Natural Product Review: Trader Joe's Nourish Facial Cleaner & Moisturizer

Trader Joe’s Nourish Facial Cleanser & Moisturizer: Pros
I knew I wanted a gentle, rich cleanser because it would be better for my oily skin, but I still wasn’t sure if the Trader Joe’s Nourish skin care line would do the trick. I thought maybe it would be too gentle, and I was skeptical at its claim to be an “exfoliant.” If a face wash exfoliates, doesn’t it need to have little chunks of something to rub the dead skin cells off? It’s turns out the answer is no. Harsh cleansers with chemicals or scrubbing gritty pieces are really too rough for facial skin; using cleansers that rely on grit to exfoliate is like taking sandpaper to your face! It kind of feels like you’re really getting the dirt out, but the truth is that a gentle, nourishing wash and a little patience will have a much healthier and more lasting effect.

A little patience? By that I mean that I’ve been using this cleanser and moisturizer set for over a year now, and my face has never been healthier. The longer I use it, the more I love it. I didn’t see much of a difference at first, but after 6-8 weeks of washing and moisturizing morning and night, I noticed a dramatic difference: clearer, brighter, tighter, and more balanced skin!
These products definitely work hand-in-hand—I’ve noticed the best results when using both Nourish products consistently. I’ve also found that it’s important to apply the antioxidant-rich moisturizer before applying any other creams or oils. After washing, your pores are open to soak up the benefits of the Nourish moisturizer, which, by the way, are plentiful. Both the face wash and the moisturizer contain nutrients your skin will love, such as coenzyme Q10, green tea, and vitamins A, D3, B5, E and K. The moisturizer has even more to absorb: aloe vera, chamomile, pomegranate, and coffee extract too! All this plus both are paraben-, sulfate-, petroleum-, and fragrance-free. Totaling in at about $12 makes TJ’s Nourish skin care line a win-win.

Trader Joe’s Nourish Facial Cleanser & Moisturizer: Cons
One small setback on this pair is that since it contains retinol (vitamin A), it could make your skin more sensitive to sun. This is because retinol encourages skin cell turnover, thus decreasing fine lines and improving skin texture, but the new skin it generates is delicate. Unlike many cosmetic products, TJ’s Nourish skin care line isn’t claiming to be “anti-aging” or “skin-renewing” and retinol is listed at the bottom of the ingredients list on the moisturizer, which is more highly absorbed than the cleanser. This tells me it’s not something to be very worried about; although, if it’s a concern to you, it could be used only in the evening or as a wintertime skin care routine.

Trader Joe’s Nourish Facial Cleanser & Moisturizer: Ingredients
Nourish All-in-One Facial Cleanser: Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Disodium PEG-12 Dimethicone Sulfosccinate, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Alpha Lipoic Acid, Coenzyme Q-10, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Extract, Copper Peptides, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.

Nourish Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer: Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Ethylhexyl (Octyl) Palmitate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Polysorbate-60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Xanthan Gum (Thickener), Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Solluble Collagen, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Punica Grantatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Stearate, Phytonadione (Vitamin K1), Menadione (Vitamin K3), Hydrolyzed Silk, DMAE (Dimethylamnoethanol), Copper PCA, Retinol (Vitamin A), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Thioctic Acid (a-Lipoic Acid), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Polysorbate-20, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phospholipids.

Originally posted 2013-03-20 00:53:00.

Mineral Bath Detox: For Athletes and Beauty Queens!

Feeling achy? Tired? Stressed? Overwhelmed? Groggy? Have you ever wondered if toxins are weighing your body down? Every day our skin, the body’s largest organ, is exposed to toxins found in cosmetics, water, and the air. These toxins can build up, especially if one isn’t sweating on a regular basis. Sweating is one of the most effective ways to rid the pores and lymphatic system of pollutants.

