Do You Really Need a Skin Care Regimen?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body. It is a living, breathing thing and needs proper care and proper products to keep it functioning properly.

The types of products you use on your skin are vitally important to the long term health of your skin. Most commercially produced products may contain chemicals and engineered “natural” ingredients that may show short-term results but may not contribute to the long-term health of your skin. Look for hand crafted products using natural ingredients from plants to provide the best nutrients to your skin. Why hand crafted? Hand crafted helps to ensure freshly made products and usually contain natural ingredients including natural preservatives.

What does a skin care regimen entail? Read on.

 

One Ingredient Wonder: Lemon

Lemons have been used in skin care for thousands of years. They are effective for exfoliation and skin brightening due to their high level of fruit acids, the high Vitamin C and antioxidant properties are useful for neutralizing the effects of our environment and lemons are rich in folate, potassium, magnesium and Vitamin B6 making them ideal for detoxifying your skin from the outside in and the inside out.

Here are some simple ways to incorporate lemons into your skin care regimen.

For Brighter Skin
Take half a lemon and rub on freckles, age spots and even knees and elbows to lighten and brighten the skin. You can even add the juice of 4 lemons to your bath for an all over body treatment.

For Acne & Blackheads
Dab lemon juice on affected areas prior to bed. Do not rinse.

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A guide to reading natural skin care labels

It is becoming more apparent that reading the labels of what you put on your body is as important as what you put into it.  Sometimes, that is easier said than done. Here are a few guidelines to help assist you in your quest for quality, natural skin care products.

Ingredients are listed in descending order of concentration starting with the ingredient containing the greatest concentration. As a general guideline, the first half of the ingredients account for about 93 – 97% of the product and the remaining half account for about 3-7% of the product.

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Lavender: A must have essential oil

Lavender is a popular scent in personal care products and many people know of its ability to relax.  Did you know lavender provides more than just a relaxing aroma?  You might be surprised to find out that lavender essential oil can be used to solve a variety of common problems.

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One ingredient wonder: Coffee

Coffee is full of antioxidants and caffeine which not only provides you with an energy boost in the morning, it can also boost your skin’s appearance by reducing redness, inflammation, dark circles, the appearance of fine lines and even cellulite.

Caffeine is one of the latest trends in skin care because it constricts blood cells which will firm and tighten the surface of the skin, while reducing inflammation and redness.  Caffeine is also attributed to dehydrating fatty cells which provides an appearance of smooth skin thereby reducing the appearance of cellulite.

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Beauty Tip: Oily Hair Help

Add the juice of 1/2 of a lemon and about 1/2 teaspoon of aloe vera gel to a normal amount of your regular shampoo.  Wash hair and rinse well.  You will notice a difference immediately.

Beets

I do not like beets. I have tried to like them, really I have.  But I just don’t.   What I do like about beets are some of its alternative uses.

Beets

During the winter they are abundant, I see beets everywhere.  Beets are high in iron and other vitamins. By adding beet juice or grated beet root to your facial masks, you will notice a light tinge of pink added to the skin and after continued use you will notice age spots starting to fade.

Adding beet juice to your hair will provide an auburn tint. Just add it into your hair, let sit for 15-30 minutes and rinse.

Beet away!

Your New Year’s Beauty Resolutions

We spend so much time focusing on resolutions like losing weight, volunteering more, being a better parent, etc.  Take some time to do a few things this year that will make you feel good about yourself!

1. Just toss it.

If you are like me, you have cupboards and drawers full of beauty products that you don’t use but you are afraid to throw it away just in case.  Well now is the time to free yourself from the clutter and what is likely to be bad beauty products.  If you haven’t used them in the last month (a month filled with parties, gatherings and special events) you have no need for it – so throw it away! Yes, all of it!

Great! Now don’t you feel better?

2. Evaluate your skin care routine.

How is your skin looking to you? If you are not happy, go and get a facial and talk to an expert about your skin.  If natural is as important to you as it is to me, make sure and seek out professionals that understand natural products and how they differ from traditional skin care routines,  so they can advise you appropriately.  It is time to learn and implement. The effort will be worth it.

