Why You Should Refrigerate Your Skincare

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This summer has been hot with a capital “H”. When the weather really sizzles, I always remember to chill my skincare (also when I travel to hot climates). This is important for a couple of reasons: first, if you use natural skin but don’t have air-conditioning, the heat can make your cosmetics go bad. As a skincare formulator, I know this well. Using natural ingredients, strictly regulating our warehouse temperature is key – in the past I have literally torn my hair out as we’ve …

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DIY Green Tea Facial Cleanser

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One of my favorite things about working in natural beautycare is all the wonderful like-minded people I get to meet. Whether its uber self-educated clients, creative ingredient growers and suppliers or wonderful beauty bloggers, who like me, love sharing their info. Today we have a guest blogger who does just that. Sabrina Taylor is a fellow-former acne sufferer and DIY skincare enthusiast. Today she is going to give us the inside scoop on her Green Tea Cleanser, which you can make from common household ingredients …

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Three Ways Natural Hair Oils Can Save Your Strands

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I love natural oils. I literally slather myself in oils form head to – including the scalp. In Ayurveda, hair oils are particularly holistic as they are used for hair care as well as mental grounding. I personally recommend hair oils such as coconut, sesame and jojoba for moisturizing our manes for healthier strands but hair oils have a multitude of benefits. To demonstrate this, here are three new ways to use ’em beyond simple scalp moisture. 1. Oil for Styling Decrease fly-aways and to …

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HOLISTIC VANITY’S New Acne Line

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I’m so excited I could squeal. My new ACNE CARE collection from the Holistic Vanity line. This one is near and dear to me because of my own personal struggle with acne. In fact, I’ve been slowly putting together this line for years now – and it has been deeply influenced by my exploration of what worked and what didn’t with my own skin. Obviously, it is also made up of what I found truly effective for my own clients during my 15 year experience …

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Mineral Vs. Conventional Sunscreens: What You Need to Know

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It boggles my mind that people still use chemical-based sunscreens. For years I have been shouting from the heavens about the dangers of these chemicals and why natural sunblock is better, safer and healthier for us. Even some of my own friends pull out the chemical-based stuff on the beach, to my chagrin, and I have to fight the urge to grab it out of their hands and hurl it into the ocean. If you still don’t know why I’m so passionate about this, here …

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Apply Mineral SPF Properly – No More White Streaks Ever Again!

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It boggles my mind that people still use chemical sunscreens. Between the potential hormone disruptors and carcinogens, I just don’t think its worth it. Read this for more info on why a mineral sunblock is essential! But even some of our own clients who are natural skincare enthusiasts have sheepishly admitted to using the chemical stuff. One reason for this is the finish of natural mineral sunblocks. Some higher mineral SPF products can get pretty thick and upon first application, be chalky. This is even …

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Calculating SPF – Understanding Sun Protection

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In my line of work I find that most people think one thing of SPF: the higher the better. But that is only half true. It does not mean more effective protection instead it refers to longer protection. When we really understand what “SPF” stands for and how it is determined, we can decide which situations make higher sun protection factors better and which ones actually do not require them to be high. I’m a stickler for people really knowing how their skincare functions so, …

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