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20
APR

5-Step Minimalist Makeup Routine

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 10:02 am | By: Shelby Maddonni

Need a minimal, quick, out-the-door makeup look? I’ve got just the routine for you.

All of these products are either from a cruelty-free makeup brand or 100 percent vegan. This routine is really simple and easy to do and will have you looking great in no time. I love doing a routine like this for work or weekend errands to get that “no-makeup makeup look.” Let’s dive in!

Step 1: Primer

I always start any makeup look by priming my face. For this look, we’re using Emani Perfect 10 Primer Serum. This 100 percent vegan, cruelty-free primer will prepare your skin for makeup, absorb excess oils in your T-zone, and help minimize pores, all while moisturizing your face!

I love this primer because it creates a great base for makeup and helps it last all day. Like, I’m talking I fell asleep with my makeup on and it hadn’t moved when I woke up the next morning! (I also do NOT recommend doing this! Whoops.) To apply, massage one to two pumps on your face with your hands.

Step 2: Concealer

Next, you’re going to apply Zuzu Luxe concealer. This will help with any dark circles or imperfections on your face. To blend the concealer in, gently bounce your Eco Tools mini concealer sponge along your skin.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret here about these sponges: wet them! It makes for the easiest application ever, because it helps spread the product evenly on your face, quickly. It also absorbs a smaller amount of product, which is great for your wallet!

You can also apply a bit of concealer between your eyebrows, on your chin and on the bridge of your nose to brighten up your face a bit.

Step 3: Blush

After that, you’re going to apply some Zao makeup blush. This blush is wonderful! I love that you are very in control with it, meaning it’s very buildable. You can go really subtle for work or build it up for a night out.

Every cosmetology book under the sun will tell you to smile to find the “apple of your cheeks,” and this is where you apply blush. Not me! I like to start there and drag my Zao blush brush up and back for a more natural, diffused look. Brush in circular motions also so you don’t get a line of color across your cheek.

Step 4: Mascara

Next, go in with some mascara to give your eyes a more “woken up, alert” look. theBalm’s Mad Lash is a great cruelty-free mascara (and look how cute the packaging is!).

The curved wand will give your lashes volume and the mascara won’t flake all over your face or give you those ugly marks around the eyes. Wiggle the applicator back and forth on your lashes to help separate and lengthen them.

Step 5: Lip Gloss

To finish off this look, let’s apply a lip gloss. Zao beige lipgloss is light and shiny and can go with any look.

This gloss is great because it’s not sticky or tacky like most lip gloss products, making it really comfortable on the lips. Another reason I love it is, it can be paired overtop of a lipstick to give a shiny, wet, glossy look to any lipstick color.

That completes our minimalist makeup routine. I hope you found it helpful and stress-free! I’m slowly trying to incorporate more natural and chemical-free products into my makeup bag, so leave me your recommendations below!

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19
APR

3 Foods That Can Boost Your Skin’s Natural Sun Protection

Filed Under: Health Foods,Personal Care at 5:21 pm | By: Joe Palinsky

Anyone who is 100 percent done with the cold grip of winter will be happy to know that summer is just around the corner. Whether you are looking forward to longer days, afternoons spent unwinding on a sandy shore, or a chance to go on vacation with the people you love, summer has a way of infusing life with a bit of joy and excitement. Unfortunately, it also brings about some serious health concerns, such as skin cancer.

Statistics about skin cancer have not changed much in recent years (1). According to one estimate, more than 5.4 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer are treated in more than 3.3. million people in the United States each year (2).

While finding the appropriate sunscreen should be at the top of your priority list, there are a few other ways to boost your skin’s natural sun protection. Eating specific foods, for example, can be a simple and effective way to increase your skin’s defenses.

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are packed with an assortment of vitamins and nutrients your body can benefit from. You might already know that fruits in this category contain ample amounts of vitamin C, but you might not be aware that citrus also generally contains potassium, vitamin E, copper, vitamin B6 and more.

By giving your body a nice dose of citrus each day, experts say you are significantly less likely to experience sunburn. Since these irritations to the skin increase your risk of skin cancer, citrus can be another line of defense for your body.

