Scrubs – Why and When You Should Use Them

Scrubs – Why and When You Should Use Them

Are you exfoliating your skin? Many of us take the time to make exfoliation a regular part of our face care routines, but we tend to ignore our bodies. If you aren’t exfoliating your skin, please start, especially now that winter is coming (yes, that is a deliberate Game of Thrones reference!). In order for our skin to look and feel its best, we need to get rid of all of those excess dead skin cells. Even though our bodies continually produce new skin cells, over time, this process slows down as we age. What this means is that dead skin cells build up on the top layer of our skin. When there’s a build-up of dead skin cells, our skin doesn’t look its best and problems can develop. So, how does exfoliation help our skin? Lots of ways! Smoother, Toned, and Brighter Skin With regular exfoliation, you can get rid of all of those yucky dead skin cells leaving you with smooth, glowing skin that looks and feels amazing. Unclog Pores Clogged pores lead to the dreaded body acne! When you eliminate dead skin cells, this helps keep your pores clear. Prevent In-Grown Hairs Lots of people get these from shaving. Exfoliation really helps with this! Reduce Hyperpigmentation Reduce hyperpigmentation—some of those dark spots (gasp! age spots!) on your skin are near the surface. Exfoliation may help some of these dark spots fade. Keep Your Skin From Drying Out Your skin will be less dry—in order for your lotion to do its job, it has to work through layers of dead skin. When you exfoliate, your cleansers and moisturizers...
Fall Favorites

Fall Favorites

Hello Autumn! Without a doubt, Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the changing colors and the brisk fall air. Today, I’m sharing with you my 5 Fall Must Haves I can’t live without. Pumpkin Spiced Cider Body Care Set – Limited Edition Nothing says Fall like a perfect blend of pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple cider. Fall in love with this very special edition body care set created by yours truly. During the month of October, enjoy free shipping for this collection by using the code FALLFAVES at checkout. GET THIS LIMITED EDITION BODY CARE SET Pumpkin Spice Essential Oil Blend I don’t know about you, but all the yummy fall scented candles are one of my favorite things about this time of the year. Unfortunately, this also comes with all the harmful chemicals that are released into the air each time a light a match. I absolutely love this toxin-free alternative to candles and if you are a PSL fan (raises hand), this essential oil blend is for you. Just take 3 drops cinnamon bark + 3 drops ginger + 2 drops cardamom + 2 drops clove and you have a blend that smells absolutely delicious! Harvest Stackable Tea Tin from the Republic of Tea I’m always searching for amazing gluten free products and I just can’t get over the Harvest Stackable Tea Tin from the Republic of Tea. Each flavor is better than the last. Invite a friend over, and put on a pot of tea and enjoy. My favorite is the Hot Apple Cider Herb Tea. Monat Replenish Hair Masque Every Fall I notice...
Avoid Petroleum and Mineral Oil in Your Skincare Products Like the Plague!

Avoid Petroleum and Mineral Oil in Your Skincare Products Like the Plague!

Do you ever think about what you are putting on your skin?   Truth be told, I never did, until I had to… Most people shop for their skin care based on packaging, advertising, or out of habit from what they’ve always used, but they rarely actually think about what they’re buying or what they are putting on their skin. Believe me, I’ll be the first to admit guilt. I used to be like a cat with a shiny object, going for the prettiest package that I was drawn to because I really didn’t have a clue otherwise. When comparing labels, they all looked pretty much the same to me. So, no judgement from me at all. But, before we dive into the controversial subject of mineral oil which is contained in a lot of those pretty products, let’s take a quick minute here to break things down.   Why you should avoid petroleum and mineral oil in your skincare products like the plague!   Our skin is our largest organ and it serves a very important duo of functions—to breathe in oxygen and to release toxins. You might’ve heard that certain chemicals and toxic ingredients that are probably in your skin care are harmful if ingested, but they can’t penetrate your skin, so you have nothing to worry about. That’s not necessarily true. Mineral oil is a great example. Okay, so that now brings us to mineral oil, which you might recognize as petroleum jelly (Vaseline)… It can show up on ingredients labels as mineral oil, petrolatum, liquid paraffin and paraffin oil. Regardless of what it’s called, there...

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