12 Must-Have Products of 2010

I have come across some incred­i­ble nat­u­ral skin care prod­ucts this year, and I want­ed to share my must-haves with you. 1. 100% Pure Organ­ic Laven­der Hon­ey Facial Cleans­ing Foam, $18.50. This is my go-to face wash, and the only face wash I’ve used con­sis­tent­ly for almost a year. I love foam­ing wash­es, and foams are great for dry skin as well, par­tic­u­lar­ly if you are sen­si­tive and prone to clogged pores (cream cleansers tend to con­tain wax­es that can eas­i­ly clog pores). 100% Pure has a wide vari­ety of foam­ing wash­es for all skin types, so if the laven­der hon­ey wash isn’t for you, try one of their oth­er face wash­es. A bot­tle lasts me about 2–3 months. 2. Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub, $15. My favorite scrub of all time. I’ve used dozens of scrubs and exfo­lia­tors over the years, and none have treat­ed my sen­si­tive skin the way it always want­ed to be treat­ed. You mix a lit­tle of the scrub with your choice of either water, organ­ic milk, or organ­ic plain yogurt and gen­tly mas­sage in cir­cu­lar motions for a min­ute or two. It effec­tive­ly pre­vents black­heads and leaves your skin soft­er, radi­ant, and pol­ished with­out feel­ing dry and irri­tat­ed. Though the price went up a few dol­lars, this scrub is so well worth it. This will always be a sta­ple in my med­i­cine cab­i­net. 3. Arcona Tri­ad Pads, $23. I have been using the­se pads for ton­ing, remov­ing the last rem­nants of my Ubtan scrub, and as a face wash if I’m trav­el­ing and don’t want to use chlo­ri­nat­ed water to wash my sen­si­tive skin. The­se...

8 Steps to Flawless Skin

I love fash­ion and all the the­atrics that come with it dur­ing Fash­ion Week, and I was inspired to write this post after see­ing the flaw­less, air­brushed look of the mod­els on the run­way. I believe this is the first time I’m men­tion­ing make­up, but I get a lot of requests for nat­u­ral make­up and con­ceal­ing imper­fec­tions, so I fig­ured I should write a post about the 8 steps to flaw­less skin. Here are my 8 steps to get you look­ing gor­geous in the morn­ing (if you’re a guy, feel free to skip the make­up part, even though it’s not weird if you want to use con­ceal­er). 1. Streeeeetch. Stretch­ing, yoga, and short car­dio cir­cuit train­ing are an excel­lent way to keep your skin glow­ing. The rea­son why is because cir­cu­la­tion is super impor­tant to keep­ing our skin nour­ished, healthy, and vibrant. Do a few min­utes stretch­ing or yoga right after wak­ing up to get the blood mov­ing in your whole body. It feels great, it’s good for your skin, and it ener­gizes you for the day. 2. Eat well and hydrate. Diet plays a huge role in how healthy your body and skin will be. Choose organ­ic pro­duce over con­ven­tion­al pro­duce as much as pos­si­ble to avoid ingest­ing pes­ti­cides that will bur­den your liv­er and poten­tial­ly cause hor­mone imbal­ances. Choose organ­ic and/or grass-fed meats, and organ­ic dairy (or cut out cow dairy alto­geth­er). It’s a huge top­ic, and I sug­gest read­ing my oth­er arti­cles or my guide book for exact details on good food options and what foods to eat/avoid for flaw­less skin. In the morn­ing, drink a glass or two...

