Saturday, November 21, 2015
As much as I adore fall, the changes in weather has really been getting to me. I've been really careful about not getting sick during this cold and flu season but I have to admit somehow I've gotten really stuffed up anyway.
Being stuffy is no fun. Not only do I go around town with a box of trusty tissues, I also find that nighttime rest, which is so crucial for healing, is hard to come by.
Luckily, I have found a few organic methods to help me breathe better and that are extra soothing.
First up, I always turn on a humidifier/diffuser when I'm so stuffy and dry. For extra benefits, I use a few drops of eucalyptus oil in it. This fills the air with freshness and moisture to combat the dryness around my nose from constantly blowing. I'm using Aura Cacia Organic Pure Eucalyptus Oil.
Next, I rub or rather I have my husband rub a stuffy nose clearing balm all over my chest and neck. Most rubs have menthol and petroleum in it, which are no nos but there are some good rubs out there made with eucalyptus and tree tea oils. I'm using Honest Co. Organic Breathe Easy Rub which can be used on babies 3 months and older.
Last, I use a soothing lavender balm on my temples which promote relaxation. I'm so stressed about not feeling well, it contributes to not getting rest even more, so this helps to improve sleep. I'm using Badger Organic Lavender & Bergamot Sleep Balm.
I hope this helps everyone out there during this season. Take care and be well!
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
I love fall. I love the bright gorgeous colors. I love the brisk fresh air. I love even, the shorter days. It gets darker and darker and then the brightness of Christmas arrives on the scene. It's a perfect time of year for me. As the scenery and weather around me changes, I find myself changing my skincare routine also.
So here's what I'm using for gorgeous, glowing, moisturized skin:
Cleanser- Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser exfoliates and clarifies dull skin with enzymes and I find this works great at cleaning without stripping but also really removing the dried dead skin cells that accumulate from the dry, cold weather.
Serum- Andalou Naturals Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum is so light and fresh on my skin. It is deeply age defying and smells so good.
Moisturizer- Honey Girl Organics Super Skin Food is so pure and so nourishing when I need a thick moisturizer as a barrier from the nippy air. Filled also with oil of Rosewood and other essential oils and Vitamin E and Royal Jelly, it really fights free radicals and pollution damage.
Oil- Aura Cacia Nourishing Tamanu Oil is totally organic and a powerful antioxidant that I use on dry patches and for my hair. It makes everything glow and more vibrant.
Mask- Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is a wonderful product that I use once or twice a week. It is a moisturizing and clearing mask that boosts cellular renewal for an instant glow and smoother skin.
Lashes- MyChelle Dermaceuticals Ultimate Lash and Brow Serum is great because I find myself using less makeup during this time of the year, even forgoing mascara. And this plumps up my lashes, making the fringe thicker and longer so I still look bright eyed and refreshed.
I find that less really is more when the days are short and my skin is dried and more sensitive from the elements. Fall is the perfect time to strip down the routine and go for what works best.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner so the holiday parties are already building up all over my calendar. This is my favorite time of the year with all the good cheer it brings and its fun events. The slight chill in Los Angeles certainly brings a rosiness to the cheeks but I also take care of myself to have the bright glowing skin that exudes wellness.
There's a lot of makeup tips you can use to fake the glow but I find nothing is quite as blissful as having naturally beautiful glowing skin. So what do I do? I make sure I clean my skin really well to remove all the dead skin cells, makeup and pollution that clogs my pores and dulls my skin.
I love Tata Harper's Regenerating Cleanser which is also a daily exfoliating and clarifying treatment. 100% natural and non toxic, her cleanser deeply cleans without stripping and exfoliates to help clear up blackheads. So it minimizes pores and leaves your face moisturized.
For an extra boost of glow I use weekly the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. It boosts cellular renewal for an instant glow and leaves my skin smooth and refreshed. To use, I apply a thick layer and leave on my face for 30 minutes. It's definitely my favorite mask to use during this season.
With these two delicious smelling products, my skin is blemish free, soft, moisturized, ultra healthy and beautifully glowing.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I love making my own scrubs. There's something so organic about the process. It's soothing and relaxing and I know exactly what's going inside what I'm going to apply to my body.
I highly recommend making this sugar scrub when the days are short and there's too much to do and you just need to take a time out and take care of yourself. The lavender is heavenly and the oils are moisturizing and you will find yourself greatly calmed by the whole process.
Here's my favorite DIY lavender body scrub recipe:
1 teaspoon jojoba oil
1 teaspoon sweet almond oil
2 teaspoons coconut oil
4 drops 100% pure lavender oil
1 tablespoon turbinado raw sugar
Mix the oils in a glass bowl until fully combined. Add sugar and mix just enough to blend evenly into the oils. Scoop into hands and work onto the body. Allow the mixture to rest on skin for 2 minutes for extra moisturizing and then spend another minute scrubbing, focusing on dry and calloused areas. Rinse with water and use a towel to pat dry.
Sunday, November 8, 2015
I find myself always moisturizing now that fall is here. The air is drier and the cold just draws the moisture from my skin and I need to work to keep it soft and supple and hydrated. My normal lotion moisturizer just wasn't cutting it anymore, so I was really excited to discover Kuumba Made Rose Coconut Oil.
Handmade and totally organic, this oil consists of only pure coconut oil infused with rose petals. It smells heavenly and it is the most nourishing skin food, chock full of vitamins D, E, and antioxidants.
I rub it all over myself after my showers and it is the most soothing ritual. My skin soaks it up and I smell like a rosy coconut which I love. So mood enhancing! You can also use this stuff for your hair or as a bath oil. I also can't wait to use it as a delicious massage oil. I think I'm going to recruit my husband tonight to try it out!
Saturday, November 7, 2015
In the last few years, I've been losing more hair than usual, which really stressed me out, which led to more hair loss. So I was really excited to discover Pura d'or Premium Organic Solutions Hair Loss Prevention Therapy Shampoo, an organic argan oil based shampoo that is filled with vitamins for hair growth. And it adds volume to boot, which is one of the things I am always looking for in a shampoo.
Did you know that many shampoos with harsh chemicals might be the very reason for chronic hair conditions? Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), parabens, DEA, gluten, artificial colors, artificial fragrances and harsh preservatives all might be contributing to nasty hair problems. This gentle shampoo has none of those things. Instead it is formulated with argan oil, B vitamin complex, biotin, nettles extract, saw palmetto, He Shou Wu (Fo-ti) and other clinically proven natural ingredients to aid against hair loss. Nourishing and healing, this shampoo is safe for daily use and is for both men and women.
Since I started using this shampoo and leaving it on my scalp for several minutes before I rinse and condition, I definitely noticed my hair growing thicker. I also really like the volumizing effect, because who doesn't like shiny voluminous hair that is the very picture of health?
Monday, November 2, 2015
Smooching my husband makes me happier than everything else in the world. So having soft kissable lips is definitely on my must haves list. Especially now that we are into the fall and the air is much drier I find that sometimes I have to work a little bit to achieve this goal.
I used to use a toothbrush and warm wash cloth to exfoliate my lips in a multi step process, but recently I discovered a product that has made all my soft lip dreams come true.
Enter Eco Lips Lipscrubs. They are organic, fair trade, cruelty free and gluten free AND they make your lips baby soft. There's just one step. Apply on lips and scrub your lips with the most delicious sugar scrub. As for the removal, you can wipe it off or as the instructions goes: lick off remaining sugar.
My favorite flavors are the vanilla bean and also the mint. Sometimes I even mix them. Happy smooching!