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Cucumber Ice Facial

Last week I did a lot of research on the benefits of "ice facials" and posted THIS post all about how to do it and what it will do for your skin.  Today I'm taking ice on your skin to the next level and incorporating ingredients besides ice to boost it's effectiveness!  Plus, if you haven't tried icing your face, you're missing out.  It is weirdly relaxing and your skin glows afterwards! Benefits of Icing Your Face: De-Puffs Stimulates blood circulation Calms inflammation and … [Read more...]

Benefits of Ice Therapy for the Skin

I'm always watching out for new (or at least new to me) beauty treatments that are natural, affordable and effective.  I'm probably not ever going to tell you to run to your local spa and get a $200 sperm facial.  I truly am a minimalist and this helps when you're trying to stay natural and go easy on the wallet.  I had heard of the benefits of ice on the skin for quite sometime but it wasn't until my face swelled up like a balloon thanks to pollen literally taking over the outdoors, that I … [Read more...]

The Benefits of Toner and Are They Really Necessary??

Toners are one of those skin care products that a lot of people question whether they actually do anything.  In fact, I myself have questioned their importance so that's why I decided to do some digging and finally find out if they are more then just refreshing spritzers that smell good. Originally, toners were absolutely necessary due to cleansers having a very high pH.  In order to restore the skin's pH after harsh cleansers, a product was needed that had a neutral pH.  Most skin care … [Read more...]

Ingredients Spotlight: Squalane

Squalane is an up and coming beauty product that has numerous benefits and when sourced properly, is organic, vegan and great for all skin types! Squalane belongs to the oil family.  It is found naturally in our skin and helps with cell function, elasticity and hydration.  By around the age of 25, the amount of squalane in our skin begins to rapidly decline.  By age 50, we have only 5% left.  Just like it's cousins, collagen, coQ10 and hyaluronic acid-they don't stick around indefinitely and … [Read more...]

Skin Benefits of Sea Buckthorn Oil

I bet most of you have heard of sea buckthorn oil by now.  It is one of the most expensive oils to buy but also one of the most effective oils for ALL skin types.  Since it is expensive, I had put off buying a quality sea buckthorn oil (from Mountain Rose Herb-because I trust their quality above any other) but I couldn't ignore the raving reviews of this oil any longer!  Especially when I heard it contains 12x more vitamin C then an orange!  In fact, I've actually added it to my new facial oil … [Read more...]

Facial Oils vs. Facial Creams-Which one is better?

Which form of moisturizer is more effective-a lotion or an oil?  I've been getting this question a lot lately and have come to form a very strong opinion on the debate!  Let me break this question down and shed some light on the inner workings of both products. Lotions are OH SO creamy, cold and lovely, right?!  I agree.  I love me a lotion, especially when I make it myself.  There's just something about slathering a cream on your skin and literally seeing your skin drink it up.  The thing … [Read more...]

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