One study found that participants who consumed more citrus and citrus peel were far less likely to develop cancerous cells in their bodies (3). Though eating more citrus is not a cure by any means, it’s a preventative step that can help provide an extra layer of sun protection.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are a fruit closely associated with summer. Whether you grow them in your garden, buy them from a farmer’s market or order them online, you most likely incorporate tomatoes into many of your meals during the warmer months.  A tomato is not only good for a salad. In fact, a number of studies suggest eating tomatoes regularly might help to significantly reduce the odds of developing certain types of cancer.

The science behind this study is quite interesting. Tomatoes, like almost all red fruits, are said to contain high levels of the carotene known as lycopene (4). Consuming tomatoes and other fruits rich with lycopene on a daily basis might actually help cut your skin cancer risk in half.

This is an easy addition to your routine. All you need to do is cut a tomato into slices for a snack, sprinkle on some salt and cracked pepper, and enjoy the delicious taste and the cancer-fighting properties. Don’t like tomatoes? Red cabbage, grapefruit and peppers are also excellent sources of lycopene.

Wild Salmon

Protecting your skin by eating ample fruits and veggies can be a great move to make. Of course, you might also want to add some meat into your diet. If you are a fan of fish, you’ll be happy to learn that wild salmon contains some incredibly useful nutrients when it comes to sun protection. Salmon, like most fish, are filled with omega-3 fatty acids. The omega-3s found in most wild salmon are said to actively work toward preventing skin cancer.

The fatty acids of the salmon not only help to increase the skin’s natural protection against harmful UV rays. Studies have shown eating fish rich with omega-3s can also help to prevent collagen in the skin from being damaged, diminished or destroyed by prolonged exposure to the sun (5).

While you don’t need to eat salmon as regularly as tomatoes or citrus, you can benefit from including fish in your weekly meal plan. When used in conjunction with sunscreen, eating a balanced diet can help keep your skin well-protected this summer.




9
APR

This Ultra-Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo Could Be the Cure for Dry, Winter Hair

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 10:40 am | By: Joe Palinsky

Healthy hair can totally transform how you feel each day. When your locks look the way you want in the morning, you’ll feel more confident to face whatever challenges await. The winter tends to dry out hair follicles, making it more difficult to give your hair the style you desire. To counteract the damage the season has done, try using a homemade coconut milk shampoo! The recipe is simple and the results will leave you with hair that feels nourished and alive.

What You’ll Need

Essentials:
– ½ cup of unsweetened coconut milk
– ⅔ cup of castile soap
– Empty bottle

The above are the only ingredients you actually require to make the shampoo. The next ingredients are to add some extra benefits to the experience. Feel free to explore other combinations than what is listed here, as you can get quite creative and discover some lovely results. Essential oils might add an extra scent component you find appealing.

Extra:
– 1 tsp vitamin E oil
– 1 tsp coconut oil

Directions

  1. Place 1 tsp of coconut oil in a microwave-safe dish and heat for 30 seconds. If you do not have a microwave, just heat the oil over the stove for a few minutes until it liquefies. Do not let it get too hot.
  2. While the oil is heating, add the coconut milk and castile soap to the bottle and shake it up to mix the ingredients.
  3. Add the liquid coconut oil and vitamin E to the mixture and shake vigorously.
  4. Shower and see the results for yourself!

For the best results, use roughly one or two tablespoons in your hair each time you wash it. Shampoo will last roughly two months before it should be replaced.




6
APR

Healthy Recipe: Coconut Oil Liquid Hand Soap

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Coconut oil is so great that you can literally make dozens of different personal care products with it. If you are willing to try it out, here’s an easy-to-make DIY recipe for a coconut oil liquid hand soap.

Making your own liquid soap has two great advantages. First, you can be 100 percent sure there are no iffy ingredients in a product that you and your family will be applying to your hands and skin on a daily basis. Second, you can save money, as making your own natural liquid hand soap is actually cheaper than buying conventional soaps.

All you need is a jar of coconut oil, one natural unscented soap bar, essential oils (your choice), a cheese grater, and a large pot for water and soap. You will also need liquid soap dispensers and a large mason jar for refills.

Here’s how to make your coconut liquid soap, step by step.

1. Grate the entire bar of soap with your cheese grater and put it in a pot. Add 10 cups of water over the grated soap and two tablespoons of coconut oil.