3. A New Head of Hair

When was the last time you changed your hair style? It might be time to switch it up.  A new cut (or even some color) can do wonders for changing how you look and feel about yourself. A professional that understands your hair is worth the money.

So these are my simple and easy to achieve beauty resolutions. Now go out and mix it up. These are much more fun then waiting in line for the treadmill!

What beauty resolutions are making this year?

Scents to Help Us Through the Winter

Our sense of smell has the power to stimulate our mind and body and specific scents can have a healing effects on us.  We all have specific scents (good and bad) that evoke memories or feelings, don’t be afraid to use them to when you need a little pick-me-up. To benefit from the sense of smell, simply use them as a diffuser oil, in an aroma lamp or by simply smelling the real thing. Here are my top three scents for this time of year.

1. Cinnamon

Who doesn’t love the warmth and comfort that cinnamon evokes? Cinnamon is one of those scents that just about everyone loves.  Cinnamon is known for its antidepressant properties in addition to it being highly anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal.

2. Citrus Scents: Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit

There is nothing more refreshing than the smell of an orange being peeled. Citrus scents are known to uplift  spirits, boost immune systems and are great when winter coughs take over the house.  Use this oil throughout the house and watch a calming tone ensue – as if all things are right with the world.

3. Pine

I know the holidays are over, but the scent of pine is perfect to use throughout the winter season.  Pine is known to improve energy and help with stress relief and mental clarity. We could all use a little of that now and then.

So smell away, you will be glad you did!  What are your favorite scents this time of year?

 

Important Note: Be aware that proper dilution of essential oil is imperative as applying topically can easily burn the skin.

 

Holding Hands Shouldn’t Hurt

Over the last few weeks I have had several people with dry, cracked hands come in asking for help. If your hands are cracking you have let it go too far. You know what they say, prevention is the best medicine.  To begin with, the tips I had in the Winter Skincare Musts post are applicable to hands as well but there are some additional things you can do to help your hands stay soft and healthy during the winter.

Protect Your Hands

The best way to keep your hands healthy is to protect them by wearing gloves. Try to wear gloves whenever possible outside. It seems like such a little thing but this is your best defense against the winter elements.  Taking the glove tip one step further, wear rubber gloves when doing dishes or other household cleaning. The chemicals and hot water are very drying, so protect your hands from them.

Exfoliate

One of the Winter Skncare Musts!  As mentioned in that post, “In order for any moisturizer to be effective, you need skin that will absorb it”.  I keep a hand scrub in my kitchen and follow up after cooking with a light scrub. It gets rid of odors from the food and leaves your skin ready to absorb some moisture.  Be careful about over exfoliating if you have cracks in your skin. You want to make sure and get these healed.

Deep Moisture

Warm a little bit of olive oil (or coconut oil if you have it) and let your hands soak in it for a few minutes.  When I do this, I do not wipe off the excess oil, I just let it drip back into the bowl and let the oil absorb into my skin. Sometimes I will put on some cotton gloves for a few minutes. If you are able  – you can sleep with them on. I do not like sleeping with them so I take them off before bed.

Moisturize Often

Look in your bag, do you have some lotion, balm or butter in it? If not, don’t leave home without one or all.  Apply often throughout the day especially if you are not wearing gloves (which you should be) and after washing your hands.  When you think you have applied too much, apply more!

Avoid Sanitizers

it is proven that washing your hands is more effective than sanitizers. While convenient, sanitizers are usually alcohol based which makes them extremely drying. So, choose to wash your hands over using a sanitizer. If you absolutely must use a sanitizer try to find a natural one and immediately moisturize.

 

Much like your lips (See Kissable Lips), your hands are what is exposed most to the elements of the extremely drying winter cold. Protecting them is the most important thing you can do.

Fizz Bath Shop’s Hand Products from left to right: Hand Scrub, Hand Butter, Hand Sanitizer, Cuticle Balm

Tell me about your favorite tips for keeping your skin, lips and hands in good condition during the winter.

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