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6 Winter Skin Care Tips-Keep Healthy Glowing Skin

Healthy Glowing Skin-tips

Healthy glowing skin doesn’t happen overnight. And if you live in a part of the world that gets all types of weather including cold, snowy and below freezing temperatures you might experience some awful skin conditions brought by these environmental factors coupled the heating system while at home or work. Here in Canada, sometimes you never know what weather you are going to be walking into or be subjected to later in the day.

I’ve compiled the most helpful tips to help you maintain a healthy hydrated glow and be ready for any environment you walk into. As with anything, it is the consistent nature of routine that will really make a difference. Small tweaks in your skin care routine for the different seasons will be all you need to maintain a healthy hydrated glow all year long.

6 Winter Skin Care Tips: Keep Healthy Glowing Skin

 

1.Leave the Light Lotions for summer time- Look for richer nourishing type moisturizers for the face and body.

2.  Do layer your products like you do your clothes. If you love your lotions, but feel like they just don’t cut it for your drier skin, try using it together with your richer moisturizer. Keep the same routine of cleansing, treat and moisturize add a thin layer moisturizing serum or finish with the richer moisturizer.

3. Winter = colds/flu. We tend to wash our hands more to kill the germs so that we prevent getting the latest cold/flu bug. But all that washing tends to exacerbate your already dry hands, and make it worst for eczema suffers alike. EVERY time you wash your hands you must immediately moisturize. Also, look for gentle hand soap to use at home.

4. Avoid cleansing with harsh soap face cleansers. Try using a soap free version such as gels or a cleansing oil or cleansing milks.

5. Avoid chapped lips by applying lip balm regularly. Sometimes medicated ones can possibly irritate and do the opposite of hydrating and healing the lips. Apply often.

6. Invest in a humidifier! We keep a humidifier in almost every room. One in the bedroom, one to cover most of the square footage of the home, and one personal mini one my desk! Humidity offers a more comfortable environment in your home, putting moisture to the air when your heating dries it up. It’s also great for the cold season and helps alleviate your stuffy nose!

Bundle up, keep wearing sunscreen and  keep drinking water. You know it’s always the right thing to do 🙂

I’ve included a fun  spa day home treatment for a hydrating soak that can be used for the feet or hands. Keep rocking your healthy glowing skin!

Naturally Yours, Angie

Spa at home-Hydrating Soak

1 Cup of Whole Milk

1/4 cup of Honey

Fresh Rose Petals

Mix ingredients in a basin of warm water and soak feet for 15 minutes. Half the recipe up and soak your hands. Pat dry. Follow up with a moisturizer.

Don’t have the rose petals on hand? Omit them.

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Special Edition DIY: Hydrating Chocolate Face Mask

Chocolate Face Mask

This chocolate face mask is a real treat. The holiday season is upon us, the time of year can be stressful and a downright drag. And you don’t have to tell me that you’d rather just have a quiet time at home. You’re baking, cooking and hosting a gathering or bringing something to someone’s home. Ugh and don’t forget the traveling! This chocolate face mask is easy  to make and is made by ingredients that can be found in your cupboards, and probably out being used right now.

But honestly, I believe that anyone can really enjoy the delight of smothering this all over your face.  A perfect thing to do indoors in the dead of winter, with your friends or your favorite relative over the holiday season. The best part? You can lick your fingers if you make a mess. Oh! and it smells delicious.

Couple of things to keep in mind when using this chocolate face mask:

  1. Wear dark clothing. Especially something that you don’t mind dripping on. I was wearing a white sweater, and thought twice about taking it off. Glad I did. Turns out that the chocolate mixture can drip if you’re not careful.
  2. Tie hair back completely. Including a head band of sorts. Just like you would any face mask.
  3. Wash Face first. Remove all make-up.
  4. Use a clean, flat foundation brush. I bought one that I only use for face masks. Helps to smoothly glide the mixture
  5. Try not to eat it.

The cool feeling on the skin feels amazing. You’ll also enjoy how smooth and hydrated your skin feels. Click below on each heading to view more details of each section.

DIY Chocolate Face Mask

1 Tsp Raw Cocoa Powder

1 Tsp Raw Honey

1 Tsp highest fat cream you have on hand or plain yogurt

(You can also add fine grind oatmeal)

Make more by using a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon.

Stir well till a thick consistency. When applying, avoid eye area. Stir with the brush in between applications. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. Follow up with a moisturizer.  Consider using paper towel or a cloth that you don’t mind getting soiled. Keeps in the fridge for 1-2 days. You can mix this up and use this mask no more than twice a week.

