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....

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...

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...

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...

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...