5 Must-Have Beauty Balms for Fall & Winter 2014

5 Must-Have Beauty Balms for Fall & Winter 2014

The weath­er is get­ting cool­er and dri­er in many places around the world (even here in hot, humid Dubai) and it’s time to start shift­ing our skin care rou­ti­nes slight­ly. If you are prone to dry, itchy, or flaky skin in the cold­er months, then the­se all nat­u­ral and organ­ic beau­ty balms are your must-have heroes for keep­ing your skin pro­tect­ed and mois­tur­ized. Weleda Foot Balm, $14 This balm is less thick and slight­ly more oily than most balms and salves, and is quick­ly absorbed, even into the tough­est of cal­lus­es. It con­tains olive fruit, myrrh, and cal­en­du­la extracts to keep feet fresh, mois­tur­ized, and soft­ened. This is ide­al for swol­len, red, tired feet. The slight­ly cool­ing and anti-inflam­ma­to­ry effects help your feet to recov­er quick­ly. Apply it gen­er­ous­ly, let it absorb, and pull on some warm, cozy cot­ton socks to hold in the sooth­ing, soft­en­ing ingre­di­ents overnight. Eliz­a­beth Dehn for One Love Organ­ics Active Mois­ture Vit­a­m­in E Eye Balm, $48 The tex­ture of this slight­ly off-white balm is a bit dri­er and crumbly look­ing than oth­ers, yet once you put a tiny bit on your fin­ger, it begins to melt into a rich­ly mois­tur­iz­ing, silky, and skin nour­ish­ing potion. And I love the scent! It smells slight­ly sweet and faint­ly of flow­ers and licorice, which ever so slight­ly lingers on the skin (tru­ly, it’s love­ly). It con­tains organ­ic shea but­ter and high con­cen­tra­tions of eye­bright, pome­gran­ate, gin­seng, and licorice for mois­tur­iz­ing, bright­en­ing, and light­en­ing under eye cir­cles and sun dam­age. Organ­ic fen­nel is also infused into this for­mu­la for its anti-inflam­ma­to­ry, anti-puffi­ness prop­er­ties. Take a tiny bit onto your ring fin­ger, press...
How I Got Thicker, Stronger, Healthier Hair

How I Got Thicker, Stronger, Healthier Hair

I was born with nat­u­ral­ly fine, curly hair. Hair­dressers always told me to be grate­ful I had “body” from the curls because my hair looked and felt thick­er. Dur­ing my veg­an days, my hair was incred­i­bly thin. It was limp, bro­ken, and all around unhealthy. It took a few years, but my hair has come back thick­er and shinier and more awe­some than ever. This is how I got health­ier hair, and this is how you can strength­en the strands you have and encour­age faster and health­ier growth. Best Foods & Supplements for Hair Pro­tein. Omega 3s. Zinc. B vit­a­mins (Biot­in in par­tic­u­lar). The­se are all present in a healthy diet, yet you would be sur­prised how lit­tle of the­se nutri­ents peo­ple (espe­cial­ly wom­en) con­sume dai­ly. Wild-Caught Fish: Omega-3 fat­ty acids, of which salmon is an excel­lent source, are impor­tant to a healthy scalp. Salmon (I only choose wild Alaskan salmon) is also a great source of pro­tein. A tip for those who don’t like or have easy access to wild fish: try a high-qual­i­ty fish oil sup­ple­ment like Nordic Nat­u­rals Ulti­mate Omega, Carl­son Cod Liv­er Oil, or Green Pas­tures Cod Liv­er Oil Cap­sules. Veg­etable oils like flax or veg­etable oil blends are incom­plete, as they do not con­tain DHA and they have low lev­els of EPA – both impor­tant omega 3 fat­ty acids present in fish and krill oils. Be aware that veg­etable oil man­u­fac­tur­ers or pro­po­nents may state that ALA (present in veg­gie oils) will con­vert to EPA, but what they may not men­tion is that less than 5% of ALA gets con­vert­ed to EPA¹. I want you to be informed so you...
8 Best Natural Mascaras — No Flaking or Smudging!