A mineral bath detox can be a great way to gently eliminate the build-up of toxins in the skin that can leave a person feeling poorly. A detoxifying bath will open the pores, promote sweating, and help balance the body’s minerals and enzymes – leaving you feeling refreshed and energized! Here are some suggested ingredients to use in your bath, and why they work:

  • Epsom salt: contains high amounts of magnesium that is absorbed by the skin and helps flush lactic acid, eases headaches, reduces inflammation, and regulates the activity of hundreds of enzymes in the body
  • Sea salt: helps flush toxins, soothes and heals skin, and balances minerals in the body
  • Baking soda: is alkaline and helps balance acid in the system, removes chlorine from water, and softens the skin
  • Ginger: opens the pores and increases blood circulation

Directions:
1) In a small bowl, mix together:
1/3 C Epsom salts
1/3 C sea salts
1/3 C baking soda
2 Tbsp ginger powder (1/2 cup grated ginger, if using fresh)
Several drops of your favorite essential oil, if desired
2) Pour this into your tub under hot running water.
3) Step in, relax, and enjoy for 15-30 minutes! (Start with 10-20 minutes if this is your first detox bath.)

It’s important to remember to detoxify gently; detoxing too quickly can leave one feeling sick or overly dehydrated. So as you try this detox bath, make sure to care for yourself!

  • Try this bath in the evening, when you can go to bed right afterwards. It will likely leave you feeling quite tired.
  • Drink lots of water during and after your bath. This bath will make you sweat, and you need to replenish your body to keep from becoming harmfully dehydrated. Keep a glass of water by your bed at night in case you wake up feeling dehydrated, too!
  • Get up out of your bath slowly; you may feel a little lightheaded.
  • If you can, take your bath on an evening when you don’t have to work the next day. Depending on how many toxins your body has been coping with, you may feel a little sick the next day. Don’t worry, as your body recovers and you drink plenty of water, you will be feeling refreshed and energized!
  • Do not take hot or salt baths if you are dehydrated, sick, hypertensive, pregnant, diabetic, or if you have a history of heart disease. If you are unsure, ask your doctor first.

Originally posted 2013-01-22 03:57:00.

The Low-Down on No-Poo, Low-Poo, Co-Washing, and Dry Shampoo

Lately, as I’ve been reading various online articles and forums, I’ve come across several phrases I had not heard before: “no-poo,” “low-poo,” and “co-washing” amongst other savvy terms, I’m sure. What happened to shampoo? Suddenly, it seems, shampoo is the enemy. It’s as if in the last few years, anti-shampoo conspirators have been meeting in dark alleys behind hair salons to scheme against the product with which we wash our hair, or even if we should wash our hair at all. Personally, I’ve always been rather fond of the nicely marketed bottles of botanical goodness that fill an entire aisle in each local convenience store. What do these conspirators have against shampoo? I’ve done a little research to find out what these anti-shampoo trends are all about.

No-Poo
No-poo refers to not shampooing–at all, or at least not with shampoo. Shampoo as we know it now was first introduced in the 1930s, and shampooing daily became the American standard by the 70s and 80s. So, why do we need it now? Shampoo strips hair of natural oils, some of which we need. If left alone or minimally fussed with, a person’s scalp will naturally balance the oils. However, shampooing creates a vicious cycle: when hair is washed with shampoo, the hair is stripped of oil so the scalp secretes more oil to compensate. We then wash our hair again to get rid of excess oils, our scalp secrets more oils, and the cycle continues. Thus, the theory behind no-poo is to only wash one’s hair with water so that the oils naturally balance, which can take anywhere from two to six weeks. Some advocates of no-poo also suggest shampooing with natural products such as baking soda, honey, or coconut oil. In a six-week no shampoo challenge, 500 Australians went without shampoo, 86% of whom reported that their hair was “better or the same as when using shampoo.”* The results of not using shampoo? Easier on the budget, better (or the same) for your hair, and less waste for the environment!

Low-Poo
For those not willing to give up their colorful bottles with salon-quality promises, the low-poo method is here to save the day. To low-poo, all one has to do is give up shampooing a few days of the week. Low-poo is a commitment to washing your hair once every few days with a small amount of shampoo. Some choose to use their regular shampoo or there are, of course, certain shampoos marketed as “low-poo” shampoos which are usually natural and sulfate-free. Many people also use baking soda or “dry shampoo” to absorb excess oil in between shampoos, but the theory is that a person’s hair will naturally balance when washing with less commercial shampoo. Some report the balance can occur within a few weeks, although I’ve noticed personal improvement in the health of my hair even after months of practicing the low-poo method.

Co-Washing
Co-washing is a type of no-poo; it consists of washing one’s hair with only conditioner. Conditioners don’t have the same lathering chemicals as shampoo does, and therefore is easier on the hair and scalp and doesn’t strip oils away. This is trending especially with those who have curly, thick, or coarse hair that are looking to ease the frizz.

