What not to expect from natural beauty products.

If you are contemplating the switch to natural skin care and other personal care products, it is important that you begin with proper expectations.  It is not fair to compare natural skin care with their synthetic-laden counterparts. It is like comparing apples to oranges. As you get started on your quest for quality, natural products, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Natural beauty products will not last forever. 

When you buy natural products make sure you use them. These are not the products that should reside under your counter and used as a back up. Natural products often use few, if any, preservatives. As a result their shelf life is much shorter than non-natural products that contain the preservatives you are trying to avoid. You invested in them, use them.

Natural beauty products will not feel the same.

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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.


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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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?

Beauty Tip: Film from Boiled Milk

Beauty Tip: Take the film from boiled milk and apply to face and let dry. Lightly scrub off with warm water.