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Transition to Winter (2016 Update)

by Megan Schwarz | December 13, 2016 | 1 Comment



Beautiful snow covered trees and decadent pumpkin lattes go hand in hand with dry skin, red noses, and chapped lips. While a humidifier in your bedroom at night will work wonders to prevent winter-induced dehydration, there are also a few tweaks that you can make to your beauty routine that will leave you glowing and radiant on even the coldest days!


A simple swap of your summer cleanser for something a little more nourishing will go a long way to preventing flaky, dry skin. Proper cleansing is the foundation of any successful beauty ritual. And though the main goal is to remove dulling, pore-clogging residue, it’s also vital to avoid stripping the skin of its protective lipid layer. That squeaky clean feel is a sign that you’ve gone too far and could lead to increased redness, irritation, and infection. So ditch the soap in favor of something a little silkier.

Seed to Serum Winter Favorites:
     •  de Mamiel Pure Calm Cleansing Dew
     •  Jacqueline Evans Castile Cream Cleanser
     •  Laurel Facial Cleanser: Normal/Dry
     •  Kypris Cleanser Concentrate 
      • Maya Chia The Great Cleanse


If dry skin has got you down, it’s time to stop avoiding hydrating mists. A mist can add much needed moisture throughout your beauty routine. Try spritzing before applying serums, after applying serums, and throughout the day when skin starts feeling tight and itchy. Seek out formulas with hydrating elements, including oils, aloe vera, and hyaluronic acid and avoid over-priced water sprays at the drugstore. Mists that are comprised of water alone actually lead to greater dehydration by pulling water from the skin as they evaporate.

Seed to Serum Winter Favorites:
     • Amly Silver-Rich Facial Mist
     • Laurel Facial Elixir: Normal/Mature
     • R. L. Linden Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist
     • Jacqueline Evans Rooibos Toner
     • Soul Sunday Rice Water Brightening Mist

Winter is not the time to skimp on moisture! Though it may seem counter intuitive, drying out your delicate complexion can exacerbate conditions like acne. Don’t be afraid to trade in your lighter moisturizers for richer creams and balms. Seek out hydrating oils, like avocado, pomegranate, and rosehip, and nourishing butters, like shea and mango. Applying ample moisture day and night is key to enjoying a flake-free winter!

Seed to Serum Winter Favorites:
     • Jacqueline Evans Argan & Rosehip Moisturizing Cream
     • Province Apothecary Nourishing + Revitalizing Moisturizer 
     • Mahalo Balm
     • Laurel Facial Balm: Transform Daily
     • Siam Seas Elements Beauty Balm



While it may seem decadent, try patting 3-4 drops of your favorite facial oil onto your cheeks, nose, and forehead after applying your moisturizer. Facial oils seal in the hydrating benefits of your moisturizer and prevent essential water from evaporating from the skin. More importantly, oils impart a lit-from-within radiance. If you’ve shunned oils in the past, there is no better time than winter to give them a chance!

Seed to Serum Winter Favorites:
     • Laurel Facial Serum: Antioxidant
     • Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum
     • Maya Chia The Super Couple
     • Skin Owl Geranium Beauty Drops



You may begin to notice that the area around your eyes is starting to feel dry and crepey and that your lips are starting to crack. Fear not, there are plenty of hydrating remedies available to you. Seek out ultra-comforting, cushy balms for both your eyes and lips!

Seed to Serum Winter Favorites:
     • Laurel Eye Balm
     • CAMP Matcha Latte Eye Cream
     • de Mamiel Rosey Lip Balm
     • R. L. Linden La Balmba Rosa Lip Balm
     • Cocovit Orange + Basil Lip Balm

A little something extra – Boost your immune system this winter with wellness tonics from Wooden Spoon Herbs and Sun Potion



Feed Your Skin

by Megan Schwarz | November 01, 2016 | 1 Comment



Ah, fall. The season of pumpkin spice everything, root vegetables, apple picking, and pie! And while pie isn’t necessarily doing your skin any favors, there are a number of fall food favorites that offer a veritable cornucopia of skin-friendly vitamins and minerals! Whether applied topically or consumed on a regular basis, these ingredients will have skin glowing all season long:

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a powerhouse for skin. It contains a wealth of vitamins, including C and E, skin-clearing zinc, and nourishing essential fatty acids. But what makes pumpkin really shine are the naturally occurring fruit enzymes that whisk away complexion dulling, pore clogging dead skin cells. And benefitting from these radiance-inducing enzymes is as easy as throwing together a DIY mask combining pumpkin with a little honey and yogurt. Don’t forget to incorporate pumpkin into your diet as well. Vitamin C boosts collagen production and beta-carotene, a pre-cursor to Vitamin A, promotes healthy skin production.

