At Home Facials With PMD Microdermabrasion

Good Morning loves! Taking care of my skin is super important to me, from what I eat and drink to what I put on it and how I treat it. One of my favorite things to do, is to give myself an at home facial when Zion is napping. For the women with kiddos, nap time is the perfect time to give yourself a treatment in between laundry loads and getting ready for the day.  I believe it’s super important to do something for myself because it is so easy to get lost in spit up, diapers, laundry and giggles. While I wouldn’t trade that for the whole world, making sure I do the little things like taking care of my body or getting my nails done, makes this mama feel refreshed, put together and taken care of even if I’m in work out clothes all day. When it comes to my facials, I love to use a gentle face cleanser to start to clean my skin and then use my home microdermabrasion tool. This tool is like going to get a professional facial, without the cost or time! It is now my favorite little “get away” right at home. Now I just need to find someone to come to my hair at home and I’m set ya? ;)-

This Personal Microderm by PMD combines the power of Patented Spinning Disc Technology with a Perfectly Calibrated Vacuum Suction to brighten, smooth, and even skin tone and texture. The Personal Microderm reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, and enlarged pores. After a treatment, makeup goes on smoother and skin care penetrates significantly deeper – 20X deeper.

I finish up with a cooling toner and a glycolic cream or a nourishing vitamin C cream.  For more info on this tool check out PMD.

Shop the microdermabrasion tool here!

Read more on things to eat for beautiful, healthy skin here!

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My Summer Beauty Products

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Breath of Fresh Air Toner

This is so refreshing for everyday toner, especially after a long day at the beach.

With mineral-rich carrageenan seaweed extract and rose absolute to tone and balance the skin. This is perfect to use as a spritz in the summer to cool down, or any time of year when you want to feel refreshed. Rose absolute will help to reduce redness whilst patchouli oil is cooling and astringent on the skin.

You can purchase it here

Not Your Mother’s: Clean Freak Dry Shampoo

I do not wash my hair everyday and this right here is a life saver.  It is light weight and smells clean. When I curl my hair, the next day i spray this in and throw a few more curls in and bam down. You will save a ton of time and still have that look you want without having to wash and redo it everyday. Expect more room on your social calendar because this salon formula dry shampoo will have you and your hair ready for a night out on the town.

  • Absorbs excess oils
  • Cleans without water
  • Light matte finish

You can purchase it here

Lavera: Organic Sunless Tanner

I love this stuff.  It doesn’t stink either.  Vitamin D is good. Leather skin is not.  When you want to save your skin and have a glow…sunless tanner is where it’s at. This is Organic, clean ingredients and the shade it beautiful.

Get a safe, natural looking tan without sun exposure! Organic soy extracts provide the active ingredient and are combined with extracts of sugar to deliver a smooth, foolproof application and a natural, even result. Organic Lavender, aloe vera and rose water offer moisturizing benefits and leave skin feeling refreshed.

You can purchase it here

EOS: Chapstick

These are a go to.  Keep your lips from being flaky, dry, chapped and dinasoury this summer.

  • 99% natural
  • Long-lasting moisture for immediately softer, more beautiful lips
  • Shea butter & vitamins C & E
  • Smoothes on clear
  • Precisely glides on lips
  • Twist-off top
  • Petrolatum-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Phthalate-free
  • 0.25 oz

You can get the newest flavors here for a 2 for $4!

Stromaderm: Lip Complex (collagen plumper)

I’m seriously obsessed with this lip complex.  It makes my lips instantly healed from dryness and plumps them naturally over time with collagen and hyaluronic acid.

Stromaderm is a collection of unparalleled, age-defying hyaluronic acid and collagen peptide treatments, formulated with patented, award-winning BioCell Collagen CG. Skin loses its youthful appearance when stromal cells diminish along with their production of hyaluronic acid and collagen – compounds critical to skin firmness, hydration, smoothness and healing. By providing these same vital components, Stromaderm, unique in its approach, supports your stromal cells, visibly diminishes the signs of aging, increases the speed at which skin begins to appear firmer, repaired and renewed, and provides lasting results. Stromaderm helps bring elasticity and moisture back to the skin and even goes an important step further—it helps reduce the enzyme that can make your skin age. Stromaderm is a revolution in the science of aging.

Cost: $35

You can purchase here

Goddess Garden: Organic Sun Lotion

With all the chemicals in sunscreen these days, organic sunscreen is a must. The chemicals is traditional sunscreen can actually make your chances of skin cancer higher and burn the skin.  They absorb into the skin putting wear on the detoxifying systems like the liver. It is best to go as natural as possible when it comes to sun care.

Made with plant-based ingredients and natural minerals, this everyday natural sunscreen provides powerful broad-spectrum sun protection. With its sheer, non-greasy application, this certified organic, reef safe, and biodegradable sunscreen is good for you and the world around you.

