Recently I began using essential oils in my everyday life. I bought a variety of pure grade oils that can help me manage everything from stress to killing germs to prevent colds. I have been using essential oils since I started in the skin care industry topically and love the powerfully healing properties that they bring to the skin and treatments I would perform. Now it’s been fun to use them in other areas in my life!
One of the most popular and versatile oils is Lavender. I mean what DOESN’T”T this oil help with?! This is the first oil I grabbed and have been using it almost daily. Here are some of the most common benefits that can be achieved with Lavender:
There are several ways to use essential oils. You can apply topically to the skin with a carrier oil (such as coconut or avocado), aromatically by using a diffuser or take them internally if you have a certified pure brand of oil. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to finally get a diffuser but I am loving it. I run it all day and night. Of course at night I am diffusing and sleep has been amazing thanks to the Lavender oil.
I use doTERRA oils, if you are interested in learning more check out the website Here.
Many of you who regularly read my blog may wonder why I talk about nutrition and food so much on a skin care site. I am a true believer that what we do for our bodies internally directly impacts the quality of our skin. After all it is the largest organ and usually the first organ to sound off an alarm if there is something wrong. Having a foundation of healthy eating is always a good thing when skin is concerned, although not the only factor. We also need to care for our skin topically and help it look its best.
I have written many times about Sircuit Cosmeceuticals, this product line uses very concentrated pure ingredients that deliver results. It is a line that takes many of the cutting edge ingredients of today with some of the natural extracts and even food based ingredients that we all know taken internally can reap great results for our health.
I love the Clarity Broccoli Sulfur Mask because as a clay based mask it is not drying and even with my bone dry skin I can use it. This is an ideal product for acne prone, oily or congested skin types as it pulls at impurities in the skin and evens out oiliness. Because of the antibacterial effects it helps prevent the spread of the infection and is also healing to any possible inflammation. And with such amazing ingredients as Tea Tree, Broccoli, Spirulina and Zinc you will feel a difference after each use. Check out Sircuits Website to see a full list of ingredients and more company information.
After masking you can also warm up a big bowl of broccoli for dinner, can’t hurt right?
I began searching for some quick ways to make myself more presentable a couple weeks ago since my time to get ready is quite limited in the mornings. Putting make-up on and fixing my hair in the bathroom together with my toddler is special. My goal is to be done before he has taken everything in the bathroom and placed it into the toilet. This gives me about five minutes. Understandably the hair department has suffered, wearing my hair up is a must and you most likely will see me with a hat on.
Until recently when I heard of the Bun maker. I love it and how it helps me look like I actually did something cute with my hair. There are two types that I like and both work nicely. The Conair bun maker and a long black clip type:
You can buy the Conair Bun Maker at Ulta Stores and the other one on Amazon, just search in Google. I checked out some of the how-to-videos on You tube for instructions that were really helpful. You can even find videos on how to create great buns without buying anything. These two items are really affordable, starting at a buck and going up to 5 dollars.
Have fun making your cute buns!
It’s bloody hot. I’ll admit I am a total sissy when it comes to the heat. My strategy is to lock myself in the house and become a shut in (thank you AC). For those of you crazy people who actually want to get out and do stuff here are some helpful skin care related tips and products I would use if I left my house.
The best way to protect yourself from the sun is to cover up of course! I always wear a hat at the pool or even going outside when the heat is up. And I don’t have to do my hair, win-win. I just bought a Roxy hat, check out there super cute selection: Roxy Hats
Wear a sun protection that has some color so you can forgo the foundation. Many people who are prone to breakouts have more problems in the heat when wearing a rich makeup base so keep it light. I like Dermalogica Ultra Sensitive Tint this has an SPF of 30 and no artificial fragrances or colors. Plus key antioxidants such as green tea and grape seed extracts help protect your skin against sun rays even further.
If you happen to get a sun burn its important to treat your skin often with something healing. I like using Aloe, you can buy a pure aloe at most drug stores. I like to keep it in the fridge to treat a burn (ahhhhhh). Or an even better idea is to buy an aloe plant and break open a leaf to extract the aloe. Apply directly to skin. These plants are so easy to grow and look pretty cool too.
I have to admit I am a little coconut obsessed. I drink coconut water and milk, cook with coconut oil and love coconut desserts. After learning about some of the many benefits it has to offer it makes coconut taste even better! Many people have begun to use Coconut Oil topically for all of the medicinal and healing properties it offers, there are literally hundreds of benefits with this truly amazing oil. Both topically and internally.
So when I saw the Everyday Coconut Super Hydrating Body Wash I was gitty to say the least. I have tried and reviewed other products from the Everyday Shea Line which are of excellent quality. The company does not use Parabens, harsh Sulfates, artificial fragrance and never tests on Animals. Alaffia gives back to the community in which they derive their pure ingredients from, making it a company I love to personally support. Check out the link to learn more about this program: Empowerment
The Super Hydrating Body Wash is best for Normal to Drier skin types because of the nourishing properties and feel. The coffee berry extract helps protect the skin with its high antioxidant value and the coconut is rich essential amino acids and minerals. Even if you don’t love the smell of coconut you can use this body wash because there is no fake scents, it is completely natural.