August Skin Care Routine — 2010

Okee­doke! So here is my offi­cial August skin care rou­tine that I’ve been doing con­sis­tent­ly for at least 3 months now (some of the prod­ucts are recent addi­tions though). I thought I would share because it’s good to know what oth­er peo­ple use, what works, and also because I get a lot of requests to spill the beans. ;D Oh! I almost for­got about the FTC dis­claimer: I nev­er accept pay­ment for reviews, nor am I affil­i­at­ed with any of the brands men­tioned. Some­times I am sent prod­ucts to review, but actu­al­ly doing a review on them is up to me and whether I think it’s good enough to rec­om­mend to you guys. I embed­ded the video below, and I includ­ed all the links to the prod­ucts in this arti­cle. {CLEANSER} 100% Pure Laven­der Hon­ey Facial Cleans­ing Foam, $18, 6 oz. In the sum­mer, I use this night­ly and I usu­al­ly wash twice — a real quick once-over and rin­se, and then a sec­ond time where I spend about 30–60 sec­onds gen­tly mas­sag­ing the cleanser on my skin. You get a bet­ter, more thor­ough, but non-irri­tat­ing wash­ing that way. In win­ter, I wash night­ly or every oth­er night. {EXFOLIATOR} Skin Apothke Ubtan Scrub, $9, 2 oz. (lasts forever­rrrr) Great for all skin types, works real­ly well on sen­si­tive and dry skin. Safe to use just once a week, or every oth­er night. Imparts an amaz­ing glow on your skin, and your skin will feel so incred­i­bly smooth and nour­ished, not dry or irri­tat­ed. I love this scrub. {TONER} Neem Man Neem Leaf Extract, $36, 8.4 oz. I’m thor­ough­ly addict­ed to this pro­duct. It comes...

My Summer Skin Care & Beauty Favorites

Sor­ry it’s been so long! How is every­one? 😀 For my first post of June, I would like to share with you my favorite sum­mer skin care and beau­ty prod­ucts. 1. Trop­i­cal Tra­di­tions Gold Stan­dard Vir­gin Coconut Oil. This is my sta­ple, but I use it a lot more in sum­mer than I do in win­ter. If I go out and wear eye make-up, I use this to gen­tly remove it with­out sting­ing my eyes. I also use it to pre­vent black­heads and blem­ish­es, since coconut oil con­tains lau­ric acid, which is a pow­er­ful non-tox­ic fun­gus and bac­te­ria fight­er. I just keep a jar of this in my cup­board, and in the sum­mer it stays in a soft, semi-liq­uidy state so it’s easy to use a cos­met­ic spat­u­la, spoon, cot­ton bud, or cot­ton swab to scoop out some coconut oil. Then you just put it on your skin wherever you want. Some peo­ple use it in their hair, but for my fine, curly hair, I prefer to use pure­ly mois­tur­iz­ing oils (I list one below). 2. Best Bath Store Acne Treat­ment Gel. This stuff is amaz­ing. You can dab this on at night and it dra­mat­i­cal­ly reduces any pim­ple (and red­ness) to almost noth­ing by morn­ing. Bet­ter yet, you can also put it on in the morn­ing and no one will know. Oh! And it doesn’t dry your skin out at all. It has a funky herbal scent that I real­ly like, and the ingre­di­ents are pure and 100% nat­u­ral, of course. This gel will be espe­cial­ly use­ful if you work­out a lot and tend to get sweat-relat­ed blem­ish­es on ...

What’s In My Cupboard?

I thought it would be kin­da fun to show you what I keep in my bath­room cup­board (i.e. med­i­cine cab­i­net), espe­cial­ly since I’ve been get­ting ques­tions on what I use for my skin­care and so on. I will be doing a few videos and posts on that, since I’ve been try­ing a lot of new things late­ly to fig­ure out what suits me the best. {Bottom Shelf} Aura Cacia Organ­ic Sweet Almond Oil ~ this replaced my jojoba oil when I ran out and I love that it’s very light and mois­tur­iz­ing Real Puri­ty Facial Masque Dehy­drat­ed ~ I like to use this on my hands and lit­tle dry patch­es Mex­i­tan SPF 50 ~ look for this pro­duct in my upcom­ing sun­block video/post! MyChelle Per­fect C Serum ~ I real­ly like this vit­a­m­in C serum, it’s gen­tle and def­i­nite­ly the best I’ve tried Talu­lah Vanil­la Bean Reju­ve­nat­ing Cleanser ~ amaz­ing exfo­li­at­ing scrub, smells awe­some, I have about 3 back-up jars under my coun­ter so I nev­er run out JASON Pure Vit­a­m­in E Oil ~ a skin­care sta­ple of mine, I love it and only use this brand since I’ve tried oth­ers and this is the BEST 100% Pure Organ­ic Aqua Boost Serum ~ I love using this for my lotion masks (for more info on lotion masks, see Chizu Saeki’s book, The Japan­ese Skin­care Rev­o­lu­tion) Sophy­to Puri­fy & Ener­gise Super Bioac­tive ~ this pro­duct is a new favorite of mine and I’ve used it for my lotion masks and I am amazed! Smells like apple juice and works like a charm, I love it and I’m going to make sure I keep back-up...