You can purchase here

Belli Skincare: Cleanse 

I love this cleansing skincare for pregnant and nursing women.  It is safe and works like a charm on those stubborn hormonal blemishes. My skin was saved by this during pregnancy and I felt at peace knowing it wasn’t harming my baby during the pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

  • EXPECT BEAUTIFUL SKIN: Free of common acne-fighting ingredients that can cause dry skin and irritation, such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide, Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is a pure face wash. It features a blend of lactic acid (found naturally in the body), green tea, and cucumber extract for an antioxidant-rich gently exfoliating cleanser.
  • ENJOY PEACE OF MIND: Belli is Picky for a Purpose to give you peace of mind. Every Belli product is allergy tested, free of paraben preservatives, gluten, phthalates, and artificial dyes or fragrances. For expecting and nursing moms, Belli even follows a unique safety screening process to avoid ingredients, synthetic or natural, with known links to birth defects or harmful effects while breastfeeding.

You can purchase here

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Pregnancy Skin Care Featuring BelliSkincare Line

So my skin was horrible my first trimester. Like 14 year old acne-is it ever gunna stop-my diet was on point and it didn’t matter because…well…hormones. I needed something to help balance the oil production and treat the acne topically and as some of you know…it isn’t wise to use any typical acne products when you are pregnant because it isn’t healthy for a growing babe.  Things like benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid where out the picture. and I needed something stat. I looked online everywhere and found Belli Skincare. I am so happy to be partnering with them to share with you something that will help you and your skin in the time when all puberty breaks loose. Haha.  This is what I use specifically for acne control through my pregnancy and can’t wait to use it through the hormone changes again with post partum.

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Belli is a physician formulated skin care line focusing on ingredient safety to provide expectant and new mothers with a piece of mind.  Belli teratology screens its ingredients for use during pregnancy, to avoid “teratogens”-chemical, synthetic or natural ingredients that have been linked to birth defects or miscarriage. Belli is also LActMed screens its formulations to ensure that nursing mothers can use the products without hesitation.  All products are allergy tested and free of parabens, BPA, phthalates and artificial dyes.

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Belli Fresh Start Pre-Treatment Scrub is an exfoliating scrub to help prepare skin for the application of other products and the ideal start to any skin care regimen.  It contains peppermint, ginseng and green tea, invigorates as it gently sweeps away depris and dead skin cells to reveal the soft, smooth skin beneath.  You can find it here.

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Belli Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is a safe face wash formula featuring lactic acid (an ingredient that naturally occurs in the body), green tea and cucumber to get skin pristinely clean without over drying. The formula is rich in pore-cleansing ingredients that help lift away dirt and oil, while leaving the skin feeling pampered, clear and refined. You can find it here. 

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Belli Acne Spot Treatment helps clear existing blemishes and prevents new breakouts during pregnancy.  The formula is free of common acne fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, glycolic acid and benzoyl peroxide that should be avoided during pregnancy.  Instead, this treatment uses colloidal sulfur to penetrate and unclog pores. You can find it here.

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Belli is available at BelliSkincare.com as well as retailers including buybuyBABY and Ulta.com.

Right now on Belli you can get 30% Off Healthy Glow Facial Hydrator with code MAYGLOW30.

Free shipping on all orders of $49 or more. Free samples with every order.

 

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Natural Suncreens I Love, A DIY Version + Top 5 Foods To Eat For Sun Protection

California is hot. Most of the year. I LOVE that. Beach days aren’t reserved for the summer, but all year long. With that,  sun protection is a must. I love the sun and I encourage you all to get 20 minutes a day for optimal Vitamin D levels (SUPER important), but outdoor/sun lovers like me, typically play in the sun longer than 20 minutes and we need support to help protect our skin from some of the harsh rays.

Now, why should you buy natural (or make it)?

First, the overwhelming majority of sunscreens on the market today are, well…….horrific. These are some of the most common ingredients found in sunscreens today…

  • Oxybenzone– Detected in mother’s milk, widespread skin allergies, mimics estrogen in the body, linked to endometriosis, etc etc etc.
  • Octinoxate (Octylmethoxycinnamate)– Again, found in mother’s milk, allergy concerns, and also acts as a hormone in the body.
  • 4-MBC and 3-BC– I’m not even going to go here…you know that these numbers and letters together can’t possibly be good. Yes, I appreciate and love chemistry, but I steer clear of things in my skincare products I cannot pronounce or do not know what they mean. I do more research. I’m just leaving this one alone, as I don’t need to know, really. It’s not a necessary ingredient, that I know.

People must choose between “chemical” sunscreens, which have inferior stability, penetrate the skin and may disrupt the body’s hormone system, and “mineral” sunscreens, made with zinc and titanium, often “micronized” or containing nano-particles.

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My favorite natural and healthy sunscreen/ tanning oil: 

  1. Mercola Sunscreen

Dr. Mercola is one of my Dr. inspirations. His work is incredible and he is a trusted source in the holistic health industry.