2. Heat the soap, coconut oil and water on medium heat until all the soap and coconut oil have dissolved. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool.

3. This part is optional. If you want to have unscented soap, jump to step 4. If you want to add essential oils for fragrance, add between 20 to 25 drops of your favorite essential oil into the mixture.

4. Let it sit and cool. Stir every hour and you may add an extra cup of water to improve consistency. After five hours, the soap should be ready!

5. Pour the soap into the dispenser and you can start using it right away. You may try different essential oils for new scents every time you make new soap.




13
MAR

5 Safe & Natural Teeth Whitening Techniques

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 8:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor

Many people use teeth-whitening products in hopes to achieve a beautiful, white smile. The majority of conventional products are quite efficient but some of them contain questionable and potentially dangerous ingredients. Try to do this in a more natural way and you might be impressed by how efficient some of these natural ways really are. Let’s check out 5 safe and natural teeth whitening techniques.

1. Strawberry

The delicious fruit can also keep your teeth white. Whitening your teeth with a strawberry and baking soda mixture is a natural remedy that may help exfoliate your teeth and make them whiter. The malic acid found in strawberries will remove discoloration on your teeth, while the baking soda will buff away stains.

2. Charcoal

Brushing your teeth with activated charcoal from a food/medical grade source is a super easy and very effective method. Just mix a teaspoon of charcoal powder into water and swish with it for a few minutes. Then, spit the water and leave the remaining charcoal in for a few minutes. Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent porous substance that binds to things like tannins that stain teeth and leave them yellow or brown. Note that activated charcoal is not the same product used for barbeque/grilling.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric contains a few properties known to remove stains. The funny thing is that turmeric is known for staining things yellow but, somehow, it’s an efficient technique for whitening teeth.

4. Baking Soda

Baking soda is popular ingredient in toothpaste and as it has natural whitening properties. It’s a mild abrasive that can help scrub away surface stains on teeth and is also creates an alkaline environment in your mouth, which prevents bacteria from growing. Brushing your teeth with baking soda a few times per week will not whiten your teeth overnight, but your teeth tend to get whiter and whiter as you continue to use it.

5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, a main active ingredient known to effectively kill bacteria. This antibacterial property of vinegar makes it useful for cleaning your mouth and whitening your teeth but do not use apple cider vinegar every day. Simple to use, just dilute it with water and swish it around in your mouth for several minutes. Make sure to rinse your mouth with plain water afterwards.




7
MAR

Should You Try Healing Clay? Benefits + 4 Ways To Use

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Personal Care,Recipes at 3:25 pm | By: Madeline Reiss

Clay masks are definitely having a moment in the wellness spotlight! You may have seen people with grayish-greenish, mud-slathered faces in your social feeds all in the name of #selfcaresunday. Believe it or not, clay masks have actually been used for centuries to beautify, refresh and heal a variety of skin and health issues. There are a number of clays on the market that boast their own set of health benefits, but the most popular of which is bentonite clay.

What is Bentonite clay and how does it work?

Also known as green clay, bentonite clay is composed of aged volcanic ash. It’s known for its unique ability to produce a negative charge when hydrated, allowing it to act like a magnet and bind to heavy metals and toxins, which typically have positive charges. It has an alkalizing effect on the body and may help balance gut bacteria when taken in small doses.

Best ways to use

  • Face mask: To detoxify skin and remove impurities, mix up a paste of clay and water. Typically a teaspoon of water to a tablespoon of clay works best, but it depends on how thick of a paste you prefer. Swapping apple cider vinegar for water will deepen the cleansing effect, but might not be a good choice for sensitive skin!
  • Skin Irritations: Applying a mask of bentonite clay and water to skin irritations may help them heal faster. Clay is able to bind to bacteria and toxins living on the surface of the skin, making it an excellent antibiotic treatment to reduce redness, itchiness, and help fight allergic reactions.
  • Detox Bath: Add 1/4-1/2 cup of clay to a bath for a relaxing and detoxifying soak. This can help soften skin and soothe any irritations by removing impurities.
  • Detox drink: A daily dose of bentonite clay may help balance gut bacteria and relieve indigestion. Start small by stirring a 1/4-1/2 teaspoon to see how your body reacts, before increasing to 1 teaspoon.

