Dull Skin…Let’s Perk it Up!

Has the Winter weather got your skin looking down? Well, let’s perk it up!

When our complexion is looking dull and the cold days are a drag on our skin, what do we do? We reach for some all-natural remedies in our refrigerator.

Here are some fun “perk-it-up” tips for the skin that you can try at home…

  • Avocado Mash – As you know, we’re strong proponents of using avocado on the skin. It’s chock full of vitamins and omegas (the good fats) that feed the skin, and an ideal remedy for those skin-drying days that could leave your skin feeling rough to the touch. Smash up some avocado flesh and apply onto skin. Rinse off after approximately 15 minutes.
  • Cucumber and Potato Eyes – Lack of sleep, stress, allergies…all of these can cause dark under eye circles. While we will not be able to help when it comes to genetics, potato and cucumber slices can help minimize these conditions. They have astringent qualities to reduce the appearance of under eye circles and hydrate the skin. Place some thinly sliced cucumbers or potatoes on the eyes and sit back and relax.
  • Citrus “Peel” – Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Get rid of dead skin cells to reveal younger-looking skin and help promote skin-cell regeneration. We love rubbing smashed strawberries on our face as its natural salicylic acids help remove dead skin cells and fight breakouts. You can try this with oranges and lemons as well which could also brighten skin. The vitamin c in fruits offer antioxidant benefits that can help fight free radicals and minimize the signs of aging, rebuild collagen, and repair sun-damaged skin.
  • Sweet Honey – If your skin is feeling a bit toasty, spread a thin layer of honey on your face and let it do its magic. Honey softens and moisturizers the skin and its antibacterial and healing qualities are a welcome boon!
  • Wear Your Coffee – We support the wearing of coffee on your face instead of on your shirt! Caffeine can give your skin a well-deserved boost. Energize it with a thin layer of coffee grounds applied as a facial mask. Avoid scrubbing your face as the grounds can irritate sensitive skin and cause breakage.

So, when the cold, and snowy Winter days keep you indoors, get some pampering in and make cabin fever fun! Thanks for being kind to your body!

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HEALTH & BEAUTY: Shed the Layers and Get Spring-Ready!

Short-sleeve season, skirt season, sandal season…however, you prefer to describe the season, Spring is finally here! Well…let’s overlook the first day of Spring when it snowed here in NYC. We think Mother Nature likes to keep us on our toes.

Anyway…we believe that Spring is here! And, it’s time to brush away Winter! We’ve been bundled up for so long that we’re more than ready to shed the layers. Not just layers of clothes. But also layers of dead skin. We’re talking exfoliation.

There are several ways to exfoliate our skin, to get rid of the layers of dead skin cells, to let our skin breathe, and to get our skin Spring-ready. Our skin is the largest bodily organ. It breathes. It sweats. It gets clogged up. So, taking care of our skin is critical for proper bodily functions.

Here are some ways in which to shed the layers and prepare our skin for Spring.

Lavender Organic Sugar Body ScrubBody Scrubs:

We love body scrubs! Specifically scrubs made with Dead Sea salts. While sugar scrubs may be gentler on the skin and naturally exfoliating, Dead Sea salts help to exfoliate and to purify and detoxify our bodies.  Body scrubs are typically used while showering. After cleansing, rub the scrub in circular motions all over the body, rinse off, and watch the layers wash away.

Dry Body Brushing:

Dry body brushing tends to be done before showering. Brushing the skin with a dry brush helps remove dead skin cells, allowing pores to breathe and toxins to be released. An added benefit is improving circulation. Begin by brushing the legs in upward strokes towards the heart, several strokes per section. As you move up the body, also brush your arms from the wrist towards your heart. Don’t forget the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands. And, remember to be gentle around the more sensitive parts of the body. Yes…please be gentle.

Loofahs & Sponges:

Use body washes with loofahs and body sponges. Similarly, while in the shower or bath, use circular motions to exfoliate the skin and aid in circulation. If you don’t have a loofah or body sponge, using a terry cloth in a similar fashion works just as well.

It’s important to note that when using body scrubbing accessories such as brushes and sponges, always clean them thoroughly and let dry completely to avoid bacteria buildup. Exfoliate once a week as over-exfoliating or exfoliating too often can damage sensitive skin.

As you can tell, shedding the layers and getting Spring-ready is top-of-mind for us. We’re so ready for Spring! Are you?

Be kind to your body.

Phew! These buddies made it out just before the storm!

They travel together often, so they’re in great company 

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Food on Our Face: Refresh, Rejuvenate, Renew

When Spring arrives, we begin to shed the layers of clothing and ready ourselves for warmer, sunnier weather. And, we think about rejuvenating our skin, exfoliating dead skin cells for smooth Spring- and Summer-ready skin.

But, why wait? How about beginning today? We’re often asked how best and how often to exfoliate. We suggest exfoliating once a week to rid dead skin cells, to allow the skin to breathe and to regenerate. We prefer using masks over scrubs, particularly for the face, since scrubs can be overly abrasive, break sensitive skin and spread bacteria.

We’ve tried many ways to exfoliate the skin. Here are some natural, fun ways that we’ve tried, and we were happy to have food on our face : )!

Strawberries

1) Strawberries: Mash up some ripe strawberries (preferably organic) and smooth onto face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse. Rich in vitamin C and alpha-hydroxy acids to gently exfoliate and refresh dull skin.

2) Almonds: Grind into fine grains. Mix with some water into a paste and use as a gentle facial scrub.

3) Papaya: Like strawberries, feel free to slather on these fruits! Deseed, scoop out the flesh and mash up. Use as a mask to rejuvenate skin.

4) Lemons: Slice up and smooth the flesh of the lemons over skin. The acids will help to slough off dead skin cells.

After cleansing and exfoliating, remember to moisturize the skin to protect from moisture loss. And, if you’re heading outdoors, don’t forget to apply sunscreen. Enjoy and thank you for being kind to your body!