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Don’t Sweat It.

 

Nothing melts down your makeup faster than heat and humidity. And water-proof? Eeeek! Talk about synthetic ingredients and a clumpy, bumpy, artificial mask! No thanks! In the summer, less is more, and it’s really a chance to let the healthy skin you’ve worked so hard to achieve shine through. Don’t worry, just a few changes to your makeup routine will keep you looking great throughout the hottest part of the summer. Read More »

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Beach Waves: Surf’s Up

You may not be able to spend your summer days at the beach, but you can still look like a surfer gurl by styling your hair into beach waves. Always a hot look, especially for summer, and part of the trend toward more natural hair—hair that’s not processed, straightened with harsh chemicals or styled with the high heat of a blow dryer or flat iron, which of course is so much healthier as well. Beach waves are the essence of a fresh, organic beauty look and way of being that’s simple and chic. These tousled waves are an easy look to create at home, and here’s how: Read More »

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Bronzer, Self Tanner, Sunshine Oh My!

It’s August, it’s hella hot, and hitting the beach is a summer ritual for many of us. But there’s no way you’re sunbathing for hours in search of the perfect tan, right?  You probably know I’m all for getting your necessary daily sun fix (15-20 minutes a day), but that amount of sun exposure isn’t going to turn you into a golden goddess. Spray tanning is loaded with synthetic gunk (until I create the perfect 100% pure spray tan product that is :) ), and tanning beds have shown to cause skin cancer too so what’s a gal (or guy) to do to look like ya “got a little color?” My best solution for a glow that looks healthy and believable? Bronzers. Not only do they give your face vitality, they allow you a quick fix in the morning, the no makeup makeup look! It’s just bronzer, concealer and brow fix and you’re out the door. Read More »

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The skin You’re In: When to see the Dermatologist


Nobody knows your own skin better than you. The odds are good that you—ok, maybe your girlfriends too – will be the first to notice something “off” about you . Speaking of which, did you know that more than half of all diagnosed melanomas are first identified by well, us? Moles, rashes that last a long time, lesions that seem to take forever to heal—all of these skin issues merit a trip to the dermatologist, and here’s a quick list of what to look out for: Read More »

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The Good Stuff

I go to a spa once in a while, and it really should be more often, the business I’m in right (?) for a little indulgence, a little “me” time. I figure, if I’m treating myself, I want to make sure I’m getting the “good stuff”—ingredients that are natural and proven to be good for my skin.

A pretty good rule of thumb in terms of naturals of course is that if you’d eat it, it’s good for your skin, too. (now, I’m not talking about cosmecuetical ingredients, just the luxurious, pure ingredients we can use at home for simple things that feel amazing and actually create a sensuous experience). Read More »

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Sunburnt Skin and French Fried Frizz…

Even the safest sun-bather feels the dehydration and dryness that a day at the beach offers. The salt, the sand, the sun and fun can dry out even the most balanced complexion. And then there’s…sunburn! We all get it sometime, and here are some tips to deal with it…naturally. And…I’ve also got some easy ways to deal with your hair before the elements deal with you!

There are naturals, with clinical backing (we like clinical data here, cause it PROVES things work…and while putting on botanicals is always lovely, I always like to get facts behind my recommendations and formulations) that soothe your skin AND that you can count on: Read More »

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Sun Protection

 

Here are some choices for various different kinds of protection while you enjoy your time in the sunshine…

Those baby uh, blues, greens, browns – you get the idea – what I mean is, when choosing your sunglasses, according to eye doc Dennis Robertson, M.D., UV protection matters. But I think we all knew that. I also think most of us knows you really have to look directly into the sun to truly harm your eyes in any deep way.  Play it safe and stick to sunglasses that block 99-100% of both UVA and UVB rays and skip those glasses that say “cosmetic” on the label or the ones that have no info at all (the ones I used to buy for $5/pair when I was younger cause I lost every single pair almost the second I purchased them!). You also want to think about reduced glare and remember that mirrored lenses don’t necessarily block UV rays. Read More »

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Celebrate Your Skin-Dependence!

Did you know it’s not just in relationships that people can become dependent, it’s also with your skin? And, just like in a bad relationship, you can enable dysfunctional skin with behaviors like coating it in mineral oil-based products that are, rather than nourishing and hydrating, merely a top coat (which leaves you thinking you’re doing something). In the end, these products can create chapped, chafed skin rather than create the smooth, soft texture you are looking for and the harmony and health, well-balanced skin is meant to maintain. Read More »

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Our First Lady’s Skin Care Rituals

Rumor has it, Martha Washington had fabulous skin…and was actually considered quite the looker! You wouldn’t know that from most of the pictures, but delve a little deeper, and you’ll find MOST of our first ladies, in their youth, before the PR machine got a hold of them and made them look like they thought most of America would feel most comfortable with them (the teased hair, the plain clothes, you get it…), and they were actually something! Read More »

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