A few words of caution…

  • Never mix bentonite clay with metal utensils! It can bind to toxins in the metal which will then end up on your skin.
  • Always do a skin patch test before applying a face mask or treating skin irritations. Bentonite clay is ideal for normal to oily skin types and may be too harsh for those with dry or sensitive skin.
  • As with any supplement, check with your doctor before ingesting bentonite clay as a detox drink, as it may interfere with any existing supplements or medications you’re taking.

Have you ever tried healing clay masks? Share your experience in the comments?

 




20
FEB

5 Tips For Growing Your Hair Long & Strong

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 2:36 pm | By: Guest Blogger

Feeling like your hair is as healthy as it should be is not always easy. People are born with different hair types and some are more prone to damage than others. On top of this, growing out your hair can often be a very lengthy process for some. Getting your hair to a healthy, long, and strong place can seem like a difficult journey but there are some simple options worth your consideration.

Focus on Health

Hosting a head full of strong follicles is not always about speed. While you might want your hair to grow to a desired length in the fastest way possible, it can also prove counterintuitive to your goals. No matter how fast your hair grows out, you still want to ensure its strength. Damaged hair often gives off an unhealthy appearance and can even make your locks look shorter than they already are. One simple way of fighting off split ends and other problematic hair conditions is by getting regular trims at the salon.

The more you cut away split ends, the longer your hair is going to appear. Your hair is not going to grow any faster from this service but it definitely will aid in maintaining a strong and healthy mane.

Orange is Your Color

Eating the right foods will also help you along your way to healthier hair. Vitamin A is a nutrient responsible for assisting with a variety of important processes in the body. One way it helps is by keeping the production of sebum on the scalp consistent. Sebum is an oily secretion put off by the scalp to preserve hair follicles and keep them from drying out. This means you can benefit greatly by making sure that you are receiving an ample amount of Vitamin A in your daily diet.

A simple way of finding the best sources of Vitamin A is by looking at the color of the fruits and veggies in the supermarket. Produce with a dark orange appearance tend to contain a large amount of beta-carotene, which is said to be one of the easiest ways for the body to obtain Vitamin A. When you need Vitamin A in your diet, grab options like carrots, oranges, and even peaches. Supplements can also be a wonderful way to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin A to keep your hair in a healthy state.

Common Deficiencies 

According to a number of recent surveys, many Americans are living with serious vitamin deficiencies of which they were mostly unaware. Surprisingly, a number of people seemed to be deficient when it came to magnesium. On a biological level, magnesium is responsible for activating more than 300 different enzymes in the body. When there is not enough magnesium to keep all of these processes going strong, several areas suffer. For many, a lack of magnesium can lead to slowed hair growth and even a thinning or loss of follicles.

Without magnesium, your hair is far less strong than it should be. Luckily, it is easy to get this nutrient back into your diet. Seeds and nuts are usually the best sources of magnesium, so you are going to benefit from grabbing a few bags of pumpkin seeds the next time you’re looking for a snack. Almonds, cashews, and peanuts can also be great options. Those with nut allergies can turn to options like spinach or supplements to receive the correct daily dose.

Skin Deep

It is not always easy to tell how healthy your hair is by looking at it in the mirror. There is, however, a simple way of gauging things. Your skin is usually a good reflection of the health of your hair. When your skin seems to be dry or excessively greasy, then you might need to adjust your diet or habits to balance chemical productions.

A cup of green tea might serve you well when you are looking to improve the condition of your hair and skin. The detoxifying nature of green tea will help to cleanse your follicles of any toxins that might have collected. Dark chocolate, eggs, spinach, and sweet potato are also great options for improving the overall health of your skin and hair.

Stop Processing 

Finally, your hair will benefit greatly when you decide to take a break from coloring and other salon processes. Intense chemicals and temperatures are typically involved with coloring or straightening hair. This can damage your hair to extreme degrees and prevent it from growing in the way you’d like. Take a year away from treating your follicles with any of these services and see the difference yourself.

There are a number of fantastic options for you to think over when it comes to the health of your hair. Find the method that works best for you and watch your locks flow.

 

Article written by Joe Palinsky

Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.




8
FEB

What Exactly Are Parabens & Why Should You Avoid Them?

