How To Create A Natural Skincare Routine

How To Create A Natural Skincare Routine

So I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how to create a natural skincare routine lately and just the order products should go in.  I had done a couple Instagram stories and saved them to my highlights and had a flood of questions. So here we are- I knew it was time for a proper blog post on the subject.

If it’s one thing I want to drill home it’s the importance of having a skincare routine.  It doesn’t mean your skincare routine will look like mine.  Your routine should be based off your skin and what it needs.  Now, figuring that out can seem a little more daunting.  When do you use a certain product, how much, etc.  It can be overwhelming.  That’s where I come in!  I’ve been an esthetician for over 14 years and I’ve learned a thing or two along the way.

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You don’t need every product but you do need effective products.

That being said, morning and nighttime skincare routines look different usually.  I’m going to give a brief explanation of products you could use for your morning or nighttime skincare to get you familiar with your options.

Cleansers- A cleanser is meant to be the first step in your skincare routine.  It helps to get rid of dirt, debris and get rid of makeup from the day.  Of course there are many cleansers to choose from depending on your skin type. Some people like to double cleanse, others not so much. Whatever method or cleanser you choose just make sure that it adequately cleans your skin and you’re not left with any residue. I have a full blog post with all my favorites. Check it out!

Toner/Hydrosol- These terms are used interchangeably to describe a mist that you spray over your skin post cleansing.  A true hydrosol contains plant actives.  Some people will spray the mist directly on their skin and press in with their hands, others will spray on a cotton round and apply it in on their skin.  Either way, a toner or hydrosol helps to calm skin, hydrate, keep pores open for serums/oil and specific skin treatments.  A toner helps to also get rid of any oil or bits left from the cleanser, as well as balance the ph of skin.

Treatments-  Treatments for the skin can range from anti-aging treatments, redness reducing treatments, hyper pigmentation targeting, and acne treatments.  Theses are going to be filled with active ingredients that are really going to perform.  Think antioxidants! It really depends on what result you’re looking for in your skin.  These aren’t going to necessarily hydrate your skin.  Most are made out of water or aloe, some contain oil, but few.  They penetrate the skin quickly and feel almost like a gel.  They absorb into your skin, opposed to creams that generally sit on top of your skin.  The absorption happens easier because serums are smaller in molecular size and easier to penetrate the skin and deliver nutrients.  Serums happen after toning or hydrosol when skin’s pores are still open.  I have a full blog post on all my favorite serums for the skin here!

Oils- After a serum, now it’s time for an oil.  There has been a resurgence of oils in the last 5 years.  People used to be afraid of them, but now they are learning how hydrating and restorative they can be for the skin.  Just remember not every oil is created equal.  Some are comedogenic and can actually clog your pores or cause you to breakout.  For example, coconut oil is comedogenic and can actually cause many people to breakout.  If you’re not sure about the comedogenic rating look it up or ask the formulator. Oils are very hydrating and can keep the moisture intact for a long time.  A great pick for those with dry skin.

Skin Creams/Lotions- Many people aren’t sure what the difference is between an oil, a cream and a lotion.  Allow me to explain.  An oil is just that- just an oil- nothing added.  A cream has a mix of water and oil, but more oil than water and then a lotion is also a mixture of water and oil but the higher percentage is water- which makes it thinner.  Creams are great at protecting the skin, especially after applying an oil and if you need additional moisture.  I like doing them at night.  A lotion is good for in the morning when you want some hydration but don’t want to be too greasy from an oil.

Balms- Balms are another product that really has been popping up all over in the skincare industry over the last two years.  Balms are primarily used for intense hydration and protection.  In the winter they are great for protecting skin from wind and cold.  They are more concentrated than a lotion or cream.  A lot of formulators like them because they are usually waterless and therefore don’t need preservatives to keep them fresh.  A little goes a long way with a balm- so you don’t need as much as you would with a lotion or cream.

Eye Cream/Oil- Eye products come in a variety of formulas.  From creams to oils and even some that are more like a serum.  I prefer an oil or serum myself because I suffer from milia. Tiny hard white cysts under the skin.  They can form when keratin gets trapped under the skin.  I try and stay away from heavy products for the eyes as I’ve noticed they can lead to more.  If your under eye area is really dry then you would want to opt for a heavier eye cream or nourishing oil.  Some eye oils or serums I’ve found to be oilier than others.  I have a full blog post coming on my faves that I’ve been working on forever!  I like mine to absorb fairly quickly too.

Exfoliants- Exfoliants are so crucial to effective skincare- can’t recommend them enough!  If your skin is dead on top, whatever products you put on top of your skin aren’t going to be able to penetrate and perform.  There are many different types of exfoliants.  From mechanical, enzyme and chemical exfoliants.  Mechanical exfoliants use some sort of manual grain or seeds to manually remove the dead skin.  Enzyme exfoliants is similar to chemical exfoliation but much gentler.  It breaks down the glue that holds together dead skin.  It uses active ingredients like papain, papaya and pineapple to slough off the dead skin. Enzyme exfoliation is great for someone with sensitive skin.  There’s no actual manual exfoliant involved.  Another type is chemical exfoliation.  Chemical exfoliation is stronger than enzyme exfoliation.  It uses Alpha Hydroxy Acids(AHA’s) or Beta Hydroxy Acids(BHA’s).  AHA’s are not as strong as BHA’s.  A lot of peels are considered chemical exfoliants.  Chemical exfoliants are great for those with oily skin and acne.