His sunscreen is fantastic and a little goes a LONG way. Definitely worth the cost. IT comes in all different SPF’s. The tanning oil is natural and amazing. I LOVE it.  Buy it here

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2. Badger

Badger All Natural Sunscreens are awesome. They have ingredients you can trust. They come in various SPF’s and are safe for babies.

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3.  Raw Elements

 I really like this sunscreen and hadn’t had much of a chance to enjoy it until now.  It has a thicker consistency but spreads very easily and the whiteness factor is minimum, but there.  This is great for swimming, heavy sweating, or water play and the ingredients are as good as it gets: Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Green Tea, Organic Black Tea, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, All Natural Mango Butter, Organic Beeswax, All Natural Rosemary Oil Extract, All Natural Vitamin E.  That’s it.

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4. Adorable Baby

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 This brand is always a safe choice. All natural ingredients (really) and no red flags I can see.  What’s great about this line is the performance.  It still feels like a natural sunscreen but it blends well and its CLEAR.  I kid you not.  So no more whitish purpley looking kids.

5. Honest Company

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Great stuff. I have heard mixed reviews about coverage, but for me personally, I have worn it in the sun all day, only reapplying once, and have stayed protected. Costco carries a 2 pack for a great price, or you can buy it on amazon or online. It is safe for babies as well.  Oh, and I love the way it feels on my skin.

The good news is, there are a lot of good quality natural sunscreens on the market these days. But the above are totally safe and 100% chemical free.  Wholefoods, online, amazon, or your local health food store will carry a sunscreen that is safe and not filled with the crazy chemicals in the leading drug store brands.

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DIY Sunscreen

(adapted from www.scratchmommy.com)

The recipe amounts below make approximately 8 oz.

Ingredients:

  • 90g Coconut Oil– Organic, unrefined, virgin coconut oil.
  • 65g Carrier Oil– I use organic and unrefined apricot oil in this recipe, but you can use almond oil, jojoba oil, or any other liquid carrier oil.
  • 28.5g Beeswax– I love beeswax pastilles (they are MUCH easier to work with than a block of wax).
  • 27.5g Shea Butter – Organic, unrefined shea butter.
  • 40g Zinc Oxide – I suggest non-nano, uncoated zinc oxide. Buy online
  • 1/2t Vitamin E – Make sure you know from where it is sourced (& non-GMO), especially if you have allergies.

Tools:

  • Double-boiler (I make my own with a glass bowl over a simmering pot of shallow H2O)
  • Kitchen Scale
  • Mask (or hold your shirt over your mouth…you do not want to breathe in the zinc oxide, so make sure little ones aren’t around when you make this)
  • Container(s) like so

Make It:

  • Place your glass bowl on your scale, hit tare.
  • Add all ingredients (one-by-one, hitting tare in between) EXCEPT the zinc oxide, which you add at the end.
  • Place glass bowl over pot of shallow, slightly simmering H2O. Melt ingredients completely (stir with a whisk to help it along).
  • Carefully remove from stove and wipe down condensation on bowl (you do not want H2O getting into your product).
  • Place bowl on scale, hit tare.
  • Add zinc oxide…slowly…until you get to 40g. Again, add this slooooowly…as the zinc settles the amount will increase on your scale.
  • Whisk, whisk, whisk (and whisk some more!) and then carefully pour into container of your choice.
  • This will take a few minutes to set up…just walk away and leave it alone to quietly set up

I want mine to be thicker (or runnier)…what do I do?

Easy! Simply adjust the ratio of oils to shea butter. More shea butter will give you a thicker texture and more oil will give you a more runny texture. That said, I think that the ratios provided in this recipe are pretty spot-on (for what I like, anyway…but we all have different tastes and desires).

Adding 25g of zinc will still give you excellent coverage, but it will be thinner for an easier application. I wouldn’t add more than 40g of zinc…you will likely be pasty white and the sunscreen will be pretty thick.

What type of container should I use?

Well, that is entirely up to you. I like glass, BUT if you are taking this to the beach or pool that may not be the best option for you.

This recipe creates about 8oz of sunscreen. The following that might work for you…Amazon has these…

  • Squeezable tube
  • Metal tins

 

How Much SPF?

This DIY sunscreen is at least SPF 20, possibly higher. This is a broad spectrum sunscreen and will provide protection from both UVA and UVB sun rays.

The recipe as written here contains approximately 20% zinc oxide. This gives you at least a 20 SPF. (Coconut oil has a natural SPF factor, too, so that’s helpful).

Speaking of…did you know that the higher the SPF number does not really mean better coverage? Really, it’s true! Do a quick (scholarly) Google search! I have learned that SPF protection does not increase proportionally to an increase in SPF. For example, an SPF of 2 absorbs 50% of UV rays, SPF 15 absorbs 93%, and an SPF of 34 absorbs 97% of UV rays. Interesting, huh?

