For this month’s Charity Tuesday…

The sun is shining, the weather’s getting warmer, and it’s time to enjoy the outdoors. For this month’s Charity Tuesday, we’re donating some nutritious snacks for those on the go. (Read more about the inspiration for our monthly donations to help end hunger in America… https://naturallysusans.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/we-were-inspired/)

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Our newest NS Fans…

…one from Martha’s Vineyard and the other from Iceland. They reunite every year in New York City and we had the pleasure of meeting them. Thank you for being kind to your body!

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Weather wreaking havoc on your skin?

Our Avocado Moisturizers are our NS Fans favorites!

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We’re Partnering With London-Based SOLstreet! 

SOLstreet Pop-Up Market and Launch Party
We’re partnering with London-based SOlstreet as they expand their concept of on-line and physical pop-up shops in the United States. Focused on highlighting makers and sharing their stories along with the selling of their products, SOLstreet will be hosting us at Pourt Cafe on Saturday, April 8th.

Come shop and mingle with 18 talented artisans, and enjoy $5/glass wine specials offered by the venue.

Event Details:

Saturday, April 8, 2017

2:00pm to 8:00pm

Pourt Cafe – 35 Cooper Square, New York City, NY 10003

(3rd Avenue/Cooper Square at East 6th St.)

More information about the event at https://www.facebook.com/events/338957103173199/ 

About Solstreet:

We are all in for creativity – a platform on the online spectrum that curates ideas from around the world handcrafted, handpicked just for you. Our makers are our partners who create exclusive items backed by passion, expertise and the prowess to manifest them from their vision. Together, at SOLstreet, we are reinventing the experience of strolling through a flea market by bringing it online. Our artwork bank is a plethora of varied products that stems out of countless versions of art defined by our makers. From exquisite paintings to soul soothing handcrafted candles; be it modish wooden journals or vintage hammer riveted wallets we’ve got it all covered at SOLstreet.

Spring Clean Your Pores!

NS Facial Steaming - Flowers & PetalsDo you facial steam? We do. But not as often as we’d like. Incorporating facial steaming into your weekly skin care regimen can help keep skin clearer and give your skin that Spring-ready glow.

Overall, what can facial steaming do to help improve your complexion? Here are some benefits of facial steaming for the skin:

  • Detoxify your skin and manage acne – Facial steaming can encourage perspiration that helps to lift bacteria, toxins, debris, dead skin cells, and excess sebum, unclogging pores and reducing breakouts.
  • Get your glow on – The heat from facial steaming can help to enhance hydration, increase blood flow, and stimulate circulation to give your face a skin-healthy glow.
  • Reduce blackheads. – If you have trouble with unsightly blackheads, facial steaming can help to alleviate this condition by softening blackheads, allowing for easier removal and elimination.
  • Softens dead skin cells – This aids in the sloughing of stubborn rough, dry skin and allows skin to regenerate, letting younger, fresher skin shine through.
  • Better absorption of skin care treatments. – Facial steaming can help to eliminate buildup and remove barriers, allowing treatments to penetrate deeper and more effectively into the skin.
  • Relaxes and de-stresses – Sit back and enjoy some quality time. Facial steaming is a great at-home treat to help you decompress after a busy work week.

If you don’t have a facial steamer at home, you can use the hot towel method or the “steam tent” method. We like to use the “steam tent” method because with this method we can add herbs, flowers, and/or essential oils to the water bowl and breathe in the amazing scents for some body-relaxing aromatherapy.

Are you ready to facial steam? What you’ll need is a wide-rimmed bowl, a bath towel, 4-6 cups of boiling water, and herbs, flower petals, and/or essentials oils of your choice. First, secure your hair back. Pour the boiling water into the bowl, add herbs, flower petals, and 2-3 drops of essential oils of your choosing. Then, drape the bath towel over your head, creating a “tent” to trap and focus the steam onto your face. Keep your face about 6-8 inches above the water, far enough so that the steam doesn’t burn your skin. Steam for about 10-15 minutes, rinse face after steaming, and pat dry with a towel. If you do this weekly, you’ll notice a difference in your skin.

Depending on your skin type, some essential oil ingredients that you can add to the bowl to enhance the steaming benefits are:

  • Dry skin: lavender, rose, calendula, roman/German chamomile, neroli
  • Oily skin: rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, patchouli
  • Mature skin: rooibos, rose, frankincense, carrot seed oil
  • Acneic skin: tea tree oil, turmeric, lavender, clary sage

So, enjoy some relaxation time and happy home-spa pampering!

*** Please note, if you have overly sensitive skin, rosacea, are prone to fungal infections, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, please seek the advice of your medical practitioner before doing facial steaming. 

 

It’s Charity Tuesday…

It’s Charity Tuesday and with this month’s donation, we brought some sweetness…. (Read more about the inspiration for our monthly donations to help end hunger in America… https://naturallysusans.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/we-were-inspired)

It’s Charity Tuesday and our donation this month includes more food for the body. (Read more about the inspiration for our monthly donations…https://naturallysusans.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/we-were-inspired/)

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Are you a year-round allergy sufferer?

Incessant sneezing. Runny nose. Watery eyes. Asthmatic conditions. Itchy skin. Oh the signs and symptoms of allergies! With Spring on its way…this is the time we begin to brace ourselves for the onslaught of allergy-inducing culprits that oftentimes are pollen related. 

But do you suffer from allergies year round? Could it be caused by dust and dust mites? Dust mites?! Those microscopic eight-legged creatures that dwell and accumulate in our beds, in our closets, in our furnishings, and in the warm and moist areas in our homes. They feed on dead skin flakes and their fecal matter, secretions and the mites can cause skin irritations and allergies. 

So, what are some things we can do to mitigate our allergy symptoms year round? Here are a few tips that we’ve found helpful to reduce allergens and to improve our overall health and wellbeing:

  • Invest in a HEPA air filter to better purify the air inside your home.
  • Vacuum furnishings, sofas and sofa cushions, carpeting, mattresses, and floors regularly. If possible, vacuum daily to rid your home of dirt, dust, bugs, pollen, and allergy-causing culprits. Seal and dispose of the vacuum bag and contents immediately when you’re done. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, whenever possible. 
  • Use protective covers for your mattresses and pillows to keep allergens out so that you can breathe easier and get a better night’s sleep. 
  • Wash bedding and clothing in hot water and dry in the hottest dryer setting possible. 
  • Let the sun shine in to kill bugs but cleaning is still necessary to rid the home of allergens.

So, with some thorough cleaning, decluttering, and preventive measures, we hope these tips can help you breathe easier all year round. 

Thank you for being kind to your body!