Masks- Love a good mask!  Masks are like giving your skin a good shot of  nutrients at once.  Similar to drinking a really nutrient dense green juice for your body.  There are so many benefits to masking.  From detoxification, unclog pores, glowing skin, minimizing redness, hydration- the list goes on!  It’s great to have different masks for different seasons of life too.  In the winter you may need a hydrating mask more.  In the summer, a detoxification mask- each season can bring a new set of skincare challenges.  Some masks are quick and are just meant to give your skin a glow in 5 minutes before a big event or date.

Ok, now that you’ve just been schooled on all skincare products, let’s break down what you actually need in your skincare routine.

So it really depends on what you want your outcome to be.  Do you want your skin to just feel clean, and hydrated?  Maybe you’re not into all the extras but just want a clean skincare routine that meets the basic needs and that’s it.  Or maybe you want to fade hyper pigmentation, minimize redness and increase collagen- ok then you’re probably going to need a few more products!  Think about your end goal when it comes to your skin and that will help guide you to the products you need.

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What Skincare Personality Do You Relate Too?

Minimalist-

  • You just want your skin to feel clean and moisturized
  • You don’t care about wrinkles or having products that help fight signs of aging(P.S. I’m all for aging, sometimes there aren’t other words to use besides aging)
  • You don’t like to use a lot of product on your skin

Dabbler-

  • You keep your skincare routine pretty basic but every now and then you like to try a new product
  • You might want a new product depending on season change or just for fun
  • You’re still very minimalist at heart when it comes to your skincare but like to splurge on a treatment product every now and then or when you have a skin condition you need to address

Hoarder- 

  • You like skincare products and it’s no secret(guys you’re not alone, I’m a hoarder too)
  • You love adding new things to your skincare routine and testing out new products
  • You don’t mind if your skincare routine is tedious or long

Ok, now that you know what skincare personality you are, it will be easier for you to assess what skin products you actually need and what will be effective for your skin type.  Keep reading to see what my skincare routine looks like.  Then you will be able to create your own!

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My Skincare Routine:

AM- (In Order)

  • Cleanse- I use a product called the Luna Rose and Honey Cleansing Mask by Live Botanical.  It is amazing! It’s a mask and cleanser in one.  I feel like a broken record with this product- I talk about it all the time.  I put it on in the morning before I brush my teeth and then let it sit on there while I brush.  Then take it off once I’m done.  My skin is glowing and vibrant afterwards. Read more about it here in a blog post I did! Also use code: GURLGONEGREEN for 20% off!
  • Tone/Hydrosol- Next I’ll use a toner or hydrosol to add some moisture and balance my skin.  I love Maya Chia’s newest hydrating mist called The Optimist!  It gives my skin great hydration and moisture.  Plus smells great!  It’s very soothing and calming as well.  I spritzed this on my skin and then press my hands into my face.
  • Oil- I’ll apply an oil next.  I do apply an oil even though I am going to apply a sunscreen because my skin is dry and I always need a little extra hydration.  Not everyone does need it, especially if you have oily skin.  Know your skin type.  I wait a few minutes for my oil to seep in before applying my sunscreen next.  Oils that I’ve been loving as of late- Maya Chia’s The Super Couple Serum, and Laurel Anti-Inflammatory Serum.
  • Sunscreen- Now I apply a sunscreen lotion.  I love Kari Gran’s Three Sixty Five Sunscreen Lotion.  It’s light and not greasy.  I also love Honua’s Sun Protectant Cream as well.  It’s also not greasy and feels light.  They both go on sheer and act like a primer even before makeup.
  • Eye Cream/Oil- I love 100% Pure’s Coffee Bean Eye Cream. The best eye cream I’ve found for in the mornings. It’s light enough for me that I don’t fret about getting milia from it.  It’s perfect for the morning!  It uses coffee bean to help brighten and de-puff the under eye area- something every mom can benefit from!
  • Primer- If I’m going to wear makeup I will apply a primer.  If I don’t wear any makeup that day but a little concealer I skip it.  Primers make a big difference I’ve noticed with how well foundations look.  Love the 100% Pure Luminous Primer, and the Vapour Luminous Primer for Oilier skin types and the Vapour Stratus Soft Focus Primer for drier skin.
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PM- (In Order)