Here is a good guide if you wish to change up the level of protection (but remember, adding more or less zinc oxide will change the ‘feel’ of the sunscreen, making it thicker or thinner)…

  • SPF 2-5: Use 5% zinc oxide
  • SPF 6-11: Use 10% zinc oxide
  • SPF 12-19: Use 15% zinc oxide
  • SPF 20+: Use 20% zinc oxide (which is used in this recipe)

**This recipe is not a “chemical” sunscreen, in the way that people typically think of chemicals as being ‘bad’.

**This recipe calls for a particular type of zinc oxide, and I advise you take heed–> PLEASE do NOT purchase inferior zinc oxide. You want to make sure that the zinc oxide you purchase is non-nano AND is NOT coated. 

 

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Top 5 Foods To Eat For Sun Protection

1. OILY FISH
Oily fish such as anchovies, mackerel and salmon, all possess natural anti-inflammatory properties because of the high levels of omega 3 that they contain. According to research, omega 3 compounds can help to protect cells from free radical damage caused by the sun. Evidence also suggests that increasing your intake of omega 3 can help to increase the time it takes to get burnt. Fear not, if you want all the benefits of omega 3, but dislike fish or struggle to eat the recommended two servings a week, try supplementing it with a high quality product such as Uno Cardio 1000 instead.

2. TOMATOES, RED PEPPERS AND SWEET POTATOES
It is the lycopene content of red vegetables like tomatoes and red peppers that have been shown to help in the protection against some UV-induced skin irritations like erythema (redness of the skin). Another type of carotenoid, beta-carotene, found in red and orange coloured fresh produce, has also been linked to reduced reactions to sunburn. All of these make the perfect beach side snack when pre-chopped and dipped into hummus.

3. FRESH HERBS AND LEAFY GREENS
Herbs may be small but they can pack a potent punch of sun protection, especially parsley, basil, and sage which are loaded with antioxidants to help protect our skin from free radical damage and early signs of aging. The more we consume, the more our skin is prepared to fight whatever extremes it faces, including the hot, blazing sun. Spinach and chard are also rich in antioxidants like polyphenols and carotenoids which may be capable of protecting the skin from sun damage.

4. CRUCIFEROUS VEGETABLES
Broccoli and cauliflower are perhaps the most famous cruciferous vegetables, but in fact this whole family of vegetables has been linked to skin cancer prevention, as they are all exceptionally high in essential antioxidants. Broccoli sprouts have also been found to increase the skin’s ability to protect itself from cancer. Chomping on some raw broccoli never sounded so tempting…

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5. GREEN TEA
Brief intense periods of sun that can lead to blistering and painful sunburn, can also increase your chances of developing melanoma – a deadly type of skin cancer. A study has found that people who drink one cup of green tea per day have a lower incidence of melanoma. It’s incredibly important to keep hydrated in the sun, so why not try a cup of cold green tea or incorporating it into one of your favorite summer drinks?

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What I wore:

Sunglasses: Raybans

Bikini: Victoria’s Secret

Live Well!

J

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Everything White! My Favorite Teeth Whitening Kit!

IMG_7972You guys. I love a bright smile. Who doesn’t? When I found out about this kit I was super excited! I’m love it! My teeth have never been brighter and the best news? It’s a very safe, clean product!

Why?

It’s:

Vegan, 99% kosher

Cruelty Free, BPA Free, Gluten Free, Sensitivity Free

Available in Peroxide or Peroxide FREE Variety

Made in the USA in an FDA Registered Facility 

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Pretty awesome when I read all that…and then I TRIED it…so good!

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Facts about the kit and how to use it: 

  • Each kit contains enough gel to whiten your teeth at least 10 times. Use less gel than you think you need!
  • Wipe away any gel that gets on your gums to avoid any possible irritation.
  • The treatment takes up to 30 minutes. Don’t leave gel on your teeth any longer. You can whiten everyday for up to 10 days in a row if you’d like. For best results allow 3-4 days between treatments.
  • Unused gel can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year. Store the light with batteries removed.

The best part is…with my promotional code: (itsjessica28) for my followers, you will be able to purchase the Sparkle White Teeth Whitening Kit for only $28.00, almost 90% savings!! (Regular $269.00)

Go to www.whitewithstyle.com and enter my promo code. Buy a couple or have your spouse and friends buy them to stock up and use. Trust me, they are worth it.

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Live Well!

J

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AC In A Bottle….No Really This Is Amazing.

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Peppermint cooling spray.

It. Is. Hot. Most of the Country is dang hot right now. Illinois is humid and 100 degrees. SoCal is the 100’s. From coast to coast we all need a little relief, wouldn’t you agree?

Two words: AC Spray.

This spray before bed is unreal. What am I saying…this spray before anything to cool off is unreal. It feels SO good. I’ll use it after a hot day and a shower and I feel so fresh, cool and calm.

Enjoy! And comment how you use it and like it.

J

PS

This is where you get solubilizer:

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Get Turkey Red Oil:

Here

Get/ find out more about Essential Oils:

Here

(I recommend Young Living for the quality and purity.)

