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Morning Masking Ritual

by Megan Schwarz | April 26, 2017 | 1 Comment



We have so many decadent masks in the shop and I wanted to shine the spotlight on a few of the more versatile options! We tend to think of masks as a once or twice a week treat, which is definitely appropriate for the more clay-heavy masks. (Clays have incredible drawing properties and can be disruptive to the skin's acid mantle if used too often. In fact, I recommend keeping your favorite hydrosol handy and misting regularly to prevent the mask from drying completely. Don't worry, it's still working!) But honey, oh sweet honey, can be used every day. I find the mornings to be an especially lovely time to incorporate a honey masking ritual. 

The ritual is fairly straightforward. In lieu of cleansing, mist skin with your hydrosol (or dampen it with a little water), and smooth on a thick layer of your honey mask. While your skin is doing a little honey happy dance, brush your teeth, read a magazine, or fire up your favorite podcast. This is where things get a little decadent... or at least they do for me. I heavily mist my skin with hydrosol and begin massaging the mask. If you feel that this is wasteful, you can wet your fingers with water, rather than using your hydrosol. You want to dampen your skin enough that massaging is a breeze. Then simply rinse the mask away with water. Your skin should feel insanely soft and hydrated (thanks honey!)

Ready to give it a try? Here are some of my favorite honey masks:

  • Leahlani Honey Love 3-in-1: This mask alone transformed founder, Leah's skin. Imagine what it could do for you? Combining organic Hawaiian Raw Honey with skin superfoods like organic Noni Fruit and wildcrafted Maqui Berry, this cleanser/mask/exfoliator softens, smooths, and helps improve the tone and texture of skin. For a little more exfoliating oomph be sure to mix the jar with a spoon prior to applying (the magical corrundum crystals tend to settle at the bottom). Acne prone skin, prepare to meet your new clear skin companion! 

  • LILFOX Jungle Glow: Oh my oh my, I could go on and on about this mask. Jungle Glow singlehandedly turned me on to the morning masking ritual. Raw Honey, Raw Cacao, Rosehip seeds, Maracuja oil - this mask is a dream. And it's so silky and easy to smooth onto skin. As an added bonus, it smells like heaven (then again, what LILFOX product doesn't?) I highly recommend sitting back and allowing this one to work its magic for as long as you can!

  • Mahalo The Petal: If you are looking for more targeted enzyme exfoliation, this pink potion is where it's at. The gel-like texture is really fun and I love the inclusion of power players like Hyaluronic Acid and Manuka Honey. Hyaluronic Acid holds 1,000x its weight in water so deep hydration is pretty much guaranteed. Choose this mask if your mornings are typically rushed. 5 minutes with this mask is more than enough time to achieve the glow goal. 

  • Mahalo The Bean: The newest arrival, the Bean is downright sinful (okay, it only smells that way). I am incredibly impressed by the number of antioxidants in this honey-based mask, including Cacao, Lycopene, Green Coffee Bean oil, and Astaxanthin. (Random aside - I recently started supplementing with Astaxanthin and so far I'm loving the results!) The antioxidants are really just the tip of the iceberg. The Bean is absolutely jam packed with skin-loving nutrients. Hello, glowing skin! 

If you are looking to spice up your morning routine or really just want a brightening boost in the am (who doesn't?), I highly recommend incorporating a masking ritual!



Tagged: acne, leahlani, LILFOX, Mahalo, masks, morning-rituals, skin-care-masks

The de Mamiel Double Cleanse

by Megan Schwarz | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments



Let me preface this by saying that I know the idea of double cleansing your skin at night might feel indulgent and a tad unnecessary. But hopefully I can shift your perspective by mentioning some of the benefits beyond deeply cleansing away the day's dirt and grime (which it does). Cleansing your skin not once, but twice, is incredibly therapeutic. There is something powerful and cathartic that happens when you make space to physically remove both the physical and emotional baggage from the day. Massaging your skin for an extended period of time affords you the opportunity to tune out the world and really connect with yourself. Cleansing your skin at the end of the day should be a deeply satisfying experience. 

Externally, all of this extra massage increases blood and oxygen flow to the skin resulting in an immediate glow. Over time you might also notice that your skin heals more quickly and efficiently as a result of that increased circulation. Plus, facial massage boosts lymphatic drainage clearing away any puffiness and stagnation. If you're still skeptical, I advise taking one night to experiment with a double cleanse - don't rush through it and skimp on the facial massage though, that's the best part! 

And if you are going to experiment with double cleansing, what better place to start than with the vibrant, exquisite, downright magical de Mamiel

Step One - Wash your hands. Just do it. Don't cleanse your skin with dirty hands. 

Step Two - Pump a generous amount of de Mamiel Pure Calm Cleansing Dew into your palm and begin massaging it over your skin. I err on the side of using perhaps a little too much cleansing oil because I like a lot of slip. If you prefer a more vigorous massage then by all means, use less. Pure Calm is a sensory experience. It smells so, so good. And it will leave your skin baby soft. I love it so much that I sometimes use it in the morning as well! 

Step Three - Wet fingers and continue massaging to emulsify Pure Calm. Rinse with water. 

Step Four - Gently pat skin dry.

Step Five - Scoop a dollop of Restorative Cleansing Balm out of the jar and begin massaging it over your skin. Take your time with this. Really enjoy the massage. If you have yet to experience Restorative Cleansing Balm, there is a reason it's a cult favorite. It's beyond luxurious and really feels like you are doing something special for your skin. 

Step Six - Wet a cloth with warm water and gently remove the cleansing balm from your skin. Pat dry. 

That's it. Feel free to move on with the rest of your nightly ritual!



Tagged: de-mamiel, skin-care-cleaners

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!