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 3:59 pm | By: Guest Blogger

Maintaining one’s hygiene is a top daily priority for most people. The shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste you rely on all play a big part in helping you meet your cleanliness goals. Of course, you might also be surprised to learn some of these products contain some questionable chemicals. Since items like deodorant come in contact with bacteria regularly, manufacturers have taken to using specific preservatives to neutralize any potential health hazards.

One of the chemicals that has seen widespread use is paraben. Though parabens have been found in various toiletries for a long while, health advocates are now pointing out some worrisome results from studies conducted over recent years. To know whether or not you should be avoiding parabens, it can be useful to examine some key points.

Hormone Problems

Parabens have not been viewed as a threat until now because the short-term impact of exposure is considered minimal. In fact, parabens seem only harmful outright if a person decides to eat his or her deodorant or toothpaste. Since this is not likely for an adult to do, it might not seem like parabens are that much of a problem. In truth, studies have shown that the body is often absorbing parabens through the skin and storing them away in fat cells. This keeps the parabens in your body for long durations and can lead to health complications.

One common problem people with long-term exposure to parabens exhibit is an imbalance with hormone production. Parabens have been shown in various studies to disrupt hormone production in some serious ways. When left untreated, this imbalance has led to breast cancer and other risks in some individuals. This is attributed to parabens increasing the level of estrogen in a person’s body, making them more susceptible to tumor growth.

The Flip Side

While the above information might be enough for some to turn away from products that contain paraben, there are some who are skeptical. Some critics have stated that the studies released surrounding parabens and breast cancer do not take many additional factors into consideration. Though there have been several other studies conducted over the years, there is not enough conclusive evidence to suggest that parabens directly lead to cancer. Still, there have been many strides forward in recent years to reduce and remove parabens from most products.

Back in 2012, the European Union decided to ban the use of several parabens in health and beauty products outright. In America, it has been left to individual companies to make the decision. There are a number of large and small companies taking progressive steps towards finding a solution to parabens. Instead of relying on an outright ban to force their hands, these manufacturers are turning to alternate sources for their preservative needs. While this has resulted in a shorter shelf-life for some products, the precaution may prove to be a wise decision in the long run.

Ultimate Decision

Making the choice on whether or not to use products containing parabens can be tricky. Steering clear of them might be more sensible until more studies are released. Still, using your best judgment can help you to find safe options to keep you feeling fresh.

 

Article written by Joe Palinsky

Joe Palinsky is a full-time writer and theater professional in Philadelphia. He predominantly works with ensemble-based Found Theater Company, where his writing has been featured in numerous productions. Though primarily a ghostwriter, his work has been published in the now-defunct Spirit News and as a guest on Found Theater’s blog.




22
JAN

Homemade, Nontoxic Deodorant Recipe For Sensitive Skin

Filed Under: Personal Care,Recipes at 2:28 pm | By: Madeline Reiss

If you’re hip on nontoxic, DIY beauty, you’ve probably attempted to make your own deodorant before. Many people swear by how easy and beneficial it is to whip up an effective natural deodorant using baking soda, essential oils and a handful of other ingredients found in your kitchen. However, one of the major drawbacks of using baking soda as a primary ingredient is skin irritation.

If your pits are prone to those painful, unsightly bumps—try this recipe that dramatically reduces the amount of baking soda, while adding in soothing and nourishing shea butter to help keep you smooth and chafe-free naturally!

Ingredients

1/3 cup coconut oil
3 Tbs. beeswax, grated or pellets
2 Tbs. shea butter
1/3 cup arrowroot powder
2 Tbs. baking soda (reduce to 1 Tbs if still to harsh for your skin)
10 – 15 drops essential oils

This recipe fills two deodorant containers. You can reuse empty containers or order empty ones online! I’ve even used jars when I didn’t have a deodorant container on hand.

Directions

1. Melt coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until melted.

2. Once completely melted remove off heat and whisk in arrowroot powder and baking soda. Then add essential oils. Mix thoroughly, but quickly as mixture will start to thicken.

3. Pour into two empty deodorant containers (like these) and let your homemade deodorant sit until completely set (give it a couple hours for good measure). Place lid on and use as you would any other deodorant.

Recipe Source: Thankyourbody.com




12
OCT

This 10-Step Routine Might Be The Secret To Clear, Glowing Skin

Filed Under: Beauty,Personal Care at 2:38 pm | By: Madeline Reiss
Young beautiful korea woman holding product in hand with relax emotion at pink background, 20-30 year old.