Get Menthol essential oil:

Here

 

Heat Wave Peppermint Spray (AC in a bottle)
 
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Recipe type: Peppermint Spray
Ingredients
  • 10g peppermint essential oil
  • 10g menthol essential oil
  • To emulsify: Equal volume of solubilizer or ¼ tsp guar gum & 1 tsp Turkey red oil
  • 200mL aloe vera juice
Instructions
  1. Weigh the essential oils out into an empty spray bottle, and top off with an equal amount of solubilizer. Swirl to combine. Add a small amount of aloe vera juice and shake gently to combine. Add the rest of the aloe vera, shake gently to combine.
  2. To use, spritz on bare skin. If you cover your torso and your limbs, you will likely end up with goosebumps! I find this keeps me quite cool/cold for upwards of 20 minutes.
  3. If you don’t want to use the solubilizer you can leave it out and just shake thoroughly before each use. That means the mixture will not emulsify at all and you’ll likely have troubles getting it to spritz evenly.
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Organic Make Up? Why? + A Brand I Love!

Why Make The Switch?

I love make up. I think it’s great. What isn’t so great is that depending how much, how often and what type of make up you use, you could be absorbing (that is right, I said absorbing) pounds of toxic, hormone disrupting, cancer feeding chemicals that over the long term could create illnesses we never thought would come from our morning routine. It is scary to think about. Caring for one’s whole body includes skin care choices that support and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. One way to avoid absorbing so many chemicals and toxins, if for instance, you can’t quite make the switch right away, is to buy an high quality organic face primer and lotion and first put that on, then apply your make up.  That will help block out some of the toxins. The best choice is to make the switch.

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The human skin wraps and protects our bodies. It constitutes a living, dynamic tissue system. It has the remarkable ability to absorb applied products, partially or completely, into the bloodstream. In fact, up to 60%-70% of the products we use on our skin are absorbed and deposited into the circulatory system (Fairley, 2001). For instance, the average woman absorbs 30 pounds of the ingredients contained in moisturizers over sixty years (Dr.Hauschka).

These new understandings of how the skin functions reveal concerns about the possible long term effects due to the combination of chemicals used in cosmetics, often termed the “chemical cocktail effect”.

Several chemicals which are used in common, popular cosmetics are known irritants and carcinogens. Carcinogens are cancer causing agents.

Concern stems from the knowledge that most of these ingredients are derived synthetically or from petroleum. Avoiding these substances with serve our bodies tremendously over the long-haul and using organic make up with limit overall exposure to harmful or irritating cosmetic ingredients.

Ingredients to Avoid Forms Found in Cosmetics and Possible Negative Side Effects
Aluminum Thought to contribute to Alzheimer’s Disease.
Found in almost all antiperspirants.
Works by blocking pores so sweat cannot be released by the skin.
Artificial colours FD&C, derived from coal tar.
For example, Azo dyes are a risk to asthmatics, eczema sufferers and people sensitive to aspirin.
Causes hyperactivity in children, severe headaches, blurred vision and itchy/watery eyes and nose (Antczak, 2001).
Benzoates Benzoates Benzoic acid, sodium benzoate or parahydroxy benzoate.
Used as a preservative in cosmetics and fizzy drinks.Causes gastric irritation, numbing of the mouth and aggravates asthma (Antczak, 2001).
DEA, MEA, TEA Causes allergic reactions, irritating to eyes and dries out hair and skin (Fairley, 2001).
Dibutyl phthalate Found in all persons tested by the CDC (Center for Disease Control, USA) in a 2000 Fall study.
Highest levels were found in women of reproductive age.
Causes birth defects in animals, and damaging to the male reproductive system (ABC News, Internet Ventures 2000).
Used in cosmetics to assist the absorption of other ingredients.
Formaldehydes A preservative.
Causes skin reactions.
Imidazolidinyl urea is the second most identified preservative causing contact dermatitis (American Academy of Dermatology: Fairley, 2001).
DMDM hydantoin
Quaternium 15
Diazolidinylurea
2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1
3-diol
Fragrances Can contain up to 200 undeclared substances (Fairley, 2001).
Major cause, in addition to artificial colours, of skin irritations and allergies (Antczak, 2001).
May cause dizziniess, skin irritation and hyperpigmentation (Fairley, 2001).
Genetically Modified Organisms Soy, Corn
Effects are currently being studied, but suspected to do damage on a cellular level.
Isopropyl Alcohol Drying agent, from petroleum.
Keratolytic chemicals Such as hydroxyl acids, retinoic acid.
Corrosive, used in skin peels.
Dissolves the stratum corneum of the epidermis (outermost layer), making skin more sensitive to sun damage.
Accelerates production of dead skin cells; the skin thickens to repair its surface so that vulnerable skin cells underneath are protected from the effects of skin peeling.(Antczak, 2001).
Methylisothiazolinone Causes allergic reactions and irritations (Fairley, 2001).
Parabens Petroleum product.
Triggers skin irritations and may be an xerestrogen (Fairley, 2001).May play a role in falling sperm counts and rising breast cancer rates (Fairley, 2001).Used in 99% of all cosmetics (Fairley, 2001), and in many so-called‘natural’ products.
Parraffin Derived from petroleum.
In the form of wax, mineral oil or petrolatum.
Comedogenic, i.e.blocks pores.
Propylene Glycol When derived from petroleum.
Increases the amount of acid in the body, resulting in metabolic problems.
Large amounts are needed to produce this effect (Agency forToxic Substances and Disease Registry or ATSDR, 2003).
Sodium laureth sulfate, sodium lauryl sulfate Forms carcinogenic nitrogen compounds when combined with specific ingredients.
Irritating to eyes, skin and lungs (Antczak, 2001).
Harmful if swallowed and may cause damage to eyes (Antczak, 2001).
Tallow Animal fat.
Not suitable for vegans, and may be a skin irritant.
Toluene Found in many nail products and nail polish removers.
Produced during the process of making gasoline and other fuels from crude oil or coal.
Evaporates into the air when products containing toluene are opened.
May affect the nervous system, and/or cause tiredness, confusion, weakness, nausea, or loss of appetite.
Symptoms disappear when exposure is eliminated (ATSDR, 2003).

