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. 

 

Our Newest Creation is an Innovation!

Travel back in time with us…it was late 2012, Fall was in the air, and we discovered the power of pumpkin!

Our Pumpkin Honey Masque is here! We’ve innovated our product for shelf-life and travel-friendliness, so pamper yourself when you’re on-the-go too! Rich in skin-softening and anti-aging vitamins A & C, nourish your skin with this collagen-boosting facial treat. Great for sensitive, acne-prone and environmentally damaged skin, naturally exfoliating enzymes (AHAs) smooth skin’s surface reducing fine lines, brighten dull complexions, and promote skin cell regeneration as skin-healing zinc keeps skin clear. And, pumpkin has been shown to minimize hyper pigmentation.

Our newest innovation is officially launching at our upcoming pop up at West Elm’s Annual Harvest Fest! So, come by for some skin care treats on Saturday, October 15th, from 12:00pm to 7:00pm, at 1870 Broadway, at 61st Street, NYC!

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And, the Winner is…

Congratulations to Dawn D. for subscribing! She won one of our coveted Hydration Kits that includes a full-sized Avocado Moisturizer, a Roll On Perfume Moisturizer, and a Facial & Body Mist!

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Join Us at West Elm on Broadway!

We’re excited to be partnering with West Elm on Broadway for a two-day LOCAL Showcase that features locally hand-picked and unique artisan products! Come shop our products at West Elm this Labor Day weekend. We look forward to seeing you there!

September 3rd – 4th, 2016
Hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm

West Elm on Broadway
1870 Broadway (at 61st Street)
New York, NY 10023

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We Partnered with the Museum of the City of New York!

We partnered with the Museum of the City of New York for a vendor showcase on Friday, August 19th! As we shared our story and customers experienced our products, they also explored the various museum exhibits that celebrate the city’s “heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation.” We had a wonderful time and there’s more to come, so stay tuned!

Museum of City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue (at 103rd Street)
New York, NY 10029 

Open daily: 10:00am – 5:00pm

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We’re thrilled to be an official sponsor of Blog HER 2016!

We’re thrilled to be an official sponsor of the upcoming Blog HER 2016 event in Los Angeles, California on August 4-6, 2016!
There are some great speakers lined up, including Kim Kardashian West, Mayim Bialik, Sheryl Crow, Sarah M. Gellar, and many more! Be sure to peek inside your goody bag for some Naturally Susan’s Avocado Moisturizers. They’re perfect for keeping skin hydrated and nourished throughout the conference and your travels!
We’d love to see you with our swag, so snap a photo and tag us! Have a wonderful time!

About Blog HER:

Presented by SheKnows Media, the 2016 BlogHer conferences are the world’s largest celebration of women content creators across social media, video, photos, and the web.

The BlogHer conferences began in 2005 to answer the question “Where are the women bloggers?”

Over the past 11 years, our events have empowered women in social media to meet, inspire, and celebrate each other, find opportunities to work with brands, and come home with new ideas, skills, and connections.

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It’s Christmas in July!

It’s Christmas in July this weekend! Shop our Avocado Moisturizers, Roll On Moisturizers & Perfumes, and Facial Mists & Body Sprays! Gift sets available online at Naturally Susan’s!

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On Facial Mask Friday…

On Facial Mask Friday, while our face is being pampered, this is what we often do…our dishes! Because we’re multitaskers, now our face is rejuvenated, our dishes are clean, and we’re ready for the weekend!

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HEALTH & BEAUTY: Summertime Skin Care

IMG_2116Summer is here! And, it’s time for some fun in the sun! Also, it’s a great time to remind us of the importance of protecting our skin from overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays that can cause premature aging and skin cancer.

Whether you’re heading to the beach, going hiking, or enjoying your daily stroll, how can you protect your skin and still have fun in the sun?

Use sunscreen. Sunscreen with an SPF (sun screen factor) of 30 or higher that offers broad spectrum coverage can better protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. Overexposure to rays can lead to wrinkles and premature aging, so be sun-safe and choose the appropriate sunscreen.

Similarly, wear sunglasses that offer your eyes broad coverage from the sun’s harmful rays. To protect your skin further, wear light-colored, long-sleeved clothing and hats that shield your face and body. And, seek shade. Walk on the shady side of the street, enjoy the coolness under beach umbrellas and trees, or stay indoors during the hottest hours of the day.

Your skin is the largest bodily organ. So, be sun-savvy and protect your skin as best you can. Have a wonderful Summer!