Korean skincare (K-Beauty) products are populating beauty aisles left and right. Characterized by their eye-catching colors and whimsical packaging, K-Beauty products utilize a modern “nature meets technology” formula and thorough 10-step regimen that’s practiced morning and night. Pick up a face mask and you might see ingredients like snail mucin (yes, that’s snail slime), pig collagen and bee venom—all said to boost cell regeneration, calm inflammation and leave you with a dewy glow.

The philosophy behind the K-Beauty regimen is that an individual’s complexion requires a customized routine that addresses their unique skin issues, such as acne, dry skin, premature aging and so on. While 10-steps sound exhausting, keep in mind several steps are only practiced twice a week and a few products are used more than once.

Ready to become an expert on Korean skincare? Buckle up, because we’re taking you through the complete, 10-part system.

The 10-Step Korean Beauty Routine

Step 1: Remove Makeup & Pre-Cleanse…

The first half of the popular K-Beauty “double cleanse” is removing your makeup with an oil-based makeup remover. Massage all over your face to break up dirt and bacteria, adding a splash of lukewarm water to help spread the product, then rinse!

Step 2: …And Cleanse Again

A crucial step in the K-Beauty regime is proper, thorough cleansing. This helps activate a radiant, acne-free complexion! Using a mild, water-based cleanser, rinse away impurities leftover from the pre-cleansing step with soft, circular motions.

Step 3: Exfoliate

Soft, supple skin means no dead skin cells collecting on the surface, so slough it off and don’t neglect your lips! A big note on this step: you don’t need to scrub your entire face every night. Try this step twice a week, as exfoliated skin allows your skin to effectively absorb the rest of the products.

Step 4: Toner

K-Beauty toners are not your typical, overdrying, alcohol-filled formulas. Their goal is to hydrate and clarify, balancing your skin’s pH levels and prepping the surface for better absorption of other products.

Step 5: Face Mist

Regarded as the most important step of K-Beauty skincare, an essence is a kind of toner-serum hybrid made for aiding skin repair, brightening your complexion and assisting with cell turnover. Apply it to freshly toned skin and pat it in.

Step 6: Serum

Think of a serum as a concentrated essence that directly treats the issues unique to your skin type. Different serums target large pores, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, etc. This is what makes the 10-step routine super customizable to your own skincare needs.

Step 7: Sheet Mask

While essences are the most important step, sheet masks are definitely the most popular and recognizable step of the K-beauty routine. Apply and let the mask sit for 15-20 minutes, once or twice a week for best results. If you’ve been wanting to add a mindfulness practice to your daily routine, this is the perfect time for some meditation!

Step 8: Eye Cream

K-Beauty recognizes that the skin surrounding your eyes is different from the rest of your face—soft delicate and fragile. An eye cream provides this special area with the hydration and protection it needs to stay bright and free of dark circles. Always tap to apply & never rub!

Step 9: Moisturizer

If dewy, glowing skin is the ultimate goal, it’s paramount to find a moisturizer that suits your skin type. K-Beauty moisturizers span the entire realm of face care formulations, from creams to gels to lotions, all working to seal in the hydration that will keep your skin firm and fine-lines in check.

Step 10: SPF Or Sleep Cream

If you’re sealing off your AM routine, the K-Beauty regimen always encourages an SPF of 30+, even if you’re only going outside for a few minutes. It’s the easiest and most effective way to prevent premature aging and skin cancer. If you’re practicing your nighttime routine, smooth on a second layer of moisturizer with a sleep cream. This step locks in moisture and keeps your skin hydrated through the night.

Whew! Though it seems like you’ll need a spreadsheet to keep all these products organized, many people are raving about the 10-step K-Beauty routine. Will you be giving it a try? Let us know your thoughts!




7
SEP

3 DIY Face Masks + Clear Skin Commandments

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Personal Care at 9:30 am | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
clearskin

If asked, “what’s your largest organ?” it’s doubtful that “skin” would be in most people’s top 10 (or even top 100) guesses – but it’s true. And what you apply TO your skin can greatly affect not only how you look, but how you feel.