Dry Shampoo
As I mentioned earlier, dry shampoo is used to help absorb excess oils in between washes. It’s simply a spray or powder that is applied to hair on the days between washing. Dry shampoo usually consists of a type of starch (corn starch, rice starch, etc.) that absorbs oil like magic. As a fan of the low-poo method (I didn’t even realize I was becoming a part of a trend, I just stopped washing my hair so frequently) dry shampoo has worked wonders for me! Let’s face it, most of us don’t want to go to work or out to dinner with greasy hair even if it is just for three to six weeks. If I could hibernate inside my house or with some hippies until my hair naturally balanced it’s oils, I would, but most of us have to be seen in public. Dry shampoo applies easily and helps my hair look fresh and clean in between washes. Another upside is that the longer I have used dry shampoo and the less frequently I wash my hair, the less I need it–my oils have begun to naturally balance! As a commercial product, dry shampoo does have some downsides. First of all, most dry shampoos on the shelf are in an aerosol can–bad for the environment. Secondly, those in aerosol cans have some not-so-natural ingredients such as butane (an aerosol propellant) and perfumes. While the dry shampoo in aerosol cans sprays so nicely and conveniently, there are some homemade recipes in both powder and wet-spray form that work well, too.

Now that the scheme against shampoo is out in the open, maybe the anti-shampoo conspirators will move out of those dark alleyways and into the light. I can hear picketers outside the local salon now: “Save our scalps!” “Just say no to shampoo!”

*ABC Sydney, http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2007/04/30/1887681.htm

Originally posted 2013-01-15 22:13:00.

Natural Product Review: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo

Natural Product Review: Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo
As a person with thin, picky hair, I have struggled with finding just the right shampoo and conditioner. Having stayed with a typical shelf brand for literally years, I was hesitant when it came to trying something new in an effort to “go green.” However, learning more about sulfates and parabens definitely gave me a kick-start to dump the chemical-filled products in my bathroom.

Why rid my shower of products with sulfates and parabens?
Sulfates are used to make products foam up and create suds, which is not a bad thing in and of itself, but sulfates are also toxic and known to over-dry the skin and hair. Of course, shampoo by definition is supposed to rid a person’s hair of excess oil, and most people find this desirable. Over-drying however, which sulfates are known to do, can actually be a cause of oily hair because a person’s oil glands try to over-compensate if the skin or hair is dry. So here I was suffering from oily hair, and washing it more with sulfate-filled shampoo so that it wouldn’t be so oily, and all I was doing was making it worse! Balancing the oils in one’s scalp is key to healthy, strong, and shiny hair.Parabens are a class of chemicals used as preservatives in many personal care products. Parabens imitate estrogen, and can interfere with the natural hormones in one’s body, and may be linked to some types of cancer and reproductive issues. While there are limits to the concentration of parabens a manufacturer can put in a product, there aren’t limits for how many various types of parabens can be included, or how much exposure a person gets from all his or her various products. Really, there is still a lot of research being done to discover just how these chemicals may be reacting with our bodies, but in my opinion, toxic products really don’t belong on my skin.

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle: Pros
After deciding that sulfate- and paraben-free is the way to go, good ol’ TJ’s was right there for me, waiting with an affordable and high-quality option. Tea Tree Tingle serves its name well—it’s refreshing, cooling, and has a slight clean tingle to it. One great thing about Tea Tree Tingle that other sulfate-free shampoos often miss is the lathering factor. Despite its lack of sulfates, the shampoo still lathers well, which most of us are accustomed to. Finally, this shampoo cleans your hair–that’s what it’s meant to do right?! It doesn’t make any fantastic claims to give you amazing body or lift or curl or that it will make you look like a hair model, but it cleans your hair, and does it well. It leaves my hair soft and well cleaned, but not stripped of all moisture or full of conditioner build-up. In fact, the longer I’ve used this shampoo and conditioner set, the less I have to wash my hair. Once an every-day shampooing devotee, I now shampoo every-other day; Tea Tree Tingle would be to use in a low-poo or co-washing routine, too. I tribute the gentle, yet effective wash in part to the natural foaming agent (cocamidopropyl betaine) and natural preservative (grapefruit seed extract) used in Tea Tree Tingle. The more natural and effective ingredients used, the better; thanks to TJ’s Tea Tree Tingle for my naturally balanced hair oils!

