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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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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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!