8 Best Natural Mascaras — No Flaking or Smudging!

My hes­i­tant usage of mas­caras began with Dr. Hauschka near­ly 8 years ago. It was my very first for­ay into mas­cara, and I remem­ber that I loved the way my lash­es stood out…and how my eye­lids itched like hell. I then dove into my mom’s mas­cara sup­ply, and was con­tin­u­al­ly intrigued by the scary look­ing spines on skin­ny wands that you’re sup­posed to stick pret­ty eff­ing close to your eye­ball. While I cer­tain­ly enter­tained and prid­ed myself on my brav­ery, I didn’t appre­ci­ate how every sin­gle mas­cara either gave me that oh-so-desired rac­coon look or elicit­ed itchy eye­lids. I fig­ured I was des­tined to have blonde, mas­cara-pho­bic eye­lash­es for life. Then 3 years ago an amaz­ing friend of mine start­ed tint­ing my eye­lash­es black and bam! issue resolved. Eh not quite. While I am extreme­ly grate­ful for hav­ing nat­u­ral­ly long, curled eye­lash­es that allows the tint to give me a mas­cara-like effect on the dai­ly, when I want to go all out and…(dun dun dun) put on eye­shad­ow and what not, then mas­cara is def­i­nite­ly in order. Thus I have per­son­al­ly inves­ti­gat­ed every known nat­u­ral mas­cara on the mar­ket since 2010. That’s a pret­ty good gig. 😉 I present to you my favorite mas­caras all neat­ly tucked into one place. Ali­ma Pure Nat­u­ral Def­i­n­i­tion Mas­cara $22 A rel­a­tive new­bie to the mas­cara scene. This mas­cara is fan­tas­tic for those that want length, sep­a­ra­tion, and rich col­or. W3LL Peo­ple Expres­sion­ist Bio Extreme Mas­cara $23.50 The for­mu­la and wand are amaz­ing on this mas­cara. It cre­ates length, curl, and sep­a­ra­tion and doesn’t smudge or flake. ILIA Mas­cara $26 have either lim­it­ed I prefer a slight­ly thick­er, less sep­a­rat­ed look to my lash­es, and this rich­ly...
How to Select the Right Skin Care (Avoid Common Skin Care Mistakes!)

How to Select the Right Skin Care (Avoid Common Skin Care Mistakes!)

One of the most fre­quent­ly asked ques­tions I get is “how do I know the right skin care prod­ucts for my [insert skin type or con­di­tion here]?” Nev­er fear! I’ll help you con­quer the con­fu­sion, and if you still have ques­tions, leave them in the com­ments. First, an important lesson in Skin Care 101: Be hon­est about your skin type and con­di­tion. Avoid select­ing prod­ucts for imag­i­nary skin con­di­tions or issues. We can be very crit­i­cal of our­selves, and this can pre­vent us from mak­ing an hon­est assess­ment of our skin. Select­ing an incor­rect pro­duct for a nonex­is­tent con­di­tion (or one that is not as crit­i­cal as you might think) can actu­al­ly result in a skin con­di­tion. For exam­ple, don’t run out and buy a strong gly­col­ic acid serum made specif­i­cal­ly for those with mature and sun dam­aged skin if your skin has only been around for 21 years and you have a few freck­les. That is not mature, sun dam­aged skin. See the dif­fer­ence? I’ll give you an exam­ple of some­thing I see an awful lot: some­one gets a small break­out caused by stress or a bout of ques­tion­able food choic­es. The per­son then freaks out and treats the break­out with harsh, dry­ing acne treat­ments. The skin becomes dry and sen­si­tive, which com­pro­mis­es skin bar­ri­er func­tion and sends the skin into pro­tec­tion mode. Trans­la­tion: red­ness, inflam­ma­tion, and excess oil pro­duc­tion. The result? A cycle of dry­ness, sen­si­tiv­i­ty, and more break­outs. The solu­tion from the very begin­ning would have been to use hydrat­ing, mois­tur­iz­ing treat­ments that speed heal­ing, reduce inflam­ma­tion, and pro­tect the skin from dam­age. So instead of “attack­ing” the issue, change your mind­set to...