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle: Cons
Unfortunately, while this product is sulfate- and paraben-free, it does list small amounts of two ingredients with debated implications for health: C12-14 olefin sulfonate and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. First, olefin sulfonate is a foaming agent related to sulfates; while olefin sulfonate is less toxic that SLS or SLES, it can also be drying. Tea Tree Tingle does list the safer, gentler cocamidopropyl betaine as a secondary foaming agent, but I wish it were the only foaming agent used here. Second, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate is a preservative used in place of parabens, but can also be a skin irritant in high doses. Again, grapefruit seed is listed as a secondary preservative; I just wish it were the only preservative used. I use up my shampoo fast enough, anyway!Bear in mind that I can speak only for my hair, which I mentioned has been thin and lifeless; should you have hair that is thick and full of life (congratulations!) I would still suggest giving Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle a shot, as it’s the best and most affordable sulfate- and paraben-free shampoo and conditioner I’ve tried.

Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle: Ingredients
Shampoo: Aqua (purified water) with *tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) oil, *peppermind (mentha piperita) oil, *eucalyptus (eucalyptus officinalis) oil, *rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) oil, *nettle (urtica dioica) oil, *thyme (thymus vulgaris) oil, birch leaf (betula alba) oil, *chamomile (anthemis nobilis flower), *clar

y (salvia sclarea), *lavender (lavandula angustifolia), *coltsfoot leaf (tussilago fargara), *yarrow (achillea millefolium) oil, *mallow (malva sylvestris), *horsetail (equisetum arvense) oil, *soybean protein (glycine soja), C12-14 olefin sulfonate (coconut derived), cocamidopropyl betaine, Tocopherol (vitamin E), trace minerals, citric acid (corn), sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, sodium chloride (sea salt), grapefruit seed (citrus derived). *organic

Aqua (purified water) with *tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) oil, *peppermind (mentha piperita) oil, *eucalyptus (eucalyptus officinalis) oil, *rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) oil, *nettle (urtica dioica) oil, *thyme (thymus vulgaris) oil, birch leaf (betula alba) oil, *chamomile (anthemis nobilis flower), *clary (salvia sclarea), *lavender (lavandula angustifolia), *coltsfoot leaf (tussilago fargara), *yarrow (achillea millefolium) oil, *mallow (malva sylvestris), *horsetail (equisetum arvense) oil, *soybean protein (glycine soja), cetyl alcohol (plant derived), Tocopherol (vitamin E), trace minerals, citric acid (corn), sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, grapefruit seed (citrus derived). *organic

Originally posted 2013-01-15 00:42:00.

How to Make Your Own Coconut/Olive Oil Body Butter

In this article you’ll learn how to make the healthiest, most luxurious body butter you’ve ever used.  Big claims, I know, but try it for yourself and see!  There are several benefits that come with making your own coconut/olive oil body butter:  For one, you get to add far more nutrients (vitamin E and vitamin D) than what’s added to typical store-bought body butter creams, which is essential because the outer layer of the skin needs topical nourishment for optimum health. Second, you’ll know exactly what will be going on your skin (no laundry list of unknown chemicals here).  And finally, what homemade recipe would be complete if it didn’t save you a bit of money? This recipe makes 16+ oz and only costs several dollars to make.  

I custom crafted this body butter recipe to contain high amounts of fat-soluble vitamins E and D, which have incredible benefits for restoring and protecting the skin from sun and age-related damage.  This recipe also calls for extra virgin olive oil, which has anti-oxidant and healing properties of its own. Beeswax is added to make the end product have a creamy/buttery texture that applies smoothly to the skin (plain whipped coconut oil, like some recipes call for, is more oily).  

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup of water
1 tbsp of vitamin E oil (d-tocopherol)
1 tbsp of vitamin D oil (cholecalciferol)
1 tsp of essential oil (if desired – I used tea tree oil)
2 oz of beeswax (pellets are easiest, but you can also make your own shavings from bars)

This homemade coconut/olive oil body butter is incredibly easy to make, and it will nourish your skin like no other.  Simply combine all of the ingredients, except for the vitamin oils, in a pot on the stove.  Heat the mixture on low (heating just enough to melt the ingredients) and stir frequently until ingredients are blended and melted.  

As soon as the ingredients are heated just enough to melt, pour the mixture into a mixing bowl. Immediately begin beating with an electric mixer and add the vitamin oils.  

