one the best ways to take a breather and recharge. But, we don't want to be burdened by loads of luggage. So, to stick with your natural beauty routine and take our little escape for some needed R&R, here is your getaway green beauty list!
Natural Eye Care: I love the 100% Pure Bright Eyes and coffee bean eye cream. These natural and vegan products will make your eye care a breeze; for long night or dark under-eyes circles, the bright eye and the eye cream will help with puffiness and brighten your undereyes.
For a pop of makeup, I love the Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Plant Me A Kiss Kit. This is the perfect makeup combination. This package includes Full-size PHYTO-PIGMENTS Satin Lip Cream Lip 0.11 fl. oz in Sonoma (pink rose color) and deluxe-size PHYTO-PIGMENTS Ultra-Natural Mascara 0.13 fl. oz in Black.
For your foundation, I love the FitGlow Beauty |Vita Active| silk foundation. This foundation applies so easily and is super easy to blend. The formula contain healing and moisturizing natural ingredients such as organic coconut oil, organic jojoba oil and organic shea butter, Organic pomegranate plant sterols, Beet Extract and Vegan Collagen. They also have an amazing concealer to bring with you.
Don't forget your SPF; two option here:
You could go with an moisturizer SPF; the MyChelle moisturizer SPF 50 is sheer and light weight. It is easy absorbed by the skin and the finish is very skin-like. I like that they have tinted version of this moisturizer.
Another option is the Suntegrity tinted moisturizer SPF 30 face sunscreen. The formula contains hyaluronic acid that is a great anti-aging ingredient. It is also lightweight and moisturizing at the same time. This is a tinted moisturizer that has been created to cover imperfections. This could even replace your foundation.
To cool down, clean and hydrate your face, I love the Ursa Major individual facial wipes. These multi-taskers ward-winning, individually-wrapped bamboo face wipes are one of my must item for trips. My skin feels so refreshed when I used this facial wipes. Also, they lightly exfoliate the skin. Major thumps up on this green beauty products. To remove my makeup, I use 2 wipes to make sure that all the makeup is removed.
Another hydrating option to remove your makeup is the RMS Beauty Raw Coconut Cream. This cream is another great beauty multi-tasker. It moisturizes the skin as it removes even the most stubborn eye makeup. It made with organic coconut oil.
Don't forget to moisturize your body as well.
Kosmatology | Mini Lotion Bar | is one of my must items for any travel. This one is high performing and multi-functional. It is so practical for on-the-go. It keeps my skin soft and glowing. It also smells wonderful. It works great for dry skin, dry elbows, and feet. It contains organic shea butter, organic coconut & olive oil. I apply it on my damp skin to lock in additional moisture.
If you need a shampoo, I love the Innersense Organic Beauty travel trio. Compact and easy to carry. This are perfect for a short trip. I also like them over dry shampoos as dry shampoo can leave white residues in your hair.
Enjoy your getaway!
I am a big fan of body dry brushing to deal with cellulite and exfoliate my skin. So, when I learned about facial dry brushing, I was very curious. I quickly found out that there was a lot of praise for this skin care ritual.
Facial dry brushing has a lot of benefits for the skin, especially if you have tired dull skin. It will give you a glowing skin. It detoxifies the skin to help clear congestion, tones and firms the skin, and help to reduce puffiness. It also helps exfoliates and stimulates cellular turnover.
So, I have been doing it for months and I can tell you that my skin loves it. One of my skin obsessions is with my skin texture; I have underskin bumps. With dry brushing, my skin is smoother and glowing and my pores are less congested.
There is a caveat here though; the only skin care benefit claim that is supported by dermatologist is that facial dry brushing increase circulation in the area of the face that is brushed. I could not find any research supported other skin care benefits claims regarding facial dry brushing; however, let's me say that natural beauty estheticians and dermatologists praise this natural skin care routine. One claim that is supported by all dermatologists is that facial dry brushing helps the skin absorb topical treatments better.
[source health.com, MindBodyGreen.com].
Everyone agrees though that one of the biggest risks to the skin is to choose a harsh brush. I learned that facial dry brushing is about very gently exfoliating the skin, stimulating your facial muscles, increase blood circulation to help us get a healthy skin.
So this blog post is about find the right facial brush before even doing facial dry brushing. If you want to learn about How To Dry Brush Your face. I have a blog post for you.
First, What to avoid when picking a facial brush for dry brushing?
Are you a conscious consumer in the making? Do you want to go beyond green beauty by making socially conscious and environment friendly choices?
This Earth Day, in this bog post I share with you 3 simple ways to be a more conscious consumer.
#1 - Shop Fair Trade and Ethical Brands
Here are few natural and organic brands that use fair trade practices
These brands use fair trade practices and sustainable ingredients
True Moringa is a natural beauty company that work with over 1000 families in Ghana to make nourishing and soothing green beauty products.
Dr. Bronner's make natural gentle soaps for the whole family. They work with organic farmers to create equitable supply chains, fair living wages, and excellent working conditions as they invest in the people and communities they partner with.
Mata Traders is an organic clothing company that work with artisans to make their clothing and pay them a fair wage. They make these beautiful organic clothes for everyday wear. Their mission is to ‘fashion a better world’ by creating designs that celebrate a woman’s originality and empower her to use her dollar for change.