Reading labels and recognizing problematic ingredients are necessary skills for a consumer who intends to choose products that are completely natural. The cost of a cosmetic is not a reliable indicator of either its quality or natural characteristics. AKA more expensive doesn’t mean healthier.  Most cosmetics, from the lowest priced, to the most costly brands, are composed of identical base ingredients (Begoun, 1991).

Cosmetics do not stay on the surface of the skin without penetrating to some degree. Lipstick wearers, for example, consume 1.5 to 4 tubes in a lifetime (Aveda).

With Organic, all natural make up, absorbing plant oils and waxes, mineral pigments or essential oils is by far a healthier alternative than absorbing petroleum by-products and synthetic chemicals.

Natural cosmetic products and make-up are safer, healthier alternatives especially when these products are composed of all natural ingredients.

Switching to all-natural cosmetic products and make-up can help you to avoid feeding your skin harmful chemicals. Many skin problems, such as acne, contact dermatitis, irritations and allergies may disappear once petroleum or synthetic ingredients are removed from your skin care regimen. Using fully natural products can contribute to healthy skin and a healthy body in the long term.

Here is a brand I love that is doing it right: You can check them out at www.theorganicface.com

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The Organic Face is dedicated to creating pure, natural, chemical-free organic cosmetics and skincare products made from the finest active botanical ingredients and minerals. Our mission is to create gorgeousbeauty products that really work, and are as safe for your body on the inside as they are for your skin on the outside.

“We are proud to be cruelty-free, gluten-free, chemical-free and made in the USA.”

How They Began

The Organic Face began with Founder Noreen Diani’s desire to create safe, toxin-freecosmetics that work for women of all skin types. Without compromising on performance or durability, The Organic Face offers a pure, natural – and beautiful – alternative to conventional cosmetics. Naturally preservative- and irritant-free, our pure mineral cosmetics are weightless, long wearing, water-resistant and offer protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Free from toxins, irritants, chemicals and cheap fillers such as talc, synthetic dyes, parabens, and bismuth oxychloride, The Organic Face Mineral Powders provide complete coverage without clogging pores, or irritating sensitive skin, making the line suitable for skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema and acne-prone skin.

Our natural mineral cosmetic formulations work in natural harmony with the skin, so they not only cover imperfections but also help improve skin tone for a natural, long-lasting glow.

About The Company’s Founder

Noreen Diani is the creator and founder of The Organic Face. With more than 18 years experience as a top makeup artist, and with chemical sensitivities of her own, Noreen knew there was a crying need for a chemical-free, organic cosmetics brand that was truly good for your skin and health, but, as a gorgeous, camera-ready makeup, didn’t compromise on quality, performance or durability.

Working with so many faces, Noreen had come across many types of skin allergies and different reactions to a lot of the chemicals in makeup products. An allergy sufferer herself, she had been unhappy with the brands of organic products she had tried – she wasn’t getting the performance quality and durability she needed for makeup shoots and clients. And the research she had been doing into the chemicals and substances present in conventional makeups led her to disturbing findings about our bodies’ reactions to these chemicals. Noreen knew it was time to create her own makeup line that would be safe, non-toxic, organic and chemical-free.

Turning her kitchen into a “laboratory”, Noreen spent two years perfecting formulas that were pure, natural and organic – but would function at the highest professional level. And thus, The Organic Face was born.

Meet Noreen

WHAT THEY OFFER

We seek, source and use the best active botanical ingredients and naturally-occurring minerals to create the most innovative and natural formulations that work hard to enhance your skin’s natural beauty. Our super high-quality ingredients combine with fashion-forward colour palettes to deliver a flawless, professional finish every time, while also being suitable for people with sensitive skin or conditions like acne, eczema, dermatitis, and rosacea.