What are the benefits of the ingredients used in this recipe?
  • What does cocoa powder do for the skin? It contains minerals and high levels of caffeine and act to firm the skin as well as help keep the skin clear and hydrated.
  • What does Honey do for the skin? Honey is a humectant and helps to moisturize the skin
  • What does Cream do for the skin? Cream/yogurt contains natural occurring lactic acid. Lactic acid is a form of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) used in skin care to gently exfoliate the skin. This also results in smooth skin.

There are plenty of recipes on Pinterest  that vary slightly. My advice if anything- don’t make a huge amount and make as you need.

I hope you enjoyed this! I know I sure did. This is going to be a staple mask to do at home.

Naturally Yours, Angie

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Skin Care Myths Busted!

Skin care myths busted

Starting out my journey of natural skin care, I fell pray to the scare tacts. Oh yes, it seems to be everyones mantra out there for selling something. And while the ingredients that OrgAngie uses are more of a preference to suit a more natural lifestyle, you will not hear me spout things to scare you into buying OrgAngie products. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about cosmetics. And I would like to bust some common myths out there. Skin Care Myths Busted!

Skin Care Myth 1 Busted! : Mineral oil stops the skin from breathing

The skin does not breathe. Let’s think about that. The human respiratory system does not include the skin. What the term “let your skin breathe” or the like means that their product “won’t clog your pores” or is” non-comedogenic”. There was a study that was done to compare mineral oil to certain botanical oils. It was concluded that the botanical oils and mineral oils all “acted” the same way.   They formed an occlusive layer on the skin. The main difference is botanical oils are similar  to the composition of the oils of our skin. This means they can be metabolized easier by the body. Botanical oils have something extra going for them. They contain plant compounds which can provide wonderful benefits to feed your skin.

Skin Care Myth 2 Busted!: 60% of everything you put on your skin ends up in your blood stream.

Our bodies are built to dispose foreign materials from the body. What happens to a chemical after being absorbed is what makes that distinction.  The reality is that 0-100% of what you apply to your skin can end up in your blood stream. This logic applies to the penetration capabilities of an ingredient (based on molecular weight & mesh size), the delivery mechanism (how the ingredient is applied), and the overall health of your skin and environment (humidity/temperature).

Skin Care Myth 3 Busted!: Natural skincare is chemical-free

Chemical free is term often used in the cosmetic industry. This leads us to the assumption that anything that is not natural is bad for you. The reality is: everything is a chemical. From water to air and the food that you eat is a complex mixture of chemicals. “chemical-free” statements are merely the way to tell you that their product(s) do not contain synthetic ingredients.

Skin Care Myth 4 Busted! : The average woman absorbs up to 5 lbs. of  chemicals every year.

The skin is there to protect you. Very little is capable of penetrating past the top 2-3 layers of the skin. Even less is capable of being absorbed. There is absolutely no supported scientific research to back this claim. This myth was generated by mainstream media.

Skin Care Myth 5 Busted!: All preservatives are dangerous

Preservative have an important purpose of stopping bacteria, fungus and yeast from growing in your cosmetics. If any of these encounter your skin it could cause a serious infection. Thankfully there are natural preservatives on the market keeping your skin safe and meeting the natural seal of approval. Those who say that their products are preservative free will have a short shelf life, require to be refrigerated (typically DIY projects) or does not contain any water (completely anhydrous product like a body butter). Therefore not requiring a preservative. You will also see a lot of DIY’s fail to add a broad spectrum preservative ( bacteria, fungus & yeast preventative) to their water based recipes.  Please use caution to not un knowingly cause harm through un properly preserved home made gift.

Final Note

Sometimes it is easier to distort research to back up claims to sell something. And that’s why there are so many myths out there about ingredients and cosmetics. It truly is difficult to filter through to find the truth because its been passed around and around creating a blurred line.  When you deconstruct anything those bits are going to look scary. Remember, there are a lot of factors at play it all depends on different circumstances.

Naturally yours,

Angie

 

 

Sources: http://www.herbhedgerow.co.uk/can-your-skin-breathe/
Do Your Skincare Products Get Absorbed Into Your Bloodstream?
The Impermeable Facts of Skin Penetration and Absorption
http://thebeautybrains.com/2015/07/do-cosmetic-ingredients-really-penetrate-skin-episode-92/