It’s #WellnessWednesday and today we’re spotlighting Bolthouse Farms for their yummy and nutritious varieties of healthy fruit and veggie juices.
Bolthouse Farms has over 95 years of farming experience and bring to the table high quality products that are safe for the environment and for our bodies. Their products are made to waste less, sustain more, and provide cleaner distribution. I think the environment would be happy to hear that. Along with sustainability, Bolthouse uses fresh ingredients that are sometimes gluten free. And our vegetarians would be happy to know they can pick a number of “vegan” juices from Bolthouse.
My favorites are “Green Goodness” and “Acai +10 Superblend”
Filled with lots of A, B, C vitamins, these juices and smoothies are great to grab while your on the go and a great way to make sure your get your daily dose of healthy fruits and veggies!
Read more about Sephora’s Senior Writer Kelley Hoffman’s own experience ON THE SEPHORA GLOSSY ▸
Although the weather is warming up leaving our skin less dry, chapped, and flaky, this post is for those who have to deal with their dry skin year round. It’s such a hassle trying to find the right cleansers and moisturizers to combat dry skin and rid the dry patches and itchiness but I did a little research and found some natural ingredients to incorporate in your daily routine to lock that moisture in your skin giving you a comfortable feeling of “normal” skin.
Honey is one of the best natural remedies for dry skin. Known for its soothing, softening, and moisturizing properties, a honey mask would be great to use a couple times a week (before bed) for a deep moisturizing effect. Honey also fights bacteria; great to use for itchy skin when scratching frequently inviting in bacteria. You can apply to your face on its own or add to yogurt or oatmeal for a complete facial mask.
Oatmeal (avena sativa) is one of the most popular dermatologist recommended anti-dry skin agents so why not just grab some out of your own pantry to use? Oatmeal is great to use as a cleanser and an exfoliant and is known for soothing dry and irritated skin. Add oatmeal with an organic (plain flavored) yogurt and a couple drops of honey for a soothing mask that will hydrate your skin and restore your skin’s natural pH level.
Grapeseed oil is a natural anti-oxidant and works wonders on any skin type but specifically for dry skin, grapeseed oil reduces dryness, irritation, and soothes the skin. Sweet almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, and avocado oil have similar effects on the skin but some of these oils may be more or less comedogenic depending on your skin type.
Your diet also contributes to your skin type/condition. Increasing your intake of foods with B vitamins including your dark leafy greens can make a positive impact on your skin. Adding vitamin supplements into your diet will help as well but you should try to incorporate some healthy nutritious foods in your diet every day.
Remember to cleanse and moisturize daily and to always keep your skin hydrated. Get some after-sun elixirs if your skin gets dry after a day in the sun, too. If you want to use food in your cleansing regimens try to opt for organic ingredients for optimum results. I’ll be back with some great natural products for dry skin soon!
Happy Reading! #SkinLove
Mango & Pineapple Green Smoothie Breakfast Bowl
Great post for #WellnessWednesday thanks Fran!!
Review: Shu Uemura Anti/Oxi (Skin Refining Anti-Dullness) Cleansing Oil and More Info on Oil Cleansing!
An emulsifying cleansing oil is a one-step cleanser. It strips away heavy, waterproof makeup with gentle massaging (no cotton balls or pads!) and then turns into a milky liquid and rinses away once you splash water on your face.
Shu Uemura is the company where the world’s first emulsifying cleansing oil originated decades ago. Come 1st July, they are updating their best-selling A/O (anti-oxidant) Skin Purifier Cleansing Oil, and throwing in nature’s heavyweight dirt-magnet - Moringa extract - alongside the original green tea extract in the formula. So now besides anti-aging properties and skintone improvement, the company is aiming to ramp up its deep-cleansing abilities as well.
(Image source: Shu Uemura)
For those who hate reading long posts, here is my review of the newly-named “Anti/Oxi Skin Purifier” in a nut-shell:
- I recently did an experiment where I swopped out my usual cleansing waters and oils and used ONLY the newly-reformulated Anti-Oxi Cleansing Oil (with nature’s heavyweight dirt-magnet, Moringa extract) for about 4 weeks, just to see if there would be any noticeable improvements before posting.