  • Patent-Pending Formulas
  • Mother Nature’s Finest Gifts
  • No Synthetic Fillers & No Talc
  • Pigmented From The Earth
  • No Animal Testing
  • USDA Certified
  • 100% Natural 95% Organic Lipsticks
  • 100% Natural 95% Organic Foundation Powders
  • 100% Natural 95% Organic Lipsticks & Lip Glosses
  • No Dyes or Chemical Preservatives

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Cedarwood Essential Oil + Unisex Body Butter/Shaving Cream Recipe + A Give Away!

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Let me tell you why.

It’s warm, soft, grounding and comfortable + it has a ton of awesome benefits.

  • Antifungal
  • Anti-infectious
  • Antiseptic (urinary and pulmonary)
  • Astringent
  • Diuretic
  • Insect Repellant
  • Sedative

It’s most frequently used for the nervous and respiratory system, but its diuretic properties may make it ideal for the urinary system as well.

Emotionally, cedarwood is said to have a grounding, calming affect on the nervous system.

Precautions: Use with caution during pregnancy, particularly in the 1st trimester. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker. I recommend Young Living Oils. Find out more here 

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Live Well have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment nor medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities.

 

Benefits:

Acne
Add one drop of cedarwood essential oil to your daily routine (consider using within a moisturizer, cleanser, or by itself as need).

Anxiety
Inhale straight from the bottle, diffuse through the room, or apply a drop over the brow. Layer with a calming blend for extra oomph.

Asthma
Massage 1-2 drops into the chest and throat daily or as needed.

Bladder Infection
Massage 1-2 drops over the kidneys and bladder 2-3 times a day.

Calming
Place 1 drop in your hands, rub together, then cup over the nose and mouth and breathe naturally for several minutes.

Congestion
Cedarwood essential oil benefits our respiratory system greatly. Apply 1-2 drops over the area of concern or massage into the reflex points of the feet.

Cough
Apply 1-2 drops over the throat and chest several times a day.

Dandruff
Massage 1-2 drops into scalp; consider using coconut oil as a carrier to maximize its antifungal and moisturizing benefits.

Eczema
Use 1-2 drops over the area of concern; consider using coconut oil to help moisturize and protect the area as well.

Grounding
One of my favorite cedarwood essential oil benefits. Place 1 drop in your hands, rub together, then cup over the nose and mouth, and breathe naturally for several minutes. Or massage into the feet daily.

Kidney Support
Massage 1-2 drops over the area several times a day or as needed.

Moths
Place a drop on each cotton ball or fabric strip and place or hang in closets, storage boxes, or other problem areas. Replace as needed. Arborvitae essential oil is another really good one for this.

Psoriasis
Massage 1-2 drops (depending on the size of the area) of cedarwood essential oil into the area of concern 1-2 times a day or as needed.

Skin Issues (General)
Consider any number of topical applications: massaging into the area, adding to a bath, reflex points of feet, etc. Also consider Lemon or Oregano in addition.

Stress
Apply a drop over the heart center (if it’s emotional), the brow (if it’s mental), or inhale straight from the bottle as needed. Look into citrus blends specifically for stress too.

Tension
Massage into the areas where you’re holding tension, or consider the cedarwood uses listed above for Stress. headache blends can also be helpful for muscle tension.

Urinary Infection
Massage 1-2 drops of cedarwood essential oil over the area several times a day or as needed.

Urinary Support
Consider the cedarwood uses listed above for Urinary Infection or Kidney Support.

Water Retention
Massage 1-2 drops into the reflex points of the feet, or over the kidney and bladder 1-2 times a day. Also check out the closely related Juniper Berry.


 

Not only does it help with all of those, but it makes a FANTASTIC body butter/shave cream. Seriously. It’s wonderful.  It is so grounding and soothing.

I just made it and my husband loves it for shaving. We now both can use it as body butter/shave cream and even keep one in the shower. It’s super easy to make, all natural/organic/nourishing/beneficial for skin, will save you money and feels incredible…what’s not to love?!

 

* I used my old trader joe’s body butter container to store it in so it’s easy to scoop out and leave in shower. You can also use a mason jar. 

 


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Unisex Cedarwood Whipped Body Butter/Shaving Cream Recipe
 
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Earthy, grounding, relaxing shaving cream that both men and women love. Use it as body butter AND shaving cream. Obsessed.
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Recipe type: Body Butter/Shaving Cream
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Shea Butter
  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil
  • 10-15 drops cedarwood essential oil
  • (add 5-8 drops orange for a twist!)
Instructions
  1. Whip shea butter and coconut oil together with hand mixer until desired consistency.
  2. Add oils and whip again until evenly mixed.
  3. Store in mason jar or container on choice.
 

Want to try this recipe out for yourself?

Enter The Give Away! 

What to do:

Follow @itsjessicamiller, @thelivingwelllifestyle, @dwellingsimpleessentials

Like & repost this photo below (on instagram).