Beat for a minute or so then place the mixture in the refrigerator for a couple of minutes.  Remove from refrigerator then beat on high for another 3-4 minutes.  The body butter should be congealed, smooth, and creamy.  If it’s still too warm and liquified, you may need to let it sit for a few more minutes, occasionally mixing it with the blender.  The main goal is to prevent separation or lumps by keeping the body butter mixed while it’s cooling.  The end result should look like the picture above, which I produced using the same method and recipe.  This is a great all-purpose body-butter cream, excellent in winter and summer months, effective enough for men and gentle enough for babies (my wife likes it for her legs)!  Enjoy!

NOTE: If you are allergic to bees or beeswax this recipe is not for you!

Recommended Products: Coconut Oil, Vitamin E Oil, Liquid Vitamin D, Bees’ Wax

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Originally posted 2013-01-11 03:02:00.

Dry Skin and the Soaps You Use

To prevent the spread of germs, many are washing their hands more frequently, leading to dry skin, especially during the winter months when the common cold is rampant and the air is harsh and arid. While nutrition plays a very important role in the quality of a person’s skin (coenzyme Q10, omega 3s, and drinking lots of water), it is also crucial to care for skin from the outside. Skin is, after all, the largest organ in the human body, and the outermost layers are primarily moisturized externally.

Why does washing my hands dry out my skin?

Hot water
Frequent contact with water, especially hot water, can strip skin of its natural oils.

Removal of glycerin
Thanks to the industrialization of soap production, glycerin is frequently removed from our modern soaps. Glycerin (also called glycerol when in its pure, chemical form) is the natural byproduct of the soap-making process. Combining fat (animal tallow or vegetable oils such as coconut, olive, or palm kernel) and an alkali (lye, sodium, ash) makes soap, which produces the moisturizer glycerin. Around the late 1800s, commercial soap-makers found that glycerin could be extracted from soap and re-sold for high profits, as it is used to make dynamite, medicines, and many cosmetic products. Since glycerin became such a high-demand product, it is stripped from most soap and thus leaves the modern consumer with hands stripped of moisture.

Antibacterial soaps
Antibacterial soaps have been found to dry skin, and, furthermore, don’t show any long-term benefit of truly fighting bacteria. In fact, frequent use of antibiotic soap begins to produce antibiotic resistance to bacteria and can strip the skin of its natural defenses.

Sulfates
Commercially made liquid soaps are frequently made with sulfates (commonly sodium lauryl sulfate or sodium laureth sulfate) for their lather and foam producing properties. However, sulfates also dry out the skin. How well a soap lathers does not determine how well it cleanses, so there isn’t much added benefit of adding sulfates, except for the nice foaming action.

Thus, most soaps sold in modern convenience stores are extracted of natural moisturizers and instead filled with ingredients that dry our skin.

How can I prevent having dry skin from soap use and frequent hand-washing?
Since washing our hands regularly is said to be the best way to prevent the spread of germs, giving up hand washing is not an option. There are several things you can do, however, to prevent dry skin:

  • Use tepid water when washing. Hot water can further dry out skin. Many of us love hot showers, but this is another good reason to turn the shower temperature down, even if just a little.
  • Find soap that contains glycerin or make your own!
  • Avoid anti-bacterial soap.
  • Use soap that is sulfate-free. Sulfates are found in many household products such as body washes, hand soaps, shampoos, facial cleansers, and even toothpaste.

Originally posted 2013-01-04 22:18:00.

The manly and best way to shave:

The healthiest, manliest, and most ecologically friendly option for your face is probably not to shave at all, but for those of us who aren’t ready to commit to the Grizzly Adams look (or for those whose wives or girlfriends aren’t so fond of the idea), we need to find the manliest way to shave.  Personally, I’ve been in pursuit of the best way to shave for years.  Don’t make me toss in my man card, but I’ve found it difficult to shave without irritating my skin.  The good news is I’ve found a shaving method that won’t irritate my skin and is also ecologically friendly, affordable, and natural.  It revolves around a blade, a bowl, and a brush.  You won’t have to buy aerosol cans of petroleum-based shaving cream, plastic shavers that you keep throwing out, or overpriced multi-blade razors anymore.  Follow the simple instructions below for the best shave–it’s the way men were shaving for years before all the latest marketing schemes:

You’ll need: A double-edged safety razor – these are made of stainless steel, and you’ll never have to replace it.  You’ll only have to replace the single, incredibly sharp blade (and you can purchase a year or two supply for only $10); a shaving bowl or small bowl that fits a cake of round soap; a cake of round shaving soap, I recommend Mr. Beardsley’s Shaving Soap or some other natural soap; a shaving brush, and a pre-shave oil.