#2 Shop Green Beauty Brands with Sustainable Packaging
What is consider sustainable packaging? Sustainable packaging is packaging made out of material that can be easily repurposed, harvested without harmful effect on the environment, or is biodegradable.
Here are few green beauty companies that uses sustainable packaging.
#3 Reduce the use of plastic in your house.
An article from Clear Water Action mentioned that "plastic waste affected at least 267 marine species, including 43 percent of marine mammal species and 86 percent of sea turtle species."
Plastic waste has been so damaging to the marine life. We got to do better and every little step count! One of the easiest ways to reduce your use of plastic is to use reusable silicone bags like Stasher bags. This is a healthier alternative to plastic, their bags are self-sealing, air-tight, and made with food-grade silicone.
Protecting our skin against the sun is one of the best skin habits we should have. Exposure to the sun has been shown to give us early aging signs and aggravate the one we already have.
Shiny day or cloudy day, we have to protect our skin from UV rays.
During winter though so many of us forget about it and do not wear sunscreens at all. But spring and summer are around the corner, and girlfriend, we better put that sunscreen on.
Now to be real, we all know that with our busy schedule it is a bit challenging to find time to add an additional skin care product in our skin care routine. So, the clean beauty world created facial moisturizer with SPF to help us. With one plant-based product, you can have both the moisturizing effect and the sunscreen protection.
Let me stop here for a second: when I read about facial moisturizers with SPF a while back, I was very skeptical.
We are all told to apply our sunscreen at least every 60 to 90 minutes. So, I did not believe in that idea of facial moisturizers with SPF were effective. When I researched what dermatologist say about moisturizers with SPF, I found out that they do not protect us as well as regular sunscreens [sources: study from University of Liverpool]. But they are not a waste at all because they provide some level of protection against the sun. And, it is better to use and moisturizer with SPF then no sunscreen at all.
So, to protect our skin without having a complicated skincare routine, moisturizer with SPF are highly recommended.
We are in luck here because the green beauty world stepped up their game by providing SPF moisturizers that work amazing for the skin; we now have anti-aging antioxidant packed, oil-free, hyaluronic acid-primer SPF moisturizers.
My pick of top 10 moisturizers with SPF 30 are powered by plants to give you the best coverage and to deal with your skincare concerns. I found moisturizers with SPF 30 and above that also have natural ingredients that are best for mature skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, acne-prone skin, and dry skin. I reviewed the ingredients and selected the one that will provide the best results for each skin types. I also went through customers reviews. Please make sure to test any products first.
We tend to keep the same skincare routine all year round. Why change it something that is working?! Right?! But dermatologists and aestheticians highly recommend that switch up our skincare routine from one season to the other.
When we move from cold to warm weather, humidity is heightened and our skin has to adapt. Did you notice that at some point of the year your skin feels a little bit greasier or less comfortable? Our skin is adapting to the new weather and we need to help it transition and give it the nutrients its needs to stay glowing and healthy during the new season.
Also during the winter, we over protected our skin from the harsh temperatures and “our skin becomes lazy” says Dr Stefanie Williams, dermatologist and medical director at Eudelo
That is something I learned about few years ago and switching my skin care products during warmer months has made a big difference in my skin. My pores are less congested and my skin is a lot more supple, glowing, and soft all year long.
Dermatologists recommend that we make few adjustments to the skin care products we use.
When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you often think: I am tired of my dark circles. Or, where are these wrinkles coming from. That happens to me often; I have been working on having a healthy skin naturally, but my dark circles have been a little bit of a challenge. So, of course, I have been searching for the best natural eye creams.
Wherever your skin care challenges around your eyes are dark circles, puffiness, fine lines/wrinkles/Crow's feet, and dry skin, there is a natural cream that will help you.
I've found five natural eye creams that will help your eyes look brighter, younger, and softer. These eye creams contain natural ingredients such as coffee oil, rosehip oil, aloe juice, and algae, and more to rejuvenate your skin and fight aging skin.
Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate
Great for Puffiness and Sensitive Skin, $32
This is a great natural eye creams made with certified organic grape and carrot juices blended with essential fatty acids and Vitamins B5, C and P to hydrate for healthy, beautiful eyes.
This natural eye cream gets 4 stars from 110 reviewers. It helps the eyes looks less puffy and less dry. It is also a great option for sensitive skin. It is not stingy or itchy. It will also make your skin so soft and slightly brighten your under eyes.
If you dark circles are not too deep, you will see some improvement when using this natural eye cream.
Anne Marie Anti-Aging Eye Cream, $67
The natural wrinkles/crow's feet busting cream
I love Ann Marie natural products. I highly recommend using their products; they are so effective at dealing with irritated skin and mature skin.
This eye cream has been formulated with antioxidant-rich green tea and goji berries reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. They also used cucumber extract and the herb eyebright to temporarily ease puffiness.
It also contains CoQ10 and damas rose; these are natural ingredients that have been used to effectively help fight aging signs. This cream is very light and absorbs quickly. 460 reviews give a 4-star review to this eye cream.
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