Feel the glow by following our clear skin commandments…

1. Drink water

This is not only about downing eight glasses a day but starting your morning right with hot water and lemon. It helps aid digestion and is a better alternative to coffee.

2. Practice self-care

Take time for self-care. Take that yoga class you’ve been meaning to for ages. Planning time for self-care can reduce stress-inducing hormones that wreak havoc on your skin.

3. Supplement

Help cover any nutrient gaps with supplements. A daily multivitamin with nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc, selenium and chromium all play an essential role in reducing excess sebum, helps build collagen and repairs skin cells.

4. Eat a balanced diet

A well-balanced diet high in antioxidants and omegas will do your skin (and your health) a world of good. Start stocking up on blueberries, oranges, strawberries and sweet potatoes – all great sources of the types of antioxidants that help fight acne and result in radiant skin . Acne has another enemy in the form of Omega-3s. Consuming salmon, nutsand olive oil help reduce inflammation, a root cause of those pesky blemishes.

5. Sleep!

Get plenty of “beauty sleep.” Less sleep lowers circulation, which could leave you looking pale and washed out. Your body’s cellular renewal occurs at night, so the night time really is the right time to apply as many nutrients and hydrating ingredients as it needs.

3 DIY Masks For Better Skin

1. Pore-fect Honey Mask

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons of honey

1 tablespoon of baking soda

1-2 drops of tea tree essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Combine together all the ingredients in a bowl and massage onto face. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

 

2. Calming Crunchy Acne Mask

INGREDIENTS

½ tsp turmeric

1 tablespoon yogurt

1 tablespoon oatmeal

1-2 drops lavender essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Carefully mix together all the ingredients (turmeric can stain!). Gently massage onto face and leave on for 20 minutes before rinsing.

 

3. Ultimate Acne Mask

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon our fave facial clay – your face will pulse!

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 drop lavender essential oil

1 teaspoon aloe vera gel

2 drops vitamin e oil

DIRECTIONS

Mix together everything except the aloe and vitamin E oil until a paste forms. Apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes or until dry. Remove using a warm cloth. Follow up by applying the aloe vera and vitamin e oil to prevent overdrying.

 




31
AUG

A New Take On Traditional Toothbrushing

Filed Under: Personal Care at 11:50 am | By: Madeline Reiss
Radius strives to make their products as safe and toxin-free as possible, seeking out materials that don’t include any suspect or harmful chemicals, or unnecessary additives.

 

 

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29
AUG

What Exactly Is Oil Pulling & Is It Worth A Try?

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing,Personal Care at 2:52 pm | By: Madeline Reiss
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Whether oil pulling is a staple in your morning routine or the mere thought of swishing oil for 20 minutes makes you gag, this ancient, Ayurvedic technique is buzzing in the wellness community. So what exactly is oil pulling? It’s taking roughly a tablespoon or two of oil (traditionally sesame, sunflower or coconut) and swishing it in your mouth for up to 20 minutes prior to brushing your teeth. Many seemingly miraculous health claims have been touted about the practice, such as its ability to draw out toxins from your body, relieve TMJ symptoms, help digestion, prevent heart disease, whiten teeth, increase energy…the list goes on.

While there is a lot of anecdotal-based support for this remedy, the problem with oil pulling is that there is little scientific evidence to back up the claims—as there are only a handful of studies completed on the topic. It’s great to stay in-the-know when it comes to health and wellness, but it’s always important to do your research and make an informed decision with the help of a doctor before jumping on trends.

What oil pulling could do for your health

Studies show that a decrease in plaque and gingivitis symptoms can be noticed after 7 days of oil pulling, but naturally, these results will vary from person to person. Many have reported whiter teeth and sensitivity relief as the common and most noticeable effects of using this remedy daily.

Oil pulling is a great substitute for conventional mouthwash because it can eliminate bad bacteria without taking the good bacteria along with it. Still looking for a minty-fresh feeling after you brush? Add a drop of peppermint to the coconut oil promote better breath.

What oil pulling probably won’t do for you

While there are some apparent benefits of oil pulling, the jury is still out on its other supposed health benefits. There is no scientifically confirmed evidence that it can pull toxins from your body, balance hormones, prevent heart disease, etc. For now, we have only the testimonies of oil pulling advocates as we await new scientific studies to test this ancient, natural remedy.

