Beauty

Beat Breakouts With This Activated Charcoal Face Cleanser

Activated charcoal is a go-to ingredient when formulating recipes to fight acne. Why? With its powerful detoxifying properties, activated charcoal draws impurities, dirt, and bacteria out of pores. The toxins will stick to the charcoal while the charcoal doesn’t stick to your skin. A few of the skin benefits of activated charcoal include: Controling excess oil Exfoliating due to its slightly gritty texture Helping bug bites heal quicker Soothing skin irritations Lifting dirt and grime out of pores Activated charcoal can be used to make your [...]

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An Esthetician Explains: The Correct Order For Applying Your Skincare Products

Have you ever wondered if that expensive eye cream is really doing anything, or if your serum should be applied before or after your moisturizer? You’re not alone! Knowing how to apply skincare products is as important as choosing the correct products for your skin type. What good is spending all that time and money researching the best facial oil if you’re not allowing it to do what it’s supposed to? Step One: Cleanse If you are a double cleansing fan, [...]

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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Natural Beauty Lovers

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of iHerb. All opinions are 100% mine. I know it’s early, but with less than two months until Christmas, I’m already feeling the gift-buying frenzy in full effect. Not only do most of us have a long list of people to shop for, but the list just keeps growing year after year. If you’re anything like me, it can be super stressful coming up with ideas that make everyone happy without [...]

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3 Holiday Sugar Scrubs Perfect for Gift Giving

I have never met a sugar scrub I didn’t like. Especially this time of year when dryness is at a fever pitch, a yummy smelling scrub is like heaven to parched skin. Hop in the shower, mix in a little water and scrub away. Voila! But the dreamy skin isn’t even the best part. Sugar scrubs are by far the easiest beauty product to make, and with just a few ingredients you can put together a big batch in no [...]

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7 New Ingredients to Add to Your Skincare Routine

1 / 7 Camu Camu Vitamin C is a gold-star ingredient for the skin. And guess what? The Amazonian camu camu plant contains the highest level of natural occurring vitamin C in the world. As much as 60 times that of an orange! This superfood for your face is jam-packed with other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants like ellagic acid that protect against free radicals. Add camu camu to a face mask to brighten skin and reduce inflammation. Try it in: Camu Camu [...]

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10 Ways to Use Activated Charcoal at Home

Regular charcoal is made from coal or wood, but activated charcoal is something completely different. Combined with gas or an activating agent at high temperatures, it becomes a potent natural ingredient you can use in all sorts of situations. It works by absorbing chemicals and reducing their toxicity, whether used internally or externally. Want to learn more? Here is how you can use activated charcoal at home: 1. Detox Skin Activated charcoal acts like the best vacuum you’ve ever heard of: it absorbs excess oil and [...]

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Super Moisturizing Shea Butter Body Wash

With cooler temps comes the arrival of dry skin. When the heat turns on and starts pumping out dry air, you might start to encounter those uncomfortable, itchy patches on your legs and arms. The first defense is often internal so make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. Then you can make changes externally by replacing any harsh soaps and cleansers with more gentle versions to avoid stripping away your body’s natural oils. This homemade body wash [...]

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An Esthetician’s Guide to Taking Care of Your Skin in Your 30s

Seasons of life are often accompanied with changes–some beautiful, some challenging–but each new season may arrive with questions concerning self-care. Often it is easy to look back at our youth and exclaim, “if only we knew x, y and z!” But we shouldn’t let that discourage us from taking full advantage of our current stage in life. Our skin care routine will definitely transition as we age, and I have found that the most change occurs in our 30s. With [...]

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Turmeric Acne Mask + Turmeric-Ginger Smoothie

Turmeric has become a popular (dare I say trendy?) ingredient lately in health and beauty. For good reason! Along with a number of health benefits (improved sleep, reduced anxiety) you often hear the word ‘glowing’ associated with turmeric. And who doesn’t want glowing skin, right? Here are two ways to get turmeric’s acne-fighting and skin-improving benefits, inside and out. Naturally antiseptic and antibacterial, turmeric and honey soothe inflamed skin and acne. Organic apple cider vinegar 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder 1 tablespoon of organic, [...]

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Carrot Seed + Rosehip Under Eye Eraser

Why oh why do our eyes have to telegraph quite so much? They might be the windows to the soul, but I’d prefer they be less of a window into my lack of sleep and allergy issues. I just found the best under eye coverup yet (made with coconut oil!). Still, the dark circle and eye wrinkle struggle is real. We’re all supposed to be wearing eye cream, but applying it is one of my least favorite things. Enter the [...]

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