Marketing often leads consumers to believe that sunscreen is a summer skin care essential, however, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), sunscreen should be your last resort. There is a huge discrepancy between what people think they should be doing for their skin and what is actually safest and healthiest. While some types of sunscreen are safe, many sunscreens are actually...
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Each holiday gives us an opportunity to slow down and celebrate something meaningful to us; and the 4th of July is no exception. On the 4th, we celebrate our independence with picnics, BBQ’s, fireworks, parades, and quality time with our families and friends. Sometimes all of this fun can translate into zero down time to relax and rejuvenate.
In the spirit of creating some down time for yourself and your skin this 4th, here are 3 homemade facial treatments that...
So you’ve got a bun in the oven. What does that mean for your skin? You could soon be experiencing anything from a “pregnancy glow” to stretch marks and even skin eruptions. Here’s our full scoop on the skin care changes we recommend that Mamas-to-be incorporate into their beauty routine:
Be Super Selective About Your Beauty Products
We highly recommend cutting out products containing toxic chemicals, parabens and additives whether you are pregnant or not, however if you haven’t done so already now is the time. Your skin can absorb up to 60% of what you put on it, which means that any toxic ingredients in your beauty products are being absorbed directly into your blood stream and can also make their way into your baby’s blood supply and potentially negatively impact your growing baby. Ideally everything that you put on your skin including soaps, lotions, beauty products and makeup should be chemical-free, pure and organic.
Tend To Your Expanding Belly
Many new mamas complain about stretch marks across their belly. While there are great products out there that can help fade stretch marks, it’s much easier to prevent them from forming in the first place. So what can you do to make it through pregnancy to birth with little to no stretch marks? The answer is quite simple. Take impeccable care of your skin and give it the building blocks it needs to stretch easefully. For starters, eat foods that will help boost your skins elasticity. Incorporate collagen rich foods such as bone broth, gelatin, eggs, cod liver oil and other healthy oils in your daily diet. This will nourish your skin from the inside out and give your skin the nutrients it needs to improve its elasticity. In addition, make sure to drink plenty of water, which will help keep your body and skin adequately hydrated. Next, give your belly maximum moisture topically in order to support your skin as it stretches. The best way to do this is by using a highly emollient natural oil such as 100% pure Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter. Make a twice-daily belly massage part of your pregnancy self care routine. And finally, ensure that you are getting plenty of the key nutrients that help prevent the formation of stretch marks. These nutrients include zinc, which can be found in lamb, pumpkin seeds, eggs and whole grains and Vitamin C, which can be found in kale, bell peppers, broccoli and oranges.
Make Sure Your Diet is Squeaky Clean
What you eat is more important now than ever. First off, everything you consume being absorbed by your growing baby, which means that the foods you are consuming are either nourishing or potentially harming the little one developing inside of you. Second, since high amounts of vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients are being sent straight to your growing baby, your system is getting less of these nutrients than you typically would. If you aren’t getting enough nutrients that can easily impact the health and appearance of your skin. Combat this by eating a lot of fresh, nutrient-rich foods such as spinach, bell peppers, carrots, cucumbers, berries, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and wild caught fish.
Combat Skin Eruptions
Acne is the most common skin problem among pregnant women and is caused by the secretion of oil induced by increased hormone fluctuations. The most common area for breakouts during pregnancy is around the mouth and chin. Avoid reaching for any harsh or acidic products to treat this pesky hormone-induced skin problem. Instead, treat your problem areas naturally using the following tips:
- Avoiding over washing your skin. Twice a day is plenty.
- Change your pillowcase often.
- Don’t use a harsh exfoliant. Instead use something gentle.
- Use a natural, simple toner to help absorb excess oil. Good options for this are rose water, apple cider vinegar or witch hazel.
- Make a spot treatment using one TBSP baking soda and 1 TBSP water.
- Combat stress and calm your hormones with relaxing activities such as a prenatal yoga class, massage, nap or walk in nature.
What About Essential Oils?