It’s extremely important to remember that oil pulling is NOT a substitute for flossing or brushing. Like mentioned above, it can be a more holistic alternative to mouthwash, but nothing replaces the mechanical actions of brushing and flossing.

So…is it worth a try?

For now, it seems like the best way to find out if oil pulling will work for you is to try it! Most dentist’s philosophy seems to be “there’s no real risk so give it a try if you enjoy it,” just remember to NOT neglect your regular flossing and brushing. Another warning is to be very careful not to inhale oil down the wrong pipe, as it can cause lipoid pneumonia if it gets into the lungs.

Personally, I’ve used coconut oil for my sensitive teeth and it’s been helpful at providing some pain relief. My teeth seem whiter, but I’ve also stepped up my overall dental care routine, so that could have (obviously) played a role in that! In addition to sensitive pain relief, I prefer oil to mouthwash as it does leave a fresh feeling without the harmful chemicals and lingering aftertaste.

How To Oil Pull

If you think oil pulling can benefit you, here are a few tips to get started:

  1. Oil pull first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking or even brushing your teeth
  2. Swish 1-2 tablespoons for 10-20 minutes. You can start with a short amount of time to build up your tolerance.
  3. Spit out into a trash can, never your sink! It can clog drains.
  4. Brush your teeth and floss as normal after. You can oil pull a few times a week or every day if you want!

Like many natural remedies, it will take some time and regular practice before you see results. Are you an oil pulling advocate or not? Let us know why below!

 




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AUG

DIY Citrus Coffee Sugar Scrub

Filed Under: Aromatherapy,Beauty,Personal Care at 12:00 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
citruscoffeescrubShed those excess cells and exfoliate without the toxic ingredients in conventional, store bought products by making your own scrub. Who doesn’t want silky, smooth skin in the summer…uh, yes, please.

Feeling extra crafty? Make a large batch and put in mason jars for an easy gift idea. Plus, you probably have most of these ingredients in your kitchen already.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup organic sugar

1/2 cup coffee grinds

¼ cup of melted coconut oil

12 drops of lemon essential oil (or juice of one lemon)

6 drops orange essential oil

 

DIRECTIONS

Place coconut oil in a quart sized pot and melt until liquid. Pour into glass bowl and combine with remaining ingredients. Stir together until well mixed and place in a quart sized Mason jar. To use, scoop out a small amount and add a little water for a creamier like texture. Give some extra love to areas that need some extra exfoliating like knees, elbows and feet.




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AUG

Switching To A Natural Beauty Routine? Here’s What You Need To Know

Filed Under: Beauty,Green Living,Personal Care at 3:47 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
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So you buy organic food, shop at the local farmers market and own more reusable bags than there are days in month – but what about your personal care? Did you know that you are exposed to more than 100 chemicals found in cosmetics, soaps, and other personal hygiene products before leaving the house each morning? Sad but true.

But before you swear off showering forever, you should know that there are other safer, greener options out there for you. Read on to get the lowdown on some of our favorite basic beauty supplies.

Let’s start in the shower. For shampoo and conditioner, go with a combo that’s fragrance-free and lacks the synthetic scents that can be derived from crude oil and contain carcinogenic derivatives. A 2001 study by the Environmental Protection Agency found that synthetic fragrances often contained hormone disruptors linked to abnormal cell reproduction. Our solution? A shampoo and conditioner ranked first overall by the Environmental Working Group, so you know it’s that good.

Castille soap isn’t just for cleaning floors. My favorite brand, Dr. Bronners, with 18-in-one uses, goes above and beyond the shower. It contains a combination of organic extra virgin coconut, olive, jojoba and hemp oils, that when combined with pure essential oils creates a refreshing, velvety lather that cleans effectively without being aggressive.

Out of the shower, you’ll want to nourish your skin with a lotion like this that combines emollient-rich olive oil and healing aloe. And it works under makeup too!

Now that you have the basics, keep in mind that this transition won’t happen overnight. Just remember to read labels and look out for the major three no no’s: parabens, phthalates and triclosan. Once you find a product that fits the bill, it may or may not work for you—this is especially true when it comes to deodorant! Everyone’s body chemistry is different so allow yourself at least two weeks for your body to detox and adjust.