- I changed no other part of my skincare routine except for this.
- Verdict? Love. This is a faster and deeper clean than most other oils and I actually didn’t get a single spot the past month even during PMS. Fluke? I’ll use it longer and let you know!
Maybe it’s unfair to ask a long-time Shu Uemura cleansing oil user to review an upgraded oil from the company, but I like it enough that I intend to replace the Clarifying Skin Purifier Oil (pink bottle) I’m already using. This “clarifies” even better.
[Warning: Long post below. Read on if you want info on pricing, availability, and the history and usage of emulsifying cleansing oils!]
Must check this out!
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, also known as PIH, is a huge issue among people of color. It’s most commonly caused from acne (acne scarring) and can leave our skin looking very damaged and our self-esteem feeling just as bad. Most people suffering from PIH will seek the help of a dermatologist who will most likely prescribe a topical lightening agent like hydroquinone or kojic acid due to the severity. Some will even seek out the help of laser treatment to help rid the PIH but I am here to tell you there are other ways to fight this troublesome issue. And you can even start at home!
First of all, you should make sure you’re using the right skin care products for your skin type AND skin condition. If you are unsure or are just in need of some good advice you can seek out an esthetician at a reputable location. If you want natural alternatives to fighting PIH you should find an esthetician (like me) who focuses on holistic health. Estheticians can be your first stop before seeking the help of a dermatologist because we can give you great treatments without having to prescribe you any type of medication.
If you want to try to rid your PIH at home try incorporating licorice root extract (anti-irritant with a depigmenting effect), lemon juice (natural lightening agent and anti-bacterial properties), aloe vera (reduces skin irritation and soothes), and honey (moisturizing and anti-bacterial), in your daily skin care routine. All of these ingredients are known to have anti-bacterial, anti-irritant, lightening, and moisturizing benefits for the skin which are essential in fighting PIH.
Exfoliating and moisturizing your skin are also key when fighting PIH. If you only exfoliate 2-3 times a week try to exfoliate more often. Switch out your gritty exfoliant for an enzyme exfoliant and let this sit on your skin for about 5 minutes after cleansing. The enzymes activate once on your skin breaking down dirt and oil and, depending on which enzyme you use (try papaya; very mild and good for sensitive skin types) it can even have a brightening effect on the skin. Moisturize with vitamin E which is known for increasing cell turnover (which can then rid excess melanocytes-melanin producing cells-on our skin) or shea butter which can improve the appearance of irritated skin.
If getting treated at a spa by an esthetician try to look for lightening, brightening, and oxygen facials which are all great for those suffering from PIH.
Prevent PIH by always moisturizing your skin, wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen, not picking at your acne, and staying hydrated with lots of water and getting your daily dose of vitamins and healthy foods! Choosing the right skin care products for your skin are also key when preventing PIH. You can also incorporate the natural ingredients listed above even before you start noticing the scarring for an all natural way to cleanse your skin.
Feel free to ask any questions and I’ll post some more DIY facials and masks soon! Follow me on Twitter @SkinLoveSpa for more quick tips! #SkinLove
So, some of you may know I am super excited about beginning this new chapter of my life as a Skin Care Professional. Skin care is my passion; I love caring for my skin and my body. I chose to specifically focus on natural skin care products and holistic alternatives to traditional skin care. As I do my research on these topics I welcome natural skin care lines to send me their products to try out. On Twitter ( I love that place follow me @skinlovespa) I found this great company based in Sonoma County, CA - RoseMira Organics - that specializes in natural products and the use of essential oils in their products (awesome!). We talked and Mira, the owner and creator, sent me some samples to try out and a brochure to look through (exciting!!).
RoseMira Organics sent me a great sample pack and I tried the Pineapple and Cream Cleansing Milk (cleanser suitable for all skin types), Spring Flowers Calming Toner (alcohol free Hydrosol toner), Moisturize Me Citrus Restorative Cream (moisturizer suitable for all skin types),and the See Me C Repair Serum.