Product Picks:
- A.S. Apothecary Face Serum #3
- Maya Chia The Revitalizer, Beautifying Supercritical Body Oil

Recipe Pick: Vegan Pumpkin Waffles


Carrot

Also known as Queen Anne’s lace, carrot seed oil is pressed from the seeds of the wild carrot plant. It contains a bounty of vitamins and antioxidants and acts as a key anti-aging ally by addressing discoloration, uneven skin tone, and fine lines. With an earthy, herbaceous aroma, carrot seed oil is also wonderfully grounding when diffused!

Product Picks:
- de Mamiel Autumn Facial Oil
- Remy & Rose Carrot & Yuzu Soap

Recipe Pick: Vegan Carrot Halwa Recipe


Apple

Apple is a skin care darling these days, popping up everywhere in the form of apple fruit extract, apple cider vinegar, and even apple stem cells. Rich in acids and antioxidants, apple is an anti-aging wonder that helps to keep skin clear and supple. For those with oily and acne prone skin, apple cider vinegar makes a fantastically effective toner when diluted with water or tea!

Product Picks:
- The Little Alchemist Wild Apple & Mint Purifying Gel Cleanser
- Kypris Clearing Serum

Recipe Pick: Pear Apple Walnut Stuffed Acorn Squash


Cranberry

Cranberries may be an afterthought at Thanksgiving dinner, but they are skincare superstars. Cranberry seed oil is rich in skin-nourishing fatty acids and protective antioxidants. In fact, cranberry seed oil naturally contains the perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids allowing for easy absorption and maximum hydration. All skin types can benefit from this ruby red treasure!

Product Picks:
- Laurel Facial Serum: Antioxidant
- Kypris 1,000 Roses Beauty Elixir

Recipe Pick: Naturally Sweetened Cranberry Sauce


Coffee

There is nothing like a warm cup of coffee on a chilly fall morning. And while coffee may be controversial when it comes to our health, it is an absolute boon for the skin. Antioxidant-rich coffee brightens, tightens, and de-puffs. Additionally, leftover coffee grounds make a yummy, stimulating body scrub for your morning shower.

Product Picks:
- MOSS Behold Active Lipid Cream for Eyes
- Province Apothecary Full Brow Serum

Recipe Pick: 5 Minute Espresso Walnut Brownies

Inspire your senses and your skin with all the spices, fruits, and vegetables that this season has to offer!

Let's Talk Circulation.

by Megan Schwarz | October 03, 2016 | 0 Comments



We all want glowing skin. That's a given. But sometimes even your most expensive face oil and holy grail highlighter just aren't doing the trick. What gives? Poor circulation, my friend. It's time to give it a boost. Healthy circulation is vital for achieving that lustrous, gorgeous complexion that you crave. It efficiently moves toxins from your system, oxygenates cells, and keeps hormonal balance in check. The result? An enviable glow. 

Let's make it happen: 

(1) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. We all know the havoc dehydration can wreak. Dehydration leads to constipation, sallow skin, tight muscles, and an all-around feeling of awfulness. I know you need your coffee and that glass of wine from time to time, but there's no need to throw in the hydration towel. Keep a water bottle on your nightstand and carry it with you EVERYWHERE throughout the day. If you drink a cup of coffee, chase it with some water. Easy as that. 

Seed to Serum tip - Start your day with a glass of warm water with lemon. Lemon juice provides oh so important Vitamin C, aids in digestion, and balances pH. Why warm? Warm water increases blood flow to your digestive system providing the perfect jumpstart to your day!


(2) Dry Brush. At this point, you've heard about dry brushing, but you likely haven't incorporated it into your daily routine. Who has time for one. more. thing. But it only takes a quick five minutes. I swear. Dry brushing boosts circulation and stimulates lymphatic drainage. Your lymph system clears cellular waste from your blood stream, but unlike your circulatory system, it needs a little help from YOU to get moving. That's where dry brushing and hydration and everything else in this post comes in! Bonus - dry brushing is an excellent exfoliator that makes skin feel incredibly soft and supple.

Seed to Serum tip - Seek out a brush with bristles that aren't too soft, but aren't so firm that the practice feels excruciating. It should feel slightly uncomfortable though (think, intense exfoliation), especially in the beginning. Don't worry, your skin will quickly build up a fantastic tolerance. 


