I Need Your Help Picking a Winner!

Hey every­one! I’ve got so many updates and new things for you guys…I’ll be post­ing a lot of stuff soon, so look out for it. I have been going through all the tips you have post­ed and I am so impressed. I love all of them, and as a result I am hav­ing such a prob­lem pick­ing the win­ning tip. I would love to have your help in select­ing the win­ner. I have select­ed my 12 favorites and post­ed them below. I tried to pick the tips that were the sim­plest and eas­i­est to do (and I also liked the ones I nev­er heard of before). Everyone’s tips were amaz­ing, so please don’t be offend­ed if I didn’t select your tip. You can vote by read­ing the tips below and then vot­ing on the poll by select­ing the person’s name. The poll is closed. {VOTE RESULTS} I under­stand that some peo­ple were not hap­py about the vot­ing and think I should pick the win­ner. All 12 con­tes­tants could have won – that’s why I select­ed them, that’s why I had trou­ble choos­ing my favorite, and that’s why I thought I would cre­ate a poll — for fun. So I’m not going to let this become some dra­mat­ic sit­u­a­tion with cheat­ing accu­sa­tions and crap, because that doesn’t fly with me.  I have delet­ed all com­ments relat­ed to the cheat­ing bab­ble and I don’t want to see any­one mak­ing any more com­ments about this. It’s done, it’s all good, let’s wor­ry about stuff that’s more impor­tant, shall we? Below are the results. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Bryn­ne (please send me your mail­ing address). {TOP TIPS}...

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...

Prevent Dry Skin & Breakouts This Winter

As we’re approach­ing win­ter, I thought it would be a good idea to post some advice on pre­vent­ing dry skin in the upcom­ing cold­er months. It’s not the cold itself that makes our skin dry — it’s that funky dry air the heaters pump out 24/7. This dry air tends to make nor­mal skin dry, and already-dry skin tends to get tight, sca­ly and flaky. Here are some tips to keep this from hap­pen­ing. 1. Avoid the­se ingre­di­ents in all your skin care, make­up, and hair care prod­ucts: Sodi­um lau­ryl sul­fate (SLS) Sodi­um lau­reth sul­fate (SLS) Parabens (methyl­paraben, propy­l­paraben, etc.) BHT Min­er­al oil Petro­la­tum Propy­lene gly­col The­se ingre­di­ents con­tribute to skin prob­lems, specif­i­cal­ly dry­ing it out and/or not let­ting your skin breathe and caus­ing blocked pores and break­outs. Avoid them and seek out nat­u­ral prod­ucts (I men­tion a bunch of brands through­out the blog and in my book, too). 2. Hydrate from the inside. Your best friend this win­ter is going to be green juices. Or green smooth­ies. Or both. The­se are my secret weapon! Green juices and green smooth­ies are the orig­i­nal vit­a­m­in water — they car­ry skin-lov­ing nutri­ents into your body much bet­ter than plain water (though plain fil­tered water is still amaz­ing for you). For exam­ple, a green smooth­ie made with a cucum­ber, apple, 2 cups of fil­tered water, and a hand­ful or two of spinach is going to flood your body with sil­i­ca, vit­a­mins, min­er­als, and fiber that will make your skin absolute­ly glow and pre­vent break­outs. If you want hydrat­ed, glowy skin, stop drink­ing soda and cof­fee, and cut down on alco­hol. The­se three things dry...

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...

DIY Apple Mask for Smooth, Moist Skin

It’s been awhile since I’ve post­ed a DIY beauty/handsomeness recipe, so I thought it would be nice to post one today. Like most of my skin care recipes, this one is easy — it’s only two ingre­di­ents and will give you a smooth and moist skin with a nice rosy glow. This will be a great mask to use in the upcom­ing fall and win­ter months, when dull, dry skin starts creep­ing back into our lives. 😛 {APPLE MASK INGREDIENTS} 1/2 any kind of organ­ic apple (leave the skin on) 1 Tbsp. raw hon­ey, or raw manuka hon­ey (UMF 16+) Option­al: Try adding 1 egg yolk (from an organ­ic egg, the dark­er orange the yolk, the more rich and healthy that yolk is) for fur­ther mois­tur­iza­tion. It will also help reduce and pre­vent acne break­outs due to the vit­a­m­in A present in the yolk, which helps bal­ance sebum pro­duc­tion for both oily and dry skin. {REASONS & RESULTS} Apples have a very cool­ing, slight­ly exfo­li­at­ing effect on our skin due to the mild acids in the fruit. When applied to the skin, apples bring cir­cu­la­tion and nour­ish­ment to the skin. And hon­ey is a no-brain­er! It is a well-known, ancient nat­u­ral beau­ty pro­duct. It is antibac­te­ri­al, a pow­er­ful humec­tant, and very sooth­ing. If you have very sen­si­tive skin or are sun­burned, try a small amount of this mask on your neck or cheek first. Depend­ing on the vari­ety of apple, you may or may not be sen­si­tive to the mild acids in the fruit. FYI, green apples con­tain less sug­ar and slight­ly more acids than vari­eties like Fuji, Pink Lady, and Brae­burn. I’ve been...