If you want to learn more about Coconut Oil and different cool uses for it, check out Make Coconut Not Fat they are even more obsessed than me.
I gotta run, time to make my Coconut Flour Pizza Crust.
This may seem like a rather funny topic to share for a skin care blog but I am loving the Omica Shower Filter! I first learned about this product while learning about the dangers of the bathing in tap water without a filter while hearing a lecture from Robert G. Wright, Founder and Director of the American Anti-Cancer Institute. I had no idea of the dangers of chlorine entering the lungs before listening to him speak. A long hot shower just happens to be one of my favorite things so I knew that I needed a filter pronto!
I searched for a filter that was highly rated and I found the Omica brand. These are the benefits as listed on the site:
• Helps Remove: Fluoride, Chloramine, Chlorine, Lead (100%)
• Twice the filtration Medium of most other shower filters
• More head room than most other shower filters
• Invigorating and refreshing experience
• No replacement cartridges needed, allowing more space for more filtration medium
• Lasts up to 8 months, then replace entire filter
So great, now I feel like I am more protected from these harmful toxins, insert sigh of relief here. What I did not expect to experience was how much softer and less dry my skin became, fast. Like after the first shower. My skin is starting to feel more like my 20 month sons skin and less like the lizard I found in the backyard yesterday. My husband has a patch of psoriasis on his face and it is almost completely healed.
This is a great investment for healthy living and in our case, softer skin! To learn more about the filter visit Omica Organics and if you or a loved one has cancer please look into the American Anti-Cancer Institute for some amazing resources and free advice. Great site for preventative tips as well.
Here’s to your health!
God Bless America! Have a wonderful and healthy 4th!
Here are some posts to check out if you are hitting the beach or the pool:
Barex Hair Oil
I recently tried JOURNÉE by Neocutis, a super potent day cream with an SPF of 30 +. This product is loaded with powerful age fighting ingredients such as Green Tea, Vitamins C and E, Hyaluronic Acid and PSP (a blend of Human growth factors and other age fighting proteins).
Because of the ingredient combination this product is much more than just a sun protector. It applies smoothly onto the skin with a beautiful finish due to the reflective properties used to protect skin from the sun. There appears to be a slight tint but I learned the combination of ingredients causes the color and can still be used on any skin tone.
This is a higher price point than most of the products I review but you can justify the price tag if you consider this product is a serum, moisturizer and SPF in one! You can read more about Neocutis and the rest of the line here.
For the first year of my sons life I had him in cloth diapers. Cloth diapers have come a long way since the days I was in them as a child. They are cute, easy to use and do not require a diaper service (although I wouldn’t have minded that!). After the first year it became more and more difficult for me to use and I decided to switch to disposables entirely for the ease and convenience. I noticed my son’s bum getting red and irritated after making the switch and although he has always had sensitive skin, it was really starting to bother me.
I was introduced to the Honest Company founded by Jessica Alba and became instantly excited! Here was a more natural diaper that was good for the environment and I couldn’t wait to give it a try. I started with a free trial and received my diapers right away. The customer service was outstanding and I was just crossing my fingers that they actually worked.
Description of the diapers from the Honest Company:
- Naturally biodegradable & pure plant-based PLA in the inner & outer sheet (NO petrochemicals/oil)
- Bio-based wheat / corn super-absorbent materials blended with reduced SAP gel
- Choose from a growing selection of modern & fashionable design options for your girl or boy
- Secure moisture barrier cuffs to prevent leakage or blowouts
- Comfortable stretchy, re-fastenable grip tabs
- Contoured fit & non-irritating feel for the most sensitive skin
- Premium fit & performance, completely safe, and super-cute designs – definitely not your standard white diaper
I can honestly say I loved them after the first one we used. My sons red, rashy bum has cleared up as well. And not that this had ANY pull in my decision to buy the diapers (well, maybe just a little) the designs are simply adorable, my favorite being the skull and crossbones pattern.
I love that I get these diapers delivered to my door and they even come with free wipes. They are more pricy than the alternative standard diaper but I am loving the results and it is worth it to us. If your kiddo is experiencing any negative skin reactions you might want to give this a try! I can’t wait to test more of the essentials line which includes items such as bath gel and sun protection to cleaning products. Finally a diaper that I feel GOOD about!
You can read more about the company and the terrific products they are making on the Honest Company Website.
After using and loving the Everyday Shea Body Lotion, I decided to try another product from the line, this time for my little. The Shea Butter Shampoo & Body Wash has super pure ingredients which are calming and soothing. Young children have especially delicate skin and it is important to try and avoid harsh cleansing agents, fragrances and too many preservatives.
Everyday Shea does not use parabens, synthetic fragrance and is cruelty-free. Click here to read about the ways in which this company is supporting the community in Africa. Next on my list from the product brand is the Conditioner/DeTangler since my little guy has got mama’s crazy curly hair! Not to worry, it’s MUCH cuter on him! I’ll report back on this one too.