(3) Massage. Even if a standing appointment for a professional massage is out of the question, you can still incorporate massage into your daily skincare ritual. This practice not only stimulates lymphatic drainage and boosts circulation, but it also calms the nervous system. Plus, it allows me to chat about my favorite topic - oil cleansing! Oil cleansing provides an excellent opportunity to incorporate facial massage into your routine. So take your time with it! Instead of rubbing the oil around for a few seconds before rinsing it off, spend a few minutes massaging your skin. Spend time massaging your favorite facial oil into your skin as well. This will increase blood flow and has the added benefit of maximizing absorption of the oil. And don't forget to give your body some love too. Grab your favorite body oil and engage in a little self-massage! The ancient practice of abhyanga, aka self-massage, is grounding, relaxing, and you guessed it, boosts circulation. 

Seed to Serum tip - If you really want to get blood flowing, follow oil cleansing with exfoliation. Hello glowing, baby soft skin. 


(4) Move. Remember how I mentioned that your lymphatic system relies on you to get moving, well, exercise is an excellent option for making that happen. Walking, yoga, running... do whatever inspires you!

Seed to Serum tip - Rebounding is an especially effective exercise for stimulating lymphatic drainage. Who doesn't like bouncing on a trampoline?
 

(5) Get those legs up! This is perhaps my favorite way to boost circulation - sit on the ground, scoot your butt up against a wall, and lift those legs up. It might feel awkward in the beginning, but it really helps to stimulate your lymphatic and circulatory systems. Plus, it's insanely relaxing. 

Seed to Serum tip - Engage in a little deep breathing while you're at it. Breathe in for a count of five, hold for a count of five, breathe out for a count of five, hold for a count of five, and repeat three times! 


Don't be surprised if glowing skin isn't the only benefit of the above practices - prepare for better digestion, a calmer mind, and a little extra pep in your step! 



Transition to Fall (2016 Update)

by Megan Schwarz | September 09, 2016 | 1 Comment



Chilly mornings, vivid blue skies, colorful leaves – fall is definitely here. And changing seasons typically brings a change in our skin. Oily skin may suddenly feel tight, blemishes may be subsiding or back with a vengeance, lips might become parched. No worries. You do not need to overhaul your entire ritual. A few tweaks here and there will have that dewy glow back in no time!

(1) Switch to a hydrating, soothing cleanser.

Foaming gel cleansers just don’t cut it as the air becomes increasingly dry. My advice - shelve your shine-reducing summer cleanser in favor of a lush, cushy, cream cleanser. Use your cream cleanser in the morning to whisk away sweat and cellular residue and deep cleanse skin at night with a beautiful balm cleanser.

Seed to Serum Picks:
Jacqueline Evans Castile Cream Cleanser
Laurel Facial Cleanser: Normal/Dry
The Little Alchemist Pineapple, Geranium, & Lime Cleansing Milk
Kypris Cleanser Concentrate
de Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm 

(2) Add a hydrating serum.

I offered this tip in a recent post, but it’s worth repeating. Mix a few pumps of hydrating serum into your favorite facial oil to up the moisture ante. You can apply your hydrating serum first followed by your facial oil, but I prefer the convenience of combining the two!

Seed to Serum Picks:
Kypris Antioxidant Dew
MOSS Healing Dew Anti-Inflammatory Repairing Seruma
Maya Chia The Super Couple

(3) One word – BALM!

If your current oil isn’t cutting it in the moisture department, then it’s time to seek out a buttery balm. Use the balm in place of your favorite face oil OR if you are extremely moisture deprived, smooth a light layer of balm over your face oil. There are lovely balm options for both day and night, but if you prefer a matte daytime look then reserve the balm for nighttime use!

Seed to Serum Picks:
Laurel Facial Balm: Transform Daily
Mahalo Balm
MOSS Ceremony Beauty Balm
CAMP Filthy Rich Face Cream
• Province Apothecary Protecting + Restoring Face Balm

(4) Seek out soothing ingredients.

Changing seasons can lead to dry, itchy skin so look for soothing ingredients in your skin care. Ease inflammation with ingredients like chamomile, calendula, and olive oil. Soothing ingredients abound in everything from serums to cleansers to moisturizers so creating a calming ritual could not be simpler!

Seed to Serum Picks:
AS.AP #5 Cleansing Oil 
• Mahalo The Rare Indigo
One Love Organics Oh Mega Calming Chia Oil 
de Mamiel Autumn Facial Oil
Jacqueline Evans Damask Rose Hydrating Mist

Ah, skincare woes solved. Now go enjoy those brisk breezes! 



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