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Essential Or Not Essential

Photo credit: Daria Shevtsova Yikes! I recently read a post that recommended adding a few drops of essential oil to your clay for an added boost to your clay facial mask. Yes, there are benefits to your skin with the proper use of appropriate essential oils. BUT, they must be diluted in carrier (fixed) oils, butters, or solubilizing agents (an ingredient that dissolves oil and water into one unified substance) to prevent adverse skin reactions and burns. When essential oils are added to clays, they disperse slightly. It's like putting essential oils directly on your skin. Therefore, you’re exposed to potential skin sensitivities. Essential oils are volatile compounds of plants. There are not many essential oils you can use ‘neat’...

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Spilling The Tea On Beautiful Skin

Photo credit: Nappy During the cold winter months, I like to get cozy with a hot cup of tea. There’s something comforting about wrapping my hands around the warmth of the teacup. The heat travels through my body and rests gently in my core. It evokes a feeling of relaxation that tames my winter chill. I’m also comforted knowing that my tea works wonders for my skin. I’m always looking to naturally improve my skin health. One place to start is on the inside. External applications of skincare products only enhance your outer glow. When you’re looking to get your glow on, look to the inside. It may sound trite and clichéd, but what’s going on inside your body manifests...

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Holiday Wishes to You and Yours

Dear Friends,As I reflect on 2018, I am reminded of all the blessings I've had this year. Celebrating almost three decades of marriage to my wonderful, supportive husband. Transitioning into a new phase of parenthood -- the teenage years. Time with family. Moving into a new home. Cultivating relationships with an amazing group of female friends. Rising to the challenge of new activities -- running and competing in 10Ks. Ramping up my and my family's health by embracing vegetarianism. The list goes on and on.With the holidays upon us, I wish you and your family many happy days ahead of you. I hope you, too, take a moment to reflect on the many blessings you've had in 2018. Let those...

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Does Your Skin Behave Differently At Night Than During The Day?

Does your skin seem to behave differently at night than during the day? If you answered, "Yes," that's because it does behave differently at night.Your skin cells shift their structure from day to night. Your skin loses more water, transepidermal water loss (TEWL), in the evening. This causes more irritations from rosacea, eczema and other skin conditions.Therefore, you want to use different ingredients at night than you use during the day. At night, you want to use richer ingredients for maximum hydration.Look for products that include Nilotica Shea butter, mango butter, Marula oil, Baobab oil, Mongogo oil, glycerine, and other richer ingredients.Also, be mindful that layering too many actives at night is not beneficial. Your skin has less water.

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