  • Cleanse- I cleanse my skin with one cleanser typically.  I used to oil cleanse, but I’ve found I really love a cleanser that does it all in one step and that I can remove easily with just water and not a washcloth.  A couple of my favorite cleansers in green beauty that do that are- OSEA Ocean Cleanser, an amazing cleanser that leaves my skin feeling balanced, not stripped, removes all my makeup and rinses off easily with water.  I also love Marie Veronique’s Cleansing Oil.  It acts like an oil cleanser but emulsifies(suds up) ever so slightly.  It’s great!  It also removes all my eye makeup and everything easily and rinses off with water.
  • Toner/Hydrosol- I use the same toner for my skin at night that I do in the morning generally.  Unless I’m testing out several at once.  My top pick would be Maya Chia’s the Optimist!
  • Exfoliant- Next I will exfoliate if I need too.  I generally exfoliate twice a week.  People can over exfoliate, creating disruptions to their natural ph.  I love Josh Rosebrook’s Active Enzyme Exfoliant, and Laurel’s Honey Berry Enzyme Mask.  The Active Enzyme Exfoliant includes manual exfoliants using walnut shells and it incorporates enzymes as well. The Honey Berry Enzyme Mask is great for those with sensitive skin as it uses enzymes to exfoliate.
  • Mask- I generally mask two to three times per week.  If it’s a day for a mask I’ll do it after toning or exfoliating.  My mask varies depending on what my skin needs.  For a good all around mask, I recommend Leahlani Mermaid Mask, for lightening and detoxification I recommend Mahalo’s The Bean Antioxidant Mask, for skin problems I love May Linstrom’s The Problem Solver Mask.  For a full review of my favorite masks- check out my blog post here.
  • Treatment/Serum- Next I will apply a treatment or serum.  For me this is usually my True Botanical’s Cellular Repair Serum and Antioxidant Booster.  These two have literally helped change my skin and given me tangible results!  The Cellular Repair Serum goes past the outer most layer of the skin to really get in and provide all the nutrients the skin needs.  The Antioxidant Booster is a powder and isn’t activated until you mix it with a liquid.  I love this because then you are endured you’re getting the most potent and active ingredients right away!  Most antioxidant treatments are liquid and are not as effective since they’ve already been activated.  I apply my Cellular Repair Serum first.  Then I mix my Antioxidant Booster with my oil.  This helps the Antioxidant Booster to absorb better into the skin, compared to mixing it with the Cellular Repair Serum.
  • Oil- Now time for an oil!  I have been using Laurel’s Anti-Inflammatory Serum especially coming off the summer months.
  • Eye Cream/Serum- Next I apply my eye serum or eye cream.  I’ve been using Odacite’s B+S Eye Serum for a while and love it!  It isn’t super oily, absorbs nicely and my eyes look refreshed and revived in the morning.  Can’t recommend it enough.
  • Lips- Ok, last but not least I apply Odacite’s Lip Serum.  I love this lip serum!  It helps to hydrate, minimize fine lines on the lips and plump.  I love applying as my last step in my skincare routine.  My lip’s nightly nightcap!

That sums up my skincare routine!  Now it’s time to create your own.  I’ve created this free download for you to be able to see what products work for different skin types.  I have something for sensitive, dry/normal, and combination/oily.  Click the photo below to download!

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OSEA Review

OSEA Review

*This post is sponsored by OSEA. Thoughts and opinions are my own. 

So excited to share with you all my OSEA skincare review!  I hadn’t tried their products until Beauty Heroes had them in a recent box.  In the box was their Ocean Cleanser- let’s just say it was love the first time I used it!  I couldn’t get enough of the milky cleanser.  I knew I needed to try more of their products!

If you’re not familiar with OSEA allow me to fill you in on this natural skincare line.  This brand is truly unique.  I was so intrigued by the founder Jenefer’s story of how she started it.  She was inspired by her grandmother who credits the ocean to healing her.  She had been on bedrest after a severe leg injury.  Her grandmother recalls having a dream about the sea and the next day went for a swim.  A few weeks later her grandmother was healed!  Jenefer went to her roots when creating OSEA.  From what she learned from her grandmother of the healing properties of the ocean and her knowledge, she chose seaweed as the base of her skincare line.  Seaweed contains powerful minerals and ingredients to help restore and nourish the skin.

I love OSEA’s commitment to clean skincare as stated so well on their website:

OSEA delivers proven results without causing harm to our health or the health of our environment. Jenefer’s innovative formulations of certified organic, bioavailable seaweed, infused with pure steam-distilled and cold pressed essential oils create powerful natural anti-aging solutions and reduce the appearance of blemishes–eliminating the need for synthetic ingredients entirely. OSEA is free of synthetic chemicals such as parabens, petrochemicals, and sulfates.

OSEA was also the first company to sign the “Compact for Safe Cosmetics”:

In 2002, OSEA was the first company to sign “Compact for Safe Cosmetics”, an initiative started by the Environmental Working Group that holds companies accountable for ensuring that their products are “free of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects.” Since then, over 1,000 companies have joined OSEA in pledging to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in all beauty products!

I was excited to dive into the products they sent me and report back to you guys my thoughts!

 

Ocean Cleansing Mud- 

This cleanser is especially formulated for oily, and acne prone skin.  It gently exfoliates while getting rid of impurities on the skin.  The first thing I noticed upon using it was the scent!  It has essential oils of tea tree, peppermint and rosemary.  It gives your skin a tingly, refreshing vibe- overall feeling very energized.  It contains organic algae and cypress oil that help to balance blemishes and remove impurities.  I would apply this cleanser on my skin at night and in the morning, but I found I liked it best in the morning as a gentle exfoliant and morning wake up call for my skin.  My skin is on the dry side so this cleanser works better for me once a day.  However, my sister who has oily skin loves it!  It helps to remove excess oil and give her an overall brighter appearance.  I applied to damp skin and used circular motions to remove makeup and dirt- avoid eye area.  Grab your Ocean Cleansing Mud here! 

Sea Vitamin Boost-

This toning mist is not only beautiful in color but performs well too!  It instantly gives my skin some major hydration and feels so refreshing.  I love squirting it on my skin in the morning to wake me up and in the afternoon even for a quick pick me up.  With ingredients like resveratrol, organic algae and pomegranate, it’s no wonder this mist makes me swoon every time I use it.   If your skin feels dull and lifeless this is for you! Get your Sea Vitamin Boost here!

