Monday February 24, 2014
Are you looking for a way to get rid of the harsh facial cleansers sitting in your shower? Sometimes it doesn't make sense to buy a big bottle of cleanser, especially if your skin changes frequently with the season. My regularly normal to combination skin is currently drier than dry and the Neutrogena Gentle Face Wash (read review), though made for all skin types, is leaving my skin parched and begging for moisturizer.
Why not try something new and make your own face cleanser. It couldn't be easier! And you can alter the recipe to make just enough for a day or two and see how it works for you without wasting any product or money.
Here are some face wash recipes to try. If you have a DIY skin care recipe you love, share it with us! We might feature it on our blog for all to see.
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Sunday February 23, 2014
If you have been wanting to experiment with essential oils, you need to know a bit about how to use them first. Essential oils can be a bit dangerous, so it's good to learn as much as you can before you dive it.
We contacted Debra Duneier, author and Feng Shui Master for some help. She compiled 10 Essential Oil Tips for Beginners and even shared two recipes to get you started. Thanks, Debra!
Friday February 21, 2014
I got a really fun email from a reader named Christie last week with the subject, "please please please answer this burning question!!" with the first sentence reading, "Well, not THAT kind of 'burning', but....". I have to say, I wondered if I was going to be qualified for the burning questions or if I was going to need to send her over to Women's Health. :)
Christie is a product lover who jumped ship on facial moisturizers in exchange for face oils and serums. She wanted to know if she needed to use both products twice a day. Head on over and read her email and my response. You'll want to check out the products she's been using and recommending, as well. I love hearing what you are all using on your face. Feel free to share your favorites in the reviews at any time.
Thursday February 20, 2014
I received my Lands' End catalog in the mail yesterday and I immediately flipped through to check out the season's swim attire. Right away I was drawn to the UPF swim tee pictured here. Darling, right? Lots of color options, too.
The reason this swim tee and other rash guards are a great option for long days in the sun is because they protect your skin as if you had a consistent dose of SPF50 on, without having to worry about reapplying or missing areas.
Most of you know me as a skin care expert, but what you may not know is that under the skin care umbrella, my passion is sun safety. In fact, last year I started a website called Not Pasty which is all about sun safety and acceptance of one's natural skin tone. I have a child with advanced skin cancer and protecting from the sun is always on my mind. While we're protecting her from more cancer, we're all benefiting from the protection.
The sun is the #1 reason for premature aging, and while you typically think about aging signs on your face, don't forget that your neck and chest almost always show your true age, even if you're careful about protecting your face.
The swim tee is typically $39, but right now they are having a friends and family sale of 25% off! (buy direct) Pick up a couple!
Hot Topic: How to Get Enough Vitamin D from the Sun While Protecting Your Skin from Cancer
Image provided by Land's End