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:
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 […]
Which ingredients are best for your skin? This is a hot topic. Companies spend a lot of time, money, and resources enticing consumers to buy products containing newly discovered “miracle” ingredients. Truth be told, Mother Nature has all the ingredients we need and looking to the earth itself can often solve our skin issues. It’s important, however, to stay mindful of the whole picture. Many companies advertise the wonders of a single ingredient, neglecting to mention what else is in the bottle. For example, a product may contain turmeric, natural alpha hydroxy acids, green tea, pure clays, or a number […]
The old adage, “You are what you eat,” is spot-on. What you ingest has an effect on your external body as well. This is one of the most important aspects of maintaining beautiful skin. You can be using the purest, finest products in your skincare routine, but if your diet doesn’t align, your skin only has half of what it needs. It’s fed from the inside out.
Despite the frequent mocking of Hallmark holidays such as Valentine’s Day, I believe they still hold value. They provide us a chance to step back from our busy lives and recognize the important people around us. Of course, we should share our love and be kind every day, but sometimes we need a nudge to show our feelings and to go above and beyond. While Valentine’s Day centers around expressing our love to others, I believe it can also prompt us to practice some self love and care. In our full and fast-paced lives, taking “me time” can fall to the […]
Are plastics in skin care killing your healthy glow? It’s quite possible. Countless cosmetics are filled with chemicals known as “cones,” such as dimethicone or silicone. While cones aren’t the worst health offenders, they’re a nightmare for skin. They seal off pores, preventing your skin from breathing and functioning properly. Think of it like putting a sheet of plastic wrap over your face: suffocating! The cones trap skin’s oils, along with dirt and pollution, leading to clogged pores. They take skin congestion to the next level of dysfunction by making it much harder to clear and clean.