Hyaluronic Sea Serum-

It’s no wonder this serum was awarded Best Beauty Award in Style for 2017!  It works and works well!  If you have dry skin or wrinkles this is for you.  It instantly adds moisture to thirsty skin and smooths fine lines.  Hyaluronic acid is known for it’s ability to attract moisture to the skin.  Just to give you a little visual, hyaluronic acid attracts 1,000 times it’s weight in water- making it a powerful player in improving elasticity.  Your skin will feel supple and smooth.  Not only does this serum have hyaluronic acid but also three different kinds of organic seaweed that help deliver antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  In other words it’s a powerhouse serum for the skin!  I love applying this after the Sea Vitamin Boost and then pressing this into my skin before my oils.  It makes my makeup look better and gives me an overall polished look- can’t recommend it enough!  Get your Hyaluronic Sea Serum here!

Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish-

I was so intrigued by this product!  I’ve been reading so much about putting probiotics on the skin topically and not just internally.  So many benefits!  Plus, I know how powerful vitamin c is.  This polish comes in a powder form with pure vitamin c and vegan probiotics.  It also has finely ground rice and bamboo and seaweed powders.  These help gently slough off the dead skin cells.  The vitamin c and probiotics give your skin an overall brightness and helps to fade hyper pigmentation.  I noticed improved resilience of my skin and just a fresh faced looked.  Get your Vitamin C Probiotic Face Polish here!

White Algae Mask-

This mask feels so good on the skin.  This is an anti-aging mask.  It really is meant to improve overall skin tone and brighten the complexion.  The ingredients are white marine algae, white tea, and resveratrol. These ingredients help to minimize redness- which I’m always all about and give an overall glow to the skin.  The mask also has mineral peptides and hyaluronic acid.  These two help to mask those fine lines and moisturize the skin.  I would apply this at night and leave it on for 20-60 minutes.  You can even leave it on overnight!  My skin felt so supple, smooth and less red after using.  It’s such a nourishing mask and one I can’t stop using! Get your White Algae Mask here!

Salt of The Earth Body Scrub-

Talk about a scrub!  This body scrub doesn’t mess around.  It is filled with Dead Sea and Himalayan Pink Salts, Bolivian Rose and Organic seaweed of course.  Plus, it boasts some Acai, shea butter and passionfruit that leave your skin feeling like butter.  I applied to wet skin and used circular motions.  My skin felt so refreshed and clean!  Sometimes we focus on facial exfoliation but our body needs great exfoliation as well!  Grab your Salt of The Earth Body Scrub here! 

*Here are the other two products I had previously tried and loved!

Ocean Cleanser-

This cleanser is a definite fave!  I love that it comes in a frosted glass bottle- so chic.  It’s such an overall soothing cleanser, yet highly effective. It removes all my my makeup and grime from the day- yes even my stubborn eye makeup.  I get my skin damp first and then apply several pumps to my hands.  Then I rub in circular motions all over my face.  After rinsing with water my skin feels so hydrated, and clean.  Not stripped or dry.  It does such a great job of imparting hydration to the skin, and nourishing it with vitamins and minerals.  Did I mention it smells like candy?!  The lime really stands out to me.  There also are notes of juniper, and cypress.  A great all around cleanser- can’t get enough!  Get your Ocean Cleanser here!

Undaria Body Polish-

This body polish is unlike any I’ve used.  It is creamy in consistency but yet strong enough to remove and exfoliate unwanted dry skin. After using it my skin looks slightly pink and plump.  It takes dull skin and gives it a good polish, revealing the brightest and prettiest skin.  Upon opening it, you’re greeted with scents of lavender and Sweet Melissa.  It awakens your senses and revitalizes your whole body.  It exfoliates the skin with powdery grains of pumice, acai, and guarana.  I get my body wet first, and then apply the body polish and use circular motions to rub it in.  A serious skin treat!  Grab your Undaria Body Polish here! 

That concludes my OSEA skincare review.  There’s so many more skincare treats I can’t wait to try!  Checkout their full shop here!  Did you see anything you want?  Have you tried any OSEA products?  Let me know if you have any questions!

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What’s in my toiletry bag?

What’s in my toiletry bag?

What’s in my toiletry bag?  Well, I thought you would never ask!  Ok, well to be honest some of you have asked and so I thought I would share my green beauty essentials with you all in hopes it will make your life a little easier the next time you’re going on a trip.  Plus, who doesn’t love a peek inside someone’s toiletry bag?!

So I finally got a new toiletry bag.  I had one but it was too bulky for just a carryon and really wanted something that could condense it all, be squished if needed and still look cute- a tall order I know but I knew there was something out there!  My hubs actually snagged it for me too- he’s a keeper.  The bag is Everywhere Kit from Lululemon and is seriously the cutest little thing.  First of all it’s pink… I’m mean I’m already sold.  Second, it has a removable and washable smaller bag for all your 3 oz. containers.  So it’s easy to remove when you’re going through security- hello! I’m all for making my life easier.  Plus, it even has different elastic loops to put your makeup brushes, or any product you want.  I love that you can open it easily on the counter and it sits up- makes it so nice to see things.  It fits all my makeup, skincare, and toiletry items.  Basically I found the “bag”.