The Pineapple and Cream cleanser was awesome. This product has the best ingredients and most are certified organic by California standards. The main ingredients, pineapple; aloe vera juice; honey; and clementine rind essential oil are awesome for revitalizing skin while also fighting bacteria and preventing early aging. I really loved how this cleanser “woke up” my skin and that I was putting great ingredients on it. It did feel a little heavy, possibly because of the honey and essential oils and it removed much easier with the use of a cleansing pad. I also have acneic skin so this cleanser was great for its anti-bacterial properties but I could have benefited from some natural acne-fighting ingredients or essential oils. I would recommend this cleanser for normal and dry skin types. More mature skin and drier skin types would benefit greatly from the cleanser’s moisturizing properties.
After cleansing you should always apply a toner. RoseMira toners are "hydrosol" toners, meaning they are infused with the water of plants/flowers. The Spring Flowers Calming Toner has a neroli hydrosol (derived from the orange tree) and is said to balance the oil production of the skin. You guys know how much I love my balancing toners and this worked wonders for my skin. My face felt very refreshed after using this toner. The Spring Flowers toner also has a rose essential oil which could feel a little heavy upon first application but your skin will naturally adjust to it. This toner would be best for someone with lackluster dull skin, problem skin, and/or aging skin.
Next, I tried the Moisturize Me Citrus Restorative Cream. The instructions on the package clearly read, “this cream is rich, use sparingly for best absorption,” and yes USE SPARINGLY. I’m used to using about half a dime size amount of moisturizer but that was even too much for this one. You really only need about a fingernail tip size amount to get the best results. It’s a great moisturizer but it is packed with essential and non essential oils which can be heavy for more oily skin types and those prone to acne. Mature skin would be a great fit for this cream moisturizer.
After cleansing with the Pineapple and Cream cleanser at night I skipped my usual night facial gel for RoseMira’s See Me C Repair Serum. I dabbed it on lightly to my troubled areas including the spots where my breakouts occur and where I have some post inflammatory hyperpigmentation and I saw a revitalized, brighter skin complexion (after using for a week). The ingredients in this serum offer restoring, regenerative, and nourishing results for your skin and I would highly recommend this serum to anyone in need of a little facial rejuvenation. All skin types would be okay to use this serum and I would recommend using it at night or switching it for your moisturizer during the day (apply sparingly).
I would like to thank Dr. Mira for going out of her way to send me RoseMira Organics’ great samples. The results I saw were after a week of sampling but keep in mind it takes about 30 days for skin to adjust to a new skin care regimen. I think these products would be great to use especially for those with dry and more mature skin. I really enjoyed the products and would even consider carrying them in my [future] spa!
Follow Dr. Mira and RoseMira Organics on Twitter @Rosemiraorganic.
Thanks so much! #SkinLove
I know my posts are supposed to be about all things skin but I still feel this is relevant to all my healthy friends!
Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie is my go to hair product. I am totally in love with how much moisture the smoothie gives my thick “s” curls. I use the Shea Moisture system daily and I love the results. My hair is full, shiny, moisturized, and HEALTHY!!!
Shea Moisture products can be picked up at your local Target or drugstore! Enjoy!
Sunscreen is so majorly important to incorporate in our daily skin care regimens. Without everyday use, our skins aging process can double leaving us with early wrinkles, sagging, and other more harmful skin issues. The FDA recommends use of a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or above. The SPF, or sun protection factor, is the time it takes for skin to burn so people with lighter/paler complexions should opt for a higher SPF. You still have to reapply sunscreen throughout the day even if you stay dry, applying more often if you are in and out of water or sweating a lot.
There are tons of sunscreen products available for purchase at your local drugstore and here are a couple things to pay attention to:
- The FDA has banned the use of the words “waterproof” and “sweatproof” on sunscreens. Make sure your bottle says water resistant” with an estimated time of how long it will resist water and sweat. If your sunscreen reads “water resistant: 40 minutes” you should apply every 40 minutes when in water or sweating.
- Broad spectrum suncreen’s block both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.