1) Take a hot shower and gently scrub your face.  The hot-steam is important for a good shave – it opens the pores and softens the beard.  A proper shave takes time.  If you don’t have time to take a shower, you don’t have time to shave!  The other alternative (though not as good) is to wash your face with hot-water and then let a hot towel rest on your face for several minutes.  

2) Gently rub a pre-shave oil onto your face.  There are oils made specially for shaving, but you can also use pure almond oil (adding a little bit of tea tree oil creates a nice blend).  The oil moistens the beard and skin and allows the razor to slide gently over your face. (This step is optional.  I personally prefer shaving without a pre-shave oil.)

3) Splash hot water on your face, then use a shave brush and a little bit of hot water to lather up the soap in your shave bowl.  Apply the lather to your face in circular motions.

4) There are several things to keep in mind when you start to use your razor.  First of all, shave very gently, letting the weight of the razor do most of the work.  The goal is not to remove the beard in one stroke, but to reduce your beard with several passes of the blade (since there’s only one blade, it won’t irritate your skin).  Secondly, it’s vital that you pay very careful attention to the various directions your beard grows on your face and neck and to shave with the grain.  After most of your beard is removed and you still want a closer shave, you can experiment with gently passing the razor across the direction of your beard.  Finally, use your razor at the lowest angle possible.  This is usually about 30 degrees.  Find this angle by placing the shaver perpendicularly on your skin, then slowly lower it until it will shave your beard.  

5) Continually rinse your razor with hot water while shaving.  If your skin starts to get cool, you can place a warm wash cloth on your skin for a few seconds to help re-open your pores.

6) Reminder: TAKE YOUR TIME.  You will get faster with practice.  

7) After finished shaving, rinse your face with cold water.  You can use an astringent if desired, as well as a natural lotion/oil to re-moisturize your skin. 

A few extra tips: Store your shave brush on its side or bristle down to keep water from damaging the bristles or handle.  Coat your razor blade with your pre-shave oil after each shave to prevent oxidation and to keep the blade sharper longer.  I use tea tree oil, which is also antibacterial.  

This routine has worked wonders for me, and it’s a lot more affordable than using all the latest shaving gadgets.  Relax, reflect, and enjoy the process.  The integrity, moisture, and health of your skin is also highly dependent on your diet.  Be sure to eat plenty of vegetables, berries, and omega-3’s daily.  Happy shaving!

Originally posted 2012-12-08 06:05:00.

DIY Oil-Absorbing Powder

Facial makeup often contains harmful ingredients used to help it absorb into the skin and stay on all day and all night. While chemicals can help makeup stay put longer, it’s time to stop and consider if we really want our make up (toxins and all) to be absorbed into our pores!

Products that are natural are bound to wear off a little quicker, but they give you the opportunity to feel comfortable in your own skin and save a little money. A healthy lifestyle with plenty of sunshine, whole foods, water, and healthy fats is the best way to keep your skin looking gorgeous. Natural makeup is the cherry on top!

oil-absorbing face powder ingredients

For a chemical-free, beautiful face, try this three-ingredient, oil-absorbing powder.

 

Materials: 

  • Corn Starch
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa powder
  • An old (clean) powder makeup container, or other small jar with lid

 

Step 1:  Measure 2 Tbsp of corn starch into a small bowl for mixing.

Step 2:  Slowly add 1/8 tsp of cocoa powder and 1/8 tsp of cinnamon, alternately, until you reach a desired color for your skin tone. Mix thoroughly to see color, and test on the inside of your wrist to see progress. Each ingredient adds a different depth of color, so the amount each person needs will vary.

Step 3:  Once you have thoroughly mixed the powder and found the right color, you’re ready to give it a try on your face! Transfer to  makeup container. Shake a small amount into the lid and use a clean makeup brush to apply to your face after you have washed and moisturized. Apply in small circles, always working from the middle of your face out. This powder can be worn over your regular natural makeup, or alone for a natural matte look.

oil-absorbing face powder

Originally posted 2013-06-26 22:32:17.