The winner will be revealed Friday night 9pm Midwest Time.

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H20. It Doesn’t Have To Be Boring.

 

Water. We are approximately 80% water. We need it to live. We need it for health. Our organs need it to function properly. Pretty much…we HAVE to drink it. If you don’t drink water, I highly recommend it for good health.

Severe dehydration can lead to a myriad of health issues such as hormone imbalance, kidney stones, liver/gall bladder issues, bad skin, dry eyes, poor memory, poor brain function, low energy, colds, flus, toxic overload, constipation, headaches, irritability, bad breath, poor organ function. To say it plainly, the body doesn’t operate well without water and drinking liquids like soda, coffee, juice, sports drinks, energy drinks don’t count for hydration for water intake. They can actually dehydrate you even more.

With that being said, I talk to many people who just don’t like water. They don’t like the taste…or it’s boring with no taste. Different strokes for different folks. My advice? Spice it up!

One way to spice up your water life is by adding fruit, herbs, and veggies into your water and making it with a light hint of flavor. Not only does it taste refreshing, but it adds extra antioxidants and beneficial properties that aid in the health of your body. 

You could add:

pineapple, strawberry, blueberry, lemon, lime, watermelon, melon, mint leaves, lemon grass leaves, cucumber.

Have fun with it!

Below is a water I make on the frequent and it’s super easy. When on the go ad well I throw it in a water bottle and take it with me!

Antioxidant Water

Antioxidant Water
 
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  • 1 teaspoon blue berries
  • 2 chopped up strawberries
  • 1 squeezed lime
  • mint leaves
  • A couple dices of pineapple
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Add to the bottom of cup or water bottle.
  2. Squish wish straw or spoon a bit to release the properties.
  3. Add a little ice.
  4. Add water.
  5. You can refill water as desired.
  6. Switch out fruit after it looses all flavor or you eat it like me 🙂
  7. (Every 3 or 4 water refills)
 

 

 

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Eating For Beauty

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Beauty comes from the inside out, in all ways! Including what you eat! In terms of the physical, not only is nutrition for beauty more ‘real’ it actually is more sustainable and good for you!

Almost daily we are bombarded by deceptive marketing strategies trying to convince us that beauty is only one purchase away. In fact these companies are trying to create you as a customer for life with artificial and expensive beauty products.  The first step is becoming aware of and then ignoring the advertising.

 There are a few key concepts for getting that beautiful glowing skin from the inside out.

Beauty Minerals

Sulfur: Sulfur has a significant impact on our complexion, hair and how our skin glows. Essentially it is within all of our connective tissue supporting and connecting all of our organs. It has the ability to continuously build and rebuild collagen and keratin which is important for hair, skin and nails to get their shine whilst also playing an important role in driving nutrients into and out of cells, blood sugar regulation, tissue repair and our immune system.

Zinc: Zinc promotes cell division, cell repair, cell growth and the production of white blood cells. This mineral is essential for cleansing the liver, repairing tissue and oxygenating the body. A zinc deficiency is directly linked to Acne, hair loss and other skin disorders.

Beauty Foods

Beauty foods are foods that contain high concentrations of the minerals sulfur, silicon, zinc, iron and/or magnesium, These are some of the best beautifying foods that you can include in your diet. These foods will have an alkalizing reaction with your body, anti-parasitical effects and contain high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

In the list below you can see some of the top ‘beautifying foods’ : 

Aloe Vera – Believed to be a food of long-lasting youth and rapid healing. The anti-inflammatory power in acute inflammation is one of it’s best known actions. The gel of the Aloe Vera can be used topically or add to your daily juice.

Coconut Oil – Contains a number of health giving properties including being high in antioxidants, control blood sugar levels, assist the thyroid gland and repair the skin. You can eat it straight, blend into smoothies, use in cooking and on the skin.

Cucumbers – Fantastic for cleansing our bodies. The skins of cucumbers are high in silicon although are often grown with pesticides and waxed in stores so it is best to choose organic.

Figs – Super high in calcium and other minerals. They are also contain large amounts of fiber and therefore beneficial for our digestive system. They have been described as being the most alkalizing if all dried fruits.

Hemp Seed – One of the most nutritionally complete foods containing all nine essential amino acids making them exceptionally high in protein whilst also high in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and minerals. Eat them as a snack, add to a salad or use the hemp oil in your smoothie.

Macadamia Nuts – Contain high levels of selenium needed to build the body’s most powerful enzyme. The macadamia nut’s overall combination of fatty acids and zinc makes it wonderful skin beautifier.

Pumpkin Seeds – A wonderful source of B vitamins, many minerals (including zinc), phytonutrients and fatty oils. All of these contributing to their ability to produce clear and glowing skin. They also have anti-parasite properties.

Turmeric – Considered a restorative food, with strong anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-microbial characteristics. Well known for its ability to purify blood which is essential for clear skin.

 

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