Here it is in action…isn’t it cute?!

I also wanted to mention the new carry-on suitcase I got from Away.  It’s a hard shell and looks dreamy! I got white but it comes in a variety of colors.  My favorite feature is the battery for your electronic devices- I mean genius!  I can plug my phone or laptop in whenever I want.  It also has a waterproof laundry bag too and three separate compartments for all your clothes and shoes.  I’ll keep you posted on what I think but so far I’m in love!  Check it out here!

So what are some of my go too green beauty essentials when traveling?

Here’s my list of green beauty products that all come in TRAVEL SIZES:

Here are some products I like to bring that may not come in a travel size but I just LOVE them or they’re ESSENTIAL when traveling:

  • Maya Chia Waterless Wonderbalm- still figuring out what this magic balm doesn’t do!  I use this for my body after showering, hands and lips.  I love bringing this especially on trips since it’s not an oil and won’t spill everywhere.
  • Kosmatology Hand Sanitizer- This hand sanitizer cleans my hands but without the added toxins.  I love having this while navigating the airports and plane rides- an essential for sure!
  • Hynt Beauty Mascara- One of my fave mascaras in green beauty.  It gives my lashes volume, length and separation.
  • ZuZu Luxe Clear Mascara- This is an everyday essential for my eyebrows.  It helps to give them a natural look and keep them in place.
  • Ursa Major Facial Wipes- These wipes are a serious favorite!  They are made for your face but I love using them for on the go as you would a wet wipe.  Perfect for makeup touchups when you need to clean your hands or after eating on the go!
  • Agent Nateur Holi Rose Deodorant- This deodorant is my fave and I love that it isn’t super bulky- perfect for travel.  It keeps me smelling fresh and with no irritation.
  • Vapour Organic Lip Conditioner-  A must have for me when I’m traveling is a good lip balm- my lips can get so dry on the plane. This balm is a lifesaver!
  • 3-in-1 Soy-Based Nail Color Remover Wipes-pack of 10– these wipes save me so much hassle!  Sometimes I’m wanting to touch up my nails or one chips and I need to redo them while traveling. These wipes make it so easy to just fix my nails without having to worry about spilling nail polish remover all over the place.
  • Ursa Major Morning Mojo Soap Perfect for travel!  These little bar soaps look like the soaps you use when you travel except their completely clean when it comes to ingredients!
  • Crunchi Foundation- I love this foundation and I love even more that they have sample packs.  Makes it so easy to travel with instead of a big glass container!

That’s my go too list- see anything you love?  What do you travel with?

Top Natural Face Moisturizers

Top Natural Face Moisturizers

So winter is clearly in full force-at least up here in Seattle and my skin is feeling it.  It always get extra parched this time of year and I tend to find myself searching for some extra face cream or lotion to apply on top of my usual oils.  Creams and lotions do a great job of shielding your skin from the elements and are the perfect product to apply after an oil.  I’ve had a lot of recent questions about which face creams/lotions I would recommend specifically, so I thought I would just do a green beauty round up of my faves.  Some are recent faves and others I’ve been using for a while.  There is something for everyone and every budget.  Keep reading to find your perfect match!

Leahlani Bless Beauty Balm

Bless the beauty balm, where do I start with this one?  Dry skin stands no chance with this baby!  It’s full of organic shea and cocoa butters, as well as cold pressed oils.  It melts right into your skin and leaves behind a beautiful smell of blue tansy and orange blossom and no oily residue.  My skin feels so hydrated!  The perfect companion for dry weather in winter, and in the summer when you’ve spent too much time in the sun.  You only need a little dab for the whole face.  I also love that though it is a balm, it doesn’t feel heavy at all.  I even wear this during the day under makeup and it is great!  Also, I love mixing this with the Kokoleka mask from Leahlani for the ultimate luxe treat. $48 Buy it here!

Kahina Giving Beauty Night Cream

This was the first product I’ve tried from Kahina and it got me hooked.  There’s so many things I like about their night cream.  From the consistency and texture, to the way it sits on my skin.  It just checks all the boxes.  The smell is so mild and refreshing too.  I’m not into super potent smelling skincare, and I think that’s one of the reasons Kahina has always stood out to me.  Their scent is mild and light.  The night cream melts right into my skin and leaves behind no greasy residue.  I love waking up the next morning.  My skin looks even, supple and calm.  This is a must if you have dry skin.  I apply this after my serums.  I even got my mom hooked.  $105 Buy it here!

Ursa Major Golden Hour Recovery Cream-

I recently discovered this cream a couple months ago and have been loving it.  It’s one of Ursa Major’s newest products.  I love Ursa Major’s simplistic approach to skincare.  All their products can be used for both men and woman, smell so mild, and work!  Their Golden Hour Recovery Cream is no exception. This has been the perfect moisturizer to add on top of my oils in the morning and at night for a little extra hydration.  I even used this when we were up in the mountains sledding for the day and it kept my skin feeling so hydrated and protected.  Not only does this cream moisturize but also provide great anti-aging benefits with it’s naturally rich antioxidants.  It seeps into my skin so well, and doesn’t feel greasy.  My hubs has been stealing this from me too-that means it’s good people!  He can be pickier than me at times.  What’s even better is the price tag on this cream, $48!  A steal for a green beauty cream that works and is full of great ingredients! $48 Buy it here!