The use of essential oils during pregnancy is very controversial and there are a wide variety of options on the matter. According to Naturopathic Doctors, there are some essential oils that are safe to use in the 2nd and 3rd trimester of pregnancy. These “safe” oils include lavender, Chamomile and Ylang Ylang, all of which help calm and soothe. There are also several essential oils which can cause contractions and should be avoided during pregnancy. Some these include Cinnamon, Rosemary, Clove and Clary Sage. For a complete list of essential oils to avoid we recommend that you consult your Naturopath or Physician.
Dry, flaky skin, dull complexion and enlarged pores- the dryness, hibernation and comfort foods of winter certainly have a way of leaving their mark on us. Fortunately after winter comes spring, a time of deep renewal, regeneration and rebirth. In addition to bringing Spring’s spirit of renewal to your home, your career and your everyday life, spring is the perfect time to...
What is Eczema? Eczema is a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed, with blisters that cause itching and bleeding.
What Are the Causes of Eczema?
While medical science isn’t sure about the exact causes of eczema, there are factors that are thought to be contributors to this condition. The following factors...
Most of us face a few additional challenges in caring for our skin during this time of year. The #1 challenge? Dry skin! During the winter months humidity levels outside drop, causing the moisture in your skin to evaporate more quickly. To make matters worse, most of us spend more time indoors in the winter. Heated indoor air further dries out skin as well as mucous membranes, which leads to dry noses, chapped lips and dry throats. Luckily there are many wonderful ways to keep your skin moist and hydrated throughout these ultra dry winter months. Here are...
Valentine’s Day may be over, but you can still consciously fill your universe with love. We’re not talking about the kind of love you get from someone else- we’re talking about the kind of kind of love you GIVE to yourself!
Self-love is an important ingredient for mental, physical and spiritual health. It’s what inspires us to slow down, to eat healthy, to talk positively to ourselves and to embrace our flaws. Self-love makes our bodies healthier, more...
“Raw” food is getting a lot of buzz these days, but exactly does it mean to eat “raw”? Well for starters, the term “raw” indicates that the food has never been heated above 118 degrees (this includes heating through pasteurization) and thus retains all of its enzymes, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The Raw Food Diet is rich in...
Did you know that leafy greens are one of the most powerful skin-beautifying foods you can eat? From kale to collard greens to spinach, leafy greens are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that will leave your body and skin nourished, healthy and glowing. Here are just a few that...
Quin-what? Quinoa (keen-wah). You know, that itty-bitty grain that has become a staple in the kitchens of foodies, health nuts and gluten-free diet followers galore. Here’s the whole scoop on this nutrient rich grain:
It all started…3-4 THOUSAND years ago when the Incas first discovered quinoa. The Incas believed that it increased the stamina, energy and strength of their warriors and therefore it was dubbed “gold of the Incas”. No wonder
Every scar has a story. Weather you’ve realized it yet or not, your C-section scar happens to tell one of your life’s most fruitful stories, the story of baby’s’ birth.
While most mamas want to remember the precious moments of their baby’s birth, most don’t need a scar to help recall their story. The vivid memory of this special day is often enough of a reminder. So what can do to help minimize the 4-6 inch long mark above your public bone?
For many of us, the 5 weeks sandwiched between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve will likely be filled with family celebrations, holiday parties and lots and lots of temptation. In order to keep yourself feeling healthy, balanced and energized during this overly-indulgent time of year, we suggest adopting a few simple techniques. Follow these three suggestions and you might just make it through the holiday season unscathed:
Cleansing: verb. To make clean
This term is typically applied to our homes, our cars, our hair, our closets, etc. A mere 10 years or so ago, the idea of cleaning the INSIDE of ourselves was reserved for colonoscopies and health freaks. Now, the idea of cleaning out our “earthly home” is becoming more widely accepted and understood. Lets talk about the basics of getting our insides squeaky clean and why it matters.
Why? Simply put, our lives are full of additives, junk, toxins, pollutants, and chemicals we can’t pronounce. Everything from...