April 22 is Earth Day–a time to celebrate our planet and bring awareness to our impact on it. As consumer consciousness expands and evolves, conscious buying power forces industries to follow suit. But what does it mean to be a conscious beauty shopper? Purchasing a skincare or beauty product may seem like a beginning to the buyer. In reality, it’s a latter stage of a long chain of events that get products to market and each link in the chain has its own impact on the Earth in one way or another.
Dehydration increases the signs of aging, breaks down collagen, robs skin of vital nutrients, and reduces elasticity. Dehydration is a skin issue that affects up to 96% of our population. People often associate oil with hydrated skin, but this is only half of the issue. Your skin may be oily but still lack hydration from water, which affects its health and appearance. Having fluid between our cells is necessary for proper skin function. It both feeds the skin, carrying with it nutrients, vitamins and water vital to cellular function, as well as acts as a waste collector for the cells, […]
Tousled hair, rosy cheeks, and a telltale glow. Does this combination sound familiar? The topic of sex is slowly coming out from under the sheets, being talked about more openly and studied in more depth. More and more research is showing the amazing benefits of sex for overall well-being—from mood elevation to physical fitness to heart health. But that’s not all. Sex also works wonders for your skin! When it comes to skin, this may be your fountain of youth. Why? Let’s talk about the birds and the bees:
Toxic Skincare – What To Look Out For The world is hard enough to migrate without adding, “toxic skincare” to the list of concerns. We teach our children to trust their teachers, doctors while shying away from people they do not know. It is a complicated message to have both trust and skepticism and know where and when to draw the line.
Holidays help us remember the small things that are important. Valentine’s Day offers a moment to stop and reflect on our love. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are times for parental appreciation. And the December holidays are all about expression affection through gift-giving. When my children were young, we often made DIY gifts for teachers, neighbors, friends, and extended family. Within our family, however, we started a new tradition. In lieu of giving each other mountains of gifts, we chose give to the less fortunate.
Stress + skin = disaster. While there’s been a good amount of research on how stress affects our overall health, there’s less talk about how it impacts skin. Even if you can’t see the effects, like a breakout, it causes dehydration, which is damaging to skin. Unmanaged stress can lead to health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and skin issues such as blemishes, redness, excessive dryness, and acne.
Goat milk has been used in skincare and beauty for centuries. But what makes this ingredient such a skin-loving wonder? Here are some reasons why: It’s loaded with alpha hydroxy acids, like lactic acid, that gently cleanse, exfoliate, and soften skin while stimulating cell renewal and balancing pH levels.
September is a vibrant time of year. Change is literally in the air. Summer fades to fall, the weather cools, vacations are over, school is back in session, routines are renewing, and things are calming down. It’s a calming time before winter sets in. Summer tends to be a busy season, with longer days and more socializing. It can be easy to lose our inner reflection and self care time. In the summer, I find myself wanting to pull back, soak in the sun’s warmth (protecting my skin under an umbrella, of course!), and reflect. That said, I struggle to […]