WELEDA Sensitive Skin Facial Cream-

I discovered this cream five years ago and I still go back to it.  It’s hydrating, gentle on even the most sensitive of skin, fragrance free and so easy to find!  Not to mention easy on the budget.  You can find this at most health food stores as well as Whole Foods.  It comes in a tube form too, which is nice for travel.  It’s heavier than a facial lotion but not quite as thick as a standard night cream.  A great in between facial hydrator for those needing a little more than a facial lotion, but don’t quite want to venture to a full blown cream.  My skin feels so smooth and makeup application is a breeze! $24.50 Buy it here!

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TRUE All You Need Is Me

This is a balm and not a cream.  People often ask what I would recommend if they are used to using a Vaseline product like petroleum jelly(which btw is toxic) and this is the product I suggest.  Not only is it super hydrating and thick but it will protect your skin from some serious elements-especially wind.  With only a handful of ingredients, it’s great for those with sensitive skin that might easily irritate.  It’s even good for relieving minor sunburns.  Put it anywhere you need a little moisture or protection.  I like to use this when I’m in extremely cold climates, and around my nose area in the winter. $35 Buy it here!

OSEA Atmosphere Protection Cream

This is a lighter cream and more of a lotion.  A great option for those still wanting something after they apply their oils, but not wanting a super thick cream.  Especially great for your morning routine and before makeup application.  It has a really light fresh smell and moisturizes but isn’t heavy or greasy feeling.  It instantly settles into the skin and leaves just an overall smooth feel.  It uses seaweed and dermal proteins to protect against pollutants and free radicals in the air.  It’s one of those lotions that I’ve found myself reaching for again and again. $48 Buy it here!

Kahina Giving Beauty Facial Lotion-

I was excited to try out their facial lotion after loving the night cream.  Plus, I’ve had fellow bloggers rave about it too.  Well, they were right!  It’s the perfect day time lotion before makeup application.  It doesn’t feel heavy or greasy, but settles nicely into the skin.  I even applied this after the argan oil at night for a little extra moisture.  It’s not as heavy as the night cream, but hydrating enough for me during the day.  As much as I love oils, I must admit it’s nice to have a good facial lotion.  Especially one that sits so well under makeup.  Wear it by itself or over an oil for even more hydration. $68 Buy it here!

Osmia Purely Simple Facial Cream-

With aloe as the first ingredient, they really keep true to the name on this and keep the ingredients simple.  Just pure ingredients that do the job.  It isn’t a super heavy moisturizer, but not so light that you need to keep applying.  I would apply this before my makeup and it was perfection.  It gave my skin a nice polished look before I applied my foundation, but it wasn’t greasy at all.  Also, a great option for those with perioral dermatitis, as the ingredients are basic and there is a very small amount of oils in it.  This would be great for teen girls just getting into skincare, and the beauty novice who thinks they’ve tried it all. $60 Buy it here!

Kari Gran Three Sixty Five SPF 28 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen-

Yes, you can wear this 365 days a year!  A great sunscreen lotion year round.  This stuff feels like silk on the skin.  It is perfect before applying your makeup.  My foundation literally glides on.  It really acts like a primer as well.  Filling in lines and creating an even surface.  I was so excited when I heard they were coming out with a sunscreen, and couldn’t be more thrilled with the results!  I’m in love with the ingredients too.  Non-nano zinc oxide, with non-gmo red raspberry seed oil are the sun protectants and there is only a handful of ingredients after that.  I couldn’t be more excited to finally find a sunscreen with such quality ingredients and performance! A great option for those wanting a lighter lotion that has sunscreen in it too. $48 Buy it here!

That sums up my green beauty moisturizer top picks!  See any faves?  What are you loving?

My Struggle with Perioral Dermatitis

My Struggle with Perioral Dermatitis

Finally have my blog up all about my struggle with perioral dermatitis. A lot of people often think as a beauty blogger that my skin is always perfect and glowing.  Ha!  So not the case.  I struggle like anyone else with skin issues and insecurities.  I really wanted to share my most recent skin care whoa with perioral dermatitis in hopes that it might help some of you.

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Now let me throw out this disclaimer.  I am by no means a dermatologist…duh or a doctor but I’m merely sharing what worked for me after researching, and reading other stories.  Everyone is different and every case of perioral dermatitis is different.

Ok, so the cat’s out of the bag.  I had perioral dermatitis.  Now, some of  you may know right off the bat what I’m talking about and others may not.  Let me give you a quick overview of this skincare condition.

Perioral dermatitis is an inflammatory rash eruption involving the skin around the mouth. The rash may spread up to the nose or even the eyes. It usually appears as a scaly or bumpy rash around the lips. It can also sometimes weep clear fluid. Redness and slight itching and burning can also occur.

It’s looks a lot like a rash on your skin.  The condition is most common in women ages 15-45.

I first started to notice a difference in my skin around my left nose.  It spread out a little past the area, ending around my mouth.  It was red, dry, itchy, and scabby looking.  Eventually it spread to my chin area as well but not as bad.  It never was anywhere else on my body.  Now this happened right when I found out I was pregnant(I’m 35 weeks now).  So it was January and I thought oh my skin must just be extra dry due to the weather.  I exfoliated the skin around my nose and heavily moisturized daily.  It got worst.  The redness got redder, the flaking got flakier, and there were now raised bumps.  It had been six weeks since I first noticed it and realized it wasn’t just some mild dryness caused by the weather…something else was in play.