- Moisturizers now include sunscreen; make sure yours is at least an SPF of 15.
- Physical sunscreens (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) are generally the safest forms of sunscreen. Titanium dioxide deflects UVB (burning) rays and zinc oxide offers broad spectrum protection deflecting both UVA and UVB rays. These ingredients are often found in makeup foundation. These ingredients have an opaque color and can leave a white-ish tint on the skin. Best to use mixed with makeup when applying to face or mixed with a chemical sunscreen.
- Chemical sunscreens (avobenzone, octisalate, octinoxate, oxybenzone are most common) are safe but not as safe as physical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens absorb the suns rays instead of deflecting them and can result in the product actually absorbing into your bloodstream. They tend to be more popular due to their colorless application. These ingredients can sometimes be irritating to the skin and may cause allergic reactions. When used in conjunction these ingredients can give broad spectrum protection.
- Try to purchase moisturizers and makeup with sunscreen included (with an SPF of at least 15).
Test out some products to see what best suits your skin. Sunscreen is the key to anti-aging so remember to wear it all the time even on cloudy days!
With spring (kind of and kind of not) here, I see vacation planning in full effect, bathing suit buying, and of course, the complaints of skin being too pale from the cold winter months. Today on my Twitter page (@SkinLoveSpa) I put up some #FYI tweets and #Tips on the truth about tanning beds and how you can achieve a great tan without the burn, the skin hazard, or the sun. Tanning beds seem like a great idea when you want that beautiful beach-y island-y skin tone. The beds are quick, efficient, and moderately priced. Tanning salons will even tell you that the UV lights used in the beds aren’t UVB lights which are the sun’s scary burning rays most harmful to our skin leaving you with the belief that the beds are harmless. This is half-true. Tanning beds do not use UVB lights so the risk of burns or scarring is very low. BUT, these beds use UVA lights which are the sun’s aging rays. UVA rays are the number one extrinsic factor causing aging of the skin. UVA rays can pass through the epidermis (our top layer of skin) into our dermis (our “true skin”) depleting collagen and elastin, the proteins that help keep our skin firm and toned. Sagging skin is due to a lack of collagen and elastin production and can have you looking years older than you really are, an after-effect of tanning beds. (Yuck!)
Good news though! You can still get a great tan without the sun or tanning beds by using sunless tanning alternatives. There are lotions and moisturizers available at your local drugstore or you could make an appointment with a spa that offers a "fake bake" or spray-on tanning service. When trying a spray-on tan remember these helpful tips for a great application that will last:
1) The Test Patch. When doing an in-spa service ask your technician if you can do a patch test first on your leg or tummy 3-4 weeks prior to your actual appointment. There may be an up-charge for this service but it will prove to beneficial to you to see if you like the color of application, how many shades you may need to apply etc.
2) Smooth Your Skin. 1-2 days before your appointment it is best to shave (or wax) and exfoliate so your skin can be as smooth as possible. This will leave a great application of the spray on tan.
3) Easy on the Lotion. Avoid putting on too much lotion immediately before application as the lotion could prevent the spray from fully developing.
4) Don’t be shy! Remove all clothing (yes, bra and panties too) for the application process. This is helpful in many ways because you won’t have tan lines and it will be easier to see where to go lighter or darker.
5) No Shower Saturday? Avoid showering, shaving, and exfoliating after your tan. Try to wait at least 8 hours (some go as long as 24 if they can) before showering (as long as you can before shaving and exfoliating). Shower in lukewarm water and try not to rub your bath towel over your skin to prevent the color from stripping. Avoid strenuous activities like working out and swimming for at least 2 days.
6) Comfy Clothing. After your tan, put on loose dark clothing to prevent streaking. A pull on sundress will work just fine and for men, athletic gear is great post-treatment clothing.
Extra Tips: It’s best to have your spray tan about 4 days before you go on vacation or do any type of rigorous activities. Try to let the tan fade before getting your next one to avoid patchy uneven tan applications. Look for spas that offer a body polish treatment and spray-tan treatment in one service for optimum results!
And as always…remember your SPF!!!!
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