So to my computer I went.  I looked up every skincare issue I could think of and couldn’t put a finger on what it was.  Being an esthetician I’ve seen my fair share of skin issues, but this one had me stumped.  One night as I was reading I stumbled upon a blogger who had dealt with perioral dermatitis.  Bingo!  Why hadn’t I thought of it?  The symptoms and manner in which it was acting was par for the course for being perioral dermatitis.  I soon was reading every bit of info. I could find about this skin care condition.  Here’s a pic I found of the condition.  It can look worst, depending on the severity.

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It can be really hard to pinpoint what causes perioral dermatitis but what I found was this:

  • Topical Steroid Creams
  • Makeup, Cleansers, Facial Products
  • Hormone Factors in Women
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate
  • Fluoride in Toothpaste
  • Exposure to Harsh Temps.
  • Birth Control Pills

I do think for most women it’s not a clear cut road in diagnosing the condition.  I think it can be an accumulation of factors that bring it about.  Personally, I wasn’t using any topical steroid creams(nor have I ever), I don’t use products with SLS, fluoride of course isn’t in my toothpaste, and Washington isn’t really known for harsh temps.  I was intrigued about the makeup, cleansers, and facial products being a cause, and quickly dove more into researching about it.  After all, that was one area I felt could be the culprit.  What I found is heavy creams, lotions and foundations can cause perioral dermatitis.  Really, the overuse and changing it up often can be the cause.  Well, that definitely was me.  As a green beauty blogger, I’m constantly switching up my skincare routine to try out new products.  Over the last year, it had been at an all time high.  Another cause that a lot of people don’t mention, but I found may be true with my situation is pregnancy.  Being pregnant, my hormones were obviously all over the place.  Also, gut flora can be out of balance when pregnant.  Having too much yeast in the gut is also a common issue among pregnant women, and this can cause a lot of skin issues.  Candida is the condition where there is an overgrowth of yeast.  It is a fungus.  I knew all of these things could be true in my case.

I also knew if I was to go and see a dermatologist they would quickly prescribe an antibiotic-typically how most people deal with the condition.  And more likely than not, negate all my findings.  Plus, from many stories I read, even those who took antibiotics for it ended up taking them a year later for a flare up.  I talked with my Naturopath about it, and he agreed it could be the above causes that I mentioned.  He also said it’s common for woman who are pregnant to have more yeast in their gut.

Now that I knew what it was and what might be causing it, I was ready to take action.

So what did I do:

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Can I be honest?  There were points where I wanted to just take something and have it go away.  I was so close to going to the drugstore and getting some over the counter anti-fungal cream.  I remember right before Indie Beauty Expo in early May thinking I would just give in and go the traditional prescription drug route.  After all, I didn’t want to show up to the blogger’s conference focused on beauty and have my skin acting up.  BUT, common sense and a strong desire to figure out the natural way is what caused me to keep on until it was completely gone.  Plus, being pregnant I didn’t want to put anything crazy on my body.  It got better over time too.  It wasn’t that bad at Indie Beauty Expo, and with makeup on probably not noticeable to most. So how long did I have it?  It first started the beginning of January and lasted until the very end of May.  My skin has been clear now for 2 months.  The typical time for it to clear up really depends from what I read.  Anywhere from months to a year.  Here is a recent unedited pic of my skin clear with no makeup on(except my brows).  I wish I would have taken a before picture when I had perioral dermatitis but honestly I was so grossed out by it I avoided pics.new

I noticed improvement each month.  I also felt avoiding makeup really was huge.  It would appear clearer and less red the days I didn’t wear any makeup.  Also, the combo of the zinc oxide and Mountain Rose Herb Salve really soothed and I believe help kill off the fungus.  What works for one person may not work for another, so don’t get discouraged!  The biggest factor with perioral dermatitis is the time it takes to help heal the area-don’t rush it.

Skin issues can be so annoying to deal with and at times, life altering in their own way.  I hope this post can shed some light on natural ways to cope with perioral dermatitis and give hope to those who are suffering from it.  Please leave me a comment if you’ve dealt with it, and what you did to help heal it!  Also, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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Indie Beauty Expo Recap

Indie Beauty Expo Recap

Where do I even begin?!  It’s hard to believe Indie Beauty Expo L.A. has already come and gone.  The whole experience was so fun.  From meeting so many of my fellow blogger friends, to brand founders, and speaking on a panel about Indie Beauty.  It was full of memories.  I wanted to give you guys a recap of the experience.  After all, what kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t give you the inside scoop?!

First off, can I just say how much I love Seattle?!  There is no place like home, wherever home is for you I’m sure you agree.  I brought my husband Sean and daughter Finley with me.  They had some bonding time while I was at IBE, and then we hung out after conference for a few days.  I’ve found when traveling with kiddos, specifically small ones, sometimes trips or vacations end up being more work.  Can I get a witness?  Not that I’m not already planning our next trip with her, but you get my point.  The amount of clothes a toddler goes through is quite comical.  Not to mention driving in L.A. with a kiddo…yeah that one’s super fun.  But in all seriousness Finley actually did really good, and we enjoyed a few days as a family to kick back.  Oh and P.S. Laguna Beach is no joke-I informed my husband I could live there, he laughed.

So back to IBE.  I met some amazing bloggers as I mentioned earlier.  Some of them also spoke on the panel on Wednesday with Beauty Heroes founder Jeannie(more about that later).  You know how you have an idea in your head of how a person is going to be?  Well, they all exceeded my expectations!  There is such a strong community among green beauty.  I wanted to highlight each one and their blog or YouTube channel-because let’s face it, you all need to follow them! (P.S. a note on the pics-The whole Expo was tinted with pink lights…so that’s why all the photos have a rose glow).

Bloggers-

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It felt like a little reunion of sorts.  As I mentioned earlier, I also had the pleasure of meeting Beauty Heroes founder Jeannie.  She really is an amazing women, and her husband is seriously the sweetest thing ever.  As a brand ambassador, I’m so honored to be part of something that’s changing the standard of beauty.  It was so fun to be on the blogger panel on Wednesday and share about green beauty.  I loved hearing how everyone came to find green beauty.  Each one has a unique story.  I encourage you to check them all out-you’ll be inspired.

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I also had the pleasure of meeting many brand founders that I’ve long adored.  One in particular was Annie from SkinOwl.  She is the real deal peeps!  Kindness exudes from her.  I felt like I was catching up with a BFF from college.  Her products have long been a fave in my green beauty routine.  They’re simple but effective.  I also met Maryna from Mahalo Skincare.  She’s seriously the cutest person.  So sweet as well.  I also met the Au Naturale crew, these girls were all so fun and energetic.  I love their whole Green Beauty Revolution, and their mission to bring green beauty companies together to create lasting change in our country.  I can’t forget Krista and Catherine from Root.  These women are pure gold inside and out. If you haven’t checked out the collection Island Oasis I created with Molly from MaisonPur, be sure too!  It turned out better than I imagined.  Also, be sure to check out our friends Amanda from A Beautiful Pursuit and Amber from Ms.Centsible collection from Root too called-Radiant Beauty.  I also finally got to meet brand founder Meryl of Hynt Beauty.  She is a cancer survivor and her story is so inspiring!  I have a review coming soon of their drool worthy makeup.  I hadn’t tried their Sun Prep until the Expo and let’s just say it’s amazing.  Amanda from A Beautiful Pursuit had been raving about it, and I couldn’t resist trying.  More to come!

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I also m  et a few new brands that I’ve recently tried.  One I had the pleasure of meeting was brand founder Susan of HAN Skin Care Cosmetics.  She was so gracious to answer all my questions.  I had first experienced them in my Glowing Beet’s box.  Their Cheek and Lip tint quickly became a fave!  I also received their eyeshadow in my goodbeing box and loved it too.  I sampled their glosses and those are swoon worthy as well.  Trust me, they have some new things up their sleeve and aren’t going anywhere!

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I also had the privilege of meeting one of the founders of Ursa Major, Emily.  I just love her!!  Seriously, she took so much of her time explaining the whole concept and inception of Ursa Major-I loved it.  She is a gem and her skin GLOWS!  I had come across their line a month ago in a Petal and Post box and loved everything  I tried.  It’s such a perfect unisex line with pure and simple ingredients.  The scents are so fresh.  I’ll be doing a review of their line soon…you don’t want to miss it.  P.S. She gave me some samples of their face wipes and let’s just say their amazing!  Oh and their Gwyneth Paltrow’s fave too…no big deal.

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I also chatted it up with one of Georgie lashes founders Megan-a real southern belle.  I’ll be showcasing some of their lashes soon-so stay tuned.  Dr. Brite was another brand that I had the pleasure of meeting.  I have tried their brightening pen for the teeth, and was excited to see some of their other products up close.  Lastly, I met Province Apothecary– a swoon worthy brand all around.  Their cleansing oil I’ve been sampling since the Expo and can’t get enough of.  Their purity is amazing.  I have a couple more products from them I’m excited to share with you soon.

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Ok, I need to end this post.  But I can’t without mentioning a serious highlight of my trip-meeting Josh Rosebrook and Sarah from Osmia Organics.  Both brand founders that are legends in my book when it comes to green beauty.  They were at The Detox Market on Saturday, and I talked with them for as long as I could!  The kindest people and so inspiring.  If you haven’t tried any of their products, you’re missing out!

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I wanted to mention a few crunchy food places for those looking to travel to L.A. anytime soon.  I literally couldn’t get enough of the food there-too many good places!

  • Cafe Gratitude-All plant based and everything is so yummy(may have gone there 3 times)
  • Urth Cafe-Organic goodness and all their disposable straws and cups are made by plants and compostable.
  • True Food Kitchen– They have these in a couple cities nationwide.  Just seriously good food.
  • Kreation Juice-Raw desserts, juices and smoothies galore, and real food
  • Pressed Juicery-Non-dairy freezes(frozen yogurt) made with almonds, real vanilla, cacao, and greens. Plus amazing juices.

Well, that sums up my experience of IBE.  If you couldn’t make it to L.A.-good news you still have a chance to attend.  Indie Beauty Expo is going to be in NYC August 25th.  I feel so blessed to have met all the amazing people and can’t wait to continue spreading the green beauty message.

XO

 

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